For school leaders the Easter break is always the pivotal time in the year which provides both reflection of the year to date and refreshed strategic thinking and planning for the new academic year which is fast approaching in our minds. More so, I believe for the whole school community it is the most welcome of holidays from what normally is a long 'Spring Term', which can be, as it was this year, very cold and mostly wet. The Summer Term always seems to fly by and then we quickly notice that our children have moved up another year. It just seems like yesterday that my twin girls were in primary school and they will start Year 10 in September!!
Review of the term
For a small but growing school we definitely 'pack a punch' in all areas. We have raised a tremendous amount for our local charities: £2000 for Chestnut Tree House, £1700 for Sports Relief, £220 for Christmas Jumper appeal and we are currently supporting both St Catherine's Hospice and Crawley Open House. Thank you to all for donations received.
Staff have taken 18 trips this term which is fundamental to the development of our children and a feat of stamina and organisation by staff who go the extra mile. We have had some brilliant cross phase projects this Term including: English, Maths, Science, and Spanish. STEM club is developing from strength to strength every week with both our Primary and Secondary Phases active. We have had visiting authors speaking with our Primary Phase children.
Children's horizons have been broadened by being able to talk to a 'living' pilot, listen to NSPCC and by exploring a variety themes via our popular Paragon Events. Our TGS Secondary Phase Go Karting Team narrowly missed out moving through to the regional finals - hopefully next year. Our school sports teams are competing in Football, Netball, Basketball and continue to train in martial arts and Rugby. Our first whole school production 'Oliver' was a tremendous success, our children were absolutely outstanding in every way possible and a real credit to their school. I am already really looking forward to our next school production, whatever it may be.