From the Headmaster's Desk

There is a real buzz around Lyonsdown School this term. The boys and girls, including 22 Pre-Reception children and new joiners scattered throughout the years, are doing brilliantly. In addition, our new teachers and staff have had a tremendously positive impact, joining an already caring and talented team.

The theme of my assembly this week was kindness (and included robots) and how we can treat others with care, and I am delighted to see the maturity and empathy that the boys and girls at Lyonsdown demonstrate. Unfortunately, the weather has not been as kind as our pupils, but this has not stopped morning gate duty, break time and PE, which have all gone ahead as usual. On this note: thank you for helping your son or daughter to remember their coat.

You may well be aware of some changes that have already taken place this term. Our lunch menus have been revised, including the addition of meat-free meals and only yoghurt and fruit being served for dessert on some days. I have also continued to discuss school uniform with a great many children, and am delighted that the girls know that plain green and purple hair accessories are to be worn with their winter uniform and plain yellow and white accessories are for their summer uniform.

On Friday, Year 4 gave us a very informative assembly about the water cycle and, very topically, explained how hurricanes are formed. Throughout the week, curriculum meetings have been taking place: thank you to those of you who have taken the time to attend one (or more) afternoon. I hope you found them informative, but do make contact with the office if you have misplaced your synopsis. Having visited several senior schools this week, I am well aware of the importance of knowing what the next stage holds for your son or daughter.

Another fantastic week at Lyonsdown is now behind us, and I hope you are all looking forward to what Monday holds. With all school clubs starting next week, I am particularly looking forward to teaching Year 5 and 6 in Mr Hammond’s Creative Thinking Club on Thursday lunchtime.

C. Hammond