From the Headmaster's Desk

In a week where dramatic comebacks were ten a penny, Lyonsdown returned from the long weekend without breaking its stride.

A huge range of trips, both educational and sporting, have filled the calendar alongside the children’s usual lessons. New developments also continue, with the Lyonsdown Learning Committee meeting to discuss further improvements to our soft skills scheme, so that children recognise the attributes they are demonstrating, and are praised as such.

As each class looks forward to moving to the next year group, with Year 5 continuing to prepare for the Secondary School transfer process, these learning habits become even more important: they help the children remember that the journey is as important as the destination. On a practical note, I have been meeting with many Year 4 and 5 parents to offer support during the future schools’ process. If your daughter is in Year 4 or above and you would like to speak to Mrs Windsor or I about next steps, please do contact us and we would be happy to meet at a time that is convenient for you.

Our Open Day was a wonderful highlight of the week. The majority of families tell us that the school was “recommended by a current parent” on their form, and I would like to pass on my thanks to you all for speaking about us so highly. Although we had no ducklings hatching this time round (Mrs Murphie promises wild fowl will return), our STEAM focused activities shone through. Every single child has a role to play on days such as these; they are a credit to the school and my heart swells with pride when I receive emails such as: “we really enjoyed seeing the school; the lessons were amazing, and the teachers so accommodating” and “all of the girls were excellent guides and provided an invaluable insight into the school from the children’s experience.” Bravo, one and all.

Next week brings Mrs Polak’s “Happy Puzzle Company” day, to promote the use of creative Maths within the curriculum, as well as football and athletics trips from Miss Doyle. Year 6 will show their flexibility by hosting a French café with Mme Walker and also travelling to sites of both political (parents – do ask them about the suffragettes) and artistic importance, in what must be the best cross-over school trip in North London.

All the best for a relaxing weekend.

Mr Hammond

Mr Hammond’s Challenge:

With no book recommendations being sent in, it appears I have free reign to purchase as many copies of books about Liverpool Football Club as possible – excellent news. However, I hope the potential reward of five (yes, five!) house points will be enough to encourage a flurry of letters explaining why the new library should hold a copy of your favourite book.