From the Headmaster's Desk

A New Year, a new start and a Happy New Year to the whole Lyonsdown community. I hope you enjoyed a restful break and have entered the new decade refreshed. It has been wonderful to see the school come alive once more with the hard work and laughter of children.

My assembly this week focused on how to show commitment to, and persevere with, any resolutions. However, it is important that the 1st January is not the only time we commit to make a change. “Improving yourself” as one Year 6 girl had it, should be a constant, and we must also be well-prepared to ensure any change is successful and then review our progress. To ensure personal accountability and commitment, from the score below you will see my efforts to reduce my meat consumption need to be stepped up. Drinking more water, being more organised and doing homework without being asked, are a few examples that the girls offered – we might all seek to improve different elements of our lives, but any effort to better oneself is admirable.

The Lyonsdown pupils may have only returned to school on Wednesday, but staff have been working hard throughout the holidays and this week. Our two INSET days provide staff with opportunities to learn, share best practice and further develop their craft. The programme was varied and interesting, with training on independent, active learning and stretching children of all abilities being particularly important, alongside sessions on safeguarding and effective use of assessment data.

So, a busy start to another gloriously busy term. The days become longer, there are a huge amount of events to pack in before Easter and, if it does snow, we will persevere as always, and do our best to remain open.

All the best for a relaxing weekend.

Mr Hammond

I am currently reading All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy. Virtually no punctuation but well worth a read for adults.

New Year’s resolution score to date: 6/10