Welcome back everyone! I hope you have had a fabulous holiday and are now raring to go because we have a very busy and exciting term ahead of us.
The first week of term has sped by at an alarming pace, so I think it is time for a recap:
The early days of the new year, here at Wycombe Abbey, are always used as an opportunity to ease the pupils back into their school routines with lots of activities, which are masterminded to enable both new pupils and new members of staff to familiarise themselves with the school, the classrooms, the timetable and most importantly, each other!
We understand how tricky those first couple of weeks can be, how new everything can seem, with rules and codes of behaviour unfamiliar to children, which have to be mastered. Fortunately, we have a vast arsenal of activities and fun exercises designed to make new members feel welcome and positive about themselves and their new surroundings. The activities also benefit 'old hands'- children and staff who are not new but returning to school. The activities encourage children to help new members of their class settle in. They establish the kind of co-operative, caring and responsible attitudes which we value so highly at Wycombe Abbey and which we increasingly expect from children as they move through the school.
It may appear puzzling to you as a parent to hear that your child spent part of the day wearing a Manchester United football shirt and hearing about Mr Gray's passion for the club, or discovering that Mr. Marland brought his monkey into class and spent most of the day talking 'through' his monkey, but these activities are multi -faceted exercises with many positive outcomes for the children. It is important for all these activities to be as inclusive as possible and to give every child a voice within the discussion. It is also a useful time for a teacher to observe their new class: which child is contributing well? Which child is struggling to maintain attention? Who is shy? Who is thinking outside the box when presented with an obtuse problem? All of these prescribed tasks are dual channeled in their intentions.
Over the next few weeks, there will be opportunities for parents to meet their child's new teacher. All teachers look forward to meeting the parents of their new children and I know that all members of staff are very excited about the coming term. I hope that also applies to the children. After this jam-packed first week, it certainly seems that they are!