Headteacher’s Blog: End of Spring Term
It’s the end of term, and it was lovely to see it being celebrated by pupils at the disco yesterday evening in our parish club. Thanks to all the parents who made that possible.
Early tomorrow morning, I am driving to France to do some further research for the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference regarding how different European countries deal with disability in schools, especially from a Catholic point of view. Dr Patterson, the principal at St Vincent’s School for the Blind, will be putting the notes together into an academic paper for publication at the end of the year.
It also gives me the chance to meet up with Miss Thomson and Miss McCormick in Rouen at our new partner school – Ecole Rosa Parks. We will do some planning with the headteacher and staff there with a view to pupils and parents being able to visit in future years. At All Saints, learning is all about ‘opening doors’ and being curious about how other countries work, learn and play. We’ve so much to learn from each other. To borrow a Jesuit phrase, ‘The world is our house.’
Next term will be full of events and fun; we’ve a Languages and Cultural Festival, a Wellness Week and a production of ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ amongst other things. I’m also going to be busy preparing an inaugural Pupil Conference in July.
We are also planning some changes to the school curriculum which will take place in September. Throughout the term, there will be regular chances for parents to get involved in these discussions.
Finally, if you are interested, and in the interests of accountability, here is a presentation showing the work that I undertook during my recent sabbatical.
Have a lovely Easter holiday.