I expect you thought you’d heard the last from Colliers Green, but we’re still here today, beavering away!
My goodness, it’s difficult to believe that the year has come to an end. It doesn’t seem like too long ago that we welcomed the new reception children to Colliers Green, and now they’re readying themselves for Year 1.
It’s been another roller-coaster year, with many highs and lows along the way. It seemed almost fitting that after the numerous challenges that have faced all educators over the last couple of years, a record-breaking heatwave got thrown into the mix right at the last minute!
We got through it, as we get through most things, by an enormous pulling-together of the Colliers Green community. I feel privileged to work with such a fabulous staff, for whom nothing is too big of a challenge. We have, I’m certain, the best children it’s possible to have, not to mention our super parent body – thank you to all of you for making this year a success.
Thank you too to all the PTFA, and especially Andrea Henry, for organising some really amazing events this year. The Jubilee celebrations and yesterday’s summer fair were definite highlights, but I rather suspect the impromptu paddling pool extravaganza and ‘sprinkler utopia’ will be talked about by the children for quite some time. As one of our governors commented at a meeting earlier in the week, it was a very ‘Colliers Green’ way of solving the problem of excessive heat!
You may remember that some time ago, I asked for your input in crafting our school’s Christian Vision. With the help of one of our lovely governors, we took the key words from your suggestions and created a fabulous tree-shaped wordle, which I think captures the essence of Colliers Green beautifully. The vision itself is a 50 word statement, shown to the right, which is accompanied by a passage in the bible that we believe provides a meaningful foundation for our work here. Thank you to everybody that helped to pull this together.
Colliers Green is a family. We are a small rural school set in beautiful surroundings, where everyone feels welcomed and valued. We provide a caring, supportive and happy learning environment, rooted in Christian values. We encourage and nurture our children to be aspirational, kind, resilient and to achieve academic success.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.
We would like to extend a special Thank You to Mr Warburton from Warburton Chefs and Mr Gormley from Kitchen of Kent who not only provided everyone yesterday with an amazing BBQ and fabulous Pizzas but did so providing all the equipment, staff and ingredients free of charge!
This is so incredibly generous and we cannot thank them both enough.
For more information about either of these companies please take a look at their websites;
In preparation for the start of next year, I would like to inform you of a few changes that will be implemented from September:
I would like to welcome Mrs Bignell and Mrs Martin back to the fold. They will be job-sharing in Class 2 next year: Mrs Bignell on Monday and Tuesday, and Mrs Martin on Wednesday to Friday.
I would also like to extend a warm welcome to Mr Ross, who will be familiar to many from his work here through Premier Sports. He will be joining the Class 3 team as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant, and will also continue to run the breakfast club each morning.
In a change to our foreign language curriculum, from September, classes 3 and 4 will be learning Latin. This will give them a good grounding in both grammar and the origins of many words in the English language, and will provide a solid foundation on which to build their language studies at secondary school – whichever dialect they end up studying.
Class 3 will be beginning ukulele lessons in Term 1, that will run through most of the year.
After the slightly disappointing swimming provision this year, we have swooped in to arrange lessons at Bethany School in the autumn. This will begin in term 1 for Class 4 and continue for Class 3 in term 2.
Further details about Breakfast club will be sent out later today. Information about after-school clubs will follow on the 2nd September.
Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a happy, restful summer break. I hope you all make lots of lovely memories and enjoy some quality time together.