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Term Six – Final week

Sadly I have decided to take a break from the blog. The reality is that there is enough happening at school which requires my time. Comments requested have not been forthcoming and therefore I judge that at this time the blog does little to further the work of the school. I hope that the pupil…

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Term Five, Week One

The summer term is always hard work – enjoyable and worthwhile, but hard. Part of the reason for this is the sense of the impending deadline – the “end of the year” – which means we’ve run out of wriggle-room. Jobs once put off in favour of other priorities now have to be shoe-horned into…

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Term Four, Week Four

What do YOU value?Our school has been using a resource called Values For Life as a basis for our Collective Worship for the past 6 years. The resource promotes 18 values in a 3 year cycle, each one lasting one ‘short’ term (a half-term in most people’s thinking!)Most of these values can be said to…

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Term Four, Week One

This week I was in a bit of a quandary. We send the text for On The Edge away on the 10th day of the previous month – so March’s issue required the text in the half-term break. I duly spent some time thinking about what I wanted to say, and forwarded it to the editors…

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Term Three, Week Five

ICT plays a major part in all our lives, and a big part of our role in school is to prepare children for the future. More than ever before, that future is unpredictable because change is happening so fast. Just think how rapidly we’ve moved from mobile phones to tablet PCs! So this week I…

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Term Three, Week Three

I’ve been thinking more about “success”. In almost every way you care to measure it, North Nibley is a successful school, enabling children to make significantly better progress in their learning than expected, whatever each child’s starting point. Yet ‘accademic’ success is not the only route to a satisfying and purposeful life. For many the…

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Term Three, Week Two

We came back to school still excited about being the 2nd highest achieving school in Gloucestershire. As such we can be bold in our claims that we know what we are doing and we work hard to secure success for every child in our school. The INSET day was about creating positive classrooms, wherein each child can…

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Term Two, Week Three

We have been reminded this week of how precious – but fragile – life is. In our worship time we remembered all those in our community, young and old, who are hurting following this week’s accident and sad, sad death of formal pupil Ollie Pain. The death of a young person is always tragic, and there are no easy answers. In the silence we observed…

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Term Two, Week Two

(Belated posting)This week was all about preparing for the Italian ‘mobility’ – a visit to another school in our international art project. Actually, that’s not quite true. Most of this week was spent working at near double-pace in order to get on top of work that I would not be doing because I was going…

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Term Two, Week One

Half-termJust a quick update to praise the work of FONNS. I attended the Frog Race on Saturday and was absolutely astonished by the amount of money raised to support the children. Thank you everyone who planned this, who  publicised the event, sold tickets, moved furniture, cooked and served, as well as contributing to the fund raising in…