Heads Weekly update 1st December 2017

Heads Weekly update 1st December 2017

Head of School
…and so, it was Christmas. Today marked not only the 1st of December but also our annual Christmas Fayre and Christmas Jumper Day. After that, if there was any doubt about the emergence of Christmas at Arnold Lodge, the tree in Reception will hopefully put to rest any such uncertainties. Not to run on too much into any potential Christmas talks that I may give later in the year but there’s something so very Arnold Lodge about Christmas – a time associated with family, kindness and gratitude.
 
For this week, our motto comes from Dedicas House: “Only expect from others what you are willing to put in”. We should always set out to hold ourselves to the same standards we would do others. Next week is our final motto before we have used all 12 across this term – we’ll be doubling back on ourselves after Christmas and taking opportunity to delve deeper into the themes and meanings behind the core values of our houses.    
 
Last week, I challenged the adults in school to undertake at least one random act of kindness towards a colleague. It was, I think, something of a success and there were a number of stories around school of chocolates that appeared on a desk or a thank you note popping over by email. Next week, I’d like to set the same challenge to our pupils; do something kind for a teacher that has helped you, say thank you to a friend or surprise someone with a gift. Anything to make someone else smile and pass it on!
 
I’d like to share a huge congratulations to our U9 girls and U11 boys who were awarded bronze medals for coming 3rd in the ISA Midlands gymnastics and our U10 Hockey Team who are Central Warwickshire Champions! Well done to all who took part and competed – it’s a wonderful achievement for us to have such sporting success at Arnold Lodge!
 
Our provisional term dates for the academic year 2018 – 2019 are now ready. Please find these here. If you have any questions regarding these, please contact Ms Partridge (pennyp@arnoldlodge.com) who will be able to answer any queries you may have. I’m not a fan of broken weeks for children – I simply don’t see them as conducive towards learning or settling into school so you’ll see that we have Monday starts to terms and Friday finishes (aside from the summer term) to provide as much continuity as we can.
 
Having already started listening to Michael Buble, it’s probably time to find copies of Elf, Nightmare before Christmas, Love Actually and the greatest Christmas film of them all – A Muppets Christmas Carol. Have a wonderful weekend!