Head of School
It is officially Christmas in Arnold Lodge; Christmas rehearsals, singing
practice for carols and next Friday’s ALPA Christmas Fayre all add up to the
start of the festive season. On the topic of Christmas, the ALPA Christmas
Fayre is on Friday 1st
December from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. Featuring Mr Smart’s
legendary barbecue and a series of stalls for festive shopping (not least the
bottle stall!), I hope you’ll be able to attend.
This week, our motto comes from Amicus House: “Be
grateful for the kindness of others”. Our weekly mottos
are about providing a culture and set of values for children that will allow
them to thrive in school and in their future careers. When we support
children to be kind, positive and grateful, we’re not only helping them to
“be nicer” to others, we’re supporting their wellbeing and resilience
(there’s no harm in kindness for kindness sake, though). The
psychologist Martin Seligman has written about the ‘PERMA model’ as a means
of establishing positive well-being. The model identifies positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishments as
the core of well-being – the more we can help children to take meaning from
their education, to have accomplishments to be proud of, to build positive
relationships and feel positive emotions (like kindness or gratitude), the
better foundations the children will have for their future wellbeing. Plus,
it’s nice to be kind.
Miss Walker has emailed out the links for the individual parts to the carols
that will be sung during this year’s Carol Service. The service will take
place at Holy Trinity
Church in Leamington at 3.00pm on Friday 15th December. This
is our annual end of term event and term will finish after the Carol Service
at approximately 4.00pm. Please note that, for safety reasons, pupils will be
escorted back to school by staff and released to parents in school.
From next week, the ‘side gate’ near to our Reception classroom will be open
from 3:25pm to 3:45pm for parents to pick up children in Key Stage 1. For
parents picking up at 4:00pm, the main school gates will continue to be open
Next week, pupils in Years 11 and 13 will be sitting Mock Examinations. The
Mock Examination timetable can be found here. During the week, pupils will still be
expected in school full time. When not in an examination, pupils will have
supervised study sessions (mimicking the procedures during the examinations
next summer). If you have any questions regarding the mock examinations,
please contact Mrs Jo Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I hope that you have a lovely weekend. After all this focus on Christmas, I’m
going to have to download Michael Buble onto Spotify for my drive into work,
Have a lovely weekend!