Heads weekly update 24th November 2017

Heads weekly update 24th November 2017

Head of School

Dear Parents,  
 
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 as normal.  
 
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 (jsmith@arnoldlodge.com).
 
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, I think.
 
Have a lovely weekend!
 
Best wishes

David Preston