☰ Mr Jowett’s Blog: Welcome to Spring Term

Mr Jowett’s Blog: Welcome to Spring Term

Posted on: January 19th 2018

All the staff at Norfolk House would like to welcome back all our families after the Christmas Break. In line with our school ethos of helping all children be successful and reach their potential, we have an exciting term ahead with many special events to build on the success of last term.

At this very moment our excellent Form 6 children are showing real resilience as they near the end of the exam and interview season for those sitting for 11+. Their unfailing positive attitude in the face of this challenging and stressful time is impressive and we are all incredibly proud of them. It has been great to see them still having the drive and enthusiasm to represent Norfolk House in football and netball this week! Thank you to all the teachers who have helped prepare the children so well for their exams and interviews.

Building on the success of the new Sports programme last term, this term we have an impressive range of fixtures planned including boys’ football, girls’ netball and cross country. So far this academic year an average of 70% of the children from each year group have represented the school in sport and we hope to build on this in the coming two terms. I think you will agree this is a huge improvement on previous years. Many thanks to Mr. Charman for his dedication to Sport at Norfolk House.

In the Arts this term, we look forward to an impressive range of musical events including the House music events for Junior and Senior Prep, the North London Music Festival and the inaugural Bellevue Music Festival where children in our school choirs and ensemble will have the opportunity to perform publicly and work together with children from other schools. Sara Regan is the driving force behind the exceptional music programme at Norfolk House and level of participation and quality of the productions continue to impress - thank you Sara. At the end of the term we are looking forward to the Senior Prep production of Mary Poppins and with exams out of the way, our Form 6 children are looking forward to taking on the leading roles in this year’s performance, which judging by the success of past productions, will be outstanding. Visual Art will take a front seat this term with the preparation for our ever-popular Parent-Pupil event just after the Easter break. Children from across the school will be creating artwork to be displayed during the event on the evening of Tuesday 24th April.

Another important improvement this term is our new online reporting system. In an effort to improve communication and reduce our carbon footprint, this term’s reports will be paperless and sent to parents via a new portal that will be launched for Forms 1 to 6 shortly, with EYFS reports going paperless in the summer term. Please look out for your login details over the next couple of weeks.

Finally, following the excellent feedback from our Parent Workshops last term, we will be looking to organise more during the remainder of this academic year focusing on a range of subjects pertinent to current thinking in education and important issues around child development.

Thank you for your continuing support.

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