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Posted on: November 10th 2017

At Norfolk House helping our children be successful in all areas of school life and beyond is our collective aim. Supporting parents and developing excellent communication is central to this aim and a catalyst to new initiatives at school. One such initiative is our parent workshops, the first of which we held last Monday, where staff volunteered to share their expertise and run a variety of interactive workshops covering a broad range of topics important to child development:

It was great to see around 70 parents in attendance and the feedback about all the workshops was overwhelmingly positive (90% of attendees rated their experience as excellent) with some good suggestions for future topics. I would like to thank all the staff that planned and delivered a workshop and extend special thanks to Mrs. Charman for planning and introducing this initiative. We look forward to running more workshops later in the school year.

As I shared in my school vision presentation in September 2016, sport is an important focus over the next three years. It is fantastic to see that the plans to develop a more rigorous PE curriculum that dovetails with our sports-based after school clubs. Over the last half term participation in sport has increased significantly, with children participating in double the number of fixtures than in the previous academic year. On Monday we look forward to another first at Norfolk House - we will be hosting the regional ISA Girls Football Tournament. We look forward to welcoming 26 teams (210 children!) for the ISA Girls’ Football tournament. As you will see from the sport round up, we also took two teams the the Saracens Rugby Festival last Sunday. All this would not be possible without Mr. Charman’s vision, expertise and commitment. I would like to thank him for continuing to drive sport at Norfolk House and for promoting enjoyment, inclusion and improvement for all children at Norfolk House. Over the year ahead we look forward to providing more opportunities for our children to get involved and develop a love for sport.

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