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Mr Jowett's Blog

Posted on: February 12th 2016 | Category:

When Ms Habgood invited me to write a guest blog this week for our school website, I decided to reflect on my time so far at Norfolk House. Joining last year in June, the past eight months have flown by and I can hardly believe that in a term’s time I will have completed my first full year. Looking back when I first visited the school, a year ago almost to the day, I remember clearly that the impression left by the outstanding children at Norfolk House was the single biggest factor that influenced my decision to accept my current role; from the guided tour by the Head Boy and Head Girl (Jacob and Maria at the time) to the grilling interview from the Student Council! I immediately knew that I wanted to be part of a community that produces such accomplished, well-rounded young people. Having had the opportunity to work with many of the children during my weekly assemblies, teaching Form 5 and 6 maths, science in Forms 3 and 5 and my early morning runs on a Wednesday with the cross country squad, I continue to be impressed with the qualities and values that our children exemplify.

On Wednesday I had the pleasure of escorting the children from Forms 3 to 6 to the Inter House Cross Country at Aldenham School. The Head of Sport, Andrew Stephenson, had kindly offered to host the event at the last minute when Queenswood pulled out due to problems with their grounds. The enthusiasm, inclusivity and team spirit was incredible as all children ran for their houses over quite a muddy, challenging course for up to 1.8 km. Every single child finished the race, which just goes to demonstrate the pride they have for their house and their school. They were excellent ambassadors for our school and Andrew actually thanked us for bringing such a ‘buzz’ to Aldenham that afternoon and thought our children were brilliant, mentioning how much he was looking forward to hosting the Inter School Cross Country event on behalf of Norfolk House.

As a father of a girl who has completed her primary and secondary education, I know that producing such well-rounded, talented children is not only down to the school, but to the hard work of driven, dedicated parents. When a school and its parent body work as closely together, as we do at Norfolk House, the children flourish. Over the last two nights I had my first experience of the Form 5 Senior School Consultations and saw how crucial this relationship is in the process of helping our children through to the next stage of their education. The teachers’ in-depth understanding of each child, the academic bar and ethos of the secondary schools combined with the parents’ open-mindedness and their trust in our school was fantastic and I believe the key to our success in placing children in the right school.

Norfolk House is a very special school, which has an exciting future and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.

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