On behalf of all staff at Robert Miles Junior School I would like to wish you seasons greetings and hope you have an enjoyable Christmas, whatever you are doing.
This is always a very busy and hectic time of year in primary schools, but always a very enjoyable one. It has been great to see so many children performing in the various shows over the last couple of weeks and it never ceases to amaze me what children are capable of doing. In many ways what children achieve is limited to what we expect of them – every year we seem to expect more and every year the children rise to it. The talent on display in the pantomime and the year 3 Nativity was there for all to see and I am so pleased that I have the staff here and backing from home enabling children to show what they can do.
It was clear from the audience reaction and comments afterwards that this year’s pantomime provided many people with much entertainment. We had a choir of over 90 alongside the 50 children from year 6 who performed on stage. I have to say that it was a real pleasure to work with the year 6 children in preparation for the show – they were an absolute joy to direct and organise! As for the choir – well I do not think I have heard such wonderful singing in our school hall and the power of the children singing ‘Roar’ is something we will remember for a long time.
As well as a lot of hard work we also had a lot of fun and it is that combination of work and fun that make these sorts of show so important to the pattern of a school year. Yes we do these shows to entertain parents and families and yes we do these shows to show the talents of the children but they are also hugely important learning opportunities. Children learn the importance of discipline, the importance of teamwork and how sometimes others rely on you; they learn to concentrate, to listen, to keep going when the going is tough; they see how effort brings improvement; they do new things that surprise themselves and help them believe yes – I can do so much when I put my mind to it; and, above all, I think they learn the rewards of hard work. I always say to the children after three long evenings that they will forget being tired but they will not forget being part of something fantastic!
I would love to have DVDs of the panto available before Christmas but it just isn’t possible, mainly due to the time it takes to burn each one. They will be ready after the holiday, more details will follow.
This week’s highlight was the Year 3 Nativity in St Mary’s Church. I thought the Year 3 children who performed on Monday were absolutely fantastic! Every child had a speaking part and the confidence they showed in such a large space with so many watching was wonderful. I know they made their teachers very proud indeed! Reverend Harper would like to extend his thanks to all who came and for your contributions to the Rainbows Hospice. He is only sorry that he was not well enough to give his usual Christmas message at the end of the performance.
We cannot do what we want to do in school without your support and I know that this comes in many different forms. Your support backing up what we are doing in school is invaluable in helping your children’s learning. Some of your support is financial and we really appreciate every bit of help we get in this way, especially in this time of austerity. We had a particularly successful Christmas Fair this year – and rest assured that every single penny will be used to enhance what we can offer all our children. Finally many thanks must go to all those parents who help out in myriad ways in school – walking to swimming, hearing readers, making costumes, helping in the library – the list is endless!
I would like to once again publically thank my fantastic staff who work so tirelessly to do the very best they can for the children of Robert Miles Juniors. It is because of them we can do so much.
Areminder that school begins in the new year on Monday 6th January. There is no Weekly Post this week as there is very little starting in the first week back.
Finally, I wish you and your families all a very Merry Christmas!
R. A. Gilbey