What a way to go out with a ‘BANG!’
Alice Smith School students and staff were at their best when HRH The Duke of York KG visited on Monday. From the flag-waving welcome by Pre-School and Reception, through to the rousing applause and fond farewell, our community did us proud.
HRH had a wonderful time in the Reception classrooms talking about how heavy the Queen’s crown is, learning about his family tree, making cups of ‘tea’ (but certainly not drinking the concoctions), decorating tea sets, designing and making crowns, exploring castles and forts and generally being enchanted by some of our youngest students as they explained their learning.
On entry to the hall, the rousing rendition of the Alice Smith School song brought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat. Hearing so many voices joined in sharing our school story with such pride was amazing. Quite rightly, HRH waxed lyrical during his address about the fabulous learning environment that is Alice Smith. He took home, to the Queen, the winning crown design and portrait as birthday gifts and even called for a spontaneous rendition of Happy Birthday in her honour.
The visit was pulled to a tremendous crescendo with Year 6’s rendition of a song from Frozen which took the roof off! WOW! I do not think I could be more proud. The visit made the National Press and National TV news as well as setting tongues a-wagging throughout social media; Facebook and Twitter. Please follow all of the links to see more about this historic visit.
On Wednesday and Thursday students in Year 6 demonstrated how our KLASS Curriculum can transform learning. Thomas and Letty summed it up for me in their opening address:
This year, in line with our new curriculum we have taken a different approach to the production.
The students in Year 6 took a much bigger role in every aspect of bringing this show together.
And what a show it was! Well done to one and all. A video of the production can be found here.
The whole week has been a succession of ‘Thank yous’ and ‘Goodbyes’. The PTA farewell coffee morning on Thursday was so thoughtful, thank you so much to the PTA and all of the parents who came to say goodbye.
And so, this is the last of my KLASS Times messages for Alice Smith.
Thank you for making Alice Smith the most wonderful learning environment for students and staff
Thank you for your words of support and encouragement
Thank you for being so engaged in your child’s learning
Thank you for choosing us as the place where you want your child to be educated
Thank you for every outfit, dress up day, cake, contribution, decoration, stage design, prop made, stitch sewn, collection coordinated.
Alice Smith could not and would not be the fabulous community it is without all of you.
Genuinely, on behalf of our whole school, I thank you
You never know, perhaps, in the future our paths will cross again.
Until then, in the words of Dr Seuss, ‘Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened’
I will miss you all.
Principal Primary Campus
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