We held an open day today for prospective parents in the Children's Centre or School. If you missed it you can take a look at the slides below or visit the admissions pages of our website to find out more.
We had a lovely Harvest Festival today. Reverend Andrew introduced us to the history of Harvest celebrations in Church. We said prayers for those who may be hungry or suffering from a failure of their harvest. All of your contributions will be distributed to the Whitechapel Mission shortly. Thank you once again for your generosity.
Our visit to the Hampshire Cass Mountain Centre is a new venture for us this year. We've had an established trip in Class 6 for many years to Aberdovey in Wales. This year we thought we'd try something different.
Sir John Cass's Foundation have entered into a five year partnership, whereby students from any of the Cass Institutions can participate in outdoor activities at the Centre.
I visited the children and staff today and the quality of teaching and learning is outstanding. I accompanied a group for the day. In the morning we went pony trekking and in the afternoon we went on a waterfall adventure. Our children were bursting with excitement about their achievements over the last few days. And some incredible experiences they've had too! This is no ordinary Centre where you get a sanitised version of outdoor education. It offers safe, yet truly challenging and exceptionally rewarding outdoor education.
Two things will stick with me from today.
The first is about high expectations. I didn't expect to be sliding on my bottom down a river, climbing under a waterfall or hoisting myself up onto rock formations about 20 minutes after we got to our destination. The instructors expect much from the children. And our children sure do rise to the challenge! Our children were able to push at the boundaries of their comfort zone- to truly learn new things and new ways of interacting with each other.
The second is about opportunity. I tell the children that the grasping hand holding onto the fish at the top of our crest (Sir John's own coat of arms) reminds us to seize every opportunity; grasp the chance of new learning, and relish new experiences. Any parent at home this week missing their ten or eleven year old would be very proud of them doing just that- making the most out of their excellent visit to the Hamshire Cass Mountain Centre!
A note on photos: We've noticed that we need a better balance to our photos. Don't worry about this, When publishing this post I've only had access to some of the files. The Centre has a waterproof camera with each group and the leader takes photos of all the activities. We will have many more to share when the children return on Friday.
Just a few more pictures from Class 6's exciting day at the Hampshire Cass Mountain Centre. After the canoeing session the children also undertook some team building projects where they had to solve problems. In the evening they had some organised activities and some free time before the bedtime story. Everyone is well! More soon.
After a hearty breakfast everyone in Class 6 went canoeing today. We only got a couple of photos because we couldn't take the camera onto the water! Everyone slept well last night and are looking forward to the evening meal tonight! More updates soon.
A warm welcome to our new cookery teacher.
I'll be teaching an introductory cookery course to years 5 and 6 from October. I am a qualified chef with a diploma in food and wine from the Leiths school in West London, previously I studied Biology at Durham University. As well as teaching experience I've worked in restaurants, mass catering and write a blog about my family's Sri Lankan food. I'm looking forward to having the children learn a repertoire of recipes for them to recreate at home!
- Shini Karandawala
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