It is hard to believe that we are just about to enter in to the fifth week of term. Time flies when you’re having fun!
Our start to the new academic year has focused on aiming high, persevering and not giving up when it gets tough. I have enjoyed sharing some of my running experiences with the children in assembly and sharing tips for overcoming challenge. One of my all-time favourite illustrations of this, being sporty, is from the retired British athlete- Derek Redmond – who held the record for the 400 metres sprint. The children were impressed with his efforts at the 1992 Olympic Games, in Barcelona, where he tore his hamstring mid-race but still managed to finish, limping across the line:
Together, we have discussed and shared strategies for not giving up and applied them to experiences both in and outside of school. This work has linked beautifully to our focus on positive relationships and excellent behaviour. We have been very clear that it is not acceptable to be unsafe or to disturb learning. We have also spent a huge amount of time praising pupils who have been recognised for doing the right thing and celebrating exceptional behaviour. We have some amazing role-models in school encouraging everyone to reach for the stars!
Don’t forget that school clubs start this week and I am really looking forward to seeing those who are joining me for cross-country on Thursday after school. We will be going off-site to explore some great running ground and we will certainly practise the art of perseverance!