New term, new beginnings.
We had an excellent staff conference on Monday this week. It was an opportunity for me, one year in, to speak to staff about how excited I am to be starting my second year as the Head of Frensham. I love working here, and I am hugely excited about the opportunity of leading such a wonderful school. I also spoke about my ambitions for the school: I want this to be a world class progressive school. With our centenary coming up in five years’ time, there is an opportunity to harness the strengths of this amazing school and set it up for the next 100 years. I hope you are as excited as we are about being part of a school on this journey.
Last night a small group of staff spent a stimulating evening of professional development with an educational consultant discussing teaching and learning. It was a fascinating few hours to spend time with colleagues discussing thinking, learning, curriculum and how best to prepare students for a life worth living. Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934), an eminent Russian psychologist, said the following: ‘…children grow into the intellectual life of those around them’. The significance of lifelong learning is crucial; if our children see us (their parents and teachers) learning, discovering and developing, then they are likely to grown into curious lifelong learners, something I am sure we all want.
Next week sees the start of assessment week for entry to Year 7 and Year 9, culminating in a very busy assessment day next Saturday. We have a lot of interest in the school and we are excited to meet the applicants to see what they can bring to Frensham. Best of luck to all the candidates.
Finally, we welcome some new staff to the school this term: Sasan Dowlatshahi and Lisa Barnard join us as school counsellors; Natalie Clarke joins to teach Nursery, Reception and Year 3 Art and Annabel Ware and Judith Wallace join the Junior School as teaching assistants. We wish them all much happiness as they join our community.