This afternoon Mr Vernon held group discussions with children from every year group to gain feedback on the topics that have been taught this half term. As well as every topic receiving 4 or 5 out of 5 stars, the wealth of knowledge that the children have learned is phenomenal. It was also really interesting to see where the children want to take their learning within future topics.
Today’s assembly told the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. We learned about the self-control and grit that Mr Robinson showed throughout his life, especially when facing a constant stream of racism against him. This was an excellent opportunity to remind our pupils about the core British value of equality in all areas of life, as well as about justice and fairness for all.
‘It is not necessary to react to everything you notice.’
Our pupils will receive a parliamentary guide this week. This booklet answers questions such as ‘What is the UK parliament?’, ‘What happens at an election?’ and ‘Why do we need laws?’, as well as providing a wealth of information about the democratic process.
One homework this week will centre around the information and activities within the booklet. We also have a special parliamentary visitor leading assembly next Tuesday on the subject of government.
Congratulations to our new Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy. This year’s selection process required the children to write a letter of interest in the positions, before attending a short interview with Mrs Williams and Mrs Taylor. Everyone who applied for the roles should be extremely proud of themselves; it was incredibly hard to pick from the range of amazing applicants putting themselves forward.
Stewart House had their own assembly this morning. As well as discussing how the best teams function, the House voted in their new House Captains. The children who put themselves forward for the role provided excellent speeches, one of which included the line ‘I can be your voice’. All participants also effectively balanced humour with the seriousness of the responsibility. To quote one of the winners:
‘With me as your captain, I will make sure that the other houses know who is boss!’
The School Council conducted themselves in a very professional manner whilst visiting Town Hall and the Mayor. The children asked interesting questions and showed a great deal of interest in the role of the Mayor.
Congratulations to our newly elected House Captains for each of the four houses at QPA (Hanover, Stewart, Tudor and Windsor). These pupils were elected by their peers into their new roles and will lead their houses during future events and competitions.