Dear St Philip’s Families
Thank you all for the warm welcome you have shown me since my arrival. It has been a pleasure to meet so many of you and hopefully it won’t take me too long to learn everyone’s names!
The children have made a great start to the New Year and are enjoying their new topics. They will be bringing home curriculum guides today so that you can support them in their learning.
Over the next few weeks we will be developing our learning qualities. This is based on the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck. Dweck discovered that it’s not just our abilities and talents that bring us success, but whether we approach our goals with a fixed or growth mindset. Next week, we will be focusing on determination – maybe you could ask your child to give you an example of when they have shown determination in their learning.
We will also be working with Mr Schooley, a PE advanced skills teacher who will be helping the staff to develop their skills in teaching PE and increasing opportunities for competition within the school.
Mrs Wilding has established an RE council who will be involved in making decisions about the Catholic life of the school and we very much look forward to working with them on this.
Finally, I can’t sign off without saying a huge thank you to the Friends of St Philip’s for all the hard work they have put into their production of ‘Snow White’. I know last night was a great success and the children are really looking forward to the afternoon production today. The work that goes into a production of this scale is immense and I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Friends for all the fundraising work they do to support the school.
With very best wishes
New school admission code consultation
A new schools admissions code has been proposed for 2016 and the local authority have asked me to draw your attention to the consultation. This can be viewed on the East Sussex County Council website and responses sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.