Celebration Assembly was a joy this week. There has been a real upturn in the quality of the pupils’ hymn singing this year as a direct consequence of their weekly practice with Mrs Issaka.
It is not just that they are singing with more confidence, but the children are so obviously getting more enjoyment from singing the hymns. With a greater variety and the introduction of some more traditional hymns from the new Methodist Hymn book, suddenly the start of assemblies are becoming reminiscent of the rousing singing one might have associated with chapels in the heyday of Cornish Mining.
But of course celebration assembly is just that; about celebrating the pupils achievements, and we had a wonderful mix on Tuesday. We had our first two bronze awards for helpfulness; whenever a pupil does something helpful, staff are able to reward them with a teamwork sticker – a merit; collect ten and they receive a Bronze Merit Award. For two pupils to have collected ten merits this early in the term is excellent.
When pupils undertake their written work they will receive housepoints; if a child does an outstanding piece of work, they will receive five housepoints and are then awarded a Headmasters’ Commendation. In a normal week I would normally present perhaps two or three such commendations. This week, however, I had twelve commendations for pupils across the year groups in History, English Mathematics and Science; this would suggest that the children are working really hard at the moment.
Two pupils received their instrumental music exam certificates for violin and flute, both passing with Merit; part of a steady stream of certificates over the last few weeks. We have a super little orchestra who accompany us with the hymn each week and it’s good to see them getting better and better.
I had two beautiful cups to present to Max Caddis in Year 4 after he took part in the Saltash Speech and Drama Festival last week, gaining distinctions in both his classes by reading a set poem and reciting a humorous verse. Well done, Max!
And then finally, I had the privilege of presenting our U11 Netball team of Rosie, Laura, Jessica, Amy, Nila, Elena, Elinor, Madi and Scarlett with their medals for coming Runners-up in the Bryanston Invitation Tournament. There were 29 teams from different schools taking part. Our team won all six games in their group scoring 25 goals and conceding only 7. They went on to win their semi-final 4-3 and only lost in the final against Twyford 7-3 – an outstanding performance against some very strong schools. Well done in particular to Rosie who was named player of the tournament!
It is at moments like these, as I realise how much our young pupils are achieving, that I understand what a privilege and a joy it is to be a Headteacher.