Head's Annual Review

Summer Term Overview Thursday 12th July 2018

Dear Parents,
I have been thrilled with the wonderful range of activities and events that have taken place over the term. Please read on for more information about the events that have taken place at Faraday recently.

Sporting successes have continued with school teams competing in tag rugby and cricket. Naturally, Sports Day was fabulous! The Royal Victoria Gardens was a perfect setting for competition and some fun!

Our assemblies this term have been rich and varied with whole school singing, wake up/shake up, class presentations, Fantastic at Faraday and awards on Friday. We have also continued to promote our travel plan with the support of Alison from Sustrans. In addition to our regular Fantastic at Faraday assemblies which run each week, it was lovely to hear the children from Reception and Years 1, 2, 3 & 4 perform in the summer music concert along with the choir and LAMDA pupils. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by Years 5 & 6 was absolutely fantastic and entertained the audience on a beautiful mid-summer night!

It has been lovely to welcome a number of advisors to the school this term. Teacher subject co-ordinators have spoken to them about their subject area and how have developed it. Sara Green (Owner of Jordans Nursery) spoke to Mr. Dewar about our Reception class and their progress. Andrew Ellams (Deputy Head, Academic of St Pauls Girls’ School) learned about maths and how our curriculum ensures coverage across groups and topics. Peter Meyer (CEO) spent time looking at our computing and English curriculums. Ian Elliot (Parent Governor of Maple Walk) investigated the plans for sport, PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education) and art. Alexandra Cornforth visited to observe music and speak to Mr. Stein about music coordination. Xavier Villiers attended the summer music concert. David Jones focused on the development of design technology and science. Simon Phillips spoke to Madame Laetitia about the French curriculum and the success she’s seen this year.

The Friends of Faraday organised a disco for the children in Years 2 – 6, which was enjoyed by all and the annual Summer Fair which was a brilliant afternoon, particularly with the football on the big screen! The money raised this term will be used to purchase a competitive sports kit and IT equipment. We had a sporty fundraiser for Unicef and were delighted to donate to their worthy cause.

The younger pupils really enjoyed their dance workshops earlier in the term. Year 4 spent a day with the Shipbroker’s trialing their new curriculum, RBS mentors visited Faraday to help run money sense workshops and Mr. Cobb along with 3 Year 6 pupils attended Stephen Hawking’s Memorial Service. The whole school enjoyed their illustration workshops with ‘Knife and Packer’ which Ballymore sponsored and most recently, the Ideastore library staff attended an assembly to speak about the summer reading challenge which starts this weekend!

The pupils really enjoyed our end of year ‘Faraday’s got talent’ show and our French Bastille Day celebration. The Fiver Challenge was a great success and the pupils in Years 5 & 6 learned a great deal about economics – supply, demand, debt, profit, loans and so much more.

We have had two enjoyable afternoons welcoming new Reception children for drop-in sessions recently and will see them again on Wednesday 5th September at 3-4pm and everyone else on Thursday 6th September. After School Care and buses will be available from the first day of the new academic year and clubs will start on Monday 10th September. With Mrs. Murdoch set to join our dedicated team, we are most

looking forward to an exciting 2018-19 with a huge range of opportunities available to the children, new staff which we look forward to welcoming in September and continued focus on supporting and extending our well-rounded individual students.

Have a wonderful summer holiday!