Head's Blog

New Year, New Term!

We have only been back for a week but the festive season seems a very long time ago! The children have all settled in really well and seem to be getting used to a full day again (as have the staff!)

We have a very busy, exciting term planned. Our first ‘event’ was last Wednesday when NCC’s online safety officer, Simon Aston came in to work with all the children in Key stage One and Two. Simon then led a very informative evening for parents. Simon came very highly recommended and the children were all very engaged during his session. He then delivered a thought provoking presentation in the evening which has certainly led to a lot of discussion amongst parents and staff alike. I will be sending out a summary of his key points, recommended websites and apps over the next few days.

Friday January 18th is World Religion Day. To celebrate this, we are devoting the whole week to learning about different religions and are delighted that many speakers will be coming to both schools to share their beliefs and practises with the children. This will include representatives from the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. We would like to share what we have learnt with you at a special assembly on Wednesday 23rd January at 9.15am. Each class will take one religion and present what they have learnt. We will send a reminder out nearer the time but all are welcome.

On Wednesday 13th February, we are delighted that all of Key Stage 2 will have the opportunity to participate in art activities at Yardley Arts opposite Yardley school. We will be arranging a coach to transport children to and from the workshops. Yardley Arts have very kindly offered to open up on the Thursday morning at 8.30am (until 9.30am) for you to see the work that the children have created. Mrs Gibson and I will be on hand to provide coffees and refreshments! We are more than happy for families to arrive at Denton slightly late for school that morning to allow you the opportunity to have a look at the art work. We held very similar art event and sharing session with Yardley children in Key Stage Two last term which was hugely successful, so are delighted to be able to offer the same to the Denton children.

 

Christmas Time!

The weeks are flying by and we are fast approaching the end of term. The children have been busy rehearsing for their festive productions with beautiful singing ringing across the school. We also held our annual Christmas Art Day which was a glittery and creative success as always. Thank you to those who came along to help. We always appreciate your support and assistance and hope that you enjoyed your day.

I hope to see many of you at our performances before the end of term but if I don't, I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Here's to a wonderful 2019.

Mindfulness

As I am sure many of you are aware, at the beginning of this academic year, the children in year 6 started attending weekly mindfulness sessions led by mindfulness coach Sheens Shah. Mindfulness involves children learning relaxation techniques and helping children to develop concentration and self-awareness. It is designed to help them learn techniques to help them de-stress and to improve their self-esteem. Over the course of the last week, there has been a lot in the press about children’s mental health and the pressures on them today. As a school, we believe teaching social and emotional skills are as important as the academic ones and will be looking to roll out this programme to other year groups over the course of the year. We are also investigating sessions for teachers! If you, as parents or carers, are interested in sessions, maybe alongside your child, please let me know.

We are delighted that the Chronicle and Echo came in to see one of our sessions last week and have published an online article. ( https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/pupils-taught-self-importance-in-northamptonshire-school-mindfulness-sessions-1-8714215)

Later this week, the are publishing a broader piece about our sessions in the context of children’s mental health. They are looking for parent testimonials about our sessions or views about it. If you have anything you would like to share please do let me know.

In the meantime, we will continue to put the teaching of mindfulness high on our agenda with the view that we want children to be healthy and happy, not just now but for the rest of their lives. Teaching them about relaxation and self-worth early will hopefully help them to do just that.

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