W/B 17th June 2013 – Open doors.

So many events in the last two weeks! The main event was our open evening on Thursday evening. The school had such a great buzz about it. Both sites were really busy with new, current and past families. The buildings looked fantastic. The children’s work is of such a high quality. The displays so bright and colouful. The children are so proud of their achievements. We had many visits from past children and families who wanted to see how the school had changed since we had become one school and they were impressed. It gave me a pause for reflection on how far we have actually come in such a short time. The governors, staff and children have worked so very hard. Not only do the buildings look fantastic the quality of teaching and learning is consistently good or better and this shows in the progress and results of the children. St Mary’s really does relentlessly pursue excellence in all areas and this is nothing more than the children and families deserve. One of the highlights was watching the choir at Rectory Gardens. The children sang so beautifully, but it was not this that made me realise how good they were it was the reaction of the visitors. Not a dry eye in the house.

The KS2 children have been involved in a project with the Jealous Gallery in Crouch End over the last couple of weeks. They all created a peace of art based on a shop theme and these were displayed in the Gallery. The children were then invited to visit and took part in a screen printing workshop. A screen was created especially for St Mary’s and all the children produced their own print. It was such a fantastic experience for them and so much thought had been put into it by the staff of Jealous. I ask you all to pay them a visit and thank them personally as projects such as these really add a wow to the curriculum and the children’s experiences.

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Receptions assembly was another triumph this week. Such talent. Over the next few weeks the children start to get ready for their transition to the next year and this was highlighted in the Year six leavers service at St Paul’s wood Green where Y6 children from all the Church of England and Catholic schools come together for a service of celebration. It was a lovely service and was tribute to all the fantastic children in Haringey. I wish them all well as they move on to their secondary schools.

I am hoping next week will be quieter, but would I really want that? Probably not. I thrive on the variety,  and I can say I am never board.