The last couple of weeks have been fairly amazing at my school. You know the kind of weeks when everything just goes right, exactly as you want it too – well this last couple of weeks have been like that.
It began with our ex Headteacher being awarded his MBE for services to children with disabilities. Regular readers of my blog will know that he was HT for 23 years and was very highly regarded in the profession and much loved by parents and staff. He built an Outstanding school and carefully selected staff who wanted the very best for very poorly children or those children with behaviour challenges in our area. He was extremely successful and it was a sad day when he left. He was presented with his award by the Duke of Cambridge and we are very proud of him. He has not left education altogether and is using his skills to help schools engage with the wider community using photography, videos and Content Marketing. His work can be found here. Do have a read of what he’s up to, you will like it, he is very talented.
Almost immediately after this my school received two awards in the regional education awards. We believe we have the best NQT for miles around. She has gone from strength to strength throughout the year and it has been a joy to watch her develop and hone her skills. Her latest achievement is to undertake the leading of the Speech and Language and AAC team at my school. This is a huge responsibility for anyone let alone an NQT who is learning her craft. She is now leading this team and will be delivering training to schools nationally. As you can imagine, we are very proud of her.
At the same Awards ceremony we were also awarded Best Primary School of the Year. We are exceptionally proud of this award as not only were we up against all the mainstream primaries in the area we were also in competition with all other special schools. A selection of our staff and children were thrilled to walk down the red carpet to receive this particular award, quite a coup for a small school like ours.
During the same week I myself had my interview and assessment for becoming a Specialist Leader of Education with the Fylde Coast Teaching School Alliance. I am still awaiting the outcome of this process but I would be honoured to be awarded this status with FCTSA. I have my fingers crossed!
Today was Christmas dinner day in school. As a school staff we worked together to make our school hall look like the ultimate party room for our children. Some of our children, like many others will not be sitting down as a family to eat their Christmas lunch together. Our school team see it as their pleasure to provide what may be missing in the homes of some of the children. Music was playing, crackers were pulled, hats were worn and a delicious meal was cooked by our talented Cookie.There was a lovely atmosphere around the place as the children ate their lunch. Then, there were excited squeals as Santa arrived to bestow presents for all the children. The looks on the faces of some of the children was just magical. How can a jolly man dressed in a red suit provide such joy for children between the ages of 2 and 19 years? Best of all, our children care so much for each other that not one of the older students saw it as their duty to spoil the presence of Santa for the younger ones.
So that just about covers the two weeks leading up to Christmas in my school. Our new Head Teacher goes from strength to strength and continues to lead this successful team as has been shown by our latest awards. On Monday of this week she held a whole school briefing to an incredibly tired staff. She informed everyone of how proud she is of us and thanked everyone for our commitment to the children and reminded us that everything we do, we do for our children. Little touches like this two minute pep talk transform our HT in to an Outstanding leader in my opinion. Everyone needs to feel valued, especially when tired out. A timely talk in my opinion.
Happy Christmas everyone 🙂