The children within our Brabyns family never cease to amaze me and their adaptability to this year is a great example of this. We have had to adapt and change whilst still keeping school as fun as it always has been - and in some cases making it even more fun! The children and staff have coped and responded so positively; we really do have some very creative staff and lots of problem solvers, who work with the current circumstances to provide the best possible learning opportunities (and fun) for the children.
The feedback from the children is that the despite the restrictions, they are really happy in their learning, they love being part of the Brabyns family, and they still thoroughly enjoy the experiences we continue to give them. The children have completed PASS (Pupil Attitudes to Self and School) surveys this week which gives us valuable feedback in their attitudes to their learning and school life. Like all assessment results, these will be analysed to ensure we are meeting the children’s needs and can address any areas accordingly.
In some areas of the curriculum we may be doing things in a slightly different way, but the children continue to thrive on the engaging opportunities on offer, and many are developing a natural resilience as a result. Resilient children are curious, brave, and trusting of their instincts. They know their limits and they push themselves to step outside of their comfort zone, a really imperative part of a successful learner.
Our forthcoming advent calendar will create the usual festive buzz of excitement around school and allow the children to have a great opportunity to perform. Our additional Christmas events for each class will ensure the children can enjoy the Christmas festivities at this magical time of year. These are great examples of our adaptability to ensure the very best for the children.
I have been really impressed with the way we have adapted our charity provision this year and Children in Need was a great example of this. The children engaged in various meaningful activities during the week to raise awareness and money for this valuable cause. Lots of fun was had along the way - Although not sure being a blue painted Smurf suited me?!
A key characteristic to having a successful and happy school is ensuring we develop a nurturing environment that looks after the whole child and helps them build strategies to feel happier about all aspects of their lives. Brabyns certainly achieves this and it is a pleasure to go to work everyday, see the children thrive whatever the circumstances, and enjoy the range of experiences we continue to offer at school.