From the Headmaster….

Posted: 11th March 2019

Dear Parents

As I don my wellies and make my way out to the field to enjoy the Year 3s’ flagship sporting fixture of the year, the Tag Rugby and Netball Festival, I am reminded of the busy and varied nature of our children’s lives.  This afternoon, most of the rest of the school will enjoy a preview performance of the Years 4 and 5 neolithic extravaganza, Rock Bottom, ahead of the main performance this evening to which I hope you are coming.  Mrs Mayhew, Mr Cortes and their team have worked tirelessly this week to bring this show to the stage and we wish them all very well tonight.  Break a leg!

Our senior pupils have been involved in assessments this week in preparation for their Holmwood House Certificate which comes to fruition in the summer. Their approach to the exams has been mature and calm and we are confident that they will have performed well. They, along with many others, deserve a good rest this weekend. 

On Monday and Tuesday next week, we will be visited by a team of around 6 teachers from other Bellevue schools who will undertake our annual Learning Review.  Led by Mark Hammond, Headmaster of Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School is East Sussex, the team will be focusing solely on the pupils’ learning; how they learn, how they understand the learning process and how well they can talk about those things.  In addition to the lesson observations, the team will conduct interviews with staff and parents and I wrote to you earlier today asking for volunteers to speak to Mr Hammond on Monday about the learning process.  We will receive feedback on Tuesday and once I receive the report in due course, I can share the outcomes of this process with you as part of my next Update to Parents due later this month.  

With best wishes

Alexander Mitchell 

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