It has been a pleasure to welcome a number of prospective parents to the school this week. A consistent piece of feedback from them is always around the confidence, courtesy and manners displayed by our pupils. As you know, manners are hugely important to us at Holmwood and we always encourage your children to remember their pleases and thank yous, and to allow others to go in front of them, to hold doors and to demonstrate the 3Cs as a matter of course. I enjoy presenting 3Cs badges in Prep assembly and in Pre-Prep the Golden Awards are very often centred around the golden rules. I reminded the children in an assembly recently that “The Best Things In Life Are Not Things!”
I omitted to tell you last week of our congratulations to Miss Denny who, over the Christmas break, became Mrs Denny! We are very happy for her and wish her and her husband all the very best for the future.
I have been conducting practice interviews with various Year 8 pupils this week in preparation for visits to senior schools. I am reminded of the vast range of things our pupils do both in school and beyond. Do remember to keep evidence of their activities and experiences for inclusion in their Laetatums which act as an excellent trigger for conversation in such meetings.
Thank you to all of those parents who completed the Communications Survey recently. Once we have had the opportunity to analyse the results, we will share these with you, but at first glance, it would appear that recent developments in this area are bearing fruit. You will receive our annual parent survey at the beginning of February. This is a tool used by all Bellevue schools to try to gauge parental satisfaction with a wide range of aspects of the school, many of which we are constantly trying to improve as part of our ongoing development plan. When you receive the request to complete the survey, I would be hugely grateful if as many of you as possible would take part in it.
With best wishes