Monday Musings

Thoughts from your Head Teacher..

Change and moving on!

Many of you will know that I have 3 boys - all of which have had a big dose of Montessori influence in their lives! I am just back this evening from taking my eldest off to University in Canterbury. A day of mixed emotions - anxious, sad, redundant and proud. He is a happy, confident, independent young man, who shook hands, looked people in the eye and said hello, who asked us to leave to let him 'get on with it', who hugged and was strong for his little brother who was very very sad when we tried to leave. My aim for your children at The Meadows is that they will become brave, confident, independent children - Maria Montessori said - "But, above all it is the education of adolescents that is important, because adolescence is the time when the child enters on the state of manhood and becomes a member of society." (From Childhood to Adolescence, p. 60)".

Your child's education, in full, is so important. It may feel like a very long way away - I cannot quite believe I am sitting here and it has happened today! However, I do believe that the influence of Montessori on my children's life has made them what they are.

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Dates for your diary

Sunday 27th September - 2.30pm - 4pm - Garden Party - Grand Opening - Guest appearance from Mick Mills who will be declaring the garden open! We really want to see you! Please see the flier below.

Saturday 7th November- 2.00pm - 4pm - Scarecrow Festival

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Young Voices @ The O2 and Suffolk Music Festival.

All forms should now be back to Jo for the O2 - thanks to everyone who has replied. I am really looking forward to this event and we will start singing the songs after half term!


Friday, Sep. 25th, 9am

Humber Doucy Lane

We are ALL walking to Tuddenham on Friday this week. A coach will be taking us to the Rugby Club on Humber Doucey Lane and we will then walk to the Tuddenham Fountain (2 miles). The coach will be picking up Dragonflies at this point and bringing them back to school. The rest of the children will then walk back to the Rugby Club.

All children need a disposable drink and snack for the walk - these will be put in the bin at the pub. (We stop at the Tuddenham Fountain for snack). Grasshoppers and Fireflies need a suitable back pack to carry on their back - Dragonflies do not need one as we will distribute their snacks amongst the older children to carry - Therefore PLEASE put their drink and snack in a disposable plastic bag with their name on.

Please also ensure that your child is wearing suitable clothing and footwear on Friday. If it is not wet then trainers or walking boots are the best thing for them to wear to walk in - wellies are not great! However, if it is wet, then Wellies will be fine - just please ensure that they fit properly!

We will be back at school for lunch.

Welcome to Lisa - our new SENCO

I am pleased to welcome Lisa to our Meadows family today. She will be spending this week having hand over meetings with Kayleigh and familiarising herself with the children who will benefit from her extensive experience and support. Lisa is working on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday all day. I am sure you will all give her a wonderful Meadows Welcome!

Well done Jenni!

We are delighted and proud to share this exciting news! At the end of last term Sarah Jenkins supported Fireflies in entering a writing competition where they had to write a Saga. Jenni heard yesterday that her saga titled ' Unusual Findings' was a winning one and it is going to be included in a published book called 'Once Upon a Time - East Anglia.' Her saga goes into a bigger pot now- so we will wait to see if she wins anything at National Level. Well done Jenni - what a great way to start off your Year 7 in High School!
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