As the long spring term draws to a close, I spend some time in my office reflecting on what has been a monumentalterm. Over 200 rugby fixtures, 100+ competitive swimming races, inter-house galas and music competitions, localmusic competitions, spring concerts, class assemblies, Mother’s Day events, parents meetings, selectivity tests,residentials and of course the recent ‘School of Rock Performance’. In the midst of all of this… some excellent learningalso took place. This got me thinking, maybe upon reflection these fixtures and events are the true learnings of theterm and the school.
Nearly at the end of another term and we are busy right to the end. Year 5 engaged and entertained us with their musical retelling of the story of the Wooden Horse of Troy on Thursday evening. They learned a great many words and every one of them was audible and intelligible and the girls sang the story with great energy. Every member of the
One week left of term and still so much to do… in the last week at Cumnor the boys and staff have been as busy as ever, in fact I think weekends are even busier than week days for some of our students!
We were delighted to welcome visitors to the school on Open Morning on Tuesday and they were very impressed by our girls’ in terms of their academics, their eloquence and their happy self-assuredness. Year Five lead the tours and always conduct themselves well and give a very honest view of the school. I am immensely proud of what we achieve here and the opportunities that the girls
10 Years, a decade! For some of our children this is longer than they have been alive… For Cumnor House it is the number of consecutive years we have retained the trophy as the best boys swimming school in Croydon.
Meet Mia, She runs a successful business. She is also a mum to two fabulous girls. She is a very busy lady and somehow manages to juggle everything that life throws her way. She is a real do-it-all modern woman.
Dear Parents Half term feels a long time ago, especially when you work at a school as fast paced as Cumnor House. The week has flown by and I have had the privilege of visiting many classes this week to see the hard work and learning of our boys. Reading with Reception and Nursery each week is a true highlight and this week RS impressed
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It has been another busy week at Cumnor. Year 2 ventured into London to put their learning about the Fire of London into context, they had a fabulous time and were able to recount the things that they had learnt. Both classes have presented very different and informative assemblies to their parents and were able to get their points across very clearly and confidently. It
As I sit here writing, the sun is shining, I hear children having fun in the playground and there is a general feeling of optimism in the air. Could it be my assembly about the the importance and value of love, Valentine’s Day optimism or the realisation that half term is one day away? I prefer to assume that my assembly on Monday has resonated
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This week began with an assembly using the morale of Aesop’s fable ‘The Fox and the Crow’ as the theme for learning. In the fable, the Fox flatters the Crow in order to steal some food, the lesson of the fable is to warn the unsuspecting, that flattery can sometimes be used unscrupulously to bring down our personal barriers and protection. Interestingly this led to
It is has always been a mission of mine to try and foster a culture of respect in all the schools I have worked in, showing respect to every individual child, staff member and parent equally. As in the real world, I do not believe any school will completely eliminate the lack of thoughtfulness that occurs when an individual allows emotion or personal negativity to
As Harvest time is fast approaching, I chose to use Monday's assembly to remind children the type of fruit they are growing in their time at Cumnor House. Fruit is the culmination of a tree or plant's ability to grow, nurture and develop a positive element of itself. As with the tree that silently feeds and shelters the fruit throughout the year or the plant
"Positive thinking is powerful thinking. If you want happiness, fulfillment, success and inner peace, start thinking you have the power to achieve those things. Focus on the bright side of life and expect positive results.” This week, my thinking has been on our pupil well-being and positive mindset, especially as Wednesday marked World Mental Health Day. I was posed the question that if I were
Two weeks into the new term at Cumnor and life appears to be settling down well.
Feedback from parents, teachers and children regarding our new exciting curriculum
changes is very positive and the children are particularly enjoying the opportunity to
focus on tasks for longer.
This week, Mrs McShane spoke with A+ magazine in their regular feature 'What's on your desk', offering an insight in to our Headmistress. What's in your desk Tidy or organised chaos? I often dream of being one of those super-organised people - you know the ones - everything has a place, everything in its place. What is the one thing in or on your desk
I would like to officially thank you – pupils, parents and staff for welcoming me to Cumnor House School for Girls and helping me along my first steps of this stage of my life’s journey – one that I began with a degree of excitement and trepidation