Mrs McShane’s Weekly Message – 30th April 2021

Another busy week in the Cumnor household and I think the children are ready for a long weekend. I hope that the sun shines so that we can all spend some time outside and in the fresh air.

We were able to hold our transition events for our next intake of Reception girls, it was so lovely to be able to welcome the girls and their parents to the school – albeit on three different days so that we could observe bubbles and be as covid-secure as possible. All the girls had fun foraging for things with which to decorate their crowns, and familiarise themselves with the school grounds. We enjoyed looking to see whether each was taller or smaller than Jerome the Giraffe and decided that everyone would be taller than him in September.

Another highlight for me this week has been my visits to the food tech room where the girls have been making soft cheeses and pasta, and I learned that all I need is 100 grams of flour and 1 egg, to knead it for 10 minutes and hey presto pasta……. So guess what will be happening in the McShane household this bank holiday.

Clubs are up and running, and it is heartening to see so many of the girls tapping into the broader opportunities that the school has to offer. There has been a low uptake on clubs which can make it quite hard for some of them to run effectively, so if you have not signed up but would like to, please contact the school office.

I was delighted to be on the call to Year 5 and 6 parents about their daughters’ upcoming field trip to Bushcraft. This will be a superb opportunity for them to “Think outside” (Oh I can feel a blog post coming on!). It is an excellent environment in which they will test their teamwork and problem-solving skills and demonstrate their own leadership potential. The children learn so much on this trip, not just about the outside but more importantly about themselves and their own capabilities and resilience. I have been going to the Bushcraft company for over 10 years and cannot extol the virtues of this outdoors education enough.

As I write, I can hear the chatter, the honest laughter and joy of the girls as they play outside, and it really reiterates the importance of being together and social interaction. Your daughters are in the right place, they are happy and they are learning. I feel a great optimism that we are coming to the end of this strange period in all of our lives. We have all learned lessons, learned new ways to do things and been reminded of the importance of each other.

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Have a splendid bank holiday weekend and let’s all hope that the weather breaks tradition and stays sunny!

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

Walt Whitman

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