I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to St Michael’s School, a place where every child is unique, yet being different is what we all share in common.
One of my favourite poems is ‘I Have Learned’, by Maya Angelou. I would like to use this opportunity to share my reflections on what we, at St Michael’s, have learned over the years…
At St Michael’s, we have learned that children only have one experience at primary school and therefore we want that experience to be the very best.
We have learned that we should celebrate mistakes and see them as learning opportunities… and if you don’t know it, it only means you don’t know it yet.
We have learned that being a Church of England School gives us a distinctive character and a platform for our school values to underpin our caring ethos.
We have learned that our ambition and commitment in pursuit of the highest possible academic standards are important, but good personal and moral values are essential to the development of a resilient, kind and well-adjusted citizen in today’s world.
We have learned that effort, hard work and a positive attitude lead to progress and progress should be celebrated.
We have learned that we can instil a love for learning in our children if school is a safe place where children feel accepted, included and confident to tackle challenges.
We have learned that learning new content is good, but experiencing it is so much better – and so much more memorable!
We have learned that we need to give the children collaborative learning opportunities because sometimes they learn better from their peers than from their teachers!
We have learned that when we compete, we do so with the determination to win, but we are gracious when we lose.
We have learned that education is a partnership between home and school and that children flourish when their parents are active partners in our school’s development.
We have learned that we should all strive to be the best we can be.
Finally, we have learned, like Maya Angelou, that we still have a lot to learn and will never stop reflecting on the best means to enable our children to flourish in their potential.
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