I trust everyone had a great Half Term break and managed to enjoy some time with family and friends. It certainly feels like the run up to Christmas now that it is dark on my journeys to and from school. This week has been rather cold too and I have needed to de-ice the car most mornings. Can you make sure your children are well prepared for the change in the weather each day? We recommend water-proof, thick coats, gloves and hats. It would be useful if these were distinctive in character or labelled with the child’s name as they are easily mislaid in school. You may also wish your child to walk to school in wellingtons or similar boots and change into school shoes in the building. If your child can wear something with a reflective strip or illuminous band, this will also help them to be visible to drivers as they cross roads. Please ensure any pupils cycling to school have working lights and reflectors.
Our older children have been very aware of politics over recent months, it seems to dominate the news. They often ask about Brexit and President Trump and it allows us to speak with them about democracy and the role of Government in our lives. In school, we vote for School Council representatives and often have votes for other aspects of school life. This is good practice for their adult lives, when they will be able to exercise their rights to vote for persons to represent them at a local and national level. With the announcement that there will be a general election on 12th December, I would encourage parents to use this as an opportunity to discuss this with your child. We teach the children about political freedom through our curriculum. They learn about early democracy in Ancient Greece, the changes made following the Norman conquest to voting rights and the law. We teach about the hard-won votes for women and the struggle to get rights, including the right to vote, linked to skin colour. It is vitally important that the children see this as relevant to their own lives and that they have the power to make the changes they want to see around them.
If you haven’t registered to vote, there is still time to do so.
Have a lovely weekend