Food for thought

It is a well-known fact that one of the most important considerations for us all is a 'balanced-diet'. The children learn this through the curriculum, both in Science and PSHE, understanding what constitutes '1 of your 5 a day' and the difference between carbohydrate and protein, for example. This extends further where discussion topics centre about the importance of Omega-3 oils and which fish contain the most. One of the most debated topics is the importance of fruit and vegetables, with many sources in the media expressing concern that children do not consume sufficient quantities of these food groups. It has been well documented that certain aspects of your diet can stimulate cognitive development whilst others can inhibit. So, ensuring there is a balance is key, particularly during a child's formative years.

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Can Music and Sport really mix?

Over my teaching career, I have worked in many schools and there has always been the perennial problem of Music versus Sport. If a rehearsal is scheduled at the same time as a team practice, which takes priority? Both play such a vital part in a child's development and it is undoubtedly unfair of teachers to ask them to choose. This is why here at The Croft we have it spot on!

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Confidence in children is, without doubt, one of the fundamental building blocks to success. I am frequently impressed with how at ease the children appear to be on the stage, an experience many adults would find uncomfortable – me included!

Whether they are performing in a Class Assembly, playing a musical instrument, reading from the Bible, or collecting a certificate, the pupils exude an air of confidence I wish I had when I was their age. When I chat with the children about what it feels like to be on the stage, they all express how much fun they have had performing to their audience. Just this morning, 3H’s Assembly on Makaton had the children singing an unaccompanied song to an audience of approximately 400 people!

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Burns Supper

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great Chieftan o' the Puddin-race!

I have to admit this is not the normal opening to my lunch duty on a Friday, but how very apt, as pupils take feast on Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. I am sure that Rabbie himself would have enjoyed taking lunch with us today, not just to hear his infamous "Ode to a Haggis" being recited with Scottish pride, but to have the haggis piped in was something special.

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Well here it is, my inaugural Headmaster’s Blog!

When considering writing a Blog, I wondered what type I would write. Would I describe and give my opinions on the latest Government initiatives, maybe, or would I discuss on-going educational matters, probably, or indeed, would I keep with the unique and individual qualities that make The Croft a special place, definitely!

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