Mr Phelan’s Weekly Round Up W/E 26th November

It’s certainly cold outside! But the wheels of endeavour and hard work have certainly not ceased here at Duncombe this week. I have been observing several lessons across the week and continue to be so very impressed with both the pupils’ personal development and academic progress, allied to the excellent teaching and support provided by the staff. In Year 2 I observed our pupils tackle the challenges of identifying and using imperative verbs as they created the instructions for recipes inspired by George’s Marvellous Medicine! I also saw how far the pupils’ ICT skills and applications have progressed, taking full advantage of the dedicated devices which we have deployed in classes for Years 1 and 2 as we further develop our Edtech delivery. In year six, learning about the awesomeness of the natural wonders of the world. The discussions, accurate application of key terminology and the significant progress in applying ICT skills were exceptionally impressive to see. Many Year 6 have been or will be completing a series of 11+ examinations this week, we wish them every success and the hard work of all pupils continues across the phases of the school.

Year 2 were delighted to visit the Roald Dahl Museum on Thursday. This is always a great highlight of the curriculum experience building on their Roald Dahl inspired learning this half term. The pupils were able to find out about the life and works of Roald Dahl and get closer to the characters from his many works. Do look out for a full report.

Pupils across the school have been involved in a number of sporting events, we are thrilled with the feedback we are receiving about the courtesy, sportsmanship and skills on display. There will be a full coverage report from the Sports Department towards the end of the term, but once again this Headmaster was very pleased to see our U11 Rugby Team come away with well-deserved victories against Heath Mount and Lochinver at the Haileybury Rugby Tournament.

In assembly at the start of the week we looked at the importance of play and the role it has in all humans’ lives. We discussed a variety of reasons why play is vital for human development, relationships and learning. There are a wealth of sources to support the importance play has for children and adults alike. If you would like to have a quick click here: 

Friday morning was greeted with the sounds of pupils performing in the Music assembly for invited pupils and parents. Once again Mrs Sutton and her team of Peri’s ensured the gathered throng were in for a real treat. It is so lovely to hear the music and singing reverberate around the school- just lovely!

In the whole school assembly today we looked at the importance of light in festivals. With Hannukah to start this weekend and Advent very soon too, we learnt about how light plays a pivotal role in our lives starting with the way phenomenons such as the Northern Lights can have on individuals as they observe them. You may have noticed the school Christmas trees and lights have appeared this week around the site. The warm glow certainly prepares us for the upcoming festivities and are a delight to see. The preparations for our Christmas events are progressing well with the recent communication to all families listing the numerous events planned for our whole school to enjoy.


Have a wonderful weekend. Mr Phelan

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