Mr Phelan’s Weekly Round Up

As another week has sped by, our focus here at Duncombe has been on anti-bullying week with the strap line ‘one-kind word’. In assembly on Monday Miss Cartwright led the school through the importance of kindness in our words and actions, who we can speak to if we are ever concerned and having the confidence to speak out when things are not right. This was swiftly followed by a wonderful flash-mob experience during morning break. Led by Mrs Johnson and supported by Duncombe Bear himself, the staff and pupils danced to the Harry Styles tune ‘Treat People with Kindness’. Well said Harry and well played Team Duncombe!

Pupils and staff have been engaged in discussions and work around kindness, the importance of making everyone feel welcome, valued and included. Each phase has created a Kindness Tree with comments in praise of their peers and staff. The ability to say well done and offer praise is a valuable skill in itself. You may remember during the periods of lockdown how I shared many lovely comments and emails from our families in praise of all that was being done. I said at the time that such lovely supportive comments go so far in building up and helping everyone go further. It was true during lockdown, and it remains true now. So, I was thrilled when a parent wrote to say the following ‘I just wanted to say how lovely it was to watch the children dance to One Kind Word today. You really feel part of the Duncombe family when bringing the whole school together for a great and important cause. Great effort! Well done Duncombe children!’ A real shot in the arm for all involved – A big thank you from me!

Mo O’Hara, our Patron of Reading, ran an excellent writing workshop with Year 6 earlier in the week. The buzz of excitement was palpable, and the pupils really engaged so positively in the variety of tasks and exercises. Mo will be providing future workshops and with this week’s experience as our reference point, we really are in for a treat.

Treetops’ pupils and staff celebrated Nursery Rhymes on Thursday. They all looked wonderful, as you’ll see from the photos below. It was great to see everyone make such a fine effort to be involved and enjoy all that nursery rhymes have to offer.

The PA put on a phenomenal light show experience on Friday, and it was lovely to see so many families in attendance enjoying the time to be together and the spectacular display. I have written to both Hanna Ripp and Zoe Bateman to say a very heartfelt and sincere thank you for co-ordinating the evening. I know they are the first to say thank you to the many parents who hosted stalls, helped set up and pack away, provided catering and ensured all went so smoothly.

Next week looks to be another packed week of activities and learning including Year 2 to The Roald Dahl museum, various sporting matches and the launch of our ‘Big Write’ assessment which every pupil will be fully involved in.


Do have a wonderful weekend. Mr Phelan

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