Mr Phelan’s Weekly Round Up

There has been a real buzz of energy this week with so many visitors for different classes in EKG through to Year 1, and our very busy Open Morning. The feedback from both current and prospective new families has been so very positive with a real sense of joy of school life being celebrated. There are other open class events planned for this term with Lower School including Year 3 on Thursday morning, so do come along if you are able to.

The sense of purposeful engagement is infectious and as I reflect on the full week, I have been struck with how much effort and energy everyone puts in. Year 6 on Wednesday, by way of an example, were thrown into the ‘Financial Capability Day’ in creating and developing a lemonade business to be budgeted for and sold to a captive Duncombe market! Former parent, Mr Martin returned to deliver this excellent experience and was struck with how well the pupils listened and critically, asked the right questions. For example, Adam wanted to know the exact millimetre measurement when taking responsibility for financial planning so he could create a model for his team to maximise profits! With other such examples Mr Martin commented that he had very high hopes for our future industries with such dynamic and hardworking pupils on display at Duncombe. Year 6 also enjoyed a visit to the Henry Moore Museum today, look out for a full report next week!

Energy was also very evident when I observed Reception at work for literacy this week. The balance of engagement, ideas, listening, and endeavour was exceptional, acting as testament to both the wonderful pupils and their amazing teachers and staff. Whilst recalling the tale of Tiddler and why he was always late for school the pupils constructed their own sentences of possible excuses for a fish being late every morning! These included but were by no means limited to, ‘I was playing with a mermaid’, ‘I was lost in a museum’ and a more relatable one, ‘I have just got back from a holiday’! The progress and social development of the children was a joy to behold and just like Mr Martin, I have very high hopes of what the future holds with such capable young people soon to be at the helm.

In assembly at the start of the week, the Hatfield Charity team supported by Ms Everson presented a most engaging and informative assembly to launch this term’s charity Médecins Sans Frontières- Doctors without Borders. Oscar and the team shared the origins of (MSF) and how currently they are heavily supporting many families and hospitals in and around Ukraine, along with the work they conduct providing medical assistance to many who would otherwise have no care at all. You can find out more via this link Who we are | MSF UK. Hatfield have planned a dress up in MSF colours day, selling of ice lollies as the weather continues to get warmer and will be hosting stalls at the upcoming PA Jubilee May Fair in order to raise money for such a deserving cause.

Next week the energy continues to be required with Science Week occurring for all children (do look out for the article from Mrs Ferguson in this newsletter, it’s all about growth) In addition, we have Class and Sport teams photos on Wednesday, so blazers and combs at the ready and 2A will be leading assembly on Friday morning. It’s just as well that we have a Bank Holiday on Monday to fully charge the batteries!

Have a wonderful bank holiday. Mr Phelan

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