Mr Phelan’s Weekly Round Up

It has been an exceptionally busy week again here at Duncombe.

We hosted our U11 5-A-Side Football Tournament with the U11A Team winning the trophy with a very impressive 5-2 victory over Manor Lodge, having earlier dispatched St Joseph’s in the Park 5-1. There have been further matches across the week and I was delighted when Mr Sopher shared a wonderful email from the Head of PE at St Christopher School who said “I am just emailing to thank your boys and girls and to congratulate them on the high level of sportsmanship throughout both games. There were some great passages of play and I believe that all the players involved enjoyed themselves greatly.” This is wonderful to read, it is not the first time and I know it won’t be the last, but you all as parents and I as Headmaster, can take stock and be very proud of how the children act as excellent ambassadors for the school.

Our continued use of the AI learning platform Century Tech, has seen our pupil’s application and accuracy scores rank us in the top 12 schools just behind one or two very prestigious London Senior Schools to boot! This is excellent and represents how effectively staff and pupils continue to embed and develop their use of Edtech in lessons, homework and beyond.

We were thrilled to have Mo O’Hara and Alice Hemming complete the Patron of Reading handover on Wednesday. This was an exciting and energised event which saw Mo pick up the baton and metaphorically sprint off with our pupils in the next stage of supporting creative writing and a love for reading. With the library back in full swing and the soon to be announced ‘Big Write’ experience to get stuck into, it is certainly the case that learning really does come to life here at Duncombe.

Year 4 greatly enjoyed the RE trip to Holy Trinity Church where under the guidance of Reverend Thompson, they looked at rite of passage. Duncombe Bear lent a paw and I was pleased to hear that the children found this an engaging way to learn

In assembly we continued to look at Fundamental British Values of individual liberty and respect and tolerance transitioning smoothly into our focus for the coming week as Anti-Bullying Week is launched on Monday with our Odd Socks Day.

There are a host of events and assemblies to underscore the message of ‘one kind word’ and the power to build one another up.

Have a lovely weekend. Mr Phelan

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