December is nearly here

Tomorrow is an exciting day for many children as we enter into the first day of December and I know that many advent calendars will be opened excitedly across Northampton. As you would expect, at Simon de Senlis, we will be continuing with teaching across the curriculum until the final day of term when we will then take some time to celebrate the festive period with a school party.

At this time of year we like to think of other people less fortunate than ourselves and traditionally we have supported the Hope Centre for the homeless in Northampton. We will do this again this year, and so we ask that children do not send cards to one another and instead you use that money to buy a small donation for The Hope Centre. We suggest gloves, scarves, socks and toiletries or any festive goodies that may cheer a homeless person at this time of year. Last year we were able to send more than 1000 items to support the homeless, I wonder if we can match that again this year? Please start to bring your donations to school from Monday until the end of term.

On another note, I wanted to say how proud I was of the amazing staff and wonderful children on Tuesday, when a group of 20 visitors from within education came to see the curriculum at Simon de Senlis. Here are some of the feedback comments from the visitors-

An amazing example of a school completely committed to improvement.

All staff are so proactive and such a lovely feel.

Absolutely bowled over by what the children are achieving at SDS.

Such a warm place, full of joy and polite children working hard on an ambitious curriculum.

Amazing things taking place.

The quality of the children’s artwork and writing is impressive.

I particularly loved how keen the children were to show me their writing.

The morning provided a real source of inspiration.

I walked away feeling like I would have loved to have been a pupil at the school or a member of staff.

Great to see research informed practice in action.


What a wonderful place Simon de Senlis is!!

Please enjoy a restful weekend, and try not to eat too many chocolates from the advent calendars!


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