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Aspire, Achieve, Excel

The twenty-first century is such an unknown entity it is our duty, as educationalists, to empower our pupils with the skills to embrace any challenge they may face in the future. Whether that be providing them with the foundations to attain outstanding examination results, nurturing an underlying talent, or simply the confidence to communicate with others.

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The Great Croft Cook-Off

How do you inspire 84 children aged between 7 and 11? You introduce a cookery contest! When Mrs Edwards, Catering Manager, approached me with an idea inspired by the Great British Bake-off, little did either of us realise just how excited the children would be. To have 84 entrants into a baking contest was far beyond our wildest dreams!

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A Different Kind of Resolution

As we enter a New Year, much conversation centres around resolutions that people make. Many seem to emanate from a possible overindulgence during the festive period and a desire to take action to remedy this. Frequently this takes the form of an improved diet, restriction of certain foods - chocolate and cakes seem to be the most popular! - and a desire to become more physically fit.

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Time - the most precious commodity

How many times do we use or hear the expression, “I haven’t got enough time!”? I have even asked my PA to see if she could possibly find a way of building a couple of extra hours into my day to complete the tasks I need to get done! The life of an adult in the 21st century is one of moving from activity to activity at breakneck speed, but can you imagine what it will be like when our children reach adulthood - for me that is a scary proposition!

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Food for thought

It is a well-known fact that one of the most important considerations for us all is a 'balanced-diet'. The children learn this through the curriculum, both in Science and PSHE, understanding what constitutes '1 of your 5 a day' and the difference between carbohydrate and protein, for example. This extends further where discussion topics centre about the importance of Omega-3 oils and which fish contain the most. One of the most debated topics is the importance of fruit and vegetables, with many sources in the media expressing concern that children do not consume sufficient quantities of these food groups. It has been well documented that certain aspects of your diet can stimulate cognitive development whilst others can inhibit. So, ensuring there is a balance is key, particularly during a child's formative years.

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