“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, a quote by Aristotle with which I fully agree. The whole Croft community contributed to our recent fantastic ISI inspection from Early Years to Year 6. The school’s ethos, individual characteristics, keen efforts by everyone, and high standards in all areas combined to impress and confirm once again The Croft’s wonderful learning environment. The results, however, corroborate what we do naturally, that the excellent standards are the norm, and that pupils and staff are proud to do things this way, upholding a long-standing tradition.
We Will Remember Them
As we near the most poignant of Remembrance Sundays, it brings to mind the sheer number of heroic members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in battle. The 4 August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered one of the costliest conflicts in history – the First World War – with fighting continuing until the 11 November 1918, Armistice Day. It is important that we take time to reflect and think of all that these brave individuals gave and give on a daily basis and take inspiration from them.
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.
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!
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.