Last week I attended a Heads’ conference in Leamington Spa. One of the key note speakers was Elizabeth Wright. Elizabeth represented Australia at two Paralympic Games and won three medals. At the conference she spoke on the subject of ‘Resilience, Well being and Success’.
On the topic of well being, she challenged adults in the room (and our pupils) to write down three things for which they are grateful for every day for one week. After repeating this exercise for seven days, “research has shown that it can reduce stress and improve happiness” for months afterwards. Perhaps today I’d like to thank…
- Soldiers past and present
- Our imaginative and talented pupils
- The generosity of the Stoneygate School parents
We began the week looking at the 100th anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele. The battle epitomised WWI. Due to torrential rain, the British and Canadian troops found themselves fighting not only the Germans but a quagmire of stinking mud that swallowed up men, horses and tanks.
After 105 days of brutal trench warfare, the Allies finally recaptured the village of Passchendaele – but by then around a third of a million British and Allied soldiers had been killed or wounded in some of the most horrific trench warfare of the conflict.
We looked at examples of bravery, such as the fighter pilot Hardit Singh Malik. Hardit had studied history at Oxford and played cricket for Sussex. He flew over Passchendaele whilst in pursuit of the ‘Red Baron’. Hardit, was unfortunately outnumbered in the skies and he was forced to crash land. There were over 400 bullet holes in his plane. Somehow he managed to survive; he died in 1980 (with two bullets still lodged in his leg).
Hardit Singh Malik, cricketer and fighter pilot.
Some of our Year 8 pupils have done some creative English based on their knowledge of the war.
A poem written by Will (Y8)
Keeping with creativity, I would like to thank all those pupils who participated in the ‘Children in Need Spotacular Painitng’ competition- an art competition organised by our Year 9 Charity ambassadors. It had one stipulation- the art work had to be spotty!
A spotacular effort! Well done to all who entered.
Finally, I’d like to thank the Stoneygate parents. I’d like to thank all of you who attended last night’s talk on ‘Stoneygate School and Secondary Education’; I’d also like to thank you for supporting our ‘Children in Need’ efforts, either through the baking or the buying of cakes.
We have currently raised over £350.
Stars of the week:
Reception: Aiden and Keira
Year 1: Zak for Forest School; Leo for number bonds to 20.
Year 2: Georgiana for odd and even numbers; Jessica for learning her Christmas concert words; Rayyan for listening and joining in at carpet time.
Have a good weekend,