Riverside Chair of Governors Blog Oct 2015

Riverside Chair of Governors Blog Oct 2015


Dear all


I am writing this on the last day of the first half term of the year. I’ve just been sat reflecting what a great start to the academic year it has been. Mrs Greenaway and the whole staff team have, as I anticipated in my last blog entry, indeed continued the drive to keep on improving with real gusto. When I’ve been able to get into school during the day, I’ve seen lots of purposeful and fun learning going on, and I’ve been wowed by the impressive displays of pupils’ work.


I was sad to miss the harvest festival assembly but I was lucky enough to pop-in on the Halloween disco the other night – crikey, what a lot of little monsters we have in out school, and some very game big monsters too! The children were obviously having a great time (though I was struck that there more of them in the tuck shop than on the dance floor!) so thanks to all the grown-ups involved in the event.


As the year progresses I’m looking forward to witnessing the impact of the more comprehensive range of experiential trips taking place this year. Far from being cushy days out, evidence shows that such events are excellent facilitators of learning and triggers for developing confidence, aspiration and imagination.


The only bad news of note this term was that, despite massive effort, we narrowly failed to win a grant from M&S that would have allowed us to have taken a big eco step in installing solar panels. However, I am delighted to report that, undaunted by this setback, parent governor Jez Tweed has been successful in securing funding that will allow us to complete the job of installing far more efficient lighting throughout the school so we have still been able to take a good step to make our Victorian building as energy efficient as possible. Well done to Jez.