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March 23, 2021 by Ashley Penny

In the last couple of years we have introduced our 5Rs to the children quite explicitly in weekly sessions and this year we are trying to incorporate them into the individual homegroups, so I was very pleased when the children brought them up in a brainstorm I had with the year 5/6s about the whole school performance for this year.

Without giving away too much about the plot at this stage, the 5Rs will have an integral role in this year’s performance.

However, I am seriously thinking of making it 6Rs in the future as the word “Relationships” keeps popping up as we meet to discuss aspects of our school review.

Harmony Day 2021 - Italian Dancing

Relationships are at the core of everything we do at Village School and it is the “tone” of these relationships that sets us apart from other schools.

It is the way the teachers speak to the children which engenders the way they relate to us. Visitors immediately realise this when they tour the school with me.

The children are empowered to speak up without fear of criticism or any false protocol and so an individual child will often openly chat to a visitor and ask them if they’d like to see the turtle, guinea pigs or whatever.

None of this is rehearsed, it just naturally happens.

However, it’s interesting how many visitors greet me with the phrase “Isn’t this a great little school?” And they’ve barely got out of the car!

We’ve got a dance specialist visiting today as part of Harmony Week.

We will be dancing Bollywood style, Italian folk dances and our own indigenous dancing to finish off.

Harmony Day 2021 - Bollywood Dancing

As soon as Christine, the dance teacher got out of her car she said the above phrase, and followed it with “I go to lots of schools you know and I’ve never seen one like this. It’s so lovely!”

It’s a nice way to start the week ????


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