NEWS - 8 JUNE 2018
Next week’s value is Wisdom
“Happy is the person who finds wisdom. And happy is the person who gets understanding. Proverbs 3:13
It’s been lovely to see everyone back in school this week; I hope you all had a fabulous half term! I’ve heard some children’s accounts of the exciting activities they were engaged in, during half term, and it’s been reassuring to hear that, for many of them, much of the week was spent outdoors, rather than inside watching TV or playing on computer games.
It’s hugely important to get out into the sunshine and enjoy the great outdoors and we are to be inspired by the bravery and determination of an amazing group of St Mary’s mums who have been doing just that; training hard, both physically and mentally, in preparation for their own great outdoor challenge, that of climbing, not one, but three of the highest mountains in the UK: Ben Nevis (1345metres); Scafell Pike (978 metres) and Mount Snowdon (1085 meters).
We wish the ladies well and we are doubly delighted that the ‘Three Peaks Team’ has pledged to donate some of its hard-earned sponsorship money to St Mary’s School. The money will be invested into further raising children’s awareness of the importance of physical health, as well as developing their mental attitudes and a positive mind-set, when faced with challenges that require a ‘can-do’ attitude.
On Wednesday, children and adults, including the Three Peaks Climbing Team, were privileged to meet two British Athletes: Paralympic athlete and sprinter, Souleyman Bah, who won a gold medal in the 100 meters, at the Paralympic school games in Rio, and is now training for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, and Rion Pierre, a former professional footballer, turned sprinter, who has competed and won medals in the British, European and World Championships!
The athletes shared their personal stories with children and the message was clear; that success is not borne of ‘good fortune’, but of courage, determination, resilience and a positive mind-set, and that, once achieved, the sense of pride and accomplishment far outweighs the experience of hardship, and is really worth the effort!
This week’s other exciting activities included First Aid training from Surrey Lifesavers, for Years 5 and 6 and, on Wednesday, all teachers visited another local school where they shared ideas and best practice with colleagues in the wider community; our thanks to Shottermill Junior School for hosting this event.
Finally, we are grateful to Reverend Sarah for conducting Thursday’s Holy Communion Service. It was a beautiful service, rendered all the more moving, by the fact that it was Reverend Sarah’s last Communion Service at St Mary’s School. Reverend Sarah will be moving on from her position as Rector at St Mary’s Church this summer. We wish her and her family well but we do expect to see her again before she goes!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!