As we come to the end of another successful term, I do hope that our new families have found their feet and are feeling the love and nurturing of our Thomas More family.
It is that time of term where we reflect on the busy weeks we have all contributed to before we take a short breath and head into the final stretch of the term. I am so very proud of the progress made by each and every child and wish to thank parents for your wonderful support, as well as our committed and hard working teachers. It is wonderful to see our children responding to our academic programme but I am equally proud of our children’s efforts and progress on the sportfield as well as both emotionally and socially.
I have just returned from a conference in Cape Town where many speakers had a similar message, one that correlates so very well with our Thomas More aim in creating a safe, happy environment that facilitates learning – an unhappy child, for whatever reason, is unable to learn. I believe that nurturing socially and emotionally strong children allows learning to take place.
In our recent IQAA assessment/survey, it was evident that both Pre-Primary and Junior Primary parents felt that children were well catered for and created a good learning scape. Thank you for your positive comments. There was a comment made by a Junior Primary parent which I list below, along with a response:
Children needing academic support and the lack of a Remedial unit in FP.
Whilst not entirely opposed to this idea, there are many considerations:
(a) Extra cost for buildings, resources and qualified staff which could incur an increase in school fees.
(b) The number of children requiring specific Remedial school placement fluctuates every year, sometimes requiring that no children be referred outside the school.
(c) We have excellent therapists on board and feel that our “pull-out” system works towards maintaining self esteem. The few children that are referred out to a Remedial school for a short period are children we feel that we are not doing justice to and will do well once back in our mainstream environment after a period of having their specific needs seen to n a smaller class.
The different surveys have certainly pointed to the success of our TMC Ethos and educational approach on every level. Whilst it is necessary to recognise and address concerns and to be aware of areas in which we can continue to grow, it is also reassuring to see the depth of positive feedback. The survey results serve to guide our thinking as a school in terms of growing and developing in the face of ever changing needs. Teaching remains our passion, and we continue striving to meet the challenge of the different learning needs of our children through a creative approach. The emotional, academic and self growth successes of our children in the classroom, on the sports field and in cultural activities remains our pride and our reward.
Parent Interviews take place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and all teachers look forward to interacting with you and discussing children’s individual achievements.
Thank you for your help in various activities this term and for steadfast commitment to our wonderful school.
Hoping that you and your families find some time to be together in the upcoming short week of school holidays.
Fresh Quotes: “Behind every young child who believes in himself, is a parent who believed first.”