The start of a new school year is always exciting for students, teachers and parents. For those students who are returning, there is the excitement of reconnecting with friends that you haven't seen for what seems like a lifetime and the opportunity to make new friends who have joined our community. As the students file into school, parents equally enjoy catching up with each other, often staying long after the playground has cleared before relocating to the Hub or making their way to work. For teachers, the excitement of getting to know a new class and the individual personalities is always a special time and strong relationships between all three are quickly established.
The corridors leading to the FS classrooms are always busy but especially so at the start of the year. As parents drop their sons and daughters in class, the children show how comfortable and secure they are by immediately settling in to class activities, or by going into the shared area to play with their friends. As their child becomes involved in activities, parents try to catch a final glimpse of them and quickly realise that their son or daughter is more than ready for school and able to cope with the change often better than the adults. We speak to many parents who are surprised that their child "doesn't even look back" when they part at the start of the day. We often find ourselves explaining to them that this is a sign of a confident and secure child who is often more resilient and adaptable than they may have previously given them credit for, this is so much better than the alternative.
So, well done to all our returning students for making a great start to the new academic year and a special welcome to the new families who have joined us. To the FS children who have embraced change and shown a huge amount of enthusiasm, we look forward to seeing you grow socially, emotionally and academically in the coming months. Parents, as ever, we look forward to working in partnership with you and I am confident that we have another exciting year ahead.