“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison
So today marks the end of an interesting half term. The instructions to the boys are; unless they are still finishing work, they should take a break from their school routine and engage in some other activities, with a particular encouragement to read.
Whilst many boys will be reading in the traditional format, our digital library has really taken off, as boys use devices to access a wide range of reading materials. Our Literacy coordinator, Mr Merlo, has informed me that over 3308 books have been borrowed from the school digital library this last year. With January 2021 being our busiest month with 787 eBooks and 370 audiobooks being read.
Good habits and routines are key, so it is encouraging to note that currently the boys using the library are averaging 67 minutes per day reading. That has been on top of their regular school work, so the scope for some wider reading is a real opportunity for some, and for those boys that have not read as much as they should- this half term is the ideal opportunity to identify something to read. With a choice of 3009 titles from 9368 copies to choose from, our library has something to interest everyone, in fact 36 titles have been added today, with topics ranging from ‘Anxiety relief for teens’, classic literature from Rudyard Kipling to books giving tips on playing the game Fortnite. Our Digital Library is linked here
Many thanks to the families who responded to our survey on blended learning. The volume of replies was most impressive, and really has helped us in identifying how we can improve further. We will be sharing the results when we return.
The staff have also been directed to take a break next week. The commitment they all have made to care for our boys, never ceases to impress me. Having to adapt in the way we have, has been some challenge, but the interests of our boys has been at the heart of the decisions we make and the driving motivation for us all. It was good to hear the appreciation from families for such dedication in the survey responses.
It is also good to get messages from parents about the boys that have left us. I recently received an appreciative email from the father of a boy who left us over a decade ago. He was recently appointed post-doctoral researcher at the world famous John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore USA. The parents wanted to acknowledge those who helped him along the way, not only in terms of academic progress, but also “the additional life skills which have helped him achieve.” We receive many similar messages and it can be a powerful reminder of why we do what we do.
The parent ends with a quote from Henry Adams, and I will finish with it also as a recognition to all our staff, who do what they do.
“A teacher affects eternity. She never knows where her influence stops”
Posted by Mr Owens on 12 February 2021
Category: Headteacher's Log Book