Back in the 90’s the film Four Weddings and a Funeral launched the careers of a generation of British actors/actresses; fast forward to 2015 and in school this week we had Four Engineers and a couple of Authors to potentially inspire the future careers of our Ralphies.
As part of this year’s Hertford Children’s Book Festival we had two visits from authors. On Monday Matt Whyman came in to speak to the Year 7s and Year 8s about his latest series The Savages, a family with some interesting tastes!! Then on Wednesday, Jonny Zucker completely engrossed the whole of Key Stage 2 talking about his life, his books and how became a writer. The children really enjoyed both chats and Isaac and Dexter even got to interview Matt Whyman for a podcast on the HCBF website. A huge thanks to Mrs Woollard our librarian for co-ordinating and organising the events, which really help to enrich our English curriculum and inspire our children to pick up a book or pen.
Today was all about Science, Technology and Maths as we invited four engineers in as part of Stem Day. As part of the day’s activities the Year 7s got to hot seat and ‘speed date’ the engineers to find out what they did and the equipment they use – oh yes engineers have lots of cool gadgets (toys)!! Mrs Bingham and Mrs Brown, who coordinate the activities were really pleased with the day, especially as the children asked lots of questions about being an engineer and not just how much they earn!!
It was a big and busy week for the Year 8s: Monday saw the beginning of Enterprise trading and the Dining Room resembled a busy market with plenty of money exchanging hands; not content with filling the Dining Room with delicious smells they also set about Food Tech as well, making mini-fruit cakes – some of which might have even made it home; Thursday saw the boys win their next match of the English Schools’ Cup, beating Chigwell 4-0; just for good measure they also went on a trip today to a green energy site, including a trip up to the top of a wind turbine; they will definitely sleep well this weekend. However this was not all they had to do because on Monday and Wednesday they got to be tour guides for our prospective parents as we tried to show the school off to the next generation of Ralphies. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and all of the children involved really were our greatest selling point. Then on Wednesday the roles were reversed as many of our families went up to Freman to tour round on their Open Evening. I have to admit that walking round it felt like home from home as so many of our former Ralphies were being used as guides or taking part in activities.
In my speech on Monday night I spoke of how privelidged I felt to be the Headteacher of Ralph Sadleir School and seeing the community come alive that evening really strengthened that feeling but also filled me with great pride.