Not the first Friday of the new school year but the first TGIF from me. I have resolved to have a piece on the blog every Friday even if it is just a short piece.
We have had a good two weeks and a good start to the term. Most children (and parents) looked pleased to be starting again on the first day. I am always amazed at how much the children grow in the holidays- of course, this summer it could be put down to all the watering they had. However the weather has been kind since we returned. We have pledged this year that each class will run at least 3 times a week, with older children running a mile.
There is much evidence that children who do this reap many benefits- they are fitter, have more stamina, eat better, sleep better and, the most important one for us- they are more ready to learn and attainment rises. This, of course, doesn’t happen overnight, but we are prepared for the long haul.
Since I believe in leading by example, I have gone out with classes over the last two weeks. I don’t find running easy, although in my (much) younger days I did manage a few half-marathons after what felt like years of training, but I have been out most days and already feel better for it. I am hoping to turn into a lean, mean running machine by the end of the year.
So- the year is off to a flying start, let’s hope we can keep it up. More next week about what our hopes and aspirations are for 2015-16.