I would like to extend my warmest and sincerest gratitude, to all the families who attended our most recent Open Morning, and indeed to the staff, the pupils from Years Five and Six and their families, for the incredible support and effort that made the morning so successful.
All schools place heavy demands on staff, and we are no different, but the enthusiasm and energy that the staff brought to the Open Morning was extraordinary. The detail and thought in every part of the morning made it a joy to be part of. From our full-size Olaf figure greeting the children, to the trail of Frozen characters hidden in every room, to the practical art activities and the experiments taking place in our Science Laboratory. The smiles on the children’s faces throughout school was lovely to see.
We are experiencing record numbers of families visiting us on our Open Mornings, and just as pleasing is the large number of children being registered. Not only are we heading to September with our second consecutive full class of twenty, we are already nearly full for September 2021 and 2022.
When I reflect on why we are experiencing such high numbers at present, I can only assume that the family qualities and ethos that have underpinned Clevelands for so many years, have now been added to with an incredible super-curricular set of events, that ensures two things. Number one, that every child gets a chance to try everything (no one is missed out), and that when a child excels in an area, we will support that with challenges and opportunities that genuinely provide wow moments.
We entered forty-four separate sports competitions and events last year, which we will repeat this year. We are involved in a new choir event this year on top of the commitments we already have, and we enter new ground in drama, where we are entering our first competition, and of course we host our first ever Clevelands Dance Festival later this term. And yet, we still look to expand. We will be hosting a national major chess final at our school this term, and we are looking into other spheres such as debating and photography for future opportunities. It is such an exciting time for us all, and it couldn’t happen without exceptional dedication from the staff and indeed the pupils.
So thank you all, and to the new families who are joining us this week, we welcome you warmly and look forward to the many adventures ahead.
Mr K Cahillane