Many of you will know the kind and learned gentleman Mr Ron Wood, a villager and former Deputy Headteacher at Brightwell School. We all think he is quite amazing because he retains such an active interest in children’s education through sport at Brightwell, and helping out at Allsorts Pre-School. It is almost unforgivable that I have not given Mr Wood a mention in this article before, and I offer my apologies unreservedly for this omission. However, I have chosen my moment well.
The sporting activity that Mr Wood coaches in the summer months involves 2 teams of 11 people, 2 bats, 6 short sticks and 4 little bits of wood. The latter, in pairs, sit on top of the 6 sticks, placed twenty-something yards apart in a set of three. The game involves two teams but with only 13 on the field at any one time, 11 of the fielding team and 2 of the batting team. There is a well known brief and ‘clear’ description of this game that talks of the team being ‘in’ batting until the team who are ‘out’ get the team who are in out. Mr Wood tells me, a heretic from north of the border, that this game, called Cricket, is really quite simple, but more important, extremely edifying and enjoyable.
In truth it is not a view I shared, until this summer. Like many others, I sat enthralled as England and Australia slogged it out for a little pile of dust that would be hard pushed to fill an eggcup. England kept us on the edge of our seats until the final game of the series when they secured victory at The Oval, Fred Flintstone (I think) being their Man of the Series. Mr Wood must be positively glowing and eagerly looking forward to coaching potential cricket stars of the future on our hallowed grass.
On a more formal note, we wish our former Year 6 pupils, who have moved on to their secondary schools, all the very best for the future. Again these children did our school proud, achieving results in English, Mathematics and Science beyond national standards and expectations. Their hard work, combined with the support of parents, teachers and governors over the year, earned them well-deserved praise.
We said farewell to Mrs Clarke, teacher in Class 3, and were pleased to see Mrs Montanheiro, teacher in Class 2, back with us after her maternity leave. We also welcomed a number of Teaching Assistants, Mrs Roisin, Mrs Jones and Miss Molyneux into the fold.
Over the next year we will be involved in a number of exciting local and national projects that will enhance our teaching and learning in the core subjects of mathematics, literacy and information technology. We continue to work closely with Wallingford School as they roll out Phase Two of their sports development programme. I will report on each of the initiatives, as we move through the year.
Lastly, we are sharing an Open Day for Early Years children with Allsorts Pre-School, on Friday 11th November, 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. Please come and visit us.