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Headmaster’s Blog – New Term

July 17, 2011

After a hectic but successful year here at Ballard, we ended the year on a high. Our production of Bugsy Malone brought smiles to parent’s faces. The children worked extremely hard and I thank all of them for their time and effort. Further credit also goes to those who took part in the STEM activities at the Science Museum in London. You have done us all so proud.

But as we say goodbye to another year, we look forward to the next one. With the autumn term starting on September 8, we will be welcoming new students and well as those who are returning.

Here at Ballard, we pride ourselves with being a vibrant, caring and purposeful all-round school. We look after our students and have already planned some exciting things for September.

With our Harvest festival due to take place on September 22, we will teach the children about this annual celebration. Our assembly will educate them on the different crops and traditional songs that are sung during the harvest season.

Learning in the classroom is important but school trips can often have a significant impact. Just to be away from the usual surroundings, helps children to view things from a different perspective. This is why we have organised several outings for September.

Trips to Thorpe Park for the Y11’s and the Calshot Activity Centre for the Y7 and Y9’s are among some of the exciting outings we have lined up. For the younger children we have organised a trip to Marwell Zoo where they can learn about the different animals and their habitats.

We are also hosting a European day of languages, so that everyone can learn about the different cultures in our world today. From Bonjour to Auf Wiedersehen and Gracias to Per Favore, pupils will learn how to say popular phrases in several languages.

And finally our Duke of Edinburgh Award information evening will take place on September 15 for those children who are interested in taking part. The activity programme aims to develop individuals in an environment of social interaction and teamwork.

So all that is left for me to say is I hope you have a great summer, stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all in September.

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