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From The Principal…

posted 15 Apr 2016, 05:52 by James Dorey

Welcome to the Summer Term – an exciting time lies ahead with our annual Olympic Legacy Sports Day events, the “C Fest” Music Festival, Race Night and a range of graduation and achievement celebration events.

From time to time I feel it is important to share with friends and families of the school, some of the achievements of our unsung heroes at Columbus. Fiona Oxley-Goody, Family Funding Advisor to families, works diligently across many departments at Columbus and with many families to ensure that they are in receipt of their full support entitlements and to also support them in addressing specific family challenges that can sometimes make life difficult.

I am sure that you will all feel as impressed and proud to learn that between July 2010 and February 2016, Fiona has gained access to £300,000 worth of support resources for families. These resources have ranged from family holidays, communication and therapy equipment, adaptations to homes and gardens, bikes, trikes and iPads! I extend my sincere thanks and praise to Fiona and know that she will continue to support us all to ensure families gain the support they need.

Excitement and congratulations have been generated by the achievements of children in Class 5 who have made it through to the Panathlon Regional Final which takes place on the 14th April. I am sure that they will come back to us with enthusiasm and pride at their achievements later this week – we wish them every success! Go Team Columbus!

On Thursday 10th March, the Columbus School Dance Club performed in the St John Payne Gym and Dance Show raising money for Children with Cancer UK. Students performed their Zumba dance 'Up, Down, Slide' which they have been practising each week in lunchtime Dance Club. The students’ performance was fantastic and their routine was performed to perfection! The audience enthused about our young people with many posting comments and praise on Twitter. We regularly talk to the children and young people about our Community Code – “Show respect, consider others, take responsibility and believe in yourself” and I am pleased to see that this learning and thoughtfulness is transferred from assemblies and class-based lessons, into real-life activities that supports and considers the needs of others. Well done Columbus Dance Club, you did us all very proud!

I look forward to sharing further achievements and celebrations with you all as the term progresses!

Ginny Bellard

Principal

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