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From The Principal 06/01/2014

posted 9 May 2014, 02:56 by Google Google   [ updated 9 May 2014, 02:58 ]

Welcome to 2014!

Returning to school at the start of each New Year always  fills me with anticipation, expectation and
excitement. I always feel that a new year is an opportunity to start afresh and grasp new opportunities, put
right any wrongs and think about how life in general can be improved. Of course, my reflections and aim s
always include Columbus at the top of the list!

I was interested to learn that 2014 is the year of the horse. In China, the spirit of the horse represents
unremitting efforts for improvement. It is seen as being bright, energetic and warm-hearted, intelligent and

I have spent a lot of time over the Christmas and New Year period thinking about how this spirit can be
translated into the works of Columbus for 2014. Columbus  has,  and always has had,  an unremitting
commitment to improving the lives of our very special children and young people. I am sure that those of
you  who know our team well will agree that it is energetic, bright and warm-hearted and it is this vibrant,
benevolent nature that I wish to continue to build upon in the coming months for  the good of our pupils
and their families.

I will be sharing our Academy Improvement Plan with pupils, staff and families in the weeks ahead and
asking for their input and thoughts. As you read through it, you will note the opportunities we will provide
for our young people to have choice and control, voice and influence over their school life and their social
and educational experiences here at Columbus. I also hope that families will see the opportunities they will
have to access support and interaction  with other families, advisory and support groups and that they will
help me to identify further services that we can develop together this year.

The statement “unremitting efforts for improvement” encompasses the relentless hope and aspiration we
have for each and every child and young person here at Columbus. 2014 will continue to see great focus
upon us all striving to be better practitioners. Training and development opportunities will be extended
ever further for our Teachers and Learning Support Assistants in order that we continue to work to be the
best that we can be for our young people. I will as ever, continue to share these developments and
achievements with you in my monthly blog.

In the meantime I would like to wish you all a very happy, he althy New Year.

Mrs. G. Bellard