Axel Scheffler, internationally acclaimed illustrator of The Gruffalo, visits Unicorn

How wonderful to have Axel Scheffler, the illustrator of The Gruffalo and many other children’s books, in school; I know Queen’s School were also grateful for the invitation for their Year One’s to attend. Mr Scheffler was captivating for a wide audience and we are enormously thankful for not only his assembly but also the wonderful drawings he has left behind and the time spent signing books. I am sure this will become a lifelong memory for some Unicorn children and perhaps inspire some to see illustrating as a personally rewarding career – who knows?


World Book Day

Very predictably I chose The Gruffalo to read to some younger classes as part of World Book Day! As part of World Book Day, we also had our annual Junior Poetry Competition. Well done to all children for participating, for those who were chosen to take part in assembly and of course the finalists and winner. The confidence so many Unicorn children have to perform in front of an audience was once again highlighted.

Mental Health

Last week I was away from school for two days, which were two days very well spent at a conference on Youth Mental Health First Aid. We will continue to have training for staff on this topic and also with our termly Pupil Welfare talks for parents. This term we have Karl Hopwood coming in to talk about the minefield which is online safety. I can’t recommend him highly enough and encourage parents to make every effort to attend.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Thank you for your patience with this unusual bout of weather the country has been enduring. I have been in contact with a small group of schools locally in order to try and make similar decisions. Keeping the children safe travelling to and from school, and at school, has been our priority. The forecast has not been easy to predict and we therefore appreciate your understanding as we try to make sensible decisions with enough notice given.

Can you keep up?!

This week is very busy; we have Celebration Assembly on Monday morning and Unicorn is hosting a hockey tournament in the afternoon. On Tuesday the Unicorn Singers are in a Mother’s Day concert at Ark Academy with the AGM and Online Safety talk in the evening. On Wednesday, there is an important meeting for families of Year 4 children about future schools. This is an initial guide as to how to start the process of visiting schools and is not about exam preparation, for which there is a separate meeting when they are in Year 5. On Thursday Year 4 have their Class assembly; we are hosting a hockey tournament and there are parent interviews in the evening. I am also being visited by The Good School’s Guide, so it really is a busy and exciting day – hopefully no snow! The week finishes with the School Disco, so there really is something for everyone!