21 July 2018
Things got a little bit emotional this week, what with it being the last week of term. Throughout the week we held graduation ceremonies for all of the preschool children to mark the end of their journey at Mount Carmel Kindergarten. The children performed a number of their favourite songs which they learnt throughout the year and proud parents watched as they crossed over the bridge to their future whilst collecting their certificates. We took a number of photos at the graduations, trying to capture as many children as possible and you can view the full album here.
Last week on Thursday many of the preschool children went to visit their new Primary Schools as part of the Hertfordshire “moving up day”. A large number of the state primary schools arrange this event on the same day each year and it is the time for each cohort to move up to the class which they will be in during the next academic year. For preschool children, it is a great opportunity to spend time with their new teachers and classmates and get to explore their new schools ahead of their transition in September. Many of our preschoolers were excited to share their experiences with us and told us about the different activities and play equipment at their new schools. We are so confident that they will all make a smooth and successful transition in the Autumn and do hope that parents keep in touch to let us know how they got on. Last year a few parents shared pictures to our Facebook page of their children on their first day of school which was so lovely for us to see.
Our younger children also took part in their own transition activity this week when they went on a Teddy Bears Picnic with their new group leaders. Equipped with their favourite teddy, the children went for a walk on the playing fields where they enjoyed a number of outdoor games and tucked into a delicious assortment of picnic favourites. Whilst the children were eating their snack Mrs Federici hid their teddies throughout the Fairy Woods and the children loved exploring through the trees and long grass to find them.
One child had some special news to share with his classmates this week and brought in a photo of his family at their Citizenship Ceremony. In the photo his family were standing in front of a portrait of the Queen and he explained to them who she was and that “she tells Father Christmas if you’ve been good”!
We have had a fantastic response to our Mary’s Meals backpack appeal with bags flooding in over the past two weeks. So far our total is 42 backpacks and a number of you have told us that you will be bringing them over the Summer. We will be sending them off in mid-August so please feel free to send one in if you wanted to but didn’t get round to it. It was so rewarding to see how much the children gained from this activity. They demonstrated real understanding of who the backpacks were being sent to and why it is important for us to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
The end of the Summer term is a time which parents like to thank their child’s teachers for their hard work over the past year. However, all of us at Mount Carmel would like to thank you, the parents, for all of your support that you have given us throughout the year. People often remark that Mount Carmel is a special place and we believe that much of this is down to the wonderful families that make up this community. We hope you all have a restful Summer break.
I’ll now be signing off from the weekly blog for the next 7 weeks but our Summer Holiday Club will be full swing from Monday 30th July. If you wish to book any sessions please email us for availability.