Monday, 29 April 2013

Orangutans and school life

One thing I really enjoy about life in Bradbury School is the huge variety of events that take place each and every week. There is always something going on! I try to get to as much as I can, as I love seeing our children participate in life outside the classroom.

Last week, for example, we started our week with our Earth Day walk. Each year group walked along Bowen Rd, dressed in Earth colours, to show our support for caring for our planet. By doing this, we hope to raise our students' awareness of the importance of the world around them.

At the same time, Year 2 were raising money within their classes for the Masarang HK Society for the rehabilitation of orangutans. They were doing this after the founder, Dr Willie Smits came to talk to them about his work on this project. I had heard Dr Smits talk at another conference I had attended and could not believe that we were lucky enough to have him come and speak at Bradbury. I found him to be absolutely inspirational! I was so moved that I tried to persuade my daughter in law, who is a wildlife vet, to go and work for him!

We also had the HK Athletics meet, which... we won! Very exciting as the competition was tough. This gives us a good measure how how robust our PE programme is in Bradbury School and how our level of performance compares to other schools.

As part of our PE programme, Year 4 had a rugby tournament in Happy Valley. It was great to watch the development of a high level of skills, accessible to all children, not just the 'sporty ones'. Not being a person who fits into this category, this is important to me to see!

We had another great class assembly, presented by 2W and 2M, on Forces. It was wonderful to see such young children presenting such a sophisticated scientific concept with understanding.

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