School photos show students smiling, looking confident, happy and especially - neat.
Parents ensure their children are all dressed in the right clothes and teachers, and even the photographers, make the last-minute adjustments just before the photos are taken.
To an outsider, the photos would just represent a group of students, but for us they are individuals and are known to us.
Teachers feel a bit like those outsiders at the beginning of each year, when they are presented with a new group of students they don’t know yet. By the end of Term Two, we have a different picture of each child in our head. At our College, we believe it is important to get to know each student as a special person, with likes and dislikes, strengths and struggles, highs and lows.
We, as a school, want to be there for each child. We want to help them grow and develop, to become confident learners and with strong social skills. We want them to know that we are not there to just enforce school rules, but to walk alongside them to develop the wisdom and understanding to do 'life'.
We enjoy working with our parents in this process. It helps us to understand, to support and to speak into each life with the wisdom needed. The Bible says ‘we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand for us’ (Ephesians 2:10). This points to the fact that we are all individuals with a purposeful future, tailor-made for us.
Mrs Antoinette Wilson
Head of Primary