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26/05/24

What an incredible end-of-term Assembly! Celebrating your amazing stories, friendships, and memories at Guildford County was unforgettable. Despite exams, summer is just around the corner!Good luck on the final stretch! Ace them, then enjoy a well-earned summer break! pic.twitter.com/6bOmKVxKnM— Guildford County Sch () May 26, 2024

26/05/24

🌿 Help us reach our goal! Northmead is thriving but we still need to gain over 10K more points to beat our competitors (friendly competition!). Log your points and make a difference for the environment today! ♻️ us: [https://t.co/XBLRLiuo4i] 🌍 pic.twitter.com/7uz2D38wxe— Northmead Junior School () May 26, 2024

26/05/24

pic.twitter.com/PhOrs8lRlO— Northmead Junior School () May 26, 2024

24/05/24

Read about the amazing triumphs of Fullbrook's U16 girls football team. What an achievement! Congratulations to all involved, we shall be talking about this for a very long time! https://t.co/fFUBThF5Bd pic.twitter.com/XqtTYfulgc

24/05/24

Great way to finish a busy half term! https://t.co/XXgVLmKOMu

24/05/24

Fantastic Friday has been absolutely fantastic. Everyone has had a relaxing day trying new things and enjoyed spending time with different children. See the newsletter for photos, year group updates and some end of year arrangements. https://t.co/eD0sr9hPaN pic.twitter.com/fNobs9M4Sq— Northmead Junior School () May 24, 2024

24/05/24

What an afternoon of house events! Everything from rounders, quizzes, Dance, Music, chess, boardgames, Maths challenges, Art and crafts meant everyone had a chance to win their house some points.Oh, and we had a silent disco for Year 9s as well - just for fun! pic.twitter.com/udEdpObwAr— Kings College () May 24, 2024

24/05/24

What a super sporty week… pic.twitter.com/a4prDbyOka— Boxgrove School () May 24, 2024

23/05/24

4NP enjoyed lunch in the sunshine today on their trip to Shere. What a busy but helpful week it has been for Year 4! pic.twitter.com/B0F7gAgyqh— Northmead Junior School () May 23, 2024

23/05/24

4W had an excellent day yesterday exploring Shere and learning about the speed of the river using dog biscuits! pic.twitter.com/QmqmIXPqev— Northmead Junior School () May 23, 2024

23/05/24

End of term message from Mr Smith. pic.twitter.com/GqTGtJ34kn— Guildford County Sch () May 23, 2024

23/05/24

A few years ago, our caretaker Chris Day embarked on a rewilding project at Wodeland. Alongside recent development work, these rewilding efforts have flourished, as you can see. We are grateful to Chris and his team for preserving and enhancing natural beauty at Wodeland. pic.twitter.com/btgOyEU1Fr— Guildford County Sch () May 22, 2024

23/05/24

Our Battlefield troops have landed and begun their exploration! Despite a slightly damp day, their spirits remain high. There's much to learn and investigate!#weareguildfordcountyschool pic.twitter.com/HEFpEgpz26— Guildford County Sch () May 22, 2024

22/05/24

Please stop by the Astro Turf before and after school tomorrow as staff attempt to cycle from London to Paris to raise funds for The Winter Garden and the growing environment beyond. You can donate via our Just Giving Page https://t.co/T8hUNaw873 🚴🚴🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️🚴 pic.twitter.com/gSguoqcVko— Boxgrove School () May 22, 2024

22/05/24

Busy, busy, busy! https://t.co/cddfnP6jZV

22/05/24

Day 2 Stop 1, we have visited Canadian National Memorial and Bimy Ridge pic.twitter.com/QYajmbXSAq— History Department () May 22, 2024

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10th March 2023

This week we experienced that magical moment when you open the curtains and the world has turned white! For a moment we stop and just take in the perfect whiteness of a garden, untouched and clean. The silence of snow and the new perspective it brings to the world is beautiful! Then the chaos of stranded staff and slippery playgrounds kicks in. However, for one perfect moment the world comes to a stop!

How often in life do we get to really, truly stop? Schools can feel like a treadmill of business, we constantly countdown to the next key event and move from one lesson, event or marking fest to another.

Life certainly does not stand still and it has been gathering speed for our trainees. They are now venturing out on their second placements. In just six weeks they have to build up to teaching roughly 8 lessons a week. When you don't know the school, the pupils and the routines this can be challenging but we know they are ready even if it is unsettling at this time.

This week I had the pleasure of starting my next round of observations. This is the best part of my job. I get out of the office, into our partner schools and spend time in the classrooms of our trainees. I get to meet the characters in every class and the mentors who have given their time to support and develop teachers at the very start of their career. I am always struck by the time our mentors give and the desire they have for their trainees to succeed. They certainly do not stop as this role fits around all their school commitments too.

However, we do need to find that time to stop, take stock and reflect on all that has happened in a lesson, day or week. This moment to stop will help to build clarity into our thinking, for me this is often on my drive home. That space between work and home helps to clear my head. In a world where we are constantly bombarded by information, stopping can feel like a luxury but we must. Rachel Cohn wrote 'I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas. It brings people together while time stands still.'

The snow may have melted and the rain set back in, but this weekend make time to stop, reflect and pause. It's good for the soul and your workload too!

Jo Jones, Director of ITT, Learning Partners

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