Happy New Year 2024! I hope you all enjoyed a joyful festive season with your loved ones. Personally, I had a wonderful time cherishing moments with my family and friends. A special highlight was spending time with my newborn nephew, born on 27 December. I find myself amazed by his accomplishments already and eagerly look forward to engaging in playful activities, reading and learning with him. While I navigate the joys of being a doting aunt, I am ever committed to being a teacher, and I hope my brother and his partner approve of my dual responsibilities.
The holidays also provided an opportunity to reconnect with my parents, who returned from Cyprus, brimming with excitement to welcome their first grandchild. This reunion evoked memories of my own childhood, filled with shared moments of play and exploration with my brother, surrounded by the toys and books that shaped our early years.
Reflecting on my childhood, I recall my love for nursery rhymes and a treasured book that fuelled my imagination for hours. This interest was heightened when I discovered a fascinating connection to ‘Little Miss Muffet,’ who, as it turns out, lived near my childhood home in Hertfordshire. Learning about her stepfather, Dr. Thomas Muffet, a renowned entomologist, added a delightful twist to this familiar rhyme. This discovery sparked my interest in the history of other nursery rhymes, prompting me to delve into research that may soon find its way into an assembly for the girls.
It’s surprising that nursery rhymes have fallen out of favour, as they play a crucial role in supporting language and communication skills, building confidence, and preparing children for the challenges of reading and writing.
Today marked the happy return of the Year 1 – Year 6 girls, and it was delightful to see many of you at the school gate. I eagerly anticipate the return of our Reception girls next week and enjoyed meeting prospective Reception children for the upcoming academic year. Our activities with them certainly incorporated a touch of rhyme and rhythm!
As we embark on this new year together, I wish you and your families a prosperous and joy-filled journey ahead. May 2024 be a year of growth, learning and shared accomplishments for our school community.
With warm wishes on this chilly day
Miss Dina Hamalis
Head of the Junior School