Principal's Blog

Date: 25 MAY 2017
Well – the Art Exhibition at the Cultural Centre made it quite clear – Anfield children are talented, creative and skilled.
 
Every single piece of work was carefully executed by the child – painting, drawing, cutting and colour mixing.
 
There were no templates – there were no worksheets, yet through their eyes, Anfield children interpreted the world. They had looked closely at famous artists such as Monet, Klee, Kandinsky and Jane Parker and took inspiration for their artwork.
 
They have looked closely at artefacts such as ‘Ming’ vases and even rubbish bins!
 
Across the exhibition, showing over 1200 pieces of art, were contributions from our 2 year olds right up to our 6 year olds. Each and every piece magnificent in its own right; each and every piece unique.
 
I noticed the great care that each teacher had taken to mount and present the work. I see this as a reflection of respect. Indeed, how the child’s art work is presented gives unspoken messages about how the teachers value the process as well as the end product.
 
Such days, when children travel to see their artwork and can wallow in the sense of achievement and pride, is an essential ingredient of our teaching. It also gives the children the opportunity to practise what they have been told about how we should behave in an art gallery or museum or church. Thus this can also be seen as an opportunity to work in partnership with parents, teaching socially acceptable behaviour to our young children.
 
I know the children and the teachers thoroughly enjoyed the Art Exhibition and I am certain that parents and visitors did too!

Date: 16 MAY 2017
Today began as usual with our Anfield  prayer  outside in the kindergarten garden. It is quite special. Children, teachers, parents, babies in arms, and Aunties all gathered together to recite the words which unite us all.

Part of coming together at school is about a sense of community, a sense of belonging. Anfield is a Catholic school and our children are aged just 2 to 6 years. So what does attending a Catholic school mean to them?

To me, as principal, I believe it means that in our everyday life we must show kindness, thoughtfulness and caring in all we do, in fact, to be the best we can.  We must openly embrace inclusiveness as we guide our young children to develop and understand their own attitudes and actions with regard to society and the environment.

Anfield is a family school and our prayer time is powerful, giving opportunity for us all to delight in our sense of Christian values, and community.

Date: 03 MAR 2017
Today a parcel arrived  at Kowloon Tong campus, addressed to a K2 class. Who was it from? Whatever could it be?

The teacher carefully opened the parcel. There inside were 14 dinosaur eggs and 3 nests. How strange! A letter enclosed explained how precious the eggs were and how carefully they should be looked after and kept warm in the nests.

Ummmm! 14 eggs and 3 nests. That’s tricky.

Soon the children were busy discussing exactly how to go about organising the eggs. Within half an hour they had come up with no less than 14 different ways!

As the children recorded their answers onto paper, they explained their reasoning. Some children wrote  numerals in a number sentence, some recorded their thinking in pictures of nests and eggs, whilst others produced a combination of pictures with numbers.

Working on problem solving with four and five year olds is challenging, because the moment the teacher gives ideas on how to go about solving the problem, then it can no longer be a problem.

One thing is certain -  Anfield children love problem solving and the teachers are skilful at teaching it.

Date: 14 FEB 2017
This morning, just after Nathaniel had led prayers and the K2 children had hung up their bags and coats, I watched as they came together on the carpet.

There was an air of quiet anticipation as morning greetings ended.

Quietly, efficiently and excitedly the children lined up in different groups with friends from parallel classes and went off to their phonics classes.
The children’s behaviour is striking. They may only be 4 or 5 years old, but they are clear about the routine and expectations and obviously love the session.

I see them watching the teacher so carefully, eagerly awaiting instruction.

Yes, the session is pacey, well planned and well taught, but none- the-less I watch with care. Every day I need to see for myself that the children enjoy the session. The day I see a perceived pressure on a child is the day when I will intervene. Such a day has not come.

I am proud of our phonics teaching. I see the results – first and foremost – the children have convinced me that phonics is a loved lesson that they look forward to, every single day!