Life @ EA

Headteacher's Blog

Thursday 6 February

I was a recently asked to write what is it that motivates me to do what I do and, after much thought, I rather grandly pronounced that I wish to see every child in education treated as an individual and respected as a contributor to wider society regardless of age, class, race, intellectual ability or gender. 
Slightly verbose admittedly but an aim that is certainly relevant this week as we consider Child Mental Health. This week’s Early Years' assembly led by Mrs Petrie focussed on bravery and on Tuesday we both attended different parts of a conference looking at this topic and also the revision of GIRFEC legislation to ensure that all of our children are respected, loved and cared for as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
One of the rights of every child should be that they are adequately clothed and it was therefore fantastic to hear that we had over 50 adults and children in the Dining Hall sorting clothes for just that purpose on Saturday morning. Jennifer Lane deserves huge congratulations for her excellent organisation. I am sure that ‘Kids Love Clothes’ were very grateful. At the same time, we also had a group of youngsters from the Lothian Autistic Society having a day on the Climbing Wall:  the school as part of the wider community!
And finally, I hope that everyone has a restful and enjoyable half-term and look forward to seeing the children back on 17 February.
Kind regards
Gavin Calder

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