The first thing I noticed about Glenthorne Primary is that it is located in a place called Cheslyn Hay - which rolls off the tongue! Cheslyn Hay is one of those pleasingly curious English place names that brings with it high expectations of being home to a well presented and clean-cut primary school – and I am delighted to say that my expectations were met!
Upon arrival, I was warmly greeted by reception staff. I was then introduced to Head Teacher, Mrs Bridgwood, who had nominated the school for the Community Education Award in protecting against cyber bullying following a successful school-wide cyber bullying awareness project.
Each of the classroom entrances at Glenthorne feed into the main hall, meaning that the children filed in thick and fast and on time to a piano accompaniment provided by a talented and confident fellow pupil – who surely has a musical future ahead of him! Once the piano piece was played through, the song ‘Happy’ (Pharrell Williams) began to play over the loud speaker system. The children hummed and tapped along, keeping them occupied for a few moments while the last of the pupils took their seats. I thought this was a nice touch!
Pupils who were directly involved in the project were invited to say a few words, and I was happy to present the award to the group (I was also happy to present a ‘highly commended’ certificate for the school’s note worthy achievements involving a separate Community Education Award).
Next we were treated to another musical accompaniment as the children departed the hall, and lots of photos were taken with a small group holding the award. Congratulations once again to Glenthorne Primary on a well-run cyber-bullying awareness campaign!