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High School Transition

At first I thought I wouldn’t have been able to transfer very easily but on my first day I found out that I was actually better at Maths, English and other subjects than I thought.
In the first week my bus was a bit late which was quite stressful but I found out that all my teachers were ok when I told them what had happened. My form tutor is really nice and he reassured me it would all be fine.
I have made lots of friends.

One of the hardest things was the school timetable. At Primary school my timetable was flexible but at my new school each lesson is an hour and you have to be in a certain place at a certain time. You can’t be slow and if you are you will be late to class.

One of the things that Henley Montessori Primary has done for me is that it has given me lots of self confidence. I do not think I would have done anything as well as I have done for example: coping with stress of the bus, answering questions in class, finding my way around the school.

If I had not been in this environment with these people and had this experience I think I would have struggled.
By Alice Wasley

One of the questions which we faced often when describing our choice of school to others was ‘How will Alice cope when she has to move on?’ I was always hopeful that she would be capable and interested enough in learning to succeed wherever she moved to at secondary age. Without doubt Alice’s self-confidence has grown during her time at Henley in Arden Montessori Primary and she left equipped with the skills and knowledge that she needed to make a successful transition to a new, much larger school.

The school website advertises that they “provide a place where children can have confidence in themselves, develop into life long learners and reach their own unique potential. When the time comes to move on to other schools they are happy, confident and resourceful.” This certainly seems to be the case for Alice and our experience has been an extremely positive one.

Claire and Andrew Wasley

Hands On fun with the fire engine

On Friday 28th September, the emergency services were extremely busy with the accident on the M40 and M42 which caused delays in and around the West Midlands and Warwickshire. Many of our pupils took twice as long to get to school. But it was worth it, when the firefighters returned to the station they had to clean the engine. As usual the pupils were watching but this time they were invited to help!


Helena’s 10 month Pupdate

Helena is over 10 months old and nearing the end of the time that she will be spending with her Puppy Walkers, Robin and Catherine. At this stage Catherine is mostly working on fine-tuning all of the skills that Helena has learnt so far to help prepare her as much as possible before she hopefully makes the move to one of the national training schools or Mobility Teams to begin her formal training in a few months’ time.

Catherine says that when Helena is on a training walk she does pull a bit too much at times when she’s keen to explore new places, but hopefully with continued practise, and as she matures, this will improve. Helena is wearing a collar which should also reduce this behaviour as well.

Helena continues to travel well on a variety of forms of transport and is great when travelling by train where she will happily relax and go to sleep. When she’s in the car, she is well behaved most of the time, but as soon as they pull into the car park where Helena has her puppy classes, she gets very excited as she loves to socialise with her fellow guide dog pups. Although she doesn’t get spooked by anything when she’s out and about, she does have an aversion to the vacuum cleaner when she’s at home and will bark at it when it comes out!

Helena has come so far during the time that she’s been with her Puppy Walkers and they await the date to be set for her move to big school and to meet her Guide Dog Trainer.

Watch this space!


Congratulations to Daisy! She was awarded “Highly Commended” for her poem based around the theme “While Shepherds Watched” a competition run by the Henley Community Library and Henley Methodist Church.