Senior Citizens’ Afternoon Tea

It’s that time of year again.  Eyes down, sherry glass full, and the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch is in full swing.

Invitations will be sent out to our community members.

Welcome back after half term!


I think this quote really sums up the last few weeks at GUCS, particularly as a new Headteacher!  Talking to children on a daily basis I am hearing the phrases: “Learning is really challenging…..If I feel the learning is not as challenging as I thought it would be I move onto the next challenge level…..GRIT has helped me in school and at home”.  Having carried out many Learning Walks I can confidently say that what the children are saying to me is what I’ve been observing in their learning.  Keep growing your hippocampus children as Learning never ends!!

Please see a new video clip that I have uploaded onto the ‘Our Philosophy’ page.  The children have enjoyed watching and discussing it as well as applying it in school and at home!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you as parents, my governing body and my wonderful staff team and volunteers for ALL of your support during my first half term!

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow at 8:40am!


Kevin Morrissey

My homework challenge

At the start of the Autumn Term, I set a homework challenge ‘What Makes Britain Great?’ The deadline for this homework to be handed in is Wednesday 21st October. Please hand all homework into your child’s classteacher, whether this is a presentation on PowerPoint, a drawing, leaflet, or a piece of writing. Try to incorporate many of the core subject areas and use GRIT to find out and present new information.  The children will all have an opportunity to see what everyone else has completed.

Look out for a letter next week detailing the new bespoke homework policy that has been devised through consultation with you and your child!

Mr Morrissey

Parents’ Consultations and clubs

I hope by now, you’ve all received your parent consultations reply slips.  We all look forward to meeting you and sharing how your child has shown true GRIT, and our other Learning Behaviours to really embrace the Growth Mindset Philosophy.

DON’T Forget there are no clubs this week, owing to the Parents’ Consultations, apart from Mr B’s Premier Sport clubs.

Finally, don’t forget to bring your pennies with you, so you can buy books at the School’s Book Fair, open before and after school, this week only.

RWC 2015 – Stuart Lancaster (England Manager)

I can honestly say that 99.9% of children in assembly on Monday could say why Stuart Lancaster is a ‘Growth Mindset’ leader.  The children could identify the traits of a Fixed v Growth Mindset learner, apply it to themselves and also see it in others – including the English Manager.

After watching his post match interview the children stated that he was using GRIT showing his respect, honesty and responsibility when reflecting on his team and the Australian team.

Some children said that they are going to write a letter to him encouraging him to learn from this setback!!

Mr Morrissey

A Proud Headteacher!

Have a lovely weekend!

What a wonderful week we have had at Grendon!  We have all been growing our brains and really showing true GRIT in our learning.  We all shared a fantastic assembly on Wednesday when the first group of children were awarded with their learning wristbands – well done to you all!  I loved celebrating your achievements with you and of course, your parents and carers.

Have a relaxing weekend and let’s hope this glorious early Autumn weather stays with us.

GOOD LUCK to Scotland and England tomorrow in the RWC 2015!! England has to certainly dig very deep and use true GRIT against Australia!

Best wishes

Kevin Morrissey

Who will it be???

Have you had a secret phone call from your child’s classteacher?  If the answer is ‘yes‘ then your child will have a surprise when they see you in assembly tomorrow!!  If you can’t make it then you will have been asked to give the classteacher a little speech to read out on your behalf!

Wednesday is the first celebration assembly whereby children will be recognised for ‘Digging Deep’ and showing GRIT within a specific Learning Behaviour.  In recognition of this they will be awarded one of 3 Learning Behaviour Wrist bands to wear with pride.  This is now part of the school uniform policy and ONLY these bands can be worn.

Celebration assembly will then take place each Friday at 10:00am from NEXT WEEK.

Kevin Morrissey

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Rugby World Cup – Cwpan Rygbi’r Byd

Well……each team will use all of the Learning Behaviours of GUCS, digging deep and with GRIT at the centre!!

May the best team win!!

Mai y fuddugoliaeth tim gorau!!


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WHAT A GAME!!!!!!!! Again, another weekend of sports where our children can see at first hand what ‘Digging Deep’ and using GRIT really looks like!  Last weekend we had Japan V South Africa as well as Andy Murray!

Kevin Morrissey

Year 5 – We’re coming home

To all year 5 parents …

The children are safely on board the coach, ready to make their trip back home.  The coach is expected back for the end of the school day.

Everybody has had a fantastic time and thoroughly worn out from all the excitement of the fun packed trip.

UPDATES – Year 5 residential!!


Year 5 have arrived at GP and are having a fantastic time!!  The weather has certainly been on their side!!

I, along with Mrs Adams, Mr B and Miss White Jones, joined them for dinner tonight and got involved in the evening activities that were run by Mr B!!

They were tucked up in bed at around 9:30pm with their favourite teddy bears – bless their cotton socks!!!


The children were up bright and early and have ordered their bacon or egg roll, which will accompany their continental breakfast!  This will stand them in good stead for day 2!!

See you all later Year 5!


A Reminder – Growth Mindset talk this evening at 6pm in the sports hall.


Kevin Morrissey  🙂