The Shop

We’re all about personal responsibility at Michaela. We expect every pupil to arrive at every lesson with a full complement of equipment.

We also believe in supporting our pupils to take responsibility. We encourage pupils to purchase a ‘back up pack’ which contains all of the equipment they might need for a few years – dozens of pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers and so on. All items are sold at cost price.

We also have a small equipment shop that runs each morning before school. Pupils arrive at school in time to purchase anything they need for their pencil cases and work packs. I took over the running of the shop this year. It’s one of the most sought-after duties. People really enjoy playing shop, apparently.

Last week, I was late to arrive at my duty one morning. I dashed down the stairs, imagining hordes of children needing to purchase equipment for the new term.

I got to the hall to find that two of our Future Leaders – prefects – had already assembled the shop cabinets, asked for the change pot, set up the tally chart, and were deftly serving a quiet line of pupils.

We believe in personal responsibility, and we have pupils who live by that same belief. It was a lovely reminder of how far our pupils have come in the two short years we’ve had them.


Oh, my days

I was in the yard this morning and heard a pupil, drenched in the downpour and running under the canopy, exclaim “Oh, my days!”.  My customary reaction to this kind of slang is to rush over, a look of horrified concern on my face, and ask the child if their days are okay.  I usually get a giggle in response.

Today, however, I watched as 360 pupils assembled themselves under the canopy in the playground in twelve perfect, hushed lines.  Those who hadn’t remembered their umbrellas were sopping wet, squeezing water from their hair and patting at their raincoats to drain the drizzle.  Then, they took their packs of equipment out of their bags, undid their coats, and waited calmly to lead into school.

And as I watched, I thought. “Oh, my days.”