Jelly the Giraffe
The first and best-loved of our school traditions, Jelly is the Giraffe awarded to the House that earns the greatest number of stars week by week, and at the end of term in Final Assembly. There is intense competition as points or stars can be awarded for examples of excellent citizenship as well as pieces of fine work.
Letters to Father Christmas
One of the great school traditions enjoyed by our youngest children is being able to take their letters to Santa to the Head, who owns a direct hotline to the Christmas visitor via the fireplace in the Head’s study! In a magical setting the children read out their letters which are then sent up the chimney to the waiting sleigh.
Chaucer, Austen, Dickens and Conrad – four writers with strong Kent connections – are our House names. All of the children and teachers in Years 1 to 6 belong to one of the Houses, and a wide variety of House events offer opportunities for all children, whatever their age, to get to know each other.
This annual event showcases the talent of all of our children (and staff!) as they put aside lessons for one day and put together their own short entertainments, which they perform to each other and to the parents. The older children offer the ideas and help to choreograph what can turn out to be hilarious and memorable shows.
Music is a strong feature of the school, with the majority of children receiving some kind of extra music tuition in addition to regular class music lessons and all-school singing. The basis of our love of music is community singing, with singalongs at the end of each term.
The prayer that finishes every Assembly, and which is known to every Springgrovian:
O God we thank you
For our happy school.
For our friends,
For our families,
For our teachers.
Help us today
And every day
To remember the school motto:
“Always do your best!”
Ad Alta Prae Clara
Our Latin motto is an inspirational encouragement to Springgrovians past and present. Its English counterpart “Always Do Your Best!” is a reminder to everyone to persevere and practise.