Friday, 9 March 2012

I had a very good start to my week because when I came into school on Monday I was greeted with a mass of certificates, medals and trophies that our badminton team had won on Sunday. They had taken part in a tournament and the boys team had finished second, the girls team won and we won the overall competition. Congratulations to all of them and thank you to Mr Mills for coaching them.

I have sent home a letter today regarding our home learning policy. It was very interesting reading all your responses to the questionnaire and in light of your comments we have made some modifications to our home learning policy which are outlined in the letter. Some people will feel that we have not made enough changes but whenever we do anything we have to think what is best for the children’s learning. It was interesting that as we have been looking at our homework policy the government have been looking at theirs and they have now scrapped their guidelines for extra study outside of the classroom. The decision now of how much is set is down to the head teacher of the school. This has come about because of the large amounts of complaints the government have received about homework limiting family time and opportunities for play and sport. At Little Heath we believe recreation time is as important for children’s development as school work. This concept was paramount in our minds when setting our policy because we believe our approach to home learning encourages quality family time as well as helping with the learning.

The PTA held their Zumba Night on Wednesday. I was unable to attend myself but 48 people took part. Everyone who attended said how good it was and over £200 was raised. I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the evening such a success.

As you probably know Friday, March 23rd is Sports Relief. We will be doing a lot of activities in school including getting everyone to walk a mile which we will invite parents to join in with. A more detailed letter of what will be happening will be sent home next week but from Monday we will be selling the official Sports Relief wristbands in school for £1.50 and the children will be allowed to wear them in school on the actual day. This is a very good cause so I hope as many people as possible will support it.

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