Friday, 29 June 2012

As usual at this time of year the pace really picks up and everyone in school feels like they are ‘chasing their tails’. You may not have seen a lot of me in school this week as I have had a lot of courses and meetings to attend but I can assure you that I have been working. Even in my absence though, great things have been happening in school.

We took part in the ‘Potters Bar Schools District Sports’ and as has been the case with many sporting events recently we won! Other schools will be starting to dread our arrival at sporting events. I would like to congratulate all those who participated in helping us to this victory and to Mr Mills for organising the team. Particular mention should be given to Sabrina, Ben, Archie and Jack from Year 6 who all broke the record in their respective events – we may see them all yet taking part in future Olympic events. We were also representing our district in the rugby event at the Herts Schools Games and although we did not win we won two out of five of our matches and drew another so we certainly did not let ourselves down and all who took part should be very proud of their performance.

Next week looks like being a more sedate week in school although I am looking forward to our music evening on Thursday when all our musicians can share their talents with us. I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Friday, 22 June 2012

As I sit here writing my blog I can see members of the PTA flying around setting up for the Summer Fayre this evening. As I have mentioned before I cannot thank the PTA enough for all their efforts in supporting the school and even when the weather works against them as it is today with the wind and the rain they never give up. I only wish that on occasions such as this they had more support so they did not have to work so hard. Thanks to our great British weather it looks like once again we will have to hold our Summer Fayre indoors but I am sure that with such excellent organisation it will still be a great success.

Another great success that we have had this week is our writing workshop that we held on Thursday evening. The workshop was organised by Brigid deRivaz who is a literacy consultant and Ofsted inspector. It would have been better if a few more parents could have attended but all who did come found it most enjoyable and informative and left feeling enthused with ideas to try with their children at home. Her key message for parents was to keep the activities you do with your children fun and interesting so that they look forward to writing as opposed to dreading every time they have to pick up a pen.

Let us hope that next week the weather is kind to us as there are a few sporting competitions due to take place and the Year 5 have to walk to Mount Grace for an activity afternoon. The summer has to arrive sometime – doesn’t it?

Friday, 15 June 2012

It has been an extremely busy week for me as I have had many meetings to attend and I have not been in school very much. However the highlight of the week has been going to see the Queen. Luckily Thursday was a sunny day so although we had to wait a long time (2 hours) before she arrived it was not an unpleasant wait. We had been given a very good pitch so we were able to see her well but it would have been better if all the dignitaries had not stood around her while she was planting the tree – you could tell the organisers have not had much experience of working with children. All the pupils who attended seemed to have a great time as did the children who were not chosen to go as they had a very creative day back in school.

It has been brought to my attention that some parents are not happy that we are going to be keeping chickens in school as they think they will spread disease to the children. I would like to reassure those parents that we did assess all the risks before we got the chickens and there are no risks to the children. We also chose bantam chickens as they are very tame. However I would like to assure everyone that the chickens will not be wandering freely around the school and that no child will have any contact with the chickens if their parents do not want them to.

Next week promises to be another busy week in school. On Monday the Year 5 are having their ‘Apprentice’ event. The children have worked very hard to prepare their events and products but the rest of the school will decide who is the winner by the amount the stall raises. All the year groups are asked to bring in a small amount of money so that they can partake in the events. All money raised will go to charity.

On Thursday we are holding a ’Writing Workshop’. The event starts at 6.30pm and is being led by a lady called Brigid de Rivaz. As you will know from our action plan Brigid is a highly qualified literacy consultant and Ofsted inspector. The evening is to inform parents how children learn to write and how parents can support their children with their writing skills. The event should last about an hour.

Last but not least we have our ‘Summer Fayre’ on Friday. The children can come in normal clothes on Friday in lieu of an entry fee. The fayre starts at 3.30pm and finishes at 6.30pm. It promises to be a great event with lots of stalls and events going on. We hope that the sun shines but if the rain does come there is a wet weather plan and the event will still go ahead. Remember that all the money raised goes towards getting resources to support the children’s learning.

I look forward to seeing you all at the literacy evening and Summer Fayre.

Friday, 1 June 2012

It has been quite a quiet week in school this week as the Year 6 have been in Kingswood. Miss Martin has been keeping me informed of their welfare and everyone has been having a great time. I bet they all sleep well tonight though - especially the teachers!

Everyone seems to be getting very excited about the Jubilee celebrations. As you know we had our party last week and a great time appeared to be had by all which I discussed in my blog last week. However, what I failed to do was to thank all the parents who helped clear away after the party. The clearing up took very little time thanks to their efforts and it helped to keep the event a really enjoyable experience for everyone.

Our sporting success continued this week with Little Heath winning the Primary Schools North Mymms cricket tournament. This was an especially good victory because most of the teams that took part consisted of Year 6 children but as our Year 6 children were in Kingswood our cricket team consisted of Year 4 and 5 pupils and we still won. This is a good omen for the future because if the children are this good when they are in Year 4 and 5 what are they going to be like in Year 6! Watch this space in the future to hear of their further successes.

I hope you all have a great half term. Let us hope that the weather remains good (or at least it does not rain) so that we can enjoy the long bank holiday and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 11th June.