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.

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