Friday, 26 April 2013

At last we have had some sunshine this week and although it did not last all week let us hope that it is a sign that spring, if not summer, is on its way – it certainly makes you feel better about the day when you wake up to sunshine and a blue sky. Another good thing about the sunshine is that it encourages more people to walk to school and we have also seen an increase in the number of children riding a bike or scooter to school which is great.

 However I have to say that I am disappointed at the number of parents who are still parking too close to the school – even parking on the zig-zag yellow lines outside the school and with more children coming on foot or by bike because of the fine weather this is even more worrying as it increases the risk of a child being injured or worse! Twice on Wednesday I was out of school helping to transport children to different events and I could not believe how difficult it was to get in and out of the school. In the morning somebody had parked across the staff car park and even though the driver had remained in the car it is really not acceptable to do this. I then returned to school in the evening when the school clubs were finishing and it was really difficult for me to get into the car park because there were so many cars parked in front of the school. Everybody always looks very sheepish when they see me but looking sheepish is not enough – we need people to park away from the school and walk a short distance to pick their child up. I have also had more complaints this week from neighbours and parents complaining how many parents park inconsiderately and to be honest I should not be spending the amount of time I do dealing with complaints about cars – it takes me away from educational issues which should be my focus. All I hope for is that the change in the weather for the better brings a change of attitude in some people and everyone parks and drives considerately around the school. 

As you all know now Mrs Byrne is leaving us after 27 years dedicated service. It is certainly not a decision she has taken lightly but she is also a very busy lady outside of school and I know that after she leaves us she will still have very active days.  Mrs Pepper, as you know, will be replacing her and even though she has very big shoes to fill I know she is looking forward to the challenge.

I hope to see many of you at the E – Safety evening next week. As I said in the newsletter I know many of you will be vigilant in monitoring your children on the computer and internet at home but the idea of the evening is to give you some ideas of how your children can use the internet to its full potential and get great enjoyment from it and you have peace of mind that they will come to no harm through using it. I look forward to seeing you then.

Friday, 19 April 2013

I hope everyone had a really great break and is looking forward to the summer term. I know it is the summer term because there have been definite moments of sunshine so I am hoping that these moments actually become whole days and then we can at last enjoy some warm days.

We having quickly settled back into our routines here and school is as busy as ever. As well as all the clubs starting again next week we have a couple of extra events in school. On Tuesday there will be a presentation by the school nurse on head lice. Unfortunately, whilst your child is in school, they will probably get head lice at least once but we have had some cases of recurring head lice in some classes so if you would like some advice on how to treat head lice I would recommend that you do attend. If you have not returned your slip saying that you want to come to the meeting just contact the school office to say you will be going.

On Thursday we are also hosting a maths challenge in school after the end of the school day. You will have read in the school newsletter that all the children will be leaving school via the infant playground on that day and I have asked parents not to park in School Road. This is to make it easier for the participants to access our KS2 playground and it will also make it safer for the Little Heath pupils as they walk home. I do thank you in advance for your co-operation in this matter.