Friday, 29 April 2016

I was totally thrown this week when people started talking to me about May because I thought that was in the far in the future but it is actually next week – where is this year going? Of course that could be down to my age - I was reading this week that once you get past 50 time really does pass more quickly so perhaps that is what is making me think that this year is flying by.

This morning we had a real treat in the Year 1 assembly. The children performed it beautifully and everyone who saw it thought it was excellent. I would like to thank Mrs Beadle, Mrs Wells and Miss Davis for all their work in putting it together. I would like to give an especial to mention to Miss Davis who wrote the assembly.

 Last week there was a pre-season cricket tournament in which a lot of the local schools were involved. We entered two teams and one team finished second overall and the other team got through to the semi-final before they were beaten by the eventual winners. I would like to congratulate both teams on their performance and also thank Mr Mills for organising and training the teams.

One of the good things about the summer term is that more children like to walk, bike or scooter to school which is great as it is really good for them. May I remind you that if the children travel to school by bike or scooter they need to disembark at the first gate of the school and then push the bike or scooter into the bike-shed. This is to ensure the safety of all the people who are walking into school. May I ask you to remind your child about this rule.

As I mentioned in my last blog, next week starts with a bank holiday so we have another 4 day week. We then have some of our older girls taking part in the ‘Le Gross Netball Tournament’ on Wednesday evening and then some children from Year 4 are taking part in a technical challenge on Thursday so we have a lot going on in school.

Enjoy the long weekend and I will see you all again on Tuesday, 3rd May.

Friday, 22 April 2016

The summer term has finally arrived. We did get a couple of good days to start the term but it appears to have got colder again – I hope those couple of good days were not our summer this year.  I also realised when we came  back that this is the third consecutive 4 day week for the children so when they  have to do a 5 day week next week it is going to be a real shock to the system. Still, if they find it difficult to manage they do have a four day week to look forward to the week after.

As ever the children have settled back into school very quickly and all appear glad to be back - you may see a different perspective from home. It has been quite a quiet week in school as far as activities go although there was a little excitement on Thursday because of the Queen’s birthday. Before the holidays the children took part in a North Mymms Parish Council competition to design a card for the Queen’s 90th birthday and we were pleased to hear this week that two of our pupils, Bonnie and Daisy, had won. They were presented with their prizes at the beacon lighting ceremony at Hatfield House on Thursday night. Their winning entries have been printed as cards and sent to the Queen to help he mark her birthday. I would like to congratulate both girls on their success.

Next week in school the pace picks up a little as all the extra -curricular clubs start up again. When we come back at the start of a new term there are never any clubs during the first week and on the first day of term we sent out a text reminding parents of this but apparently some people did not receive the text because they thought after school activities were on. If you did not receive this text can you please check your school contact number with the office because it is possible that we have the wrong number.

On Monday morning we also have the class photographs taking place. Please make sure that your children come prepared for the photographs on Monday. We do ask that they wear their winter uniform as we think that this looks better on the photographs. You may also want them to take a little more care with their appearance so they look their best in the photo graph.

Even though the forecast is not good I hope you have an enjoyable weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

Monday, 4 April 2016

The Spring Break is finally here after a very busy week in school. Although a four day week sounds great I find you are trying to fit five days work into four so you can feel like you are chasing your tail a little bit.

The highlight of the week has been the Year 3, 4 and 5 production of ‘Hoodwinked’. It was an excellent show and the children put on a great performance. It certainly helped the end of term go out with a bang and everyone who saw it told me how much they enjoyed it. I would like to thank all the staff who have been involved in putting the performance on for all their efforts - without it the show would not have been possible. I would like to also give a special mention to Mrs Lambe who made most of the costumes and who was assisted in this by Mrs Holden. A lot of people mentioned to me how good the costumes looked and they certainly helped add extra polish to the production.

Some more of the classes have also been horse riding and this event has certainly been a huge success and a hit with the children. I do not think that I have spoken to any child who did not enjoy the experience and even though it was many of the children’s first experience on a horse they do not want it to be their last. It would be amazing if in years to come one of the children became a world class show jumper or eventer and they could thank us for giving them the ‘bug’ with their first experience on a horse.

Thursday was a sad day in Little Heath because Mrs Edwards has retired. As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter she has been replaced by Mrs Jo Munn who had a previous connection with the school as a parent. Mrs Edwards has asked me to thank everyone for their kind wishes.

When the children return after the holiday it is the summer term which means they can wear their summer uniform although could you please keep their winter uniform for their class photographs which are on Monday, 25th April.  I hope you all have a great holiday and I look forward to seeing you all refreshed and invigorated on Tuesday, 19th April.