Friday, 21 October 2016

I think that my summing up of this half term would be ‘That was the half term that was‘ because it has absolutely flown by –if the rest of the year goes as quickly it will be the summer term before we know it.

Part of the reason that time has appeared to go so quickly is because it has been a really busy half term and this week has been no exception as we have had our parent consultations. It was great to see so many parents in school and to be able to share with you how your children have settled into the new school year. I always take part in the Year 6 consultations in the autumn term so I do not get to see many of the other parents but I have had a lot of positive feedback from the teachers about their meetings and that is always good to hear. Remember if you do have any concerns about your child you do not have to wait for a parent consultation to speak to us – you can ring up to make an appointment at any time.   

A parent has also informed me this week that traffic wardens have been in school road this week and did issue some parking tickets. Please remember that the parking restrictions have been put there by the council and if you are found parking in the restricted zone by a traffic warden they will issue a ticket and there is nothing the school can do about it.

A treat that we had this morning was the Year 5 assembly. It was about their space topic and it was most enjoyable to watch – a lovely end to the half term. I was particularly impressed as the children had written it themselves. I would like to thank Mr da Rocha and Mrs Onley for all their work in putting the assembly together and I would like to thank the children for putting on such a good performance.

When you return after the holiday we are at the beginning of a very exciting half term because it includes a lot of social events that are fun for all the family. The first event that we are holding is our annual Fireworks Display which is on Saturday, November 5th. You will have received a letter about purchasing tickets but if you have not got it please come to the school office and they will give you a copy. I also know that the PTA are still looking for some volunteers to help run the event so if you can give any time on the Saturday or Sunday morning to help with the clear up contact either a PTA rep in your class or leave a message in the PTA box which is found next to  the school office.

I hope you all have a great half term. I hope the weather is kind to you – wherever you spend your break – and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday, 31st October.

Friday, 7 October 2016

I have had a lot of meetings this week and I had to be out for a day’s training so I do not feel that I have been in school much this week and I cannot believe it is Friday. I am also attending the Hertfordshire Primary Heads’ Conference next week so that means I will only be around in school until Wednesday morning. By attending the conference it ensures that I am up to date with all current educational developments in Hertfordshire.

I was also slightly shocked this week when people were discussing arrangements for the half term holiday because I thought that was ages away but it will be in two weeks’ time –where has all the time gone. Before we get there though we do have a Sharing Assembly to look forward to on October 17th and then we have the Year 5 assembly on October 21st. If your child is taking part in the Sharing Assembly on the 17th you will receive a letter to inform you next week.

The weather has been very kind to us on the whole but I am sure that in the next couple of weeks it will start to be more autumnal – I have already noticed the difference in mornings when it has been quite cold. Some of you have already put your children in their winter uniform but after the half term all children will need to be wearing it. May I please make a plea now that all the Year 3s who have never worn a tie do spend some time practising before they wear one in school and can I remind all parents that all uniform needs to have the child’s name in it and it needs to be in a place where it can be easily found. I have still been picking up a lot of uniform this week that is not labelled

Can I also ask everyone to check when their child has PE as there are still too many children who are coming in without PE kit. I have mentioned this before but PE uniform should be brought in on a Monday and kept in the school until Friday – it does not need to be washed after every session. It is better to wear a less than pristine PE kit for a lesson than no PE kit at all. I am thinking of introducing consequences for children who persistently forget.

As I mentioned earlier I will be out of school from Wednesday afternoon next week but in my absence Mrs Zegallo will be in charge so if you have any concerns you can see her, or you can make an appointment at the office to see me the following week.  I hope you have a great weekend and I will see you all again on Monday.