Friday, 24 May 2019

There has been a lot going on in school this week. We had a ‘Sharing Assembly’ on Monday which I always enjoy because I do like seeing what the children have enjoyed learning over the last half term. I know some of the children get very nervous presenting in front of the whole school but I think that this is an important skill that they will need in their future lives and the more they practise the better they will get.

We had an ‘Open Afternoon’ for parents of children Year 1-6 on Wednesday afternoon and I am glad to say that it was well attended as usual. This is good because it has been proven that when parents take a positive interest in their child’s learning then it has a positive impact on the progress that their child makes. It also has a good impact on their progress if a parent engages positively with their child’s school.

Yesterday, all of Key stage 2 took part in the Oakmere mini – marathon. This is an annual event in which lots of the primary schools in Potters Bar take part. The principle behind the marathon is that all the children take part in a fun, active event so it will encourage them to exercise and they get an opportunity to socialise with their peers from other schools. Where you finish is not important although we were pleased that Nathan in Year 6 finished 3rd in his race. However, we also had another special mention for one of our pupils because Aayan in Year 4 had injured his leg before the marathon and could not run it but he did still take part and walked the course. He may not have finished first but it was still a great achievement and truly captured the ethos of the whole event.

I have also been holding auditions for the ‘Talent Night’ which will be held on Thursday, 13th June at 7.00pm. We do have a lot of talent in school and I know it is going to be an enjoyable evening. I hope to see many of you there. Tickets will be on sale after the half term and will be £4 each.

That is all for now. We have a half term break ahead of us which I know everyone is looking forward to even though it has only been a very short half-term. I hope you all have a very enjoyable break and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday, 3rd June.

Friday, 17 May 2019

It has been quite an exciting and busy week in school. The Year 6 have completed their SATs tests, Year 5 have been to Lincolnsfield and the Reception class performed their class assembly this morning. With all that has been going on I found myself quite shocked to realise that at the end of next week it is the half term holiday – the year is just flying by.

The assembly this morning was really good. I know that the ‘Reception’ children have ‘cute ‘ appeal which helps them to please an audience but their assembly was very entertaining and well presented. It was all about what they have been learning in class. I would like to thank the children for their great performance and I would like to thank Mrs Sheenan, Mrs Howe and Miss Chandler for all their hard work in putting it together.

The KS2 SATs are over for another year and I know that Year 6 are happy about that. As I predicted, the children all said that they were not as bad as they were expecting and they all thought that the week passed very quickly. The results for them will come out in July but I do ask parents to remember that they are only evidence of what the children can do in a test and that the real evidence of what they can do is evidenced in their books and in the classroom –and also what they can remember when they leave us and are not in the pressure situation of an exam!

Next week is another busy week in school. It is ‘Walk to School Week’ so please encourage your child to walk, cycle or scoot to school. If you drive please park a little further away from the school so that your child can walk part of the way. On Monday we also have our half termly Sharing Assembly and if your child is taking part you will already have been informed. On Wednesday it is our Open Afternoon for parents of children in Years 1 – 6.  This is an opportunity for parents to see the work that their children have completed over the last half term. It has only been a very short half term so I hope parents remember this when they look at the books but I know that the children have still produced some quality work in that time.

On Thursday it is the annual ‘Oakmere mini - marathon’ and all the children in KS2 take part with many of the other local primary schools. Although medals are given out to the winners, the main focus of the event is participation and the children can run it at any speed they like - the focus is on finishing. I always love this event and it is good to watch. If you are free at 10.30am next Thursday you may want to pop down to Oakmere to watch. In the afternoon I am also holding auditions for our talent night which we hold once every 2 years. It is always a popular event and I am sure that it will be no different this year. The date for the talent night is Thursday, June 13th .

After that it is half-term. I am hoping that we have good weather because I am staying in England for this break. I also hope that the weather is good this weekend because I am attending a wedding and my outfit would not really do well in the rain –I may have to see if I can buy an umbrella to match!

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend. I am sure that with all the events that are happening next week I will see many of you during the course of the week.

Friday, 10 May 2019

I am thinking of changing the name of the school from ‘Little Heath Primary School to ‘Half Finished School’. This is because we have got many projects going that are half finished. This includes our windows, our new tech room, the new outdoor classroom and the new climbing frame in the KS1 playground. I am trying to get excited for when everything is finished and imagining how great the school will look. All of the projects are expected to be finished by the second half of the summer term at the very latest so let us hope there are no hiccups to get in our way to hinder our progress. The weather certainly has not helped us this week and I did receive some sympathy from parents about us having to get windows removed and replaced in torrential rain. The worst affected were the office staff and I have to say that they did not complain much. The new windows are looking very good and hopefully they will also help to keep the school warmer during the winter months.  

We did have a lovely end to the week thanks to our Year 1 assembly. It was an excellent assembly about some topics that they have covered in class and everyone who watched it said how enjoyable it was. I think that if I am ever getting a new house in the future I will certainly get one of them to design it for me. I would like to thank all the children for giving us such a wonderful performance and I would like to thank Ms Davis, Mrs Reusch and Mrs Lawrence for all their hard work in putting it together – it is much appreciated.

Next week is the week that all Year 6 dread the most because it is the KS2 ‘SATs’ tests. Quite naturally the children do feel anxious. However, I would like to reassure them by saying that after the first test, past children have all said that it was not as bad as they thought it was going to be and then before they know it all the tests are over. I am sure that it is going to be the same this year. I would ask that all the Year 6 parents make sure that their children get plenty of sleep next week.

As well as the SATs, Year 5 are going to Lincolnsfield next week for their first school residential trip and I know that they are looking forward to it.  As I am helping to administer the SATs test I will not be able to ‘wave them off’ but I will make sure that I see them before they leave. I know they are going to have a good time and I would like to thank Miss Davis, Mrs Robinson and Mrs Pittson for giving up their free time to make this trip possible.

Apparently the weather is going to improve by Sunday so hopefully we will see some sunshine over the weekend. Whatever the weather, I do hope that you all have an enjoyable time and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday morning –I may even see some of you at the PTA quiz tomorrow night. 

Friday, 3 May 2019

We have had quite a busy week in school. On Monday we had a representative from the railway come and talk to the children about how to keep safe when they are on the train. Year 4 were then taken down to Potters Bar station and had a ride on a train so they had first-hand experience of how to stay safe when using the railway. They all had a great time although some of them were disappointed that they only travelled to the next station and back and not to London as they had first thought. I think they were hoping to spend the afternoon seeing all the sights and possibly have a nice lunch in a restaurant. If that had been so I definitely would have joined them.

On Tuesday we had class photographs taken. As requested the children did all look extra smart - I could tell that many of them had spent a lot of time on their hairstyle for the occasion. We will see whether their efforts have been worthwhile when the photographer sends the proofs of the photographs to the school. While I am talking about uniform can I just remind everyone that in the summer girls can wear socks that are grey or white and boys can only wear grey socks. I am seeing some of the pupils wearing a big selection of colours which are not school uniform. Please support the school in ensuring that your child is in the proper uniform all of the time.

We do have a treat this weekend as it is a Bank Holiday weekend so we do not have to come back to school until Tuesday. I do not think that the weather is going to be as good as it was over the Easter weekend but I am sure that will not stop us all enjoying our extended weekend. When you come back next week there may be a little disruption in the KS2 entrance as workmen are due to come in to replace all the windows in the office area of the school but we will let you know if you need to come in a different entrance.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday morning.

Friday, 26 April 2019

I always start my blog after a holiday by saying how quickly everyone has settled back into the normal school routine and it has been exactly the same this term – you would think that we had never been away. However, I did have a lovely holiday and the wonderful weather that we had over the Easter weekend helped us have a great end to our break – I just hope that we have more weather like that this term because it does help to make everyone feel better.

You may have noticed that we have had some more work done to the school during the Easter break. The majority of the windows in the old part of the building have all been repaired and painted and the train in the infant playground has been removed and a new piece of equipment will be installed next week. Work on the windows in the rest of the school will start over the first bank holiday weekend and should be finished by June. I have been thinking that with all the work that we have had done to the school it would almost have been cheaper to knock it down and start again but the powers that be decided differently. When all the windows have been completed we will be doing some more internal decorating in the summer holiday and then hopefully, when we come back in September, we should not require any major alterations and we can have a school year free from disruptions.

Next week all the clubs start again which really adds a buzz to school life - there are many new clubs in the summer term so make sure you have signed your child up for the activities they wish to attend on the School Gateway. On Monday representatives from Thameslink and Great Northern will be talking to most of the children about how to stay staff when they are using the railway. We also have class photographs being taken on Tuesday –  you may want to make sure that your child looks extra smart on that day. Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday morning.

Friday, 5 April 2019

I must admit that I am glad that it is the end of term because I am ready for a break. I think because the clocks went forward an hour on Sunday and then we have had such a busy week in school I am ready to just collapse – I think that a lot of the children feel that way as well. However, as far as the end of term goes, it has been a fabulous week to finish on.

We started the week with our Sharing assembly where all the children shared work that they felt proud of. Then, on Tuesday night I went to the Wyllyots Theatre to watch some of the children take part in a music evening with children from other Potters Bar schools. It was based around the theme of space and it was an excellent evening –I certainly hope that we have more concerts like that in the future. I would like to praise all the children for how well they did and I would like to thank Mrs Robinson and Miss Bradford for giving up their free time to help prepare them for such a marvellous event.

We have also had our own big production in school this week as Years 3,4 & 5 have been performing in ‘Rock Bottom’. It has been a great show and everyone has been coming to tell me how much they enjoyed it. The children did an excellent job and they really did the school proud with their performance. I would also like to thank all the staff in Years 3, 4 and 5 for all their hard work in putting the show together, especially Miss Davis and Miss Bradford who co-ordinated the whole production.  

You will have read in our newsletter what a big success the PTA Easter Egg Hunt was last week. They managed to raise over five hundred and sixty pounds for the school which is brilliant. As well as that though all the children had a really good time and it was a lovely way to end a Friday afternoon. I was very happy because I won four chocolate eggs on the tombola –I will have to wait to eat them though because I have given up chocolate for Lent. I would like to thank all the PTA for organising the event and to thank them for their continued hard work for the school.

Have a great Easter break. Let us hope that the weather is good and I look forward to seeing you all again on Wednesday, 24th April.

Friday, 29 March 2019

I think it is really starting to feel like spring this week - we have had some lovely weather and the world is starting to look green again. Unfortunately, as is usual when the weather changes, we have had a few bugs in school with a few of the children having to be sent home because of upset stomachs. May I remind you that children need to be out of school for 48 hours after their last episode of sickness/diarrhoea before they return to school. This helps to stop the infection spreading to everyone else in school.

We have sent out our Ofsted report today and you will see that we still remain a good school. We were pleased with our report, especially as it was a more detailed inspection than the last one so it means that all elements of the school were inspected. Although it was only a year (almost to the day) since our last inspection we were expecting it and this is because we had to have a section 5 inspection this time.  A Section 5 inspection has to be carried out by the end of the academic year 5 years after your last Section 5 inspection and so we knew they had to come to us by July 2019. I am only clarifying this point because some parents thought that an official complaint may have triggered this inspection and that was not so.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my staff for all the hard work that they give to the school all of the time, without their dedication and diligence our good report would not have been possible. I would also like to thank all of you, the parents, for the support that you show to the school and this was reflected in the many positive comments that we received on ‘Parentview’. We will put together an action plan to address the targets Ofsted set for us and once it is ready we will publish it on our website so that everyone can have access to it.

With the warmer weather we have a lot more children cycling and scooting to school. This is great but may I remind everyone that children are not allowed on their bikes or scooters within the school grounds. This is because in the past, members of our school community have been injured when they have been collecting or dropping off their children by other children accidentally running into them. If the children only ride their bikes or scooters outside of the school grounds we can greatly reduce the risk of this happening again.

A lot of the children have been very excited today because the PTA have organised an Easter Egg Hunt for after school. I would like to thank the PTA for doing this because these events have a real positive impact on school life as well as raising lots of money for extra resources for your children. You will see from the letter they sent out yesterday that they have lots more activities planned for the summer term which will enhance school life further. Next Friday is the PTA AGM and we really need as many parents as possible to attend this to make sure it is quorate and that the PTA can operate for another year. Please make an effort to attend, without the PTA and the events they run, school life would not be as much fun and it would certainly have less resources.

As well as the PTA AGM next week there is lots going on in school next week. On Monday we have a Sharing assembly and if your child is taking part in this you will have received a letter. On Wednesday afternoon it is our Open Afternoon for Years 1-6 from 3.00pm – 4.30pm. This is an opportunity for parents to see the learning their children have covered over the last half term. Years 3, 4 and 5 are also putting on their show ‘Rock Bottom’ next week. I have seen glimpses of this and I am very excited about watching it because it looks excellent and I know the children are excited to perform to their families and friends. Also, remember that school closes at 2pm next Friday.

Have a fabulous weekend – I am sure that I will see most of you at some point next week.

Friday, 22 March 2019

With all the excitement that happened last week I forgot to mention an important event that took place. Some of the children from Years 5 and 6 took part in a primary indoor athletic tournament at Dame Alice Owen School and won it. I was really pleased and even the lead inspector commented on my competitive attitude. I would like to congratulate all of the children who took part and I would like to thank Mr Mills for organising and supporting the team.

We had a lovely start to the day today because it was the Year 2 Assembly. The children were presenting a selection of the work they have covered this year and they did it very well. It was lovely to see how proud they were of all they have achieved and they really seemed to have a love of learning which is what we want to achieve with the pupils in our school. I would like to thank all of the pupils for giving us such an enjoyable assembly and I would like to thank Mrs Beadle, Mrs Fordham and Miss Southwell for all their hard work in helping them put it together.

In recent times I have given up eating chocolate for Lent so it has been a particularly trying day in school today because of all the chocolate that has surrounded me. This is because of all the Easter eggs that you have sent in for the tombola at the Easter Egg hunt next week. I would like to thank you all for your generosity – without it the PTA would not be able to raise the money that it does. As I have mentioned in past blogs we have recently purchased an outdoor learning space with PTA money and over the Easter holidays work will finally start on our technology room which is also being financed by PTA funds. It should be ready to use by May half term and will be a fantastic addition to our school.

I had to look twice at the calendar when I realised that we break up for Easter in 2 weeks - I do not know where this term has gone. Before we break up we still have a lot of events to look forward to starting with the Easter Egg Hunt which is being held after school next Friday. This is something that the PTA introduced a couple of years ago and has proved very popular with the children so I hope to see many of you there.

That is all for now. I hope you all have great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday morning.

Friday, 15 March 2019

It has been ‘Red Nose Day’ today and it has been a mad end to what has been quite a mad week. We have danced ourselves dizzy today in school and I am now well and truly ready to drop. The children all appeared to enjoy themselves even if the staff are flagging but the staff have had quite a busy week. As we know we had a Section 5 inspection which we were expecting after our last Ofsted and hopefully this means that we will not see Ofsted for quite a few years. The report should be out in about three weeks, hopefully before Easter. Until then I cannot talk about the inspection but I would like to thank everyone for their good wishes this week –it has been much appreciated.

It has also been Science Week this week. I know the children have all loved the workshops and I am sure you will be able to find out more about them on the class blogs. The children have also enjoyed making birds and there have been some exotic and wonderful creations made. I am glad that the children have had a good time because just as reading underpins all learning science encourages children to develop the skills to solve problems which is a key life skill for success.

I am sorry but I am going to have to have a little moan. We do have clear signage on all our playground equipment that children should not play on it outside of school hours. However, when I went into the infant playground at the end of the school day I found children on the climbing frame. I even had to remove one child from the climbing frame because they were too small to get down themselves. Can you please ensure that your child does not use the apparatus at the end of the school day – it is for their own safety.

Next week should be a more straightforward week but we still have plenty to look forward to. Friday is going to be another Mufti Day for the PTA. In exchange for not wearing their uniform the PTA would like all the children to bring in an Easter egg for a tombola at the Easter Egg Hunt which will be held on Friday, 29th March. Year 2 are also holding their class assembly on that day which I know all their parents are looking forward to seeing.

Have a great weekend – I know that I am certainly going to enjoy it.

Friday, 8 March 2019

We have had a ‘back to normal’ day today after everyone dressed up for World Book Day. All the children looked really great and I think that is down to a big effort from the parents organising the costumes so I would like to thank you all for that. The children really love days like yesterday and ‘World book Day’ does help to highlight the importance of reading which is a key factor to accessing all other learning. It is important that the children realise that you can never read too much.

The excitement continues into next week as it is Science Week in school. We have booked some workshops to carry out some class investigations with your children. To make these a success we do need some extra helpers and I do know that some classes are still a little short of help so if you could check your child’s class blog to see when their workshop is taking place and if you are free you could volunteer to support them – I know would appreciate your help. The whole school is also taking part in a ‘Brilliant Bird’ challenge in which the children have got to try and create an imaginative bird that can fly using a limited amount of resources – I am looking forward to seeing the results.

It is also ‘Red Nose Day’ next Friday. We have already started selling noses in school which are proving very popular with the children –they are very excited to open the box to see which nose they have got. On the day itself the children can come in non- uniform if they make a donation of £1 towards the Red Nose fund. We are also going to hold a ‘Danceathon’ in school where one class is always going to be dancing throughout the school day and then at the end of the day the whole school is going to go into the hall to dance together. Some of the older children will also come outside at the end of the day with buckets to collect any small change that you may have to put towards the Red Nose charity. This campaign does support a lot of good causes which is why I do think it is important that the school supports it.

I hope you all have a good weekend – if the weeks continue to go as quickly as this one it will be the Easter holiday before we know it. After the couple of lovely days that we had two weeks ago the weather has got colder again and it is expected to get even colder over the weekend but we can comfort ourselves with the fact that spring is on its way. I look forward to seeing you all again next week.

Friday, 1 March 2019

I hope that you all had a pleasant half- term. I went on a trip to Iceland called ‘The Northern Lights Tour’ and although I did have a very pleasant trip I did not get to see the ‘Northern Lights’. It gives me the excuse to return to the country although I will have to save for a while as Iceland is a really expensive place.

It was Pyjama Day in school and I felt like I had entered a parallel universe – it felt like it was a Saturday morning and we had all have spent the night in school. The children have been very excited in school in their pyjamas and the School Council are very pleased at having raised money for new playground equipment. The total raised is £208 and the school are matching that amount which means the School Council will have £416 to spend on playground equipment. We will let you know after their next meeting what equipment they have decided to buy for the school.

Although it has been an exciting day some children may have been worried about going home because the annual school reports went out today. I have to say that after reading them all none of the children really have much to worry about. We do ask that when you share the report with your child you focus on the comments and targets and do not discuss the grades with them.

It is another busy week in school next week. On Monday morning some pupils from Chancellors School are going to do some workshops with the pupils from Year 2 – 6 on celebrating differences which will help reinforce the work we did with the children last term. On Wednesday the children in Year 2 are having a ‘Great Fire of London’ day which I know they will really enjoy and then on Thursday it is ‘World Book Day’. All the children can come to school dressed as their favourite book character and then each class will be basing their day’s learning around a book selected by the teacher. The children always enjoy this day and it does help to reinforce the importance of books and the enjoyment that reading can bring into your life.

We are also going to be selling red noses to the children in preparation for ‘Red Nose Day’ which supports Comic Relief. This time the noses have been priced at £1.25 which is not as easy as collecting pounds so if your child wants to purchase one could you please try and bring in the correct money as we will not have enough change. There are also lots of different designs so you may find that your child wants to purchase more than one! Unfortunately, you cannot tell from the box which nose is on the inside so there is a chance that they could purchase the same nose twice. Remember that all the money goes to the charity.

That is all for now. We had a few really lovely days this week which made us feel like we were in the middle of spring but it is going to be more winter-like this weekend. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.


Friday, 15 February 2019

A lot of people have been taking it easy today after dancing the night away at the Valentine’s Disco – and when I say a lot of people I mean the staff who were there - the children seem to have as much energy as ever but that is a perk of youth. Both the discos yesterday went very well and all the children appeared to have had a great time. I would like to thank all of the PTA and staff who organised and helped to run the events – without these people giving up their time the school would be a much duller place and we would also not have the resources we have due to all their fundraising.

At Little Heath we take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously. One of these responsibilities is to ensure that all the children from Nursery up to Year 4 are collected from the classroom door by a responsible adult. In recent times a couple of parents from these year groups have tried to wave their children over from their classrooms to join them in their cars in School Road. This is not acceptable and no school staff will let the children go unless parents come to the classroom door.

I will not be seeing any of you next week as it is half term. I am glad it is here because in the last two weeks there has been a lot of illness in school and I think we all need a break from each other so we can all become ‘germ-free’. When we come back we have lots to look forward to including a ‘Science Week’, ‘Red Nose Day’ a pyjama day organised by the school council and ‘World Book Day’. With so much to look forward to it will be Easter before we know it.

I hope you all have a fabulous half term and I look forward to seeing you all again on February 25th.

Friday, 8 February 2019

I know I have said this many times but I cannot believe that a whole week has passed since I last wrote my blog. I have had a really busy week with lots of meetings and courses so I feel like my feet have not touched the ground because I have been so busy. I did realise that I had been out of school a lot when I was sitting in my office and one of the staff members was surprised to see me there – they actually said they thought it was a mirage.

Even though I have not been around much there has still been lots going on in school. One of the main things that has happened is the completion of our outdoor classroom. We have not had a lot of people in to have a look at it because the ground where it has been built has to be allowed to ‘settle’ but as soon as it is okay we will have an ‘Open Day’ where people can go down and have a look inside. I know the children (and staff) are going to love to use it. Once again I would like to thank the PTA for raising the money to pay for this latest addition to our setting.

I know it has only been a short half term but I am pleased that we do have the half term break at the end of next week because I feel as if the whole school needs a break. However, before we break up for our half term holiday we have a busy week in school next week. On Monday we have one of our half termly Sharing Assemblies and if your child is taking part you will already have been informed. On Wednesday afternoon it is our Open Afternoon where parents who have children in Years 1- 6 can come into school to look at the learning their children have completed over the last half term. This event runs from 3.00pm – 4.30pm. We start it before the end of the school day so that parents can share their children’s learning with them but you can still bring your child back to look at their learning if you have to return to school after the end of the usual school day. On Thursday evening the PTA are also holding Valentine’s discos for KS1 and KS2 and you have already received the information about these events.

That is all for now. I hope you all have a pleasant weekend – I myself hope for a better weekend than the last one because I was struck down by the flu virus that has been going around the school and I spent most of it in bed.  I look forward to seeing you all next week.

Friday, 1 February 2019

I must start my blog this week with an apology. This is because last Friday Year 3 put in an amazing class assembly and I forgot to mention it in my blog. The assembly was a representation of all the work that Year 3 have covered so far and the children presented it really well. I would like to belatedly thank them for a great assembly and I would also like to thank Miss Davis, Mrs Reynolds, Miss Russon and Mrs Ameen for helping them plan and organise it.

The big news today is the snow – all the children have been very excited and enjoyed the session on the field when we let them play on the field. I know some people were expecting a snow day but it was only a couple of inches and most of the roads were clear. I know a few people did not want to risk it because of icy back roads but if I can get enough staff in and the school is warm I do not have a reason to close and need to open the school. The snow was really lovely and fluffy and the children had a great time playing on the field during the morning break.

You may have noticed some workmen in the school today working in an area of the school field. This is because they are preparing the area for a new outdoor learning space that will arrive next week. From the outside it looks like a marquee and on the inside it will contain enough wooden seating for a whole class to sit down and a fire-pit so that it can be used in the winter. We are also having the wild life area overhauled so that a footpath will run from the outdoor classroom into the wildlife area. We are very excited about this addition and, along with our new technical room which we hope will be finished very soon, the provision for the children will be much improved making the learning experience for them even more exciting. The funding for both these areas has been provided by the PTA and we cannot thank them enough for their help in improving the quality of the provision at Little Heath.

The choir have had a very exciting time this week because they performed at the O2 in the ’Young Voices’ choir. They have been practising since September and all their work and preparation has certainly been worthwhile because they did an amazing job. Mrs Robinson and Miss Bradford have helped organise the children and I would like to thank them for all the work they put into preparing the children for the Young Voices’ event. Mrs Reusch and myself went along to help chaperone the children and we were delighted because Tony Hadley, the former lead singer of Spandau Ballet, was performing. We are big fans of his and so were joining in with him whilst he sang ‘Gold’ and ‘True’. The children, who did not know who he was, were bemused by this and were wondering why he was there. They have left me feeling very old! 

I cannot believe that it is February – where did January go? We are all going to have to wrap up warm this weekend because it is very cold but I am sure that will not stop us enjoying ourselves – I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Winter definitely arrived this week in Little heath as we had our first significant snowfall of the year – about a centimetre and a half of snow fell very quickly over Potters Bar on Tuesday night but from the children’s reactions the next day you would have thought it was about half a metre. They were not allowed to make snowballs as there was so little snow but we did have a couple of children who attempted to do this and we soon stopped it from continuing –they were more ice balls than snowballs which are far too dangerous to be thrown.

Apart from the snow it has been pretty much business as usual in school. I have had builders in this week to talk about the window repairs/replacements that they are going to carry out in the school. This work is expected to be carried out in the old part of the school over the Easter break and then they expect to finish the rest of the windows in the school later in the year.

We are also in the process of transforming our additional classroom into a technical room for the school so the children can use it for lessons such as art, D & T and food technology. This will be a great addition to the school and we will upload pictures onto our website when it is completed. Funds from the PTA are being used to pay for this so I would like to thank them for all their hard work in raising this money to make it possible.

I hope you all have a great weekend – it is expected to get a little warmer so at least that is good news and for those who do not like the cold it is February next week so Spring is getting closer. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

Friday, 18 January 2019

The spring term is in full swing and Christmas seems a long time ago – it is amazing that something that can dominate your life for so long can pass by so quickly. The weather, which has been quite good so far, has certainly let us know that we are in the middle of winter this week – we even had some light snow yesterday morning which  excited the children but not me – I hate having to make the decision about closing the school. May I remind you that if we do have to close the school for any reason we will inform you by text as soon as possible. I will only close it as a last resort but I do ask that you have contingency plans in place for bad weather because the British weather can change very quickly and we sometimes have to close the school at short notice.

I am going to apologise in advance but I need to have a little moan. I have noticed that some children are not coming to school in the correct uniform. A number of children are wearing coloured socks instead of plain grey and I am seeing too many children wearing earrings. We only allow children to wear earrings when they first get their ears pierced and even then they need to keep them covered in tape to protect the earrings from getting caught and injuring the children. Once their ears have healed they are not allowed to wear earrings in school. Parents will be getting texts if we notice any breaches in school uniform.

All the school clubs started this week which always gives the school a good vibe. The netball team even managed to play one of their fixtures and I am pleased to announce that we won one game and just lost another. I am sure that we will experience lots more success as the season proceeds.

On Monday I will be in late so I will not see you on the school gate but I do hope that you all have a great weekend. I look forward to seeing you all at the gate on Tuesday morning.

Friday, 11 January 2019

I would like to start my blog by wishing you all a happy new year. Unfortunately, I was not around at the end of term to wish you a merry Christmas which was why I did not write a blog on the last day as my father was very ill. Thankfully, after being in hospital for the whole of the Christmas holiday, he is now recovering but still very weak. When I did return to my office I got a lovely surprise though as I had received many gifts and cards for Christmas. I would like to thank everyone who sent me gifts for their kindness -  they certainly helped to put a smile on my face.
Moving on to more cheerful topics we have had a very good start to the term. The children all appear quite happy, although one or two of them have told me that they are finding the early starts difficult to get used to – I am sure that by next week they will be used to getting up early again. The dark mornings do not help but I like to try and remain positive by knowing that the days are getting longer and we will soon have the light mornings back.
All the extra - curricular clubs start next week so if your child attends one of these please ensure that they bring in all the equipment they need for the activity. Can you also ensure that your children have their PE kits in school for the whole week. Some children did not bring in their PE kits when they returned on Wednesday even though PE lessons started as normal on this day.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.