Friday, 3 April 2020

I hope you are all well and have survived your second week of lockdown –I never thought that I would be in a position where a visit to the supermarket is both terrifying and exciting.  I am unfortunately not one of those people who had previously signed up for online shopping and it has so far proved impossible to get signed up now so I will have to continue with the weekly visit to the supermarket – at least you do find items on the shelves now.
I hope that the home learning is going well - remember that if you have any problems that the school staff are contactable by email. As it is officially the Easter holidays we are not setting the daily learning that we have been doing for the next two weeks although we are going to ask the children to write or draw pictures for NHS staff (please see Class Pages for more information) to help give them a morale boost at this difficult time. I do not think that we can thank enough all the NHS staff and carers who are in the front line helping to fight this awful virus and I will do anything I can to support them.
That is all for now. Remember to keep yourself safe by going out as little as possible and to keep washing your hands. I will speak to you all again in a couple of weeks.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Dear Everyone

I hope you are all well and not finding the lockdown too difficult. It is a different way to live and I am sure we have all been going through a week of readjustment this week. My husband (who is also working from home) keeps suggesting all the jobs that we can get done and I am now finding that the reason all those jobs do no get done is not just because I do not have the time - I really just do not want to do them!

I hope the children are all managing their work well and it is not proving too much of a challenge to motivate them to do it. It is a period of re-adjustment for them as well and it may take some of them longer to adapt to their new routine. Remember if you do need any support with their learning you can contact all the teachers by email. Please do not come to the school for support. We do have a skeleton staff in school to provide childcare for critical and key workers but we need to keep these numbers as low as possible to enable us to manage this horrible virus.

I am sure that many of you, like me, joined in with the national clapping to show our appreciation of all the NHS workers who are at the front line in fighting this virus. It made me feel quite emotional to hear all the noise and I hope they do feel appreciated. I also feel that we should show our appreciation for all the people who are continuing to work at this difficult time such as shopkeepers, delivery drivers and cleaners. I know the list is much longer than this but without all these dedicated people the country would fall apart and we do not need that at this critical time.

Keep yourself safe and remember to keep washing your hands and observe social distancing.

Friday, 20 March 2020

I am not going to include much in my blog this week because I have already shared many communications with you. These are indeed extraordinary times and they are certainly circumstances that I never expected to find myself in but then everyone is feeling like that. I do not know when the school will be open as normal again but let us hope that it is soon. I think it is only today that it has really hit home to the children that school is actually going to finish and whilst some of them appear excited at the prospect I know they are going to miss being here and we will miss seeing them.

We have sent many communications out about the work that we are going to provide for them so I will not discuss it again but do try to get them into a routine so they are completing some work every day. This will ensure that they maintain good learning practices for when they return to school. Staff can be communicated with by email (during normal school hours which are 8.20am – 3.20pm) but please remember that the work will not be exactly the same as they do in the school because the teachers are not there to teach them in person. Also remember that reading is very important and so it is also important that they read something every single day.

We will be sending you regular updates about the situation so please keep checking the website. I will see a few of you next week but to everybody else I hope you all keep well and I look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distance future.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Looking out of my window today it looks like I am working in a sports centre as everyone is dressed in sportswear. As you all know it is Sports Relief Day which explains the clothes and the children have been taking part in extra sports activities today which I would like to thank Mr Mills for organising. I would also like to thank you all for the donations that you sent in. We have not got the final total yet but I will let you know how much we raised next week.
My week started early as I was at the Albert Hall on Sunday with some of the choir members. It was a very impressive event and all the children really enjoyed performing in such an impressive venue. Although it was an early start for everybody for a Sunday (8.00am) the children all did themselves and the school proud – it was a pleasure to be with them for the day. I would like to thank Mrs Lawrence, Miss Bradford and Mrs Robinson for preparing the children for the event and for supporting them on the day.
The Coronavirus has been dominating the news again and has entered into our school community again. Public Health England are now advising people with flu like symptoms to self-isolate and I have sent a letter home about this today. As I have informed you I am following Public Health England advice all of the time and I will contact you if anything needs to change about the way we are responding to the Coronavirus.
Fortunately, the children in school appear to be unaffected by the situation caused by the Coronavirus and are going about their daily lives in the usual way. We finished second in the Potters Bar School Indoor Athletic Tournament this week and the girls have got a football match against Brookmans Park next week. We also have the Year 2 assembly taking place next week so there is plenty to look forward to.  All these events will take place unless we get guidance advising us not to do so.
I hope you all have a great weekend. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday morning.

Friday, 6 March 2020

The big excitement in school this week was ‘World Book Day’. All of the children looked really great in their costumes and we have put some pictures up on our webpage so you can see them. All of the staff followed a theme this year in that we all wore t-shirts with quotes from books that we have enjoyed reading. The idea for ‘World Book Day’ this year was to share a million stories as they want everyone to share stories they have enjoyed with their families and friends. Hopefully, by us all sharing quotes from books we have enjoyed we will encourage the children to extend their reading selection.

Next week is another exciting week in school because it is Science Week. We are staring off the week with children all planting trees around the grounds on Monday morning. They will need some outdoor footwear such as wellingtons as it will probably be muddy due to all the rain we have had recently. On Thursday all the classes will be taking part in a ‘Science CSI’ experience where they will be using scientific investigational approaches to solve problems. They will also be carrying out a number of other STEM investigations in class. We believe in promoting science because it encourages children to find solutions to problems through investigation which is a great life skill to have.

Next Friday is Sports Relief Day and all the children can come into school in sports kit if they make a contribution of at least a £1 towards the Sports Relief fund. All classes will also be taking part in a fitness circuit to help celebrate the fact that it is ‘Sports Relief Day’.

I would like to take this opportunity to mention how we are responding to the Coronavirus outbreak. As I mentioned in my letter earlier in the week no-one associated with the school had contracted the Coronavirus. We will keep you up to date with any developments but it has been made clear to all heads that no school can close unless directed by Public Health England – even if there is a case of Coronavirus in the school. We have also been asked to point out that most people who contract the virus will only suffer mild symptoms and that children are least affected by it. We have been told that the symptoms are very similar to having flu. Also remember that the best way to stop the spread of the virus is through good hand hygiene and using and disposing of tissues when you cough or sneeze i.e – ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.’

I hope you all have a pleasant weekend. I am going with the choir to the Albert Hall on Sunday and I am very much looking forward to that as are the children – it will be a wonderful experience for all those taking part.

Friday, 28 February 2020

I hope you all had a great half term and are glad to be back at school. As usual everyone has settled back into their routine very quickly but I would have liked better weather to welcome us back. I am bored with the dark mornings and wet weather so I hope as March arrives we can experience some fresh, spring weather.

I know that with all the news coverage that some parents are getting very anxious about the coronavirus but I would like to reassure everyone that we are following all the guidance and sending you updates as we receive them. We have been told that the risk of catching it is still very low in England and if you follow good basic hygiene you reduce the risk of all viruses spreading dramatically – good hand cleaning is especially important and to support this we are putting hand sanitisers in all the classrooms.

Next week is another busy week in school. On Tuesday we have the NSPCC coming into school to talk to the children in KS1 and KS2 about how they can keep themselves safe. Thursday is World Book Day when we would like all the children to come into school dressed as their favourite book character. We would also like them to bring in a book they enjoy reading as we are going to have a whole school reading session during the morning. This is a very important day for us at Little Heath as we love to promote the importance of reading.

Some members of the choir are also going to perform at the Albert Hall on Sunday 8th March. This is a great event for them to attend and I know they are looking forward to taking part. I would like to thank Mrs. Lawrence, Mrs Robinson and Miss Bradford for all their hard work in preparing them for this concert.

I hope you have a lovely weekend – more rain is forecast but I hope you will not let it dampen your spirits. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

Friday, 14 February 2020

I feel that I do not need to write this blog to inform you of what has happened in school because we have had a lot of parents in school this week. On Monday we had a Sharing Assembly and lots of parents were in school to see their children present work that they were proud of. I know each child only does this once a year but they do get excited when they know their parents are coming into school to see something they have done. It is also good to see parents being very supportive of all the children and not just their own because it is nerve-wracking to present your work in front of a large crowd and it is good to have a strong positive vibe when you do it. Presenting to a large crowd though is a good life skill to master which is why we have the children do this.

On Wednesday we had our Open Afternoon and loads of parents came into school to see their child’s learning from the last half term. Although it has been a short half term the children have covered a lot of learning and I know that this is another event the children really look forward to as they are proud to share their work with their parents. I have got lots of positive feedback from that event but if you do have any queries after seeing your child’s work please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher or myself.

Although it has been cold recently this has not stopped the children taking off their coats and jackets outside when they get hot from running around. This in itself is not a problem but when we try to return them to the correct children we are still finding many items with no name labels inside. Can I please ask that over the half term holiday that you check your children’s uniform to ensure that all items are clearly labelled?

We now have the half term holiday to look forward to. I cannot believe that the last holiday we had was Christmas as that seems a long time ago and yet it was only six weeks since we started the new term. I hope you all have a great time and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday, 24th February.

Friday, 7 February 2020

I got a real shock when I was setting the dates for next week when I realised that we break up for half term on Friday - where has the time gone? We have even had some lovely sunny weather this week which could allow us to believe that spring is on its way although I think some of the weather we are expected to experience this weekend will let us know that it is still winter.

As some of you know, I am using our sports premium money this year to pay for the children to attend an ‘outdoor and adventurous’ activity. The Reception children and Years 1-3 have been signed up to attend the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead for a ‘rubber tubing’ experience. The Reception children went on Wednesday and even though a couple of them were a little timid and frightened at first they all really enjoyed themselves. I do think it is good that we can provide the children with these adventures outside of their normal experiences as it is good to extend their experiences in all areas of their lives. Next week the children in Year 2 will get the chance to go to the Snow Centre.

Next week is a busy week in school. On Monday morning we have one of our Sharing Assemblies and if your child is taking part in this one you will have been notified by letter this week. On Wednesday afternoon it is an ‘Open Afternoon’ for parents. This means that parents with children in Years 1 – 6 are allowed to come into school to look at their children’s learning over the last half term. We run these afternoons from 3.00pm – 4.30pm to enable parents to share the learning with their children.

I hope that if the expected wind comes this weekend that you do not get blown away.  Excuse me if I come out dancing on Monday morning but I am going to watch the ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘ tour this weekend and it may give me some ideas that I want to try for myself. For those romantics amongst you it is Valentine’s Day next Friday so if you want to be well prepared for the day you will need to organise something this weekend to ensure that your loved one feels loved and cherished. Have a good weekend.

Friday, 31 January 2020

I cannot believe that it is the last day of January –where did that month go? Thankfully that means that winter is flying by and before we know it Spring will be upon us –let us hope that it means an end to the dark skies and the rain – I think I can manage anything rather than the endless rainy weather that we have been experiencing recently.

However, enough about the weather and let us turn to more pleasant things. This morning we all had a treat in school because it was the Year 3 assembly. They gave us a great presentation of the learning that they have covered so far in Year 3 – they did an excellent job and should all be very proud of themselves. I would also like to thank Miss Davis, Mrs Reynolds and Mrs Ameen for all their hard work in helping them put the assembly together.

When I was writing my blog last week you will remember me telling you that I was getting ready to go to the 02 with the choir to perform in a Young Voices concert. This year we were lucky enough to be put into two of the boxes to perform so it meant that we all got to experience a little bit of VIP treatment. The parents who came to watch were not so lucky because their seats were high up but they still managed to see all of us. There was a great atmosphere and the children really enjoyed being part of such a large show. I would like to thank them all for representing the school so well and I would also like to thank Miss Bradford, Mrs Lawrence and Mrs Robinson for all their hard work in preparing the choir for this - they have been practising for this since September. The next big thing for the choir is getting ready for a performance at the Albert Hall in March –this showbiz life is very exciting.

You may also remember that we had a Mufti day last Friday to help raise money for those affected by the Australian bushfires. I am glad to say that we managed to raise an impressive £354.29 towards the fund and I would like to thank all of you who gave so generously.

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

Friday, 24 January 2020

I am publishing my blog early this week because I am going to the ‘Young Voices’ event at the O2 with the choir. I have been joining in with the rehearsals in recent times and I know that the children are all very excited about taking part in the concert. They have sounded really good in rehearsals and I know that they will do the school proud this evening. I would like to thank all the children for all the effort they have put into their rehearsals and I would also like to thank Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Robinson and Miss Bradford for all the hard work they have put in to get the children ready for today.

I have been asked to remind parents about the one-way system that unofficially operates around the school during drop-off in the morning and pick up times at the end of the school day. As we are situated in a cul-de-sac we are in a difficult location and if, during busy times, cars try to enter and exit through School Road it can quickly lead to a very congested and dangerous situation. We therefore ask parents during these busy times to drive along Thornton Road, come through the church car park where the church allows parents to park their cars whilst they drop off or collect their children. Then when cars leave they can exit through School Road. If everyone follows this system it means that traffic flows more smoothly. May I also remind parents that they are not supposed to park on the zig-zag yellow lines outside the school from 8.00am – 5.00pm each day. Parents are also not supposed to park in front of residents’ drives – this is against the law and if neighbours contact the police perpetrators will have to face the consequences of their actions and the school will not be able to help them.

I would like to thank everyone who made a donation towards the Australian Bushfire appeal today. As I said last week I think this is a very worthy appeal to support. I am sure that you have seen on the news that areas of Australia have been suffering even more extremes of weather with terrible storms and golf ball sized hailstones whilst other areas are still dealing with the bushfires so they need all the help they can get. I will let you know how much was raised in my next blog.

I hope you all have a pleasant weekend. I am a little disappointed that the weather has become dark and grey again – I really enjoyed those couple of frosty days that we had because it was so bright and sunny but at least with the cloudy skies the temperature is a little warmer. I look forward to seeing you again next week.

Friday, 17 January 2020

The term is well underway now and Christmas seems a distant memory although looking at my body that is not the case as I still have the aftermath of Christmas around my waistline. All the clubs have started again and although the weather has not always been our friend we have still managed to run them. I hope we see less rain as all the league matches will be starting again soon and the children do hate to miss a match.

I am sure that the children have told you but we have started doing the ‘Daily Mile‘ in school with the children. This is something that I have not done in the past because we already have a lot of PE in our timetable but I have heard and read about the benefits of it so much that I decided that we should start doing it. Research has shown that it not only has a positive impact on children’s health but also on their general well-being and attainment in school. I know not all of the children enjoy it so I do hope that if your child is one of these that you can discuss the benefits with them – I am sure that the more we do it the more they will get used to it.

Next week you will see that we are having a Mufti day to raise money for those places and people that have been affected by the Australian bush fires. I know that we will all have seen the horrific scenes about what is happening in Australia and I think that it is a really good cause for the school to support. As it is such a worthy cause and because they need urgent help I am leaving it down to individual families about how much they want to donate but it must be a minimum of a £1. Some of the children will also be coming out at the end of the school day to collect contributions from parents so please remember to bring some small change with you on that day.

That is all for now. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and I look forward to seeing you all at the school gate on Monday morning.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a good holiday. I had a lovely break and have come back looking forward to the new term – I always love to watch the change in the weather this term going from dull and grey to bright and sunny as Spring arrives (at least I always hope that this is going to happen but you can never rely on the British weather).

As always, the children have settled back well into school and Christmas appears to be a dim and distant memory to them. They have all come back looking very smart so I thank you for getting them all so well prepared for their return.  However, may I remind you all that jewellery is not allowed and the only accessory the children should be wearing is a watch. I have noticed that some girls have been wearing earrings for a full term and even if they were newly pierced in September the earrings should be able to be taken out now.

All the extra-curricular clubs start again next week which is good because I always think they bring great atmosphere into the school. I have got a couple of early meetings next week so I will not be on the gate on Monday or Tuesday morning but I will be in school later on both days. I hope you all have a great weekend – I am looking forward to a more sedate weekend after all the excitement of the Christmas holidays.