Friday, 3 July 2020

July 3rd 2020

You will all know by now that the guidance for the return of children to school in September was officially published yesterday. We have read it and are starting our preparations for how we will run the school in September. As soon as we have written these and had them approved by the governors we will inform you of what the arrangements are. I know that these have been very trying times for everyone and I would like to thank everyone for the support they have shown the school over the last couple of months. As I mentioned last week in my blog that as we are having more children returning to school we have more cars outside of the school. Whilst this is entirely understandable I did ask that parents follow the usual transport rules and do not park in the area in front of the school. This is especially important with social distancing as some parents are having to stand on the road outside of the school to ensure that they keep a safe distance from other people. Unfortunately, one or two parents are driving right up to the school gates when they are dropping their children off and I would ask that they stop. As I also said last week in my blog the church car park is still open for parents to use at drop off and pick up times. I know that for many of you that having a break from home learning will be a welcome relief when the summer holidays arrive. I do think that many of you have done a really good job and it is certainly not easy being a parent and a teacher. Even when the holidays come though I would ask that you try and sustain the reading with your children. It only has to be for 5 or 10 minutes at a time for a few days each week. We will be making modifications to our curriculum in September to help accommodate for the fact that the children have not been in full time education for a couple of months but it will support us if the children’s reading skills are as good as they can be. Although many children in Little Heath love reading I am aware of the challenge this could be for some of you but if you stick with it will have a positive impact on your children’s learning when they return in September. You could encourage them to take part in this year’s reading challenge which is called Silly Squad- details about it are in our latest newsletter. I hope you all have a great weekend. I am looking forward to meeting up with the Year 3 next week. Remember that the starting time for the ‘additional class’ each week is 9.15 am and that they finish at 3.15pm. Drop off and pick up is from the infant playground.
You will all know by now that the guidance for the return of children to school in September was officially published yesterday. We have read it and are starting our preparations for how we will run the school in September. As soon as we have written these and had them approved by the governors we will inform you of what the arrangements are. I know that these have been very trying times for everyone and I would like to thank everyone for the support they have shown the school over the last couple of months. As I mentioned last week in my blog that as we are having more children returning to school we have more cars outside of the school. Whilst this is entirely understandable I did ask that parents follow the usual transport rules and do not park in the area in front of the school. This is especially important with social distancing as some parents are having to stand on the road outside of the school to ensure that they keep a safe distance from other people. Unfortunately, one or two parents are driving right up to the school gates when they are dropping their children off and I would ask that they stop. As I also said last week in my blog the church car park is still open for parents to use at drop off and pick up times. I know that for many of you that having a break from home learning will be a welcome relief when the summer holidays arrive. I do think that many of you have done a really good job and it is certainly not easy being a parent and a teacher. Even when the holidays come though I would ask that you try and sustain the reading with your children. It only has to be for 5 or 10 minutes at a time for a few days each week. We will be making modifications to our curriculum in September to help accommodate for the fact that the children have not been in full time education for a couple of months but it will support us if the children’s reading skills are as good as they can be. Although many children in Little Heath love reading I am aware of the challenge this could be for some of you but if you stick with it will have a positive impact on your children’s learning when they return in September. You could encourage them to take part in this year’s reading challenge which is called Silly Squad- details about it are in our latest newsletter. I hope you all have a great weekend. I am looking forward to meeting up with the Year 3 next week. Remember that the starting time for the ‘additional class’ each week is 9.15 am and that they finish at 3.15pm. Drop off and pick up is from the infant playground.

Friday, 26 June 2020


We welcomed the Year 5 back this week and all those who attended appear to have had a good time – they all certainly appeared very happy when they were outside. Next week it is the turn of the Year 4 children and I hope they are looking forward to it because we are certainly looking forward to seeing them. All those that returned our Google forms have been given a place and will have received a notification about their child having a place. As I said in a previous letter, we cannot guarantee that they will have their class teacher but even the children who were not with their class teacher this week had a good time. May I ask that if parents change their minds about their child attending school that they inform the school as soon as possible so we can make sure that the children are as evenly distributed as possible between the two groups.
As we are having more children in school (which is great) we have noticed that there are more cars starting to pull up in front of the school. Whilst we are not full due to social distancing, parents are having to be more spread out whilst dropping off and picking up their children so can I please ask that parents who are using cars to transport their children to and from school do follow our usual rules for cars by not parking in front of the school. We can still use the church car park for parking at the beginning and the end of the school day.
I sent out the new teacher list yesterday. As I explained in the letter, we cannot have the usual class transition because of the current situation but we will try and ensure that all children have some preparation for September and do get to see their new teacher (even if it is by video link). We have been told that we will have full classes in September (thank goodness) but I do not want to say too much about what will happen until I see the official guidance. Hopefully though, we will be allowed to have parents back on site and if we can, we will hold our ‘Meet the Teacher‘ sessions then. If this is not possible we may try something ’interactive’.
I hope you all have a great weekend. After some of the glorious weather of this week we are expected to have some more thunderstorms over the weekend. However, the weather looks good for next week even if it’s not going to be as hot as it was this week.

Friday, 19 June 2020


It has been a very busy week for me – trying to manage all these government guidelines is proving very trying for me. As you know we have now made arrangements for Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 to join us for a few days to allow them to have a little ‘closure’ with the school year. It has been very complex to organise whilst still following regulations and I know there was a glitch with the form that we sent out which did not help things. Some parents have thought that our timeframes for collecting information have been a little tight but unfortunately this is how we have to operate at the moment. All I can say is that we have really tried to please as many people as possible and I hope that the children who do come into school have an enjoyable time.
I have some sad news to share with you in that we are losing some of our teachers this term. Miss Bradford, Mr da Rocha, Mrs Pittson and Mrs Zegallo are leaving us. I am sure that you will join me in thanking them all for all their hard work and dedication that they have given Little Heath and wish them all every success for their futures. We have appointed new teachers to replace them and they are Miss Hannah Huntley and Mrs Andri-Anna Bidder. I will be sending out the new class list soon so you will know which teacher your child will have next year. As yet the government have not sent out any guidance relating to September so how we will operate then is still a mystery to us. Some people seem to think that we receive this information before the announcement is made by the government but I can assure you that this is not the case – very often we hear the announcements at the same time as you and then we have to wait for the guidance to be sent to us to inform us about how they want us to implement the changes. It is very frustrating but I suppose we all have to make allowances during these unchartered times.
I hope you all have a good weekend –the weather is a little mixed but the good news is that summer appears to return next week. It is something to look forward to as well as welcoming back some of our Year 5 children.

Friday, 12 June 2020


The weather has certainly changed this week and it does seem a long time since we had that lovely sunny weather that made us believe that summer has truly arrived. However, we did need some rain and at least the farmers are glad to have it. The wet weather has not dampened the spirits of the children in school though and all those that are here appear very happy which makes us happy.

You will all know by now that the government have scrapped their plans to have all primary age children return to school before the summer. I know that there has been a mixed reaction to this and we are still awaiting further guidance on how we are to proceed –we just find out the information at the same time as you. In fact, since we are in school you sometimes hear it first! There is still the possibility that some year groups may be able to return before the summer but we are waiting for the guidance before we make any decisions.

I know that home schooling can be a challenge and that some parents are worried that their children are going to ‘fall behind’ but as all children are in the same position this is not going to happen. When children do return to school we will assess where they are and then make the necessary provision to help them move forward with their learning. We are going to review home learning and see if we can make any adjustments to help support parents and children at home with this but it is impossible to provide the same service that the children would get in the classroom. If you are experiencing any difficulties with the home learning may I remind you that you can email the class teachers and they will get back to you with some support. Please can I just remind you though, that when addressing members of staff, that you do so in a respectful manner as we are all working incredibly hard at this time.

I hope you all have a pleasant weekend. I know that the weather is not as good as it has been but I do hope that you can get out for some walks because being in touch with nature does help lift the spirits.

Friday, 5 June 2020


It feels strange writing my blog in my school office because I have not done that for a very long time – it makes me feel that everything is back to the way it was although we are still far from that.  Since Monday we have had more staff and children in school which is great. We have all had to get used to the new ‘Covid 19‘ measures that are now in place but everyone appears to be doing very well with this. Parents have also been very good in following these although can I remind parents who do have children in school that they are only allowed on the school premises by invitation and if they do have any queries they should contact the school by email or telephone. School staff will bring children to the school gates at the end of the day so parents do not need to come onto the site to collect them. I know the staggered start and finish times can take a bit of getting used to but in a couple of weeks it will feel like we have been running school like this forever. May I also remind you that if you have not reserved a place for your child in school and they are in one of the eligible year groups to attend you must contact the office before you bring them in and we will then let you know when we have made the necessary arrangements to allow them to return.

For the children who still cannot come into school I hope they are still getting on well with their home learning. Now they have been doing that for a while I am sure they are getting used to learning in this style. If a good routine for carrying out the learning has been established I know that children will be accepting of this as their ‘new norm’. All the teachers will all be carrying out more ’Zoom’ sessions with the children next week so it will be good if all of the children can have some learning to share with the teachers on this so the teacher can support them personally with their learning.

At the moment there are no plans to have any more year groups return to school so I think we will be continuing as we are for now but who knows how things are going to develop –there are so many reports and guidance out there that it is difficult to know what is the best course of action. We will keep you up to date though of any new notifications that we receive.

I hope you have a good weekend. The weather is not as good as it has been but as we do need rain we should not complain –we do not want to have to deal with a water shortage on top of everything else.

Friday, 22 May 2020


I hope you have enjoyed watching the latest staff performance which has been uploaded onto our website. It is a much longer offering than we gave you last time but we do feel it is good for the children to see us in a positive way that will hopefully make them smile.

The majority of my week has been spent in preparations for the possibility that we could be opening the school to more children on June 1st. I know that there has been a lot of discussion about this and there are many different theories whether it is the right thing or not which can be very confusing for parents. I hope it will reassure you to know that we have spent a lot of time making the school ‘COVID 19’ safe and there is not anything more that we could have done to prepare for your children’s return.

Next week is half term and so there will be no home learning for the children. I am sure that the children (and you) will be glad of the break. At least some of the restrictions have been lifted so we can travel further afield for our daily exercise – it does make a difference being able to look at different scenery.

Whatever you do I hope you all have a great time. I look forward to welcoming more of you back after half term. How many that is will depend on whether the government endorses the opening of the school to more children or not – I am sure that you will find out at the same time as us but we will contact you ourselves to ensure that you are clear about which children will be allowed to come in on June 1st.

Friday, 15 May 2020

I would like to start by apologising for the late publication of my blog last week. As I communicated by ‘film’ last week there were a few technical hitches but we did manage to resolve them so I could go live. You will have seen from my video that my hair is in definite need of attention – I have actually built up the courage to allow my daughter to trim my fringe later today and I may do another video presentation next week so you can see the results!
The big news this week of course is the possibility that schools may open to children other than those of key workers from June 1st. I have been inundated with information from county and the DfE since the government announcement on Sunday and I have been working through it all week in preparation for us possibly opening the school to more children from June 1st.
We have sent out information gathering forms to parents who may be affected but I have not sent out a general notification to all parents yet and I will not do this until I know what offer the school will be able to make from June 1st.  Let me be very clear, all of us at Little Heath want to get more pupils back into school as soon as it is safe to do so. Our staff are devoted to the care and education of the young people in this school and they do not want to see classrooms empty for a day longer than they need to be. However, in making our decision we have to ensure that pupil and staff safety remains our primary concern and that it may not be possible to welcome back all pupils on June 1st in the way the prime minister described. Once we have carried out all the necessary risk assessments and health and safety checks I will contact all parents about how we are going to move forward.
In the short term though nothing has changed and the children’s education is still being provided through our online learning packages which can be accessed on our website. I hope that the children are becoming more used to accessing their education from home - remember if they have a regular routine to follow it makes the home learning process a lot easier.
I hope you enjoy the weekend. The government have relaxed some of the restrictions of Lockdown so we can enjoy a few more pursuits and see a few more people - all at the correct social distance of course. The weather is going to get warmer again which also makes people feel better as well.




Monday, 11 May 2020


Friday, 1 May 2020


First of all I would like to thank everyone who sent me kind messages about how much they liked our 'catch up’ message that we sent out to everyone. We thought it would be a good idea for the children to see our faces again so that they know we are still around. We are going to try and do more in the future so that the children can keep seeing us and do not feel that we are so far away. We are also missing the children so any pictures or work that they are completing is much appreciated.

I hope the home learning is going well. As I said last week all the children can do is their best and if they are really struggling with anything, either contact the class teacher by email or move onto something else. We are going to have to modify the curriculum whenever the children return and we can always catch up with any ‘gaps’ then. The important thing is that the children experience ‘learning’ every day so that the transition back to full time schooling will not be so much of a shock when we do return - whenever that will be.

As yet I have received no information about schools re-opening. Please do not pay too much attention to what is written in the papers about schools re-opening. For some reason journalists appear to want schools to re-open but no education body is going to let that happen until the safety of both children and staff can be guaranteed as far as possible during these challenging times.

That is all for now. Keep safe and well and let us all hope for the return of the warm weather.

Friday, 24 April 2020


When I realised that it was time for me to do a blog again I was amazed because I cannot believe that it is officially a week since the end of the Easter holidays - it made me realise that even in lockdown time can fly. I hope that you are all keeping well and that time is passing quite quickly for you as well. I am sure that you are all like me and find there are times when everything is fine and there are other times when you just want to go back to your former life. When I feel like that I just tell myself that there is no point in going through everything that we have for it all to be undone by returning to our former ‘normality’ too quickly.

I hope you are not finding the home schooling too challenging. I know it can be difficult for you to ensure that your children are completing their daily learning whilst trying to do your own job from home. We are aware of the difficulties and so is everyone in education - modifications will be  made to the curriculum when the children return so please do not panic that your children may fall behind. Remember the important thing at the moment is to keep everyone happy and healthy during a difficult time in our lives.

A good way to do this to ensure that children are happy and settled is to give them a daily routine. Limit their time online and also to the amount of news they see as this can cause them to have unnecessary anxiety. If you think your children are really struggling we have been told to advise you to use ‘Mind Ed’ for guidance on how to support your child. Advice has also been given out that you should try and limit the amount of sweet treats that you give your children as it does not do them any good but I must admit I find this a difficult one to stick to myself!

Remember we would love you to share anything you do at home to keep spirits up whilst everyone is at home - an example of a really creative piece of work or a picture of something interesting you may have seen on a family walk.

That is all for now. I hope we can all be together soon as all the staff are missing the sound of children’s laughter whilst we are in school. Please stay safe and I will be in contact again soon.



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.