Friday 24 May 2024

 I am happy to report that this week has flown by much more quickly than last week –and we have the half term holiday to look forward to as well. Even though we have not had special visitors in school this week it has still been an action-packed week in school. This morning I have been with the KS2 at Oakmere Primary School for their annual mini-marathon event. We love taking part in this as it is a real community event and I think it is a great way to bring all the schools together. I am quite disappointed that it will be the last time that I attend one.

As you will have seen from my newsletter we are having problems with cars parking in front of the school again. We have requested that you do not do this as it is dangerous for the families who are walking to and from school. One mother contacted me very distressed this week as her younger child had nearly been knocked over on their journey to school. People make the excuse that they do not have enough time and need to park close to the school but those people need to come five minutes earlier so they have time to park a little further from the school and then walk the short distance to pick up their child. In school as part of our British Values we teach the importance of the ‘Rule of Law’ and why we need to follow laws to help keep us safe. How can we expect children to adhere to this if their parents are not setting that example?  As I have said before we do not want a child to be injured (or worse) before parents’ start following our request.

I am also going to apologise again for having to change the date of the ‘Talent Night’ twice. I originally changed it as it was not giving the Year 6 much time to prepare for the show after their school journey and, as I explained in my newsletter, I forgot about the European Championships even though my husband will be attending some of football matches as part of his job. This has never happened before and as I am leaving in July it should never happen again. I am sure that the night will still be a great success as it has been in the past.

As I said at the beginning of my blog it is the half term holiday next week so I hope you all have a great time and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday, 3rd June.

Friday 17 May 2024

 I normally start my blog by saying how quickly the week has passed by but I can honestly say that has not been the case this week – I feel as though I have been at school for at least a month. The man who inspected us was a very nice man who was passionate about education and we could not complain about how he conducted the inspection. As I explained in my newsletter Ofsted do not like us to share the outcome until the report is officially published so I am afraid you will have to wait a couple of weeks until we can share how we did with you.

We did have a lovely end to the week though as we had the Year 1 Assembly this week. We did think of cancelling it at one point as the children did not have as much time to prepare as we would have liked but I am glad that we did not as the class gave us a lovely assembly. They all presented learning that they have covered over the year and it was lovely to see how well they are doing –they should all be very proud of themselves. I would also like to thank Mrs Flatley, Mrs Blatch and Mrs Rexhaj for the support they have given them in preparing the assembly during a very busy week.

Next week is also a very busy week in school but we do have the half term to look forward to at the end of it. On Monday we have a Sharing Assembly and if your child is taking part you will have been informed by now. Year 2 and Year 3 are spending a day at ‘Go Ape’ next week and we have the Open Afternoon on Wednesday from 3.00pm – 4.30pm so you can come and share the learning your child has done over the last half term. We are ending the week with Oakmere Mini-marathon on Friday in which all the KS2 children take part. This is a great community event in which most of the local schools take part and it is a great way to end the half term.

I hope you all have a great weekend – I know that I am certainly looking forward to being able to switch-off. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday morning.

Friday 10 May 2024

 I feel like I should be starting this blog with a fanfare because, at last, we have some SUNSHINE! After the recent deluge of rain that we have been experiencing it makes such a lovely change to have some warmth and to not have to wear a coat. Apparently it is not going to last so we are going to have to make the most of it while we have it.

Year 5 have been on their annual residential to Lincolnsfield so the good weather has certainly been appreciated by them. They all appear to have had a great time and all looked slightly dishevelled and a little tired on their return which is the norm for these types of trips. I know that as parents you all appreciate the time that the teachers give up to make these trips possible and I am sure that you will join me in thanking Mrs Cresswell, Mrs Stevenson and Mrs Reynolds for making this trip possible. Apparently the children slept quite well on this trip so they did manage to get some rest whilst they were away.

Year 4 have been away again this week as well as they went to the Mariners Base in Cheshunt to experience some water activities and archery. This is one of the trips that we use the Sports Premium money for to help expand the sporting provision that we provide for the children and so far, they have all really enjoyed their experiences. If your child has not been on one of these trips yet they will be soon as we have some more booked at different centres in the coming weeks.

Next week in school is the week that all Year 6 children dread as it is SATs Week. The children have been well prepared for this week by Mr Gradwell and if you are a Year 6 parent all you have to do next week is ensure that they get to bed at a reasonable time and reassure them that everything is going to be fine if they start to worry about the tests. I always find that the children find that the tests themselves were not as bad as they were expecting and that the week was more enjoyable than they were anticipating.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. If I was you I would make sure that I get out in the sunshine as much as you can because the rain is due to return next week. Come Monday morning we could all be in raincoats again.

 

Friday 3 May 2024

 I cannot believe how quickly this week has flown by. For a moment yesterday I actually thought it was Wednesday and then when I re-focussed my mind I realised it was Thursday. The weeks are flying by and it is going to be the summer holidays before we know it.

I returned to school this week after joining the Y3 and Y4 PGL trip last week at Caythorpe Court in Lincolnshire. Although we had mixed weather the children all still had a great time. I do enjoy experiences like that as I think it is wonderful for children to have these type of adventurous activities outside of school and it is great to see how some of them overcome their fears to attempt something they have never done before. A highlight of the trip for me was watching a boy during an abseiling activity complete the descent down the wall even though his legs were visibly shaking at the top. I think that Ms Davis and I jumped so high as he started to come down that we nearly joined him at the top. It was certainly an action packed two days and I am sure that all of the children who took part slept well on their return home.

I know I keep bringing up uniform but I am going to have to bring it up again. I did mention in a previous blog that children were not wearing the correct footwear and now I am going to have to mention socks. The only colour socks that can be worn in school are grey or white. I am seeing a multitude of colours at the moment and that should not be the case. If you are unsure of what the school uniform is, please remember to check on our website. You will find the uniform list in the parents’ section of the website.

We have a long weekend to look forward to next week which means we do not return to school until Tuesday. There is still lots happening in school though as Year 4 are visiting the Mariners Base on Tuesday to take part in more adventurous and outdoor activities and then on Wednesday Year 5 are off to the Lincolnsfield Activity Centre for 2 nights. During the summer term there is always so much going on that we rarely have all the classes in for a full week.

I hope you all enjoy the long weekend. There is still a lot of rain forecast for the weekend but I am hoping the forecast is wrong. I look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday.

Wednesday 24 April 2024

 I am posting my blog early this week as I am at Caythorpe Court with Year 3 and 4 for the rest of the week. I have been on this trip before and had a great time and I am expecting to have a great time again. It is only one night but it is an action packed 2 days and it is good fun for the children. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff who are giving up their time to make this possible. I would especially like to thank Miss Natasha Davis who has co-ordinated and organised the whole event –without all of her hard work this trip would not take place.

May I remind you all that children can wear summer uniform this term. I know that many of them are wearing it even though we have not had much sunshine –when is the warm weather going to turn up? However, I would like to remind you that trainers are not part of school uniform and I am seeing too many children wearing them. Please ensure that your child is wearing suitable footwear for school and that means shoes which are waterproof, formal and black. I would also like to remind you that if you choose to put your child in winter uniform and they are in Key stage 2 then they must wear a school tie.

It has been a very busy week in school this week so I am glad to see that next week does not look as frantic. On Wednesday we are having a school Maths Day where the children will be taking part in some extra maths sessions. We see the enjoyment of maths as being very important and days like this help to promote that. You may want to talk to your child about what they have covered during the day.

When I looked at the diary I could hardly believe that it is May next week – how the year is flying by. I hope you all have a great weekend and I will see you all again on Monday morning.

Friday 19 April 2024

 Welcome back everyone. I hope you all had a great Easter break and are looking forward to the summer term. I always enjoy the summer term as there are so many activities that take place and as this is going to be my last term as head this one is going to be even more special. I just hope that the weather becomes more settled and the rain finally disappears.

The children all looked extra smart this morning in preparation for their class photographs. I know the children always enjoy having these photographs taken - let us hope that you feel all your preparations in getting the children ready have been worthwhile when you see the results in a couple of weeks.

Next week in school is going to be really busy. Year 5 will be taking their cycling proficiency test so you will notice a lot of extra bikes on Monday morning. This should be the only day that this should happen because the majority of the children keep their bikes in school for the rest of the week whilst they practise and complete their test. On Thursday and Friday Years 3 and 4 will be going on their annual PGL trip to Caythorpe and we have football matches at the school on both of these nights. Some children from KS1 are also taking part in a sports festival at Oakmere on Tuesday so it is certainly going to be an action packed week in school.

I am going to be going on the PGL trip next week so I will not be in school on Thursday or Friday but if you do have any issues Mr Gradwell will be in school on both of these days so you will be able to contact him if necessary – it will give him some practice for when he officially takes over in September.

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

Thursday 28 March 2024

 The Easter holiday has arrived and there have been a few glimpses of Spring weather to make us believe that it is actually on its way although the weather this afternoon is certainly not spring like. Let us hope that we do get more warm weather over the Easter holiday although if you look at the forecast it is not good news because there appears to be even more rain on the way. If this continues I think we are going to have to build an ark to ensure that we survive. 

The big event of this week has been the performance of ‘Rock Bottom’ by years 3,4 and 5. The children put on a great show and did themselves and the school proud. I have been amazed by the amount of lines some of them have had to learn and the bravery of those singing solo. It is something that I would never do and more importantly I think that is something nobody wants (or needs) to see. I would also like to thank the Year 3, 4 and 5 staff for all the work they have put in to make this performance possible. It has taken a lot of planning to put on a show in such a short half term whilst still ensuring that the children’s learning has not been disrupted too much. As a community we are very fortunate to have such hard working staff.

I hope you all have a great holiday and come back feeling refreshed and full of energy in readiness for the summer term. It is going to be my last term in this school so I would like it to be one that everyone really enjoys. I look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday, 16th April.