Friday, 19 April 2013 14:33
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Welcome back!We did it!Thank you to all the children and parents for their valuable contributions and to our wonderful governors and staff; a fabulous team that has worked so hard to achieve academy status for our school.So what does that mean? if you want the legal stuff then follow the link: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/leadership/typesofschools/academies For this school now: A small sum of money dedicated to rebranding – hence the new signs, decoration, gate etc. (more to come – watch this space). Freedom to innovate the curriculum to meet the needs of our children. The staff have had an amazing training session and are planning some really exciting additions to our curriculum for next year. Ability to pick and choose the goods, services and providers we use – this has made us the customer and allows us more negotiating power (particularly when partnered with other local academies). Opportunity to bid to central government for our Capital Maintenance needs. We are hopeful that this will allow us to effectively bid for school refurbishment and development projects (i.e. replacement of the annexe). It is early days yet, but anecdotally our initial funding agreement suggests we will be slightly better off, financially, as an academy. A new and powerful forum for reviewing the Lower/Primary status of the school.The general feeling in the staffroom is one of excitement. We want to embrace this opportunity for growth and development and build on the ‘Outstanding’ practice in school to make it quite ‘Exceptional’. Thank you all for your continued support of the school.Moya
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Friday, 11 January 2013 15:04
I would like to say a great big thank you to the School Council for the Autumn Term (please visit the School Council link to see their names); they have all been an absolute delight. I met with them this week to do a formal thank you and get some feedback from them in general.In addition to all the work they have done communicating with their class mates, they have suggested a School Council display should be permanently in the school hall. As a result of their suggestions I will be photographing the new school council members and putting up a display board in the hall so that all our pupils can see who their school council is. Please also visit our ‘School Council Documents’ site to view the feedback given by last terms School Council. Have a super weekend. Mrs. Whitehead
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Monday, 07 January 2013 12:05
2013I do hope that you have all had a wonderful festive season and managed to fight off those awful winter bugs. The school has had a really deep clean, so hopefully the germs are all eradicated at this end too! The teachers came back today to establish our exciting new Numeracy teaching tools. We are introducing a method of numeracy teaching across the school which supports teaching by practical and physical learning – it is called Numicon. Research has shown that Numicon can have a hugely positive impact on how pupils learn numeracy. Having secured the finances we are all really excited by introducing this to the children. There are some informative videos on the site which you might find interesting.To find out more do visit the Numicon website: www.numicon.com The school value for January is ‘Honesty’ and the children will be learning that “Honesty is to speak that which is thought and do that which is spoken” and that being honest brings trust. We will be using stories like ‘The boy who cried Wolf’ Aesop’s fables to enable the children’s understanding. I look forward to greeting all the children back to school tomorrow.Best Regards Moya Whitehead
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Friday, 14 December 2012 11:11
Our Value for December is ‘Love’. The children have been talking about how love sustains human relationships with dignity and depth. Love doesn’t involve dependency or control, but kindness, caring and understanding. It is wishing another person happiness and taking pleasure in their well-being. It is unconditional and unselfish.They have been thinking about:Why is it important to show people that you love and care about them? How would you show ‘love’ to people?In whole school assembly this morning we listened to The Beatles singing ‘All you need is love’ and talked about gifts for the people we love. We then went on to imagine what gift we would give the whole world if we could. The children were amazing in the way they used their ‘Values’ vocabulary. Contributions during assembly included:JoyKindnessFunToleranceHappinessPatienceFairnessSharingPeaceThese were written onto a gift label and tied onto our Christmas tree. There were a lot of children who did not have the opportunity to contribute in assembly, so I sent labels around the classes for every child to do. Your child should bring a gift label home with their ‘gift to the world’ written on it; do hang it on your tree.Enjoy your weekend.
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Friday, 12 October 2012 14:58
What a fabulous harvest celebration we had this morning! The singing was some of the best I have ever heard in school and the five gorgeous little boys (I am sure they will hate me for saying that!), who stood up and sang so sweetly, brought a tear to my eye. Mrs. Cope did a fantastic job and is working very hard with our singers in preparation for a concert at the O2 arena in the Spring Term –WOW! Thank you all so much for your donations which will be collected by the Prebend Centre; I know that these have been gratefully received and used well in previous years. The children have had a real African and Caribbean flavour to their week with their tropical fruit break and African drumming workshop as well as lots more. If you would like to talk a little more with your children about black history month there are lots of resources and links available at:http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.ukI do hope you have a lovely weekend.Moya Whitehead
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Friday, 05 October 2012 14:07
Monday was my first day back and I suppose it was with mixed feelings that I left Mike at home with our new little one, but they have had a lovely week (which is more than can be said for the state of my house!). What was fantastic was coming back to work and being surrounded by so many friends. The staff have been brilliant and I cannot thank them enough for all their hard work, especially Mrs. Thomson, at keeping the school running smoothly whilst I was on adoption leave.The children have been equally wonderful. I have had so many cuddles and ‘welcome back’ shouted down the corridor to me – what lovely children.It has been a very calm but busy week at school. We had the superb displays of work in the hall on Wednesday followed by drop-ins (thank you to all that supported those). The PTA held their AGM and I know they have some very exciting plans for the next year - so do get involved. The governing body also met this week to do more information gathering around Academy conversion and meet our solicitor for the process. Today we had a wonderful assembly about bugs from 2K and a huge number of certificates to be awarded. The only mini disaster was me getting the names of the new Reception children in a muddle (I better work on that!).Thank you all for your kind wishes over the last few months, I have really appreciated it and do remember that my office door is usually open if you want to say hello or something else.Have a lovely weekendMoya Whitehead
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