Headteacher Newsletters

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been a busy but smooth start to 2019 and the Spring term here in school with the children settling back quickly into their learning and routines.  

We have already had success in the sports arena with the Upper Key Stage 2 children taking part in the Sports Hall Athletics competition and coming out as the overall winners, for the third year in a row! Children have also been out to compete in a Sportability event and our all-conquering netball team’s success continues. As always the children all did us proud at each of these events with their manners, behaviour and sportsmanlike attitudes.

Thank you to all those who completed the Safer Schools survey - the feedback was overwhelmingly positive but each of the responses provided us with invaluable information that can help us to improve even further in this area. One concern that was raised surrounded cars and traffic at drop-off and pick-up times and I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of our joint responsibilities to keep the children safe at these times and to also be considerate to our neighbours by ensuring we do not block driveways or create undue traffic.

Next week sees one of the biggest events of the half term for us here in school as we celebrate Safer Internet Day, an annual, nationwide event aimed at raising the awareness of how we can all keep ourselves safe online. This year’s theme is “Together for a better internet” and after an introductory assembly, children throughout the school will take part in lessons about how to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. In the run up to the day we have been reviewing our policies and expectations in relation to the children’s use of technology and have updated our Acceptable Use Policies. Please look out for a copy of the parental version which will be coming home for you to sign and the children will be asked to sign the pupil version once teachers have explained it to them as part of Safer Internet Day.  For more information about this event and how you can support your child/children’s learning at home, please visit: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2019.

Following feedback from a variety of parents and carers, my next Headteacher Forum will be held in an afternoon. This is scheduled for Thursday 14th February and, as ever, all are welcome to come along to hear about our recent progress and to share any thoughts or queries over tea and coffee. Please find this and other key dates for the half term in the full version of this newsletter below.

Yours sincerely,

Henry Bray

Headteacher

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Christian Theme of the Month

The Christian theme for this half term is 'Hope'.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. " John 1:5

In school we will be:

Exploring the concept of hope and how this relates to light.

Encouraging pupils to further develop a hopeful attitude.

Exploring how we can show hope by persevering and trying our best.

Parents and carers, please help us at home to support your child in their understanding of the above concepts.