I can hardly believe it, but we have reached the end of what has been a very busy, exciting and successful school year, meaning it is time to say some fond farewells. Firstly, goodbye and good luck to our Year 6 children. They must all be congratulated on a successful final year and for all the resilience they have shown in such difficult circumstances over the past few years. We wish them all the very best for secondary school and look forward to giving them a good send off with their leavers’ assembly on Tuesday morning. We also say goodbye to Mrs Laura Cooper, who is moving on to continue and further develop her career in play-therapy. Mrs Cooper has supported and cared for so many children over the years and we thank her for all her hard work and dedication. I am sure you will all join me in sending best wishes to Miss Eastman also as she goes on her maternity leave.
Sports Days and Events
Each term this year has brought fun and wide-ranging learning opportunities and the summer term has been no exception! Sport has taken centre stage with each of our Sports Days being a great success – we just about managed to dodge the rain showers and too much sun on each occasion! Thank you to Mr. Evitts and the staff team who, along with the Year 5 and 6 Sports Leaders, ensured the events ran like clockwork! We also enjoyed success at Area Sports bringing back two bronze medals and our Rounders and Cricket teams both won their respective championships. In addition to those events, this term we have had children from Year 1 to Year 6 go out to represent the school in cricket, hockey, athletics, dodgeball and archery, as well as an inclusive Sports Day and a Commonwealth Games day. Well done and thank you to the children who always make us so proud and to the staff who do so much and give up so much time to support these activities.
There have also been a wide range of other events this term and I would like to extend a huge thank you to the staff team and those members of The Friends who contributed to making the Summer Fayre such a success. In the Autumn term we will hold a coffee morning and an Annual General Meeting for The Friends and it would lovely to see as many of you as possible getting involved in whatever capacity you feel able to – we so very much appreciate the support.
Thank you to those of you who completed the Safer Schools survey earlier in the term and for all your feedback as we strive to make the school site as safe as possible. While the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive, traffic at the beginning and end of the school day clearly continues to be an area of concern and can I once again urge families to walk or cycle to school wherever possible and to make use of the Park and Stride car park when arriving by car? Signage around the school was also understandably highlighted but that will be much improved during the summer holidays when new signs are set to be installed throughout the school site.
The outcomes of the parent/carer survey formed the basis of our annual Safer Schools meeting, held on Wednesday 25th May. This was led by Crime Prevention Officer, Ian Bartlett who spearheads the Safer Schools initiative. He requested that I share the following with you all:
In March 2017, Meole Brace Primary was accredited a Safer School. This is a security/safety initiative and 5 years later, Mr Bray and his governors continue their enthusiastic involvement in the initiative. Recently we held an annual Safer School meeting to update the process and it was excellent. A thorough meeting, covering all aspects of the security/safety process. This included a pro-active approach to security/safety, consultation with parents/carers/pupils through a survey, reflecting on any school issues and planning for the future. Overwhelmingly, the survey results were extremely reassuring and many compliments. The school is continually looking to improve, and it was the first meeting since the construction of the new secure reception lobby. The school was presented with an updated Safer School certificate and a future meeting is planned for 2023. Excellent!
Following his bicycle accident back in the Autumn term, Mr. Hunter has now returned home to continue his rehabilitation with his family which has been a major boost for all of them. He asked me to pass on his thanks for all your continued messages of support and he is looking forward to coming to visit us in school as soon as he can in the next school year.
End of Term
We were so sorry to have to cancel the picnic on the field planned for the final day but the soaring temperatures and weather warnings from the Met Office meant that we really had no alternative. We will ensure the children have a lovely last day though and I am sure they will enjoy the novelty of their indoor class picnics!
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to every member of staff for all their hard work this year and for everything they do for the children. Thank you also to all of our parents/carers and families who have been so supportive of us and the school this year – it is only by working together in partnership that we get the best for the children who have been fantastic throughout the year, upholding our school values of Perseverance, Community and Respect and making our school a lovely place to be. Thank you children and well done. I hope everyone enjoys a well-earned, restful, happy and safe summer holiday and we look forward to welcoming you all back on Wednesday 7th September.