Back to normal

Last week we were struggling with the “Beast from the East” and the snow and ice but I am pleased to say that everything is back to normal and we’re all back in our routines and working hard to catch up. It’s great testament to everyone in school that we are able to demonstrate resilience and have the ability to bounce back from adversity; a core value and one of our school’s great strengths.

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We had a fabulous day today when we celebrated World Book Day (albeit a week late) and it put a big smile on my face when I saw many well-known characters hard at work in classrooms and playing outside at lunchtime following the rearranged themed lunch. Look out for lots of photos on Class Dojo pages and on the school Facebook page.

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Mrs Cormack was really pleased with the response to today as it proves how much you are all engaging with literature and enjoying books; a key step in her mission to improve reading levels across the school.

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Tomorrow of course is another non-uniform day; this time to support FoS who will use the donations made to buy prizes for next week’s spring (Easter) bingo. We all know that FoS do an amazing job in fundraising for school so please make sure you come along to support the event which is taking place next Thursday (15th March). Doors open at 6pm for eyes down at 6.30pm and as usual refreshments will be available and there will be lots of prizes to be won so pop along and join in the fun!

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We had a positive turn-out for parent consultation meetings this week although we will be chasing up parents who didn’t attend (possibly because slips hadn’t been sent home as a result of the snow and ice) to make sure we are able to talk to as many parents as possible. One of the best ways to ensure you all get the levels you are capable of at the end of every year is to work in partnership with home and provide encouragement every step of the way. Rest assured that teachers and parents communicate so there’s no getting away from the joint message that hard work and commitment, good attendance and a positive growth mind-set all help to ensure that you will meet your end of year targets and achieve the best levels you are capable of. You have been warned!

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One thing that we are very pleased about is the response to the questionnaires completed by parents and carers who attended the meetings as it clearly shows that the improvements we have made in our communication systems have had a positive impact in the community. Rest assured that we will not rest on our laurels but will continue to further develop systems in our bid to improve parental engagement with school.

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I was very pleased with the feedback at the Coffee Morning meeting this week and got lots of ideas from those in attendance which we will be putting into place very soon. We discussed ways to improve attendance as well as site security and rewards.

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Next week will be incredibly busy so please make sure you help out by listening carefully to teachers and following instructions so you know exactly what is happening. Assessments will be taking place throughout the week so make sure you are fully focused and have a positive mind-set when you take the tests; remember all you have been taught and visualise success. We will also have visits by Mrs Moore who is coming on Tuesday to discuss the impact of things we’ve put in place since we last saw her in December and also Mrs Martin, Mrs Key and Mrs Thrupp from QEGS who will be in school on Wednesday to check how we’re getting on with our school improvement priorities and talk about what we need to work on next. It’s our chance to celebrate the things that are working well and share our results to date whilst also reflecting on the things we know still need to get better to ensure we get the outcomes we are capable of.

Image result for school improvementThe children who were picked to attend the World Book day event at Pingle will be attending the rearranged event on Wednesday which is the same day as parents and carers are invited to join lessons from 1pm to 2pm. Mrs Brough will be in school on Monday to work with Mrs Cormack to evaluate the work we’ve done in implementing inference reading so far; I am on a safeguarding course on Monday with the co-chairs of governors; Mrs Tree and Mrs Parker are at a conference in Nottingham on Monday; Mr Cummings (one of our governors) is working with the Year 5 classes as part of their topic on Monday afternoon; Year 5 teachers will be going to Overseal to take part in writing moderation with other local schools on Wednesday afternoon; Year 3 classes will take part in Maypole dancing workshops on Thursday morning; FoS bingo is on Thursday night; we will be carrying out assistant caretaker interviews on Friday morning and Y6 will be enjoying a Film Night on Friday (Goodnight Mr Tom). It’s going to be a busy week!

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Just before I sign off I need to remind everyone that we currently have a vacancy for a parent governor. Some of our current governors spoke to people at parent consultation meetings this week but if anyone would like further information please pop into the office to ask for a pack. It’s a great opportunity to get involved and work with us to implement the changes necessary to guarantee school improvements have the impact required.

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Take care and have a great weekend,

Mrs Hughes


Blog Box question: what time will the first game of bingo take place next Thursday?