Week Beginning 15th July
On Monday, we will be joined in assembly by Rachel from Purley library who will be talking to the children to encourage them to participate in the summer reading challenge. It is essential that children continue to develop their skills over the summer holidays and this is a great way to keep them motivated with their reading. Please visit your local library to sign up!
On Tuesday, our Reception children are off to Bockett’s Farm to support their learning in class. They are due to leave school at 9:00 and should arrive back at 3:00. We will text parents with estimated time of arrival back at school on the day. Please ensure that the children are wearing school uniform on their top half. They may wear shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms with trainers with this. If it is a warm day, please apply sun lotion to your children and give them a sun hat to wear. On Tuesday, the children from Jamie’s Gym club will be performing to parents at 8:20am. Please join us in the school hall for a short, end of term gymnastics display.
On Wednesday morning, our Year 6 children will be having a dress rehearsal of their leavers’ performance of The Wizard of Oz to the whole school at 9:15. Please ensure all necessary props and costumes are in school for this purpose. Also on the 17th, our children will be meeting their new teachers and visiting their classes for September. We are aware that some children can find change difficult to manage and may be nervous about moving up a school year. We will of course be mindful of this and offer children additional support with transition where it is needed. Please be positive with your children about their new start and celebrate moving on to the next chapter of their schooling so they are receiving the same message from home and school.
On Wednesday evening, our Year 6 children are putting on their performance of The Wizard of Oz. This performance begins at 6:00pm and will take place in the school hall. We look forward to seeing you there!
On Thursday 18th in the afternoon, Miss Slade will be hosting her Head Teachers Tea Party in which one child from each class is identified by their class teacher for being amazing this term and invited to a tea party to celebrate their successes. We look forward to letting you know who our summer term super stars are asap! Thursday 18tth is the last day for parents to order their photographs. All orders must have been placed by 8am. On Thursday lunchtime, we will be holding the last school council meeting of the year at 12:30pm in the ICT suite. We would like to congratulate all school council members for doing an excellent job of representing the views of their class and reporting back important messages. We are extremely proud of them. Their most recent venture was the make your £10 grow initiative which resulted in a whole school competition to set up a business and see how much profit could be made. We are delighted to announce the following results (amounts below show profit only):
Safari Class: £37.20
Rainforest Class: £25.23
Class 1: £15.60
Class 2: £15.90
Class 3: £15.85
Class 4: £6.00
Class 5: £28.40
Class 6: £5.90
Class 7: £35.80
Class 8: £55.20
Class 9: £42.67
Class 10: £21.00
Class 11: £18.50
Class 12: £23.00
Our winning class was class 8! Congratulations to the children in this class whose business idea of ice cream cones and chocolate cornflake cakes proved to be great idea. Watch out Alan Sugar…future apprentices coming your way! Thank you to all of the children and parents who supported this event. Each class get to keep their profit and spend it on something for their classroom for all children to enjoy.
As the end of term approaches, please can we ask all parents to clear any outstanding balances on Parent Pay for dinner money or Wrap Around Care. It is essential that our books are balanced by the
end of the year. Thank you. We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Jemca Toyota who have kindly sponsored a whole range of new sports kits for our children including football kits, netball kits and cross country vests. We are grateful for their kindness and generosity and think our children look very smart in their new kits. We can’t wait to take them to their next competitions looking fabulous!
During Healthy Schools Week, the children were asked to design a cone that could be placed on the pavement outside the school as a reminder to road users that they should not park on the yellow zig zag lines during school drop offs. The children have also produced some writing about the dangers and risks that parking on these yellow zig zag lines can cause. Congratulations to the following children for their winning designs.
Year 1 – HH
Year 2 -GH
Year 3 – CL
Year 4 – HG
Year 5 – JL
Year 6 – GS
Look out for their brightly designed cones displayed on the pavements next week.
Last week, our musicians (groups) performed in a spectacular Music is Magic concert. We heard from the Mini Orchestra, Fiddle Fiesta, Infant and Junior Choirs, percussion trio and soloists. All performed with amazing confidence and professionalism and could easily have performed at the Royal Albert Hall…next stage here we come! Thank you to all of their music teachers, without whom, Thursday evening could not have happened.
At the end of this term, we are sad to be bidding farewell to Miss Smith (Year 2) who has secured a teaching position much closer to home. Miss Smith has worked at The Hayes for almost 5 years and has played an important role in leading maths across the school and the Infant department. We will be very sad to see her go and wish her all the best in her new job. We are delighted to have appointed Miss Moll, an experienced teacher, who will be joining our teaching staff team from September. She will be joining us on the 17th to meet the children and we are sure you will make her feel welcome in our school community.
We would also like to let parents know that this week we have been interviewing for a new Swimming Teacher. We had a very strong field of applicants and we are delighted to let you know that Miss Alford has been appointed and will become our full time swimming teacher; as from September. Miss Alford will soon be writing to parents to introduce herself and to set out some expectations for swimming moving forward. Please note that the children have all had their last swimming lesson for the year this week and will therefore not require their swimming kits in school between now and the end of the term.
Please can we make parents aware of an LGFL (London Grid for Learning) resource that may be useful to parents for ensuring their children are effectively promoting online safety and appropriate behaviours. This resource can be accessed via the following link. https://www.lgfl.net/training/
Lexia before school will continue this week but will stop on Friday. Junior choir will not take place on Tuesday for the rest of this term and will commence again in September, date to be announced.
Finally, we have had a few incidents this half term where it has come to our attention that a minority of parents have considered it acceptable to say unkind things about other people’s children or members of staff on social media (or indeed on the playground, etc). Inevitably these comments do come back to us and we are shown screen shots of some of these comments by other parents who are also upset by what has been shared. Please can we remind parents who have a concern to come and talk to their child’s teacher about their worry rather than posting inappropriate and unkind comments in a public forum. It is very upsetting for the staff involved and more so, it is unkind. There are many schools in Croydon who are still recruiting for teaching staff, we are one of the lucky schools because staff want to work at The Hayes and our team is full for September 2019. We would like to keep it that way. Our team is also incredibly hard working and are excellent, we are incredibly fortunate. However, this is causing a real problem for us and we do not want to see a rise in staff mobility over the next academic year because of this. We expect kind and thoughtful interactions from our children and need to model these behaviours in our own lives. We thank you in anticipation and also thank you if you know nothing of the above, because you are not involved!
Here's to a fabulous final 6.5 days of term.