Week beginning 16th November 2020
Cross Country: congratulations to our Early Years and Key Stage One runners who participated in the interhouse cross country competition today. They all did a great job and we look forward to announcing the winning house as soon as possible. Our thanks got to Miss Moll and Mrs Gourlay our PE coordinators for organising this event and the Croydon Schools Sports Partnership for their support.
Remembrance Day: on Wednesday this week, we held a special, virtual Remembrance Day assembly which can be viewed on the website in due course (we are finding an appropriate private platform for it to be linked too because the file is rather large!) We thank all the children and staff who contributed to this special assembly and helped us to reflect and commemorate those fallen soldiers who fought during the wars. We held a minute silence at 11am to pay our respects. Parents Evening: thank you to all of the parent and carers who attended parents evening this week via the new parent booking system.
Despite some minor technical difficulties, the majority of meetings ran smoothly. If your meeting was affected, your child’s class teacher will be in touch soon to rearrange an appointment if they have not already done so already.
Photographer: next week we have our school photographer in on Monday. He will be taking individual and sibling photographs, strictly adhering to our COVID-19 risk assessment. Please ensure that your children are in their full school uniform and looking super smart! If your child is in Class 9, please can you ensure that they (and any siblings) are in school by 8:45 so we can arrange for their photographs to be taken before they go swimming at 9:00. If your child is in Year 4 or EYFS, and would usually have PE on Monday, please send your child in to school in uniform rather than PE kits. They may, however, wear their trainers rather than their school shoes to ensure they can have their photograph taken and still participate in the PE lesson, safely. Their feet will not be in the photo!
Anti-Bullying Week: Monday also marks the start of Antibullying week and the theme for 2020 is 'United Against Bullying'. During the week the children will be writing anti bullying poems and learning about how important it is to show kindness to one another, a message that we promote all year round.
To mark the end of this week, on Friday 20th November we will be encouraging the children to wear odd socks as a reminder that differences should be celebrated. More information can be found here: https://www.antibullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/odd-socks-day/what-odd-socksday?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIs8TqqJv97AIVh-vtCh1YrwbjEAAYASAAEgLN5_D_BwE
Nasal Flu Immunisation: on Thursday 19th, for those children whose parents have provided consent, the nasal flu immunisation will be administered in school by the Croydon School Nursing team.
PE Kit: please may we remind you of our school uniform for PE. Some children have been coming to school with multicoloured hoodies, football kits and stripy leggings. PE - Boys and Girls: indoor and outdoor activities: white shorts, white T-Shirt with logo or plain, plimsolls. Plain dark jogging bottoms for cold weather and grey plain sweatshirt or with logo or burgundy school sweatshirt. Trainers for outdoor PE. Thank you.
Junior Travel Ambassadors: we welcome our new Year 5 JTAs – congratulations! Jaden, Anabela, Calvin, Sophie and Sebastian. They will be having their first meeting on Thursday lunchtime to start planning Road Safety week which is really soon.
PTA: a reminder, personalised letters to Santa, personalised novelty 2020 Xmas decorations & Year group Tea Towels are still available to order via http://www.pta-events.co.uk/thehayes Safeguarding: finally, a safeguarding reminder.
During lockdown, we recognise that many children are spending more time on line than they may have done previously, with many participating in virtual playdates via gaming apps. If you are concerned that your child may be becoming addicted to gaming we would like to sign post you to the following resource https://parents.ygam.org/gaming-support-primary/ which is really helpful in terms of helping you to identify signs of addiction, facilitate a conversation with your child and provide practical solutions about ways to reduce computer usage or lead a gaming detox. Equally, if you would like further support or advice on safeguarding your children from harm linked to excessive gaming including gambling behaviours (obsessions with purchasing ‘skins’ or ‘loot boxes’) please do get in touch with Mrs Olley our Designated Safeguarding Lead who can signpost you to further support.
Whilst we are fully aware that online gaming can be a source of much enjoyment and social interaction, we ask parents to remember that they can also be used as a platform for children to be exposed to inappropriate content, unsafe people or grooming or exploitation. Please do monitor your children’s usage closely and ensure appropriate parental restrictions are in place. Thank you.
Achievement Assembly: many congratulations to the children below who received achievement awards during this week’s virtual achievement assembly on Friday: Safari: Tommy for showing what a kind and helpful boy he is and setting a good example to the rest of the class.
Rainforest: Theia for always challenging herself and being happy to finish class challenges and for always having a huge smile!
Class 1: Matilda for always being the best she can be in every lesson. Well done. Class 2: Nathan for becoming more confident in class and trying his best.
Class 3: Mia for writing a superb newspaper report, including all 5 Ws.
Class 4: Freya for writing a lovely newspaper article and always being kind to others. Class 5: Annabelle for always staying on task and being a good role model to others. Class 6: Erez, for challenging himself well in maths and producing more written work in English lessons too!
Class 7: Adam or wonderful narrative writing including excellent use of speech to advance the action- well done!
Class 8: Darcy for working hard to write his own ending to Varjak Paw.
Class 9: Reyan, for settling well in to his new school, welcome to The Hayes!
Class 10: Max for always being focused and ready to start his lessons and contributing more now too!
Class 11: Sofia for having a brilliant attitude to learning and always offering to help others.
Class 12: Tom, for continuously bring polite, helpful and hardworking. He has made a great start to year 6 and should be proud of himself.
Thank just leaves us to say, stay safe and thank you for your ongoing support.
Have a lovely weekend.
The Hayes Team.