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Week beginning 18th July 2022

Week beginning 18th July 2022

We cannot believe the last week of term is upon us! Where has this year gone?
Year 4 Trip: this week, the children in Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Natural History Museum where they learnt so much and were excellent ambassadors for the school. Thank you to the staff for organising this trip and to the parents and staff who supervised the children on this visit.

It’s Hot! As you will be aware, we are in the midst of a heat wave and next week is looking to be incredibly hot. We have taken a number of measures to keep the children as safe and as cool as we can whilst we face these high temperatures. As you already know, the children are welcome to wear their PE kits (shorts and T-Shirts) instead of their uniform if this is more comfortable for them. We have also purchased new fans for the classrooms and have put up some gazebos on the field to provide some much-needed shade. Classroom windows and doors will be open and blinds will be pulled down. Please can you help by ensuring your children have a water bottle in school (which they can refill as often as required) and they will be encouraged to drink throughout the day. You can also help by ensuring your child is wearing long lasting sun cream and wearing a sun hat. We will encourage children to spend time in the shaded areas only and will ensure there is an indoor area available for those finding the heat too uncomfortable. Thank you for your support.

School books: next week, please can your children/child bring a named carrier bag into school in order for them to take home their school books.  These will be sent home by the end of the week. Please note that we need to keep a selection of books (4) and if your child’s has been selected, they will get their books next year.

Reading: on Monday, we are welcoming a Librarian to our school assembly to talk to the children about the summer reading challenge. This is a great way to keep your children reading over the summer break and reward their efforts.

Musical: also, on Monday evening Year 6 will be presenting their end of year performance. They have been working so hard on this and I know you will enjoy the show. Entrance is strictly limited to a maximum of 2 guests per child including siblings. Please do not attend with more than 2 people as you will be turned away. The hall is air conditioned and with limiting the number of people in attendance, we hope that the room will be as cool as possible and as safe as possible. All school age siblings will be given the opportunity to watch a dress rehearsal of the performance during the school day so will not miss out on seeing their brothers or sisters perform.

Leavers Assembly: on Wednesday, we will be hosting our Leavers’ Assembly to which parents of children in Year 6 are invited. Once more, this event will be strictly limited to 2 guests per child. Please join us to celebrate our leavers special achievements and memories of their time at The Hayes…tissues at the ready! In the afternoon, at 2pm, the children will attend a leavers’ barbeque. This event is for the children only.

Year 1 Trip: on Wednesday, our Year One children are heading out on their postponed trip to Gatton Park. We hope they have a fantastic time and look forward to hearing all about it on their return.

Class parties will take place on Thursday morning- please provide your children with a small snack pack for them to consume. They will not be permitted to share with others so please do not send more than they can manage themselves. You may wish to include a piece of fruit, a packet of crisps and a small biscuit for example. No items containing nuts or fizzy drinks will be permitted.

Parent Questionnaire: our Parent View questionnaire gives you the chance to tell us what you think of The Hayes, including: how happy your child is at the school, how the school manages bullying or challenging behaviour, etc. If your child has special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), we ask how well the school supports them. The questionnaire is the same as the questionnaire that Ofsted will give when they inspect schools. We will use your responses to help us plan improvements and to share success. Please give your views now by clicking here to help us improve further. The questionnaire will be closed on Wednesday 27th July. Many thanks.

Sal’s Shoes: on the last day of term, we are participating in an initiative called Sal’s shoes. Sal’s shoes are an organisation that collects outgrown but not outworn shoes to send to Africa to children in need. If you would like to support this initiative, please send any outgrown school shoes in on the last day (tied together) with a £1 donation to cover shipping costs please. More information can be found if you click on this link. Thank you for supporting this initiative.

Free School Meals: for those eligible for free school meals we want to make you aware that you are entitled to enrol your children in free summer holiday club (part of the DfE’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme). These are now live and available for parent/carers to book their children onto, across Croydon. Clubs are for 5-16 year olds and the link to book is here:​ 
Many clubs are specifically accommodating SEND pupils and there are a limited number of free places available for non-FSM pupils who would benefit from this summer provision and may, for example, be looked-after, have an EHC plan or be at risk of exclusion. Please talk to us if you feel this could apply to you.

Photography Competition: congratulations to all who entered our Photography Competition – so much talent at The Hayes! The below children won their section and I am sure you will agree the content and tone of the photos below are fantastic – well done children! Keep an eye on the website, your photos will soon be shown and they will also be put in a frame collage next to the music room.
Over the summer holidays, please snap away to enter our Summer Photography Competition, one winner per year group and can be landscape or portrait. The deadline for this is Friday 9th September, 12pm.

To conclude the final bulletin of the year we want to say an enormous thank you to all of our parents and carers for your ongoing care and support. We are proud of our children and of their achievements and know that our strong home/school partnership contributes to this success. Thank you also, on behalf of all of our staff, for the numerous cards and thank you gifts that we have received from parents and children. Your generosity and kindness has been warmly received. We offer our sincere thanks. All that is left to say is have a wonderful summer, please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all back in school on September the 5th.  Please remember the earlier start time of 8:45am and the later collection time of 3:15pm. The children break up at 1:30pm on Thursday 21st and we wish them all and yourselves a very happy and safe summer break.

The Hayes Team