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Week Beginning 18th October 2021

Week Beginning 18th October 2021
Year 6 Assembly: a huge well done to the children in Class 11 who led a wonderful class assembly about the Mayans, on Wednesday this week. It is amazing to have these special assemblies back up and running again and to welcome parents back into school to see your children in action and find out more about what the children have been learning about in school – it was great to see you all. Well done Class 11 – brilliant acting and singing, it was a fantastic assembly! Well done also, to Mrs Sutherland, Class 11’s teacher who wrote the script and put the assembly together – worthy of the West End!

Team Points: congratulations to Ashcroft who have scored a massive 3277 points over this last half term and on Friday 22nd can come into school, wearing colours of their team (yellow) and in the afternoon, Mrs Olley, Miss Slade, Mr McAvoy and Mrs Thornton will organise extra play using various equipment as a reward, in the afternoon for all Ashcroft team members. 

Parent Workshops: over the last two weeks we have held three parent workshops in school, one for parents of children in Early Years to share information about our Curriculum, one for parents of children in Year 2 regarding KS1 SATs and one for parents of children in Year 6 regarding the KS2 SATs. It has been so wonderful to welcome parents back into the school building again…it’s been a while! We thank those of you who were able to attend. If you are a working parent who were unable to attend for any reason, please do not worry. All presentations will be uploaded onto the school website in due course.

CPD: at the Hayes we promote lifelong learning and encourage our children to have a thirst for knowledge. This expectation carries across to staff and there is requirement for them to engage in continuous professional development (CPD). Sourcing high quality training opportunities for our teachers and support staff is a priority for us as it ensures that our staffing team maintain up to date knowledge and learn from best practice. Next week, we have secured an opportunity for three members of staff to visit Reykjavik, in Iceland to visit some schools known to be centres of excellence for their provision for children with Special Educational Needs. Mrs Sutherland and Mrs Field will be in Iceland from Monday to Wednesday and Miss Headley will be in Iceland from Wednesday to Friday.  Upon their return they will share the knowledge obtained through staff meetings and Local Authority meetings and be expected to implement new strategies as appropriate. We will arrange cover for their classes whilst they are engaging in this professional development.

Children Workshops: next week we are delighted to welcome Cordelia Shaw into school to run a series of workshops for the children in Years 4, 5 and 6 on Identity and Community. Cordelia is the Education Officer for the Local Authority Prevent Strategy which seeks to protect children from extremist views and radicalisation. Through these workshops, the children will reflect on the things that make them unique whilst uniting them as members of a shared community. Promoting tolerance and acceptance of others is a key theme in these sessions.

Donations: thank you to those parents who paid their £2 contributions for the Mufti held on the 1st October. This event raised £548. Along with a very generous parent donation of £250 pounds we were able to purchase new reading books for our scheme including books in the pink A, pink B, yellow, blue, gold and white colour bands. We thank you and hope your children enjoy these lovely new resources. Total donations were £798. Total spend was £858.

Homework Club: we are delighted to announce a new homework club for children in KS2. This will take place on a Tuesday after school (until 4:15pm) and will be led by Mrs Derodra in her classroom. Please sign up from Monday on Parent Pay, this will start after half term.

Reception Open Mornings: on Thursday, we will be hosting our Reception Open morning for prospective parents of children due to start in Reception in September 2022. To book a space on this visit, please register on our website.  We will have a tour of the school but unfortunately, due to COVID, we will not be able to take you into the classrooms.  We look forward to meeting you and showing you around our school.

Photo Competition: Share Your Creativity in the Great Outdoors Photography Competition: please see separate PDF document for this information. It is very exciting! Please do read.

Cake Bake and End of Term: on Friday, the children and staff break up for half term. School finishes at the usual time. On this last day, the PTA will be on the staging area, in the playground, hosting a Spooktacular cake bake for the children to raise much needed funds for the school. If you wish to purchase your child a little end of term treat to congratulate them for all of their hard work, please do visit the PTA stall. Likewise, if you are a bit of a dab hand at baking, please consider donating some cakes for us to sell by dropping them into the office on the morning of the event. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Secondary School Applications: October the 31st is the closing date for secondary school applications. If you have a child due to start secondary school in September, please do not miss this important deadline.

ABCD: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, recognises any staff member who deserves special recognition for doing something amazing. This week our superstars have been nominated by children and goes to Miss Moll and Mrs Gourlay, for going Above, Beyond the Call of Duty with our extra-curricular activities, particularly the Cross Country event at Lloyds Park. Well done, Superstars!
Have a fabulous and safe weekend!

The Hayes Team