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Week beginning 20th Feb 2023

Week Beginning Monday 20th February 2023

It is half term holiday! The children have one week off and will return to school on Monday 20th February, we hope you have a great rest. Huge thank you to our wonderful staff at this time- always going the extra mile. Please have a well-deserved break as well! You are all superstars!

Last week in school, we were celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week with the theme ‘Let’s connect’. The children spent time thinking about people and places that they feel connected to. We identified one child in each class who makes positive and kind connections to those around them. Those chosen were awarded with a special prize in assembly on Friday. We are PROUD to celebrate their KINDNESS. Additionally, as always on Friday, we were all outside at break to dance and enjoy the music for Funky Friday, from Macarena to YMCA! A huge thank you to Mrs Olley who organised the week and Mrs Staines who had the idea of kind connections. Great ideas!

On Wednesday, Class 9 led a wonderful class assembly which was all about Kindness. Their singing, acting and dancing were fantastic with a clear moral to the story. Do not be like the Emperor (who had new clothes), he was unkind and conceited (although the child who took this role is far from this), be proud of what you do but do not make a fuss, do not get too big for your boots (words from a child in Year 5!)

Football News: our mixed team have had a great half term, beating Oakwood 4-1 and Oasis Byron 8-1; a close game against Ridgeway who won 3-2 and on Thursday, beating St David’s 3-0! Amazing scores – well done Team, you are all amazing and thank you to their coaches, Miss Hale and Mr Clottey!

Thank you to our PTA for hosting our Valentines cake sale/ World Book Day costume sale after school, on Friday and to those of you who baked for this event or supported by buying cakes- the cakes looked amazing! We will let you know how much was raised asap.

Other PTA dates for your diary:
*Friday 24th February: Discos (see photo for rest of dates).

Next term, on Friday 10th March, we will be visited by a professional basketball player called Pierre-Henry Fontaine. To learn more about Pierre you can use this link The Hayes Primary School Fundraiser - a Community crowdfunding project in Kenley by Sports For Champions UK (CIC) ( He will be leading sponsored fitness events with the children and aiming to inspire them to be physically and mentally active. On Friday, your children will have brought home a sponsorship form.  If you are able, please do encourage the children to collect sponsors for this event as the school will also benefit from this fundraising initiative, raising funds for new PE equipment for the school.

A message from our Reading Leader, Mrs Farr: we are excited to welcome to our school, award winning children's author Paul Geraghty! He will be visiting on Friday 24th February to carry out workshops with the children throughout the day, and share some of his amazing illustrations. He will also be selling his books after school for £7 each and will offer book signings too! We hope you are able to come along and meet him- please come to the stage on the playground to meet Paul and to buy a signed book!
The following week, will see the start of our Book Week to celebrate World Book Day! We have the popular Cake Sale Competition after school on Monday 27th February in which we invite children to bring in cakes or cupcakes decorated in the style of their favourite story. Please bring cakes into school on the morning of Monday 27th February ready to be sold after school. Cakes will be judged and winners announced at the end of the week. Come and enjoy a 'Stop and Read' at 2:30pm on Wednesday 1st March where we invite you to come into school and share a story with your child/children in their classroom

Friday 3rd March is our Dress Up Day where we invite children to bring in £1 and dress up in the style of their favourite book or story character. ‚ÄčAll proceeds made during our Book Week will go towards new texts for our children to read and enjoy.

Share Your Creativity in the Great Outdoors Photography Competition

Each season we run the Great Outdoors Seasonal photography competition. It is now Winter (until 20th March), so, get out in the great outdoors and enjoy the wonders of nature and wildlife around us!

What to do: take a photograph that celebrates winter as you see it. Photos should feature landscape or portrait photographs of natural settings. It can be of wildlife, woodland, seascape – of anything that depicts winter at its finest.
Equipment: the photo can be taken on a tablet, phone or camera.
Winners: there will be one winner from each Phase: EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2.

Prizes: winning photos will take pride of place in our news bulletin, website and Twitter pages. The winning photos will be displayed in a large frame in the school corridor in the form of a collage.

Terms and Conditions

*Photograph to be taken by a child (not adult) on either a camera, tablet or smart phone.

*One entry per child.
*Photo to have a title.

*Entrants email to Mrs Staines: who is the administrator for this exciting, new competition.
*With entries (jpg), please state name of child and class.
*Closing date: Friday 17th March, 12pm
*Judges: our School Council, Governors and Miss Slade.


Ahead of next term, please may we ask/remind you that:

*Children are not permitted to bring PRIME water bottles into school. We know that this is a popular drink with young people at the moment but they are not appropriate for school, please do not allow your child to use these bottles for their school drink even if they are filled with regular water.

*Snacks for breaktime should be fruit or vegetables only (unless an alternative is agreed with the school due to an allergy/medical issue). We are a healthy school and do not permit biscuits/crisps as a snack. We do not teach the children that alternative options are ‘bad’ choices and very much promote an everything during moderation approach. However, during the school day we promote healthy choices and appreciate your support in this regard.
*If your child is in KS2 and bringing a pencil case to school, please can you ensure that this is a plain pencil case with basic supplies only. Many children are being distracted in class with novelty pencil cases and flashy equipment. Please keep these basic. Thank you!

That just leaves us to say, enjoy the half term holiday and stay safe!

The Hayes Team.