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Week Beginning 24th April 2017

Week beginning 24th April 2017


We hope you have had a great first week back and a super start to the summer term!

Congratulations and a warm welcome to all those who found out this week that their children have been allocated a place in Reception for September 2017. We shall be in touch shortly with dates for upcoming events and further information. We are very much looking forward to meeting our new starters. We will confirm all arrangements in writing over the coming weeks but to give some advance notice there will be a Meeting for parents of new Reception starters on Tuesday 27th of June at 6:30pm in the school hall and a picnic for the children joining Reception between 2:00 and 3:00pm on Wednesday 5th July where the children will have the opportunity to meet some of their new friends, their teachers and see their classrooms. Over the coming weeks our Early Years Team will be visiting your children in their nursery settings and starting the process of getting to know them.


You will all, no doubt, be aware that a General Election has recently been announced for the Thursday 8th June. We now have it confirmed that we will be used as a polling station on this day and this something that we cannot refuse. As usual, we will have to close on this day to ensure the children’s safety. A number of parents have asked if the planned INSET on Friday 26th of May will be going ahead and the answer is yes as many parents have now already booked to go away on this day and the INSET for staff has also been booked. No one was expecting the General Election and we called the council offices only a month ago to see if they were having an election, the answer was of course no which is why we had to plan the INSET day on the 26th May. This was unexpected and we apologise in advance for the frustration this may cause.


Next week is Arts Week and we have a whole host of exciting activities for the children to enjoy. At The Hayes we are proud of our children’s achievements in all areas and our broad and balanced curriculum celebrates the importance of the arts in developing well rounded, happy children. On Tuesday all children in the school will experience a drumming workshop which we are sure they will thoroughly enjoy. Our thanks go to Mr Rogers, our drum teacher and school governor for leading these workshops.


On Wednesday, you are invited to attend our Art Gallery in the school hall from 3:10-5:00pm. All children will be exhibiting a framed piece of art work which is available for you to purchase at a cost of £8.50.


On Thursday we invite parents of children in class 2 to join us for their class assembly. This will be held at 9:15 in the school hall. Rainforest will also be visiting Pizza Express in Purley on Thursday and we are sure they will have a great time.


On Friday, the Movie Mobil will be returning to school and two children who have demonstrated exemplary behaviour and effort during the spring term will be invited to attend a viewing of a Movie as part of the termly Head Teachers Reward to recognise exemplary achievement. We look forward to announcing the names of the attendees in next week’s bulletin!


On Friday there will be a special celebration assembly where children from each class will present some of their art work, perform some of their songs and share other achievements with the rest of the school. The school day will conclude with a whole school line dance on the playground that the children will have been taught during the week. You are welcome to come in a little earlier on Friday (from 2:50) to watch…or join in with the children! Your child is welcome to bring/wear a cowboy/cowgirl hat to wear during the dance. They will all be wearing their school uniform for this event.


In the evening we will be concluding our wonderful week with our annual ‘Hayes Got Talent!’ competition from 6:30pm. This is always a wonderful evening showcasing some of our children’s AMAZING talents and we are always blown away by the confidence they display along with the kindness and consideration that they show to their fellow performers. It truly encompasses what a special, kind, caring and supportive children we have at The Hayes. If you would like to attend, to avoid overcrowding and to ensure your safety, we have had to restrict the tickets available to 200. These are free of charge but MUST be booked via the PTA page . There will be no admittance without a ticket. Our thanks go to the PTA for all the hard work in organising this wonderful event.


Reminder 1st of May is May Day Holiday and the school is closed to children.


Finally, to finish this weekly bulletin we would like to celebrate a whole school achievement. The British Council have awarded us with the foundation level of the International Schools Award in recognition of all the work that takes place in the school to promote and celebrate diversity and raise international awareness of other faiths, cultures and locations. The assessors comments were full of praise for our organisation and stated You have shown that your whole school is committed to developing your pupils as citizens who are interested in other cultures, faiths and environments, are beginning to discuss issues of equality and fairness, and recognise that their own actions can make a difference. International awareness is becoming embedded within in the curriculum and in the life and ethos of the school, underpinned by the adoption of the International Primary Curriculum and the Rights Respecting School project.’




Have a great weekend.