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Week beginning 24th April 2023

Week beginning 24th April 2023

Welcome back, here’s to a fabulous summer term and we hope the children have enjoyed their first week back at school. 

Eid Mubarak! We would like to wish a happy Eid-al-Fitr to all those celebrating yesterday and over the weekend. We wish you a blessed Eid, filled with joy, love and peace. Additionally, a massive thank you to our parents who ran a hugely successful Eid bake sale on Thursday and raised a massive £702 for our school! Thank you also to those of you (there were many!) who supported this by purchasing the lovely items. It was another example of our school community getting together and was great fun!

ABCD Award: congratulations to Miss Hale and Mrs Spencer who this week have won the staff award of going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, for stepping in to help school council and always being lovely and positive and for always being kind and on hand to help us! Superstars.

Our Amazing Mixed Football Team: colossal congratulations again to our Mixed Football Team who have come top of the Croydon Schools League Division A. They won all 10 matches with the following scores: Hayes 5-1 Kenley; Hayes 7-0 Oasis Byron; Hayes 4-1 Oakwood; Hayes 8-1 Oasis Byron; Hayes 3-0 St Davids; Hayes 3-0 Oakwood; Hayes 6-2 Kenley; Hayes 8-0 St Davids; Hayes 4-0 Beaumont; Hayes 4-0 Beaumont (repeat score).
We are immensely proud of you all and yesterday in assembly awarded you with your certificates and medals. You continually played with resilience, passion, respect and pride for your school and are simply fabulous. 1000s of thanks to the coaches, including Miss Hale and Mr Clottey, alongside our parents – this accomplishment could not have happened without you as well. The below photos (and more) can be seen on our on the
school website.

Here is what’s coming up next week…

We were delighted to welcome back Miss Harman this week following her maternity leave, she has resumed her role as Year 1 class teacher in a job share with Mrs Lishmund. Miss Harman has enjoyed getting to know the children and their families over the last 2 days, we also thank Mrs Lishmund for agreeing to work full time to cover this period of maternity leave. Now that Miss Harman is back at work, Mrs Lishmund can return to teaching Class 4 on a Friday which was her original role prior to covering for maternity. We also thank Miss Smallwood for working full time to ensure consistency for the children up until this point.

St Georges Day: on Monday 24th April, we are celebrating St George’s day in school and the children who are members of uniformed organisations are invited to wear their rainbows, brownies, guides, cubs, scouts, beavers etc uniforms to school.

Science Week: we will also be celebrating Science week this week and the theme is ‘connections’. We thank Miss Piamya, our science co-ordinator, for the hard work that has been put into organising the week’s event. All children will participate in a science workshop and will take part in several Science investigations over the course of the week. A reminder for payment for Science workshops which is £2.50 to enable these events to continue.

Assembly: Class 1 will be leading their assembly to parents on Tuesday 25th April. If you have a child in this class and wish to join us, please do come to the school hall for a 9:15 start.

Strike Day: on Thursday the 27th April (and the 2nd May), the National Union of Teachers (NEU) have called for further strike action. As explained previously, there is no requirement for staff to tell us of their intention to strike.  Unfortunately, following the last period of strike action, when advance notice was given, some of our staff faced negative/unpleasant comments from parents in our school community ahead of their industrial action. This was disappointing to hear. Whilst we recognise that strike action can cause disruption to families, it is the right of an individual to take this action if they feel strongly about issues affecting the education sector and the issues they are fighting for span well beyond teacher pay.  For this reason, whilst previously we tried to get information out earlier, we will not now be in a position to let you know which classes will be closing until the morning of the strike when we will send a text message at 8:00am to confirm arrangements. Please do make contingency plans for child care in the event of class closures.

Free School Meals: please may we remind all parents to check their eligibility for Free School Meals (FSM) including those in the infants who receive universal free school meals. This can attract extra funding to our school that can be used to support the children’s learning needs. As a thank you for parents checking their eligibility, any parent that confirms positive eligibility via lgfl checker or is found to be eligible for free school meals via the checker will receive a £20 voucher to spend in M&S on school uniform as a thank you for taking the time to do this.

Welcome to Mrs Blewit, an experienced teacher who will be teaching Class 3 from next week. She is covering for Miss Hale whilst she is on maternity leave. Miss Hale’s last day was Friday and we wish her and her partner all the very best and much love for the forthcoming months. We cannot wait to see the baby!

Lolly sales will begin after school on Friday 28th April. We thank the PTA for organising these sales. Ice lollies will be available at a cost of 50p or £1 each Friday after school during the summer term. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.
The Hayes Team