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Week beginning 27th March 2023

Week beginning Monday 27th March
Parent/Carer Meetings: thank you to all of the parents and carers who joined us either virtually or in the hall, this week for our parent-teacher meetings. It was a pleasure to be able to discuss with you your children’s achievements. We are so proud of our hard-working children (and hard-working staff) and hope you are too.
Reception: next week, Mrs Williams will be away from school on a professional development opportunity. We thank Mrs Farr and Mrs Duckett who have kindly agreed to work extra days this week to ensure the children are taught by familiar adults who know them well.
ABCD Awards: are back to celebrate the greatness of our staffing team. Children (and staff) can propose a member of staff for going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. This week, Miss Macpherson and Miss Moll were chosen for the following reasons: Miss Macpherson: for going above and beyond the call of duty by always willing to help others and being so kind to everyone! Miss Moll: for being kind to us like no other! Superstars!

People that help us: today, the Police visited Reception class for their ‘People that help us’ topic. They learned what a Police Officer does, what they wear, what equipment they have, how they keep us safe and that they are kind adults that we can go to if we need help. ‘We went in a Police car and the siren went off which was cool. The Police help us, they also put baddies into jail and they also do things which are not for baddies, I can go and see them if I was lost in a shop’. Thank you to all of our parents have come into Reception classes over the last few weeks to share with us all about how you help us, we appreciate it so much!                                                            

Well done to all swimmers that entered the swimming gala at Trinity High School, not least the 8 children that competed today, in the finals. We are so proud of you all – a particular mention to Seamus who came first in the Year 5 backstroke – superstar! We are lucky to have a swimming pool on site. Swimming teaches vital skills: teamwork, confidence, endurance, balance, coordination. It also teaches children that exercise is fun! Thank you to Miss Browne and Mrs Aamir who teach our children to swim confidently and proficiently.
Congratulations! To all of our wonderful photographers who entered the Miracles of Nature (Winter) competition. All entries were stunning and it was really hard to choose. Her are some of the things our School Council said about the winning photos: ‘I’ve been there! I like how the duck is reflecting on the ice, and hope the dinosaurs do not eat it!’; ‘this one is lovely, the colour contrasts are outstanding. I would like to live in the pagoda for a short time to see the beauty of nature’; ‘I don’t think this is from Croydon! Look at the vastness of the land – the shadows are climbing up on the mountain. I like the emptiness of the photo – I want to be there!’
The winners of the Winter Photography Competition are:
KS1: Dinosaurs can you skate with me? By Margot.
Lower KS2: Winter Fire Sticks, by Thomas.
Upper KS2: Over the mystic mountains, by Sahana.

Winning photos can be seen on our Gallery.
Our next competition is called Miracles of Nature (Spring)- time to take photos of beautiful spring during the Easter holidays! Deadline: May 19th. Please send photos to Mrs Staines: Many thanks to Mrs S for being a fab administrator! Please remember that photos can only be taken by children. Thank you.
Reading: Ebooks have been a great resource and will continue to be set for pupils who prefer reading in this way- a great opportunity to access reading books when you are out and about too! However, we always aimed to have hard copies of books to send home and this is now what we are able to offer! After Easter, children following the Little Wandle Phonics Programme will take home a book from the book corner for you to share with them and the phonetically decodable book they have been reading in school. To identify this book please look out for the ‘Big Cat’ symbol. Children should be 95% fluent in the reading of their phonetically decodable book and be able to show off their amazing reading skills. This might sound like an easy read but it means children are able to read for pleasure with fewer challenges; they are able to read with prosody (expression and tone) and with confidence, fluency and automaticity and we hope you enjoy the time they spend reading to you in this way. We ask that these books are returned to school every Wednesday because without our books we are unable to give children the next text that they may require. Any damaged or lost books will need to be replaced so please bare this in mind. Any questions, please contact your class teacher or Mrs Farr via the office

Next Week!

The Farm! On Monday, we are very excited that a farm will be visiting the children in Year 1.  The children will have a chance to have close encounters with animals such as sheep, pigs, goats and chickens. Look out for photos on our school website soon.
Egg Rolling: on Tuesday, we will be holding our annual Egg Rolling competition. If your child would like to participate, they need to bring to school a HARD BOILED egg. The children will, one at a time, ‘race’ their eggs down a drainpipe to see whose egg will roll the farthest. There will be a prize for first, second and third place in each year group. We are always intrigued by the special ‘tricks’ that children share with us about how they have strengthened their eggs from boiling in certain liquids to painting in nail varnish. Looking forward to it!
Carroty Wood: on Wednesday, our Year 5 children are heading off on their residential journey. They are very excited for this adventure and we have every confidence that they will be wonderful ambassadors for our school while they are away. They will return to school on Friday at approximately 2pm. We will update you if there are any delays to their ETA. As always, we thank the members of staff who have agreed to go on this trip to make these opportunities possible for the children. Without their willingness to work around the clock, our residentials could not happen. Thank you to: Miss Moll, Mrs Randall, M
rs Sinclair, Mrs Kioufi and Mr McEvoy. We are confident that your children will come back with a case load of muddy clothes, a mind full of happy memories and a heart full of joy!
Class Assembly: on Thursday, Class 2 will be leading their special assembly to parents. If you have a child in this class and wish to join us, please do come along to the school hall for a 9:10 start.

Class 1: on Friday, we welcome Miss Harman back to work. She has been on maternity leave for the last year after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl. Miss Harman will return as a job share teacher in Class 1 (after Easter) with Mrs Lishmund. Mrs Lishmund will be teacher in Class 1 on a Monday and Tuesday, and Miss Harman on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Lishmund has had a thorough hand over with Miss Harman who is really looking forward to getting to know all of the children and families in Class 1. We thank Mrs Lishmund for agreeing to work full time for as long as she has, to cover this period of maternity absence.

On Friday, we break up for Easter at normal time.  School will be closed for two weeks and we hope you all have a lovely Spring break.  During the holidays, you may wish to take part in the PTA egg hunt which is taking place on Sunday 2nd April. Tickets must be booked in advance on the PTA page. The children return to school on Monday 17th April at normal time. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.
The Hayes Team