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Week Beginning 28th October 2019

Week Beginning 28th October 2019


Today we break up for half term and we wish you all a restful break!


This week we have had lots of fun. We congratulate all of the children who participated in the cross country event in Lloyds Park. It was a slippery course (following much rain) which was uphill for the most part but all of the children taking part were great ambassadors of the school and made us all very proud. A special congratulations to Chloe in Year 1 who achieved a medal, placing 3rd! There are further cross country events taking place at Woodcote on 16th November 2019, 18th January 2020 and 14th March 2020 for children in Years 3-6. If your child is chosen to participate we will let you know in the coming weeks. We also say a massive well done to the singers who performed at the CSMA Music Festival on Tuesday. They were invited to sing with 200 other junior Croydon children at one of the opening concerts of the Fairfield Halls and sang with much enthusiasm. They did The Hayes proud.  


Year 2 have enjoyed a great day with the circus performer to conclude their learning in IPC on this topic. We hope that parents joining us at 2:30 enjoy watching the children perform their new circus skills!

The Year 1 children also enjoyed their pirate day at school and looked amazing!


Here’s what’s coming up after the break...


Monday 28th October is an INSET day and therefore school is not open to the children. We welcome the children back to school on Tuesday 29th October.


On Wednesday, we are holding our first Reception Open Morning for parents of children considering school places for September 2020. Anybody wishing to attend should phone the office to book a place. The morning will consist of a talk from Miss Slade, our Head Teacher, and a tour of the school.


On Thursday and Friday the children in Year 6 will be participating in a 2 day workshop with ‘The Anne Frank Project’. One of our school values is tolerance and as such, we believe it is important to teach our children about prejudice and discrimination and the importance of equality. The aim of the workshop is to increase the children’s knowledge, develop their skills and build their confidence to change attitudes and challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination. We believe education is a really powerful tool to ensure that children are made more aware of what constitutes prejudice and discrimination and can equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to challenge attitudes and actions. The children will explore the story of Anne Frank and relate this to modern day scenarios. We are confident that it will be a really thought provoking and valuable learning experience.


On Friday 1st November, there will be a Christmas jumper sale where parents can buy a pre-loved Christmas jumper for their children at very reasonable prices. A huge thank you to all of the parents who have kindly donated jumpers that their children have grown out of!


Please can we remind parents that our staff should not be asked to hand out sweets for children’s birthdays. We are an accredited ‘healthy school’ and as such should not be handing out sweets. If you would like to mark your child’s special day we encourage children to donate a favourite book for their class to enjoy in the book corner which will be marked inside with the name of who has donated it and for what occasion. Thank you.


Please may we also remind parents of children who attend Wraparound Care to contact the office if your child is not going to attend After School Club. When staff are not informed they then have to spend time investigating why the child has not turned up as expected. Likewise, if your child is unwell, please can we remind parents to call the school first thing to report their absence. The phone number is 02086604863. If calling before the office opens at 8:00, please leave a message on the answer phone stating your child’s name, class and reason for absence. Thank you.


Finally, a reminder to parents of children in Year 6 that the closing date for secondary school application forms is the 31st October. Failure to submit your form on time will  put you in a less favourable position when it comes to allocating school places, so please ensure this deadline is met. Thank you.


Have a great week.