Last week was Arts Week and what a great week it was. The week was dedicated to marking the centenary of the First World War (1914 to 2018) with a focus on Remembrance, education and legacy. It kicked off with dance workshops throughout the school given by a parent in EYFS – many thanks for this Trudi, you are a star! The children loved dancing to Ragtime and Zumba music (Ragtime music was popular during the WW1 period). Throughout the week, the children learned their wartime/peace songs (to name just a few: Danny Boy, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Peace Like a River, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, etc). The art emphasis was inspired by WW1 and the children used a variety of media and skill to create murals which will be placed in perspex frames in the corridors.
During Friday’s assembly all classes shared their singing, art and learning. Photos of Arts Week can be seen on our Twitter account and will be put on our website in due course. Unfortunately on Friday, rain cried off our whole school line dancing which should have concluded our Arts Week. Apologies for not getting a text out to you, our internet went down which meant we could not communicate. The line dancing is rescheduled for Weds 2nd May and parents/carers are invited to come and join in at 2:50pm (if it is not raining!) Children can wear their cowboy/cowgirl hats and bandanas during the line dancing to get into the spirit. Please note this is not a cowboy/girl dress up day – children are to wear their school uniform to school and can change into their hat, etc before we dance.
What else did we get up to last week?
*Monday 23rd April: our Brownies, Rainbows, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts all looked fantastic in their uniforms to celebrate St Georges Day. Photos are on Twitter and will be on our website soon.
*Tuesday 24th April: Year 4 visited the Natural History Museum and had a great time enhancing their learning about volcanoes. The workshop was excellent and all learned something new too.
*Thursday 26th April: well done to the Year 3/4 children who took part in a red tennis tournament and came an amazing 4th place out of 9. We are all very proud of you.
*Friday 27th April: Hayes Got Talent finals and what an amazing night it was! The talent was extraordinary and ranged from magic to gymnastics; it really was a spectacular evening. Quite possibly the best HGT, all who auditioned had amazing talent and the evening was a performance of the finalists. All of the children were winners and it was fantastic to see how much confidence our youngsters have, alongside talent and passion. Well done to all!
*Category 1: Runners Up- FW and ID (Year 1) and EL, CL and EW (Year 2).
Winner: PMP (Year 3).
*Category 2: Runners Up- BSCG (Year 6) and IB (Year 5).
Winner: TB (Year 6).
Many thanks to all involved in enabling HGT to happen and in particular Fran Raftery who led and organised the whole event, if it was not for the time and energy she put into HGT, it would not have taken place. Thank you.
*Saturday 28th April: excellent running performances at the Cross Country event. 1st place (TH) and 4th place (HS) in Y5/6 boys and Y5/6 girls: 1st place (AK) and 2nd place (PK). Go team The Hayes, we are very proud of every single one of you!
*Congratulations to Mrs Farr and her family on the birth of their gorgeous baby girl Rosabella. We cannot wait to meet her!
*We welcome back Mrs Derodra to The Hayes as she returns after maternity leave; she is working with Mrs Lishmund in Year 4. I thank Mrs Rich, our HLTA who stepped in which enabled the class to be taught by not only a great teacher but someone they know.
Message from the office:
*Teacher2Parents: you will have noticed the Teachers2parents texting service has changed recently due to the Data Protection laws which are newly in place. In order for you to continue to receive text messages from one source ie one mobile number you must download the App from the Apps Store edsp.co/app via your mobile device; follow the instructions and text messages from then on will be as before via the App for you to refer to as you wish.
*IOW: meeting for parents is on Tuesday 8th May at 5pm. If you cannot make this meeting, the powerpoint presentation will be available at the school office. Please email the office if you would like a copy.
*S6 and GDPR: please return these forms asap. These are required for the new regulations which come into effect next month. Hard copies are available from the school office and please fill in one completed copy of the S6 form per child (if you have more than one child) as they are filed separately.
*Internet problems will continue on Monday until the fault is rectified.
*Tuesday 1st May: Reception are going to Bocketts Farm.
*Wednesday 2nd May: Class 7 assembly (9:15am in the hall). Whole school line dancing on the playground (postponed from last week.): 2:50pm for parents/carers.
*Thursday 3rd May: Polling Day (school is closed).
*Monday 7th May: Bank Holiday
*Wednesday 9th May: Class 6 assembly (9:15am in the hall).
*Monday 14th May: Year 6 SATs week.
*Thursday 17th May: Safari assembly (9:15am in the hall).
We hope you have had a fantastic weekend and see you all tomorrow.
From The Hayes Team