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Week Beginning 6th November 2023

Week beginning 6th November 2023

The children have had a great first week back at school following the half term break. This week in assemblies we have been thinking about ‘effort’, what it means and how we can show it even when we are finding things tricky. We have been really impressed with the effort and determination that the children have been putting into their learning in order to be the best they can be!

Congratulations to our girls’ netball team who took part in their first interschool competition this week. Although they did not win, they put in a great collective effort and represented the school brilliantly, we are very proud of them. Well done girls!

Friday was a mufti day and we would like to thank all those who donated so generously to our PTA Christmas Fair. If, you forgot your donation, please feel free to drop it into the office next week. The Fair is scheduled to take place on Saturday 2nd December between 12-3 so please make sure you pop this date in your diary. It is set to be a great event!

Next week, we start the week with a Reception Open Morning for parents of children who are due to start school in September 2024. If you have not already signed up to attend, you can do so via the following link on our website. Reception Open Mornings | The Hayes Primary School. Those attending will hear a short talk from the leadership team along with the pupil advocates and be given the opportunity to tour the school to see our facilities and our children engaged in their learning. We look forward to seeing you there.

Our parents’ evenings are scheduled to take place next week on Tuesday (EYFS and KS1 in person and KS2 virtual) and Thursday (EYFS and KS1 virtual and KS2 in person) next week. If you have booked a face-to-face appointment, please come in and sit outside the school hall until you are called in at the time of your appointment. If you have a virtual appointment, please check that you are able to log in in advance of the meeting. If you are experiencing any difficulties, do let us know ahead of the meeting date so we can try to resolve these for you.

Also on Tuesday, the children in Year 6 will be having their height and weight checks with the school nursing team. If you do not want your child to take part in this, please opt out by following the instructions that were sent to you in the information about this check. Thank you.

We are pleased to be working with the NSPCC to teach our children about keeping safe. On Wednesday next week they will be leading workshops for children in Years 2, 5 and 6 and will be encouraging our children to seek help if and when it is needed via a trusted adult or through Childline if they need it.

Also on Wednesday, the children in class 10 will be leading their class assembly at 9:15 in the school hall with a focus on Diwali. If you have a child in this class and you would like to join us for this event, we would love to see you there.  Please may we remind all parents who attend class assemblies, that any photographs taken are for personal use only and should not be shared on social media if there are any children other than your own in the image. This is for the children’s safety and we thank you in advance for adhering to this.

On Friday we will be holding a Remembrance Day assembly for the children. At the end of break time, we will hold a 2-minute silence on the playground in memory of those who lost their lives in the war. We shall remember them.

We have a parent who is interested in running an afterschool chess club for children in Years 4-6. In order to see if this club is viable or not, we are asking families to let us know if this opportunity might be of interest to you. The club will run from 3:15 until 4pm and will cost £6 per session. The parent hoping to lead this extra-curricular activity is a qualified teacher who has taught chess previously to develop logical and strategic thinking. If your child would be interested in attending an after-school chess club please drop us an email on so we can get an idea of numbers. Thank you.

Lastly, we know that we have many creative and artistic children in our school. For Comic relief, Amazon are hosting an ‘unlock a smile’ competition that we think some of our children may enjoy taking part in. To participate, children are invited to design an (original) image for an amazon locker. Winning entries could be displayed in our local area. Those wishing to enter should grab an A4 piece of paper and draw your ‘wildest boldest ideas’ to celebrate comic relief. Entries should be scanned in on the comic relief website found here: Unlock a smile challenge | Comic Relief. Winning artists will receive a goodie bag crammed full of red nose day treats and their school will receive an amazon voucher to be spent on resources for our children. The closing date for entries is the 24th November 2023. If your child chooses to enter…Good luck!