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Week beginning 7th February 2022

Week beginning 7th February 2022.
The final week of this half term is upon us and the forthcoming break marks the half way point of this academic year. Where does the time go? It really does fly when you are having fun!

Road Safety: we must start this bulletin by sharing a serious message. On Friday morning at school drop off, a member of our school community was struck by a car on our new zebra crossing outside of the school. Thankfully, apart from being very shaken, they received only minor injuries. This could have been a very different situation had it have been a child that was hit by the car. Please, please can we remind all members of our community to drive with care and caution particularly when approaching pedestrian crossings and at busy times like pick up and drop off. Our crossing is there to keep us safe and was campaigned for, for a very long time. Please slow down as you approach it to ensure everybody's safety. Thank you.

Winter Photography Competition: following on from the success of the autumn photography competition, below you will find information about the winter photography competition.

Children’s Mental Health Week: starts tomorrow, Monday and there will be an assembly on Monday to launch this event which has the theme of Growing Together. There is no shortage of news reports at the moment highlighting the prevalence of mental health difficulties that many children have been experiencing as a result of the pandemic. If you are worried about any of your children's behaviours Place2Be have some useful articles for parents that may be of interest to you. These can be found via the following link: Place2Be: Parenting Smart: Articles​ Many of you have reached out to us as a school to share concerns that you have about your children’s mental health. It is important to us as an organisation that we remove any stigma surrounding mental ill health and teach our children that if they are suffering, there is support available. Together, we can make a difference and early intervention is key.

Safer Internet Day: is on Tuesday and we would like to express our thanks to 3 Discovery who did some amazing work with our children in school last week. Their workshops involved moviemaking, poster creation and all sorts of wonderful activities to teach our children how to be safe when using the internet. Hopefully, your children have shared some of their learning with you at home. We will shortly be sending you a link to a Padlet document so you can see some of the children’s wonderful creations for yourself. A massive well done to Mrs Sutherland who organised the week – superstar!
School Council: following on from this week’s School Council meeting, the children on the committee have requested that the last day of term is a mufti day where the staff and children are invited to wear their own clothes to school. If possible, the children have decided they would like their peers to wear something red. This is because Valentine’s Day is approaching and they felt that this would be symbolic of the friendship and love within our school community. To participate in this event the children have requested to make a £2 donation to support the school in a fundraising endeavour. The monies raised will be spent on two things. Firstly, we are looking to improve the reading materials for children in Key Stage 2 (Yr 3-6) with a specific focus on improving the cultural representation that is seen in the books we have to offer to the children. Secondly, following a unanimous vote from all classes, in a discussion about the possibility of having a school pet/s, the children on the School Council would like to purchase a fish tank for the entrance lobby of the school. They believe that having some school fish will help children to learn about responsibility, looking after and caring for animals and feel that it would also help children who are feeling a bit stressed, sad or cross to relax and calm down. Please, if you can, do support the Council in their fundraising endeavours. Thank you in advance. For the children in Safari, we acknowledge this was supposed to be your special PTA prize mufti day and will set a new day for you to have an additional mufti (at no cost) when we return after the half term break.
Valentine Cake Bake: additionally, on the last day of term (Friday 11th February) the PTA will be hosting a Valentine Bake Sale. If you are able to bake cakes to support this endeavour, the PTA would be extremely grateful. The more cakes they have to sell, the more funds available to spend on our children. If you are not a baker, please support by visiting the sale after school and purchasing a cake or two! Thank you from the PTA in advance of your support.

We break up on Friday 11th at normal time and wish you all a wonderful half term break. We will be back at school from Monday 21st of Feb where we look forward to welcoming you all back and hopefully seeing the start brighter evenings for the second half of the school year. Stay safe!​


Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: congratulations to Mrs Yates who was nominated on Friday by many children, for ‘being a great, kind and helpful music teacher, teaching lovely sounds and songs and being enthusiastic!’
Well done!

Thank you for your ongoing support.
The Hayes Team

Share Your Creativity in the Great Outdoors Photography Competition

Each season we will be running the Great Outdoors Seasonal photography competition. The first competition, held in autumn 2021 was an amazing success and we hope that our winter ‘Miracles of Nature’ will prove just as popular. So, get out in the great outdoors and enjoy the wonders of nature and wildlife around us!

What to do: take a photograph that celebrates winter as you see it. Photos should feature landscape or portrait photographs of natural settings. It can be of wildlife, woodland, seascape – of anything that depicts winter at its finest.
Equipment: the photo can be taken on a tablet, phone or camera.
Winners: there will be one winner from each class, from EYFS, KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2.

Prizes: winning photos will take pride of place in our news bulletin, website and Twitter pages. The winning photos will be displayed in a large frame in the school corridor in the form of a collage.

Terms and Conditions

*Photograph to be taken by a child (not adult) on either a camera, tablet or smart phone.

*One entry per child.
*Photo to have a title.

*Entrants email to Mrs Staines: who is the administrator for this exciting, new competition.
*With entries (jpg), please state name of child and class.
*Closing date: Wednesday 9th March, 12pm
*Judges: our School Council, Governors and Miss Slade.

*Miss Slade will announce the winners during the virtual assembly, Friday 11th March and they will appear in our bulletin.