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Week Beginning 9th October 2023

Week beginning 9th Of October  


Thank you to our wonderful PTA for organising the school discos on Friday evening. The children all had a great time dancing the night away! Thank you also to all of the parent volunteers who supervised this event. Without you, events like this would not be possible. If you would like to see some images of the disco, be sure to check out the recently updated gallery on our school website which can be accessed via the following link: Gallery 2023-2024 | The Hayes Primary School  


Congratulations to the children in class 11, who led a fantastic Harvest assembly on Monday. They spoke confidently, sung in 2 parts and helped us to always remember to be grateful for the food we eat. Your generous donations will be collected by the Purley food hub on Monday morning. We thank all those who contributed. 


Last week the children thoroughly enjoyed the amazing drumming workshop that took place as part of our Black History Month celebrations. The children learned drumming techniques that originated from Western Africa and played rhythms in 4 parts. Thank you to our PTA for fully funding this opportunity for all children. 


I would also like to congratulate the children in Year 5, who successfully completed their training to become qualified Mental Health Champions.  They now have an in depth understanding of strategies that can be used to look after their own mental health and wellbeing and also how they can support others to do the same. Those who enjoyed the training and wish to put this to good use, now have the option of applying for a job in our lunchtime Calm Club. If they wish to do so, they can write a short paragraph to Mrs Rich, our nurture assistant, explaining why they think they would be good at the job and sharing their ideas for how we can better help any children who become dysregulated during the lunch hour. Past ideas have included Yoga, painting, jigsaws, colouring etc. The deadline for applications is Monday 16th October in order to ensure that we have enough time to get the club up and running again after the half term break. 


On Monday, we wish the best of luck to the children in Years 5 and 6 representing the Hayes in the cross-country event at Lloyds Park. You are all superstars, and we will be cheering for you along the route! Parents are responsible for transporting their children to this event. Registration is from 3:45.


Tuesday is ‘Hello Yellow’ day! Your children are invited to wear something yellow with their school uniform (e.g. T-shirt, socks, hairband) in support of the charity Young Minds who do essential work in supporting children who are experiencing mental health difficulties. We have added the option of making a voluntary donation (suggested amount £1) for this event and all monies raised will be sent directly to the charity.  If you would like to learn more about this charity you can use the following link: #HelloYellow | World Mental Health Day | YoungMinds . If you or your child are struggling with your mental health, please do talk to us. We now have 4 trained Mental Health First Aiders, who can support you through signposting to relevant services.


Leading on from the above, this Thursday, the children in Class 12 will be leading our assembly about wellbeing at 9:10 in the school hall. If you have a child in this class and wish to attend, we would love to see you there.  

Some advance notice that we will soon be hosting our first SEND Coffee morning of the year. This will take place on the 19th of October and the focus will be on reducing anxiety. We will be joined by Zoe Barkham-Manlow, an expert in the field. If your child is not on the SEND register, but this is an issue that you would like to know and understand more about, you are also welcome to come and join us. Please pop the date in your diaries.  


Lastly, a lost and found notice. We have found 2 sets of keys in the last week. If you or your child has lost them please let us know. We are also trying to locate a missing pair of glasses. These are black with orange rubber on the ear pieces. If your child has picked these up accidently, or you have seen these, please do return them to us as soon as possible.   


Many thanks, have a great weekend.