Weekly Update – 13th July 2018

I hope we are all just about over the disappointment of England’s semi-final defeat against Croatia this week. I know many of the children have shared the journey of the national team through this World Cup in Russia, and will have learned some great lessons, including managing emotions, dealing with disappointment, the highs and the lows, and being resilient. Importantly, England’s journey has been hugely positive, uniting communities, and the nation as a whole, as we have all enjoyed the excitement of the victories England have earned. The nation has experienced some great challenges over recent months and we should celebrate some of the unity that the World Cup has given us.

This week has been ‘Aspirations Week’. It’s a great event, where parents and members of the local community come into school to talk about their jobs and their work, inspiring all children, regardless of age and background, to consider the amazing opportunities that are out there for them, when they are ready to go and explore the world.  The week got off to an amazing start, with children coming to school dressed up as something they would like to do when they are older. This week has seen coastguards visit school, as well as local police and nurses, just to name a few. Hopefully, this has given all of our children something new to think about!

Thank you to Mrs Meader for organising the week and a huge thank you to all of our visitors who have supported us and taken the time out of their busy schedules to talk to the children about their jobs and their aspirations for the future, too!

Thank you to all of you who joined us for our ‘Music Showcase’ performances this week. Our pupils in Year 2 – 5 were truly excellent, playing instruments and singing in choirs, duets and even solos. The quality of the learning was of an incredibly high standard and it is most impressive to see the confidence that our children have when performing to a large audience. Thank you to our teachers from the East Sussex Music School for their expert tuition this year. What a great show!

I’m delighted to announce that King Offa achieved 2nd place in this year’s ‘Bexhill in Bloom’ competition. This year’s theme was all about ‘Science’. The gardens around the school look fabulous; we have some beautiful flowers and have grown some delicious vegetables. Thank you to Mrs Jenner and all of our gardeners for their help in looking after all of the gardens around the school.

Hopefully, you have all received your child’s report for this academic year, given out today. The report shows a summary of your child’s effort and attainment against key measures for the school and an opportunity for the child, themselves, to make a comment about what they have learned and enjoyed across the year. On Tuesday 17th July, there will be an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s report, should you wish to, with class teachers. Teachers will be available from 3.15pm. No appointment is necessary.

Just to remind you that Thursday 19th July is the last day of the school year. The school is closed to pupils on Friday 20th July.

I wish you all a very enjoyable weekend and look forward to seeing you across the last few days of this school year!

Ryan Laker

Acting Head of School