Head of School Update – Friday 19th October 2018

This week has been a great way to round off a busy and successful first term!

Thank you to all of you who have joined us for our Paragon events this week. We started on Monday with a workshop in Year 6, on the civilisation of the Ancient Egyptians. In Reception, friends and family joined the children for their very first Paragon event at King Offa, and created a lovely keepsake, all about themselves, their friends and their favourite things! Pupils in Year 1 had great fun designing their own Egyptian collars and trying some new foods too while pupils in Year 2 presented an entertaining performance, featuring a woolly mammoth or two. Year 4 pupils invited their parents into complete some designs on clay, using craft tools to help them. Please check out Year 3’s virtual event which is on the school’s Facebook page. I hope you have enjoyed the events this week…we are looking forward to welcoming parents and families to our Year 5 Paragon Event taking place this afternoon! The events have been incredibly well attended this week. It makes a massive difference to the children to have you join them and to share their learning, with staff and the pupils working and practising hard to make the events something that you will all enjoy.

This morning, in assembly, we welcomed our first ‘Accelerated Reader’ Word Millionaire into the 2018 ‘Hall of Fame’. I’m sure there will be many more children who will add their name to the list. Look out for the certificates as and when they appear in our Library!

I said I would update you with the progress of the Football team – ‘Runners-up’ in the first tournament of the season was a great achievement, only losing out to Little Common in the final. The whole team played well, individually and collectively, with pride and integrity. Well done to the team and thank you to Mrs Harman and Mr Kohli for their support.

Children in Key Stage 2 have been learning about keeping safe on the railway, the dangers and hazards posed by crossing the tracks and the electricity used to power the line. The children watched an online video and answered some questions, as part of the rail safety initiative, following some dangerous crossings of the railway by children, across the South East.

Thank you to Mr. Diplock who has been teaching in Year 3 Swallows this term. We wish him all the best for the future!

Finally may I take this opportunity to once again thank you all for your continued support of the school. It’s been a highly successful Term 1. May I wish you all an enjoyable, restful and safe half-term break and I look forward to welcoming you all back to school when Term 2 starts on Monday 29th October.

Ryan Laker

Head of School