Head of School Update – Friday 24th May 2019

Welcome to the final Weekly Update of Term 5!

Although it is the shortest term of the academic year, Term 5 has certainly been a busy one, and this week has been a great example of that, with many fantastic events taking place in school.

Thank you if you have joined us for one of our Paragon events this week. We have enjoyed seeing you in school but we have also loved posting our videos onto our Facebook – I hope you have taken the opportunities to look at these. In school, Year 3 enjoyed a creative workshop with their parents, making Arctic igloos and some amazing egg-cup animals, including polar bears, penguins and seals – I think our parents and families had just as much fun as the children! Today, pupils in Year 5 have taken a step back in time to the era of Queen Victoria, arriving at school in authentic Victorian outfits. They have enjoyed learning about a traditional school day, the routines and punishments, whilst playing some authentic playground games. Their Victorian Day continues with parents joining them later this afternoon.

On Wednesday, pupils in Year 1 had a fabulous day out at Bedgebury Pinetum, exploring the ‘Gruffalo Trail’. They had fantastic weather for it! The children have been studying the Gruffalo as part of their class text this term. Earlier in the week, pupils in Year 1 enjoyed baking their own Gruffalo Crumbles, with surprise fruit fillings. Unfortunately, there was nothing left for me!

Well done to all of our winners in this week’s Celebration Assembly! Our Kings and Queens for this week are:

YR – Riley B and Jack D

Y1 – Ralph H and Riley C

Y2 – Nicole A and Dexter O

Y3 – Charlie H, Cameisha I and Bentley B

Y4 – Lexi E and Daisy M

Y5 – Max D and Nikolajs L

Y6 – Denisa V and Eva S

In our ‘Attendance Raffle’, there were 381 children with an attendance of 100%. Well done to Tyler C in Year 2 who was drawn as this week’s lucky winner and collected a special prize. In this term’s ‘Attendance Challenge’, Y2 Yellow were crowned ‘Champions’ after collecting a total of 30 points. With 20 points, Y3 Magpies were the Key Stage 2 winners. The challenge resets for Term 6. The school’s current attendance for the year is 95.7% and we hope to see this increase above 96% in the last term of the year.

We held a very ‘busy’ Bring-and-Buy Sale in school. Thank you for your patience and co-operation. I’m delighted to announce that we raised just over £300 from this event. Thank you for your support.

Last week, I mentioned our school Handball Team taking part in a competition. I’m pleased to announce that the team came 3rd, a great achievement, and did not lose a single game in the tournament. Well done to all of the children who took part!

Swimming is due to take place after half-term. Hopefully, you will all have received information about the sessions. Further details are included in this week’s Bulletin.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the whole school community: pupils, families and staff, for their support and contribution across the past term. I wish you all a lovely half-term and look forward to seeing you back in Term 6. The first day back is Monday 3rd June 2019!

Ryan Laker

Head of School