Head of School Update – Friday 27th September 2019

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Update!

With the recent release of the final report, I would like to start off by congratulating the King Offa Nursery on it’s recent Ofsted inspection. The Nursery was inspected in early August and was awarded the highest grading possible – ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. The inspector reported that ‘teaching is exemplary’ and that ‘children have limitless opportunities to explore, investigate and experience new things in an fascinating environment’. Well done to Claire Rose, the Nursery Manager, and her team of dedicated staff for the outstanding outcome. I know many of our pupils and their siblings will have been to the King Offa Nursery, so this is a fantastic achievement for the whole community.

In school this week, pupils in Key Stage 1 have had lots of fun with their reading. As you can see from our ‘Fun Friday’ photos, they have been busy and engaged with activities linked to the books they have been sharing. Our pupils in Year 3 dodged some of the very heavy rain clouds but still managed to have a fantastic day out at Middle Farm. In Paragon this term, the children are learning all about changes to methods of farming so paid a visit to fully-working farm to see how it works today and will then compare this to farming methods in the past. We have uploaded a few photographs from the day to our Facebook page.

Next week, it is ‘National Poetry Week’. This year’s theme is ‘Truth’. We will be running a competition in school. To enter, your child needs to write a poem based on this year’s theme. Children can use any poetry style they know – this could be an acrostic poem, rhyming poem or free-verse – other than that, there are no other rules. Children should send their entries into school to the School Office, no later than Thursday 3rd October 2019, in an envelope or plastic wallet which is clearly marked with ‘National Poetry Week Competition’, their name, class and teacher.

Well done to all of our certificate winners. Our Kings and Queens are awarded their certificate against one of our four values – Knowledge, Safety, Health and Equality – This week’s winners are…

YR Bell Class – Chloe H (Equality)
YR Darling Class – Daisy W (Equality)
Y1 Edison Class – Poppi M (Knowledge)
Y1 Einstein Class – Florence S (Equality)
Y2 Gandhi Class – Fraser M (Knowledge)
Y2 Nightingale Class – Lily W (Health)
Y3 Hawking Class – Tiffany A (Safety)
Y3 Pankhurst Class – Tyler C (Equality)
Y4 Curie Class – Annabella W (Knowledge)
Y4 Earhart Class – Hallie F (Equality)
Y4 Keller Class – George S (Knowledge)
Y5 Malala Class – Sammy S (Knowledge)
Y5 Seacole Class – George P (Knowledge)
Y6 Clarke Class – Summer H (Knowledge)
Y6 Parks Class – Ilian S (Knowledge)

In this term’s Attendance Challenge, YR Bell and Y2 Gandhi Class are top of the EYFS and Key Stage 1 leader-board in our ‘Attendance Challenge’ after Week 1, with 16 points each.  In Key Stage 2, Y3 Hawking Class are top of the leader-board with 20 points.  ‘Well done’ to Abi W. in Y2 Gandhi Class, whose name was drawn at random in this week’s 100% Attendance Raffle – 383 children this week!

Just to remind you that school photographs will be taking place on Thursday 3rd October. Please ensure that your child has their full school uniform on this day.

You will all have been sent a copy of this week’s Bulletin. It’s full of lots of information to keep us up-to-date, so please check this wee’s edition out!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Mr R. Laker
Head of School