Head of School Update – Friday 14th February 2020

Welcome to the final Weekly Update of Term 3!

I was delighted to be able to share with you a copy of the Ofsted report, following our recent inspection, earlier this term. The report is strong and recognises the strengths of the school, notably our commitment to the high quality teaching and learning of reading and the enjoyment that pupils demonstrated around their learning. I am incredibly proud of the entire whole school community, and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the pupils, their parents and families, and the amazing staff team here at King Offa. We continue to be determined to improve even further and are excited about our next steps as a school.

It has been lovely to welcome you into school this week for our Unit 3 Paragon events. The pupils always look forward to sharing their learning with you through their workshops, galleries and performances, and it has been great to see so many of you in school. We have shared some photographs from across the week through the King Offa Facebook page.

In other news, pupils across the school part took part in this year’s ‘Time to Dance’ festival at The White Rock Theatre in Hastings, on Tuesday evening. They performed a group routine to this year’s theme, ‘Poems by the Sea’, and enjoyed watching the performances from other schools – a total of 1,000 pupils took part in the three-day festival. I know the pupils were particularly inspired by some of the routines from the secondary schools. Thank you to Mrs Irving and all of the staff who helped at the theatre.

This morning, we held our Term 3 Breakfast Club ‘Special’. We had over 100 people today, which was incredible. Thank you to the Breakfast Club staff and our volunteers, who served pancakes with toppings and our favourites, such as bacon rolls, sausage baps and cereals. If you weren’t able to join us this time, do not worry, as we will look to host another event next term.

Well done to all of our Kings and Queens who were awarded certificates this week. The winners are:

YR Bell Class – Pippa W. – ‘Queen of Knowledge’ for making amazing progress with her writing.
YR Darling Class – Evan W. – ‘King of Knowledge’ for his amazing creativity with his model making.
Y1 Edison Class – Everlynn C. – ‘Queen of Knowledge’ for great progress in reading and writing.
Y1 Einstein Class – Oscar P. – ‘King of Knowledge’ for fantastic effort in reading this week.
Y2 Gandhi Class – Abi W. – ‘Queen of Knowledge’ for being attentive and following instructions to her best – an example to others.
Y2 Nightingale Class – Elijah B. – ‘King of Knowledge’ his great effort with his reading and writing.
Y3 Hawking Class – Ollie W. – ‘King of Knowledge’ for his fantastic multiplication work.
Y3 Pankhurst Class – Harriet D. – ‘Queen of Knowledge’ for her excellent Paragon Home work – an amazing totem pole.
Y4 Curie Class – Hollie C. – ‘Queen of Knowledge’ for such great effort in both Maths and her reading.
Y4 Earhart Class – Faith O. – ‘Queen of Knowledge’ for her fantastic work in Maths this week! She’s a division expert!
Y4 Keller Class – Rachel T. – ‘Queen of Knowledge’ for her fantastic script writing.
Y5 Malala Class – James H. – ‘King of Health’ for always working hard and talking about how he is feeling.
Y5 Seacole Class – Morgan W. – ‘King of Knowledge’ for always working to a high standard and being willing to take on challenges.
Y6 Clarke Class – Maddison G. – ‘Queen of Knowledge’ for working hard at all times and being a helpful member of the class.
Y6 Parks Class – Najmah S. – ‘Queen of Knowledge’ for being kind and polite to everyone and for making great progress with her reading.

In this term’s Attendance Challenge, YR Bell Class were crowned the Term 3 Champions in the EYFS/Key Stage 1 Challenge with a total of 32 points. Y2 Gandhi Class came second. In Key Stage 2 challenge, Y4 Keller Class were crowned the Term 3 Champions, with a total of 36 points, only 2 points ahead of Y6 Clarke Class. In the Attendance Raffle, 390 pupils had a total of 100% attendance for the week. In the draw, the number 74 was randomly selected – this was Zak C. in Reception.

Today, we awarded certificates to our first Word Millionaires – pupils who have accrued 1,000,000 words through their reading and Accelerated Reader quizzes. Cameron B. in Year 5 was the first Word Millionaire of this academic year – congratulations to him. He has been joined be Eden M. in Year 5 and Aaman A. and Kai L. in Year 6. Well done to them!

Finally, we today said ‘Farewell’ to Mrs Pat King who leaves King Offa today, after giving more than 30 years of her life to the school. She has decided to take her well-earned retirement and enjoy new adventures and challenges with her husband. In assembly today, we shared some cards and flowers with her and said ‘Thank you’ for her dedication, commitment and enthusiasm to the school. Don’t worry though, as Mrs King has reassures us that she will be back to visit. She leaves us with our very best wishes.

Wishing you all a very happy Half Term. I look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Monday 24th February 2020.

Mr Laker
Head of School