Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you have all had a lovely break over the Easter period and were able to enjoy some of that beautiful weather.
I would like to start by welcoming some new staff to our King Offa team…
Mrs Engelbrecht has joined us as a Teaching Assistant who will support pupils across the school, Miss Lawrie who is our new Receptionist and Administration Assistant (you will see her in the main office) and Miss Cornford who is an Attendance and Admissions officer. We are thrilled that they have joined us, they have had a super week and have settled so well in to our KOPA family. Welcome.
We had our first whole school assembly on Tuesday, it’s been such a very long time. The first challenge was to fit us all in the hall but we succeeded and the children were calm and super quick at settling! It was just an amazing time to come together and celebrate our school and all of the pupils and staff within it. We are changing our Kings and Queens Assembly to a Monday. This is so the pupils can be acknowledged all week, wear their golden crown badge with pride and enjoy the privileges that come alongside being nominated. Teachers will choose a King/Queen on a Friday and certificates will be ready for the Monday Assembly.
As I mentioned on Facebook… W.AVE Arts arrived at King Offa on Tuesday; where we welcomed a local artist ‘Carol Cook’ to launch an exciting new project!
W.AVE Arts is responsible for all of the amazing murals within the Bexhill and Sidley community and they are coming here to help us with our very own King Offa mural. A local artist will select designs that the pupils have created and use them to revamp the ‘black wall’, Downs side.
The charity based workshops will take place across the whole school and every pupil will have the opportunity to participate. Mrs Crozier will then send all of our creations to the local artist team and they will ensure the mural reflects the children’s work and ideas. Finally the team will work with a group of Year 6 pupils and teach them about graffiti including the legalities and environmental factors. They will then get involved and ‘help’ the artists paint our mural. Watch this space!
I have seen some amazing work this week and some fantastic homework projects. My favourite this week is a sweet machine invention… that really works! Amazing.
Year 1 have been working so hard in maths, the photos above show some children working with their maths resources. They are using ‘ten frames’ to support them with addition. Great work!
Children in Foundation (EYFS) have been busy reading over the Easter break and were keen to show me how much reading they had done at home, I was thrilled to give out so many of my golden stickers! Alongside this, the EYFS children enjoyed their very own mufti day to support even more improvement with the outdoor provision in Early Years. They had a ‘bring a plant to school day’ in exchange of wearing mufti. It has been fantastic! Thank you for your plants and importantly your support.
Mr Dawson and Mrs Harman would like to say a big well done to the children who participated in the football tournament. It was tough, I hear, but you did amazingly well! Thank you to the supporters cheering them on too!
Finally, I would like to say a big welcome back to you all and I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Miss N Baker
Head of School