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12/06/2017

12 Jun 12/06/2017

I hope you had a good half term break. We have a busy time coming up as we complete final assessments and testing to show the children’s attainment and progress ready for the end of year reports which you will receive towards the end of…

I hope you had a good half term break. We have a busy time coming up as we complete final assessments and testing to show the children’s attainment and progress ready for the end of year reports which you will receive towards the end of term. Amongst lots of other events, years 6 are busy rehearsing ‘Bugsy’ which is our end of year show. Year 5 will be supporting with singing. In the next newsletter I will be able to let you know who your child’s teacher and TA will be in September- we are just finalising arrangements.

Trips and our lock down procedure:

As some of you know, we have postponed most trips due to recent terrorist incidents in London and Manchester. I am unsure as to whether these trips will go ahead in the next few weeks- this will depend on advice from the police and local authority. We will make sure we have full parental permission before we take children out of school, as we usually do. On Friday we received notification of an incident in a park in Highbury. We straight away exercised lock down procedure which is to literally lock ourselves in, with every external door locked. We are also able to exercise lock down inside the building in the unlikely event that an intruder was to get into the building as all rooms and the hall have locks. There are two potential entrances during the school day- the front entrance in Moreland Street and the children’s centre. The staff are always on full alert as to who to allow in. The most vulnerable times are at the beginning and end of the day when the gate in Gard Street is open. This is why we have additional staff around. I ask that we all keep alert at these times and that you tell us if you are suspicious about someone.

Please read the results of the questionnaires that children and parent’s recently completed for the governors and me. We really value these as we do any suggestions you offer at any other time. We have spoken to the children who ticked the ‘No’ boxes because ultimately we want every child to be happy and safe. Some children interpreted the questions quite literally e.g. No because builders were still finishing the playground.

Thank you those of you who were able to complete the questionnaires. We really try hard to do the best we can for the children and are always open to new ideas. I would be grateful if the parent who wrote the comment about bullying arranged to see either myself or Miss Young. There is potential for bullying in every school which is why we train staff to be alert to any signs. We also respond to what children tell us. The children and staff know what bullying is and we follow the anti-bullying policy. Ultimately we sort it out.

Thank you:

We had a lovely coffee morning for GOSH- Great Ormond Street Hospital- we will let you know how much we raised in the next newsletter. Thanks to all children, families, PTA and staff that did the baking, the judging and those of you that gave your child money to buy the cakes. Thanks also to Jo- Rachel and Louise’s mum for getting us the GOSH pack.

New school and playground:

You will have seen by now that the new playgrounds are almost finished- at least we are using the non-grass areas. We have been told to keep off the grass beds until September to give the grass time to establish. The children of years 4 and 5 and I wrote to every member of the Royal family to ask them to open our new school. It is possible that Prince Andrew will do this honour but the most recent terrorist attacks will influence who we get and when. Either way, we will have our official opening by December 2017. We will definitely have a party this term though- an unofficial opening- date to be confirmed!

 

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