The last five weeks have been a whirl of activity and thankfully sunny days! Please can the children come into school for colder and damper days – jumpers and waterproof coats are essential and please make sure they are named – we cannot reunite clothing with owners without a few clues!
The children have settled well into their new classes and already their books and classrooms evidence hard work and achievement. I have greatly enjoyed visiting the children in their lessons and have particularly delighted in their achievements using the new maths strategies we have introduced. One child informed his teacher that he was “ very proud of himself “ and never thought he could achieve what he had with his number work! These are the moments, as teachers, we come to work for!
It was wonderful to see so many parents at our Meet the Teacher event and I would like to thank you for some very helpful comments left on the post-it notes regarding the school’s Vision. The online parent consultation remains open until Wednesday this week (12th October); so far, we have 51 responses. Please do take two minutes to complete the questionnaire if you have not already done so, we really do value your feedback!
I was very fortunate to take Year 4 out into the woods for some outdoor learning, we had an enormous amount of fun but more importantly the children generated some amazing writing. Please do remember to send your children to school with their wellingtons and waterproof coats – we will soon have our new storage boxes and will begin collecting resources to support the children in their learning experiences.
As always our families have demonstrated great generosity when we have fund raising events. We successfully collected £618.37 for Jack Howard and have been thanked by his family for our kind support. Our parents hosted a wonderful Macmillan cake sale, making many people very happy with a slice of cake and a cup of tea, including Mr Dutton! We will let you know the final figure raised next week, but we are very hopeful that we have beaten the figure raised last year.
Our wonderful Mrs Fewell kick started the term with the Take Pride Highland Games event where children from Hartley were able to take part in some unusual and exciting sporting activities. We also sent a contingent of children to Shorne Country Park for cross country running and on Friday 14th October, our Year 1’s will enjoy a Boccia and Kurling competition in school. We look forward to another year of challenging competitions! Mrs Fewell coordinates the Take Pride events over the course of each term – a breakdown of how the Sports funding is allocated and utilised can be found on our website. Please can I take this opportunity to thank our very willing parents who transport the children to these events – without your help we couldn’t take part.
The children continue to enjoy the new menu provided by Olive Dining and more children are now choosing to switch from packed lunches. Please speak to our office staff if you would like your child to have school lunches.
On a health and safety note, we have unfortunately had complaints from local residents about unsafe parking and, very sadly, abusive behavior as a result of the congestion outside school. I must remind parents that the one way system is only for parents coming into the road to drop off or collect their children. This is not an official system and does not apply to residents in the road.
We are having a big push on reading in school this term and would like to encourage all our children to read with or be read to by an adult or older sibling every day. This experience is not only good for their progress in reading but is very good for children’s emotional well being. Sharing a good book can be a lovely end to the day for many children. If you would like advice about what books to read to or with your child, in addition to anything that they may be reading in school, please do ask your child’s class teacher.
This week, our Year 6 children will find out the results of the selection tests which took place at the beginning of the school term. During assembly time tomorrow, staff from the Leigh UTC will share information with both Year 5 and 6 classes. Parents are also invited to come along – doors open at around 9.10am once the children are settled in the hall. I look forward to seeing you there!
And just one final reminder that our Harvest Festival will take place on Wednesday 12th October – we will once again be collecting foodstuffs for the Trussell Trust Food Bank and will be happy to take donations from Monday through to Friday. We have further information about the type of foods they need on our website.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Mrs S Goosani