3rd July 2018
Dear Parents and Carers,
Principal’s Letter – July 2018
It is hard to believe that we now have less than four weeks left before the summer holidays.
Our Summer Fair was a huge success and I would like to extend everyone’s thanks to the PTA who, as always, did an amazing job at organising and running the event. Thank you to staff who supported the day and ran stalls and thank you to all of you for attending and making it a wonderful community event. As soon as we have details of the money raised we will let everyone know.
We have had high excitement in the last week or so as our pond has finally come back to life! Classes have been outside pond dipping, classifying all the creatures they have found and exhibiting an incredible sense of awe and wonder as they have discovered more and more living creatures. We must thank Mr Goldsmith who has brought the pond back to life for us, extended the learning area around it and provided seating in the form of railway sleepers so the children can sit and write down their findings.
We have a wonderful new library, installed where the ICT suite was located.
Mr Goldsmith headed up the coordination of this project and what an amazing job he has done.
Children and staff have been so excited by its appearance and Mary Taylor, our parent governor, has been very busy helping Mrs Taylor, Mrs Cashmore and the children relocate our books so the library is ready to use. Our computers will be relocated to classrooms.
Today the children have met their new teachers and we are looking forward to two more transition sessions before the end of term. We have some changes to staff for September and sadly will be saying goodbye to some very special people.
Mr Higgs is leaving us to pursue a career as a student at Reading University! Mr Higgs is realising his ambition of returning to study to achieve his Masters in Education. We wish him well and secretly hope that he will find it far too boring and come back to us at Hartley!
After starting her career at Hartley as an NQT 6 years ago, Miss Balrow has decided it is time to take up a new challenge at a school in Rochester. We all wish her well and will miss her very much!
Miss Monk has decided that for now she would like a break from teaching. Miss Monk is getting married in August and we wish her well.
Mrs Chapman is moving on to enjoy a well-earned retirement and spend time with her grandchildren. Mrs Chapman has worked at Hartley for over 21 years and has been a wonderful support to both children and staff. We are very sad to see Mrs Chapman leave us but also very happy for her that finally she gets to have some time with her family.
I know that you will join me in wishing all of our staff who are leaving the best of luck and offer a huge thank you for all that they have done to make our school a happy, vibrant and nurturing setting. They will all be missed.
From September, we welcome Miss Chawner who will be teaching in Year 1. We also welcome Miss Hassett who is returning to us in September as a teacher! We are all very excited for Miss Hassett who is a valued member of staff and who will be an amazing member of the teaching team.
I have mentioned many times about the financial challenges we have to face in schools at the moment and we are no exception. We have ongoing budget cuts to make and face these with positive resolve to ensure we maintain the outstanding provision we pride ourselves on.
An impact of these cuts is that Mrs Lambourne will be returning to class teaching – whilst continuing in her Vice Principal role. Mrs Lambourne will be joining the Year 5 team for next year and will have met her class today.
We still have some exciting events to look forward to; these include Sports Day (Monday 23rd July), end of year discos (Tuesday 24th July) and the Year 6 production (Tuesday 17th/Wednesday 18th July) and Leavers’ Celebration (Tuesday 24th July). The next few weeks will fly by so I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support and hope you are all enjoying the wonderful summer weather – fingers crossed it stays for August!
Mrs S Goosani