My first blog as Principal

My first blog as Principal

What a busy two weeks we have had here at Hartley!  There is much to celebrate and much to be proud of!

Our Year 6 children completed their week of SAT’s.  Their behaviour was exemplary and they demonstrated tenacity in their positive approach to some challenging tests.  We are very proud of them.  All our other children in the school behaved respectfully and courteously whilst the Year 6’s were taking their tests. We thank them all for their support and kindness.  Our teaching staff and teaching assistants have worked really hard this week to ensure the children were well-fed, exercised and remained calm and happy throughout.  A huge team effort!

Special thanks goes Mr Dutton, Mrs Fewell and Mrs Taylor for providing so much support to the children, to Mrs Masters who put the children through a vigorous exercise routine each morning and to Mrs Adams for coordinating efforts for those children who needed additional assistance.  A huge thank you to Mrs Orchard, Mrs King and Mrs Cook for putting in the extra hours and energy needed to provide the children with a fantastic breakfast and for making sure the school continued to operate smoothly.  Mrs Lambourne ensured the entire week ran like clockwork and timetabled every test, revision session and break with meticulous precision.  Thank you.

As I have walked around the school and visited the classes I have been made so happy by the children’s enthusiasm and engagement with the activities and learning they have been taking part in.

Year 5 were able show me and talk about their Knowledge Maps relating to Alexander the Great. The research skills, collaborative working and quality of writing was very impressive!

Year 4 had their Roman day, launched by a spectacular assembly.  I know that Year 4 parents will join me in praising the children for their outstanding and humorous performance; I will never look at bleached white cotton in the same way again!

Some Year 3 children were lucky to be selected for the Tri-Golf event last week.  They did very well and hopefully we have some budding professionals amongst them!  The children have also been preparing for their trip to Tropical Wings next week.

Year 2 children have the excitement of Pirate week coming up.  Remember that on Friday the children can come into school wearing their Pirate costumes.

Year 1 children have been exploring plants and playing in their Garden Centre Role Play areas in the classroom; whilst Year R have been excitedly collecting and bringing me snails and worms (!) drawn out by the rain we have had in the last few days.

Our Forest school was full of excited children from both Apple Tree and Cherry Tree classes on Tuesday. It looked so much fun that next week I may bring my wellies and waterproofs and join them!

So, as we move into next week Year 6 will be preparing for their Holland trip. If parents have not received a test text in preparation for the residential trip please contact the School Office so that we can ensure you receive texts when the children arrive at their destination and if there are any delays on the journey home.

We really can celebrate the glorious weather that arrived last week but please remember to send children into school with sun hats and wearing sun cream to give them adequate protection when they go out to play.

It just remains for me to say enjoy the weekend and the last two weeks as we move towards the half-term break.

Mrs S Goosani