Artwork from the Year 3 Art and Design project is proudly displayed in the front entrance. You will all receive a postcard momento.
Assemblies began this week. The entire School comes together each day.
- Monday – Reba brings attention to topical issues across the World;
- Tuesday/Wednesday – Anna-Marie conducts whole School singing assembly;
- Thursday – Janet is leading on safety issues such as road safety, water safety, safety in the home and so on;
- Friday – Tahreena will award Star Pupils and attendance certificates and then focus on British Values and Festivals.
Assessments across the School will start next week. This will enable us to be able to tell you exactly how much progress your child/ren has/ve made since we started teaching them.
Attendance – congratulations to 1R for best attendance this week! Well done!
Building progress has been slow and disappointing. We expect the highest standards of finish and this has not been reached yet. The playdeck is still not open as there are health and safety concerns and management issues. We are in discussions with the DfE and Wilmott Dixon. We are also exploring all other solutions. Year 1 have moved to the second floor.
Conference – the School is closed on Monday to most pupils. All the staff, the Year 3 pupils and the parent/ carer Governor nominees have been invited to attend Paradigm Trust’s yearly conference.
The core knowledge document for the Year 1 and 2 Geography topic will be sent to you next week. This is to help you work with your child/ren on what they need to know/learn about the Local Environment. Year 1, 2 and 3 pupils will take a canal walk to hook them into their learning next week.
Half term homework and teaching was completed and attended by most pupils. This really helps pupils to either catch up or keep on top of what they need to practice or consolidate. 12/13 pupils in Year 1 had x2 mornings in School over half term.
Governance – the election for the two parent/carer Governors is underway and you shall know next week who has been elected. The Local Governing Body (LGB) met last night to address all elements of effective Governance.
Letters/ communication – are sent home regularly via the book bags – please look, read, check!
Parent/ carer consultations – will happen after we have completed and analysed a wide range of assessments. You will be offered a ten to fifteen minute slot during the day to hear about your child’s progress.
- 08/12/14 – Year 1 Blue
- 09/12/14 – Year 1 Red
- 10/12/14 – Reception Red and Blue
- 11/12/14 – Year 2 Red
- 12/12/14 – Year 2/3 Blue
If you require an appointment outside the School day you will be able to organise this with your child’s teacher.
The School Nurse team visited this week to review the medication, storage, training and application. Some of you may receive telephone calls to review your child/ren’s need/s.
Star Pupils have been identified this week and twelve pupils will receive Star pupil cards through the post.
Staffing – two new class teachers have been appointed. Welcome to Louise (Year 1 Blue) and to Carmel (Year 2/3 Blue). Both teachers are committed to long term placements, are enthusiastic and capable and Tahreena and Janet are working alongside them every day. Stacey has done a good job teaching in Year 2/3 Blue, however she was never going to be the class teacher as she releases teachers across the School for their preparation, planning and assessment time. Mohamed has left Year 1 as he needed to move back home; we have replaced the teaching assistant in Year 1.
Travel plan working party – much work is being done in order to submit the Travel Plan by 9th December 2014 by parents/ carers, Governors and staff. Meetings are continuing in order to enable discussion and to debate issues.
Website imaging and photography for other purposes – this will happen regularly, such as video shoots at Solebay for enhancing the website next Thursday during the day. Please ensure your child/ren is/are in their full uniform.
The Winter concert will take place on Thursday 18th December. The time is to be confirmed.
You will have received my letter dealing specifically with the process to elect two Parent Governors and I, and the other Governors, look forward to the outcome.
As you would expect, our attention has been and will continue to be focussed on those areas that Ofsted identified as requiring improvement, in its report last February and its letter following the monitoring visit last May. The most important of these is improving the rates of progress of the pupils who were in the (predecessor) School when these inspections took place. Our teaching staff are making considerable efforts towards ensuring all our pupils progress at least at the rate expected Nationally.
Another bit of good news is that last week our new management information system was delivered to the School. The IT system is used to record essential information about all our pupils and it makes it much easier to track the rates of progress of each of them. The job of entering accurately all the necessary data is nearly complete.
There have been three meetings with a group of parents/carers about the drop-off and collection arrangements at Mile End Park and I should add that we were grateful that they came to discuss such matters with us. We have been told that a large number of you are concerned about risks to both safety and health associated with these arrangements. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of the pupils at our School are paramount. In fact, the current arrangements were established because of concerns about the risks to the safety of the pupils posed by a drop-off/collection arrangement outside the School’s entrances and, in particular, road safety.
We decided that the proper course of action is to re-examine all of the risks (including those mentioned to us) associated with: (1) the current arrangements and (2) drop- off/collection at the School entrance(s). This includes, and would impact if implemented, on the safe and orderly management of the School.
We are making enquires that might throw light on how probable it is that the matters, giving rise to some of these risks, are likely to happen. We are also considering (with others such as LBTH Traffic & Highways) whether there are practical things that could be done to seek to reduce the level of certain risks to an acceptable leave – as it will not be possible to remove them entirely.
Part of the work that we are doing on this and in reviewing the School’s draft Travel Plan will involve seeking information from a number of you. Please see the attached form, which asks for your comments.
As you will appreciate there is a lot of work involved but it is important, for obvious reasons, that whatever we decide to do, it is in the best interests of all the pupils at the School. We will be in touch with you as soon as we have completed the tasks.
In the meantime, Amanda and the teachers will be hard at work giving your children the education they deserve.
Chair of Governors
From time to time, we will take photographs and make videos for educational and publicity purposes. We will never publish images/video of pupils with them identified by name without the prior, explicit agreement of the relevant parent/carer. However, we may use photographs and/or video on our web site or in other public materials (including e.g. in newspapers or broadcast/social media), without naming children. Please contact us if you have any concerns about this approach.
We will be taking photographs and video of pupils/staff on Thursday 13th November. These will be used primarily for our new web site but may also be used in other ways.