It is always easy to make assumptions and all too often we make assumptions about what we can and cannot do, leaving us with a fixed mindset about what we will try, what we think we will achieve and what risks we will take. Our mission in school is always to love the children into believing that anything is possible as they grow to take those risks and develop that real self-belief that nurtures resilience and problem-solving. Our greatest teacher, Jesus, teaches us that with love for ourselves and others, anything is possible…
Talking of resilience, St Ignatius proved too that all things are possible, and on Tuesday our Year 5 children shared his story with us all in such a dramatic assembly. Your acting skills and Shakespeare work are definitely shining out Year 5! They asked us to think carefully about our virtues and always do those small things with love. We are all being truly challenged to show kindness in every one of our actions. Thank you Year 5 for reminding us all that the greatest of our commandments is to love… We look forward to our Year 4 assembly next week; these class assemblies are such a joy and delight - they involve whole classes working together and are always greater than the sum of their parts.
Our new Reception children have settled in seamlessly to school life and it really feels as though they've been part of the school for a long time. They have established all those important routines and I must say they have made a very smooth transition into the hall at lunch times and are having a go at eating all their lunches; plates are quickly emptied and their cutting skills are improving by the day! The classroom is a hive of learning as children practise their sounds in such creative ways; I can honestly say, the enthusiasm to learn is tangible. Miss Bassett and her team are so proud of them all.
It has also been lovely watching our Year One children grasp every learning opportunity as they have made the transition from Foundation over the last few weeks. Miss Lane and her team can’t believe just how quickly they have settled into life in Year One. The mission now is to help the children develop their resilience and independence as they grow in their understanding of themselves in the wider world of school. Please share your stories of how your children have successfully completed tasks without help; even those tricky things! The class is teeming with words as children work hard on developing their sounds, blending them together, and using them throughout the day. Reading plays such an important role in all aspects of the children’s developing understanding and it is great to see such enthusiasm and growing fluency! Your help with this at home is always hugely appreciated; thank you.
All our teams competed in their first inter school matches at AKS on Tuesday and the children were great ambassadors. Each team played their hearts out with both our A teams experiencing a win. Keep this up children! Dance club has continued as more parts of the routine have been slowly added and I think that we will be in for a treat when we get to the dance festival.
Our Harvest Festival this year will be taking place on Tuesday 15th October. This year we are collecting donations for the Food Bank, a much needed charity for so many. All classes have been given items to collect so please check class pages for information. Unfortunately this year we are unable to celebrate in church and instead we will be sharing a liturgy in the hall. We are so sorry but due to space it will be difficult to invite families; we definitely need a bigger hall! We are asking for three volunteers who would help us to take all the donations to the Food Bank after 10am. Please let Mrs Hodges know if you could offer a helping hand.
Parent Governor Elections
Thank you so much for your response, we received over 200 votes which clearly demonstrates that you all care so much about our evolving school community. The votes were counted and verified this morning and whilst it was very close, we have only two vacancies. Therefore we welcome Mrs Needham and Ms Russell as they begin their four year journey as part of our Governing Body.
We have been very busy in the office with all kinds of forms and paperwork to distribute and thank you all so kindly for returning papers with such good grace. We’ve had an excellent return for the flu nasal vaccination - this will be taking place on November 8th.
Sadly we are still on the dinner money trail - I’m pleased to tell you that some staff can now have dinner as they have paid up but we still have some accounts where we keep getting near the cut off point. We don’t want to suspend dinners except as a last resort. We simply ask that dinners are paid for in advance as no one should be in arrears.
Photographs - the Tempest photographers will be coming in on Wednesday the 16th October 2019. Individual and sibling photographs will be taken during the morning. If you have children who are not in school but you wish to have a photograph taken with their siblings in school, then please email school to Mrs Hodges, email@example.com as we will have to ask you to come in early and be here for 8:30am. We need to hear from you so that we can assess numbers.
Attendance (Half Term)
Well done to Year 3 who have a full house, 100% attendance - excellent. Do enjoy those extra minutes playtime, hopefully in some autumnal sunshine next week!
Attendance continues to be high and we thank you for your support with this.
Your response to booking those Parent Day appointments has been fantastic - we were up to 80% within the first 30 minutes. Please do access the system if you haven’t yet booked. This is a real opportunity to look at what your child has achieved already and how you can support them at home.
I hope you all enjoy a lovely weekend with your families. Now that October is here and the nights are drawing in, it's good to snuggle in a little and enjoy some family time - maybe get the chance to take out that board game or watch a good film or go for a walk and look at autumn's changing colours... It's all part of God's wonderful world and we are so blessed in all that we have.