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Janis Radcliffe, Headteacher

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February 2018

  • NEWS - 22 FEBRUARY 2018

    Published 22/02/18

    Next week’s value is Hope

    The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11

    Dear Parents/Carers

    Is it really only just less than a week since we returned to school after half term? Children and staff have settled in very quickly and we are delighted to welcome back Mrs Lawrence to our school community.  Mrs Lawrence will be working with Year 1 children on Fridays until Easter; thereafter she will be in school 3 days a week. Mrs Lawrence will work closely with Mrs Spong to ensure continuity and purposeful planning for our Year 1 children.

    ‘Koosa’ got off to a good start on Monday. This is the aftercare provider appointed to replace the Barn whose services were withdrawn at the end of last half term. If you are interested in after-care, you can find more information about Koosa below.

    School leaders have been busy, both throughout the holiday and over the course of this week, completing our annual ‘safeguarding’, ‘healthy school’ and ‘SEND’ audits. The parent questionnaire has also now been analysed and a report in response to parents’ observations will be prepared and distributed in due course. Thank you to those of you who took the time to complete and return the questionnaire which provides valuable information for both the school and the Good Shepherd Academy Trust.

    Year 3 visited Kew Gardens today. Thank you to the teachers and volunteers who accompanied them and to the children for being on ‘best behaviour’.

    This week is, of course, book week, including bedtime stories and book character dress up day. More about this below but I should like to say a big thank you to our organiser, Miss Howells, and to children, staff and parents, for entering into the spirit of things.

    Well done to Year 6 pupils who presented an entertaining class assembly on Thursday on the subject of their topic work - the Mayan Civilisation. Children enjoyed writing, rehearsing and performing the informative and entertaining assembly. Well done Year 6 and Miss Pringle and Mrs Creswell! Year 6 children also took part in the church’s ‘Open the Book’ team assembly, when they presented the story of ‘Jonah the Groaner’. What a busy week, well done Year 6 and a big thank you to our ‘Open the Book’ team!

    Beside encouraging children to develop a life-long love of learning, we endeavour to set an example by continuing with our own learning. This week’s staff professional development training has included NQT

    mentor and SEND update training for Mrs Buckley and, next week, I will be attending a safeguarding conference and Miss Clark will participate in a ‘resilience project’ workshop. 

    Wishing you all a very pleasant weekend!

    Janis Radcliffe


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February 2018