E-Newsletter Issue 98
|E-Newsletter Issue 98: Thursday 22nd June 2017|
As you know, Mrs Gookey will be on maternity leave for the majority of next academic year. She is likely to be in school for the first half term of the year to aid transition for pupils in Willow Class and she is hoping to return shortly before the summer holidays. For consistency for pupils, Mrs Gookey's role will not be class based during these times.
Over recent weeks, the school has worked through a recruitment process and I am delighted to report that Mrs Lucy Thurley was successful at interview and will be joining the school as a class teacher from September 1st on a part time basis. Mrs Thurley has met school staff and children and she impressed us all tremendously.
Recruitment in schools across the country has become notoriously difficult over recent years. Gone are the days (only 5 years ago!) when we would have nearly 100 applications for a single class teacher position. The school has worked particularly hard on this latest recruitment round and, in Mrs Thurley, the school has made a really first class appointment.
When Mrs Thurley's exact days/hours have been confirmed, I will be in a position to communicate the school's staffing arrangements for the new academic year.
Well, this was the sunset last Thursday at the end of another memorable Perranporth residential. When fellow Head Teachers ask me about our trip to Cornwall, there is often a certain amount of disbelief; that we seriously take children to a self catering Youth Hostel, perched high on the cliffside, with 2.5 miles of beach and the Atlantic Ocean below them. For staff to be completely confident that the children are up to being in this open environment is one thing, for them to actually be able to relax and enjoy the trip is another.
Without exception, the children were great company, adventurous, well mannered, inquisitive, funny, cooperative, responsible and friendly. They didn't give us a moment of worry.
However great the pupils are, it is still a huge responsibility to take a group of pupils away for a week and I am extremely grateful to the adults - Mrs Gookey, Mrs French, Mr & Mrs Gibbins and Mrs Still - who took time away from their families and sacrificed their own free time to be on hand 24/7 and make the trip the best possible experience for the children.
Not to be outdone by their Year 6 friends, and as part of their Australia theme, Cedar Class enjoyed a masterclass in windsurfing. They all had the opportunity to try the windsurfing simulator, experimented with balance boards and got to see the assortment of sails, boards and kit. Huge thanks to Matt (Cecily's dad) - the children had a great morning.
Cedar Class children have been working so hard lately, with Year 1s having their Phonics Screening Check, Year 2s having their end of Key Stage 1 assessments and, yesterday, the Local Authority moderated the school's assessments in Key Stage 1. All outcomes were incredibly pleasing but seriously hard work, nonetheless. Normal business should be resumed in Cedar Class as of now!
TES Schools Awards 2017
The waiting is almost over and on Friday the school will attend a glittering awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London to discover whether Grendon CE Primary School will be crowned as the nation's Creative School of the Year.
The minibus will be whisking staff and governors off to London at 3.30pm! Keep your fingers crossed.
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