|E-Newsletter Issue 103: Friday 8th September 2017|
We have spaces in our Reception and Nursery cohorts!
Despite the school being heavily oversubscribed and receiving its full allocation of children for this September's intake, movement of families over the summer means that 3 places have become available in our Reception cohort. This is an unusual situation for us and one that represents a fantastic opportunity for 3 children to effectively bypass the standard admission process and jump straight into our school!
If you know somebody who may be interested then please do ask them to contact us for more information or to have a tour of the school.
There are also places available in our Nursery cohort (for children in the year before they start school).
In our Early Years class, children are learning about and sharing their own experiences of holidays whilst exploring their exciting new learning environment. In Year 1/2, pupils have begun their new theme on India, sampling foods, dressing up and learning Bollywood dancing. Year 3/4 find themselves in Switzerland and have made muesli, 'mountain coaster' marble runs and some very arty skiers. Meanwhile, Year 5/6 are in the USA and have this week been learning about Native Americans, building teepees and creating wall hangings of spirit animals.
There are some new faces in school!
The school is delighted that Mrs Thurley has joined the team. The pupils already had the opportunity to meet Mrs Thurley before the summer break and it is fantastic to finally welcome her as a class teacher in Pine Class. Mrs Thurley will be working in Pine Class on Wednesday afternoon and then all day on Thursday and Friday.
Mrs Austin is well known to many of our pupils and I am delighted that she has joined our team this year. High quality, specialist music teachers are like gold dust in primary schools and so it is wonderful that the children will benefit from weekly music lessons with Mrs Austin.
The new kitchen was fitted. Developing a food tech room was prioritised in order for the school to better fulfil the national Curriculum strands within DT relating to cooking and to accommodate the many food and cooking related activities that go hand in hand with our ever ambitious Global Curriculum enterprises.
The project was only made possible following a successful grant application to NCC (£8000) and a huge donation from FOGS (£6000, rising to £8000). The school is incredibly grateful to FOGS for helping to make such a massive project happen.
Essential repairs around the mobile classroom were completed which also allowed for the large outdoor learning space to be developed and increased in size. This work was completed voluntarily by Lee Butcher, Stuart and Ali Paterson, Jason French and Dan Carter - thank you all for giving up your time to help the school.
I hope that you enjoyed sharing your child’s Pupil Profile achievements with them over the summer.
Please return your child’s Pupil Profile to school before Friday 15th September.
Just before the summer break, school held a consultation on wraparound care in response to the sudden closure of one of the local childcare providers, Little Giants, and the resulting feedback from some parents who are experiencing difficulty in finding another suitable childcare provider. Many thanks for all of your feedback. On Friday of last week, school learned that Little Giants would remain closed permanently.
The parental consultation indicates that there is a significant number of parents who would be interested in using wraparound care provided by the school.
In order for a school to be able to offer wraparound care, there are a series of necessary steps that must be taken, including the need to ensure that the provision operates legally(!), that its location does not disrupt the smooth running of the school day or clash with other planned events before and after school, that the provision is staffed by people with the necessary childcare qualifications and that it is enjoyable for the children.
The school is currently working through all of the above and I will provide an update on the situation in next week’s newsletter.
Our monthly school value is responsibility.
Abigail and Aaron have been extremely helpful and responsible this week, helping the new year group to settle well in their classroom. Meanwhile, George has been very responsible and extremely polite in carrying out his duties as a school monitor.
|Grendon Church Of England Primary School
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