Head's Blog

Remembrance Day

You may have spotted the beautiful display of poppies adorning the fence in front of the school. Thanks to a wonderful team of kind, hardworking volunteers, children and staff each placed a poppy on the fence during our Remembrance Day Assembly. We were really pleased that so many parents, carers, friends and family were able to join us on this important occasion and hope that you felt as moved as we did when the children sang and spoke about the brave soldiers who fought for our country. We also enjoyed some beautiful bell ringing from our Year 6 children led by Mrs Dyson which really set the tone for our assembly. It was a very special morning to mark a very special day.

Modern Foreign Languages Day

We have had another very busy couple of weeks and are thoroughly enjoying the ‘Wow’ days activities and days that we have incorporated into our curriculum.

Modern Foreign Languages Day was a huge success. The engagement of the children was wonderful. All the groups were of mixed age and ability and it was lovely to see older children looking after younger ones and children of different abilities supporting each other learning about new languages and cultures.

I was hugely impressed by the wide variety of activities that had been planned by a very imaginative teaching team and coordinated across both schools by our Languages Coordinator, Lorna Burrow.

Huge thanks to all the parents who came in to share their language skills. Walking round the school in the afternoon was an absolute delight with so many parents leading such interesting sessions. There were children learning Spanish, playing a game in Italian, learning to sign, listening to a story in Swedish and learning to write their name in Arabic. Amazing!

It was a truly memorable day that we shall definitely repeat.

Federation Day

Last Thursday we celebrated 'Federation Day' with our partner Yardley Hastings Primary school. We wanted to ensure the children had the opportunity to celebrate our new collaboration which began on September 1st. We had a wonderful day in which children from each school worked together on a variety of activities designed to promote teambuilding and social skills. By the end of the day, each child had visited Yardley and all Yardley children had visited us. The prospect of getting on a bus to do this was of great excitement, particularly for our younger children! During the morning we had an assembly for all children from both schools in which we explored the meaning of federation and collaboration and looked at famous collaborations from history and the present day. Do you know what these collaborations are famous for?

* Wright brothers

* Watson and Crick

* Lennon and McCartney

* Page and Brin

* Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

Last Thursday was just the beginning of our federation journey. As you are aware, we already work together very closely, particularly as a teaching team, and have already have joint residentials, trips and, of course, the fantastic orchestra. We now intend to build on this and have many collaborative opportunities planned. We do, of course, need a federation name and an emblem and have asked the children to think of ideas. Please do let me know if you have any suggestions!

We also want to give you, as parents and carers, the opportunity to visit each school so please look out of the 'Coffee and Catch up Sessions' at each school. The next one will be at Yardley Hastings on Thursday 20th September at 9.00am. I look forward to seeing you!


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