Last week’s blog was a tribute to the exemplary service and dedication of our armed forces in conflicts around the world, keeping us safe and representing our great nation. This week, I’d like to start by congratulating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh on their extraordinary service and dedication to each other!
Today marks 70 years since Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip got married and I’m sure that they’ll be looking back with fondness on that special day in 1947 where the whole country came out in their droves for their wedding. Clearly much has changed since then – we’ve seen Prime Ministers come and go, fashions change with every decade, new countries formed and many new laws passed. On behalf of everybody at Coton school – have a wonderful day and many congratulations to you!
In school, ‘dedication’ and ‘service’ are two words which are never too far from our lips. We strive to make sure that every child gets the very best that we can offer, this is what we are all about. With every passing day we make decisions in the best interests of every child and their learning – this week being no exception! It is Classic Book Week in school and we aim to provide lots of ‘awe and wonder’ moments that your child will look back on in another 70 years!
It was great to see all the children arrive on time in Victorian dress this morning – they all looked very clean to start the day. After successfully passing their hand and nail check they walked into school, single file, to start their rote learning and sing the National Anthem in tribute to another monarch, Queen Victoria. Reverend Bill Moore arrived to conduct our worship and he was very impressed with the way how all children silently entered, without uttering a word! They also remembered the lines of the Lord’s Prayer. You’ll all be pleased to know that not one single child has had to do lines today and nobody has received the cane however I believe a few children may have been asked to wear the Dunce Hat and stand in the corner! Your teachers have been very kind as some left-handed writers have received special training so they begin to use their right hand instead – I must remember to check on how they are getting on as the week progresses! After reciting their times tables in parrot fashion, all of the classes began to study the Charles Dickens novel; A Christmas Carol. This is our focus for the remainder of the week – keep your eyes out for the new displays which will be going up in the Library reflection area. I’d like to thank all parents for the efforts that they have gone to in sourcing costumes and researching into hairstyles, in preparation for today. Hopefully the children will all have a tale or two to tell when they get home tonight!
Of course, in Victorian England, children were very much seen and not heard and you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of things happening to keep them occupied this week. Devon (our sports coach) is running Victorian games throughout lunch every day this week – skipping, hoopla and hopscotch to name a few. I have been really pleased with the number of children who continue to sign up for lunchtime sport each week – Jamey (our Minister for Playtime) does a fabulous job every Thursday, taking the clipboard around school and encouraging children to write down their names. On Tuesday evening this week we have our school bingo too! Eyes down at 6:30pm. I was so pleased with the turn-out for last week’s disco – there were so many parents who came to lend a hand and it made a massive difference. As Mrs Cresswell reported on a website announcement – we raised £311! Thank you to all parents for lending a hand – we hope that you can join us to play a game of bingo on Tuesday – feel free to bring family and friends. Clearly, the more money that we can raise, the more we can offer in school.
Speaking of money raised – last Friday we managed to successfully raise a total of £75 for Children in Need. It never ceases to amaze me how compassionate our children are! We regularly tell all children that showing kindness and thoughtfulness is a quality to behold and they never fail to show this in spades!
On Monday last week, Mrs Weston and Mrs Smith joined me to have a good look at your Maths books, checking to see how you are getting on. Again, it was a really positive picture as regards presentation and marking response. I just need to remind you that in Maths you should all be using 1 digit per square – it really helps when you set out your workings. The new curriculum requires the children to show their calculation methods clearly as part of a drive to develop efficiency and understanding.
As you are all aware, we are keeping a close eye on attendance and lateness at the moment. This is because our average figures have dipped to below the national average and more importantly, because we know that having days away from school affects a child’s learning and progress. If children are away from school for a considerable period this can also impact on their confidence and their relationships with their peer group. Last week, 167 minutes were lost due to lateness (this was 11 incidents of lateness in total). Whilst the number of incidents fell last week – the minutes lost were far greater! Every effort should be made to get to school on time every day however if you need our help and support with this, please let us know. We want to work with you in the best interests of your child.
In terms of attendance, it was the Funky Foxes who had the best percentage last week. The Wise Owls continue to have the best attendance of this school year to date!
Before I leave you, I just want to say a big well done to a few children who caught my eye last week. First of all, Kiera in Wise Owls continues to work hard and produce a good amount of maths work in lessons. This is really good practice for secondary school Kiera so keep it up! I also want to say well done to some of the children in Super Squirrels – they have been trying hard to work independently in lessons whilst Mrs Christie has been teaching another group. Remember, when it comes to learning, every minute counts!
This week’s blog box question: What year did Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh get married?
Have a good week!