Well – what a fortnight it has been! So many amazing things have been achieved over the last two weeks and all they serve as a timely reminder to each and every one of us, that anything is possible provided that we are prepared to think outside the box, dream big and pull together. We talk a lot about determination, tenacity and perseverance in our school and this last 2 weeks have embodied these qualities in spades!
I’d like to start with our annual sports day. The weather conditions were perfect last Wednesday afternoon for our sporting spectacular and it was a real pleasure to invite so many of you into school once again. One of the things that I love about sports day is the healthy competition that is on display. Many schools have shied away from competitive races over the years, suggesting that this is unhealthy for children and emotionally upsetting. However, you could argue that winning and losing is a massive part of real life, beyond the school gates. It takes real courage to lose a race or event but it takes real class to lose well. I was really pleased by the way in which all children, irrespective of their team, cheered and applauded every child for their efforts on Wednesday afternoon. It was also a real pleasure to see our Year 6 pupils supporting the younger children in our school with their races – running alongside them and giving them words of encouragement. This year, the eventual winners were Team Mars, who managed to halt Team Saturn, who were on for the hat-rick (they had won in the two previous years.) The long distance race was the real highlight for me – it was incredibly exciting to watch and great to see the whole crowd cheering the children and encouraging them to keep going.
Our Key Stage 2 production of Joseph and His Techniclour Dreamcoat was equally as special. Wow – I have never felt so proud of our children, as I did on the evenings of Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th July. I have to admit – I did shed a little tear at the end of the evening, after what was a heartfelt rendition of Any Dream Will Do from Alex in Year 5. The children put on two glorious performances of real quality; very professionally done too. Our children were a real credit to their families and they represented our school with such gusto! As I said during the evening; we may be a small school, and you could’ve been forgiven for thinking that it wasn’t possible – putting on a production of such magnitude at the Brewhouse, but we are a school with a massive heart! There is no end to what we can achieve provided that we are not scared to revert from the safety of what we know from time to time and ‘push the boundaries.’ I must pay tribute to every member of staff who supported the event and who helped with props, scenery, chaperoning and costumes. I’d also like to take this time to thank all parents for their help with transporting children to the Brewhouse, particularly on the morning of Monday 3rd July. School is not only about securing academic success, as important as this is. It is also about making memories! It is about giving our children a platform upon which to grow and develop their confidence. I know that all the children involved in Joseph will take this experience with them and look back fondly in many years to come. For those parents who have purchased a DVD of the performance, they will hopefully arrive on Thursday this week ready for the summer break.
There was a lovely atmosphere on the evening of Friday 9th July for our annual Summer Fayre. Thank you to all parents and family members who attended, there was so much to do at the event and it was a joyous occasion. Even Mrs Cresswell got caught up in the festivities, filling her car with balloons so one lucky person could successfully guess exactly how many there were. It was great to see Jeffrey and Oliver from the Wonderful Willows selling candy floss and Jasmine from Chestnuts promoting some of the stalls on the MUGA. I know that many of you had fun trying to guess which teacher was who from the selection of baby photos on display! Thanks to all the FPTA members for planning the event and setting up during the day – we are still to finalise the total amount raised but we will let you know the figure, as soon as we have it.
You may have noticed that a new art display has been put up in the reception area over the last few days. Pingle School have been busy working with every class for the last 2 months, showing them a range of different art techniques such as scraffito and tie dye. We asked for their help in April as we wanted a new display to showcase our school vision for all to see in reception and the staff have really delivered. When you are in school again, please take a look for yourself. The children have really enjoyed learning the new art techniques and working with the Pingle art teachers.
Last Thursday, we had a bit of a fright! We were invaded by lots of young aliens, dressed up for their Space Picnic WOW day. We were completely amazed by all of the wonderful costumes – lots of effort and time must have gone into kitting out the children. I popped into Wonderful Willows and Outstanding Oaks on a few occasions during the day and the children were all having a brilliant time making cakes, completing craft activities and playing games. Thank you parents for all of your efforts; it was really worthwhile.
It was a real pleasure to welcome our new Reception pupils into school for the final Fly on the Wall session this week also. It has been great to see the children growing in confidence with every visit, and many of them did not want to leave on this occasion. Mrs Smith read them all a very special story about our school, so they know what to do when they join us in September. As part of the story, the children got to know some very interesting characters that you will begin to see around the place from the start of next year. The children were introduced to Peter Perseverance, Emily Enjoyment, Amber Awe and Wonder, Christopher Compassion and Ernie Excellence. Keep your eyes peeled for these characters around school next year – they’ll be there to give you a real helping hand.
On Friday last week, it was Move-up Day and a chance for all children to join their new classes for a taster day before they break up for the summer holidays. I set all of the children the challenge of coming up with a new name, in Collective Worship on Friday morning. They sure did deliver; Next year our classes will be named after woodland animals rather than trees.
Happy Hedgehogs – Reception & Year One (Mrs Smith)
Super Squirrels – Year One & Year Two (Miss Gillies)
Brilliant Badgers – Year Three & Four (Miss Popple)
Funky Foxes – Year 5 (Mrs Dyke)
Wise Owls – Year 6 (Mrs Weston)
This coming week, we turn our attention to the new academic year. On Monday this week, Year 6 visit the Odeon Cinema and Prezzo for their leavers’ treat – I’m sure that they’ll have an amazing time – capping off a really successful year for them all. On Tuesday, I will be bringing a Mr Bill Moore around school. He will be coming into school to take Collective Worship next year, following Reverend Janet’s move to Lincoln a few weeks ago. I am sure that you will give him the real Coton welcome! Also on Tuesday, Michaela will be back in school for the final time this school year. Our Dance Club will be showcasing all of the dances that they have learnt this year – we hope to see parents in the audience from 9am. We are also expecting the delivery of a manikin doll to display our new school uniform – this will be placed in the reception area so you can have a sneak peak at how smart it looks, ready for next year. On Wednesday, our School Improvement Partner, Mrs Claire Hodgson-Walker, will visit us to reflect on our achievements this year and to formulate a plan for next year. Remember, we are really proud of the way that our school never stands still and is rapidly improving. As I have said before, there is still much work to do if we are to keep up with the pace of change nationally but things are going in the right direction. We hope to share our new school improvement plan with you in September, so you can see what is in store for your child.
Right, that’s it for another week – just before I go I’d like to remind you that on Friday this week, It is our final assembly in the church. This will be the Year 6 Leavers’ service and a chance for all of the children to reflect on their last 7 years at Coton school. It starts at 2:30 – so get there early to grab your seats. Make sure that you bring your tissues – it is always a tearful occasion but one that will make you feel incredibly proud.
One week to go – enjoy it!