Another year is at its end and it is the ideal time to take stock and look back on our achievements, and at just how far we’ve come this year. All Headteachers have a vision for the school they lead and I’m no different. A vision takes time to realise – it takes tenacity, hard work, resilience, dedication and an improvement culture over several years. In smaller schools, this is often against a backdrop of tighter finances and reduced funding. Over the past few weeks, we can all take heart in our success, and let this success serve as a useful reminder that we are very much on the right path!
As part of Sainsbury’s 150th Birthday, incorporating all Sainsbury’s brands such as Argos and Habitat, they are celebrating the community roots from which they started by each supporting local areas with 150 days of work with the community.
Last week, we were lucky enough to have a great team of people from our local Argos Distribution Centre, who chose our school to come and work with, carrying out some well needed maintenance across the grounds.
We cannot thank them enough for their incredible hard work, in all weathers, whilst keeping a smile on their faces all the while – they were definitely the A-Team!
As part of their last day with us, they even joined in our School Sports Day by running the ‘Egg & Spoon’ race, cheered on by the children – it certainly made our day!
The team worked hard in repairing and treating all the wooden benches and structures around the school, repairing and painting the Pirate Ship in our early years area and also applying new felt on the PE shed so it doesn’t leak! There were repairs to the gardening beds in early years as well as some much needed weeding!
From the whole of the school we wish to say a huge thank you to the team from Argos for making such a difference.
Our school KS2 performance of Annie is getting ever closer now, as it all starts to come together. We are incredibly proud of all of the children; the improvement in their confidence is overwhelming and we know you will be incredibly proud too!
Just a reminder of the arrangements for the two days:
Monday, 8 July during the day: We will be holding both a dress rehearsal and a technical rehearsal during the day at the Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton. We would kindly ask that Key Stage 2 children be dropped off at the Brewhouse in the morning between 9:15 and 9:30am, enabling children with siblings in Key Stage 1 to be dropped off at School beforehand. If you are struggling to drop your child off, it may be you could speak with a relative or another parent to help out. Children will need a packed lunch and should wear comfortable clothes instead of their uniform. The children will need to be picked up from the Brewhouse at 4:00pm, this will give parents with Key Stage 1 siblings the chance to pick them up from school beforehand. Note on the 9 July, the children will come into school as normal during the day time.
On the evening of the performances: The performances will take place on Monday 8 July and Tuesday 9 July at The Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton (7pm start).
The children will need to wear their school black/grey trousers or black/grey school skirt, black school socks (no tights) and their black school shoes for the performances, together with their Annie t-shirt – don’t forget to put your order in if you haven’t already.
On the evening of each performance, the children will need to arrive at the Brewhouse at 6:15pm and wait in the bar area. Class teachers will then register the children and take them to get ready in the dressing rooms backstage.
The production will finish at around 9.00pm and the children will be taken to sit back onto the stage once all of their class is changed. Parents will be invited into the auditorium to wait for their child.
We will dismiss the children a class at a time from the auditorium, making sure that they go home with the correct person. The usual designated pick-up list will apply unless specific arrangements have been advised beforehand.
Our Curious Caterpillars and Busy Bees were given an insight into software design by John, a software architect from the British Library.
For those who haven’t heard of this role before, a software architect is a software developer expert who makes high-level design choices and dictates technical standards, including software coding standards, tools, and platforms.
As well as explaining about his work, John also did some computer coding with the children on a package we use in school called Scratch, which you may have heard the children talking about.
It was great for the children to see where their coding skills can possibly take them in the future, whether it be in software design or game design.
As part of our World of Work Week activities taking place, we were fortunate to have a Forensic Scientist come in to school to work with some of the children.
Their task was to collect all the forensic evidence from a ‘crime scene’ across several locations in the school grounds using a variety of methods. Once dressed in their protective clothing, then the forensic investigation could begin.
As you can see from the photographs, the investigation was very thorough; from taking moulds of footprints, to finger printing etc, all whilst documenting the process and gathering photographic evidence.
As if the forensic science wasn’t exciting enough, we even had a reporter from BBC East Midlands Today filming for the local news as part of our World of Work week!