Well, what an exciting week we’ve had! The rains came…. and then they came again – but it couldn’t wash away our spirits! It was all a bit surreal on Tuesday afternoon last week, when we had to ask your parents to pick you up a little bit early, due to the flooding! I have never seen anything like the floods that I saw in the surrounding villages of Rosliston and Walton this past week. I was out on a safeguarding course with another Headteacher but Mrs Weston kept me in the loop all the way through it. The truth is, storms do come and go. Rain storms are pretty inconvenient for sure! Wet hair, wet shoes, we do our PE lessons inside and the roads are always gridlocked but it is all about how we respond to these storms that counts! Courage, resilience and tenacity will always see us through – however inconvenient or unexpected something is. However challenging a situation is for us all! This is my theme for this week’s blog.
Having resilience and courage really does help us to be ready for anything that life can throw at us. Unfortunate things happen – like on Tuesday last week! We have to accept this and learn strategies that will help us to cope. When things are ‘ticking along’ we are all comfortable and snug – we know what is coming next. However, being snug and comfortable can catch us off-guard also. We must build the capacity in our children to be able to cope and to stay in control when times get busy or things get tough. Sometimes, we can’t help but be busy! There is always so much for us to fit in and get done – some tasks are unavoidable! Building resilience is created by restoring a balance and having a sense of equilibrium – Building dikes of courage that will last!
One way of ‘keeping your balance’ is spending time with your family and the people who you love most. This can energise us and make us feel special. Despite the flooding, it was amazing to see a fantastic amount of family attend our Grandparents Lunch last Wednesday. Did you know – we had 90 grandparents attend in total?! This is the most that we have ever had to cater for on one of our special family lunch days. Mrs Farmer and the team in the kitchen worked superbly to not only serve all of our visitors in the allocated time but also to provide such a wonderful meal. Mrs Farmer and our kitchen ladies cooked over 250 dinners on Wednesday, including the dinners for Rosliston Primary. Thank you so much to the Coton kitchen!!! Thank you also, to the grandparents who came to visit – one grandparent travelled about 170 miles and for 3 and a half hours to get to us!
Another way of ‘keeping your balance’ is using your time effectively and being smart with the time you have in class! I popped into lots of lessons this week, to see how you had all started the school year. I was really pleased to see lots of you focusing and getting actively engaged in class by volunteering to answer questions and making the most of the teacher input that was given. A great example of this was on Wednesday, when I experienced a Power Maths lesson with Year 6 for the very first time! I was most impressed with just how well Jayney and Felicity made the most of those ‘learning minutes’, manipulating the physical resources in the teacher input alongside Mrs Weston and affirming their understanding. It was certainly much better to be ‘hands-on’ and actively engaged. It really helped both girls and it meant that they were able to produce a good quantity of independent work by the end of the lesson. Meeting your teacher’s expectations in the allotted time is important.
Exercise too, plays its part in keeping your mind healthy. Our sports coaches are always on hand at lunch to organise games and activities. Remember to sign up if you wish to join in – we know that dodgeball is a particular favourite for you all!
Ever tried joining a club or starting a new hobby? This is another way how you can keep yourself ‘balanced’ and be in a good place, mentally. Joining a club means you can make lots of new friends who share common interests with you and it also means you can learn a new skill. I was most impressed to hear about Reece (Delightful Dolphins) on Friday morning – his Mum had been itching to tell me about his football success outside of school. Reece really does deserve a massive ‘shout-out.’ He has been scouted and then specially selected to play for the Aston Villa Under 7 team this season. Very well done young man! I am really proud of you! I will be finding you to ask for your autograph this week, Reece – for when you win the Ballon D’or!
We all love positivity don’t we? Saying something nice can really make a person’s day. Checking that somebody is okay by just asking them how their day is going makes a massive difference. I’d like to thank both Waynus and Ava (Super Seahorses) for being fantastic with this last week. Ava always has impeccable manners – asking me how my day is going, and Waynus always shows a sensitivity and care for how others are feeling. This is just what our school vision is all about – being kind and showing compassion!
I was able to say lots of nice things to the children who came to show me brilliant work this week. A big ‘shout-out’ to Alana and also to Blake (both in Delightful Dolphins). Alana had written some fantastic sentences about owls and tried hard to use all of her sounds. We are working hard to improve our writing this year. Blake had put lots of thought into his work on Harvest – decorating all of the letters in the word using fruit and vegetables.
Speaking up helps with our mental well-being too! Whenever we have a worry or a problem, it really is important that we ‘speak up’ and talk to somebody! A problem shared is a problem halved! There are lots of ways that you can ‘speak up’ in our school – without you even opening your lips! I am going to be chatting about this next week! Remember – aside from finding a grown up at home or at school to talk to, you can also press the STOP button on our school website or fill in a Pupil Voice sheet. This includes if you think you are being bullied or somebody is being unkind to you. Also this week, I am going to be passing around a new copy of our Anti-Bullying Charter for you all to read and sign once again, just like you did last year.
On Thursday this week, we’ll be thinking about all the above strategies and more by marking World Mental Health Day in school. We’ll be reminding ourselves about all the different ways that we can ‘offload’ if we are upset and down. I am going to be looking forward to seeing a ‘sea of yellow’ in collective worship – yes, please remember to wear something yellow and bring a £1 donation with you for the Young Minds Charity. Young Minds is such a fantastic organisation which supports children and young adults to stay positive and develop a healthy way of living.
Also this week, Mrs Butler (our recently appointed SENCO) will continue supporting your teachers in setting useful targets for some of you. She will be timetabling some of our intervention programmes, and you may be selected to join in with some of these. It could be Positive Play, Talk Boost or some extra practice with your reading and maths. It could be extra support with your phonics or speech and language. We really want to help everybody in our school make progress. Some of you may be issued with a Learning Passport and this will go home the week before half-term.
Mrs Butler is going to be busy trying out our new Power Maths lessons this week too, with her Year 5 group. Power Maths is quite a different approach to what you may have been used to but we think it will be a big success in the long term. Maths is a key improvement priority for us all in school and we need to make sure that Maths makes more sense to you! It will be really interesting to see what you think of it Year 5 – I know that the Year 6 children absolutely love it!
On Thursday this week, we have the FPTA School Bingo. Doors open at 6:30 pm, Eyes Down at 7 pm. Please do come along to support this event, the FPTA do an amazing job to raise vital funds for our school and it really does help us to provide exciting opportunities for our children in school. Whether it is paying towards the cost of school trips to keep costs down or supporting the cost of resources – it all adds up and makes a huge difference.
Finally, our Harvest Festival takes place this coming Friday at 2:30pm, in St Mary’s Church. This time around, the Delightful Dolphins take their turn and lead us through the service. Parents and relatives are welcome once again; we will reserve some seating for families of children in Dolphins. We’d kindly ask that every child donates a tin of something for our whole-school hamper and brings it into the classroom with them on Friday. We will be donating your tins to the local food bank to remind us all about how thankful we should be for what we have and to support those most in need.
Mrs Farmer had a really difficult job in choosing the best class at lunchtime this week! I am really pleased to hear that you were all using your manners and showing appreciation for what the ladies had made for you each day. In the end, the Jolly Jellyfish were crowned her class of the week and they’ll be able to choose tomorrow’s desert! Well done Jellyfish – Miss Knowles will be so proud.
I also had a difficult time, when looking for MY class of the week. Well done to the Terrific Turtles though – you received 3 stars and really shone as ‘top of the school’ last week. 5 minutes of extra playtime for you. In fact – you can have 10 minutes of extra playtime because you were the class with the best attendance also – 97.69%! Very well done!
I must give a final ‘shout-out’ to both Scarlett (Jellyfish) and Joshua (Seahorses). Your teachers will be really pleased to hear that you have been reading my blog together at home and helping each other with the blog-box question each week. Thank you so much – I am thrilled that you are taking it seriously. It shows that you are fully supporting our school and you are keen to take an active role in all we do. As Dillan (Turtles) knows so well, one of my favourite sayings is; “The grass is as green as you make it!”
Before I leave you for another week, I have a few important announcements:
- Firstly, please remember that no children should be playing on the MUGA, the field or the climbing frame before the bell in the morning or at the end of the school day. As I said a few weeks ago, we want to keep everybody safe and adequately supervised.
- Finally, I want to clarify the situation on children handing out sweets or cake for their birthdays, in school. A number of parents have asked me for guidance on this one, as it can be quite tricky for all concerned. I think this is a practice that has automatically become the ‘norm’ over many years now, and it has created a bit of a precedent for everybody to keep up with. After taking some time to think about this, we’d kindly ask that children do not bring sweets or cake into school for this reason. This is certainly not with the intention of spoiling the children’s fun. We know it will safeguard those with allergies and it will hopefully make life easier for you as parents too.
Have a good week!
This week’s Blog Box Question is: Which day this week, is Wear Yellow Day?