Friday, 23 June 2017


The weeks are starting to fly by as we approach the end of term. I know all the children are starting to feel a little ‘demob’ happy but I am not feeling that way at all because there is so much still to do before the holiday. I think the children are feeling in the holiday mood because of the hot weather but I am going to remind them that we still have a month to go and plenty of learning still to cover.

This week got off to a very active start with the Year 5 and 6 building our new computers. This is the second time that we have done this and is a great experience for the children involved. The computers are now complete and waiting to be installed in the computer suite. As it is towards the end of term we think we will keep them for the new term although as we are having our whole water system replaced we may wait until that work is all complete so they do not get scratched or damaged by dust. I would like to thank Mrs Zegallo for organising this self –build project and all the children who took part for their hard work in putting the computers together. I would also like to thank the PTA for donating the money so that we could purchase new computers.

Yesterday was our ’Sports Day’ and earlier in the week I actually thought that we may have to cancel the event because it was too hot – that certainly would have been a first. On the day itself though, after all the worry about the sun, I thought that it may actually rain but the weather was good to us. It was ten degrees cooler that the day before so it was actually perfect for the activities the children were carrying out. It was a hard fought contest but Grangewood were the winners. I would like to thank the PTA for providing refreshments throughout the day.    I would like to congratulate them on their victory and I would like to thank the PTA for providing refreshments throughout the day.   I would like to thank all my staff for their hard work in making the day a success – especially Mr Mills who organised the whole event.

Next week will be focused on the parent consultations so I will see many of you in school. This is a good opportunity for you all to see how your child has progressed since you received their report in March. The teachers are delighted to meet up with you so they can discuss your child with you but I would like to ask you all to try and stick to your time slots. If only one person overruns it can have a knock on effect for everyone else.  If you feel you have something to discuss with your teacher that will take longer than your allocated time please make an appointment to see your child’s teacher at a later date.

Preparations are also well underway for our Summer Fayre which is on Saturday, July 1st from 12 noon to 3.00pm. I know that the PTA are still looking for some help so if you can give them some of your  time please let your class rep know or inform the school office who will contact the PTA for you. As well as being a really great day this is a big fundraiser for the school and the funds are now quite depleted after the completion of the foundation block and the build of our new computers. Our next big project is to convert a classroom into a tech room which will be used for science, D&T and food technology. This will be a great addition to the school. I hope to see many of you at the fayre.

Have a lovely weekend  -  apparently the temperature is going to be a little cooler which the British seem to prefer although I do not mind the heat. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

Friday, 9 June 2017


Although it can be difficult to return to school after a holiday we had some good news this week that helped to lift our spirits. Our girls’ football B team (which consists of the year 4 & 5 girls) won the Potters Bar ‘Girls Football Tournament’ which is a great thing for them and the school. We also had an ‘A’ team taking part and even though they did not win the tournament they did themselves and the school proud – only losing one of their matches. I would like to congratulate both teams on their performance and I would like to thank Mr Mills for all his work in training and preparing the girls for the tournament.

Something that was brought to my attention before the break was the size of some of the pencil cases that the children are bringing into school. We do provide the children with the equipment they need for their work but I do appreciate that some children like to have their own things. However, if they do bring in pencil cases they should be small enough so they can put them in their desk drawers. They should also have their names on all of their items because some children have the same equipment and it is difficult to know which item belongs to whom if it does not have a name. If children do bring in their own stationery items from home they are going to have to take responsibility for looking after it themselves as this is something that the teachers cannot oversee. We also cannot be responsible for replacing lost items.

Next week we have a lot going on in school again. On Monday the photographers are coming back into the school to take pictures of the sports team . On Thursday we should be having the railway safety talk that we should have had before half term. Apparently they did not come to us because they were involved with some follow-up work related to the Manchester bombing. We are going to have the auditions for ‘Talent Night’ next Friday so if your children need any props or musical instruments for their act they will need to have them on that day. We are also taking part in the Primary School Athletics next week so let us hope that I have lots of successes to talk about in my blog next week.

Have a great weekend and I will see you all again next week.

Friday, 26 May 2017


At last summer has arrived! I was almost beginning to forget what sun feels like! I know there is a concern about a water shortage but I intend to enjoy the hot weather while I can because it is so infrequent in England that we need to make the most of it. How unusual as well to have hot weather over a bank holiday. Rainy bank holiday Mondays are almost a tradition in England although we have not been guaranteed that we will have no rain and Sunday does not look promising.

As I explained in my last blog it has been a very busy week in school staring with our ‘Sharing Assembly’ on Monday and finishing with the mini-marathon today. Although it was hot, which is not always a blessing for a long-distance race; the children really did themselves proud in the mini marathon today. All the children finished the marathon and conducted themselves well whist taking part which is all we ask of them. Our highest placed pupil was Caitlin in Year 5 who finished second in the Year 5/6 girls’ race.

As some of you will have noticed the new foundation building is now complete. This week we have been setting it up so that the children will be able to use it after the half term. This also means that we can start using the main entrance to come into the school after the half term holiday. As I mentioned in my blog last week all parents will be able to have a look in the new building on July 1st which is our summer fayre when we are having the official opening.

We have the half term break to look forward to which is always good. The second half of the summer term is always filled with great events so we have lots to look forward to when we return. I hope you all have an enjoyable holiday and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday, 5th June.

Friday, 19 May 2017


We have had another exciting week in school. It has been Science Week and all the children have had fun carrying out lots of experiments and investigations.   They also enjoyed their visits from Geobus and Professor Bubbles. Perhaps in the future if one of them makes a great scientific discovery they will look back to this week as their source of inspiration.

This morning we had a real treat by having the Reception class perform their assembly for us. Unfortunately the whole school, because of our building work, could not attend the assembly but those that watched it thought that it was really enjoyable – ‘The Hungry Caterpillar ‘, around which the assembly was based, is one of my favourite children’s stories. As well as the children I would like to thank Miss Jaeger, Mrs Aldridge, Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Ramanathan for all their hard work in putting the assembly together – it was much appreciated by all those who watched it.

As some of you will have noticed our new foundation building is just about finished. Some of the staff and myself have been over to see the progress of the work a couple of times and we are really pleased with what we have seen. When the whole unit is set up we will let all the children go over and see it. All parents will be able to see inside it on July 2nd at our summer fayre which is when the building is being officially opened.

As I type this I am also waiting for Year 5 to come back from Lincolnsfield. I know that they have experienced some rainy weather but after speaking to Mr da Rocha and looking at the pictures on their blog it does not seem to have stopped them from having a good time. We think it is very important for children to experience these types of trips because it helps develop their independence and social interaction skills which are vital for their learning and development. These trips are only possible thanks to the goodwill of the staff giving up their free-time to accompany them and I would like to thank Mr da Rocha, Mrs Onley and Miss Davis for doing this.

This week in school it has also been ‘Walk to School Week’ and I would like to thank all the parents who have encouraged their children to take part. The low level of children’s fitness is a national concern and yet a lot of the issues could be resolved if children just walked more. Parents often worry that their children will not be safe walking to and from school and yet, statistically, you have less chance of having an accident on the road than you do in your own home. I do hope that those children who walked more frequently to and from school this week feel motivated to do it all of the time.

Next week is another very full week in school. On Monday we have our Sharing Assembly and on Tuesday Year 5 and Year 6 are taking part in a K-nex challenge which will take place in the school. On Wednesday it is our Open Afternoon for parents with children in Year 1 – Year 6. This is where parents are invited into the school to share with their children all their learning from the past half –term. This runs from 3.00pm – 4.30pm. On Thursday we are having a visit from the Great Northern Railway who are giving a presentation to the school about how they can keep themselves safe on our railway lines. After the presentation they are taking Year 4 down to Potters Bar Station to have a tour of the station and have a ride on one of their trains. To end the week on Friday all of Key Stage 2 children are taking part in the Oakmere mini marathon. After all that I think we will be all ready for a break so it is just as well that it is half term the week after.

Have a great weekend . I hope the weather is good and it starts to feel more like summer. We keep getting snippets of good weather but I would like it for a sustained period of time. I look forward to seeing you all again next week.

 

Friday, 12 May 2017


All the Year 6 pupils are feeling very happy because the SATs are over. I hope they still realise that their learning for Year 6 is not over yet and they cannot sit back until July. Still, I do not begrudge them feeling elated because having exams hanging over you is not a good feeling.

Next week, in total contrast to this week we have a Science Week organised in school. As well as extra science activities that are planned  we have a company called ‘ Geobus’ visiting the school who will be carrying out some exciting activities with KS1 and KS2 and a Professor Bubble will be working with the foundation stage. We believe that developing a love of science in children is very important because it helps promote an enquiring mind and develop their problem solving abilities which are important skills to have for all areas of learning. I am sure the children will have a very enjoyable week.

It is also ‘Walk to School Week’ next week. We already encourage the children to walk to school at least once a week with our ‘WOW’ scheme but during this week we ask that they try to walk to school every day. Even if the children have to come to school by car we ask that you park a little further away and walk the rest of the way. The benefits to your child’s learning and wellbeing through walking to school are well documented so we ask that you support them with this.

Year 5 are also excited for next week because they are going on their residential to Lincolnsfield. I know that parents can get a little anxious at the thought of their children being away from home but we have been going to Lincolnsfield for many years and the children always have a great time. It also helps to develop their team building and independence skills which are a great asset as they get older.

The parents of children in Years 3, 4 and 5 will know that after ‘Pirates of the Currybean’ we had a retiring collection for Cancer Research. This was because Daisy and Zara in Year 4 were planning to do a sponsored run for this cause and we thought that it would be a good idea to support them. I can now inform you that they will be doing their 3km run on 21st May and when they have got all their sponsor money we will add it to what we collected and forward it to the charity. As I told you in a previous blog we managed to collect £283.16 with our retiring collection.

I hope you all have a good weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

Friday, 5 May 2017


Thanks to the Bank Holiday we have had a short week in school but there has still been plenty going on. Year 1 visited The Mill Green Museum, Year 4 went for a walk in the woods and some of the class also took part in a technology challenge against other schools at Oakmere School. They had to create jitterbugs using a small electric motor and although they did not win they had great fun making their creatures.

It was also the Le Gros Netball Tournament at Mount Grace this week and we entered two teams. All the girls who took part thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the ‘A’team managed to get through to the semi – finals but were beaten by Brookmans Park A team who eventually went on to win the tournament. I would like to congratulate all the girls for the effort they put into all their games and I would like to thank Mrs O’Brien for helping to coach them.

Next week in school is one that the Year 6 children never look forward to because it is SATs week. However, every Year 6 class I have ever spoken to has always said that it is never as bad as they imagined it would be and that the week passes very quickly. All we ever ask of the children is that they do the best they can. In school, when the tests are not taking place, we try to keep the timetable as normal as possible so that the routine of the children is disrupted as little as possible. We also recommend that parents do this with them at home and ensure that the children get to bed at a reasonable time (without any computing hardware) so they are not tired for school the next day. This last piece of advice is actually one that we would recommend for all the children in the school all of the time.

I hope you all have a good weekend. It will seem rather short after the three day weekend of last week but with the weather getting a little warmer I am sure that we will all enjoy it. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.  

Friday, 28 April 2017


Can you believe the weather we have been having this week? I keep looking at the calendar which tells me that this is the summer term but the weather makes it feel more like autumn. Twice I have had to defrost my car this week. I am hoping for better weather - we have been promised that next week.

As usual, once we return to school, the weeks seem to fly by and this week has been no exception. As I told you in my last blog, the new foundation building was being delivered and for those of you who have noticed it you will see that they have started putting the wood panels on the outside. We are all really pleased with how it is going and we cannot wait until it is finished. I think that the foundation children will be very lucky to have such a lovely environment for their learning.

This morning the Year 1 children put on a very good assembly about superheroes. Unfortunately, due to the limited space we have at the moment, only the foundation children and Year 2 could watch it (along with the year 1 parents) but all who saw it thought it was very enjoyable to watch. I would like to thank the children for putting on such a great assembly and I would like to thank Mrs Beadle, Mrs Wells and Miss Russon for all their hard work in putting it together. I would also like to thank Miss Davies who helped to write it.

We had the author Eamonn Reilly in school and the children all really enjoyed the assembly that he took. The younger children found him particularly entertaining and he too, was very impressed with the children of Little Heath. I know that a lot of you took the opportunity to purchase some of his books and thanks to your generosity he donated a number of free books to the school so I would like to thank you all for that.

Next week is only a short one thanks to the bank holiday. I hope the weather lets us all enjoy the extended weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday morning. We have a lot of sporting events taking place so it promises to be another busy week.