Friday, 21 April 2017

I hope you all had a good Easter holiday and you have now settled back into your ‘school routine’. As usual everything has settled down very quickly here and it feels like we have been back for weeks.

 You will all have noticed that our building work is well underway. I would like to thank everyone for coping with the adjustments that we have had to make because of the building work. The children are managing well and do not seem to notice the builders at all. The new foundation building is going to be delivered over the weekend and so we will be able to see what it is going to look like from the outside by the end of the week.

It is going to be quite a busy week in school next week. All the after school clubs are starting again and letters for these have already gone out. On Monday the photographer is coming in to take the class photographs. As I mentioned in the newsletter we ask that the children wear their winter uniform for this as it does look better in the photographs.   We also have two special assemblies next week. On Tuesday we have an author called Eamonn Reilly coming in to talk to the children about writing and on Thursday a representative from the NSPCC is coming in to talk to the children about keeping themselves safe.

That is all for now. I hope you have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday morning.

Friday, 31 March 2017

I can hardly believe that we break up for Easter today – it hardly seems two minutes since we were breaking up for Christmas. It has been a relatively short term but I am glad that we are having a holiday. Some of the children appear very tired and I have certainly had a larger than average amount of disputes to sort out this week which always happens at the end of a term. I am sure that after the break they will all come back eager and ready for anything.

Last week was Red Nose Day and I did say that I would let you know how much we raised once we had added up how much money was collected. We raised an impressive £320.20 and I would like to thank all the people who gave so generously to the appeal. 

The highlight of this week has been ‘Pirates of the Currybean’ which was the show put on by the Years 3, 4 and 5. It was an excellent production and everyone who watched it said how much they enjoyed it - the children really did themselves proud. As I said at the performance a production like that takes a lot of hard work to put together and so I would like to thank all the staff in Years 3, 4 and 5 for all their efforts in putting the show together and making it such a memorable experience for the pupils and parents.

At the end of the show we did a retiring collection for Cancer Research. This is because two girls in Year 4 have decided to do their own sponsored event to raise money for this cause and we thought it would be a good idea to support them. The school collected £283.16 and when we know what the overall total is we let you know.

You will all have realised that the builders have arrived and the layout of the entrance has changed and this will remain in place after the Easter holidays. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. I look forward to seeing you all again on Wednesday, 19th April.


Friday, 24 March 2017

Red Nose Day in school always brings a lot of merriment as the children just love wearing the red noses. I think they should be issued as instant mood lifters all year round although we could not have them in school as they distract the children too much. We all enjoyed dancing the ‘Macarena’ and I would like to thank all the parents who joined us. I would like to ask all of you who recorded the dancing to only use it for personal use and not to put it on any social media sites. When we have totalled all the money I will inform you of how much the school raised.

Even though next week is the last week of term we are having a very busy week in school. It starts on Monday when we have our Sharing Assembly. I love these because I like to see what the children have enjoyed doing in the classroom.

The main event of next week is the performance of ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’. The school all get to watch it on Monday and they are then performing it for parents and friends on Tuesday and Wednesday. It looks like an amazing production and all the staff and the children have worked really hard in putting this show together - I am really looking forward to seeing it.

As I mentioned in my newsletter last week we will be losing the nursery building over the Easter holidays. Work on this project commences next Thursday and I apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. After the Easter holidays you will have to enter the school in a slightly different way but this will be very apparent when you see it. By the May half term we should have a completed foundation block. This is something I have wanted for the school since I came here over eight years ago and I am very excited that it is actually going to become a reality.

This weekend is our ‘Spring Fayre’ and it is from 12 noon  - 3.00pm. There are lots if great events and games organised including an Eater Egg Hunt which was very popular with the children last year. Do come along because remember the more money we raise the more your child will benefit. As you know the PTA are furnishing the new foundation block but they are also going to be financing the conversion of one of our classrooms into a technology/science room and they are paying for a new set of computers which we will get in the summer term. This means that all the existing funds we have will soon disappear.

As it is the last week of term next week there will be no extra- curricular school run clubs next week although Mr Mills has organised a couple of football matches for Monday and Wednesday. We also have the ‘Open afternoon’ on Wednesday from 3.00pm – 4.30pm so that all parents can come and see all the learning their children have completed during the last half- term.

That is all for now – I hope you are not too badly affected by the changing of the clocks (unfortunately we have to lose an hours sleep this weekend) and I look forward to seeing many of you in school next week. Remember as it is the last week of term we will finish at 2.00pm next Friday.



Friday, 17 March 2017

We had a very pleasant end to the week with the Year 2 Assembly. It was very enjoyable as well as informative about spring time and I know that all the people who watched it were very impressed with the visual and musical spectacular that was presented to them. I would like to congratulate the children for putting on such a great assembly and I would like to thank Mr Spring, Mrs Fordham, Miss Southwell and Mrs Judson for all their hard work in putting it together. We have another performance to look forward to at the end of term with the Year 3, 4 and 5 production of ‘Pirates of the Currybean’. Rehearsals are now in full swing for this event and although I have only seen glimpses of the show it all looks very exciting and I am really looking forward to watching it.

As we all know children have arguments and ‘fallouts’ with their friends and classmates –it is all part of normal school life. Sometimes children can become very upset by these incidents and will, of course, turn to their parents for comfort and support. It can be distressing for a parent to see their child upset but we do ask that parents do not try to resolve these disputes. Children very often sort these things out for themselves but if your child is extremely distressed by an incident, we ask that you contact their teacher or myself and we will then resolve the issue in school. It is not acceptable for a parent to confront a child about something that has happened in school and if this occurs on the school premises I will have to deal with it through formal proceedings.

We have started selling the noses for ‘Red Nose Day’ next week and they are proving very popular (and a little bit of a distraction). As I mentioned in my newsletter last week it will be a non-uniform day for the children but they must wear something red –even if it is just their red nose. As long as they have their red nose on the day they will not have to pay a penance for not wearing uniform – otherwise they have to pay a least a pound which will be donated to the ‘Red Nose Day’ fund.

As we also like to do something silly on this day so we have decided to have all the children and staff gather in the KS2 playground to dance the ‘Macarana’ together at 3.00pm. We would love for parents to join us but to do so you must make a donation to the charity before we let you through the gate. After the dance children will need to return to their classrooms to get all their things before they leave for the end of the day –they cannot go home straight after the dance. They will need to be collected from their normal classroom/area at the end of the day.

Have a great weekend –I look forward to seeing you all again next week.

Friday, 10 March 2017

There was definitely a ‘Casual Friday’ feel in school today as everyone was not in uniform. We did receive a lot of donations towards the Spring Fayre and on behalf of the PTA I would like to thank everyone for sending them in. The Spring Fayre is just two weeks away now (March 25th) and I know everyone is really looking forward to it. If you can help in any way towards the organisation or running of the fayre please let the school office know and they will inform the PTA who will contact you. Even if you can only give an hour of your time it will be greatly appreciated.

Another great event that is only two weeks away is ‘Red Nose Day’. This is something we always support and at the beginning of next week we will be selling red noses in school. There is a great selection this year and the children always love wearing them. The cost of the noses is £1 and so if you would like your children to buy one they will need to bring a £1 into school and they will be able to purchase a nose when the Year 6 bring them round to their classroom.

Next week we are having a visit in school from a company called ‘Portals from the Past’ who will be providing all the classes with a history workshop. They come highly recommended to us as their workshops are designed to provide the children with an experience to stimulate and encourage a love of history. They are being held on Monday and Tuesday and I am sure that you will hear all about them from your children.  

Have an enjoyable weekend. Let us hope that we experience some of the warm weather that we have had this week. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

Friday, 3 March 2017

The highlight of this week was ‘World Book Day’. It was great to see everyone in their costumes – everyone looked amazing and it helped set the tone for a very enjoyable day. We always like to celebrate ‘World Book Day’ because it highlights, in a fun way, how important it is to read books. Being able to read is very important and it is something we should support our children with throughout the year.

It has been brought to my attention that young children, who are waiting for their siblings in the Key Stage 2 playground at the end of the day, are playing on the play equipment. Can parents please ensure that young children are properly supervised and do not play on the ‘Swingballs’ or any equipment on the field. Children should stay close to their parents in the playground whilst they are waiting for their older brothers and sisters to come out.

Next week in school we are having a ‘mufti day ‘ on Friday for the Spring Fayre. The Spring Fayre is being held on Saturday, March 25thwhich is the day before Mother’s Day so in payment for not wearing their uniform the children should bring in something suitable for a Mother’s Day gift or an Easter egg for our tombola stalls. The gifts can be handed in at the school gate or in the classroom. More details about the spring Fayre are in the letter which has been sent out by the PTA.

Have a great weekend and I will see you all again on Monday.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Everyone in Little Heath today is feeling a little sad because Mrs Costi is leaving us for a while. She is going for a lovely reason as she is having a baby. All the staff are nearly as excited as she is with the anticipation of its arrival but we are going to miss her. I will let you know what she has as soon as we find out and I am sure she will be popping in to see us accompanied by her new arrival. As many of you know I love babies and I am going to make sure that I am first in line to have a cuddle.

I could tell that many of the children were a little worried today as they went home because many of them have received their annual school report. Many of them do not need to worry as they have really tried their best with their learning and that is all we can ask of anybody. Those that could work a little harder (and they know who they are) should take note of the comments made and really make an effort to ensure that they achieve their potential. We do ask that you return the slip as quickly as possible to us so that we know you have received the report and if any of you would like to discuss the report in more detail please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher.

Next week it is ‘World Book Day’ on Thursday and it is a day that we all really look forward to in school. We have done themes over the year but this year we are returning to an old one of ours which is to let the children come to school dressed as their favourite book character and also bring in their favourite book. Some of the children have told me that their favourite book is on their Kindle and they have asked if they can bring that in. I am quite happy for them to do so as long as they are responsible for their own Kindle.

That is all for now. The first week back after a holiday day can sometimes feel longer than normal but this week has flown by. The warmer weather helped at the beginning of the week but unfortunately it has got a little colder again –and ‘Doris ‘ did not help either. I am sure that we will all be able to enjoy the weekend despite the cold and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.  

Friday, 10 February 2017

I do feel like I have been a part time employee this week because I have been on so many courses but I have been working – I have not started the half -term holiday early! I did miss the ‘Open Afternoon’ and I do not like being out of school when parents are visiting but I had to attend the training that I was on so it was unavoidable. I did have had lots of positive feedback about the afternoon though.

I was at the ‘Sharing Assembly’ on Monday which I always enjoy but I have to say that I was particularly impressed this time with how well the children presented themselves. It is a nerve – wracking experience for a small child to stand up and speak in front of a whole room of people and the children did themselves proud. I look forward to the next assembly just before Easter.

I also managed to attend the two ‘Valentine Discos’ which were enjoyed by everyone who attended.  It is good to have a fun activity just before a holiday and it is good for the children to socialise together out of the classroom. I would like to thank all the members of the PTA for organising the event and I would also like to thank all of my teachers for helping to run the discos. A special mention should go to our resident DJ Mr. Spring who had to come back from the course with me and put together his ‘set’. As always he did a brilliant job for us. Calvin Harris should be looking over his shoulder.

We have next week off and I do find it amazing that half term holiday is here already –but then we have only had a 5 week half-term. I am sure we will all still enjoy the week.  I always feel very optimistic after this break because all the days are getting longer and we actually start going home in daylight which is always uplifting. I hope you all have a relaxing break and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 20th February. 

Friday, 3 February 2017

I had to double check my dates when I realised that half term is at the end of next week. I know that this has been a short half- term but the fact that it is already February is unbelievable –it is going to be Easter before we know it. It is good to think that warm weather is just around the corner (hopefully).

It has been quite a straightforward week in school this week but there are plenty of events to look forward to next week. We start off on Monday with our Sharing Assembly which is always something I enjoy as I look forward to seeing all the children share work they are proud of. Then on Wednesday we have our ‘Open afternoon’ when all parents can come and share the learning that the children have covered this half term – even though it has just been a short one. On Thursday we are holding our annual ‘Valentines Discos’. KS1 starts at 5.00pm until 6.00pm and then the KS2 event starts at 6.15pm – 7.15pm. The entrance is £3 which also includes a snack and a drink and there will be a ‘Valentine’s Raffle’ for which the children will need some extra money. The children always enjoy this event as we also include some games as well as dancing so I hope to see as many of them there as possible.

Next Thursday is also the closing date for getting the forms back for the Rotary Sponsored Swim.  As I said in the letter that I sent out earlier this is a really good event for the children to take part in and it raises money for both charity and the school. I hope that many children decide they would like to take part in this. If they do not have a team they do not need to worry because if they return the form showing an interest we will find a team to put them in.

I will be out of school next Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday on courses (but I will be back for the Valentine’s Discos). If there is an issue you need to discuss, Mrs Zegallo will be in school or you can make an appointment to meet with me on my return.

Have a great weekend and I will see you all again on Monday.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

I am publishing my blog early because I am on a course tomorrow. Unfortunately this means that I am going to miss the Year 3 assembly which had to be rearranged as Mrs Costi was unwell but I am sure it will be great and I will hear only good things about it on Monday.

As some of you already know tomorrow is going to be a sad day in Little Heath because Miss Sofjan is leaving us. She is leaving the education sector to start a totally new career and although this is exciting for her she is also sad to be leaving the school and all the children. She has been a great asset to Little Heath and we will miss her but do wish her every success for the future.  Her replacement, Mrs Sharon Horsewood , will be joining us after the February half term.

As you will have read in my newsletter this week we are very excited because we are going to have the nursery building replaced by a new foundation block so that will mean that the nursery and reception children will be educated in the same building. This is something that we have wanted for a long time and we only got definite confirmation that it was going ahead last Friday. Although it will mean some disruption for the school and pupils I know that all the inconvenience will be worthwhile when the new building is complete. All work is going to be starting in the Easter holidays (although there will be some preparation on March 31st – the last day of the spring term) and should all be finished by the May half term. When this is completed we will then be able to convert the spare classroom into a dedicated D&T/Science room which will replace the outdoor classroom that we were fundraising for a couple of years ago but is now no longer required because of the new foundation block.

That is all for now. I am hoping that it becomes a little warmer this weekend because I have really noticed the cold this week. I am just hoping that this cold spell gets rid of all the germs because we have had a lot of illness in school recently. I will see you all again on Monday.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Most people when they think of January think of it as a dull and dreary month that they are glad to get over but I have found it to be totally different. I feel as if my feet have hardly touched the ground since we returned to school and I can hardly believe how quickly the month is passing. This week I have had lots of meetings and appointments so it may appear as if have not been in school much but I can assure you I have been working.

A big treat for me this week was going to the O2 with the choir to take part in ‘Young Voices’. This is where our school joins with hundreds of other schools to take part in a concert which is staged at the O2. The choir gave it their all and did the school proud with their excellent performance and all the parents who came to watch said that it was a highly enjoyable show to watch. I would like to thank Mrs Robinson and Mr Spring for all their efforts in preparing the choir for the show.

As you know we have double yellow lines outside of the school to keep the area safe for children to walk to and from school. A parent was given a parking ticket this week for parking their car on them while collecting their child from school. Parking attendants do visit outside the school from time to time so please make sure you park in the correct areas. We do not want anyone to get a ticket but remember the lines are there for the safety of the children.

It has also been brought to my attention that some children have not had their PE kits in school this week. I do say this every term but children should bring all their PE kit in on a Monday and not take it home until Friday. This ensures that they have their kit in school and if their PE slot has to be changed (which we sometimes have to do) there will not be a problem. PE sessions are a compulsory part of the curriculum and children need to take part in these lessons like they would any other. It does not matter if their kit is a little dirty because it will probably get dirtier when they have their session. Can I ask you to ensure that your child does bring their all their PE uniform into school every Monday.

That is all for now – have a great weekend and I will see you all again on Monday.

Friday, 13 January 2017

I cannot believe that we have been back a week and we are nearly half way through January. Although it seems a long time ago I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I did enjoy my break although it was marred slightly by having to have a wisdom tooth out at the very end but at least that is behind me now.

As usual the children have settled back into their routine very quickly. School will fully return to normal for them next week when all the extra- curricular clubs start up again so if your child participates in one of them make sure they have the necessary kit in school. Can you also make sure that they have warm clothes to put over their PE kits because it is the middle of winter and I do not think that shorts and T-shirt is sufficient to keep them warm in this weather. It does not have to be anything elaborate – just a well-worn jumper and some old jogging bottoms will be sufficient.

A bad thing about the winter term is that we have more illnesses in school. May I just take this opportunity to remind you that if your child suffers from any form of stomach upset that they stay off school for 48 hours after they were last unwell e.g if your child is  sick on the a Monday the earliest they should return to school is Wednesday. If your child still feels unwell they should remain at home because children’s learning suffers when they are ill and we do not want them passing their germs to everyone else in the school. We also do not have the facilities or staff to take care of them when they are unwell. If everyone could make sure they all follow this practice we will be able to keep the spread of illnesses down in the school to a minimum and help reduce the number of days the children are absent from school.

We had our first snow this week but thankfully it did not affect the running of the school. May I ask that when the weather is bad that you check your phone for updates about whether the school is open or not. I will only close the school if I absolutely have to so I do leave it as late as possible to make that decision so you may also want to have contingency plans ready for your children in case the school cannot open.

That is all for now. I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the snow if it does turn up.