It is shocking to think that we are nearly at half term and are approaching Christmas at a rate of knots! Gone is the beautiful summer weather we enjoyed, and autumn is definitely in full swing. At least the grass is growing back! So far, we’ve had an excellent half term at CMPS with a number of exciting events. Our football teams, including our newly formed girls’ football team have played some friendly matches and are taking part in a competition in the locality. Our RP reps and Miss Lamb have hosted visitors from Holland who were so impressed that they have made the decision to role RP our across Hoogeveen. Maybe, we will be invited to visit, who knows? The Dutch delegates were accompanied by representatives from Leeds Children’s Services who have asked us to support them to disseminate RP across the city. Later this week we are featuring in a training film for the LA, which will be used to help Leeds become a restorative city. This is very exciting for all at CMPS and is lovely recognition of the work of Miss Lamb, all my colleagues and children in this area. You will not be surprised to learn that your children are clearly an inspiration!
Miss Lamb and our RP reps are planning a session for parents and I will let you have the date as soon as it is confirmed.
Whilst I’m on the subject of praise from the LA, we received a letter a couple of weeks ago from the School Improvement Team congratulating us on our last year’s results which were significantly above national. Although praise is always welcome I felt the need to respond to the LA as I believe that the effectiveness of a school should never be judged by a set of results from one year, which just happen to stand out. Surely, it is important to value the aspects of schools which broaden children’s experiences, knowledge and social skills and not merely data. Fortunately, OFSTED are beginning to think the very same thing, and although children achieving their full potential academically is very important, equally so is being a good human being who will contribute positively to society. The feedback we really appreciate comes from parents and children and I regularly receive lovely emails and comments regarding our school and the staff, which I circulate around my colleagues and save for when we need a bit of a cheer up!
Over the last couple of weeks, a number of parents’ meetings have taken place including reading and phonics information sessions in Year 1 and 2, a twilight for Year 6 parents to update them on the year ahead for their children and Parent Partnership Day. Thank you, so much to everyone who was able to attend the above events and thank you for completing the parental questionnaire we inflict on you every year. As you know, the information you provide is very helpful for us in terms of improvement planning. If anything stands out particularly, once your responses are analysed I will let you know.
Congratulations to our Year 1 children who organised our harvest festival and shared their learning with parents. They performed beautifully and produced a delicious harvest soup which we all enjoyed. Thank you to all the parents who attended and provided non-perishable goods for our local food bank. If you, like me, didn’t get chance to send in tins, packets etc the food hasn’t gone yet so please keep it coming. Thank you.
You may have seen that Becky Joyce (Naomi’s mum) and auntie have recently been featured in the Yorkshire Post regarding their Christmas campaign on behalf of Homeless Street Angels which they established a couple of years ago. Becky has requested our support to give homeless people a Christmas to remember by donating men and women’s gifts including toiletries, boxes of chocolates, warm clothes etc. We would be very grateful if you could send any items you don’t need into school and we can pass them to Becky. This is a great cause and it would be wonderful if we were able to help.
Monday 22nd October = KS2 celebration assembly at 2.45pm (All family and friends welcome)
Friday 26th October = Non-uniform / Halloween costume day and School closes for the half term holiday
Monday 5th November = School opens following the half term holiday
Friday 9th November = Family Disco
Saturday 17th November = Open morning for potential new parents to Reception from 10 – 12 and Open morning for families interested in the Baby nest and / or pre-school provision
Have a lovely week.