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Headteacher’s Newsletter

Dear Parents,  

 

It has been a busy half term so far with a visit by Years 1 and 2 to Alwoodley Library to celebrate World Book Day, a Year 5 trip to Temple Newsam to find out about how Anglo Saxons lived, a Year 3 cookery morning at Wagamama and today’s Year 1 visit to the City Museum in Leeds. What an exciting time they’ve all had and there is more to come over the next term. World Book Day was a real treat and the children looked wonderful in their many and varied outfits.  

 

As you know, I am always really proud to inform you about the children’s wonderful behaviour when they are out of school (and in school) and on this occasion I’m thrilled to let you know that I received a letter from the Heritage Education Officer for the Parks and Countryside regarding Year 5’s visit to Temple Newsam. Her letter is a pleasure to read and she spoke about the focus and engagement of the children, their outstanding behaviour and she concluded that;   

 

“Every child was fully engaged – excited and interested and asking lots of great questions – which makes teaching a joy for us! You are lucky indeed to have such wonderful children, but you have undoubtedly also made your own luck by instilling great learning and social principles throughout the school. We have been very impressed with your teaching ethos and support for each child. All your teachers have been lovely; very committed and passionate about doing a good job. Well done to all of you and it has been an absolute delight to work with you. Hopefully we’ll see your school again next year or the year after that. I very much hope so. Many thanks for making our day, twice in one week! 

 

Praise indeed and we are extremely proud of our children and the positive way they represent what is important to us at CMPS.  

 

Whilst I’m on the subject of visits out of school, I would like to congratulate Mr Hill’s debating team who took part in their first inter-school debate recently. The team comprised; Salma, Musa and Felix and they acquitted themselves extremely well.  

 

Our children have also been really busy on the sports front and over the last couple of weeks our athletics team, Lara, Felix and Max W, Rueben C and Spencer competed in the last leg of the county cross-country competition and performed fantastically. Our football teams played two pre-season matches winning against Horsforth West End and losing against St. Paul’s. Our newly formed Year 5/ 6 rugby team, who have never played before, braved wind, rain, hail and sleet – the worst conditions ever, to take part in an inter-school tournament. Mr Hill was so proud of their resilience when, apparently, children from other schools were very upset by the conditions. As I have said before, we are very lucky to have brave, robust and hardy individuals here at CMPS who are daunted by nothing! Last week, a number of our children took part in a tennis tournament and won a great many of the games. Really well done to Year 5s - Ellie, Osman, Kai, Hiya and Year 4s – Reuben, Nya, Luke and Sophie. Finally, a big thank you to Mr Hill for taking up all the opportunities that come his way to involve our children in all aspects of sport.  

 

This week our Arooj finalists Aryan S, Emma F, Rhys G, Mya L, Max W and Lauren K attended a celebration at the Civic Hall with dignitaries from the Local Authority. I am very proud to inform you that Max Woods won the Lower KS2 calligraphy prize against many other schools and Lauren King won the Upper KS2 poetry prize. We are so proud of our winners and finalists and our amazing Bollywood dancers who entertained the audience. Thank you to Mrs Robson who ensures our children take part every year and Mrs Sembhi and Mrs Fielding who teach our dancers and accompanied them at the Arooj celebration.  

 

Thank you for your response regarding our potential name change. We’ve had some great suggestions and I have a particular favourite, which is going to be hard to knock off the top spot. I’ll let you know which it is when we’ve had a bit longer to consult. 

 

This morning we were very pleased to host a surprise visit from “The Spice Girls” who had taken time out of their busy (teaching) schedule to entertain us here at CMPS. Actually, we were all amazed to learn that they were not the original Spice Girls but were our very own Mrs Hayes, Miss O’Garo, Mrs Ward, Miss Earl and Mrs Clements who thought this would be a fun way to raise money for Red Nose Day. They were amazing and I might book them for future CMPS concerts as they were definitely a sight to behold! Thanks to “Mr D” (Davies) videos they may also appear on our website for you to enjoy.  

 

Diary Dates:  

Monday 25th MarchCelebration assembly for children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 at 2.45pm (all family and friends welcome) 

Thursday 28th MarchYear 3 / 4 Easter Concert (The Sunflower) at the start of the day (all family and friends welcome)  

Friday 29th MarchSchool closes for the holidays 

Monday 1 – Friday 5th April -Easter school for a number of Year 6 children  

Monday 15th AprilSchool reopens after the break 

 

On Saturday Hilary and her team visited Reflections Nursery in Worthing. Reflections is an outstanding early years setting and the team visit every year to update their own practice and gather new ideas. Clearly, this is one of the reasons that our own Foundation Stage is outstanding! I’d like to thank the team for dedicating their own time to CPD, particularly as they left school when the rest of us were warmly tucked up in bed and returned late into the night!  

 

Finally, we’ve received a very nice letter from the Local Authority regarding our inspection which I have popped on to the parents’ section of our website if you would like to read it. We’ve also had some lovely gifts and cards from parents and grandparents as a result of our report and we are so grateful for everyone’s good wishes. We have yet to open a present from a “secret grannie and grandad” as we need a suitable assembly for the whole school to unwrap such an exciting gift!  

 

Have a lovely weekend.  

 

Yours sincerely,  

 

Headteacher