I am looking out of my office at a glorious sight. The trees around our grounds are in full bloom and the sun is
shining and it appears that the summer might just have arrived! Let’s hope so as we have some exciting outdoor events planned for this term including an all-day Carr Manor Mega Run in July, sports days and our summer fair. Over the past weeks our sports teams have been out in rain and shine taking part in a number of competitions including netball, football and rugby where they have acquitted themselves extremely well and made us very proud of them. Currently children in Year 4 are learning to play tennis as Mr Hill has organized a 4-week course delivered by Leeds Beckett University. He has also arranged some additional tennis coaching to take place after school. In addition, we are looking forward to a Brownlee Triathlon and a cricket competition. As in previous years Mr Hill, Mr Kellett and Mr Davies are running their sports camp for the first two weeks of the summer holidays and information regarding that will be winging its way to you very soon.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Koulla Mina (Georgie and Luca’s mum and one of our governors) for securing £5,000 from Lloyds Bank for the development of our reading pod (now entitled “Story Box.”) This is a wonderful start in terms of funding and the first bore holes have been dug! There is not much to see yet, but the project is under way and we are all very excited. I am hoping that our children and families will want to be involved as the work proceeds and that the Story Box will reflect many ideas from our school community.
I am sure you will remember that I have mentioned Becky Joyce’s charity, “Homeless Street Angels” in past letters. Becky and her family, including Georgia and Naomi, have been feeding and clothing homeless people in Leeds for a number of years now and I’m thrilled to tell you that all their hard work has been recognised. Over Easter Becky was presented with a Pride of Yorkshire Award which celebrates the work of “ordinary people doing amazing things.” This is a wonderful achievement and I really hope we can support Becky by collecting items such as clothes, shoes, toiletries etc. If you have anything lurking at home that you no longer want, please pop it into school and we will pass it on to Becky. Just so that you know the famous Lord Sugar has tweeted about Homeless Street Angels asking for support. I have no doubt that he will have donated some of his dapper suits and hard-earned cash!
A couple of weeks ago one of our governors, Dr Mehmi (daddy of Gian) organised a meeting involving 2 local councillors, a representative from the LA’s transport department and ourselves regarding the traffic and parking outside school. I was very grateful to the parents who attended as they raised some excellent points. So far, I don’t have a great deal of feedback for you, but another meeting will be held in July for the councillors and LA to give an update of progress.
At long last Karimah Hamzaoui’s traffic calming sign has appeared near to Sainsburys. In the dim and distant past Karimah’s design was selected against some very tough competition, and no-body could tell her where the sign had been erected. That mystery has now been solved so look out for it when you’re shopping.
As you know I am always proud of our children, however I am particularly proud of Freya and Charlie Withers who were spotted by Mrs Clements litter picking in the community. What a thoughtful act, if we all did a bit of that sort of thing Leeds would definitely be a better place to live! Well done to them both (and their dad.)
Miss Yousaf, whose role it is to look at further developing speaking and listening skills across school, has invited a number of visitors in to talk to the children. This morning a local Iman gave a very interesting talk to the children and, over the next few weeks, we are having a visit from a Vicar and a nurse. These are all great opportunities for the children to listen and pose questions and we would be very interested if there are any parents who would like to be involved in this initiative and share their professions, interests or hobbies with us.
Monday 7th May School is closed for the Bank Holiday
Monday 14th May Celebration assembly for children in KS2 at 2.45pm. (All parents and friends welcome)
Monday 14th – Thurs 18th May SATs in Year 6
Friday 18th May After SATs celebration in Year 6
To all Year 6 parents
Just a quick reminder that the children are invited into school early during SATs week to have breakfast together. This really does have a calming effect on them, it is a special event for Year 6 and is a great way to start the day as a team, so please encourage them to come. You may find your offspring is rather grumpy after school and may need their favourite tea and rather more patience than usual! This is the start of exam seasons to come until they leave school so now is a good time to get in some practice!
Have a lovely Bank holiday weekend.