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21st September 2017

 

Lawford C of E Primary School HT Newsletter 21st September 2017

 

Mission Statement:

 

'High quality learning and caring together in an encouraging Christian environment.'

 

Message from the Head teacher:

 

We are nearly at the end of our first full week for our youngest children in Foundation Stage and they have settled into Lawford very quickly. Some are looking tired at the end of the day however they are full of engagement throughout their learning time and certainly have lots to tell me when I do my classroom visits. The rest of the school have been a credit to you in that they too have settled in and have a positive mindset towards their learning. They are enjoying their quick bursts of activity to increase their fitness and this is something I have seen around the school from all year groups. We will have super fit children by the time sports day arrives in the summer term!

 

**We need your help please**

 

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Church School Inspection

 

As a church school, as well as an Ofsted inspection, we also have a church school inspection. Our last one was in October 2012 when the school was judged outstanding. We have just been informed that our next church school inspection will be on Thursday 28th September led by Caroline L’Estrange.

 

During this inspection a number of activities will be carried out:

  • Talking to group of children and being taken round on an environmental walk
  • Talking to a group of parents about their views
  • Talking to Governors about their role in a church school
  • Observing the teaching of Religious Education (RE) and looking at the children’s outcomes in books and folders from last year and this term
  • Observing a whole school worship assembly - this is our Harvest Festival from 11.00 -11.30am led by Reverend Simon Heron. Foundation Stage families are invited to join us for this and to see their little ‘scarecrows’
  • Talking to senior leaders about school standards and the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Lawford C of E Primary School as a church school

 

Before our last SIAMs inspection we sent out a parental questionnaire to evaluate parents’ views on the church school aspect and received an impressive amount of replies which were fed in to the inspection. Please take a few moments to fill in the questionnaire your child/ren bring home today and return to school by Monday. We are very grateful for your views in terms of what is working well and any pointers for improving further as a church school.

 

Harvest Festival - Thursday 28th September

 

We are always grateful to receive tinned and/or dry food items from children in all classes. All donations will be collected by the Salvation Army after the assembly. This year we would ask if children could bring in their contributions the day before, on Wednesday 27th September. This will allow us to have the display ready in advance of a very busy morning! The children take their contributions with them into the playground and there is no need to hand these to the school office.

 

As stated above, parents with children in Foundation Stage have been invited to attend this assembly where the children will be performing in front of an audience for the first time. The assembly will be from 11.00 - 11.30am and lead by Reverend Simon Heron.

 

PTA:

 

Annual Sunflower Morning

The PTA held a very successful sunflower morning on Saturday and it was lovely to see so many faces, including our new Foundation Stage families. We had a diverse selection of sunflowers with lots of winners across the school. If you would like to see some photos of this occasion then please go to our website at www.lawford.essex.sch.uk and look under the ‘Recent Events’ tab.

 

Although this is more of a community event than a fundraiser, the PTA still managed to raise £130 towards PTA funds so we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to this - both our PTA helpers and you for attending.

Additionally we held our Book Fair which gives a very healthy percentage back to the school in the form of books. You spent £1112 and that has raised £667 worth of book stock for the school. Thank you very much indeed.

 

PTA Annual General Meeting

You should have received an email today with the details on of tonight’s meeting. Please come along and join us. We currently have a small band of PTA helpers who do a great deal and would welcome the load being shared. Come along and see if it is for you, we won’t put any pressure on you, we promise.

 

Clubs:

 

We are always looking for better ways to do things. Club registration has taken up a great deal of teachers’ time in the past and that is the reason for trialling a different format this term. In addition to this, because of ever increasing workloads for teachers, we have lightened the load by agreeing that not all teachers need to run a club every term.

 

As a result of this change, we have an overwhelming number of children who have requested to join the clubs on offer, in particular football and netball. Whilst it is never our intention to turn children away from sport, we have to be able to manage numbers safely and provide children quality coaching in order for them to further develop their skills. Volunteers (who are qualified referees and coaches) are giving up their time to ensure we can accommodate more children; however it is just not possible to offer a place for all those who have shown an interest.

 

We thank you for your feedback and recognise that some children are disappointed. We will continue to look at our after school club provision in the future.

 

European Day of Languages:

 

This is officially on Tuesday 26th September but we are celebrating it on Wednesday 27th September as Mrs Reed and Mrs Henderson are both in to support us that day. Each class is taking a different country and learning about their culture and customs.

 

Thank You in Advance:

 

We look forward to reading your questionnaires and will let you know the outcome of our SIAMs inspection as soon as it is officially made available to us. We are looking forward to welcoming Caroline L’Estrange to our school and proudly sharing with her what makes Lawford C of E Primary School so special.

 

Donna Wenden

Head teacher

12th September 2017

Lawford C of E Primary School HT Newsletter September 2017

Mission Statement:

 

'High quality learning and caring together in an encouraging Christian environment.'

 

Message from the Head teacher:

 

We would like to wish you all a very warm welcome back, especially to our new Foundation Stage parents and children. We have made a very positive start to the new school year. Children look very smart in their school uniform and have returned with a very positive attitude and willingness to start the new year. There is one thing the children all have in common - they have grown! It always surprises me how they adapt so quickly to their new year group and how they suddenly mature. Thank you for helping us to make the start an easy one; it is very much appreciated by all members of staff.

 

Important Dates to Remember:

 

PTA SUNFLOWER MORNING THIS COMING SATURDAY!

 

Our first PTA event of the year takes place on Saturday 16th September from 10.00m until 12.00pm. This is a lovely community event where you can enter your sunflowers in different categories. Even if you do not have a sunflower, there is still plenty to do.

 

Children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 have been busy painting pictures of sunflowers for the class competitions. Do come and see their work and find out who the lucky winners are.

 

There will be free activities for your children to take part in and our usual Book Fair where you will be able to purchase books, with a generous percentage of the profits going to the school. Please note that there is no facility for the books to be paid for by credit card, only cash or cheque.

 

We may not be able to promise you flapjacks made by Mrs Edwards but please come and join us for coffee and biscuits.

 

We look forward to seeing you and your families at this event.

 

Book Fair

This will also be available after school in the school hall on Monday 18th September and Tuesday 19th September from 3.20 - 4.00pm. The children will be able to look at the books with their class this Friday afternoon so that they know what will be available.

 

PTA News:

 

After four years Gillie Healy is stepping down from her PTA treasurer role.

 

Gillie says “I have enjoyed the role but feel it is time for me to step down due to increase in work & family commitments. I will continue to support the role until the end of the financial year and the PTA AGM in September 2017 to provide the treasurers report.

 

As a registered charity and our constitution we need to ensure we have registered positions.

 

 

If you are interested in taking up the role please contact me at gillie.healy@gmail.com.

I am more than happy to answer any questions.”

 

The PTA treasurer is responsible for:

  • Monies and accounts for PTA events (approx. four main events a year) including floats & banking
  • Ensuring that signatories on the PTA accounts are up to date
  • Ensuring:
    • TENS licences are in place for appropriate PTA events
    • Annual PTA lottery Licence is held & paid (annual invoice)
    • Annual Membership to PTA is held & paid (direct debit)
  • That PTA Accounts are:
    • completed end of financial year (Sep to Aug)
    • Treasurer financial report submitted to PTA AGM
    • Submitted to the Charity commission

 

What’s New on the Website? www.lawford.essex.sch.uk

 

  • Please remember to check our website regularly, especially our new parent members. Your child’s class page will give you a weekly overview of what they are learning and will also be updated with photographs of some of the activities from different areas of the curriculum.
  • Did you know that the ‘Stars of the Week’, ‘Class of the Week’ and Rainbow Rewards (KS2) are also put on to the home page under ‘Latest News’? Any notices such as when children return to school are also put on for quick access should you need to find out.
  • Head teacher letters and the events calendar (current term’s attached to this email) are also posted should you misplace these.
  • The new 2017-2018 School Improvement Plan (SIP) has been added and I will highlight the main priorities for improvement in my next newsletter.

 

General Reminders and Information:

 

  • If you have a concern about your child or school, please come and talk to us. Sometimes worries and issues can get bigger if they are not dealt with. Your first port of call is your child’s class teacher, then the Key Stage Leaders - Mrs Beard (FS and KS1) and Mrs Gaffney (KS2 and Deputy Head teacher). I am also available should you exhaust these avenues or if the issue is confidential or a safeguarding matter.
  • In order to help keep the children safe, please under no circumstances drive up the school drive, even if the gate has been left open.
  • Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day and have the appropriate warm clothing should the weather become colder. In addition to PE sessions we are also increasing the opportunities for fitness across the school, ensuring that children get more opportunity to be more active and raise their pulse more frequently.

 

Thank You

 

Thank you for continuing to support us here at Lawford C of E Primary School. We are very lucky to have such a good team of parents who help us to be the best we can be. We do listen to you - even if we cannot always grant your request. We hope to see you on Saturday.

 

Donna Wenden

 

Head teacher

 

3rd July 2017

Lawford C of E Primary School HT Newsletter 3rd July 2017

Mission Statement:

'High quality learning and caring together in an encouraging Christian environment.'

Message from the Head teacher:

 

We have three busy weeks to go before we break up for the summer holidays and are looking forward to seeing you at a number of events during this time. The children have been out on a variety of trips and sporting events and we have had nothing but praise about their conduct and attitude which makes it all worthwhile. Thank you for your support in everything we do. We do have an amazing set of parents and families who work hard to ensure that we give our children the best we can. Additionally I am very happy to report back on the successful year the PTA has had raising money for extras for the school. A huge thank you to all.

 

Donna Wenden

Celebrations and What is Working Well:

  • Being able to use MHS outdoor swimming pool for our Y3 swimming lessons
  • Non-uniform day and PTA Summer Fair (more of that later!)
  • NSPCC ‘Speak Out Stay Safe’ assemblies and workshops
  • Two new Interactive Touchscreens purchased for Y1 and Y5 – these are now in every class
  • Y1 visit to Hedingham Castle and their very confident and informative sharing assembly
  • FS visit to Fingringhoe Wick and their excellent conduct and engagement in activities
  • Continuing partnership with Highfields and Dedham Primary School, for example, teachers joint moderation of writing, governors training on effective monitoring
  • Musical Drama Club performance of ‘The Peace Child’ – thank you to Mrs Woods for running this club and for the excellent outcome
  • Year 5 science day at Manningtree High School
  • Sharing assemblies in Y5 and Y2 highlighting their creative curriculums

 

Congratulations to children who took part in:

  • Y5 cricket friendly against Highfields Primary
  • Cricket match against Ardleigh Primary School
  • Cricket tournament at Mistley Cricket Club resulting in winning a silver bowl trophy
  • Netball county finals in Basildon
  • Football Festival at Great Bentley. Y5/6 team brought back a cup and medals for all of those who took part

 

We have our annual School Improvement Planning (SIP) meeting on Wednesday 5th July where children, staff and governors review the year and plan for the year ahead. This will be available on the school website after the event.

 

What’s New on the Website? www.lawford.essex.sch.uk

  • You can find photos of the PTA Summer Fair under the ‘Recent Events’ tab. There are also photos on the screen in the school foyer which give a good overview of the day.
  • The HRSE Policy has been uploaded under the policy section.
  • There are photos of the Holy Communion assembly led by Simon Heron under the ‘We are a Church School’ tab

We are a Church School:

  • The whole school is currently learning about the Islamic faith. This follows advice from Mrs Gaffney’s latest training in RE which ensures progression and in-depth learning.

 

Forthcoming Dates:

Thursday 6th July

  • The ‘Sound of Lawford’ summer concerts at 2pm and 7pm which will showcase the range of instrumental and vocal talent across the school

Friday 7th July

  • Sports day – KS2 in the morning and FS and KS1 in the afternoon. The PTA will be selling ice cream at the end of the day (£1)

Monday 10th July

  • Manningtree Library will be leading an assembly on the Summer Reading Challenge. Please encourage your children to sign up for this challenge to keep them reading over the holidays

Wednesday 12th July

  • School picnic with our new intake children and their parents visiting. The PTA will be selling ice creams at lunchtime (£1)
  • Y6 summer performance at 7pm.

Friday 14th July

  • ‘Five Alive’ five piece orchestra in assembly and workshops for KS2.

 

General Reminders and Information:

New Staff

  • Miss Petty who will be Y5 class teacher next year (current Y4 class) will be in school week beginning the 10th July. Please do come and say hello
  • Miss Davey will be joining the Y2 team two days a week as a 1-1 LSA and will be in once a week in preparation

 

PTA Successes…

 

Many thanks to Gillie, treasurer of the PTA, who has been busily counting money. We are in a position to release totals which are fantastic and shows just what teamwork can do:

 

£200 – donation from the Co-op towards purchasing a friendship bench

£464 – KS1 party and KS2 disco in spring term

£95 – preloved uniform sale in spring term

£73 – preloved uniform sale at incoming parents’ evening in summer term

£2,299.11 – total profit at Summer fair

Grand Total: £3131.11

 

A big thank you to all the people who made this possible and for the hard work and dedication of a group of people who continue to give their time and energy. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported these events, including the bottles and donations for the fair on the non-uniform day. Many thanks to our Events Co-ordinator Becky Jones for her role in this too. We do need more active members and a new treasurer so please think how you can support the PTA further and let us know. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

 

A message from Gillie Evans, Treasurer:

The last day of term is the ideal opportunity to make sure you are ready & kitted out for September 2017! There will be a preloved uniform on sale on Friday 21 July from 2.45pm for ~1hour, outside by the school gate if the weather is fine, or in the school hall if raining. A donation of clean, outgrown uniform is very much appreciated. Please try to remove name labels prior to donating. Thank you.

 

School Path

A polite reminder that scooters or bicycles should not be ridden on the school path. This is a very busy part of the school and parents have been concerned that they may be knocked in to. Children have also been reminded in assembly today under the theme of trust.

 

As you can see we still have a very busy time ahead before we say our goodbyes which I will do in my final newsletter.

 

I look forward to seeing you at some of the events and sharing with you the many talents of your children.

 

Donna Wenden

Head teacher

22nd May 2017

 

Lawford C of E Primary School HT Newsletter May 2017

Mission Statement:

'High quality learning and caring together in an encouraging Christian environment.'

Message from the Head teacher:

 

It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of the first half of the summer term and on their return, children will be completing their final term in their current year group. We have a busy half term ahead of us, as usual, with lots to look forward to. Thank you for your ongoing support and I wish you a safe and restful half-term break when it comes

 

Donna Wenden

Celebrations and What is Working Well:

  • Year 6 children’s conduct during the SATs, starting each day with a time with friends over a breakfast provided by Mrs Edwards
  • Successful and enjoyable trip to see ‘The School of Rock’ in the West End giving our Year 6 food for thought in preparing for their own end of term production
  • Our whole school Outdoor Classroom Day which this year included lunch and assembly outdoors. We had very positive feedback from the children and staff
  • Continuing success at sporting events, netball match against Dedham where we saw excellent teamwork which ended in a win for our Lawford team
  • Class trips to Colchester Castle and Sutton Hoo have helped to bring history alive for our Key Stage 2 children and thank you to the parents who helped us on these educational visits
  • Response to the HRSE (Healthy Relationships and Sex Education) letter and questionnaire which 63 parents kindly filled in. This will help to inform our policy and practice.
  • Sports provision - thank you for the feedback by some parents recognising how much provision has increased across the school. We are very lucky to have committed staff (teaching assistants and teachers) who have eagerly taken on clubs and arranged matches resulting in more choice for children in all key stages.

Congratulations to:

  • Adam, Toby and Alasdair Loudon for their rugby sporting achievements at Mistley Rugby Club, winning player of the year in their selected age groups. Wow!
  • Additionally well done to Zac Morsley (Y6) and Aaron Soames (Y3) for being awarded most improved players of the year in their respective age groups.
  • Leah Brooke who is entered in the Lee on Solent, last Silver of the squash season, on 16th 17th & 18th June

What’s New on the Website? www.lawford.essex.sch.uk

  • You can find photos of our ‘Outdoor Learning Day’ under the ‘Recent Events’ tab. There are also photos on the screen in the school foyer which give a good overview of the day.
  • Class pages have photos of this day too – children worked in their sports teams and may be on different class pages

We are a Church School:

  • Did you know that there is a 10.00am Family Service at St. Mary’s Church, Lawford on the second Sunday of every month? It was lovely to see some different school families at the service last week. If you have not been fortunate to see Monty Mouse in action, you are missing a treat!

Forthcoming Dates:

Thursday 25th May

  • Class photos will be taken. Please ensure children are prepared for this

Friday 26th May

  • Year 3 Roman Day – children will be exploring this history period and sharing what they have learned with their parents at 2.45pm in their Sharing Assembly
  • No Catch Up Cuppa however you are welcome to come and join Mrs Harding and Mrs Howes (SEN linked governor) for a SEND coffee morning. Please note 9.30am start.
  • The school breaks up today for half term.

 

Monday 5th June - non-pupil day

Tuesday 6th June

  • Children return to school
  • Y3 swimming begins (and KS2 non-swimmers)

Friday 9th June

  • Non-uniform day in aid of the PTA Summer Fair. FS, Years 1 & 2 to bring in bags of (preferably wrapped) sweets not chocolate. Years 3,4,5 & 6 to bring in bottles of wine. The PTA would also be grateful of any unwanted items / presents suitable for a tombola (new or as good as) and any unwanted teddies / cuddly toys. Of course as many volunteers are needed as possible – please speak to a member of the PTA if you are happy to do this.

Saturday 17th June 11am – 2:00pm (please note slight change of time)

  • PTA Summer Fair – please come along and support this event. We look forward to seeing you.

General Reminders and Information:

Late Arrivals

  • Punctuality at school is very important to the smooth running of the day; it is a life skill which we try to instil in all children. Did you know that the register and reasons for children who are late is discussed weekly at staff briefings and referred to by the school governors?

NCPCC Assembly and Workshops

  • On Friday 9th June, the NSPCC will be visiting us to deliver their ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe.’ assembly to the whole school. This will be followed by workshops for Years 5 and 6 where the subject will be discussed in more depth. More information to follow.

Events at Manningtree Library

  • Saturday 27th May – Elmer Day with activities within the library
  • Saturday 27th May to the 3rd June – ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ where children will be invited to look for different books in 10 different locations within Manningtree High Street using clues. There will be prizes.

Outdoor Learning

  • Following the recent success of our outdoor learning day, and our vision to become an all-weather school, we are considering making a waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers part of our school kit list. This would mean more lessons could take place outdoors for all children in all weathers. More information to follow.

Weather

  • The forecast for the week ahead looks very sunny and warm. Please make sure children bring sun hats to school and have suntan lotion applied. There is always a risk of showers so please ensure that they are prepared for a change in weather too.

28th April 2017

Lawford C of E Primary School HT Newsletter

 

 

'High quality learning and caring together in an encouraging Christian environment.'

 

Mission Statement:

 

Our mission statement is very important to us as a school and is central to how we go about our daily business. Children understand the significance of it and expect to be challenged if it is not adhered to. We ask this of any adult working in the school, visiting the school or on school grounds. We ask all adults to behave in a way that reflects our mission statement at all times. We will not tolerate threatening or aggressive behaviour to any members of our school community.

 

Celebrations and What is Working Well :

  • The children returned to school looking smart and with the correct resources and equipment Thank you for supporting us with this
  • Year 6 ‘Lawford Lions’ won the East Bergholt High School first Spelling Bee coming first out of 16 schools. Further information on this can be found on the link provided on our website. Well done team – you were amazing!
  • Squash coaching has started in Year 2 enabling this class to be ready for the focus on squash in Key Stage 2
  • Club enrolment was well supported and new clubs, for example, karate, proved popular
  • Miss Cordery has joined us as part of the Year 1 team and we warmly welcome her
  • Some very positive feedback from the SEN newsletter and poem which went out at the end of last term. Please see below for an extract from the newsletter in case you missed it.

 

Congratulations to:

  • Mason Gentry-Brown in Year 6 who took part in roller hockey in Portugal during the holidays for Visiona 20/20 project
  • Leah Brooke in Year 6 for getting through to Nottingham Silver Junior Open in squash, we wish her luck
  • Amelia Whiteley in Year 6 for gaining Level 1 Award in Communication (Grade 3 with Distinction) in Speaking Verse and Prose
  • Y5 and Y6 football team in their match against Great Bromley Primary School with a 10-0 win

 

What’s New on the Website? www.lawford.essex.sch.uk

 

  • Did you know that we post our ‘Stars of the Week’ and children who have received ‘Rainbow Rewards’ on the ‘Latest News’ tab every Friday?
  • ‘Recent Events’ has photographs of the ‘Spelling Bee‘ competition

 

Letters:

 

HRSE Questionnaire

Thank you. We have had 30 responses and there is still time to send in your responses.

 

SEND Newsletter

It has been suggested that we copy a paragraph from the recent SEND newsletter from our SENCo, Mrs Harding, which may have been missed by parents of children without SEND:

 

‘Finally, I would like to share a poem with you called ‘That Child’. This has been shared with all staff as well as some parents I have worked closely with this term. We all agreed that it is so powerful, it was worth sharing with everyone. Recently the media asked the question ‘What if your child was ‘that’ SEND Child?’ My role is to support everyone who works with a child with additional needs. ' (The full newsletter and poem are on our website on the SEND page in Key Information)

 

Being a parent of a child with any form of special needs can be extremely difficult at times, especially in a world where other people sometimes judge without knowing the full details. There have been a couple of inappropriate and upsetting postings in the form of comments on social media recently, concerning parents from our school. These have been brought to our attention and comprise of comments alluding to children from our school. We are a Church of England School and take our mission statement very seriously. We ask that all parents and children who sign up to be part of our school, do so too.

 

Forthcoming Dates:

 

Monday 1 May – Public Holiday, school closed

Friday 5 May – no Catch Up Cuppa in the Leveridge Hall

Monday 8 to Thursday 11th May – National Key Stage 2 SATs

 

 

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 2 May.

 

Donna Wenden

Head teacher

31st March 2017

Lawford C of E Primary School HT Newsletter

 

In an effort to make newsletters more readable, information has been put in different sections as modelled by a parent on a recent questionnaire!

 

Celebrations (Please see our school website for photos of some of these occasions):

  • Firstly, thank you for your support and help in making our school what it is – we could not do it without you!
  • Secondly thank you to all the staff who work hard to make the school a happy and successful place to be
  • PTA KS1 party and KS2 disco – thank you to the PTA for arranging and helping out with this and to the families for supporting it
  • Y5 team won the cup at MHS maths competition - well done to all involved
  • Red Nose Day was a very successful day and raised £134 for this charity
  • Y5 Easter portrayal at St Mary’s Church Lawford was a very special and somewhat emotional event. Well done to the class and Miss Dadd and Mrs Collyer
  • £492.50 raised towards a school reading shed through the School Council project – thank you for your contributions. The School Council would like to continue this into the summer term
  • Y1 participation and engagement in music festival
  • Continuing Roman Cup squash successes with Y4 winners and Y3 runners up and Y6 netball achievements with team coming runners up
  • Miss Ansell has had a baby boy called Bruin – we are very pleased that she and baby Bruin are doing so well

School Questionnaire

Thank you to the 182 parents (86%) who filled in the school questionnaire – this was an amazing total and has given us a clear picture of what you think of different aspects of the school.

 

Headlines:

98% of parents would recommend our school to another parent.

99% believe the school has a happy atmosphere.

What are we doing well?

  • ‘Nurturing the whole child’
  • Increase in sports at KS1and sports provision in general
  • Happy children and encouraging and caring environment (Reflecting Mission Statement)
  • Brilliant topics
  • Opportunities for parents to come in
  • Catering for all abilities
  • Interesting visits and visitors in
  • Great new range of reading books
  • Expecting the best from our children and ensuring children reach their true potential
  • Instilling school values in class and assemblies and seeing these reflected at home
  • Combining fun with learning
  • Resolving behavioural issues before they get to bullying
  • Lots of opportunities with clubs at lunch time and after school
  • Homework challenges in terms of variety and interesting activities

What could we do better?

  • More outdoor learning and Forest School
  • Consider length and structure of newsletter and less emails (or combining)
  • In spring parents evening, progress measures as well as where children are against national benchmarks
  • Ensure a few are not disrupting learning for the many
  • Children attending parents evenings
  • Look at homework (various responses, e.g. some need too much adult support)
  • More fancy dress and fun days
  • Group children according to ability – look at learning partners again
  • Encouraging quieter children to be involved
  • More notice given for activities such as sports events
  • Payment for all things on SchoolGateway
  • Better sex education in upper Key Stage 2
  • Promote more independence for children in transition to secondary school

 

The full analysis with percentages in each area, is available on our website under the ‘Parents’ tab www.lawford.essex.sch.uk

 

Letters:

HRSE Questionnaire

Today your child will be coming home with a paper questionnaire in an envelope which we would really appreciate you filling in. We are currently reviewing our Healthy Relationships and Sex Education (HRSE) Policy and want to seek views from different stakeholders. Please return this after the Easter break.

 

SEND Newsletter

We have had some very positive feedback from parents about the SEND newsletter and ‘That Child’ poem which went out yesterday. Please have a look at this if you have not yet had time

Summer Term – we return on Tuesday 18th April

We are in the process of confirming the summer events calendar and will get this to you as soon as possible.

 

We look forward to the children returning in the summer uniforms. Please can we remind you of the following:

  • Children need PE kits and planners every day from the first day back
  • Please ensure all items of clothes are named. We continue to have items of clothing in lost property
  • Please remember that school shoes should be traditional in style and fit for purpose. Trainers or trainer style shoes are not acceptable. .Please visit our website if you are unsure about any item of the uniform
  • Children, whether male or female, have their hair tied back as part of the school uniform. If hair is touching the shoulders, please ensure it is tied back fully. This is partly to avoid the spread of head lice and also because it adds to the smart appearance of the children

Forthcoming Dates:

Thursday 20th April – Club enrolment

Week beginning 8th May – Key Stage 2 SATs

 

Please note, no ‘Catch up Cuppa’ on the first three Fridays back due to the school needing to use the room.

 

It just leaves me to say have a very happy Easter holiday and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you and your children on Tuesday 18th April refreshed and ready for a busy summer term

 

Donna Wenden

Head teacher

Headteacher's Newsletter - 2nd March 2017

 

Dear Parents

 

February has flown by and we are heading very quickly to the Easter holidays! There are a number of messages to go out and it seemed better to put these in one document rather than lots of different emails.

 

World Book Day

We have had a really good response to children bringing in non-fiction books as part of this event. I have walked around the school and learnt a number of interesting facts from your children. My chosen book was Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course. My fact to children was that if you want to boil an egg perfectly, you need to sing three verses of Onward Christian Soldiers and you will have a beautiful runny yolk to dip your soldiers in!

 

Constable Collaborative Partnership (CCP) Peer to Peer Review

Just before half term, head teachers from Dedham Primary and Highfields Primary spent the day at our school carrying out a review of one of the priorities on our school improvement plan (SIP). The focus was looking at the provision for our academically more able children (AMA). Hilary Cook and James Aylott spoke to a selection of parents, visited all classrooms, looked at the data and spoke to children.

 

The findings are very positive as are the next steps forward. The final report is available on our school website under the ‘School Partnership’ tab. Peer reviews are taking place in both of the other schools this term and I am looking forward to spending time reviewing an aspect of their school improvement plans. We can all learn from each other and share our experiences to ensure that we continue to progress and make our schools the best that they can be.

 

iSpace

Gill and Simon Heron will be coming into school next week on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th to set up iSpace in the hall. iSpace is a prayer space with interactive stations where children can explore life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. It purposely allows children the opportunity to make their own meaning and to draw their own conclusions. Each class will have an opportunity to spend time in the iSpace. Foundation Stage children will visit with their Year 6 Buddies ensuring that they can access the task.

 

The iSpace will be open to parents and children after school next Tuesday to explore the space together or to just come in and see how it is set up and learn more about it. We look forward to seeing you if you can make it.

 

Space Day (Y1 and Y5) Friday 10th March

As part of their class topics this term, Year 1 and Year 5 have a ‘spaceman’ visiting. This is a new venture for us and we are looking forward to seeing how this enriches the knowledge of the children in a very popular theme in both classes.

 

British Science Week (Week beginning 13thMarch)

As part of British Science Week we have ‘Science Boffins’ back in school. They will be running practical sessions demonstrating science experiments and the wonders of this subject.

 

Comic Relief Day Friday 24th March

As a staff we have decided to mark this occasion with asking children to wear a red accessory as part of their school uniform. For example this might be a red hairband, socks, tights or shoelaces. Red noses can be worn although we will not be selling these in school. Mrs Edwards and her team will be baking her legendary Red Nose biscuits which the children can enjoy for a minimum 50p donation which will be sent to Comic Relief.

 

Mrs Edwards

Did you know that Mrs Edwards has been the cook at Lawford Primary School for 28 years? Think about how many school lunches she has cooked in this time! We are very sad for the school, but very happy for Mrs Edwards, that she has decided to retire at the end of the academic year. She will have time to spend with her family and especially enjoy her grandchildren. We won’t be saying our goodbyes just yet but we wanted to let you know. Governors are already asking for the secret flapjack recipe to ensure that they still receive their favourite snack at their meetings.

 

Bibles for Year 3 Children

Reverend Heron brought two visitors to school to meet with children in Year 3. Julie Tull and Karen Deed are past pupils of Lawford Primary School and their Mum, Mrs Doris Stringer, worked as part of the school administrative team for many years at the school. Mrs Stringer bequeathed some money to St. Mary's Church and it was decided that the purchase of Bibles for a class at Lawford C of E Primary School would be a fitting gesture.

 

All thirty one Year 3 children were presented a Bible by Mrs Tull and Mrs Deed and will use these in lessons throughout their time in Key Stage 2, taking them with them when they leave in Year 6. Traditionally the church has presented Year 6 children with Bibles when they have left at the end of their time with us. We think that this idea of the children having them earlier in their schooling will have greater meaning to the children and they will become more familiar with the content as they use them in RE lessons. It was lovely to see the children engrossed in exploring their Bible as soon as the presentations were over.

 

Understanding Christianity Resource in School

Did you know that as a voluntary aided church school, the teaching of RE takes place weekly and is a very important part of the curriculum? Currently teachers have been trained on a new document which will support us in teaching Christianity. The new resource called 'Understanding Christianity' is an enquiry based resource which poses questions to children to consider. It is also built around big ideas such as God, Creation, Salvation, Incarnation and People of God. The key purpose of the resource is to help all teachers support pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.

 

One part of the resource which you will see in every classroom and around the school, is a frieze created by Emma Yarlett depicting seven of the core concepts explored in the 'Understanding Christianity' materials, and giving a view of the ‘big story’ of the Bible. If you are interested in finding out more, you can visit the Understanding Christianity website: www.understandingchristianity.org.uk. Teachers have already started to plan their first unit which is based on the salvation concept and they have been impressed with the suggested ideas to engage and encourage children to follow an enquiry based method of learning. Children around the school this week have been exploring the frieze and have wowed us with their knowledge of the Bible and the stories and concepts within it.

 

Sex and Relations Education (SRE) Policy

There has been much debate in the news about schools teaching (or not!) sex and relations education in schools. We have been reviewing our policy for some time and intend to get this out to you for consultation in the near future. We are calling it our Healthy Relationships and Sex Education Policy. We are waiting for a final decision from the government about the content and expectations for teaching this subject. Whilst it is very important to update this as it is overdue, we want to get it right and spend time doing so before we finalise this. We will continue to teach to our current policy and curriculum in the meantime.

 

Thank you for your continued support and please remember, if you have an issue or concern please come and see us.

 

Donna Wenden

Head teacher

Headteacher's Newsletter - 16th January 2017

 

Dear Parents

I wish you a belated Happy New Year and welcome you and your children back to the new term. We have had a very positive start to the term with all year groups settling back in quickly. Thank you for ensuring that your children were adequately equipped with PE kits, planners and homework books. This certainly made for a smooth start to the new term and meant that children were well prepared from the beginning of the week.

 

Professional Development

The staff had two very fruitful professional development days before the children came back last Monday. We shared our first training session with the staff at Friars Grove Primary School in Colchester where a whole day was spent on gaining de-escalation skills through a programme called 'Step-on.' This is training which all staff in schools are required to have and was very useful in helping us to deal with difficult situations. It ensures that strategies are put into place so that challenging situations do not escalate further.

 

On the second day we looked at further developing our focus on Growth Mindset in terms of explicit teaching sessions in each year group. Some of these have already started and it has been fascinating to hear children talk about how they perceive themselves as learners and what they think about intelligence, that is, do they believe it is fixed from birth or that it can be improved by effort and practice. Teachers have been sharing their own experiences of themselves as learners too and children have enjoyed finding out interesting facts about how they have used resilience and practice to overcome different challenges in their lives.

 

If you would like to learn more about Growth Mindset, please look on our website www.lawford.essex.sch.uk under the ‘Parents’ tab. There are three PowerPoints based on the learning to learn agenda. Interestingly, research shows that ‘87% of parents believe most of their child’s academic success is based on their child’s natural ability’ therefore fixed from birth. If this is the case, children are coming to school already with a sense that their path is set. A key phrase at school is to add the word 'yet' on the end of a sentence starting with the words, 'I can't...' We also had professional development sessions on academically more able children, assessment for learning and our SEND action plan and priorities, sessions which were all led by different teachers within the school.

 

New Year’s Resolution

To start off the new term we made two whole school resolutions in assembly and additionally each class made their own resolutions which are as follows:

 

Whole school:

  1. To take responsibility and to keep our outdoor equipment tidy and safe at all times.

  2. To work hard to further develop a Growth Mindset and continue to ‘grow our brains.’

     

    Foundation Stage: Not to run in our outdoor classroom

    Year 1: Don’t give up! Develop a Growth Mindset.

    Year 2: Don’t stress! You can do something. If not, you are hiding your talent.

    Year 3: To be independent learners and support our Learning Partners more.

    Year 4: Believe that you can be successful at any age.

    Year 5: To always try our hardest to achieve our goals, however challenging.

    Year 6: To always aspire to work confidently, with a Growth Mindset and enjoy our final year at Lawford Primary School.

     

    Upcoming Events

    As always, we have a great deal to pack into a very short half term. I am looking forward to joining our Young Voices choir of 42 children on their annual concert to the O2 in London tomorrow. This is always an amazing experience for the children and we are always well represented by our parent body too who enjoy watching their children perform at this venue. It is something that the children will always remember.

     

    Year 4 have their overnight residential coming up too and will be following in the footsteps of John Constable at Flatford. This is another annual event which is a highlight of the year and one that they will enjoy very much. In addition, all classes will have either a sharing afternoon or assembly where you will get the opportunity to share your children's work. Year 5 will be performing the Easter story at St. Mary's Church, Lawford at the end of term and this is always a thought provoking performance and another opportunity for all children in the school to visit the church.

     

    An Open Door Policy

    We have been busy showing prospective parents around the school, especially as the deadline for applications for September 2017 has just passed. Our visitors have been very complimentary about the school and especially the children and how polite and confident they are. They have commented on our 'Meeters and Greeters' who have done a sterling job talking about their learning and what they like about Lawford Primary School. As always they are our best ambassadors.

     

    As a school we endeavour to do our best and be the best. However, we may not always get it right and if this is the case, please ensure that you come and talk to us. There has been some activity on ParentView where a few parents have indicated that they would not recommend Lawford Primary School to other parents which is very concerning and very disappointing. It is also something as a staff we find disheartening. This negative view of our school is also mirrored in the question asking about whether the school listens and responds to concerns. Please can I remind you that our door is always open and we are prepared to listen at any time. We cannot always grant your request depending on what it is but we do pride ourselves on being a listening school and willing to sort out issues and concerns as best we can.

     

    E-Safety Evening for Parents

    Finally, please can I remind you of a very important date for your diary - Tuesday 31st January from 7-9pm. Last time we had an e-safety event for parents we had a record number of parents attend and it was agreed what a useful evening it was. There have been requests for us to repeat an evening, especially in light of how quickly technology and the internet changes. Teachers and governors will be there as part of their professional development.

     

    Please put the date in your diary, if it is not there already. We have two policemen (known as 'The 2 Johns') who are leading this event. Children across the school are completing a persuasive leaflet to persuade parents to attend to help keep them safe online. If these two facts have not convinced you, then hopefully the fact that Mrs Edwards will be providing refreshments and her legendary flapjacks might!

     

    I look forward to seeing you there if you are able to make it. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Headteacher's Newsletter - 5th December 2016

 

Dear Parents,

I had not intended to send another newsletter before the end of term but felt I needed to acknowledge the fantastic PTA Christmas Fair which took place on Friday evening after school.  Parents and staff worked together to deliver a festive evening.  We never know how many people visit the fair each year but I am sure that this event topped all the others in the turnout we had.  It was such a lovely event and was a real team effort by helpers to make sure it went ahead and families and friends supporting by spending their money.

 

As ever the grotto looked stunning and better than anything I have seen anywhere else.  The attention to detail was breathtaking and I'm sure captured many children's imagination of the world of Father Christmas and his magic.  Have a look at the pictures on our website under 'Recent Events.'

 

Thank you for the help and support of many parents who had been busy behind the scenes collecting raffle prizes, wrapping up bags of chocolates, organising pictures for tea towels, baking cakes and being involved in many other jobs which take time and commitment.

 

It was lovely to see the school community enjoy an event and it was pleasing to welcome past pupils back too.  We do not have a total yet in terms of money made but I will put this on the website as soon as we have.  Whatever the final total, the evening was a great success and that could not have happened without the PTA and their band of many helpers and of course you too.

 

Did you notice the 'deliberate' mistake on my last newsletter?  Luckily we do not finish the Friday before Christmas but the Wednesday.  Of course this was purely done to see who reads the newsletter!

 

There are two and a half weeks left before we break up.  Please can you ensure that your child has completed four pieces of termly learning challenges before the term is out.  Two pieces should have been completed by half term to help children keep on track.  There are a handful of children who have not completed any (or have not handed them in) and have quite  a task ahead of them.  Some children have attended the weekly homework club run by Miss Warren and have used this time to keep up to date.  We had 100% completion rate during this term last year and it is our expectation that this will be the case this year.  Governors monitored a sample of homework books and were very impressed with what they saw.  Please support us in supporting your child to complete their challenges, thank you.

 

We are holding a book amnesty and ask you to look at home for any reading books belonging to the school.  Please have a look on shelves to see if there are any with the Lawford School stamp in.  We would just like them back and no questions will be asked.  Children should only have one reading book at a time in their book bags and although we try to keep tabs of who has what, books do get taken and some do not get returned.  Thank you for supporting us with this.

 

I hope that you enjoy the coming two weeks of festive performances at our school and local churches.  I will miss the second KS1 nativity on Wednesday as I will be supporting the choirs and Mrs Woods at the Magic of Mistley event at Mistley Church.  Mrs Gaffney will have this delight.  I am looking forward to seeing the first performance and know I have a treat ahead.

 

We cannot do all the things we do without you so please accept a very big thank you for all you do in helping us to give the children so many different opportunities both during the school day and outside too, for example, in sporting occasions, school trips, costumes for productions, keeping our raised beds going and many many more events and occasions.  As I've said before, we can do so much more together as Team Lawford.

 

Have a very Happy Christmas when it arrives.

 

Donna Wenden

Headteacher's Newsletter - 30th November 2016

 

Dear Parents,

 

PTA Christmas Fair

We are heading towards the end of term and it seems like a good time to reflect on what has gone well and also to remind you of planned events, least not of all our PTA Christmas Fair on Friday from 6 until 8pm. We look forward to a very enjoyable evening and to seeing as many of our families and friends there as we can. It is a highlight of the PTA events schedule and particularly now it has returned to being in the evening which gives it more of a festive feel.

 

Shakespeare Master Classes

We had a very successful day with the ‘West End in Schools’ drama company who delivered Shakespeare master classes to all children at Lawford Primary School.  This seamlessly culminated in a whole school performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' which was enjoyed by everyone and was a day I’m sure the children will not forget. The day was filled with Shakespeare and I know that the different editions of Shakespeare plays we had purchased have been out on loan to children inspired to learn more. Thank you to the PTA once again for funding this. This event ensured that all children benefitted from the money and added an additional enrichment day to the school timetable.

 

Visit from Paralympian Ryan Crouch

We had a visit from Ryan Crouch who is a past pupil from our school and represented Team GB in swimming at the Paralympics this year in Rio. He delivered a whole school assembly on his experience and with the themes of perseverance and determination. Ryan has mild cerebral palsy and talked about how this did not affect his dream of representing his country. Children openly shared their sporting dreams and were very interested to find out more. Ryan joined Years 3, 4 and 5 to answer their questions. An inspiring visit overall and I am sure the children will continue to follow his progress.

 

Football Team

Lawford Football Team played their first game of the season in the Constable Cup last week and secured a 3-2 win against Great Oakley Primary School. They proudly wore their new football kit which has been donated and sponsored by AM-VAS Leasing. We would like to thank the company for sponsoring our team and also coming along to watch their first match. Please visit our website to see how smart the team look in their new kit.

 

Raising Money – Thank You

I would like to say a big thank you for your engagement with Children in Need. We had a range of very creative spotty items worn on the day, for example spotty knee length socks! Mrs Edwards made her Pudsey Bear biscuits and managed to make the local newspaper again! We raised £203.70 in total. Thank you for donating your pounds to enable this to happen. Likewise, thank you to everyone who recently donated to the textile recycling collection. 280 kilos of unwanted clothes, shoes and textiles were collected and this raised £112 for school funds.

 

Key Stage 1 Lunch Timings

Foundation Stage and KS1 teachers have reviewed their earlier lunch trial and have decided that this did not work as well as they had hoped. Lunchtimes will return to the original timings of 12.30 -1.30pm.   

 

Polite Reminder

It has come to our attention that some children are being left unattended when parents pick up siblings. Children should not be using school equipment or be on the field or in the quiet area after school please as this is when accidents occur. Our children will be reminded in assembly tomorrow about this and please work with us to ensure that children are with you at all times.

 

Additionally please be respectful to our neighbours when parking. We have had a letter from the Parish Council about complaints made to them. We do have some elderly neighbours who are very distressed about the behaviour of a few parents and phone the school regularly. We can only appeal to your better nature in asking you to model our school mission statement of being caring. Additionally, no cars should be parked on zig zag lines during the times indicated on the signage and cars should not be dropping children off in the gateway as this could be dangerous. Please respect these safety measures and protect our children and the general public. Thank you.

 

Upcoming Dates

We have a number of dates to remind you about:

 

  • Friday 2nd December: Y4 Sharing Afternoon which will take place in the classroom at 2.45pm and the PTA Christmas Fair 6-8pm

  • Tuesday 6th December: FS/KS1 Nativity Performance 2.15pm

  • Wednesday 7th December:  FS/KS1 Nativity Performance 2.15pm  and the Magic of Christmas Music at Mistley Church for the school choir 1.45pm and 7.00pm

  • Friday 9th December: FS Stay and Play, 9-10am

  • Monday 12th December: Y3 and Y4 Carol Concert at Lawford Church 7pm

  • Thursday 15th December: whole school to the church am and school Christmas dinner

  • Friday 16th December – Christmas Jumper Day

  • Wednesday 21st December: last day of term!

 

I wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year and a well-deserved break for the children (and staff!)

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Donna Wenden

Headteacher's Newsletter - 21st October 2016

 

Dear Parents,

 

I thought I would catch up with you as the children complete their last day of half term.  I am sure they are all ready for a break, especially our youngest children.  They have had such a settled and productive start and we feel like they have always been with us.  Likewise, we can say the same about our Y1 children who made the transition from Foundation Stage as though it was the most natural step to take.  They are focused and responding very well and are relishing not being the youngest members of the school.

 

I would like to start by thanking you for your contribution to school events.  We had an amazing display of donated food items for our Harvest Festival assembly and a Salvation Army representative delivered these to families on our behalf.  Likewise your generosity has shone through this morning with contributions for the PTA Christmas Fair.  These donations ensure that the PTA continues to raise money for the school and provide extra resources and curriculum opportunities over and above what the school budget provides for the children.  The children seem to enjoy being in non-uniform although I know this may have been confusing for our Foundation Stage children!

 

Our first PTA funded event of this academic year is going to take place on Friday 4th November.  We are working with the ‘West End in Schools’ drama company who will be bringing Shakespeare to Lawford Primary School.  This is an enrichment day which will involve all year groups and end in a whole school performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'  Children will experience a day learning about this particular play and will also find out about Shakespeare himself.  We are very excited about this and are also very grateful to the PTA for funding this, thank you.

 

We are always reviewing our school systems. Key Stage 1 staff have felt that lunch time is too late for this age group and we therefore have been trialing an earlier time.  This also gives a longer afternoon for the teachers and is working well in terms of making the most of dividing time between subjects.  FS and KS1 lunchtime now starts at 12.15pm and finishes at 1.15pm however KS2 timings remain the same.  Although this does not necessarily affect parents directly, it is important that Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 parents are aware of this.

 

Likewise, we have been reviewing the way in which our parent consultations run and you will have already received a letter about the changes.  We are trialing an online booking system which we hope you have found useful.  Please can we remind you that this particular appointment is to discuss the progress your child is making in reading, writing and maths.  We will be sharing new Target Tracker progress reports.  Our open door policy should mean that all other matters are addressed at these times.

 

Being a church school we feel that it is important for children to know the Lord's Prayer before they leave us in Year 6.  If children choose to recite the prayer they are awarded a head teacher's certificate and Year 1 are currently in the lead for doing so!  The Lord’s Prayer has been a focus in whole school worship assemblies in on Mondays and you may have even heard your child talk about Baba Yetu which is an African version in Swahili. We have a resource which has ten different song versions of the prayer which we have been listening to on a weekly basis.  This focus culminated in a group of Year 6 children leading an assembly yesterday where they brought the focus and learning to a fitting conclusion. Thank you to Leah, Lucy, Hannah and Ella.

 

Please continue to visit our school website.  The recent events tab is frequently updated with school events such as the Harvest Festival and the recent very successful Y6 residential trip to Mersea.  We are heading for 20000 visits which is remarkable seeing that this was new in September 2015.  We can track which parts of the country and world the visits are made from and to date we have had visitors from, for example, the USA, Australia, India, Africa and Germany.  We know that some pupils who have left us to live abroad still access it and maybe some staff too who have left to go on their travels!

 

Finally a polite reminder to ensure that children do not climb on the fences or concrete posts at the entrance to the school.  This is dangerous and has caused the top of the concrete pillar to loosen.

 

I wish you a happy half term.  We all need a chance to recharge our batteries before we start a very busy second half term where the Christmas season starts very early!  I have already heard ‘Away in a Manager’ in KS1 choir after school club…

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Donna Wenden

Headteacher's Newsletter - 28th September 2016

 

Dear Parents,

 

The term is well underway and we have had a very positive start in lots of different aspects.  We are very pleased with the children's attitude to learning and the quality of their work.  Thank you for ensuring children have their PE kits and their home school planners in school.  Parents and children are keeping their planners updated with what the children are reading at home and the planners are actively being used in school.

 

Some children have already completed tasks from their termly home learning challenges and the outcomes are of a high standard and a pleasure to share.  Two governors have recently monitored the homework books from the last academic year and were very impressed with the standard, the variety of tasks and the support from home which is evident in some of the more practical tasks.  Developing homework was a priority on the school’s plan last year and we are very pleased with the progress made and the impact of this on the quality and engagement of children with tasks.

 

 

School Improvement Plan (SIP) Priorities

 

Reading for enjoyment is one of the priorities for the 2016-2017 SIP.  Thank you for the engagement with the summer reading challenges.  66 children took part in this and completed one or more of the challenges.  11 children completed all three challenges and were awarded reading cups.  We have added £500 of fiction books to our KS2 selection and have ordered new reading scheme books for Key Stage 1, starting with Year 2 as the priority.  We are ensuring that each year group has a range of classic stories which they can choose to broaden their reading habits beyond the popular new books children choose to read.

There is a buzz around the school about reading and wanting to read the new books.  I have had conversations with many children about how they are reading more and a Year 6 child said for the first time he had chosen reading over playing football!  Another child has been asking to be woken up early to read.  Years 1 and 2 are visiting Manningtree Library today and we are keen to further develop our links with the library and encourage as many children as possible to be members.

 

Ensuring that our academically more able children are suitably challenged is another priority.  Children are being given enrichment tasks, especially in maths if they are capable of stretching themselves further than the hottest chilli challenge.  We are in the process of holding 1-1 sessions with a selection of children to gain the pupil voice on this aspect.  There have been some very positive responses with children feeding back about their level of challenge and also talking about what more we could do.  For example, ‘I am definitely being challenged especially recently where it has been infinitely harder.  If everything was easy you just would not learn.’

 

 

Harvest Festival

 

Our Harvest Festival assembly takes place this Friday at 11.00am.  As usual Foundation Stage parents have been invited as their ‘scarecrow’ children will be sharing some of their learning for the first time.  The Salvation Army will join us and collect any food contributions which children donate.  If you would like to contribute to this donation, please send your child with non-perishable food, e.g. cans, packets of dried food etc which they can add to the display in the hall as part of the celebration of harvest.

 

 

The Book Fair

 

We have had another very successful Book Fair which took place during the PTA sunflower event and two sessions after school and £936.67 was spent on books by children and their families.   This has entitled the school to choose £562.00 of books to boost up our reading stock!   This is an excellent return and we would like to say a big thank you for supporting the event and also the Book Fair.   It is very much appreciated.  This is in addition to the amount spent on books already this term and is a real boost and bonus for the school.

 

 

Volunteers in School

 

We have a range of volunteers helping out in school, for example, listening to readers.  Volunteers have to go through our school checking process which includes:

  • filling out an application form,
  • providing  documents for a DBS check,
  • providing the name of a referee which is followed up by a reference request,
  • attending a meeting in school with the Headteacher or Deputy Head where school policies and procedures are explained,
  • reading key policies including ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ signing that they have read key documents and understand their duties.
  • signing an agreement about the importance of confidentiality. It is made clear that as volunteers in school, they are not to discuss any information with any parents outside of school, for example, what books or level of book a child is on, any incidents that they have observed in school.

It is very important that you have a trust in our system and know that should this not be the case, the school will follow it up immediately once they are made aware of it.

 

 

Dates for Your Diary

 

Tonight from 7-8pm Mrs Beard is leading our phonics evening which is for Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 parents.  Come and learn about digraphs and phonemes in a supportive environment – language your children will be comfortable with!

Thursday 29th September from 7.30 is the PTA annual general meeting. It would be lovely to see some new members.  Caro Thornton our PTA secretary is stepping down from her position and we would welcome any interested party.

 

 

And Finally…

 

We have had a very positive start to the new term.  Mrs Gaffney and I have already spoken with a few parents who have wanted to clarify some different things which is the best route if you have a concern.  Please come and find out if what you are being told at home is actually what has happened.  A child’s perception of events and ‘rules’ can be (not always) very different to the reality of the situation.  This is an issue when this version is repeated to other parents through social media or by word of mouth and they also believe it, causing it to spiral.

 

For example, our policy on visiting the toilet in lesson time has not changed; children have just been reminded as they are at the start of a new academic year with a new teacher.  Children are encouraged to go to the toilet before school, playtimes and lunchtime.  Teachers are very good at distinguishing between a child who needs to go to the toilet during lesson time and those who use it as a distraction.  Likewise we are happy for children to have bottles of water in the classroom which they can access at any time, meaning that they do not need to leave lessons to have a drink.

 

Our Behaviour and Rewards Policy (available on the website) is transparent and again high profile at the beginning of the academic year.  Children should be very clear as to why they have had a verbal warning or moved to amber or red, or indeed a gold star.  Warnings are always linked to the agreed behaviour code with children identifying the reason themselves.

 

We look forward to continuing working together with you.  We are very reasonable and do listen but can only do so when we know about an issue.  We want a happy school where children enjoy coming to learn.  Like all aspects of life, there are rules and we have high expectations for behaviour which 99% of the time is not an issue.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the many events planned this term and very much appreciate your support.

 

Donna Wenden

Head teacher

Headteacher's 'Welcome' Newsletter - 6th September 2016

 

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome Back

We would like to welcome you and your children back to Lawford C of E Primary School.  We would also like to extend a special welcome to the parents of our new children in Foundation Stage, Ashton, Charlie and Lyla-Jae in Y3 and Bobby in Y5. The children look very smart in their school uniforms and all seemed pleased to be back so thank you for ensuring your child is school ready after six lovely weeks without the term time routine! I enjoyed taking a whole school assembly on the first day back and I was very impressed with their behaviour, as always.

 

Rewards and Behaviour Policy

I have reminded children about our agreed Behaviour Code in assembly and teachers have been through this too in classes. Children are very clear as to the procedure of the traffic light system and consequences for unacceptable behaviour. Please familiarise yourself with our Rewards and Behaviour Policy which can be found on our website and support us with this so that children know that we are working together and school procedures are backed up at home.

 

School Website

Since we changed to our new website this time last year we have had 16418 (and counting!)  visitors from a range of counties and even countries! We do update our website frequently with key documents and any notices or information we need to get to you. Please visit us and keep updated with your child’s class page and school news. We are open to suggestions about how we can make this even more useful as a first port of call for parents and visitors and to showcase what we do. You will find us at www.lawford.essex.sch.uk

 

Reading Challenges

I hope that you were able to take part in at least one of the three holiday reading challenges. Please take a look at the staff photos showing the range of places that reading took place over the holidays. This is under latest news - reading challenges. I am looking forward to receiving photographs from children and their reading passports. If your child took part in the library summer reading challenge I would love to see their certificates too as these are not given out in school anymore. Children will be receiving recognition for the challenges which will remain open until the sunflower morning.

 

Dates for Your Diary

You will be receiving the ‘Events Diary’ this week with dates for the new term. This can also be found on the school website. Sometimes it is necessary to change an event but we try not to unless it is absolutely necessary.

 

PTA Sunflower Morning

This is taking place on Saturday 17th September from 10.00 to 12.00pm and we are looking forward to seeing you at our annual PTA Sunflower Morning whether you have a sunflower to bring or not! Come and have a cup of tea, browse our Book Fair selection and take part in some creative activities. We hope that our new Foundation Stage children and families will also join us as this first school community event of the academic year.

The Book Fair will also be open the following Monday and Tuesday after school for you to be able to purchase books in addition to the sunflower morning. Each book that is bought raises money for school books. We were delighted with the amount we received last year which bought class sets for every year group.

The PTA will also have a uniform stall where donated uniform will be on sale.  If any one has any unwanted uniform they would like to donate to the PTA, they would be pleased to receive it to resell.

 

School Governor Vacancy

We still have a vacancy for a LA Governor on our Governing Body. An LA governor does not necessarily have to be a parent of a child at school. If you are interested or you know someone who is, please come and see me and I am happy to give you more information about this.

 

Education Sunday

Sunday 11th September is Education Sunday at churches across the country. It is a day of celebration for all those involved in education including children and adults. This will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Lawford on Sunday at the 10.00am Family Service. This service is also the harvest festival where people are encouraged to bring along a donation of food. It would be really good to see our families at this service as well as members of staff and their families, especially as we are a church school.

 

Termly Home Learning Challenges (Homework)

Your child will be bringing home their new homework book which will have the termly home learning challenges in. This book will also have expectations for homework in the front which is an important document. We were really pleased with the response to this change in policy last year and we have had some fantastic work in across the year with autumn and summer terms resulting in 100% engagement and completion.

 

Refurbishment

We have had the Key Stage 2 girls’ toilets completely refurbished over the summer holidays. The current Y5 girls helped us to choose the colours and KS2 children have requested new toilets at our annual School Improvement Meetings (SIP) for two years running. This now completes the internal building work and all children have access to up-to-date toilet facilities.

 

Home School Planners

Please can children make sure that Home School Planners are in school every day and reading is recorded by parents (or the child if able) on a daily basis. We are going to tighten up on the use of the planners and ensure that they are used as they are intended to be. Children have been reminded about this in class. We also use the planners to add messages, for example, about helpers for school trips, special curriculum days etc. Please ask your child to let their teacher know if you have written a message in their planner as teachers and TAs do not go through every planner on a daily basis.

 

Punctuality

Please allow enough time to ensure that children are here on time to access school through the playground gate which closes promptly at 8.50am. There will be occasions when a child has had an early medical appointment and have to access the school via the office. We take punctuality very seriously and ask that you support us with children arriving on time. We know that it is very difficult to park outside the school when dropping children off but this is out of our control and time needs to be factored in.

 

Accessing the School Driveway

This is a message particularly for our new parents to let you know that accessing the school driveway is not permitted. Car parking is for staff only due to the limited space and for the safety of pedestrians.

 

Open Door Policy

Please remember that we do have an open door policy and we are happy to talk to you if you have any concerns. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any concerns or worries and do not let these build up. We can only sort out what we know about it. Mrs Gaffney our Deputy Head teacher and Key Stage 2 Leader and Mrs Beard our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Leader are available should you wish to discuss any issues, for example, if your child is unhappy about an aspect of school.

 

Please feel free to pop in and meet your child’s teacher at the end of the day this week introducing yourself and come visiting your child’s new classroom.

Thank you for working together with us and your continuing support. We are looking forward to another positive and successful year.

 

Donna Wenden

Head teacher

Lawford C of E Primary School Summer Reading Challenge

Where will you go this summer? Where will your reading take you?

As you know, when a child can read it opens up a whole new world to them. One that captures their imagination and takes them to places and situations which real life sometimes never can. Children who read, or are read to on a regular basis, not only achieve higher in reading but also in writing.  A home school partnership is essential in ensuring that children become fluent and avid readers. There is a direct correlation between children who are exposed regularly to books at home, whether through being read to or reading for themselves and the progress they make at school in reading.

 

One of our main priorities for the coming academic year on our school improvement plan is to further develop the love of reading, to increase reading ages and reading progress. We are looking at incentives and asking children themselves what would motivate them to read more and want to read.

We have three reading challenges for you and your children to choose from (all do all three!) during the summer holidays:

1. Join in the ‘Big Friendly Read’ summer library reading challenge 2016. Children have had an assembly taken by a local librarian from Manningtree library and know about this annual event. Children are challenged to read 6 books from the library during the holidays. This can link to challenge 3 below.
2. Take a photo of your child (or family member) reading a book in the most unusual place you can think of and bring in for us to display in September.
3. Record books read in the Reading Passport which has come home with your child today. (For more information and recommendations of bookswww.scholastic.co.uk summer reading tab)  
➢ There is a place on the back of the passport for your chilto write how many books they are planning to read during the summer. 
➢ Once they’ve started checking places off their lists, they can fill in the stamps included in the passport
➢ There is a space to write on each stamp where they have’ travelled that week – whether it’s Narnia if they have read ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobeor the zoo if they have read ‘Dear Zoo’ – the world is their oyster

There will be an acknowledgement from the school of all entries in the form of certificates and mini reading cups. Please support us with this drive to promote reading as an enjoyable and worthwhile activity and have a safe and literary packed holiday!

Donna Wenden

“Reading during the holidays should be full of fun, new adventures, discovery and laughter, finding out what it is like to be someone else – anything you simply want it to be – simply keep reading!”

Headteacher's Newsletter - 21st July 2016

 

Dear Parents,

 This is my final newsletter of the academic year and time to catch up with you before we finish for the very welcome summer break.

 

Farewell to Year 6

We have thoroughly enjoyed our time with our Year 6 who entertained us with an amazing production of Joseph, worthy of any West End theatre. We saw emerging stars play to a packed audience where they even received a standing ovation. We also joined them for a Leavers' Service at St. Mary's Church, Lawford where awards were given for areas such as achievement, excellence in subjects, progress and for modelling values. We reflected on their time at our school and as always had lots of laughter to share. We wish them the very best of luck as they go on their way to the next stage of their educational journey. We would also like to say a big thank you for the support given to us by the Year 6 parents, especially to those families who will be leaving us due to their last child having completed Lawford School.

 

Congratulations to our Foundation Stage Graduates!

We have not said goodbye forever to our Foundation Stage children but just to their first year in school. We watched 30 very proud children wearing their mortar boards and gowns graduate in front of their also proud parents, which for some was an emotional experience. What a long way they have come and we are so very proud of them too! We know that they are more than ready for Year 1.

 Goodbye and Good Luck to Staff and Pupils

We will be saying a few goodbyes tomorrow. We wish Miss Rowe (Y5 teacher) the very best in her move to Mayflower Primary. We would like to thank her for her time at Lawford Primary School, especially her contribution to PE and sport.  We wish Mr Bond (Y2 TA) the very best too as he starts his teacher training course in September and we look forward to hearing that he has qualified as a secondary school drama teacher this time next year. We are sadly losing three pupils and would like to wish them the best of luck for the future too. Gracie Joslin (Y5), Alva Holmejford Phillips (Y2) and Sienna Denny (Y2) - we will miss you all.  We thank you for each bringing something special to our school. You will all leave your own footprint, just like Year 6

 We would also like to send Miss Frances our very best wishes on her marriage in the summer. She will return as Mrs Reed and continue to teach French across the school.

 

 E-Safety Advice

Do you know that the world is going PokemonGo crazy? Please see the link on the website showing how to keep safe with this craze this summer as well as other updates. Whilst there are very many fun elements to this and it is getting children (and adults) out in the search for these creatures, there are some risks which we would like to remind children and parents about. Please find a link for more information on our website under e-safety. Likewise we have also added a link about keeping your children safe online in general over the holidays, for example, thinking about the consequences of photos being posted.

 

 Summer Reading Challenges

As ever, we continue to focus on developing reading comprehension and a passion for reading. Some parents and children have informed us that they liked a previous reading passport challenge which encouraged their children to read more than usual. Your children will come home with a reading passport for the holidays more of which you will hear about in a separate letter. And we look forward to children engaging with this during the summer holidays and we hope you will support us with this.

 

Uniform Reminder

As you know we are very proud of how our children look in their Lawford School Uniform. A polite reminder about uniform as you may be purchasing new clothing over the summer holidays. You will find the school list on our website www.lawford.essex.sch.uk which serves as a useful reminder. Please remember that we have limited cloakroom space and children only need a small school bag.

 

School Reports

We hope that you enjoyed reading your child’s report. We have enjoyed reading your responses, thank you. There are still a fair amount of slips to come in so please ensure that these are sent back as a confirmation that you have received and read your child’s report. We are also asking for feedback on the formats of the report so that we can use this feedback this time next year when we are reviewing them and your feedback is valued and used continually to improve.

 

 Tendring Hundred Show

Did you see our winning display at the Tendring Hundred Show? Mrs Woods and Mrs Collyer designed and put up the display which showcased work from Foundation Stage to Year based on African art and design. We received the ‘Best Primary School Exhibit’ and were delighted with this award.

 

 Termly Learning Challenges

We are really delighted with the engagement and overall quality of the home learning challenges. Some children have used homework club to do their challenges and this is available to KS2 as an after school club which is worth remembering next term if homework is a struggle. We had 100% in the autumn term, just under in the spring term and are hopeful of 100% this summer term. Thank you for your support with this.

 

 PTA Sunflower Morning

Please put this key PTA event in your diary for Saturday September 17th as this will soon be upon as the holiday comes to an end. It is the opportunity particularly for our new Foundation Stage to experience a community event but fun for everyone. Scholastic books will be on sale as we had last year. As a school we benefitted hugely from the percentage paid back to the school in the form of books and are very grateful to you for supporting this event and purchasing books throughout the proceeding week.

 

 The Winning Sports Team

 The Yellow Team finally reached victory after weeks of collecting points and two fantastic sports day events. It was a very narrow win, with a difference of just 7 points! Congratulations to all those in the yellow team and to the other teams for making it such a close call. Red team (I am a member of this team!) we will come back fighting next year! The final scores were as follows:

 1st - Yellow - 1048

2nd - Green - 1041

3rd - Blue - 1025

4th - Red – 1008

 

Free School Meals

The following information is for parents of children in Year 3 from September 2016. As you may be aware, automatic entitlement to a free school meal finishes at the end of Year 2 and only children from low income families are eligible for free school meals from Year 3. If your household income is less than £16,190 per year, or you receive income support or an equivalent benefit, you will need to make an application in August if you want your child to receive a free school meal from September. Applications can be made from 1 August 2016 online at www.essex.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals or by calling 0345 603 2200.

 

 And Finally…

 Have a very safe and fun holiday break. We do appreciate how well our parents support us and how lucky we are to have such great teamwork from you. Thank you to our many parent helpers who have helped out in school hearing readers, accompanied us on trips or transported children to sporting events or residential. We are very grateful even though we may not always articulate it enough.

 I would like to end by saying a very big thank you to every member of staff at Lawford C of E Primary School who make it such a great place to work and such an excellent place for your children to come to school. We are very lucky!

 

 Happy Holidays!

 Donna Wenden

Headteacher's Newsletter - 20th June 2016

 

Dear Parents,

 

I just wanted to feedback on two very successful events which took place last week and also update you further on staffing following some parental feedback.

 

Staffing

In my haste to get staffing out to you I missed some information:

 

  • We would like to congratulate Mrs Smith in Year 2 for gaining her Qualified Teaching Status (QTS).  She has had a very successful year with the current class and has been mentored by Mrs Henderson under the Teacher Direct programme based at St. Thomas More Primary School.  With recruitment and retention a national issue, we are keen to 'grow our own' and would certainly look to do this again.
  • Mrs Harding our SENCo will increase her days from 2 to 3 days per week from September 2016.
  • Miss Francis will continue to teach French on a Wednesday, possibly extending this in to Key Stage 1.
  • After consideration of her own health and well-being, Miss Ansell has decided not to return in her role as a class teacher.  We are sorry to hear this and look forward to her visits.

 

The PTA Summer Fair

Thank you to the PTA for organising another very successful summer fair.  Although the weather remained overcast, we were very lucky to avoid the rain all day.  Thank you for your help in terms of providing donations for the bottle and sweet tombola - these were two very popular stalls and helped the PTA to raise approximately £1800 for the school.  Thank you for your support on the day, whether it be in a helper role or just by attending and enjoying the occasion.  It was lovely to see past pupils helping and also some of our new starters attending and getting familiar with the school site in a very relaxed atmosphere.

 

We had some regal visitors who helped make the occasion a Royal one and also held our first Lawford ‘Bake Off’.  The raffle proved to be very popular and I won my first prize in the five years I have been at the school.  Thank you to the parents and companies who donated prizes. I am looking forward to a meal at the Shepherd in Langham!

 

Does anyone know a Cindy Coombs?  She has won a raffle prize but we do not have a contact number.

 

Empty Classroom Day

We had a brilliant day on Friday deserting the classrooms to take the learning outside.  Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 spent the whole morning utilising the school grounds carrying out such activities as mini-beast hunting, an archeological dig and making musical instruments out of natural resources found in the grounds.  The outdoor classroom in Foundation Stage proved very popular too with all Key Stage 1 pupils.  Key Stage 2 were out all day and experienced a range of activities including Forest School (tree climbing), creating a camp fire and toasting marshmallows, orienteering and creating artwork from natural resources.

 

Luckily the thunder, rain and lightning came whilst we had come inside for lunch.  However, this did evoke a great deal of excitement and children were quite disappointed that they were not outside in the deluge.  Outdoor learning resumed after lunch which even included a bit of natural face painting!  We gathered together at the end of the day as a school and the feedback was very positive from the children.  Many said that it was their best day at school ever and voted for more outdoor learning.  We now intend to celebrate this every year and are also considering an empty classroom on a termly basis so that children can experience the grounds in the different seasons.

 

We recognise that you may feel anxious about your children in such weather conditions as on Friday.  However, as always, children’s safety is our first priority: we would never carry out any activity that would compromise this.  Risk assessments are always carried out before activities take place, monitored during activities and reviewed accordingly.  For example, children were not allowed to climb the trees without suitable footwear or a trained adult in the vicinity.  Mrs Gaffney was also making alternative arrangements should the lightning have continued and the children therefore not have been allowed in the forest school area.  Risk assessments were also written and carried out for the camp fire activity.  The outdoors is a giant playground and there is no such thing as ‘bad weather’ more so, inappropriate clothing.  Those children who were kitted out for wet, cold weather were able to engage fully in all activities and even splash about at lunchtime.  Please note, it is our vision to become an all-weather-school in the future, ensuring children can go outdoors no matter what the weather.  This year, we have had very few indoor playtimes to support this.  As always we would welcome constructive feedback to help us achieve this for all pupils.

 

Please look at photographs taken on the day under the ‘Recent Events’ page of the website and the 200+ on the screen in the foyer too.  A photographer from the Standard came to cover this event so we are hoping that this will also be featured in the local paper.  The overall behaviour of the children was a pleasure to witness.  Some children stood out from the others with their brilliant outdoor related skills which sometimes we do not necessarily see in the indoor classroom setting.

 

We continue to have a packed timetable until the end of term.  On Wednesday we have the ‘Sound of Lawford’ concert for children who play instruments and are in the choir, Year 1 have their sharing afternoon on Friday and Year 6 are busily practising for their end of term production of ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Donna Wenden

Headteacher's newsletter - 25th May 2016

 

Dear Parents,

 

We are heading towards half term and despite being a longer term, it has flown by.  I thought I would just catch up on a few news items before the children go off for their May break.

 

Well Done to Year 6

We have already had a busy first half of the summer term.  Year 6 children have completed their national tests and did us proud in how they approached these.  They enjoyed a different breakfast every day cooked by Mrs Edwards and this gave them an excellent start to the testing schedule.  They were the first cohort to take the new style tests and coped admirably.  This was amongst a lot of controversy in the media about the tests being more challenging.  However, the children did their best and can now enjoy continuing their research question, ‘Are we ready for the curtain call?’  They have already enjoyed a trip to London’s West End to see The Lion King and are busy planning their end of term production.

 

Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Focus

We had a successful annual visit from the Life Bus as part of personal, social, health and emotional (PSHE) curriculum.  Children learnt about a range of topics to support their health and well-being.  All classes from Foundation Stage to Year 6 very much enjoyed their sessions with Nancy and Gerald (the giraffe).  We have decided to run these sessions in the autumn term from next year to give us more time to follow up throughout the academic year.  We have also just received the results from our annual SHEU report (Health-Related Behaviour Survey) which asks questions and analyses answers about how children from Years 4-6 are feeling about their own well-being and life style.  We use these findings to compare year on year percentages and improvements and to also identify areas for action, for example, the need to focus on healthy eating and to develop children’s resilience, which Mrs Harding has already started.  Hopefully you received the parent leaflet explaining why it is so important for children to be resilient.

 

Healthy Schools and Snacks

We are also in the process of revalidating our ‘Healthy Schools’ status. We have looked at the criteria and discussed this as a staff.  We have noticed a range of snacks appearing in KS2 at break time which would not be classed as healthy snacks.  After looking at part of the criteria, we have agreed to return to children just bringing in fruit or vegetables for their break from after half term.  This then does not confuse what is classed as a healthy snack or not; some products claim that they are healthy but in fact are not so.  This will also help to cut down on the increasing litter in terms of wrappers!  Thank you for your support with this.  Just a reminder also that we are a nut free school due to a number of nut allergies, including one that is severe.

 

Minor Amendment to School Lunch Menu

Please note that on Wednesday and Thursday of Week One the baguette fillings have been swapped.  Therefore, on Wednesday the baguette filling will be Salmon & Cucumber with Ham now on a Thursday.  The menus on our website have been amended to reflect this change, please note this change on your printed copy.

 

Non-Uniform Day – PTA Event

We would like to say a big thank you for participating in the annual non-uniform day in return for sweets and wine.  We had 100% of our children in non-uniform on the day – there are usually one or two children who forget!  We had some disappointed KS1 children who thought the actual fair was on this day!  The sweets and wine have been carefully stored away for our ‘Great British Summer Fair’ on Saturday 18th June from 11.30 to 2.30pm.  We look forward to seeing you there and any helpers are welcome and needed still please.

 

Empty Classroom Day – Friday 17th June 2016

We are taking part in a UK campaign called ‘Empty Classroom Day’ which is on the second week back after half term.  Please note that this is not on the current events calendar.  This campaign is backed by Persil, led by Eco-Schools England and supported by Project Dirt.  On this day schools across the world will be taking lessons outside and it is the hope of the campaign that outdoor learning becomes a bigger part for schools on a daily basis.  Outdoor learning remains a key focus for us and we are planning a day for the children to be outside as much as possible. We are hoping that the newspaper will come and cover this event and we will send more details to you nearer the time.

 

Local Authority Governor Vacancy

With Mrs Simpson leaving the Governing Body last term, we now have a vacancy for this post.  An LA governor does not have to be a parent (but can be) so if you or anyone you know of is interested in this post, please come and find out more from me or Richard Heath, Chair of Governors.  The Governing Body is then able to make a recommendation to the local authority who will then subsequently make the decision to appoint.  On this note we would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Simpson for her time and commitment as a governor to Lawford Primary School.

 

Thank You from Little Pumpkins

Little Pumpkins would like to thank parents and children who supported their cake sale and would like you to know that they raised £134 - the most amount of money ever from a cake sale yet.

 

Reminder of Return Date

Have a very happy holiday when it arrives and please note that we have a non-pupil day on Monday 6th June with the children returning on Tuesday 7th June.

 

Thank you for continued support.

 

Donna Wenden

Head teacher

Headteacher's Newsletter - 19th April 2016

 

Dear Parents,

 

This is just a brief catch up at to welcome you back for the final term of the academic year.  Thank you for ensuring that your children returned with the correct resources, such as planners and PE kits which are essential for everyday life at school.  The children look smart in their school uniforms, thank you for this.  The weather is getting warmer and we know it is the summer term when we see some blue checked dresses being worn.  A few children in the upper school have needed reminding about our uniform policy (which can be found on the school website).

 

Our value for life this term is responsibility.  We have talked about children taking more responsibility themselves for ensuring that they have the correct equipment and are wearing the correct school uniform.  Currently, we are also having a focus on taking responsibility for our environment, ensuring that equipment is put away and cloakrooms and outdoor areas are kept tidy and fit for purpose.  In terms of the outdoor environment, we unfortunately lost our poly tunnel due to the high winds at the beginning of the Easter holidays.  We are also struggling to fit in time to keep our raised beds looking appealing and would certainly value and welcome any ideas or volunteers who could give us an hour or two to make these more sustainable.  Please let us know as any help will be gratefully received.

 

 On that note, as a staff we have also discussed having a ‘Tidy up Day’ which would consist of identifying, for example, a two hour slot on a Friday after school, or a Saturday morning, and blitzing the whole site.  This could be the rejuvenating of the Y1 Mud Kitchen or Forest School area, a litter pick up and a general tidy up.  I wonder what your thoughts are about this and if you would be interested?  This fits in well with the national tidy up theme which has been launched for the Queen’s birthday celebrations.  Additionally, to support Mr Webb with keeping on top of the outdoor environment in particular, we are seeking to appoint a cleaner for 2 hours a day from Monday to Friday.  Despite putting this on our website and on the school notice board, we have been unsuccessful in anyone coming forward.  Do you know anyone who might be interested? Please could you let your friends and family know about this position.

 

After looking at the organisation of other schools’ sports days, we have decided on having all the sports on one day (11th July, weather permitting) rather than split into two.  KS2 sports day would be in the morning followed by FS and KS1 in the afternoon.  (Any families with children in both KS2 and FS/KS1 would be welcome to bring a picnic if they would prefer, to save going home for lunch and coming back again.)  We will send out more information nearer the date as we are yet to finalise this.  We will still have a reserve day (12th July) in case of poor weather.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to working with you to ensure a successful summer term.

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