Headteacher Weekly Bulletin 16th September 2019

Hello to all new parents 'old' and new.

I try to write a weekly news update. That way you don't have to wait ages to find out things or get piles of letters or a whole bunch of texts. I'll send the link via teachers2parents. I hope this works for you. Feedback from last year was that parents, especially of older children, struggle to find out what is going on in school as their children don't tell them anything (my daughter is the same!) so it's good to be able to refer to the news bulletin.

This half term our MPJS value is 'Respect'. We started our week with an assembly asking pupils if they wanted to be bulldozers (putting people down) or builders (building each other up). Happy to say we seem to be developing a whole school of builders! We've started to learn some autumn and Harvest songs. We also sang Happy Birthday to Mr Boyer for his special birthday.

The pupils have chosen their peers to be our School Council. Within that we have 3 small groups: Eco Committee, Digital Leaders and Ethos (values) team. Photos and their action plan will be on the School Council tab at the end of the week.

Clubs - these will start on Monday 23rd September. Don't forget that you can ask the office for help if you are finding ParentPay hard to use. Any spare places will be released on Friday for those who want a 3rd club, so don't forget to book places by the end of the day tomorrow or your child may miss out.

I've done drop-in lesson observations to every class to check that our teachers have established good routines and that pupils are set up to make good progress from the very start of lessons. I'm so pleased with what I've found - our children are settled, teachers have set up great starter activities and within 5 minutes of getting in from the 8.50 am whistle, or the end of playtimes, independent learning is taking place. I'm so proud of everyone.

Thanks to everyone who came to our first PTFA meeting last night. We've managed to strengthen our committee and hoping that this year will be able to apply for external funding, as well as raising money ourselves and having a good time together.

Please look out for our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon letter as this will be our first school event. The Infant School are working with us on this event so please invite your friends. This year we are hoping for lots of 'Bake Off' contestants. The Adult and Child winners will win personalised wooden spoons! We will be auctioning off cakes - all proceeds go to Macmillan.

PE Kits - We had asked you for 'trainers for outside and bare feet for inside' this year, but Mr Jordan has asked that for the games sessions this term, pupils wear the trainers in the hall (it's basketball etc.). Just something to bear in mind - he is trying to stay outside whenever possible. I don't want your child to get their toes trodden on in the hall so please make sure you've popped a pair in your child's bag, rain or shine.

Have a good week everyone and see you around school - if you need me for anything, just ask and if I CAN help, I WILL help.

Mrs Nunwick