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Thursday 8th February 2018

 

This week, the following children have received a Head Teacher’s Award:

 

Harry – EYFS – for fantastic formation of the letter ‘d’ and showing great attitude towards his learning in phonics and finger gym.

Josh – Year 2 – for fantastic effort when writing his fable. His handwriting was so beautiful and much improved.

Amelia – Year 2 – for a fantastic piece of fable writing, which included inverted commas, commas in a list and apostrophes.

Charlie – Year 2 – for writing an excellent piece of writing about a kangaroo. Lots of adjectives used and good us of full stops and capital letters.

 

Attendance figures this week are as follows:

 

WILF will be visiting class 5 for 100% attendance.

Jessica will be visiting class 8 for 99.2% attendance.

Third place for attendance goes to Class 10 for 98.8%

 

The ‘Top Table’ VIP lunch awards goes to:

 

Denny Thurgood – Class 1

Robyn Simpson – Class 2

Riley Anderton – Class 3

Oliver Shipley – Class 5

Ava Watson – Class 6

Lily Bamford – Class 8

Lucy Timmins – Class 13

Emily Bailey – Class 14

 

Week Ending 9th February 2018

 

Once again, a very busy but productive week at Greasley Beauvale. I am so proud of how hard all the children and staff are working and the place is a hive of positivity and progress. Gold book certificates are currently the perfect evidence that children are becoming more resilient and positive about their learning. They are challenging themselves further and understanding the ‘Power of Yet’ – We may not be able to do something ‘YET’, but we will if we try and try again! Eventually, we can all make progress if we try and persevere.

 

On Monday morning, we had an important whole school assembly all about water safety. Trisha Caine came in from the Nottinghamshire County Council and spoke with us about what to do if we are out and spot someone in trouble in water. We now know that we can follow the SAFE rule: Shout for help; Assess how we can safely help; throw something that Floats for the person to hold onto (if there isn't a flotation ring then something like a football or large empty water bottle with the lid on) and call the Emergency services using 999 or 112. We know we must NEVER get into the water ourselves because then there will be another person in danger. Thank you to Lauren from Class 9 and William from Class 1, who helped our visitor to demonstrate how to rescue someone safely.

 

On Monday evening, we had another super staff meeting on the new school vision for 2018. All staff and governors joined us, where we talked at length about the ideas from yourselves and the children. We talked, debated and thrashed out how to incorporate the chosen words into a vision statement, which can then be understood by everyone involved with the school and the local community. We designed what the vision statement could look like and how we will make it accessible and believable for all. Another exciting step towards the vision being complete and ready to share with you very soon. Watch this space!

 

A reminder of the chosen words for the vision from children, parents, staff and governors:

Effective communication, social skills, independence, creative, resilience, respect, self-confidence, challenging yourself, risk-taking, aspirational, empathy, curious and forward-thinking.

 

If anyone has a skill, or contact, in graphic design work then please come and talk to me and there may well be a project coming your way!

 

Well, there is a first time for everything at Team GB and this week was the first for our film night events. Pupil Parliament originally suggested this idea for an afternoon event. However, this was negotiated with myself and the two nights (instead of the regular disco) were decided upon as a compromise. Pupil Parliament worked very hard to plan the idea, suggesting that we had an EYFS and KS1 night and then an additional night for KS2. They organised votes for the films and attend the fun themselves. EYFS and KS1 watched Boss Baby and KS2 thoroughly enjoyed watching the Emoji movie. The Greasley HUB team did an amazing job too; I have never seen so many hotdogs and bags of Haribos being served on trays (just like the good old days)…and they wore their PJs too (even some had a Christmas theme!). The film nights were very well-attended and the event was a huge success. Thank you for allowing the children to attend. Without your support, the children would miss such opportunities and our school fund would be minimal. The Greasley Hub are currently supporting me in raising funds to develop our outdoor playground provision. The two film nights managed to raise approximately £1,000 towards such an extensive and expensive project. I am very grateful to everyone for helping out, but primarily, the children loved it! Thank you!

 

On Wednesday, we supported ‘Safer Internet Day’…and, once again, very valuable messages were shared. The theme this year was, "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you", which is a call to action for every stakeholder to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users out there. More than that, it is an invitation for everyone to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to ensure a better digital experience. https://www.saferinternetday.org/web/sid/home is a useful webpage to give you the advice, support and resources to help you share those important messages at home. The internet can be a very fun, informative and an amazing place to explore the world around us. However, it can also be an extremely dangerous, damaging and scary place to explore. The stories I sometimes hear are very worrying and start so innocently. How scary that it is actually getting to a point where internet use in the home can sometimes be more dangerous than allowing our children out to play on the park or ride a bike around on the streets. Please protect your children at home on the internet. Check their phones, limit their access, limit social media access and be vigilant.

 

On that note, keep safe, have a fabulous weekend and enjoy the rest, everyone!

 

Warm regards,

Mrs Bates

Head Teacher

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