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Week Ending 23rd November 2018


Attendance figures this week are as follows:


1st place goes to Blue 2 for 100% attendance.

2nd place goes to yellow 1 for 99.6% attendance.

3rd place goes to Indigo 2 for 99.1% attendance.


Week Ending 23rd November 2018


Another week closer to Christmas already…flying by, but I am happy to see that the children remain hardworking and dedicated to their learning.


A busy start to the week and it all started with our termly drills to practise the roles, responsibilities and routines during fire and lock down procedures. It always saddens me when we have to practise such routines. However, it is part and parcel of the health and safety of our children. I am pleased to say that we got the children out safely during the fire drill in under 2.5 minutes. We planted a simulated fire at the bottom of one of the stairwells and once again, this did not faze the children or staff. It took less than an additional minute to do the registers and everyone was at safety.


A lock down drill is always a little more difficult for the children to understand, but once again the children took this in their stride and the staff did a great job of keeping the children calm and safe. We locked the doors of the classroom, pulled down the blinds and children were sensible about sitting under tables or getting to the closet place of safety.


In both situations, the children were incredibly mature and I was very proud of them. Our staff did a great job of performing the drills diligently and therefore, I have every confidence that in the sake of a real emergency, we would be able to keep our children safe and away from potential harm.


On Wednesday, Mr Leyshon and the staff took a group of children to the Active Sports event at Kimberley Leisure Centre. I was told by the children, and Mr Rod Petman (our Chair of Governors), that everyone did us proud and had a fantastic time. I also hear that the ‘Drumba’ was a huge hit and showed the children also how much fun keeping fit can actually be.


On Thursday, we had another exciting opportunity. Mrs Jamson, Miss Busby, Miss Marvin and Chris Buck took a group of children to Kelham Hall for the singing event with Mark DeLiss. Once again, I am told that the children performed brilliantly and learnt a lot about high aspirations in life and aiming high.


A great week in school and I am truly proud of how hard everyone is working.


On a more serious note, parking continues to be a problem around school. I am told that there was a ‘near-miss’ with a child from Foundation 2 (EYFS) and a van this week and I really would urge everyone to be safe and considerate when parking close to school. I have done everything I can with letters, emails and links with the local beat and PCSO. However, I would please continue to ask that everyone parks safely around school i.e. not blocking the paths and parking on the actual pavements. I am aware of social media coverage, links with the papers and online petitions. Please try to keep our children safe, as I am sure no one wants to see an accident close to school and a child get hurt.


Thanks very much in advance.


Warm regards,


Michelle Bates

Head Teacher