We are fast approaching the end of another term with the spring break on our doorstep. Hopefully the weather will remain as it has for a little longer.
With this in mind a reminder that we have a ‘Spring into action’ weekend, the 5th, 6th & 7th weekend. We are looking for any small amount of help with the following;
If you can spare a day, an afternoon or even an hour, and would like to offer help and bring along extra tools, please could you let the office know where and when your skills could be utilised, or sign up on the planner in the main entrance – thank you. There will be plenty of cakes and refreshments on offer!
We would love for all this to be complete before our Grand Opening of the Swimming Pool and Changing Rooms on Friday 26th April at 2.30pm, where all are welcome.
Mufti – Friday 5th
As you know it is the last day of term this Friday 5th, with an early finish @ 1.15pm. For the morning, we have a visiting ex-pupil, who has progressed in his rugby with Exeter Chiefs Academy, and who will be leading assembly, talking through his journey. He will then take a couple of year groups for some sporting activities. To support we would like all pupils to come to school dressed in a sport’s kit, of their choice, with the usual donation of £1.00. Who knows who will be inspired to follow their dreams and talents?
Cross Country @ Devon Winter Games
Three of our teams were selected to represent Plymouth schools at the Devon Winter Games, in Torbay last week. The teams did brilliantly well, and there were some amazing individual performances, yet again. Azad in Year 6 came 6th overall, and Phoebe in Year 4 came 10th. We are so proud of all our runners, what a successful year they have had – hopefully the last run of the year (the Plymouth Half Marathon Schools’ Fun Run) will inspire many more to take up this sport? Congratulations to all our runners.
Governors regularly visit school to carry out monitoring visits, as part of their role. This not only provides them with an insight into the day-to-day management of the school but also allows them to see the school vision and ethos in action, as well as the behaviours and attitudes of pupils, towards goals set by the school and governance. Last week governors carried out this alongside further training, in a ‘learning walk.’ They will be putting their learning into further practice this week, when they attend a Governor Focus Day, where they will be looking at Oracy. Look out for the Governors’ Newsletter, which will be with you later this week, with an overview of their work and impact this term. We are very fortunate to have such a committed board of governors, who take real pride and a genuine interest into the outcomes for our pupils.
Don't forget you can access more about school governance here - Governors
May is a month that is dominated by national testing. Year 6, across the country, take their tests in the same week, w/c 13th May. In order to make it less stressful, we provide them with a cooked, communal, breakfast and provide sweet treats! They of course then get the opportunity to run all this off in the afternoons.
We also have Year 2 tests, which are less formal, the teacher can administer as individuals, groups or whole class, as best for the children, and they are marked within school. We then have Year 1 who will take the phonics screening standard w/c 10th June.
Teachers try to maintain a balance of the exciting, fun curriculum, alongside the tests, however they are very mindful of the impact tests can have upon children. All we ask is for them to do their best and we will continue to encourage this.
No doubt over the next couple of weeks there will be a number of egg hunts and bonnet parades! Wishing you all an enjoyable and peaceful spring break.