Where did this month go?!
Again we saw a number of sporting events take place last week with varied success. The week started with netball and football competitions, with teams from across Plymouth. Despite some fantastic play we did not get through to the finals. It sounds as if the football team just missed out (like Argyle) - the overall winners (Elburton) were first in the same pool, with Wembury second. The team that Elburton beat in the finals, to become champions, had lost to Wembury earlier in the day. However football successes came later in the week against Pilgrim Primary. Both A and B teams won confidently and came back very proud of their performances.
On Friday we saw the first of the Plymstock schools' cross country meetings, organised by Plymstock Road Runners, held at Wembury. Again there were some determined and amazing performances, from children in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6. I have no doubt that over the course of the next three meetings we shall see further successes.
Well done to all athletes.
Pupil numbers continue to increase; it looks as if we will be full in Foundation for September 2017 and no doubt this will impact upon pre-schools’ numbers and ultimately the community. This is great for the school, as in real terms, schools' budgets are reducing but with our number's increasing our budget should remain roughly the same, or even slightly better. The new building developments (Barne Barton and Knighton Road) have not only generated additional pupil numbers but also funding to support the increase of pupil numbers, for school building works. It is hoped that extension work, additional teaching and learning spaces, and the outside area of Foundation/KS1, will be carried out over the summer, in readiness for our next intake. This work is in addition to the swimming pool changing rooms and KS2 playground.
As you are aware, we are exploring the possibility of shaping and creating a new MAT (Multi Academy Trust). A number of meetings are due to take place this week, to enable us to make a decision as to whether to further pursue this, or look at other available options. We will keep you updated in due course but as you can imagine this will need much debate and deliberation, by all.
Most teachers have had the opportunity to observe two maths teachers from Shanghai. Although their methods and style of teaching cannot be replicated what can be taken from their practice is the use of mathematical language and processes of mastery. Shanghai do not have regular changes to their curriculum; teachers contact parents to let them know what needs to be covered in the three hours homework per night, and are expected to purchase the same work books!! (No - we have no intention of replicating!!)
Although this term is short it is jam packed with activities and opportunities. We have our annual musical, Play Day extravaganza coming up on 22nd and 23rd March as well as Science week and parent consultations in the week commencing 13th March. World Book Day is Thursday 2nd March, so start getting ideas together for those amazing character outfits! Check out the school calendar for these and other events.
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