Afternoon all! Apologies for the lateness of the newsletter this week but we have been otherwise engaged with our inspection visit. We are sorry that many planned events/meetings needed to be cancelled – we will do all that we can to rearrange them. Please bear with us.
Unfortunately, we aren’t in a position to share the outcome of the inspection with you. We will need to wait until the report is published.
For now, it is onwards and upwards. Thank you to everyone who completed the online survey – your support was overwhelming! There were a few concerns raised on the parent free text which came as a bit of a surprise. We would reiterate that we like to think that we have an open-door policy and are approachable so if you do ever have any concerns or feel that something is unjust, please do come and talk to us. We are always willing to listen.
- Maths Family Learning Day: Friday 31st January
Mathematical fun for all the family! You may have attended Elmhurst family learning afternoons before, but this one is going to be extra special! We are very lucky to have one of the UK’s leading providers of Creative Maths workshops to come into work with us this time. Our family maths learning afternoon will be offering a fun and friendly environment in which parents/carers can work alongside their children on activities that both explore the value of maths and unpick fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. You’ll also discover just how easy it is to use any part of your home as a stimulus for quick and impromptu maths challenges!
Remember to sign up quickly as it is going to be very popular – it is an opportunity not to be missed…
The sign-up sheet will be in the entrance hall from next week. If you prefer, please email the school office and they will add your name to the sheet.
- Gardening update – Karen Chard
What a lovely sunny first gardening session of the year! I started with Ms Prime’s class and will be with them for the next 2 weeks. We did some apple tree pruning, 4 trees in total. I am a beginner at tree pruning but we worked it out between us and I think we did a good job. There were still a few leaves to collect for composting and there was lots of fun pushing each other in wheelbarrows. The children finished the session making muddy puddles and painting on the huge copper beech tree with it. It was a really fun session and they really were a lovely group of children.I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the class. Please ensure they have clothes you don’t mind them getting muddy in because water and mud are so much fun. Thank you.
- Plastic Free Street Campaign
Councillor Drew joined us on Monday to talk to the children about the Plastic Free Street campaign. There will be an awareness day for Street families to help promote the campaign and give you more information about how to get involved. We will send through more details when we have them.We would always encourage children to do what they can to reduce the use of single-use plastics. If they would like to produce a piece of artwork from waste plastic, make a poster etc we could use them on the day to help promote the campaign.
Please make sure that any items produced are returned to school by Thursday 13th February – we will then pass them to Councillor Drew.
- Year 4 – Hestercombe Meeting – Tuesday 28th January
There will be a meeting for Year 4 parents on Tuesday 28th January at 3.30 pm in the hall. Please come along to find out more about the Hestercombe Camp.
- Sporting News
Congratulations to all the children who took part in the Cyclocross last Thursday. The weather was very wet and the field resembled a muddy Glastonbury at times but they had great fun. We have some amazing cyclists at the school. We were very lucky to have British Cycling host the competition here. Brookside also attended the event and we are pleased to say that Elmhurst 1 were 1st and Elmhurst 2 were 2nd.
Straight after the cycling the Year 6 A & B football teams then went to Millfield to play. The weather was now quite horrible but they battled on. The A team were unlucky to lose 2-1 in the last minute of the game and the B team lost 6-4 but scored some fantastic goals. Thank you to all of the parents who supported this and provided transport.
Unfortunately, the netball was cancelled due to the weather but the next fixture is on Tuesday 21st. The B team will also be playing. Letters are on their way.
The next cross country fixture will be on Tuesday 28th January although we don’t know the venue yet.
Good deed for the week: