Issue 6 - 11 February 2019 

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

The week began with P5 heading off to St Albans with Mr Wood and his team. From all accounts it was an enjoyable and educational trip. We are blessed with our bus service and transport links as they allow the school to offer a number of very worthwhile outings.

Sport has been a success story with the girls dominating their netball matches. They have certainly gone from strength to strength under the guidance of Miss Nejad. I thoroughly enjoyed the matches I was lucky enough to see. The boys’ hockey is having similar results. We are very proud of our achievements for such a small school.

I would like to thank all those parents who made the effort to come to school on Thursday evening for the Headmaster’s Briefing. It was an opportunity to go through the parents’ response to the questionnaire and to discuss the plans for the future. I will be putting a full summary in next week’s Herald. I would like to thank Mrs Khan for all her hard work in preparing the new assessment and feedback programme. We will be implementing some of the changes next term.

Friday morning started with our Big Breakfast in support of the Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope Charity and I would like to thank Sarah Hope for making the time to join us in her very busy schedule. I am pleased to report that it was extremely well attended, and it was standing room only towards the end, but as a result we broke the £800 mark. Thank you.

It is that time of year when I would like to wish ’all the best’ to the boys and girls who are expecting exam results this week.

Maths Activity

Mrs Khan writes: 

Three children took their second round Maths Challenges this week – they commented that it ‘started easy and got harder’!  We await their results with interest.  

The questions are all ‘multiple choice’, and here is one of the easier ones:

maths activity question

And this one is rather less straightforward: 

second maths question

Later in the term we have some of our P5 children attending a Maths Challenge day at Belmont School (Mill Hill) on Monday 25 February, and some of our P6 children going to another Challenge Day on Monday 11 March at Orley Farm School.
It all adds up!

Big Breakfast    

What a great event this was!  Well over 100 pupils and parents enjoyed a delicious cooked breakfast. As Mr Ford has said,  Sarah Hope from Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope joined us to say thank you for our fundraising – AND our takings were over £800.  Some photos will be placed on the website in due course.
A massive thank you to all who attended, and to Mrs Batterby and her staff team who cooked and served it all!

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This week we were able to wish Mrs Batterby (our Cook) a very happy birthday in our school assembly.  The children were reminded how lucky they are to be so well fed at school by our wonderful kitchen team.  Here is that team before lunch on that day – I am assured that the birthday champagne was to be enjoyed later!

Coming Soon 

The most immediate key dates to note are:
Friday 15 February - P5K children will be presenting their class assembly on Valentines and Love!  Any parents (particularly from P5) are most welcome to come along for this; we start at about 8.40am in the Susan Milner Hall.  Our class assemblies usually last no more than 20 minutes.

Early Advice of Dates

Some dates for next term are now fixed, for which parents might like to book time off.

  • Friday 14 June – Sports Day for P3 to P8 children.  Many parents choose to take time out to come along to our major athletics event of the year.  As in 2018, this will be held at Merchant Taylors’ School, using their facilities.  All children from P3 to P8 are involved in this full day of track and field events.

The Pre-Prep Sports Afternoon is still to be finalised, but we will let you know as a date for this is certain.

At the end of the Summer term, our two Speeches / Prize-giving events will be organised in a similar way to last year, 

  • Thursday 4 July – at 2pm – PPR to PP2 families
  • Friday 5 July – at 11am – P3 to P8 families

Both events will be followed by refreshments available for children and parents, and term ends for PPR to P8 after the Friday event.  There will be no late care or minibus service on Friday 5th July.

Mike Still 
Assistant Head (Administration)
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