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Weekly News – Friday 8th February

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

This week, pupils in Year 8 have had their Conference Day and Year 9 and 10 ‘able mathematicians’ have taken part in the UKMT challenge. We look forward to hearing of their success later in the term! The PE department welcomed Ayleal on work experience, Year 10 have had their Parents’ Evening and today pupils in Year 8 and 9 will have been vaccinated!

In our final week before half term:

On Monday, Year 9 will have a Conference Day. On Tuesday, we welcome parents of Year 7 pupils for Parents’ Evening and on the same night the Year 7 and 8 girls’ football team are taking part in fixtures. On Wednesday, our videographer, Alex Wilkinson Media, will be taking footage for our new school video which will go out on our social media channels and on our school website. We hope all the children in school will all look ultra-smart that day! On Thursday, pupils in Year 11 will bring home their full school reports following their mock examinations. Friday is the last day of the half term. School will finish as normal at 3.45pm and resume on Monday 25th February.

I feel exonerated today with some of my hard held beliefs about the potential damage to children of excessive mobile phone and screen usage. 4 medical reports have been published this week which point to the long term consequences to health of children’s addiction to screen. They each recommend that phones should not be taken to bedrooms (all gadgets for me). This is to aid restorative sleep. That phones should be kept away from the dining table/restaurant/ eating space. This is to aid social interaction. That screens should not get in the way of children’s outdoor pursuits. This is to promote exercise (I may accept ear phones with music on a long run though). This is no longer my soap box speech, it is medical research and science.

I am wanting to invigorate Parents’ Forum and pose the following questions: Is the timing of the meeting stopping parents attending? Are you not wishing to engage on this level with the school to share views and help shape the future of the school? I am considering targeting individuals representing different key stages to ask if they would like to be involved but would much prefer for volunteers to come forwards. I will happily look at rotating the evenings of the meetings, or consider school day time? Or even a technological solution? Please share with me how we could enable your voice to be heard. I very much appreciate hearing parent opinion and being able to personally respond to queries/issues and find it most useful to share ideas from pupil forum or from staff and management to get a flavour of opinion. Of course the areas discussed are all generic and not linked specifically to child or teacher. These sort of ‘personal’ areas are dealt with through our normal channels of communication.

There are a lot of nasty bugs around at the moment, indeed even the staff have taken a battering recently. If your son or daughter is unwell, it is wise to leave them at home tucked up with a good book. For a longer absence school will always send home work on request.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

Well done to the children who took part in the Hockey tournament on Monday at Worksop College.  A great effort from all involved.  Thank you to Mrs Hidle for accompanying Mrs Keyworth on this fixture.

On Tuesday, it was Safer Internet Day and Mrs Wand delivered an important assembly to the children. You should have received an information booklet which I hope you find useful.

Last night, we held a meeting for the Year 3 and 4 parents to discuss the trip to PGL in March. If you were unable to make it, Miss Purchase will be sending home an information sheet including departure times and a kit list; there is also a form to complete and return detailing medical and dietary requirements.

Next week, the lead up to half term is looking extremely busy. On Monday, we have a local author visiting to share his stories with us. There is an under 9s football tournament against Twycross House and The Old Vicarage on Tuesday. On Thursday, Years 5 and 6 will be visiting the Urban Rooms whilst Year 3 and 4 take part in Sports Hall Athletics. Meanwhile, parents of EYFS will be joining us for some of the afternoon to participate in lessons with their children. At the end of the week, class teachers will be organising some treats in recognition of hard work and good behaviour this half term in line with our new traffic light system.

Have a good weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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