Hope, Peace, Joy and Love
Last week just flew by and it's beginning to look a lot like another very festive Christmas time in school.
It was a wonderful week, sprinkled with a little bit of magic that HPS does so well.
Classes have been busy creating Advent windows in their classrooms and I know that the children are excited about going on a 'Spot the Advent window' trail next week.
An inclusive school
On Tuesday last week, Julie Longworth Director of Children and Families Leeds and three of her chief officers, Viv Buckland, Tim Evans and Cath Lennon visited us. They were here to see how we provide for our children with complex needs and make sure they are included in a way that meets their individual needs and enables them to experience a broad and balanced relevant...
A 'SPOTACULAR' very NOISY week!
On Friday we all dressed in a 'spotacular' way to raise money for the 2023 Children in Need appeal. One of our ex-pupils, Radio Leeds DJ, Rima Ahmed came into school to swap roles with one of our lunchtime assistants and the same member of staff had a guest spot on her radio show. Rima also interviewed members of staff and MindMate ambassadors about a range of...
Off to a great start
It's been another very happy start to a half term. We may have seen a lot of rain and it is getting dark before we leave work, but the positive, busy vibe across school helps to put a smile on everyone's faces. The sun was shining while I typed this and our Remembrance class circles on Friday morning was a very special time. As I explained in my family assemblies,...
Time to reflect
I have managed to take time to reflect on all that has been achieved during the past incredibly busy 8 weeks. Duncan Grant our School Improvement Advisor said it all in his email after his Art Deep Dive, "Lovely to be in school this week. Loads to celebrate as always." Our staff team continue to 'go above and beyond' to create exciting experiences for our children. They will...
Giving to others
School was awash with pink on 'Wear It Pink' day last Friday as we raised money for the Breast cancer awareness charity at the end of another week filled with so much to feel pleased about. Our staff team always embrace all fundraising events with great enthusiasm as do the children. I have seen so many creative ideas for wearing the focus colours - yellow post-its, yellow...
Looking after your mental health
Schools are very busy places and the last few weeks have been very hectic, with a range of trips, assemblies, visits taking place. This is the time when you really get to see what a great staff team we have and how good they are at spinning all the plates' and making sure the children have the best experiences every day. I know that this can sometimes take...
Celebrating Black History month
October is the time we celebrate Black History Month and the theme this year is 'Celebrating our Sisters' with a focus on influential women of colour. In school we have put up posters of women of colour who have been influential in all walks of life. This is a great talking point for children.
Sandhurst 1 children performed their assembly with a focus on Black...
HPS Macmillan Coffee morning
In a week full of special moments, the 'icing on the cake' (pardon the pun, for me has to be our Macmillan Coffee morning on Thursday. I know all staff valued the opportunity to have their breaktime tea/coffee made for them and the added treats were amazing. I think SLT enjoyed donning their aprons and waiting on them!
Our staff team gave so generously...
The focus in assembly last week was on collaboration. Thie ability to collaborate effectively is a key life skill and something we focus on in the first half term of the Autumn term.
I shared with the children a project that has just been completed in school, that needed a range of people to collaborate in order to make it happen.
The aim was to transform the untidy and unloved...