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HeadLines - 26th February 2024

Keep on going
 
The first week of a new half term is always a time to introduce something new as well as reminding children about or reinforcing key things we do in school.
 
This is the half term when we focus on the importance of perseverance; one of the six key learning skills that we have chosen to highlight in our curriculum. In my two family assemblies I talked about what...
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HeadLines - 5th January 2024

February Arts and Wellbeing Festival 2024

Last week saw the beginning of our first ever February Arts and Wellbeing Festival. Who would have thought that we would be totally engrossed in 'doodling' and 'noodling'? This was introduced to the children as part of MMM time (Music, Mark-making and Mindfulness). Staff from the Creative team inspired everyone by modelling the art of doodling and...

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HeadLines - 29th January 2024

Roles and responsibilities

On Friday I had a visit from 6 very happy children who are the first ever to take up the role of 'Rise and Shine' helpers. They couldn't hide the smiles on their faces when they explained to me what their role entails. Having a jacket with 'Rise and Shine' on the back so other children know they are there to look after them, be their friend, or talk to them if they...

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HeadLines - 22nd January 2024

Inspiring children

In the last couple of weeks children have been treated to an ISL (Inspirational Starter Lesson) which is planned in at the beginning of a new theme. Year 6 absolutely loved the chocolate tasting experience which was just one activity in many full of fun introducing them to the Mayans as part of the theme, 'What did our ancestors achieve?"

I got to don my judge's wig and...

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HeadLines - 15th January 2024

A happy, safe place to be

Watching the children return to school last Monday and talking to them around the building, it struck me how happy they are and I thought about what a safe, welcoming place this is.

The focus for both Family assemblies on Tuesday was the launch of this years Safe as Houses project. Miss Melling and Mrs Haywood are the two members of staff that brought the project...

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HeadLines - 21st December 2023

A little bit of magic

We finished a very busy and positive term in the best way possible. Children and staff gathered around the majestic Christmas tree singing their hearts out to all their favourite Christmas songs. From new songs from The Big little Nativity to traditional favourites like 'Oh Holy Night' the atmosphere was just wonderful.

On Wednesday I had shared my many highlights from...

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HeadLines - 18th December 2023

Time to sparkle

On Friday we asked staff and children to wear their 'Christmas sparkles' to school and it made me think how people manage to bring a bit of 'sparkle' to HPS every day and I want to thank the staff team for being able to add that bit of magic even when it's tough.

Christmas in a primary school is a very special time of year and always produces moments that are totally...

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HeadLines - 11th December 2023

Religious celebrations

With Christmas festivities in full swing it is important to remind ourselves that there are other special celebrations taking place at this time of year. Darfield 1 class did just that when they performed a fun-filled, very informative assembly all about the Jewish festival of light, Hanukkah. The children acted out stories, sang songs, danced and spoke about traditions...

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HeadLines - 4th December 2023

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.

On...

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HeadLines - 27th November 2023

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...

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