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HeadLines - 7th May 2024

Collaborative working

Over the past 3 weeks we have had so many examples of how important it is to collaborate and recognise the things we can achieve by working together. At the end of last week I reflected on the support and inspiration I get from working with a group of talented Headteachers within 2gether Cluster and Inner North-East Family of Schools.

It made me think that sometimes we...

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HeadLines - Happy Easter and Eid Mubarak

Happy Easter   Eid Mubarak

As we approach the holiday which this year includes Easter and Eid-al-Fitr, I have been reflecting on another happy and productive term in school. This has included:

  • 5 confident, entertaining class assemblies.
  • One very positive Mock KS2 SATs week.
  • Our first ever February Arts and Wellbeing Festival.
  • 100% March Attendance challenge.
  • Purchasing a brand new minibus.
  • The Debating team...
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HeadLines - 11th March 2024

KS2 Mock SATS, World Book Day; another busy week!

Year 6 completed their 2024 KS2 Mock SATS in style last week.
Thank you to everyone on our staff team for making this such a huge success, especially Mrs McMullen who masterminds the complex operation. I know this is another key step in making sure our children are ready for their tests in May.
I was so impressed with the mature way our...

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HeadLines - 4th March 2024

Keeping our bodies and minds healthy

Last Friday we sprang into March.
We all needed the added energy that Elford 3 gave us from their class assembly on Tuesday - so important to find ways to keep our bodies and minds healthy when you work in such a fast-paced and often challenging world. It was great to see the children perform so confidently and they gave us some great tips on what we can...

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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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