For the last few years we have celebrated World Mental Health Day and raised money for the Young Minds charity by taking part in the #helloyellow day activities. Our focus on mental health continues to be vital in supporting our whole school community. Never more so than during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Friday 8th October we embraced the #helloyellow celebrations in...
A whole lot of History and a little bit of magic ðŸ§™â™€ï¸âœ¨ðŸ“œðŸ°
There was a quiet buzz of excitement in the corridor outside my office on Friday and when I asked what was happening, Year 6 children told me they were off to Hogwarts. I decided to follow them to find out more. Ou school hall had been transformed into the Great Hall at Hogwarts and the children...
Supporting workload and wellbeingðŸ’»ðŸ’¼ðŸ‘©ðŸ’¼ðŸ‘¨ðŸ’¼â˜•
Last week was another very busy, productive week and a reminder of how important it is to monitor staff's workload and wellbeing.
Members of our Senior Leadership Team had undertaken environment walks, and at our weekly meeting we discussed the high quality, stimulating environments that have...
On the road to curriculum recovery
It's that time of the week again when I stand back and reflect on what we achieved at school last week. I seem to have referred to education recovery a great deal during the week and from what I have seen and heard we continue to make careful, well-informed decisions to address every aspect of recovery for our children.
Over the last fortnight in our...
Making things work at the start of a new school year
The first week of a school year is always a busy one and with changes to our operational arrangements due to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, it was always going to be a challenge. Many of the HPS staff team have been in school over the summer and worked incredibly hard so that school was ready to welcome everyone back. As we opened...
Where there's a will, there's a way
We've made it to the end of another school year ðŸ‘ðŸ™‚
What haven't we done 'virtually' this year? From parent's meetings to celebration assemblies - where there is a will there is a way! The staff team have totally amazed me in the creative ways they have found to recreate experiences for the children. Who would have thought that we would...
Time for change - transition week
Last week was another difficult one for us, resulting in having to close another 3 class bubbles, two of which were Year 6 classes. It is at times like this that our staff team really show how resilient and creative they are. They will always find a way! ðŸ‘ðŸ™‚
The last sixteen months since Covid-19 changed our lives we have found ourselves...
What a week!
Having managed to keep school fully open since March 8th with only one class bubble closure, it was quite a shock to have to close 3 class bubbles within a few days ðŸ™. This obviously presented many challenges and we had to manage 19 staff being absent over several days. This was done in such a calm and organised manner which enabled everything to take place in school that...
Skills, knowledge and understanding ðŸ“šðŸ‘©ðŸ«ðŸ–ŒðŸ‘¨ðŸŽ¨ðŸŽ
I am currently reading every child's end of year report, something which I find incredibly rewarding. ðŸ˜Š What has really impressed me is the breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding the children in all year groups have. Even though we are having to work hard to close the gaps in...
Safeguarding, thinking about others, and working in partnership
This week has been a very busy one for me and one which has highlighted the importance of looking out for and working with others. The week beginning 14th June was refugee week and all our classes have spent time reflecting on the challenges of being a refugee. The theme of Refugee Week 2021, ‘We Cannot Walk Alone’, is an...