Dear Parents and Carers
The week started well and on the Monday 29 June Year 3 enjoyed a recorder concert performed by Year 4. This was in the main school building and, while this was happening in the main school building, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 had an assembly in the new building. Tours are being arranged, during the week beginning 29 June, for all the classes in Years 3 - 6 to have an opportunity of going over to see the new building and surrounding area.
A member of the community, Beryl Langford, sent in a lovely article about VE (Victory in Europe) Day and it is in the highlight section of the website. It tells you all about what she did to celebrate and includes some lovely photos. I do hope that you all take a look at what she sent in!
Last week (22 June - 26 June), we all had a lovely time enjoying the sunshine and the sports days, which have taken place for Year Groups 1 - 6! Many of you were here, in person, to enjoy them! Thanks for coming and a big, 'Thank you!' goes to Miss Harrison who organised them all and made sure we were all in the right place at the right time doing the right thing! It was a pity about the rain on the first day. Children from Years 2 - 6 will soon be enjoying their swimming galas. These are also lovely events and I am sure you can appreciate why it is not possible for parents to come and watch them. The pool is not large enough to accommodate spectators.
Apart from the Nursery, when the parents/carers come in to see the Learning Journeys (as opposed to having a report) children from Reception to Year 5 will receive their reports on Friday 26 June. I hope you all enjoy reading them. In case you have missed the information, this is the final year when the 'levels' as we know them will be in place for all children...including those in Year 2 and those in Year 6. We will keep you informed about what will be replacing them...when we know ourselves. Also, although all other years groups (apart from Year 2 and Year 6) had a completely new curriculum in place, this year (see the website for further details re: this), there will be new aspects to the Year 2 and Year 6 curriculum, especially with regard to the English and maths curriculum, next year. The Foundation Stage curriculum is remaining the same as last year! This is the curriculum in place for children in the Nursery and Reception classes, now known as FS1 and FS2 (Foundation Stage 1 and Foundation Stage 2, respectively). Please send the Parental Comment Sheet back with whatever comments you wish to make. These are 'followed up' through the year so that comments can be acted upon. Thanks! On Friday 26 June, you will also have received a letter letting you know all about 'Parent View'. 'Parent View' is a means of gathering you views/opinions about the school and you can read all about it by clicking on the 'School Info' tab, followed by the 'Parent View' tab. We look forward to receiving your feedback, via the Ofsted website, shortly.
There will be an opportunity to discuss your child's report at the Parents' Evenings, shortly.
'Moving Up afternoon' is on Wednesday 1 July and this is the time when all the children find out who their teacher, from September 2015 will be! It is a very exciting time for the children and your child will come home from school, on the Wednesday, with a letter showing all the class teachers for the next academic year.
Letters will be going out soon about a forthcoming coffee morning for members of our local community and then, following that, parents/carers who have not yet had an opportunity to see the new building will be invited in from the present Year 2-Year 6. We have held two coffee mornings, so far...one for the present parents/carers of Year 1 and then one for those parents/carers in Reception. Both were very well attended and Mrs Pearson (our School Business Manager) led both before the parents/carers had refreshments and a tour! The feedback (from the Year 1 parents/carers who attended) was amazing! Here is just one piece of feedback from a Year 1 parent/carer that was left on our Guest Book page of the website...
`I came to view the new building today during the Coffee Morning and I am so pleased that my child has his class there. I am looking forward to my second child, currently in Reception, moving to the new building this September.
First of all, a very big thank you to Mrs Pearson who oversaw the project. Your hard work has truly paid off! Thank you to all the teachers who showed us around today.
What I like about the building is the technology in the classrooms, the child-friendly toilets, the memorial area, the large playground with football and tennis facilities. Not to forget the library area. There are so many things that I like that I cannot name them all!
My children already attend swimming lesson at the school and I plan for them to have music lessons in Year 2. This school works hard to cater for the development of children in every area. I am so thrilled that my children attend Horsenden Primary School.'
Mrs Pearson reported that the feedback from the second coffee morning was equally as positive.
On Saturday 11 July, between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm, we will be holding a Summer Fair. Entrance, via Elton Avenue, is only 50p! Highlights of the Summer Fair include - Sumo suits, gladiator duels, tombola, soak the teacher, bouncy castle and slide, bouncy assault course, face painting, hook a duck, tin can alley, popcorn, candy floss, music by the Horsenden band, delicious food, BBQ and cakes. There will also be a raffle with the first prize of a Wii U game console and Mario game! We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday 11 July! It's going to be a fun-filled day!
From Tuesday 30 June, a letter will be attached to this page re: going cashless (when paying for school meals from Harrison Catering Ltd. This will start from Septembe, 2015 and all you need to know is contained in the letter.
Have you had a look at the Guest Book feature on the website? Click on the blue, Guest Book button on the right hand side of the webpage. Here, you can leave feedback and make comments. The Guest Book is moderated and checked each day by Miss Holden. It would be lovely to receive comments from the Horsenden website users. The children are clearly enjoying this feature... have a look at their positive comments! Remember, you can translate the website into a language of your choice by simply clicking the `Select Language' button at the top of the webpage.
We are so pleased with our developing website! We hope you are enjoying it, too.
As always, watch this space for news and updates.