Dear Parents and Carers
ALERT FOR PARENTS/CARERS:
I am now in a position to confirm what is happening on Tuesday 5 July 2016. A paper letter and a ParentMail letter has been sent out to parents/carers which confirms the following information:
Industrial Action - Tuesday 5 July 2016
There is going to be a strike on the above date by some members of the NUT (National Union of Teachers).
This is just to let you know that THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED FOR CHILDREN ON TUESDAY 5 JULY 2016.
I have given you as much notice as I can for you to have childcare arrangements in place and I am sorry for any inconvenience caused.
No child will be in school on Tuesday 5 July 2016.
On Thursday 30 June, I will be attending the funeral of Rupa Roy who, sadly, died, on 24 June, 2016. She was the mother of two pupils who attended here and we knew her well.
Thanks to everyone who completed the Parental Engagement Survey which was sent out by Miss Harrison. Those collating the information said that the response was very good so we will await the results.
Before I go on to update you as to what has been happening in school, recently, I ought to mention the school Summer Fair which is taking place on Saturday 9 July between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm. Entry is via the Elton Avenue entrance. You will have lots of fun there. If you want to any additional raffle tickets, do come and get them from the school office. Also, the wristbands for the inflatables are sold via the school office, too! Let's hope the weather stays fine for the day! Mrs Pearson has been organising it and sending out letters asking for help so, if you can help in any way, why not pop in to the office and speak to her? She works every day, apart from Friday.
The Year 4 sports morning could take place, on Berkeley Fields, on Thursday 30 June, although it was a little damp and everyone had to keep their eyes on the clouds! Their first date was 'rained off'. Year 3 went round to have their sports day (also 'rained off on their planned day), at Berkeley Fields, too, but everyone had to move back to Horsenden as there was a fire nearby. Unfortunately, it seems that this was no accidental fire, and I believe Miss Harrison is sending out a separate letter to the Year 3 parents/carers, thanking them for being so accommodating and also explaining the circumstances as to why the move from one place to the other! Thanks to Miss Harrison for ensuring that all the children had enjoyable times during their sports days. The Key Stage 2 children are now looking forward to their swimmming galas. Everyone, of course, is looking forward to the discos...which are taking place on Wednesday 6 July! Parents'/open evenings will be over by the time you read this page so I hope everyone was pleased with the comments delivered about your (lovely) children.
A couple of weeks ago, we had the Year 2 sharing assembly and this week, on Friday 1 July, we are having the Year 1 one. We were worried that the audience would not fit into the Year 1/2 school hall but they all managed to and everyone seemed to be able to see what was going on! Hopefully, the same will be true for Year 1 sharing assembly. I have already seen the Year 1 sharing assembly as I am not in school on the Friday...so you have a treat in store. I won't spoil it by telling you what it is about!
As we are trying to promote reading in the school, I am trying to mention something about reading each time I update this page. I want to mention the lovely book 'Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain', by Verna Aardema and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal (ISBN 978 - 0 - 333 - 35 164 - 2) which was acted out for us, so beautifully, by 2S. You would love this book! It is about Ki-pat, a herdsman, who is worried that his cows are thirsty as, although there is a large cloud handing over a plain, in Africa, the rain is not falling from the cloud. Ki-pat makes an arrow from a feather dropped from an eagle and he pierces the cloud by firing the arrow. The rain falls, the animals can drink and it has a lovely ending! You can imagine the beauty of the whole rhythm of the book when you read this extract:
This is the grass,
all brown and dead,
That needed the rain
from the cloud overhead -
The big, black cloud,
all heavy with rain,
That shadowed the ground
on Kapiti Plain
On Tuesday 21 June, 61 Year 6 pupils went to watch an international hockey game at the Olympic Park. The game was part of the Women's Champions Trophy and was between Argentina and Australia. Argentina won the match 2-1 and have now reached the final against the Netherlands, to be played on Sunday. The actual tickets for the game were free and were won through a school's ballot. It was an excellent opportunity for our pupils to see hockey played at the highest level! We usually take children to the Ellen Wilkinson Science Fair but the transition day was on the same day as the Science Fair. I am hoping to see what the children were taking to share, before the end of term.
We had moving up afternoon on Wednesday 29 June and most of the children were able to meet their new teachers. Those who could not (as their new teachers could not make it on that particular day) will have the opportunity to meet them before the end of term. It is always good for children to know which actually class room they will be in as well as who will be taking them. It helps to prevent children worrying. The new children, joining Horsenden from anywhere other than our Nursery, came in to meet THEIR new teachers.
Transition meetings are taking place, now and over the next few weeks, for those pupils in Year 6. High school members of staff come to the primary schools and have 'handover' conversations with members of staff in primary schools. Year 6 children are also prepared for the major change of transferring from somewhere known and familiar to a very different environment, in terms of their new high school, and the process is made as smooth as possible for the Year 6 children. As I write, I can hear the rehearsal of the Year 6 play, taking place, and soon everyone, from Year 1 to Year 5 (as well as the friends and parents/carers of Year 6 pupils) will be able to see what is, clearly, going to be a great show! The Year 6 presentation to those returning from the school journey was absolutely fantastic and all about two Commonwealth Countries those back here at school had been learning about, connected to the Queen's 90th birthday. A Community Concert for all the elderly residents in the community, had to be re-scheduled and is now taking place on Wednesday 13 July between 1.45 pm and 3.00 pm. The parents and carers of the winners of 'The X Factor' and 'Horsenden's Got Talent' are also invited in but, sadly, there is not enough room for everyone to be invited in. If you do know of any elderly resident, in the community, who might want to attend, do let them know and they would be most welcome to join us. A few other acts eg the Year 6 song I heard, recently, will also be included in the show...I hope!
Steve, the circus 'one man show', is going to be running a circus week, during the summer holiday, and he will be sending out details about this, very soon but we still have not had confirmation of the date. The Chilren's Centre timetable is being finalised soon and you can check what is happening on the Children's Centre tab, on the website.
Many families are near the end of the fasting period (for the month of Ramadan). Thanks to all those parents and carers who let us know the days when your chilren were going to fast. For all those celebrating the end of the fasting season...enjoy the celebrations.
We are busy preparing the July Newsletter, now, as the June Newsletter will be with you any day soon! Let me know if you would like anything contained in the July one, once you have seen the June one. You will hear, in the June one, about some of the members of staff who are leaving:
Mr and Mrs Murphy are relocating back to Wales to be nearer to their families; both have new jobs near to where they will be living.
Mrs Villeruel will be working down the road at the Primary Behaviour Centre, a move she has been thinking about for a few years now. We will still see lots of her!
We now have two teaching assistants who are retiring:
Mrs Duffy, who presently works in Year 1, will be moving to Somerset to be near her daughter and family.
Mrs Patel, who presently works in Year 6, will be staying where she is but relaxing a little more than she does presently!
I attended a lovely evening to celebrate Mrs Stonehouse having worked in the London Borough of Ealing for 48 year...most of which had been at Horsenden! Mrs Wright also attended as did her husband and it was called 'Employee Awards 2016'. What a glittering afair it was. Mrs Stonehouse receivedd a certificate, a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a programme...and had her photo taken with the Mayor! Earlier in the year, she also received a gift...of money! She still works here, from time to time! What a girl!!!
Just in case parents/carers are interested, Miss Borsig gave me a book entitled, 'A-Z of Grammar' and, although it was for teachers, with grammar being such an 'in' thing, at the moment, I thought you may like to order it. There is a copy with Mrs O'Connor, in the office, if you wish to see it BUT...some of you might find it useful...especially if you did not come through a time when grammar was taught! The ISBN number is ISBN 978-0-00-817292-3. I thought it looked quite good! When I was young, we actually had been taught grammar at primary school but that was a long, long time ago! A few people have come in to look at the book so do, please, ask to see one by calling in at the office.
We hope that you will notice the dispays being put together in shared areas and the Key Stage 1 library. We are trying to promote reading and the displays in these areas should reflect what is being read in the classrooms. As the open evenings are nearly here, you will be able to wander around the school and see the displays.
We continue to try and improve the communication in the school and so many of you have said how much you appreciate what is uploaded to the website, by year group teams, as well as others. Miss Holden ensures that the quality of what is on our web site is of a high standard, so thanks to her. It must be wonderful to see what your children are doing, each and every day! We try to find out what we can do to improve and consider all the comments which come to us, whether names or anonymously. I did have one anonymous letter, which I copied to all Year Leaders, saying that children had been seen in just PE kit, on a particular Friday, when the weather was rather cold. As the information was undated, all I could do was copy it to members of staff so that everyone knew that the concern had been brought to me. Whilst I appreciate why some parents may wish to write in anonymously, it is far more difficult to fix a problem which is non-specific and I am sure that you can all understand why this would be the case. We are thinking through how we can share some of the policy information (and which policies) to let parents/carers have an input. This is coming up on our next Resources Committee Meeting, which is soon. It is really useful if you come up and tell me things directly eg when I see you...or let members of the office know if you think something needs attention. For example, at the Nursery meeting a parent told me that the newly opened changing rooms, by the pool were never very clean. Clearly, that should not be the case so I was able to write a note to the School Business Manager and put the information on the cleaning default grid, which is kept in the office. I was also able to say to the parent that if the issue was not addressed that I would want her to let me know. (Obviously, if anyone else has noticed that the changing rooms were dirty, I apologise.) Another thing brought to my attention by a couple of sets of parents was about children, in Key Stage 1, coming over to the medical room when the school gates were open...at around 3.00 pm. Of course, that should not be happening and we have added the information to our synopsis induction, to our main induction and will ensure this doesn't happen by giving the whole issue a higher profile. Miss Borsig will also make signs to remind the visiting teachers...even though they will have heard of it through having had the induction.
Miss Borsig, our Key Stage 1 Manager, continues to give a really high profile to children NOT kicking, in Year 1, particularly, and I am supporting her in trying to keep the profile high in this area. All the Year 1 parents will know about this and also why they have received information about promoting the message, at home, with their children. She has devised a 'kicking' slip to send home so that, if a child is seen to kick, you will receive this slip. In this way, we will gradually, through talking and explaining how dangerous it can be to kick, stop kicking altogether. The 'non kicking' song the children have learned is hilarious!!! I have to say that the number of kicking incidents have gone down...to almost zero now!
It will be interesting to see what will happen, regarding attendance, about the recent court case where a parent took his child out of school for a family holiday. If you have been following this story you will know all about it. The judgement went with the parent and not the authority, which was the Isle of Wight and I think I can say that that is NOT what would have been expected. Watch this space! As of Thursday 19 May, I have had no updates from the Department for Education!
We continue to publicise the achievements of our pupils outside of school, click on the `Home' tab, followed by the `Achievements Outside of School' tab. Recent uploads to this section include hearing about Muhammad's karate achievements, Tusara's awards from the Ealing Festival and Milly and Carmen's gymnastic achievements. Miss Holden always enjoys hearing about the marvellous achievements outside of school. Feel free to contact her on email@example.com and share the news of any achievements. Miss Holden, in turn, will share the news with the rest of the world!
Mrs Walton :)