8th March 2013

It almost felt like spring this week, sunshine is Natures Red Bull a child told me and how right they are! Its weeks like these that I know I have the best job in the world. Tuesday and Wednesday we had our termly Pupil Progress Reviews where each class teacher meets with the leadership team to discuss the progress of each child in their class. They were so positive and I was very pleased with the progress the children are making. The teachers are so knowledgeable about their classes and the way they are planning the curriculum around the children’s needs is fantastic. The part the support staff are playing is really making a difference. Provision is becoming ever more personalised for our children.

Thursday saw me dressed from head-to-foot in a white onsie!!! Not my usual attire and ever so hot and full of static! I was dressed as Max form where the wild things are!!! The children all looked fantastic. They get such a buzz from days like these and the staff looked fantastic too. Mrs Knott excelled as the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Ms Ross in partnership as the Butterfly. The Year Three team had me in stiches as the Famous Five, including Ms Frohock as Timmy the dog!!! Year One had their assembly and I love their original take on traditional tales. They were so confident and self-assured.

Year Four’s assembly on Friday, World War Two was the theme. We were all transported back in time. Their song ‘Evacuate me’ was a stroke of genius. The lyrics written by the children were fantastic.

This week also saw a group of five staff across the school have the first video analysis of their teaching. It has to be one of the most scary things as a teacher to have done. We are working with a coach Nick Austin on a program embedding outstanding teaching.  After the teachers had analysed their video’s in the coaching sessions and got over the shock of seeing and hearing themselves they were so positive and motivated. This program will last until May. I am really pleased with the way all the staff are so open and positive to this kind of development. It is very intrusive and intense but really does demonstrate their commitment to ensuring our school has the very best teachers.

The PSA Meeting on Thursday night was really encouraging. Though the group was small so much is going on. Plans for the summer Fair are well underway. Bingo, Table Top Sale, Murder Mystery Evening, Infant Disco. All of which will help raise much needed money for the school.

I’m also getting quite excited about the Rectory Gardens Nature area being finished. The story benches and story tellers chair will be installed and some painting is to be finished. I hope now that we have the weather for the children to be able to make full use of it.

Next week is science week and Parent consultations. I’m looking forward to making things explode. The joy of being a Headteacher is I can always do the fun stuff!!!


Picture of the week: Mrs Knott as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Ms Mallitte as Avocado Baby – Never miss and excuse to dress up

World Book Day at St Mary's Primary School