Goodness how foggy it’s been. I don’t think I can remember the last time we have experienced fog like it. It’s very Victorian.
I hope you all had a restful and safe half term break. It was the longest half term of the year but it flew by. This half term is one of my favourites. As busy as it is I love the run-up to Christmas, it’s the very best time to work in a school.
This half term sees the start of our major building project at Rectory Gardens. It’s been a long time in the planning. We have made adjustments to the school day so that it has a minimal impact on our provision for our children. In addition to separate playtimes we have staggered lunchtimes so that the lower and upper phases have different lunch breaks and so more space and additional adult supervision.
The children’s entrances to the school remain the same. We have moved the front visitors entrance to the side of the school which can be accessed via the carpark. Parents and carers can contact and communicate with us in exactly the same ways so please do not hesitate to grab me or one of my staff should you wish to know more or have any questions.
We had a fantastic Science training day on Monday. We joined together with other schools in our Crouch End and Hornsey Network Learning Community. Dr Francisco Diego from UCL was our keynote speaker who truly inspired us. We will be using this training, and our STEM grant to develop our teaching of science from Nursery to Year 6. If we have any scientifically minded parents out there who would like to get involved please contact your class teachers or Alyia Buckridan, our Science subject leader.
This half term is extremely busy with a large number of school and PSA events. We will keep you up to date in the usual ways via newsletters, texts, website www.stmarysn8.co.uk, flyers, twitter @stmarysn8 and we now have a School Facebook account St Mary’s CE Primary N8 where we will be posting important events and dates.
It is important that the PSA (Parent School Association) is well supported by our parents and carers. They are always looking for helpers and volunteers to support events. The commitment does not need to be very large, but they do need to know who will be available to help and support in every capacity so that they can plan their events.
Thank you to all of you who have agreed to be class reps. We are having our first meeting next week. We still need reps for Tangerine, Lime, Violet and Indigo classes. If you would like to put yourself forward or can persuade someone else to, please let me know via the school office.
Copies of our Home School Agreement, Ethos Statement and Letter are available for download from our website or you can request another copy from the school offices.
Our Headship Team
In my last newsletter I introduced our phase leaders. For this newsletter I thought it was about time I introduced the Headship Team.
As Headteacher I am very ably supported by Sam Fennell and Kay La Frenais. Running a split site school means that I cannot be everywhere so Sam and Kay oversee the day to day running of Rectory Gardens and Church Lane.
They both have additional responsibilities across the school and play a large part in setting and pursuing the schools strategic vision. We are fully accountable for the children’s attainment and progress in all areas. Much of my job as a headteacher, and they as my deputies, is concerned with ensuring that the very best teachers are put in front of your children and the school is run in such a way that teachers are able to focus entirely on planning and delivering high quality learning opportunities, that support children achieving the very best they can. We can all be found on one gate or another at the beginning and end of the day or contacted via the school offices. We are always happy to meet with parents, carers and families.
|Fran Hargrove – Headteacher|
|Sam Fennell (Church Lane) – Deputy Headteacher|
|Kay La Frenais (Rectory Gardens) – Deputy Headteacher|
We wish you all a happy start to this half term and look forward to seeing you at Bonfire Night on Friday
Remember to take note of all the dates on this newsletter and keep up to date using our website too.
AUTUMN TERM 2015
FRIDAY 6TH – YEAR 5 ASSEMBLY
FRIDAY 6TH–BONFIRE NIGHT AT RECTORY GARDENS 6-8 PM
THURSDAY 12TH – SCIENCE DOME VISITING YEARS 5 & 6
FRIDAY 13TH – YEAR 4 ASSEMBLY
W/C 16TH – PARENT CONSULTATION WEEK
TUES 17TH NOV – YEAR 3 – 9 – 12 AM
TUES 17TH NOV – YEAR 4 – 1 – 4 PM
WEDS 18 TH NOV – YEAR 5 – 9 – 12 AM
WEDS 18 TH NOV – YEAR 2 – 1 – 4 PM
THURS 19TH NOV – RECEPTION – 9 – 12 PM
THURS 19TH NOV – YEAR 1 – 1 – 3.30 PM
FRI 20TH NOV – YEAR 6 – 9 – 12 PM
THURS 19 TH NOV – 4- 6.30 PM – ALL CLASSES
PARENT CONSULTATIONS CAN BE BOOKED ONLINE AT WWW.PARENTS-BOOKING.CO.UK/STMARYSN8
WEDNESDAY 18TH – YEAR 4 TRIP TO MUSEUM OF LONDON
FRIDAY 20TH-YEAR 3 ASSEMBLY
MONDAY 23RD – PARENT PHONICS/READING WORKSHOPS
6.00 PM AT CHURCH LANE
TUESDAY 24TH – YEAR 6 PENDARREN MEETING FOR PARENTS IN THE HALL 8.15 AM
FRIDAY 27TH – YEAR 2 ASSEMBLY
FRIDAY 4TH – 5.30 – 8 PM CHRISTMAS FAIR AT RECTORY GARDENS
MONDAY 7TH – YEAR 5 TO NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
MONDAY 7TH – YEAR 6 TO ARTHOUSE CINEMA
TUESDAY 8TH- CHURCH LANE CHRISTMAS PLAY 9.15 AM AND 2.00 PM
WEDNESDAY 9TH – YEAR 1 TRIP TO THE BARBICAN
THURSDAY 10TH – 9.15 AM CHRISTMAS PLAY AT CHURCH LANE
FRIDAY 11TH – CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY
WEDNESDAY 16TH – RECTORY GARDENS NATIVITY PLAY
BY THE MIDDLE PHASE (YRS 2-4) AT 9.00 AM AND 1.45PM
THURSDAY 17TH – 2.15 PM UPPER PHASE (YRS 5&6) CAROL CONCERT
THURSDAY 17TH – LAST AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
FRIDAY 18TH – BREAK UP FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY RECTORY GARDENS- 1.15 PM
CHURCH LANE – 1.30 PM
MONDAY 4TH – TAD TEACHER TRAINING DAY- NO SCHOOL
TUESDAY 5TH – CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL
The new Raffle Ticket prize draw has really helped our children remember their manners and think about the way they move about the school. Please congratulate and thank your child for their efforts. It has been so lovely seeing every one remembering their pleases, thank you’s and manners. It makes such a difference when we greet each other with a smile and show respect and courtesy. It makes us all feel important.
Wednesday Coffee Morning at Church Lane
Come along for a coffee and a chat – Every Wednesday morning in the Rainbow Room at Church Lane from 9am onwards
You set the agenda – is there anything you want to find out about?
Any questions need checking?
Can we offer you support in any areas?
How can you be more involved?
Come and meet up with me, Sally Walker, Family Liaison
Email me on email@example.com
or call on 0208 340 4898. I look forward to meeting you
ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY
SO FAR THIS TERM
THE CLASS WITH THE BEST ATTENDANCE IS EMERALD 97.92%
THE CLASS WITH THE LEAST NUMBER OF LATES IS DUCKLINGS
WHOLE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE % IS 95.85%
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While the building work is taking place, please wait for your children in the large playground, so that classes can exit safely. Thank you.
Dinner Money for this half term will be £81.60. Please make sure you pay Dinner Money, Clubs and Nursery fees regularly. Thank you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]