Well, what a soggy day it is today but the ground so needs it. So the Prime Minister has moved the Lockdown lifting day to Monday 19th July in order to protect the country from the current Delta variant and to allow more vaccinations to take place. In light of this there are a couple of changes that will be taking place:
As the restrictions will still be in place and with the capacity of our hall calculated for social distancing, we will be able to offer each Year 6 family 3 places at the show, a form will be sent to you to allow you to book your places.
If any family do not require all 3 places, then these will be offered to any family requiring more.
As we are not going to Chessington, we are organising a fun day for them on Tuesday 20th July. Year 6 will come to school in their own clothes and have a whole activity day including a swimming gala, BBQ lunch, smoothie making and crafts.
Due to the restrictions, we are unable to hold the Reception Induction evening on Wednesday 30th June at 7.30pm. Whilst it is not possible to hold this event, I want to reassure you that your child ‘s transition into school is really important so that we can make sure they have the best start to school.
By now you will have received your child’s timetable where you are scheduled to visit Ash Grange in groups on Tuesday 29th June or Wednesday 30th June. During your visit you will meet with me, for a presentation where I will share information on the school procedures and systems. There will also be an opportunity to answer any questions you may have, and you will also receive part three of your child’s Induction Pack.
Your timetabled appointments in September will include a small group Phonics and Reading Workshop for parents with Mrs Mohammad our Early Years Leader whilst your child will be taken to Reception for their second visit.
I would like to assure you that everything covered during the Open Evening will be delivered across two sessions.
This will take place as planned on Wednesday 21st July 9am-10am, we will allocate families 3 places as per the production (with waiting lists for any spare places) and only siblings in the school may attend. If all restrictions do lift, we will of course have the whole school present.
We are holding interviews this week for 2 teachers and a Learning Support Assistant. As you know Miss Thomas is due to have a baby and so will be starting maternity leave in September. Mrs Twomey will also be leaving at the end of this school year and we wish her every success and happiness in her new post.
I am so delighted that PTA are willing to run a Summer Raffle in July; thank you to the committee. There will be cash and other prizes.
To raise funds for the prizes we will have a Mufti Day this week on Wednesday 23rd June, your child can wear their own clothes to school in return for a £2 donation, please pay through Scopay.
Raffle tickets are here and will be sent out next week, all children will have 2 books each, if these are sold then please come to the office for more books. All monies, ticket stubs and unsold tickets should be returned to the school office by Wednesday 14th July. The draw will take place on 16th July at the Year 6 afternoon performance.
After careful consideration, I volunteered to become a Governor for Ash Grange Nursery and Primary School in October last year. I am new, and I am still learning how to do my role. However, I wanted to share my experience today, and tell you more about what we do, as governors.
Our school is driven by the national curriculum as well as our motto: "We Care, We Learn, We Shine" so what we look at is how well our school is performing against national targets and expectations, how well all the children are progressing and how well the school is managed.
We look at each class (it is all anonymous and the identity of each pupil is well protected) and we look at progress. Not all pupils are at the same level and COVID-19 has certainly created some gaps, but what is important to us is that each pupil is supported and challenged well to bring about progress. If a class/child/group is showing less progress than expected, we want to understand why, and we want to know what has been put in place to change this. We want to make sure that pupils and teaching staff have all they need to support learning in the best possible way, and this includes teaching material and support as well as infrastructure, outdoors space etc.
One of the areas that I am particularly interested in is attendance. All the staff, from Early years to Year 6, is committed to try and bridge the gap created by COVID-19 and lots of additional learning has been put in place. This obviously assumes that pupils attend school. There are various reasons why a child cannot attend school but what we are looking at, as Governors, is what has been put in place by the school to help increase attendance level and how families are undertaking their legal duty to bring their child to school.
I am very impressed by how thoroughly each pupil and each class is assessed, how open and transparent the staff is with us. Our role is not just to look at data (although it is essential) but also to go to school and talk to children and all staff too.
If you would like to see the Governing Body in action then please contact the clerk to the governors Mrs Orla Engleman to attend a full governing body meeting (email@example.com); the next meeting is on Tuesday 13th July 2021. If you want to know more about our role as Governors please speak to me on the playground, Mrs Sandra Jones (Parent Governor)
It is “step time”, the children will be gaining points for the amount that they step every day. House captains will be wearing school fitbits (if they do not have their own). Every 1000 steps is worth a token with a bonus 5 tokens for any child who achieves 10,000 in a school day!
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Remember to order your child’s meals two weeks in advance through www.scopay.com.