We have made it to half term, without a Covid outbreak, how wonderful and a huge thank you to everyone for your care, diligence and keeping to the Hands, Face and Space rules. So a happy half term to everyone, I hope it is a restful and warm time – the sun is on it’s way allegedly… The next half term starts on Monday 7th June 2021.
If your family have an outbreak in the half term break do please let us know by email to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can notify the correct department.
Our little robins have fledged this week. The Nursery 2 children enjoyed watching them learn to fly.
If you live or work in the GU12 area and do not have Coronavirus symptoms, you can get a test at Carrington Rec in Ash Vale. A walk-in Mobile Testing Unit is open until Wed 9 June, 8am-8pm and no booking is needed. Full details at http://orlo.uk/DrRqt
As restrictions continue to ease and another half term draws to a close it’s wonderful to see the children happily back in school engaged in their face-to-face learning and activities, after what has been a challenging year.
As a governing body part of what we do is to ensure that all children in our school have access to the best education and opportunities, ensuring children can reach their full potential. For school governors this involves many different meetings and committees over the course of the school year to monitor the data and provision from each of the classes in the school. As Governors, we have regular meetings with Mrs Curtis and the senior leadership team to monitor educational performance. A significant part of our role is visiting the school for monitoring visits, which usually involve “learning walks” around the school to monitor areas ranging from our Special Educational Needs provision (SEN) to Health & Safety, to name a couple. These in person visits sadly have not been possible during the past year due to COVID, however, these are now restarting as restrictions continue to ease. For me personally (and I think I talk for all governors) this is one of the rewarding parts of the school governor role as monitoring visits enable us to visit the school whilst it’s in action, seeing how the children respond in the classroom and the output of their work. It’s always a pleasure to witness just how well engaged the children are in their classes.
As Governors we also monitor against the school development plan, which is different for each academic year and will have a different focus for the year ahead. The school plan is fundamentally underpinned by the 3 ethos of Ash Grange, which are:
This ethos is the cornerstone of school life and strives for the best for the children. More detailed information on Ash Grange ethos can be found on the Ash Grange website.
Mark Reynolds – Parent Governor
Would you like your child to learn an instrument? We have built links with a wonderful online provider called SAM, here is the link sammusicservice.com/schools-online/
The children do their lesson via a video lesson with an instrument specialist. The lessons are available for: Singing, Drum kit, Guitar, Ukulele or Piano/Keyboard. Each lesson lasts 30 mins and costs £16.50.
As a school we would love to support the children having lessons and can provide a subsidy for lessons for the first half term and loan instruments or time with the drum kit after school. Parents can even use Childcare vouchers to pay for lessons.
Remember to order your child’s meals two weeks in advance through www.scopay.com.
Keep well, kindest regards,