Friday 27 January 2017

‘Education is not preparation for life – education is life itself’………… John Dewey

Introduction

Headteacher’s Comments

Welcome back and we hope everyone had a good break, even though it may now feel like a long time ago. It was lovely to see all the children together in our first whole school assembly looking refreshed and ready for the new term. We also welcome all the new children who have joined us this term and Mrs Ward, our new teacher who is job sharing with Ms McCready in 6MW – she is the ‘W’ of 6MW.

Thank you to all the staff for getting the school ready for the term and particularly the site staff for keeping things going over the festive period.

The teachers returned to school a day before the pupils for a ‘training day’. The theme of this day was the sharing of good practice and members of staff gave their time with presentations and mini-workshops to share with their colleagues. The day was both interesting and informative and contributed to a positive start to the New Year.

We will be holding an Arts Week at school from Monday 6th to Friday 10th February. This will be a great opportunity for children to develop their artistic skills and learn about different artists and art forms. Further information about activities and exhibitions will be sent over the next two weeks.

Achievements

Whole School

The School Council is comprised of two class representatives, from each class (Years 2 – 6). The representatives meet at lunchtime, once a week and discuss a variety of issues relating to school life. The group is mostly self-governing and is led by two Year 6 pupils.

The representatives are currently consulting their classmates to choose a charity to fundraise for this term. Each class will have a vote and the results will be collated at next week’s meeting.

A discussion was held about the Daily Mile, which officially started this week. The reps will feedback to the group about how their class responds to this physical challenge.

A representative from Harrisons Catering is scheduled to attend a meeting at the end of January, to gauge pupils’ views on school dinners.

Ms Webber, Assistant Head

Pupil Achievements

Opinions Expressed About ‘Light’ Artists

James Turrell’s artwork lights up the whole room and his artwork is very luminous, yet simple. On the other hand, Lori Hersberger’s work is very complex and most of his artwork plays with the power that light can be reflected. Bruce Nauman uses words to act upon his artwork in a very visual way. He also uses a lot of lines in his artwork. Dan Flavin mostly uses straight lines in his very simple artwork.

Parsa, Stan, Sam, Hamza, Alastair. 6MW

Attendance

Last half term, 31 October 2016 -16 December 2016, we achieved 97% attendance for the whole school. 5D had the best class attendance by achieving an impressive 98.9% and 6F had the best class for the fewest amount of late children.  Well done everyone!

Please remember to keep advising the School Office of any absences.  You can do this by leaving a message on our absence line, texting or emailing the school. This also relates to any school interviews your child may have. Many thanks for your help in this matter.

Did You Know ?…. If your child is statutory school age and you take any unauthorised absence e.g. family holiday, you may be liable for a fine, as in line with Government guidelines all our attendance statistics are monitored by the Local Authority.

Be In The Know

EYFS

EYFS have returned from the Christmas break and been joined by new classmates in Nursery. All children are settling well into school life and have enjoyed hearing traditional stories being read to them in different languages – some by our parents. A big thank you to all who volunteered their time.

In Reception, children have been practising their special superhero moves in preparation for National Storytelling Week. They are looking forward to making up their own stories next week and dressing up as their favourite superhero.

Next week, EYFS teachers will be offering workshops on Maths. It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible at 9.00am or 3.30pm in the New Hall.

Key Stage 1

Year 1 children eased their way back into school after any indulgences over the Christmas period with a healthy look at making fruit kebabs; we are aiming to get a clip of the young chefs at work on our website, so keep a lookout! Today they are scheduled to go to the park to continue their study of the seasons by completing an observational sketch of a tree which they are following through all the seasons in the year.

Thank you to Ms Webber who put on two talks on Phonics for Y1 parents this week. This is an important part of the children’s learning which they are then tested on in the National Phonics Screening check later in the year. We hope these sessions are useful in providing you all with ways in which you can help your children with their reading.

Last week we were treated to a wonderful assembly by Class 2T. It was an occasion to share their learning with all of us and we found out what they had learnt about shapes and animals and then we were treated to a lively retelling of the story of the Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Through this story they showed us how they had used a variety of strategies to produce some amazing pieces of written work which they read to us.

This week the classes in Year 2 went on a trip to the Tate Modern where they supplemented their art lessons in school with the experience of seeing the real work of Matisse and Rothko. It was a wonderful learning experience for all.

What a busy few weeks it has been – it will be half term before we know it!

Key Stage 2

KS2 pupils should be congratulated on their calm start after the Christmas holidays and their positive attitude to school.

Early in the term Year 3 invited their parents to an assembly to celebrate their skills in drumming. This was to showcase the results of their autumn term drumming workshops. They performed very well and their efforts were much appreciated by the audience.

Mr Gerrard led an assembly on the theme of Perseverance, illustrating it with a demonstration of Circus Skills. The children were enthusiastic in their appreciation of these skills and took away from the assembly that perseverance can help you achieve almost anything (even riding a unicycle).

Year 3 got off to a ‘foodie’ start as all three classes have had the opportunity to visit Pizza Express on Ealing Broadway and have a go at making pizzas. Year 4 have been visiting the Bank of England this week

6F had the ‘honour’ of being the first KS2 class assembly of 2017. This took place today and sent us on a journey to Ancient Greece combined with Grease the Movie.  Their historical knowledge combined with dance and drama skills made for an unfortunate and entertaining assembly.  Well done!

Signpost

North Ealing Nursery – APRIL 2017 Intake

This year as there are spaces in the Nursery we shall be having an April intake following the Easter holidays. Children are eligible to apply if they have their 3rd Birthday by 31st March 2017.

If you would like to make an application, please visit the school website and click on the ‘admissions’ tab. www.northealingprimary.org

April places are available for the afternoon sessions only (12.15pm – 3.15pm). Children will be expected to attend Monday to Friday during term time.

Children will begin a phased entry from Wednesday 19th April 2017

Nursery Tour

There is a Nursery Tour taking place on: Wednesday 1st February at 10.15am.

If you would like to book a place please email: nursery@northealing.ealing.sch.uk

Please note that booking is essential as numbers are limited.

Please report promptly to the Pitshanger Lane entrance to the school. Regretfully we ask that young children do not attend the tour.

Parking

Please remember to park and stride if you drive your children to school. Please avoid using Summerfield Road and Woodbury Park. We would be grateful if you could all be considerate to others and in the spirit of courtesy please address any concerns in an appropriate and civil manner. We are considering a range of options to improve the situation. Thank you for your cooperation.

Extra Funding – Does Your Child Qualify For The Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant is a sum of money which is allocated to the school and which must be used to directly benefit eligible children through targeted activities, additional staffing or focused interventions. The grant is allocated according to household income and benefit entitlements and takes into account yourentitlement as far back as six years ago. The Grant forms a much-needed element of overall school funding and we would strongly encourage each of you to apply for free school meals ifyou believe your child is eligible. Once your child is confirmed to receive free school meals then the school can access this grant.

The School Stomp

The school stomp takes place today, Friday 27th January. The children will participate in a ‘stomp’ around the school grounds in order to raise money for the charity Health, Poverty, Action.

FUNdango

Little Creatives is back doing the FUNdango this Spring!

FUNdango is creativity and FUN mixed together – the very best combination – and we are back this Spring for more madness and mayhem!

For five days your budding creatives will be stretching their imaginations, creating their very own story which they will then bring to life!  Acting, singing, dancing, making costumes and props, with the big finale at the end – the world premiere of their show to friends and family!

With Miss Sarah and Miss Cheryl leading the way this is fun and games a-plenty!!

Dates:    3rd – 7th April 2017

Times:   10am – 3pm

Price:     £150  (Book before 29th February to catch the Early Bird rate £135)

Ages:     7-12yrs

Email info@sarahcuthbertson.co.uk for a booking form, check out our website  www.littlecreatives.co.uk or call 07543 259 926 for more information

Previous participants have said:

  • FUNdango Awesome Awesome Awesome
  • Imaginative, Engaging and lots of Fun
  • Fantastic 12/10 Loved it
  • It was brilliant.  Very creative.  Very different. I loved it
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the show!  So great to see the boys enjoying themselves

Half Term Event at Pitshanger Library

Half-term storytelling event with RICHARD NEVILLE at Pitshanger library. Richard is a popular storyteller and runs his sessions with puppets and instruments for children aged 6+.

Date:           Wednesday 15th February

Time:          11am

Admission:  Free

Booking:      Essential

Pop into Pitshanger Library to book your place.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2017

Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers are back!  We will be participating in the Active Kids programme again this year.  Vouchers will be available to collect at any Sainsbury’s store and online between Wednesday 25th January and Friday 30th June.  The collection box for the vouchers will be located in the Link, just outside the school office so please deposit any vouchers you collect.

Thank you for supporting us in this programme, as all vouchers help with the provision of extra PE equipment.

Important Announcement re After School Club

Unfortunately we have to say ‘goodbye’ to Hayley who is leaving the After School Club due to family commitments.  Hayley has been Deputy Manager for the past 6 years and will be sadly missed.  Hayley’s last day will be Friday 10th February.  If anyone would like to contribute towards a leaving present for her, please see Sue.  Karen John will be appointed Deputy Manager from Monday 20th February.

NSPCC

The recent NSPCC Full Stop campaign has raised £816.04 for the school.  Each child who completed their sponsorship form will be receiving a badge.  Many thanks for your generosity!

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