Hayfield Primary School - News and Events

Newsletter 21 - 24th February 2017

Newsletter 21 - 24th February 2017  

Hello Everyone I hope you all had a lovely week with your children. Hopefully, everyone has returned fighting fit and ready for the busy term ahead! Next week, we will have three teacher trainees in school - in Y1, Y2 and Y3. The students will spend this week preparing for their teaching block, which starts on Monday 13th March and finishes on Friday 23rd June. We are looking forward to welcoming them and enjoying the mutual benefits of having extra teachers in school....more

Newsletter 20 - 10th February 2017

Newsletter 20 - 10th February 2017  

Hello Everyone I say every year that I love this half term because it’s the start of a new year, it’s more calm and quiet than other terms and it’s always a good time to forge ahead with improvement plans and new developments. Well, I have to say that this year, the reality hasn’t been quite so romantic, certainly on the calm and quiet front! Time has flown by - I cannot believe we’re on half term holiday next week - and we have been just as busy as ever. We started the year with some fantastic training from our deputy head, Sarah-Jayne Kenyon, on growth mindset. Mrs Kenyon also organised a focus week on Growth Mindset and arranged a neuroscientist to teach the children about how the brain develops and how hard work, perseverance, and making mistakes all help to improve brain power. When children assess their learning in lessons, they now assess their level of effort too,...more

Newsletter 19 - 3rd February 2017

Newsletter 19 - 3rd February 2017  

Hello Everyone What a week we’ve had here in school. Staff have been dropping like flies and many children have been poorly too. As an extra precaution, I have arranged for a deeper clean over the half term holiday to ensure that all surfaces, tables, chairs, doors, door handles and light switches are thoroughly disinfected. We are also reminding children about how to wash their hands properly, especially after visiting the bathroom and before they eat. It would be really helpful if you could reiterate this message at home over the holiday. We shall also remind them of the best ways to ‘catch’ a sneeze—with a tissue, preferably, or into their elbow, NOT their hands...more

Newsletter 18 - 27th January 2017

Newsletter 18 - 27th January 2017  

Hello Everyone You will be aware of the devastating news last weekend, when 15-year-old Charlie Craig passed away at his home in the village. It has been a terribly sad week for us all, especially those who knew him well, and we can only imagine how heartbroken and shattered Charlie’s family must feel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sarah, Nick and Tom at this very sad time. Here is a photograph from happier times when Charlie lit up our playground, as he always did, with his happy smile and sunny disposition. He will be sorely missed...more

Newsletter 17 - 20th January 2017

Newsletter 17 - 20th Januray 2017  

Hello Everyone May I just start by saying thank you for coping with our decision to close school last Friday. At the point a decision had to be made, the weather was appalling and it was chaos on the roads, and I just couldn’t get enough staff into school to keep the children safe. It was annoying because by 10:30, in Tideswell at least, it was clear enough to travel! Thankfully, snow days are few and far between and I would like to reassure you that we do try, if at all possible, to keep the school open as normal. Next week is Growth Mindset week in school. All the children will be encouraged to think about their approach and attitude to work and to success and ‘failure’ in different ways. You may already have noticed your child beginning to talk about growth mindset or about using mistakes to help them learn....more

Newsletter 16 - 13th January 2017

Newsletter 16 - 13th Januray 2017  

Hello Everyone What an awful start to the day. It is always a really difficult decision whether or not to close the school on snow days. You wouldn't believe the messages and phone calls between staff and governors and headteachers from other local schools that go back and forth before making such a decision. I knew that we could not get enough staff into school to keep the likely number of children turning up safe. Of course, we could have opted for re-assessing the situation later, or making the decision to open later during the morning, as a few schools did. However, this can cause problems too for parents who have to make childcare plans first thing in the morning if they have to get into work themselves. It's never easy and I'm sorry if the closure caused problems for any of you. Let's keep our fingers crossed for no more snow at that time of the morning!...more

Newsletter 15 - 6th January 2017

Newsletter 15 - 6th Januray 2017  

Hello Everyone Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed some quality family time. I certainly did, and so did my staff who have returned to school well-rested and ready for one of my favourite terms because it begins a brand new year, giving us all the opportunity to start afresh, to think about ways we want to improve, or what we want to be better at, or try out for the first time, and things we want to change in our lives. In assembly on Monday, we talked about new year resolutions and how we could make the world a better place. The children all agreed to try to do a random act of kindness every day, which could be as simple as smiling and saying hello to the people they walk past, thanking the kitchen staff for cooking their food, hanging up a coat they find that has fallen on the floor, thanking their teacher for a good lesson. ...more

Newsletter 14 - 16th December 2016

Newsletter 14 - 16th December 2016  

Hello Everyone We’ve had an interesting time here in school this week. It’s been a cocktail of performance management, tracking children’s progress, staff absence due to a nasty virus doing its rounds, wonderful children’s performances, a delicious Christmas Dinner and far too many chocolates! And this morning we look forward to our Christmas Carol Service at St John’s Church, which I am sure will be delightful, with beautiful singing, smiling faces and a sea of Christmas jumpers! Who’d have thought there could be so many different Christmas jumpers in the world! Our Christmas Jumper Day hopes to raise much-needed funds for the Save the Children charity. Never has the need been greater for everyone to help the millions of children in war-torn countries across the world. Your contributions will help these children and will also help our own children, who are well fed, sheltered, well educated and looked aer, to show kindness and consideration for those less well off, and hopefully appreciate all that they have...more

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