Hayfield Primary School - News and Events

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

Newsletter 13 - 9th December 2016

Newsletter 13 - 9th December 2016  

Hello Everyone Overall, it’s the Arts that are dominating this week in school. Following last week being all about assessments and tests in English and maths, it is wonderful to hear the sound of children’s singing drifting into my office from the hall, and to see them honing their acting skills in their Christmas play rehearsals. I know that parents are all in for a treat today when they get to see our Reception Class performing their Christmas play, and again next week on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening when Years 1 and 2 put on their Christmas performance. Also on Wednesday, Mrs Horne will be taking Year 4 out to sing some Christmas carols at the Pavilion Club Christmas Dinner, before returning to school for our own Christmas Dinner, where we are really looking forward to being served by our increasingly responsible Year 6 children!...more

Newsletter 12 - 2nd December 2016

Newsletter 12 - 2nd December 2016  

Hello Everyone What a busy day it has been, what with excited children visiting Santa in his grotto and people running around preparing for the PTA Christmas Cracker—and what a cracker it promises to be! Hope to see you there this afternoon. We’re beginning to feel very Christmassy around here. The tree is up and shimmering, and the display area is a winter wonderland—thank you, Reception class staff! Next week is Assessment Week in school. Our older children will be carrying out some tests and the progress of all children will be carefully assessed in the core subjects so that we can plan our next term’s teaching around children’s identified needs and gaps in learning. Please put in your diaries the next parents’ evening dates because we want to see everybody attend so that we can share these outcomes with you and discuss any concerns we have or how you can help your child pro-gress at the rate that they should be progressing...more

Newsletter 11 - 25th November 2016

Newsletter 11 - 25th November 2016  

Hello Everyone The sun is shining outside my window as I rush to write this newsletter—sorry, it’s been a very busy week again! We are always reflecting on our practise and working through our school improvement plan, and we are always busy looking at ways to make learning interesting and engaging for our children, but never more than just now, following our recent Ofsted Inspection and lots of discussion about our strengths and areas for improvement. The report, by the way, should be out next week and will be sent to you as soon as it arrives. We are pulling all the stops out to raise attainment in maths at the moment. I’ve been observing teaching and learning in this subject over the last two weeks and have seen some really good lessons and inspiring practice. What we need to do, though, is find betters ways to give our younger children a good sense of number, and our older children need to be much quicker at mental recall...more

Newsletter 10 - 18th November 2016

Newsletter 10 - 18th November 2016  

Hello Everyone Well, what a week it’s been. We have been waiting for nearly 21 months for Ofsted to arrive, ensuring every day that we have all the paperwork and evidence at the ready, since the Inspector, under these short inspections for Good schools, are so short. And finally, at lunchtime on Monday, we got the call, and after an afternoon and evening of preparation—sending them lots of documents, sending emails out to you, talking to the children, completing surveys and questionnaires, ensuring everything was up-to-date and ready for the next morn-ing, the Inspector arrived with a colleague the next morning at 8:15 and, from the minute they sat down with me at 9am, it was all systems go. It was the most intense, challenging and often difficult day, but we were left smiling (though totally exhausted!) by the end of it all...more

Remembrance Service

The sun shone and the sky was blue this morning at 10.30 as the whole school walked—two by two— to the war memo- rial, tunefully led by the piper and other members of Hayfield British Le- gion, to be joined by lots of parents and villagers for our remembrance service.

The children sang beautifully—make Me a Channel of Your Peace, In Flan- ders Fields and Abide With Me - and some read poignant poems, and even the youngest stood quietly listening to the moving words and pray- ers of Reverend Brian Harris who conducted the service (and joined us back at school for a coffee and a biscuit—lovely man).

Thank you to Karen Grove, Year 5 teacher and history leader, for coordinating the event and ensuring that everything ran smoothly. 

Newsletter 9 - 11th November 2016

Newsletter 9 - 11th November 2016  

Parents’ Information Evening Thank you to all parents who attended the parents’ information evening last night. Considering that there was another ‘exciting’ event on in the village, we had a fairly good turnout! For those of you who managed to make it, I hope you found it useful. On reflection, what we found was that perhaps we tried to cram in too many things—all important topics - into the evening, and so we’ve made some notes for next year to do things a little differently. Topics such as ‘online safety’, Year 2 parents having the opportunity to learn about KS1 SATs and ‘early read-ing’ are all important and may have benefited from having their own time slot at a time most appropriate to the intended audience. Also, the exciting development of growth mindset, which is very new to us at Hayfield, would benefit from a longer, more focused session with a wider audience. More about this soon. ...more

Newsletter 8 - 4th November 2016

Newsletter 8 - 4th November 2016  

Hello Everyone Mrs McKenzie is unavailable today, so our introduction comes from Mrs Horne: Next Friday we will be joining with the Royal British Legion to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. There will be a Service of Remembrance at the war memorial (opposite the Royal Hotel). Please join us if you are able. The service will begin soon after 10.40am. We suggest you aim to be there around 10.30am. It is good to give our children time to reflect and be thankful for those who have made and indeed, continue to make such a difference to their lives and futures...more

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