Hayfield Primary School - News and Events
Newsletter 22 - 3rd March 2017
Hello Everyone What strange weather we have had this week. We’ve seen blue skies, grey skies, sunshine, rain, snow and gale force winds—all in one day! The poor children have been in and out, out and in, and not knowing where they are going to play! Please may I remind you to ensure that your child (especially older children who must think they are immune to the elements) to wear a warm coat to school and sensible school shoes. Could I also ask that you check your child has all of the PE kit they need in school and that their trainers ﬁt them. Two boys last week complained that their trainers were much too tight. Obviously it is important that the soft bones in children’s feet are not damaged by foot-wear that does not ﬁt correctly. Thank you...more
Please may I remind parents that your primary aged children should not have social media accounts on sites that require them to be 13 or over. This applies to You Tube too. We teach children all the time about keeping themselves on line. If they do have an account on any social media or gaming sites, please remind them NOT to disclose any personal information about themselves, where they live or where they go to school. Please see booklets Digital Parenting and Appware, which are an interesting and very informative read on how to keep your children resilient and safe online.
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
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
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
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 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 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
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