Hayfield Primary School - News and Events

Goodbye and Thank You Mr Noakes!

We said goodbye and thank you to our Chair of Governors, Richard Noakes, during a special whole school assembly last Friday.

Richard has been a highly valued governor at Hayfield for over 10 years, and been Chair for the last four years.  Richard has lead the governing board with integrity, warmth and professionalism, and has been a great support to the headteacher in leading and developing the school on its journey to excellence. 

A huge thank you from everyone at Hayfield, Richard, you will be missed!

Richard has been temporarily replaced by acting Co-Chairs, Jane Creed and Peter Shaw.

Newsletter 38 - 15th July 2016

Newsletter 38 - 15th July 2016  

Hello Everyone One week to go and still plenty to do! It is always a bittersweet time as we head towards the end of the year and prepare to say our goodbyes to Year 6 and wish them well on their onward educational journey. It was absolutely wonderful last evening to see, through their wonderful and very polished performances in their production of the musical Dr Dolittle, how these children have grown, matured and developed. Starting in January 2010, this was my first Reception Class, so I have seen them pro-gress from busy little 4-year-olds ducklings into mature and majestic swans! These drama productions are so important in giving children the life skills and values of hard work, practice, perseverance, confidence, teamwork, compromise, resilience, responsibility and a ‘can do’ attitude. Well done, Year 6, you were all amazing! More photos next week, and on the website, as soon as we have five minutes!...more

Newsletter 37 - 8th July 2016

Newsletter 37 - 8th July 2016  

Hello Everyone Mrs McKenzie sends her apologies for not writing this introduction. We are incredibly busy and although we are approaching the end of the school year our work load is not getting any lighter! Your child’s report will be sent home in their post bag on Monday. If any family requires a second copy of the report please contact the school office and we will do our best to get that out on Monday too. Please check out the diary dates on the last page to ensure you don’t miss any of the exciting events that are coming up. More information on the ‘Pyjama Party’ will be sent home on Monday...more

Newsletter 36 - 1st July 2016

Newsletter 36 - 1st July 2016  

Hello Everyone This has been another incredibly busy week as we prepare for the end of term. Gathering assessment data, writing pupil reports, rehearsing for the Y5/6 play, new reception children visits, class photographs – it’s all been happening this week! Can I remind parents that school reports will be sent out on Monday 11th July. There is lots of important information in this newsletter, so please have a five-minute coffee break to read it! It’s great to hear all about our fantastic boys’ cricket team in Natalie’s report, Dare to Dream; see our list of great achievers in last week’s Sports Day; read Emma Parkinson’s report about the excellent and very successful Summer Smasher last Friday (and look at the photos showing everyone having a good time!); and read my reminder about keeping your children safe online....more

Newsletter 35 - 24th June 2016

Newsletter 35 - 24th June 2016  

Hello Everyone Another extremely busy week, where the children have had lots and lots of learning opportunities to participate in and enjoy. This wouldn’t happen without the support and hard work of so many parents and friends of the school. Thank you—you know who you are! We began the week with a whole school talk on water safety by NM Leisure Centre instructors. It was wonderful to see the children very excited and engaged in the presentation, and to learn that so many of them have swimming lessons and know how to keep themselves safe in and near water. Year 3 visited the Woodland Centre in Eccleshall Woods on Tuesday, where they spent the day learning how Stone Age man survived. They made shelters and tools, and learned how to shoot prey with spears and how to make a fire. The weather was fine and children’s behaviour was exemplary....more

Newsletter 34 - 17th June 2016

Newsletter 34 - 17th June 2016  

Hello Everyone It’s that time of year again when teachers are busy carrying out assessments, updating records, making judgements, writing children’s end-of-year reports—and all within a very shaky assessment framework that has teachers up and down the country, especially in Y2 and Y6, feeling that their children have not achieved as well as expected. This is, of course, because the bar has been raised, but it is unclear at the moment what exactly the national standard is going to look like, so the insecurity and concerns are understandable. What I’d like to say is that the staff have all worked very, very hard this year to ensure that all of the children have enjoyed their learning, given it their best and made good progress. One of the areas, as a whole school, in which we continue to improve and enjoy is sport. Look at these smiling faces and read Natalie’s super report in this newsletter! ...more

Newsletter 33 - 10th June 2016

Newsletter 33 - 10th June 2016  

Hello Everyone Welcome back for the final term of 2015-16, and what a busy term this is going to be! I do hope you all had a lovely break over the half term holiday. Mine was spent lying by a pool in a villa in southern Spain, following an amazingly lovely wedding day, so I have returned to school with renewed energy and enthusiasm! A huge thank you for all your good wishes and cards; we haven’t had time yet to take a trip to John Lewis to spend our very welcome vouchers, but I will let you know when we do! We have just returned from a lovely long walk, up to Twenty Trees, on to the Cabin Lodge, down passed the reservoir (stunning views from the top) and then back along Kinder Road into Hayfield and back to school. The rain held off long enough for us to all to enjoy a picnic lunch on the school field. A really lovely morning was had by all. Thank you to the many helpers we had on the walk; you people make such excursions possible!...more

Newsletter 32 - 26th May 2016

Newsletter 32 - 26th May 2016  

Hello Everyone This week seemed such a long way off when John and I decided last year on the wedding date! I know that the day itself will be very special, and the honeymoon in Spain will be heaven! But I must say that the whole school assembly this morning, put together by Mrs Horne, was truly wonderful—and a special part of the whole occasion. The children made me some really lovely cards with some wonderful messages which I shall keep forever. The staff and governors were incredibly kind and I know that many parents contributed to the gift the school bought for us, which is the same gift that Fun Club and the governors bought — a very generous John Lewis voucher! I have no idea how the staff know that John Lewis is my favourite shop (!). I have promised the children that I will, of course, show my presents to Mr McKenzie and won’t spend any of the vouchers on dresses or shoes!! Thank you, everyone. We finished the assembly by dancing to Especially for You by Kylie and Jason! Some of us will remember this! It was a joyous occasion and it was so good to have the children celebrate with me. No need to guess who got the staff star this week—thank you again, Mrs Horne. ...more

Newsletter 31 - 20th May 2016

Newsletter 31 - 20th May 2016  

Hello Everyone We've had a mixed week in school. The good things have included taking part, along with other schools in PEGS, in the Take One Picture project, which has kept many children busy in a range of very creative and inspiring activities. Some of this work was exhibited this morning at St George's Pri-mary, along with work from other schools, and I had the pleasure of taking James, Alex, Ellie and Zara from Year 4 with me to look at the fabulous work children from across the cluster had done. A truly in-spiring event, which we will definitely take part in next year. Other good things have included the sporting success of some of our gymnasts and golfers in this week’s sporting events outside of school. Also, everyone has been contributing their thoughts, ideas and questions about bullying to the High Peak Kids Council, which met with Steve Boyd from the LA on Tuesday with the goal of making our schools as safe from bullying as we can....more

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