Friday March 2nd – OPEN

Morning Everyone,

It has been a very difficult decision but we have decided to open today as staff are making their way in to school and very little snow is due today. The main roads are passable but the side roads as you would imagine are icy so please take extra care if driving your child to school today. Parking could be hazardous right outside the school so please consider walking and allow extra time. We will extend our registration period this morning to accommodate late arrivals up to 9:30am.

With the very cold winds we are unlikely to be going out to play today. This may be reviewed if temperatures improve and the wind reduces this afternoon.

Entrances and pathways have been gritted but please take extra care coming in to school, there will undoubtedly be icy patches underfoot.

Let’s hope we can have a lovely Friday.

Jacqui

Book Week 2018 Has Arrived…

Well something magical happened in the holidays and our lovely library transformed into a magical reading space.  We have started this year’s dedicated week to reading and the love of books in style.

Where to start? Which books to choose?

Step inside the reading den and listen to the words lift from the pages of your favourite book.

Take a moment to record how the story makes you feel.

Magical moments, step inside the pages of another fantastic story.

Happy New Year

Well, 2018 has certainly started with lots to sort out and to do.  I hope all our families and friends had a lovely break and that the new year brings health and happiness to all.  We have started our new theme with another Disney focus, this time we are taking our learning to infinity and beyond….

We have already started by a special red carpet viewing of Toy Story and believe it or not, Woody has faced a trial over his behaviour towards Buzz!!!

It promises to be a very busy half term and I look forward to posting pictures and messages to share the learning that is taking place.

Many hands make light work….

We had a great time on Saturday morning planting out the 1,000 crocus crowns kindly donated by Hazel Grove Rotary Club as part of their recognition of National Polio Day.

We had lots of helpers to make what could have bee a difficult task quite an easy one.  Thank you to the mums and dads that helped and to Mr Marshall and Mr Winder who not only brought us the crocus seeds but also dug back the turf by hand.

We made some space to plant the crowns and carefully made sure they were the right way round.

Mr Marshall and Mr Winder dug the turf up for us in several patches on the lawn

When we had finished planting we covered them wit the turf. It was like a big jigsaw puzzle.

We shared the crocus crowns between us

We started from the outside and worked our way towards the middle of the hole.

We even arranged them in patterns!

It was fun!

I made sure my Dad was doing it right.

When we finished you couldn’t tell where we had planted them

 

Welcome Back –

“Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts.” Aladdin, Aladdin

Welcome back to what I hope is going to be another Disneyfest of learning – if there is such a thing!  The classrooms will be hubs of imagination and creativity this half term as we explore the messages and themes from 1001 Arabian Nights including tales of Aladdin, magic lamps and carpets and adventures in far off places.

We hope to share some glimpses of our learning experiences through our class blogs starting this week. You can see what we’ve been up to and catch our latest posts in the next few days onwards.

Charity News

Our Year 4 Cakes went like the proverbial hot ones, so much so that I had to go to the shops to replenish stocks.  Thank you so much to everyone who gave so generously, Holly and her team raised £90 for Leukaemia Research and Brendan’s group matched that amount for the World Wildlife Fund.

We are looking forward to further fundraising fun on Friday for Children in Need.

Music Maestro Please….

What a fantastic start to our week of musical performances!  The children entertained us brilliantly with their musical skills on the keyboard, playing woodwind or brass instruments.  Great start to a very grey and drizzly day.  Thank you Mr Tinker for showing them how to do it.

When it’s difficult to find the words….

Week beginning Monday 22nd May.

A response from two of our learners who sum it up beautifully.
We have had a busy week dotted with real moments of thought and reflection.
Our thoughts and prayers have continued to be with those affected by this week’s terrible news.
As we close for half term the children have enjoyed another fantastic half term of learning. From Google Expeditions to gym visits and zoo visits alongside healthy baking and heart dissection (gulp).
The sunshine has added to the excitement of the daily mile and despite a good excuse not to run our Y5 and Y6 learners have pushed themselves to the limit and really challenged their perseverance.
We have risen to the challenge of national assessments and we look forward to a new half term of fun filled learning ahead.
Congratulations and thanks to those children who have represented us in this half term’s sporting events, we have achieved some great results in netball, football, athletics, tennis and cricket.
Finally, what better on a hot day than an ice lolly – great big thank you to the PA for our surprise gift of an ice lolly each for playtime.
Have a lovely half term break – wherever you choose to spend it.  We look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 13th June.

NFF – Write to your MP.

Good Morning,

I wanted to thank you for your fantastic support regarding the national funding formula consultation and acknowledge the responses we have head from local MPs across the borough.

The consultation closes on Wednesday but that won’t be the end of our campaigning.  Stockport has been one of the worst funded Local Authorities across the country for the last 27 years.  We had hoped that the funding formula proposals would really help to boost funding across our schools and as a collective of Head teachers we were positive about the plan to reform funding to schools.

As in our letter to you, our parents, this has not proven to be the case.  Stockport as an authority has a small gain but we are still ranked 146 out of 150 in the funding allocation to our schools.  This will mean that from 2019 schools like ours will be dramatically hit by the shortfall in funding and the general on costs of between 8 and 11% predicted for the general running of the school.

We believe that the Government haven’t got it right this time and the more we campaign the more they may listen.  We don’t want to take funds from other LAs to provide for our learners we believe there should be a bigger pot of money in the first place.  We know that the Government have given more money to education than allocated before but when the general costs of running a school are continually rising this extra spend is cancelled out.

You may have seen in the press that several Local Authority groups across the country are lobbying MPs, making press release statements and considering allsorts of money efficiencies. They are talking about losing services to schools to support learners with specific needs, reducing staff which may mean bigger classes, stopping educational visits and extra curricular provision and even shortening the teaching week to save on additional costs to cover classes whilst teachers have their statutory planning time. Any of these measures will be detrimental to our learners learning.

Can you help? Yes you can.  If you haven’t already written to William Wragg then please do so.  He needs to hear that our school, like all Stockport schools face a really difficult future if this current proposal becomes a reality.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and thank you in advance for helping our school to be heard.

Jacqui

I’m a Celebrity….

What a week we’ve had…

Monday was the start of an amazing week where all the children in Recetion, Year 1 and Year 2 had a surprise visit from CBeebies and the Rhyme Rocket team.  They were entertained and excited to learn more about making up rhymes and even had a go at their own.

Then, yesterday, as part of their visit to Go on a Bear Hunt ,Year 2 were lucky enough to meet and great actor and actress John Thompson and Sherrie Hewson who just happened to pass by in between rehearsals for their Christmas Pantomime.  It seems our children were a real hit with both celebrities and it added to what was already a brilliant week

Last week we participated in a range of Pudsey related activities and raised a whopping £712.24 for Children in Need and on top of that Sam and Matthew, with the help of their Mum baked some brilliant Pudsey biscuits and raised a further £100 from the sale.img_2868

We had a great time eating them.  Thank you boys!

As we approach the end of November and look forward to the usual festivities in school we are all getting excited about next week’s Christmas Fair.  Join us next week at 6pm ( Friday December 2nd ) for fun, festivities, family time and maybe even Father Christmas!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Ames 🙂