Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 11th February – Spring 6
THERE HAVE BEEN 4 REPORTED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS RECORDED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK
It has been Children’s Mental Health week at school this week. Teachers planned a series of lessons that explored the importance of nurturing and looking after mental health. The children took part in a series of workshops which helped to develop their confidence and explored how emotions affect responses to situations. It was lovely to hear the hall full of chat and laughter. I have spent a lot of time in the dinner hall this week monitoring the children’s eating habits. You will see from the amount of waste that was produced it was considerably less than in previous weeks. Please encourage your child to eat well and to respect the efforts everyone goes to in making lunchtimes a pleasurable experience for them. Have a wonderful half term and we look forward to welcoming you all back for the second half of the spring term on MONDAY 21st FEBRUARY.
The word of the week is – INQUINATION – the act of polluting, defiling or corrupting.
POEM OF THE WEEK –
THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK –
Winners of Schools’ Football Week
CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK – To celebrate Mental Health Week, the children were visited by Perform Theatre who ran workshops that explored ways of overcoming feelings of stress, discomfort, and sadness, as well as highlighting the importance of keeping a safe and healthy mind providing an opportunity to:
* Understand what emotions are* Explore how certain situations can affect us both physically and mentally * Create freeze frames to recognise when they, or someone they know is being bullied * Learn how to stay safe online * Learn techniques to help relax when feeling stressed or unhappy
DRESSING TO EXPRESS OURSELVES –
ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY – There were 18 children from 12 families who came late to school last week on 23 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number after half term it is so important.
Being punctual not only makes you dependable but also helps you to build your confidence.
Rec Pine – 93.4%
1 Lime – 97.8%
1 Maple – 91.6%
2 Willow – 89.7%
3 Birch – 97.1%
3 Elm – 100%
4 Aspen – 90.1%
5 Cedar – 89.3%
6 Cherry – 90.3%
6 Oak – 89.4%
WEEKLY AVERAGE – 90.1%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%
HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Jackson, Aila, Lincoln, Oscar, Benteigh, Archie and Andrei who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Thursday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.
Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Zala, Habibulla, Lutfi, Shannon, Jaliyah, Harry, Holly and Soham. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year. WE HOPE THAT YOU LIKE OUR NEW WINGS DISPLAY.
My apologies to Helana in Year 3 for misspelling her name in last week’s newsletter
FOOD WASTE – This week there was 55.2 kgs of waste which equated to 71.1 grammes per child. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A LOT LESS THAN LAST WEEK THIS IS STILL TOO MUCH. We have given great thought to setting a new menu which should help to reduce the school’s waste over the coming weeks. We have also taken stock of two new compost bins which will not only encourage the children to develop their gardening skills but will also reduce the amount of waste.
TUNES FOR HALF TERM –
HAVE A WONDERFUL HALF TERM AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON MONDAY 21ST FEBRUARY