Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 31st January 2020 – Spring 4

It’s official – we are a GOOD school. As a community we should feel very proud of the achievement. The children and staff have worked incredibly hard over the past 27 months despite the many changes that have taken place. We are heading in the right direction and must continue to build on this wonderful result. I must offer a personal note of thanks to the parents and carers who have remained loyal to the school since the last inspection. You continued to  trust the leadership and more importantly the teaching. The large numbers of you who came to last night’s Talent Show was testament to that. To be judged GOOD in the four areas the school was inspected under demonstrates that whilst changes needed to happen they were fully vindicated.  We sail forward on our journey from GOOD to OUTSTANDING. Please continue to support the school in everything we do.

 

The word of the week is – FLENCH: When the weather looks like it’s going to improve but it never does, then it’s flenched!

 

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK – Mrs Toms has asked me to highlight that next week is Children’s Mental Health Week.

Next week signals Children’s Mental Health Week which is to focus on the importance of looking after our emotional wellbeing from an early age.This year’s theme is  Find your Brave. Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for everyone. Bravery can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, it can build your confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself. 
 
PSHE sessions will focus on ‘Finding your Brave’ as we try to promote the importance of our own emotional wellbeing and for our children.
 
THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY is ‘Inside Out Day’  when we’re asking children and staff to wear an item of clothing ‘Inside Out’ as a way of making us all stop and think about how someone may look OK on the outside but inside they might be feeling sad or worried.
 
There is an optional donation of £1 which will be forwarded to IFUCARESHARE
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SUPPORT THIS EXCELLENT CHARITY
HERTFORDSHIRE IMPROVEMENT PARTNER VISIT – On Monday we welcome Mrs Kelly Moss our Improvement Partner to school. The focus of her visit will follow on from the recent Ofsted inspection and she will carry out a spotlight activity on the way school deals with the ongoing issue of punctuality and lateness. She will look at the different ways the school supports and challenges families with these two important areas of school life. We look forward to learning how we can address and improve our current systems to help raise the level of attendance and reduce the number of families who are persistently late.
FAMILY LEARNING CONFERENCES (formerly TEACHER / PARENT CONSULTATIONS) TAKE PLACE ON 12TH AND 13TH OF FEBRUARY. PLEASE BE SURE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE THROUGH THE TEACHERS TO PARENTS APP.
PARENT / CARER GOVERNOR – We have 2 vacancies on the Governing Body for Parent /Carer governors. If you are interested in the role please make an appointment through the school office to discuss the opportunity further. For further information about the role please click the link.
FUTURE DATES – Please click the link for future events and dates https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/calendar/

 

 

TALENT SHOW – We all had a wonderful evening on Friday as many of our children took to the stage to sing, dance, perform gymnastic routines or recite poems and stories. Judging by the large numbers of you who turned up to support this event it proved once again to be very popular. Our thanks must go to the members of the Parents and Friends Association and the staff for running the event especially the refreshments! As the inspection report says: ” Pupils enjoy school. There is a real community feeling to the school.” On to the next event!

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO CATCH UP ON ALL THE LATEST NEWS AT THE FOLLOWING PLACES:

https://twitter.com/home?lang=en-gb

https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/latest-news/

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY – There were 34 occasion where children were late to school this week. This figure is still too high.

Reception Fir – 86.5%
Reception Pine – 96.0%

1 Lime – 85.2%
1 Maple – 91.7%

2 Alder – 96.7%
2 Willow – 88.8%

3 Birch -91.8%

4 Aspen – 97.2%
4 Rowan – 84.8%

5 Ash – 90.9%
5 Cedar – 90.9%

6 Cherry 97.6%
6 Oak – 88.0%

School Total for the Week – 91.3%
National Average 96.0%

Congratulations to the children from 6 Cherry who had the best attendance this week with 97.6%

 

 

PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Amber, Kwadjo, Holly, Henry, George, Ajla, Zane and Daniel who were this week’s Flyer and Leo, Elisa, Layth, Michael, Abena, Thei, Elijah and Zubeida who will enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with Mr Soyka next week.

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85ZiNpNtGnQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6p5P2X8cbA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNqa8go0fXc

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!