Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 8th October 2021 – Autumn 6

It has been a relatively busy week in terms of teaching and learning; Mrs Taylor and myself carried out a learning walk on Wednesday morning and lesson studies/observations have begun. Standards remain high despite the many challenges the children and staff have had to face over the past 18 months. One area we will look to improve over the weeks ahead is the children’s exposure and acquisition of vocabulary and the quality of their handwriting. Ticket sales for next month’s Firework Extravaganza are going well. Members of the Parents and Friends of Parkside will continue to sell tickets after school on the playground for the next two and half weeks. All tickets are priced at £4 per person. Please make every effort to buy a ticket and to bring along friends and family.



The word of the week is – MELORISM – the belief that the world can be made a better place through compromise and concerted human effort.




Gathering Leaves
by Robert Frost

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.

But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.

I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for colour.

Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?



PARENTS/CARERS CONCERNS – If you feel that you have a concern about your child please can you follow the guidance set out below:
1. In the first instance speak to your child’s classteacher either via email or through an appointment. This can be done through the school office.

2. If you still wish to speak to a senior member of staff please make an appointment to speak the following member of staff:
Miss Chandler if your child is in the Nursery or Reception class
Mrs Weinstein if your child is in Year 1 or Year 2
Miss Wood if your child is in Years 3 4 5 and 6

3. Mrs Taylor and myself will speak to parents if it is necessary, once you have gone through the previous channels of communication first.

Often, I am challenged in an aggressive manner about incidents I have no knowledge of because I trust teachers to do their job and to deal with incidents according to the school’s behaviour policy. Please remember to follow the guidance in order to keep everyone safe and to support the school in all that we do.






FIREWORK NIGHT – WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Two years ago we held out first ever firework night. It was a tremendous success, something we want to build on. Members of the PFA will sell tickets every night after school for the next month and will cost a flat rate of £4. We will also be selling hotdogs, tea and coffee along with fibre optic wands and flashing wand sticks on the night. Please make every effort to attend this fantastic event.



CATS PROTECTION ASSEMBLY –  Representatives from the Cats Protection paid a visit on Wednesday morning and spoke to the children in Years 1 and 2. They enjoyed learning about how to look after a cat and what the Cats Protection Charity is all about.




Anna and Marley made their first visit to school on Thursday and listened to a number of children read in the school library. It is well known amongst educational researchers that reading aloud to dogs can increase a child’s confidence and help them to develop greater concentration – something we want for all of our children. Marley will be with us on a long term basis and we look forward to getting to know her and Anna over the months and years ahead.




WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:45pm – 5:15pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.



ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There werechildren from 9 families who came late to school last week on 12 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

Rec Pine – 86.7%

1 Lime – 97.8%
1 Maple – 96.3%

2 Willow – 94.4%

3 Birch – 86.9%
3 Elm93.8%

4 Aspen – 91.3%%
5 Cedar – 81.9%

6 Cherry – 100%
6 Oak – 99.6%




HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Charlotte, Eliana, Lincoln, Lexi, Halle, Scarlett and Holly who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday 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 –  Jonathan, Roman, Ayomide, Runiya, Deyan, Reyansh, Abdifatah and Ela. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.



FOOD WASTE –  This week we had to throw away 61.5kgs of waste which equated to  101 grammes per child. THIS IS THE LARGEST AMOUNT OF FOOD WE HAVE THROWN AWAY THIS TERM. We need to look at the amount of waste the children are throwing away very closely but we can’ do it without your help. Please spend some time talking to your child about the choices they make about their dinner.