This week the governors are interviewing the three candidates that they short-listed a week ago. It’s going to be a bit hectic, especially on Wednesday, but should all worth it in the end. I’ll let you know the outcome as soon as I can.
I’ve mentioned this website a few times in this newsletter and I’d just like to push it again! ‘ParentView’ is a government website that collects the views of parents about their child’s school. You have to register and then the website asks you to complete a questionnaire similar to the paper questionnaire we distributed a few weeks ago. When there are 10 responses on the site we are able to view a summary of them; we don’t know who the parents are – it is all anonymous.
OFSTED collects the information from this website when they are planning inspections, so it is important to make your opinions known and it is obviously better to have a lot of responses rather than a few. At the moment there is just one response on the website and so we can’t ‘see’ it and OFSTED can’t use it. When we do paper surveys we receive anywhere between 40 and 70 responses and it would be good to see this reflected on the ParentView website.
If you need some help to register ask us and we can help you (just to register – not to complete the questions!) The website address is below:
and there’s also a link from the ‘parent information’ pages of our website (address at the top of this newsletter).
Year 5 visited the British Museum last Monday and came back with lots of compliments ringing in their ears. Members of the public stopped staff and told them how well-behaved the children were, and so did the museum staff! We know our children are a credit to the school and to you, but it’s always nice to have it echoed by people outside our school community. Well done Year 5!
· All week: cycle training for Year 6
· Today: first interview day for headship post
· Today: netball match vs St Vincent’s after school
· Wednesday: second interview day for headship post
· Wednesday: football match vs St Vincent’s after school
· Thursday: Church service at 9.30 (in church) for Years 1 to Year 6. All parents welcome.
· Thursday: KS1 open morning (after church service) and picnic in the park
· Thursday: Year 4 and Year 5 to the Cockpit Theatre (Young Persons’ Concert Foundation)
· Friday: last day of Term. Please collect children from class at 1.15 and have a good holiday!
· TUESDAY, 4th June: FIRST DAY OF TERM
If you drop off, or collect, children by car at the beginning or end of the school day you risk being given parking a ticket. In the past we have given parents a note from the school (if requested) and the parking wardens would allow a little leeway. Westminster has now formalised this arrangement and produced their own ‘Drop Off and Pick Up Concession Card.’ This ‘allows’ you to stop on a single or double yellow line close to the school for a maximum of 10 minutes at the start and end of the school day.
You can collect the new concession card from the school office if you need one.
Parking compliance around the school is enforced by CCTV cameras (there are a couple on a pole outside the school) as well as wardens patrolling the streets.
May I remind you that you are not allowed to park on the zig-zag lines at the school entrance and the concession card will not protect you from being given a ticket if you do.
We started a cookery club this term. It’s being run after school by our school cook, Ellen. There are some photos and a little information on the Westminster website:
You may remember we collected money over the Christmas period for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital; one of our pupils in the Foundation Stage was, and still is, being treated by the hospital. We received a letter last week thanking us (you!) for our donation. In the end, our donation totalled £924.41, which (I think) is the most we’ve raised for a single cause without some sort of sponsorship event. Thank you!