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Message from Headteacher

Fri 05 Jul 2024

 

The results are in, and it was such a hard fought contest, and for the first time ever, the 2 parties received exactly the same number of votes -it just shows that every vote counts!!  So, CONGRATULATIONS, to  our new Co-Prime Ministers, John from the Fly High Bluebirds, and Safi from the Red Chilli Heat Waves and, our new Deputy Prime Ministers, Tessa. A'Rayah and Amelia!

A massive 'Well Done' to all the party leaders and deputies - Safi & Tessa, John, Amelia & A'Rayah, Bettina & Suleiman, Nova & Anthony, Marion & Asher for their excellent manifestos and amazing husting speeches, that were all delivered with such confidence and conviction!

All the excitement began on Monday morning, as classes learnt about and revisited what democracy is and where it all began, and why it is so important to have a right to vote! The real democracy fever started, with the children voting for 'members of class' and then the election of 5 excellent leadership candidates!  There were lots of fantastic ideas ranging from more meal options, more chill out spaces to help our well-being, a new behaviour points system, empathy cats, a litter-picking team and more bins, and so much more!

Thank you to the party advisors - Adele, Tashnim & Izaac, Nino, Lucy and Dudley for supporting and guiding them.  All of the fantastic ideas will definitely be part of the work that all the candidates will be doing next year as part of the Millfields Cabinet.  I am really looking forward to working with them and making some changes next year!  All of the manifestos and the daily newspaper can be read on the website. I would also like to say a huge 'thank you' to Iris and Orla, our out-going PM and Deputy, who have been great at pushing for change, and been true ambassadors for our school and community!  Finally a big 'thank you' to the film crew from Fully Focussed, who have been here all week on behalf of Ashoka, our changemaker partner, who will be sharing our amazing democracy work with schools across the UK and the world! We are really grateful to have something documented for us to share and to keep for our own records and memories, and to have our work shared with others.

It has had a brilliant 'Democracy Week' that this year has coincided with the general election, so it has been even more exciting than usual! There are some fantastic ideas in the party manifestos, a great debate, a very professional press conference, loud and purposeful march, an impressive and informed hustings, amazing teamwork and great reporting.  This week is truly magical and showcases all that is so brilliant about all the children, staff and wider community at Millfields!

All of the children from across the school have been so involved in all of the activities and events this week.  They have been learning about democracies, the voting process, parliament and world leaders, and have been excited to hear all the candidate's ideas for our school.  The children made fantastic rosettes, and took part in a march around the local area to support and promote their parties.  They then listened to the leaders' speeches, cast their vote in the Millfields' polling station and they heard the PM announcements.  There have also been lots of Y6 journalists and vloggers/bloggers at work, writing articles, sharing the gossip and showing the results of questionnaires, for the daily Democracy Week newspaper, 'The Democratic Voice'', as well as gathering opinions and views and making online videos etc.  Huge 'thank you' to Sheyenne who organised and coordinated the newspapers.  Finally, the whole week has been organised so meticulously and creatively by Emma! Thank you so much as always!

Next week is the beginning of 'Sports Fortnight' and I am hoping that all of the children will really enjoy all the activities that are planned.  Please note that children can wear different sports clothes and sports shoes/trainers every day during next week and up until Thursday 18th July.  As already mentioned, Sports Days for all the year groups have already been advertised in the Mag and via email.  Text reminders will also be sent! At the moment it looks like it might be raining on Tuesday and Wednesday, so please keep checking texts/emails to note any potential changes! Then on Thursday 18th July, it is Lonfdon day, when all the classes will be visiting a famous London park! Packed lunches needed!

Please also be reminded that time off during term-time is not an automatic right and that any leave of absence must be authorised before booking any flights/holidays etc.  Schools are closely monitored for attendance, so anything below 90% attendance is considered a cause for concern.

Finally, it is the SUMMER FAIR on SATURDAY 13th JULY from 11am-3pm. Please save the date and hope to see lots of you there and hope that the weather is good!

Have a good weekend. Take care and keep well. Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Thu 04 Jul 2024

 

DEMOCRACY WEEK is HERE!

DAY 4

So we marched around the local streets and came back to school to listen to some amazing speeches delivered by our confident and passionate canddiates. Read all about it here: Democratic Voice

DAY 3

Yesterday, the candidiates took part in a Press Conference where the parties answered some tough questions from the voting pupils!

Read all about it here in Wednesday's edition of the Democratic Voice.

DAY 2

There is great excitement aroud n school as the oarties are getting their manifestos ready, and the children are talking about the school, local and world issues that our winners will pledge to tackle!

Read all about it here in Tuesday's edtion of the 'Democratic Voice'

DAY 1

Echoing the fevered political discourse across the country, there was intense speculation as to who the party leaders will be, hoping to be the next Prmie Minister at Millfields! Who will be chosen to lead this year's political parties!

For an exclusive reveal, please click on the first issue of the 'Democratic Voice' from the Y6 team.


 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 28 Jun 2024

 

 

We have had another busy week in school, as the children have been very busy completing end of year assessments in reading and Maths, and the teachers are finishing writing the Annual Reports, which the leadership team will read before they are sent out to parents/carers on Friday 12th July.

We also had class photos taken this week, so look out for the proof to buy them next week! We have also been finalising the Y6 Leavers Book -this is always a sad time for me as we get ready to celebrate the Y6 achievements as well as say goodbye. There are so many memories and special moments to remember and a few more still to come before the end of term!

This week,the Reception teachers have been on home visits to meet the new children starting at Millfields in September! Thanks to all the staff for making this happen and for getting to know our new families. Children currently in our Nursery Classes will be hearing about start dates and the welcome picnic ASAP. I also know that lots of children (and parents) have been asking about the teachers for next year from Y1 -Y6. The children will find out on Transition Day that is Friday 12th July. On this day, the children will meet their new teacher and will spend the morning with them -the class details will then be in the Millfields Mag on that day.

This week has been the Hackney Music Festival which is a celebration of all the amazing talent from schools across Hackney that culminates in performances every day at the Round Chapel.
On Tuesday, some of our rock bands took to the stage and wowed the audience with their profes- sionalism and talent. Thanks to Tom for getting the bands ready to rock! Then on Thursday, the KS1 and KS2 choirs took part in the Schools' Singing Festival!  Lots of parents attended to enjoy the beautiful singing. Thanks to Roz for teaching the songs and for allowing the Millfields children to shine!

Also this week, Fuji Class took part in the Hackney Daily Mile Festival at Hackney Downs. Fuji class children do a run every day to keep them fit and to clear their heads to be ready to learn, so they did really well and brought back lots of medals. Well done to all of them! And thanks Bruno, Sharon and Chantelle for going with the class and encouraging them to do their best.

On Tuesday there was great excitement in Y5 Acatenango Class as they took part in a filming session for the children's TV show, 'Operation Ouch'. Dr Ronx and Dr Chris were in school to film an episode with us, as we are apparently their favourite Hackney school! The children got an insight into how much goes into a short amount of film and really enjoyed the whole experience!

Next week is Democracy Week, when all the children will be hearing about school, local and global issues that we will take on next year through electing our new Prime Minister! This year our annual event has coincided with the General Election so there is going to be lots of politics and spin around school. The most important thing to reinforce with your child, that we will be speaking about next week, is that we live in a democracy, where everyone has a voice and we should all use our voice/our vote to make a stand, make a change.

Finally, there does seem to be a lot of different illnesses around at the moment. Please continue to let the school know via StudyBigs or the dedicated absence line, if your child is unwell in any way, and remember that you must complete an absence request form if your child needs a day off school for any other reason. This needs to be done in advance and must be authorised.

It has also been brought to our attention that there may be a stranger -man, in the local area behind Clapton Girls School, asking children if they want sweets. Please talk to your child, especially Y5 and Y6 who have permission to walk home alone,  about stranger danger. Thanks for your support with this.  

FINAL REMINDERS:  *Summer Fair is Saturday 13th July *School finishes on Friday 19 July at 2:15pm/2:30pm. There are no After-school Clubs that day.

Have a good weekend, take care, keep well and stay safe everyone. Best Wishes, Jane


 

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 21 Jun 2024

 

I cannot believe that we are getting closer and closer to the end of this academic year already -only 4 weeks to go, and there is still so much to do and so many events to organise and take part in!

On Wednesday evening, it was our annual Summer Choir and Instrumental Evening that took placeat St James Church. It was, as always, a lovely event with beautiful singing, and some amazinginstrumental ensembles - guitars, violins, brass, rock-bands and solos. We certainly have somevery talented children. A huge thank you to all the tutors who have taught the children this year.

Thanks to Tom, Luciano, Harrison and Simeon for being there on the evening to support the chil-dren! Thanks to Emma, Debi and Sheyenne for their support too, and of course, a huge 'thank you'
to Roz for making the whole thing happen.

Next week is Assessment Week, so all the children in Y1 - Y6 will be completing Maths and Reading texts, and completing a piece of writing. Alongside this, the teachers have been busy completing the end of year Annual Reports that will be emailed out during the penultimate week of term -there will be a text to alert you when they have been sent.

We have also been busy preparing for our annual Democracy Week that is scheduled to take placeduring the week beginning 1st July. This is always an exciting week in the Millfields calendar as we elect our Prime Minister for the following academic year. It is always a great week as the atmosphere around school is exciting and full of great debate and chat from Reception to Y6. The children learn about democracy, voting and thinking about school, local and global issues. Thanks in advance to Emma for all her organisation.

Our outgoing PM, Iris and her Deputy, Orla, along with members of the school cabinet have done a great job this year and have been proactive and industrious this year. There is always a brilliant daily Pupil Newsletter that week, so look out for that and keep up to date with all the action.

Then the following 2 weeks are Sports Fortnight, and there has, again, been lots and lots of plan-ning and preparation - thanks to Ashraf. The children will all take part in a Sports Day, (the dates
can be found in the Mag and on the school website.) and they have lots of opportunities to play and try a range of sports activities, make delicious snacks and enjoy the great outdoors. If you have notalready let us know -if you can help out or offer an outdoor/new activity, please contact Ashraf (amohi@millfields.hackney.sch.uk) or see one of SLT at the main gates.

On Wednesday, Year 5 visited the London Docklands Museum as part of their work on tradeacross the world. The children enjoyed the visit and learnt lots by completing a special booklet/quizwhile going around the exhibitions. They also enjoyed some time playing in the park.This week, Y6 classes visited Sir John Soane's Museum as part of their History work on Ancient Greeks. The sessions focused on Ancient Greek culture and architecture, and the children looked at examples of artefacts, ancient Greek myths and the features of classical architecture on the mu-seum floor. They also examined the roles of the Greek gods and goddesses and designed a temple dedicated to a chosen god/goddess.

Also, Year 6 children continue to be busy this week rehearsing for their end of year show, writing blurb for the Yearbook, and practising for Sports Day, as well as keeping up with the rest of the curriculum that needs to be covered by the end of the year! The dates for the shows are Monday15th - Yukon, Tuesday 16th - Orinoco and Wednesday 17th - Mississippi. All shows start at 6pm.

Tomorrow, Saturday 22nd June, is Windrush Day. Each year, we celebrate British Caribbean communities and acknowledge the contributions the Windrush generation and their descendants have
made to British society. We marked the day in assemblies, and as part of their Humanities work, Year 4 studied the Windrush story. They visited Hackney Museum to consolidate their learning andtook part in special workshops.

Finally, all of the children in Reception to Y5, will be finding out who their new teacher is on ourTransition Day - Friday 12th July. Families will be informed later that day in the Millfields Mag.SAVE THE DATE: Saturday 13th July is the Summer Fair, as this is always a great community event.

Have a good weekend, and enjoy the lovely weather, for as long as it lasts! Take care, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 14 Jun 2024

 

It seems like it has been  a very busy week again, especially in Reception classes as they have been out on their annual trip toThe Diana Memorial Gardens in Kensington. They had a great day out and managed to avoid the rain showers!

The Y5 and Y6 Cycling Team were in action yesterday, and the team, as always, all tried their very best and I believe we have some more medals on the way -places and times still to be confirmed. We managed  lots of top 10 finishes, so another big points win for the league.  They were all fantastic, and look like they have almost guaranteed the league title again this year - fingers crossed!  Thanks to Nishie and Bettina for accompanying the children and supporting them!

Thank you to all the parents/PSA members, and Sheyenne who have been organsing the Book Fair over the last week or so, and a huge thanks to all of you who bought a book! The money raised means that we have more than £600 to spend on books for the school library and main library!

This week, we had a visit from the Local Authority to moderate the writing outcomes for our Y6 children. The moderators were so complimentary about the quality, variety and quantity of writing that the children have done over their time in Y6, so we were very happy with the outcome and pleased that all the hard work of the children and Y6 staff was recognised.

Just a reminder, that if your child is in the current Y2, Y3, Y4 or Y5, Musical Instrumental lessons are on offer and need to be booked and paid for by Friday 12th July at 5pm to secure a place for the Autumn term.  Currently we offer guitar, drums, violin, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano tuition.  The lessons take place weekly, during lesson times for 10 weeks each term.  We have had lots of interest from our Y2 children, but a reminder that if your child is currently having lessons and you want to continue, then you do need to book as well!  Please fill out the google to request instrumental lesson https://forms.gle/9 CAgR waShY yEw de9

There is a music showcase event on Wednesday 19th June at St James' Church at 6:00pm - hope to see many of you there! If your child is taking part in the choir or in an instrumental ensemble, you will have already been contacted by Roz and/or Tom.

Finally, the Sun Safety policy has been emailed out at the beginning of this term.  Please read it and support us with implementing it.  Apparently, there will be hot weather soon, so please make sure that the children are wearing loose fitting clothes that are in keeping with the School Uniform Policy.  Summer uniform includes, blue and white checked dress/ blue/white Polo shirt / navy sweatshirt or cardigan/ navy shorts or navy blue leggings / solid black shoes or trainers in any colour, but please no open-toed sandals as they can be dangerous, especially when they are running around at playtime.

Remember that next Friday 21st June is an INSET Day, so the school is closed for pupils. And the last day of this term is Friday 19th July.

I hope you all have a good weekend -hoping for some better weather for the middle of June!!

Take care, keep well and stay safe. Jane


 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 07 Jun 2024

 

A massive ‘thank you’ to all the parents, carers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and pets who have taken part in our brilliant ‘Parents & Families Week’.  The atmosphere around the school has been great and the feedback from parents has been very positive.  There were lots of fun activities organised including, a making packed lunch session with Alecia, PE sessions for Y1 and Reception classes with PE coaches Kea and Tom, Science lesson with Naomi, Road safety session, Eco Assembly and landscape drawing on the school roof terrace with Vicky and Jess.  Parents also volunteered to share/read a story with their child's class at the beginning and end of the school day.  As a direct result of such great feedback from parents and pupils, we will continue to ask for volunteers to read to your child's class throughout the year, so please contact your child's teacher if you would like to read at the end of the school day.  The children and staff have also really enjoyed meeting some of their friends’ pets too!  We have had dogs, rabbits, tortoises, guinea pigs, cats and fish! It was also great to see all the amazing 'Me in a Bag' items and to hear the children sharing lots of information about themselves! Thanks for making that happen!!

We also loved seeing lots of parents at our age-phase 'Croissants & Conversations' drop-in session each morning.  There was lots of chat and opportunities to meet new people.  If you would like to see more morning drop-ins, please let us know as this could be an opportunity to ask lots of questions and find out more about the curriculum and the working of the school day.  Also, if you have not yet completed the Parent/Carer Questionnaire, this is the FINAL CALL as it closes at midnight tonight, so if you haven't completed it this is your last chance! https://forms.gle/pbcaLZCQS96hCWdQ8

Today was such a lovely, positive and joyful day as it was 'Positive Noticing Day'! Everyone was in non-uniform and was wearing something that 'Celebrates YOU'! All the children were wearing things that they loved, things that made them special and unique.......cultural dress, sports shirts, party dresses, dressing-up clothes and lots of fabulous outfits! Thank you to everyone for making the day so special! there will be more photos and information in the Mag next week.

A huge thank you, to all the staff who organised, supported and ran sessions – Emma, Ashraf, Rana, Sheyenne, Alicia and the kitchen team, Jess, Naomi and PE Coaches, Kea and Tom. Of course, thank you to all the staff who have been brilliant at welcoming our community into school and into classrooms all week. Special thanks to all of the front office staff who have certainly been busier than usual, as the buzzer has never stopped buzzing!  Also big, big thanks to Vicky, who put the whole week together!
Well done to some of our Y4 and Y5 children -Valeria, Kingsley, Reuben, Oona and Lee who took part in a football festival on Wednesday this week. They are very pleased to have taken part and received a certificate.Thanks to Sharon for organising.

Also this week, our Prime Minister, Iris, Deputy Prime Minister, Orla and other members of the School Council and Eco Champs travelled to the north of England to take part in an Eco Festival with lots of other schools from around the UK. They have made us so proud -taking part in workshops, music sessions, video link with the Eden Project, campfire and lots more! Thanks to Roz and June for taking the group and making this amazing opportunity possible.

We have lots of exciting events coming up next half term; it is Democracy Week (1st - 5th July), and Sports Fortnight (8th - 18th July), and the Summer Fair is taking place on Saturday 13th July this year - save the date!  Please get in touch with the PSA if you can help in any way psamillfields@gmail.com.  Also, a reminder that Friday 21st June is an INSET day, so the school will be closed to pupils.

Fingers crossed for continued good weather! Have a good weekend.  Take care. Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 24 May 2024

 

I cannot believe that we are at the end of half term already! It seems to have flown by!

Today, we were treated tio 2 brilliant assemblies -well done to Zambezi Class and Kilimanjaro Class for sharing their fantastic learning, as well as showing off their great singing and acting skills! Thank you to all the children and staff!

The children have been very busy this half term, working hard in class and beyond -on school trips, workshops, assemblies and visitor talks. This week, Y6 children have been camping! They have had mixed weather -beautiful sunshine and torrential rain, but they were still smiling, laughing and enjoying the whole experience! They have had a fantastic experience on the campsite, and taking part in lots of outdoor activities including climbing, bushcraft, pioneering, archery, team challenges and a campfire. They have really enjoyed being with friends in a different setting and have embraced the whole experience. A huge 'THANK YOU' to all the staff -Debi, Orla, Jess, Izaac, June, Joseph, (Emily who visited for the night on Tuesday) and especially Sheyenne who organised the whole week!! I think the children and staff will all be looking forward to a nice warm bed and a rest tonight!

Also this week, Y3 took part in another Personal Bests session -well done to all the children for taking part. On Monday, Year 2 classes enjoyed a trip to the Olympic Park to visit the Blossom Gardens. They also had a chance to play in Tumbling Bay Playground and ate their picnic lunch. They really enjoyed observing their local environment and nature. Also, Y2 classes released the butterflies that they have watched grow in class from an egg, to caterpillar to a butterfly. Y

ear 1 and Year 3 were treated to a ballroom dance session by BallroomBees, that was created by former "Strictly Come Dancing" professional Katya Virshilas (who couldn't find any Dance classes aimed at boys as well as girls for her sons) and world champion dancer Klaus Kongsdal.  The children really enjoyed the high-energy activities and dance steps that were set to popular music! Look for more information here: https://www.youtube.com/@ballroombees/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0 A huge 'thank you' to Chelsie, Aubrey and Maeve's mum, for putting them in touch with us!

When we return from half term, it is 'Parents & Families' Week, and there are lots of opportunities for you to engage with your child in school.  Please sign up via Eventbrite or if you would like to read to your child's class, you can also contact the teacher directly.  I hope that lots of you will come to the Coffee Mornings that are taking place for different year groups each day. Please see the flyer in the Mag and on Google Classroom and book via the link. https://tinyurl.com/Families-week-2024

In addition, as part of Families Week we will be learning more about one another, our likes and interests, our families and heritage. We would like every child to bring in 5 items in a bag that tell us something about themselves and the things they like, things they do, things that are important to them. Please talk to your child and encourage them to place 5 “different” items in the bag! We will be using the bags during Families week to learn more about each other.

We have lots of other exciting events coming up next half term too; it is Democracy Week (1st -5th July), and Sports Fortnight (8th - 19th July), and the Summer Fair is taking place on Saturday 13th July this year - save the date!  Please get in touch with the PSA if you can help in any way psamillfields@gmail.com.

Also, a reminder that Friday 21st June is an INSET day, so the school will be closed to pupils.

I hope you have a great half term with family and friends, and have fun and a good rest.

Fingers crossed for continued good weather!  Best Wishes, Jane