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Message From The Headteacher

Fri 21 Nov 2014

 

Firstly, yesterday we helped Unicef celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. At Millfields we are very aware of our rights and how important the charter is for all children all over the world! Please look up the convention online and see why we think it is so important at Millfields.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended Parents’ evening on Wednesday –we are always really pleased that over 95% of parents attend. If you were unable to attend, please do see your child’s class teacher to try to book another time to meet with them to see all the work they have been doing and to hear about their progress and next steps that you can support in their learning. Thank you also to the parents who completed the questionnaire. Out of the 80 completed questionnaires, we had less that 1% who gave responses that were disagree/strongly disagree for any of the questions. There will be a response sheet addressing issues or concerns that were raised, available from the main reception next week, and for parents with specific concerns who left their name, I have responded in person and hope to meet with them personally in the next few weeks.

Thank you also for all the positive feedback on the ‘sugar-free’ desserts that were on offer to sample. We are continually reviewing our menus and trying new recipes and ideas, so any further suggestions, please let us know. Thank you to Leea and her staff who stayed late to offer the samples.

The Book Fair finished yesterday, and it looks like we have achieved our biggest total to date –we think it is nearly £2000, but will report the exact figures and what this means for books in our school library next week. Thank you to everyone who supported us by buying a book or two!

There have been lots of assemblies and workshops this week, as we have fully embrace, both Anti-bullying Week and Road Safety Week. Vicky and our 2 Junior Road Safety Officers –Aamina and Victor, have been busy on the street before and after school, encouraging parents and carers to park away from the school, and not on the yellow lines, but most importantly they have been encouraging children and families to walk to school, and to stay safe while crossing the road. It is very important now that the nights are darker earlier, so please ensure you hold your child’s hand to cross the road and/or make them wear bright colours so that they can be seen! ‘Stop! Look! Listen! ‘ and ‘Be seen, be safe’. Thank you for your support.

There have also been assemblies and a talk, this week, from our community police officer on bullying especially cyber-bullying. Please look at the link on our website to www.thinkuknow.co.uk and make sure your children stay safe online. Finally, I hope to see some of you at the PSA Disco this evening. The children are very excited and I know the event will be fun as well as making some money to keep the playground development projects going!. Thank you to the new PSA committee –Pierre, Alison, Kate, Nicky and Ciara, as well as all the other parents who are supporting.

Have a good weekend.
Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message From the Headteacher

Fri 14 Nov 2014

 

We have all enjoyed lots of exciting activities and trips this week as part of ‘Work Week’. Work Week is an annual event at Millfields that enables the children to think about the world of work, particularly in our local community. The activities and focused trips develop children’s awareness, knowledge and skills for the world of work and adult life and include opportunities for children to engage with real workplaces and world of work visitors. It is a great opportunity for children to learn from working professionals and to gain confidence and skills outside of the classroom. It is also a great way for employers and volunteers to get involved in the community. Thank you to all the parents who have given their time this week to talk to children in class, assembly and in their work place. We really appreciate your support.

Year 1 children loved telling me about their experiences visiting Hackney libraries, Y2 loved learning about the work of fire-fighters at Shoreditch Fire Station, Year 3 were amazed by their visit to the Bank of England and Year 4 were treated to lunch at various local restaurants where they learnt about the life of a chef. Children in Year 5 have been busy preparing to make, market and sell their own calendars, and Year 6 created and invented lots of amazing things as they took part in their own ‘Dragon’s Den’.

Also this week, we had a visit from our new School Improvement Partner from Hackney Learning Trust –Neil Harvey. Neil reported that he had enjoyed his visit and was impressed with the children he saw working in class and those he spoke to as he did a tour around the school. This visit was also to set targets for the children currently in Y5 who will be the first year group to sit the new style SATS tests in 2016. Neil will be visiting again in the Spring term.

Next week we are busy again with it being both National Anti-bullying Week and Road Safety Week. There will be special assemblies on Road safety involving out 2 Junior Road Safety Officers Aamina and Victor. While thinking about road safety, please can I remind you that as the nights are getting darker, please ensure that your child and/or you are wearing bright colours or high-vis clothing that can be seen. Also, please remind children and other adults to use the crossing place where Gurpal, the Road Patrol Officer stands, and again, please do not park on the double yellow lines or on the corners of Rushmore Road and Hilsea Street. Thank you for your support.

You will know that the Book Fair is also with us this week and until next Thursday. We always get lots of commission to enable us to keep the school library stocked with new and current literature, so please support us. You will have an opportunity to buy books at Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 19thNovember. If you have not yet signed up to see your child’s teacher, please do so in the main reception area. During Parents’ Evening, you will also have a chance to sample some of our new low-sugar desserts. I hope to see you all then.

Well done also this week to the girl's Y5 and Y6 football team who came second in the tournamnet on Wednesday. Congratulations also, to all our cyclists who took part in the HPSCL race at the velodrome yesterday. A special well done to Conrad Couzins and Reuben Couzins who came 1st and 3rd repsectively -a great result.

Have a good weekend. Best, Jane

 

 

Work Week Schedule

Mon 10 Nov 2014

 

Class

Trip

Date

Time

Postcode

Year 1 - Liverpool

Dalston CLR James Library

Friday 14thNovember

10:30am – 12pm

E8 3BQ

Year 1 - York

Stoke Newington Library

Tuesday 11thNovember

10:30am – 12pm

N16 0JS

Year 1 - Manchester

Clapton Library

Thursday 13thNovember

2pm – 3pm

E5 8RA

Year 2 - Derby

Shoreditch Fire Station

Tuesday 11thNovember

10.30 – 11.45am (approx. finish time)

EC1V 9EY

Year 2 - Leeds

Shoreditch Fire Station

Wednesday 12th November

10.30 – 11.45am (approx. finish time)

EC1V 9EY

Year 2 – Nottingham

Shoreditch Fire Station

Thursday 13thNovember

10.30 – 11.45am (approx. finish time)

EC1V 9EY

Year 3 - Birmingham

British Museum

Wednesday 12th November

11am – 12pm (optional museum visit before/after)

EC2R 8AH

Year 3 - Oxford

British Museum

Thursday 13thNovember

11am – 12pm (optional museum visit before/after)

EC2R 8AH

Year 3 - Sheffield

British Museum

Friday 14thNovember

11am – 12pm (optional museum visit before/after)

EC2R 8AH

Year 4 – Canterbury

Jamie’s Italian, Stratford

Tuesday 11thNovember

10:15am – 11:45am

E20 1EN

Year 4 – Portsmouth

Yum Yum

Thursday 13thNovember

10:30am – 12pm

N16 0LH

Year 4 – Winchester

Sweet Thursday

Wednesday 12th November

10:15am – 11:45am

N1 3JS

 

 

 

Message From The Headteacher

Fri 07 Nov 2014

 

It is good to see all the children back at school safe and well, I hope you all managed to have a rest over the half term break.  Year 4 children have been taking part in a Shakespeare project studying the play Romeo and Juliet.  They have had school based drama sessions to get help them learn and understand the story and on Wednesday this week they all went to watch the play at the National Theatre on the Southbank.  The children really enjoyed the show, they were able to take part  at various stages even getting up to dance on stage at the end.  I hear they were very concerned at the end and couldn’t help shout out to Romeo as he was about to drink the poison “Don’t do it...she’s alive” I think the ending was a bit of a surprise but they enjoyed the whole experience nevertheless.  Year 3 have also had a great experience this week as they got up close and personal to the animals at Whipsnade zoo.  They experienced a workshop all about teeth as part of their science learning—this will be followed up by a visit from a dentist on 27 November. Despite the cold, the children came back exhausted after a fun packed day.  In assemblies this week we have been stating to think about Remembrance day, which is coming up next week.  The children have been sharing some of their family stories and experiences of the first world war—the children are very aware of the significance of this day or reflection.  In Literacy this week the whole school have been learning about play scripts.  Each class will be writing their own play to perform to another class based on African folktales.  I look forward to seeing some of the final plays in a couple of weeks.  Next week is ‘Work Week’ at Millfields.  We will be learning about the world of work and the different types of jobs that people do, we will have lots of visits to different places as well as visitors into school.  Year 6 will be designing and making their own products to pitch to the dragons in our own version of the Dragon’s Den and there will be products on sale in the playground that the children have designed and made so please carry some loose change next week.  Thank you to Glasgow class who shared a brilliant assembly today.  It’s the first time I have seen a game of human chess! Finally, the children have been telling me all about their plans to see bonfires this weekend. I hope have a great time, remember to wrap up warm and stay safe.Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message From The Headteacher

Fri 24 Oct 2014

 

Firstly, thank you so much to all the pupils, parents and staff who made last night’s Diversity Evening such a resounding success. I think that was the busiest I have ever seen it for this annual. Certainly, all the comments and feedback were all very positive regarding the fantastic food on offer and the brilliant singing, dancing and drumming. We were treated to a medley of performances including the KS1 choir, KS2 choir, Y4 mandarin song, Y5 Welsh choir, African drumming, Y6 African dance, as well as pupils and staff sharing their artefacts and photos from the past. The work in class has also been great this week, as all the children have been studying a ‘Black History’ text in Literacy. I have read some fantastic stories and recounts from Y1 to Y6. All classes took part in a drumming or steel pans workshop which has been lovely to listen to, and members of staff have been visiting classes to share their ‘relics’ as part of celebrating the diversity at Millfields. I have also seen some great Art work in Reception and Nursery.  Also, children in Y3 have been learning about Africa as part of their topic this half term. Birmingham Class shared some of their work at Sharing Assembly this morning –well done to you all!Also, yesterday was Diwali, and we all send our best wishes to the children, families and staff at Millfields who celebrate the festival of lights/New Year festival. Lots of classes have been studying Sikhism in their RE sessions, so classes have been designing divas, looking at Rangoli patterns and making lovely sweets as part of their curriculum work. Members of staff also visited classes to talk about their own personal experiences and traditions around Diwali –thank you!Also this week –the governors Curriculum and Resources committees met as part of their annual cycle of meetings to keep the school in check, as well as to support and challenge the work of the school. The Curriculum committee learnt about the new SEN guidelines as well as getting a flavour of the new ‘Assessment without levels’ Hackney initiative in response to government guidelines on the removal of levels for pupils. The Resources committee looks at the finances, premises and HR elements of the school. Thank you to all the staff and governors who attended and contributed to the rich and engaging discussions.You should also be receiving a letter today with the Mag asking you to consider what you as parents and carers can offer to support the school curriculum and enrichment activities at Millfields. We are looking for a range of parents who might want to volunteer to read regularly with children, who may be an artist and can offer workshops or support in class with specific projects, someone who can offer regular or one-off slots of time or someone who can offer support and expertise during a theme week. Please let us know by returning thel slip after half term.It was amazing today to see so many children and adults in school, and lots of parents and younger siblings wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Day. There were prizes for the best-dressed and most original outfits for pupils and staff. Well done and thank you everyone –a great effort for a very worthwhile cause!Finally, have a good break with family and friends over half term. Remember there is an INSET day on Monday 3rd November. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message From The Headteacher

Fri 17 Oct 2014

 

What an exciting and varied week we’ve had ! Year 6 visited Technopop at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Wednesday and reported that they had a fantastic time. This is a pop-up technology event where the children got a chance to see and play with some exciting new computing technology. As you may know the ICT curriculum is now called ‘Computing’ and we are busy working towards meeting all the new standards  -staff and children, which includes trips and events like this one to enrich the learning opportunities.

Wednesday was ‘No pens day’ - a day devoted to concentrating on our speaking and listening skills. Our pen monitors were patrolling the classrooms confiscating any pens or pencils being used and one class were enjoying their learning so much they suggested we should never use pens. There were many varied ways of taking the register. Newcastle class used their fingerprints to record their attendance.

Next week is Diversity Week. This ever popular week just keeps getting bigger and better. On Thursday evening –23rd October, we have Diversity Evening. Leea in the kitchen has planned a delicious selection of food and will have refreshments available to buy. There will be entertainment from dancers, singers and drummers. More information will be available next week but keep the date free! Tickets are available from the front office.

Thank you very much to those parents and carers who attended our two curriculum evenings on Tuesday. The choir sang beautifully and the children (and some adults) had a great time digging for jewels in fossils while learning about the new topics and activities we have for the children. Lots of pupils and parents got involved with PE activities, and young detectives took part in the Literacy Whodunnit. The feedback from those who attend has been brilliant, and we hope to have more evenings like this in the future, for those who were not able to attend this time. Thank you also to all the governors who came along to introduce themselves and talk to parents.

This week Councillor Rathbone came to visit the assembly for Year4-6 and talked about his role in local government as part of Local Democracy Week. He also spoke with the School Council. He was very impressed with the questions he was asked and says that Millfields children always have a challenge for him!

On Thursday our years 4-6 cycling club competed in the Springfield Hill climb race. By all accounts they did very well. We will find out our teams position next week. Cycling in schools has been getting more and more popular and they had almost 100 children competing on Thursday. A borough record. We’ll let you know how well they did as soon as we find out.

I met with the hardworking group of parents and professionals who are working on the next stage of our playground development. We’re hoping to have a new element completed in the half term and are working towards another big project in the Summer holidays. The new covered area certainly came in handy last Friday for the tuck shop which otherwise would have been washed out.

Have a good weekend.
Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message From the Headteacher

Fri 10 Oct 2014

 

Today the whole school has been focussing on learning about e-safety and how to keep ourselves safe when using the internet on digital devices like mobile phones, tablets and ipads. We have included some information in this mag to help you discuss what they have learnt with your child. I highly recommend our website of the week as it has lots of useful information for you so you can support your child’s understanding of the topic and lots of fun (and educational) games your child can play to reinforce their learning.

On Wednesday evening, despite the rain, lots of parents ventured out to attend the early years social evening. A great time was had by all and I’m sure many fast friendships were formed. If you were unable to make it, don’t worry we hold many events throughout the year to give you the opportunity to meet staff and other parents in a relaxed environment.

Next Tuesday we are hosting a Curriculum Evening at 4pm (repeated at 6pm). All parents and carers are warmly invited to attend. It is an opportunity to learn a little bit more about the topics that your child learns about in school and about the changes to the curriculum that are being implemented at the moment. We hope to see you there.

Currently, applications for next years Nursery, Reception and Secondary School places are open. More details are available inside this mag about each. Please ensure you apply on time to be considered for the school of your choice. Late applications have, in the past ,resulted in children not having a school place for September or being sent to a school they did not want and is some distance away. Chris has been supporting parents and carers with completing the online form for Secondary school. The deadline is rapidly approaching for Secondary school applications please make sure you have applied.

Can I remind everyone to make sure your child is appropriately dressed for our ever-changing autumn weather. Lots of children (and parents!) were caught out at home time yesterday when the rain storm hit and they didn’t have a hooded, waterproof coat. We encourage the children to go outside in all weathers except heavy rain so they need to have appropriate clothing available with them all day.

We are always updating our school communication databases, so please ensure that if any of your contact details have changed that you notify the office as soon as you can. We have had several incidences this week when the office has tried to contact a parent in an emergency and have been unable to speak to parents.

The strike action that was scheduled for Tuesday 14th October, has now been postponed by the unions, so the Children’s Centre will be open as usual.

Finally, as I am sure many of you will have heard the Hackney Director of Education –Tricia Okoruwa, sadly passed away recently, after losing her battle with cancer. Today I  attended her funeral along with hundreds of others to pay my respects to a long-standing colleague, and the woman who worked relentlessly to improve the life chances for children in Hackney. She will be missed, and our thoughts are with her family.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane