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Message From The Headteacher

Fri 12 Dec 2014


What a treat we have enjoyed this week as the Year 2 classes –Leeds, Nottingham and Derby have shared their nativity performances. The children looked amazing in their costumes –thanks to Manjit and Fatima and all the parents who helped with this. Also, the children all sounded fantastic –the singing brought a tear to my eye and I saw lots of the proud parents shed a few tears too! Thank you to the vicar and all the staff at St James for allowing us to use their amazing building, and thank you to Roz, Tom, Phil and Jon –our musicians, as well as a special mention to Flora Grime from Canterbury Class who supported on all 3 days with a lovely flute solo.

On Monday, the ‘Always Good’ children really enjoyed their visit to the local pizzeria on Chatsworth Road, with Debi, Vicky and I. The restaurant staff said that they have had lots of local school groups but that Millfields children had the best manners and best behaviour they had seen. That’s why they were being treated as they are always good!Also, the children were treated to a Pantomime -’Cinderella’. A good time was enjoyed by all!

This week, a group of Year 5 and 6 children have taken part in an inter-schools hockey tournament for the first time. They all really enjoyed the experience although they lost all their games. Thank you to Izaac who is now going to train the team for the next time!

Year 3 visited the Neasden Temple yesterday, as part of their RE work. They had a wonderful time. They enjoyed looking around the building and hearing about it’s importance in the local community, as well as to the Sikh faith.

Also this week, Year 4 teachers went to their final Mandarin course before they start teaching some basic mandarin to their classes next term. We are very excited that we will be introducing Mandarin to one year group at Millfields, and if the next 2 terms are successful, then we will continue next year. We will be linking with a primary school in Haringey that teaches Mandarin as their Modern foreign language.

Today is the Christmas Fair, and there have been lots of parents and staff working behind the scenes to make sure that everything is organised and goes to plan! There will be lots of games, carol singing, lovely food, craft stalls, and Father Christmas will also be visiting! I hope you have written your letters and have been good all year! I hope to see lots of you there –it is always very busy and we hope to make some more money for the playground development fund, so thank you in advance for your support.

Finally, a reminder that school closes at 2pm on Friday 19th December!

Have a good weekend Best Wishes, Jane


Message From The Headteacher

Fri 05 Dec 2014


The sounds of Christmas are now beginning to dominate the corridors and classrooms as all the classes are practising and getting ready for the nativity in Year 2 and for the Winter concerts, in classes from Nursery to Y6. And the Christmas tree and nativity scene are now up, so Christmas is almost here! We are also getting ready for the Christmas Fair that is taking place next Friday 12th December from 3.30pm. There will be raffle tickets coming home with your child today, and there will also be a table to collect all donations for the fair starting on Monday 8th December –please bring any bottle, tins, old books, toys unwanted gifts etc. Thank you in advance for your support. Also don’t forget to book your child a Christmas dinner if they are usually packed lunch. And the concert dates are all in the Mag, on the website and on the school noticeboards, so please make a note and hope to see you there. This year the concerts will all take place at St James Church opposite the pond as Clapton School are holding their concerts on the same week this year! There will be a collection at the end of each show, so please give any spare change to help say thank you.

Reception classes had a brilliant time yesterday on the transport trip –they went on a tube, bus, over-ground rail, boat and a cable car. Despite the cold weather, they had a great time and learnt lots about forms of transport and saw lots of famous London landmarks. Also, some of our classes have visited Pages of Hackney Book Shop to hear stories and to look at all the great books that the shop has to offer.We have also welcomed several visitors to assemblies this week. Thank you to Childline who visited to do an assembly and run workshops for all pupils in Year 5 and 6, and also to Sutton House representatives who came to speak to the children in Years 1-4 about the oldest house in London and invite them to the Christmas celebrations happening this weekend. We have also given out all the lovely Christmas cards and mugs that some of you designed –they look fantastic, so I know that your friends and relatives will be delighted when they receive on in the next few weeks. Please collect mugs from Heidi’s office.

As it is the end of term, we will be celebrating good behaviour, good manners and excellent effort in all areas of school life by taking our ‘Always Good’ pupils –one from each class, out for a lovely pizza lunch at a local restaurant. Well done to all the pupils who do the right thing and make the right choice all the time –maybe it will be you next term!

Finally, have a good weekend, and make sure you wrap up warm as the weather has definitely turned colder!
Best Wishes, Jane



Message From The Headteacher

Fri 28 Nov 2014


It has been another busy week at Millfields.  Year 4 children are studying the Egyptians in topic and literacy.  To support their learning they have all enjoyed a session with an Egyptian drummer and have been learning Egyptian dances.  I’m sure you will see some photos soon on the TV in the foyer. Derby class were invited to an exciting story telling workshop at Pages book shop.  They enjoyed listening to and joining in with the stories and songs.  Year 1 are continuing their studies of the Tempest through drama storytelling sessions this week.  They have been really getting to know the characters in the play and have started giving Prospero a hard time.  They have written persuasive letters asking Prospero to free Ariel.  We are very impressed with how Y1 are able to access Shakespeare.

We have enjoyed observing the teachers teach this week.  There is lots of exciting learning happening and it was great to see so many children engaged and making progress.Thank you to all the parents that came to the reading sessions this week, it was so good to see so many of you there learning about the way we teach reading.  Thank you for supporting your child at home. Please remember that if your child is not keen to read to you it is still so beneficial to read to them and enjoy stories together. There is still time to order phonics cards if you missed the meeting.  Please see Rachel at the front office.

Thank you to all the parents that have supported and encouraged their children to create road safety super hero/mascots for our competition.  Winners will be announced next week.  Thank you also for supporting the road safety drive and keeping yourself safe by using the pavements. And crossing the road holding your child’s hand.  There are, however, some parents who are dangerously reversing their cars near the gate.  Please drive and park carefully around the school at pick up and drop off time.

Christmas is now just around the corner, it has been really good hearing the songs being practiced.  Don’t forget the Christmas Fair next week and  to book your child a Christmas dinner if they are usually packed lunch.

And finally, CONGRATULATIONS to the football team who came 2nd out of 46 teams in the Glyn Williams Cup football tournament—well done boys!

Have a restful weekend, 
best wishes, Jane


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



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 starting 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