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Message from Headteacher

Fri 23 Feb 2018

 

We have had a very difficult week following the tragic news of the death of our Year 4 teacher, Alice. This terrible news has come as a shock to our whole school community and we are all very, very sad to have lost a teacher, colleague and friend. The love, support and compassion shown by all the staff and children, as well as parents, carers and the wider community has been remarkable. As always , the Millfields community have come together as a family, united in their grief, while holding on to the memory of Alice –a wonderful teacher, fabulous artist, brilliant colleague, caring and loving friend and such a very special person.

We are all in the initial stages of grief but we know that this is going to be an ongoing process. We have already supported pupils, staff and parents, and will continue in the days, weeks and months to come, as appropriate. Thank you to all the parents who have shown their support through emails, cards, baking cakes, bringing food, flowers, other messages and hugs. Thank you to our therapist Claire-Louise, and other  counsellors and therapists who have been brilliant in their support for individual children and staff, as well as whole classes and parents. Thank you to parent Jodie Cariss, who has also supported us.

We will keep the whole school community informed of any arrangements for the funeral, flowers, collections and a community memorial as and when we have more information. From Monday, there will be a Book of Condolences for parents in the main reception area, so if you would like to write something, please do come in. There will also be a box to collect any letters or cards for Alice’s family. The children will also have an opportunity to write their own messages, draw pictures and collect messages for Alice next week.

Portsmouth Class went out on their planned trip to the V&A  Museum yesterday, which gave the class a focus for the day and a return to some routine. Thank you to Eileen, Sumon, Adam, Souad and Jane, and parents who accompanied the children.

Despite our collective sadness, classes returned to their routines today, and we were treated to two lovely assemblies by Swansea Class and Nursery. Ice-cream for breakfast was a naughty but nice treat for all the children in Years 5 and 6. We also heard great news that Millfields are the overall winners of the Hackney Cross Country League –well done to all the children who took part but a very special mention to Taejah Barret who won everything she entered and was the outright girls’ winner as well as helping Millfields to the title! Well done also to our ‘Always Good’ winners who visited the Copper Box world table-tennis finals. They had  a great time watching and had bit of coaching too!

Today, we are also saying goodbye and good luck to one of our Teaching Assistants Meliha, who has been a part of our school community for nearly 14 years. We wish you all the very best for the future.

Finally, have a peaceful weekend. Make sure you all cherish every moment with family and friends.

Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 09 Feb 2018

 

We had two fabulous class sharing assemblies today –well done Leeds class and Exeter Class. We have so many talented pupils and staff at Millfields! Writers, actors, singers, artists, mathematicians, scientists, musicians……...the list goes on.

On that note, we were visited today by ex-pupil Anoushka Minale, who, now in year 8, returned to Millfields to talk to budding Year 4, 5 and 6 female cyclists to inspire and enthuse them to have the same passion for her sport of cycling! Anoushka wasn’t really interested in cycling until she volunteered to take part in a cycling race in year 5…..she had great fun that day and also did rather well, so the rest, as they say, is history. She was part of the U16 Hackney winning team at the London Youth Games. I wouldn't be at all surprised if we didn't see Anoushka competing for Team GB some time in the future. Thank you to Paul who organised for Anoushka, her parents and three of her bikes to visit Millfields and inspire a new generation.

Also today, Reception classes and Year 1 classes took part in a drama workshop about aliens landing on planet Earth! The children and staff had a great time using their imagination and working together as a team.

As we are off on half term next week, and Chinese New Year falls during half term –Friday 16th February, the classes with the highest attendance this half term are taking part in Dragon Dance workshops this afternoon. Well done to Leeds, Canterbury and Dundee classes. And then after school, in the playground, parents, carers, brothers and sisters, can watch the final Dragon Dance performance of the day. I hope you can come along and help celebrate the Year of the Dog! Kung Hei Fat Choy to all our families celebrating!

Tuesday 6th February was ‘E-safety Day’ both nationally and at Millfields! All the children took part in an internet safety lesson, and were part of a whole school assembly on staying safe on the internet. Your child should have come home with a sticker, so please ask them all about it! Thank you to the parents and carers who came to the parent workshop –we hope it was useful and supported you ensuring that your child stays safe online. There is also lots of information about e-safety on our school website, so please have a look!

There are lots of enrichment and fund-raising events happening next half term, so keep looking at the noticeboards, the website, the Mag and checking your texts for updates. World book day is coming up, so get thinking about your character costumes, and this year we are holding a ‘Book in a Cake’ competition as well, and on Friday 2nd March it is Bollywood night! Adults only –save the date!

Finally, I hope you have a fantastic half term, and enjoy the break with your families.

Best Wishes, Jane

 

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 02 Feb 2018

 

As always, it has been a very busy and productive week at Millfields!

Yesterday, Hackney Council, Assistant Head Vicky and the Millfields Road Safety and Eco Champions helped launch the ‘Safer Streets’ initiative on the roads and streets around the school. This initiative should make the junction outside the school a much safer place for parents and children to cross the road, as traffic is not permitted to enter the zone between the hours of 8:30am—9:15am and 3:15pm – 4:00pm. The launch allowed a section of Rushmore Road to be closed for the community to play in, and to promote the initiative to the local community. We also welcomed all our families across the road and in to the school gates via a red carpet – they loved it! Remember; please, if you can, walk, cycle or scoot to school to help keep our children safe!

On Wednesday evening, we celebrated the diverse and inclusive Millfields community by hosting a pop-up Art Exhibition based on a photo of Hackney. There were animations, models, pottery, sculptures, lit jam jars and lots more amazing creations! Thank you to all the parents and families who came along to see the fantastic art pieces and to sample some of the delicious food from all over the world. Thank you to Rachel our Art lead and to all the class teachers and wonderful children who made the week and the evening such a great success!

Today, we had a visit from Diane Abbot MP who met with our Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and some of the cabinet members and School Councillors. Diane was very interested to hear about all our work on democracy and the importance of pupil voice in all that we do at Millfields. Thank you to Solly, Suki, Rayid, Ashleigh, Louis, Zahra, Taejah, Theo, Joseph and Hina who had an audience with Diane and asked her about her work in parliament and how she got in to politics, as well as what it is like to be part of the weekly PM Question Time. Diane was so impressed with their knowledge, their enthusiasm and determination for making a change! Diane also looked around our Hackney art and was happy to see all the interpretations of Hackney, and especially loved the 38 bus model made by our nursery children!

Next week we have lots of things happening to mark E-safety Day on Tues 6th February and also workshops and performances to celebrate diversity and Chinese New Year. The 2 classes with the best attendance will take part in workshops and the whole school will be invited to watch the Dragon Dance in the playground after school on Friday 9th February. It promises to be very colourful and exciting!

Another reminder to please ensure that we have the most up to date contact details for you as parents and for more than one emergency contact– please call the office ASAP.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 26 Jan 2018

 

There have been lots of exciting and very messy workshops and art activities happening this week at Millfields! Creative Week activities have all focussed around celebrating Hackney and it’s diverse communities. All of the work this week has been linked to one picture of Hackney that you will have seen on flyers and posters already. Each class has created pieces of art including junk modelling, sculptures, digital photos, films, paintings, collages and mosaics, which will be displayed for you all to see on ‘Creative Evening’ that takes place on Wednesday 31st January.

Tickets are on sale now from the main office –adults £2 and accompanied children are free. There are two sessions with limited tickets for each and they are selling fast! We are also asking parents to bring a favourite traditional dish to share on the evening –no nuts please! Please sign up at the main office. We are looking forward to seeing you there to enjoy the delicious food and appreciate the children’s art work. Thank you to all the parents and carers who have volunteered their time this week to support classes with their creative projects – your support is greatly appreciated.

Also over the next few weeks, all of the classes will be visiting art galleries as part of their in-class learning about art techniques and artists; look out for the information letters coming soon. In addition this week, Year 5 classes visited the Central Gurdwara as part of their RE work on Sikhism and Year 1 classes visited East London Hindu temple as part of their RE topic work. These RE trips are a very important part of the children’s learning and ensures that we are always learning and celebrating each other religions, traditions and culture. Each class visits one place of worship over the year as part of their RE work.

We have also had lots of international visitors to Millfields this week. On Wednesday we welcomed educators from Israel and China. Their visit to Millfields was part of an organ- ised tour to look at inclusive education and see all our work on being a Rights Respecting School. Today we hosted teachers and leaders from Holland who were also interested in the curriculum and inclusion. They all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities to speak to the children and staff about our school, and as always, I am very proud of them all!

Next week we have an open session on Wednesday 31st January on reading for parents of children in Reception and Year 1. The session is from 9.10am for about half an hour and we have 6 places in each class – please book via the main office. On Tuesday 6th February we have a parent workshop on e-safety and safer use of the internet – please put the date in your diary!

Finally, if we do not have more than one phone number for you on our information system or your number has changed, please let Crystal know asap.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

 

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 19 Jan 2018

 

This year has started where we left off before the Christmas break, and our children are enjoying lost of additional learning opportunities to enrich the curriculum, including trips, workshops and special visitors to the school.

Despite the wet and windy weather, Year 2 classes visited Hampstead Heath to take part in an orienteering and map-work session, as part of their geography topic this term. The children really had great fun, learnt lots to bring back and use in school and really enjoyed being able to play in such a beautiful green setting!

Also this week, the children in Reception classes visited the Science Museum, as part of their wider curriculum work this term. The children were very curious, asked lots of questions and definitely learnt lots of new things.

The teachers held pupil progress meetings this week to look at and analyse the results of last terms’ teacher assessments. As a result of these meetings, the staff have adapted planning, introduced new interventions and support, for individuals and groups, to ensure that each child is able to access learning appropriate to their ability and make good progress.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended the Year 6 Residential Information meeting this week. If you were unable to attend, please arrange to meet with Roz or one of the Year 6 teachers for further information. We also hope that the parents who attended the Sheffield Class Maths workshop found it useful – look out for more workshops in the future!

Teachers have also been preparing for our ‘Creative Week’ sessions next week. Thank you to those who have already brought in jam jars and, if there are any more, please bring to the main reception next week. We are hoping that all the children will have seen the Hackney photo that all our work will be focussed around, so please talk about the photo that will be coming home with your child tonight. The children will all be taking part in creative sessions and producing class art, music and experiences that will be on display and shared at our ‘Creative Night’ scheduled for Wednesday 31st January. There are 2 sessions –5pm-6pm and 6:15pm-7:15pm, so please buy your tickets from the main office from Monday. Adults £2 and accompanied children are free. There are a limited number of tickets, so please buy early to avoid disappointment. As part of the evening celebrations, we are also asking you to help celebrate diverse Hackney bringing food to share. There will be drinks on sale during the event.

Finally keep warm and have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 12 Jan 2018

 

We have had a very busy time in school this week! Classes have been talking about their new topics and doing initial pre-assessment activities to make sure that the learning is matched to the needs of all the children in the class. Some classes have also been out on their WOW trips that helps to launch the excitement and enquiry about the new learning. Year 2 are really looking forward to their trip to Hampstead Heath next week and Reception can’t wait to find out more about Space at the Science Museum.

Year 6 have also been on the annual Year 6 Citizenship information session at Hackney Museum. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about many issues that they may face as they transfer to secondary school including drug education, stranger danger, internet safety and social media and knife crime among lots of other things. The children will also be taking part in SRE curriculum work this term and around relationships – look out for a letter coming to Y5 and Y6 pupils in the next week.

Also this week, we have been getting ready for Creative Week. The staff have been preparing resources and looking at ideas for the week activities and for the whole school evening event that will take place on Wednesday 31st January. If you are a creative or artistic parent, grandparent, aunty or uncle who would like to come in to support us during Creative Week, please contact Rachel Stone: rstone@millfields.hackney.sch.uk. We are also collecting jam jars for an exciting project, so if there are any lingering in the back of your cupboards please bring them in for us!

Thank you to all the parents who came to the Oxford class and Manchester class Maths Workshops this week; they were a great success. Please keep an eye on the school website and here in the mag for upcoming events like workshops and 'Come Dine with Us' thank you to the Year 5 parents who came this week.

It is essential that we have up to date information for you so please email Crystal at: cgreen@millfields.hackney.sch.uk with your up to date email address so we can continue our good communication with you, especially as the Millfields Mag is now delivered by email only.

We were impressed with Canterbury Class assembly this week who shared their work on electric car inventions. They wanted to create vehicles that would have less impact on the environment and also protect their growing lungs from the pollution of fossil fuel vehicles. This is also part of the reason we are taking part in the School Streets Scheme which begins on the 1st of February on the streets surrounding Millfields. By encouraging walking, cycling and using public transport to travel to school, we hope to create a safer, more pleasant environment for everyone using the street. Rushmore Road outside the school, Hilsea Street and Elmcroft Street will become a pedestrian and cyclist only zone between 8.30am and 9.15am and again between 3.15pm and 4:00 pm. Parents will not be able to drive into these streets. Signage will inform drivers of the restrictions at the entrance to the zone on Rushmore Road and cameras will automatically issue a fixed penalty notice to non-permitted vehicles entering the street during the times of operation. We will be asking parents to think about how they make the journey to school and whether they can make changes to the way they travel. Parents who continue to drive to school will be asked to park further away and complete the last part of their journey on foot.

Finally, please don’t forget to send your child to school with a named winter PE kit for these colder months. Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Welcome back!

Fri 05 Jan 2018

 

Happy New Year to the Millfields' community!