Welcome to Millfields Community School
Message From The Headteacher
The term has started really well, and all the children are now back and back to the usual school routines. As you may know, your child’s topic work starts with a WOW trip that links to the topic that the children will be learning about this term. So this week, Year 6 classes visited London Zoo as part of their work in Science on habitats, Year 2 classes visited the Science Museum as part of their topic on space, Year 1 classes enjoyed a day out at Whipsnade Zoo as part of their science work on animals, and Portsmouth Class visited the British Museum as part of their topic on Egypt. Thank you to the parents who volunteered to help out with the trips on the day.
As you will know, all of the classes this year are named after British cities. During the first few days of term, the children were learning about the cities, and did lots of map-work to locate their class name and London on a UK map. This week, the classroom doors have been decorated to represent that city, as well as including a photo of all staff and children that belong to that class. The teachers all love a bit of competition and the doors look great. It really has been an amazing effort –thank you. Vicky and I have been around the school today looking at the doors, and have chosen a winner from each age-phase, so look out for the winners’ names in next week’s Mag. I will be displaying photos of all the doors in the main foyer for you all to see.
A special mention and well done to all of the children who sat their piano grade 1 exam last term. And well done to all of the Year 6 boys who went to the Hackney Football trials this week –lots of them got chosen to go through to the next round. Thank you to the parents and carers who attended the ‘Welcome Meetings’ for each year group this week. If you need any of the leaflets about the new curriculum, important dates, and information on how you can help your child at home in Maths and Literacy, please see the main office who will be happy to copy one for you.
On Sunday, some members of the school choir will be taking part in the annual Thames Festival. It is always a great day out. The Children’s Choir will be singing at 1pm outside the Scoop. The weather looks good so hope you can make it.
Thank you for your patience with the scaffolding and playground works – after lots of hiccups, there is almost an end in sight. We are hoping (fingers crossed) that it will be only more week, and then the new sheltered quiet area will be completed and ready for the children to enjoy. As well as this work, some of our children will be working with artist, Tim Davies, to design the Millfields ‘Welcome’ sign for above the door, and will also be designing an art piece to go on the main school gates. I hope that you have also noticed some of the new signs and maps that have been put up in the playground –the children have certainly enjoyed looking at them at playtime, and there are more to come.
I hope that Year 6 parents all received their secondary School booklets and that some of you took the opportunity to visit the Secondary Schools Fair earlier this week. We will be holding meetings for any parent who needs help completing their application forms online on the following dates: Friday 3rd October and Thursday 9th October.
Finally, please look out for the ‘Artist of the Week’ competition on the back of the Mag!
I hope that you have a good weekend.
Best Wishes, Jane
Message From the Headteacher
Welcome back to pupils, children and staff. And a special welcome to all our new Nursery and Reception children and parents. I hope you have had a good break, and enjoyed the sunshine and the time with friends and family.
As you will have noticed, the next stage of the playground development works that were scheduled to take place over the summer break are still on-going. As usual, Darren and Grant worked extremely hard over the holidays –a huge thank you, but unfortunately the building work delay was out of our hands. We appreciate your patience and understanding –the scaffolding should only be up for another 10 days or so, and then the finished entrance area with a new welcome sign, a covered stage area with seating and storage will hopefully be completed. This area will be a quiet space for chatting and reading during playtimes, and also for use by class groups for performance and learning activities. We have also removed the staging area and created a ‘hill’ that has some temporary grass on it that will be replaced later in the school year. The children seem to be enjoying sitting on the grass and chatting with their friends. We have also had a Patball Court painted in the back playground. In assemblies this week, I have spoken to the children about the importance of staying safe around the scaffolding and being aware of dangers please reiterate this with your child at home. If you would like to see the plans for the whole playground redevelopment, please look on the school website.
All of the children are looking refreshed, smart in their new uniforms, and eager to learn. I hope that your child is reporting that they are happy and settled in their new classes with their new teachers. If there are any issues please speak to the class teacher in the first instance or catch me at the school gates in the morning or at the end of the day. Or speak to one of us at the ‘Welcome meetings ‘next week.
The Year Group welcome meetings are an opportunity for you to meet your child/ren's new teacher and find out what they will be learning in school and how you can support them at home. There will also be a Curriculum Booklet sent home at the end of next week, as well as a brochure about the new topic-based curriculum that has been devised as part of the national changes being implemented this September.
Welcome to all our new staff, Emma, Wayne, Terry, Alison, Matthew, Keli, Kingsley and Sihem -teachers, and Emily, Abigail, Lily, Ajanette, Anthony -support staff.
All the classes from Years 1-6 have been busy already, learning about the UK city that their class is named after, as well as creating their own Class Charter based on the rights of the child that we advocate as a Rights Respecting School.
Please remember to look for information on the school noticeboards, the school website, via text or email - if you have not let the office know your email address, please let them know asap, as well as on the Millfields Mag.
I hope you have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane
Message from the Chair of Governors
To everyone in Millfields, welcome to a new school year.
On behalf of the Board of Governors, I wish you all a really good year ahead. For those staff, pupils and parents that have just joined our family welcome, and those returning; welcome back. I’m sure you’ll all agree that Jane has done a great job in creating a community of people that can grow and learn together, and that is really important to us as a Board of Governors.
Our aim is that Millfields helps to build really strong foundations for the lives of our children and our community, and those foundations deliver success for all that engage with us, whatever success looks like for them. We recognise that our staff have commitment to go above and beyond expectations, and often deliver despite all the obstacles that the education landscape creates. As a Board we’ll try to minimise those where we can, or go on the journey together where we can’t. We want to give you the confidence and backing to succeed, we have high expectations and want to challenge and support the school to achieve and be the best that we all know that Millfields can possibly be.
In our first Governors meeting we agreed the ethos of the governing body, which we articulated as:
To acknowledge that our teachers do a great job, sometime despite the demands made of them. Our job as governors is to challenge the school productively, ask difficult questions, and strive for excellence, so our children have a positive experience throughout their school life, and therefore build the strong foundations they need to be successful throughout their lives.
I hope you’ll agree with me that this is going to be an enjoyable but challenging year, and together we can face those challenges and be successful. I personally hope to see some of you throughout the year and celebrate your own and the school’s success.
Year Group Welcome Information Meetings
At the beginning of each academic year, there is a Year Group meeting for parents and carers with children in Years 1-6. This is an opportunity to meet your child's teacher and to find out about what your children will be learning this year, some of the class and school routines and expectations. The Literacy and Maths Coordinators will also be present, as well as the SEN coordinator, to answer any questions you may have.
All meetings will take place in the bottom hall. The meeting times are below:
Year Group Welcome Information Meetings
Tuesday 9th September at 3pm -Year 1
Wednesday 10th September at 3pm -Year 2
Thursday 11th September at 3pm -Year 4
Friday 12th September at 3pm -Year 3
Monday 15th September at 3pm -Year 5
Tuesday 16th September at 3pm -Year 6
Message From the Headteacher
What an amazing year –and all over already! I cannot believe that it is the end of another academic year at Millfields, and for me a special anniversary, as the end of this term, marks the end of my 25th year at Millfields as NQT, class teacher, subject leader, SENCO, Deputy Head and for the last 5 years, Head teacher. It has been an amazing journey and I feel extremely privileged to have worked with so many talented, committed and special individuals in all areas of the school. And I feel especially privileged to have worked with so many brilliant children and their families and I truly feel like a part of this community. Thank you to everyone who I have met on my way –you have made it such a great job to come to every single day.
And this year, there have been so many great events and so many curriculum learning highlights, that I do not know where to begin. We started this week by the Year 5 children winning the Inter-London Chess tournament –they were brilliant and really made us all proud of the way they have taken on the challenge of learning to play chess this year, and then developed the skills needed to play competitively. Well done to all the children in Year5, but especially the ones who competed and won! We will be continuing this initiative in Year 5 again next year.
Also this week, the children from the Arsenal Double Club made their annual trip to the Emirates Stadium as their end of year treat. We found out that Millfields is actually the longest-serving school that has been committed to this football and learning club that children love! Thank you to Sharon and Dwayne for all their support and enthusiasm. (Of course it is probably quite easy for them as they are Arsenal fans!)
Year 3 children rounded off their topic on the Tudors this week, by holding a special Tudor Banquet that was organised by the teachers and Leea, our Catering Manger. They all looked the part and certainly tucked in to a very authentic meal and drank pints of ale! (non-alcoholic of course!)
And if your ever need your car washed –look no further because the Nursery and Reception classes have been running their very own car-washing enterprise over the last 2 weeks. The child have had a fantastic time visiting the local carwash, and then washing staff cars in the school playground. They had great fun and learnt about managing their own business at the same time.
Finally, we were all treated to the Year 6 end of year show, and what an outstanding performance it was too! The children (and staff), all worked so hard to produce, Joseph the musical, probably the best show we have seen for many years. There were plenty of staff and parents with a tear in their eye. Well done Year6, and hope that you will all have a good break before embarking on the next part of your learning journey at secondary school. You have been an amazing group of children to work with, so I hope you will come back to let us know how you are getting on. Good luck!
And last, but certainly not least, we are saying a heart-felt goodbye and a huge ‘thank you’ to some members of staff who are moving on to many varied and exciting ventures in the UK and the rest of the world! Farewell to teachers -Leon, Cheryl, Gemma, Nicole, Clyde and Sara, and to support staff –Omrum, Emma, James, Mahalia and Claire. I know you will join me in thanking them for all their work at Millfields, and wishing them all good luck for the future!
Have a great summer break, and see you on Wednesday 3rd September. Best Wishes, Jane
Message From the Headteacher
Thank you to everyone in the community who came to support the school at the Summer Fair last Saturday. Despite the threat of rain, we managed to enjoy lots of lovely food, tried to win prizes on lots of games and had great fun buying lovely gifts. The sun did come out briefly and was met by a cheer fro the crowds that attended. Thank you to Paula Hughes –Chair of the PSA and all the other parents and committee members who worked so hard to ensure it all ran smoothly –setting up and clearing up at the end of the day too. It looks like we have made a grand total of nearly £4000, which is fantastic, so thank you to you all.
Following the Summer Fair, lots of the local community gathered at Millfields Park for a football match which is now an annual event, in memory of one of our parents and well-known member of the local community –Solly Vesamia. Rushmore and Millfields parents played a hard fought football match that saw Millfields 2-1 victors! It was lovely to see so many of the local community gather to raise money for the Homerton Hospital -the total raised is now over £1200 so thank you for all your support.
We have also had a busy week with other events in the community. Members of the Millfields and Hackney Cycling Clubs spent the day at the Olympic Park and watched the Tour de France and took part is all the special events that had been organised. The children, parents and staff that attended had a great day, and will certainly remember the event for many years to come.
Thank you also to all the parents that came to Parents’ Evening to discuss your child’s end of Year Annual Report. The vast majority of feedback on the report evaluations has been very positive, and we appreciate all the comments and your time in completing the form. Thank you also for all the questionnaires that were completed during Parents’ Evening –we have had a huge response this year with over 120 forms returned. The comments will be collated and any issues raised or comments made will be responded to and reported to parents who are interested—we will inform you when a copy is available from the office.
Finally, the children have all met their new teachers for next year today. We have lots of new staff joining us in September as some of our teachers are moving on to pastures new. Welcome to Emma Ruane –Y1 teacher, Wayne Freeman –Y2 teacher, Alison Taylor –Y3 teacher, Mathew Otto –Y4 teacher, Keli Tawiah –Y6 teacher and Kingsley Fry –Y6 teacher. I am sure that your children will tell you all about them later, and you will of course have an opportunity to meet them at the beginning of the new term. Also, for the academic year 2014-15 the names of each class has changed. Classes are no longer the names of Olympic Cities, but are named after British Cities –please ask your child which city their class represents! Also, over the summer break we have set a homework challenge for the children to find out interesting facts about the city, and maybe find postcards, pictures or other souvenirs from the place. I hope that some of you may even be able to visit the city –although Belfast or Glasgow may be a bit too far! The full list of classes is on the inside of the Mag.
Finally, I hope that Year 6 parents will all be able to attend the end of year performance of ‘Joseph and his techni-colour dream coat’ on Wednesday 16th July at 7pm.
Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane
School Closure -Thursday 10th July
The school and a children's Centre is closed today due to industrial action, in the form of a strike, by both teaching and support staff unions.
The School and Children Centre will be open again as usual on Friday 11th July.