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Message from the headteacher

Fri 27 Mar 2015


Firstly, thank you to all the parents and carers who attended the Spring term Parents’ Evening this week. We always have a fantastic attendance and we really appreciate all the parents/carers who also take the time to complete the termly questionnaire. The outcomes and any answers to questions or comments will be available after the Easter break on the website and at the main reception. I hope that you also received an Information Sheet on the new curriculum levels that will hopefully help you to understand the new assessment systems that schools across the country are trying to work within. There are copies at the main reception if you have not yet received one.

Last night the children from Leeds Class Y2 and a group of Y5 and Y6 children were involved in the HTSA Dance Event that took place at Clapton Academy. All of the children looked amazing and danced like professionals –they were fantastic and made me feel very proud. It was also great to see some of our ex-pupils taking part in the Clapton Dance Group. Thank you to Esme, Vicki, Sardier and Jane who all helped out last night and to the parents who came along to support the teachers and to enjoy the show. Well done to all the children.

We have also been busy at lots of sporting events this week too. A huge well done to the boys football team who have made it through to the Hackney Schools 7-aside final. A special mention to Ezra who stood in at the last minute as goalkeeper. We are really looking forward to the final now! Another massive well done to the Y5 swimming team who won an impressive 10 medals between them. Well done to all the swimmers who made up the swim team.

As it is the end of term, we have also been celebrating all the children in each class who are ‘Always Good’. Yesterday, we went for a special treat to the Cave of Plunder for a delicious milkshake. Well done to all the winners. Also, as part of the newly revised Positive Behaviour Management Policy, three children from each class in Years 3—6 with the most points enjoyed a film, games and pizza afternoon. The children all reported that they had a great time and want to try just as hard to get lots of pints next half term. The behaviour flow-chart will soon be on the school website for reference.

Also, our very talented ‘rock’ group attended a Music Festival at Daubeney School this week. The children were amazing, and especially drummer , Kaspar from Y3, who was congratulated by everyone! Well done to you all for taking part and making such a good impression.

I have been so proud of all the children who have represented the school in many different ways this week –they have all been great ambassadors for the school.

Thank you to everyone who bought a Easter Egg raffle ticket –the winners will all be notified by text today. The proceeds from this raffle is going towards resources for the Autism Resource Provision. Thank you also to all the children (and parents!) who made some amazing Easter bonnets for today's competition. A winner from each class were awarded an Easter egg in their classroom.

Finally, just a few thoughts about next term –we are repeating the very successful Speaking and Listening Week this year, so look out those poems over the holiday and start learning them by heart. Also, as the general election is nearly upon us, we will be holding a whole school ‘Democracy Week’ with our own school parties and election process. If you would like to help out during either of these theme weeks, please email info@millfields.hackney.sch.uk and let us know.

I hope you all have a good break with family and friends. Remember that school starts again on Monday 13th April. Best Wishes, Jane


Message from the headteacher

Fri 20 Mar 2015


I hope that you all received the Information sheet about today’s Solar Eclipse, and that you found some time to speak to your child about it. Unfortunately the clouds masked the full effect, with the result that it was just a bit dark, but hopefully you will be able to look online later and see what actually happened in different parts of the country today.On Monday, we enjoyed hosting the annual St Patrick's Day Troupe performance. The children and staff celebrated St Patrick's Day listening to amazing music and being amazed by the dancing and costumes. Thank you to the group of young people aged 8 –15 years who entertained us with great enthusiasm and confidence.Also this week, Y2 and Y5 children involved in the HTSA Dance Event next week have been practising hard to get ready for the big day –Thursday 26th March from 6.30pm at Clapton Academy. I hope to see you there.Yesterday afternoon, the children learning piano put on a ‘Piano Recital’ to parents and friends. Thank you to the amazingly talented children and the music teachers for all their hard work in lessons. There are now more than 30 children taking music ‘grade’ exams on piano, guitar, violin or brass next week, so good luck to them all! I hope you will have seen the flyer for ‘Biker’s Breakfast’ that is taking place on Monday 23rd March from 8.30am until 10am. If you have a bike that needs any minor repairs e.g. loose brakes or flat tyres, seat needs adjusting, please bring it in on Monday and the Cycle Confident team will fix your bike while you enjoy a free fruit juice and fresh croissant. It will be on a first come first served basis so get here early and collect a  ticket to get in the queue!We will be having our half-termly ‘Always Good’ treat next Thursday afternoon –there will be a yummy milkshake with me at a local café, for one lucky child from each class who is always good –is a role model in terms of behaviour and learning in school every day. Look out for a letter if your child has been awarded.Finally, I hope that you have all signed up for Parents’ Evening –Wednesday 25th March, expect Nottingham Class whose is on Tuesday 24th. Please sign up on the board outside the main reception area. On Monday, if your child is in Y1-Y6, you will be receiving a letter to explain the new assessment systems and levels that the teachers will be reporting on at your meeting. Please make sure you see a member of the Leadership Team –Jane, Vicky, Katherine or Debi if you have any further questions on the night. And don’t forget that raffle tickets to win one of 10 Easter Eggs go on sale from Monday –only 50p a ticket, and all proceeds to school funds.

I hope you all have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane



Message from the Headteacher

Fri 13 Mar 2015


It was great to see all the budding athletes starting out on their practice runs this morning, in preparation for the Hackney Schools Run that takes place on Sunday 10th May. The idea is that the children taking part have run the first 12 miles of the half marathon before the day and then run the last mile along with all the other runners on the day! I hope they keep up the enthusiasm and are ready for the big day!

It was fantastic today, to see all the staff and pupils dressed in red, wearing red wigs and red noses for Comic Relief 2015. We have sold more than 700 red noses, and have searched far and wide to get some more for all those disappointed this morning, but as this goes to press we have had no luck –everywhere is out of stock! We are hoping to have raised at least £400 which the government have pledged to double for all school collections, so thank you for your generosity. And some pupils in Year 5 have decided to be silent for the whole day today and have already collected lots of sponsor money. Well done! Donations can still be made at the main reception or at the gates after school.

As art of Booklinks, this week we have welcomed lots of authors to the school. The children have been delighted to listen to stories and ask questions with ‘real life’ authors and illustrators. It has been very exciting, and the children have loved the experience. Thank you to all the children who have all participated fully  and asked such great questions –you have been fantastic ambassadors for the school this week.

Also this week, groups of children from Nursery, Reception, Year1 , Year 2 and Year 3 have helped to plant the lovely apple trees near the main gates. If we have 5 trees, we officially have an orchard, so we are really looking forward to seeing the leaves and pick the fruit in the autumn. Thanks to Fiona –Logan’s mum, and to Grant for helping to plant, and to Darren and Grant for building the lovely wooden planters over the weekend.

There is also lots of sports news this week. Well done to the Rugby team for getting to the finals and playing really well against some schools that have regular after-school rugby teams –you did us proud. Also, the budding cyclists in Years 5 and 6 brought home another 3 medals. A special well done to Joey, Conrad and Anoushka. And well done to all the cyclists whose racing scores mean that we have moved up to 3rd in the Hackney Schools Cycling! Great news –keep it up. Also, the badminton team visited the Copperbox as part of a schools tournament. The team did really well  in their first competition and will definitely be entering another soon.

Finally, Happy Mother’s day to all the mums! I hope you all enjoy the day with family and friends.

Best Wishes, Jane





Message from the Headteacher

Fri 06 Mar 2015


It was fantastic to see all the children and staff dressed up yesterday to celebrate World Book Day. There were some great costumes, and lots of children brought the book that their character came from to share with their classes. Just some of the costumes were as follows: Indiana Jones, the Invisible Man, Mr Tickle, the Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, Superman, Princess Elsa (there were many!), Harry Potter and  the Enormous Crocodile. Winners were chosen from each class, and will  be announced in assemblies on Monday. All winners will receive a book as their prize. Also, the list of winners will be in the Millfields Mag next week.

On Wednesday this week, we had visitors from the Hackney Learning Trust along with a film crew who were filming some of our guided reading sessions. The school has been part of a pilot group of Hackney schools who are trialling this new approach to reading. The feedback from the visitors was as follows: ‘Just to say a huge thank you for all of your work with the filming on Wednesday. What shone through was the children’s strong engagement with reading and their high level of independence. This reflects the hard work you, as teachers, have all put in with introducing the strategies and reciprocal reading – such high quality partner and group reading sessions do not happen overnight.’ A huge thank you to Debi and all the KS2 teachers who are working on this initiative.  I hope your children are talking more about books at home, and explaining how they are looking at, talking about and responding to texts in class.

On Tuesday, we welcomed parents to come in to class to learn with their children. The parents who attended said that they had found the experience very useful, informative and a great insight to all the hard work that the teachers put in and all the amazing work that their children do all day in class. The senior leaders then enjoyed tea, coffee and a chat with the parents. There is a display in the main reception area with photos and some of the comments from the day. Thank you to everyone who attended. We will be doing more of these events in the future.

Inside the Mag, you will read about our very exciting news about the EYFS ‘Sky Wall’ work from Creative Week. We have been shortlisted for the 2015 Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools. There were more than 20,000 entries and we are one of only 20 shortlisted finalists. The art work will be removed from Millfields during the Easter break to hang at the Saatchi Gallery. Well done everyone!

Finally, thank you to all the parents who attended the PSA meeting this morning.

Enjoy the promised warmer weather this weekend.

Best Wishes, Jane


Latest Playground News

Fri 27 Feb 2015


We are always working hard -pupils, staff and parents on trying to improve the school playground. Last half term, pupils in Year 1 and members of the Article 12 Group visited a range of playgrounds in other schools and community parks in the area to get some more ideas. The children then worked with 'Made from Scratch' to develop their own designs and build models. The ideas were then used to make a plan of what we would like one area of our playground to look like. Please watch the video on one of the following links to find out more.


We have also had six trees, originally from the Olympic Park, planted over half term. They are going to look amazing in the Spring when they are in full bloom.

Keep checking our website for more developments.


Message from the Headteacher

Fri 27 Feb 2015


It is good to see all the children back after the half term break, looking refreshed and ready to learn! I hope you have seen the amazing new trees that we have in the playground. The school and PSA have funded this together, but mainly a huge thanks to Pippa Gueterbock and Judith Loesing for making it happen in the first place.

As ever, it has been very busy in class and around school this week. On Tuesday, the children in Nursery and Reception classes were treated to a fantastic drama workshop –the children had great fun and were visibly excited and enthused by the opportunity. Also this week, as part of their topic about animals, the Dog’s Trust visited the children in Nursery. The children learnt about how to respond to dogs they might meet, and how to look after them as pets. Also, the ‘Living Eggs’ arrived in the Nursery on Monday –the children are all very excited and keep looking in the incubator to see if anything has happened.  The children are learning about how the eggs need to be treated and looked after, and are comparing this to how a mother hen would keep her eggs warm. We will keep you updated and let you know when the chicks are born!

Good news –as a school, we entered the borough-wide ‘Road Safety’ competition and we were the winners! As a borough, Hackney Council plans to roll out a 20mph speed limit on all locally-controlled roads, subject to approval from Transport for London, some time in the first half of 2015. The reason for the scheme is to reduce general car speed across the borough in order to reduce accidents, casualties and make the borough safer for everyone, as well as make the borough a more pleasant place to live and work, and increase sustainable transport use. Lots of our children came up with a slogan and a poster that could be used to represent the new 20 mph zones scheme and this will be used around the borough –more news when we get it. We also won a free road safety workshop that took place this afternoon, for our individual winners and the children in Year3 and 4. Well done everyone.

Next week is also very busy –on Tuesday, you have an opportunity to come in to your child’s class to learn with them for an hour, please give your name to the main office. It is also World Book Day next week –so get looking out a costume for your child to dress up as their favourite book character. It is always a fun day, so I am looking forward to seeing who everyone is!

And finally, this evening, it is the ‘Dis-glo’ for Year4-6, so I hope to see many of you there. Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane



Message from the Headteacher

Fri 13 Feb 2015


Firstly ‘well done’ to the Year 4 and 5 Cycling Team –the 12 children together won the whole event yesterday, and a special congratulations to Robin, Conrad and Anoushka who all came first in their races. We are now fourth in the overall league table and are hoping that the next events will take us higher before the end of the season. Thank you again to all the parents who also helped with the event.

This week, we have had a fantastic celebration of  all things Spanish! The children have enjoyed learning from parents and members of the wider community about life in many Spanish-speaking countries, they had delicious Spanish Chicken and Rice school dinner yesterday, and we were also were amazed by the brilliant Spanish guitar and flamenco performances. Lots of classes have also been cooking Spanish food –paella and tortilla were the most popular, and smelt and tasted delicious. Today, the whole school are looking and feeling Spanish!  Some of the costumes are brilliant –we had lots of footballers and Flamenco dancers, but also had a paella pan, Rafael Nadal, Zorro, Puss in Boots, Pablo Picasso and lots more. An amazing effort everyone –and we raised, (counted so far) around £250 for the playground fund. Thank you to all the parents, children and staff. There will also be a prize for the most effort and enthusiasm during Spanish Week –a Spanish dictionary, for one boy and one girl from each class. And look out for the winner of the raffle in the Mag after half term. Thank you to Belen who has organised the week.

Also this week, we treated the ‘Always Good’ children to a pancake at Creperie Du Monde on Chatsworth Road. We had a lovely time and the pancakes were very tasty. As you would expect, the children were brilliantly behaved and had impeccable manners. Well done to all the children involved.

This week, the children from the ARP took part in the annual residential trip to Kench Hill, Tenterden, Kent. The have had an amazing time –visiting Bodiam Castle, Camber Sands, The Rare Breeds Farm, local swimming pool and adventure playground, as well as having the freedom of the wonderful gardens within the ground of Kench Hill. Thank you to all the staff that went along to support the children and give them this very memorable and amazing experience.

The Governors also met this week –the Curriculum committee and Resources committee met to talk about areas of the school, share all the good practice that happens at Millfields, and to look at next steps and priorities.

Finally, I hope you all have a good half term break, and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 23rd February.

Best Wishes, Jane