Welcome to Millfields Community School
Message From The Headteacher
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
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
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
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