Welcome to Millfields Community School
Message from the Headteacher
What an amazing year –and all over already! We have had so many amazing events, successes and celebrations this year! Thanks to all the children, staff, parents and the wider community for all yoursupport –none of the amazing things that happen at Millfields could happen without all of you. The Millfields School community is something special, and hope we can continue in September and do it all again!
There have been so many great events and so many curriculum learning highlights; runners-up for the Saatchi Art Award, Democracy Week, Speaking and Listening Week, Rock Bands, Choir Concerts, Spanish Week, Diversity Week, Book Week, Den-building day in Early Years, Sports Week including other sporting successes in cycling, football, swimming, basketball, tennis, rugby, becoming an expert centre for the Global Learning Partnership, as well as being recognised as an Ashoka, Change-maker school. There are too many to list! We have also introduced our Pop-Up evenings and held a successful Burns; Night and Bollywood Night. Look out for more next year! Our ‘Always Good’ awards have been great fun this year, and non-uniform days have allowed us to raise money for the school, as well as Cancer Research, Save the Children and local charities. We have donated foods to the Hackney Food Bank and
the Salvation Army, as well as donating money to the local church who always lend us their building to hold our musical events. We are looking forward to the same and more next year. Thank you for all your support.
As always we are very sad to see all the children in Year 6 get ready to move on to the next stage in their educational journey. This group of Year 6 children have certainly left lots of memories for staff and children. The end of year performance of ‘Bugsy Malone’ certainly defined the kind of year group they have been. The show was brilliant –great staging, costumes, acting, singing and most of all good humour and fun. This year group has been very accepting of new children, inclusive of all and have worked extremely hard this year and exceeded all our expectations at the end of KS2. All of the children have become confident and articulate; there have been lots of big personalities, quiet talented
individuals in many fields –writers, actors, singers, musicians, sportsmen and women, ambassadors and entrepreneurs! We will definitely hear some of your names again in the future, of that I am sure. There are definitely politicians, business men and women, authors, journalists, musicians, dancers, artists, teachers and lawyers among you! Remember –make sure your voice is heard and be the best that you can be! Well done –we are going to miss you all!
A reminder that we have sent a couple of letters out this week—a new school uniform policy that will be available on the school website in the next few days. Also, we are hoping to use Tesco as an additional supplier in September so look out for more details. We also sent a letter about trip costs, so we hope that you agree that you are able to make a contribution in September. Thanks as ever for your challenge and support with new initiatives and policies.
And last, but certainly not least, we are again, saying a 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 –Hellin and Alison, and to support staff –Faye, Jesse, Emily and Lily. I know you will join me in thanking them for all their work at Millfields, and wishing them all good luck for the future!
Happy Eid to all our Muslin children and families –we hope you enjoy the day celebrating with family.
Have a great summer break, and see you on Wednesday 2nd September. Best Wishes, Jane
Message from the Headteacher
Firstly, a massive thank you to all the parents/carers and wider community for all their support and challenge over the past week, and in fact over the whole year. Last Saturday was the Summer Fair, and as ever the whole community turned out on a lovely sunny day to enjoy the food, fun and games, while also making money for the PSA to support the school –your children. A huge ‘thank you’ to Ann Marie and Paula –Co Chairs of the PSA and all the PSA committee members who helped make the day a resounding success –probably the most successful to date, in terms of money raised. The final figure has not been confirmed but we think that the total profit made will be around £5,500. Well done to everyone, and especially Ann-Marie who was here, there and everywhere on the day making sure it all ran smoothly!
Secondly, thank you to all the parents and carers who came to Parents’ Evening on Wednesday. The majority of the feedback on the children’s Annual Reports has been very positive and the praise and thanks to each of the children’s class teachers is much appreciated and well-deserved. If you have not yet completed the report feedback sheet or completed one of the questionnaires on the evening –general, PE or E-safety, then please collect a copy from the main office. We would be happy to have your feedback on all things before the holidays so that we can work towards even better parental support and engagement in the new academic year. Look out for fortnightly workshops and coffee mornings! We also hope that you enjoyed the opportunity to sample some of our delicious school meals. Thank you to Leea and her team for all their hard work over the year in providing our amazing dinners.
Today, your child/ren met their new teachers, and enjoyed the morning getting to know their teacher, exploring their new classroom, writing about their aspirations that will form part of our whole school ‘Aspirations Tree’ in September. Also, each class did some shared writing –they have written a class letter to the local council of their class city name, and are hoping to get some goodies and maybe make a visit there or have visitor from the city in class next year! The children were also set a homework task linked to their new class city name –write one interesting fact about the city, draw a picture of a famous building or something remarkable in the city. Please help your child to complete this task!
This week we have also taken part in both the Infant and Junior Hackney Singing Festivals that were held at the Round Chapel. This annual event is always a lovely show, and the children from Millfields always make us very proud! This year was no exception - Nottingham Class, the KS1 Choir and KS2 Choir were all great ambassadors. The Rock Band Club also took part in a ‘Rock Festival’ at the Portico last night and wowed the audience with their musical talent and professionalism! Well done to all the talented musical children, and to Roz and the music tutors –Phil, Tom, Lawrence and Rose for all their hard work this year.
Finally, we are looking forward to the Year 6 end of year party tonight –a masked ball with lots of dancing, fun and games! And next week, the Year 6 performance of ‘Bugsy Malone’ is on Wednesday 15th July at 7pm. Tickets are £1 on the door.
I hope you have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane
Message from the headteacher
It has been a quieter week in many ways at Millfields, as teachers and support staff have been finalising comments on the children's reports, and the children have been reflecting on their academic year. They have been remembering all the wonderful things that they have been learning about and all the amazing events, trips and projects that they have taken part in. You will be receiving your child's Annual Report on Monday, and I hope you have made an appointment to speak with your child's class teacher on Wednesday 8th July 2pm- 8pm. As well as the opportunity to have your say - complete a parent survey on iPad or paper, there will also be delicious food on offer - there will be a nominal charge of £1 for a tasting plate that will include BBQ chicken, one of the children's favourites!
The Library Service and Citizen's Advice Bureau will be on hand as well, so please ask any questions you may have. As the weather has been very hot and humid, we have all had fun making dens and shelters in the playground to create shade and keep us cool, as well as drinking lots of water! Thank you to the parents and staff for your understanding and cooperation in order to keep the children safe and protected from the hottest sun. As the hot weather continues, please remember to put cream on your child in the mornings, encourage your child to drink water, and wear a sun hat. Please make sure they are wearing sensible shoes too!
Yesterday, the 40 plus children who have been involved in the Creative Sparks and Creative Story project, went along to 'Work Space' Gallery on Mare Street to look at their work, meet their buddies from Kennedy and Wieden, and have a treat –popcorn and ice-cream! The work was amazing, and the children thoroughly enjoyed showing off their work, listening to and watching the videos of their thoughts and feelings about the project and their story boards. Special thanks to parent, Jodie Cariss who brought this fantastic opportunity to Millfields.
Also, yesterday afternoon, 100 children from Years 3 and 4 went to the BBC Apollo 10 pieces concert at the Hackney Empire. The children are all chatting about the performance today and were truly amazed and inspired by the music they heard and the range of instruments that they listen to. Thank you to the LKS2 team, led by Abigail, who enabled this to happen.
On Wednesday, some of our older pupils took part in the Hackney Personal Bests competition at Hackney Marshes. There were hundreds of Hackney school children talking part and the children were great ambassadors for the school. We also celebrated all the sporting greatness in each class from Sports week during assemblies this week. Well done to all the children for being such good sports, enjoying taking part and trying their best. A special well done to all the medal winners too!
Finally, Millfields has gone yo-yo crazy this week. The assemblies on Tuesday focussed around the message NED –’never give up’, ‘encourage others’ and ‘do your best’ and these mottos were enforced through the use of a yo-yo! A very unique idea, that is also raising money for the school. Thank you to the parents who are supporting this, but remember you can buy less expensive yo-yos in other shops too!
Best Wishes, Jane
Message from the Headteacher
We have had an amazing Sports and Healthy Living Week, and for once the weather has been very kind too! Firstly, thank you to all the children who have arrived at school, dressed in PE clothes ready for a day of activities, and to all the teachers who have done the same! We have had great fun taking part in and learning new sports as well as learning about how to eat healthily and keep ourselves fit.
Every morning, we have started with the now traditional, whole school aerobic sessions that have been led by various staff at Millfields but also by the fantastic PE Ambassadors from Clapton Academy. A huge ‘thank you’ to them and their teachers, for their enthusiasm, energy and commitment. The children and staff really enjoy this start to the morning, and it is something to look at for the future on a more regular basis.
Thank you to all the children and parents who have taken part in the ‘Health Challenge’ that was set for this week. If you have not yet had an opportunity to complete all 12 challenges, there is still time…...please try to complete the challenges and bring in your £1 donation by
the end of next week. The money raised will go towards more sport and PE at Millfields. Please hand in to the main office or to your child’s class teacher.
The children and staff have certainly had a variety of sporting and fitness opportunities this week, including basketball, ‘Skip to be Fit’, Futsal, Hula hoops, multi-skills sessions, badminton, ballet, yoga, volley ball, taekwondo and zumba! As ever, the children’s enthusiasm has been unwavering, and their enjoyment of the activities has been very evident.
And thankfully, the weather has been perfect, if not a bit too hot, for Sports Days this year. The children have had a fantastic time, and thank you to the many parents and carers who cam along to watch and support their children, have lunch with the classes, and take part in the hotly contested Parents Race, and the teachers versus staff tug-of-war! A special mention to Joel and Brooklyn’s mum –Monique, and Lila and Ruby’s dad, Paul who are always great sports and usually the winners of the parent’s sprint!
Finally thank you to all the staff who have worked even harder than usual this week, and to Vicki Wood for coordinating the whole thing.
Also this week, we have had staff visitors from Stormont House here for the whole day today, who are here as part of their professional development. They have been shadowing staff members and working with children across the school and in the Autism base. We also had a theatre company visiting Year 5 to explore ideas about conflict resolution and working collaboratively. It was excellent and certainly gave all the children something to think about and take forward to next year. And Year 6 visited the Gurdwara in Mile End on Monday –they found the visit informative and were treated to food and music. Some of the Y5 children also took aprt in a cross London Chess tournament on Wednesday –well done to everyone who took part!
A reminder that next Saturday 4th July is the Summer Fair. We will be collecting donations for the books stall, toy stall, tombola, and others every morning next week. The theme is ‘Carnival’ so get those costumes and dancing shoes out and ready –it promises to be a great day out!
Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane
Message from the headteacher
We have been busy preparing for Sports and Healthy Living Week which takes place from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th June. Details of Sports Days have already been circulated but if you need more details of timings, please see the main office for the letter that went out to you child’s class. As part of sports week, there is a nationwide health initiative called home Sports Challenge based on healthy living and healthy choices. The Sports Challenge will be introduced at school, but will need to be completed at home. There are 12 challenges altogether and includes activities like, turning off your phone, computer and games stations for 2 hours, eating 5 different fruit and vegetables each day, and read a bedtime story with a family member. Please talk to your children about the challenges and support them in trying to meet them all! There is a £1 donation towards the promotion of sports and healthy living at Millfields and the opportunity to progress to the next stage of the national challenge. See the main office if you have lost or misplaced the form. As part of Sports week, all children and staff are encouraged to wear sports clothes and shoes all next week. We will be starting each morning with the now, traditional whole school aerobics in the playground, and we are hoping to see some of you at the parents and carers before school exercise too!Please make sure that you put sunblock on your child in the morning, especially if they are out at sports activities, and make sure you encourage them, as we do at school, to drink lots of water . Please do not allow your child to come to school in flip-flops or open toe sandals as this can be dangerous –trainers should be worn all week. Sunhats should be worn too. We have Millfields hats on sale for £5 each from the main office.
Also this week, our Year 5 children have been busy taking part in lots of extra-curricular activities. 16 of our pupils took part in the Hackney, ‘Bike around the borough’ yesterday. There were lots of Hackney schools taking part and the children cycled from park to park around the borough. Thanks to Celeste for organising, and for parents who helped on the day.
Year 5 children –Raphael, Taylor, Abigail, Freya, Martha and have been representing the school in the Mayor of London’s ‘London Knowledge Quiz 2015’. this involved the children making sure they knew lots of weird and wonderful facts about London –mainly as part of the History and Geography curriculum, and completing timed online tests with lots of other schools from across London. Some of the questions were very difficult, and I am not sure how some of them knew the answers, but the fantastic news is that we are through to the final! The final will be a live event that takes place at the Museum of London. The organisers sent a message to say ‘your team have done phenomenally well and should be incredibly proud of themselves.’ I couldn’t agree more and am looking forward to the final! Well done!
Also, the Arsenal Double Club children visited the Emirates Stadium yesterday as their end of year treat. The school and children were congratulated on the children’s behaviour and their teamwork when playing. Well done everyone! Thank you Sharon and Dwayne for organising.
Finally, ‘Happy Father’s Day’ to all our dads out there. I hope you have a good weekend.
Best Wishes, Jane
Message from the Headteacher
As far as Millfields is concerned this has been a fairly quiet week as we get ready for lots of end of term trips, sports activities and sports days, the Summer Fair and other events being planned for the next few weeks before the summer break.
Year 6 visited a local mosque on Monday as part of their work on all the main faiths. Last week they visited a Buddhist Temple in South London, and they will also be visiting Sikh Gurdwara, a Synagogue and Temple Church before the end of term. The children have done a lot of work on the main faiths this year and this is a culmination of all their project work. Thank you to Musa for organising these trips and making and maintaining links year on year with the different faith communities.
We have been busy on the sporting front this week, with girls and boys football –in Year5/6 and Year3/4, as well as the penultimate cycling event of the year and Y5 tennis tournament today. We had mixed fortunes in the football, some wins, a draw and a couple of hard fought defeats. Sharon and Dwayne reported that the children were really well-behaved and good sporting ambassadors for the school. In the cycling, our 10 strong team from Year5 and 6 did well to maintain their good run, and keep a close second place to Jubilee,. The last event –on the grass track will take place at the beginning of July, so fingers crossed that we can finish in the top spot! Thank you to the parents who always support the cycling events, we couldn’t make it happen without you, and we really appreciate it!
Also this week, on Tuesday evening, we welcomed the parents and carers of the September 2015 Nursery and Reception children. Thank you to the Early Years staff who talked the parents through all the paperwork and admin required before their children start at the school. There is always a lot of information, so if you are not sure about anything, please look on the website oe contact the main office to be signposted to the person with the answer!
L:ast week, some of our Year 5 pupils visited Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to take part in a nature trail as part for World Environment Day. The nature hunt took in the park’s biodiverse green spaces, and each child was rewarded with a packet of wild flower plant seeds designed to attract butterflies and bees. The school were also awarded a certificate and 2 bird house that will be put up in school very soon. You can see a photo of Adam and Atiyyah from Y5 in action in the Newham Recorder this week.
Finally, as the weather is getting warmer and hopefully staying that way, pleas e be aware of the school’s ‘Sun Safety’ Policy that can be found ojn the website or at the school main office. Please make sure that you put sunblock on your child in the morning, especially if they are out on a trip or at sports activities, and make sure you encourage them as we do ast school to drink lots of water . Please do not allow your child to come to school in flip-flops or open toe sandals as this can be dangerous. Sunhats should be worn too. We have Millfields hats on sale for £5 each from the main office.
I hope you have a good weekend.
Best Wishes, Jane
Message from the Headteacher
Welcome back to everyone after the half term break. I can hardly believe that this is the last half term of this academic year –time seems to go so quickly……….probably because we are always so busy here at Millfields!
This week, the Year 5 children have been away camping at Phasels Wood in Hertfordshire. They have had a fantastic time, taking part in a range of activities including climbing, navigating tunnels, pioneering, orienteering, building shelters, archery and playing lots of team games. The children have enjoyed making their own sandwich lunches, as well as helojg toi tidy up and wash up at the end of other meals. The sun has been shining for most of the week, and I expect the children will definitely sleep well this weekend. Thank you to all the staff –Roz, Alex, Rebecca, Esme, Celeste, Izaac and Emily who have supported the children this week. I hope they have a good rest over the weekend too!
Also this week, we had our 3rd School Improvement visit of the year from our SIP (School Improvement Partner) –Neil Harvey. Neil enjoyed his walk around the school –observing teaching, looking at children’s books, speaking with staff and talking to pupils about their learning. Neil was very impressed with the quantity and quality of the work in children’s books, and the marking and feedback that the teacher and child engage in at the end of each piece of learning. He also enjoyed visiting the Autism provision and seeing the children there engage in a communication session while having their morning snack. Neil ‘s visit is part of our self-evaluation quality assurance, so we are pleased that he agreed with our judgements.
Yesterday, we had a visit from the new Hackney Director of Education, Anne Canning, who came in to post in April this year. Anne also enjoyed her walk around the school, meeting staff and children and was impressed by all the different activities and events that happen at Millfields, and apparently saw us all marching to the Round Chapel during Democracy Week, but didn't know which school it was, and she thought it was a great idea!
Yesterday, we also had a visit from Nite Owls. Children in Years 2,3 and 4 enjoyed a demonstration from around 6 different owls, and then had their photograph taken with an owl on their shoulder! It was a truly amazing experience for the children….and staff as lots of us love owls! The photos will be available to buy in the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can talk to your child about the event and look on the website www.niteowls.co.uk
And today, some of our Year3 and 4 children took part in a creative workshop with ‘Creative Sparks’ –the final work will be on display in a Hackney art gallery on the 2nd July. Speaking of art, good news regarding our Saatchi award winning ‘Skywall’ -it will be on display in the Saatchi throughout August in the Education Gallery –try to get there if you can!
I hope you have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane