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Message from Headteacher

Fri 19 May 2017

 

We have had a very busy week as usual and in particular, we have been joining the na-tional campaign against proposed education cuts. Children, parents and staff have been making some brilliant banners during their lunch hour and we have also been recording our very own campaign song; thanks to the senior choir members, Roz and Tom. On Monday, as part of a joint awareness campaign across Hackney, we put up our Cuts Ban-ner and were joined on the school gate, by MP Diane Abbot and Councillor Ian Rathbone of Lea Bridge Ward. The children, parents and staff really got behind the impromptu event and showed our community action against the cuts. We also held a meeting on Monday to plan other events and action over he next few weeks.

Yesterday was Outdoor Education day and, as well as the whole school having a brilliant time running around and playing on Hackney Marshes and enjoying a big picnic, we had a whole school photo taken via a drone, of the children spelling out S.O.S. (Save Our Schools). There will be photos on the school boards and other opportunities to see the photo on social media and publications in the next few weeks. Thank you to parents who came to help out with the logistics on the day, and to Fiona McAllister for the idea in the first place and to Jorn Tomter who owns the drone and took the photos. The staff and chil-dren really enjoyed the day, playing lots of team games, hide and seek, skipping, sketch-ing and drawing wildlife, buildings and more to really take advantage of learning in the open air! We will be including one outdoor learning lesson every week on our timetables after half term, and then we will review the sessions to agree if this is something that we can continue all year round.

There is a meeting about the school cuts next Wednesday at 5.30pm at Millfields, and there is also a national parents, staff and children picnic to show opposition to the pro-posed cuts, at Millfields Park on Friday 26th May after school. It would be good to see lots of you there!

Also yesterday, both Year 3 and Reception classes visited the Tate Modern as part of their art curriculum work. The children enjoyed the day out and also learn lots about different artists. They also had a chance to take a photo of the cuts banner on tour!Earlier this week, Year 3 parents also joined their children for lunch and enjoyed the BBQ chicken that was on offer! Date for Year 4 ‘Come Dine With Us’ is July 4th.Finally have a good weekend.

Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 12 May 2017

 

Well done to all the Year 6 children who have worked very hard this week, and stayed remarkably calm and collected throughout. I know that they all tried their very best, and that whatever the outcome, they can be proud of their hard work and effort over the last few months and during their whole time at Millfields. I hope they will all have a good rest and enjoy a few treats and relax this weekend!

There have been several triumphs and awards for Millfields sports teams this week. On Wednesday, the Year3 and 4 Football team came very close runners-up in the inter-school competition at Mabley Green. Well done to Elvis, Louis, Viggo, Fergus, Charlie, Sonny, Bertie, Chelsea, Ronita and Rosheen; and the Year 5 team –Joseph, Ajah, Aranjit, Hamzah, Mohammed, Hugh, Alex, Exauce and Mackenzie, who are all new to playing competitive football, played very well and finished third in their group. Well done everyone, and thank you, as ever, to Sharon and Dwayne for all their enthusiasm and commitment!

This week, we also took part in the Linklaters Debating Challenge, and the amazing Y6 team –Elvizo, Wiam, Fatima, Oasis and Anjali won their debate and made it through to the final that will take place at the Linklater's Offices, on the Friday before half term. Well done to the team and to Kingsley for all his coaching and preparation!

Today, the Cycling Squad took part in the   cycling event of this academic year. Millfields are still at the top of the League, but crucial wins today will see us extend the lead and hopefully be in a  position to retain the title! More news on this next week.

Also this week, the staff have been working with parents to keep the ‘Fair Funding for Schools’ campaign high on the agenda. Thank you to the parents that attended the meeting last Monday, and to all the staff who gave their time. There is another meeting this coming Monday 15th May at 4pm, to discuss the plan of action so far, so please do come along if you can help in any way. Thank you to those who have already signed our petition, but if you have not yet, signed, please look for the table in the playground after school.

There are have also ben trips for Newcastle Class to the Fab Lab, and for the ARP children, who visited the V& Museum as part of their topic and research project on fashion. There will be a Fashion Show later this term, so look out for those dates.

Another date for your diary is the Hackney Music Service Festival Launch at the Barbican on Monday 26th June. Tickets go on sale on Monday 15th, so if your child is performing as part of the choir or in the Jazz Band, please make sure you buy your ticket as there is no entry without one.

Next week –Thursday 18th May is national ‘Outdoor Learning’ Day, so look out for activities taking place at school that day.

Finally, have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 12 May 2017

 

Well done to all the Year 6 children who have worked very hard this week, and stayed remarkably calm and collected throughout. I know that they all tried their very best, and that whatever the outcome, they can be proud of their hard work and effort over the last few months and during their whole time at Millfields. I hope they will all have a good rest and enjoy a few treats and relax this weekend!

There have been several triumphs and awards for Millfields sports teams this week. On Wednesday, the Year3 and 4 Football team came very close runners-up in the inter-school competition at Mabley Green. Well done to Elvis, Louis, Viggo, Fergus, Charlie, Sonny, Bertie, Chelsea, Ronita and Rosheen; and the Year 5 team –Joseph, Ajah, Aranjit, Hamzah, Mohammed, Hugh, Alex, Exauce and Mackenzie, who are all new to playing competitive football, played very well and finished third in their group. Well done everyone, and thank you, as ever, to Sharon and Dwayne for all their enthusiasm and commitment!

This week, we also took part in the Linklaters Debating Challenge, and the amazing Y6 team –Elvizo, Wiam, Fatima, Oasis and Anjali won their debate and made it through to the final that will take place at the Linklater's Offices, on the Friday before half term. Well done to the team and to Kingsley for all his coaching and preparation!

Today, the Cycling Squad took part in the   cycling event of this academic year. Millfields are still at the top of the League, but crucial wins today will see us extend the lead and hopefully be in a  position to retain the title! More news on this next week.

Also this week, the staff have been working with parents to keep the ‘Fair Funding for Schools’ campaign high on the agenda. Thank you to the parents that attended the meeting last Monday, and to all the staff who gave their time. There is another meeting this coming Monday 15th May at 4pm, to discuss the plan of action so far, so please do come along if you can help in any way. Thank you to those who have already signed our petition, but if you have not yet, signed, please look for the table in the playground after school.

There are have also ben trips for Newcastle Class to the Fab Lab, and for the ARP children, who visited the V& Museum as part of their topic and research project on fashion. There will be a Fashion Show later this term, so look out for those dates.

Another date for your diary is the Hackney Music Service Festival Launch at the Barbican on Monday 26th June. Tickets go on sale on Monday 15th, so if your child is performing as part of the choir or in the Jazz Band, please make sure you buy your ticket as there is no entry without one.

Next week –Thursday 18th May is national ‘Outdoor Learning’ Day, so look out for activities taking place at school that day.

Finally, have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 12 May 2017

 

Well done to all the Year 6 children who have worked very hard this week, and stayed remarkably calm and collected throughout. I know that they all tried their very best, and that whatever the outcome, they can be proud of their hard work and effort over the last few months and during their whole time at Millfields. I hope they will all have a good rest and enjoy a few treats and relax this weekend!

There have been several triumphs and awards for Millfields sports teams this week. On Wednesday, the Year3 and 4 Football team came very close runners-up in the inter-school competition at Mabley Green. Well done to Elvis, Louis, Viggo, Fergus, Charlie, Sonny, Bertie, Chelsea, Ronita and Rosheen; and the Year 5 team –Joseph, Ajah, Aranjit, Hamzah, Mohammed, Hugh, Alex, Exauce and Mackenzie, who are all new to playing competitive football, played very well and finished third in their group. Well done everyone, and thank you, as ever, to Sharon and Dwayne for all their enthusiasm and commitment!

This week, we also took part in the Linklaters Debating Challenge, and the amazing Y6 team –Elvizo, Wiam, Fatima, Oasis and Anjali won their debate and made it through to the final that will take place at the Linklater's Offices, on the Friday before half term. Well done to the team and to Kingsley for all his coaching and preparation!

Today, the Cycling Squad took part in the   cycling event of this academic year. Millfields are still at the top of the League, but crucial wins today will see us extend the lead and hopefully be in a  position to retain the title! More news on this next week.

Also this week, the staff have been working with parents to keep the ‘Fair Funding for Schools’ campaign high on the agenda. Thank you to the parents that attended the meeting last Monday, and to all the staff who gave their time. There is another meeting this coming Monday 15th May at 4pm, to discuss the plan of action so far, so please do come along if you can help in any way. Thank you to those who have already signed our petition, but if you have not yet, signed, please look for the table in the playground after school.

There are have also ben trips for Newcastle Class to the Fab Lab, and for the ARP children, who visited the V& Museum as part of their topic and research project on fashion. There will be a Fashion Show later this term, so look out for those dates.

Another date for your diary is the Hackney Music Service Festival Launch at the Barbican on Monday 26th June. Tickets go on sale on Monday 15th, so if your child is performing as part of the choir or in the Jazz Band, please make sure you buy your ticket as there is no entry without one.

Next week –Thursday 18th May is national ‘Outdoor Learning’ Day, so look out for activities taking place at school that day.

Finally, have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 05 May 2017

 

It certainly doesn’t feel like it has been a short week, as there has, as usual, been so much going on at Millfields!

On Sunday 30th, more than 220 Millfields pupils from Reception to Year 6, and lots of parents and carers took part in the Hackney Schools Run. It was a perfect day for running and Millfields certainly made the most of it. A huge ‘well done’ to all the children who took part, and having completed the previous 12 miles before school, in the weeks building up to the event before Sunday, they ran the last mile with great excitement and enthusiasm. An amazing effort saw Louis Reynolds in Year 4 come in first place, way ahead of the rest of the fields in under 6 minutes, followed by second place, Solomon Rigg from Y5 and fourth place went to Robin Steer from Year 6 Bristol Class. A brilliant result for the individual boys and for Millfields! Well done! Thank you also to Ifeoma, Jackie and Margaret who organised the Millfields group on the day and made sure it all ran smoothly.

The Leadership Team have also been meeting with all the teachers in each year group this week to look at pupil progress. We talk about the children's work in class, look at their books, and also discuss the latest in school test results. As result of this, we then ensure that appropriate provision, support and challenge is in place for all the children as needed.

Today, Year 4 children went on their WOW trip to the British Museum to reinforce and enrich their topic work on Ancient Greece. They report that they enjoyed the trip and they all behaved well and were true ambassadors for our school. Also this week, lots of staff and parents came along to support the local and national campaign to stop the education cuts that was held at B6 college on Wednesday night. There is a lot of community interest in making sure that Millfields community voice is heard. For any parent who is interested, a core group of staff and parents are meeting on Monday 8th May at 4pm in school to put together an plan of action. There is also a demonstration against the cuts outside Hackney Town Hall on Tuesday 9th May and again there is a group of parents intending to gather at the school gates and head down there, so please join them if you can. And on Thursday 18th May, from 5pm, there will be a march and demonstration outside Parliament. We need you all to help fight these cuts!

Next week, the KS2 SATS start, so I would like to wish all of the Year 6 children, the very best of luck. They have been working so very hard over the last few months in particular, so just try your best and we will all be very proud of you whatever the outcome. Parents, please make sure they have a peaceful weekend, that they get lots of good food and sleep and most of all please reinforce that they should not be worried.

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

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 28 Apr 2017

 

We have had an amazing week with all our families at school this week. As part of our focus on parent and family engagement, we have been celebrating our individual families in school. We have been celebrating that we are all different, and that our family make-up can be different through the theme: ‘Different Families, Same Love’. Thank you so much to all the parents, carers and other family members, including family pets who have visited school this week. The feedback from all of the events –coffee mornings, trying out KS1 and KS2 SATS tests, family science workshop, E-safety workshop, Family Cooking session, story-telling in class, pets visiting class, taking part in Literacy sessions and the sing-along around the fire-pit; as well as feedback from the discussions and work that has been happening in class around families, respect for all and celebration of diversity, has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you to all the parents who have engaged with us and to all the parents who have already verbally or in writing given us individual feedback on the week. Also a huge ‘thank you’ to all the staff, led by Vicky, who have made this week so successful!

On Monday, the Year 3 classes took part in ‘Pedestrian Training’ that was run by Feet2Feet and was part of our on-going work on road safety. The children learnt about safe walking on the pavement, safely crossing the roads, as individuals and groups, and about traffic awareness. The children really learnt a lot about road safety and are hopefully feeding their knowledge back to family and friends!

Also this week, our Reception classes visited Hayes Hill Farm as part of their topic work this term. They had a lovely day out and told me about all the different animals they had seen and the fun time they had on the farm.

Yesterday, we were lucky to be able to arrange a trip to Lords Cricket Ground for some of your budding cricket enthusiasts in Years 5 and 6. The children enjoyed the experience with over 3000 school children taking part in a range of activities, including visiting the museum, and also watching some great cricket as Middlesex took on Sussex!

You should have received a letter this week about the next Book Fair that is happening from 11th –17th May. This is always a great opportunity to promote reading and every book that you buy helps the school to keep our library stocked with current titles! We are very grateful for your continued support with this.

Finally, we have over 200 children running in the Hackney Schools Run this weekend. This is the largest number of children from one school so I know lots of you will be there cheering our children on. Even if your child is not taking part, there are lots of events and activities organised at the Olympic Park on Sunday, so please pop down and join in the fun!

Have a good long, Bank Holiday weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 21 Apr 2017

 

Welcome back to everyone, and I hope you had a good rest and enjoyed your holiday. It is great to see all the children back, looking rested and ready for the busy term ahead. As always, there are lots of special events and theme weeks planned for this half term, so please make sure that you read the Mag, look on the school website, check your mobile number is correct to receive texts and look out for the trip and permission letters that will need signing.

Next week is ‘Parents and Families’ Week. You should have already received information on a range of events that are taking place next week. The theme for the week is ‘Different Families, Same Love’. In class the staff will be taking the opportunity to talk to your children about the different types of families there are and that our school is a place where every person has the right to be themselves, to be included and to learn in a safe and happy environment. We will be emphasising that everyone at our school is equal and that we treat each another with respect and kindness. Events planned include: Coffee Mornings; Put Yourselves In Their Shoes –a chance to take part is lessons with your children and/or take some of the tests or do some of the activities that your children are involved with; Family Cooking Session; Smart Talk Online Family Agreement Workshop –help to create and sign a family agreement with your child to help them stay safe and happy online; Family Science Workshops; Bring your Pet and Parent to school; Dads and Lads fire pit sing-a-long and Family Story Time. We hope that you will be joining us during the week and that this opportunity strengthens our family engagement and supports success for each and every child and family at Millfields.

This week, the children from the Autistic Resource Provision have been on a trip to The British Library. They are currently working on a topic around books and story-telling, and were fascinated by the range of books and types of writing they saw at the hands-on session on Tuesday. The staff at The British Museum were quite rightly amazed by the children’s enthusiasm for learning, their knowledge and their questions. Well done!

Also this week, Year 1 visited the William Morris Gallery as part of their Art curriculum work. The children enjoyed looking around the gallery and also took time to make their own drawings and patterns.

Yesterday, we had 4 teacher visitors from schools in Norway. The teachers wanted to look at how we assess children and what our marking, feedback and next steps in learning look like. They were very impressed with books they looked at, pupils they spoke to and the teaching and learning that they observed in classes. Thank you to all the staff and children for making them feel so welcome.

Finally, there are only 2 more running sessions before the Hackney Run on Sunday 30th April –please be here at 8:30am on Tuesday and Thursday next week for your final laps!

Have a good weekend. Best wishes, Jane