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Message from Headteacher

Fri 02 Dec 2016

 

It seems that winter arrived this week as temperatures dropped and children were all talking about minus temperatures and the possibility of snow! Please make sure that your child wears a warm coat and brings hats and gloves that are hopefully labelled with your child's name! We do try to make sure that all the children are wearing coats and they are keeping warm but sometimes, some of the children don’t seem to feel the cold and run around without them! Please be assured that we are on the case! The yellow Lost Property Box is full again, so we are going to be putting all the clothes out for you to look for any lost items after school once a week until the end of term. Please have a look!

On Wednesday we held a very successful Curriculum Evening –thank you to all the parents and carers who came and for all the very positive comments, and thanks to all the staff and children that contributed to workshops, music sessions and demonstrations. We hope that those who came learnt more about some of the activities and the curriculum opportunities that are on offer at Millfields. We also had lots of positive comments about the school food on sale –thanks again to Leea and her team. We will collate all the comments from this evening as well as those from the Parent Questionnaire at Parents’ Evening and publish them for you to see.

Also this week –a group of Year 4 children visited the very plush offices of advertising agency Wieden and Kennedy to take part in the Forever Curious: My Creative Spark Project. The children had an amazing time, and took part in a range of creative activities. This is the first of a series of trips over the academic year that culminates in an exhibition of their amazing work some time in July. Thank you to Alice for organising.

Yesterday, the Reception classes went on a transport adventure across London –travelling on buses, trains, tubes, boats and the Emirates cable car! They had a fantastic time but were exhausted last night!

Also this week, we have begun the Christmas countdown! Year 2 children have been busy learning lines, and perfecting their songs, as well as getting costumes ready for the Nativity Plays that are scheduled for next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please note the days and times of your child’s concert, and also that next Friday 9th December is the Christmas Fair. We hope you will join us and visit Santa and stock up early on some Christmas presents! Also, Christmas Lunch is scheduled for Thursday 15th December. Finally, Monday 19th December, is ‘London Day’ when all the classes will be visiting a museum as part of a fact-finding about London and it’s past! Look out for letters fir each Year group trip in the next week.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 25 Nov 2016

 

Firstly, thank you to all the children who have taken part so enthusiastically in Road Safety week and really thought about safety on the roads, from crossing the road sensibly using the Green Cross Code, cycling carefully, and using skateboards sensibly. And the children spent some time in class making bright clothes and accessories that can be seen in the dark, to wear as part of today’s ‘Be bright, Be Seen’ awareness day! The children also took part in special assemblies run by a member of Hackney council, who spoke about the importance of road safety and commended the work of our Junior Road Safety officers, Maggie and Brady. Thank you to everyone for a great effort in being colourful, bright and fluorescent today!  Well done to all the pupils and staff who made a great effort!

Also this week, all of the teachers have been observed as part of the school monitoring cycle and quality assurance of the quality of teaching and learning at Millfields. The senior leadership team have observed lots of Maths and English lessons in Year 1 –Year 6, and have been very impressed with the learning and the way that the children are using a variety of strategies to solve mathematical problems and the range of vocabulary and sentence structure used in their writing.

As part of the staff development and our pursuit of the Bronze Award for the teaching of Spanish, the staff all took part in an additional staff training session run by the Hackney learning Trust Lead, to ensure that we are developing Spanish vocabulary in our daily classroom routines. Please ask you children how may words they know and encourage them to repeat all the vocabulary that they are learning at school. Also, a reminder that all pupils have a log on to Language Nut which is an online programme that will further develop Spanish skills. Belen will be sending out a reminder of your child’s passwords next week., and there is a link on the school website.

Finally, I hope that you have made a note in your diary to come to the Curriculum Evening that is taking place next week –Wednesday 30th November from 5pm –7pm. There will be lots of information on each of the subjects that your child is taught, and all the teachers will be on hand to answer questions and talk further about each subject, as well as Science, PE and DT demonstration sessions. There will also be musical entertainment from our rock and jazz bands, and of course the opportunity to buy some of the delicious school food that your children eat every day (Food available between 5.45 –6.30). Please sign up at the main office or just turn up on the day! We are looking forward to seeing lots of you there.

Finally, please can you ensure that your phone number is up to date on our school system, by contacting the school office.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 18 Nov 2016

 

Thank you to everyone who has come to school in their pyjamas today in support of ‘Children in Need’! A great effort from the whole school community –well done!

And thank you to all the parents and carers who came to ‘Parents’ Evening’ on Wednesday, and thank you to those of you who took the time to complete our termly questionnaire. We really  appreciate your feedback, and the Leadership Team do take the time to discuss and respond to all your ideas and comments for improvement. The responses from the summer questionnaire were available on the night and are currently on the display boards in the main reception, or a copy is available from the office. We will collate all your responses from Wednesday and have it available in the next few weeks.

Thank you also to all the members of the PSA who ran the Book Fair over the last week. We made a huge £2063.14 which means that we now have £1237.88 to spend on books for the school library and classrooms. A special thank you to Clare Wooldridge and Vickie Wilkes who make the whole process run so smoothly!

Also, a correction from last week –it was the parents and staff who organised the very successful ‘Save the Children’ cake sale last week, and thank you to all those who bought food and helped to raise an amazing £320.

If your child designed a Christmas Card and you ordered a proof, there will be a letter coming home tonight , explaining the timeline for ordering, Also, your child should be bringing home a letter about WOW trips contribution –please help us keep the trips happening and support us by donating what you can.

This week is Anti-bullying Week, and the children in Years 1 –6 all took part in an interactive assembly about bullying –at school, at home, and online, and discussed ways of dealing with bullying and who they should speak to if they need help. Please speak to your child and emphasise that they must tell an adult if they are worried about anyone they feel is bullying them.

As it is getting closer to Christmas and all the winter celebrations, there are  lots of events planned, so please note the dates and times of concerts, plays, musical ensembles, choir performances –Carol singing, and special trips coming up! All dates for events are on the Mag weekly, on the school noticeboards and electronic screen, and on the school website! You will also get a text to remind you of each event –dates, times and venues nearer the time.

A reminder that we have ‘Come Dine With Us’ Y3 on Tuesday 29th November and the Curriculum Evening on Wednesday 30th November 5pm-7pm.

Thank you for all your continued support Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 11 Nov 2016

 

We have had a fantastic Work Week –a curriculum enrichment week that teaches children about the world of work through visits to work places –including Waitrose, Sainsburys, Wahaca, Tramshed, Yum Yum, Hackney City Farm and Homerton Fire Station , as well as visits in to school from various people including Dog’s Trust, PDSA and Eco-active; and in Y6 a Dragon’s Den and Y5 Fashion Show. The children have all thoroughly enjoyed learning about the world of work. A huge thank you well, to all the parents who gave up their time to come in and talk to classes about their jobs. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about different jobs and careers and have been inspired to think about what they would like to be when they grow up!

A big thank you to Inspire who did all the planning for the week, and to Alex Cruse for organising everything in school ensuring that it all ran smoothly, and to the staff and the pupils for taking part so enthusiastically!

We have also had 3 very successful Ocean Maths Workshops this week, for parents and carers of Y2 children. The workshops were interactive sessions about making maths fun, and teaching the pupils and parents together, to play games and use lots of different apparatus  to solve mathematical problems and learn more about numbers. The feedback has been very positive so thank you to Keli, the Year 2 staff, and Gary Minto, external Maths Consultant, for making the session successful. Look out for the follow-up sessions next term.

As usual , it is going to be very busy over the next few weeks. We hope to see you all at Parents’ Evening next Wednesday 16th November, where you will have the opportunity to speak to your child’s class teacher, and members of the Senior Leadership Team and some of the school governors, as well as have an opportunity to buys some of the delicious school food, and learn about E-safety from the Hackney Safeguarding Team. Please sign up at the main office if you have not already done so. The Book Fair has also started this week, and will be open for the whole of Parents’ Evening so don’t forget to bring your money as for every book bought we receive a book for the school library! Thanks in advance for your support.

Also next Friday is the first of this year’s school discos, for children and parents in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. Tickets will be on sale before and after school next week. There are a limited number of tickets so please buy early to avoid disappointment. Food and drink are available to buy on the night..

Thank you also to the PSA who organised an additional cake sale yesterday for ‘Save the Children’. And remember next Friday is Children in Need’ day, so please look out for how you can support us!

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 04 Nov 2016

 

Welcome back to everyone, and I hope you all had a restful half term. It seems a long time ago already as so many things are always happening at Millfields and this week has been no exception!

Thank you to all the Reception parents who came to dine with their children on Tuesday. We hope that you enjoyed the food and also seeing how lunchtime works for your child. We would welcome any feedback – please make any comments on the Parent Questionnaire that will be available on Parents Evening – Wednesday 16th November. Sign-up sheets for this will be available at the end of today.

Thank you also to all the parents from Early Years who came to the Social Event on Wednesday evening. We hope that some of you met other new parents and you had a chance to speak to the teachers in a more informal setting.

Last night we had a great turn out for our Board Games Evening – lots of children created games as part of a competition during Maths Week and then came with parents and friends to play the games and have some fun! Thank you to everyone who came and to Keli for organising! We will definitely be having another evening to play games in the near future!

Also this week, Year 2 and Year 5 classes have had a visit from the London Fire Brigade. This is something that we take part in every year and it gives the children an opportunity to learn about fire prevention and what to do in an emergency.

Great news this week! Millfields has won 2 of the Hackney Mayor’s Music Awards! A huge well done to Samantha Aboagye in Year 6 who was nominated by us for the ‘Pupil Award for Musical Achievement’. Samantha was overwhelmed to be announced the winner and her family and friends were all delighted as they cheered her on at the Hackney Empire last night. Millfields also won the category: Instrument Fund for Ensemble Development! A fantastic result  as this means that the school will receive £5000 to spend on new instruments for all the many children who are already learning to play an instrument and for more children to benefit, and to take part in the ever increasing ensemble groups that are taking place! Well done to Roz and Tom for putting the application together!

Finally, it is Work Week next week. Thank you to the parents who have responded to our request and volunteered to come in and talk about their jobs to groups of children. If you are able to give up half an hour to talk to the children, please contact Crystal via the main office. The children will all be going on trips to various work places next week, so if you have not returned your slip, please do so asap.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 21 Oct 2016

 

Half term already! We have been busy a s ever this week and I think the children and staff are all ready for a break!

This week we have been celebrating ‘Diversity in Hackney’ as part of our Diversity Week work and celebration. The children have been learning about the different backgrounds of their class friends and teachers, and made class posters to reflect the diversity in their class and across the school. The children have also had the opportunity to take part in a drumming workshop. And last night we celebrated diversity in Hackney by inviting parents and children to a food and music evening –thank you to over 150 of you who came and enjoyed the evening. I know you all had good fun guessing who the staff were from their childhood photos!

On Monday, the Article 12 Group, the prime Minister and her newly appointed cabinet went to visit Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. The children really enjoyed the experience and were very keen to share their learning on their return. Our Prime Minister Aasma Hajat also came to the Governing Body meeting on Monday to speak about her role and work since being elected.

Just a reminder that if you have not completed your secondary transfer application, please make sure that it is done before the 31st October. The destination schools of the previous Year 6 pupils are on the website.

Thank you to the Reception Parents who came to ‘Making Maths Fun’ workshop on Wednesday –we hope you found it useful! Also, Early Year’s parents, please note the date for the EYFS Social that is taking place on Wednesday 2nd November –hope to see you all there! There is also an opportunity to have lunch with your child on Tuesday 1st November as ‘Come Dine With us’ comes to reception classes.

Also this week, we celebrated ‘Always Good’ children. One child from each class is nominated by their teacher for showing excellent behaviour at all times and being a role model for others. Thank you to local café, Ten Ten Kitchen, who provided delicious pancakes for the children. And well done to all the winners!

This week, the teachers have also been preparing for Work Week which is scheduled for week beginning 7th November. If you would like to come in to school to talk to the children in class or assembly about your work, please drop an email to info@millfields.hackney.sch.uk. Look out for more information after the break.

Just to keep you informed that after the holiday, new road markings for the parking zone around the school are being painted –there will be more disruption than usual as some roads will be blocked off!

Finally, I hope you have a lovely break over half term with your family and friends.

Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 14 Oct 2016

 

As part of local Democracy Week, the new school cabinet has been assembled. Congratulations to the following children who put themselves forward and have been voted in: Oasis –Equalities Minister, Sonny & Khadeeja - Environment Ministers, Biba—Foreign Secretary, Peter—Education Secretary, - Joseph M—Chancellor and Riley—Deputy Prime Minister. The School Council, Prime Minister and her cabinet will be visiting the house of parliament on Monday so more news on that next week. The same group of children also met with Councillor Michael Desmond today to launch a ‘Keep Clapton Tidy’ campaign! They enjoyed asking him questions and took on the challenge he presented to them.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Maths Workshop for Year 3 and 4 parents this week –although not many parents turned up, I hope those who did, found the information useful and learnt about the methods that we teach in school. Thank you also to those who attended the Science workshop the previous week –there were lots of parents at this one, so we will definitely be doing this again in the Spring term. Please let us know if there are any other aspects of the curriculum that you would like to learn more about.

Also this week, we hosted the first of our ‘Come Dine with Us’ events. This week was for Year 1 parents and carers, who enjoyed a lovely meal with their children and saw how the lunchtime session works. The next one is for Reception parents on Tuesday 1st November –more details to follow.

The Millfields sporting calendar has started again in earnest this week – the girls football team have been in action and the cyclists are out on the field today in the first of this season’s races. The Sports Desk is back inside the Mag to find out more!

I have been very busy this week, as all the teachers have been meeting with me to complete their performance management appraisals. The staff work really hard on all their targets that focus on pupil attainment and progress and on areas of the wider school community engagement and enrichment.

Finally, we hope you will be joining us for new style Diversity Evening next week –Thursday 20th October. This year, there will be entertainment as you enjoy traditional food, and the chance to see some of the work that the children have been doing as part of Diversity Week, celebrating all cultures across the school. Tickets for the evening event are on sale at the main office.

Have a good weekend. Best, Jane