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Message from Headteacher

Fri 01 Jul 2022

 

What a brilliant day the Millfields community had last Saturday! The Summer Fair was a huge success -the sun was shining, and I think we saw record numbers of parents and children and staff including lots of ex-pupil and ex-staff! The PSA committee and other parent volunteers did an amazing job -it ran like clockwork. There were lots of great games and activities, food and drink, arts and craft stalls, lots of pre-loved things to buy, tombola and the raffle and lots more. And thanks to everyone for coming along and joining in the fun and helping to raise a fantastic £9985.37! This includes money raised through Keaton's sponsorship. THANK YOU to each and every parent who volunteered before, during and after the event, and to those who donated raffle prizes, but a special thanks to all of the PSA committee.  A great community effort!

We have had another busy week in school! The children have been very busy completing end of year assessments in reading and Maths, and the teachers have finished writing the Annual Reports , and the leadership team are now reading them. Some of the anecdotes and comments from the year have made me so proud and very sentimental as we come to the end of another academic year. We have also been finalising the Y6 Leavers Book, and again there are so many memories and special moments to remember.
On Wednesday evening, lots of Millfields talented musicians and singers and their parents and staff packed St James Church, as we hosted our annual Instrumental and Choir Concert. It was a wonderful evening celebrating and showcasing the hard work and practice of all our violinists, brass players, drummers, guitarists and singers! There really are some talented children at Millfields -some future stars I have no doubt! The evening was really enjoyed by all! Thank you to Roz, Tom, Celia, Simeon, Lawrence and Jack for all their hard work teaching the children and getting them ready to perform!

Yesterday was Transition morning for all of the children and staff. Children met their new teacher and the teacher met their new class. We welcomed lots of new children to the Nursery and reception -lots of little brothers and sisters, new teacher Rosa to the Millfields staff team. Our class names are staying the same this year; EYFS classes are named after British authors; KS1 classes are named after British artists; LKS2 classes are named after British inventors; and UKS2 classes are named after British Scientists. It is going to take all the staff and children some time to learn all the new names, but I hope that your child will have spoken to you about their class name and that you will help them research and find out more about their class namesakes over the holidays.
I know that the children enjoyed their morning with their new class teacher/s It is always a difficult task to allocate teachers to classes and there are always many reasons that my team and I have to consider when making this decision, factors that you may not be aware of as parents, but please be assured that the decisions are not taken lightly and much thought always goes in to the process to ensure the best outcomes both academically and socially, for all of the children in the class as a whole, and for all the classes across the school. The class allocations, with the new names can be found on the website under the parents information section. Support Staff allocations have not yet been finalised, but will be decided by the end of the year.

Next week is Democracy Week, when all the children will be hearing about school, local and global issues that we will take on next year through electing our new Prime Minister! Watch texts and emails next week to keep up with all the news and gossip about the candidates!

Finally, there does seem to be a lot of different illnesses around at the moment, including Covid. Please let the school know if your child is unwell in any way and always test for Covid if you have any of the symptoms and let the school know ASAP if positive. Guidance on absence is here:

REMINDER: School finishes on Wednesday 20th July at 2pm/2.15pm. There are no After-school Clubs.
Have a good weekend, Take care, keep well and stay safe everyone.
Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 24 Jun 2022

 

I cannot believe that we are getting closer and closer to the end of this academic year already -only 3 weeks and 3 days to go, and there is still so much to do and so many events to organise and take part in!

Tomorrow is the Summer Fair, and will be the first one for 2 years. The PSA have been very busy organising and sorting, but we shrill need more things to sell, so if you have any books, old toys, tombola prizes, unwanted gifts or anything brilliant to add to the raffle, please bring them in ASAP today or first thing tomorrow morning. We also need lots of the lovely cakes that your brilliant bakers -adults and children make -please bring them later today ideally tomorrow morning. The Fair starts around 11am and goes on until 3pm. There are lots of stalls, games, arts and crafts, drinks, yummy food, ice cream, cakes and much more! Please try to pop in as the sun will be shining and it is always a fabulous atmosphere and great community event.

Next week is Assessment Week -all of the children, in Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 will be completing end of year tests that will be used along with ongoing teacher assessment to assess their learning this term/year. The teachers have been busy completing the end of year Annual Reports that will be emailed out very soon -there will be a text to alert you when they have been sent.

We have also been busy preparing for our annual Democracy Week that is scheduled to take place during the week beginning 4th July. This is always an exciting week in the Millfields calendar as we elect our Prime Minister for the following academic year. It is always a great week as the atmosphere around school is exciting and full of great debate and chat from reception to Y6. Thanks to Emma, who has planned the whole week, the children learn about democracy, voting and thinking about school, local and global issues. Our outgoing PM, Ayla and her Deputy, Remi, along with members of the school cabinet have done a brilliant job this year and have been proactive and industrious with new initiatives and projects. There is always a brilliant daily  Pupil Newsletter that week, so look out for that and keep up to date with all the action.

The following week is Sports Week, and there has, again, been lots and lots of planning and preparation -thanks to Fiona. The children will all take part in Sports Day, (the dates can be found in the Mag and on the school website.) and they have lots of opportunities to play and try a range of sports activities, make delicious snacks and enjoy the great outdoors.

Year 6 have been busy this week rehearsing for their end of year show, taking part in intensive swimming lessons every afternoon, writing blurb for the YearBook, and practising for Sports Day, as well as keeping up with the rest of the curriculum that needs to be covered by the end of the year!

Around the rest of the school, the children in Y4 took part in the national Multiplication Check tests, they did really well and the teachers were super impressed! The Nursery children have been finding out about the smells and tastes of different foods from around the world. Reception children visited the canal as part of their topic on water. Year 1 classes have been finding out interesting facts about St Paul’s Cathedral to make information booklets, and Year 3 have been reading the book 'A pebble in my pocket' and doing lots of art activities around the pebbles journey from its beginning in a volcano up to the moment it ends up in someone's pocket! Year 5 classes enjoyed an art lesson

On Wednesday 22nd June it was Windrush Day. Every year, we join to celebrate British Caribbean communities and acknowledge the contributions the Windrush generation and their descendants have made to British society. Yesterday, outside Hackney Town Hall, the Mayor unveiled the second Hackney Windrush Commission by Thomas J Price outside Hackney Town Hall. There is also another brilliant art installation on Mare Street that you might want to visit at some time in the future, and definitely before the end of term. As part of their Humanities work, Year 4 took part in ‘Windrush and beyond’ online workshops run by Hackney Museum. Jones Class Sharing Assembly acted and sang about the story of Windrush too. It was brilliant!

Finally, hope to see you all tomorrow at the Summer Fair. Have a good weekend.

Take care, keep well and stay safe.

Jane

 

 

 

 

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 17 Jun 2022

 

It has been a very busy week again even though it has only been 4 days, especially on the sporting front. Yesterday, our Y5 and Y6 swimmers took part in the Hackney inter-schools swimming gala. They did so well, considering they have not had swimming lessons in school for some time due to the pandemic. Every child one an individual medal and the Y6 team also won the relay race. The Y5 and Y6 Orienteering Team also started their bid to retain the crown across Hackney schools again this year. Thank you to Sharon Izaac and Devon who supported the children in their events.

As you know the Cycling Team were in action last Friday, and although there were a few new riders, the team, as always tried their very best and as there were 8 schools taking part, it meant it was very competitive, so some great racing, and we managed to take 6 medal places (all 4 golds) and another big points win for the league. They were all fantastic, and looks like they have guaranteed the league title this year now! As ever thanks to Paul Marsden who has been an inspiration and worked so hard to make cycling such a strong and popular sport at Millfields. Thanks to one parent who volunteered to support the team next year when Pauls's child leaves, and he retires from this role, but if there is anyone else who is interested, please get in touch!

There have also been lots of trips as well this week! Year 4 have been out and about quite a lot this week -they visited the Hackney Museum as part of their work on Windrush, and they also visited the West End Synagogue as part of their RE work. Hawking and Anning classes also visited the Buddhist Centre as part of their RE learning. Whiteread Class visited Museum of London as part of their in class work on London and specifically the Great Fire of London.

Staff have also been busy preparing and facilitating a visit from our School Improvement Partner from Hackney Education. This visit is an opportunity for us to share all the great work that is happening every day at Millfields, and to share data on progress and attainment and an opportunity for our SIP to look around the school, observe teaching and learning, speak to children and staff, and look at children's books. Thank you to our Governors who also spoke with the SIP about their role and how we work together. The visit went really well, and we will receive a report in due course.  We are also busy planning for activities before the end of the term including Democracy Week and Sports Week, as well as all the Y6 end of year activities.  We will keep you posted with dates and times. Please check the school website and read your texts.

Just a reminder, that if your child is in the current Y2, Y3, Y4 or Y5, Musical Instrumental lessons are on offer and need to be booked and paid for by Friday 15th July at 5pm to secure a place for the Autumn term. Currently we offer guitar, drums, violin, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and piano tuition.  The lessons take place weekly during lesson times for 10 weeks each term.  We have had lots of interest from our Y2 children, but a reminder that if your child is currently having lessons and you want to continue, then you do need to book as well! There is a showcase event on Wednesday 29th June at St John's at 6.30pm -hope to see many of you there!

Finally, I hope you all have a good long weekend, and enjoy the glorious weather forecast for tomorrow -what great timing!

Take care, keep well and stay safe.

Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 10 Jun 2022

 

It was lovely to see all the children and families back at school this week, after the half term break, all looking so rested and well. I know that many of you have been away on holidays that were planned some time ago, so hope you all enjoyed your break. This week has flown by, probably helped by the lovely sunny weather, as well as the anticipation of all the great things that we are planning and organising for the classes, and especially Y6, before the end of term.

This week, Y6 children have been away camping at Phasels Wood in Hertfordshire. They had a brilliant time, and the weather was mostly sunny and dry. They took part in lots of activities on site including tunnelling, climbing, making bushcraft fires, team building, archery, orienteering and problem solving games. They also enjoyed a campfire on the last night with hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. They played lots of sports and enjoyed just being with friends in the countryside. They arrive back at school looking very tired and ready for a good night's sleep! A huge 'thank you' to all the staff who gave up their time to go with the children -Orla, Emma, Emily, Isabelle, Izaac, Aiden and last but not least, Sheyenne, who organised and planned the whole thing! The Y6 back in school also had a lovely week -they visited Victoria Park and went 10 pin bowling and had lots of fun activities in school too.

It was also good to see lots of you at school this morning to watch the 3 Class Sharing Assemblies. A huge well done for all the effort, enthusiasm and variety of work and performance that was shared. Well done to Bond Class, Brown Class and Dunlop Class! You are all superstars!

Lots of parents have also been very busy preparing for our Summer Fair that takes place on Saturday 25th June. They are looking for volunteers to help with getting ready on Friday 24th June, and then setting up, running stalls and tidying up on the actual day. This is always a lovely whole community event and it would be great if you could spare any time to help, and also hope you can come and spend some each and have some fun on the day. Please email psamillfields@gmail.com

A reminder that there are lots of trips and events coming up before the end of term. I know that there are lots of texts, emails and messages on Google Classroom and it is sometimes hard to keep up, but please do try to check them as there is always lots of information! There are also lots of dates for your diary on the school website -please have a look. Dates for Sports Days have been published there, and can also be found on the Class Information Booklet that came out at the beginning of term.

The Y5 and Y6 Cycling Team have been in action again today, so I will report back on their results next week! we are also looking for parent volunteers to manage and run the Cycling Team next year, so if your child is a cyclist, and will be in Y4, Y5 or Y6 in September, and you are interested, please see me for more information.

Finally, as the weather is hopefully set to stay warm, please make sure that your child is wearing appropriate clothing to school to keep them cool, and ensure that they bring a hat for the long playtimes, and also sunscreen if they need it. The staff are unable to apply the sunscreen due to safeguarding protocols, so please apply in the morning, and send a small, named bottle with them. I will send out the ‘Sun Safety Policy’ next week.

Have a lovely weekend - it's meant to be a nice one. Take care, keep well and stay safe.

Jane

 

2022 Year 6 Residential Photos

Mon 06 Jun 2022

 

 

 

Y6 have arrived safe and sound and currently enjoying the joy of the great British outdoors!

 

 

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 27 May 2022

 

Firstly a massive ‘thank you’ to all the parents, carers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and pets who have taken part in our brilliant ‘Parents & Families Week’. The atmosphere around the school has been great and the feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive. There were over 90 activities organised and the school was buzzing with excitement and joy!

We have enjoyed so many fun activities such as Spanish club with Belen, singing around the campfire with Bruno, making packed lunch sessions with Alecia, PE session and EYFS family football with coach Nana, Science lesson with Lucy and landscape drawing on the school roof terrace with Vicky, as well as various eco-workshops and Family Forest School with Angela. Parents have also been into Science lessons with their children, and lots of you have volunteered to share/read a story with your child's class at the beginning and end of the school day. As a direct result of such great feedback from parents and pupils, reading to your child's class is something that we will be offering as a more regular activity in the future - look out for more details coming soon.

The Family Cooking/Packed Lunch session was a huge success and the parents really appreciated guidance on making a healthy packed lunch and many parents also signed up to 'Bystander Intervention Training! The children and staff have also really enjoyed meeting some of their friends’ pets too! We have had dogs, stick insects, guinea pigs, cats and fish! We also loved seeing lots of parents at our age-phase 'Croissants & Conversations' drop-in each session each morning. There was lots of chat and opportunities to meet new people. If you would like to see more morning drop-ins, please let us know as this could be an opportunity to ask lots of questions and find out more about the curriculum and the working of the school day.

One of the highlights of the week was the first ever 'Millfields Sleepover' for Y4 children on Wednesday. There was so much excitement, and the children had an amazing time and made a lasting memory that will be with them for some time! I think the last child went to sleep at 2am and the first one woke at 4am, so I'm not sure how they functioned the next day. A big thank you to the teachers who slept over -Vicky, Mia, Jess, Kimberlie, Roz, Sumon and Bruno!

The community mural was a fantastic opportunity for all the children to contribute to the lasting memory from this week -over the week, each class had a session with the artists from London School of Mosaic. The idea was that we created an art piece that represents us -Millfields! The children and staff have brought in some brilliant, weird and wonderful objects and had great fun telling us all about why they have chosen it! The finished project will be mounted on the wall boundary on Rushmore Road after half term, so look out for details of the grand unveiling! The whole project came together and was facilitated by Marika, one of our brilliant Y4 parents, and Jo who has been instrumental in pulling it all together. It looks fantastic and I can't wait for you to see it!

Thank you, to all the staff who organised, supported and ran sessions – Emma, Ashraf, Rana, Sheyenne, Belen, Alicia and the kitchen team, Bruno, Lucy, Jo and the teachers who slept overnight, and of course, thank you to all the staff who have been brilliant at welcoming our community in to school and in to classrooms all week. Special thanks to all of the front office staff, especially Donna, who has certainly been busier than usual, as the buzzer has never stopped buzzing all week! And of course big, big thanks to Vicky, who put the whole week together!

Thank you also to all the parents and carers who attended the Y1 ‘Come Dine With Us’ sessions this week –we hope you enjoyed having lunch with your child. We will be holding more of these sessions for other year groups after half term.

On Thursday, 20 members of our fantastic choir attended the final rehearsal for the Schools’ choir singing at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant for the Queen on Sunday 5th June –it is a huge event and there have been a lot of things to organise, so thank you to Roz and Tom for making this happen! Watch us on the TV if you can!

Finally, the Summer Fair is taking place on Saturday 26th June this year - save the date! And please get in touch with the PSA if you can help in any way psamillfields@gmail.com. Also, a reminder that Friday 17th June is an INSET day.

I hope you have a great half term with family and friends, and have fun and a good rest. Fingers crossed for some good weather!

Best Wishes, Jane

 

Message from Headteacher

Fri 20 May 2022

 

Firstly, I wanted to make sure you have caught up with the latest news from the Millfields Cycling Team, who with only 2 events to go, look like they may well retain the Hackney League trophy again! Last Friday, the Y4 and Y5 riders were brilliant…again, and everyone who raced earnt some really impressive points for the school total in the league. Well done to Leo, Maxwell, Loutro, Eri, Klara, Aoife, Sam, Milo, Edgar, Hattie, Grace and Matilda!

Also on Sunday 15th May, our Y6 pupils, Catrin, Zhane and Victor were selected to race for Hackney in the London Youth Games at the Velopark. The team won silver at the end of all racing, which was amazing - this is a huge sporting event, and they did brilliantly. We will be awarding the impressive-looking medals to them in celebration assemblies next week.

Then today, Y5 and Y6 took part in Hackney's very first school's triathlon. We haven't had the results yet, but I heard from the children involved that they really enjoyed it and thought they did really well. Results will be out next week!

This week, we have all been talking about our mental health as part of 'Mental Health and Well-being Week'. We launched the week with an Assembly/Workshop called ‘Be your own HERO’ and we learnt lots of tricks for future mental wellness through a mix of live songs, personal stories, games, and teaching about mental health. They used superhero characters to help the children understand the information.  The workshop explored the basics of mental health and then taught the children how to be the HERO of their mental health:Helping Others,  Exercising, Relaxing, Opening Up. This acronym has been really great for helping children remember the points so they can be equipped with tools to use if they find themselves struggling and maintain good mental health into the future.

Also, each class took part in 'Feel Good' wworkshops that were run by Challenge Sport and Education.The workshops will support pupils to:value the importance of physical and mental wellbeing, gain tools to improve their own wellbeing, understand the science behind active / mindful brain breaks and how they make us feel great, ands ee how nutrition affects our wellbeing. The children and staff really found these sessions very useful.

As well, the school's Prime Minister and Deputy encouraged staff and children to take part in 'random acts of kindness' throughout the week. This has been very successful and has made everyone feel happy, loved and appreciated!

Just as a note, there have been a few Covid cases in school this week, mainy in Y1, but there have also been cases in Y3 and Nursery. The symptoms are ever-changing and are very similar to cold symptoms, so please check and test if you think your child might be ill. We do have some single tests at school if you need one. Please check this website for further information.
Next week, as you may know, is 'Parents & Families' Week, and there are lots of opportunities for you to engage with your child in school and support their well-being and learning. Please sign up via Eventbrite or if you would like to read to your child's class, you can also contact the teacher directly.
Finally, a huge 'well done' to Bruno who was nominated by a group of parents for Hackney stars Teacher of the Year. Thank you also to the parents and staff who nominated me for the Hackney 'Lifetime Achievement' award at the same event. I arrived in Hackney, and Millfields as a newly qualified Y3 teacher, 33 years ago. I feel so honoured and blessed to have been part of the school and wider community for all that time, having seen so many changes and developments in the area, and had the pleasure to meet so many children and families. Many, many thanks!
If you are taking part in the Hackney Run tomorrow, I will see you there, otherwise have a good weekend, and spend some time resting and relaxing.
Take care, keep well and stay safe.
Jane