It has been another busy couple of weeks in the lead up to half term with the children all coming to the end of their first topic. It has been lovely to see lots of you at end of topic presentations and I’m looking forward to seeing lots more next week. ‘Hats off’ to the Year 5 children who presented their designs with such creativity and confidence on the cat walk. The excitement is building for the rest of the presentations next week!
Harvest festival will take place on Monday 21st October at All Saints Church (weather permitting) and the children have been rehearsing songs and poems in preparation. You are very welcome to walk down with us to the church, leaving school at 1.15pm, or meet us at the church for the service to start at 2pm. We expect the service to last half an hour so children can walk home with parents from the church and the remainder will be walked back to school ready for collection at the normal time. The food bank have again requested donations closer to Christmas so we will send out further details closer to the time.
The Year 6 children have been given the opportunity to become house captains and following a tough process of a written application and group interview, Mrs Hinstridge and I were left with the difficult task of appointing only a few from each house. The children all did themselves proud and made it incredibly difficult for us but we can announce that the following children have been made house captains. Kingfisher: Isabelle H, Emilio M and Rejs G. Woodpecker: Eddie H, Joshua T and Alex R. Goldfinch: Harriet T, Jessica O and Ollie B. Robin: Leah HI and Chloe R. I am sure they will all be excellent ambassadors for the school over the coming year.
We said ‘goodbye’ to Mrs Anderson today in assembly who is moving on to lecturing in Childcare and Education. Julia has taken on many roles during her time with us at Summercroft, including supporting children in the classroom with their learning, providing social and emotional support for children and being a lead MSA at lunchtime. We will miss her fun and enthusiasm and wish her the best of luck going back to lecturing young adults. We are delighted to have recruited Sharon Holmes who will be joining us after half term. Sharon has many years experience as a TA and HLTA at Leaden Roding and we look forward to welcoming her to the Summercroft family. We will also be saying goodbye to Mrs MacDonald after half term. Carole has kindly put her retirement on hold for a while to enable us to recruit Emma Blake who will be starting after the holidays. Carole has been a part of Summercroft for 23 years and is definitely entitled to her ‘early’ retirement after all her hard work and dedication. She has kindly offered not to disappear completely and will cover absences or be additional support as and when we need it.
I am pleased to report that the parking issues directly outside school have eased slightly and I would like to thank everyone who is being more considerate about their parking. Please do continue to follow our policy to make it safe for the children. Long may this continue and as a school we will carry on trying ensure there is a long term solution to this problem.
The ‘friendly’ rivalry over the Rugby World Cup has been an ongoing theme throughout assemblies recently and it has linked well to our ‘Challenge’ learning power. We are all looking forward to the quarter finals at the weekend. With Miss Bryant’s New Zealand roots and my Irish roots there are a lot of bragging rights at stake and of course England and Wales have difficult matches too, so we look forward to seeing how it unfolds.