Well done and congratulations on this year’s total, £256.06.
On behalf of The Royal British Legion, thank you.
This month we have been focusing on our Problem Solving Learning Power. This started by the children listening to the story of Octo the Octopus and how he helped solve problems for the other sea creatures. This was followed up by further assemblies where the children have had to solve logic problems and discuss what different skills they need to be prepared for real life problems they will face in school and at home. The children shared some really interesting problems they have had at home and how they collaborated with family members and showed resilience and resourcefulness in order to solve them.
The parent consultations will be held on Monday 19th November and Wednesday 21st November from 3:30 – 7pm for all years (Nursery to year 6).
This term we are trying a new online system, which allows parents to login and book appointments with class teachers. The system has gone live today (5th November).
The link to the website is https://summercroft.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
When using this system it cross checks against our database, so please ensure that you use the email address that we have on file (the one you use for School Gateway).
If you have any problems with the system, or any feedback either positive or negative, please contact the office by phone or email email@example.com. If the trial is successful we plan to continue using this system for future parent consultations.
If you do not have access to the internet, please either come to the school office (between 9:30 and 4pm) or phone the office on 01279 307477 and we can talk you through the booking system.
This year, we have been asked to be part of a project run by Bishop’s Stortford’s town council to mark the centenary of the end of World War I. The Year 2 children have been involved in creating a poppy installation that will be positioned in the town centre.
We began this project by looking at the famous poppy installation that was installed at the Tower of London during the centenary of the start of World War 1 and we discussed its significance. Then we thought about other symbols of remembrance, and decided to make our poppies into a cross and a wreath. We used plastic bottles to create our poppies and all the children had the opportunity to paint their own poppy.
Please keep an eye out for our installations if you go into the town during half term and the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday.
We have started this academic year with the ‘Collaboration’ learning power as our focus in assemblies and talking groups. With the children going in to new classes it is an appropriate time to think about the importance of working together with different children. We have been thinking about how we all have different skills and knowledge to offer the group and that we need to use our strengths and develop in areas where we are less confident by listening to others. The Year 6 children were given a particularly tough challenge of going on a treasure hunt around the school in groups of six while holding on to a hoop. They all had to be touching the hoop at all times. While getting through doors proved quite challenging, the team ethic this developed in the first few days was really important and has set them up for the year ahead. Year 5 have also collaborated closely for their toilet paper fashion show with some wonderful results as you can see below. We will be thinking about some of the challenges that are faced when working collaboratively over the next few weeks and how we can overcome them. Closer collaborative working with other local primary schools is also an area that Mrs Hinstridge and I have been trying to develop over the past couple of years, to share skills and expertise across the town. We are excited about the future opportunities in this area where we can work more closely with these schools; sharing the skills of the Summercroft staff and learning more from others.
Many thanks to all those who contributed. The participation was very creditable, with 104 responses on the Ofsted Parent View website and 12 on the paper version. This compares well with Summer 2016 when there were 90 responses to the Ofsted website and no paper version. It falls short of the 160 responses to the Ofsted website in December 2016 but that was under different circumstances as it was during the Ofsted inspection.
You can view the results of the online responses on the Ofsted Parent View website. Out of the responses on paper there was one disagree that the school deals effectively with bullying and one disagree that their child receives appropriate homework for their age but they were otherwise favourable.
To assist us further, we should be grateful:-
if those who disagreed or strongly disagreed that their child receives appropriate homework for their age could let us know why they think the homework is not appropriate and what they consider would be appropriate and
if those who disagreed or strongly disagreed that they receive valuable information from the school about their child’s progress could let us know why they think the information they receive is not valuable and what information they consider would be valuable and
if those who said they would not recommend the school to another parent could let us know why.
Please email your views to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the school.
Michael Kirby, Chair of Governors
In the last year the school’s governing body has seen four of its six parent governor positions refreshed with new parents. The new parent governors are Chris Adams, Tim Hyams, Joanna Quinlivan and Iain Playle who join the two existing ones Kevin Goodeve and Simon Williams. The four of us who are new to the role wanted to tell you a little bit about what a parent governor is, how we help the school and our first impressions of the job.
School governing bodies have existed for over 600 years with the first ever being at Winchester College. Nowadays, pretty much every school has one in some form or another. You can think of them as being a bit like the board of a company, broadly doing two important jobs. One is to provide strategic leadership (what should the school be like) and the other is to ensure accountability (making sure that everything is being done properly) for the school.
The governing body is made up of different types of governors. Some are from the wider community, some are staff members, some are the leadership team of the school and some are parents. This variety ensures a healthy range of views and opinions in the governing body. Parent governors are no different to any other type of governor – we just have children who attend the school and part of our role is to make sure that a parental viewpoint is reflected in the governing body.
It is still early days but all four of us have really enjoyed our time so far as parent governors. It has been more work than we expected, a lot to read, a lot to learn, training sessions to attend in evenings and induction training at the weekend, lots of discussions over email on issues, policies and challenges the school faces and probably more meetings than we would like.
We now have a much better appreciation of the work and effort that all the staff put into making your school work and how many little extras so many people contribute through volunteering their time in one way or another. After seeing this it is very rewarding to know that we can help do our bit by being governors trying to make a great school a little bit better.
Being a governor is rewarding and never boring. It does mean giving up a decent chunk of your spare time but if you are prepared to do this none of us would hesitate to recommend becoming a governor the next time a vacancy comes around.