Headteacher's Newsletter - July 2017
Final newsletter of 2016 - 2017
We come to the end of another very successful and busy year at Lingfield.
Saying “goodbye” is always sad for us at Lingfield as we have developed such great relationships with the children in our care. At our final assembly today, Year 6 showed how eloquent and emotionally intelligent they are as they articulated, in front of the whole school, their feelings about leaving. Here is an example from Milla with words of wisdom to her buddy in Year 1:
“When I was in Year 5 you lit up my eyes and made my break and lunch exciting. Keep your quirks, ginger hair, smiles and laugh. Keep your friends and family close. Love school and be kind to everyone.”
The rest of the school from Year 1 to Year 5 thanked Year 6 for their excellent contribution. Lauren in Year 4 said:
“Dear Year 6, thank you for making this school a better place and you have been the best.”
I would like to reiterate Lauren’s comment and wish our Year 6 lots of luck from all of us at Lingfield. Not only did they manage their SATs with confidence and resilience, most importantly they have been a wonderful year group to have as the oldest children in the school. Goodbye Year 6 – we will miss you!
This year we also say goodbye to Miss Males, Miss Griffin, Mr Souter, Mrs Boughtflower and Mrs Yates. Miss Males is studying for a PGCE, Miss Griffin is moving to another school, Mr Souter is leaving to pursue a science career, Mrs Boughtflower is taking on a Year 3 teaching position in another Surrey school and Mrs Yates is retiring after many years as a teaching assistant at Lingfield. (Many of our children are now keen and competent readers as a result of Mrs Yates’ dedication to the importance of learning to read.) I know that many children and parents will be sad to see them go and I would like to add my thanks to all of them for being a highly valued part of the Lingfield team.
We are expecting all of our children back on the first day of term: Wednesday 6th September. Attendance and punctuality are the major areas of school improvement required for 2017-2018 and you will be aware from my June newsletter that we are now working with WPA Education Welfare Services to ensure our attendance improves. Some families have already been invited in to see Jane Westwood, Education Welfare Officer, and this work will continue from September until our attendance improves to appropriate levels. The Lingfield Attendance Policy states that pupils are expected to attend school 100% of the time, unless the absence is authorised by the Headteacher and parents have signed our Lingfield School Charter to state that you will ensure good attendance for your child. For any family not supporting their child’s education, penalty notices will be issued for periods of unauthorised leave of absence of 5 days or more. Next academic year, as well as rewarding the best attending class on a weekly basis, we will be celebrating all children who achieve 100% attendance each term and will have an overall prize at the end of the year for our best attenders. Research shows that children with excellent attendance (97% or more) get the best grades and have better prospects for the future. Pupils also get into the habit of attending school even if they have a cold or feel a little under-the–weather, habits that will stand them in good stead for the future.
Thanks to our LPSA for the superb Summer Fair which, as well as being a great occasion, raised over £5000 for the school. You will already have noticed our lovely new outside library on the small playground and our new Forest Schools area outside year 3 and 4. As a result of the LPSA’s hard work, we will now be able to update and improve other areas of our outside provision. I would like to say a personal thanks to Seonaid Bentley and her team for making this happen and improving Lingfield Primary for all our children.
Our Big Five Challenge was similarly successful, raising nearly £1000 from the children’s small businesses (expertly aided by parents!) Each Tuesday after school, it was a joy to see everyone so engaged in the businesses they had planned and developed. The children have already stated that they would like an outdoor tree-house financed by this money. Watch this space!
We are looking forward to the launch of our own after school “Fun Club:” so named by the children. Due to requests from parents, Mrs Gull and Mrs Kenrick started the club early, for the last two weeks of this term, to ensure that no family was inconvenienced. However, our new equipment is ready for our big launch in September. Again, all funds raised from any of our extra-curricular provision directly benefit the technology, outdoor provision and enhanced opportunities we are able to offer our children.
Finally, many thanks for all your support this year. As our Parent Charter states, success at school relies on a trusting partnership between home and school. We have gone a long way this year to ensure our children have every opportunity to be the best they can be and I look forward to continuing this journey in September. I hope every Lingfield family has a happy and healthy holiday. Your Meet the New Team letter has useful ideas for keeping learning going over the summer.
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