Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year and managed to find enough time in the busy schedule to enjoy the company of friends and family. The children came back into school on Tuesday morning full of energy and stories for us about their experiences and it was great to welcome them back. Before the children got stuck into some great learning, we had our usual assembly to start the week and we took time to reflect on the Christmas break that many in our city and our region have endured. The unprecedented flooding that we have witnessed over the last few weeks has certainly caused a great deal of suffering and we paused to think about how lucky we have been not to be directly involved. What was very evident was how the community pulled together to help those in most need.

While we were all together, we talked about new year’s resolutions and we encouraged the children to reflect on a saying often attributed to Buddha that says:

“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.”

We reminded the children that they do not have to wait for January 1st each year to make changes that will improve things for themselves and those around them. Each day is a new start! So, let’s work for a more successful and happy year in 2016!


It is great to see the children lined up and ready to go into school at 8.45 each morning and I can confirm that learning starts as soon as they get into their classrooms. It is important that children don’t miss out on this quick start to the day. We still have a significant number of children who are regularly late for school, which means they are not getting to school before 9 a.m. Please make every effort to ensure that the children are in school on time so that they don’t miss important learning time.


Can I remind you that the entire school site is designated as a no smoking area and in our school that includes electronic devices such as E-cigarettes. Thank you for your cooperation.


These weekly events are proving very popular and they are back up and running for 2016. Texts will be sent out to families to alert them if their child is to receive a certificate but remember that anyone can come along and join us. They run on Fridays each week: Key Stage 1 at 2.45 p.m. and Key Stage 2 at 9.10 a.m.

Great Learning Assemblies

Great Learning Assemblies


Cubs 1   96.3%       Cubs 2   100%

Tigers   92.7%        Cheetahs   95.8%

Lynx   96.7%          Snow Leopards   93.3%

Penguins   94.2%          Dolphins   99.1%

Sharks   98.3%          Polar Bears   97.2%

Panthers   97.5%      Golden Eagles   100%

Jaguars   93.8%        Pumas   94%

With two classes achieving a brilliant 100% attendance this week (well done Golden Eagles and Cubs 2) our overall figure is 96.4%. This is a great start to the year so let’s see if we can keep it up until the summer!


Here is the first group of Stars for 2016. They were very proud to be the first winners this year and told us all about their achievements, some of which have come about as a result of New Year’s resolutions. The challenge now is to keep it up for the rest of the year. Can you do it? I know you can!

Stars of the Week @Café Clark

Stars of the Week
@Café Clark

Have a good weekend.

Steve Clark, Headteacher


Not much in the diary for this term so far but keep checking each week so that you don’t miss those important dates.


Thursday 11th – Come Dine with Me (Year 5 classes)

Friday 12th – School closes for half term

Monday 22nd – Training Day

Tuesday 23rd – School reopens for children after half term.

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