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Mr Conway's Blog 2021-2022

Friday 17th September 2021

The end of another week, and as usual we finished off by celebrating the achievements of some of our learners with our celebration assembly!

 

At the start of the week, we welcomed all of our Nursery cohort to complete our full complement of classes. They have all settled in fantastically well, and are thoroughly enjoying their opportunity to explore their classroom and the outside area. Mrs Mutch and the team have been really impressed with the way that they have settled into life at Shephalbury Park.

 

On Thursday this week, we recognised National Teaching Assistants Day. The support staff in our school contribute immensely to the provision that we are able to offer to our community. I would like to thank them all for this, as I know how much difference they all make to life at Shephalbury Park.

Like many of you, I watched Emma Radacanu complete her fairytale win at the US Open. A fantastic achievement that has come about due to her hard work, dedication and confidence in her own abilities. Someone else who has put a lot of hard work and dedication into something recently is Mrs McKenzie. This weekend she will be tackling the London to Brighton bike ride in aid of Sepsis UK. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to hearing about her ride on Monday!

In my previous blog I requested that parents/carers and pupils read, discuss and understand our expectations of them with regards to their behaviour and commitment to learning as a part of our community and complete the online form. Thank you to those of you who have already completed this.

 

If you are yet to do so, please take a few minutes to read the document below with your child/ren and discuss it. Once you have done so please follow the link and complete the form.

Some of the more eagle eyed of you may have noticed that Mrs Lewis is expecting her second child. We are all delighted for her and her family and wish her well throughout her pregnancy!

 

Now onto our celebrations for the week. The catering for this week’s Bucket Filler’s tea party was provided by……, a huge thank you for the…. Those nominated by their teacher joined me for their treat and a drink, along with my weekly tea party questions!

 

A huge well done to the following children for being nominated by their teachers this week:

 

 

R: Melissa G

Y1: Finley

Y2: Molly

Y3: Olly

Y4: Amelia

Y5: Kian M

Y6: Luca

As well as Bucket Fillers, we have handed our Shephalbury LEARNER certificates, recognised those who have had a birthday this week, shared the attendance data and had a look at the house point totals.

 

As always our staff have seen pupils from around the school working hard to demonstrate the 7 attributes that make up a Shephalbury LEARNER, reflect, solve, create, grow, risk, think, stretch, grow and risk through the lessons and activities that they have participated in. The children listed below have been nominated by their teachers for being Shephalbury LEARNERS this week, a huge well done to each and every one of them:

 

Reception: Georgi - Grow

Year 1: Ronnie - Stretch                   Year 2: McKenzie - Reflect

Year 3: Ethan C - Stretch                               Year 4: Ethan - Stretch

Year 5: Summer - Grow                                Year 6: Raynie - Create

This week saw me hand out 2 Headteacher’s Awards.

 

The first one was for Louis (Y1) for his fantastic story plan. He used a story mountain to plan the story of Katie Morag delivers the mail, and could retell it in great detail. A great start to Year 1 Louis…well done!

Secondly was Dominica (N), who has only be with us for a week. Our Nursery learners have really enjoyed the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and Dominica created a brilliant picture that helped her to retell parts of the story. It was lovely to hear her describe the different parts to me. Great work Dominica…keep it up!

That brings us to the end of the week, I hope that you all have a restful weekend!

 

Ben Conway

Friday 10th September 2021

Good afternoon! We have arrived at the end of an unusually hot first full week of the 2021-2022 academic year and we are all settling into things really well.

 

We have welcomed all of our Reception class back to school this week. They have all had lots of fun exploring their new classroom, and reacquainting themselves with the EYFS garden area. Alongside this, many of them are experiencing our school meals for the first time as well. They have done a great job so far, and they have all proven themselves to have excellent manners in and around the dining hall.

 

Also joining us this week are our new Nursery class. They have all had the opportunity to spend two mornings with Mrs Mutch and the team getting to know each other and their new surroundings. They too have all done fantastically well and we are really proud of the start that all of them have made to their journey with us at Shephalbury Park.

It was lovely to be able to welcome many of you to meet the teachers at school this week. Our learners in all year groups have spent time getting to know and understand the new expectations in their year groups, and we know how much they enjoy being able to show you their learning environments. As a school, we thrive on the positive relationships we develop with all stakeholders, and are excited by the prospect of hopefully, being able to re-establish more opportunities to meet and share with you over this coming year.

 

On my journeys around school and into classrooms, I have already seen a fantastic array of learning taking place across the curriculum. Learners creating and using story maps for the development of their writing, learners challenging themselves at different levels in maths and learners accessing the wonderful array of books in our beautiful library. All classes have a purposeful and calm atmosphere, something that we should all be proud of!

 

At this time of year we request that parents/carers and pupils read, discuss and understand our expectations of them with regards to their behaviour and commitment to learning as a part of our community. Below you will find a copy of our Home School Agreement, please ensure that you read it together and understand the expectations that are set out in it. Once you have done this, please complete the survey (via the link below) to confirm that both you and your child/ren agree to uphold these expectations. Thank you all in advance!

Mrs Smith has been taking on the ‘One Million Step Challenge’ in aid of Diabetes UK over the last couple of months, and is very close to making it to two million steps! We would like to offer her our support in raising money for this very worthy charity. On Friday 24th September we will be having a wear blue to school day (non-school uniform, wear some blue clothes) in return for a £1 donation to supplement Mrs Smith’s efforts in raising money. Either pupils can bring their donation to school, or it can be made via the Gateway app.

 

If you would like to find out more about Diabetes UK and what your donation will be going towards please follow the link below:

Now onto our first celebrations of the year. This week inparticular held much excitement for many, as we saw the return of Mr Conway’s Bucket Fillers’ Tea Party for the first time in nearly 18 months. Those learners who are nominated by their teacher on a weekly basis get the chance to attend my office for a special tea party with cakes and drinks. It is always a highlight of my week, as is seeing what the other members of staff have baked/bought for the children.

 

A huge well done to the following children for being nominated by their teachers this week. They were all treated to some of Mr Conway’s very special chocolate chunk muffins:

 

 

R: Teddy-James

Y1: Skylar

Y2: Freddie

Y3: Sofia

Y4: James

Y5: Lewis

Y6: Richie

As well as Bucket Fillers, we have handed our Shephalbury LEARNER certificates, recognised those who have had a birthday this week, shared the attendance data and had a look at the house point totals.

 

As always our staff have seen pupils from around the school working hard to demonstrate the 7 attributes that make up a Shephalbury LEARNER, reflect, solve, create, grow, risk, think, stretch, grow and risk through the lessons and activities that they have participated in. The children listed below have been nominated by their teachers for being Shephalbury LEARNERS this week, a huge well done to each and every one of them:

 

Reception: Jaiden-Risk

Year 1: Daniel-Think                         Year 2: Emily-Stretch

Year 3: Roma-Create                         Year 4: Phoebe-Stretch

Year 5: Alessia-Solve                         Year 6: Henry-Solve

I have also handed out my first Headteacher’s award of the year this week. Joe (Y5) has really impressed with his drawing skills when recreating and image from a World War II poster. Well done Joe!

Next week sees the resumption of our extra-curricular clubs. We have seen a great uptake in some of these already, but there are a couple, which would really benefit a few more participants.

 

Girls’ football (Y3-6), tag rugby (Y5&6) and drama club (Y5&6) all have spaces available in them and would be beneficial to many. Participants need no prior experience, knowledge or special equipment…only a good attitude and a willingness to take part.

 

In addition to these, there are still a handful of spaces left in other clubs. Check out Schoolcomms to book a place before you make a payment.

 

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday,

Ben Conway

Welcome back to a new academic year at Shephalbury Park Primary School! It has been fantastic to see so many happy faces coming back to school over the last couple of days.

 

Our learners have returned in Years 1-6, and we have welcomed some new learners in our Reception class this week. We look forward to the rest of their class mates joining them next week, and our new Nursery learners starting their induction days next week as well.

We have also welcomed a few new members of staff to our team over the past couple of days, Miss Kenyon teaching Year 2, Miss Cordner teaching Year 6, Miss Stringer as a teaching assistant in Year 4 and Mrs Ashby as a support teaching assistant. We look forward to working with them all over the coming months and years!

 

In addition to our new members of staff is a member of staff with a name change…following her wedding during the summer Miss Lucas is now Mrs Mutch. Huge congratulations to Mrs Mutch and her husband on their wedding!

 

There have been a few a few other additions around the school over the summer, including some fantastic new graphics for our Shephalbury LEARNER principles and the installation of 2 Activ-alls (reaction wall games). We also have some incredible giant sunflowers that were planted by our new Year 2 pupils at the end of last year!

Upon returning to school this week, our learners in all classes have been getting to know the expectations and routines of their new year group. They are all settling back in well, and gearing up to prove themselves to be true Shephalbury LEARNERS and bucket fillers on a daily basis in and around our school.

Our classes will be using their own blogs as a regular method of sharing news, recognising great work and providing more information about what is happening in the curriculum. Keep an eye on these by following the link below:

We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor on our governing body. This is an important role that supports our school in providing the best opportunities for our learners, staff and wider community. A letter and nomination form has been emailed to all parents/carers on our mailing list. To find out more information regarding the role please contact me to discuss it further.

 

I am delighted that we will be able to begin offering a wide range of extra-curricular provision this term. Full details have been emailed out to all parents/carers. If you didn’t receive this you can download it below. All paid clubs must be booked online through the Gateway app, and will go live from 9am on the morning of Saturday 4th September.

My blog next week will include our first celebrations of the year, recognising Shephalbury LEARNERS, bucket fillers and a whole lot more.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Ben Conway

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