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Friday 30th September 2022

As we make it to the end of our first month back at school we waved a temporary farewell today to our Year 6 learners. They have embarked on a weekend of team building, fun and experiences in Suffolk. We hope that they all have a fantastic time and make the most of the wonderful experience that is on offer to them!

A huge thank you to everyone in our community who contributed in one way or another to our Macmillan cake sales yesterday and today. People very kindly donated cakes, monetary donations were made online and everyone enjoyed their tasty break time treat. I will update you all in due course of the total raised.

Our home school agreement was circulated at our curriculum meetings and sent home to those who were unable to attend. Each year we request that you read our home school agreement for yourself and share it with your children. This document outlines the responsibilities of each of our key stakeholders (our school, our learners and our parents/carers) in supporting the school and the education of our community. Once you have done this, please ensure that you complete our survey to confirm that you, and your child/ren, will uphold your part of the agreement.

Now onto our celebrations for the week. This week Mrs Cargill provided a range of cupcakes for Bucket Filler’s tea party, thank you very much! Those nominated by their teacher joined Mrs Dean for their treat and a drink!

 

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

 

N: Matilda

R: Lola

Y1: Ralph

Y2: Henry F

Y3: Tommy

Y4: Maia

Y5: Laura

Y6: -

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 and stretch 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:

N: -

R: Taylor – Reflect

Y1: Melissa G – Create

Y2: Elijah – Create

Y3: Lenny B – Reflect

Y4: Ethan – Solve

Y5: Melody - Stretch

Y6: -

 

Phil Good’s question this week this week was ‘Can you still love someone who isn’t around?’

 

Mrs McKenzie and Mrs Dean were blown away with the thoughtfulness of this week’s answers. It goes a long way to demonstrating how considerate our community of learners are towards each other. The recipients of the Golden Tickets of their well thought out answers were: Fredrico (Y4), Seth (Y5) and Mina (Y4)

This week I have handed out 4 Headteacher’s awards, for some excellent writing and maths work.

 

Both Alfie T and Emily (Y3) have been working hard on producing high quality writing as they have entered the juniors. This week one of their independent tasks was to write a part of their Paddington story with a variety of sentence structures. Both of them wrote fantastically well and read their work with confidence and expression. Well done both of you!

 

In Year 1 Sebastian and Oliver have been raising their maths game now that they are in key stage 1. In their first lesson exploring addition the boys used the manipulatives available to them and independently recorded their work very neatly in their books. A brilliant start to Year 1 boys…keep it up!

I hope that you enjoy the weekend see you all on Monday.

Ben Conway

Friday 23rd September 2022

The end of our shortened week and having spoken to many of our learners around school, it is clear that many of them have learnt much about our royal family and some of the traditions that are quite unique to our country. We have had many families pay their respects in their own way, with some visiting London to see the flower tributes and others writing letters to King Charles III. The events of the past couple of weeks have provided us all with a period of reflection, and a real life history lesson as we have experienced the pomp and pageantry first hand.

This week also saw the first meeting of community members, looking to support our school by restarting the Friends of Shephalbury Park (FOSP). It was great to have a core group of volunteers willing to give up their time to arrange community events and raise much needed funds for school. Please read the letter below to find out about the first events coming up this term:

As always, I have had the pleasure of spending lots of time in classes across the school during the week. Everywhere I have been there has been fantastic engagement from learners, challenging activities for everyone and tailored learning for all. Our learners in Nursery and Reception continue to settle into the daily life of school fantastically well and continue to build relationships with their new friends.

 

Our home school agreement was circulated at our curriculum meetings and sent home to those who were unable to attend. Each year we request that you read our home school agreement for yourself and share it with your children. This document outlines the responsibilities of each of our key stakeholders (our school, our learners and our parents/carers) in supporting the school and the education of our community. Once you have done this, please ensure that you complete our survey to confirm that you, and your child/ren, will uphold your part of the agreement.

Now onto our celebrations for the week. This week Miss Gibson provided us with a 'Cuthbert the Caterpillar' for Bucket Filler’s tea party, thank you very much! Those nominated by their teacher joined me for their treat and a drink, along with my new weekly tea party questions!

 

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

 

N: Kane

R: Emily

Y1: Katalea

Y2: Isabella

Y3: Jaden

Y4: Oscar

Y5: Emmie

Y6: Jessie-Mae

As well as Bucket Fillers, we have handed our Shephalbury LEARNER certificates, 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 and stretch 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:

N: -

R: -

Y1: Isabelle- Stretch

Y2: Alys- Stretch

Y3: Kyla D- Stretch

Y4: Emilia- Grow

Y5: George P- Solve

Y6: Jayden- Reflect

Phil Good’s question this week this week was posed by Daniel (Y2)  who wanted some advice, and there were loads of great answers …‘What would you do if your older sibling was screaming or having a tantrum?’

 

Mrs McKenzie and Daniel were blown away with the quality and quantity of the answers being provided by learners in all year groups. The recipients of the Golden Tickets of their well thought out answers were:

 

Skylar Y2: “Go up to my room and shut the door and watch my TV.”

 

Lilly Y4: “I would try and calm them down because you are related and you love them.”

 

Roma Y4: “I would say ‘what’s wrong?’ and if I can I would help them and make them feel better.”

This week has seen a boom in Headteacher’s awards, having handed out 8 to learners across the school.

 

First this week was Lewis (Y1) who has been working really hard in his art lessons. Lewis has been developing his pencil grip and control when drawing, and produced this fantastic drawing of a hamster. Well done Lewis…keep up the hard work!

The next 4 awards were all for members of our Year 3 class. We all know that moving from the infants and juniors can be a real challenge in itself, and the following recipients have been working hard at home to prepare themselves for their journey through key stage 2. Charlie completed Mrs Dean and Phil Good’s Summer Challenge and told us all about it. Olivia has been using her writing and rhyming skills at home, creating a fantastic poem. Emma is really enjoying learning about Pompeii in guided reading at the moment and was inspired to go home and carry out some research to provide her with extra information. Finally in Year 3 is Eliannah who wrote a lovely recount of her trip into London last week, visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum and paying her respects to Queen Elizabeth II in Green Park. Awesome work guys…well done!

One of our newest and youngest learners visited me this week for his story telling skills. Ernie (YN) retold The Bear Under the Stairs to myself and Mrs Dean, using some brilliant intonation and expression. What a great way to start your journey at Shephalbury Park…amazing work Ernie!

 

The final two awards were for more of our learners putting in extra effort to further themselves at home. Alys (Y2) was awarded her Headteacher’s award for her fabulous summer challenge work. While Sofia (Y4) has taken her maths learning home this week, challenging herself with Roman Numerals (and beating Google in the process!). A huge well done to both of you…we are proud of you all!

I hope that you enjoy the weekend see you all on Monday.

 

Ben Conway

Friday 16th September 2022

As we come to the end of a very poignant week in our country’s history, there is a lot for us all to reflect upon. As you will know we will be closed on Monday as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II, and for everyone to be able to watch her funeral. Whether we are royalists or not, there is so much to admire about a person who devoted over 7 decades of their life to serve others. It has been fascinating seeing the proceedings linked to The Queen’s passing, and I hope that you have taken the time to discuss and share this with your families at home.

 

“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it has left you.”

Learning across the school has kicked off with a bang in all classes…we have welcomed and settled our new Shephalbury LEARNERS into Nursery and Reception, and begun delving into our curriculum across the school. Years 5 & 6 have already been on an educational visit to supplement their learning about the Victorian era, which was highly engaging and enjoyed by all.

Our wide range of extra-curricular clubs has also begun this week, with 15 different activities taking place after school throughout the week. There may still be some spaces available if your child isn’t already booked into anything. Please contact Mrs Body for more information.

 

It was great to be able to open up our doors for our first face to face curriculum meetings for the last couple of years. Thank you to those who were able to attend to find out more about the year ahead in each class, the expectations and to find out how you can best support your children at home.

 

If you were unable to attend, the presentations given by our staff will be uploaded onto their class pages, and your child will have been sent home with any paper copies handed out.

One of the items given out was our home school agreement. Each year we request that you read our home school agreement for yourself and share it with your children. This document outlines the responsibilities of each of our key stakeholders (our school, our learners and our parents/carers) in supporting the school and the education of our community. Once you have done this, please ensure that you complete our survey to confirm that you, and your child/ren, will uphold your part of the agreement.

As a school, we have not had a PTA during my time at Shephalbury Park. When I first joined we got a good working party together who were working towards reinstating one, however COVID managed to quash the progress that was made. Having a PTA adds many positive elements to the school community- fun events, community cohesion, and much needed funding to enrich the learning at school. With this in mind we will be holding an initial meeting on Wednesday 21st September at 6pm, with myself and Mrs Dean to see how much interest there is amongst the wider community and look at the next steps in initiating the potential set up.

 

I would appreciate if you could click the link below to let us know that you’re coming so that we can plan the meeting appropriately. If you are interested in being a part of a working party but unable to make the meeting, please also let me know via the link below:

Now onto our celebrations for the week. This week Mrs Cargill provided a range of cupcakes for Bucket Filler’s tea party, thank you very much! Those nominated by their teacher joined Mrs Dean this week for their treat and a drink, along with my new weekly tea party questions!

 

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

 

N: -

R: Matthew

Y1: Jaden

Y2: Elliot

Y3:  Lillyanna

Y4: Ali-May

Y5: James

Y6: Alex

As well as Bucket Fillers, we have handed our Shephalbury LEARNER certificates, 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 and stretch 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:

N: -

R: -

Y1: Albert - Stretch

Y2: Finley - Grow

Y3: Zaki - Reflect

Y4: Ephraim - Think

Y5:  Phoebe - Stretch

Y6: Jenson - Stretch

Phil Good’s question this week this week has created some interesting discussions…‘What was the funniest thing that you have ever seen?’

 

As always Mrs Dean and Mrs McKenzie were blown away with the quality and quantity of the answers being provided by learners in all year groups. The recipients of the Golden Tickets of their well thought out answers were:

 

Darcie YR: “The funny pea- I tried to eat him and he jumped over my spoon and now he is stuck under my fridge like the runaway pea!”

 

Alfie Y1: “When there was a whoopee cushion on the chair and Mrs Lee sat on it!”

 

Kian M Y6: “My dad slipped into a pool.”

Once again, there have been no Headteacher’s awards this week, but I know from having visited all of classes throughout the week, how hard all of our learners are working to settle into their new surroundings and start the year well.

 

I hope that you enjoy the weekend and make the most of reflecting on the life of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday. I look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Tuesday.

 

Ben Conway

Friday 9th September 2022

Welcome back and happy new academic year to you all.

 

I feel it only right to begin with the sad news that greeted us all yesterday evening. For most within our school community we have never known a world without Queen Elizabeth II, she has been a constant and consistent figure head for our country through tough times as well as the good. The celebrations earlier this year, for her Platinum Jubilee, went a long way to demonstrate how much love, affection and gratitude there is in our community, across the nation and in the wider world, for the role that she performed and the values that she embodied. There is much that we can learn from the selflessness, commitment and consistency that she showed throughout her reign as the longest serving monarch our nation has seen, and her life will be well remembered by those who have lived through it.

 

“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are determined to struggle for a better future”

Queen Elizabeth II

It has been lovely to see so many smiling, happy faces returning to school after the holidays. I know from having spoken to many of our learners over the last couple of days, that many of them have had a range of lovely experiences, that they have been keen to share, during the summer.

 

Learners across the school have settled back in well, and everyone is eager to go! All classes have been full steam ahead with their learning and there are many exciting things lined up over the coming weeks and months, both in and out of the curriculum.

 

As always our Shephalbury LEARNER attributes and growth mindset principles are woven throughout our school, encouraging our learners to develop good quality learning behaviours. I encourage you to discuss these at home and support your child in embracing and demonstrating these on a daily basis.

We look forward to welcoming parents and carers to school next week to curriculum meetings for Years 1-6. These will be held before pick up on Tuesday and Thursday, and will begin promptly at 2.45pm. You will have the chance to hear from your child’s teacher and find out about the expectations and plans for the year ahead.

 

If you are unable to make the meetings some of the paperwork will be sent home for you, and the presentations will be uploaded onto the class blogs.

 

At these meetings you will receive a copy of our home school agreement. Each year we request that you read our home school agreement for yourself and share it with your children. This document outlines the responsibilities of each of our key stakeholders (our school, our learners and our parents/carers) in supporting the school and the education of our community. Once you have done this, please ensure that you complete our survey to confirm that you, and your child/ren, will uphold your part of the agreement.

As a school, we have not had a PTA during my time at Shephalbury Park. When I first joined we got a good working party together who were working towards reinstating one, however COVID managed to quash the progress that was made. Having a PTA adds many positive elements to the school community- fun events, community cohesion, and much needed funding to enrich the learning at school. With this in mind we will be holding an initial meeting on Wednesday 21st September at 6pm, with myself and Mrs Dean to see how much interest there is amongst the wider community and look at the next steps in initiating the potential set up.

 

I would appreciate if you could click the link below to let us know that you’re coming so that we can plan the meeting appropriately. If you are interested in being a part of a working party but unable to make the meeting, please also let me know via the link below:

Now onto our celebrations for the week. This week Mr Conway provided some very basic cupcakes for Bucket Filler’s tea party! Those nominated by their teacher joined me for their treat and a drink, along with my new weekly tea party questions!

 

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

 

N: -

R: Louie

Y1: Sophie

Y2: Charlie

Y3: Autumn

Y4: Lilly

Y5: Caleb

Y6: Hannah

As well as Bucket Fillers, we have handed our Shephalbury LEARNER certificates, 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 and stretch 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:

N: -

R: -

Y1: Teddy - Create

Y2: Eric - Reflect

Y3: Lilly - Risk

Y4: Bella - Create

Y5: Riley - Create

Y6: Max - Think

There are no Headteacher’s awards this week, but I would like to give a couple of special mentions.

 

Firstly to Charlie (Y3), who I happened to bump into in Greenwich last weekend. We were both participating in the London Marathon Events ‘Big Mile’ race, which finished at The Cutty Sark. Whilst I was there running with my children for fun, Charlie was there running to raise money for a cancer charity, a very worthy cause. Well done Charlie…maybe one day we will see you running in the London Marathon!?

And finally to Mina (Y4), who you may see if you are out and about on your travels in the near future as she is currently appearing in a national advert campaign for Dairylea.

I hope that you have a fantastic weekend and look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday!

 

Ben Conway

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