Head Teachers Update

lynn harrison

Hello and welcome to the autumn term Headteacher’s update.

I cannot believe it is already November!

As many of you are aware the last 7 weeks have been slightly busy without an Admin Officer in the school office. The staff at school, (in particular Mrs Lupton) and our I.T company, Interfire, have rallied round and helped me to cover my teaching duties and the office matters!

Thankfully, our new Business and Finance officer is in place and already things are running much more smoothly! Welcome to the team Mrs Lawson!

In terms of teaching and learning the first half term was as usual, packed with exciting events. Class 3 went swimming each week; NSPCC came into to deliver the Speak out, Stay Safe workshops for pupils and one for parents.

Years 5 and 6, took part in the netball tournament and the new Rota Kids were appointed.

As always, the MacMillan Coffee Afternoon was well supported, and we raised over £400 in just a couple of hours!

Class Two went to Newcastle to visit the Hindu Temple and Class three went to Tullie House for an Egyptian experience!

One Saturday in October, I enjoyed the post of  ‘temporary manager’ for  the school football team at in interschool tournament! Truth be told, I was so relieved when 2 ex-pupils turned up with a match playbook in hand, that meant that I could hand over all responsibility to them! They did such a good job. It was so lovely that past pupils would even consider giving up their Saturday morning to help in such a way. Thank you Matthew and Joe!

We invited all the parents of Reception children to lunch so that they could see how big and grown up their children had become.

We held our annual Harvest Festival in the Church. The older pupils distributed the harvest gifts to the older residents of our village and these hampers were very much appreciated. The thank you cards, letters and chocolates for the children that we received were testament to that!

Classes One and Two held their termly assemblies for parents, with Class Three’s assembly scheduled shortly.

This first week back saw the Rota Kids’ first fundraising event – The Halloween Disco, which raised £100 which will go towards the year-long target of £600. This will be raised jointly for Carlisle MIND and Make A Wish Foundation.

We are looking forward to concluding our 5 WW1 project with a whole school mural on the new playground wall, and after that……….. well, it will be time for CHRISTMAS!!!!

Best wishes for the term ahead,

Lynn Harrison

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