There has been a genuine festive atmosphere in school the past few weeks. The children have enjoyed many exciting and enjoyable activities which I hope they have told you about . Now the Christmas holiday has finally arrived!
Today we said farewell to two members of staff, Miss Yaddalee, who has been teaching in Ash class this half term and Miss Panners, our Reception class teacher. Everyone at Rushy wishes them well as they embark on new and different activities.
Finally, I wish you an enjoyable Christmas and look forward to seeing the children back in school on TUESDAY 8TH JANUARY.
Wow! There is a ‘Christmassy’ atmosphere in school today…we have our Santa’s grotto for the children to visit. It looks amazing! The PTA have done a fantastic job in preparing it. I hope your children come home and tell you all about their visit to the grotto to see Father Christmas.
I would also like to say a huge thank you for your kind donations to Save The Children Fund for our Christmas Jumper Day. The children have been very proud to show off their sparkly, flashing, furry, jingly jumpers. Please visit your class blog to see some of the photos from the day.
All last week many of our Y6 pupils were away on their residential at Hindleap Warren. I was lucky enough to be able to join them for one day. Despite the rain I had a great day and it was lovely to see the children thoroughly enjoying themselves. They spent the whole week trying activities which challenged them as well as having lots of fun. I had a go at the archery[!] and made an unimpressive start by shooting my arrow into the ceiling. The children were a lot better than me!
Thank you to all the children who behaved brilliantly and made the staff proud. I would also like to say a huge thank you to all the Rushy staff who were there too, particularly those who were there for the whole week.
Many of you will be aware that this week is Anti-bullying week. This year ‘Choose Respect’ is the theme. Most schools across the country will have a focus on this.
Here at Rushy, the children will be taking part in a range of activities over the week linked to anti-bullying. Activities include: The wall of respect, writing an acrostic poem on the theme of ‘choose respect’ and designing a ‘respect’ wristband. Assemblies on Tuesday will have a bullying/anti-bullying focus, and we will be looking out for children who ‘choose respect’ over the week.
Please ask your child to share what they have learnt this week. They should be able to explain what bullying is, what to do if worried about bullying, and know that they are in control over the way they behave and treat others.
Next week we will be holding coffee mornings for each year group. Please do come into school after dropping your children off. We enjoy seeing you in school and having the opportunity to talk with you. It is also an opportunity for you to talk to other parents.
The dates are:
Monday 5th November, 8.45 – 9.30 Nursery and Reception
Tuesday 6th November, 8.45 – 9.30 Year 1 and Year 2
Wednesday 7th November, 8.45 – 9.30 Year 3 and Year 4
Thursday 8th November, 8.45 – 9.30 Year 5 and Year 6
We are almost at the end of our first half term. The children have already had many interesting and exciting experiences. A highlight last week was the Key Stage 1 performance of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ where the children performed brilliantly. We were all very proud of them. It was lovely to see so many of you in the hall to support the children, in fact there was almost 100 people in the audience!
This Thursday is our Parent Consultation day. Please remember to collect your child at 1:00pm.
On Friday we finish school at the usual time. Please remember that the children return to school on TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER.
Our Twitter feed is now active again. If you have a Twitter account, you can follow us by searching for Rushy Meadow Primary Academy or @Rushy_Meadow. If you don’t have an account we are hoping that our Twitter feed will soon be available to view on the homepage of our website.
Twitter is a fantastic way for us to raise our profile within Sutton and within the Cirrus Trust. Most schools in our area have a Twitter feed and use it to publicise achievements, news and reminders.
Please note that Twitter will not replace our normal channels of communication. Any information you need to know will still be sent home by letter or be included in your child’s year group blog posts.
This morning we had our Macmillan coffee morning and our PTA AGM. It was lovely to see so many of you at both of these events. I am excited to know that more people have joined the PTA this year and will build on the success of last year. Thank you for your support.
It has been lovely to welcome the children back to school today. There have been lots of happy smiling faces around school and the children looked smart and proud in their uniform. I hope they come home and tell you about their experiences in their new class.
Please read the newsletter that is being sent home today as it gives you important information about events and arrangements for school drop off and pick up. Remember, the newsletter can also be found on our website along with our class blogs that keep you informed about activities and learning in the classrooms.
Our blogs enable parents to find out what their children have been doing at school and to see what the next steps are in their child’s learning, which enables more conversations and involvement at home with learning.
The blogs celebrate children’s learning, and you may wish to send links to other relatives so that they can also be involved in what is happening. We have strict guidelines for staff on using the blogs and safeguarding is our top priority. If we ever post anything that you do not feel should be on the blog, please let us know and it will be removed immediately (e.g. photographs).
All of our blogs may be accessed from the main blog site at rushymeadow.education – when you type that into a browser, please type it into the address bar at the top, and not a Google search bar or similar. Each blog is identified by the year that the children in that group will leave the academy. For example, this year’s Y6 leave in 2019, so their actual blog can be accessed directly at 2019.rushymeadow.education
You may also access your child’s blog using their year, ie:
You will see the actual address of this blog by looking in your address bar now.
If you have more than one child attending the academy, you will want to keep an eye on several blogs. You may wish to bookmark the relevant sites in your browser, but we expect that many parents will wish to be kept updated through their mobile devices.
Good news! – each blog sends what’s known as an RSS feed. A feed is a function of special software that allows feedreaders to access a site, automatically looking for new content and then posting the information about new content and updates to another site. This provides a way for users to keep up with the latest information posted on different blogging sites. The address for each feed is:
If you want to be notified whenever something new is posted, use an RSS reader on your computer or mobile device. There are apps for iPhones and Android, and plenty of browser-based readers. Some will even email you when you get new content. Just search on the internet for RSS Reader.
We know these blogs will become an integrated means of our academy communicating with you and for you to be involved in what we are doing.