‘If you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you are right.’
This morning, in my assembly, I talked to the children about being determined, believing in themselves and, as George in Year 6 said, “having a positive mentality”.
I spoke to the children about how important it is to never give up. Maybe they can tell you about the examples I showed them where people did not give up. Here are 3 clues: football, Mount Kilamanjaro, child genius.
Hopefully the examples I shared inspired the children to have the willpower and self confidence to challenge themselves and to do their very best.
We want all the pupils to say to themselves “I can…”. Ask your child to tell you what they achieved today.
Just a few days to go until the half term break. This half term seems to have flown by, and we escaped without too much snow!
As you know, there has been lots going on in school this half term and there are still events happening this week. Last Friday we said farewell to Miss Poverello in Y5 but welcomed Ms Saunders. This week our Key Stage 1 choir will be singing at the Big Sing on Thursday. This is taking place in Cheam and I am sure the children will have a great time. We also have our Valentine Disco on Friday which is being organised by the PTA.
You will also want to know that Miss Heslop had a baby girl just over a week ago. Mum and baby are doing very well – we hope they can visit very soon.
You will be aware that I recently sent out two letters; one reminding everyone about our school uniform expectations. Thank you for supporting the school with this matter and ensuring that your children come to school looking smart and wearing the appropriate uniform. The other letter gave you some helpful suggestions of the questions to ask your children when they come home from school. Hopefully the ideas have generated discussion and given you an insight into your child’s day at school.
I wish you all a safe and happy half term break when it arrives on Friday and look forward to seeing the children return on Monday 25th February.
It’s 2019 and we are now back into the swing of things. The children have settled quickly into their learning. As always, it is a pleasure to see their eagerness to do their best each day.
Thank you to those of you who were able to come to our coffee mornings last week. It was good for our teachers to hear your views and ideas. We will always consider your suggestions for improving the way we do things.
We have a busy week coming up. Year 5 will be presenting their E-Safety performance to parents on Wednesday. We do hope that as many parents and family members will be able to come along. On Thursday the Key Stage 2 choir will be performing at the 02 in the annual Young Voices concert. This is always an incredible event and I am sure the children who are taking part will have a fantastic experience.
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.