Welcome back.

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.

Best wishes

Ms Bretherick

Accessing the blogs

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:

nursery.rushymeadow.education
reception.rushymeadow.education
y1.rushymeadow.education
y2.rushymeadow.education
y3.rushymeadow.education
y4.rushymeadow.education
y5.rushymeadow.education
y6.rushymeadow.education

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:

Y6  https://2019.rushymeadow.education/feed
Y5  https://2020.rushymeadow.education/feed
Y4  https://2021.rushymeadow.education/feed
Y3  https://2022.rushymeadow.education/feed
Y2  https://2023.rushymeadow.education/feed
Y1  https://2024.rushymeadow.education/feed
Reception  https://2025.rushymeadow.education/feed
Nursery  https://2026.rushymeadow.education/feed

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.

Alex Clark
CEO of Cirrus Primary Academy Trust

Summer holiday

Thank you for encouraging your children with their learning and your support for the school throughout this year.

I wish you all a safe and happy summer break.  I look forward to seeing you all in September.

Remember…the children return on Tuesday 4th September.

Best wishes,

Ms Bretherick

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Summer Fair!

Well done to everyone who helped to make yesterday’s Summer Fair a huge success.  I would particularly like to thank the PTA who worked extremely hard to ensure that the day was filled with fun and enjoyment.  Their organisation was fantastic.  Well done PTA!

I would also like to thank all of you who came along to support us.  Without you the day would not have been the success it was.  I hope you enjoyed the activities in the glorious sunshine.

I am sure that the day will have raised a wonderful amount of money that will go to providing enriching experiences and resources for all the pupils.

I look forward to seeing you all again at our Sports Days.

Best wishes,

Ms Bretherick

 

 

 

Summer time!

I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine that we seem to have every now and then!  Let’s hope it continues, particularly for our PTA Summer Fair that is taking place on Saturday 30th June.  Please put the date in your diary.  I know that the PTA are working extremely hard to make sure the event goes well and is a fun time for our whole school community.  I look forward to seeing you on the day.

Over the past few weeks the children in Year 6, Year 2 and Year 1 have completed their SATS and phonic testing.  The pupils have made a brilliant effort – well done to them and the teachers for their hard work too.

Thank you to those of you who were able to return your parent survey form.  Today I have sent all the surveys off to be analysed by an external company.  Many of the returned surveys included really encouraging views about the school.  This is wonderful to see.  I know that there are still things that we need to work on and get right – none of us in school are being complacent; we are all striving to do our very best.  Once I have the formal analysis I will share the headlines with you.

I have enclosed a link to a webpage that gives you information about the proposed changes to admission arrangements at Nonsuch High School for Girls.  Please click on this link: http://www.nonsuchschool.org/356/consultation-2018?preview

Finally, I hope to see many of you at the coffee mornings next week and do keep your eye on the school calendar so that you know about all the upcoming school events.

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Best wishes,

Ms Bretherick

What a busy week!

This week has been jam packed with all sorts of activities.  First of all I need to say well done to all our Y6 pupils who sat their SATs tests this week.  Their attitude and desire to do their very best was excellent .

We have had lots of year groups out on school trips this week and I know that the children enjoyed themselves.  I was delighted to hear that the lady who ran the Y3 workshop at the Ecology centre commented on the fantastic behaviour of the children.  This is brilliant news because it shows what wonderful ambassadors for our school the children were.

Next week promises to be just as busy with more trips, activities in school and Y6 away on their residential trip.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ms Bretherick

Attendance good news!

Welcome back to the summer term!  As I write this blog the rain is pouring and it is cold and breezy – it doesn’t feel much like summer is here.  Hopefully that will change very soon.

The good news that I want to share with you is that last week we achieved 96% attendance!  This is fantastic.  This is what Ofsted expect all schools to achieve but we have been struggling to get there, but last week we did it.  Well done to everyone who was in school last week.  Let’s hope we can keep it up.

This morning, in my assembly, I spoke to all the children about the importance of not wasting food.  We have particularly noticed that a lot of children who bring packed lunches are not eating them.  Some children are throwing away the contents of their lunch box.  From today, if the children do not eat the food in their lunch box they will be told to leave it in their box and take home,.  This way you can also monitor what and how much your child is eating.  The midday supervisors have also been told to monitor this and encourage the children to eat as much as they can.  Please visit our website to read some guidance on healthy packed lunches. Thank you for supporting us with this matter.

Finally, Mr O’Reilly has informed me that there are a number of scooters that have been left in the Key Stage 1 playground which have been there for a number of months now.  We think that they may be old scooters that are no longer wanted.  If they are not removed by the end of this week we will assume that they are no longer wanted.  Thank you.

Best wishes,

Ms Bretherick

 

Easter parade

It has been another busy week at Rushy.  At the start of the week we had a wonderful Easter hat parade from all the pupils in Year 1 and 2 .  The hats were amazing; colourful, intricate and even some with lights.  Well done children.  Thank you to all the parents and carers who were able to come along and support the parade.

This week we have run the book fair after school, and again, this was well supported.   The more books you buy, the more the book fair company donate to the school for new books for classrooms and the library.  Thank you.

Finally, I would like to request that for those of you who bring your children to school by car to be mindful of children crossing the roads.  This week a child was almost knocked over by a car that had parked across the dropped kerb on Rushy Meadow Lane.  Fortunately the child was not hurt but it is essential that cars are parked in the appropriate places and do not put pedestrians in danger.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ms Bretherick

Remember: The children finish school next Wednesday.  School will finish at the usual time.

Adverse weather conditions

We have taken the decision to remain closed on Friday 2nd March.

Closing the school is a difficult decision, and not taken lightly. We are fully aware of the implications for parents and we want to take the right decision. We have to consider whether we will have enough staff to run the school safely. Staff tend to live further away than the children. If we could all walk to school, then the decision might be different. Of course we have to ensure everyone can get home safely too. 

We have carefully considered the weather forecast (and it can be wrong) and we have looked at what other local schools are doing to help parents with siblings. 

It is important for parents that we take the decision as early as possible and stick to it. Parents may need to make other childcare arrangements and no one likes indecision. 

We may get it wrong – but we really do take the decision seriously and in good faith.

Stay safe and warm and we hopefully look forward to seeing you next week.

Ms Bretherick