Today we celebrated Eid in school. Children have learnt about Eid in their lessons and at lunch time we shared a special Eid dinner prepared by our cook Gaynor and her team. Thank you to the parents who came to help.

Walk to School Week

As part of our Healthy School Initiative, we have been encouraging children to walk to school. This also includes park and stride where parents can park further away and then walk the rest of the way to school. I am at impressed by the number of families who are participating and look forward to giving out badges for the month of May. Today we had a visit from Strider, the walk to school mascot. I hope that this helps to keep you all motivated.

It was fantastic to see so many of our Reception Parents at our recent Numicon workshop in April. Thank you to Mrs Chrysler for organising the event. Many of you commented that the activities will help you to support your child better at home with their maths learning.

World Book Day 2017

I was so impressed by the effort everyone has gone to with dressing up as a book character. We started the day with a reading breakfast. It was such a great atmosphere in the hall with parents, grandparents and children all sharing books together. Please check the WOW blog to see the pictures. Thank you to all who supported this event. For the rest of the day, we have a whole school assembly planned and then a variety of classroom based activities all linked to reading.

Guess Who?

It has been a very busy start to the new term with lots of varied events. I was overwhelmed by the impact of our health and well-being event. I would like to thank all of our community partners who supported the event either in person and/or by providing prizes for the raffle. Feedback from parents was extremely positive and I know many of them came away with many practical ideas such as the types of foods they could use in a healthy packed lunch as well as how to keep their child safe on the internet to name but two. I hope those of you who visited the Pure Gym stand have made use of your free gym passes!

The children in Class 1 were absolute stars in their learning assembly. I was impressed by their Talk 4 Learning story telling and look forward to seeing how this impacts on their writing. Well done Class 1.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Y6 performances of the Tempest and Macbeth on Monday. The children performed at the Contact Theatre back in November with this performance in school for those parents who were unable to make the performance in Manchester. Although a few months have passed since the original performance, the children did themselves and the school proud.

Our Y2 SATs meeting was attended by about 50% of parents. If you were unable to attend one of the sessions, please let a member of staff know and they will be happy to talk you through the information. Don’t forget that we have the Y6 SATs meeting this Wednesday at 3.30pm.

Beth Tweddle visits Gorse Hill Primary School

We were thrilled to receive a visit from Beth Tweddle yesterday. The children asked her some interesting questions and found out that Beth had been training since she was 8 years old and had performed all over the World. She said that as a child, she looked up to Dame Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe. We are looking forward to running the Beth Tweddle Gymnastics programme in our curriculum and as an after school club in the new year.

Half-term Building Work

Work to the boilers started over half term. A temporary boiler room has been set up whilst the old boilers are removed and new boilers are installed. Fortunately, the work can be contained to a very small area which is not intrusive.

Decoration to leak damaged ceilings and walls across the school has been completed. New carpets have been fitted to the lower junior and KS1 corridors.

Well-being Wednesday

I am looking forward to our first ‘Well-being Wednesday’ next week. All of the children will be involved in yoga workshops and staff will also be leading other mindfulness activities with their classes. Don’t forget to ask your child to demonstrate some of the techniques they have learnt to help them to relax.