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Week 4 Friday 29 September

I have had such a busy week with lots of exciting things to do. I had the great pleasure of spending three quality days and two nights with our adorable Year 5 in Holt Hall Norfolk. We did lots of team building activities getting to know each others strengths. My Fitbit recorded an average of 4 hours sleep but calculated over 15 miles walked over the time there. Each child was a pleasure to be with and tried out everything on offer. There were so many highlights and lots of giggles. The experience of one very big sleepover with friends was a way of finding out about school pals they have know for years but never spend lots of time outside school time with.


On Thursday I had such a welcome back from the rest of the school and was able to hear about all the things I had missed. The staff under the leadership of Miss De La Salle did wonders to cover for the eight team members missing. I thank them for the extra work they had.


On Friday our Year 4 children impressed their parents by recalling facts about Anglo Saxons and singing songs as a great way to recall key dates and monarchy. It is a great joy to me to see how confident they are becoming as they move through the Key Stage.

Do watch the assembly video on the website.


We then had our big coffee morning raising £180 for Macmillan nurses thanks to some very generous donations. 

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Week three 22 September

I have had an adorable week with lots of opportunities to teach our wonderful children. Ducks class were so impressive with their spelling knowledge and remembering about creating electrical circuits.   I was able to join them on the daily mile but only managed a shorter jog compared to what they achieve. I thank some Year 5 children who told me that I had done well for a first try.

I have dined each day with different children and over our lunch chats I managed to discover what life is really like in our school from a child’s point of view.

I have met with Year 5 children to plan the finer details for our three day trip starting Monday. All that is left now is for my packing.

I led a wonderful Principal’s assembly which was translated into Spanish by Miss Hidalgo Swans Class Teacher. The children were highly impressed hearing each sentence in two languages. We celebrated our old uniform being used in a village school in Nigeria and were in awe and wonder as a new Reception child read to the whole school an unseen first page of a chapter book from the library.

My week was completed by a business lunch with the senior pupil leaders.

All in all a great week with some great people.

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Principal's Blog Week 2 Friday 15 September

I have had such a wide variety of learning experiences with the children this week at lunchtimes, out and about at play and teaching. They are so settled with their new classes and teachers are reporting how impressed they are with the way they are getting on with their work. Our specialist teaching in Spanish, Computing and Sports is working very well and the children are showing the same high levels of respect to every adult involved.

Our very new EYFS children started this week and they look so cute in their uniforms. They have loved their time with us and by Friday were confident enough to stand up and say their names to the whole school in Principal's Awards Assembly.

Thank you to all the parents who attended a year group talk as we feel you will now have things better explained. The turnout was 85% across the school which is highly impressive. I thank Miss De La Salle for working on the complicated process of producing a yearly plan for six cohorts.

A suggestion for recycling our uniforms and other resources such as plimsols or wellies within our community was received from a Year 4 parents so Mrs Quilty as our Community Links Director will get on and arrange this for us.

We have had some delightful news that we have been awarded a Silver Science Mark Award for our school. In the whole country amongst primary schools there are only 300 schools with a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award so it is very special indeed for all our excellent work. I thank Miss Whitehead for co-ordinating and leading science so well to gain this special status.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Dr Sue Attard

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Thursday 7 September Welcome back

It is amazing to see all our Year 1 to 5 children back at school and ready to learn lots of new things. They have settled in very well and are renewing their friendship with each other. Their level of enthusiasm is very high and I am sure by the end of the week they will all feel quite exhausted.

I hope you have a good weekend.

Dr Sue Attard

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