4 September 2015
Welcome back everyone! I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and have managed to spend some quality time with your families. The children have all been very excited this week: full of news from their holidays and excitement about the new term.
We welcome new families
I would like to offer a very warm welcome to all our new starters and families. We are delighted to invite you to our Parents’ Coffee Morning on Friday 18th September.
Nursery: Samira, Esme, Sara, Scarlett, Sienna, Violet, Henry, Zoya, Emily, Eva, Nathan and Melissa
Reception: Anoush, Evie, Yusuf, William, Joshua and Taylor
Year 1: Danial Year 2: Hashbala Year 3: Francesca and Yawar Year 4: Elizabeth
Year 5: Oliver, Mohamed and Aqil.
We welcome new staff
A warm welcome also to Mr Sheppeck, our new Deputy Head and Year 4 teacher; Miss McShane our new Coordinator of PE and Games, Mrs Leigh our new Bursar, Miss Elstone, Miss Smart and Miss Winder our new Nursery Nurses.
Mrs Hewins has now taken on the role of Director of Studies with the main responsibility of continuity of practice across the school.
We welcome a new Head Boy and Head Girl
I would like to congratulate Angi and Matthew who have been chosen to be our Head Girl and Head Boy for this academic year.
Manahil has been chosen as Girls’ Sports’ Captain for the year and Harry is our Captain of football.
25 Years at Highfield!
Miss Macklam received a very special award on Wednesday, in Assembly, for 25 years’ service to the school. I would like to thank her on behalf of the whole Highfield community for all her hard work and her incredible commitment to Highfield Priory School.
The building of the new all-weather pitch is well underway and we hope to have full access to it later this term. Thank you to all parents who are parking off the school site and are walking up to school to drop off or collect your children. This has relieved pressure on the car park. Once the all-weather pitch has been completed, there will be more places created on the playing field.
Your child’s safety is of paramount importance to us and we are continually looking at ways to improve the security of the school. Not all staff know all of our parents in the school and they are required to challenge unknown adults on the school premises. It would be very helpful if all parents could vacate the corridors as soon as you have dropped off your children. If you need to have a conversation with another parent, could you please have it in the playground or in our dining room. Thank you for your cooperation.
Changes to Assessment at Highfield (Year 1- Year 6)
Assessment is changing this year at Highfield to link in with the changes made by the Department of Education at the end of the last academic year. This is explained on the attached sheet and will be explained in more detail at your child’s curriculum evening.
Curriculum Evening Dates for the Diary: all begin at 6.30pm
Y3 – 7 September
Y1 – 8 September
Y4 – 10 September
Y5 – 15 September
This will give you a chance to find out what your child is studying this year and meet their new teacher.
We have a lot of uniform and games kit left over from last term. This will be on display in the Sports Hall after school next week. Please could you make sure all items of clothing are clearly named.
Thought for the Week
J M Duke