Another huge week for us at the school this week. It is important that I acknowledge everyone who has helped to make the week be as successful as it can be. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!
We also appreciate those who have given ideas or suggestions to make things better. At the end of the day, we are all working towards the same goal: giving children the very best experience that we can!
We have started to rehearse songs and items for our Christmas Carol Service. We are trying to balance a continuing of learning in classrooms with rehearsal time.
Earlier this week we met as staff with Mel Ferrier. She works in the NHS but also supports the Pembrokeshire Inclusion Team. She spoke to staff about sensory stimulation, supporting those learners who are under or over stimulated in their senses and to see resources that can help with these needs.
On Tuesday after school, we also met with a training provider called Gareth Coombes at Johnston Primary School. He was providing support in how we can “work smarter” in providing feedback for our learners and helping them to improve in their next steps. This is something we will think carefully about in our INSET day in January. We will provide you with information about this when we launch it. If you were wondering where teaching staff were heading to so quickly at the end of the day on Tuesday, now you know!
On Wednesday, I met with Kim Waters who is our Pupil Support Officer (PSO). She was looking at the school’s attendance in detail for the month of November. I know that I keep discussing attendance on a very regular basis, but must remind you that it is one of the recommendations left for us by the inspectorate in March. We have to show improvement as a school in our attendance as a school and therefore we must continue to reward good attendance, but also support families where attendance has fallen below target. I appreciate everyone has their own feelings in this area, but I aim to be as consistent and as fair as I can.
On Thursday we began efforts to prepare the school for our Christmas Fayre. We also welcomed the school’s finance sub-committee to talk through the school’s budget and spending so far this year.
Friday was a VERY exciting day. The Governing Body met with Mark Austin, our school Challenge Adviser. They were discussing leadership of the school and the next steps forward. Our Governors are very keen to develop their leadership this year, working to take an even larger part in moving our school forward. While this was taking place the children had their celebration assembly. Our attendance reward this week is a “mini party” on Monday. Biscuits, squash and festive music for fifteen minutes. Ho ho ho! We then had a fire drill before lunch, evacuating the school in 2 minutes. Well done to all visitors, staff and pupils. Following lunch we had our Christmas Fayre. It was incredible for me to see such a spirit of fun, entrupenurial drive and community involvement. A real highlight to my week. Thank you for everyone that made conversation with me and managed to part me from the money in that was in my wallet on Friday morning! Expect totals from our winning stalls soon.
Finally for this week, it was great to see parents, carers and pupils at the Lantern Parade in Milford Haven. There was a little bit of waiting around for Santa and his team to be ready and our children behaved impeccably.
Thank you for a wonderful week. A few more exciting ones to follow!