WEEK 28 - Friday 30 April
I am delighted to be able to inform you that our new school website is now live. Building a website sounds to me like a tortuous task and so I am really pleased to have had the support of our TCAT Central Services team putting together the framework within which we can show the content and demonstrate the great work that goes on at Penshurst. The site can be found here. Please take some time to explore the site and find out more about what we do. This site will allow us to update our content more easily and so you can expect to see more frequently updated content on here from now on.
Finally, we reach that point in Spring when the Bank Holidays come thick and fast. I’m not sure that the weather will cooperate this weekend but I hope that you can find time to relax and enjoy the three-day weekend.
Mr V Groak
Well it has not been quite as sunny this week but that has not deterred us from continuing all of our outside activities. As I type, staff are working outside on creating eco brick planters for our allotment space and tulips are being planted in Evie's Garden. I had witnessed several bug hunts, a very competitive rounders tournament and a tour on a London bus all by Monday lunchtime.
We have had the vision screening this week for the FS2 children and they have been absolutely brilliant and behaved impeccably while having their eyes tested. We have also started to prepare the FS2 children for Year 1 by making half of the unit more formal with tables and chairs for longer adult directed sessions in maths, reading and writing. The children seem to be taking this in their stride and enjoying having their own writing books like the older children. This is also being mimicked to a lesser degree in FS1 with children sitting in larger groups for their learning.
At the other end of the school in Year 6, we are preparing them for the big move with a theme based on being ‘secondary ready’. Normally this would involve moving from lesson to lesson, having timetables and carrying bags about but class bubbles have delayed this for a little bit longer. Mrs Pinkney is the transition lead at High School and she always makes the time to talk to the Year 6 pupils and answer questions that they might have. We also have visits from the School Nurse and discussions on puberty and feelings around moving schools. I am just so glad that we are able to have some sense of normality for this group this year and hopefully we will be able to send them off in style after their transition days at High school (more details to follow in the coming weeks).
Just a quick couple of reminders about uniforms, please ensure that if your child has earrings they are removed for PE days unless the child is able to remove them by themselves as it is school policy that earrings are not worn for PE. On this note only small silver/gold studs should be worn in school as per the uniform policy. For those of you who have told me you are already shopping for school uniforms for next year (I am amazed by how efficient you are!) don't forget it is tie and shirt in Year 6. Year 6 girls can wear the summer dress as well.
We have sent out new links to the SIMS parent app as this will be where we communicate more and more as the year goes on. If you have already requested a link you will have been re-registered. If you have never requested a link, please contact the office ASAP to receive one. Annual reports will be posted on the app so it is imperative that as many parents as possible have downloaded it and begin to use it for texts etc.
Finally, we would like to congratulate three of our Year 6 girls (Indy S, Lucy D and Annabelle C) on making it through the East Riding Schools football trials. They have now been selected to play at the English School Cup in Stockton in a couple of weeks. Well done girls!
Remember that school is closed on Monday due to the Bank holiday so have a lovely three day break.
Mrs J Spencer
Head of School