The last fortnight has flown by and things are getting Christmassy! The stage is assembled, the trees are up and we are ready to welcome the chaos that is December in a primary school!
I have been out and about in classrooms over the last two weeks, checking in on behaviour and well-being! The children are all working hard and trying their best. I am pretty sure they are all on the NICE list!
Last week we were lucky enough to take every child in school to the cinema. For some children, this was their first school trip and for others it was their first time to the cinema or on a double decker bus!
All the children had a lovely time and have been complimented numerous times for their exemplary behaviour- even other schools commented about it. As a head teacher, this makes me very proud. Well done children, I am glad you enjoyed yourselves!
Our fantastic Wellbeing Ambassadors went to visit the Mental Health Ambassadors at Knowles Primary School last week. This was a great opportunity for them to speak with other children who are experienced in the role. They all had a brilliant afternoon, asking some valuable questions and seeing how the children at Knowles fulfill their role. This has given our children lots of ideas and plans for their role at Abbeys. It is also really good to have created that link between the two local schools who have a very similar ethos when it comes to children's mental health. We hope to continue this link with Knowles and there are plans for us to work together again in the future. We are all very excited about this!
Recently some of the year 5/6 boys took part in a friendly football tournament at Middleton School. The boys played extremely well as a team and we won all 3 of our games comprehensively with a variety of different goal scorers and without conceding a goal! We also had some league fixtures where again we won all 4 of our games. The boys did so well playing against some good opposition but holding their own! These wins leave us in second place in the league but with a game in hand which will be against the team top of the league. If we win we will then go top of the league! GO ABBEYS! COYA!
CONGRATULATIONS TO VAISHNAVI!
Last week, we celebrated both Ruby Ayres and Daniela who both won Christmas Card Competitions!
Well, they say things come in threes and shortly after assembly last Friday I heard the news that Vaishnavi had won MP Ian Stewart's prestigious Christmas Card Competition.
The school have entered cards into this competition for the last 6+ years and never won.
Today Belmont were lucky enough to meet MP Ian Stewart as he came for a tour of the school and to meet Vaishnavi. She received a little prize and will also have a photo of Rishi Sunak with her Christmas Card!
Vaishnavi has won the HOUSE trophy for the GREEN house and a book from the book trolley! Well done and congratulations.
ABBEYS SCOOPED-UP THIS YEAR!
Forest school -The children are enjoying their Forest School sessions. They are busy learning about the environment, the Flora and Fauna and about exploring different materials. The children are learning to manage their own risks- climbing trees and planting for the Spring!
Please make sure your child comes to school with their waterproofs and their wellies.
The Year 1 and 2 children have been enjoying their topic 'The Great Fire of London'. Ask them what they have learnt?
They have been describing what it was like during the fire. As you can see, they are using their sounds to spell words, using time connectives and some wonderful emotive vocabulary.
Well done Westminster class- what fantastic writing!
The KS1 children have been thoroughly enjoying Lego club. Each week the children have a Lego challenge to build something linked to a theme, e.g. animals or robots.
The children have been really engaged during this club and all have lots of fun!
At Abbeys, we are very lucky to be able to offer clubs until 4pm for free for many pupils. We try to offer a wide variety to cover the interests of our pupils.
It is important for children to remember that even in clubs they have to follow the school's golden rules. If they cannot do this, they will not be able to attend. Over the last week or so a few children have had to be banned from attending clubs and this is disappointing. Please support us by reinforcing our school rules and values at home.
Our values are embedded as the Abbeys Golden Rules:
We care about and look after each other.
We are honest and trustworthy.
We respect and care for our environment.
We try our best and are proud of everything we do and learn.
A massive well done to the organisation of the Foundation class trip to the cinema.
The teachers did brilliantly, making sure all the children were present and comfortable.
The children themselves were so well-behaved.
It was lovely to be able to join them on their morning out!
A shout-out to all the children and staff at Abbeys that went on the trips to the cinema last week. What an amazing group of children, who behaved so well and all the parents and staff should be proud of how their little ones. Even with all the excitement, they still remembered their manners.
MK COMMUNITY GROUP OF THE YEAR!
The success of school events over the last year, is due to the immense support from Karen Doyle and Claire Howell. They have encouraged me to put on these events and always support and help staff in school. They help ensure that we have fun and provide the very best for our pupils. They've made hotdogs, labelled 100 tombola items, served popcorn, swept, tided and organised. We could not ask for more! Even though they are the smallest PTA in the history of the world, they have the biggest hearts and deserve some recognition.
So we nominated them for Community group of the year in the MK3 Inspiration awards! And they won! Well done and thank you both.
Our dynamic duo have recently been joined by Mel Pizey, but we need more help. If you'd like to help out, please get in touch. The more the merrier!
Keshika has put in 100% effort and completed her Carnatic Vocal Foundation Course. This is an amazing award, Keshika and she has worked so hard. Well done- a hidden talent that we didn't know about.
A special SHOUT OUT to Laura Proctor!
I feel like Laura deserves to be acknowledged for the personal and professional progress she has made since she joined the school. She has grown so much since she joined the team and she has such a kind and gentle approach with the children. It’s amazing to see her progress since she started as a lunchtime assistant and is now helping 1:1 with pupils and in classrooms. It’s really been the making of her.
Asiyah and Miraj wanted to show their baby budgie to the school. Two of their budgies had a baby a few weeks back. He has come out of the nest and is now in the process of being tamed. I also wanted to give a shout-out to all the staff of Abbeys who look after all the children and work so hard on a daily basis to make a school day so wonderful!
Mrs Tierney has been MUGGED, for her dedication, kindness, and determination. She brings so much to the Abbeys team.
We all consider ourselves fortunate to work alongside you Miss Tierney! Thank you for all that you do.
On Thursday 7th December, we have our first SENCO drop in session from 2:00 – 3:00pm in the school hall.
Helen Halewell from the Speech and language service will join us this time for any parent who has concerns regarding their child’s early language and speech development. Please pop in if you have any concerns or questions.
Thank you to everyone that donated prizes for our Tombola.
I hope to see you all at the Frank Moran Centre tomorrow for a Magical Christmas Fair!
Come along and have a go on our Tombola. You will see lots of staff members helping out with refreshments as well.
WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER!
I have sat in 2 or 3 meetings lately, where parents have said 'I was dreading this meeting' or 'I hate coming in to school' or 'I didn't want to bother you' and I want to change this. It saddens me and the team to know some families do not want to come and talk to us/ share their concerns.
I really want Abbeys to be a community school. A place that not only supports pupils but that supports Parents/ Carers too. Over the last year, we have worked hard to establish good relationships with our families and this continues to be a priority. This is so important, when we work collaboratively we can achieve more.
If you have ANY concerns or worries about your child or something else, you MUST share them with us. If we do not know about your worries, we cannot help you. Most of the staff team have children of their own. Nothing you say will shock us, and I am sure we will be able to help- if we can't, we will find someone that can. We also work closely with Daisychain, so we can signpost you to the lovely staff there if needed.
There are numerous ways to contact me. Email -Jfellowes@abbeysprimary.org, by phone 01908375230 or simply pop into the office.
We have one Parent/ Carer Governor vacancy. If you are interested in becoming a School Governor, please email me. email@example.com
Our Christmas post box is officially open on Monday 3rd December. It is lovely for Children to write cards for their friends and teachers.
Please help them to write the names and classes clearly on the envelopes. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with lists of names, but I am sure all the children will be able to remember their close friends. The postbox is situated in the corridor outside my office so that your children can come and post their cards.
Well done to Logan, who has already made a lovely card for Mrs Clarke!
Don't forget that next Thursday is Christmas Jumper Day! If you have a spare jumper please donate this to the school and we will find it a new home!
I hope everyone can wear their best Christmas jumper to raise awareness for this special charity.
Just a couple of reminders.
Parents / Carers should not be taking photos whilst on the playground. This is part of our safeguarding procedures.
Children MUST wear coats to school please- it is far too cold to be outside without being wrapped up.