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Friday, 9 September 2016



A very warm welcome back to everyone.

This is my favourite time of the year. It’s full of excitement, promise and freshness. We’ve had a few training days leading up to the start of term but it’s never really right until the children come in.

They are looking so smart! Very well done mums and dads! The children look fantastic in their uniform. I got some new trousers for the new school year but they needed altering so I took them to a tailor.

He said 'I'm going to chop off the bottom of one of your trouser legs and put it in a library'.

I thought 'That's a turn-up for the books.'"

 I am really delighted to see so many school shoes looking shiny and new. I can tell it’s going to be a tough year for shiny shoes winners!

We are a growing school. Not only do we have a number of new children in school but I’m really excited that we have some new teachers on the staff too. Mr Nevers is teaching Y5 and is responsible for sports and PE in school, Mr Morledge is teaching in Y3/4, Miss Smith in Y1 and Mr Lovell in Y1/2. Mrs Karlonas has joined us in Y6 and is leading the whole of Key Stage 2. We have developed a really strong teaching team in school and I’m very excited about the future.

Two years ago, Highbank’s results were in the bottom 5 schools in the city. Now we are in the top 8! Not only are we the best in Clifton but we are one of the best in the city. Today Nottingham, tomorrow the world!!

I’m afraid the beginning of a new school year means lots of letters home. You will have received letters regarding permissions and medical updates. Please do get these back to us as soon as possible to avoid any confusion.

Next week, we have the NSPCC coming in to talk to most of the children about keeping safe, Y3 are starting swimming and Y4 are starting music (guitars). It’s busy already. In fact it’s so busy, it’s not worth going home! An odd thing happened this week to me. I was getting into my car, and this man said to me "Can you give me a lift?"

I said "Sure, you look great, the world's your oyster, go for it.”


I hope you’ve noticed our brand new bicycle shelter on the middle yard. There is also a scooter rack by the hall doors. Please do  make use of them.

Have a great weekend everyone.

See you on Monday, don’t be late!


Mr C