Welcome back to the Blog!
I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Summer holiday and are feeling energised for another year at school.
I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Mrs Norton to Highbank. She is teaching a class of Y4 and Y5 children. She has moved over to Nottingham from Manchester. We are really pleased to have her on our team. I’m sure you will welcome her also.
Mr Lovell is away this week and next because he and his partner have welcomed their first child into the world! Congratulations to them both and we wish them well. We are pleased to have Miss Lewis who is covering in his class. Mr Barnham’s wife is expecting their second child in a few weeks. When baby decides to show up, he will be away for a couple of weeks too. Mr Bennett is already working with Mr Barnham to ensure the management of that leave is as effective as possible.
We seem to have hit the ground running this week. A group of Y5 children have already been away on Band Camp for two days. We look forward to welcoming them back into school today. I’m sure they’ve had a great time making all sorts of music round the camp fire singing. Swimming has started in Mrs Norton's and we can see that many of the children are like fish! Mr Mayfield has started a new venture in F2. We have challenged him to complete the attendance register and the dinner register before 10:00 a.m. He thinks he managed it yesterday but the jury is out still! All this and Farnborough haven’t even started back yet!
As our first week is a full week, we shall be holding our first Friday Assembly of the year at the end of the week. All parent nominations are made through the website now. There’s a selection tab in the File marked ‘Information for Parents’. You’ll also notice that there is a tab on the home page called ‘Worry Box’. This is for parents, families and children to put their concerns or worries. These are immediately picked up in school.
On Monday, you will have received two letters asking for various permissions and for a medical update for your child(ren). Please would you make sure that this is returned to school completed by the end of this week.
Soon the extra-curricular clubs will begin. Almost all of these will take place during lunchtime to ensure the take-up remains high. We have found that take-up after school dwindles. Many of the staff already have commitments after school this year also, particularly working with our Y6 children. We think lunchtime clubs will improve chances for many children to experience new things and try new activities.
Four classes of children are preparing for their trip to Eden Camp on Monday. That’s more than 120 children! It feels like it’s going to be a great day out even if it is a little long!
Enjoy the rest of the week.