Headteacher's Blog - October 2018

We ended this first half term of the 2018/19 school year, celebrating Black History Month.  The African Drummers made their annual return to Park Lane Primary School, and years 3 to 6 participated in African Dance Workshops.  The day was also a non-uniform day and children were asked to dress in traditional costume, reflective of their cultural background or heritage.  The children in Early Years and KS1 were treated to a visit from Spud and Yam earlier during the month.

On 8th October the Worshipful Mayor of Brent, Cllr Arshad Mahmood, attended a special assembly to announce the school councillors for the 2018/19 school year.  The Red Hats and Play Leaders were also formally introduced.  We held our first Head Teacher’s Coffee Morning for the school year in October, when we discussed the importance of reading with your children, phonics and supporting your children with their homework.  Staff from Place2Be spoke to parents/carers about safeguarding and ensuring our children are happy and safe in an environment conducive for learning.

Also this month, year 4 were delighted by performers when they attended the Primary Proms at Royal Albert Hall.  For many of our children, this was truly a unique experience and the highlight of the year so far.  The children in year 6 visited the library at the Brent Civic Centre where they were given a brief history lesson on the suffragettes, from British children’s illustrator, David Roberts.  Year 5 also attended the library later in the month.

During September, the staff held a charity coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, children in year 6 sold cakes to raise money and, along with the proceeds of the non-uniform day, we raised a phenomenal £753.35.  Also in September, we held a Parents’ Information Evening when class teachers set expectations for the year ahead and highlighted school requirements regarding uniform, homework and attendance.

The children in Nursery and Reception classes that are new to our school, have settled in nicely to their week day routines and have started to form valuable friendships with their peers. Most children are now enthusiastic about school and have excellent behaviour for learning.  Parents who attend the Triple P

Parenting Workshops, which commenced three weeks ago, have provided positive feedback. We plan to run more courses for parents/carers at the school and will advise parents/carers via email as details become available.

A warm welcome to 1G class teacher, Miss Belle Hunter, who joins our family here at Park Lane Primary School. Miss Gabaldon, who you may recall returned to Spain earlier this year, has recently given birth to a healthy baby boy, Enrique.

Parents/carers, staff and children have also seen some amazing performances from children in years 6, 5 and 4 during the class assemblies.  Both year 6 classes spoke about ‘responsibilities’ which is one of our key values.  Class 5Y’s assembly was all about the dangers of lying, and 4Y recited their own poetry compositions!  I look forward to some more outstanding performances when we return from half term on 29th October.