Headteacher's Blog - July 2018

The summer term is always a fun but hectic time of year at Park Lane Primary School.  The weather for most of the term has been amazing and this certainly was the case during our EYFS/KS1 and KS2 sports days.  The glorious sunshine stayed with us during, what is considered the highlight of our social calendar, International Evening!  As always, the children dazzled us with their colourful, cultural displays of talent.

During our Annual Summer Fair, we raised £646 which the PSA will put towards the purchase of a second school mini bus.  The NSPCC spoke to the children about keeping themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries.  Years 5 and 6 were involved in ‘Speak Out and Stay Safe’ workshops; the day was non-uniform and we raised £225.80 for the NSPCC charity.

The summer term is also the time when children attend their fun trips: a visit to Go Ape for year 4, LEGOLAND for the Nursery, Sea Life London Aquarium for Reception, Woburn Safari Park for year 1 and year 2 watched Coco at the cinema.  Year 5 students had an amazing time when they stayed at Gordon Brown Residential Centre and the following week, year 6 stayed at PGL.  The activities on offer at both centres promote team building, confidence and an unforgettable outdoor learning experience.

Once the children in year 6 completed their SATs, they began preparations for their final production.  This year, they entertained us with their version of a classic – ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Family and friends who joined us on the evening of 12th July, were overwhelmed by the quality of the performances, costumes and stage direction.  The children in year 6 are now preparing for their graduation ceremony on Wednesday 19th July and all the excitement that follows such a huge milestone in their educational journey.

As we approach the end of the 2017/18 school year, I look back with fond memories and great pride at all the achievements the children have made at our school.  The children and staff look forward to their summer break of course, but it is with some sadness that we wave goodbye to the year 6 children who will make the big move to secondary school in September.  Many of these children joined Park Lane Primary School in Reception, and I have watched them blossom into young men and woman over the last seven years.  I wish them every success, and look forward to hearing how they get on in the future.

Sadly several members of staff are also moving on this year.  Mrs. Mills, who has worked at Park Lane Primary School for the last eighteen years, is retiring.  Mr. Dinham will be training at another school to become a qualified teacher.  Miss Al-Hili is getting married and Deputy Head Teacher, Miss Rawcliffe leaves us to travel the world.  Recently, Miss Gabaldon moved back to Spain as she awaits the birth of her first child.  I wish them good luck and success in all of their future endeavours.

I hope you have a wonderful, restful summer break and I look forward to seeing you all on the first day of school, Wednesday 5th September.