Headteacher's Blog - May 2016
This summer term commenced with the expected anticipation of the children who participated in the Regional Spelling Bee competition. The competition took place at Chalkhill Primary School on April 28th, and Park Lane Primary School finished in third place, with Dylan of 4G taking first place for year 4.
Children in each class have planned, planted and maintained a small garden patch at the far end of the playground. The children have eagerly watched their gardens grow and develop from week to week, and have written about the experience during their lessons.
In April, we learned that our school has achieved Healthy Schools Status (Bronze) and is now working to achieve silver status. Year 1 received a visit from Annamarie of Veolia on April 14th; she spoke about the importance of recycling and encouraged the children to get involved in recycling at home.
Year 6 children undertook their SATS during the second week of May. They were rewarded with a pizza party and day out at Preston Park upon the completion of the tests. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to their results later this school year. Year 2 also sat tests in the last weeks before half term. We applaud them for their performance and hard work.
Parents joined their reception aged children on May 12th, for a morning of Phonics and to learn how to support their children with their home learning. Reception classes also learnt all about sea life when they visited the London Aquarium on May 26th.
PC Anthony Rawcliffe visited Park Lane Primary School to speak to year 6 about modern day crime and punishment. The children in year 6 have been learning all about this subject during their history lessons.
Since our return from the Easter break, we have seen some entertaining and informative class assemblies from 2G, 1Y, 1G, Ladybird and Butterfly classes. However, the highlight for many children and staff during the first half of the summer term was the Annual International Evening. This event provided the children with an opportunity to show off their national dress, and to showcase their dancing skills and vocal talents. We had traditional dances from various countries including New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. There were two keyboard performances and Mrs. Martin’s choir sang Bob Marley’s One Love and SING – a song to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I think many would agree however, that Butterfly class almost stole the show with their rendition of Day-O (The Banana Boat Song).
The concert ended with a fashion show where children in all year levels, representing a vast array of cultural backgrounds, displayed their national attire in all its glory. The party then moved to the school dinner hall where we were able to sample food from around the world.
A few days later on May 25th, parents and carers joined students and staff again for the PSA Summer Fair.
We have many plans for the second half of the summer term. Children are looking forward to their end of year class trips, students from year 5 will attend Gordon Brown Outdoor Centre and year 6 will stay at PGL. Other year 5 and 6 students will see the West End performance of The Railway Children. I wish everyone a safe and restful half term break.