Head Teacher’s Blog April - Easter 2021
This term has been uniquely challenging for our pupils and staff. The first half took place during a Government enforced lockdown period when staff developed and delivered creative and engaging lessons via the on-line platform, Microsoft Teams. With the support of their wonderful parents, our pupils produced outstanding work and I have been over-whelmed with the level of commitment to their home learning – many children enduring less than ideal learning surroundings. At the time, we also had up to 100 pupils in school, either vulnerable children or those of key workers. Staff ensured that the lessons delivered to these pupils complemented the lessons being taught to their peers on-line.
When children were finally able to return to school at the beginning of the second half of the term, I took the opportunity to praise our pupils for their resilience and dedication to learning during my Head teacher’s assembly. It is wonderful to see classrooms full of happy children, who have renewed friendships with their classmates and are getting on with the business of learning. Our pupils continue to enjoy music and Spanish lessons; they participate in 2 hours of P.E. per week and staff are working hard to identify and fill the gaps in the pupils learning. When producing the school newsletter, we have included samples of work from children in all year levels so that parents/carers can gain some insight into what is being taught as part of the curriculum and the results that our pupils are producing.
Class fish have taken up residency in the nursery and reception classrooms, much to the delight of our pupils. The children have enjoyed naming the fish, learning about them and most importantly, how to take care for them. We have also purchased seeds and plants so that each class can participate in our annual spring planting project. The children, with support from class staff, will plant, care for and harvest the results of their labours, when their flowers, fruits and/or vegetables have reached maturity.
Synergy Theatre has been working with some of our pupils from years 5 and 6, offering them the opportunity to take a song-writing project on-line and create a song of their own. The projects were supported and delivered by professional artists who are excellent at engaging young people and helping them to develop their self-esteem and confidence. The staff at Synergy Theatre praised our children for their creativity and the effort they had put into producing their work.
On Thursday 25th March, years 5 and 6 attended a webinar on Personal Safety, which was delivered by our Safer Schools Police Officer, PC Shepherd. The focus of the talk was to advise children how they can stay safe outdoors and when walking to and from school, as well as what to do if they are worried. It was good to see the children engaged and thinking wisely about their safety.
On Tuesday 30th March, London experienced the highest temperature of the year so far and Park lane Primary School held its annual Easter Bonnet Parade in the glorious sunshine. The event was a little different this year as we were not able to welcome our parents/carers to join us in supporting the children however, each class had the opportunity to show off their artistic flair as they paraded their fantastical headpieces around the playground and were cheered on by staff and other children in their year level. Prizes were awarded to children with the best and most creative bonnet in each class. The children then participated in an Easter egg hunt following the parade.
Some exciting news: we have a new school caterer taking on the job of producing tasty and nutritious school dinners for our pupils and staff. Academy (Atalian Group) will start when we recommence school for the Summer term. We have recently emailed new menus to our parents/carers, they have also been added to our website. If you would like your child to have school dinners, please ensure your ParentPay account is in credit.
The children in year 1Y have been reading Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and on the last day of the Spring term, these children wore their most colourful clothes to school in celebration of Elmer the colourful elephant. The children were also treated to a face painting session by class staff. The children chose butterfly, rainbow, tiger and unicorn designs among others!
Year 5Y class teacher, Mrs. Mina Patel, will retire at the end of this term. After nine years as an educator at our school, Mrs. Patel has decided to move on and I hope you will join me in wishing her the best of luck; she has been a valuable member of our staffing team and we will miss her.
I would like to wish our pupils, parents and staff a safe and happy Easter. I hope you all manage a well-deserved break and return to school refreshed at the beginning of the Summer term on Monday 19th April 2021.