Head Teacher’s Blog July 2021
This school year has flown by and I am so proud of the progress that our pupils have made in their learning. Given the less than ideal learning conditions we have had to contend with during the Covid pandemic, our pupils have really exceeded my expectations in terms of their behaviour, and their attitude and commitment to their studies.
On Wednesday 21st July, we held a special leaving assembly for the children in year 6. This ceremony was somewhat different to the traditional graduation ceremonies of previous years but it did give all the pupils the opportunity to reflect on all of their achievements throughout their time here at Park Lane Primary School, and to say goodbye to class teachers and other staff. Members of the school’s governing body attended the assembly and Governing Chair, Mr. Tim Jones, formally congratulated the graduating class of 2021. Many of the children were presented with awards for their achievements in English, Maths and Science, Sportsman and Woman of the year and class citizen, along with other awards highlighting specific pupils’ achievements. The ceremony ended with the performance of a song, which the children had rehearsed in the lead up to the event. I would like to wish all of our graduating pupils the best of luck in the new phase of their educational journey at Secondary School; we have always had high expectations of the children at Park lane and I hope to learn of your many wonderful achievements and conquests in years to come.
The last few weeks of the school year have been exceedingly busy, the school calendar jam packed with exciting items including International Week, which took place from the 5th to the 9th of July. During this period, the curriculum focused on the effects that the pandemic has had on the world and the children in KS2 looked specifically at countries what have been severely affected by the pandemic including Italy, India, America and Brazil. The school dinner menu also followed the international theme and the children enjoyed sampling the flavours of South America, the USA, India and Italy. Wednesday 7th July was a non-uniform day when children and staff dressed in their traditional costumes or clothing to represent their cultural backgrounds during our annual international themed fashion show and concert. The children did not fail to delight us with their performances and a copy of the concert has been added to the school’s website for parents/carers to enjoy from home.
Parents’ week also took place during the 5th to the 9th of July when parents/carers were given the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with class teachers via Microsoft Teams. I hope you found your meeting to be informative and reassuring as to the work we have done to fill the gaps in the children’s learning due to the government-enforced periods of lockdown.
Sports Week took place from Monday 12th to Friday 16th July. The week was a huge success and enjoyed by pupils and staff alike, who really invested in the friendly but competitive spirit of the event. Sports’ Week included activities that we are familiar with from previous years – sack race; egg & spoon, obstacle course and tug-of-war to name a few; but this year, the children also participated in secondary activities such as rounders and rugby for our older pupils, and gymnastics and dance for the children in nursery and KS1.
As Government restrictions have eased, we have finally been able to take our children on school trips. A special end of year treat for pupils in all year level including nursery, who attended trips to the cinema to watch either Peter Rabbit 2 or Raya the Dragon Slayer. Our year 6 pupils also enjoyed a visit to the London Eye and a cruise along the River Thames where they could best appreciate the architecture of London’s finest buildings and our famous skyline.
Many of us were feeling a little deflated following England’s loss to Italy in the Euro Football final on Sunday 11th July. During the tournament however, two of our wonderful pupils had the opportunity to be team mascots at Wembley Stadium in two of the matches leading up to the final. Soha in 4G and Ismail from 4Y were team mascots in the Italy vs Spain match and England vs Czech Republic respectively. They had a wonderful time and wrote all about their experience in diary entries, which have been published in the school newsletters, issues 68 and 69.
During this half term, we have seen some outstanding assemblies from classes throughout the school. ‘Mufara’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale’ was the subject of 4G’s class assembly, followed by Ladybird class who re-enacted ‘What the Ladybird Heard.’ Reception have been learning about mini beasts and this was the subject of Butterfly class’ assembly when they retold the story of ‘The Very Busy Spider.’ Simply Smashing South America was the title of 6G’s entertaining piece, which included dancing and a performance involving various percussion instruments. Year 2 have been reading Julia Donaldson’s famous picture book ‘Room on a Broom’ which 2y used to inspire them during their class assembly. Nursery gave the final performance of the year and it was delightful. Like many of us, they are eagerly awaiting the summer holiday and summertime was the theme of their class assembly. They sang the song made famous by Sir Cliff Richard from the movie of the same name – Summer Holiday!
Friday 3rd September is the first day of the 2021/2022 school year. I look forward to seeing all of our returning pupils then, and to those of you moving onto secondary school, I would like to wish you the best of luck. I hope you all enjoy a well-needed break over the summer holidays.