Summary
I am always amazed as to how well our pupils are able to perform in front of an audience. It was a delight to be entertained by the Year 1 and 2 children earlier last week, and the Nursery and Reception children last Friday. The KS1 performance (written by our very own Kizzy Efthimiou) had a wonderful retro feeling, incorporating “Back to the Future” as a theme to sing classic Christmas songs to. The volume and energy that pupils were able to inject into their songs was fantastic, and they thoroughly enjoyed performing to a packed theatre of parents and family. “Woopsy daisy Angel”, performed by the Early Years pupils, was equally as impressive – pupils singing and dancing, speaking and acting with real enthusiasm. They were productions to savour, put together by our hard-working staff at the end of the longest term in History!

School life is ever-changing with no two days the same, and yet there is such consistency in what we try to achieve with our learning routines on a daily basis. Our staff have been heavily involved in pupil progress meetings in order to create specific planning and interventions for our pupils, not only plugging gaps in their learning, but also extending and challenging them further.

School visits to pantomimes, and visits from pantomime companies have dominated the past couple of weeks, and the pupils (and adults) have thoroughly enjoyed the performances. I think that humour and laughter has such an important part to play in our daily lives, and there is much to be learned from productions such as the ones we’ve been to. A good friend of mine once told me that the happiest times of our lives are when we are laughing, and I can’t disagree with that.  

Christmas Events
Thank you for all your support in sending children to school with crazy coloured hair in order to generate prizes for the PSA Christmas Fayre, and for your actual support at the event itself. Despite an unforeseen fire alarm sounding with half an hour to go (rendering many parents and staff soaking wet in the playground), it was an incredibly well run event, that raised a staggering £1469. I would like to extend my thanks to Mrs Al Jawhary and Mrs Khan who (in collaboration with Fiona Gill) organised and produced such an excellent event!

Thank you too for supporting ‘Save the Children’ Christmas jumper day. It is lovely to see so many pupils taking part in such a worthwhile charitable event.

Holiday Homework
There is no doubt that after an eight week half term, all our staff and pupils deserve a break. Please could I suggest however, that pupils continue to read, practise timestables (www.timestables.co.uk) and do a bit of holiday homework to keep the brain ticking over. It is really important that we continue to build on the success of the autumn term when we get back in spring.
Final Assembly 
Speaking of success, it was wonderful to hand out so many certificates in assembly today. We rewarded ‘Most Improved’ and ‘Outstanding’ attendance, ‘Most Improved’ and Outstanding behaviour, and those who had made significant progress in reading. The winners of the handwriting competition were also announced, and I’m pleased to inform you that this will now be a weekly award to go along with ‘Academic Achievement’ and ‘Star of the Week’. I always talk about how important is to stay safe in our community, and that I want pupils to have fun and try their best. Today’s assembly was no different.

Head-ing Off
I would like to thank the community for your support over the past 18 months. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Academy staff in order to try and enhance your children’s education and lives every day. I wish the very best for you and your children and hope to hear of their wonderful achievements in the future.
Mr Crosbie

Issue 80 
20th December 2019
Primary Phase Key Dates
January
7th - Back to school!
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Overall Attendance for the week commencing 2nd December was 94%
 
Elephant  97.1%

Peacock  88.9%
Owl  96.7%
Turtle  94.4%
Starfish  93.9%
Albatross  96.1%
Panda  88.8%
Koala  89.1%
Eagle  96.7%
Octopus  96.3%
Giraffe  95%
Lobster  91.2%
Squirrel  93.5%
Kestrel  95.7%
Lynx  96.7%
Coral  97%
Dormouse  85.4%
Dove  97%
Kingfisher  93.3%


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