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Welcome Back


Firstly I would like to welcome you and your children back at the start of this new school year. I hope that you all had a very enjoyable summer holiday.


It was a pleasure to see so many children from YR to Y6 returning happily to school last week.  I would also like to extend a very warm welcome to all of our new children and their families who have joined our school community today. 


We have lots of exciting new developments planned for our school community this year and I look forward to sharing these with you over the coming weeks and months. 


Once again, we will be holding open sessions at both KS1 and KS2 this term to enable you to spend time in school in your children’s new classes. These are always popular events and provide you with a valuable opportunity to meet the staff working your children and to ask any questions you may have.


The open session for KS1 will be held next Tuesday 20th September 2016 between 2pm and 3pm and the session for KS2 will be held between 2pm and 3pm on Thursday 22nd September 2016.


I hope that lots of you are able to join us and I look forward to welcoming you.

Posted by: on: 18/09/2016

An outstanding few weeks!


As the end of this term fast approaches, I am really proud to share memories from some of our recent school community events.


Our Ofsted Celebration Event


On 23rd February 2016, we held an open event to celebrate our amazing outstanding Ofsted outcome. There was an air of excitement and pride in our school as children, parents, family members, Governors and other visits joined us for an evening of celebration. Our children are outstanding and I was so proud of them as they shared their learning and success with their visitors. Our Reception class performed their Superhero song, some Y5 children talked with enthusiasm and motivation about their exciting Creative Curriculum and our Young Voices choir performed one of their favourite songs from this year’s concert.


Then all classes from Nursery to Y6 showcased their outstanding learning with vibrant displays and activities that everyone could take part in. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the school that evening and I would like to thank our parent community for your commitment and support for our school.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 World Book Week   -   7th to 11th March 2016


This week we have enjoyed promoting and celebrating the enjoyment that books and reading can give both children and adults alike. I would like to thank Miss Kinchin and Mrs Thomas who planned and led a whole range of exciting and fun events throughout the week including a quiz, book swap, story-telling and a Readathon. On Thursday we all looked forward to our annual book character dressing up day. Everyone took part with great enthusiasm and there were some wonderful costumes on display! I would also like to thank Alan Gray and Georgina Beresford, two of our reading volunteers from the Stamford Burghley Rotary club who joined us to judge the event and our staff, children and parents for their support and participation.



 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Finally, I would like to say a very warm welcome to our new children and families who have joined us recently.  It is great to have you with us!


 


 


 


 

Posted by: on: 12/03/2016

Happy New Year!


I would like to wish all of our children, staff and parents a very Happy New Year! And what a fantastic start to 2016 for our school! Following our Ofsted inspection on 15th and 16th December 2015, we were very proud to share the outstanding outcome with our school community last week. The outcome is testament to the hard work and shared vision we have all had to become the very best school we can be and the high ambition we all have for every pupil to reach their potential.  I would like to express my sincere thanks to every member of our skilled and dedicated staff team, our Governors, parents and of course our children for their commitment to achieving this amazing outcome for our school. I now look forward to leading our school through the next phase of it’s development as we have lots of exciting new plans and ambitions for the future!


I also had the pleasure this week of accompanying our school choir to the Young Voices concert at the LG Arena in Birmingham on Friday. Once again, it was an amazing experience for our children to be able to participate in the concert and to enjoy singing and performing with over 6000 children in a national arena. The staff, children and parents who attended the event all had a fabulous time and I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to prepare the children to perform in the event. My special thanks to Miss Stanworth who led the rehearsals throughout the autumn terms with the choir. Miss Stanworth also took to the stage to perform with the teacher choir at the event and we were all so proud of her!  There will be a gallery of photographs from the event for you to enjoy from Monday and we will also provide parents with details of how you can access additional memories from the concert on the Young Voices APP next week.  


  


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Posted by: on: 16/01/2016

A Fabulous Festive Lunch!


I have just returned to my office after our fantastic whole school Christmas lunch! It has given me great pleasure to work with all of my colleagues in the school to serve a wonderful meal to the children. The children had great fun pulling their crackers, sharing festive jokes and chatting with their friends, teachers and the other adults in school who support them on a daily basis. There was a lovely atmosphere in our lunch hall today!  


I would like to thank all of the staff for their help today. In particular, I would like to extend a big thank you to our midday supervisors for their hard work and commitment to making sure that the children had a very happy and special Christmas lunch. I would also like to thank Jill Haigh, our vice-chair of Governors for her help today, it was great to have her with us!


We are now all looking forward to our Christmas Fair tomorrow evening from 6pm to 7.30pm. I look forward to seeing you all there!


  


 

Posted by: on: 10/12/2015

What a wonderful evening!


‘Celebration of Learning’ evening  - Thursday 19th November 2015


I am really proud to reflect today on our first ‘Celebration of Learning’ event of this school year, which took place last Thursday. We enjoyed a wonderful evening as a school community. I was  overwhelmed by the number of parents and other visitors who attended the event. The support for the celebration was really motivational for the staff and all of the children who were so proud to showcase their learning achievements for everyone. We also enjoyed an excellent performance by our Young Voices choir of one of the songs they will be singing at the concert in January.  I would like to thank all of the children for their efforts in preparing for the evening and our staff team for their hard work and commitment to our celebration events.  


In particular, I would like to extend my thanks to Mrs Carter and our Y6 class for opening our new Gallery exhibition in style! There is some amazing work on display in the new Y6 ‘Terrible Tudors’ Literacy Gallery. If you were unable to attend last Thursday, I do hope that you find some time to come into school and enjoy the Gallery exhibition.


There will also be lots of wonderful photographs from the evening on the gallery section of our school website for you to enjoy from tomorrow.



New Fencing Club Opportunity – January 2016


We are intending to offer children in our KS2 classes, the opportunity to attend an after school fencing club from January 2016. The club will be run by Premier Sport who currently provide our high quality after school football provision. Lee from Premier Sport came into school on Friday afternoon and all children from KS2 had the opportunity to take part in a trial session. The children appeared to be very motivated during the sessions and judging by their responses afterwards, there will be many of them keen to develop their fencing talents when the opportunity arises in the new year!   



 


 


 


 

Posted by: on: 22/11/2015

More exciting news!


We have enjoyed an incredibly busy few weeks since the start of this school year. There have been lots of exciting creative learning experiences taking place throughout the school including trips to the local market, moonlight walks in the school grounds and learning to cross the road safely in our local community. Most recently last week, our Y4 class enjoyed an exciting trip to the British Museum in London to support their learning about the ancient Egyptians and our Y5 class are heading off on another exciting adventure to an Anglo-Saxon village tomorrow!    


 A proud moment for us all!


I was thrilled to open a letter from Nick Gibb, MP and Minister of State for School Reform, congratulating us on the very high standard that our children achieved in the phonics screening check last year. Our results last year place us in the top 2% of all primary schools in the country.letter phonics


 


We are all working very hard to improve the achievements and learning outcomes for our children and it is very encouraging to receive acknowledgement of our efforts in this way. I echo Mr Gibb’s congratulatory words to our staff and children!   


  Our New Breakfast Club



 


 


 


Our new breakfast club opened last week for children in Y5 and   Y6. It has given me great pleasure to welcome so many children each morning as they arrive at school and enjoy breakfast with their friends before their lessons start for the day. Their behaviour, attitudes and manners have been exemplary!


 breakfast club


 


‘Celebration of Learning’ evening  - Thursday 19th November 2015


We will all be very busy this week preparing for our next exciting ‘Celebration of Learning’ event which will be held on Thursday 19th November at 6pm. Y6 will be opening a new exhibition, there will be a performance by our Young Voices choir and all classes from Nursery to Y6 are busy preparing their own special celebrations for learning for the evening! I do hope that you will all come along and celebrate your children’s achievements with them and I look forward to welcoming you on Thursday.

Posted by: on: 15/11/2015

Welcome Back!


I am delighted to welcome you all back to school as we start this new academic year. It was wonderful to see all of our children looking smart, happy and eager to return to their learning after the summer break! I would also like to extend a very warm welcome to all of our new families and children who have chosen to join our school community this year. 


I am excited to lead the school into this new academic year. Our school continues to enjoy on-going change and success and we have many developments and plans to look forward to again this year. I am also proud to advise that we are celebrating some of the best academic results from last summer that our school has ever achieved. This is testament to our positive partnership with you all to ensure that every child receives the very best education possible and that they all reach their full potential. The teachers and other staff are busy planning some new and exciting learning opportunities for the children as our Creative Curriculum continues to develop and we commit to bringing learning to life for our pupils. I am sure we will enjoy another successful year as a school community and I look foward to working in continued partnership with you.   

Posted by: on: 08/09/2015

Condover-Sunday


Another busy day was had by all. The rain stopped just in time for our first activities and by the time we had been swimming and made our best impressions of Robin Hood, the sun was shining brighty. 


Once again everyone has had a great time and we finished off with a runaround quiz and birthday cake as we celebrated Connor's birthday. 


My apologies for the lack of photos on the blog as the wifi is very unpredictable at Condover. There will be a gallery up as soon as possible when we get back to school. 

Posted by: on: 12/07/2015

Condover-Saturday


After an early start for the girls (thanks Rebecca) and a fine breakfast we had a busy morning.


The Adventurous Snails tied themselves in knots buggy building whilst the Minions tackled the wall. After play, laser mazes, climbing and low ropes added to the fun.

Demi was very proud of making it to the top of the Gladiator Wall and Katie is a big fan of abseiling, whilst Tessa enjoyed swashbuckling at the fencing. 

 

In the evening we tackled human cluedo taking part in many challenges to get the clues. The murderer of Billy Banana turned out to be Kelly Ketchup (don't ask).

 

The weather was been ok, a touch of rain in the evening but nothing to stop us being out and about. 

Posted by: on: 11/07/2015

Condover-Friday evening


After a long journey we arrived and went straight off into activities. 'The Adventurous Snails', 'Mighty Minions', 'The Minions' and the 'Didgeridoos' split up and tackled abseiling, laser maze,  gladiator wall and climbing. There was much screaming (from Miss Rowe) and a fine time was had by all as everyone conquered fears and gave the activities a go.


After a slap up feast and some free time everyone joined together to take part in 'Egg Protector' a cracking activity with plenty of yolks. 

We have an early start tomorrow a 7:30 breakfast and a day packed with fun. 

 

 

Posted by: on: 10/07/2015

Y5/6 Residential Trip to Condover Hall - Friday 10th to Monday 13th July 2015


 


The Fun Begins!


Lots of excited Y5/6 children left this morning for our residential trip to Condover Hall in Shropshire! I have just heard that the staff and children have arrived safely at their destination (2pm)  and that they are booking into their accommodation before the fun begins!   


Mr Bloor and the children will stay in touch with you via my blog over the weekend!


Mrs Hines


  

Posted by: on: 10/07/2015

Our Fantastic Celebration of Learning Event

We held our latest Celebration of Learning evening on Thursday 11th June. I was so incredibly proud of our children and staff as they showcased their learning achievements from this term. I was overwhelmed by the number of parents and visitors who attended the event. It gave me great pleasure to be able to share our successes with our school community and to outline the next steps in our development plans for the school. Our vision of every pupil reaching their potential through us bringing learning to life for them is now a reality for our children. We were all able to enjoy a presentation which captured the impact of our creative curriculum on our children's learning and aspiration, as we reflected back together on the wide range of real life learning experiences they have accessed so far this academic year.  Our Young Voices choir demonstrated true aspiration as they performed the 'African Medley' and 'When I Grow Up' from the concert they took part in earlier this year. Then our Y3 class opened their fantastic literacy exhibition in the Gallery in the main entrance of the school which showcases the impact of their creative learning on their writing outcomes. I felt so proud of our children from Nursery to Y6 as they shared their learning achievements with their parents. They were motivated and excited to do so and rightly so! I would like to thank all of the staff and children for their hard work and commitment to making the evening such a success and all of our parents and visitors who joined us at the event. 

Posted by: on: 20/06/2015

A busy and rewarding term


As we approach the end of this term, it is a pleasure to reflect on our school achievements during the last few weeks! Our creative curriculum continues to develop, with children from all classes enjoying further motivational experiences to inspire their learning. Y3 had a fantastic time at Cadbury World, Y5 were amazed by wonders at the National Space Centre and Y4 have continued to learn in their immediate locality by visiting the meadows to further their knowledge and understanding of rivers in their geography topic.


Our Foundation Stage children have also been very excited this week as a brood of baby chicks have hatched before their eyes. There has been awe and wonder every day as they arrive eager to see the chicks. 


It is very rewarding to see the impact of our new curriculum on our children's learning. There are further exciting creative learning opportunities planned in the coming weeks for all classes.


After School Clubs


In addition to our exciting curriculum, many of our children are enjoying attending our wide range of after school clubs this term including running, tennis, tri-golf and cookery. Some of our running club members were supported to take part in an inter-school running event on 3rd May at Langtoft by Mrs Davys and Mrs Lake. It was great to see them keen and eager to participate in this 3K run on a very wet and cold Sunday morning! Well done everyone.  


Posted by: on: 16/05/2015

Planting the Burrows


We held our community planting event yesterday up on the school field. Despite the grey clouds, we received fantastic support from staff, parents, children and also staff and ex-pupil volunteers from Stamford Welland Academy. The event was planned and co-ordinated by Mr John Burrows and our Y4 teacher, Mrs Alison Walker.


Everyone worked together to plant trees and shrubs in our fantastic new woodland area on the school field. Some of these trees were donated by the Woodland Trust a few years ago and have been kindly nurtured and looked after for us by John who is the head gardener at Burghley House. John transported the trees over to the school on Saturday. He  kindly offered to oversee our planting by lending his expertise and was also able to bring a very special oak tree for us to plant, grown from an acorn the Royal Estate in Windsor. We were also supported by some of John's colleagues from the Stamford Horticultural Society who also shared their expertise with us. 


Mr Burrows’ connection to our school is very strong.  His daughter Lucy is currently in Year 6 and his son James is in Year 3. His mother is Mrs Gill Burrows, who retired last year after 26 years as a classroom assistant and midday supervisor at our school. 


As three generations of the Burrows family have been heavily involved with life at the Bluecoat, for so many years, we felt it would be fitting to dedicate the newly created woodland to Mrs Gill Burrows, longstanding member of the Bluecoat staff, grandmother of Lucy and James in recognition of her long service to the school. We will be inviting her to formally declare the woodland open later in the year.


I was genuinely overwhelmed by the support and community spirit that was evident on Saturday during the planting of the trees. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who took part and in particular to John and Mrs Walker for their hard work and efforts in planning the event. Our new woodland area will be a wonderful addition to our school grounds for current pupils of the school and for many generations to come! We are looking forward to caring for the trees and watching them grow over the coming years.  


   


 

Posted by: on: 01/03/2015

Reading for Pleasure!


It was a delight to see our Reception children visiting our wonderful library this week! Mrs Thomas, our librarian, welcomed groups of Reception children and it was a pleasure to see their excitement and enjoyment as they explored the book collection and shared stories together. I look forward to seeing them as regualr visitors to the library during the coming months and years as they develop their love of reading for pleasure!



    


  


Nick Boles, MP for Grantham and Stamford visits our library to read to children 


We also welcomed Nick Boles, the British Conservative MP for the Grantham and Stamford constituency to our library on Friday 27th February. Nick shared stories with children from Y1 to Y6 in the library. He was a great role model and promoted an enjoyment of reading for pleasure with them as he read extracts from various fiction books during the sessions. One of our key aims for the library is to invite members of the community into our school to read with the children. Our librarian, Mrs Thomas has arranged for many visitors to join us in recent months and these shared story sessions, highlight to the children the pleasure of reading and how important reading is for their learning and achievement. I would like to extend my thanks to Nick for joining us on this occasion. The children greatly enjoyed meeting him and were keen to find out more about his role as their local MP and his remit in our Government.      


Posted by: on: 01/03/2015

A great start to the new term!


Y1 Trip to Nene Valley Railway


Our exciting creative curriculum continued this week with our Y1 class visiting the Nene Valley Railway and taking a ride on a steam train. It was a delight to talk to the Y1 children when they returned from their trip. They were so excited and keen to tell me all about their experiences and this memorable day has inspired them to produce some excellent work back in the classroom this week. Please visit the Y1 blog for more details of this trip and a link to the gallery of lovely photographs.   


Stamford Dance Festival  


Our Y6 class made us exceptionally proud as they performed their excellent dance routine at the Stamford Dance Fesitval on Wednesday 25th February. They had created their dance with the expert tuition of our dance coach, Stuart Hancock from Premier Performing Arts and did a great job. You can enjoy lots of photos of this event in the Y6 blog.


Our new football kit!


Our football team were proud to unveil their smart new football kit this week. I am extremely grateful to our corporate sponser, Symphony Kitchens who funded our fantastic new kit and training tops. Our team wore their new kit with pride when they played their match at the Bythams on Thursday!



  


 An Inspiring Visit from Sam Ruddock


It was a pleasure to welcome back Sam Ruddock to our school this week. Sam is a very accomplished paralympic track and field athlete who represents Great Britain. He spent an afternoon with some Y6 pupils inspiring them to reach some personal learning goals. Sam worked with the children in the role of mentor, sharing with them details of his own personal challenges and experiences from his education and his journey to becoming a successful paralympic athlete. The children were really inspired by Sam and highly motivated to achieve their aims and  goals back in the classroom after the session!


              


 


  

Posted by: on: 28/02/2015

More exciting creative learning in our school


Visit by Major Samways


The children in Y4 enjoyed a visit from Major Samways on Monday. The class are excited about their new history focus and learning all about the Romans. The children have been finding out about the similarities and differences between roman and our modern day armies and were really motivated by the opportunity to meet and talk to a real soldier as part of their learning. It was a pleasure to welcome Major Samways to our school. He has been in the army for 38 years and was really pleased to talk to the children in Y4 about his career and answer their questions. One of the key aims of our creative curriculum is to enable our children to meet professionals such as Major Samways and I am grateful to him for the time he spent with our pupils. 



 Our new fencing club  


We have recently introduced a new fencing club after school. It was great to see some of Y5 and Y6 pupils taking part with such enjoyment and enthusiasm this afternoon!    


    


 

Posted by: on: 03/02/2015

The Amazing Young Voices Concert


I had the pleasure and privilege of accompanying our choir to the Young Voices concert on Friday 16th January 2015. We had an amazing time and I was so proud of the children. Their behaviour was exemplary and they represented our school brilliantly. It is difficult to explain in words the impact of this event for our children but I am sure that the children  and the parents who accompanied us on Friday will be able to tell you all about the experience. I would also like to thank Mrs Bloor for her hard work in helping our choir to prepare for the concert and the other staff for their support at the event. Please do visit the Young Voices website at www.youngvoices.co,uk for further details of the event and some wonderful pictures from the concert. There will be more photos available on our gallery section in the near future.  


 


    



 


 

Posted by: on: 18/01/2015

Our bike challenge!


Our bike challenge!


We completed our bike challenge today! I was very proud of all KS2 children and many of our staff members as they took turns to ride the bike and add to our very pleasing overall distance of 62 miles! You can see more photos of our efforts in the gallery section.



 



  

Posted by: on: 13/01/2015

Inspire+ Legacy Tour inspires our children


Inspire+ Legacy Tour


We work in partnership with the sports charity Inspire+ as part of our high quality and motivating sports provision. Inspire+ recently launched it's annual Legacy Tour. The tour this year is focusing on the adventures of Sarah Outen MBE who is one of the charity's ambassadors.


Sarah is currently completing the challenge of London to London via the world using human power only! Sarah started this adventure in 2011 setting out from Tower Bridge London and has since rowed, kayaked and cycled East from London across Europe, Asia and the North Pacific to Alaska.


Sarah is currently cycling from Alaska across Canada and as part of the Inspire+ Legacy Tour, we enjoyed an assembly on Friday which gave the children an insight into Sarah’s adventures and the challenges she faces. The assembly was led by Chris Graves from Isnpire+ and as part of the presentation, we were hoping to contact Sarah via a live satellite call to ask her some questions.


Unfortunately, the technology let us down on Friday, however the children were fascinated by the stories they heard about Sarah's adventures including: an encounter with a shark, her rescue from a tropical storm and meeting a grizzly bear much closer than you would want to! Even though the live satellite link failed on Friday, Sarah e-mailed us to let us know that she will try to speak to us later in her journey!


The Legacy Tour is facilitated by Inspire+ and assisted by the schools Bronze Young Ambassadors and we were really proud of our two amabassadors who did a great job for us again on Friday. Chris left us with a cycle and are now keen to rise to the challenge of how many miles we can cycle between us in 24 hours, to see if we can be the school gets closest to the thousands of miles Sarah will be covering! We will be attemping this challenge on Tuesday and I will update you next week!


To find out more about Sarah’s Challenge visit: www.sarahouten.com and www.inspireplus.org


Posted by: on: 11/01/2015

Representing our school in the community


Carol Singing at Morrisons


I was very proud of our Y4 class who represented our school by singing Christmas carols in Morrisons at the end of last term. They were supported by some members of our KS2 choir and their singing was lovely and very much appreciated by the customers and staff. Children in Y4 have also enjoyed some very memorable and motivational learning experiences this term and were excited and proud to sing in one of their local supermarkets. As you know, Y4 are leading on a project to create an outdoor learning classroom for our school and they raised a total of £80 towards their fund from this morning’s performance. Well done everyone!



 


 


 


 


 


Y5 – Business Enterprise


 When planning their creative learning with Mrs Carter this term, the children in Year 5 decided they would like to run a business at the Christmas Fayre and to donate any profits they made to charity.  The children set up four different companies, designed their products, sourced and priced ingredients then asked me for loans to enable them to get started!


The children’s ventures have been very successful. Representatives from the different companies came to see me this at the end of last term to tell me about their profit margins and the class raised an overall total profit of £107.75 after costs and expenses. This money will be donated to a charity called Whizz Kidz.  This charity was selected in response to a pupil in the class being able to relate the benefits of their good work for his own family. You can visit the charity’s website at www.whizz-kidz.org.uk. I am very proud of Y5 and wish to congratulate them on their achievements from this very successful creative learning project!



 


 

Posted by: on: 10/01/2015

Our Fantastic Christmas Performances


Our Christmas Performances 2014


All classes in our school from Nursery to Y6 proudly presented their Christmas productions in the last two weeks of last term. I had the pleasure of seeing each and every performance and I am extremely proud of all of the children who took part in any way. Planning, rehearsing and staging each production takes a great deal of hard work and commitment from the staff involved and I would like to thank them all for their efforts which resulted in three first class productions. These productions are one of the most special events that our children get to share with their parents and families each year and they enable us to celebrate with them, the many skills and talents they have. I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.


The cast of the Key Stage One production The Landlord's Cat




 


The Wisemen and camels from the KS2 performance Stable Manners 

Posted by: on: 10/01/2015

I am very proud of our school!


We have had a very busy few weeks this term and there are many reasons why I am incredibly proud of our school! Our creative curriculum is really motivating and exciting our pupils as they develop their own learning experiences together with their teachers and other staff within the school. I was lucky to accompany our Y2 class on their adventure in Fineshade Woods recently. The children were a delight to be with as they demonstrated a range of skills and achievements during the visit including independence, team building, problem solving, self challenge and determination to achieve! Their learning outcomes back at school afterwards showcase the impact of active learning away from the classroom.



 


I can do it!


 


 


 


On Thursday 20th November we held our first celebration of learning event of this school year when all children from Nursery to Y6 were proud to share their creative learning achievements with their parents and families. Our choir performed a preview of the songs they are learning for the Young Voices Concert in January and then Y4 opened their amazing gallery of learning linked to their exciting curriculum experiences so far this year. We were also joined by John Jefferies who, together with pupils from Y5, provided further e-safety advice and guidance for parents. It was a very successful evening and we were all very proud of the children and their achievements. Please visit the gallery section of the website to see more photographs of this memorable open event.



 


Mr Mark Kieran, our Chair of Governors, was very proud to declare the Y4 Creative Curriculum Gallery open! 


 


 


 


 Our Y5 class have also been very motivated by their creative learning this term and have been very enterprising with their class business ventures! Representatives from the class came to see me and they successfully bid for start up capital to set up their three companies. They went on to design and create their products for sale at our recent Christmas Fair and were very successful! They will be coming to see me again soon to discuss their profit margins and to present me with their proposals as to how they plan to spend the money they raised.  


Enterprise


Some of our Governors spent the afternoon in school on Wednesday 26th November talking to children and staff about the success of our new curriculum and they enjoyed finding out about how the success of the different creative learning projects taking place throughout the school.  


We began the festive season last Friday 28th November with our annual Christmas Fair. It was one of the most successful community events we have enjoyed since I became Headteacher and we received fantastic support on the night from our parent community.


One of the highlights of the evening was that Santa's reindeer were in our school garden and it was magical to see the children's responses as they went out to meet them!  


Reindeer


We are now busy preparing for our Christmas performances throughout the school and I am greatly looking forward to welcoming parents to the events during the next couple of weeks.


Well done everyone!       


 


    


 


 

Posted by: on: 02/12/2014

Quicksticks


I am very proud of the Year 5 and Year 6 pupils who represented the school on Tuesday afternoon at a Quicksticks competition. They played extremely well all afternoon and finished third overall in the competition.


Thanks to Mr Brewer for coaching them in our after school club and to Mrs Lake who accompanied the children to the competition.


Hockey

Posted by: on: 22/10/2014

Bikeability


Congratulations to all those children in Years 5 and 6 who last week took part in Bikeability.


Despite terrible weather the children worked with tremendous enthusiasm and showed great desire to become knowledgeable about how to keep themselves safe when riding on the roads.


The two Instructors, John and Paul said, "It was a pleasure to work at your school and we look forward to coming back."


I would also like to express my thanks to Mrs Lake who braved the weather for every session, in order to support the children. I am very grateful for her efforts.


Here is everyone- the only time the sun came out.


Y5 and Y6 Bikeability

Posted by: on: 13/10/2014

A fantastic open morning!


I would like to thank all of our parents who attended the open learning sessions in the main school last Monday. It was great to see so many of you in classrooms with your children and enjoying taking part in their learning with them. We all really enjoyed welcoming you into their lessons and we will aim to do so again soon!


Thank you also to those parents who stayed to attend the first of our e-safety parent workshops. I know from talking to the parents who did attend, that they found the sessions really valuable. We will be holding more workshops on this important subject in the near future.  


 


 


 


Thank you for your Harvest Foodbank donations


I would also like to thank everyone for your kind and generous donations to the Harvest foodbank appeal. The children took your donations over to Christchurch on Friday afternoon in preparation for their Harvest service today and I know they were very much appreciated. The donations will be given to Stamford's Foodbank to distribute to those in need. I do hope that some of you were ale to attend the service with Rev. Nikki today too.


Posted by: on: 28/09/2014

After school opportunities


After school clubs


It was great to see children in Y3 and Y4 getting so excited about their first after school football session today. We have now invited all of the children from Y1 to Y6 to join a wide range of exciting after school activities including drama, ICT, multi-sports and gardening, all of which will be starting soon. The children now have over 16 different after school club activities overall to choose from in the different year groups. I would like to thank the staff for their commitment and enthusiasm for providing so many varied opportunities for the children to extend their school day this term.   


 


 

Posted by: on: 17/09/2014

Welcome Back!


Welcome to the new school year!


I would like to extend a very warm welcome back to all pupils and parents. We have enjoyed a really positive start to the new school year and it has been a pleasure to see all of our children back at school, eager and ready to learn.


A very warm welcome too, to our new nursery and reception children and their families and to our new teachers in our Reception, Y6 and Y5 classes.


Our exciting new creative curriculum


All classes are now enjoying their new creative curriculum. I will be sending information about our new curriculum out to parents in the near future and full details will soon appear on the website.


A celebration of learning!


I had the pleasure of congratulating Y4 today after they presented an excellent assembly to the whole school about butterflies. The children have been back in school for less than two weeks but were able to confidently share lots of
information with the rest of the school about their exciting new project and the things they have already learnt. Y4 used ICT, models and some excellent reading to tell us all about the classification and identification of British
butterflies. They also recited a poem that they had written themselves. Well done Y4!


Open Day and E-Safety parent workshops


We are all looking forward to our open sessions next Monday 22nd September at 9am and 1pm and I hope that lots of parents will take the opportunity to visit your children's new classes and to enjoy learning with them.   


I am also delighted that we have been able to arrange two parent workshops on that day on the very important topic of keeping children safe on-line at home. Full details have been sent home by newsletter and I hope that as many of you as possible are able to attend one of the workshops. I look forward to welcoming you to the open learning sessions and the e-safety workshops next Monday.


 


 


 


    


 


          


 

Posted by: on: 16/09/2014

Our first ever CD!


Our First School CD!


We had an exciting afternoon in school today as children in Y1 to Y6 recorded our first ever school CD! Our vocal coach, Craig Saggers and Mrs Bloor supported the children to perform ten of their favourite songs. The singing was wonderful and our new CD, 'Songs for Summer' will be available to order at our summer fair and BBQ on Thursday 10th July.


 

Posted by: on: 01/07/2014

A great week!


What a great week!


I would like to say a huge well done to all of the children for their fantastic sportsmanship and teamwork at our sports day event last Tuesday! It was a great pleasure to welcome so many parents and other visitors to the event and I would like to thank you for your support. The children really appreciated the great encouragement from everyone as they participated in their chosen events and competed both for their own personal best performances as well as for their house teams. Congratulations to the Red Team who won our Sports Day trophy this year and well done to the other three teams for their great efforts!


I would also like to thank all staff, children, parents and visitors for your kind birthday wishes and the lovely flowers, gifts and cards. They were very much appreciated. Our sports day was a fantastic way to mark my 50th birthday!


Sports Day 50th Birthday


We had a really successful week with so much to be proud of. In addition to our great sports day, our Year 3 class attended the mini commonwealth games in Grantham where they had the opportunity to meet some paralympian athletes and to particpate in an exciting range of games and activities. We are all delighted that they won the banner competition out of all of the school entries and in so doing, won £100 worth of new sports equipment for our school! Well done to all the children and staff in Y3! You will soon be able to see some great photos of the event on the gallery section of the website.


We are all looking forward to next week now! On Tuesday we will be recording our first ever school CD! More information to follow soon.  


   


          

Posted by: on: 29/06/2014

Tuesday 13th May 2014 - So many things to be proud of!


I am so proud of our Y6 class this week. They are busy taking their KS2 SATS tests and all of them are approaching the tests with enthusiasm and good spirits.


I have also greatly enjoyed the photographs of the YR trip to Fineshades Wood last week. Learning outdoors is a really positive experience for all children and our Reception class had a fantastic time in the woods despite the rain! Thank you to all of the staff and adults who supported the trip. The children were so excited to tell me all about it and it was lovely to see their enthusiasm and to share in their excitement back in school!


I have had the pleasure of seeing all classes involved in some really positive learning throughout the school during the last few days including exciting science investigations, creative maths and some excellent drama and performance of playscripts. Well done everyone!      


 


      


   

Posted by: on: 13/05/2014

Friday 2nd May 2014 - Celebrating attendance!


100% attendance!


Attending school every day is the key to successful learning. I was delighted to share the news with the children that we achieved 100% attendance across the school on Friday 2nd May! Well done everyone. I look forward to seeing you all back at school on Tuesday 6th May.


 


    

Posted by: on: 04/05/2014

Another reason to celebrate! Receiving the Inclusion Quality Mark!


Our Nursery is the first setting in Lincolnshire to Receive the Inclusion Quality Mark! 


I was thrilled to receive confirmation last week that our Nursery is the first setting in Lincolnshire to be the awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark! This is further recognition of our outstanding Early Years Provision and I would like to record my congratulations to Mrs Magan and the rest of the Early Years Team on this fantastic achievement. Effective schools are educationally inclusive schools and I am proud to lead a school where our inclusive approach has been recognised in this way. We will be attending the awards ceremony in Lincoln on 8th July 2014.   

Posted by: on: 27/04/2014

Welcome back


New Term - Tuesday 22nd April 2014


It was great to welcome all of the children at school today after the Easter holidays. When we met for assembly this morning, the children were enthusiastic and happy to be back in school and looking forward to the new term. It was a really positive way to start the week!


We talked about holiday memories and things the children have done during the last couple of weeks that have made them feel proud. It was great to hear about individuals winning dance competitions, practising their singing, volunteering as part of their Legacy challenges, taking more exercise and trying to eat more healthily!


I shared with the children about Mrs Davys, our business manager completing the London Marathon in 4 hours and 38 minutes. This was a great personal achievement for her and also an inspiration to the children, especially those who attend the running club provided by Mrs Davys on Mondays. We would all like to offer her our congratulations. Mrs Davys will be talking about her experience and showing the children her medal in school this week.    


We are all looking forward to a positive and successful term ahead!    
   

Posted by: on: 22/04/2014

Happy Easter!

I would like to wish all children, parents and staff a very happy Easter weekend. I look forward to seeing you all back at school next week.  

Posted by: on: 19/04/2014

Wednesday 9th April 2014


I am really proud of Y6 for attending Easter Camp this week. The opportunity to carry on learning through the holidays will help all of you to achieve your personal best in your SATS tests in May. I would like to say thank you to Mr Bloor, Mrs Lake and Mrs Tubb for providing the Easter camp for the children.

Well done on your mental maths tests scores today! I am sure there is a strong link between fun physical exercise (the bouncy castle assault course!) and positive learning and achievement. I look forward to having a chat with you all about this when term starts again!


Enjoy the rest of the week. I look forward to reading more over the next couple of days!


Mrs Hines





   

Posted by: on: 09/04/2014

Assembly - Tuesday 1st April 2014

I have enjoyed sharing a springtime assembly with everyone this morning

Posted by: on: 01/04/2014

Thank you! - Monday 31st March 2014


We held our non-uniform day today in return for chocolate donations for our Easter Fair and Disco on Thursday. I would like to thank you all so much for your generous donations of Easter Eggs and other chocolate treats for the children (and parents!) to have the opportunity to win on Thursday. We have arranged another professional disco at the request of the children and there will also be a bouncy castle and lots of other fun Easter activities. Please come along and support us! I look forward to welcoming you all. 


 

Posted by: on: 31/03/2014

Friday 28th March 2014 - Our Fantastic Open Event


I would like to thank all of our parents and children who attended our Open Event last night. It was a fantastic evening!  I was so proud of our choir as they performed some of their favourite songs from the Young Voices concert for our visitors. Our new vocal coach, Craig Saggers also joined us and led the performance. The impact of being coached by Craig is already evident and the children's singing really impressed everyone! One parent commented  how listening to them had given her 'shivers'. I was also able to tell the children that we will be going to the Young Voices concert again in January 2015 which led to a cheer of appreciation from them all!

We then moved to open our new literacy Gallery exhibition which had been created by our Y3 class. The Gallery display is amazing. The children in Y3 performed a dragon poem perfectly which had a surprising twist for me at the end! The Gallery was then declared open by Y3 and our parents and other visitors were able to enjoy the fantastic writing the children have produced this term.

There were also lots of other exciting opportunities for parents to enjoy practical science, creative workshops and to enjoy displays of quality work from every class in the school.

Mrs Martin also brought in some of her collection of exotic pets and the children and adults had the opportunity to meet snakes, lizards and a giant tortoise!  I enjoyed meeting the python up close until he started to wrap himself around my arm at which point I was happy to hand him back! More photos of this event will be in the Gallery section very soon.


    


 


 


        

Posted by: on: 29/03/2014

Thursday 27th March 2014


Our Open Event - Celebrating Children's Achievements


Today we have all been busy getting ready for our open event.  These events are now really special to our children. So many of them have been telling me today how excited they are that their parents and other visitors will be coming into school to see their work and to find out about their recent learning experiences.


Our staff have worked really hard to help the children get ready to showcase their achievements. The teamwork spirit here amongst our staff team is fantastic  and I would like to express my thanks to everyone for their commitment and support in preparing for this evening's event. 

Posted by: on: 27/03/2014

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