Newsletter 1 April 2022

Headteachers Update

It's hard to believe that it's been a year since I joined as Headteacher of The Schools of Woolton Hill, and two years since the Governors took the decision to federate both schools. We have achieved a lot in that time and already taken some big steps towards delivering on the original vision for federation.

The next big piece of work is to create a joint vision and unified set of values, across the federation. This is a really important step and will ensure that we all have a shared understanding of the school that we are building. Please follow this link to watch a video in which I explain the importance of this work to our schools and invite you all to share your views and get involved.

We are seeing many benefits to joint working. We have strengthen our leadership team with the appointment of Mrs Robinson-Slater as our new maths manager across both schools. She has a strong vison for excellence in maths and has already drawn up plans to improve the quality of provision in this area. Mrs Robinson-Slater said, "I love numbers and I can't wait to share my passion for mathematics across the Federation. I will be planning a parent workshop for maths in the summer term."

Our teaching & learning consultant Mrs Johnson comes to the end of her project to work alongside our teachers, developing their classroom practice and leaves our Federation at Easter. Mrs Johnson joined our school during a period of transition and provided me with essential and valuable leadership support whilst we appointed our Federation Deputy. Mrs Johnson's contribution to our Federation will be felt long after she has left and we wish her the best of luck for the future.

Mrs Strugnell, one of our TAs in Hazel class also leaves the Federation at Easter. Mrs Strugnell has really helped the children she has worked with during her time at the Junior School and I would like to thank her for this contribution.

Smart Watches

Children must not wear 'smart watches' such as the Apple Watch to school. These watches often have the ability to take photographs and are not appropriate in the classroom for safeguarding reasons. There is also a risk that these expensive pieces of equipment could get lost or broken.

School dinners - menu changes next week

There will be the following changes to the menu next week:

Tuesday - Turkey meatloaf will replace the lemon and herb chicken with couscous

Thursday - Baked battered fish (red), cheese omelette (green) and chicken grill in a roll (yellow) will be served

Friday breaktime snacks will be available on Thursday next week.

The new menu for school dinners after Easter is available here, the kitchen will also be offering a picnic sandwich option. Due to increasing costs the price of school meals is increasing to £2.60 per day from Monday 25th April.

Parents Meeting: E-Safety

Thank you to all the parents who attended our E-Safety workshop. Andrew from Harrap ICT delivered a really helpful presentation on a range of issues such as YouTube, monitoring internet usage and gaming. Parents who were unable to attend can click here for further information on keeping children safe online.

Keeping our children safe is so important and E-Safety workshops were delivered to each year group across the Federation. Children spoke about how they used the internet and were taught how they can keep themselves safe when online.

Mother's Day Lunch

We were very happy to welcome mums along to school this week to share lunch with their children. Thank you to our catering staff at HC3S to the tasty food. Our mums do a fantastic job and we were so pleased to welcome parents back in to our school again.

After School Club

Despite all of our efforts, we have still been unable to recruit any staff for our new after school club. Unfortunately this means the club's launch will be delayed until after Easter.

I include links to the positions below and ask that if you know of anyone who might be interested in either position, that you pass along this information.

We are also looking for donations of good quality toys and games that the children can use at the club. Please bring in anything you think is suitable.

Governing Body

The Governing Body is also looking to recruit a new Clerk. This is a paid role and you can find out more by clicking here.


Star Awards

Congratulations to the following children for their recent star awards. Star awards are displayed in school for a week and then sent home.

25th Mar: Henry W, Holly S, Ashley M, Cayden B, Toni-Lea E, Beth I, Lila R, Tillie H, Annabelle L, Saoirse R, Jake B and Rebecca B.

1st Apr: Eloise D, Eva S, Charlotte B, Finn E, Izzy C, Ella W, Millie T, Katie D, Hollie M, Ethan H, Willow H and Sam J.


Hot Chocolate Awards

25th Mar: Henry W, Holly S, Ashley M, Cayden B, Toni-Lea E, Beth I, Lila R, Tillie H, Annabelle L, Saoirse R, Jake B and Rebecca B.

1st Apr: No hot chocolate today.


Other updates

Cross Country

Children from over 40 Primary schools across West Berks and North Hampshire took part in a cross country competition at the Newbury Showground last Tuesday. Woolton Hill was well represented, with a team of 37 pupils, taken from each of our five classes.

The event was organised into four races ( a boys and a girls event for the lower and upper school) and the course itself, was a whopping 1.5 miles!

As usual our pupils participated brilliantly. The children ran with great resilience and determination, keeping going over the arduous terrain. With over a thousand pupils taking part, the final results were not available of the day, but we now know that consistent performances from our children placed Woolton Hill, 7th overall for the tournament.

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