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No 309, Friday 27th May 2016 Dear Parents and Carers, We’ve had a superb last week of this half term at Betty Layward and can’t believe that we are only seven weeks away from the summer holidays! On Monday of this week 12 children from…

No 309, Friday 27th May 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve had a superb last week of this half term at Betty Layward and can’t believe that we are only seven weeks away from the summer holidays!

On Monday of this week 12 children from year 5 went off to Madrid with Jason, Helen, Claire and Bibi! We’ve been following their adventure on Instagram @BLinMadrid and I know they’ve had a superb trip! They will be back this afternoon and we can’t wait to hear all about it. Thank you to Claire and Bibi who put the application in for the funding and to all the adults who went along. I hope the children will always remember it!

Theo Williams kicked our week off with a wonderful pupil led assembly with no adults present! (see picture opposite) He had created a presentation on cyber bullying and what to do if you feel threatened online. It was a really relevant and useful topic and he had worked incredibly hard to put it together. I love watching children’s leadership skills develop through these assemblies and through the roles they have around the school. Well done Theo, we are very proud of you!

This week the police have been visiting various classes to talk about safety in the community, how to keep ourselves safe and road safety. We hope these have been useful discussions which have prompted some interesting questions.

On Wednesday we welcomed our new Headteacher, Jessica Bailey, into school for a visit! Jessica met KS2 children in assembly, walked around and met each class and also spent some time getting to know the school with the SLT. Jessica is really excited to start with us in September and is looking forward to getting to know the whole community.

This was Byron’s last week with us at BL and we were very sad to see him go! He has done some excellent singing work with KS2 this year and is off to pastures new. We are determined to always put creative arts at the top of our list of priorities and I am passionate about the benefits of singing in the curriculum. Therefore, Mel McHugh is going to lead singing across the school for two days a week from September. Mel is a trained singer who loves music and is so excited to be leading. We will now have the capacity to extend singing lessons to KS1 and EYFS. Mel will also take over Byron’s junior choir and we hope to be seeing many more performances and opportunities for them.

Today we had a very special visitor in our playground! A unicorn called Harlow! Children followed the glittery hoof prints down the path into the playground and discovered a beautiful unicorn in the woodlands! From this they spent the day writing about their experience and creatively thinking about how it got there and where it had come from. I held an assembly on Friday afternoon where we shared writing from across the school about the unicorn. It was a beautiful end to the term. It is good to remember at times, especially after a term of exams and busyness, that primary school should be about positive experiences and memorable moments. This, we hope, was one of them.

Today our Y5 debaters got through to the grand final of the Linklaters Debating Challenge! Amazing! Well done to Gillie, Zach, Keira, Eva, Isla, Remy and Cordelia and thanks to Anna and Dorinda! Superb skills!

I hope you all have a superb half term and get a well-deserved rest!

Take care,

Verity Carter

Acting Headteacher

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