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From the Headteacher…

— From the Headteacher…

Friday 12th February 2016 Dear Parents and Carers, It’s the end of Spring 1 already, we can’t believe it! A very well deserved half term holiday is upon us. On Monday morning we had a visit from two police officers who spoke to our children…

Friday 12th February 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s the end of Spring 1 already, we can’t believe it! A very well deserved half term holiday is upon us.

On Monday morning we had a visit from two police officers who spoke to our children about safety in the local area, how to cross roads safely and stranger danger. It is always helpful to reiterate key messages about safety to pupils and we will further develop this during class assembly discussion time. The police officers are also booked in to visit each class during the year and discuss safeguarding.

Also on Monday Chloe, Barney and I went with our wonderful Young Voices choir to sing at the O2 as part of a choir of over 7,500 children! The choir had been building up to this for months and had worked incredibly hard to prepare and learn the words to over fifteen songs! We set off on the coach at 12:30 and didn’t arrive home until gone 10pm so it was a really long day for the children, but they were amazing! They sang brilliantly; full of enthusiasm and enjoyment. We were very proud of their behaviour and their attitude as well as their gorgeous singing.

On Tuesday it was internet safety day and each class discussed the topic. Jason, our Computing Co-ordinator, held a Computing evening in Chilli class on Thursday to discuss how we use IT within the school. Thank you to Jason for organising this and for being such a keen promoter of technology at Betty Layward.

On Wednesday Reception Aqua had their class assembly on the Chinese New Year. The children’s performance was excellent. Thank you to PJ and Ruth for organising it.

On Thursday I had the pleasure of watching our Year 6 Ruby class’ assembly. It was based on their topic of Crime and Punishment and was hilarious! Well done to the children and to Helen, Juliette and Phuong for organising it!

Today we enjoyed a Chinese New Year inspired meal at lunch, including noodles, spring rolls and fortune cookies!

Well done to Emily and Kusha in Year 6 Chilli who raised £58.59 for Hackney’s homeless at their cake sale last week and also to our Year 6 girls; who raised £194.40 for cancer research from their Movie Night last Friday! Superb organisation and planning girls, well done!

I hope you have some lovely plans for the half term holiday and that most importantly you have a rest, ready to come back refreshed a week on Monday!

Enjoy your holiday!

Verity Carter

Acting Headteacher

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