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Update 9.2.24

Dear Parents and Carers,

Book Fair

We would like to say a huge thank you for your amazing support of the Book Fair this week, which will close by 4pm today. I would also like to thank the staff that gave up their time to run it on a voluntary basis. We have been overwhelmed by the number of people that have visited the fair to purchase books. Once the figures are finalised and we have heard back from Scholastic, we will let you know the number of books that we are going to receive as a result of your support for this. Thanks again for making it such a success.

Parent Consultation Evenings and ‘Pop Ins’

It was great to see so many people at the Parents Evenings this week and to hear how proud you are of your child’s achievements and progress. Thank you for your support with this. As promised, there will be an opportunity to attend a ‘Book Look Pop In’ after Easter. This will be chance to come into school to sit with your child and look through their work and achievements so far this year. This will be the only chance to see the books prior to them being sent home in July. To give you the best chance of being able to attend, we are sending out the dates below well in advance. They will all take place between 2.40 and 3.10pm.

Book Look Pop Ins:

Rec         9/5/24

Y1           30/4/24

Y2           25/4/24

Y3           22/4/24

Y4           14/5/24

Y5           2/5/24

Y6           23/5/24

There are other ‘Pop Ins’ still to come before Easter and these were included in the Parent Update 12.1.24 which can be found at https://www.all-saints.lincs.sch.uk/news/latest-news/ Year groups will also contact you before all ‘Pop Ins’ as a reminder.

‘Waddington Ward’ Drawing Competition

We had a visitor from RAF Waddington in our assembly this morning. He was in school to present the prizes to the winners of the ‘Your Waddington Village’ drawing competition organised the RAF Waddington Project FOCUS team last term. The winning design has been printed and framed and will shortly be presented to the ‘Waddington Ward’ at Lincoln County Hospital. ‘Waddington Ward’ is a cancer ward which provides care for both outpatients and also end-of-life inpatients. Our picture will be put up in the ward with other pictures depicting various scenes of Waddington village and the RAF Station that have been donated by the Project FOCUS team.

End of Term

The children break up today, as another term ends with a huge number of successes, at a time when schools are having to deal with an unprecedented level of challenges including reduced funding and increasing costs and responsibilities. We, like other schools all over the country, are grappling with the recruitment and retention crisis which reflects the ever increasing level of responsibility and workload being placed upon the staff in schools. Reductions in emotional / behavioural support and social care, exponential increases in the number of pupils with additional needs to manage and spiralling expectations relating to the management of attendance and safeguarding, all contribute significantly to this. It is easy to see that the NHS is struggling because appointments, beds and ambulances are like gold dust, but the pressures upon schools are less easy to see. The fact that children are still getting such an amazing deal is an astounding achievement that does not always get the recognition that it should. So, I would like to pay tribute to the dedicated and committed staff, who give so much of themselves, doing everything that they can to give pupils at this school a great education, at a time when simply being able to prioritise the supervision and education of children seems long gone.

On a positive note, I would like to say how lovely it is that the Red Arrows have so often been flying at a time that coincides with the children going home from school. It is easy to take for granted how lucky we are to be able to frequently see this. Whether the timing is intentional or coincidental I don’t know, but we do appreciate how lucky we are to have had this.

Thank you for your support this term and we look forward to seeing you again on 19th February, when the children return.

Kind regards

Paul Martin

Headteacher

Update 2.2.24

Dear Parents and Carers,

February at last! After what seemed to be an endless January, it has been so lovely to see a bit of light and brightness again today. It has been an eventful and busy month, but we continue to be very proud of our pupils and staff and their achievements.  This week, we had our Quality Assurance visit from the Director of Schools in the MAT and she was really pleased to see how well our planned improvements and initiatives are going. She was particularly pleased with the impact of the handwriting development. The children have loved the challenge of learning to write in cursive form, the fact that the approach is so different has motivated them because they can clearly see the impact of their efforts.

We will be publishing a list of our next round of Parent ‘Pop Ins’ for March/April in the near future. The theme for these will be an opportunity to come in at 2.40pm to enable your child’s to show you their learning since September. We realise that not everyone will be able to make this, so if you are not going to be able to take this opportunity, please let us know nearer the time and we will arrange for your child to take part in an alternative activity, so that they don’t feel left out.

The target sheets are coming home today ahead of the Parent Consultations next week and we are looking forward to seeing you. Please remember that there is a ten minute slot for each child, so please support the teachers to be able to keep to time by being at the classroom in time for your appointment.

We have been informed that UKHSA have declared measles as a national incident. ‘Measles is a highly infectious disease that can sometimes lead to serious problems such as pneumonia, meningitis, and on rare occasions, long-term disability or death.’ So we have attached an information leaflet that may be of interest to you. (This guide has been translated into other languages, please contact the office for more information.)

There will be a Book Fair open to parents and children after school from 3.20pm in the Learning Hub, near to the hall, Tuesday to Friday next week. This year, books can only be purchased online. There is a QR code that you can scan (displayed on the cases) which takes you directly to the Scholastic page. This will enable the payment to be made before you take the books. The sale of books will generate money for the school to buy new books for the pupils to read, so please support this if you can.

We were thrilled that 8 of our classes made it into the top 100 classes out of 687 across the Multi Academy Trust Sumdog Competition. Particular congratulations to Mrs Wood’s class, who came 19th overall. An amazing achievement!

In a recent Update, I asked for pupils to bring in certificates, medals or trophies that they win, so that they can be presented in our ‘High Flyers Assembly’ on a Friday. It has been lovely to be doing this again and really shows the broad range of activities that they are accessing. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate and acknowledge their talents and interests.

I try to send an Update out every week or two, but realise that it is easy to miss one, or may be hard to find it later. You may be interested to know that if you visit our website there is a link on the homepage to ‘Latest News’. The Updates are archived here for your information and reference.

The children break up for a week next Friday at 3.20pm and return on 19th February.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind regards

Paul Martin

Headteacher

Update 19.1.24

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thankfully the cold weather this week has not been too disruptive and we have had another good week. Key Stage 2 enjoyed a visit from the local MP and spent a full hour questioning him. Their questions were really good. Most were about what made him want to be a politician, his degree, biggest challenges, most impressive project, interests etc. Some were more challenging however, such as banning breeds of dogs, decisions about attacking countries or ships, climate change, flooding and homelessness.

On a more basic level, we have also had a drainage company in this week, to investigate the source of some unpleasant smells in the building. They have been more obvious since the recent heavy rainfalls. Unfortunately, even with cameras down the drains, the source of the problem is not obvious. Keeping heat in means keeping smells in, so we are going to need some even more technical investigations to take place.

How do I find out what my child is learning in school?

Most parents know that a frequent answer to the question “What did you do in school today?” is ‘Nothing’ or ‘Can’t remember’, but then again most adults can’t really face recounting in detail everything that happened during their day. So how does a parent know what their child is learning about in school? In reality, it is far easier to get a child talking about their learning if you ask the right question. So, “What have you learnt about the Fire of London?” is much more likely to get your child talking, but you need to know what they are doing to be able to ask a question like this.

A quick way to find out is @allsaintslead Facebook page, also available by clicking the link on the website homepage if you are not on Facebook. The pictures may stimulate a conversation too.

In addition to this, https://www.all-saints.lincs.sch.uk/pupils/ takes you to the Class Pages that have information about the learning that the children are doing. Alternatively, https://www.all-saints.lincs.sch.uk/curriculum-overviews/ will give you more specific information. These pages are updated most terms, so it is always worth checking back.

Getting your child talking about what they have learnt is a good thing to do. This is because it enables them to recall the information that they have learnt and this makes it far more likely the information will be committed to long term memory and remembered in future. Remembering what you have learnt enables links to be made in future which accelerated progress for your child.

We hope that you find the information available useful and interesting.

Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Kind regards

Paul Martin

Headteacher

Update 12.1.24

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had another productive week and things are feeling back on-track after the break and really positive.

Drumba

Yesterday, we organised a series of Drumba sessions for the pupils. These were great fun and really high impact, both in terms of enjoyment and physically. The pupils changed for PE, the hall was filled with drums and they were put through their paces in a wonderful combination of moving and rhythm. It was great to see and hear their laughter. We will be sharing some photos on Facebook later, but we really enjoyed having the instructors with us for the day. Please do like and share our Facebook posts if you can, it helps them to stay active and reach more people.

High Flyers

A further area of the website has been updated this week. It is now possible to click the ‘High Flyers’ link on the homepage of the website to view all of the High Flyer photos from this academic year.

If your child gets certificates or awards for things that they achieve out of school (horse riding rosette, judo belt, athletics medal, swimming certificate etc) please feel free to send them in on a Thursday and we will present them in front of the school on a Friday morning. It would be great to be able to share and celebrate their successes.

No Parking on Site

As previously communicated, we have been reviewing pedestrian and car movement at the start and end of the day. To ensure the safety of children and pedestrians, there is a need to change the permissions relating to vehicles entering the school grounds. In future, only vehicles belonging to people that are officially working in school will be allowed on site. There will be new signage in the area to reflect this change.

First Aid

You may have seen on Facebook that Year 4 were given the opportunity to learn some first aid this week. They took part in a workshop that we had organised to learn basic first aid principles for dealing with everyday medical issues. This was a really valuable experience and life learning with the potential to be life saving,

Further Trips, Visits and Experiences this term:

29/1/24 Y1 Fire of London Experience

30/1/24 Y5 Visitor from the synagogue

28/2/24 Reception visit Rand Farm

29/2/24 Y2 visit Newark Air Museum

12 & 13 March Y3/4 Production 4.45pm

22/3/24 Golden Mile Day 2

25/3/24 Cerebral Palsy Awareness day

Spring Term Parent ‘Pop Ins’ Coming Soon… (all currently planned to start at 2.40pm)

5/2/24                   Y3

8/2/24                  KS1

26/2/24                Y5

1/3/24                  Y4

14/3/24                Reception

21/3/24                Y1

27/3/24                Y3

Please put these dates in your diary and we hope that you will be able to join us. We are looking forward to having the opportunity to share the achievements of our pupils with you again very soon.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind regards

Paul Martin

Headteacher

Update 5.1.24

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back and Happy New Year.

The children have once again come back very well and even though it has been a short week, it has been a very productive and purposeful one.

Next Tuesday, we have our sixth and final Open Morning for parents of children due to start school in September. The deadline for applications is 15th January and we have attached information relating to this. If you know anyone with a child that will turn five between 1st Sept 24 and 31st Aug 25, please let them know about this. To book an Open Morning tour on Tuesday 9th January at 9.30am, please contact the office.

We are very excited about our plans for the learning this term. We will also be continuing with the ‘Pop Ins’ that were such a successful and well supported initiative last term. Next week, we will be sending out some dates for the term, but here are a few key dates for parents:

  • Parent Consultation Meetings 6th and 7th February
  • Pupils break up on 9th February at 3.20pm and return on 19th February.
  • SEND review meetings take place wk beginning 19th February where applicable.
  • The spring term Parental Questionnaire will be out at the end of February.
  • The children will also break up at 3.20pm on Thursday 28th March for Easter.

At the start and end of the day, please keep to the pathways and pedestrian routes. We include the roadway within the designated pedestrian route at this time to maximise flow and reduce congestion, but this remains under review. We can only continue to permit roadways to be used if we can be sure that there is no walking between parked cars. This is to set a good example and ensure the safety of pupils if a car were moved, but also protect staff cars legitimately parked on site. Thank you in anticipation of your support with this.

As we are still in the season of coughs, colds and infections, but also an era where schools are now duty bound to evidence that they are rigorously addressing attendance, it is useful to know about the NHS guidance which can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/

This is a relatively short, but very busy term and we are looking forward to having the opportunities to share the incredible work and achievements that we are seeing from your children with you. We have built an amazing and talented staff team and the learning that we are seeing taking place at our academy is nothing short of excellent. In the meantime, we have been updating the Class Pages on our website to give you more information about what your child is learning about in school. Please take a look at https://www.all-saints.lincs.sch.uk/pupils/

We hope that you had a wonderful, fun and relaxing holiday period and send our best wishes for a good weekend.

See you soon.

Kind regards

Paul Martin

Headteacher