Welcome to the Headteacher's Blog....
By Mr. Conrad Fox
Academic Year 2016 - 2017
Friday 21st July
We have come to the end of another year at Hunmanby Primary School. It has been a special year because we were able to open our New Build in September on time. That meant that we could support our families with wrap around care in the form of a before and after school club. I am very pleased with the provision we can offer parents using the expertise of our own teaching assistants. The 2 Year Old Provision started in January and it has been very well attended. The progress that those children have made in two terms has been remarkable. We are about to start a six week holiday, so please take advantage of the Filey Library and the Summer Reading Challenge which is on again. There are also many other events in the area that should keep the children entertained. Our Year 6 Class of 2016-17 leaves us to go to their various new schools. I feel very proud of what they have achieved this year and happy in the knowledge that they will leave our school ready for the challenges of Key Stage 3. On behalf of all the staff at Hunmanby Primary School, we hope you all have a safe and happy summer and that the summer weather is kind to us all. We look forward to seeing you all again in September for the start of another busy academic year
Friday 23rd June
I am very excited to announce that from Sept 1st 2017 we will have a speech and language therapist working in the school every Monday. Her name is Charlotte Godfrey and she comes from an organization called ChatterBug. ChatterBug specialises in speech and language therapy for children, working with playgroups, schools, community groups and families. They are a social enterprise organization who take a flexible, innovative approach to communication difficulties, providing vital support for children, as well as parents and teachers. They understand the challenges that communication problems can pose for an individual at home and at school. Their qualified team of speech and language therapists, offer a full range of services to assess, diagnose and treat children.
Friday 9th June
Marcie in Year 5:
On Thursday the 8th June, Year3 and Year 4 went on a trip to the massive Minster in York. When we got off the bus, everybody could see the colourful windows. Getting into our partners, a tour guide told us lots of facts, that I obviously didn’t know! My favourite fact was that the metal inside the tower was two and a half times heavier than the Eiffel Tower! Later on after lunch, we were put into groups to do questionnaires with tourists walking around York. They were all very polite people. Although the people were in a rush, they were still polite. Also, they were impressed with the children from Hunmanby Primary School. We did some sketching in the Minster. It was very hard to choose what to draw, because everything was so beautiful. It was an amazing trip. We all loved it.
Friday 19th May
Thank you to everyone who filled it in the Parent Questionnaire and returned it to us. There were 73 questionnaires returned and I have collated the results as well as indicating if there was a ‘no response’ in the box. Overall, the results were very pleasing and I have fed back the comments to the staff and Governors. Although the comments were overwhelmingly positive, we are by no means complacent and take every issue highlighted on the newsletter very seriously. As always, please feel free to get in touch with me if you need to talk to me about any of the questions.
Fiday 5th May
The term is well and truly into the swing of things with lots of exciting things happening. Please check the Diary Dates for all the things planned for the Summer Term. Please note that the Year 6 children will only attend the transition days of the school they will be going to in September.
Friday 7th April
Key Stage 2 Evening International Bistro
On Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th April, Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 put on their Evening International Bistro. The food themes were Italy, India, Mexico and England. They organized the evenings into two sittings and each was able to accommodate 60 people who had already pre-ordered their food.
Each sitting was fully booked and all the guests were served by the children who had already planned the meals, bought the food and cooked it themselves. It had been arranged as a cross-curricular whole Key Stage topic and the hall was decorated with wonderful examples of writing and maths, which had been researched by the children. The Bistro has been an excellent example of teaching the children enterprise skills such as working collaboratively as a team, understanding the ideas of creating a business by marketing, advertising, sourcing stock, and making a product that they can sell. These are all useful life skills.
The total amount of money raised was an incredible £900. £150 of that will go to a local charity which the children will decide on after Easter. The rest of the money will be spent on the children during the summer term. Again, they will be thinking hard of a good use for the money in order to reward all of their hard work.
Although the food was cooked by the children, they were supported behind the scenes by an army of adults comprising of the class teachers, Teaching Assistants, Debbie our wonderful cook and other friends of the school who had offered to give up their evenings to help. It was a real team effort!
.World Book Day
World Book Day will took place on Thursday 2nd March. This was a whole school event and everyone dressed up for the day as the ‘Where’s Wally?’ character who is 30 years old. We all had great fun
Friday 17th February
There have been a couple of incidents on the roads near school that have been ‘near misses’ involving children running out into the road. As a school, we will be having a road safety awareness campaign starting to remind our children about keeping safe near the roads. I will be talking to the children about keeping safe during the half-term holiday and I would hope that parents will also do the same.
Friday 27th January
Safer Internet Day
This will be on Tuesday 7th February and will focus on giving the children the skills to keep safe online. We will be particularly trying to raise more awareness of the growing problem of cyber bullying through social media. There seems to be more and more instances of cyber bullying reported to school as more children have access to mobile phones. Very often, parents are not aware of the unrestricted access their children have to social media and the problems that can cause. We will be working with the Police and other agencies help to educate every one of the dangers of unrestricted access to the internet.
Two Year Old Provision
Our Two Year Old Provision started in January as part of our Early Years and Foundation Stage. We have a 12 place unit with three adults providing the required 1:4 ratio of adults to children. Our youngest children have already settled in well after a period of transition with their parents.
Friday 6th January
I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and have come back refreshed and ready for what will be a very busy Spring Term. We have six weeks until half-term followed by a 6 week half-term. Easter is quite late this year. There’s a lot to pack into the term including: Fairtrade Fortnight, Safer Internet Day, UNICEF Day For Change, World Book Day, Red Nose Day, Year Five doing Bikeability, a few class assemblies, a Key Stage Two Themed Bistro, and an Easter Family Bingo. There will also be a Valentines Disco.
We certainly like to keep busy! Please see the dates for your diary.
Our website has had a bit of a facelift to make it seem fresher and more user friendly for devices such as smartphones and tablets. It will still work for other formats such as PCs. The staff are busy putting up curriculum information and photos of recent events. The front Home Page or ‘Splash Screen’ as they apparently say in the business, has yet to be launched with the accompanying video. The children have already seen the draft version and enjoyed it immensely.
Thursday 24th November
We had a visit yesterday from Louise St Pierre who is a regional trainer for the NSPCC. She came in to collect a large (in physical size and money!) cheque for a the grand sum of £1024.57 which was presented to her by our School Council members.
This is a huge amount of money and will go a very long way in helping a charity that has a huge impact on children’s lives by teaching them the skills to help to keep them safe.