Mr Maksymiw's News 23rd March 2015
This is the last newsletter before we break up for Easter. The term has certainly flown by and of course we are breaking up earlier than last year.
We had a very interesting day on Friday as the children enjoyed the solar eclipse. There was an eerie light when the children came into class and then, at about 9.30 the eclipse caused the temperature to fall and it was quite cold. Teachers had positioned binoculars, buckets of water and simple pin hole cameras to help the children see the eclipse safely. It was a great experience for the school and a wonderful opportunity to learn about the stars, moon and planets.
Mark Maksymiw (Headteacher)
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Year 6 Netballers are crowned Winners at the Loughborough High Five Tournament!
Very early on Saturday morning, eight of our keen netballers from Year 6 - Judie Ibrahim, Mar Ruiz, Kiera Evans-Jarvis, Aimee Lem, Evie Hardwick, Oliver Burnett, Corey Bills and Jacob Felton - prepared themselves for a gruelling Netball Tournament. It was a High Five version of the game (a five a-side unisex version of Netball) against many other schools in and around the Loughborough Area.
The children got off to a storming start, winning our first game 3 - 0, followed by another win of 4 - 0. The team were on a high and re-energised on homemade flapjack from Mrs Felton and Mrs Williams' lucky orange segments before playing their 3rd and 4th games. Again the team won, this time 3-1 and 5-0! This meant that the children were then through to the semi-finals and things started to get a little tense. The mums were oohing, the dads were aaahing and Mrs Williams couldn't stand still with excitement as the semi-finals ended with a 0-0 draw and went into extra time. The five minutes of extra time were tense as we began 1-0 down, only to then pull back 3 goals resulting in a 3-1 win.
It was then time for team talk. Whispers were shared and tactics discussed and the children played the final with every last bit of energy they had. And at 10:45am the final bell went to reveal that, with a final 3-1 win, Outwoods Edge were crowned the winners!
Of course the celebrations were endless; many hot dogs were eaten and the children were given individual medals alongside a medal plaque for the school to proudly display until next year's tournament. Corey Bills was also given a personal award for Player of the Tournament. After learning the game in their P.E sessions with an additional after school practice, the children were absolutely outstanding and made their parents, Mrs Williams and the school very proud indeed.
Mr Maksymiw's News 16th March 2015
Last week the children enjoyed an exciting series of activities as part of our Science Week. The focus was on being healthy and active at school and at home. The week began with an assembly from Jonathan Atkins, a Para-Olympic athlete who is based here in Loughborough. He talked about his diet and training schedule as well as his support from trainers and coaches to help him achieve his goals.
After that we had a series of guests at school who showed the children how they could become more active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. There were Cyclone Works, a company who had adapted bikes to power a blender to make smoothies or run a scalextric car round a track. Punching Pandas introduced some of our younger children to martial arts by running a series of sessions in the hall. The Year 1 children tried their hand at yoga and thoroughly enjoyed the session. Year 5 children had the opportunity to work with the Leicester Tigers community team on their Something to Chew on programme that improved their understanding of what constitutes healthy eating and a healthy diet.
The week rounded off with our Red Nose fund raising day. The children each took turns in the hall or outside to complete a number of different activities in twenty minutes. There was certainly a lot of energy burnt up in these sessions, not just from the children but also from the teachers! Just in case everyone was feeling too healthy, we ended the week with a Bake Sale! Mrs Williams and the school council collected all the donations from children and parents and put together a spectacular display of over a hundred cakes in the hall. The Bake Sale was hugely popular and all the cakes were sold in a short time raising nearly £200 for Comic Relief.
Mark Maksymiw (Headteacher)
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Mr Maksymiw's News 9th March 2015
Thank you to all those parents who completed the questionnaire given out at the recent Parent’s Evening. I have been looking at the results and they make interesting reading. Many parents quite rightly felt that high standards of teaching that enable children to make good progress was the most important aspect of school life. On the other hand, a significant group of parents indicated that all the statements were crucial for the school to be successful. Once I have completed the initial analysis of your comments I will be taking the results to the governors Strategy Committee that is meeting to set the long-term goals of the school for the next five years. I will also be providing a full report in one of the forthcoming newsletters
Can I also say thank you for completing the part of the questionnaire about the PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) curriculum. Again, your responses were very interesting and will help us shape the way this part of our work evolves in school.
Finally, some parents wrote general comments about the school. It is always great to hear about what you like about school and what we should keep at the forefront of our work with your children. Your comments about what we might improve are also always useful.
If anybody still has the questionnaire at home and would like to send it in please return it to the school office this week.
Mark Maksymiw (Headteacher)
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