Not long now until Year 6 sit their national SAT tests on the 13th May and as usual at Titchfield they are well prepared and up for the challenge! At the end of that week there might also be some exciting news regarding the outcome of Miss Carty’s nomination for the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Teaching Awards.
Watch this space!!!
At the time of writing the children have been back in school a whole ten days and the summer holidays now seem a distant past as the school has settled down to learning quicker than ever it seems .Several changes greeted the children on their return including brand new black out blinds and a lighting system in the school hall in preparation for our school production, a newly decorated entrance lobby staff and girls toilet area, a new art cupboard and a work in progress to develop a quiet seating and garden area by HMS Titchfield.
The new Year R class were also excited by the addition of a climbing wall built by our caretaker Mr Stretton over the summer. Nearly all our classes are full now with a waiting list in many. We are hopeful that we may exceed 200 children on roll this term for the first time in over 30 years. Hampshire County Council must have heard about the schools success because they have finally earmarked us funding for a new build during 2012/13 which is incredibly exciting as we will finally say goodbye to our ancient music room which is well past its sell by date.
As well as 40 apple ipod touches purchased for the children to inspire them to learn using modern technology, we have also added 45 brand new computer netbooks complete with headsets to help children learn the necessary ICT skills to support their learning. Under the leadership of Mrs Addison and supported by the schools very own digital leaders in the school we are optimistic that ICT provision in the school will go from strength to strength.
Staff worked hard over the summer to transform their classrooms in preparation for new learning themes. The year 2 classroom , for example, was transformed into a rainforest in preparation for their topic on ‘Jungles!’ Year 4 are eagerly awaiting the trip to ‘The Stubbington Study Centre’ in October and Year 6 have just received confirmation of their residential trip to Nethercott house in Devon at the height of the lambing season!
After many set backs the foundations for our heritage structure which will form the centrepiece of our Diamond Jubilee project have finally been laid. A huge thank you to our Young Governors, supported By Nick Girdler who helped bring about such a positive change. Fund raising will now continue to improve the outdoor spaces even more incorporating ideas from the children via this years young governors ( A big thank you to Garsons garden centre who have just donated £250 to our garden project)
Finally I’d like to thank Mrs Hassi Shah Leverett for her work with a group of year 5 students last year who re-traced their cultural backgrounds as part of a lottery funded heritage project. The work of the children will be on display at The Westbury Manor Musuem from Tuesday the 25th September which the community may like to visit.
I had a great first day back after a relaxing easter in the main. Popped into school a few times to monitor progress to our bottom field and the pathways which I KNOW the parents appreciate because I was there to meet and greet many on the first morning.
The children were brilliant in assembly when I enthused about the work and understood why they would no longer be allowed to cut across the field at home time or play on the equipment unsupervised before and after school.
Thank you to all the parents who supported and respected this after the letter went out. This will help us to keep the children safe and our school grounds in great condition .
Just found also that our application to Fareham Borough council for a community grant has been successful so we’ll be spenfing another 4k on our bottom field probably to build a roof for our timber structure, a decking area and other mini projects depending on what the children decide.
Always excited about a new term but this one promises to be extra special with themes based around ‘The Olympics’ and the’ Diamond Jubilee’-check out the childrens blogs for all the latest news!!!!!
Came into school today as an Indian Prince/ Grandad and have been mistaken for ‘Wee Willy Winkle, Moses, Jesus and Ghandi which I suppose was far better than the chorus of ‘Mr B, WHAT ARE YOU????!!!’
Check out the photo album for pics from the day.
Having a great week all in all which began with and invitation to Year 3 to help evaluate their fantastic half term projects (see pics on website). The bottom field project is also beginning to take shape and I’m looking forward to visiting The ‘Weald and Download’ museum and see our structure actually being built. Great that parents are able to join us for this visit. Yesterday was fun rolling tyres up from Titchfield motors which will be used to help define the different areas. The sun is shining outside and I’m off now to read classic poetry to a mixed age group on the decking………………………..
A windswept rainy day in Devon didn’t dampen our fun!!
Overlooking the river Torridge this afternoon, from a wooden bridge above the river, our eagle eyed chidren spotted the spine of an animal glistening in the water. On closer inspection after retrieval from the water by myself we noticed that the skull was still attatched and much to the childrens shock and delight , the head promptly popped into the water!.
We also met Michael Morpurgo on a return walk from church walking with his wife in the countryside that has inspired so many of his books.
Mid afternoon on a rainy wind swept winters day in Deepest Devon and year 6 have already tended to the donkeys and made their beds for the evening, let loose seven different breeds of chicken before breakfast, scooped several tons of poo, fed the calves, forked even more manure than poo and eaten a mountain of food to keep them going! Tea at 5pm before a tractor and trailer ride to a beef cattle farm. All in a days work. to all the parents, your children have been magnificent (see the pics on our wesite so far)
A great start to the week for me celebrating our year 4 athletics team who won aa bronze medal in an inter schools event held at Henry Cort last Friday. This was the first athletics medal ever won by the school and all the children came in proudly wearing them!!!
It was a pleasure and a privilege to accompany our Apple distinguished educator, Mr Jon Audain for an inspiring summit conference in one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, The Renaissance St Pancras Hotel.
I particularly enjoyed the key note speech by John LLoyd, the producer of QI (my sons favourite programme) and a professor of ignorance, truly!!
He asked two big questions………….
Why are we here and what are we going to do about it?
What do you think!!!???
Just read the blog of HMS ASTUTE and SO proud of our youngsters who presented there. An awesome experience for them. Check it out!