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Gharaffa Headlines | Week of 26 February

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Dear Parents,

3 days to go… until our annual Book Week.

Themed weeks are always guaranteed to inspire and motivate the children.  At home, it might be a great idea to share a book or set aside a special time in the evening or before they sleep to read a story from your own childhood.  Our passions will always inspire our children. 

On the playground this week, many children have quizzed me about what I plan to wear on Sunday.  I am keeping this secret, but I can reassure you that my costume is already freshly ironed and hanging in my wardrobe. Please come along to view our costume parade which will begin at 8am.  Next week, I plan to visit all Year Groups and share my favourite story with the children.  You will also notice that every door in the school has a book related theme.  Please take this opportunity to have a look around.  I would like to thank Colm O’Brien for organising this event and all our staff for making the week a fun, inspiring learning experience.

In today’s assembly we unveiled our weekly Dojo points for the very first time.  We hope this will encourage the children to work harder in order to earn more points for their teams.

Many children have visited my office this week to share their work.  I have been extremely impressed by the standards in writing across the school.  Hamza and Hana from Early Years 2 shared their writing about frogs, receiving one of my, much sought after, Headteacher’s award stickers.  I was also impressed by the mathematical skills of Robin, one of our Year 1 children, who also received a special sticker.

We are exceptionally proud of our Year 3 and Year 4 athletes who brought home 12 medals at the QPPSSA event this week.  Mr Lyon has asked that I specifically mention Robert and Guilia who both won numerous medals.   Congratulations to the teams.

Year 5 is currently participating in an "I Can" Challenge, linked to their IPC topic, Design for Change.  As part of this challenge, the team will be supporting children who may spend break-times alone.  ‘Friendtastic’ is a team of Year 5 children who have devised activities which will support children who may be feeling lonely.  Thank you to the team for this wonderful, caring initiative.

Thank you to the Class Representatives who attended yesterday’s meeting.  I plan to meet once a term to collate your thoughts and to find ways to further integrate our parents into school life.  We have a few new ideas, some involve the ways in which we can communicate more effectively with parents and how we can involve our parents in our school activities.  We also plan to run more academic workshops for parents.  These will begin in September.

Parents, could I please remind you that all children need to be in class no later than 7.20am.  The register is taken immediately and closes at 7.30am.  On average, there are still 20 to 30 children a day who are late for school.  I must reiterate that your child’s late entry into the classroom will not only disrupt the learning of all the other children in the class but will also impact your child’s academic performance.

Could I also take this opportunity to ask that all parents provide their child with a bag which will fit in the locker space provided by the school.  Some children are currently wheeling in oversized bags which are becoming trip hazards in classrooms.  Thank you for your understanding.

Please remember to sign up for this term’s Parents Consultations.  Sign-up sheets will be available from Sunday.

On behalf of all the staff, I wish you all a relaxing weekend.

All the best,

Karen Wilson