19th January

We are really back into the ‘swing of things!’ All classes are embracing our new topic for the term – ‘Myths and Legends’ – Sam has already started a display of some delightful work by pupils.

Our outdoor learning groups have continued – with lots of positive responses from the pupils and comments by staff about their engagement and involvement. We obviously take into account the weather conditions each day to see if it is appropriate for the pupils.

In assembly on Wednesday we said a ‘Goodbye and Good Luck’ to Mike as we were unable to do this at the end of term. We wish him all the very best in his new role as Deputy Headteacher at The Walnuts School.

This week we have had a team in school replacing all our lighting to much more cost-effective  LED lights overnight and they will continue this during next week. All in all, the new lights look far better, though we are getting used to a new kind of brightness. Hopefully will save us some money that we spend on our electricity bills! We do though have some ‘making good’ work to do – mainly painting on some ceilings which will be sorted as soon as possible.

As you will all be aware with have several illnesses running through school, both with pupils and staff, in particular D&V and in Transitions Chicken Pox. We only found out about the Chicken Pox late on Friday evening so a letter will be sent home with all Transitions pupils on Monday. As a result, we have had to close some classes on Friday and again on Monday as staffing levels were very low.  Hopefully for the rest of the week this will not be necessary, but your support with this is appreciated.

With possible snow forecast for this week, please do ensure that you are all signed up to both Parentmail and also for texts from Milton Keynes Council’s emergency school closures service. Information for the MK Council’s service is available on the Milton Keynes Council website. Please remember if we do have snow, it might not be possible for school passenger transport to run – we know from lots of past experience that the roads on the estates in Milton Keynes are dangerous when we have snow as well as sharp frosts. We are not prepared to risk the safety of the pupils in such conditions.

I hope that you are all having a lovely, relaxing weekend.

 

Ruth

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