Head Teacher's Updates

14th October

Sunday 14th of October 2018
We were definitely blessed with the weather this week for our two Harvest Festivals at St Mary’s Church. This is one of several special occasions of our school year to which we all look forward. St Mary’s is such a beautiful church and Paul, the vicar and his helpers are always so welcoming and accommodating.  The walk through the orchard really helps set the scene – we have formative plans for something slightly different next year! Thank you though to everyone who came along to...
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6th October

Saturday 6th of October 2018
First, we have to say Congratulations to Tracy who had confirmation that she has passed her Masters Degree this week.  Well done to her – it has been a lot of hard work but she has been dedicated and determined. We are all very proud she has achieved this as well as being pleased for her. We have all enjoyed and made the most of the lovely autumnal weather this week, with lots of off site learning happening. Which is a good thing, as whilst typing this, sitting in the conservatory at home the...
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30th September

Sunday 30th of September 2018
First, thank you to all who supported our café on Friday in aid of Macmillan Cancer. It was very much appreciated. Next weeks Friday letter will inform everyone of the amount raised. The water leak is now all sorted, but we still have a hole! Anglian water are waiting until things dry out a little before completing the work. The stables though are still standing – we are just without a shed – but this will be rectified as soon as possible. However, other major water leaks have...
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22nd September

Saturday 22nd of September 2018
Our second full week of the new academic year has presented us with a few challenges! The main one being a major water leak near the stables and forest schools area at the top of the field. However, I have to say that Anglian Water and all their subcontractors have been fantastic in the work they have done, help they have given and liaising with school. Hopefully by Monday all will be back to normal, the hole refilled and the shed re constructed! Though I am sure the rain of this weekend will not be...
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15th September

Saturday 15th of September 2018
Our first full week of the new academic year. It started in a very frustrating way with no Internet access at the main site on Monday and Tuesday. We all struggled with this, not only me but also the staff and the pupils  – but all is now well! But there have been lots of positive things happening this week. Our outdoor learning activities began with lots of happy smiling faces from the pupils, Sharon brought her horses down to school for some groups to look after, tend and bond with on...
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8th September

Saturday 8th of September 2018
It’s been a whirlwind of a week in school - as usual at the start of a new academic year. We had 2 busy but enhancing training days on Monday and Tuesday. We were all ready for being back to normal on Wednesday when the pupils arrived back. It was good to see everyone- there were lots of happy faces and everyone seems to have grown! We had 2 great assemblies on Wednesday morning that started the new school year with a ‘con brio’ spirit! Lots of fun was had by all. On Monday we...
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22nd July

Sunday 22nd of July 2018
The end of the academic year is always an emotional one when we say ‘goodbye and good luck’ to our leavers. This year it’s been more so as we said goodbye to pupils who are moving onto other schools. Thank you to those of you who came along to our end of year assemblies – it was good to see you all there. So we said ‘So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye’ to quote from the Sound of Music to Jaydon, Priya, Samira and Tony from Transitions, and to Dylan, Nile,...
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14th July

Saturday 14th of July 2018
What a busy week this has been, but we have all enjoyed every moment of it. The highlight of the week was of course our summer concert on Tuesday. Thank you to everyone who came along to support us, and sing along to some of our favourite songs all relating to this term topic the Caribbean and carnival. The church was awash with colour and everyone had a great time. On Wednesday we held the first of our 2 transition days where pupils spent the day with their new class groups. We welcomed new pupils...
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8th July

Sunday 8th of July 2018
It’s definitely been ‘Hot Hot Hot!’ this week both in and out of school! But we have had lots of fun with outside learning (in the shade) and also lots of water play which is always a good vehicle for developing and extending pupils communication and interaction skills as well as keeping cool! More classes have been on their end of term visits - some went to Mead Open Farm; others to Whipsnade Zoo and pupils from Cassia had a very successful overnight camping stay at Basil’s...
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23rd June

Saturday 23rd of June 2018
The residential visit to The Calvert Trust in Devon went smoothly this week, all pupils excelled but a special mention has to be made to Ruby and also Alex who were superstars. Having said that, all pupils did very well and the staff were amazing. Everyone rose to each and every challenge presented to us by our team leaders Steve and Jon.  A good week was had by all, with lots of fun, frolics and laughter too. A special thanks has to go to the staff that made this possible. In school this week were...
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9th June

Saturday 9th of June 2018
What a week this has been! It’s been a very busy and exciting one. Sunflowers and Daffodils both had their end of term trips (not together and to different venues) and a good time was had by all! But we had our further two sports day mornings where everyone at every level participated and engaged well – including the staff race and the parent’s race on Thursday! Well done to all the staff for ensuring this was a success but also to Team PE for organising. We were once again...
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26th May

Sunday 27th of May 2018
Redway has been a busy place this week! On Tuesday to support our whole school topic of The Caribbean we all experienced a wonderful day of steel pans playing and performing. This ended with the majority of the school listening, dancing and enjoying a performance at the end of the day. This was enhanced by the lovely sunny weather, as we held the workshops on the field. Wednesday brought our Early Years Sports Morning; although a tad chilly we all embraced the morning with a ‘Con Brio’...
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19th May

Saturday 19th of May 2018
The highlight of this week was our Outdoor Learning Focus Day on Thursday. All classes really embraced this concept and as you will know from the Friday Letter all pupils had a wonderful day. Next year outdoor learning (which is different to forest schools work) will be a timetabled activity for all classes. Well done to everyone but especially Sharon for leading on this. This week classes have also been focussing on the Royal Wedding which was also the theme for our assembly on Friday. Lots of...
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12th May

Saturday 12th of May 2018
After a very busy Healthy Living Week in School this week has been an almost normal one!  The weather of the Bank Holiday weekend ensured that when we were back in school on Tuesday, staff and pupils were very happy after imbibing in sunshine – including me! Well done to Team Maple for a very successful overnight stay at Caldecotte. There were some amazing photographs and everyone certainly had a wonderful time with lots of positive feedback. On Friday we had our first session with staff...
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5th May

Saturday 5th of May 2018
I hope that you are all enjoying the warm sunshine. What a difference it makes! What a wonderful week this has been. We have truly embraced Healthy Living! Highlights of the week were the walks to Willen from school, fun in the water park and also at Basil’s Barn. All pupils and staff had a remarkable time participating in a host of activities promoting healthy living – even when the weather was dubious - - we still did it! Huge thanks go to the Verity, Helen and the PE team, Sharon...
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29th April

Sunday 29th of April 2018
After the lovely warm, sunny weather at the end of last week, which we all enjoyed this past week, has been back to normal! All the pupils have continued to have fun in their learning, - especially Jerry’s assembly St George on Friday afternoon. Pupils from Cassia Class attended a swimming gala and were all very pleased with their achievements and also their medals. This leads nicely on to remind everyone that this week is our Healthy Living Week and we have lots of different activities planned...
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22nd April

Sunday 22nd of April 2018
I’m sure that those of you who know me well would know that I’d prefer to be pounding the streets of London today - -  sadly I had to withdraw – due to issues with my knee - - but I will be running the Oxford Half in October and hopefully London again next year. I am though going through the day in my mind as to where I would be at a specific times -  I also hope that Rich (Grace’s Dad) is doing well – the heat is not good for marathons! Please can you all sponsor...
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14th April

Saturday 14th of April 2018
The first week of the Summer Term has been a busy one. We all welcomed the pupils back to school on Monday and have had a fun filled week of learning. Thank you all for supporting our Autism Awareness Day on Friday. There were some interesting ‘onesies’ and blue outfits. We held a collection at Reception, the café and Palms stall proceeds will go towards this. The total raised will be counted next week and will be in the Friday Letter. We had several new school passenger transport...
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24th March

Saturday 24th of March 2018
The last week of every term always feels a little ‘surreal!’ We continued to have fun on our learning. Poppies said goodbye to their student teacher Leanne, who has done very well with her placement at The Redway and very well supported by Fiona and Linda. They also held an afternoon tea party for pupils and their parents, which was delightful. Chestnuts went out for afternoon tea – all relating to our topic for this term Great Britain. Next term’s theme is The Caribbean –...
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17th March

Saturday 17th of March 2018
This week our focus has been on planning and preparation, ready for the Summer Term, which is always a busy one. Teachers met to plan for next terms topic in department groups on Wednesday after school. Our topic is The Caribbean  - hopefully warm weather and sunshine will be supportive of us. Team PE are working very hard at planning our Healthy Living Week with a slightly different focus this year as well as our three sports activity mornings! During this week pupils, some accompanied by their...
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10th March

Saturday 10th of March 2018
It was good to be back to normal on Monday with the roads passable and no snow anywhere (well apart from the school car park.) I am sure that some of us enjoyed the snow (it did look pretty) but the impact it had on the smooth running of the school was felt. However, staff made the most of the snow day on Friday and although few were in school, lots of jobs were done! We also enjoyed it in school whilst the pupils were with us before they left early on Thursday. The most exciting news from this week is...
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4th March

Sunday 4th of March 2018
‘The beast from the East’ certainly arrived this week and impacted upon everyone. However, we all managed to keep warm (thanks to our wonderful new boilers) and continued to enjoy our learning activities. Although not an easy decision to close early on Thursday, the Leadership Team, Governors and I are of the opinion it was a good call to ensure that all pupils and staff arrived home safely as well as closing the school on Friday. We did not take this decision lightly and, indeed waited until...
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24th February

Tuesday 27th of February 2018
I know that I always say this, but it was lovely to see all the pupils back in school on Monday and yes they were all pleased to be back to their usual routines – as were the staff! I do hope though that you all had a wonderful half term holiday. Over the half term holiday various work has been done at school including new flooring laid outside Ladybirds and Dragonflies, the shutters of the serving hatch being serviced, several areas painted to name but a few. This week we welcomed a new pupil...
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3rd February

Saturday 3rd of February 2018
This week has been a quiet one in school about which we were pleased. Some staff are still affected by illnesses – especially the flu, but not in the high numbers as we experienced earlier this term. Some pupils too have also been unwell and once again I would like to stress that if your son / daughter does have signs of a cold, flu or any other illnesses then it would be appreciated if they remained at home. Some pupils participated in the Ability basketball tournament on Wednesday and all did...
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