Newsletter – April 2018
A few words from our Principal, Richard Yates:
During the spring and summer terms, we begin planning for the new academic year. This involves talking to staff, governors, children and you - parents and carers. Combining with the school’s knowledge of what has worked and what needs to improve, it is very important that we receive your contribution.
I will soon be asking you, parents and carers, to join me in a meeting to discuss how to make West Drayton even better – to discuss ‘a vision for the future’ and how you could make a big difference to your children’s learning.
What is a vision? A vision statement is the announcement of goals for the midterm or long-term future, ranging from one to three years. A vision statement identifies what we would like to achieve or accomplish. A good vision statement provides the inspiration for daily actions and also leads its strategic decisions. Aspirational in nature, vision statements lay out the most important primary goals.
On completion, the vision statement will be shared between the whole community. Please ‘watch this space’ - I will be calling on you very soon.
Finally, good luck to the children in years two and six, who begin their final preparations for SATS. SATS are tests that judge children’s progress in reading, writing, grammar and maths. Information will be sent home to explain how we can support our children’s preparation.
Have a great weekend.
Celebration Assembly 20th April:
Excellence: Ibrahim, Ritvik & Rafael
Enjoy School: Adam, Amjed & Khalada
Excellence: Keira, David & Harris
Enjoy School: Aaron, Shreyansh & Cleo
Excellence: Ayse, Sofia & Patryk
Enjoy School: Ishaan, Mariam & Hamud
Excellence: Kavsikan & Rehaan
Enjoy School: Saiesh & Ashmita
Excellence: Lily & Dylan B
Engage with Learning: Lewis & Ailish
Excellence: Livee, Aaya & Raul
Engage with Learning: Molly, Hanifa & Abdi
4P Class Assembly
4P took us back to Roman times when they ate like a Roman, drank like a Roman, dressed like a Roman, thought like a Roman, prayed like a Roman, built like a Roman, slayed like a Roman and partied like a Roman!
The class performed and sang beautifully and gave us a very informative assembly. Abbie and Denzel were the representatives from modern times who visited the Romans, narrowly escaping enlistment into the Roman army, slavery and being slain by gladiators!
3T sent the class a card to say that they thought the assembly was: amazing, mind blowing, loud, terrific and funny!
Well done 4P—you made Miss Pottle very proud.
Time to Read
We had a fantastic level of response to this month’s ‘Time to Read’ session and the atmosphere in school was amazing.
We have ordered more books for those who attended and apologies if you did not receive yours on the day. We were overwhelmed!
With hundreds of books in your local library, school or bookshop, it can be hard to know where to start when choosing a book for your child. Remember that as adults we like to re-read favourite books, relax with a magazine or tackle something challenging. Children are the same, so encourage choices – maybe a familiar book for re-reading as well as something new.
You can find advice on what books children of different ages might enjoy reading on the Puffin website: www.puffin.co.uk
In addition to those measurable educational benefits, reading is great to:
· Help children learn about the world
· Stimulate the imagination and ability to visualise
· Increase children’s vocabulary
· Provide a form of entertainment that is relaxing and has no screen!
Reading is a simple way to enhance children’s love of books and in turn, enhance their ability to learn and have a positive impact on their lives well into the future.
Thank you to all of the mums, dads, carers and grandparents for attending the session; It was lovely to see everyone sharing books and reading together.
“Reading is great for everyone, and loving books is something that can start when you’re very young. We can learn about people and life from stories, poems and non-fiction, and if you read to your children regularly for fun you will definitely be helping them in so many ways.”
Tony Bradman (Author)
Young Musician of the Year
All the schools in the Academy Trust joined together for a musical celebration at Montem Academy on Wednesday 28th March.
Two children from West Drayton Academy were given the opportunity to represent the school. Aaya (Y6) and David (Y2) produced excellent performances to showcase the musical talent we have at West Drayton.
Aaya performed on her violin and later this term will be taking her grade 1 exam. Good luck Aaya!
David performed a piece of music by Bach on the piano, completely from memory and has recently passed his grade 1 exam with distinction, the highest award in music exams. Well done David!
The overall winner of the young musician competition was a drummer from Western House School, but both David and Aaya performed with style and musical flare and both received a medal for their excellent performances.
SATs are just around the corner!
KS2 (Y6) SATs week is 14th to 18th May
KS1 (Y2) SATs will take place in May
Phonics Screening will take place 11th –15th June
KS2 SATs are a great way to mark your child’s progress. They also allow teachers and yourselves to learn about your children’s strengths and areas for improvement.
KS1 SATs confirm the teacher assessment only which is based upon the children’s performance as a whole over a period of time. It is not just about the formal assessments or how a child performs on one particular day.
Proper preparation will minimise stress and maximise performance so here is our SATs ‘survival guide’:
¨ Early to bed & early to rise
¨ Get plenty of rest
¨ Eat a healthy breakfast
¨ Keep hydrated
¨ Limit screen time
¨ Be positive
¨ Aim high
Don’t forget out Phonics Session for early readers —specifically for parents of Year 1 children to offer ways to support your child’s learning at home.
Thursday 10th May, 9.00-10.00am with Mrs Macdonald
School Trips—Summer Term
School Trips for the summer term have been booked as follows:
Tuesday 8th May Y4 Verulamium Museum
Thursday 21st June Reception Ruislip Lido
Wednesday 4th July Y3 Chiltern Air Museum
Tuesday 3rd & Y2 Littlehampton
Thursday 5th July Y2 Littlehampton
Thursday 12th July Y1 Whipsnade Zoo
We do ask for contributions towards the trips to cover transport and activities/entrance fees where applicable. You will find the item on your ‘ParentPay’ account (please ensure you select the correct item) or you can come to our main reception to pick up a ‘bar code’ letter so payment can be made via ‘PayPoint’.
Year 5 trip is currently at the planning stage and will be confirmed shortly. Further information concerning the arrangements for all of the trips will be sent out next half term.
Hillingdon Parent Carers Forum
Aiming to be a Voice of Parent/Carers with Children with Disabilities
and/or Special Educational Needs Aged 0-25 in the Hillingdon Borough
Hillingdon PCF and London Borough of Hillingdon’s Autism Partnership Board are pleased to invite parents/carers of children or young people with ASD in Hillingdon to a unique engagement evening. This is the first event of its kind in Hillingdon and your opportunity to find out about available services for parents/carers and children/young people with ASD and to meet with other parents/carers.
There will be an opportunity to hear directly from the following organisations and to meet various other groups who will be there on the night:
· London Borough of Hillingdon – youth services, parent workshops, support
· SENDIASS – providing support to parents and carers for education related matters
· Oak Wood School – a mainstream school with special provision for ASD
· Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group – responsible for commissioning CAMHS and CDC
· Anna Kennedy OBE – promoting positive life journeys for young people with ASD
Arrival and refreshments from 6pm
Plenty of free parking available
Special guest speaker – Anna Kennedy OBE
Hear the results of the autism parents survey
Put your questions to our expert panel
Find out what services are available in Hillingdon
Your chance to meet other parents
Places must be booked in advance. Please note the event is not suitable for children and unfortunately we do not have childcare facilities available.
To book your free space please click or go to the following link - https://hpcf-autism-engagement-evening-may22.eventbrite.co.uk - Visit our website - http://hillingdonpcf.com or for any other queries please contact email@example.com or call us on 07783 579678
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