Democracy in Action

This month our value is Democracy. The School Council have asked children and their parents and carers to come up with ideas of how we could celebrate joining the Claxton Trust with Camps Hill School. They collected all of the ideas and have chosen their favourite two.

The two options are:

  • To organise an aerial photograph of the children at each school.

  • To organise pen pals across both school. 

 

All children, across both schools, will have the opportunity to vote on their preferred choice this half term. 

At the last Parent Forum, parents asked that children’s social development be a focus of the School Council for the spring term.  This links well for our Value for February which is Love.  As always, we welcome the views of parents/carers on how we could approach this.   Please email your thoughts to school-development@fairlands.herts.sch.uk or come along to our next Parent Forum at 2.00pm on Friday, 4th February.

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

This morning the children enjoyed their Christmas Celebration Assembly, traditionally finishing with Year 6's Circle of Light.  We also said farewell and thank you to Mrs Denis, Miss Stapleford and Mrs Fernie and contratulated Mrs Ansel and Mrs Bull, who were presented with their HCC Long Service Award.  We wish to you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday, 9th January 2017.

The Great Fairlands Book Bake

The Great Fairlands Book Bake takes place in school this Thursday, 24th November.  Children are invited to take part in a baking competition, in which we would like to see cakes decorated with a book theme.  Don't forget, the school is a nut free zone, so please take this into consideration when deciding what to bake.

The cakes will be judged by members of the headship team and a winner from each key stage will receive a £10 book voucher.

Parents/Carers are then invited to collect their children from class from 2.45pm and join us at a special event in BOTH halls, where you can enjoy reading a book with your child/children and purchase cakes and refreshments.  The money raised from the event will be added to the £440 already raised by our Bring a Book to Love Your Library non-school uniform day, and used to purchase books for our class libraries.

How are we doing at Shared Reading?

Recently, we asked you to fill out a brief evaluation of our Shared Reading sessions in EYFS and KS1 and a fantastic 58 of you responded! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments, it is through this feedback that we can review our practice and make sure you and your children are supported in the best possible way.

 Out of 58 responses, 57 said that their child enjoys shared reading.

 17 responses were happy with things as they are and chose not to leave extra comments.

 28 of you were extremely positive, adding that there is no need to change Shared Reading in any way at all.

 14 of you added ideas or suggestions for improvement, whilst also saying that they were happy with having Shared Reading available as a time to support their child's learning and wellbeing. 

 Comments and suggestions included:

“Nothing, reading at home is a struggle so being able to share a book with my child makes my week.”

 “Nothing to improve, great idea as we don’t often dedicate as much time as we could to read as other children have homework etc. Found my son loves shared reading.”

 “Access to higher level phonics books to practise (so we know what to aim for).”

 “I think it’s a great idea, I love being able to come into her class read to her, get games and she shows me around her class."

 “Shared reading is a fantastic opportunity to spend time with our child in their learning environment. I really enjoy this and feel it could be a bonus to flick through recent work.”

 

All of your ideas and comments have passed on to the Headship Team who will be analysing them after half term. Once again, thank you for your time and we are so pleased that so many of you value Shared Reading!

 

Parent/Teacher Consultations – New Online Booking System

We are holding Parent Consultation Evenings for children in Reception to Year 6 on Tuesday 18th October from 5.30pm – 8.00pm and Wednesday 19th October from 3.30pm to 6.00pm and Nursery Children during the school day on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th October.

We have introduced a new intuitive and easy to use online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and, once you make an appointment, you will receive an email confirming this.  You will only receive a confirmation email if we have your correct email address on our database.  It is, therefore, really important to ensure you have returned your Data Collection Sheet giving your correct email details AND registered on the SchoolGateway at www.schoolgateway.com by the end of this week.              

The online booking system is  now open.  Please visit https://fairlands.parentseveningsystem.co.uk to book your appointment(s).

 

COME TO PARENT FORUM!

The first Parent Forum meeting of the year is this Friday 30th September at 9am. This year, Mr Staples will be leading the meetings and other staff will come along to discuss topics as they arise. 

You will also have the opportunity to raise any general issues, so this is a really good opportunity for you to work with the school leadership to make our school even better! Please come to the upper site recpetion - we look forward to seeing you!

For your diary - the second meeting will be on Friday 21st October at 9am.