Welcome to my Headteacher's blog.
WELCOME BACK to the new term and new School Year, it has already been a very busy term and the holidays seem to be just mere memory now.
We extend a very special welcome also to all of our new Reception pupils who are settling in to new routines exceedingly well- they have toured the school and have been to visit me in my office, they tell me that they are all very keen to achieve a Headteachers award!
We also warmly welcome Mrs May and Mrs Lawrence who will be working in Beech class and Rowan class respectively and Mrs Towns who will be working for part of the time in Oak class.
Our new Head Boy and Head Girl were announced for the year, Robert Undery and Elsa Whitworth respectively as were all the House Captains and School Council reps as well as many other responsible positions for the children throughout the school. We really do value the part they play in the smooth running of our school.
We are also really lucky to have a School Chaplain start this term, Sam Upham will be around in the playground and in the school for anyone to talk to her. She will also be there for parents if ever they need to talk, have a prayer said or even a shoulder to cry on! We are incredibly blessed to have Sam take on this new role at our school.
Finally we welcome Arthur James Richard Oxley into the world, born on 10th September. Mr Oxley is now off on his Paternity leave… however I am sure he is also looking forward to returning to school for a rest soon!
The Year 6's have been on their residential to Barton Hall in Torquay and loved every minute of it! I visited them there yesterday and it was so lovely watching them partake in all the activities. They all got on so well together and worked as a team assisting each other climb up Jacobs ladder or encouraging each other during abseiling! They were a real credit to all our parents and a delight to take away. Well done Year 6!
As we get near to the end of this half term and I take a moment to reflect, it is amazing as to just how much has happened in what seems like a short amount of time! Juggling two schools has been a challenge however it has also given me the opportunity to work with many great people and bring two similar schools closer together. We have had a joint staff meeting, moderating children’s work and the children from both schools have now got a shared interest when they meet at sports festivals/competitions. In the Netball tournament for example, both schools were in the finals!!
The Year 6’s and Year 2’s have all worked very hard to complete their SATs this half term and their teachers have said just how proud they are of them all, as am I. The children did their very best which is all we ever ask of them.
Next half term brings the Year 6 residential and exciting trips out for the other classes. I know the children gain so much from an external visit and they all behave so well, a real credit to you all.
We are also holding an open morning for parents to come and observe the school in action; maths and English lessons will continue as normal on this day. A letter explaining this will be sent out shortly.
The new piece of land has been well utilised too…. The children love going over and planting seeds and having creative days there as well as carrying out Forest School activities. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated TSF team assist with getting this area up and running.
An official opening will take place next half term.
April Fools Day!
What an amazing day this was... definitely NOT an April Fool's day! :-)
A group of parents, staff and children all put their wellies on, got their shovels out and joined in with a real community spirit to help develop the new piece of land behind the school. A new picket fenced garden has been erected and 250 hedging plants, planted! Over the holidays a new building/temporary classroom will be erected and more bark chippings will be delivered.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out and helped... the garden looks fantastic and is a really positive start to the development of the land...Thank you especially to Simon Holden and Mark and Tanya Hughes who organised the whole day. A brilliant and productive day!
Parents information evenings
It was lovely seeing many of our parents attend the English Parent information evening held last night (23rd March) at West Monkton, the second information evening held, the first being the maths evening back in January. A wealth of ideas were given out as to how you can support your children at home and what the expected standards now look like in each year group. Yet again Sarah was pointing out just how important it is to read at home and how a child that reads for 20 minutes a day will acquire 1,800,000 words compared to a child that reads only 1 minute a day who will only acquire 8,000 words! Startling facts but the evidence is there. We really appreciate all that our parents do and by working together we shall make a difference. The power point from the maths evening is on the website already and as soon as the English one becomes available I will add that one also. Thank you again.
Happy New Year and welcome back to the Spring term 2017. This is a short term but there is a lot happening including two parent evenings arranged specifically for all parents in Taunton to hear the
updates with regard to the Maths and English expectations for all children. The Maths evening is on Thursday 26th January at West Monkton Primary School at 7pm.
We really value all of your support with regard to the education of your children and these evenings will be really informative and help answer any questions you might have in Maths and English. By working together we will make a difference! The first date for the English evening had to be postponed and the new date is Thursday 23rd March, again at West Monkton Primary School starting at 7pm.
Well here we are at the end of what has seemed like a very long term. As I type this blog, there is a buzz around as the children's excited voices echo around the school as Christmas parties and Secret Student awards are being honoured.
This particular term seems to be such a long one after the Summer break and there is always so much to fit in before Christmas. However here we are again at the end and everything has gone well so far.
Our new reception children are now well accustomed to school life and routines and have settled in so well, despite being so young still.
I have to give a special mention to our TSF who have worked incredibly hard this term and especially over the last few weeks to put on a spectacular Christmas Fair raising a grand total of £2,628 which will all go back into providing that 'extra bit' for all of the children. Thank you!
After Christmas the boundary fencing is being replaced in the back playground, incorporating the new piece of land. The Eco team, gardening club and the TSF are keen to plan this new environment and create an area that is conducive to environmental education, yet remain natural and beautiful.
This term we say goodbye to Mr Hawkins who is retiring and looking forward to playing a few more rounds of golf and continue with his photography also. We wish him all the very best!
Mr Peter Houston will now be in Beech class and Mrs Holmes will be returning to part time work back in Elm class.
All that remains for me to say is; have a really special Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Lets hope 2017 brings great things to everyone. Thank you to all our parents also, we really value your support and by working together we can ensure your children really do have the best start they can.
Welcome back to a new term and a new academic year. Where have those weeks gone? I truly hope you have all had a most relaxing holiday.
We are all looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school tomorrow, an especially warm welcome goes to all our new children starting this term and also to Miss Lodge who joins us in Year 3.
Over the summer there has been some work done on and in the school. We are pleased to announce that we are now legally able to extend our back playground to encompass the land that was designated to the school. Security fencing will be erected all around the back playground to ensure the safety of everyone and I know there are plans afoot already for the design of the new area.
The Hall has had a makeover as has the practical area by Beech/Elm class and our ICT equipment has been greatly updated throughout the school. The staff have all been ‘playing’ on it enthusiastically last week, so that they are ready to enhance their teaching and the children’s learning with it from now on.
This term looks like it is going to be an exciting one starting off with the celebration of Roald Dahl with our dressing up day- Mrs Trunchbull here I come perhaps??
In the mean time, please do not hesitate to come and see me or the class teachers if there is ever anything we can help with.
Joseph Production 2016
Proud is a complete understatement as to how I feel now. Over the past two nights Trull School, KS2, performed their production of Joseph and his technicolour Dreamcoat. I happened to suggest a year ago that we put on a small play...little did I realise that we were putting on a West End Musical!... What the children and staff put on was just amazing.. they did such a superb job and it it all came together really well because everyone worked as a team!
The children, of all ages from 7-11 rallied around each other giving each other words of support, new friendships were made and self confidence grew! Children shone in their roles and became characters I would never have thought they would want to be... singing solos and getting so engrossed in role they literally became that part.
We did it to add to the creative curriculum, our children work like trojans all year and to have this diverse activity at this end of the year, meant they had something real to work towards.
Not only that but we have had a shout out on Radio 2!!! With Sarah Cox- this morning thanks to Nicola Ward, one of pour parents! All these lovely comments mean so much to all the staff that have worked so incredibly hard with this production.
We really hope you enjoyed watching the performance as much as we enjoyed putting it on for you. Thank you again everyone!
Where has the time gone? As we draw nearer to the end of term I have managed to stop for a second and just reviewed what has happened since I last wrote on here... We have had KS1 Sports day, helped enthusiastically by the year 6's and the sun even managed to shine on us. Unfortunately not so for KS2 sports but we have rescheduled this for the 18th July instead!
All around the school the sound of singing, dancing and cries of 'Sing louder!' ring out as the KS2 performance of Joseph approaches. I have had camels loiter by my door and palm trees wafting around together with Guards parading around with long spears...Such an exciting time and I am really looking forward to seeing the final performances this week.
This last week also saw the release of the SATs results for our Year 6's. For everyone this has been such a trying year as the Government did not release any indication of what the pass mark for these brand new tests would be. They were waiting to see how all the children around Britain did, and then set their standards afterwards. It is always hard to work with no benchmark to judge against. However our children, yet again, rose to the challenge of change and worked their socks off. They all did so well and we feel so immensely proud of each and every one of them. Well done Year 6! They can move on to their secondary schools holding their heads up high!
Science week, with the arrival of the Space Dome, has also been a huge success. A huge thank you goes out to the TSF for funding this. The children just loved escaping up with Tim Peake into space and sitting on the viewing deck of the space shuttle looking at the world below. Science experiments also saw many flying rockets whizzing past my window and flying over the top of the school...the squeals of delight could be heard all around.
Finally, reports out this week also proved just how hard the whole of the school has been working. It was lovely to read them all and see just how proud the teachers are of their children this year. What stars we have! I too am so proud of them all and feel so privileged to be in the position I am in.
End of KS2 SATs
The smiles on the faces of the Yr 6 children this lunchtime says it all.... the last SATs test was taken this morning and I just want to say how immensely proud we are of them all. Throughout what was a tough week, they have maintained their composure and positive attitude. We are SO proud of each and every one of you regardless of the outcomes. We know you have all done your best and you should feel immensely proud of yourselves. Parents, thank you to all of you too for supporting your children through this week and enabling them to do their very best.
Well done Yr 6! Onwards and upwards!
Another very busy month ahead... SATs for the Yr6 and Yr2's - Good luck to you all, I know you will all be awesome and do your best which is all we ask of you.
Joseph rehearsals, I am told, are going incredibly well. The costumes are looking really impressive, a huge thank you to all who are helping with the whole production.
Our Race for Life has been a huge success and we have now raised over £4,000!!! A superb amount, well done to everyone and to the TSF and Mr Bond for organising the whole event.
The good weather has meant we can finally use the school field which has gone down very well... Bug Clubs are sprouting up all over the field which is lovely to see.
I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday so far... seeing as it was a short term; the holidays were a long time coming! Last term saw great sporting success at Trull school after we took part in a range of competitions.
We had success in the rugby Taunton finals again, winning the tournament for the fifth year running which entitles us to take part in the Somerset Finals on the Tuesday after Easter.
In the netball we also came out victorious, winning the Taunton finals with a golden goal, putting us through the Somerset Finals for this as well. For the first time we entered a team of gymnasts, who through a lot of practice and hard work, finished second and they too are off to the Somerset competition after Easter.
In football both the girls and boys teams played brilliantly, finishing fifth and sixth respectively; a great result in particular for the girls as this was the first year we entered a team. In cross country we competed in 3 races over the spring term, both individual and relay races, in which all of our runners finished inside the top half. A huge well done to everyone who took part in all the sports and also to Mr Bond who organises and oversees all the events.
The Summer term looks to be very busy and long, however the longer days and sunshine will help make it an enjoyable one also.
Thank you to you all also for all your support last term, enjoy the rest of your Easter break and see you all again on Monday!
The year 2 SATs information evening held last night proved to be a bit of an eye opener with regard to the high expectations now set upon young children. We are all working incredibly hard to ensure all the children reach their potential but also ensure they enjoy all the experiences that school has to offer. If they are happy they will want to learn! Thank you to the parents for attending the evening and I hope it has helped to show you what is now expected. The power point I used is up on the website, do please ask if there is anything else I can assist with. The booklet that we gave out is with your child's class teacher so please do collect yours from them if you were unable to attend last night. There will be a Year 6 SATs information evening soon also.
The year 6 common room has now been open for a couple of weeks and has been a big success. The children now have a place that they can call their own to go to at lunchtime and enjoy the variety of activities that are there for them as well as use the outdoor space.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the TSF for all the fundraising that they do. We as a school are one of the lowest funded in the County per pupil and it is through the tireless fundraising from the TSF which ensures we can give your children the enjoyment of extra curricular activities and trips. They have also agreed to update some of the books throughout the school for which we are extremely grateful. Watch this space, quite literally, with regard to up coming events at school.... again sponsored by our TSF.
A big thank you also goes out to all of you for your continued support at school, it seems like it has been a long term so far.... but we all really do appreciate all you do too. Thank you.
Another half term is nearly over... this year seems to be passing by far too quickly. The children and staff are all working incredibly hard and we have had some tremendous successes at The Music Festival too, well done to all involved!
The Year 6 common room will be up and ready to be used after half term, a huge thank you to Maddie, Hetty and Mia for all their organising and fundraising to get equipment and furniture for the common room. I am sure it will be a great success and well used.
Another thank you goes out to the TSF and all their tremendous work they have done so far to ensure the children at Trull get amazing opportunities and support. The recent 'Skate @Trull' was awesome and was really well supported by all.
As my first term comes to a close I would just like to thank everyone for all their support and words of encouragement. I feel so incredibly privileged to be a part of Trull Church of England VA Primary school and the children, staff and parents have been amazing.
Everyone has worked incredibly hard this term and we have finished it off with two superb Nativity plays and a wonderful Carol Concert. We were also extremely lucky to have a very special visitor arrive for the morning Concert....Rupert Baird the Donkey! A special thank you goes to the Donkey Sanctuary for bringing Rupert up to our school for the service!
All that I would just like to say now is, I hope you all have a truly magical Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Here's to 2016!
I am really proud of the children at Trull school. We received a letter from Nick Gibb MP personally praising us for our Phonics results, we were in the top 5% of the country! Superb job.
We are also in the top 2% of schools with regard to our progress from KS1 to KS2 which is just awesome!!! Well done to all our children and staff- I am extremely proud of you all.....Keep it up!!
We are several weeks into the new term now and as I walk around the school and go into the classes it is a real pleasure to be met by excited, happy children wanting to share their news, stories and successes. I am loving my new role and am looking forward to catching up with our new parents (and established ones too!) at the EYFS curriculum meeting this Tuesday evening 29th September at 6pm.
Welcome back to a new term and new school year. I hope you have all had a relaxing break and are ready for new beginnings. We especially extend a very warm welcome to our new staff joining the team... Mr Oxley and Mrs Streeter in Willow class, Mrs Atkins in Oak class, Mrs Stevens in Ash class and Mrs Gavins in Maple class and a warm welcome also to all our new children starting. Babies seem to be on the agenda this year!! Mr Oxley is now the proud father of Amber Janet Oxley, born the last Friday of the holidays ... earlier than expected .... but both mother and baby are doing well. Congratulations to them all.
Mrs McAndrew is also delighted to announce that she is now expecting her first child in the beginning of January. We will ensure that the children in both classes continue to get the best education. So, a busy year ahead for all... and one that I am really excited to lead.