Hayfield Primary School - News and Events

Newsletter 13 - 9th December 2016

Newsletter 13 - 9th December 2016  

Hello Everyone Overall, it’s the Arts that are dominating this week in school. Following last week being all about assessments and tests in English and maths, it is wonderful to hear the sound of children’s singing drifting into my office from the hall, and to see them honing their acting skills in their Christmas play rehearsals. I know that parents are all in for a treat today when they get to see our Reception Class performing their Christmas play, and again next week on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening when Years 1 and 2 put on their Christmas performance. Also on Wednesday, Mrs Horne will be taking Year 4 out to sing some Christmas carols at the Pavilion Club Christmas Dinner, before returning to school for our own Christmas Dinner, where we are really looking forward to being served by our increasingly responsible Year 6 children!...more

Newsletter 12 - 2nd December 2016

Newsletter 12 - 2nd December 2016  

Hello Everyone What a busy day it has been, what with excited children visiting Santa in his grotto and people running around preparing for the PTA Christmas Cracker—and what a cracker it promises to be! Hope to see you there this afternoon. We’re beginning to feel very Christmassy around here. The tree is up and shimmering, and the display area is a winter wonderland—thank you, Reception class staff! Next week is Assessment Week in school. Our older children will be carrying out some tests and the progress of all children will be carefully assessed in the core subjects so that we can plan our next term’s teaching around children’s identified needs and gaps in learning. Please put in your diaries the next parents’ evening dates because we want to see everybody attend so that we can share these outcomes with you and discuss any concerns we have or how you can help your child pro-gress at the rate that they should be progressing...more

Newsletter 11 - 25th November 2016

Newsletter 11 - 25th November 2016  

Hello Everyone The sun is shining outside my window as I rush to write this newsletter—sorry, it’s been a very busy week again! We are always reflecting on our practise and working through our school improvement plan, and we are always busy looking at ways to make learning interesting and engaging for our children, but never more than just now, following our recent Ofsted Inspection and lots of discussion about our strengths and areas for improvement. The report, by the way, should be out next week and will be sent to you as soon as it arrives. We are pulling all the stops out to raise attainment in maths at the moment. I’ve been observing teaching and learning in this subject over the last two weeks and have seen some really good lessons and inspiring practice. What we need to do, though, is find betters ways to give our younger children a good sense of number, and our older children need to be much quicker at mental recall...more

Newsletter 10 - 18th November 2016

Newsletter 10 - 18th November 2016  

Hello Everyone Well, what a week it’s been. We have been waiting for nearly 21 months for Ofsted to arrive, ensuring every day that we have all the paperwork and evidence at the ready, since the Inspector, under these short inspections for Good schools, are so short. And finally, at lunchtime on Monday, we got the call, and after an afternoon and evening of preparation—sending them lots of documents, sending emails out to you, talking to the children, completing surveys and questionnaires, ensuring everything was up-to-date and ready for the next morn-ing, the Inspector arrived with a colleague the next morning at 8:15 and, from the minute they sat down with me at 9am, it was all systems go. It was the most intense, challenging and often difficult day, but we were left smiling (though totally exhausted!) by the end of it all...more

Remembrance Service

The sun shone and the sky was blue this morning at 10.30 as the whole school walked—two by two— to the war memo- rial, tunefully led by the piper and other members of Hayfield British Le- gion, to be joined by lots of parents and villagers for our remembrance service.

The children sang beautifully—make Me a Channel of Your Peace, In Flan- ders Fields and Abide With Me - and some read poignant poems, and even the youngest stood quietly listening to the moving words and pray- ers of Reverend Brian Harris who conducted the service (and joined us back at school for a coffee and a biscuit—lovely man).

Thank you to Karen Grove, Year 5 teacher and history leader, for coordinating the event and ensuring that everything ran smoothly. 

Newsletter 9 - 11th November 2016

Newsletter 9 - 11th November 2016  

Parents’ Information Evening Thank you to all parents who attended the parents’ information evening last night. Considering that there was another ‘exciting’ event on in the village, we had a fairly good turnout! For those of you who managed to make it, I hope you found it useful. On reflection, what we found was that perhaps we tried to cram in too many things—all important topics - into the evening, and so we’ve made some notes for next year to do things a little differently. Topics such as ‘online safety’, Year 2 parents having the opportunity to learn about KS1 SATs and ‘early read-ing’ are all important and may have benefited from having their own time slot at a time most appropriate to the intended audience. Also, the exciting development of growth mindset, which is very new to us at Hayfield, would benefit from a longer, more focused session with a wider audience. More about this soon. ...more

Newsletter 8 - 4th November 2016

Newsletter 8 - 4th November 2016  

Hello Everyone Mrs McKenzie is unavailable today, so our introduction comes from Mrs Horne: Next Friday we will be joining with the Royal British Legion to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. There will be a Service of Remembrance at the war memorial (opposite the Royal Hotel). Please join us if you are able. The service will begin soon after 10.40am. We suggest you aim to be there around 10.30am. It is good to give our children time to reflect and be thankful for those who have made and indeed, continue to make such a difference to their lives and futures...more

High Peak Sports Awards

We were delighted to be invited to attend the High Peak Borough Council sports awards this year in conjunction with High Peak School sports partnership and Derbyshire Sport. This was to collect our school gamesmark gold award in recognition for our commitment to school sport. We were even more delighted to hear our very own Archie had also been nominated for an award. Mrs Bowker, Mrs Mills and our house captains, unfortunately less a poorly William, attended the awards ceremony on Wednesday evening at Buxton Pavillion Gardens. The children Jess S, Calum and Daniel were extremely proud to represent their school and take their place at the table surrounded by a room full of sporting stars. They looked at the Judo champions, the swimmers, golfers, cyclists, cricketers and the list goes on full of admiration.

We were thrilled that despite some tough competition Archie was the winner of Junior Sportsperson of the Year in recognition of his achievements in golf this year. This kind of achievement doesn't happen without a lot of hard work, commitment and determination and we are thrilled this has been recognised.

High Peak Junior Football league - Logo Winner!

Our very own Emily Mills has designed the winning entry for the design a logo competition for the brand new High Peak Junior Football league.

This is a statement from HPJFL

"Along with High Peak School & Sport Partnership we recently ran a 'design a logo' competition for all pupils across the High Peak. 
 
The standards were extremely high and judging proved very difficult.   
 
The winning entry chosen by the independent judges was this one and will be our new logo - the panel felt that this fulfilled the brief perfectly and we're very proud of it too. 
 
Congratulations to Emily Mills from Hayfield Primary School - your prizes will be presented soon."
 
Well done Emily! 
 

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