We’ve had loads going on over the last month or so that we want to tell you about.
Staffing changes for September
Two valued members of staff, Miss Aggus and Miss Davies, are leaving at the end of the academic year to take up posts closer to where they live. We would like to thank them for everything they have done at the school and for all of their hard work in the three years they have been here.
We have appointed two new teachers to replace them after an intensive and highly successful national recruitment campaign. Miss Wilson will be joining our KS1 team and Miss Field will be based in KS2.
Also joining us in September is Mrs Richards, who will be our KS2 co-ordinator, replacing Miss Norwood. Mrs Richards is a serving headteacher who, after a number of years working in schools throughout the East Midlands, misses working directly with children and who wants to get back into the classroom where she was recognised as an outstanding practitioner. We are very lucky to have her – she’s already given me a flea in my ear for something I haven’t done on the school website!
All of the new staff will be meeting children/parents in the near future and Mrs Richards will also be joining us on the Y3/4 residential visit.
Peafield Lane have been football champions in the Mansfield area for a number of years. This year, the boys have done it again, winning the league and cup double! Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations go to them and to everyone who has coached and supported them throughout the year.
The future also looks bright:- Our Y3/4 football team have recently made it through to the final of the ‘Football in the Community’ tournament. The game will take place at the One Call Stadium (Stags ground) on Saturday 12 July at half time during the Mansfield Town v Notts County friendly match. All support will be welcome!
One of the challenges we faced this year was to increase the number of children, particularly girls engaging in after school activities. We used government sports funding to focus on this and to set up a netball team; our first for many years. I am delighted to say that our children are also Mansfield Netball Champions this year!
Peafield Lane Academy Badges
Today, each child was presented with a keepsake badge of the Academy logo. Some were asking if they could wear them on their coats, uniforms, etc. It is entirely up to you what you do with them. These are one-off badges commemorating the first year of our transition to becoming an Academy (and which were promised when the children took part in the ‘IT free’ weekend). I think I’m going to lock mine away as a keepsake.
Now that we know precisely what our teaching compliment will be for next year, we can begin to sort children into their new classes. Staff are working on this over the next week or two. In their teams they will put together their recommendations to me which, once ratified, should allow us to begin the transition process by the end of the month.
The children have elected members of the new School Council who will meet regularly to provide a children’s perspective on school matters. Representatives from this group will also be invited to attend certain parts of governor meetings to ensure there is a conversation between those who have overall control of the school and those on the receiving end of strategic decision-making.
This year the upper juniors are performing ‘Oliver’ (‘Olivia’ on one evening) on the 16th and 17th July. Tickets will be made available soon and will be numbered.
Our wonderful PTA team are struggling with membership at the moment. If you are interested in getting involved or wish to know a little more about what is involved then please come along to a short meeting after school on Tuesday 24th June at 3:30pm (we’ll provide children with something to do). Alternatively, just give us a ring and we’ll take your details and pass them on to the team to get back in touch with you.
There is a direct correlation between the hot weather and the amount of learning time lost whilst children (and teachers) search for missing ties, jumpers, etc. that are taken off at breaktimes and forgotten about. Therefore, at this time of year we relax the rules on the wearing of ties. We still want the children to well presented and in school uniform (including black shoes).
We want you to feel that you are kept fully up to date with what is happening with your child at school. Don’t forget that we provide regular updates on the goings on at school via twitter and through the school website (including the diary section which has all future dates for e.g. sports days, trips, etc.). The web address is www.peafieldlane.notts.sch.uk and our Twitter account is @peafieldlane.