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Mr Mayer's News

Life at HPS has been as packed as ever this term with so much going on.

Of course year 6 and year 2 had the end of key stage assessments to deal with which both year groups did extremely well. The teachers and LSAs deserve a mention not only for preparing them to take these tests but they also deserve credit for how the children approached their SATs. No-one looked stressed or unhappy. It was "just another day at the office". I was very proud of everyone, adults and children involved. 

Our children and our school are so much more than a set of numbers on a data sheet. I am lucky enough to be able to walk round the classes nearly everyday and see amazing teaching and learning, acts of kindness and compassion; determination and joy and so much more. This really is a very special place to work.

In and around SATs year 6 are studying the life and times of people living in Ancient Greek with the classroom resounding to that old classic..."What's a Greek urn?"..."About £50 a week". You can groan now.

In year 5 we have been" visiting" Ancient Egypt and learning about life in that part of the world 3000 years ago (ish). They were visited by Mr Egypt and were mummifying fruit last week. Hope they don't get onto anything bigger!

Year 4 are having fun with sound and music but amazingly they haven't asked me to sing yet.

Year 3 are putting on their "right trousers to look at Inventions through the eyes of Wallace and Grommet and last week had a great time visiting "We, the curious" in Bristol/ I can throughly recommend a visit.

Year 2 have left China behind and are now thinking and learning about "our wonderful World".

It's up, up and away in year 1 as they get to grips with Superheroes which has always been one of my favourite topics to do. As a headteacher I am often getting mistaken for a Superhero but what about you? What would your super power be?

And our reception children are as busy as ever doing so much I can't possibly fit in here.

Next term we will be visited on 3 occasions by the children who are starting with us in September 2019 which is always a big moment on the school calendar. As is the annual residential trip for Year 6. this year we are going to Condover Hall in Shropshire which promises to be an amazing time for everyone who is going. I can't wait.

….And this is just a flavour of all the amazing learning that has been going on at Hungerford Primary School!

If you would like to come int o the school for a visit please don't hesitate to arrange this by contacting the school office.

Best wishes

David Mayer

Thank you

       I would like to say a big thank you to all those of               you   who are:

  • Reading with your children regularly; you are making a huge difference to your child’s chance of being successful.
  • Getting your children to school on time.   Registration is at 8.50am………… every day.  When a child is late, it gives them an unsettled start to the day and disrupts the rest of the class! And their own learning.
  • Working with the class teacher for the benefit of your children.  This makes such a difference.  When children know that parents and teachers are working together, they feel supported.
  • Asking for help about learning or other issues such as bedtimes, expectations, behaviour etc.
  • Sending your children to school.  This might seem strange but unfortunately we still have a small number of parents who keep their children off school for an unacceptable number of days (not including illnesses such as chickenpox).  We have several children who regularly have one or two days off each week and have now missed over 3 weeks of school since September.  These children are unfortunately finding it difficult to keep up and are falling further behind with their learning.  Please, if you have to, make it your New Year Resolution to send your children to school.  You are failing them if you don’t.  If you need support with this, please ask for it.  We are only too happy to help…. But you need to ask.

Swimming Pool Development

As most of you will be aware, the school used to have its own swimming pool which is now no longer in use, leaving us with the world's biggest shed.  I would like to develop this into a new hall for the school with community use as a theatre/sports facility/dance studio/other use.

However I would really like some professional advice on this from an architect, building project manager, etc as I really don't know where you begin a project of this sort.  If you are someone who could give me some advice or know someone who could, I would be really grateful if you could get in touch.  Thank you.

Reading

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Unfortunately we have quite a few children who do not get to read at home as much as they need to. This obviously impacts on their ability to learn and progress.

I am therefore asking if any of you have any time when you could come in and listen to some of these children read. Alternatively maybe you know someone who could help.

Maybe you could spare 30 minutes or an hour after you have dropped off your own child or before picking them up. You have no idea what a difference your help could make to the lives of some of our children.

If you can help, please contact the school office or your child’s teacher.

Message from Chair of Governors

My thanks to those who took the time to complete the parent and carer survey in July.  Having reviewed the results of the survey at the time, it indicated that you (our parent and carer community) are happiest about the quality of teaching at our school, the progress our children are making, and their safety and happiness overall.  This is great!

Communication was where our school scored least well.  To improve this, I would like to ensure you know the best methods of sharing with our school your positive messages, successes, constructive feedback, concerns or complaints.

It is fantastic to hear positive messages about our school, our staff and the quality of our teaching!  Similar to any professionals in any sector, our teachers do not expect to be thanked for doing their job, but it is heartening for anyone to have their efforts acknowledged.  The link between positive feedback, increased wellbeing and improved outcomes are well established (just google those three terms).  The outcomes in our case, are improving the experiences our children have at school.  As we parents and carers are the main stakeholders of our school, it’s in our (and our children’s) interest to take a moment to share this positive feedback.

The links below will assist you in both forming and conveying your constructive feedback or complaint to the right person.  This allows for effective dialogue and enables subsequent and continuous improvement of our school, and the outcomes of our children.

The Home School Agreement and Complaints Policy are both available on the Policies page on this website.

Our school can be contacted on the office email: office@hungerford.w-berks.sch.uk

Many thanks for your on-going support.

A Merry Christmas to you all.

Alan Mollison, Chair of Governors

Christmas Festivities

Christmas at Hungerford Primary School has been really special: Christmas Songs for parents from our Reception children, the Year 2 Strictly-style Nativity play ‘Lights, Camel, Action!’ and the Key Stage 2 Carol concert at the church.  All were fabulous and a real showcase for the talented children and dedicated staff.

I was very proud of all of them and they really started my Christmas festivities.

On behalf of all the children and staff of Hungerford Primary, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year.

Mobile phone for Christmas?

Many of our children have asked Santa for a phone this Christmas.  If he does bring one, please can you make sure that you set it up for your child with the safest possible settings and then talk to them about using the internet safely.  Set the safety to maximum and then check what they are using it for and limit the amount of time they use it. Studied are already showing the negative impact phones and social media can have on children when used too much. 

Saddest sight this year: Last month I saw a mum pushing a child in a pushchair.  The child was playing on a tablet device and mum had headphones in, lost in her own world.  There was no communication between mum and child at all.  I would urge all of you to think of how much time your child is using a phone, tablet or laptop and compare this to the amount of time you spend talking/laughing/playing with them.

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