Half term seems to have arrived rather quickly this year and it feels like only yesterday we were still eating leftover turkey! It has been a very good half term and the children are in full swing in their new topics which they are enjoying immensely. Next half term is the start of the residential season at QE with Year 3 going to Hooke Court and Year 4 going to Ironbridge. Trips are a fantastic experience for the children and they learn a lot on them not just about history or geography but about being with other people and being away from home, both of which are important life skills.
In Thoughtful Time this week the children were thinking about sharing and how good they were at sharing with other people. Surprisingly they found it most difficult to share with siblings but were more than happy to share with friends. Siblings often feature a lot in Thoughtful Time but it did make me wonder if this is something we could look at.
We were supposed to have our Parents’ Focus Group meeting this week which we had to cancel as only two brave souls returned their form. We will reschedule the meeting after half term and send more regular reminders as I would like to cover the topic of the roads outside the school and parking. Also, a reminder that the council is changing the road layout outside QE during the half term holidays. I am not sure what it will be like when it’s done but I do know we will at least have a safer place for the children to cross.
Just a reminder it’s an INSET day tomorrow and every staff member is involved in well-being training so the School Office will not be open. Any queries will have to wait until after half term I am afraid.
I do feel I need to bring to your attention the current situation after pick up and drop off. We now have a number of cars blocking residents drives and people stopping in very, very dangerous places. We appreciate you want to safely pick your children up, but not at the expense of the safety of others. Please be aware of other users of the road when you are parking.
We are saying goodbye to two of our staff members today as well. Mrs Mosobbir is moving on to work in SEND prison and Miss Glaser is
pursuing another career outside teaching; we wish them the very best for the future.
Have a great half term, see you on the 20th!
Mr Blackburn & the QE Staff