It has been a very hectic but very enjoyable term at QE and the children have, as always, worked incredibly hard. Hats off to them for the effort they have put in and the progress we have made together. I had my progress meeting recently with the Good Shepherd Trust and although there are clearly areas we need to work on, overall the school is in a great position as we go into the Summer term. Thank you all for your ongoing support with your children’s education. We simply could not do it without you and I appreciate the time you give to support us especially with homework. You will have seen the parental feedback from Parents’ Evening this week and as always we take note of all the suggestions you make. I do feel that next term we need to work on the information we give you as quite a few things you commented on as parents are currently in place at QE, which means we are not telling you or the children aren’t.
I had a meeting today about the re-development of the court yard which is due to go ahead during the Summer term. We are sending the work out to tender and it will be great to have this space back again. The re-development is being funded by the PSA who put on another fantastic disco last night which raised a lot of money. I want to say a huge thank you to them not just for last night but for Saturday’s bingo evening as well which was a great success. Thanks to you as well for supporting these events. Some of you will have seen that I broadcast some of the disco through Twitter. This is something we will do a lot more of next term and I am hoping we will be in a position to broadcast some of sports day too.
You cannot escape news items around school budgets and this is very much on our minds at QE. It is clear we face an unprecedented challenge in terms of financing the school and as our expansion comes to an end, it’s clear there will be a lot less money to provide essentially the same services. Some of you may have seen the news story on Thursday around the school in Crowborough who had a mufti day to ask parents for donations towards the running of the school. Instead of donating money, wine or chocolate, the school asked for glue sticks, blue tac and toilet rolls. Things at QE are not that bad yet, but we will be asking the children to provide more of the basic equipment they need in September.
Lastly, we had a report this week about a QE parent being abusive to another parent on the road outside school. This is the second time something like this has happened in the last few weeks. Please can I remind you all to be respectful of each other when you are picking up and dropping off at school. If you do receive abuse outside the school, we suggest that is reported to police through the non-emergency 101 number as happened this week. Let’s all set a good example for the children shall we?
Have a great Easter holiday….
We will see you all again on Tuesday 18th April 2017
Mr Blackburn & the QE Staff