Head Teacher's blog 09.05.22

8th May 2022

Thank you to everyone who has sent in sponsor money from our sponsored silence. We are quite blown away by the total so far with £2171.25 already counted, banked and ready to send to support the people of Ukraine. If you haven’t sent in yours yet, don’t worry, there’s still time but it would be great to have it by Wednesday this week. The next event agreed by the School Council is a Books and Hearts for Ukraine Sale! This will be held on Friday 27th May during school time. Children will be reminded nearer the time to bring change into school to choose a book and/or buy a heart. From Monday 23rd May, all children are welcome to bring into school a maximum of five good quality books for the stall. Our Ukraine school council will be running the book sale, supported by staff. We will also be selling hand-knitted Ukrainian blue and yellow hearts ranging in price from 50p to £1.50. We already have over 200 and thank you to all those who have been busy knitting - there is still time to knit more with patterns available from the office and on the website.

The children will also be busy growing sunflowers in support of Ukraine. The sunflower, or soniashnyk in Ukranian, is the country’s national flower and has also become a symbol of solidarity and peace. The School Council will soon be distributing a Sunflower pack to each class.

May is an important time for assessments - our year 2 children are well underway with their SATs which will be ongoing throughout this month. This week it’s the turn of year 6, they start on Monday morning with SPaG, reading is on Tuesday followed by arithmetic and maths on Wednesday and Thursday. The children and their teachers have worked incredibly hard and are ready for this challenge - good luck to everyone, just do your best and try to get to bed early.

We are really fortunate to have a very dedicated staff team here at Swansfield who often work in their own time. It can be upsetting to receive emails from parents at unsociable hours, please can we request that you send emails during office hours only.

Well done to our stars who have impressed us this week, they are Beatrix Patten, Casey Smith, Melody Croud, Isla Pagett, Jaxon Marshall, Liam De Villiers, Kye Campbell,   Vincent Spence, James Lamb, Angus Hamilton, Faith Brown, Max Johnson and Abbey Hardy.

We had some folk music from the British Isles last week and we talked about the importance of folk music to people all over the world. This week, we’ve chosen a traditional folk song from the gold mines of South Africa. We might even learn this song over the course of the week! In times gone by the miners would have swung their axes in time with their singing. The history of this song can also remind us about an unfair past and equal rights and wages for all. 

Bye for now,

Mrs S and Mrs G

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