How can you say, “The sky’s the limit” when there are footsteps on the moon?
Welcome to another academic year. I do hope you all had a wonderful relaxing summer. Huge welcome to all the children and families joining the Fair Oak Junior School family. The past three days have been fantastic and we are all so proud of the way the children have settled back into routine. The staff have been working tirelessly during the summer on ways to make the learning (and our environment) even better than last year.
This September is the dawn of our brand new curriculum and I know that all members of staff are looking forward to teaching it. Please see the dates on the left for curriculum evenings. These are opportunities for parents to come and hear about the year and about your child’s learning for the year. If you’ve had children at Fair Oak before, please don’t assume the information is the same – as the curriculum is brand spanking new! The year leaders will be sending out their Year newsletters (and curriculum grids) on Monday 10th September.
The quote above has been shared with the staff and with the pupils. I am so passionate about your child excelling – all children have such huge potential. What we (and by we I mean home and school) need to do is support them, challenge them and ‘sing from the same hymn sheet’. You may not agree with everything the school expects, but you have decided to send your child to this fantastic school. A school with incredibly high expectations - not just in learning, manner and presentation – but also behaviour. Your child’s academic progress and their future isn’t just down to the school – it is down…to all of us. At my first assembly I told the children to dream and that the only real barrier for them achieving their dreams is them not ‘giving their best’. During the staff inset training, I asked the staff if perhaps they are sometimes barriers. Ultimately we all went the best for our children and they are at a great school to achieve it.
The summer holiday was a particularly busy time for Mr Hall as a lot of work has been carried out in the school. I’m sure some of you would have seen the videos on Twitter about the Home Economics room. Please do follow us @FairOakJS. There will be more information and formal thanks for those who helped realise the vision for the home economics room, but I must single out Foreman Homes – thank you.
Following on from the ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ comment above – please could you support the school with healthy snacks and with healthy packed lunches (this has been in the school prospectus for years, so isn’t new news). Your child’s health is very important to us; hence we have now timetabled in ‘Run a Mile’. The impact of this initiative was huge last year. This year’s school council will be working on a range of healthy snacks with the school kitchen. Whilst we are on school kitchen - we have got rid of the flight trays at lunch time – hooray! The children now have plates and bowls and they love them!
Uniform - Thank you to parents for their support with school uniform. Just a reminder about hair accessories - these are to be dark green or black. Thank you.
Healthy snacks and uniform will be on the first agenda for Parents in Partnership (PIPs). This is a meeting held a few times in the year and gives parents an opportunity to find out about learning, future plans and to have a less formal chat. Whilst I will always welcome feedback from parents, these meetings are not an opportunity to complain about school policy. The first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday 10th October at 9.15am. If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com to book a space. Whilst we are on parental involvement, please do come along to the first PSA meeting on Wednesday 12th September at 6.15pm. The PSA are a super group and the fruit of their labours can be seen all around school, e.g. the library. One of the fundraisers this term will be Pupil Christmas cards. During next week the children will be spending time designing their Christmas Cards. More details will follow soon.
Whilst we are sending out a copy of the school calendar, please note that dates sometimes change. If you want to see the updated dates, please go onto the school website and select calendar from the menu.
Collection at the end of the day – Please could parents keep the path along the front of the school leading to reception clear as this has been blocked with parents waiting to collect their children. Please arrange to meet your child on one of the two front playgrounds, Thank you.
Entry to school – for safeguarding purposes, parents must sign in at the office to gain entry into the school. Parents are not to seek out teachers without signing in at the office. If you would like to arrange an appointment to see a teacher, please contact the school office. Alternatively, teachers will be on the gate at the end of each school day.
I am sure that this year will be a fantastic year for our children. A year when we will let them dream. Have a fantastic weekend.