What a year! It’s unbelievable to think that the academic year has flown by so quickly and with so many highlights – please do look at the picture montage at the end of the newsletter for some of these. They clearly show some amazing learning, but – as you know – there are many wider learning opportunities at Fair Oak, including our sporting successes or winning Rock Challenge or, as you would have seen yesterday, our most recent OFSTED report. The success continues though. I am delighted to announce our most recent SATs results (see the Newsletter section for the data).
As you can see from the results, Fair Oak Junior School has outperformed the rest of Hampshire and the country across the board. This is, of course, down to the hard work from the children, but also from my phenomenal staff team. The percentage refers to the number of pupils who achieved the Standard and those who achieved the Higher Standard or are at Greater Depth of the Standard.
Today is the last day of the academic year and we are truly going to miss all the children, especially those leaving us. We will also be saying farewell to a few members of staff (shared on a previous newsletter). The year 6 children have had a wonderful 4 years with us and I wish them all the best for their continuing learning journey, whether at Wyvern, Thornden, Wildern, Crestwood, The Gregg’s School, The King’s School, St Anne’s or King Edwards…or wherever they go. They carry with them a huge sense of gratitude for what they have achieved from all of us and it was a real pleasure to see their beaming faces at the recent leavers’ event and at today’s school assembly.
There have been so many highlights since the last newsletter. On Tuesday 9th, the year 3 children experienced that wonderful Greek Theatre. The children had such a wonderful time and were really immersed in all-things Greek! On Wednesday 10th, we held the building consultation meeting. Thank you for all those who were able to attend. I will share more with the family next academic year, especially through PIPs.
On Thursday the 11th we held our Year 6 Celebration evening. This was a wonderful family event. Thank you to my amazing staff for organising the whole evening, particularly Mrs Gowers. Of course, the week didn’t stop there! On the Friday we welcomed back Eddie from Exxon who worked with our Year 3 children. At lunchtime, we held a wonderful picnic on the school field, as part of our French Celebrations.
On Friday 5th July we had our PSA Friday Extravaganza and I’m delighted to announce that a whopping £3300 was raised. Thank you so much to our amazing PSA for all their hard work and to you and your children for supporting us. The first PSA meeting will be at 9am on Friday 13th September – please do come along and support the amazing team! PSA dates for next year will be shared on the school calendar, which should come out by the end of the first full week back.
Over the past few days I have noticed a number of children wearing the new school uniform – and they really do look fab. Unfortunately, I have also noticed a number of trainers in school instead of school shoes – I’m sure that this is because parents will be buying new shoes in the summer. Could I also remind parents that all hair accessories must be dark green or black – and without any jewels. Lastly, haircuts are to be conservative in style and no shorter than number 2. As always, thank you for your support. Thank you also for your support with scooters and bikes. Please note that children should not be riding their bikes or scooters on site.
Lastly, thank you to all the members of the Fair Oak Family for their hard work and support, from my fantastic staff and governors through to my super parents, PSA and of course our amazing children. The year has certainly been busy. I would like to set your child (and you) so voluntary homework!
- Watch a sunrise and a sunset
- If it’s raining cats and dogs, go out and play in the rain
- Write a letter to someone important to you
- Have at least 3 days during the holiday without TV, computers, tablets, phones or any other type of technology
- Read a whole book and try to read some of it to a member of your family
- Lie on the grass and stare at the clouds – see if they make any funny shapes
- Try a new food
- Pick up someone else’s litter
- Remember your manners - especially to your parents
- Have fun being a child, but try not to break anything!
Have a wonderful summer holiday. Thank you once again for all your support this year. I look forward to seeing the children back at school on Thursday 5th September.