Friday 9th March

Apologies for the lack of blog update last week – between the snow and Estyn and rearranging missed meetings and preparing for the week ahead there was no time! This week has simply flown too. I have to say a huge thank you to all at MCC grounds maintenance service who cleared the paths and car parks of the school allowing us to open as normal on Monday morning. Also our caretaker Colin and members of staff who continued to keep the children safe on the yards throughout the week.

Estyn carried out their monitoring visit on Monday and Tuesday. As always the children were an absolute credit to us, polite and courteous and able to explain their learning experiences with confidence. As soon as I have official confirmation of the outcome of the monitoring visit I will share it with you.

I attended a meeting of the cluster Headteachers on Thursday. One of our topics of discussion was the increased use of social media and the often negative impact the use of this can have. We rely on social media for communication and it is a powerful tool to instantly connect with parents and allow them to have a greater insight into school work and activities. However we are increasingly dealing with issues in school where children have connected with each other via social media platforms and some negative and unkind comments have been shared. This spills over into the classroom and results in class teachers spending teaching time resolving issues between children. I have also been made aware of several parents’ groups where parents have raised issues about other children or things that have happened in school that have led to misunderstandings.

We have invited PC Cath Gardiner to take a meeting for parents on Internet safety on Monday 19th March in the School hall. Please come along if you have any questions or concerns – and, as always, any concerns about School please come and see me or your child’s class teacher in the first instance to see if we can resolve any problems together.

Mrs Balkwill organised a fabulous World Book Day celebration with all children involved in several book related activities throughout the day and a great assembly where we all got to see each other’s costumes. Again another great effort from all the children and of course the parents!! We couldn’t do it without you!

Mrs Joanne Bayton


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