Welcome from the Head of Lower School
Dear Preston Manor Lower School Families,
I hope that you all had a wonderful summer holiday. I hope that your children are relaxed, recharged and ready for the new school year. The children all put in another great effort last year and were rewarded with fantastic success. The children have returned to school with such enthusiasm and are all looking very smart in their uniforms. Thank you to all you parents for helping your children to look so smart and wear their uniforms with such pride.I hope that you all had a wonderful summer holiday. I hope that your children are relaxed, recharged and ready for the new school year. The children all put in another great effort last year and were rewarded with fantastic success. The children have returned to school with such enthusiasm and are all looking very smart in their uniforms. Thank you to all you parents for helping your children to look so smart and wear their uniforms with such pride.
Each year brings positive changes. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome the following members of staff: Mr Etan, who is teaching in 6 Poplar, Miss Patel, who is teaching in 5 Maple, Mr Gumble, who will be a trainee teacher alongside Mrs Simon in 5 Maple, Miss Mossman who is teaching in 4 Chestnut, Miss Mohamed who is teaching in 3 Sycamore alongside Mrs Solanki, Mr Guerin who will be doing maternity cover in Year 3 Beech until April 2019, Miss Li who is teaching in 2 Holly, Miss Brown who is teaching in 2 Fir alongside Mrs McLoughlin, Miss Duke who is teaching in 1 Yew and Miss Antoine who is teaching in 1 Ash. I know that all our children and parents will welcome our new staff into the Preston Manor Family.
A huge thank you to the PTA and their helpers for all the wonderful events that they ran last year, all the money that their fund-raising brought into the school and the very generous donations that they made for the benefit of the children. I am especially thankful for the donation that the PTA made towards the year 6 leavers gifts, which will be an annual donations, the donation towards the African Drumming that our children participated in last year and we are hoping to ask the PTA to provide some of the funding towards replenishing home reading books. If you are able to donate some of your expertise or time to the PTA, please put your details in the PTA box at the front office
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our year 6 children from last year on achieving good SATs results. They maintained the massive improvements that we made from the 2016 results and we look forward to this year’s year 6 group taking our results above national figures.
New Astro Turf in the playground:
You may have noticed that over the summer holiday we have replaced the black rubber flooring in the playground by the climbing frame with new astro turf. We have done this to make the playground a safer environment for all our children as the black rubber was breaking up into small pieces which lay loosely on the ground. For some children, it was very tempting to pick the pieces up and in some cases throw them. It was also a very uneven surface and, in my opinion, was a trip hazard.
As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
2) Are in the right frame of mind to start the day and use their developing ‘Learning Behaviours’
3) Completes all home learning given by teachers to the best of their ability
4) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
5) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
6) Practises their spellings, number facts and multiplication facts regularly
7) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and set their goals on going onto further education, be that at college or university.
The staff and I are very excited about the forthcoming year and know that with your support our children will be even more successful than we were last year.
Mr Kevin Atkinson
Head of Lower School