HEADTEACHER UPDATE 19.4.21
A huge thank you to all our grown ups for all your continued support throughout last term. We begin the summer term with exciting topics and learning planned by the class teach-ers. The Topic overviews and Creative homework will be sent out by Friday 23rd April 2021.
To ensure that the children make the best progress possible, we are asking as a school for your support with the following:
• Read daily with your child/children and record in their reading diaries. Make sure they bring their reading diaries into school everyday.
• Any packed lunch must be in a carrier bag. No lunchboxes will be permitted. Please support us with this in order to limit any transmission of COVID. (Children will be given a plastic bag to transfer their lunches from their lunchbox—the lunchbox will be available to collect at the end of the day)
• Children must wear school uniform. No trainers except during P.E days.
• Children must bring a water bottle. In the event of a child not having a bottle—school will provide one at the cost of £1:00. It is important to support school during these unprecedented times in order to keep everyone safe.
Help us to keep everyone safe—Drop and Go and Collect and Go. You must collect your child/children from the class teacher from your allotted gates.
If you need to speak to your child's teacher, then please contact the school office.
Attendance is now statutory and all children must be in school. I am delighted to say that our attendance for the first half term has been in the range of 95—98%. Well done to SWPS families.
Gentle reminder regarding attendance and lates. There are still a few families who are not sending the children into school and are constantly late. Please remember it is statutory that children attend school—failure to comply may result in meetings with the at-tendance officer and referral to the EWO.
Children must arrive on time—8:45—8:55am. Failure to do so will result in a meeting with the attendance officer and Headteacher.
Late Collection: Please remember that children must be collected on time at the end of the day. If the children are not collected on time, the late fee charge will apply. This must be paid on collection.
ALL Y5/6 CHILDREN WHO WALK HOME WILL BE RELEASED AT 3:05PM VIA THE TOYBOX ENTRANCE
There has been significant staffing changes since the start of the academic year. We bade a fond farewell last term to Miss Bradley, Miss Sinclair-Patel, Miss Potter, Mr Meese, Miss Millar and Mrs Boyle. We wish them all the best as they begin a new chapter.
Class 3 will be taught by Miss Williams and Mr Burton. This is to ensure that there is still consistency in place.
The governors and I are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Deputy Head—Mr Daniel Wright and our new Assistant Head—Mr Christopher Johnson. Please see their letter to parents and carers. They both take up ost in September 2021. They will be spending time at Snape Wood during the summer term—I am sure they will be present on the gates—say hello if you see them.
They have both recorded a video bio—check them out on the website—video resource area.
Although staff mobility is something that is not in our control, we endeavour to ensure that this is limited.
At SWPS, we put reading at the heart of our curriculum. To enthuse the love of reading further, we are developing our Bus as a reading bus.
We are appealing to the SWPS community to support us with donations of reading books. This will help us to stock the bus with exciting books for children. If you are able to donate a book, then please send them in with your child/children or contact school;
Just a reminder that swimming starts for children in KS2:
Wear your swimming kit—bring a large bag and don’t forget your clothes. You will be walking to Ken Martin swimming baths
Introduction letters from our new DHT and AHT:
Mr Wright – Deputy Headteacher
It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the new Deputy Headteacher of Snape Wood Primary School. I feel very privileged to have been appointed by the school governors. I have been made to feel very welcome and have already been speaking to Mrs Choudhury about the next academic year.
I have been a teacher, senior teacher and SENCO for the last seven years and am currently completing a Master’s degree in Education. I have led on curriculum, English, ICT and Science across a primary school as well as supporting staff development across a network of 17 schools. This will enable me to help support and develop the fantastic learning that already goes on at Snape Wood Primary School. Before becoming a primary school teacher, I worked in many roles at a secondary school, taught outdoor learning and spent many years working with chil-dren and young people in care.
Having already met some of the student council, it will be a real pleasure getting to know you all – pupils, parents and staff alike! Over the next term, I will have the opportunity to spend some time in school getting to know all of you before I start in the Autumn. I can’t wait to be a part of the team and the wider Snape Wood community.
I am passionate about the power of education and the effect it can have on an individual and the community. I believe that with fun, hard work and a commitment to developing our person-al character through intellectual, moral and civic virtues, people flourish, thrive and achieve as individuals. By investing time and care in our children and in the community, we have the op-portunity to grow the best possible school.
When I am not at school, I love continuing to learn about the world around me. I might read books to help me be a better teacher, or I will read fantastic stories so I can visit places I could never see. I know that every book can teach us something and everything we learn makes us a better version of ourselves. The more we read, the more we enjoy reading, and the more we read great books, the smarter, happier and more successful we will be.
I am looking forward to meeting you all soon. Please come over and say hello and introduce yourself when you see me in and around school. It will be a pleasure getting to know you.
“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
Mr Dan Wright
Mr Wright – Deputy Headteacher
Mr Christopher Johnson - Assistant Headteacher
Dear Parents and Carers,
I consider myself privileged and delighted to have been appointed as the new Assistant Head teacher at Snape Wood Primary School.
Since becoming a teacher in 2009 and a father of two small children, I fully un-derstand the responsibility schools and their communities have in providing the highest standards of learning. It is amazing to join such an incredible, hardwork-ing team and to teach such wonderful children whom I am eager to inspire and learn from.
Meeting the needs of each individual child at Snape Wood is paramount and I strongly believe in providing children with the best possible learning experience where pupils develop the enthusiasm and attitude to thrive in any challenge. I aim to provide children with the tools and experiences to grow into kind, respon-sible and curious young adults who can think and communicate effectively.
As a parent, I know strong partnerships with school are a lifeline to children’s suc-cess. Parents are the heart of the community and despite the challenges of bub-ble closures and lockdowns, I will strive to work with you and provide the best ex-periences whether at home or in school. To help with this, I welcome all feed-back and encourage you to speak to me at the school gate, via email or on the telephone so that I can understand the challenges and triumphs you have had.
You can be assured that I will strive to create the best possible educational expe-rience for your children and support the incredible work that has already been done by Mrs Choudhury, the staff and children at Snape Wood.
At Snape Wood Primary, we are firmly committed to keeping our children safe from harm. Our safe-guarding and child protection team this academic year are :Mrs Choudhury (lead), Miss Williams, Mrs Howarth. We believe that safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility, if you have any concerns please share these with one of our team.