This week we had our half termly assembly lead by St Thomas’ Church. The children always love these sessions and we are so lucky to have such strong links with our local church.

Our Key Stage Two children have been having yoga sessions to support both their physical and mental health. These have proven to be very popular, and we are pleased to say that our children down the hill at Key Stage One will also get the chance to have a go shortly.

I cannot believe that we only have a few months left with our Year 6 children! We are busy putting plans in place for them to do an end of year show and for their leavers’ gift but we also recognise that the transition to high school can increase anxiety. The children in both Y5 and 6 have had an anxiety workshop to support them with managing these feelings and of course, Mrs Simpson is always on hand to offer support and advice.

Our parental survey was overwhelmingly positive but some of you did ask us to look at lunchtimes further. This week all our support staff, including midday supervisors have received behaviour management training from our Teaching School.

Now for some really lovely news- Mr O’Shea and his girlfriend became parents for the first time on Saturday. I am sure you will all join me in offering congratulations on the birth of the beautiful Ella Esme O’Shea. Mr O’Shea has started his paternity leave and will return to school on 24th May.

Some of you may already be aware that two of our children – Jonas and Bella- have both donated their hair in the name of charity. These wonderful acts of kindness, along with Scarlett’s during the first lockdown, have led us to start a new school award. ‘The Greetland Academy Community Spirit Award’ will be given to our children when we hear that they are going above and beyond to make a difference. Jonas, Bella and Scarlett will all have their names engraved on the trophy in school as the first recipients of this award.

Next week I will be spending some time in each of the classes and I am very much looking forward to talking to the children and seeing their fantastic learning.

Finally, I would like to wish Eid Mubarak to any members of the school community who are celebrating Eid today or yesterday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Crowther