April’s Newsletter

The value for this term is: LOVE AND HONESTY

In our first assembly of this term, I shared the above image with the children and asked them what they thought our Values are for this term.  There was a resounding response of Love.  We have combined this with Honesty.

As the children entered the assembly I played the song “The Greatest Love of All” and talked about how important it is to love yourself in order to love others.  I asked the children to think what love is.  There were many and varied responses, for example being kind, friendly and the love shown between a couple.  I shared with them a list of words and we talked about their meaning in relation to love: compassion, friendship, trust, consideration, tolerance, kindness, peace, empathy and respect.

I explained that love can be very powerful. It can help to change people’s lives and make the world a better place.  We then looked at what some famous people had said about the importance of love.

Mother Teresa said “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.”  A figure the children have been introduced to in the past, Martin Luther King, also said “At the centre of non-violence stands the principle of love.”  Mahatma Gandhi stated that “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.”

The following week I told the story of a retiring businessman, Mr Bell, and how he had asked 6 staff to plants seeds.  When they next returned to meet with him he would give the business to one staff member and they would become the boss. All went away and planted the seeds, looked after them.  One businessman, Mr James, quickly became upset that this seed wasn’t growing and spoke to his wife about what he should do.  She asked him to persevere with it.

Time went on and the other 5 staff members were boasting about how their plants were growing and were beautiful.  Eventually, Mr Bell called them all back to the board room and asked them to bring their plants.  All displayed their wonderful plants except for Mr James, who had a pot filled with compost and no plant.  Mr Bell called him to the front and declared that Mr James would inherit his business and become the boss.  All the others sat in amazement.  As it turned out, the seeds would never grow as they had been boiled.  Mr Bell knew that Mr James had been the most honest of people and therefore he deserved to be boss!  We reflected then on the statement: If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

EASTERN AVENUE PLAY PARK

We continue to receive complaints from parents regarding the behaviour of older children in the park outside the school at the end of the day.  This particularly relates to Churchfields children.  We are working closely with the leadership of Churchfields to rectify the situation.  I have been assured by Churchfields that they are happy for you to contact them directly regarding any incidents of inappropriate behaviour and language.  Churchfields can be contacted on: 01793 487286 or via email on administrator@churchfields.org

 

SKY DIVING FOR CHARITY!

As publicised in the past, two members of staff, Mrs Sara Burgess and Mrs Rachael Swatridge, have been raising money for Diabetes UK in preparation for tandem Skydive.

I am pleased to let you know that the skydive was completed on Saturday and that they both shared their experiences with the children in assembly on Monday.  The photos they showed were amazing and the children were astonished by their accounts.  They all wanted to know whether they would do it again and they both said “Without question, we would!”

They have already raised an astounding £1060, way above their target of £400.  There is still time, however, to donate, if you would like to.

https://www.justgiving.com/Sara-Rachael-fundraising-page/

 

DATE REMINDERS

Monday 2nd May – BANK HOLIDAY, SCHOOL CLOSED

Wednesday 4th May at 2pm – Meeting for Lainesmead and Shining Stars parents regarding the establishment of the Nursery in September

Week beginning 9th May – Year 6 SATs

Friday 2th May – International Primary Curriculum Fabulous Finish afternoon 2:15pm – Year 5 Assembly, started by a 15 minute presentation on E- Safety

2:30pm – Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Week Beginning 30th May – HALF-TERM, SCHOOL CLOSED

Monday 6th June – School opens, all children return

Week 6th – 10th June – International Week

Friday 10th June – International Week Fabulous Finish Afternoon at 2:30pm.

 

LAINESCARS – CHANGE OF DATE!

Lainescars, our annual awards ceremony for Key Stage 2, has always been held at the start of the new academic year.  This year we have decided to move Lainescars to the end of the Summer Term.  Lainescars will now be held on THURSDAY 14TH JULY.  Please do save the date!

 

PARENTS QUESTIONNAIRES

At Lainesmead, we are proud of all the things that we do well.  However, we are always looking to improve and be even better!  This is where we need your help!

A Parental Questionnaire was sent out recently which we would like you to complete.  This will provide us with an invaluable contribution and will directly feed into our self-evaluation of the school as well as our School Improvement Plan.

The deadline for returning the questionnaire, which should only take a couple of minutes to complete, is Friday 20th May.  All questionnaires returned which include the child’s name, will be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher