Lainesmead News 09.11.18

Welcome back to Term 2.  It has been a pleasure seeing everyone return; the children have certainly come back ready to learn.  Term 2 is always such a busy term, leading up to Christmas.

Enriching the curriculum started on the very first day of term with Mike Mullen from BMX Academy returning to school.  He ‘wowed’ the children with his skills in our first assembly of the term and reinforced the importance of the having resilience and a Growth Mindset.

It was lovely to see so many parents attend the last Royal Ballet demonstration lesson with the Year 3 classes.  They have learnt so much during this very special experience and I do hope that those who have been selected to attend further lessons are able to take part in this fantastic opportunity.

A huge well one to Eddie, Lila, Salma and Audey who attend headteacher’s lunch this week.  They talked about positively how about how much they are enjoying being in Year 4 and they were especially looking forward to going to Braeside next week.

…with responsibility for chairing a committee met to agree agendas for Term 2. We have various standing items, such as reviewing policies and ensuring that actions from previous meetings have been effectively carried out. We also invite middle leaders and senior leaders of the school to present regularly. This term, Miss Griffiths will present to the Curriculum Committee on the subject of progression in computing skills across the school. This is in response to governors reviewing the computing policy in Term 6 last year and wanting to ensure that aspects of the policy are having an impact on teaching and learning.  We will also be looking at the interventions put in place for children needing additional support as well as homework. At full governors, link governors will be sharing analysis of the Rapid Action Plans the school put into place after the Ofsted and the PPG and SEND reviews that were recently carried out. The Finance committee will be focusing on the performance management of teachers pay. If you have any view on this in advance of the meetings, please email or speak to any of our governing Body or read the minutes published on the website shortly after the meetings take place.

This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:

Spain: Tyla                            Iceland: Damon
Canada: Taslema                        Russia:   Laylah
Mexico: Kallum                         South Africa: Cornel
Brazil: Ella                           China: Mustafa
New Zealand: Charlie                  Australia: Roshan


Well done also to France and Brazil who achieved 100% attendance last week 100% attendance as a class last week. As France are on a trip today, the will roll the dice next week. Brazil class were awarded with extra time with the PE Equipment.

Thank you to all parents/carers and pupils who have been well and were able to attend regularly in Term 1. We achieved a good attendance rate of 97% in comparison to the national average of 96%. Hurray for Lainesmead!

Eleven pupils, who have really improved their attendance since the first few weeks of term, received a certificate in today’s assembly.


Monday 12th November is the start of this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal Week. Our school is excited to be joining in with others around the UK to participate in fundraising for this good cause.

On Friday 16th November, the children can come into school dressed in yellow or in dots for a £1 donation.
Let’s make a big difference to the lives of children in the UK.
Thank you for your continued support. 

It was planned that we would have a Talent Show similar to that run last year.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints we have not been able to organise this.  We do hope to find a new date for it in the Spring Term.

As children returned to school this week, we had a number of incidents where a lunch had not been booked for children but no packed lunch had been provided either.  In fact, on one day this was equivalent to a whole extra class needing a hot dinner.  As I am sure you can understand, this amount of extra food is just not possible to make or serve at such short notice.  It is essential that you use Parent Pay to book ALL lunches.  If lunch is not booked, a packed lunch MUST be provided.


Week beginning 12th November
Anti-bullying Week – odd sock day on Monday 12th November.


Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th
Year 4 Residential to Braeside

Wednesday 14th November
Flu Vaccinations day

Thursday 15th November
2:30pm – Years 3 and 4 Parents Power Maths Workshop

Friday 16th November
WWI Theatre Group performance to Y5/6
Non-school uniform day (Children in Need) – £1 donation

Monday 26th November
Maths Day

Thursday 29th November
2:30pm – Years 5 and 6 Parents Power Maths Workshop