Posted 23rd February 2018
Our bloggers this week are Ava, Nicole and Sasha
This week in Nursery the children have been learning about transport and Hugo, in his cheery little voice, said, “We are playing with the trains!”
Reception have been learning about coins including pound coins and pennies. “My favourite coin is the pound,” said Miranda.
In Year 1 the children have been learning about animals: reptiles, amphibians, mammals. Their favourite animals include cats, bunnies, dogs and lambs. These children have been learning some very advanced things in their lessons!
In Year 2 the children have been learning Land Ahoy! This includes Antarctica and one of the classes received a secret message in a bottle, which came down the river Thames.
Year 3 have been learning about magnets and forces they are looking forward to safe walking, world book day, ping-pong club and are reading the Iron Man.
In Year 4 they have been learning about digestion, teeth, multiplying by zero and one, adverbial phrases and they were reading the demon dentist. They also have been doing experiments.
Year 5 children have been looking at potions and in maths; they have been learning how to use graphs.
In Year 6 we have been learning about blood and the heart. We have learnt about the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the muscular system, the skeletal system and the digestive system. In maths, we have been covering algebra.
Haroon in Peartree said, “We are learning about cooperation, calm communication, hard work and responsibility”
Finally, Natalie in the office told us how pleased everyone is with the Year 5 office helpers. They have been doing an amazing job and the parents have commented on how sensible they are.
Posted 9th February 2018
Strolling around the Art Exhibition last night, it was great to take the time to celebrate the talents of our children and dedication of our teachers in producing such a glorious show. Having seen it transform from fairly bare spaces to an Aladdin's treasure show of arts and crafts was something to behold. Of course, visitors would have seen the final execution, but as you can imagine, it's a logistical and organisational challenge. Over the week we've invited in experts from Orleans Gallery to give children experiences of printing and design equipment that we don't have in school; children have been gluing, sticking, painting, modelling - individually and in groups, with materials ranging from nuts and bolts to sticks and logs! It was a show to inspire awe and wonder - From Ordinary to Extraordinary, as it was themed.
If I were to list all the events and achievements I have seen just in this half-term, this could well be the longest weekly blog ever posted. Each day I am impressed by both the creativity and determination of our pupils and the commitment and care of Stanley staff. I think our Year 6 “bloggers” have illustrated just how much goes on at the school (as well as their own talents as reporters or journalists)! These tremendous activities have really made me reflect on the traditions and events that help create the culture of a school – our Christmas carol service, our plays and performances, our exciting trips and workshops, the singing festival, Sports Days, Charities Day, and our trip to Hampton Pool, and last but not least the Year 1 and 2 sleepover, which took place this half-term.
The sleepover is an event that epitomises the Stanley culture and every Stanley pupil remembers it very fondly. The children were fantastic and had a truly memorable time and the staff who gave so generously of their time illustrated just how lucky we are to have such a devoted team … and they thoroughly enjoyed the ‘no-sleepover’ too!
We’re hoping to create new traditions with the launch of our house point system with a prize that is relevant and motivating to encourage all children to do their best – a mufti day for the winning team. Congratulations to Beijing for winning the most points for hard work and good progress. Watch out - the other houses are chomping at the bit to be next term’s winners!
Enjoy the half-term break and we look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 20 February.
Posted 2 February 2018
This weeks’ bloggers are: Tanisha G, Ava N and Caitlin S
In Nursery this week they have been doing colour. For Arts week they are doing a rainbow and a colour explosion collage. The children were playing with a colour pool which they colour in different colours every day. James said “the water’s green, it flows down here and goes in the pool”
Reception they are thinking about direction with B-Bots. Max said “an alien came to class looking for her baby. I love space”. The alien answered all their space questions. For arts week each class is doing a space artist.
In Year 1 they were doing Northern Lights. They were drawing, painting and reading poems, they had done some writing about the Northern Lights. Monty said “the Northern Lights are like enormous lanterns”. The Year 1 topic is Splendid Skies.
In Year 2 their topic is Superheroes; they were making clay superheroes and they’ve had to bring in an old shoe from home which they are making it into a superhero shoe as part of Arts week. The theme for Arts week is ordinary to extraordinary. Eyren said “We put onomatopoeia words on them [shoes]”.
Year 3 were doing The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and for Arts week they are very busy doing collage and printing along with mixed media and robotic critters. For science they are learning about magnetic forces and dividing with the 3, 4 and 8 times tables in Maths. Isabella said “My favourite part of Arts week will be when we do the robots”
In Year 4 their topic is Road Trip USA and they are focusing on Native Americans. They are making coil pots inspired by the Pueblo tribe. They were doing poetry about Native America prayers. One of the children said “it was really fun making the pots”. They also made a poster on the Ute tribe.
Year 5 are doing heat transfer images and 5L and 5W were painting the Thames. 5B and 5M are painting the Nile. They are doing an Egyptian collage for Arts week. Elsie said “we are doing a heat press, it goes on a cloth and I’m really excited”.
In Year 6 we have finished reading Macbeth and we are now doing a narrative of the ending. In science we have been doing classification systems with sweets! Our topic at the moment is Darwin’s Delights and in Arts week we are doing pictures inspired by Darwin. We are making a giant Galapagos turtle out of willow and pictures from pencil sharpenings.
Peartree this week are doing a before and after of a firework, which they are having a workshop on to make the learning like real life. They are also doing 3D structures and they are all looking at the value of respect for their artwork.
Posted 26th January 2018
This week’s bloggers are Annie S, Minnie W and Matilda B.
Hello, this week there has been some excitement building up and some big events.
First of all there is a Year 1 and Year 2 Sleepover coming up (it’s tonight Friday 26 January) and all the children are so excited!
Here’s a quote from Charlie and Eirynn in Birch class:
“We are excited about staying up late and having fun with our friends”
While they are snuggling up in their PJs let’s move onto sport. There has been a Year 6 girls’ netball match against Sacred Heart. We started off with the league match and unfortunately Stanley pupils lost 9-11. However, they brought their game back by winning the friendly 17-1.
Posted 19th January 2018
This week’s bloggers are: Grace G, Henry T and Elizabeth B
Reception - they were doing a book, which is called Whatever Next. They have been reading it and have ordered it into a comic strip. They have also been acting it out and have been telling it to their friends. It’s about a little bear called baby bear who wants to go to the moon, so he finds his helmet and space boots and goes to the moon on a box. When he arrives he has a picnic with a fox but he needs to get home in time for his bath, so he goes back for it and soon goes to sleep.
Year 1 - have been focusing on their maths and have been doing place values, including tens and units. Next Friday they are joining year 2 for the annual sleepover and are hopefully going to sleep!
Year 2 - they have been learning about healthy and unhealthy foods, they will be putting it into a food pyramid next week. They are using the paint program in ICT to design their Superheros. They have also been doing a self esteem survey.
Year 3 - they have been learning their times tables up to 8 and have been looking at the book Iron Man written by Ted Hughes. In science they have been learning about G force. The teachers have also been enjoying things bought in by the children following their instructions homework.
Year 4 - have been focusing on America and its main cities and states. In their brass lessons, they have been learning about the notes C and D. They are reading the Indian in the Cupboard, which they are enjoying.
Year 5 are continuing their Egyptian topic they are mummifying oranges, Mr Watson says his room still stinks of vinegar! They are also learning Egyptian dances. They are doing word problems in maths and in RE they are looking at Sikhism. They are also doing extended simile poems.
Year 6 - we are continuing with Macbeth and are planning to do a balanced argument on whether Macbeth should kill King Duncan. We have looked at Charles Darwin and are recreating his expeditions this afternoon. Our comprehension homework has been on William Shakespeare.
Unfortunately the boys lost 4 -3 against SMSP in football. It is a busy week next week for sport: The boys are participating in the Brentford tournament on Monday, there is a mixed girls and boys tournament on Wednesday and on Friday we are taking part in the Richmond swimming gala practise.
Posted 12th January 2018
We have given our pupil reporters the week off this week – this means we can let you know just how well everyone has settled back into their work and learning after the Christmas break and to make sure you are aware of an important meeting for parents who may be interested in being a school governor.
Teaching staff started the term with training around building children’s confidence as learners. Look out for your children responding to your question: “What did you do in school today?” with increasingly positive answers. Our new approach will build on our whole school culture of praising and reinforcing positive behaviour, which we revitalised last half-term. In addition to our value and star of the week award, we launched our house dojo reward system, which is an on-line app which tracks points received for positive work and personal progression. The points are allocated to their houses, depicted by a very cute avatar (right) and the results shown in every celebration assembly. On 2 February, the winning house will be announced and the children’s reward will be to come to school on 9 February dressed in mufti.
We have already seen some impressive work from all year groups. Year 1 have enjoyed their first swimming sessions and our Year 5 “messengers” are proving to be very competent and efficient helpers for the school office but our Superheroes for this week have to be Year 2. The children really embraced the Superheroes theme and we saw some amazing outfits on Monday. Thank you for your help and support with these costumes. The children’s learning is enhanced when they are engaged in a topic and the Superhero parade certainly was a great help in enthusing Year 2 about their latest topic.
As well as getting excited about being Superheroes, Year 2 are already looking forward to one of the highlights of the year … the Year 1 and 2 Sleepover which is on Friday 26 January!
Finally, I am sure you are aware of the important role of our governing body. We are always keen to welcome new people with new views and valuable experience onto our governing body. We will be holding elections for parent governors later this term and we are hoping that a number of you will be interested in these positions. You will now have received details of our Meet the Governors meeting which is on Monday 22 January … the purpose of the meeting is to let you know more about the role of a school governor so please do come along to find out more.
Posted 5th January 2018
This week’s bloggers are: Scott TH, Lola P and Maddy C.
Firstly, we went to Nursery they have been doing a winter theme and are drawing angels.
In Reception, their new topic is Space they have been modelling aliens with Kinex blocks and the book they’ve been reading is Aliens in Underpants. They were telling us their favourite planets and we watched them junk modelling with tin cans. They were using the computer to fly an alien into space as part of their ICT time.
Year 1’s topic is Splendid Skies and they were painting pictures of the sky. Next week they are testing wind speeds and making kites. In maths, they have been learning their counting up to 100 and back down again.
The Year 2 topic of Superheros starts next Monday with a dressing up day. They were telling us what their favourite super power was - Elodie P’s favourite was flying! In maths, they are doing the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and learning their syllables in phonics.
Year 3 told us about their trip to Butser farm, last term, where they made fences and jewellery. The topic for this term is Mighty Metals and they are already planning to create and follow instructions and turning their teacher into a toad! In science, they are learning about forces.
Year 4’s topic is Road Trip to America, they already knew there are 50 states in America and that’s why there are 50 stars on the flag. The classes have been discussing their New Year’s resolutions; William P has resolved to “stop fighting with my brother”
Year 5 - Miss Mitchell told us she was learning about the ancient Egyptians, but they were still excited about last term’s space topic. In maths, they are doing division. They said they are sad about Miss Vernazza leaving but really happy to have Mr Watson as our new teacher.
The Year 6 English topic is Darwin Delights and we are studying Macbeth and we have been reading a summary we have been discussing the characters. In maths, we are doing measurements and volume and have been allocated our Maths groups.
Cian O’ told us that Peartree are learning about emotions and respect.Going around the school and talking to the Year groups made us remember all the topics we have done during our time at Stanley, it was really good fun to see all the children enjoying them too.
Posted 21st December 2017
We hope you all enjoyed the fantastic Christmas performances this year – the final event was the Year 5 and 6 Carol Concert earlier this week. It was a lovely concert with the children performing so well … as did all year groups at their shows. The children and teachers have all worked incredibly hard and their performances were wonderful. Thanks to all of you for your help with costumes and the support you have given the children learning songs and lines ... your support really is appreciated as it has been throughout Autumn term.
Many thanks to the team who ran the Stanley Infant Christmas Gift Shop earlier this week. It is a fabulous day that the children love, and we hope you all enjoy the gifts they chose!
Our final thank you of the year goes to the whole FOSP team for your tremendous efforts in organising such great events that have been thoroughly enjoyed by the whole school community and have raised over £13,000 for the school this term. This is a really impressive achievement and helps the school so much … thank you all for supporting these events and a special thank you to the FOSP volunteers whose tireless work is simply fantastic!
School closes today (Thursday 21 December) and reopens on Thursday 4 January. We hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you for the start of a new term in the New Year! Our children will be taking over writing the blog again then … as their previous blogs have been so well received.
Posted 15th December 2017
This week the festive whirlwind has continued with Christmas shows by the Nursery, the final performance of Lights, Camel, Action by Years 1 and 2 and Carol Concerts by Years 3 and 4. Sadly Years 3 and 4 didn’t have the benefit of the snow machine as we moved indoors to avoid the rain!
We have been really impressed with the brilliant performances by our children and the magnificent support by parents and carers … we really do appreciate your support at these events and so do your children.
Christmas lunch was served today to all Year groups and they thoroughly enjoyed their turkey dinner and I don’t think any of them complained that there were no Brussel sprouts … but don’t worry they did get a contribution to their five-a-day in the form of peas and carrots!
Year 5 and 6 have their Christmas carol services next week in the Chapel at St Mary’s University and we are looking forward to this very special service.
Nursery to Year 2 children may be doing their shopping for your presents on Monday at the Infant Christmas shopping day … another great event organised by FOSP – thank you!
If you haven’t got all your presents and are doing some last minute online Christmas shopping do consider doing this using The Giving Machine to raise funds for the school at no cost to you – we do really appreciate the additional funding we get from FOSP or parent donations, as we said in this week’s newsletter, and any additional funding does make a difference to what we can do for your children.
Posted 8th December 2017
This week has been a festive whirlwind, starting with our amazingly successful Christmas Bazaar on Sunday which raised an incredible £6,000 … thank you to everyone who came along and a special thank you to FOSP. It was fantastic to see Stanley children, families and friends coming together to support the school and celebrate with our choir, Boundless dancers and brass band. Hopefully everyone got the opportunity to sup mulled wine or coffee; grab some of the delicious fare on offer; spend time at the stalls; join in our singalong and maybe even meet Father Christmas.
The festivities have continued with beautiful Christmas Medleys from our Reception children and stunning performances from our Year 1 and 2 children in Lights, Camel Action. We clearly have some stars in the making – watch out Hollywood! And we’re not finished yet. Next week sees the wonderful Year 3 and 4 carollers performing outside in the evening, wrapped up warm against the elements, conjuring up a spirit of good cheer. Our grand finale is the Year 5 and 6 carol service in the final week of term, which is taking place for the first time at St Mary’s University chapel. We are really excited to be in a new venue for the first time and we expect the singing and orchestra to be as spectacular as ever.
The senior leadership team have attended all of the events and thoroughly enjoyed the skills and talents of Stanley children and chatting to parents and carers. We know you see us all the time but, in such a busy school, matching faces to names is always tricky, so we thought it would be helpful to introduce ourselves properly and to outline who was undertaking the roles in school whilst Mr Dickinson is away. Here’s a brief overview of who does what in the Leadership Team.
As the Acting Headteacher Lisa Keogh’s main responsibility is to provide professional leadership for the school in order to secure its continued success and improvement and to ensure high quality education and achievement for all its pupils.
Lisa lives locally with her family. Her two sons attend Teddington School
Sarah Peterson is the Assistant Headteacher for the Early Years. She has responsibility for ensuring high quality provision leads to excellent continuity and progression. Sarah lives locally and can sometimes be spotted attending an early morning boot camp in Bushy Park.
Hannah Kelly has a very young son and has just returned to school from maternity leave. She is the Assistant Headteacher for Years 1, 2 and 3 and the transition between Key Stages 1 and 2 is a key focus.
Janine Rasch is the SENCO of the school and is the designated safeguarding officer for the whole school. Janine also lives locally with her young family and is a familiar face both in and out of school.
As Assistant Headteacher for Years 4, 5 and 6, Sue Leney has responsibility for the learning leading into SATs. She also ensures the transition to secondary school is seamless for the children. Sue is the biggest fan of Strictly Come Dancing and is known to throw a few moves at staff parties!
Debbie Knight is the Business Manager, responsible for the administrative function in school – admissions, finance, HR and premises. As an animal lover she can always be found making a fuss of the family pets who come along on the school run!
Andy Swartfigure is a very keen golfer. He is the Head of The Peartree Centre and has responsibility for the gathered provision for children who have a diagnosis of Autism.
Please feel free to come up, say hello or have a chat.
Posted 1st December 2017
Editors note: We are really enjoying the children sharing their news from around the school on behalf of Mr Dickinson. The blog reports published are all the children’s own work.
As Mr Dickinson isn’t in school this week the responsibility has been handed to us - Aaron K, Joe T and Lara EB in 6P.
In Nursery this week Sebastian M, from the morning nursery, was the winner of the Christmas tree design.
Reception have had an elf visit this week and followed a trail to find him. They were doing letters to Santa for the elf to take back to the North Pole. They also went to the Teddington Baptist Church to learn about the Christmas story.
Year 1 have done a lot a practising for their play and they made their Christmas trees for their hoops with pine cones. They have been drawing planets with pastels.
Year2 were busy doing their Christmas play with Year 1, please see our review below.
Year 3 they have continued with their special Stone Age stories and decorating their Christmas hoops with camels, Father Christmas’s, Christmas trees and ballerinas. When we went into Mr Beal’s classroom to find them dancing to MC Hammer! They have been thinking about random acts of kindness leading up to advent – this week’s random act of kindness is letting someone go in front of you in the line. They are looking forward to their visit to Butser Farm next week.
Year 4 did hanging spirals and polar bears for their hoops. Did you know a group of polar bears is called an aurora? They have started to learn a poem for their presentation to the parents.
Year 5 accompanied the Reception children on the Teddington Baptist Church visit, they dressed up and watched videos about how God made the world. There was a part when they time travelled back in time. The Year 5 office messengers are settled into their new roles.
Year 6 we’ve been doing Inuit art prints. 6P we are doing twig decorations, 6LT are doing a string wreath with a glitter overburst and 6S have made a massive Christmas tree hoop with a Stanley Bear on top. The children have been going to ‘hospital choir’ practises and the indoor athletic trials have finished, which Year 5 took part in.
Year 1 & 2 Play review – The performance was great, with amazing speaking parts everybody worked hard including the teachers who were stars. The songs and narrators were excellent, the audience were behaving themselves and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The dancers were creative as the play was themed as Strictly Come Dancing. The props were very inventive and the back drops had been worked hard on.
Here are some quotes from the audienceJoe T – 6P said “it was far better than Strictly” … Aaron K – 6P said “in my opinion the camel song was epic” … Lara EB – 6P said “I enjoyed it a lot” … Miss Harris – Maple class “ everyone worked hard so it was strictly splendid” … Jay R – 6LT said “camel funk was the best overall” … Mr Watson 6P
Posted 24th November 2017
This week’s blog is written by Arthur M and Laurence PW. Here’s their account of the week at Stanley Primary School.
The whole school is enjoying a Mufti Day today, in exchange for goodies for the Christmas Fair. When we visited the classrooms it was funny to see all the children in their own clothes.
In Reception today is magic day and all the children are dressed up in magical costumes. They are practising their songs for Christmas and learning about what a star is and where you can find them. The book they’ve been reading this week is How to Catch a Star.
Year 1 and Year 5 have the Space Dome visiting today. Year 1 have been making their own moon buggies in Art. Both of the year groups are dressed up in their space costumes they look COSMIC! Year 5 have also had a ‘space-tacular’ bake off.
In Year 2 the children have been learning about the Great Fire of London. Ivy said “We have been making Tudor design houses”
Year 3 this week have been acting on a book they are doing called the Stone Boy, they have also been doing cave paintings in the style of the Stone Age.
Year 4 have been doing condensation experiments and in maths the main subject this week has been subtracting in different ways. In English they have been learning how to describe a setting and in ICT they have been doing a programme called Scratch and learning how to add sound.
Meanwhile back in Year 6 we have worked on the Titanic timelines, we are continuing to read The Snow Queen and we’ve been doing features of a fairy tale in literacy.
Posted 17th November
Our bloggers this week are Izzy G, Eliza W and Freya RW. Here’s their account of the week at Stanley:
It’s been another busy, eventful week at Stanley Primary School and we are so excited to share all the news with you!
Nursery have started their space topic. They’ve been up to a range of different solar system themed activities including: counting stars, making playdough stars and drawing rockets.
Reception have been cooking mince pies for their Christmas medley where parents can taste their yummy treats! They also showed us their rainbow sticks which were made for their project ‘Magic’.
Year 1 have a space topic too! They have been creating pastel drawings of Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. They have started to prepare for their Christmas play.
Year 2 wrote letters to a fire fighter who came into visit them last week. Like Year 1 they have begun to work towards their Christmas play. Here’s what Oliver D said about their preparations “we’ve been singing a song called The Shepherds Hay and learning some dance moves”
Year 3 have been singing beautifully for their Christmas concerts. They have had students from St Mary’s University come in to teach them dance and are looking forward to their trip to Butser Farm.
Year 4 were visited by a scientist from NPL who showed them some different experiments using liquid nitrogen. For their new topic (potions) they’ve been investigating things such as ‘which chocolate melts the fastest’? Ursula M said the best experiment was the ‘ice hand’.
Year 5 had to invent solutions for bullying issues for anti-bullying week. The best lesson for Max C was when they designed an experiment for their Stargazers topic. He said he was really looking forward to Space Day. Surprisingly, they told us they are enjoying their homework!
Year 6 said a sad farewell to Rob (and Miley) they were from Harlequins Rugby who came to talk about mental strength, mood changes, positivity and emotional problems. For our project The Snow Kingdom, we’ve been looking at the Arctic, Antarctica, climate change and different types of terrain.
The main sporting event of the week happened today. Eight Year 6’s and one Year 5 (and 1 mascot -Rory!) competed in the borough Cross Country sporting competition the people who represented Stanley were:
We had a quick word with Elizabeth, she said: “I haven’t really thought about it much, but I think I shall be extremely nervous before the race”
The results will be in next week’s newsletter; congratulations to all the incredible runners.
Posted 10th November 2017
We have a great team of staff, who have all ensured that it's been business as usual, whilst Mr Dickinson isn’t here. Although Mrs Keogh is acting as Headteacher for the next few weeks we thought we’d hand Mr Dickinson’s Blog to the children to tell you about our week in school.
Our bloggers this week are Flynn, Ava D and Georgie from 6P.
We visited some of the Year Groups, this is what they had to say:
Year 1 told us they had a letter from Beegu the Alien. They corrected the spelling mistakes to try to work out what Beegu was saying
Year 2 invited us to go to the living classroom and join their forest school, they were learning about insects in the pond.
Year 3 have been on a trip to Teddington Lock. They told us the weather was good and they also said they were learning about the tide.
Year 4 were enjoying the new potions topic, they were doing experiments.
Year 5 have started their moon diaries for their Stargazers topics, they are getting ready for space day. They were also learning about semaphore and using the flags to communicate.
In Year 6 our topic is Frozen Kingdom. We have been reading The Snow Queen and looking at different climates. Temperatures are different in separate climates, the shorter rays from the sun are more powerful than the longer rays of the sun!
At Remembrance today the poems were moving, some talented students were playing the trumpets, the music was soothing; they played like professionals.
Posted 3rd November 2017
The children have arrived back at school refreshed and working well … I hope you are feeling as refreshed after the half term break.
We have already seen Year 1 Walnut and Chestnut classes visit the Stockyards in Bushy Park and the children had an enjoyable day and reported back very enthusiastically. Year 2 are exploring the Gunpowder Plot and came in on the first day back in a variety very good historical outfits … they have also enjoyed a drama workshop on a Gunpowder Plot theme.
I am sure this theme will come to life this weekend with bonfires and fireworks around the area … do enjoy them but I would urge you to save yourselves for the best firework display in the area which will be ours next Friday (10th November). I look forward to seeing you here then for what promises to be another great FOSP event.
These events are coming thick and fast with the Quiz being a great end to the first half of term and the Ministry of Stanley promising to deliver a Halloween Fright Night to remember at Teddington Cricket Club tonight … tickets for all events have sold really well and once again I’d like to thank FOSP for their work and you for your support of their events and the school.
Posted 20th October 2017
I hope you all enjoy a relaxing half term break and once again thank you for your support during this eventful term. We have had builders and removal men here today rather like the days prior to Autumn term starting as we look to move Year 5 to their new classroom block … they will be in there when they return after the break on Monday 30 October. I am much more relaxed about this move than I was about the Year 6 move … and that is partly because Year 5 pupils are really looking forward to the move having seen and heard about Year 6’s new home.
School today has been full of “evacuees” from Year 6 and “woodland creatures” in Year 1. The creative costumes that both year groups wore are a real help to bring the topics they are studying to life and do help to make learning fun.
I have had good feedback from both parents and teachers concerning the recent Parent consultations – thank you for your contributions and I have thanked our teachers for their thorough preparation for these important meetings. We will, of course, be following up on conversations and suggestions.
I mentioned the Book Fair and the orchestra’s concert last week and both were great successes … thank you FOSP for the Book Fair and our musicians for an impressive concert. I just hope I am able to maintain this high standard as the Quiz Master tonight. I look forward to seeing many of you then and once again wish you a restful and enjoyable half term break.
Posted 13th October 2017
I hope you have now all seen the letter to parents from our new Chair of Governors, Fliss Syrad. Fliss outlines the latest news on our building work and thanks “everyone who has supported the school so magnificently”. She specifically thanks Stanley staff and talks about our very good SATS. She also outlines all the ways Stanley parents help the school and thanks them for all their efforts that help make Stanley a “great community school”.
I’d like to thank Fliss for her kind words and echo my thanks to you all … staff, parents and children.
Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 rugby team who were quarter finalists in the borough tournament - this is the first of many sports tournaments and I look forward to reporting on more sporting success in the weeks ahead.
We welcomed author Maz Evans this week and Years 3-6 were lucky enough to hear more about her best-selling books as well as get their books signed.
I am looking forward to a busy week next week when we have parent consultations, the Book Fair, the orchestra’s concert and finally, before our half term break, the FOSP Quiz … I look forward to seeing you at one or more of these.
Posted 6th October 2017
We were visited this week by Cathy Clarke who works for the Local Authority as a School Improvement Partner with a number of schools across Richmond. Cathy was really impressed with the education provision and environment she observed at Stanley. She visited lots of classes and spoke to children and members of staff to get to know the school very well.
It was great to see so many men here on Friday for Bring a Man to School day. The children are always delighted when they are able to visit. One man, Freddie and Josh’s dad, very kindly brought in NPL’s Hydrogen car and spoke to classes about just how “clean” it is … so as most of us are not yet driving “clean” cars it is appropriate for me to remind you to please avoid driving to school … but if you have to please make sure you switch off your engines when waiting.
We received clearance from the firework company to go ahead as normal with our Fireworks Night on Friday 10 November and I am sure it will be a great success. More details from FOSP soon.
Parent consultation times went out this week – if you have not made an appointment yet please contact your child’s teacher.
Posted 29th September 2017
We have had the first reminder that Christmas is on its way as FOSP are starting to get Christmas card designs done by the children … so don’t buy yours until you have seen their creations! This reminder illustrates how quickly the term goes as we are now just three weeks from half term and we have already had so many excellent events, visits and trips on top of the great work and progress I see every day in the classroom.
We were delighted to welcome the Mayor, Councillor Lisa Blakemore, to the Peartree Centre on Monday. As well as exchanging gifts, the children were thrilled to be able to dress in the Mayor’s robe and chain of office and hold the mace. The Mayor was also very generous in her praise saying: “Dedicated staff and pupils achieve positive outcomes, amazing!”
Year 6 spent time in Bushy Park on Junior Citizen Day carrying out problem solving exercises as well as learning more about everyday safety issues … a very worthwhile day.
Posted 22nd September 2017
Years 1 through to 6 have now had their curriculum meetings and I hope you found them useful … we did emphasise the teamwork involving teachers and parents that helps in any child’s education. We are keen for your support and the information we provide is designed to help you help your child. We are now in the process of arranging parent consultations when you will have the opportunity to discuss your child with their teacher … this is an important meeting but please don’t feel this is the only time you can have these discussions. I would urge you to raise any queries or concerns you have with teachers … but please do arrange a time with your teacher after school for your discussion.
We welcomed Dave Lowe, the Australian author of the Dadventure books, to school this week to tell Years 3 and 4 about his books. We also had a further taste of Africa for Year 2 with the Iroko drumming workshop being thoroughly enjoyed by the pupils who also performed very well in their concert for Year 1
The Friends of Stanley Primary (FOSP) have their first get together on Wednesday 27 September at the Red Lion and I would urge you to go along if you have any ideas for fund raising or future events or simply to have a good night! We really appreciate the work FOSP do not only in raising money for the school but also in organising many fun events that bring the whole school together … here are two dates for your diaries:
Friday 20 October – Quiz Night … I will be asking the questions!
Friday 10 November – Stanley Fireworks Night … the best firework display I the area!
Posted 15th September 2017
We are delighted with the progress that has been made with our Year 6 modular classrooms which are looking really good and will be in use from Monday … well done to the contractors, Elliotts. Also well done to the children and teachers who have worked very well in their temporary classrooms and in preparing their “new home”.
It was good to see so many parents coming along to the curriculum meetings this week and we look forward to meeting Year 2, 5 and 6 parents next week as well as Reception parents at coffee mornings from 26 September.
Year 2 wore some spectacular outfits as they boarded their flight to Africa for the launch of their Big Wide World topic ... the efficiency of the airline crew (teachers and TAs) suggested that an alternative career path wouldn’t have been a problem for them!
Posted 8th September 2017
Welcome back to all our pupils and parents and I hope you all had a relaxing break. It has been a very calm and successful start to the term for the children despite the frustration we have faced due to delays to the ongoing building project.
I’ve been delighted to see the children’s smiling faces and their enthusiasm in classes and the playground. They are particularly enjoying the new games and equipment that are now available in the playground thanks to your generosity raising funds through FOSP … thank you so much for this.
I look forward to meeting you over the next few days when we are holding curriculum meetings for Years 1 to 6 and coffee mornings for Reception classes. We also have a meeting arranged on Friday 15 September at 6pm where you will have the opportunity to speak to councillors about our building works and the measures that are in place to ensure that the school will continue to operate efficiently with your children’s education and enjoyment as our number one priority.
We look forward to your support throughout the school year and thank you for the support parents and friends have shown already.
Posted 21st July 2017
I am writing this on the last day of what has been a very busy school year and I would like to thank you for your support throughout the year. I’d also like to extend my thanks to our pupils … they always provide a reason for me to smile every day and on many occasions throughout the year they have made me very proud of their achievements … academic, sporting and musical. I would also like to thank all the staff here at Stanley who have worked tirelessly during the year. I think everyone … parents, pupils and staff deserve a great summer break!
We said good-bye to a brilliant Year 6 and we wish them well as they move to their new schools, confident that they will continue to be excellent ambassadors for Stanley Primary.
So thank you once again for your support and for the many cards, messages and presents you have given to so many of the school team … they are much appreciated.
Enjoy the summer and we look forward to seeing you again on Wednesday 6 September for the start of Autumn term and another school year.
Posted 14th July 2017
We have had two pieces of very good news this week with the arrival of our SATs results and Attainment data as well as a letter from Ofsted following their monitoring visit in June.
SATs and Attainment first, and I am delighted to be able to report that there have been some very significant increases in attainment across the school and in areas where attainment was already high this has been maintained. In all areas from End of Reception to Year 6 SATs – the attainment of pupils at Stanley is above the National Average for 2016 – with some areas being significantly above. Well done to both the pupils and their teachers!
Further details can be found on the school website under About Us – Performance.
We had a monitoring visit from Ofsted in June … on one of our Sports Days! I am really pleased to be able to tell you that we received a positive report following the visit, acknowledging that we are taking effective action to address the improvement points identified in the inspection. I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work in tackling the areas for development successfully. We realise that there are still improvements to make but we are making very good progress. A copy of the letter from the Inspector can be seen on the school website under About Us – Ofsted.
Finally, congratulations to Year 6 for two excellent shows … ‘Darwin Rocks’ was a stunning exhibition of just how talented our Stanley pupils are. I’m sure all Year 6 parents who were lucky enough to see it will agree not only Darwin Rocks but Year 6 do too!
How appropriate that in the week of these performances and the impressive Year 6 SATs results that ‘The Week Junior’ magazine named all Stanley’s Year 6 teachers their Teachers of the Week … Well done to them!
Posted 7th July 2017
We were very pleased to welcome new parents as well as current parents to meetings this week, including ex-pupils who are now parents! I do think it emphasises the great “family feel” of Stanley when we say hello to these ex-pupils again and I wonder how many of our current pupils will return as proud parents one day!
As the end of the school year approaches we are looking forward to some very special events, particularly for our Year 6 pupils who we will be saying goodbye to, I can’t help but think our new Reception pupils have some exciting times ahead on their journey through Stanley Primary.
I am sure the parents of our orchestra pupils who saw and heard their children perform so impressively at the St Mary’s College Prom probably can’t remember their New parents’ evening but I suspect they never thought back then that they would witness such a fantastic performance … particularly as many members of the orchestra had never picked up an instrument before being encouraged to do that at Stanley! The music created with St Stephen’s School as well as with an even larger group was excellent as was our pupils’ behaviour in what was a very hot venue … well done! Thank you to the parents who came along too … I’m sure you thought it was well worth it.
We’re looking forward to more impressive performances as Year 6 take to the stage for the final time to perform ‘Darwin Rocks’. This is always a very popular occasion so it is an all ticket event. We also have the ‘Stanley Summer Social’ this Saturday and, as with all FOSP events, I am sure it will be great fun for all the family … and who knows maybe the perfect place to celebrate a Lions win earlier in the day!.
Posted 30th June 2017
We have now completed all our Sports Days with the Nursery and Reception events taking place earlier this week in more suitable temperatures following postponements the previous week. I was very pleased to see the great spirit of the Year 1 to 6 competitions that I mentioned in last week’s blog being replicated by our youngest pupils … well done to them all! I am now able to report the final result of the Year 2 to 6 events:
Congratulations to Sydney and very appropriate that our green house were the winners on a day that saw many members of staff wearing “Green for Grenfell”. The payments made by staff for wearing green together with the monies collected in the donation buckets at Sports Days and throughout the week have resulted in £1130.38 being raised to support Grenfell families. Thank you to everyone who helped raise this impressive amount.
Continuing the theme of generosity and donations I am delighted with the donations we have received already in response to our appeal for much needed help to boost our reduced school budget. To date we have received £10968.47 … an amazing amount which is greatly appreciated and has been allocated to the resources area of the budget, which includes all the subjects such as maths, English, science, ICT etc. allowing us to put school budget towards staffing costs.
However, the reduced level of funding still has an impact on our school and we have undertaken an extensive restructure of the staffing model at Stanley in order to ensure our budget is sustainable over the next three years against a background of reducing income.
This additional income, along with the reduction to staffing levels has ensured that we can submit a budget to the Local Authority which isn’t in deficit.
I would urge parents to continue to be involved with forums and other groups who are campaigning to ensure schools do not lose further funding ... a subject that was discussed with our newly elected MP Vince Cable who visited us this week.
Thank you once again for your continued support.
Posted 23rd June 2017
The hot weather earlier in the week made life very uncomfortable for commuters, resulted in road closures due to roads melting and saw record ice cream sales but also sadly resulted in the postponement of Sports Days on Tuesday and Wednesday for Reception and Nursery … a good decision as Wednesday was the hottest day for 40 years! We will see Nursery and Reception pupils on the field for their rearranged competitions next week.
Years 1 to 6 did run, jump, throw and tackle an obstacle course yesterday and today in perfect weather. Thank you to all the parents and friends who turned up to cheer on the pupils and a particular thank you to all the “Bring a man to school” men who were a great help as “officials” as well as doing some great work in classrooms too. Thank you also to the Waldegrave School girls who came along to be additional officials … particularly impressive as they had a “free day” as it was an inset day at Waldegrave.
We clearly have some very talented athletes and competition was fierce in many events however, the support and encouragement that pupils gave to everyone, primarily their fellow house team members but also to all competitors was really pleasing to see, but not a great surprise as we see pupils helping and supporting each other every day … it’s an excellent part of the culture that exists here.
Posted 16th June 2017
This week we enjoyed visits from the local fire brigade and a wide range of animals from the Tropical Zoo. Reception pupils enjoyed going into the fire engine that came on site and also managed to keep dry when having a go with the hoses. Snakes, lizards, frogs, toads, insects and more cuddly chinchillas and rabbits were handled by Year 5 who learnt about so many creatures from around the world as well as getting a “hands-on” experience.
Support from parents and FOSP continues to be very impressive both through donations and fund-raising events. These events provide much-needed funds for the school but equally importantly are great fun and are an excellent way for the school community to get together in a relaxed and enjoyable way. I hope all of you who go to the “Ministry of Stanley” tonight have an excellent time. Film Club is back with The Princess Bride on Saturday 24th June primarily for your children, who are being encouraged to dress up for the occasion, but you are very welcome too, with or without fancy-dress! We are also very grateful to Candela’s mum who is organising a book sale on Monday 26th June … please do drop off any books you have read at the office then get your holiday reads from the sale!
We will be cheering on our pupils for their Sports Days next week and I hope we will see many of you doing the same … particularly those joining us to help on Bring a Man to School Day on Friday 23rd June.
Posted 9th June 2017
This week our Year 6 pupil’s have enjoyed a great week on their residential school journey at Osmington Bay … despite the weather on some occasions! I was lucky enough to spend most of the week with the girls and boys who were great ambassadors for the school in their time away. For many of them this was the first time they had spent this length of time away from their families and I was very impressed with how mature they are … their journey through Stanley has certainly seen them develop into confident individuals.
Pictures from the week have been posted on Twitter and on the school website and I know many parents have been delighted to see just what their children have been doing as well as their smiling faces!
I did make sure I was here on Tuesday to see and hear our Year 2 and 5 pupils perform in the Rose Theatre Singing Festival and I was very proud of them … they were not over-awed by performing in front of a large audience at the Rose Theatre and performed all their songs very well, including joining with other schools in a massed choir. It was very entertaining - well done to our choirs!
We are looking forward to our Sports Days from Tuesday 20 June through to Friday 23 June, we have been lucky with the sun shining on our May Fair and we are hoping it will shine on us again. Full details are in our newsletter and on the website calendar … we hope you will be able to come along to cheer on the athletes.
Men are wanted on Friday 23 June … it’s Bring a Man to School Day! So dads, granddads and uncles check your diaries as we’d be delighted to see you in school then – full details are in the Virtual Office.
Posted 26h May 2017
We have already said thank-you several times to everyone involved in our excellent May Fair but I believe we can’t thank FOSP, staff members, parents/ carers, all our volunteers, our children and our visitors enough.
The May Fair provided a snapshot of everything that is good about Stanley Primary – talented children, smiling faces and supportive parents to name three things that were very much in evidence on Sunday. The icing on the cake of a really enjoyable day was that over £8,200 was raised which will be put towards Learn Pads and updating IT ... so I will say it again THANK-YOU!
The school is a very different place today; compared to May Fair day or a “normal” school day, as I write this on our inset day … we are missing the children but getting a great deal done to prepare for the last half term of our school year.
I hope we continue to enjoy this glorious weather over the bank holiday weekend and for the half term break next week.
Enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing you again on Monday 5 June
Posted 19th May 2017
Thank-you for the immediate response from a number of you to our request for contributions to help our financial position. Your generosity is much appreciated and any contribution really does help.
On Monday we had the photographers here to get pictures of school teams and orchestras as well as our Year 6 leavers. Congratulations to those pupils who have represented the school at sport … we have had some impressive results in borough tournaments and I have received many comments about Stanley pupils’ sportsmanship and good behaviour. The orchestras have also produced some excellent and entertaining performances. Well done both musicians and sports stars you have been perfect ambassadors for the school.
Year 6 pupils are coming to the end of their time here … but still have the Osmington Bay week to look forward to and important work to do in the classroom too! I together with my colleagues get a great deal of pleasure watching your children mature and develop during their time at Stanley often from shy and understandably nervous children on their first day here to confident and happy individuals … the photographer didn’t need to say “smile”!
Proofs of these pictures for you to order copies will be coming home with your children today.
On Sunday it’s our May Fair and I look forward to seeing you then … I am so pleased the weather forecast says we should see some sun and no rain! This is no more than our organisers deserve, they have put in so much work to make the Fair very special – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
Posted 12th May 2017
Well done to Year 6 who tackled their SATs in a calm, hard-working and focussed way. Their papers have been sent away for marking and we will hear the results in early July. Today they are enjoying a well-deserved and relaxing day in Bushy Park ... do feel free to treat them over the weekend, they deserve that too! Year 2’s SATs are ongoing and they are also working very well.
We had a mufti day today and the price to escape from school uniform for the day was the contribution of a prize for one of the May Fair tombolas and we have an impressive collection of prizes … thank-you for your contributions. FOSP are doing a great job to ensure the May Fair keeps its reputation for being one of the very best, but they are always looking for more helpers both before the event and on the day … full details on the range of helpers needed are in FOSP’s May Fair newsletter. One thing I’d like everyone to do is come along on the day – Sunday 21 May 12-3pm – and bring friends and relatives too. I’m sure you’ll all thoroughly enjoy the day.
Posted 5th May 2017
Thank-you to those parents who attended the meeting with governors earlier this week when we discussed the reduction in school funding – next year our budget has been cut by £185,000 which equates to £260 per pupil. Your support is much appreciated and we will be exploring how we can use this support more effectively in the future.
Parents were very supportive of the school position and the conversations ranged from how parents can help to should parents be helping or should they be making representation to the council and local MPs. Some parents have already supported the action group on the fair funding consultations and following the meeting parents have contacted the parliamentary candidates for this area.
A lot of our time is devoted to how we will provide an excellent education for your children with these reduced budgets next year but we are also ensuring school continues as normal during Summer term and I am delighted to report our girls football team performed superbly to finish runners-up in the Kingston and Richmond tournament. We have also had trips for Year 3 to the Natural History Museum and both Years 2 and 4 have enjoyed taking part in the Topslink sports festivals at Waldegrave school … I was particularly pleased to hear how well our pupils got involved in the festivals and how well behaved they were.
We have a mufti day next Friday 12th May – the “cost” to take part is the contribution of a prize for the tombolas for our May Fair on 21st May. Please do sign up to help FOSP put on their usual impressive May Fair and I’ll see you there!
Posted 28th April 2017
We are pleased with the good work we have done to address issues raised at our December Ofsted and are also pleased to report that the Director of Education agreed our plans are progressing well.
We have focused on the monitoring of progress of all pupils, with a particular emphasis on the identified groups of 'disadvantaged' and 'low prior attainment'. Staff have been ensuring that children are moved on to the next step in their learning more effectively and the focus of staff training has been the teaching of maths through the Maths Mastery approach and ensuring depth and challenge.
A summary of our recent Director's Review can be found on the website under the Ofsted tab. We will continue to work hard on key issues and keep you updated on a regular basis on the progress we are making.
Last Saturday I attended a Stanley pupils’ reunion which took place at the school. I was delighted to meet many Old Stanleyians who, without exception, looked back on their time at Stanley Road School (as we were known then) with great fondness … and also had many interesting stories about their time at the school. They were also very impressed with the new developments at the school which our pupils now enjoy. They left the evening saying “we must do this every year”. I’m not sure that will happen but I do hope that some of our current pupils will be organising a similar event in 30, 40 or 50 years’ time and reminiscing in a similar way about their time at Stanley Primary.
Posted 20th April 2017
I hope you had a good Easter break and welcome to Summer term … we have an exciting and important term ahead.
Every day at school is important for every pupil but Summer term for Year 2 and Year 6 pupils is particularly important as they tackle their SATs tests. We are confident our pupils are well prepared for these tests and that they will do the best they can.
Summer term will also see pupils enjoying trips to Windsor Castle and Bocketts Farm and the much anticipated Osmington Bay week … Year 6’s final Stanley trip. A fun day and teddy bear picnic will provide a fitting end to a busy year.
Before that we have our May Fair to look forward to on Sunday 21 May as well as lots of hard work … and fun in the classroom!
Posted 31st March 2017
What a superb Charities Day we had on Thursday and I do hope you were able to get along to see the impressive Easter bonnets and wildlife costumes – so much better than my bees around the honey if you were wondering what that was on my head! I hope you also had a go on the inventive stalls that the KS2 children came up with.
The children's behaviour and the level of responsibility they showed was very good. They do take the day seriously as well as having a lot of fun. One of the Save the Children volunteers was leaving at lunchtime and said how impressed she was with the behaviour and enthusiasm of the children, the day ” restored her faith in young people”.
As well as the day being a great deal of fun we also raised an impressive amount of money (£3,000 and still counting) for our chosen charities : Save the Children, British Wildlife Conservation, Diabetes UK, Shooting Star Chase and Action Aid.
We are now at the end of another very busy term at Stanley and I would like to thank our pupils for their hard work and their achievements – both in and out of the classroom. The Save the Children volunteer is not the only person they impress – I see something every day that makes me very proud of our pupils. Also thank you parents for your support throughout the term it is much appreciated.
I hope you have an enjoyable Easter break and we look forward to welcoming your children back to school for the start of Summer term on Wednesday 19 April.
Posted 24h March 2017
Charities are top of mind as I am writing this on Red Nose Day with pupils proudly showing off their Red Noses. The success of Comic Relief, raising £1,047 million since the first Red Nose Day in 1988 illustrates, in a very impressive way, the country’s willingness to support good causes. This generosity will be seen again next week at school when we have our Annual Charities Day on Thursday - this day is “older” than Comic Relief as it will be our 33rd Charities Day this year. British Wildlife is this year’s theme and a variety of charities, chosen by each year group, will benefit from a lot of hard work and the generosity of staff, pupils, parents and friends – thank you in advance to all those involved.
Thank you also to those of you who supported the Fair Funding for All Schools Campaign – the consultation on this important issue closed on Wednesday but continued support and lobbying of Councillors and MPs will help our cause and benefit your children.
More thank yous to those of you who have donated to our Fit for Sport or General Fund and we are very pleased that we are now recognised as a charity for tax purposes under the Gift Aid scheme which means we can make your donations more effective by claiming back the basic rate of Income Tax on these donations.
I am aware that we have been talking a great deal about funding recently but I can assure you the wide range of activities and events that enhance pupils’ time at Stanley have seen us as busy as ever during Spring Term. We are talking about future funding and campaigning for improvements in the proposed plans to ensure that this support for your children will continue.
Posted 17h March 2017
You will have heard more this week about school budgets and the Fair Funding for All Schools campaign. Both MPs and parents are campaigning against the unprecedented and untenable cuts to school budgets. We, like the majority of schools, are already seeing our costs rise and our income fall before there are any changes through the National Fair Funding formula. There is a local group based at St Mary’s who are putting together a Richmond Borough based campaign. To find out more, including what you can do, follow this link to the Richmond Borough branch of the Fair Funding campaign.
Science Week has gone with a bang … but a controlled and exciting bang! Everyone embraced the week and we had some very engaged pupils who thoroughly enjoyed their experiments. We posted a Science at Home pack on the website so I hope your kitchens have survived being science laboratories for the week. We are always very keen for school activities to be reinforced at home and Science Week provided a perfect opportunity to do that.
On the sport front we are progressing well to the finals of tournaments. Our girls’ netball team finished second in their league and will be playing in the finals at the end of March. The tag rugby team went one better to finish top of their league and now have a quarter final match to play. The swimming team have already competed in their gala finals on Wednesday and swam brilliantly against some tough competition. Well done to all these teams and good luck to the rugby and netball squads in their finals.
Posted 10th March 2017
I hope the discussions you had at the Consultation meetings this week were useful – I have had some very good feedback from both parents and teachers. These meetings are essential to ensure that both parents and teachers share their experiences as well as exploring how best to progress with each child. As I said last week if you felt you needed to continue the discussions you were having do please arrange a meeting to do that.
We are now looking forward to Science Week next week when the whole school will become scientists. The demonstrations and experiments that the pupils see and do during this week will undoubtedly spark a lifelong interest in science for many of our pupils and for some it may be the time when they start thinking about science as something that they are keen to focus on in Secondary school and beyond.
This week was budget week and unfortunately there was no good news for schools (unless you are keen to set up a new grammar school). I am sure you will all have seen and read interviews with Headteachers and heard of the real problems all schools are facing with funding cuts. On Twitter many schools are posting examples of what cuts they have made or will have to make in the future under the following hashtag #whatwouldyoucut – it is sad to see what could potentially be lost. Stanley Primary School is not immune from this problem but we are working hard to ensure our pupils do not suffer. We have asked for your support and any help you can provide is much appreciated as is the great work carried out by FOSP. One area where we are generating income is through letting out our facilities either individual rooms for meetings or tuition or our larger spaces both indoors and outside to dance, music or drama groups and sports clubs – if you know of any groups who may be interested do encourage them to contact us.
Posted 3rd March 2017
I was sorry to have missed all the Book Day costumes but have had a good couple of days at the Richmond and Kingston Headteachers' conference learning about practice in other schools locally and further afield. We had a great presentation from the Headteacher from 'Educating Essex'.
I did get a full report on the excellent range of characters who turned up to school on Thursday. The parade sounded very spectacular and I was glad to hear so many parents were able to come along to see Harry Potter, Thing 1, Broccoli Boy and the BFG getting along so well! Well done to all pupils, parents and staff for creating a really memorable Book Day.
Friday morning saw the first bookings made for Summer term clubs with keen parents queuing outside school at 7:00am! I would urge you to check out the range of clubs we are able to offer – there is something to appeal to everyone. You have until next Friday 10 March to book onto clubs, but do get your applications in as soon as possible.
Parent consultations for pupils from Reception to Year 6 take place next week. Parent consultations provide an opportunity for parents to see their child’s work and to talk to staff about any particular areas of interest or concern, such as academic progress and targets which have been set, friendships, attitudes to school, special interests outside school and how you can help at home. I hope you find the discussions useful but would like to reiterate that you should arrange to continue your discussion at another time if the 10 minute slot is not long enough. We have a lot of consultations to fit in but we always will make time to discuss your child. I hope all parents/carers know that we have an open door policy as far as meeting with you is concerned - we are always happy to speak to you.
Posted 24th February 2017
We were delighted that so many of you came to the presentations we organised on Maths Mastery on Wednesday. From the feedback I’ve heard it was informative and appreciated, as one parent said: “The Maths Mastery session this morning was fantastic, Lorraine (the presenter) was an inspiration! I found it really thought provoking and beneficial.”
Next week we have Book Day on Thursday when the emphasis moves from numbers to words and we will be doing all we can to enthuse pupils about the joy of books including encouraging them to dress as their favourite literary character. Your help is much appreciated in the creation of some incredible outfits for the day as part of the way in which good reading habits can be established in school and at home. We have many pupils who are book enthusiasts but some do need more encouragement. Finding a book that sparks their interest is key, we will be endeavouring to do that with your support.
As Year 3 start their Safe Walking training over the next two weeks it is a good time to remind everyone, no matter how you travel to school, to be safe, careful and considerate.
Posted 10th February 2017
Posted 3rd February 2017
Arts Week is next week and we have already had workshops with Orleans House, the theme for this year is Miniature Masters where children will be using famous artists as inspiration for their own masterpieces. I am really looking forward to seeing the final artwork at our exhibition on Thursday evening as well as the enthusiasm of our pupils, teachers and visiting artists who are very kindly helping during the week. Please do try to get along to see just how creative our pupils are. That creativity also resulted in some impressive Lego structures at Reception’s Lego workshop this week and the children had great fun too.
Sport this week saw Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 competing in basketball tournaments and our football girls perform well in their league and we have more competitions next week. The range of sports clubs we run, now greatly enhanced by the return to use of our sport field, do really help our teams, provide great exercise, develop team work and are thoroughly enjoyed by our children.
There was a good turnout at the FOSP meeting on Thursday and it was particularly pleasing to see many new faces and hear new ideas. Good news too that all the key committee roles are filled with enthusiastic parents. We are really lucky to have such good “friends” – the work FOSP do really does make a difference and is much appreciated … they also cater for Star Wars fans too so don’t miss out on the Saturday Film Club showing of Star Wars (A New Hope).
Posted 27th January 2017
Ofsted - Although we are disappointed with the overall judgement of our recent Ofsted inspection, we were very pleased to hear the inspectors’ comments about our wonderful pupils and the caring community we enjoy at the school. The support the school has had from parents both at the parents’ meeting and in many positive messages and comments has been much appreciated and reminded us that we have a very special school. I was particularly pleased to get this message from one of our parents: “The way Stanley creates an environment where the children are individually valued, safe and truly cared for, is the heart of what primary education is all about.” The whole school staff and governors are determined to retain this ethos whilst delivering improvement plans that will be of real benefit to our children, improving the levels of progress in the areas identified.
As part-time Pizza Chef at Year 1 and 2’s sleepover, I can report that the children had great fun, were very well-behaved and were a real credit to the school. A big thank you to all the staff and friends of the school who helped to make the sleepover a very memorable event.
FA Cup giant killing feats could well happen this weekend – our football girls are one step ahead with an impressive 5-2 win over Cheam Park Farm, last year’s Surrey champions. Well done to the girls who are now through to the semi-finals.
Posted 20th January 2017
Year 1 and 2 pupils are getting very excited about the Stanley Sleepover this Friday – all places for this very popular event have now been filled and parents of those taking part have full details. I’d just like to highlight a few key points – the Sleepover starts at 18:30 and the boys and girls should have tea before they arrive. Please collect your children promptly at 09:00-09:15 on Saturday morning – so the staff who have stayed up all night can get some well-deserved sleep!
Stanley’s busy schedule has seen a Royal Tea Party for Year 1 and Year 6 pupils braving the cold for their cycling proficiency workshops. Our annual Arts Week will be with us shortly (w/c 6 February), the theme is Miniature Masters and we would appreciate help from any local artists, if you are one or know one please do get in touch. However, everyone can appreciate the pupils’ work at the exhibition on Thursday 9 February – put the date in your diary.
We have a number of other dates for your diaries when we would be very pleased to see you at the school. The first is Tuesday 24 January at 19:00 when we will present details of our Ofsted Report following the Inspection earlier in December, there will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have. If you can’t make this date there will be another session on Wednesday 25 January at 09:00.
FOSP are holding their first meeting of 2017 on Thursday 2 February at 19:45 and everyone is welcome and I would urge you all to support the great work that FOSP do, it is much appreciated. FOSP have another “meeting” that Star Wars fans may enjoy with the Saturday Film Club’s screening of Star Wars (A New Hope) on Saturday 4 February at 13:45 … it’s for the children really but parents are welcome!
Posted 13th January 2017
It was really good to see so many of the Year 2 children dressed as their favourite Superheroes on Monday; this was to mark the launch of their new topic for this term.
Today the Year 1 children are invited to a tea party with ‘The Queen’ you can imagine the excitement in school this week at the prospect. See if you can recognise the member of staff who had to stand in for the role in the photographs on the website next week.
Following the two day Ofsted inspection on December 7th and 8th, we are still awaiting the final report and notification from Ofsted as to when it can be shared with parents. We are hoping that the report will be published at some point next week and Jo Merritt, Chair of Governors and I would like to invite you to a parents meeting to discuss the findings on Tuesday 24th January, 2017 at 7.00pm. This is a provisional date and we will confirm the meeting once the report has been received.
In light of the warnings around bad weather this week, can I remind parents that at Stanley we do everything possible to keep the school open. Please remember to check the school website and Twitter for updates.
Over the next two weeks Year 6 will be undertaking their cycling proficiency workshops. Please ensure all children bring their padlocks and safety helmets with them. If this is proving difficult for anyone please do not hesitate to chat to your class teacher.
Posted 6th January 2017
Welcome back and a happy New Year everyone. It was great to see how excited the children were coming into school on Wednesday.
We launch the Respect value on Monday; the newsletter has details of the definitions we use for respect. Please take a look and discuss these at home with your children.
Also on Monday, Year 2 are launching their Superheroes topic with a dress up day. The children always enjoy the opportunity to dress up and it really does help to bring the learning to life. If you can’t find anything suitable at home have a word with the classroom staff, they are very creative and will certainly be able to rustle something up.
We are busy making plans for the Years 1 and 2 sleepover on Friday 20th January 2017; this is always an extremely popular event, make sure you sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment .
Please remember I am usually around one of the gates at the start and end of the school day if you want to speak to me.
Posted 16th December 2016
For everyone who came along to the carol concert on Wednesday evening at St. Francis de Sales Church I think you’ll agree that it was a very special evening. My thanks go to the players in the orchestra, the staff who helped to rehearse the children, parents and of course to the children themselves who performed so beautifully.
Today was Christmas dinner day in school. This is always such a popular day with all the children and this year our kitchen staff really rose to the challenge. Thank you to the staff team for joining in and making it such an enjoyable time.
On Monday, Mandy Powell and her team of helpers are running the Infant Christmas shop. Again, another favourite with the children, as they get to select gifts for their families and wrap them to give out at Christmas time.
As we head towards the end of the Autumn Term I would like to wish all our children, staff and their families a happy, healthy and restful Christmas and New Year break. School finishes at normal time on Wednesday 21st December; please remember Tuesday 3rd January is an INSET day for staff training. I look forward to seeing everyone else on Wednesday 4th January 2017.
Posted 9th December 2016
I would like to thank everyone for the support shown to the school over the last two days during the Ofsted inspection, it was greatly appreciated – especially the copious amounts of chocolates and biscuits!
The inspectors were very impressed with the children and especially enjoyed the Christmas vibe around the school. They commented that behaviour was very good, including the fire evacuation which they thought we’d organised intentionally. There will be many other positives highlighted in the report along with some key areas for development.
The final report will be available for the school prior to the Christmas holidays and released publically in the New Year.
So, back to the fun side of school…………….. we’ve had a week of the MOST amazing performances by our children. The Years 1 and 2 classes put on their ‘Angel Express’ shows which all audiences absolutely loved. The reception children did their Christmas nativity, of course with a twist and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Finally, the Years 3 and 4 classes performed to their parents on Wednesday and Thursday. We were able to have the shows out in the Hub Courtyard. Thank you to the parents helping to serve the mulled wine which added to the atmosphere of the evening. The children sang beautifully and both evenings were magical – just what the adults in school needed to remind them of what it’s all about, having undergone the Ofsted inspection.
Next week sees our Years 5 and 6 showcasing their musical abilities. The carol concert will be held at St. Francis de Sales Church at 7.30pm on Wednesday 14th December 2016. We will be serving Christmas lunch to the whole school on Friday which is always very popular with the children.
Posted 2nd December 2016
I hope you were able to hear how fantastic our children were singing their way through the Hampton Hill Christmas parade last Friday evening. I really enjoyed having the chance to chat with children and parents throughout the walk.
The Year 3 team came back buzzing from an amazing trip to Butser Farm in Sussex. Trips really make a difference to the learning experience for the children and we are very grateful to parents making financial contributions to ensure we can go ahead with trips.
The members of FOSP have been working incredibly hard on ensuring our Christmas Bazaar will be great. The team have been in and around school every day for the last few weeks. If you are able to spare half an hour, either to help with the preparation on Saturday or on a stall on Sunday please contact the FOSP team via the link on the website. I look forward to joining everyone at the Bazaar for the fun and games.
Rehearsals have been full steam ahead for the various plays and performances next week, please look at the schedules in your weekly newsletter, with particular attention to which performances younger siblings can attend.
Posted 25th November 2016
The children demonstrated how far they have come with their musical talents by putting on an informal orchestra performance for their parents and friends yesterday morning. It was lovely to see how proud they were with both their solo and collective parts. Well done everyone.
Quiz night last Friday, was great fun. It raised the highest amount of money of any quiz night we have run so far. My thanks go to Claire and Emily who pulled the evening together. It was a brilliant night and already I’ve had many families asking when the next one will be. Watch this space.
Today was Mufti day for the tombola for the Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 4th December. The children and staff always enjoy and opportunity to dress down and the contributions to the Bazaar are overwhelming; thank you so much for your generosity.
Christmas play time in school is a busy time, but it is also an important time for both the children and their families. Please can I ask you to make sure you read the newsletters carefully to ensure you come to the correct performance for your child. It is also important to note the performances which younger siblings are welcome to come along to as we really cannot make any exceptions.
The Year 1 and 5 children were able to visit the Space Dome yesterday. This included a themed space day. The visit from the space dome was funded by contributions from parents. Visits and workshops can make such a difference to the learning for the children. Thank you for your continued support.
Posted 18th November 2016
I was pleased to be able to watch the girls’ football team in the final of the borough tournament at NPL on Wednesday. They didn’t concede a single goal in open play throughout the whole tournament and played fantastically. Unfortunately they narrowly lost out on a penalty shoot-out in the final to Collis. Congratulations to all the girls and Coach Andy, and special mention to ‘amazing’ Grace our goalkeeper who pulled off some outstanding saves in the final and in the shoot-out.
Also this week the girls A and B teams beat SMSP at netball. Coach Lauren was delighted with how all the girls played so well as a team in adverse weather conditions.
I am looking forward to seeing lots of parents, carers and friends at the Quiz tonight – this is always a very popular event and once again it’s a sell-out. Thank you to the team at FOSP who have worked hard to make this event successful.
On Monday we launch the next value in our values education project ‘Gentleness’. There is more information on this value in the newsletter this week, so that you can discuss this with your children at home.
The remainder of the Year 3 classes have visited Teddington Lock this week, they were able to board ‘The Venturer’ which is an education and research boat moored on the bank. The children have been so excited to share their experiences with us all when they’ve arrived back at school – it’s great to see their learning coming to life.
The FOSP are in full flow for organising the Christmas Bazaar, the newsletter is full of information about prizes, mufti days and donations. The Bazaar is always popular and well attended; if you are able to spare even just an hour to lend a hand it helps things run smoothly. Please remember we have a mufti day for a contribution to the Bazaar next Friday 25th November 2016.
Letters for the Spring Term clubs will be coming out next Wednesday and applications are open from 07.00am on Friday. Why not beat the rush and apply online via the ‘Clubs – School-run-clubs’ section of our website, which will go live from 07.00 on Friday, at http://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/school-run-clubs/
Posted 11th November 2016
I was delighted to welcome over 30 prospective parents during an open morning this week. These parents, who are looking for places in Reception in 2017, are given a guided tour by children in Years 3 and 5. We get tremendous feedback about how polite and knowledgeable our 'tour guides' are: they are a real credit to the school.
Staff and children from Year 2 to 6 observed 2 minutes silence at our annual remembrance service, which takes place around our war memorial. We were treated earlier in the day to an original arrangement of The Last Post, composed and performed by four of our Year 6 brass players.
What a fantastic Fireworks evening FOSP delivered Friday night. It was the biggest and the best we've ever had, it was well worth the wait of a further week. I am always amazed at how well such a large event, which caters for over 1250 people, can be organised and managed by a small team of volunteers - a huge thanks go to the FOSP team.
Having taken down the 'Heras' fencing around the field ready for the display, and replaced it with the chestnut fencing, it is now easy to see how well the new turf has taken on the field. The new extended path is also a great improvement and we are on schedule to be able to make use of the field in the new year.
Please look out for the dates and timings of the various Christmas shows that will come out in this week's newsletter. It is lovely for the children to perform in front of an appreciative audience. Please note the dates of 'dress rehearsals' to which pre-school children can be brought.
Posted 4 November 2016:
Welcome back to the second half of the autumn term. We have a very busy few weeks ahead preparing for our Christmas performances and activities.
As part of their exciting learning project ‘Off with her head’ which focuses on life in Tudor times, Year 5 visited Hampton Court Palace this week to participate in a ‘Playing the King’ workshop and visit the other Tudor parts of the Palace. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to feel really involved in what they are studying, and we are really lucky to be only a short bus ride away from such an iconic historical venue.
Some reminders for the week ahead.
Tomorrow is the last day to submit for tickets for next week’s fireworks night. If you are coming along and could help with marshalling it would be much appreciated.
On Monday 3B will be visiting Teddington Lock.
Please make sure you have returned your forms for Christmas card orders by Tuesday. Unfortunately, late orders will not be printed/ delivered in time for Christmas.
With only 4 weeks to the Christmas Bazaar, the next Friends meeting will be focused on this event. Many plans are already afoot, but please do come along and join in on Wednesday in the Red Lion from 20.00.
Poppies are on sale in the school office and year group areas, and next Friday, Armistice Day, we will be marking 2 minutes' silence with children from Year 2 upwards around our war memorial.
Posted 21 October 2016:
You may have read in this week’s newsletter about the beautiful new sculpture we have been able to commission using funds remaining from our 2015/16 Art and Design programme. The sculpture is being unveiled to the children today, and is positioned opposite the large studio on the corner of the field. The flower theme was initially inspired by the sunflowers at the front of the school which we have all grown to love. I thank you all again for your help and support with this.
Today we are celebrating Harvest Festival at special assemblies and making a collection of items to be given to various charities. Thank you very much for all your donations; I’m sure they’ll be very gratefully received.
We’ve had a busy week with parent consultations. These are such a valuable opportunity for parents to see children’s work and talk to the teachers- not just about academic progress and targets, but also about friendships and how you can help at home.
Our Book Fair was held this week, and thanks to a great selection of books, was very busy. All books sold means vouchers for the school to spend on scholastic resources. Thank you so much to Sarah Woodward and the Friends of Stanley Primary, and to everyone who bought books.
My congratulations to Connie O'L (6TS) who took part in Pupil Parliament Day last week at York House. Connie and Pupil Parliament representatives for other Richmond primary schools met to present their speeches on the theme "It's your education". Connie's speech was voted by the other representatives as being in the top ten best speeches of the day.
Don’t forget to pop along to our first cake sale of the year after school today in the connection courtyard- all the funds raised will go towards playground equipment. Also, if you need any school uniform items, we are holding a second-hand uniform sale at the same time.
It’s half-term next week; I hope you all have a relaxing break and look forward to seeing you on Monday 31 October. A reminder for Year 6 parents/ carers that this is also the deadline for applications to Richmond secondary schools.
Posted 14 October 2016:
The children have been having their individual and sibling photos taken this week. They’ve been enjoying the opportunity to have some time out of the classroom as they’ve waited patiently for their turn, and we’ve captured some lovely shots of them.
Reception parents/ carers were invited to attend a reading talk with their teachers on Wednesday. These meetings are so important in terms of helping our families support their children with their learning at home.
I am really proud of our rugby team, who took part in a borough tournament on Wednesday and finished third. An excellent result.
I can’t believe we only have one week to go before half-term! Some reminders for the next few days.
Next week is parent consultation week for children from Reception to Year 6. Please contact your class teacher direct if you are unsure of your appointment time.
On Monday we will be launching the next value in our values education project, Courage, and we look forward to rewarding children who demonstrate this with special certificates. The names of all the children who have been awarded values certificates so far can be found in the ‘News/ Dates’ section of this website at http://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/values-education-project/.
Our first Book Fair of the year will be held from Tuesday to Thursday in our Large Studio, 08.30-09.15 and 15.00-15.45. A fantastic collection of titles will be on sale for all primary age groups; please come along, as books sold means vouchers for the school to spend on scholastic resources.
On Friday we will be celebrating Harvest Festival at special assemblies. We will once again be making a collection of items to be given to various charities; further details are in this week’s newsletter. We would be very grateful for any donations on the day.
Posted 7 October 2016:
I was thrilled to hear Stanley (the Peartree Centre) commended in a speech made by David Bartram at Mercers’ Hall in London on Tuesday 27 September. David is Assistant Headteacher at Lampton School, Hounslow and was recently appointed OBE for services to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The occasion was a London Leadership Strategy’s SEND Leaders Celebration Event and David included Stanley in his choice of schools for which the quality of its teachers and leaders and great practice should be commended. A full text of the speech can be found at http://londonleadershipstrategy.com/content/david-bartram-obes-send-leaders-celebration-event-speech.
We have a full house at school today with our Bring a Man to School Day volunteers. Thank you as always to everyone who has come in to help- the children really love having you here and showing off their classrooms and work.
On Monday we welcomed all our new Nursery children to Stanley. It was lovely to see so many excited small children!
We were delighted to welcome best-selling children’s author Paula Harrison to Stanley yesterday, who delivered an assembly to Years 5 and 6 children. Paula has sold more than a million books worldwide; her latest is Robyn Silver: The Midnight Chimes.
Year 4 enjoyed a visit to Battle Abbey this week as part of their creative curriculum topic, 1066 and the Normans. This year marks the 950th anniversary of 1066 and the Battle of Hastings, and the children had the exciting opportunity to dress up, bring events from the past to life and delve deeper into this important date and subject in history. They met an Anglo-Saxon story-teller and heard tales of Norman power and English rebellion; and they were taken to the battlefield and listened to how the dramatic events of 14 October 1066 had such an impact on England.
Here’s what’s coming up next week…
On Monday, Chestnut class is going to the Stockyard at Bushy Park. In the evening (20.00), there is a Friends of Stanley Primary Xmas Bazaar planning meeting in the Red Lion. Please do come along if you’d like to share your ideas and get involved- everyone welcome.
On Wednesday, Nursery photos will be taken. Also, parents/ carers of Reception children are invited to a reading talk in the hall, with a choice of attending from 09.15-09.55 or 18.30-19.10.
On Thursday and Friday we will be taking photos of children in all year groups.
Posted 30 September 2016:
Last week we had what must be one of the more unusual visitors to a primary school when we were visited by Wilson- a dog trained to sniff out 'wet rot'. Children who were on site and inside attending clubs had the chance to see the amazing Wilson in action. Thankfully, after the concerns of the leaking rooves on the timber structure buildings, there was no sign of wet rot internally.
Year 1 enjoyed a visit to the Stockyard in Bushy Park this week, as part of this term’s ‘Enchanted Woodland' topic. The children had the opportunity to explore living things, both in a pond and woodland environment. Every year, millions of Londoners and tourists visit Bushy Park- we are so incredibly lucky to have it just round the corner.
Thank you to everyone who came along to our first Friends of Stanley Primary meeting on Wednesday. We are very excited about our busy schedule of upcoming events- look out for information in book bags, on our website and on ParentMail over the next few weeks.
The first children of the year to receive Values awards for Cooperation were detailed in last week’s newsletter. This project continues to be a fantastic success, with those children who demonstrate good values being rewarded with special certificates each week.
Next week our new Nursery children will be starting. We will then have our full complement of children for the year at Stanley!
Here’s what’s coming up…
On Saturday there’s an autumn gardening session in the Living Classroom, 10.00-14.00. We have several small jobs on the day, with no experience necessary. Please help if you can- many hands make light work!
Year 4 will be visiting Battle Abbey on Tuesday (4B & 4LW) and Wednesday (4S and 4SW).
On Wednesday (19.00), parents/ carers of Year 6 children are invited to attend an e-safety presentation, to be given by Peter Cowley, ICT and e-safety Advisor from Richmond Borough. This promises to be a really useful insight into what can happen online- please try to come along if you can.
On Thursday, Reception and Peartree Centre will be having class photos.
Friday is our first Bring a Man to School Day of the year- I look forward to seeing you if you’ve volunteered to help!
Posted 23 September 2016:
Year 2 are enjoying a workshop today hosted by a fantastic African dance and music company called Iroko. Iroko are very well known and, as well as being regular visitors to Stanley, have performed all over the country. The workshop focuses on storytelling and drumming linked to Ghana, which supports Year 2’s curriculum topic ‘The Big Wide World’.
It was lovely to welcome our new Reception children this week. They have very quickly found their way around the school and are already confident enough to bring the class registers to the office; the highlights of the day still seem to be lunchtimes and playtimes!
This is what’s coming up in the week ahead.
The next meeting of the school governing body is on Monday at 19.15.
New Reception parents are invited to a coffee morning after drop-off at 08.50 on the following days: Monday- Bay; Wednesday- Laurel; Thursday- Pine; Friday- Willow.
Year 1 are going to the Stockyards at Bushy Park on the following days: Tuesday- Cherry; Wednesday- Walnut; Thursday- Apple.
The Friends of Stanley Primary Open Evening is on Wednesday at 19.45. This is the first Friends meeting of the year and all are welcome. Do come along, have a glass of wine and share ideas and plans for the 2016/17 social calendar. See you there!
Posted 16 September 2016:
The children have really been making the most of the Indian summer and enjoying playtimes this week. School photos were taken on Tuesday and everyone was very patient in the heat as they waited their turn; for once, school jumpers were not obligatory!
Our new Reception children have been visiting their classes in preparation for starting school next week. We are really looking forward to welcoming them and settling them in to the routines of school. It doesn’t usually take long for them to settle in and make themselves at home.
Some reminders for the week ahead.
School clubs start next week, with the exception of Real Runners, which starts on Monday 26 September.
On Tuesday, for parents/ carers with children in Year 6, Richmond Borough School Admissions will be holding the second of two secondary school transfer meetings at 19.00 at Clarendon Hall (York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AA).
The year group curriculum meetings have been really well attended this week; thank you for taking the time to come along and learn more about what the children will be doing this year. Remaining meetings will take place from 09.00-09.30 and 19.00-19.30 as follows:
Posted 9 September 2016:
Welcome back, everyone. It’s lovely to see the children so excited to be coming back to school, seeing their friends again and getting to know their new teachers. The staff spent Monday and Tuesday undertaking INSET training and ensuring the school looked welcoming for the children to come back to.
I hope you all enjoyed Team GB's fantastic performance at the Rio Olympics. From Year 1 upwards, Stanley has a House system and children wear T-shirts in the colour of their House for PE. Our 6 Houses are named after the most recent Olympic host cities. Following the recent Olympics we have updated the House system, and Barcelona (Purple) will now be known as Rio.
In this week’s newsletter we have included a reminder about drop-off and pick-up routines. I’d be grateful if you could please ensure you are clear on the arrangements for your children in their new year groups.
Some reminders for the week ahead.
The Living Classroom will be open for pond dipping and nature activities today from 15.15-16.15. Come along and find out how the Living Classroom has changed over the summer. Children must be accompanied by an adult or carer.
From next week, all parents/ carers of children in Years 1 to 6 are invited to attend curriculum meetings. These are a chance for parents and new teachers to meet, and are an opportunity to develop a shared understanding of routines and expectations. Details of the dates and times of each year group meeting are in this week’s newsletter.
On Monday we will be launching our first value of the year in our values education project, Cooperation. This has become a really successful part of our pastoral and behaviour policy, with the children getting enthusiastically involved in demonstrating behaviour to reflect each of the values.
On Thursday, for parents/ carers with children in Year 6, Richmond Borough School Admissions will be holding the first of two secondary school transfer meetings at 13.00 at Clarendon Hall (York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AA).
I am usually around one of the school gates in the morning or afternoon; please don’t hesitate to come and chat to me if you have any questions or comments.
Posted 15th July 2016
Last night the year 6 children put on their performance of Mystery at Magpie Manor. It was an amazing performance that had the audience rolling in the aisles. My thanks go to all the children and staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes too, making sure the scenery, lighting and music were fantastic.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to say how pleased they have been with their child's report. The children have worked very hard this year and should be proud of their achievements.
Children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 6 have just received their individual results in the EYFS profile, Phonics Screening, End of Key Stage 1 Assessments and End of Key Stage 2 Assessments. We are pleased with the results, which represent a great deal of hard work by the children and many individual successes.
Some reminders for the last few days of term:
On Monday, children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have a teddy bears’ picnic. Children can all bring in a teddy or another soft toy on the day. There will also be a teddy bears’ assembly in the morning, so this is a really lovely day for the children. All Year 2 children are invited to a free disco from 16.30- 18.00 in the gym.
Also on Monday Years 3 to 5 will be going to Teddington Town Cricket Club in Bushy Park, to enjoy and range of activities and weather permitting a picnic lunch. Don’t forget water, sunhats, sun cream, a sweatshirt/cardigan and a light waterproof.
On Tuesday Year 6 will be enjoying a free tour of Twickenham Rugby ground, complements of RFU.
On Wednesday, the Year 6 leavers’ assembly is at 13.00, always an emotional occasion! The leavers’ party will follow immediately afterwards, from 14.00- 16.00.
Please remember school finishes on Wednesday at the usual time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support this year. I wish all our Year 6 leavers the best of luck at their new schools. I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable summer break, and look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday 7th September.
Posted 8 July 2016:
Exciting news- we have won a Silver Gilt award for the second year running for our Living Classroom and the planting of the school grounds at the Richmond Borough in Bloom awards. My congratulations to Naomi Johns, Molly Gartland, Gill Paterson, Jeff Radwell, Lee Groves-Rankin and the FOSP team of volunteers- a fantastic achievement for the Living Classroom’s second year.
I’m pleased to confirm that the total fundraising for last week’s Cystic Fibrosis Trust (CFT) Wear Yellow Day was £806.54. Monies raised go direct to the CFT in support of Team Breathe Easy, a small team (led by the cousin of one of our pupils affected by cystic fibrosis) that will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next year.
It was great to see a full house of parents at the new Reception information evening on Wednesday. Thank you to FOSP, Stanley Dads and Chair of Governors Jo Merritt for their contributions on the night.
Yesterday we held our Open Evening, which was a great opportunity for parents/ carers to look at children’s work from this year, chat informally with staff and visit the year groups that the children move on to in September.
Some reminders for next week, which is very busy!
On Tuesday (13.30) and Wednesday (10.00), Year 6 will be holding dress rehearsals for their end of year performance, and parents/ carers with pre-school children are welcome to attend this.
Also on Wednesday (19.00), there will be a concert for parents/ carers of children in the orchestra and some flute, violin and recorder peripatetic groups. This follows on from a very successful Richmond Prom event on 24 June when our orchestra combined with a number of primary orchestras and Music Trust ensembles to perform brilliantly to a packed house at St Mary's college. Many thanks to Elaine Griffiths and Nicola Whiteside for their work with the orchestra this year.
Thursday is our busiest day of the week. Our Nursery is closed to current Nursery pupils as we welcome visits from new Nursery and Reception children. The children find out which classes they will be in next year, and parents/ carers have an informal opportunity to meet the teachers after school at 15.30. Skoolkit will be selling school uniform from 10.30-15.30 in the large studio. Finally, Year 6 will be staging their end-of-year performance at 19.00- a wonderful finale to their time at Stanley.
Next Friday (14.45) I would like to invite anyone who has helped in school this term to join me for tea and buns. Please let the school office know if you are able to come.
Posted 1 July 2016:
Today we are holding a Mufti Day and cake sale in aid of Wear Yellow Day for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The children are wearing something yellow and have paid £1 in support of the charity, and Year 4 children have baked cakes for a special cake sale after school today. Please come along and treat yourself- it’s for an extremely worthwhile cause.
I would like to congratulate Connie O’L (5V) and Eddie O'L (5M), our Pupil Parliamentarians who were voted in last Thursday by Year 5. The Pupil Parliament was established by Richmond borough in 1994 with the aim of helping primary school pupils to become directly involved in citizenship and promoting British values. In the coming year Connie and Eddie will have the opportunity to debate and contribute their views to the borough council on a range of issues. I wish them both good luck.
Some reminders for next week.
On Monday there will be no Year 6 lessons, as children moving on to Richmond Borough secondary schools will be having their secondary transfer day.
On Tuesday there are likely to be class closures due to industrial action by the NUT. Please refer to my letter to parents for confirmation of which classes will be affected if the strike goes ahead.
On Thursday we are inviting all parents/carers from Reception to Year 6 to an Open Evening. Parents/ carers are invited to come in between 15.30– 18.30 to look at children’s work, chat informally with staff and visit the year group that the children will be moving on to in September.
On Friday, children in Year 2 will be giving an informal performance to parents/ carers of some songs they have been learning for a CD recording. This will take place in the hall after drop-off at 09.15 and before pick-up at 14.30. Do come along- the children love to perform for you!
Posted 24 June 2016:
The children have been enjoying a very energetic week at school as they take part in their respective sports days. It’s fantastic to be able to use our own field again after 4 years. Today it’s the turn of Years 2-6; Years 2, 3 and 4 take part from 10.40-12.00, Years 5 and 6 from 13.30-14.50 and there’s a final house sprint and trophy presentation from 14.50-15.10. Do come along if you can; the children love to have your support. We were really sorry to have to postpone the Year 1 sports day due to the weather- a new date will be advised shortly.
We are also welcoming lots of visitors today as we hold our final Bring a Man to School Day of the year. Our volunteers are taking part in a variety of activities, including helping to officiate at sports day and rolling their sleeves up in the classroom. The children really enjoy having everyone here.
Don’t forget that applications close for autumn term clubs at 15.30 today.
We are delighted with the success of our values education project, which involves teaching the children 8 values throughout the year, and having a rewards system to praise those children who adhere to these values. The values are: Aspiration, Cooperation, Courage, Gentleness, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Tolerance. As we have now completed our final value of the year, Aspiration, on Monday we will be applying all our values. We will give special certificates to those children who demonstrate any of our 8 values, and these will be displayed in the office reception area.
Some of our key stage 1 children will be enjoying trips out of school next week. As part of their history topic, Year 1 will be visiting Strawberry Hill House. Year 2 are going to Windsor Castle to support their ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ topic. We are so lucky to have these amazing buildings of such historic significance on our doorstep.
Finally, a reminder that next Friday we will be holding a Mufti Day and cake sale in aid of cystic fibrosis awareness day. The children can wear yellow and pay £1 in support of the cystic fibrosis charity and children in Year 4 are invited to bake cakes for a special cake sale that day.
Posted 17 June 2016:
The children are enjoying wearing their own choice of clothes today as we are holding a Mufti Day for the Living Classroom. Every £1 donation will go towards plants and equipment for children to use in our Living Classroom, and to keep the flower beds around school looking bright and cheerful.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the FOSP Meeting on Wednesday. I would like to personally thank the FOSP team once again for all their hard work and efforts this year, and for their tremendous spirit of teamwork and positivity which is a great reflection on Stanley.
Don’t forget to come along to our Sizzling Summer cake sale after school today if you fancy a sweet treat, and our second-hand uniform sale.
We have a busy week ahead, including sports days for all year groups. Our schedule is as follows:
Year 2 visit to Windsor Castle (Sycamore + 1/3 Maple)
13.30: Reception sports day
11.00 and 14.45: Nursery sports day
13.30: Year 1 sports day
Bring a Man to School Day
Years 2-6 sports day (Years 2, 3 and 4: 10.40-12.00, Years 5 and 6: 13.30-14.50, final house sprint Years 2-6 and trophy presentation: 14.50-15.10).
15.30: Applications close for autumn term clubs
Posted 10 June 2016:
Our Year 6 children have been enjoying a fantastic week in Dorset on their school journey to the PGL Centre at Osmington Bay. This is an annual residential journey (now in its 17th year) that Year 6 children attend following their SATs. On Monday, en route to Osmington Bay, the children visited the beautiful Corfe Castle. I joined the children on Tuesday, when we visited Durdle Door. Ms Leney and Ms Stannett came on Wednesday, when the group went to Weymouth beach (where poor Ms Vernazza was buried up to her neck in sand!) and enjoyed some climbing and zip-wiring. Please see the Latest News section of our website and follow us on Twitter@stanleyprimary for some great photos. I would like to personally thank Year 6 for being so well behaved this week- a credit to Stanley.
For parents/ carers of Year 6 children, they are expected to return between 16.00 and 16:30 today depending on traffic. Please meet your child at this time. If there is a significant delay for any reason, we will keep you updated via our website, ParentMail and Twitter.
Just one reminder for next week: the next FOSP meeting is on Wednesday at 19.45- please do come along. Your feedback from the May Fair is welcome and plans will be getting underway for the Summer Social.
Posted 20 May 2016:
I would like to say a personal thank you to everyone involved in our fabulous May Fair last Sunday. We had a fantastic afternoon as the sun shone down, and it was a great opportunity for our local community to come together and enjoy themselves. As with all our fundraising activities, nothing would be possible without the amazing efforts of FOSP, all our volunteers, parents/ carers, staff and children. All funds raised will be put towards sports equipment, team kit and new markings on the MUGAs and playground.
Year 5 have been visiting Kew Gardens this week to participate in a Plant Scientist workshop. This forms part of this half-term's 'Allotments' project, which covers plant and animal lifecycles and real hands-on experience of growing flowers and vegetables in our own plots in the Living Classroom. These outside visits really do help to bring projects alive for the children, and we are very lucky to be so close to the world’s most famous botanic garden.
Year 1 parents and carers enjoyed a special assembly this week, where the children showcased what they have been learning this term. It’s lovely when there’s an opportunity like this to show the results of our children’s efforts- they work so hard, and they certainly love to perform for you!
On Monday we will be launching the next value in our values education project, Aspiration. We define Aspiration as being full of hope for something better and working hard to make it happen. It would be great if you could discuss Aspiration with the children at home, and explore ways to reinforce it.
A reminder that school will be closed for staff training next Friday 27 May and for half-term, Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June. I wish you all a relaxing break.
Posted 13 May 2016:
I had a very energetic but enjoyable weekend climbing Mount Snowdon as part of a team from Stanley raising money for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre. We reached the peak on Saturday afternoon and proudly raised the Stanley flag! Thank you so much to everyone who sponsored the team.
Well done to all our Year 6 pupils, who have worked extremely hard on their SATS this week.
Congratulations to Holly C (Apple class), whose flower painting has won an award in the Richmond Borough in Bloom Poster Design Competition. Holly is runner-up of Category B, for entrants aged 5-7 years, and will receive a prize of a special commemorative certificate and a pack of art materials. These will be presented today by the Mayor, Counsellor Martin Seymour, after which there will be a celebration tea party. Well done.
Congratulations also to Florrie D (5P) who created a prize-winning doughnut for The Cavan Bakery in this week’s National Doughnut Week. Florrie’s winning ‘Bee Happy’ doughnut was on sale on in the bakery on Tuesday.
We are really looking forward to welcoming all our local community to our Olympic-themed May Fair on Sunday (12.00-15.00). This really is a fun-filled afternoon, and all the stalls and activities on the day are raising funds for our school, specifically going towards sports equipment, team kit and new markings on the MUGAs and playground. I would like to say a personal thank you to all the local businesses, friends and families who have donated their time, money, products and services so generously. We have a busy timetable of events, including the lighting of the Olympic torch, Year 2 choir and country dancing, the great Stanley Bake Off and the Stanley tug of war, so please come along and support us.
Some reminders for next week.
To support this term’s ‘Allotments’ project, Year 5 children will be visiting Kew Gardens on Monday and Friday.
Children in Year 1 will present an assembly for parents on Wednesday at 14.30 (dress rehearsal- younger siblings are welcome to attend) and Thursday at 09.15 (parents/ carers only- no younger siblings will be admitted). The children will showcase what they have been learning this term, so please come along and support them.
Posted 6 May 2016:
It’s great to see the children enjoying wearing their own choice of clothes today in exchange for a donation to our May Fair tombolas. Thank you to everyone for your bottles, treats and fun-filled jam jars. Please don’t forget to sign up for any help you can give on the day of the Fair, next Sunday 15 May- whether it’s to volunteer for 30 minutes on your class stall, or assist in setting up or clearing away. This is a fantastic opportunity for our local community to get together and have fun. It’s a real team effort and we want to make this our most successful Fair yet.
We are really looking forward to welcoming our new Reception children in September and are pleased that once again we are fully subscribed, with a waiting list for places. We hope to meet many of our new families at our May Fair.
We have a busy few days coming up, as next week is SATS week for our Year 6 pupils.
Finally, this weekend a team from Stanley (including me!) will be climbing Mount Snowdon to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre. If you would like to sponsor us and support this worthwhile charity, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/stanleyprimaryschool. Every pound adds up and will make such a difference to our challenge. Thank you!
Posted 29 April 2016:
I would like to thank everyone who helped out at our Dig Day last Saturday. The improved planting at the front of the school and by the field has really lifted the look of the school. Our award-winning Living Classroom is such a wonderful resource for our children and I really appreciate the efforts of all our volunteers to keep it so well maintained.
On Monday, Year 4 took part in the Topslink sports festival at Waldegrave School, as part of the Schools Sports Programme. The children performed fantastically and did Stanley proud.
After school today Year 6 will be holding their own cake sale to raise money for their leavers’ party- do come along and help raise funds for a very worthy cause!
Don’t forget that we are closed on Monday for the Bank Holiday.
On Friday we are holding a mufti day for our May Fair. The children are invited to come to school in their own clothes in exchange for a donation to our May Fair tombolas: adult (bottles, treats, ‘nut-free’ chocolates) and kids (decorated jam jars of sweets, stickers or toys). Trolleys will be waiting at the Infant and Junior gates to receive donations- thank you in advance for your support.
Finally a team from Stanley will be climbing Mount Snowdon the weekend of 7 May 2016 to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre. If you would like to sponsor us and support this worthwhile charity, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/stanleyprimaryschool. Every pound adds up and will make such a difference to our challenge. Thank you!
Posted 22 April 2016:
I would like to thank everyone who baked and bought at last Friday’s cake sale (another sell-out!) which raised £246 for the school. Every sale we do makes such a difference in terms of the additional money it brings to us, and none of these events would be possible without the help and support of our volunteers on the day. A special thanks to Jo Pedrick for managing our cake sales.
On Monday, Year 2 took part in the Topslink sports festival at Waldegrave School, as part of the Schools Sports Programme. The children did a fantastic job of representing Stanley, and performed really well on the day.
On Wednesday we enjoyed a visit by acclaimed children’s author Abi Elphinstone, who held an assembly for children in Years 4, 5 and 6 to talk about her writing and the adventures that have helped to shape her stories. It’s always so inspiring for the children to meet the people who write their books.
Don’t forget that today is the deadline for entries for our May Fair design a flag competition; winning entries will appear in the May Fair Programme and all flags will be displayed at the Fair.
Tomorrow is our Living Classroom Dig Day from 10.00-14.00- all adults and children over 8 (with supervision) are welcome. Saturday Film Club is running in parallel and will be showing Paddington from 10.30. Do come along if you can- the more spades the merrier!
On Monday we are launching our new value, Responsibility. Our values education project continues to inspire our children, and they are very proud when they receive a values award and love to look at their own certificate when it’s put on display in the office reception area. Also on Monday, Year 4 are participating in the Topslink sports festival at Waldegrave School.
On Wednesday there will be a school journey meeting at 19.00 for parents/ carers of Year 6 children. Please come along, as lots of important information regarding itinerary, travel, kit list and medical matters will be distributed and discussed. A second meeting will be held on Thursday morning, from 09.00-09.45, for those who can’t make Wednesday evening.
On Friday, photographs will be taken of Year 6 and teams; if your child is in a team, please can you ensure they have the relevant kit in school on the day.
Posted 15 April 2016:
I am pleased to welcome the children back after the Easter break and am really looking forward to a busy and enjoyable summer term.
Children from Years 2 and 5 had a fantastic time at the Rose Theatre on Tuesday, taking part in the Richmond Music Trust Singing Festival. My thanks to Nicola Whiteside for organising this; to parents for their support; and to the children, who performed so fantastically.
Year 3 enjoyed a visit to the Natural History Museum this week, as part of their ‘Tremors’ natural disasters and rock studies project. The children had the opportunity to visit the Earth Galleries and look at the geology of planet Earth, as well as experiencing some ‘natural disasters’. How fortunate we are to be located so close to this world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre.
If you fancy a sweet treat after school today, please come along to our Superheroes cake sale. All profits go to the school.
We have a busy few days next week.
On Monday, Year 2 will be taking part in the Topslink sports festival at Waldegrave School, as part of the Schools Sports Programme.
I am delighted that children’s author Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dream Snatcher and The Shadow Keeper, will be visiting Stanley on Wednesday. Abi will be holding an assembly for children in Years 4, 5 and 6 to talk about her writing and the adventures that have inspired her stories, and will be signing books in the large studio after school.
Also on Wednesday, if you fancy a night out, Stanley Cinema Club will be showing the BAFTA award-winning Brooklyn. Tickets are only £6 which includes popcorn, and there’s a cash bar.
Finally, on Friday Reception will be visiting Bocketts Farm, always a very popular trip with the children.
Posted 18 March 2016:
Today we are welcoming lots of volunteers into school as we host another Bring a Man to School Day. The children really do love the opportunity to show their family and friends what they get up to in the classroom.
Year 4 have been working extremely hard in the last couple of weeks, putting on some great performances for parents/ carers. Last week they put on a really enjoyable brass concert as part of the Wider Opportunities programme. This week they gave a fantastic presentation demonstrating the work they have done on their ‘Road Trip USA’ topic, for which they learnt an amazing number of song lyrics!
We are celebrating sporting success again this week.
On Monday our boys’ football team played East Sheen in the quarter-finals of the borough tournament winning 4-0, an excellent performance that takes us through to the semi-finals.
Years 5/6 played in the borough basketball tournament last Thursday. The team played brilliantly and only lost in the final to SMSP.
Well done to those children who participate in our after-school chess club who have qualified for the UKCC Middlesex MegaFinal in May 2016, where they will play qualifiers from other schools.
Finally, our congratulations to Megan C (6LT) who won gold medals with her trio at the London Gymnastics regional competition on Sunday, making them the best at their level across the whole of the London region. They also took the trophy for the highest scoring group during the competition. They're now through to the National finals in Stoke on 14/15 May, competing against the best trios from each of the 12 regions in the country.
I can’t believe we are heading into the last week of term already! Here are some reminders for the week ahead.
Saturday Film Club returns tomorrow with Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Do come along at 13.30; all profits go to the school.
Our annual Charities Day is on Wednesday. Pupils in Years 2-6 are invited to dress up in the theme ‘Sport’; children in Reception and Year 1 can wear Easter Bonnets either with a traditional Easter theme or the Sport theme. Children will parade around the playground at 09.00 and parents/ carers are welcome to stay and watch. We look forward to seeing you in school if you are able to come and help on the day.
I would like to invite all parents/ carers who have volunteered this term to tea and buns on Thursday from 14.45 in my office. If you can come along, please let us know via the school office.
Finally, school finishes at the usual time on Thursday and will re-open on Monday 11 April. I wish you all an enjoyable Easter holiday.
Posted 11 March 2016:
Congratulations to our swimming squad who reached the finals in the borough swimming gala on Wednesday. In particular, well done to Dillon W (4SW) who came 5th in the borough for Year 4 Freestyle.
We’ve had a busy week with parent consultations. We hope that you found these a useful catch-up on how things are going both academically and socially for your children.
Thank you to everyone who bought books at our school Book Fair, and special thanks to Sarah Woodward for managing this for us again. Every book purchased helps to earn free books for the school.
Today is a very busy day!
As part of our charity work this term, we are supporting Fairtrade Fortnight and the British Heart Foundation. As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, we held a ‘Big Fairtrade Breakfast’, this morning. In return for a donation of £1, children came to the hall for a small breakfast before school. We have been given a large number of skipping ropes by the British Heart Foundation and today all the children are taking part in a 'skip-athon'. Some of the artwork that Year 2 produced for Arts Week is being displayed in Orleans Gallery as part of their Fairtrade Art Exhibition today from 15.30 to 17.30.
Don’t forget to submit your summer term clubs form by 15.30 today, when applications close. Please also remember that today is the deadline for applying for a place in our Nursery. Do come along to our second-hand uniform sale and pirates and princesses cake sale at pick-up; all monies raised go to the school. Finally, if you have tickets for our Open Mic Night tonight we are looking forward to another fantastic evening of great entertainment and a chilli supper.
Some reminders for the week ahead.
On Monday we will be launching the next value in our values education project, Tolerance. Please see this week’s newsletter for some examples of behaviour that we believe demonstrate this value; we’d be really grateful if you could discuss this with children at home and explore ways to reinforce it.
Also on Monday, our next FOSP meeting is at 19.45. Everyone is welcome and it will be a great opportunity to discuss our upcoming events and for everyone to contribute their own ideas on our fundraising initiatives.
On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (19.00), Year 4 will give presentations of the work they have done this year on their ‘Road Trip USA’ topic. On Tuesday 4B and 4LW will be presenting and on Wednesday it’s the turn of 4S and 4SW. We really hope parents/ carers of Year 4 children can come along, as they have been working really hard, particularly on their song lyrics!
Next Friday is Bring a Man to School Day. The purpose of the day is to give dads, granddads, uncles, etc. the opportunity to get involved in classroom activities and to help raise awareness of the important role they play in early education. We look forward to seeing you if you have volunteered to help.
Posted 4 March 2016:
We had a fantastic turnout from children and staff dressing up for yesterday’s World Book Day celebrations, and enjoyed a sunny parade of costumes after drop-off. From the BFG to Thing 1 and Thing 2, there was a real spectrum of book characters on show. Please see the ‘Latest News’ section of our website for some photos from the day.
A big thank you to everyone who baked and bought at last Friday’s cake sale, which raised £215 for the school. Every sale we do makes such a difference in terms of the additional money it brings to us, and none of these events would be possible without the help and support of our volunteers on the day. A special thanks to Johanna Pedrick for managing our cake sales.
We enjoyed some really good sporting performances last week. The girls’ football team played a league match against St Mary’s, in what was a great game between two well-matched teams. We won 3-0- a great team effort. The girls’ netball team played in the Richmond High 5 netball tournament at Old Deer Park. The girls played well in a very competitive competition. My congratulations to Megan C (6LT) who won a silver medal with her trio in her Grade at the Heathrow Acrobatics Competition. Nearly 400 gymnasts competed from around the country and Megan will now be taking part in the London regionals competition.
A few reminders for next week.
Parent consultations will be taking place, so please check that you have received an appointment time with your child’s teacher. These meetings are an invaluable opportunity to catch up on how things are going both academically and socially for our children.
Come along to our Book Fair from Tuesday to Thursday in the large studio; every book bought helps to earn free books for the school.
There’s a lot happening next Friday. Don’t forget to submit your summer term clubs form by 15.30, when applications close. Please also remember that next Friday is the deadline for applying for a place in our Nursery. Do come along to our second-hand uniform sale and pirates and princesses cake sale at pick-up; all monies raised go to the school. Finally, if you have tickets for our Open Mic Night we are looking forward to another fantastic evening of homespun entertainment with great food and drink.
Posted 26 February 2016:
I would like to say a personal thank you to all the children and staff who worked really hard during our recent Arts Week. The children created some fabulous artwork, culminating in a fantastic art exhibition before half-term. Please see the ‘Latest News’ section of our website for some photos from the exhibition http://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/stream/news/full/1/-/.
I would also like to thank all those children who have been involved in presenting and demonstrating their own languages, through a series of assemblies, in celebration of the UN’s International Mother Language Day. Stanley sits at the heart of the local community and serves a mixed ethnic and social area; promoting linguistic and cultural diversity is very important to us.
Stanley took part in a Quicksticks hockey tournament at Teddington School on Monday. The Year 6 team played brilliantly and were a credit to Stanley - well done.
If you fancy a sweet treat at pick-up today, don’t forget to drop into our Butterflies and Bugs cake sale- all profits go to the school.
Some reminders for next week.
Information regarding summer term clubs will be distributed on Wednesday. Applications for spaces will be open from 07.00 on Friday. Beat the rush and apply online via the ‘Clubs- School-run clubs’ section of our website, which will go live from 07.00 on Friday: http://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/school-run-clubs/.
World Book Day is on Thursday. We are asking children to dress up as a character from a book and bring in £1 to raise money for Book Aid, a charity that sends over 1 million books to Africa, giving many children the chance to own their own book for the very first time. Children should bring in the book that inspired their costume or their favourite book. Weather permitting, parents are invited to a parade for all year groups around the MUGA, starting with the infant department at 09.00 and the junior department at 09.10.
On Friday FOSP are holding a coffee morning at St Michael’s Church- everyone welcome to come along (little ones too) and look at the socials planned for this year.
Posted 12 February 2016:
We have all been enjoying Arts Week, with the children participating in a number of special workshops and assemblies. I hope you had an opportunity to come along to the art exhibition last night to see the results of their efforts; if not, do pop along this morning from 08.50-10.00. Yesterday I spent the morning with Chris Byrne, our local authority link inspector, who was visiting Stanley. Chris was really impressed with the children's fantastic artwork creations.
I am very proud of our boys’ football teams, who played in the borough league this week. The A team beat SMSP 7-4, which means that we have won the group stage and are now through to the quarter- finals. The B team beat SMSP 8-0, a great achievement considering that a number of the team were playing for the school for the first time.
The school swimming squad performed well at the Richmond 'Large Schools' heats on Tuesday and 5 children qualified for the finals in their events which take place in March. Well done to the whole squad.
We are really looking forward to World Book Day on Thursday 3 March. Once again, we are encouraging children to dress up as someone, or something, from their favourite book. This is always a really fun day, as the children get to see their teachers dressed in some very weird and wonderful creations! Children will receive a £1 book token and we have competitions, quizzes and lots of fun activities planned for the day.
Don’t forget that next week is half-term, and school reopens on Monday 22 February. I hope you all have a relaxing break.
Posted 5 February 2016:
I am really proud of our athletics squad who took part in the Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition at St Mary’s University last Friday. We came 8th out of over 30 schools- a great achievement. Congratulations also to our boys and girls who took part in the LEH swimming gala on Friday- we saw some great competitive races.
Year 6 enjoyed a fantastic workshop at Kew Gardens yesterday. The children got the chance to follow in the footsteps of Darwin, travelling on a multi-sensory journey through lush rainforests, dry arid deserts and temperate bogs to unravel the mysteries of evolution and adaptation. We are so lucky to have this world-class attraction on our doorstep.
A few reminders for the week ahead.
On Saturday, Film Club will be showing the children’s classic ET: The Extra Terrestrial. Doors open at 13.30; £2.50 on the door for film and popcorn. Do come along; all profits raised go to the school.
On Monday we will be launching the new value in our values education project, ‘Respect’. I am delighted with the success of this project; the children are very proud when they receive a values award and love to look at their own certificate when it’s put on display in the office reception area.
We are all really excited about next week’s Arts Week, with a host of special workshops, assemblies and exhibitions to look forward to. The children have all worked really hard to create some fabulous artwork, and we hope that you are able to come along to the art exhibition on Thursday (18.00-20.00) and Friday (08.50-10.00) to see the results of their efforts.
Posted 29 January 2016:
I would like to say a big thank you to all the team who volunteered to give up a night’s sleep to run the sleepover last week, and to all the children who took part. I’m not sure I’ve ever served so many pizzas before! Everyone had a great time and the children behaved fantastically. All the money raised will be used to fund activities in the Infant Department. Please see the ‘Year Groups- Year 1’ and ‘Year 2’ sections of our website for photos from the sleepover: http://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/photo-gallery-1/.
Well done to our girls’ football squad, who played really well in the league at Collis this week. The B team was fantastic, with many girls playing their first ever game. It was end to end, with Collis getting a goal in the last 5 minutes. We had many chances to score but unfortunately were very unlucky. The A team drew 2-2 in another very exciting game, with fantastic goals from Megan P and Martha D.
Very well done to both teams. Tonight we are participating in the swimming gala at LEH School- good luck to our swimming squad!
We are getting very excited about our forthcoming Arts Week (w/c 8 February). The theme this year is ‘The Journey of Mark Making’ which has a main focus on printmaking, but also includes drawing, painting and clay work. During the week, the children will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities focused on art, drama, poetry and music, and we have arranged for each year group to participate in workshops with Orleans House Gallery to learn and experience a new printmaking technique. Please don’t forget that we are asking for a £1 voluntary donation to help fund the workshops and allow us to buy other speciality resources. We are very grateful for your support.
Posted 22 January 2016:
I am very proud of our boys’ football squad who have put in some great performances over the last couple of weeks. On Monday 11 January we took part in the Brentford Tournament, an elite competition with schools from Ealing, Hounslow, Richmond and Hillingdon participating. We made it through to the quarter finals, with the boys playing fantastically. On Monday 18 January we played Collis, and our A team won 3-1 and our B team won 8-0. Congratulations to all the boys for a great effort.
If you want to find out more about what your child is learning this term, information on this term’s curriculum for each year group can be found on our website. Please click the ‘Year Groups’ tab on our homepage http://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/topic/class-pages, then select the year group you wish to view, then click on ‘Curriculum’. This information is updated half-termly for Key Stage 1 and termly for Key Stage 2.
A reminder that for children participating in tonight’s Years 1 and 2 sleepover, doors open at 18.30 and children should have their tea before they arrive. Please collect your child on Saturday from 09.00- 09.15. Some of us have the duty of staying awake all night, so please don't be late! A big thank you in advance to the staff volunteering to help- the event will raise significant funds for the infant department.
Our first FOSP meeting of the year is on Thursday at 19.45. If you have any feedback on the events you attended in 2015, or would like to contribute ideas for future fundraising, please do come along. The FOSP team has evolved into a fantastically collaborative and energetic organisation, which works best with regular injections of fresh ideas and new people, so please do come along- everyone is welcome.
Posted 15 January 2016:
It’s good to get into the swing of the new term, and the children have certainly settled down well into their routines. It’s hard to believe that half-term is only four weeks away!
I am really pleased to welcome our new lunchtime Play Leaders from the company 'Fit for Sport'. The children have been very motivated to join in with the activities that the Play Leaders are organising and it is lovely to see so many children actively engaged across all year groups and all the play areas that we have.
I enjoyed the opportunity to take the school swimming squad to Richmond Pools on the Park for further training and trials last Friday. The team will be swimming at The Lady Eleanor Holles gala on 29 January and the Richmond borough gala on 9 February. It is really pleasing to have children trying out for the swimming team, and dealing with disappointment and success in such a responsible way.
Children in Years 1 and 2 are getting very excited about their sleepover next Friday evening. This is always a hugely popular event with the children, and is a fantastic fundraiser for the school.
If you fancy a sweet treat after school today, please come to our ‘Funny Faces’ cake sale at 15.15.
Finally, a reminder that If you have a child born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, you should apply for a place in a Reception class via www.eadmissions.org.uk. The deadline is today.
Posted 8 January 2016:
Happy New Year. It was great to welcome all the children back to school, and we are really looking forward to lots of exciting spring term activities.
I am excited to announce the launch of a new feature of our website which allows you to subscribe to events from our school calendar so that they automatically download into your own personal calendar on your mobile phone, tablet or computer. I hope this will be a really useful tool for our parents and carers, with our increasingly busy school calendar. For further details, please visit the ‘News’ section of our website or see this week’s newsletter.
Our school uniform supplier, Skoolkit, will be holding a uniform sale here today from 14.30 in the large studio. On Monday all our unnamed lost property will be on display at 15.15 in the connection courtyard- please come and have a look if you have lost something.
Next week we will be launching the next value in our values education project, ‘Honesty’. This project continues to be a real success, with those children who demonstrate good values being rewarded with special certificates each week. Please feel free to come and look at these in our office reception area.
Finally, a reminder that If you have a child born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, you should apply now for a place in a Reception class- apply online via www.eadmissions.org.uk. The deadline is Friday 15 January.
Posted 18 December 2015:
We hope you all enjoyed the fantastic Christmas performances this year, including the Nursery concert, the Reception and Key Stage 1 plays, the Year 3 carol concert and the Years 4-6 carol service. The children and teachers have all worked incredibly hard and the presentations were wonderful. Thanks to all of you for your help with costumes and the support you have given the children learning songs and lines.
Many thanks to all the team who ran the Stanley Christmas Gift Shop yesterday. It is a fabulous day that the children love, and we hope you all enjoy the gifts they chose!
A reminder that if you have helped in school this term, please come and join me at 14.45 today for tea or coffee and a mince pie as a thank you from us.
My final thank you of the year goes to the whole FOSP team for your tremendous efforts in organising and managing our school fundraising events. As our school grows we take on new and exciting fundraising initiatives, and none of this would be possible without the tireless support of our FOSP volunteers. This term alone, £11,700 has been raised for the school- a fantastic achievement.
School closes at the usual time today and reopens on Wednesday 6 January. I really appreciate all your help and support this year, and I wish you a happy and relaxing Christmas and New Year. I look forward to seeing everyone next term.
Posted 11 December 2015:
It was fantastic to see so many families from our local community enjoying our Christmas bazaar on Sunday. We had a very busy Santa's grotto, games and crafts stalls, tombolas, face painting, choir and brass band performances, a festive sing-along and lots of food and drink. The event raised an amazing £6,300, and was preceded by our Christmas tree sale, which raised another £500. The monies will go towards the refurbishment of our 1930s gym. My personal thanks to everyone who came and supported us, and to those who organised, helped with the preparation and volunteered on the day.
The children are relishing their traditional Christmas lunch at school today; this is always a really happy occasion, with crackers, festive food, Christmas music and staff waiting on the children.
We have been enjoying a packed schedule of shows this week as the children have been putting on their Christmas performances, including the Nursery Christmas concert, the Reception Christmas play, the Years 1 and 2 Christmas performance and the Year 3 carol concert. The children loved showing the results of all their hard work, and I am really proud of their efforts.
On Wednesday, some of our children enjoyed trips out of school. Cherry and Oak classes went to Richmond Theatre to see the pantomime Cinderella. Year 3 visited Butser Ancient Farm in Waterlooville as part of their “Tribal Tales” Stone Age to Iron Age project. The children had the opportunity to learn about life in ancient times and participated in chalk carving, cordage, wattling and jewellery-making activities.
Our last week of this term is packed with activities; here are some of the highlights.
If you fancy a sweet treat after school today, don’t forget to stop by our ‘Winter Wonderland’ cake sale.
On Tuesday our Film Club will be showing a special after-school Christmas film, Elf, starting at 15.40 in the large studio. Tickets are £2.50 on the door (including popcorn). Please come along in your elf or Christmas hat!
We hope to see many of you on Wednesday at 19.15 at St. Francis de Sales Church, Hampton Hill for our annual carol concert for Years 4-6. This is a wonderfully atmospheric evening which I am sure you will enjoy.
On Thursday we are looking forward to hosting our annual Stanley Christmas Gift Shop for children in Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 2. The children will shop for gifts for their family, taking in a drink and a biscuit at the Stanley Christmas Café, before heading back to their classrooms to wrap their presents. A much-loved event by all!
Posted 4 December 2015:
I’d like to say a big thank you to all the Stanley families who took part in the Hampton Hill Christmas Parade last Friday. This is a really fun community event, and has become a fixture on the Stanley calendar. We had a fantastic representation from the school and everyone was in great spirits. We’re looking forward to next year already!
Don’t forget that if your child would like to apply for a place on a spring term club, applications close at 15.30 today. Contact the office or apply online via the ‘Clubs- School-run clubs’ section of our website: http://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/school-run-clubs/.
We have a really busy day on Sunday, kicking off with our Christmas tree sale in the morning, followed by our Christmas bazaar, one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. I would like to thank everyone who has helped with the preparation of these events, and those who are volunteering their time on the day. My particular thanks to Sabina Bennett, Clare Davies, Jen Copeland, Tia Jones, Jo Jamieson, Michele Hall, Tracey Petherick, Penny Neville-Lee, Mary Doherty, Jade Hartland, Annette Blaine, Emily McEwen, Nicola Hughes, Tracy Underdown and to all the class reps organising stalls. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of excited children!
We have a full schedule of events next week, including the Nursery Christmas concerts, the Reception Christmas play, the Years 1 & 2 Christmas performance and the Year 3 carol concert. Full details of the dates and times for these can be found in this week’s newsletter. Please note that siblings (including babies/ toddlers in pushchairs/prams) are permitted to attend the dress rehearsals, but not the main shows. The children have all worked really hard and we hope that you are able to come and see their great performances!
Posted 27 November 2015:
The children are really enjoying wearing their own choice of clothes to school today as we hold our mufti day in aid of the Christmas bazaar. A big thank you to everyone who has brought in tombola donations- we certainly had some very full shopping trolleys at drop-off!
You may catch sight of some wizards, witches, princesses and knights today, as Reception children enjoy a magical dressing-up day as part of their ‘Magic’ topic. The children have created their own magical face paint designs; thank you to all those Reception parents who have volunteered to come in today to paint the children’s designs onto their faces.
I would also like to extend my personal thanks to everyone who came to our quiz night last Friday. The evening raised a fantastic total of £1,414- the most a quiz night has raised since 2012! I really appreciate the help and support of the organisers, in particular Jen Copeland, Tia Jones and the Year 4 parents.
As part of Year 5’s ‘Stargazers’ project and Year 1’s ‘Moon Zoom’ topic, looking at space, the solar system and astronauts, we ran a ‘Space Day’ on Wednesday, which included time in a space dome in our large studio. This was a blacked-out, purpose-built mobile dome showing 360-degree pictures and films. The children were also involved in other creative and practical activities including art and cooking, and they dressed up in the theme. We certainly had some weird and wonderful outfits in the playground!
If your child would like to apply for a place on a spring term club, don’t forget that applications are now open, and the closing date is next Friday at 15.30. Beat the rush and apply online via the ‘Clubs- School-run clubs’ section of our website, which is now live: http://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/school-run-clubs/.
If you need any school uniform items, please come along to our second-hand uniform sale at pick-up today in the hall.
This evening we will be taking part in the annual Hampton Hill Christmas Parade, a fantastic community event. If you are joining us to march behind our school banner, we look forward to seeing you from 18.00 at the assembly point, Cambridge House (just beyond the Rising Sun Pub). Don’t forget that you need to accompany your child.
Next Sunday 6 December we are holding one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, our annual Christmas bazaar. Details of specific donations and ways that you can help can be found in the FOSP section of this week’s newsletter. We really do rely on the support of volunteers to make this event a success, so please email FOSP at email@example.com if you can assist in any way.
Posted 20 November 2015:
On Monday we launched the next value in our values education project, ‘Gentleness’, and we look forward to rewarding children who demonstrate this with special certificates. The names of all the children who have been awarded values certificates so far can be found in the ‘News/ Dates’ section of this website at http://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/values-education-project/.
This week, as part of their ‘Flow’ river studies project, Year 3 visited Teddington Lock and The Venturer (an education and research boat moored on the bank). The children had the opportunity to experience the river, consider environmental issues and conduct water experiments. This is a really exciting and enjoyable day where the children get to learn science, geography and local history through hands-on experience and practical work.
Plans are well underway for one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, our annual Christmas Bazaar. Details of specific donations we are looking for can be found in the FOSP section of this week’s newsletter. If you can help in any way, please email FOSP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a busy few days ahead… here’s a reminder of what’s coming up.
I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at our quiz night tonight. This promises to be a really fun evening, with a curry supper and pay bar. Please only come along if you already have a ticket, as this event is now sold out.
Information regarding clubs availability for next term will be distributed on Wednesday and applications are open from 07.00 on Friday. Why not beat the rush and apply online via the ‘Clubs- School-run clubs’ section of our website, which will go live from 07.00 on Friday, at http://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/school-run-clubs/.
Parents/ carers of children in the school orchestra and recorder groups are invited to an informal concert in the hall on Thursday at 09.00. We hope you can come along and enjoy your children playing- they love to have your support.
On Friday there will be a mufti day in aid of the Christmas bazaar. Please bring any tombola donations of bottles, chocolates or sweet/ toy-filled jam jars for collection at the school gates. We will also have a second-hand uniform sale from 15.15 in the hall. Finally, in the evening Stanley will be taking part in the annual Hampton Hill Christmas Parade, a fantastic community event. We hope that you and your children are able to join us from 18.00 at the assembly point, Cambridge House (just beyond the Rising Sun Pub), as we parade in Christmas-themed fancy dress behind our school banner.
Posted 13 November 2015:
On Wednesday I stood with the children at the school war memorial to mark the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. A two-minute silence was held to remember all the people who have died in wars. I was extremely proud watching the children observe the silence and carefully place a wreath of poppies on the memorial, alongside the portrait of Walter Brown - a 'Master' from the school who died in action at Ypres in 1915.
Everybody really enjoyed the return of Stanley Fireworks Night last Friday. There was a great community atmosphere as we watched a fantastic display. My thanks to everyone who volunteered to help; in particular, I really appreciate Sabina Bennett’s fabulous management of this event, which helped everything to run smoothly on the night.
Some reminders for the week ahead.
Don’t forget to come along to the cake sale at pick-up today and treat yourself to some ‘Terrific Transport’ themed baking.
Saturday sees the return of Saturday Film Club, which is showing The Last Mimzy. Doors open at 13.30 and tickets are £2.50 (including popcorn).
I am looking forward to donning my Quiz Master’s hat once again next Friday at our annual Quiz Night. This is a really fun evening which includes a curry supper and pay bar. I look forward to seeing everyone there (the event is now sold out).
Profits from all of these events go back to the school- please do come along and support us.
Posted 6 November 2015:
Welcome back to the second half of the autumn term. We have a very busy few weeks ahead preparing for our Christmas performances and activities.
Year 2 launched their new topic of 'Remember, Remember' with a Guy Fawkes dress-up day. The children will be learning about life in 1600s England through a range of lessons and creative activities.
This year children from Reception to Year 6 have designed their own Christmas cards. Sample cards and order forms were distributed earlier this week; please complete and return your order forms today. All monies raised will go towards funding our Arts week in February.
We are really looking forward to the return of Stanley Fireworks Night tonight. The event is now sold out, so please only come along if you already have tickets.
Poppies are on sale in the school office and year group areas, and next Wednesday we will be marking 2 minutes' silence with the children around our war memorial.
Don’t forget that everyone is welcome to come along to the FOSP meeting next Thursday at 19.45. There is much planning to be done around all our upcoming Christmas events, and we really welcome input and ideas from everyone on the night.
Posted 23 October 2015:
We are welcoming Reception parents/ carers into school today to visit their child’s class to have a look at the things the children have been doing this term for their ‘All About Me’ topic and to hear the children sing their harvest song. We look forward to seeing you from 09.00-09.30 or 14.30-15.00.
We’ve had a busy week with parent consultations. These are such a valuable opportunity for parents to see children’s work and talk to staff about any particular areas of interest or concern, from academic progress and targets, to friendships and how you can help at home.
My personal thanks to all our helpers and to those who baked and bought cakes at last Friday’s Rugby World Cup themed cake sale… an amazing £230.15 was raised for the school.
Our FOSP Book Fair was held this week, and thanks to a great selection of books, was very busy. All books sold means vouchers for the school to spend on scholastic resources. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help and to those who bought books.
Don’t forget to return your booking forms today for the long-awaited Stanley Fireworks Night! This will be a professional display of pyrotechnics and all profits go back to the school.
Remember, it’s half-term next week. I hope you all have a relaxing break and look forward to seeing everyone on Monday 2 November.
Posted 9 October 2015:
It’s lovely to see so many volunteers in school today on our first Bring a Man to School Day of the year. This is a day that the children really love, as they get the chance to show off their school and their work.
The children have been enjoying the first of many trips planned for this year, with Year 1 going to the Stockyards in Bushy Park and Year 5 going to Hampton Court next week. We find that these visits really help to bring topics alive for the children; we are so lucky to have such a fantastic array of international visitor attractions on our doorstep.
We welcomed more prospective parents to our school open morning on Thursday. I am always very proud of our school and the behaviour of our children as I showcase our excellent facilities to parents.
We have lots of exciting events coming up.
Tomorrow is our first Saturday Film Club of the year, with Mad Hot Ballroom showing at 13.45 in our large studio. Tickets are £2.50 on the door, including popcorn, and all profits go back to the school.
Wednesday is the deadline for entries to be received for our Book Fair Competition, with the chance to win vouchers to spend at our forthcoming Book Fair. Copies of entry forms can be found on our website.
On Thursday and Friday our photographer will be taking individual and family photographs at the school. Further details on the photography schedule are provided in this week’s newsletter.
On Friday we will be celebrating Harvest Festival at special assemblies. We will once again be making a collection of items to be given to various charities; further details are in this week’s newsletter. We would be very grateful for any donations on the day.
Our Rugby World Cup themed cake sale will also be held next Friday- please come along and treat yourself and help raise money for the school.
Posted 2 October 2015:
Thank you to FOSP for hosting the coffee mornings this week for Reception parents/ carers, and to those who came along. I really enjoyed meeting our new families; we enjoyed tea and coffee in our very sunny courtyard and it was a great way for parents and carers to get to know each other.
I am delighted at how well the new Reception and Nursery children have been adjusting to their new school routines. There have also been a number of new children joining the school in the older year groups and I am pleased at how quickly they have settled in.
We have been really enjoying the Indian summer this week and our new field is looking fantastic. Please can I remind families that children should not play on the grass before and after school, as the grass establishes.
Some reminders about the week ahead.
On Monday, unnamed lost property will be displayed at pick-up in the Connection Courtyard. Please come and have a look if you have lost anything this term.
Tuesday is the deadline for nominations to be received for the forthcoming parent governor elections.
Friday is Bring a Man to School Day for children in Years 1-6. The children love the opportunity to showcase their activities, and this is a really enjoyable day for them.
Posted 25 September 2015:
We are all very excited to be part of the community hosting the eighth Rugby World Cup, which kicked off last Friday. Stanley has a strong rugby heritage, having been crowned National Tag Rugby champions three times. We’re enjoying a great tournament!
Thank you to everyone who came along to our first FOSP Meeting and AGM on Wednesday. We are very excited about our busy schedule of upcoming events, including the welcome return of Stanley Fireworks Night on our new field. Look out for information in book bags, on our website and on ParentMail over the next few weeks.
We were delighted to welcome the first of our new Nursery children this week. They will be having their first (of many!) class photos next Tuesday.
Some reminders about upcoming events.
Peartree Centre parents/ carers are invited to a coffee morning after drop-off today at 09.00 in the Peartree Centre courtyard.
If you fancy a sweet treat after school today, don’t forget our ‘Adorable Animal’ themed cake sale, from 15.15 in the Years 5/6 courtyard. Our cake sales have soared in popularity and are fantastic fundraisers, with all profits going back to the school.
A reminder that new Reception parents/ carers are invited to a coffee morning at 09.00 on the following days: Willow- Tuesday; Bay- Wednesday; Laurel- Thursday; Pine- Friday. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and feel part of the Stanley community.
Posted 18 September 2015:
The first children of the year to receive Values awards for Cooperation are detailed in this week’s newsletter. This project continues to be a real success, with those children who demonstrate good values being rewarded with special certificates each week.
It was lovely to meet our new Reception children this week. They all came to visit me in my office to say hello and practise saying my name!
Next week will see the first of our new Nursery children join us. The Nursery children and their families have said how much they appreciate the home visits that were undertaken, giving the children the opportunity to meet the Nursery staff in familiar surroundings.
If you think you will be affected by the local road closures for the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony today, you are welcome to come and collect your children from school from 14.00. For Peartree Centre children who come to school by local authority transport, the pick-up from school is 14.00.
Some reminders for next week.
Our Living Classroom is holding a Dig Day on Sunday from 10.00-14.00. Please email@example.com if you are able to come along. We have several small jobs on the day, with no expertise necessary. Please help if you can- many hands make light work!
Our first FOSP Meeting and AGM is on Wednesday at 19.45. Everyone is welcome to come along and discuss our upcoming events and learn about how FOSP funds are allocated. We have a busy schedule of activities this term including the quiz night, book fair, Christmas bazaar and the welcome return of Stanley Fireworks Night!
The Stanley cake sales make their return next Friday and we are asking if bakers from Chestnut, Maple and Year 5 could please provide some ‘Adorable Animal’ themed cakes and biscuits (no nuts please), with two helpers from each class to man the stall.
Posted 11 September 2015:
The year group curriculum meetings have been really well attended this week; thank you for taking the time to come along and learn more about what the children will be doing this year. The meetings for Years 5 and 6 are on Monday.
Our new Reception children have been visiting their classes this week in preparation for starting school next week. We are really looking forward to welcoming them; there is so much for them to learn in their first few days about the routines of school, but we find that it doesn’t usually take long for them to settle in and make themselves at home.
Some reminders for next week.
On Monday, class photos for Years 1-6 will be taken, and school clubs start. Also, our school bookshop opens on Monday lunchtime for children in Years 3-6, something the children really enjoy. This stocks 'pocket money' stationery items and a range of paperback books, and children can bring small amounts of money to school which should be handed to class teachers. There is also a savings stamp scheme so that children can save for a book.
On Wednesday, Richmond Borough School Admissions will be holding its final secondary school transfer meeting at 14.30, for parents/ carers with children currently in Years 5 and 6.
On Friday, if you think you will be affected by the local road closures for the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony, you are welcome to come and collect your children from school from 14.00. For Peartree Centre children who come to school by local authority transport, the pick-up from school will be 14.00.
Posted 4 September 2015:
Welcome back, everyone. It’s lovely to see the children so excited to be coming back to school, seeing their friends again and getting to know their new teachers. The staff spent Tuesday and Wednesday undertaking INSET training and ensuring the school looked welcoming for the children to come back to.
I am really pleased that our field has developed so well over summer and is now ready for our use. We have lots of exciting plans for it over the coming months! In the meantime, whilst the grass is still establishing itself, we would appreciate it if parents could ensure that their children do not go on the field before and after school.
In this week’s newsletter we have repeated the information we distributed at the end of last term on drop-off and pick-up routines. I’d be grateful if you could please ensure you are clear on the arrangements for your children in their new year groups.
Some reminders for the week ahead.
All parents/ carers of children in Years 1 to 6 are invited to attend curriculum meetings from next week. These are a chance for parents and new teachers to meet, and are an opportunity to develop a shared understanding of routines and expectations. Details of the dates and times of each year group meeting are in this week’s newsletter.
The next governing body meeting is on Monday at 19.15. If you are interested in attending as an observer, please contact Jo Merritt, Chair of Governors, via the school office.
For parents/ carers with children in Year 5, Richmond Borough School Admissions will be holding the first of two secondary school transfer meetings on Tuesday at 19.00 at Clarendon Hall (York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AA).
I am usually around one of the school gates in the morning or afternoon; please don’t hesitate to come and chat to me if you have any questions or comments.
Posted 17 July 2015:
Yesterday, our Year 6 children put on their annual play, which was fantastic! The children performed amazingly and loved the opportunity to put on a show for their parents and friends.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to say how pleased they have been with their child's report. The children have worked very hard this year and should be proud of their achievements.
Children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 6 have just received their individual results in the EYFS profile, Phonics Screening, End of Key Stage 1 Assessments and End of Key Stage 2 Assessments. We are pleased with the results, which represent a great deal of hard work by the children and many individual successes. Full copies of the results in each of the areas can be found on this website in ‘About Us- Performance’ http://www.stanley.richmond.sch.uk/performance/.
Some reminders for the last few days of term.
Don’t forget that parents/ carers/ volunteers are invited to the courtyard for tea and biscuits today from 14.00 to say goodbye to some long-serving and much-loved members of staff who will be leaving Stanley at the end of this term.
On Monday, children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have a teddy bears’ picnic at lunchtime and will eat outside, weather permitting. Children can all bring in a teddy or another soft toy on the day. There will also be a teddy bears’ assembly in the morning, so this is a really lovely day for the children. All Year 2 children are invited to a free disco from 16.30- 18.00 in the gym.
Also on Monday is the annual Years 3 to 6 visit to Hampton Pool and Bushy Park, which the children really enjoy. Don’t forget water, sunhats, sun cream, a sweatshirt/cardigan and a light waterproof.
On Tuesday, the Year 6 leavers’ assembly is at 13.00, always an emotional occasion! The leavers’ party will follow immediately afterwards, from 14.00- 16.00.
Please remember school finishes on Tuesday at the usual time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support this year. I wish all our Year 6 leavers the best of luck at their new schools. I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable summer break, and look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday 3 September.
Posted 10 July 2015:
Exciting news just in- we won a Silver Gilt award for our Living Classroom at the Richmond Borough in Bloom awards yesterday. Many congratulations to Naomi Johns, Molly Gartland and the FOSP team of volunteers- a fantastic achievement for the Living Classroom’s first year.
We enjoyed a fantastic sunny Summer Social last Saturday evening. This was the first time we have held this event and it was a real success, with music, magic and great food and drink. My thanks to FOSP and Year 3 for organising this.
It was great to see a full house of parents at the new Reception information evening on Wednesday. Thank you to FOSP, Stanley Dads and Chair of Governors Jo Merritt for their contributions on the night.
Yesterday was 'children running the school’ day, and they worked really hard to plan their lessons, practise their delivery and organise the resources they needed. This is an annual event that the children really enjoy and take very seriously!
Yesterday we also held our Open Evening, which was a great opportunity for parents/ carers to look at children’s work from this year, chat informally with staff and visit the year groups that the children move on to in September. During the evening we enjoyed a musical accompaniment with an impromptu play-along session with our orchestra and some of our Key Stage 2 children. My thanks to Nicola Whiteside and Elaine Griffiths for organising this.
Thank you again to those parents/carers who gave feedback recently on our school values through the children’s homework. The comments were overwhelmingly positive. We will be building on this initiative during the next school year.
Don’t forget that parents/ carers of children in Year 2 are invited to the Summer Gig today at 09.00 or 14.30. Also, after school today all the lost property currently in school will be displayed in the Connection Courtyard- if you have lost anything this year, please come along to check if it’s here.
Some reminders for next Thursday 16 July, which is a busy day at school. Our Nursery is closed to current Nursery pupils as we welcome visits from new Nursery and Reception children. The children find out which classes they will be in next year, and parents/ carers have an informal opportunity to meet the teachers after school at 15.30. Skoolkit will be selling school uniform from 10.30-15.30 in the large studio. Finally, Year 6 will be staging their end-of-year performance at 19.00- a wonderful finale to their time at Stanley.
Posted 3 July 2015:
The children have been really enjoying this week’s Science Week, with a series of science assemblies and interactive workshops, including some sunny outdoor sessions in our new Living Classroom. Thank you to Mrs Busby and Ms Leask for organising this annual event.
On Monday I spent the morning with Chris Byrne, our local authority link inspector, visiting a number of classes from Year 1 to Year 5. As is always the case with outside visitors to the school, Chris was very impressed with children's response to challenge in lessons and how they respond to the feedback given by teaching staff.
The next couple of weeks see us heading into events to celebrate the end of the academic year for the current children, whilst at the same time welcoming the new Reception families for September to the school with an information evening.
There are lots of reminders for the week ahead!
Nursery morning and afternoon sports will be at Stanley today at 11.00 and 14.45. Reception sports will also take place today at 13.30. Everyone welcome.
There will be a cake sale after school today- please come along and buy your ‘Sport Spectacular’ goods!
Don’t forget it’s the Stanley Summer Social tomorrow from 17.00-20.00. This promises to be a great early evening of music, dancing, magic and great food and drink. All profits go to FOSP.
On Monday 6 July there will be no Year 6 lessons, as children moving on to Richmond Borough secondary schools will be having their secondary transfer day.
On Thursday 9 July, parents/ carers from Reception to Year 6 are invited to our Open Evening from 15.30– 17.00 and 18.00– 20.00 to look at children’s work, chat informally with staff and visit the year group that the children will be moving on to in September.
If you wish to apply for a space on an autumn term school club, please remember that the application deadline is the end of the school day on Thursday 9 July.
Finally, parents/ carers of children in Year 2 are invited to the Summer Gig on Friday 10 July at 09.00 or 14.30.
Posted 26 June 2015:
We had a great day on Sunday at the Stanley Fun Run in Bushy Park- see the runners and riders set off on twitter @StanleyFOSP. Very well done to Jack D (5K) for leading the field for the boys and Eleanor W (6P) for the girls, and to George D (Walnut) who ran with a broken arm. All profits from the day went to FOSP.
I had the privilege to attend the fantastic orchestra concert at St. Mary's University on Wednesday evening. It was a real pleasure to hear our orchestra playing some of the BBC Ten Pieces with the Richmond Youth Orchestra; the audience was entertained with some very dramatic pieces by a combined orchestra of over 450 players. Ms Leney had the pleasure of attending the Wider Opportunities concert on Thursday evening, again at St. Mary's University, featuring the 27 children who have continued learning to play brass instruments as part of this initiative. At both concerts our musicians were a real credit to the school.
This is an extremely busy time for all of us in school. The children are preparing for end-of-year assessments, performances and parties; teaching staff are finalising the children's individual reports; and the Leadership Team is working on the staffing structure for next year.
Some reminders for the week ahead.
Please remember to complete our parent-pupil survey by Tuesday 30 June. The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8WVDD7S (paper copies are also available from the office).
If you wish to apply for a space on an autumn term school club, information will be distributed on Thursday 2 July and applications for spaces will be open from 07.00 on Friday 3 July. Don’t forget you can beat the rush and apply online via the ‘Clubs- School-run clubs’ section of our website, which will go live from 07.00 on Friday.
Year 1 sports day will take place at Stanley on Thursday 2 July, starting at 13.30. Nursery morning and afternoon sports will be at Stanley on Friday 3 July at 11.00 and 14.45. Reception sports will also take place at Stanley on Friday at 13.30. Please come along and cheer on the children- they love having your support!
There will be a cake sale on Friday 3 July, with bakers and sellers from Chestnut, Willow and Year 5 please. Appropriately enough, the theme is ‘Sport Spectacular’!
Finally, don’t forget to book your tickets for the Stanley Summer Social on Saturday 4 July. This is a brand new event in the Stanley calendar and will be an early evening of music, dancing, magic and great food and drink. All profits go to FOSP.
Posted 19 June 2015:
The weather held off last Friday for an exciting sports day at St Mary’s University for children in Years 2 to 6. Many thanks to all the parent helpers and to the Young Sports Leaders from Waldegrave School who helped with the judging. Thank you also to all those who came to spectate and cheer! Athens was victorious on the day, followed by Beijing (2nd) and Sydney (3rd).
It’s the time of year again for our parent-pupil survey. As a school we want to understand the views of our customers- parents, carers and children. We would be grateful if you could complete our online questionnaire (paper copies are available from the office) and tell us about your experiences and ideas about how we can improve in the future. The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8WVDD7S. Please complete the survey by Tuesday 30 June. The children will be offered the chance to complete the pupil survey during their school day. There will be a separate survey for Nursery.
As part of their ‘Giants, Towers and Turrets’ project, Year 2 will be visiting Windsor Castle next week. The children will be involved in workshops looking at castles and why they were built, and will watch the Changing of the Guard. We find that these visits really help to bring projects alive for children and fill them with enthusiasm to learn more.
Some reminders for the week ahead.
On Sunday it’s the Stanley Fun Run & Picnic in Bushy Park (race starts 11.30). All profits go to FOSP. Please come along whatever your speed- you are welcome to walk, jog or sprint across the line- it’s a run for fun!
Don’t forget that Monday is the deadline for children in Years 1-6 to submit their entries for the Stanley Short Film Competition, ‘My Secret Superpower’. Entry form, full details and helpful tips can be found on our website under ‘Clubs- Saturday Film Club’.
Posted 12 June 2015:
We have a busy day at school today, with Bring a Man to School Day and our Years 2-6 sports day at St Mary’s University. Parents/ carers are very welcome to come along at 11.30 and spectate at the sports day- the children love having your encouragement!
I would like to congratulate those children in Years 4 and 5 who represented Stanley at last week’s Borough sports day at St Mary's University. This was the 50th anniversary of the event and all the schools in the borough took part. Some of our Year 5 children were competing with Year 6 children from other schools, as our own Year 6 children were at Osmington Bay. The children all performed fantastically, including James B (5B) who was the fastest for 600m and sprint for Years 4-5 (in a 3 form entry) and Rylee W (5P) who was the fastest for the sprint and long jump (in a 3 form entry), doing exceptionally well as he was competing against Year 6 children.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the last FOSP Meeting of this school year on Wednesday. I would like to personally thank the FOSP team for all their hard work and efforts this year, and for their tremendous spirit of teamwork and positivity which is a great reflection on Stanley.
A couple of reminders for the week ahead.
I’ll be taking to the microphone this evening in my role as Quiz Master at the FOSP Summer Quiz; hall doors open at 19.30 for a 20.00 start. There’s a pay bar, fish and chip supper and 8 rounds of quiz questions. All profits go back to the school.
Next week is the final week for children in Years 1-6 to prepare their entries for the Stanley Short Film Competition, themed ‘My Secret Superpower’. Children can use any medium they like; finger puppets, real people, pets, toys, sketches, plastic figures- anything goes! It’s a great opportunity for children to use their imagination in a creative and exciting way. The entry deadline is Monday 22 June. Full details and helpful tips can be found on our website under ‘Clubs- Saturday Film Club’.
Posted 5 June 2015:
I have been enjoying a fantastic sunny week in Dorset with our Year 6 pupils on their school journey to the PGL Centre at Osmington Bay. This is an annual residential journey (now in its 16th year) that Year 6 children attend following their SATs. We have visited Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Abbotsbury Swannery, and have made shelters and ridden a giant swing! Please see the Latest News section of our website and follow our Twitter feed @osmington2015 #StanleySchoolJourney for some great photos. I would like to personally thank Year 6 for being so well behaved this week- a credit to Stanley.
For parents/ carers of Year 6 children, we are expected to return at approximately 16:30 today. Please meet your child at this time. If there is a significant delay for any reason, we will keep you updated via our website, ParentMail and Twitter.
Some reminders for the week ahead. Don’t forget that there will be a second-hand uniform and ‘outer space’ cake sale after school today.
The last FOSP Meeting of this school year is on Wednesday at 19.45- do please come along and have your say in the planning for upcoming events.
Bring a Man to School Day is next Friday, the same day as our Years 2-6 sports day at St Mary’s University. Remember, if you would like to come in to help in any year group but have not yet handed in your slip, please do so as soon as possible. We also encourage parents/ carers to come along and spectate at the sports day- the children love having your encouragement!
Finally, if you fancy an evening of fun and fish and chips next Friday, why not come to our FOSP Summer Quiz? Hall doors open at 19.30 for 8 rounds of quizzical questions. Tickets are £12 and there will be a pay bar on the night. All profits go back to the school.
Posted 22 May 2015:
I would like to say a personal thank you to everyone involved in our fabulous May Fair last Sunday. We had a fantastic afternoon as the sun shone down, and it was a great opportunity for our local community to come together and enjoy themselves. As with all our fundraising activities, nothing would be possible without the amazing efforts of FOSP, all our volunteers, parents/ carers, staff and children. An amazing £8,000 was raised on the day- all funds will be ploughed back into the school, and in particular towards the refurbishment of our gym.
Don’t forget that school is closed for half-term next week, w/c 25 May.
I am really looking forward to accompanying our Year 6 pupils on their school journey to the PGL Centre at Osmington Bay in Dorset, w/c 1 June. This is an annual residential journey (now in its 16th year) that Year 6 children attend following their SATs, and activities include abseiling, climbing, trampolining and visits to Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Weymouth and Abbotsbury Swannery,
A reminder that there will be a second-hand uniform and cake sale after half-term, on Friday 5 June after school.
Finally, I would like to personally thank our Welfare Officer Sharon Hancock for all she has done at Stanley over so many years and wish her well in her new job as School Administration Officer in Hounslow Borough.
Posted 15 May 2015:
Well done to all our Year 6 pupils, who have worked extremely hard on their SATS this week.
Stanley's teaching staff developed their knowledge of outdoor learning this week in our new Living Classroom, a beautifully crafted wildlife garden which has been created with funds raised by FOSP. Our teaching staff have weekly training as part of their continuing professional development and this session was led by Year 2 teacher Jacqui Smith, who has a background in environmental science.
The grand opening of the Living Classroom will take place at the May Fair at 12.30 on Sunday. We are looking forward to welcoming all our local community to the Fair (12.00-15.00). This really is a fun-filled afternoon, and all the stalls and activities on the day are raising funds for our school. I would like to say a personal thank you to all the local businesses, friends and families that have donated their time, money, products and services so generously. We have a busy timetable of events, including the infant fancy dress parade and choir, flamenco and country dancing displays, the Great Stanley Bake Off and the Stanley tug of war, so please come along and support us.
Don’t forget to place your orders for year group tea towels by next Thursday. This is an initiative to help raise funds for Stanley’s art resources, and the tea towels will include a pen portrait of every child in the year group and the Stanley Primary School logo.
Finally, a reminder that school will be closed for staff training next Friday and for half-term w/c 25 May.
Posted 8 May 2015:
It’s great to see the children enjoying wearing their own choice of clothes today in exchange for a donation to our May Fair tombolas. Thank you to everyone for your bottles, treats and fun-filled jam jars. Please don’t forget to sign up for any help you can give on the day of the Fair- whether it’s to volunteer for 30 minutes on your class stall, or assist in setting up or clearing away. Many hands really do make light work.
Year 3 enjoyed a visit to the Natural History Museum this week, as part of their natural disasters and rock studies project. The children had the opportunity to visit the Earth Galleries and looked at the geology of planet Earth, as well as experiencing some simulated natural disasters.
Year 1 parents and carers enjoyed a special assembly this week, where the children showcased what they have been learning this term. It’s lovely when there’s an opportunity like this to show the results of our children’s efforts- they work so hard, and they certainly love to perform for you!
We have a busy few days coming up, as next week is SATS week for Year 6 pupils.
Don’t forget that Saturday Film Club is back tomorrow at 13.30 and will be showing ‘Hugo’. Only £2 on the door (including popcorn) and all profits go back to the school.
Finally, as we enter our last full week before the May Fair, please remember that you can drop off your second-hand toy and book donations to the office now, and bring your cake and produce donations next Friday. We’re really looking forward to another great event next Sunday.
Posted 1 May 2015:
We are all gearing up for our biggest fundraiser of the year, the May Fair, on Sunday 17 May. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our local community to get together and have fun. We would really appreciate any help you can give- whether it’s to volunteer for 30 minutes on your class stall, or assist in setting up or clearing away. This really is a team effort and we want to make this our most successful Fair yet.
On Monday we launched the next value in our values education project, Responsibility. This project continues to be a real success, with those children who demonstrate good values being rewarded with special certificates each week. Please feel free to come and look at these in our office reception area.
Some things to remember for the week ahead.
Please come along to our cake sale after school today for some delicious ‘Bugs & Butterflies’-inspired goods!
Don’t forget that school is closed on Monday (Bank Holiday).
On Thursday at 19.00 we have our school journey meeting for parents/ carers of Year 6 pupils. All details relating to itinerary, travel, kit list and medical matters will be distributed and discussed, so please come along to represent your child.
Finally, next Friday is Mufti day, when children can come to school in their own clothes in exchange for a donation to our May Fair tombolas (bottles, treats, nut-free chocolates for the adult tombola and decorated jam jars of sweets, stickers or toys for the children’s tombola).
Posted 24 April 2015:
It’s been a busy week as this is pupil progress week at Stanley, where class teachers meet as a year group with me, Deputy Headteacher Lee Herdman and Assistant Headteachers Sue Leney and Hannah Kelly to discuss the progress of every child from Nursery to Year 6. We discuss each child to ensure that we are providing the appropriate level of challenge and support across the range of abilities.
The FOSP meeting on Tuesday was a great opportunity to discuss our upcoming events and in particular the May Fair, our biggest fundraiser of the year. Thank you to everyone involved for attending and contributing your ideas.
I would like to thank everyone who baked and bought at last Friday’s cake sale (another sell-out!) which raised nearly £200 for the school. Every sale we do makes such a difference in terms of the additional money it brings to us, and none of these events would be possible without the help and support of our volunteers on the day.
Some notices for the week ahead. The deadline for entries for our May Fair bunting design competition is Monday; winning entries will appear in the May Fair Programme and all bunting will be displayed at the Fair. The rescheduled orchestra concert to parents will be held on Thursday at 09.00 in the hall. Also on Thursday, photographs will be taken of Year 6 and teams; if your child is in a team, please can you ensure they have relevant kit in school on the day.
Posted 17 April 2015:
We have had a rather unfortunate start to the term with a major flood in our Nursery over Easter. We are lucky that there was relatively little damage to our resources, furniture and IT equipment and we have been working hard to set things back up for Nursery to reopen on Monday. My personal apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused our families.
The sun is shining and we are looking forward to a busy and enjoyable summer term. We have some really exciting visits lined up: Reception is going to Bocketts Farm Park, Year 2 to Windsor Castle, Year 3 to the Natural History Museum and Year 5 to Kew Gardens.
Our Living Classroom is being spruced up ready for its grand opening during our May Fair. This is our beautifully crafted wildlife garden which has been created by funds raised from FOSP. The grass on our new field is also coming along nicely and we look forward to using it from September.
A couple of reminders for the week ahead. Don’t forget to come along to our ‘Terrific Transport’ cake sale after school today. On Tuesday at 19.45 we have our next FOSP meeting, and a main focus for discussion will be the May Fair, traditionally our biggest fundraiser of the year. Please come along and share your ideas- we’d love to make this our most successful Fair yet!
Posted 20 March 2015:
I’d like to start this week’s blog with some personal thank yous.
Thank you to all our staff, volunteers and children for your enormous efforts at our 30th annual Charities Day yesterday. This is a unique day when our whole school community is involved in fundraising for selected charities. It was lovely to see all the children dressed up in their Easter bonnets and spring-themed clothes- I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so many lambs, bunnies and spring chicks in the playground!
We held a really successful fundraiser last Friday night on behalf of Year 4 teacher Val Salter, whose son Jamie was recently involved in a serious accident in New Zealand. Thank you to all the staff, parents and friends who came to the event, bought raffle tickets or made donations. An amazing £4,518 was raised on the night. The team working with Val and Jamie are aiming for him to be repatriated in summer.
Children from Years 2 and 5 had a fantastic time at the Rose Theatre this week, taking part in the Richmond Music Trust Singing Festival. Many thanks to Nicola Whiteside for all her hard work in organising this, to parents for their support, and to the children, who performed beautifully and behaved so well.
Don’t forget that for children in Years 3-6, the national reading competition ‘Read for My School’ has now had its deadline extended until Friday 10 April. Please encourage your children to do lots of reading during the Easter holidays- every book read counts towards how well we do as a school in the competition.
A reminder that all parents/ carers who have volunteered this term are invited to tea and buns with me today at 14.45.
Finally, school finishes at the usual time today, ahead of the Easter holidays. Monday 13 April is an INSET day, and school re-opens for pupils on Tuesday 14 April. I hope you all have a very enjoyable break.
Posted 20 March 2015:
Everyone is very excited about this morning’s partial solar eclipse, and each class has been provided with a pin hole camera to safely view its effect. It’s lovely to have the opportunity to share this amazing natural phenomenon with the children, especially since the next similar eclipse will not happen until August 2026.
It’s great to see so many dads, granddads, uncles and friends in school today for this term’s Bring a Man to School Day. The children are really enjoying welcoming helpers into the classroom.
I would like to say a big thank you to FOSP and all our volunteers for some great achievements over the last few days. Last week’s cake sale raised £215, and the Book Fair raised £840 worth of books for the school. The inaugural Open Mic Night was a huge success, with some amazing performances- a really enjoyable evening all round. I’m sure this will be the first of many!
On Monday we launched the next value in our values education project, Tolerance. This project has been a real success, with those children who demonstrate good values being rewarded with special certificates each week. Please feel free to come and look at these in our office reception area.
As we near the end of a busy term, there are a few reminders for the week ahead. Tonight sees our first Year 5 disco; if you don’t have your tickets yet, these are still available from the office. All monies raised go back to the school.
We are really looking forward to tonight’s ‘Fundraising Night for Jamie’, which is being organised as part of our ongoing fundraising activities for Year 4 teacher Val Salter, whose son Jamie was recently involved in a serious accident in New Zealand. This promises to be a great evening of entertainment, with some fantastic auction and raffle prizes. The event will be held at Twickenham Rugby Football Club, Hampton and a few £10 tickets are still available to purchase today from the school office. You can also place a sealed bid for any of the top auction prizes any time today before pick-up.
Saturday Film Club is back at 13.30 tomorrow and will be showing ‘The NeverEnding Story’ (Cert U), a film perfect for children who love fantasy and escape. Tickets are £2 on the door, including popcorn.
We are looking forward to working together on our Living Classroom Spring Clean Dig on Sunday from 10.00-14.00. If you are able to help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the latest in a series of dig days where parents, children and alumni devote time to clearing and planting our wonderful new outside area.
On Thursday we will be holding our 30th annual Charities Day. This is a day when the whole school community is involved in fundraising for selected charities. All the children take part and find very ingenious ways to raise money, within their year group, throughout the day. This year we will be combining the day once again with our Easter bonnet parade. Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children are invited to wear an Easter bonnet for their parade at 09.15. Children in Years 2-6 are invited to dress up in the theme ‘British wildlife/ spring’. We are looking for donations of food for Charities Day, as well as volunteers to help out in the kitchen; please either advise the office (using the form sent out) or email email@example.com if you are able to help out.
Finally, I would like to invite all parents/ carers who have volunteered this term to tea and buns with me next Friday at 14.45. So many of our events would not be possible without the help and support of our volunteers on the day, and I am looking forward to saying a personal thank you to everyone. Please let the office know if you are able to come along.
Posted 13 March 2015:
Congratulations to our swimming squad, who all swam really well in the borough gala finals on Wednesday. The boys came third in the Large Schools competition, and special congratulations to Dillon Webb, who qualified for the Year 3 borough finals boys' event and came second. The girls also had a fantastic afternoon of swimming- well done to everyone. Please see the Latest News section for a photo of the boys' team.
Parent consultations were held this week, and we hope that you found these a useful catch-up on how things are going both academically and socially for your children.
Thank you to everyone who bought books at our school Book Fair, and special thanks to Tracey Underdown for managing this for us once again. Every book purchased helps to earn free books for the school.
The FOSP meeting last night was a great opportunity to discuss lots of new and exciting upcoming events, and thank you to everyone involved for attending and contributing your ideas. We are looking forward to rolling out these activities in the coming months.
A few reminders for the week ahead. Don’t forget that there is a cake sale after school today, and that tonight is the inaugural Stanley Open Mic Night, where we are looking forward to a full line-up of homespun entertainment and a curry supper!
Next Friday 20 March is Bring a Man to School Day. The purpose of the day is to give dads, granddads, uncles, etc. the opportunity to get involved in classroom activities and to help raise awareness of the important role they play in early education. Please let us know by returning the reply slip if you are able to participate.
Also on Friday is the ‘Fundraising Night for Jamie’, which is being organised as part of our ongoing fundraising activities for Year 4 teacher Val Salter, whose son Jamie was recently involved in a serious accident in New Zealand. This promises to be a great evening of entertainment, with some fantastic auction and raffle prizes. The event will be held at Twickenham Rugby Football Club, Hampton and a few £10 tickets are still available to purchase from the school office.
Posted 6 March 2015:
We had a fantastic turnout from children and staff dressing up for yesterday’s World Book Day celebrations, and enjoyed a sunny parade of costumes after drop-off. From Cruella de Vil to Horrid Henry, the Cat in the Hat to the Gruffalo, there was a real spectrum of book characters on show. Please see the ‘Latest News’ section of our website for some photos from the day.
A big thank you to everyone who baked and bought at last Friday’s cake sale and second-hand uniform sale, which raised nearly £400 for the school. Every sale we do makes such a difference in terms of the additional money it brings to us, and none of these events would be possible without the help and support of our volunteers on the day.
We are really looking forward to next week’s visits by our local Police Community Support Officer, who will talk to all of our children from Nursery through to Year 6 about road safety. Children will be reminded about how to cross the road safely, and will learn about the people who are working in our community to keep them safe.
For children in Years 3-6, the national reading competition ‘Read for My School’ has now had its deadline extended until Friday 10 April. Please encourage your children to do lots of reading during the Easter holidays- every book read counts towards how well we do as a school in the competition.
A few reminders for next week… parent consultations will be taking place, so please check that you have received an appointment time with your child’s teacher. These meetings are an invaluable opportunity to catch up on how things are going both academically and socially for our children.
Don’t forget to come along to our Book Fair from Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 March; every book bought helps to earn free books for the school.
The next FOSP meeting is on Thursday 12 March at 19.45. Lots of new and exciting upcoming events will be discussed, and we welcome everyone to attend and contribute ideas.
Finally, don’t forget that there will be another cake sale at pick-up next Friday 13 March.
I would like to extend my personal thanks to all the children and staff for a really successful Arts Week. The children created some fabulous artwork, culminating in a fantastic art exhibition before half-term. Please see the ‘Latest News’ section of our website for some photos from the exhibition.
Thank you to everyone for your Mufti Day donations before half-term. The event, which raised over £900, was held as part of our ongoing fundraising activities for Year 4 teacher Val Salter, whose son Jamie was involved in a serious accident in New Zealand last month.
We’ve had a great few days of sport at Stanley. Our swimming squad swam fantastically in the gala heats on Thursday 12 February, and our boys and girls are through to the finals on Wednesday 11 March in 9 categories. Congratulations to Eddie C, 5K and Milan G, 5P, who are two of only 20 children to be selected for inclusion in the Richmond Borough U10s winter academy cricket squad. Well done, too, to our mixed tag rugby and boys’ and girls’ football teams, who put in sterling performances in local tournaments recently.
A reminder that as part of World Book Day celebrations, next Thursday 5 March we are giving the children the chance to dress up as someone, or something, from their favourite book. Children should bring to school a copy of the book that their costume relates to, and will be given their World Book Day £1 token. If the weather is fine on Thursday, we will have a parade of costumes outside at 09.00.
Finally, don’t forget our cake sale and second-hand uniform sale after school today; all proceeds go back to the school.
Posted 13 February 2015:
We have all been getting into the spirit of this week’s Arts Week at Stanley, with a host of special workshops and assemblies. The children have worked really hard to create some fabulous artwork, and if you didn’t have chance to come to the art exhibition last night, remember that you can do so today (08.50-10.00 and 14.00-15.20) to see the results of their efforts.
The children are enjoying the opportunity to wear their own clothes today in support of our special Mufti Day for Year 4 teacher Val Salter, whose son Jamie was involved in a serious accident in New Zealand last month. Thank you again to everyone for your ongoing fundraising efforts.
Over recent months, we have been developing a link with Lystra Primary School in Jamaica through Dave Brown (Samba Soccer). We regularly donate football boots and books to the school, and have just received a big thank you for our latest donation. Please see the ‘Latest News’ section for some lovely photos from Jamaica.
Don’t forget that next week is half-term, and school reopens on Monday 23 February. I hope you all have a relaxing break.
Posted 6 February 2015:
We hope that those of you who came to the inaugural Stanley BAFTA Film Night last night enjoyed the evening. This is the first in a series of new initiatives being rolled out by FOSP this year, with all profits going back to the school.
We had some great feedback from parents from our e-safety presentations this week. It’s becoming increasingly important to learn what we can do to protect our children from what they might see or experience online, and it’s something that affects all age groups.
I am really proud of our children’s sporting successes this week. On Friday, we participated in the swimming gala at LEH School and won the breaststroke final. On Saturday, our mixed boys’ and girls’ tag rugby team won the Harlequins Rugby Festival at Twickenham Stoop. On Monday and Tuesday we took part in the Borough basketball tournament, and our Years 3/4 team came second and our Years 5/6 team came fifth. On Tuesday, our boys’ football team played an outstanding game against St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s Primary School, winning 5-2. Fantastic performances all round.
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for your continuing efforts to raise money for Year 4 teacher Val Salter, whose son Jamie was involved in a serious accident in New Zealand last month. Last Friday’s cake sale for Mrs Salter raised an incredible £468.70. As part of our ongoing fundraising activities, we will be holding a special Mufti Day on Friday 13 February 2015, for which we will be asking for a voluntary donation of £2 per child. There will also be a Fundraising Night on Friday 20 March at Twickenham Rugby Football Club, which promises to be a great evening of entertainment, with an auction, raffle prizes and a DJ. Tickets will be £10 each (buffet included) and will be available shortly.
We are all really excited about next week’s Arts Week at Stanley, with a host of special workshops, assemblies and exhibitions to look forward to. The children have all worked really hard to create some fabulous artwork, and we hope that you are able to come along to the art exhibition on Thursday (18.00-20.00) and Friday (08.50-10.00 and 14.00-15.20) to see the results of their efforts.
Posted 30 January 2015:
I would like to extend my personal thanks to all the staff who gave up a night’s sleep to run the Key Stage 1 sleepover last Friday, and to all the children who took part. The children really enjoyed themselves and the event raised much needed funds for the Infant Department. Please see all the photos in the ‘Latest News’ section.
We really enjoyed Monday’s visit by author Tony Mitton, who has written and illustrated a number of very well known and loved children’s books. Tony held a series of workshops with the Infant Department and did a book signing after school.
Don’t forget to bring the children along to the Film Club this Saturday at 13.30 to watch ‘Ponyo’. Also, remember to book your place (adults only!) for the inaugural Stanley BAFTA Film Night on Thursday 5 February at 19.45, where you can enjoy a welcome glass of fizz and canapés and a screening of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’.
Finally, a reminder that we are running an e-safety presentation for parents/carers on Wednesday 4 February 2015 (09.00 or 19.00, for 1 hour). The presentation will be delivered by Peter Cowley, ICT and E-safety Adviser for Achieving for Children. Do come along and learn what you can do to protect your child from what they might see or experience online. I have attended a number of these sessions, and each time I learn something new; with the rapid development of online games and materials for young children, please don't assume that this session only relates to the upper juniors.
Posted 23 January 2015:
We are delighted to sign up for the national reading competition ‘Read for My School’ for the second year running. It is open to all children in Years 3-6 and will run until Friday 20 March 2015. The aim is to read as many books as possible over the next two months. There will be a rolling schedule of prize draws for individual children and whole schools who are doing well. Our experience from taking part last year is that it really helps the children to develop a positive attitude towards reading.
We are really looking forward to Monday’s visit by children’s author Tony Mitton. Tony has written and illustrated a number of very well known and loved children’s books including 'Spookyrumpus', 'All Afloat on Noah's Boat', 'Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus!' and a series of books about amazing machines. There will be a book sale and signing after school in the Large Studio.
Well done to our boys’ football team, who had a fantastic 6-1 win against St John the Baptist Junior School in the football league this week. The boys worked excellently together as a team and were a credit to Stanley.
Finally, a reminder that for children participating in tonight’s Year 1/ Year 2 sleepover, doors open at 18.30 and children should have their tea before they arrive. Please collect your child on Saturday from 09.00- 09.15. Mr Herdman and I have the duty of staying awake all night, so please don't be late! A big thank you in advance to the staff volunteering to help- the event will raise significant funds for the infant department.
Posted 16 January 2015:
The children have certainly got into the swing of the new term. Our boys’ and girls’ football teams both performed excellently at the Brentford Football Cup tournament on Monday 12 January, and were a credit to Stanley. Please see our website for photos.
I enjoyed the opportunity to take the school swimming squad to Richmond Pool for further training and trials last Friday. The borough swimming gala, held in February, is a great event and the Stanley team always enjoy taking part. It is really pleasing to have children trying out for the swimming team and following selection, dealing with disappointment and success in a very responsible way.
Thank you to all those who attended the first FOSP meeting of the year last night. We are really excited about this year’s calendar of new activities, including the inaugural Stanley BAFTA Film Night on Thursday 5 February. If you were not able to come to the meeting but have an idea or skill you would like to share, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The children are getting very excited about the Year 1/ Year 2 sleepover next Friday 23 January. We have had a really fantastic response, and the event will raise significant funds for the infant department.
Finally, a reminder that Skoolkit will be holding a school uniform sale from 14.30 today in the Hall.
Posted 9 January 2015:
Happy New Year. It was great to welcome all the children back to school, and we are really looking forward to lots of exciting spring term activities. We are also delighted to welcome several new staff members to our team at Stanley.
E-safety was top of the agenda for staff on Monday’s INSET day, with a presentation by Peter Cowley, ICT and E-safety Adviser for Achieving for Children. We are pleased to confirm that Peter will be returning to Stanley on Wednesday 4 February 2015 at 09.00 and 19.00 to present a 1-hour session for parents/ carers on e-safety awareness.
On Tuesday we launched the next value in our values education project, ‘Honesty’. This project has been a real success, with those children who demonstrate good values being rewarded with special certificates each week. Please feel free to come and look at these in our office reception area.
A reminder that the first FOSP meeting of the year is on Thursday 15 January at 19.45. We warmly welcome everyone to come along with ideas to help deliver a calendar of events that will raise vital funds for the school.
Posted 19 December 2014:
We hope you all enjoyed the fantastic Christmas performances this year, including the Nursery concert, the Reception and Key Stage 1 plays, the Year 3 carol concert and the Years 4-6 carol service. The children and teachers have all worked incredibly hard and the presentations were wonderful. Thanks to all of you for your help with costumes and the support you have given the children learning songs and lines.
Many thanks to all the team who ran the Stanley Christmas shop yesterday. It is a fabulous day that the children love, and we hope you all enjoy the gifts they chose!
A reminder that if you have helped in school this term, please come and join me in my office at 14.45 today for tea or coffee and a mince pie as a thank you from us.
School closes at the usual time today and reopens on Tuesday 6 January 2015. Thank you for all your help and support this year, and I wish you a happy and relaxing Christmas and New Year. I look forward to seeing everyone next term.
Posted 12 December 2014:
I am delighted that our Christmas Bazaar on Sunday raised an incredible £6,500, which will go to supporting school activities next year. We rely on the hard work and generosity of the friends and families of Stanley to make this event a success, and I would like to extend a personal thank you to everyone for their efforts.
We are in the midst of a busy schedule of Christmas performances this week, and if you have had the opportunity to come and watch the children, I’m sure you’ll agree that they deserve lots of credit for all their hard work. The children love this time of year at school, and the excitement certainly shines in their faces when they perform.
The children are enjoying their traditional Christmas lunch at school today; this is always a really happy occasion, with crackers, festive food, Christmas music and staff waiting on the children.
If you haven’t bought your Christmas tree yet, don’t forget we have a Christmas tree sale at school on Saturday from 10.30; all profits go back to the school.
Posted 5 December 2014:
I was proud to see so many Stanley families taking part in the 50th Hampton Hill Christmas Parade last Friday. We had a fantastic representation from the school and it was a really fun event.
We are busy rehearsing for our Christmas performances this week, and our busy schedule includes Nursery concerts, Reception and Key Stage 1 plays, a Year 3 carol concert and a carol service for Years 4, 5 and 6. The children have been working really hard and I hope that you can come and watch their amazing efforts.
It’s our Christmas Bazaar this Sunday. Thank you to everyone who has helped in the build-up to our big event, and to Michele Hall, for another fabulously designed brochure. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of excited children on the day.
Posted 28 November 2014:
I welcomed lots of bleary-eyed Year 6 children into school this morning! However it sounds as though they had a brilliant evening at the theatre watching ‘Wicked’; thank you to the staff and adults who gave their time to support the trip.
Plans are well underway for the Christmas Bazaar; if you can help in any way, please come and let the office know and they will get a message to the FOSP organisers.
Rehearsals for a wide range of Christmas performances and concerts are underway and I know that parents are in for a real treat. Please check Newsletters for details of dates, timings and tickets.
Posted 21 November 2014:
I am proud to see so many of our children wearing blue today in support of anti-bullying week. At Stanley we believe that every child has the right to learn and play in a safe environment, and any form of bullying is unacceptable. In conjunction with this, we also launched the next value in our values education project, ‘Gentleness’, and we look forward to rewarding children who demonstrate this with special certificates.
At the recent FOSP AGM, special recognition was paid to outgoing Chair Natasha Thomas for her marvellous contribution and driving force behind FOSP for the last 4 years. We warmly welcome Sabina Bennett and Clare Davies as Incoming Co Chairs and are really excited and enthusiastic about their chance to support the fantastic events and activities already happening within the Stanley Primary School community.
Year 2 have been taking part in a series of exciting activities as part of their ‘Great Fire of London’ topic, including a chance to meet our local fire service and inspect a fire engine, and a themed dance lesson. Please visit the ‘Year Groups- Year 2’ section of our website to see some great photos of these events.
We are really looking forward to participating in the 50th anniversary of the Hampton Hill Parade next Friday 28 November. This is a wonderful community event, and last year we had a fantastic representation from Stanley. We hope you can join us with your children.
Posted 14 November 2014:
On Tuesday, I stood with the children at the school war memorial to mark the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, back in 1918. A two-minute silence was held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars. In assemblies and in class we have spoken to the children to remind them that the anniversary is used to remember all the people who have died in wars, not just World War One, and shared songs and poems used to mark remembrance. I was filled with pride watching the children observe the 2-minute silence and carefully place a wreath of poppies and other works they had prepared on the memorial, alongside the portrait of Walter Brown - a 'Master' from the school who died in action at Ypres in 1916.
FOSP has worked with children throughout the day on the new Living Classroom and I am looking forward to seeing lots of parents in the area at the end of today to see how amazing the new space looks.
Posted 07 November 2014:
Welcome back to the second half of the autumn term; in the playground there's been lots of tales of Halloween parties and fireworks.
Year 2 launched their new topic of 'Remember, Remember' with a Guy Fawkes dress-up day. The children will be learning about this historic event through a range of lessons and creative activities; have a look at the Year 2 section of the website to see photos from the day.
Poppies are on sale in the school office, and next Tuesday we will be marking 2 minutes' silence with the children around the war memorial. We have been successful with a request for funding from the Civic Pride Fund to improve the small area around the memorial. One of our proposals is to create an information board; if you have any local knowledge that you think should be included on the board, please call the school office.
Posted 24 October 2014:
We’ve had a busy week with parent consultations, which are always a valuable opportunity for parents to see children’s work and talk to staff about any particular areas of interest or concern, such as academic progress and targets, friendships, attitudes to school, special interests outside school and how you can help at home.
We welcomed more prospective parents to our school open morning on Monday. I am always very proud of the behaviour of our children as I showcase our excellent facilities to parents.
Our annual FOSP Book Fair was held this week, and thanks to a great selection of books, was very busy. All books bought will earn the school commission in free books and resources. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help and to Tracey Underdown for her overall organisation of the event.
Last Sunday saw our first 'Dig Day' in the new Living Classroom behind the mounds at the back of the field. It was great to see so many helpers turn out to make a tremendous impact on the new area. It was particularly good to see a number of past pupils who came and volunteered as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
Remember, it’s half-term next week. I hope you all have a relaxing break and look forward to seeing everyone on Monday 3 November.
Posted 17 October 2014:
We are so pleased to finally see some grass sprouting on the field! Although there is still some significant puddling at the end of the field, the sand slits and final elements of the drainage system will not be installed until after the seeding has knitted together. Whilst the delays have been frustrating, as a school we have remained committed to ensuring the best quality pitch. The project is being closely monitored by the local authority, working in partnership with the school.
It's been school photos this week and the children enjoyed having a chance to chat with each other as they waited their turn; there were some great shots of siblings together and we even had some parents, uncles and grandmas in the pictures too!
I have been working with staff this week to undertake individual appraisals; the opportunity to spend time discussing ideas and suggestions for really taking forward the children's learning.
Don't forget parents' consultations next week. You should have received your slips home with appointment times; I look forward to seeing you there.
Posted 10 October 2014:
The Year 1 children continued with their trips to the Stockyards at Bushy Park. They have really enjoyed themselves; one parent told me that their child had told them that Mr Dickinson was driving the minibus, and they asked them if they were sure, as they didn't think it would be Mr Dickinson. Of course, it was me; this is one of the ways I get to spend some time with the children outside the structure of their classroom.
Last Friday Matt Brown, author of the ‘Compton Valance’ series, launched our reading week at school and on Wednesday Jon Scieszka, author of ‘Frank Einstein’, came to visit the children. It has really got the children talking about reading and books they've enjoyed.
Our new house point system has really taken off; the children are eager to add their tokens to the house box each week and watch their house collections grow.
Posted 03 October 2014:
Thank you to FOSP for hosting the coffee mornings this week for the new Reception parents. We were lucky with the weather, and enjoyed tea and coffee in the quiet courtyard; it was a great way for parents and carers to get to know each other.
The children have enjoyed the first of many trips planned for this year, with Year 5 going to the Stockyards and Year 1 pond-dipping in Bushy Park. For many of the younger children, just a ride on the minibus is enough to get excited about!
I met with our school advisory inspector this week, which provided an opportunity to reflect on last year and consider the coming year. We never find ourselves standing still as new initiatives, processes and requirements are passed to schools; these challenges for school leaders ensure that our curriculum is of the highest quality.
I attended the first FOSP meeting of the year on Wednesday and it was lovely to see so many new faces amongst the 'old hands'. We reviewed the arrangements for a number of exciting events for parents and children scheduled for this term, and looking forward, a whole range of ideas for new events were discussed. Look out for information in book bags, on ParentMail and on posters around the school over the next few weeks.
Posted 26 September 2014:
We have welcomed the new Nursery children to school this week, and are really pleased that they are settling in so well. They have loved being outside in the newly constructed play area, which the Friends of Stanley Primary funded in the summer term.
Thank you for your feedback about the secondary transfer evening. It was really well attended, and everyone found it very helpful.
I have been working with the class teachers this week to analyse the first of the pupil data. This exercise ensures we understand how individual and groups of children are achieving in a range of areas of their learning. It is a vital tool for reviewing our curriculum to ensure the best outcomes for the children throughout their time at Stanley.
This morning Beccy Krempel, Teaching Assistant in KS2, hosted a coffee morning for the staff to raise money for Macmillan; look out in the newsletter to see how much the staff raised.
Posted 19 September 2014:
The children have really been making the most of the Indian summer and enjoying their playtimes in the new Pirate Playground. It's good to see them move around the school site with confidence; they really have ownership of their school and all the facilities on offer.
The final group of Reception children joined us yesterday, and today saw the first of our new Nursery children join us. The Nursery children and their families have said how much they appreciate the home visits that were undertaken, giving the children the opportunity to meet the Nursery staff in familiar surroundings.
Thank you to all the parents and carers who came along to our year group information mornings and evenings, I know the staff enjoyed meeting the families; we hope you found it useful to hear about the year ahead for your children.
Posted 12 September 2014:
The first of the new Reception children joined us this week; it was great to see their enthusiasm. As soon as they walked into their classrooms, they immediately made themselves at home.
This is the first year of Reception children staying at school for the whole day at the start of the term. There is so much for them to learn in their first few days about the routines of the school. The Year 2 children offered their help at lunchtime and they were brilliant!
There have been a number of new children joining the school in the older year groups and we are really pleased at how well they have settled in.
The first of the parent information meetings have been very well attended and the feedback from parents has been really positive; thank you for taking the time to come along. The information meetings continue over the next few days for the older children.
My ‘Stanley Moment’ this week has to be pouring the water onto Mr Herdman to support his Ice Bucket Challenge at lunchtime today; look out in the newsletter next week to see the final total for the amount raised for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. If you would like to make a donation, please come along to the office.
Posted 04 September 2014:
Welcome back everyone. It was really great to see the children so excited to be coming back to school, I've heard lots of stories of picnic's in the park, exotic holidays, one broken arm and a delayed flight leading to a sleepover at the airport!
The staff have spent the last two days undertaking INSET training. The training has involved guided reading practises, updating the curriculum, team teach and safeguarding. In addition they have ensured the school looks welcoming for the children to come back to.
I think you'll agree the new street scene is a massive improvement. The pavement has doubled in width to incorporate a new shared pedestrian and cycle lane. However, this has restricted the width of the road and there is no parking at drop off or pick up times in Strathmore Road; we have been informed by the LA that the parking wardens will be present at key times of the day.
Please make sure you are clear of the access and collection arrangements for your children in their new groups, by following the signage it will ensure the start and end of the day flow freely.
I am usually around either of the school gates in the morning or afternoons, if you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to come and chat to me.
Posted 18 July 2014:
We had a full governing body meeting on Monday evening, and said goodbye to some governors who are coming to the end of their term of office. There will be information in the newsletter in September about the reconstitution of the governing body; if you are interested in school governance, please speak to Jo Merritt, Chair of Governors, who is in the playground every day.
Yesterday, our Year 6 children put on their annual play ‘Shakespeare Rocks’; it was great! We had a mixture of laughter and tears, amazing comic timing and some real 'goose bump' moments. I cannot praise the children highly enough, and I know they enjoyed the opportunity to perform to their parents and friends.
Please remember school finishes on Wednesday at the usual time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support this year. I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable summer break, and look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday 4 September 2014.
My 'Stanley Moment' of the week was seeing the enjoyment the children had performing their talents to their parents - they are a very talented bunch.
Posted 11 July 2014:
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to say how pleased they have been with their child's report. The children have worked incredibly hard this year and should be very proud of their achievements.
It was great to see an almost full house of parents at the new Reception information evening on Wednesday. My thanks go to Luis, our cook, for the food tasting; to FOSP for the wine; to Anthony Neal for telling us about the great Stanley Dads group; and to Jo Merritt, Chair of Governors.
Today is 'children running the school’ day - they have worked hard to plan their lessons, practise their delivery, organise the resources they need and consider how they will measure what the other children have learnt from their sessions. The children are really taking it seriously and I've thoroughly enjoyed watching some very creative literacy lessons, a PE session and probably the most messy art lesson I've ever experienced! This must qualify for many ‘Stanley Moments’ all rolled into one.
Posted 4 July 2014:
The next couple of weeks sees us heading into events to celebrate the end of the academic year for the current children, whilst at the same time welcoming the new Reception families for September to the school with an information evening.
I welcomed the new Headteacher of Teddington School, John Wilkinson, who met some of the children and was impressed with their maturity. John had a tour of the school and was surprised by the whole site; as a local resident he has passed the school on Stanley Road and assumed that the school only occupied the corner site!
My 'Stanley Moment' this week came during assembly, seeing the results of the children nominating books for the Stanley GLOW Book Awards. The GLOW initiative has been so successful with the children, and really ignited their enjoyment of books.
Posted 27 June 2014:
The theme of this week’s Science Week was ‘Energy’, and it kicked off with a revitalising Zumba workout led by Mrs Brown and Mrs Lethbridge- a rousing start to the week! The company ‘Science Wizards’ came into our school, and helped bring science to life with some stimulating activities and experiments, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you to Mrs Busby and Ms Leask for organising Science Week.
As part of their ‘Moving and Growing’ topic, Reception children have been learning about healthy eating. This week they enjoyed a trip to Twickenham Tesco’s to learn about its ‘Farm to Fork’ initiative, which encourages children to be interested in where their food comes from. Our children learnt about the different foods that are available and how these are prepared, and even got the chance to do some hands-on baking!
Our Nursery children also enjoyed some time out this week at Kew Gardens, as part of their work on ‘Mini Beasts’. The children took a trip on the Kew Explorer shuttle, and explored the plants and aquarium in the Palm House.
The school orchestra and 30 dancers from Year 5 joined orchestras and dancers from 12 other primary schools to put on a fantastic music and dance event entitled 'Firebird' at St Mary’s University College. The massed orchestra, supported by some secondary-aged musicians and Music Trust teachers, performed extracts from Stravinsky's ‘Firebird’ and Tchaikovsky's ‘Nutcracker Suite’. The Year 5 dancers performed their own dance interpreting the story of 'Firebird', and as part of a troupe of 360 dancers performed a wonderful finale piece. Thank you to Mrs Griffiths for preparing the orchestra and Mrs Keogh for her work rehearsing the Year 5 dancers.
On Monday I spent the morning with Chris Byrne, our local authority link inspector, looking at children's learning behaviour both in class, moving around school and at playtime. Chris was very impressed with the 'ordered and safe' environment and was very complimentary about the children's learning behaviour in class. Amongst many positive comments, he observed that 'children displayed good listening skills in a variety of situations (whole class, one-to-one interactions, etc.)… they persevered and remained on-task for extended periods and they articulated their thinking coherently and confidently’.
My ‘Stanley Moment’ of the week was seeing hundreds of children all 'Zumbaing' together with their teachers; there was a lovely whole-school community feel. Also, it was great to see the Year 5 dancers, boys and girls, working co-operatively to perform in front of an audience with wonderful expression and timing, and minimal self-consciousness.
Posted 23 June 2014:
With World Cup fever upon us, we had a fantastic turnout for our World Cup swapathon last week. Over £300 was raised for the school, and the children really enjoyed themselves. A huge thank you to Jane Dimond and all the other parents and helpers for making this event possible.
This was followed by our annual Stanley Pool Party on Saturday, and over 300 parents and children came along and enjoyed a warm evening of sun, swimming and delicious food and drink. Many thanks to Matt Dodds and the Stanley dads for organising another great party. It was lovely to see children from across the year groups mixing and playing so well together- they were a real credit to our school.
My 'Stanley Moments' of the week were:
We are very fortunate to have such good links with St. Mary's University College, which gives us the opportunity to meet world-class athletes and use their international-standard facilities for our sports.
Posted 13 June 2014:
Although I enjoyed my week away with Year 6, it was good to get back to school this week. This is an extremely busy term for all of us in school. The children are preparing for end-of-year assessments, performances and parties; teaching staff are finalising the children's individual reports; and the Leadership Team is working on the staffing structure for next year.
My ‘Stanley Moment’ of the week was seeing the youngest of our children on Friday’s Nursery visit day. The current Nursery children confidently visited Reception classes, eager for new experiences, and the Reception children excitedly shared some reading time with Year 6 in the school library and Year 6 base. I was also proud to hear of the behaviour and musical ability of our orchestra during the first combined rehearsal of 'Firebird' ready for the dance/music event on 26 June. The children performed brilliantly, responding confidently to the professional conductor, and their behaviour was a credit to the school.
Posted 6 June 2014:
I’ve spent this week at Osmington Bay in Weymouth with our Year 6 children. It really brings home to me how the children have grown and matured into such fabulous young people.
I've watched this week as they’ve bonded as a team, supporting and encouraging each other with a variety of challenges which have come their way. The children have ensured that everyone is involved and included and have enjoyed the freedom of being away from school and outside in the fresh air- we have been so lucky with the weather.
My ‘Stanley Moment' this week has been working closely alongside the amazing staff team. They really have gone the extra mile to ensure the children get the most from their week away and that the visits and activities run so smoothly - I can't praise them highly enough.
I’m now looking forward to a relaxing weekend with my own family before catching up with this week's work!
Posted 23 May 2014:
I've enjoyed seeing the Year 6 children celebrating their successes, following their hard work in SATs week. They have been making plans for their school journey to Osmington Bay, Dorset the week after half-term; as you can imagine, this is causing much excitement!
Everyone is talking about the May Fair last weekend. FOSP really pulled out all the stops to make it one of the best so far. It was great to chat with so many families, and I think you'll agree the children enjoyed soaking me and the staff! We raised an incredible £8,500 for our school.
At the end of each week, I reflect on the previous days and can always rely on having a 'Stanley Moment' which keeps me focused on the children and the ethos of our school. My Stanley Moment this week was hosting over 40 Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) from Richmond Schools for a training session on teaching Music and Drama, areas in which I believe we excel. Not only was the feedback about the training excellent, but a number of the visitors commented on the politeness and courtesy of our children who met and directed them.
Stanley Primary School, Strathmore Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8UH
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