Hey with Zion Christmas Fair
November 14, 2018, 9:40 am
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The staff of Hey with Zion are organising a Christmas Fair for all the children, to be held on Friday 7th December, in order to raise funds for our school. Father Christmas himself will be visiting, the school choir will be performing, there will be stalls, raffles, games, a toy and book stall, craft stalls, a tombola. There will be lots to do and buy to get us all into the Christmas spirit.

We shall be having a non uniform day on Friday 30th November, with children invited to bring chocolate for the tombola or a bottle for the raffle (if the contents involve alcohol please can this be handed by an adult direct to the school office, NOT delivered by a child. Thank you.) I feel we are asking quite frequently for contributions- for Gambia, for the Methodist harvest appeal and now this, but I am sure you will all agree that hosting a Christmas Fair is a good experience for our children.

We shall also welcome donations of cakes and buns on 7th December; for health and safety reasons relating to allergies these will only be sold to adults.

Thank you for any help you are able to provide.



GCSE study starts
November 13, 2018, 2:49 pm
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Our Year Six children getting to grips with GCSE work for the first time…



Engineering
November 13, 2018, 11:44 am
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Children are currently being recruited by Mrs. Phillips for this school year’s Primary Engineering challenge. Children who wish to take part should give their names to their class teachers.



Let your Light Shine
November 13, 2018, 11:42 am
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£214.20 was raised for the Methodist Church’s “Let Your Light Shine” Harvest appeal. Thank you



Headteacher’s response to parent questionnaire
November 13, 2018, 10:41 am
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Thank you for the many positive comments which were shared in the questionnaire given out at parents’ evening recently. The same questionnaire will reach Year One/ Year Two parents tonight, when their class parents’ evening takes place.

The percentages relating to each question are at the foot of this.

Firstly, some of the comments:

“The teachers are very supportive… and take interest in their pupils’ progress.”

“My daughter loves to come to school, always with a smile in her face.”

“The school has a friendly and welcoming feel.”

“Caring/ excellent staff through all phases.”

“The fact the teachers care makes my children want to learn.”

“Well liked and effective teaching/ teachers.”

“Excellent extra curricular activities.”

“I have always thought highly of the school and will continue to do so because of its dedicated staff.”

“My son is happy coming to school and feels safe.”

“Teachers are excellent, also the chef Amanda!”

“My children love coming to school.”

“My child is very happy here and making excellent progress.”

“I love the connection between my child and his teachers.”

We asked for suggestions of how the school could improve and there were various- thank you.

We can’t extend Tapestry throughout the school, although it is marvellous in Foundation Stage, as the feedback increasingly becomes written as the children grow older. There just wouldn’t be the hours in the day to do Tapestry and do the level of marking which is required as the children grow older. We have to choose a cut off point, and we choose the end of Foundation Stage. Research tells teachers that quality of feedback is the number one factor in moving children’s progress forward, and of course parental engagement is also very important. Tapestry does both of these things. As the children grow older, we try to achieve these aims with our marking and in class discussions, also in our use of class blogs etc.

Communication often features, both as a best thing about the school and as something to improve. We have tried hard to communicate effectively to inform parents about what their children are doing, to encourage conversations between the parent and child about school experiences and to make sure parents know the full range of opportunities available for them. As times have moved forward, with increased use of technology we are now able to avail ourselves of blogs, the website, texts, Twitter and so on. We are moving away from paper letters for everyday purposes towards emails. Of course, where we require signed returns, we accept emailed responses and can print off paper copies on request where necessary.

Even in our internet age, speaking is still valuable at times (!) and we do want to be available where possible to deal with issues as they arise. Our full communication policy is available here:

https://www.heywithzion.oldham.sch.uk/about-us/school-policies

Positive comments about communication from the school include the following:

  • “Good communication to parents”
  • “Love all the ways I can see what’s happening in school. The app is great.”
  • “The school blog to keep parents up to date.”
  • “Teachers… communicate great with me when needed.”
  • “The newsletters I receive are informative and give clear information about what my child will be doing that week and ways in which we parents can be part of that learning.”

Although, conversely, two parents indicated that they thought communication between staff and parents was less than it should be.

One parent, while writing lovely comments, suggested that using “ClassDojo” would be an option for keeping parents informed of progress between parents’ evenings. We are not currently looking at that, but we do exhort parents, please, if you wish to talk with us, please do not wait for parents’ evening- we want to be available when you need those conversations.

A recurring theme in these questionnaire responses relates to traffic congestion around the school gates at the start and end of the school day. This explains the lowest percentage below- about safety en route to and from school. In the past I’ve involved parents, Oldham’s Highway department, our M.P. and ultimately the school is not going to be able to change much about this traffic. I don’t like the traffic congestion but I don’t think it is going to change much. Obviously, the more children who walk to school, the less traffic there will be.

Thank you so much for the many comments; I have stated on many occasions how the excellent support we get from parents is a major strength of the school.

One thing I did not inform you about in my Autumn report is that we have been invited by Rt. Hon. David Curry M.P. to be a part of the Parliamentary Education Review 2019. We have been chosen, I am told, on account of sustained high standards and a strong Ofsted report. We are by no means perfect, but we are trying- “to do the best we can for ourselves and others.”

 

My child is happy at this school.” 100%
“My child makes good progress at this school.” 100%
My child feels safe at this school.” 100%
“My child is well looked after at this school.”  97%
“My child is taught well at this school.” 97%
“My child receives appropriate homework for their age.” 100%
This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved.” 100%
“This school deals effectively with bullying.” 100%
“This school is well led and managed.” 97%
This school responds well to any concerns I raise.” 97%
“I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress.” 97%
My child feels safe travelling to school.” 91%

 



Cross Country
November 10, 2018, 9:59 pm
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Congratulations to our Year Four cross country team for their great performance at Stoneleigh Park on Friday. A particular mention is due for Maddie, who came second of all the girls there; but well done to all of our children, for all competed well.



February Holiday Club
November 9, 2018, 11:44 am
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I am pleased to provide advanced notice of a free day’s holiday club to be run by Oldham Athletic staff at Hey with Zion, during February half term. Further details will follow.



Remembrance soldier
November 9, 2018, 10:38 am
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Parents’ phones and ipads
November 9, 2018, 8:43 am
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On Tuesday 13th November, from 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m., our I.T. consultant, Mr. Craig Barratt from Foresight U.K., will be in the school hall to support parents with the matters listed below:

  • parental controls
  • restricting mobile devices
  • general online safety

Please bring your phones/ tablets if you would like personalised help. This is a one: one (or small group, depending on numbers) surgery, not a presentation.



Gambia
November 8, 2018, 9:04 am
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The final figure raised is £248.02. Many thanks to all. We shall send off the cheque this week.




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