Welcome to 'Mr Civil's Blog'! I hope you will visit the blog regularly to keep up to date with news from Highbank Primary School. Regards Mr G Civil

Friday, 29 September 2017

Happy Friday


Class Meetings:
We have completed 90% of the class welcome meetings so far. We hope you were able to make it and found them useful. There’s just Mrs Norton’s today and Miss Reed’s on Monday. Each of these is at 3:00 p.m.

Marvellous Me
I hope you have downloaded the App and started receiving updates and messages about your child in school. If you haven’t, please sign up as soon as possible to begin. Your unique code will have been included in the letter sent out this week.

To get started follow the instructions on the letter, then:

1.    Download the MarvellousMe parent app, or join up at www.marvellousme.com
2. Tap 'Sign Up'
3. Enter the join code provided by your child's teacher.
4. Enter your name and email, and make up a password.

You can invite partners, grandparents and carers to join up too.

·         Tap 'Settings' and then choose 'Share your app'.

·         Send a Hi5 back every time you get wonderful news.

·         Add more children by tapping 'Add child'. Then enter their join code.

·         See term dates and go to the school's web site by tapping the icons on the home screen.

·         Get help and watch the parent video at www.marvellousme.com

We are very excited about this and think parents and children will love it.

Football
The football team had a tremendous result last night against last year’s champions when they thrashed South Wilford 1-0 ! What a tremendous achievement.



Next week….
We have pupil progress meetings for all teachers. This is the meeting where we set the targets for the class and different groups of children and make plans for ensuring children’s achievement is as good as it can be. We shall be holding our first check meeting at the beginning of November. So if teachers look stressed, you’ll know why!

On Monday we have a theatre group coming into school to perform Beauty and the Beast. They did wonder whether I’d like to play Beauty and then met me! Never mind, I know the children will love it.

Family Numeracy continues on Tuesday and the children continue to strum, bang and swim as normal. We are aiming to achieve some grade 1 guitarists.

Next week, you should receive a letter inviting you to parents evening. Please let us know which time slot suits you best and we will do what we can to accommodate you.

Finally, don’t forget school is closed on Friday 6th October for Staff training.

Have a good weekend.

Mr. C.

Friday, 22 September 2017


FRIDAY….FRIDAY….FRIDAY…. At last it’s Friday.

I’m sure Shakespeare’s King Richard in “Richard III” really meant:

“Friday, Friday. When will it be Friday?” Instead of “A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!”

What a mega-week it’s been: swimmers and strummers and babies and boosties and singing and drumming and screaming (sorry, that was me!)…. and so much more.

Congratulations

Many congratulations are due to Mr Barnham and Mrs Barnham who gave birth to 8lb, Baby Barnham at 10:51 a.m. on Wednesday 20th October. We wish them all well and look forward to Mr Barnham’s return from ‘baby mayhem’. (He’ll be glad to get back!)

Christmas? Really?

Our local M.P. and friend of the school, Lilian Greenwood is due to launch her Christmas Card Competition direct from downtown Highbank this afternoon

Class Welcome Meetings for Parents

We are pleased to announce that we shall be holding ‘Welcome Meetings’ for parents with their child’s class teacher over the course of the next week or so.

These meetings invite you to come into class and hear what the children will be studying this year, what the expectations are and what you can do to help. It will be a meeting with you and the staff that work with your child; we will move the children elsewhere for that period.

We hope you will be able to make it. Below is a timetable that shows the times and dates of each meeting (we’ve already had a meeting with the Y6 parents):



Class
Date and Time
Class
Miss Guthrie; Nursery
27/09/17    11:00 a.m.

Mr Mayfield; F2
26/09/17     3:00 p.m.
Mrs Martin; Y3
Miss Smith; Y1
27/09/17     3:00 p.m.
Mr Morledge; Y4/5
Miss Reed; Y1/2
2/10/17       3:00 p.m.

Mr Lovell; Y2/3
25/09/17     3:00 p.m.


28/09/17     3:00 p.m.
Mrs Karlonas; Y5/6

29/09/17     3:00 p.m.
Mrs Norton; Y4/5



We hope that you find them useful. Parents’ Evening will be Wednesday 18th October 2017.

ALERT: SCAFFELL PARK

We have been made aware of a suspicious man on Scaffell Park. I am aware that many of our children visit the park and I inform you of this in order that you can take whatever measures possible to keep your child(ren) safe.

The white man is described as between 25-30 years of age with closely cropped hair. He wears a white shell-suit with blue markings.

I am not aware of him approaching children but it is reported that his actions are indecent. If you have any further information, please call the police.

Marvellous Me



Get wonderful news about your child’s learning and success.

MarvellousMe is an exciting app that tells you about the wonderful things that your child is learning, and pings you on your phone when they've been praised for good work or a great character skill. It makes you smile, feel proud, and inspires better home learning, support and encouragement.

To get started follow the instructions on the letter that we send out on Monday, then:

1.    Download the MarvellousMe parent app, or join up at www.marvellousme.com
2. Tap 'Sign Up'
3. Enter the join code provided by your child's teacher.
4. Enter your name and email, and make up a password.



You can invite partners, grandparents and carers to join up too.

·         Tap 'Settings' and then choose 'Share your app'.

·         Send a Hi5 back every time you get wonderful news.

·         Add more children by tapping 'Add child'. Then enter their join code.

·         See term dates and go to the school's web site by tapping the icons on the home screen.

·         Get help and watch the parent video at www.marvellousme.com



We are very excited about this and think parents and children will love it. Make sure you sign up as soon as you get the letter on Monday.

Jeans 4 Genes

It been great seeing so many children and staff supporting Jeans 4 Genes today. The money raised will help disorder-specific charities and patient groups to deliver inspiring projects and support services for children affected by a genetic disorder in the UK. The money raised on Jeans for Genes Day provide grants for day-to-day support, equipment, nursing and patient support services, and events which bring together affected children and their families.

It’s a great cause; thank you for your support.



Transition to Secondary



Mr Chaloner from Farnborough School has been to visit our Y5 and Y6 pupils this week to invite them to Farnborough’s Open Evening Event, held last night. As always, our pupils were respectful and courteous but then again, what else do you expect from the best school in Clifton.

Don’t forget though, if you have a Y6 child, you will need to have completed the secondary transfer application by 31st October. You can follow this link:

https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/education-and-schools/school-admissions/transfer-to-secondary-school-in-year-7/



Family Learning



This week saw the first of sixteen maths sessions for some of our parents. I’m told they concentrated hard, behaved well (?!) and worked hard. Well done to all of them. We wish them well on their math’s journey.



Nominations Reminder

We respectfully remind you that Parent Nominations are for outstanding achievement at home or out of school rather than for expected behaviour. This ensures the credit and award is not devalued in any way. Nominations are made through the “Information for Parents” tab on the web site’s home page.

Have a good weekend. Don’t be late on Monday.

Mr. C.

Friday, 15 September 2017


It’s Friday! Welcome to happy Friday everyone.


This week we’ve had prisoners of war, guitar strumming and drum playing, booster bananza and a new staff poetry champion!


120 children visited Eden Camp in Yorkshire on Monday which used to be a prisoner of war camp during WW2. Our upper KS2 are studying WW2 and reading ‘The Boy in Striped Pyjamas’ (such a great book) and this trip fitted it so well. The children got such a lot from the visit, making links from their learning in school and feeling what life may have been like for prisoners of war. It was a long day though for our children; arriving at school at 6:45 a.m. and returning at 7:00 p.m. I know they were tired but I was so pleased ALL returned bright and early on Tuesday morning for school.


Music teaching started in KS2 this week with children playing guitars with our staff and some from Nottingham City Music Service. It was so tuneful, I went to work in KS1 especially when the drums began later in the day!!


If working a long day on Monday wasn’t bad enough, our Y6 children have started their booster bananza this week. All our Y6 children have committed themselves to extra lessons either early morning or after school. Well done, children, we know it’s going to make such a difference and thanks to ALL teachers and support staff for being involved too. It adds to their workload also. In any case, it’s a great Team Highbank effort. And yes, even I’ve dusted off my teaching tools! Furthermore, the Grammar King has come back! (That’s me.) I’m working with Y6 most afternoons boosting glorious grammar-I love grammar, I can’t get enough of it!


Yesterday, we began our poetry assemblies. The first one of each year is the staff poetry assembly. Former winners are Miss Ishmael, Me and Mr Morledge. On the staff this year, we had three newbies to poetry assembly: Mr Barnham (he joined us in April), Mrs Norton and Miss Lewis, who is covering Mr Lovell’s. After a tense and dramatic contest, the two judges from Y6 announce that Miss Lewis came third, Mr Barnham came second and Mrs Norton won! Far too much leeway given to new staff in my opinion!!


Next week, swimming and music continues but so much more:

·         Mrs Barnham is due to have her baby on Wednesday so Mr Barnham will be away for a short time. Mr Bennet is with us (he’s the very tall man) and will continue until Mr Barnham returns. How things have changed; in my day when people had a baby, they were given an aspirin and told to go back to work! We are very excited for Mr and Mrs Barnham though and hope all goes well.

·         Mr Chaloner, Headteacher from Farnborough, is coming in to speak to our Y5 and Y6 children. Farnborough are holding an open evening on Thursday 21st September beginning at 5:45 p.m.

·         My Mother is going to Scotland for a week which means I get some respite! Dear old mum.

·         Lilian Greenwood, M.P. is launching her Christmas Card competition from here next Friday afternoon. It will be good to see her again. She is a friend of the school.

·         We shall be starting a new communication App for parents but more details will come out next week.


In other news, we’ve gone panto crazy! A performance of Beauty and the Beast will be coming to Highbank  in October and one class is going out to see Cinderalla. (“Oh no they’re not!”)


Finally, my watch broke this week at school. I went into a shop to buy another one.

I said “I’d like to buy a watch please.”

The shop assistant asked, “Analogue?”

“No,” I replied, “Just a watch!”

Have a good weekend, don't be late on Monday.
Mr. C.