Monthly Archives: January 2020

Head’s Blog – 31st January 2020

Lots of exciting things have been happening this week at school. I have completed my renewal of my Safeguarding qualification and two more Teaching Assistants have commenced their ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) training. This means that by the end of this academic year, all of the teaching assistants will be qualified ELSAs. This shows how much, as a school, we support the mental health and well-being of our children and staff. We are hoping to convert one of the rooms upstairs into an ELSA room which will be a welcoming and safe space for children to have their ELSA sessions. If anyone would be willing and able to provide their time to help convert it, it would be much appreciated.

Young Voices was simply exceptional! The children were fabulous representatives of our school and sang their hearts out. We know it is a very long day for all involved and there is a lot of preparation and organisation that goes on leading up to taking a group of children to sing in such a huge choir. Thank you to everyone who has supported this adventure, especially Mrs Stirrup and Mrs Griffiths for preparing the children with their singing and Mrs Tarry for the huge administrative tasks that go on behind the scenes. We all had a great time!

Our security system is now in place and we are really pleased with how it has been working today. It will take a bit of adjustment for all of us but the benefits are clear already. The gates into school will be set on a timer. The top gate nearest to breakfast club will be open from 7:44 until 8:15. The main gate will open at 8:29 until 8:45 a.m. Lessons start at 8:45 so all children should be in school at this time. There are lots of minutes being lost due to lateness of children, it disrupts the whole classes’ learning. Thank you for your support in this matter. I have to also thank St. Peter’s who have part funded this work to help keep your children safe.

Miss Hale and Mrs Williams organised a film night to help raise funds for our adventures and resources. Thank you. The children are having a great evening, munching on their popcorn whilst watching Minions! Everyone is welcome to provide ideas for fund raising and indeed set up events. Miss Hale is the main point of contact in school regarding this. Fund raising has helped up to purchase a new interactive board so that year 2 can have their own classroom in school house. Watch this space to see the transformation of Oak classroom to a continuous provision area. We are so excited!

Our Celebrations

Head’s Blog – 24th January

We have been busy preparing for Young Voices this week with choir working to prepare for our trip to Birmingham on Tuesday. We are all very excited about joining children from all over the country in this spectacular event. Look out for the videos and photographs on our Facebook page on Tuesday and the photographs on my blog next week.

I have been at Diocese training this week and have been given lots of information that will be useful to us as a church school. One document shared was #101 ways to improve relationships with your Parish. We already do lots of them, what else could we do? Have a look at the document and see for yourselves.

Willow class have been finishing their silhouette images with a skyline of their choice. Fabulous outcomes by all!

Our Celebrations

Head’s Blog – 17th January 2020

Lots of training has taken place this week including supporting children with social and emotional needs. By the end of this academic year all of our teaching assistants will have completed the ELSA course. We are very fortunate that all of this has been funded outside of our normal school budget.

Our Celebrations

Head’s Blog – 10th January 2020

As we start the new decade, we at a Clearwell have so much to offer the adults and that work here and the children that learn here. The first week back is always a mixed blessing, it is so difficult for everyone to get back into a routine, feeling exhausted is there for everyone however, we always have our adventure to inspire learning. This week was no different, the children (and adults) were all so excited about visiting Coventry Cathedral. I have to say, the reality was more inspiring and informative than any of us could have imagined. The children were exceptional and when we shared the thing that we will remember forever the most common responses were the stained glass windows, the ruins from the second cathedral and the charred cross that Provost Howard saw after asking God for a sign following the blitz of November 1940. I wish that we had more time there and would like to go back and visit again. Our guides were informative, entertaining and brilliant with the children. Thank you.

Years 5 and 6 worked with PC Greg Steer learning how to stay safe online. They had lots of discussion about how to behave and how to make changes to any accounts that they have to protect themselves. We were reminded that TikTok can be a concern if children do not have their privacy settings set appropriately. If you would like any help with setting privacy concerns, then please speak to me and I will do my best to support you.

We had a group of children sharing their homework this week. We value the importance of our children talking to an audience which is one of the reasons we encourage them to share their homework with everyone. I am really proud that everyone in our school will talk in front of their peers.