Newsletter 18 January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

We kick-started the week with Prime Virtual Reality Workshops on Monday for our Year 3 – 6 children, including sessions on volcanoes, mountains and the Egyptians. They thoroughly enjoyed this experience and it was a very different take to learn- ing. Our year 2s took a local area walk, linked to their topic ‘Street Detectives’, where they practised their map skills and followed directions.

On Tuesday the Year 6 children had a local history talk by one of our parents, Mr Burring. This was extremely interesting and the kids loved listening – a big thank you to Mr Burring for running the session. This week we have Mr O’Sullivan coming on Monday to talk to our Year 6 children, which will be followed by each class dressing up as evacuees on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Friday some of our Year 3 and 4 children are representing the school at an Able Writers’ Workshop and on Thursday our Young Arts Leaders will be interviewing local potter Keith Brymer-Jones.

As you know, our Ofsted report has now been finalised. We are delighted with the outcome, which we think accurately reflects the unique characteristics of our lovely school and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff team. You can read the report in full on our website, but I wanted to share the following quotes as highlights from the report:

“Palm Bay Primary School is a happy and harmonious community in which pupils thrive”.

“Together you have developed a strong cohesive team of teaching and support staff. All staff share your drive and determination to secure strong learning and progress”.

“Parents and carers are extremely positive about the school’s work. One parent, summarising the views of other said: “We love the school atmosphere and their values really shine through in my children”.

“Warm and effective relationships between staff and pupils help to ensure that pupils behave well and enjoy learning. Pupils talk enthusiastically about their learning, which they say is ‘fun but challenging too’. They have positive attitudes and show a real desire to learn. Pupils concentrate well, work hard and listen attentively in lessons. They are proud of their school and learn to be caring, confident individuals who show respect for others”.

“Safeguarding is effective. Staff are vigilant for any signs that a pupils’ safety or welfare might be at risk”.

“The pupils I met with during the inspection were keen to tell me that they and their peers feel safe in school. They told me that if they are worried about anything they can speak to an adult”.

Thank you to all our parents and carers for your ongoing support for the school. I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback you contributed on Parent View and I am grateful to those of you who took the time to complete the questionnaire and leave a comment.

On the subject of parental feedback, we are looking at introducing some further mechanisms for parents and carers to share their views with us, in our constant drive to improve. As you know, we have a completely open-door policy and both myself and Miss Wright are always happy to meet with parents or liaise by email or phone, if easier. In addition to this, we have put a ‘Parent and Carer Suggestion Box’ in our reception area, so please do feel free to leave comments – praise, constructive criticism and suggestions are all welcome. You can also email any suggestions or feedback to the office using Mrs Fairbrass’ email address: I look forward to receiving your ideas and feedback.

Finally, I would like to remind all parents and carers that it is extremely important for all children’s safety that the drop off zone is used correctly in the mornings: cars should drive all the way along to the end of the drop-off zone and should not take longer than 30 seconds to drop their children off. Parents and carers who do not follow these rules are putting their own and others’ children at risk. Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.

Best wishes, Miss Williams

Head Teacher

ps: if you want to download the newsletter in full, please follow this link: Palm Bay Newsletter 18th Jan