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World of Woodland Issue 26

This month's value is: UNITY

June is well and truly underway and with the half term break feeling like a withering memory, this is the first opportunity to share our latest value of the month focus – Unity. This value speaks volumes for a community like ours – pupils, staff, parents and governors. We are all on the same side and have the same objective: to provide a superb happy educational experience for your children. There is so much that divides our nation at the moment so it is refreshing when examples of wonderful Unity come along. One great recent example was the Summer Carnival last weekend in which our amazing Little Mermaid cast scooped second prize for the ‘live singing’ Under the Sea Float. Thanks to Mrs Hardacre, Miss Bryan, Mr Tate and Mrs Griffin for all their artistic input and to all the staff marshals (too many to name) for being there on the parade.

This week all our Y7 pupils visited Warwick Castle and Mrs Goddard-Mason declared the year group as being the best she’s ever taken there – so thanks to Mrs Goddard-Mason and to all the Y7 for making the trips memorable and demonstrating such positive values. Some photos from Warwick in the next edition hopefully!

Unity is also an essential ingredient on any school trip – managing so many pupils in one space is a difficult task that any parent will recognise when just taking their own family on an outing. The images below reflect the amazing experiences that our Y6 pupils had just before half term either at PGL in Devon, or at Willen Lake and the Space Centre. Thanks again to Mr Tate and Mr Guthrie who lead the week’s activities for the pupils.

The KS2 SATs are, of course, so important to all Primary and Middle schools countrywide but the analysis of how well our pupils do is also down to the writing standards that are NOT tested in the SATs. The recent Y6 Harry Potter trip is being used as a stimulus for some amazing written work ahead of the final teacher assessments that our English department are undertaking and reporting to the DfE by the end of this month. The pupils did have a great time at the studios - parents, if you haven’t been before we’d strongly recommend it!

Today we are being treated to our Y8 Battle of the Bands, where the winners and perhaps the runners up will perform for the parents later in the term at the Leavers’ Assembly. As I’m writing, I can hear them practising down the corridor – and I remember just how short a time four years is at Middle School. Our Y8 pupils, I know, are experiencing a mixture of ‘keen to move on’ and ‘trepidation of the unknown’…so we have planned lots of memory forming events for them to remember us at Woodland fondly. Today is one such occasion!

Parents of Y8 pupils, please make sure that the Leavers’ Assembly on the afternoon of 21st July is in your diaries, as you won’t want to miss our final farewell event! Bring tissues…

We have some staffing updates to announce. Mr Burns, the new Maths teacher due to start in September has with- drawn from our offer due to personal circumstances, but we have been able to appoint Mrs Khinder in his place, meaning that we are fully staffed for September – a great feeling, considering the national difficulties in recruiting teachers at this time. Our new teaching staff for September will be Mrs Brandon (Y5), Mrs Sutton (Art), Mrs Kemp (Maths) and Mrs Khinder (Maths). We do have a teaching assistant vacancy still and would love to hear from suitably qualified candidates who are seeking term time only work at Woodland.

Coming up this coming fortnight: it’s Sports Days for Y5&6 on Weds 22nd June and Y7&8 on Thurs 23rd June – weather permitting of course! We have reserve dates, which we remind parents of if we need them.