Monday 22nd June is the start of Hawes Side Art Festival. We are delighted to invite our children, their families and friends to a celebration of creativity in our school which runs from Tuesday to Thursday.
The event can be accessed through the school office entrance on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3.30 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. There will be displays, stalls and crafts.
To alleviate possible excessive numbers on any one evening we suggest children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 attend on Tuesday, Years 3 & 4 on Wednesday and Years 5 & 6 on Thursday. However, it is not set in stone and if this is inconvenient please feel free to be flexible.
As part of our festival we will be remembering the stricken children of Nepal. The school council are holding a cake bake and your donations of cakes for us to sell will be gratefully received.
Kidsmeet Wednesday 24 June 2015 (2 – 4pm) Hawes Side Academy
Key Focus – Global Values & Citizenship
With British values, democracy, rights and responsibilities high on the agenda, we welcome presentations from schools to discuss and demonstrate how they promote Global skills, values and themes in their schools.
Skills may include – self awareness, empathy, critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, conflict resolution and communication, taking action
Themes may include – identity and belonging, conflict and peace, fairness and equality, sustainability, rights and responsibilities.
This will be a special Kidsmeet as there will be an opportunity to hear from children from Kenya and Zambia and an opportunity to pose questions to their teachers who will be visiting us for that week. We also hope to have the British Council in attendance whose key aim is to promote global citizenship between countries and with you. In addition to other presentations there will be three short videos from children in our partner schools on global interdependence (which will be made during the first reciprocal visits in May 2015) and there will be opportunities for children to quiz the Kenyan/ Zambian teachers on global citizenship.
If you would like to attend with pupils please click the link below to register your interest.
Thank you for allowing us to use blogging to enhance the learning at our school. Please click here to see a copy of the letter explaining this. We look forward to reading your comments.
Below is a video of the production, Pirates vs Mermaids, the file is password protected. As a parent of a year 6 child you can request the password from your class teacher with the understanding that it is for personal family use only and must not be shared beyond this. Thank you for your cooperation.
Well done to our children who have graduated for the third time. They and their families were invited to a star studded ceremony at the Winter Gardens with other graduates from around the town. Thanks to Mrs Davidson for all her hard work in organising the initiative in school.
Please click the link to our latest Ofsted report.
It was fantastic to see so many families in school for the Foundation Stage Easter Bonnet Parade yesterday. The children enjoyed singing a range of Easter songs and showing off their marvellous creations. We were overwhelmed by the massive turn out and it meant so much to the children.
We were also delighted with the first ‘open classroom’ event. Apologies for the short notice with this pilot but we were keen to gauge response before planning in more detail. We will now be looking at the possibility of running similar ‘open classroom’ afternoons at the end of each term. Parents enjoyed visiting classrooms, hearing about their children’s learning and looking at their work. It gave the children a real sense of pride to share what they had been studying over the term and they were excited to have the opportunity to present this to families at the end of the school day.
As part of our values week we invited in ‘experts’ from our local university to share with them our knowledge of Fair Trade and show how it clearly supports our values as British citizens.
What is important to us? Our pupils have been exploring this issue and have come up with six values that help us to to be valuable members of Hawes Side and our British society.
This week our Fair trade Action Group have been leading assemblies on the initiative. Understanding of how we can help people around the world by buying Fair Trade goods. The simple message of think before you buy was put across well by the group.
Our digital leaders shared the video they have made about staying e-safe in our school assembly. They interviewed children and staff in order to make the video. Discussions then followed about the important issue.
Over the day the children have done lots of activities to help increase their awareness of e-safety.