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One of the most popular activites on World Book Day is the reading session in the afternoon. All the teachers go to a different class to read the children one of their favourite stories. I think the staff enjoy this as much as the children!
In the pictures below The Wicked Witch of the East (or is it the West?) Dennis the Menace and Batman read from their favourite books.
Lots of our Year 6 pupils are staying after school to attend our learning club. Here children get help with and help each other with their learning.
On Thursday we celebrate World Book Day 2014.
This annual event is a great way of getting everyone excited about books and reading. We will be holding a character day where all the children (and staff!) can dress up as a book character. The children are already sharing their ideas and it sounds like it’s going to be a fun day! If you are interested in WBD and want to find out more, the website has a great range of activities, stories, videos and games. Just follow the link below or google World Book Day 2014.
Learning at Hawes Side takes all forms. This week some of our Y5 pupils are learning how to cycle safely. This is the second course we have run at Hawes Side and currently this year we have trained over 40 pupils to cycle safely. Thanks to the trainers and all involved.
Well done to our school winners Nicole, Millie, Tobias, Kimberly, Louis and Cameron. Seen here at the exhibition at the Gallery at the University Centre on Palatine Road.
We have been talking recently about how we can develop our school library. We want to make it a community learning hub – not only for the children but also for families to use after school. We feel it is currently under used and under loved! If you feel you could help develop this community space we would love to hear from you. In order to raise funds for this project our IT providers, Comptech have very kindly donated a brand new ipad mini for us to raffle off. Tickets will be available in school after half term for £1. All proceeds will go to the library fund and help us to create an exciting learning space
Once again we joined in with the fantastic Schools Alive festival at the Grand Theatre. A group of children from Years five and six performed a medley of songs from the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber last night to a full house. The children worked extremely hard on their performance and made us all feel very proud of Hawes Side as they took to the stage for their song and dance routines. Mrs Randles and Mrs Wright worked hard to ensure the children were well prepared with rehearsals leading up to the big event and could even both be seen sewing up costumes and applying face paint right up to performance time! Our thanks go to the children and staff for all their hard work to make this a stunning performance – the hard work really paid off. The children will be performing their routine once more in front of the school before we break up next week.
We are looking forward to taking part in a sponsored ‘Readathon’ from next Monday 10th February through to Friday 28th February and we would like you and your children to join in. You will receive a letter this week exlpaining how the event works but essentially ‘Readathon’ encourages reading and supports three children’s charities:
- Readwell – which provides books and storytelling to children in hospital
- CLIC Sargent – giving support to children and young people with cancer and their families
- Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity – which helps seriously ill and disabled children
The ‘Readathon’ is all about having fun! The children create their own reading challenge, with help from you or school if they need. They may like to try and read a certain number of books; you may like to join them in their challenge by reading books yourself. Younger children may like to share a variety of bedtime stories with an adult or older brothers and sisters. The children can read fiction or non-fiction. They may want to collect ten facts about a particular subject by looking at a selection of non-fiction texts. The challenge is up to you and your children!
All you need to do is create a challenge, collect sponsors and read. Please encourage sponsors to tick the ‘Gift aid’ box as this allows more money to be claimed. Once you have completed your sponsor card, return it to school with the money raised and we will do the rest. Not only is this a great chance to support some very deserving charities but it is also a fantastic way to get the children into good reading habits.
On Monday 25th November at 3.45 we re launch our Home School Group in the small hall. This is a forum that we ran for many years but recently numbers have dwindled meaning last year the group didn’t manage to meet. The Home School Group is a valuable multi-stakeholder group that provides an opportunity for parents, staff, governors and pupils to get together to discuss school life. In the past the group have been instrumental in shaping policy on homework, uniform and travel to name but three areas. At Monday’s meeting we will discuss the recent school inspection and what this means to Hawes Side. It is a great opportunity to share information and ideas and we hope that some of you can make it along to this first Home School Group meeting of the school year.
Hawes Side has again been recognised for its outstanding work in improving the environment and our levels of sustainability. Pupils and parents from the green council attended the star studded Gazette Education Awards Ceremony at the Tower Ballroom. Our thanks go out to all the children and to Mr Livesey and Miss Akin for all their hard work in this area.