Mr Veale’s Welcome
Once again, it has been a very busy week here at Atwood. As Atwood becomes more settled within the Pegasus Academy Trust things are falling into place, for example, parents and carers (and hopefully children) reading these news posts on the Pegasus website. It will soon be time to switch off the old Atwood Primary Academy website and this will be another milestone achieved as we move forward within a larger family of schools.
Monday saw Atwood teachers travelling to Ecclesbourne Primary School https://www.pegasusacademytrust.org/ecclesbourne-primary-school after school. The purpose for this visit was to plan out what is going to happen within all of the different subjects that are taught within our Pegasus primary schools. This meant that the Atwood staff met their subject leader counterparts from the other Pegasus schools which provided a great opportunity for networking.
Tuesday saw a selection of children from Years 1 and 2 (morning) and Years 3 and 4 (afternoon) travel to Lloyd Park for a Cross Country tournament. The children I spoke to were pumped with excitement when they returned. Sadly, we forgot to take the camera to capture images from this event!
Well done to ALL of the children that took part. In Year 1, Zac placed 1st and Michael placed 3rd. In Year 2, Elliot placed 2nd. These are super places bearing in mind there were over 100 runners in each race.
Thursday saw Year 4 children travel to Butser Ancient Farm https://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/ , which is a delightful living history outdoor museum. The children learned what life was like in pre-historic times. Photographs from this visit can be viewed in the gallery below.
All throughout the week, myself and Mrs Standing have been conducting Parent Tours for prospective parents. We both very much enjoy leading these tours as we can reflect upon what a great school Atwood is. The children are always so polite when any visitor pops their head in, and they take it all in their stride.
Some of Year 1 have had their Hearing Screening this week, with the other half having the screening on Monday 10th. It is so easy to take things like hearing and sight for granted and so we are glad that this important screening has taken place.
Now that the term is fully under way, I thought that I would reflect upon the wide range of clubs and extra-curricular activities are currently on offer. The list is quite extensive. My thanks, as ever, go to the Atwood staff and the outside club providers for bringing such enrichment to our children.
This term we have:
- KS1 Football
- Tae Kwon Do
- Flexiflic gymnastics
- Football (Cup)
- KS2 Football
Competition promoted by Ms Docherty, Atwood’s Computer Leader
What would you like the internet of the future to be like?
The Find Your Balance art + written word competition, supported by Google, aims to spark children’s creativity and help families have the right conversations about their digital lives.
We’re looking for children and young people to explain in words or pictures what they would like the internet of the future to be like. The top 50 entries will feature in a special event at the Houses of Parliament in London.
One national winner from each of the four age categories (ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-15) will win a trip to the event with their family. They’ll also receive a copy of the competition anthology (with their artwork or writing included).
To enter, visit https://parentzone.org.uk/findyourbalance
Team Points (Pupil Reward Points)
The children are getting into the swing of earning their Pupil Reward Points in KS2 especially. A child can earn a Pupil Reward Point if they are following one of Atwood’s Magnificent 7 Behaviour Rules, or put more simply, ‘doing the right thing‘.
The first key milestone for a pupil is to reach 50 Pupil Reward Points because they will be awarded a £5 Book Token in Celebration Assembly, as we also wish to promote the love of reading at Atwood.
Each pupil has been assigned to a Team or House. These are Air, Earth, Fire and Water. All Pupil Reward Points also contribute to the Team Points each week.
Here are the all important totals for the term so far:
Why not head over to the Pupil Reward Points website? https://www.pupilrewardpoints.co.uk
Harvest Festival 2022
Harvest 2022 will launch next week! From Monday 10th October to Thursday 20th October, we are asking for donations of tins and packets so that these can be collected by The Croydon Refugee Day Centre and Nightwatch. Please do NOT send in any perishable items.
Attendance is important. Afterall, children only have one opportunity to go to school, don’t they? As a rule of thumb, we expect children to attend school at least 95% of the time.
Here are the Attendance figures for week ending Friday 7th October:
|Week Ending 30th September||Week Ending 7th October|
|Infants (highest)||Green 100%||Blue 98.7%|
|Juniors (highest)||4MT 100%||5G 99.7%|
|Whole School (weekly)||95.5%||96.3%|
|Whole School (year to date)||96.5%||96.5%|