Newsletter 1 – 2017/18 – 4th September 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you all had a lovely summer holiday and a big welcome back to school to all our pupils. If you've walked past the school over the holidays, it won't surprise you to know that there was a strong possibility that we wouldn't be open today, so I am really grateful to the hard work of staff who worked last week and at the weekend to ensure all our classes were ready for our pupils today. There is still a lot to do, but you can clearly see the difference that our lovely new classes and toilets will make and we are very excited about the new land that should be ready by half term.

I know that you will all join myself and Governors in thanking Hampshire County Council and Eastleigh College for working together to help us achieve these improvements to our school.

This is going to be another good year for learning, with an engaging new curriculum across the school. Our main focus will be to further improve Maths and Writing; to encourage healthy bodies and happy minds and to continue to focus on good attendance and reduce lateness. We will be holding some workshops over the next term for parents and carers, to support home reading and methods for Maths and we will send you more details soon.

We are all pleased to say hello to new teaching staff, Mr Miles in Y5 and Ms Wilson Deane in Y2. We have a number of new staff in Jarjums, as we expand our skills into Crestwood College and open the Galigir Room for Y7 and Y8 pupils with social emotional and mental health needs. Staff will work across the two provisions to keep continuity and share skills and Michelle Freeland, our Behaviour Manager will be responsible for both provisions.

We are also really happy to be welcoming our Child First Partnership trainee teachers. This is our first cohort of four trainees working across our partner schools and the University of Southampton. Wendy Moon and Rosie Ajibola will be based with us this term and we wish them all well for their new venture.

This is my 20th year as Head of Cherbourg Primary. Our pupils and our families make this job such a pleasure; there is never a dull moment! I am looking forward to another year of great learning. Thank you for all the support you give to your children and the school.

Yours sincerely,


Julie Greer

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