A welcome back message from your new Head – Mrs Kilkenny
Welcome back and a belated happy New Year to you all! Thank you for the warm welcome and kindness you have shown me in my first week at Hazelwood Schools; I am delighted to be here and to have been appointed head teacher of such great schools. I have really enjoyed meeting your children this week and going on daily walks to see how hard all the staff are working to ensure that your children get the best education.
It has been great to meet so many of you at the school gates and in the playground before and after school. I have arranged some “Meet the new head teacher” meetings for the week beginning 21.1.2019 so that you can get to know a little bit more about me. I know that I have inherited a great school; Ofsted verified that last year and, as an experienced head, I can “feel” that too. At the meet the Head meetings, I look forward to hearing your positive feedback and your ideas of how we can drive the school forward to make it even better.
The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and I have already put some new ideas into action, which we will inform you about over the next few weeks; I know that you would want to join me in thanking them for all the great work they did in the autumn term whilst acting up in my absence. A special thank you and well done to Mrs Gannon for doing such an excellent job as Head teacher.
Meet the Head meetings will be held on the following days; there is no obligation to attend but it would be lovely to meet you if you can come along:
Tues 22.1.19 9:00am in Rowan hall
Thurs 24.1.19 2:45pm in Oak Hall
Weds 30.1.9 6:00pm in Rowan Hall
A great start – some helpful New Year reminders
The children are looking smart in their school uniform; please ensure that our uniform policy is followed and that all footwear is black. Thank you.
A friendly reminder that children should be at school on time every day so that they are settled and ready for learning; as you know we do monitor latecomers and SLT will take the names of families/pupils who are persistently late.
If you are worried or concerned……
Sometimes in schools issues arise! By working together with supportive parents these issues can often quickly be addressed; that’s what we all want. Just to reiterate that if you are ever worried or concerned about your child you should always adhere to the following procedure:
- Speak to your child’s class teacher who knows your child really well and is, therefore, often best placed to advise, investigate to alleviate your worries or concerns.
- If your concern persists, speak to your child’s year group leader
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- Sometimes, you may need to escalate your concerns to one of our Assistant Head teachers – Miss Powell, Miss Gardiner or Mrs Quebrada – who will be happy to arrange a mutually convenient appointment to meet.
- Finally, if your worries and concerns continue you may need to speak to Mrs Gannon (Deputy Head) or Mrs Kilkenny (Head) after you have followed the procedure detailed above.
Spring 2019 diary dates and curriculum information for this term
It’s still dark at this time of year but soon the mornings will be lighter; I am really looking forward to my first Spring term here as Hazelwood Head and am especially excited about the Easter Egg competition and the Daffodil breakfast! We have included a list of spring diary dates in this letter for your information.
As you will already know, you can keep up to date in regard to what your child is learning this term by accessing the curriculum webs on the year group page (see links at the bottom of this newsletter.) Our fabulous teachers also provide weekly updates about your child’s learning to keep you fully informed. We know that you share our passion for education and hope you will enjoy supporting your child’s learning journey this term. Some of the children have been sharing their learning with me already;
- Do year 4 know whether London was a Roman city?
- Will year 2 discover whether the great Fire of London reach Palmers Green…..and why did Year 3 use vinegar in their science workshop on Tuesday 8th January …?!
Let's have another great week next week.