10th May 2019
Dear Parents and Friends
I hope that you are all looking forward to the half term holidays, which are now only a fortnight away. I am pleased to see that the sun has come out today. I hope it is planning to warm up as we approach the break!
Today we said goodbye to Mrs Hollinshead. Mrs Hollinshead has worked at the school since 2000 but as a former pupil of both the First and the Middle School, she has a nearly life-long association with Hillbourne. Mrs Hollinshead has worked across the age range during her time here and has had a particular impact on the teaching of Art. We will miss her very much and hope that she will keep in touch once she has settled into her new role in Wareham.
Year 2 pupils are currently undergoing their end of KS1 assessments. In Year 2, the children have assessment activities in reading comprehension, spelling, grammar and maths. These tests are taken over a number of weeks and are carefully planned to be as low key as possible. These assessments are used to confirm our teacher assessment. Teacher assessment is based upon performance as a whole over a period of time and is not just about the formal assessments.
Year 6 pupils are undertaking their end of KS2 formal assessments next week. Year 6 have worked very hard to prepare for these assessments and are rightly excited about the opportunity to show off what they know. We have invited all Year 6 pupils to join us for breakfast at 8am every day next week so we can ensure that they are here on time!
If you have a child in Year 2 or Year 6 and have any concerns about the assessments, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance.
Hillbourne on Waste
Mrs Ainsborough and Mrs Allisett have started a Hillbourne initiative to reduce the amount of waste we produce in school and at home. A group of our most enthusiastic environmentalists visited Poole Grammar School yesterday to see how they grow much of the fruit and vegetables that they use in their kitchens. Photos to follow!
Thankyou to everyone who supported our Plastic Free Day. The children eating hot school dinners produced no direct plastic waste. The plastic waste produced by each class from packed lunches was reduced in every class bar one. Well done, everyone!
This year’s class photos will be taken on Tuesday 4th June. This is the first day back after the half term so we hope to capture the children looking their very best. Photos will be taken before lunch!
A reminder that we close for the half term break at 3.15pm on Friday 24th May and reopen on Tuesday 4th June at 8.45am
With best wishes