Monthly Archives: October 2017

Fund raising for Gambia

Fund raising for Gambia

Three years ago we committed to sponsoring the education of eight children in extreme poverty in Gambia. For £20, a child is provided with an education for a year, with the intention that education can provide a lift out of the extraordinarily difficult circumstances which poverty can bring.

The keynote speech given three years ago can be seen here:

http://heywithzion.primaryblogger.co.uk/files/2016/01/Gambia-Hey-with-Zion-Keynote-15-9-14.pdf

On Friday, we are again raising money for this cause.  We ask children to come to school wearing any of the colours of the Gambian flag (red/ blue/ green) and to make a suggested donation of £1.

The money is needed this year, I think, more than ever.

In 2016 the incumbent president of Gambia, Yaya Jammeh, was voted out after ruling for 22 years following a military coup in 1994.

Gambia was on the brink of civil war and some nationals were frightened. Some of the sponsored families of Abuko School fled to Senegal and Basse until peace resumed.

President Barrow is now in charge.

The school has been in existence long enough now to be witnessing some of the earliest sponsored children complete their education and secure employment. This has a significant impact on the quality of their life and allows the family to be self sufficient.

There have been sad times in the school over the last twelve months, including witnessing the drowning of one of their community in a riptide in the Atlantic Ocean. This has prompted investment in life saving equipment including ten rescue boards, two rescue tubes, whistles and further training for the lifeguards.

If you are able to help us help this community and this school, please support our fundraising on Friday. Thank you.

 

Geography Day

Geography Day

Temporary reorganisation of roles

Temporary reorganisation of roles

I have decided to return to Year Six, full time from Monday, until Mrs. Patterson is able to return to work. Miss Light, Mr Atkin and supply teachers have done a tremendous job covering the extra workload brought about by Mrs. Patterson’s absence, but the workload implications are, I think, unsustainable and it falls to me to do Mrs. Patterson’s teaching and management work until her return, which may be within a week or so, but may be longer.

Mrs. Machin will therefore be deputising for me in much of my headteacher role these coming weeks: I shall still be around school and in discussion with Mrs. Machin about events, but she will temporarily take over roles such as attending meetings, carrying out lesson observations and keeping things ticking over generally. We are a close team, we know exactly what our plans are for the coming weeks and months and I think it is a strength of the school that we can adapt like this.

Mrs. Heywood, the supply teacher who would have been covering Mrs. Patterson’s teaching, will now therefore work in nursery to cover instead for Mrs. Machin. I was in Nursery class yesterday and I am sure the children will welcome Mrs. Heywood and do well with her. The children are very, very impressive and they will also have with them, as they do now, our highly valued Mrs. Clare and Mrs. Brook.

I stress, these are temporary arrangements until Mrs. Patterson returns to work. We all wish her a speedy recovery.

Voluntary Extra Maths Classes

Voluntary Extra Maths Classes

Below are the enthusiastic children of Year Six who have asked for extra Maths sessions, with an eye on taking up the challenge of a Maths GCSE while at primary school, to be decided upon over the coming weeks. For those taking up the challenge, they will need to commit to Wednesday sessions after school, 3.30 to 4.30 p.m. starting immediately after half term.