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Online Safety Update: Issue 25

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Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!

Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 25: May 2019' online now.

In this issue we are extremely pleased to announce that the PACT has joined the National Online Safety Certified Schools Membership scheme.  Find out more including details of how you can access the parent/carer resources and courses in issue 25 of our Online Safety Update - out now!

If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice.

Heathfield Sports Day 2019

We are delighted to inform you that this year’s Sports Days will be taking place on the dates listed below. All of our Sports Days will be taking place at Heathfield School. We would love you to come and join us at our Sports Days and cheer along our young athletes. Sports Days are an excellent opportunity for parents and guardians to see their children competing for their respective house teams.

 

Date

Year groups

Location

Time

Monday 17th June 2019

Year 1

Heathfield School

9.15 - 11.30 am

Monday 17th June 2019

Year 2

Heathfield School

1.45 - 3.15 pm

Tuesday 18th June 2019

Nursery

Heathfield School

9.15 - 10.30 am

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Year 5

Heathfield School

9.15 - 11.00 am

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Year 6

Heathfield School

1.45 - 3.15 pm

Thursday 20th June 2019

Year 3

Heathfield School

9.15 - 11.00 am

Thursday 20th June 2019

Year 4

Heathfield School

1.45 - 3.15 pm

Friday 21st June 2019

Reception

Heathfield School

9.15 - 10.30 am

 

Your child will require full P.E kit on their Sports Day; please ensure they are wearing either their house t-shirt or a plain white t-shirt or polo shirt on this day along with plenty to drink (water only), a sun hat and sun cream.

 

Heathfield Win National Writing Competition!

We are absolutely delighted to share that following our high volume of entries to the Premier League Writing Stars competition it has been announced that Maariya in Year 5 was the national winner. Of the 25,000 entries Maariya's poem titled "An Ordinary Girl from Birmingham" stunned the judging panel which was overseen by National Literacy Trust Director, Jonathan Douglas.

The Premier League Writing Stars competition takes place annually and welcomes entries from children aged 5 to 11 across England and Wales. Students were tasked with writing a 150 word poem on the theme of diversity. To provide inspiration for the theme, poet Joseph Coelho wrote a poem titled, Beautifully different, Wonderfully the same. The poem and subject encouraged entrants to think of ways to celebrate similarities and differences that bring people together, and these were the themes that ran through the programme. 

The judging panel, consisting of Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand, singer and songwriter Olly Murs, Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and poet Joseph Coelho said "Maariya’s poem is wonderful. It has a really strong voice. It talks about her parents being from the North or South and how that doesn’t matter because together they make her world, which is such a beautiful sentiment.”

Mrs Atherton, Head of School said “We are inordinately proud of Maariya and indeed all of our pupils who entered this competition. She has demonstrated the diversity she knows and how it is a positive thing in her life. I know she will continue to write many more things that she can be proud of”.

Thanks to Maariya's success we were awarded a day to remember with a visit from the Premier League Trophy and an incredible poetry workshop with Joseph Coelho.

Throughout the morning children also received a special assembly from the Premier League. Coaches from Aston Villa F.C and mascot Bella delivered a fun morning of football activities. As if that wasn’t enough, Maariya’s winning poem will be published in a limited-edition anthology later this year. The anthology will be illustrated by David Mackintosh who has created bespoke pictures that will feature alongside the winners’ poems.

We would like to say a huge congratulations to Maariya on her incredible achievement.

 

                                                                                                

School Direct Open Day

Dear Parents and Carers,

Are you or anyone you know thinking about an exciting new career in teaching?

Would you like the opportunity to train to teach with the Prince Albert Community Trust, in partnership with Newman University?

 Are you looking to obtain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)?

If you answered yes, then why not come along to Heathfield’s School Direct Open Day on Tuesday 19th March at 9.30am. You will get to experience virtual reality tours, meet our leaders, and most importantly meet our wonderful children in a relaxed and friendly environment.

You can book on to our open day by visiting or calling our Reception desk on 0121 464 6474 before Tuesday 12th March.

We look forward to welcoming you to the PACT.

Online Safety Update: Issue 24

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Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!

Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 24: February 2019' online now.

In this issue we look at Safer Internet Day 2019 which had a theme of 'together for a better internet'.  We also look at our own PACT Online Safety themed week which incorporated both Safer Internet Day and the theme of 'together for a better internet'.  We are also extremely pleased to announce that the PACT has joined the National Online Safety Community.  Find out more in issue 24 of our Online Safety Update - out now!

If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice.

Shabana's Goodbye

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you are all in the best of health.

When I first came to Heathfield as Deputy Head Teacher 5 years ago, I came to a school that had many problems. I joined a talented and dedicated team that was working exceptionally hard to improve the school. In 2016, Mr Oram left to become a Head Teacher at another school; I was then very fortunate to be appointed the Head of School at Heathfield.

In 2013 the schools SATs results were amongst the lowest in the city. This year, we have been given the accolade of Birmingham’s best primary school. Our SATs results are amongst the best in the country for the second year running. All this has been achieved by the team at Heathfield working together with Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT).

The PACT’s mission is to support failing schools in order to improve the quality of education for as many children as possible. I have been asked to support a failing school after the half term holidays. Just as Prince Albert was a successful school able to support Heathfield, we are now in a position to support other schools. As there are now 4 schools in the PACT, Miss Akay and I will be the only staff from Heathfield supporting at the school. For the time being, this is a temporary arrangement until the end of the academic year. In my absence, Mrs Atherton will be the Head of School.

I am confident that Mrs Atherton and the staff at Heathfield will continue to provide your children with an outstanding education. It is a sign of the success of our school that I am being asked to support elsewhere.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Amir-Baz

Head of School

Reception Coffee Morning

Dear Parents

We would like to invite you to a coffee morning on Monday 11th February at 9.00am here at Heathfield School. 

The coffee morning has been organised as we would like to work together with parents to improve our understanding of your expectations from school. Our aim is to build positive home/school relationships to enhance your child’s learning.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Miss Yasemin Akay

Pastoral Lead