Friday 20th July 2017
Our final week was just as busy and I know the teachers are looking forward to their summer break.
Monday was Chinese Day. Miss Beckwith and Mrs Hue-Vashon organised a day of different activities when the children could experience the Chinese culture.
Mrs Shannon was in school for 2 days organising her class for next year.
I (very bravely!) emptied the lost property bins and it was on display for parents all week. At the end of the week it was bagged up for Bags2school.
We welcomed several pupils who will be joining us in September and I showed several new parents around the school.
We held Pupil Progress/transfer/SEN meetings during the week. At these meetings the teachers discuss the children, their progress and attainment and any support they might need when they start their new class in September.
The School Nurse has visited several children.
French and School Council took place this week and Mrs Clements has been completing a stock check in the library.
I have been completing teacher appraisal meetings during the week.
We held our annual Achievement Assembly on Wednesday. Our children were rewarded for their progress and attainment and were watched by some very proud parents.
Purple Class had their Leaver’s Lunch on Wednesday and there was not a dry eye in the house for their Leaver’s assembly on Thursday.
Well done to Manor for winning the House Cup.
We all enjoyed Mere School’s Got Talent on Friday afternoon before the school closed for the summer break.
The teachers were in school on Friday preparing their classrooms and work for the new school year.
Friday 14th July 2017
We welcomed another new child to our school on Monday morning and I showed several families around this week.
There have been numerous visiting professionals in school this week, supporting our children.
Clubs, French, swimming, individual music lessons and school council took place as usual. We all thoroughly enjoyed the year 3 recorder and brass assembly with Mr Walker. Great fun as usual.
We held our annual Helper’s Lunch on Tuesday. This is just a small way we can say thank you to all the people who help us throughout the year.
Mrs Loxton and I have started our Appraisal meetings with staff. These will continue next week.
We had a thoroughly entertaining evening on Wednesday when we enjoyed ‘Shakespeare Rocks’ – our Leaver’s production. Mrs Loxton, Mrs Smith and Mrs Read did a fantastic job and the children did us proud.
There has been a lot of furniture moving going on ready for September.
Mr Tibbit, our governor responsible for science, met with Mrs Tavenner and we welcomed our new entrants and their parents for the second visit.
A huge group of our older children had a memorable day on Thursday when they went to see ‘School of Rock’ in London. This is a visit they will never forget.
Mrs McClelland and Mrs Tavenner met to talk about the children from Blue Class as part of our transition process.
Friday was Sports Day and a huge thank you to Mrs Schofield for organising such a successful day.
The week ended with The Friend’s disco on Friday night.
Friday 7th July 2017
We welcomed 2 new children to our school on Monday morning and I showed several families around this week.
We had 5 work experience students from Gillingham School with us this week.
There have been numerous visiting professionals in school this week, supporting our children.
Clubs, French, swimming, year 3 recorders, individual music lessons and school council took place as usual.
The school was packed on Monday afternoon for our open afternoon. It was lovely to see so many parents, families and visitors. Our children proudly showed off their work.
Mr Rich took our cricket team to the Wiltshire County Finals on Monday. They performed extremely well, as the team consisted of year 5 children, being knocked out in the semi-finals. We look forward to great things next year.
Purple Class went to Junior Good Citizen on Tuesday morning and Red Class went sketching by the river. In the afternoon I met a head teacher in my role as head teacher mentor.
Purple Class are entering the final stage of rehearsals for their production.
On Wednesday all classes moved up to meet their new teacher, ready for September, while our year 6 children had their induction day at Gillingham School. In the afternoon our new children came to visit Mrs McClelland and Mrs Harrison and I spoke with their parents.
I was out all day on Thursday at the Wiltshire Primary Head Teachers Forum. Silver Class spent a fascinating day at Longleat.
The Friends met on Friday afternoon after the success of the Summer Fete last weekend.
Clubs ended this week. A huge thank you to the staff and volunteer parents who run these for our children.
Friday 30th June 2017
We have had 2 trips to Manor Farm at Silton this week. Thank you to Mr & Mrs Harris for hosting these days for us. The 5 of our classes had a wonderful time and learnt such a lot.
We welcomed 4 work experience students from Gillingham School.
I have attended many meetings with Social Care this week and enjoyed a whole day in Yellow Class while Mrs Tavenner re-organised the science resources.
Clubs, French, swimming, year 3 recorders, individual music lessons and school council took place as usual.
We had a visit from Mr Joffre White, an author, on Tuesday. He did an assembly with our KS2 children and a couple of writing workshops. He also ran a book signing after school.
On Tuesday morning Purple Class visited the Brush Factory again and I met with a lady who might be interested in the Catering Manager post. Our Accounting Technician was also in school putting the school budget onto the computer system.
On Tuesday afternoon I met a head teacher in my role as head teacher mentor.
Mrs McClelland has attended several meetings about children who will be starting with us in September and she has worked with Mrs Ings to send her early years assessments to the Local Authority.
Purple Class have had lots of rehearsals and spent the day at Bruton School for Girls on Wednesday watching a production of Grease.
Thursday was non-uniform day in exchange for a tombola prize. Mrs Cripps attended her first aid refresher course and I met with my cluster head teacher colleagues. At the same time the Cluster Council met here.
Gold Class went to ‘Ready to Climb’ in Yeovil on Friday. They had a tremendous day. Mere Library came into assembly to launch their ‘Reading Challenge’ for the summer holidays.
The Friend’s Fete took place on Saturday.
Friday 23rd June 2017
Our School Improvement Advisor spent Monday morning with us. She interviewed a group of our children, spoke to Miss Beckwith in her role as School Council and PSHE lead then worked with Mrs Loxton and I, with a focus on the outcomes of our Phonics screening and KS1 and KS2 SATs.
I have spent a morning and an afternoon in Yellow Class while Mrs Tavenner completed some science monitoring and updated the relevant science documents.
Purple Class are rehearsing madly for their production on Wednesday 12th July (make a note in your diary!).
Various professionals have been working with individual children during the week.
Mrs Schofield attended a maths course on Tuesday afternoon, Mrs McClelland went to a moderator meeting on Wednesday and I attended Schools Forum on Thursday.
School Council, music, individual music lessons, library, French, swimming, year 3 recorders and clubs took place as normal.
The governors met on Tuesday evening – the curriculum committee, the finance committee and the full committee. We welcomed 2 new governors.
Mr Rich and Mrs Cripps took our cricket team to a tournament on Wednesday. Our teams did us proud with the A team and the B team in the final! Our B team won and go through to the Wiltshire finals.
Purple Class visited the Brush Factory as part of their ‘Dragon’s Den’ project and I met with Mr Jordan to discuss the Governors’ meetings. Green Class spent a day at Stourhead.
On Friday morning we welcomed a group of Young Sports Leaders and Miss Thompson from Gillingham School to ran a KS1 Mini-Olympics for our children. Mr Davies, also from Gillingham School, worked in Purple Class.
I met with our lunchtime supervisor team.
Friday 16th June 2017
The weeks are getting busier as the term progresses!
Mrs Barry was on a Child Protection course on Monday and Tuesday. This will enable her to fulfil her role as governor responsible for child protection. Mrs McClelland completed her final morning moderating, in her role as an Early Years Leading Teacher and Moderator. She also attended a Computing. I attended a Wiltshire Primary Head Teacher executive meeting and went to visit a recently appointed head teacher in my role as Head Teacher Mentor.
We had a lot of visiting professionals in school during the week supporting individual children and we welcomed Mrs Seldon and Mr Murray from Gillingham School, as part of the transition process for Purple Class.
I met with the school nurse to discuss her service for the next academic year.
Purple and Red Classes have been rehearsing all week, preparing for the leaver’s production.
Clubs, School Council, music, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, library and swimming took place as usual. Unfortunately Mrs Jacobs was unwell.
Green Class visited the church on Tuesday afternoon.
The governing body Behaviour and Safety committee held their final meeting of the academic year.
Mrs Tavenner has been doing the Phonics Screening Check with Yellow Class all week.
A large group of our KS2 children attended the Area Athletics event at Yeovil on Wednesday afternoon. The conduct of our children was exemplary and there were some great individual performances.
On Friday Mrs Schofield took our girls cricket team to a tournament and I met with the Class Parents. We also collected ‘Travel to School’ data to keep our Travel Plan up to date.
Friday 9th June 2017
As well as welcoming the children back to school after half term we extended a very warm welcome to a new little boy in Yellow Class. I also had the pleasure of showing a new family around the school.
Monday morning was a morning of meetings for me and Mr Jordan and I met to discuss the agenda for the next full governing body meeting.
Mrs Day, from Gillingham School, came to talk to Purple Class and Mrs Loxton as part of the transition process.
Clubs, music lessons, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, school council, library and swimming took place as normal but unfortunately Mrs Jacobs was recovering from an operation. All being well she will return next week.
Various visiting professionals have worked with our children during the week and Purple and Red Classes started their rehearsals for the Leaver’s performance.
Mrs McClelland has been moderating in several locals schools and Mr Rich attended an English course.
On Wednesday we have a visit from an external advisor who observed teaching and learning in the classes with me. She is a trained OFSTED inspector and her comments and observations are hugely useful for school improvement. We also welcomed an Early Years Moderator to moderate our Foundation Stage Profile.
Mrs McClelland has been meeting her new children for September throughout the afternoons this week. The children are given a playpack and we are looking forward to seeing them later in the term.
Purple Class enjoyed a fascinating day at Cranborne Estate on Thursday and class photos were taken on Friday morning.
I held an attendance meeting on Friday afternoon and also met with The Friends.
Head checks took place throughout the week.
Friday 26th May 2017
We waved Red Class off early on Monday morning. They were all very excited about their week in Pencelli.
I had a ‘catch-up’ with Mr Jordan. We talked about school funding and class sizes.
Various professionals worked with the children and all the normal ‘bits and pieces’ took place (apart from School Council as Miss Beckwith was in Pencelli) – French, music, individual music lessons, swimming, library and clubs.
I have attended 2 Wiltshire Safeguarding Board meetings on behalf of Wiltshire Head Teachers.
As ever, it was a pleasure to show some new parents and their children around the school. There is a huge amount of interest in the school at the moment.
Mr Rich attended an English briefing on Wednesday morning and Mrs Schofield took 3 lower KS2 teams to a Tennis Festival at North Dorset Tennis Club. They all played well but did not go through to the next round.
On Thursday Mr Rich and Mrs Wilson moderated the KS1 writing and I attended a cluster Head Teacher meeting. In the afternoon I went to a local school in my role as new Head Teacher mentor.
We said a very sad goodbye to Ms Clark on Friday. We wish her every success in Wales but we are really going to miss her.
The lost property was on display on Friday afternoon, the half term ended and Red Class returned from Pencelli, tired but with some amazing memories.
Friday 19th May 2017
Clubs are now in ‘full swing’ and all of our normal bits and pieces took place this week – French, music, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders and swimming, library and school council.
The School Nurse was in Red Class and Purple Class on Monday helping our teacher to deliver the puberty talks to the children.
I was out of school on Monday attending Wiltshire’s Primary Head Teacher Forum.
KS1 SATs have been taking place all week and I have helped Mrs Wilson also. I have also visited every teacher to look at learning in the classes.
Unfortunately the tennis festival at North Dorset Tennis Club has been postponed until next week.
Blue Class had a very exciting day at Careymore on Wednesday as well.
I have visited 2 Wiltshire schools in my role as Head Teacher Mentor.
Various professionals have been in school supporting our children.
On Friday Mrs Schofield ran a PE more able morning for a small group of our children and groups from our cluster schools. The children took part in kite surfing, fencing and basketball.
I met with our lunchtime supervisors for our half termly meeting on Friday also.
Friday 12th May 2017
Purple Class were delighted to reach the end of the week and complete their KS2 SATs – so were the staff! A lot of staff were involved in the administration of these tests.
Various professionals have visited school this week and I have attended a Safeguarding meeting.
I was delighted to show some new parents around the school. Their children will be starting here on Monday.
Not all music teachers were in school, due to the KS2 SATs, but French, music, swimming and library took place. Clubs also started.
The Governor’s Curriculum committee met on Tuesday evening which was followed by a full governing body meeting.
A teacher visited from another school to work with Mrs McClelland on Tuesday afternoon while I took Blue Class.
I held my Head Teacher lunch with a small group of children on Wednesday – always such a treat to talk to our children about our school.
Miss Beckwith completed some History monitoring on Thursday afternoon while I took Red Class.
Purple Class had a relaxing Friday morning and went for a walk around Mere and I met with the Class Parents on Friday afternoon.
Friday 5th May 2017
A short week with the school being closed for Bank Holiday on Monday.
I attended a meeting in Devizes on Tuesday morning on behalf of Wiltshire head teachers. I also held an attendance meeting during the week and covered classes while Mrs Schofield and Mr Rich held Pupil Progress meetings, discussing the progress of children in each class.
Mrs Jacobs taught her classes on Tuesday morning and hopes to return full time next week. Music, individual music lessons, library, School Council, year 3 recorders and swimming, took place as normal.
The Governor’s Behaviour and Safety Committee met on Tuesday evening.
We welcomed various professionals who support individual children.
The Friends met on Friday afternoon after The Bags to School Collection in the morning.
Friday 28th April 2017
It was lovely to welcome the children back to school, refreshed and ‘raring to go’ after the Easter break. They came home from school on Monday with a copy of the lengthy first newsletter of the term.
The new fence and gate were erected during the week. We hope that this makes the walk to school a little safer.
Mrs Jacobs returned for French on Tuesday morning. She stayed for half a day this week, gradually building up her strength. We hope that she will be back with us full time in a couple of weeks.
There were some individual music lessons, year 3 recorders and swimming, class music, KS1 library and 2 school council meetings.
Our Finance Governors met on Tuesday evening and we closed down our financial year on Wednesday morning.
Mrs McClelland and Mr Rich attended a computing conference on Thursday while Mrs Smith, Mrs Shannon and I covered their classes. Representatives from the Department for Education worked with Purple Class during the morning to trial the KS2 SATs tests for next year.
The diabetic nurse was in school on Thursday morning training some members of staff.
We welcomed some specialist basketball coaches to our KS2 games afternoon on Friday and The Friends met at this time also.
Two new children joined our school also.
Friday 7th April 2017
School Pupil Tracker opened for parents on Monday morning in preparation for Parent Interviews, which took place on Wednesday.
Various professionals have been in school supporting individual children.
Our School Council are now meeting twice weekly. Unfortunately Mrs Jacobs is still unwell but we are hoping she might be back with us after Easter. Some individual music lessons, music and swimming took place. Mrs Clements collected in the library books to complete a stock check.
I was delighted, as ever, to show some new parents around the school and on Tuesday morning I met with the Local Authority to consider the impact of the housing developments in Mere on our school.
Mrs Young and Mrs Howell attended an ELSA course on Tuesday morning and I met with a local head teacher as part of the Head Teacher Mentoring scheme.
Gold class had their reward morning on Tuesday and Mr Rich took our year 5 and 6 football team to a tournament at Tisbury. They played really well and were runners-up. Mrs Shannon and I took the class between us.
Rev Carol and Mrs Marsh took assembly on Wednesday and The Friends of St Michael’s Church ran Easter Workshops with a selection of our children.
The Life Education Bus has been in school for most of the week and every child had a visit. We fund this through the commission from our school photographs. The staff were extremely impressed with the knowledge and behaviour of our children.
Our Musical Entertainment Evening was a great success on Thursday evening. Our young performers did extremely well – it is not easy playing to a hall full of people.
Congratulations to Freya Berrett and Joseph Tibbit for getting through the first round of '500 Words 2017'. An amazing achievment.
School closed on Friday for the Easter break.
Friday 3rd April 2017
Mr Rankin and I were delighted to appoint Mrs Anne Jefferies to take over Ms Clark’s responsibilities in the office. Mrs Anne Dethick was also appointed as our new Clerk to the Governors.
Various professionals were in school during the week and individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, music, Gold swimming and library took place. Unfortunately Mrs Jacobs is still poorly and our only club was Dance as the children are preparing for exams. Our School Council is now meeting twice a week as they have such a busy agenda.
The Wiltshire Scrapstore worked in Green Class on Tuesday morning as part of their Egyptian topic and the Samaritans delivered an assembly to our older children. They then stayed in school and worked with Red Class.
Mrs Loxton attended a course on the KS2 SATs on Tuesday afternoon and I went to a meeting with the Local Authority about safeguarding.
We welcomed many parents, friends and members of the community (72 in total) to our Open Morning on Wednesday. The children enjoyed sharing their achievements with our visitors. During the afternoon Mr Rich ran a year 5 & 6 Pyramid Football Festival at our school and our team performed extremely well, winning the competition, after beating St Georges, Bourton, in the final.
Our various alarms had their quarterly inspection after school on Wednesday and Mr Cannon and Mr Beale completed a Health and Safety inspection on Thursday.
Mrs Loxton and I attended a conference on Thursday. It is good to have the opportunity to listen to international educational experts and have time to discuss and reflect on our school.
A small group of our children attended a computing gifted and talented day at Chilmark School and the week ended with The Friend’s termly disco.
Friday 24th March 2017
Mr Rankin and I shortlisted on Monday morning for Ms Clark’s successor – interview will be held next week.
It was the last week for clubs, but dance club will be continuing until the end of term as many children are taking exams.
Mrs Jacobs is off until the end of term and we have sent her a card to wish her a speedy recovery. Year 3 recorders, individual music lessons, music, School Council, swimming and library took place as usual.
I met with Mr Dalton from the Chelsea Foundation and various professionals were in school supporting our children.
I held my Head Teacher lunch on Wednesday – our children always have some useful observations and comments and I appreciate this opportunity to chat with them.
After this I went to Trowbridge to work with a newly appointed Head Teacher in my role as Head Teacher mentor. I also worked with another Head Teacher on Friday.
On Thursday Yellow Class had an interesting and fun day at Haynes Motor Museum and during the afternoon Mr Rich, Mrs Shannon and Miss Beckwith met to discuss how we will organise our 2 year 5 classes in September.
Thursday was non-school uniform day (in exchange for a bingo prize) and The Friends made up the hampers for our Easter Bingo. Friday was Red Nose Day and we all came to school in something red and our red noses.
The week ended with The Friend’s Easter Bingo.
Friday 17th March 2017
Various professionals were in school supporting individual children during the week and Mel and Karen (from the Wiltshire Behaviour Support team) ran their second surgery for parents.
Unfortunately there was no French again this week but individual music lessons, music, Gold Class swimming, year 3 recorders, library, School Council and clubs ran as normal.
Mrs Ings and Mrs Rawlings went to an Administrative Officers meeting and I visited 2 recently appointed head teachers in my role as Head Teacher Mentor.
Mr Rich took our year 3 and 4 football team to take part in the Football Festival at Gillingham School and Mrs Schofield took our year 5 and 6 netball team to the North Dorset finals.
Mrs Barry completed her governor monitoring focusing on internet safety.
Thursday was a busy day as we had our OFSTED inspection.
Ms Tozer completed her first aid training on Friday.
Friday 10th March 2017
On Monday morning the Governing Body appointed Mrs Debs Shannon to the post of part-time year 5 teacher for September 2017. She will be working every morning so that these children are in much smaller classes for English and maths.
Clubs, Gold swimming, music, individual music lessons, School Council and library continued as normal. We wish Mrs Jacobs well and hope she starts to feel better soon.
Red Class spent Tuesday morning in the woods around Stourhead as part of their topic and Mrs McClelland attended a computing course in the afternoon, while I taught Blue Class.
The Governors met on Tuesday evening and took part in a training session, organised by Mrs Loxton and Mr Rich, on progress and marking and feedback.
The Book Fair arrived on Wednesday for a week. All of the classes have visited to look at the books.
Mr Ian Hart, an HMI, worked with our Senior Leadership Team on Wednesday. We employ Mr Hart as an external validator for our school. He brings huge knowledge and experience from a national field and visits regularly to ensure we are ready for our impending OFSTED visit and to make any suggestions for improvement. His visits are rigorous and challenging but it is important that we are challenged on a regular basis.
Mrs McClelland was also out of school on Wednesday in her role as Early Years Moderator. We welcomed 2 new supply teachers to our school.
Following the huge attendance at our ‘Helping your Child to Manage their Emotions at Home’ workshop our 2 experts ran individual surgeries for parents on Wednesday morning.
I was in and out of school on Thursday – at a Cluster Head Teacher meeting during the morning, and at a finance meeting, on behalf of Wiltshire Head Teachers, during the afternoon. We also welcomed many professionals that day from the school nurse to the Special Educational Needs team who provided some training for some of our TAs.
Mr Littlewood, our Governor responsible for DT, met with Mrs McClelland and Mrs Wilson as part of our monitoring programme, on Friday morning. Mr Rich attended an English course all day and I had the pleasure of teaching Green Class and taking games afternoon.
Friday 3rd March 2017
Mrs Smith was available all Monday morning for her SEN surgery and the NSPCC worked in Red and Purple Classes.
I held an attendance meeting and Mrs Loxton met with the TAs on Tuesday afternoon. We are also delighted to help Mere Pre-School by providing a venue for their various meetings.
I had two fascinating afternoons looking at a selection of books from every class.
We welcomed the school nurse and the Wiltshire Behaviour Support Team during the week and a teacher from a local school who came to work with Mrs McClelland.
Our ‘Helping your Child Manage their Emotions’ workshop was extremely well attended and I know the parents who came found this session extremely useful.
Mrs Loxton attended a course on Wednesday afternoon and we hosted a Cluster Governor training session on Internet Safety.
Our hockey team took part in our Pyramid Hockey Tournament at Gillingham School. They played extremely well in extremely challenging weather conditions.
Unfortunately Mrs Jacobs is very unwell so there was no French again but our usual bits and pieces – Gold swimming, year 3 recorders, clubs, School Council, individual music lessons, music and library, took place as normal.
We welcomed Mark Robertson, a local author, to school on Wednesday. He started the day with a special assembly then worked with every class. The next day was World Book Day when we all dressed up and were involved in a whole host of exciting activities related to books. In the evening the children returned to school for our Bedtime Story event and The Friends provided hot chocolate and biscuits for the children. Mrs Wilson, Mrs Loxton and Mrs Tavenner ran parent workshops while the rest of the staff read to the children.
Mrs Wilson attended a SATs course on Friday and Mrs McClelland went to an Early Years Course while Mrs Shannon and I took the classes.
Friday 24th February 2017
School was closed to the children on Monday as we held a T D day. Our teachers visited local schools in pairs during the morning and met in the afternoon to discuss what had been observed. They came back reflecting on what we do well at Mere and with some ideas and developments to consider.
School started as normal on Tuesday with clubs, individual music lessons, music, year 3 recorders, swimming, School Council and library. Unfortunately Mrs Jacobs was unwell so there was no French.
Mrs Smith met with Ms Hansford (our SEN Governor) to talk about our provision. Mrs Schofield attended a maths course on Tuesday afternoon while I took Gold Class.
I again had the pleasure of Gold Class on Wednesday morning while Mrs Schofield ran the Pyramid Dance Festival here. It was a wonderful morning and the standard of dance was excellent. Our team of dancers did us proud! In the afternoon Gold Class had their first swimming session of the year and Mr Rich and Mrs Loxton met to plan for a governor training session. I spent the afternoon with Green Class.
Various health professionals have been in school supporting individual children and Ms Mark worked with Purple Class on Wednesday morning as part of their induction programme for Gillingham School.
The NSPCC ran our assemblies on Thursday morning.
Our Class Parents met on Friday afternoon.
Friday 10th February 2017
Mrs Smith and I met with the Local Authority team on Monday morning to consider our SEN provision. During the afternoon PC Alan Burns talked to Red and Purple Classes about Internet Safety in preparation for Safer Internet Day on Tuesday.
All classes were involved in activities related to Safer Internet Day and the children had a special assembly where a competition was launched.
I spent all Tuesday at a local school supporting the new head teacher in my role of Head Teacher mentor.
We have appreciated your patience in the school office as we are operating a skeleton staff due to illness.
Clubs, music, library, School Council, swimming, French, individual music lessons (apart from piano) and year 3 recorders took place as normal.
We had visits from the school nursing team and the Local Authority Behaviour Support team.
I held my Head Teacher lunch for this term. I love talking to the children about our school – they make such valuable comments.
Blue Class visited Mere Surgery on Thursday as part of their ‘People Who Help Us’ topic and Red Class ran a Cake and Book Sale to raise money for their trip to Stourhead.
Mr Rich took 2 football teams to Milton School for some friendly matches. Unfortunately we lost both games but it was very close.
Friday was the final day of this half term and school closed for a week.
Friday 3rd February 2017
Purple Class had an early start on Monday morning as they had their trip to @Bristol. They had a fascinating and exciting day. While they were out of school Blue Class enjoyed a visit from the fire crew from Mere Fire Station. During the afternoon Mr Rich ran a reading moderation information session for our cluster year 2 teachers and Mrs Shannon took his class.
We welcomed various school nurses, the Local Authority Behaviour Support team and several speech and language therapists during the week.
Our usual activities took place – music, French, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, swimming, library, School Council and clubs.
I attended a meeting of the Wiltshire Safeguarding Board on Wednesday morning and Wiltshire Primary Heads Forum on Thursday.
Our gym and outdoor play equipment was checked on Thursday morning and I had the pleasure of teaching Red Class on Friday morning.
The Friends met on Friday afternoon.
Friday 27th January 2017
My week started with an Attendance Meeting then I had the pleasure of observing Yellow Class at work. During the afternoon I delivered some PREVENT training to one of our TAs and staff from a neighbouring school.
Unfortunately Mrs Schofield was not in school all week and Gold Class had a selection of teachers – Mrs Shinar, Mrs Smith, Mrs Shannon and myself. Mrs Schofield produced the planning for the class and kept a very close eye on what we did!
The school nursing team, the behaviour support team, Social Care and various speech and language therapists have been in school supporting children this week.
I have visited 2 new head teachers this week in my role as head teacher mentor. It is always interesting visiting other schools.
The governors had a busy evening on Tuesday with the Finance Committee and Curriculum Committee meeting, followed by a full governing body meeting.
Clubs, year 3 recorders, music, individual music lessons, French, School Council, Green Class swimming and library took place as normal.
I showed some new parents around on Tuesday morning and their child will be joining us in Yellow Class shortly.
Mrs McClelland and Mrs Wilson completed some DT monitoring on Wednesday afternoon. They revised the relevant policies and scheme of work and talked to the children about their DT work.
Mr Rich took our football team to Pimperne School for the next round of the Davison Cup. Unfortunately, despite fighting hard under very difficult circumstances, we lost 2-0. Well done to our team and Mr Rich.
Mrs Read (who is our resident i.pad expert) delivered some training to our TAs on Thursday afternoon.
I met with the lunchtime supervisors on Friday
Friday 20th January 2017
We all had a very informative and interesting day on Monday when Mr Karl Hopwood visited all of our classes to talk about internet safety. We were delighted to welcome so many parents, from our school and our cluster schools for our internet safety information evening later on in the day.
Various professionals visited to support individual children – the Behaviour Support team and the school nurse.
Clubs started this week and French, individual music lessons, music, year 3 recorders, library and School Council continued as normal. Unfortunately Green Class swimming was cancelled as the pool was closed.
I attended an executive meeting of the Wiltshire Primary Head Teachers Forum and the executive meeting of the Wiltshire Safeguarding Board. Mrs Barry attended Child Protection training on Friday in her role as Safeguarding Governor and Ms Tozer updated her first aid qualification. Mrs McClelland attended an Early Years moderation meeting and Mrs Howell and Mrs Cripps went to an information meeting about child mental health issues.
Unfortunately I could not attend the Mere and Tisbury Cluster Head Teachers meeting but two of our children attended the Cluster Parliament on Thursday.
I continued observing teaching and learning in various classes.
We collected Travel to School data on Friday to keep our Travel Plan up to date.
Friday 13th January 2017
Our first full week back of the new year started with me visiting most of our classes to look at the learning our children were involved in. I report my findings to our Governing Body and we work through any issues raised.
The School Nurse and the Behaviour Support TA came to visit particular children and Mrs Shannon took Red Class as Miss Beckwith was on a course on Tuesday, training her to support children with mental health needs. Mrs Wilson and Mrs Edgar met on Tuesday afternoon to ensure a smooth transition into Mrs Edgar’s maternity leave. I was at County Hall all day on Thursday attending a finance meeting on behalf of Wiltshire head teachers.
Our School Improvement Advisor spent Wednesday morning working with us. She completed a book scrutiny with Mr Rich, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Schofield then spent some time discussing teaching and learning in school with Mrs Loxton and I.
Our normal activities started – French, music, individual music lessons, swimming, year 3 recorders, School Council and library.
We had a visit from a Theatre Company on Thursday afternoon and the children enjoyed another pantomime production. Mrs Rich kindly organised this for us.
I met with our Class Parents on Friday afternoon, School Pupil Tracker closed for parental access and Mrs Edgar started her maternity leave.
Friday 6th January 2017
We all enjoyed a short week, getting back into the ‘swing of things’. It was lovely to hear about what the children have been up to this Christmas.
The teachers had a very busy day on Tuesday developing their work on ‘Talk4writing’ in the morning and their knowledge on the use of i.pads in the afternoon. We welcomed 2 different experts to our school.
A lengthy newsletter came home on Wednesday with a list of dates for the whole term and Green Class went swimming.
English and Maths Pupil Progress meetings took place throughout the week. At these meetings the teachers consider, with the subject leader, how the children in their class are progressing and any interventions that might be needed to accelerate this progress.
Miss Beckwith met with the School Council on Thursday and the Speech Therapist was in school on Friday working with individual children.
The Friends met on Friday afternoon and Mrs Ings and Mrs Rawlings had a visit from the technician who supports our software on the school’s computer management system.
Friday 15th December 2016
My favourite week in school and we have certainly packed in lots of festive activities!
Monday was the quietest day of the week. Ms Tozer started in Yellow Class supporting an individual child and I held an Attendance Meeting. We also welcomed 2 students from Gillingham School on their Work Observation Day. Green Class visited the Rosemary Goddard Centre during the morning.
We have had several rehearsals preparing for our Carol Service and this was a lovely way to bring our Christmas festivities to a close on Friday morning. Purple Class readers told us the Christmas Story, our recorder group played and the children sang so well, despite being exhausted and excited.
Mere Pre-School have made several visits to our hall in preparation for their Christmas production on Wednesday morning. They borrowed the hall while we enjoyed a morning at Salisbury Playhouse watching the pantomime – Aladdin. Thank you to The Friends who fund raise all year to raise the money for us to take the children. As usual the behaviour of our children was exemplary and we all had a wonderful time – oh yes we did!
I showed a potential new parent around the school on Monday afternoon and some individual music lessons, some French lessons, music, Green Class swimming and School Council took place. Mrs Clements collected in the library books to complete a stocktake. We are very grateful for all the work she completed voluntarily in our library.
We had an early lunch on Tuesday ready for our Christmas plays. The children performed so well to a packed audience during Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening and we raised £408 in donations for the 'Make a Wish Foundation'.
Father Christmas came to see us during our Christmas lunch on Thursday and the children sang to him. The governors joined us all for lunch and the children visited Father Christmas during the day in his grotto. We all wore our Christmas jumpers (something festive) to lunch).
Congratulations to Castle who have won the House Cup this half term.
School ended at 3.15 pm on Friday after such a busy, but very special, week.
Friday 9th December 2016
It has been a week of rehearsals, for our productions and our Carol Service and I think we are almost there! We had our dress rehearsals on Friday morning and were joined by Mere Pre-School and some residents from Bramley House.
On Monday Green Class visited the Rosemary Goddard Centre and Yellow and Silver Classes visited the Church in Gillingham.
A lot of professionals have visited this week to support our children and we had a Local Authority Health and Safety Inspection on Tuesday – we were delighted with the outcome. We also had an asbestos inspection and Mrs Corbett retained her 5-star rating in the kitchen after the Environmental Health team visited.
Mrs Symonds has planned to visit her new school on Wednesday but OFSTED arrived instead! Mrs Treby visited her new school on Friday.
The Fire Safety Officer worked with Silver and Purple Classes on Wednesday morning and the final session of the ‘Families Reading Every Day’ course took place.
Mrs Loxton and I attended an OFSTED course on Thursday and in the afternoon Red Class visited Fives Court and Bramley House, to sing to the residents.
Mrs Tavenner had her final visit to Mere and is looking forward to starting with Yellow Class in January.
There were no clubs or music this week but French, swimming, library, individual music lessons and School Council took place as normal.
The Friends met on Friday to finalise their Christmas plans and Friday night was disco night!
Friday 2nd December 2016
Mrs Symonds visited her new school on Monday morning while I took Yellow Class. I also attended 2 meetings of the Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board, on behalf of Wiltshire head teachers during the week.
There was a Bag 2 School collection at the beginning of the week which raises valuable funds for The Friends.
The School Nurse has visited to support several children.
Mrs Ross started in Green Class as an additional Teaching Assistant, supporting a specific child, this week. Mrs Barry has been in school all week shadowing Mrs Read ready for when she starts as Gold Class TA in January.
There have been many rehearsals for our Christmas entertainment and the children are looking forward to sharing their hard work with you.
I met with Mr Jordan and we discussed our SATs results, various governor policies and routines, staffing issues and the car park.
The Health Service were in school on Wednesday giving the flu vaccine to most of our year 1, 2 and 3 children.
Mrs Parry and her Dance Club performed to the school and to their parents on Wednesday afternoon. It is good to celebrate what they have been learning during the term.
I held my Head Teacher Lunch on Thursday lunchtime. I love chatting to the children about the school, what they think about it and how we can improve. During the afternoon Mr Rich, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Schofield completed a book scrutiny.
St Michael’s Church were in school all day on Thursday. They ran Advent Workshops for our children and there was a special assembly at the end of the day.
Mrs Tavenner and Mrs Symonds worked together on Friday morning while Mr Button took Yellow Class.
Friday 25th November 2016
Mrs Symonds visited her new school on Monday morning while I took Yellow Class. Mr Cannon attended a Health and Safety course.
There have been numerous rehearsals for the Christmas productions throughout the week – things seem to be going well!
It was lovely to welcome so many parents and friends of the school to our open afternoon. You all seemed to enjoy sharing what your children have been learning throughout the term.
Clubs, music, individual music lessons, swimming, year 3 recorders, library, French and school council took place as normal.
I showed a new parent around the school and the school nurse worked with us supporting individual children.
There was a selection of meetings for governors on Tuesday evening – curriculum, finance and the full committee.
Mrs Schofield took our tag rugby team to the North Dorset Tag Rugby finals. Our team performed extremely well coming third overall and demonstrated great sportsmanship.
Thursday was non-school uniform day, in exchange for a Christmas bingo prize. The Friends spent Friday packaging up the prizes ready for their Christmas Bingo on Friday evening.
I attended a Wiltshire Primary Head Teachers meeting on Thursday while the children enjoyed a visit from Debi Evans, a local author, who sold her books after school.
Mrs Tavenner met Yellow Class parents on Friday morning over a cup of coffee and then spent some time in Blue and Silver classes.
Friday 18th November 2016
There have been many rehearsals for our Christmas productions during the week and costume request letters have been sent home to parents.
Various teachers have been on courses this week – I have been on a safeguarding course, Mr Rich swimming and Mrs McClelland computing. I have also attended a Cluster head teacher meeting.
We have had visits from various professionals this week – several nurses, the Ethnic Minority Service and social care supporting our children.
Green Class had a fascinating trip to Nothe Forte as part of their World War II project and Blue Class enjoyed a birthday party on Friday for Frazer Bear.
Our governing body Behaviour and Safety committee met on Tuesday evening. They had their usual agenda items and also completed some PREVENT training (a strategy to stop young people being drawn into terrorism).
Clubs, French, music, individual music lessons, swimming, year 3 recorders, library and school council took place as normal.
Our School Improvement Advisor worked with Mrs Loxton, Mr Jordan and myself on Wednesday morning analysing our KS1 SATs, KS2 SATs and phonics data from 2015/16. We also set targets for our children for the coming year. After this meeting Mr Jordan met with Mr Rich to discuss English and computing across the school.
I, once again, had the pleasure of showing a potential new parent around the school. I do love showing our school off!
Friday was a spotty and mad hair day, in aid of Children in Need. We sold Pudsey Bear cakes to the children at break time and our school council organised a cake sale after school.
We spent a lot of time during the week on activities related to ‘Action Against Bullying’ with a particular focus on cyber-bullying. This is a growing area of concern in schools across the country and is a regular topic of conversation in classes.
I have visited every class looking at our classroom environments and reflecting on how they might be improved.
Friday 11th November 2016
Our older children have been selling poppies all week and the whole school stopped for two minutes of silence during assembly on Friday.
Mr Rankin and I shortlisted for our TA posts on Monday and held interviews on Thursday. We were able to appoint to both posts. Mrs Rebecca Ross and Mrs C Tozer were successful. Mrs Sarah Treby will be leaving us at Christmas to take on the role of Teaching Assistant in a secondary school much nearer to her home. We are going to miss her tremendously. Mrs Read will be returning to Purple Class and Mrs Barry has been appointed as the new Teaching Assistant for Gold Class.
I had a busy morning on Monday showing 2 new pupils around the school who started later in the week. Mrs Rich and Mrs McClelland spent Monday afternoon talking to the children about computing and e.safety.
There have been several Christmas rehearsals this week and we are just about ready to start staging both productions.
We have had several visits from various professionals this week.
Mr Rich attended an English course on Tuesday and Mrs Shannon took Green Class. I went to a Head Teacher executive meeting on Tuesday morning. Mrs Loxton met with our TAs during the afternoon.
Wednesday was our maths day and the children were involved in all sorts of different mathematical activities. During the morning the Wiltshire Family Learning team ran a reading course for some parents.
The school nurse was with us nearly all day on Wednesday working with individual children and training staff on how to use the epi-pen. Our netball teams were in action at the netball festival at Gillingham School. Our year 3 & 4 team had some coaching while our year 5 & 6 team took part in a competition. We were the runners-up so go through to the North Dorset competition.
Our usual bits and pieces took place – library, French, music, individual music lessons, swimming, school council, year 3 recorders and clubs.
Mr Rich organised football matches against Milton School on Thursday. Our children did very well winning them both.
Mrs Tavenner was in on Friday morning preparing for taking Yellow Class in January 2016. She worked with Mrs Loxton, discussing science, and spent some time in classes throughout the school.
I met with our Class Parents and representatives from St Michael’s Church came in to deliver ‘Open the Book’ to our KS1 children.
Friday 4th November 2016
We all returned to school to a lovely surprise in our school grounds. The new quiet area is almost complete, the mound has been re-surfaced and our play area for Yellow Class is under development. Thank you to The Friends (and Kingsmere Surfacing)– our site looks wonderful and our children are very lucky to have such a great place to play. We also had some electrical work completed in school with new lighting down the corridor.
It was good to welcome the children back for this half term – my favourite term of the year! Rehearsals started for our Christmas productions.
We had visits from various professionals during the week – the Ethnic Minority Advisory Service, Behaviour Support, Speech and Language, CAHMs and Social Care.
The Food Bank came to collect our donations on Monday morning – a huge thank you for your support from the School Council.
I completed my classroom observations on Tuesday morning and Mrs Young and Mrs Howell attended one of follow-up sessions to a long course they completed last year. I visited a local head teacher during the afternoon in my role as Head Teacher Mentor.
Swimming, clubs (apart from KS1 Tennis), library, swimming, year 3 recorders, School Council, music and individual music lessons took place as normal.
We enjoyed meeting so many parents during Parent Interview on Wednesday evening.
Mr Murray from Gillingham School came to visit Purple Class on Thursday morning as part of the induction programme.
I showed a new parents around the school on Friday morning and Mrs Tavenner spent the morning in school preparing for taking Yellow Class in January 2017.
The Friends had their monthly meeting also.
Headchecks took place all week.
Friday 21st October 2016
Monday was a T D day and the teachers worked with some cluster colleagues with Dr Tom Robson with a focus on science and assessment. It was a fascinating and thought provoking day.
On Tuesday a small group of children went to Ludwell School to take part in food technology activities as part of our Cluster Gifted and Talented programme. Mrs Jacobs made a welcome return after a period of illness.
Clubs, individual music lessons, school council, swimming, recorders, library and music took place as normal.
I went to a school in Dorset on Tuesday morning to observe a candidate, who was going to be interviewed for our year 1 post. It is fascinating visiting other teachers and different schools.
Mr Rich and Mrs McClelland spent the day on Wednesday on an e.safety course – such a crucial area in schools now. I had the pleasure of teaching Green Class and Mrs Shivar (a new supply teacher) taught Blue. Mrs Schofield took Silver Class during the morning and then went to a Tag Rugby tournament with Mrs Cripps and our rugby teams in the afternoon. Our A team came 4th out of 8 and our B team came 3rd out of 6. Mrs Schofield said it was a pleasure taking the children and they represented our school so well. Mrs Wilson took Gold Class to Montecute House as part of their topic on The Tudors.
On Thursday morning Mr Jordan, Mr Rankin and I interviewed for Mrs Symond’s post. Mrs Edgar, Mrs Symonds and Mrs Loxton also spent some time with the candidates. We were delighted to appoint Mrs Melanie Tavenner. She is a very experienced teacher who will be joining us after Christmas from Sturminster Marshall First School.
Mrs Edgar met with our lunchtime supervisors on Thursday morning. They meet every half term.
Our football team, under the guidance of Mr Rich, beat Bourton Primary School on Thursday to go through to the next round of The Davison Cup competition.
Friday was the final day of this half term and school closed at 3.15 pm.
Friday 14th October 2016
Gold Class had an informative morning with the Local Authority Walksafe team on Monday morning learning about how to keep safe on the roads. We have passed a set of photos to the police of cars who did not stop at the zebra crossing and they will be contacting these drivers. Purple Class enjoyed and interesting day at the Ancient Technology Centre.
Mrs Smith was not in school on Monday so I took Yellow and Green Classes for music. Mrs Jacobs hopes to return next week so Mrs Schofield gave all classes another German lesson while I took Gold Class.
I have spent 2 mornings in classes looking at ‘attitudes to learning’. I was very impressed – our children are extremely keen to learn, showing interest, attentiveness and enthusiasm.
Clubs took place as normal along with music, individual music lessons, Green Class swimming, year 3 recorders and library.
Mr Edkins was in school on Tuesday morning taking photographs and I met with Mr Jordan to discuss a long list of things, from staffing to school trips to safeguarding.
Red Class had a Roman Soldier with them on Wednesday morning, bringing their topic ‘to life’.
I met with a group of children at my Head Teacher lunch and we discussed various issues. This is always a fascinating event for me.
Mrs Loxton attended a meeting on Wednesday afternoon on disadvantaged learners and Mrs Edgar went to one on maths on Thursday.
The KS2 boys loos had a new floor put down on Friday morning – we have been struggling with one set of loos for the last week but it will be worth the wait.
Members of St Michael’s Church were in school for Open the Book on Friday afternoon.
Friday 7th October 2016
Mr Jordan, Mr Rankins and I met on Monday morning to shortlist for our year 1 appointment. We decided not to interview and have re-advertised. Mr Jordan and I then spent some more time preparing for the Governors meeting.
The Local Authority Walksafe team worked with Yellow and Gold Classes on Monday morning. During the afternoon our school nurse worked with a group of TAs and lunchtime supervisors to complete the competency training for the administration of an epi-pen.
I showed some new parents around school and we welcomed another new pupil.
Our Speech and Language Therapist worked with various children on Tuesday morning and there was a selection of governor meetings in the evening.
Clubs, individual music lessons, swimming for Green Class, year 3 recorders and library took place as normal but as Mrs Smith was ill there were no music lessons for classes. Mrs Schofield took all of our classes throughout Tuesday, introducing them to the German language, as Mrs Jacob’s illness continued. I had the pleasure of teaching Gold Class.
Four of our children went on the Sports Ambassador training on Wednesday accompanied by Mr Nick Beale, our PE Governor. Our Accounting Technician worked with Mrs Ings and me on Wednesday morning checking that our school accounts are all in order.
Mrs Shannon came in to teach the classes that Mrs Smith usually takes.
The Cluster Head Teachers met here on Thursday morning along with the Cluster Council. In the afternoon I attended a finance meeting at County Hall on behalf of Wiltshire Head Teachers.
Some of our year 6 children completed their Bikability qualification on Friday and The Friends held their monthly meeting on Friday afternoon.
Friday 30th September 2016
Huge congratulations to Carla who raised £516 for The Friends – thank you!
We welcomed another new child to our school this week and I have been delighted to show 2 candidates around who are interested in Mrs Symond’s post.
I delivered PREVENT training for a selection of our staff. This is statutory training helping our staff to spot the signs of radicalisation.
Clubs, swimming, individual music lessons, school council, music lessons and library took place as normal. Unfortunately Mrs Jacobs is still poorly.
Mr Cannon started as our new Handyman this week and worked alongside Mr Drake for the week. Mr Nick Beale joined them on Tuesday morning to complete a health and safety inspection and he reported his findings to the Behaviour and Safety Governor Committee meeting in the evening. We said goodbye to Mr Drake on Thursday.
Ms Bowler came to Green Class to talk about her experiences during the war.
Mr Ian Hart (HMI) was in school on Tuesday working with the Senior Leadership Team and Mr Jordan writing our new self evaluation document in anticipation of an impending OFSTED visit.
Miss Beckwith and Mrs Symonds completed an evaluation of PSHE learning and related policies on Wednesday.
Again, there were a series of visiting professionals in school supporting individual children.
Our School Improvement Advisor was in school on Wednesday and she worked with a team of our governors to complete some appraisal work.
I attended two Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board meetings on behalf of Wiltshire head teachers.
Some of our year 6 children were involved in Bikeability training on Friday and a technician worked in the office on Friday morning ensuring our computer systems were in good working order.
Friday 23rd September 2016
Our Carnival Club enjoyed taking part in the Mere Carnival afternoon procession last Saturday and they came second in their class. A huge thank you to Mr Beale and Mrs Barry for organising this.
We welcomed 2 more new children to the school on Monday morning and our clubs programme started.
Various professionals were in school supporting our children and we were delighted to work closely with Mere Pre-School, sharing our facilities with them.
Unfortunately Mrs Jacobs was not in school for French this week but music, individual music lessons, swimming, school council and library took place as normal.
The governing body met on Tuesday evening to formulate their committees and allocate the various responsibilities. Mr Jordan and I also had a meeting to discuss several pressing issues.
I attended a Local Authority finance meeting on Tuesday morning and Wiltshire’s Primary Heads Forum on Thursday. Mrs Loxton joined me in the afternoon for our Child Protection update training. We were delighted to welcome Mrs Debs Shannon back to school taking Purple Class that afternoon. I enjoyed teaching during our PE afternoon covering for Mrs Schofield.
The office collected travel to school data on Friday morning so Mr Simon Richardson can input this into our new Travel Plan.
The team from St Michael’s Church delivered ‘Open the Book’ to our KS1 children on Friday afternoon.
We would like to wish Carla the very best of luck when she runs the Winchester Marathon in aid of The Friends tomorrow.
Friday 16th September 2016
School is gradually moving into all the normal routines and our ‘Class of the Week’ initiative is really improving movement around the school. Well done Gold Class for winning this week.
Two more children started with us this week with several more due over the next few weeks.
As part of our health and safety procedures we had our fire alarms tested after school on Monday – quite a noisy affair!
I went to support a new Head Teacher on Monday afternoon as part of the Wiltshire Head Teacher Mentoring programme.
All of our music lessons have started along with music, library and swimming. Unfortunately Mrs Jacobs did not come in this week for French.
I have started to show potential candidates around the school for Mrs Symond’s job.
Tuesday was Roald Dahl day and our classes celebrated this during the day and Mr Rich introduced a competition that anyone can enter.
Mrs Loxton met with our Teaching Assistants on Tuesday and various professionals have been in school supporting individual children.
Wiltshire Library delivered a lorry loaded with resources for our classes.
Mrs Loxton spent the day on Thursday analysing the huge amounts of data we have in school while I taught Purple Class.
Miss Beckwith has met with her new School Council.
I met with Mr Jordan to chat about governor vacancies and school data.
The Class Parents and I met on Friday afternoon. Mrs Schofield was out so Mr Rich, with the support of another coach, organised our KS2 games afternoon.
Friday 9th September 2016
We are gradually settling into the school routines and we welcomed more children to our school this week.
I had a post holiday catch-up with Mr Jordan and we chatted about staffing, KS2 SATs, admissions and what a wonderful job our new cleaning team have done over the holidays. The school is pristine and smells wonderful!
Even at this early stage of the term we have had visits from professionals who are supporting some of our children and I met with the new management team from the Children’s Centre.
I attended a Head Teacher meeting in Devizes on Tuesday morning and had the delight of teaching Green Class on Monday morning while Mr Rich completed some training.
Some music lessons started, French and music took place, along with Green Class swimming and KS1 library.
The Friends met on Friday afternoon. Mrs McClelland welcomed her parents into the classroom for a meeting with their children, seeing how well they have settled in and members of St Michael’s Church delivered ‘Open the Book’.
Well done to Green Class who won Class of the Week!
Friday 2nd September 2016
The teachers spent Thursday in school preparing for the new school year. We had a long staff meeting talking about all the new children who were starting, safeguarding, our new handwriting policy and behaviour then the rest of the day everyone returned to their classroom.
I showed a lot of new children, and a new supply teacher, around the school and our office team were busy selling uniform and preparing for their start.
Coffee and croissants in the playground was a lovely way to start the new school term on Friday. Thank you to The Friends for organising this.
School started for the autumn term at 9 am and the children shared all their news about their holiday.
We had our normal KS2 PE afternoon.
Tuesday 19th July 2016
A short, extremely busy and emotional week!
We welcomed several children on Monday on a taster day, who will be joining us in September.
Mr Rich and Mrs Edgar met with all teachers to consider progress in English and maths. The outgoing and receiving teachers were at the meetings to ensure that everyone is fully informed about the children.
On Monday morning we held our annual Achievement Assembly. The hall was packed with families celebrating the achievements of their children. Congratulations to Duchy who have won the House Cup this term.
A small group of governors met after this assembly and the children transferred their books to their new classes.
The staff and year 6 children enjoyed the Leaver’s Lunch and every leaver had a special cake.
I have held several attendance meetings and despite being the last week, various professionals were in school supporting individual children.
Tuesday started with a special goodbye from Purple Class with their Leaver’s Assembly. A huge amount of tissues were used! They entertained us with their special memories and various awards were presented.
The school enjoyed our final event on Tuesday afternoon – Mere School’s Got Talent. It was a wonderful way to end the year.
School closed for the children at 3.15 pm but the staff spent Wednesday in school preparing for the next term.
Friday 15th July 2016
The weeks continue to get even more busy (and exciting)!
Yellow Class went to Langford Lakes on Monday and had a wonderful time dodging the showers.
Our year 4 tennis team represented Mere School at the Dorset tennis finals and played extremely well. It was such a tremendous achievement to reach this stage of the competition.
The Senior PE Lecturer from Winchester University spent the day with Mrs Schofield evaluating our PE plans from this academic year and formulating a new one for next year. We have achieved a tremendous amount and our sporting teams have had some great successes.
Mr Littlewood came in to complete some work with our Imagineering Club on Monday then returned on Wednesday to complete the Governor Science monitoring with Mrs Symonds.
Our older children had their final rehearsals for their production – ‘Sleeping Beauty, the Ugly Truth’ and performed to a packed house on Tuesday evening.
Various staff appraisals have been taking place and these will be completed next week.
I attended a Safeguarding Course on Tuesday morning and rushed back from Salisbury for our Volunteer Lunch. We invite everyone who has helped the school during the year to say thank you.
Parents and children were invited to visit their new classes after school on Tuesday and I have shown new parents and children around the school, ready for September.
It was an extremely busy week for Mrs Loxton as she took a large group of our year 4, 5 and 6 children to see Matilda in London. This was an amazing experience for our children.
Silver Class spent Wednesday at Longleat and Gold Class had their final swimming session.
Mrs Clements collected in all the library books so that she can complete a stock take.
Thursday was British day and it was such fun. The children worked in mixed groups and cooked, danced, considered English music through the ages, studied our royal family and made a big dragon. We had a British lunch and celebrated the Queen’s birthday by sharing a special cake. Thank you to Miss Beckwith for organising such a special day.
Even though it was the penultimate week of term we still had visits from a lot of professionals to support our children.
The children had French twice this week and music as usual. It was the final visit for our peripatetic music teacher this school year.
The weather was kind to us on Friday morning and Sports Day was a tremendous success. Mrs Schofield did us proud with something to please everyone!
The lost property was on show for parents and will be out until the end of term.
The week ended with The Friend’s disco.
Friday 8th July 2016
Another wet start to the week! Red Class managed to go sketching in Mere before the ‘heavens opened’ on Monday and we welcomed 4 children from Whitesheet School all day as they completed the Bikeability programme on our site. I spent a lovely day in Yellow Class and our school nurse delivered the puberty talks in Red and Purple Classes.
Purple Class have been working hard on their production and we all enjoyed their dress rehearsal on Friday.
A selection of visiting professionals have been in school supporting individual children and our School Improvement Advisor worked with Mrs Loxton and I on Wednesday morning. She also chatted with a group of our older children about their work. Our children really impressed her.
Mr Walker, Gold Class and our brass players entertained us on Tuesday morning in our special assembly.
Our teachers have been evaluating their subject responsibilities throughout the week.
Yellow Class walked to the shops on Wednesday afternoon as they have been learning about money.
Mrs Clements has been collecting in the library books so that she can do a stock take at the end of term.
Mrs Loxton organised a visit from ‘Wheels’ in Gillingham on Wednesday morning. They came to check the bikes of the children who will be taking the Bikeability course next term.
Purple Class spent the day at Gillingham School on Wednesday and while they were out our children spent some time with their new teacher, ready for September. They also brought home a ‘Welcome Letter’ with information for mums and dads for next year.
It was great to welcome so many parents and relatives to our Open Morning on Thursday. Purple Class were delivering their ‘pitches’ to the managers from The Brush Factory in true ‘Dragon’s Den’ style. It was very entertaining and every class was busy showing their guests what they have been learning during the term.
After Open Morning the Cluster Parliament met in school and they had lunch together. The Cluster Head Teachers also had a meeting.
Mrs Symonds and our Gardening Club put on another fabulous Gardening Show and our guests were able to visit this during our Open Morning. It was also open to viewing after school.
Imagineering Club was the only club running this week but individual music lessons took place as normal.
Mrs Edgar, Mrs Symonds and Mrs McClelland met on Friday morning to have a discussion about work and progression in KS1.
Mere Library came to launch their Summer Reading Challenge in assembly.
Mrs Edgar met with our MDSAs on Friday morning and Mrs Schofield our sports coaches, as part of our appraisal programme.
Members of St Michael’s Church delivered ‘Open the Book’ on Friday afternoon to our KS1 children and Mr Beale continued monitoring our Friday afternoon provision.
Friday 1st July 2016
The week started with 2 school trips. Purple Class went to Junior Good Citizen followed by a visit to the canals in Devizes and Gold Class went to Ready to Climb. Both classes thoroughly enjoyed themselves but also learnt a lot from the experiences.
Mr Rich took our boys Kwik Cricket team to compete in the Wiltshire County Finals on Monday and Mrs Schofield took our girls to the same tournament on Tuesday. Both teams performed extremely well doing Mere School Proud!. Unfortunately the next round (Dorset finals) of the tennis competition for our year 4 team was postponed due to the rain.
We welcomed 5 work experience students to Mere School and after their Child Protection briefing they were put to work in various classes.
The school was filled with samba music as we ran ‘Road to Rio’ workshops as part of the preparations for the Olympics. We all learnt a Samba dance and came together at the end of the day to perform in en masse.
Mr Rankin (a governor) and I ran interviews for our vacant MDSA post. Ms Sallyann Spencer was appointed and will be starting with us after the summer holidays.
Our usual activities took place – French, music, instrumental lessons, School Council, Gold Class swimming, library, year 3 recorders and it was our last week for clubs. Thank you very much to a loyal band of parents who voluntarily run some or our clubs - Mrs Barry, Mr Beale, Mr Ralph, Mrs Berry and Ms Dredge.
Another exciting day on Wednesday when Wiltshire Wildlife worked with our classes, completing an Eco Workshop. Mr Davies, from Gillingham School also came to work with Purple Class, completing some maths work with them.
Our new entrants had their final play visit on Wednesday and their mums and dads spent the hour with our class parents and representative from The Friends having a cup of tea and some cakes.
I spent Thursday in Bradford on Avon meeting with Wiltshire Head Teachers and some of our children attended a gifted and talented cluster music event at St John’s School in Tisbury.
Mr Beale, in his role as a governor, spent Friday afternoon in school, observing how we organise our teachers’ ‘Preparation, Planning and Assessment’ time. He spent some time in our younger classes watching how our TAs organise this play afternoon and he then went to see how our KS2 games afternoons operate. He will be writing a report and feeding back to the whole governing body. Mr Beale also completed a health and safety inspection earlier in the week with Mr Drake.
The Friends met on Friday afternoon to put the finishing touches to plans for the Summer Fete tomorrow. The money raised will go towards paying for our panto visit in December.
Friday 24th June 2016
The weeks are definitely getting busier and more complicated!
The weather was foul on Monday so our KS1 visit to Manor Farm was postponed until the following day. It was worth waiting for though as the children had a fabulous time. Green Class also thoroughly enjoyed their day there on Wednesday as well. Huge thanks to Mr and Mrs Harris for organising this for us. Farm visits take in-depth organisation and are expensive to run. We really appreciate the opportunity they have given to our children.
The next round of the year 3 and 4 tennis tournament was also postponed until next week.
There have been various visiting professionals in school this week and our usual events (French, KS2 library, Gold Class swimming, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, School Council, clubs and music) took place.
Mrs Loxton has been rehearsing madly with Purple Class – we are looking forward to seeing the performance.
Tuesday was a busy evening with 3 governors meeting – curriculum, finance and full. Minutes will be on the website soon.
On Wednesday Purple Class visited the Brush Factory as part of their business project work and Red Class went to St Mary’s School where they had the opportunity to be forensic scientists! Blue, Yellow and Silver Classes took part in the Mini Olympic event run by Miss Thompson, from Gillingham School, and their young sports leaders.
Mrs McClelland and Mrs Symonds attended Early Years Moderator training on Wednesday and Mrs Loxton spent 2 days completing her advanced Child Protection training.
Our new entrants came in on Thursday afternoon while I spoke to our new parents.
St Michael’s Church visited on Friday afternoon for ‘Open the Book’.
Friday 17th June 2016
Another very busy week which was severely hampered by the weather.
Unfortunately the next round of the tennis tournament was postponed until next week but Mr Rich and Mrs Schofield both attended 2 separate Kwik Cricket tournaments with our teams. We had a mixed tournament on Thursday. Our A team won and are through to the Wiltshire finals and our B team also performed extremely well. Mrs Schofield took our girls to a girl’s tournament on Friday (I’ll let you know how they get on next week). Both teams did us proud. Mrs Schofield and Mrs Cripps also took a bus full of KS2 children to the Area Athletics event at Yeovil on Wednesday. Our children were a credit to us and there were some amazing team and individual outcomes, with many children through to the Dorset county finals.
Mrs Smith held her termly SEN surgery on Monday morning and various visiting professionals have been in school supporting our children.
I was delighted to show some more new parents around the school.
Mrs Symonds has been busy each morning completing the phonics screening with Yellow Class. Mrs Wilson and I have taught Yellow Class.
Clubs, music, individual music lessons, KS1 library, School Council, year 3 recorders, French and swimming have taken place as normal and Mr Jordan and I met to discuss safeguarding, an e.safey incident and the Senior Leadership team monitoring outcomes.
Mr Murray, from the Gillingham School English Department came to work with Purple Class on Tuesday morning and Mrs Smith spent the afternoon rehearsing with this group of children for their end of term production – ‘Sleeping Beauty – the Ugly Truth’.
I attended a meeting on Tuesday morning on behalf of Wiltshire head teachers and Mrs Loxton attended a course on Tuesday afternoon.
Green Class dodged the showers on Tuesday and had a fascinating day at Stourhead.
Mr Rankin and I held Cleaner in Charge interviews on Tuesday afternoon and were delighted to appoint Mrs Tracey Simmons to this position.
The Governor’s Behaviour and Safety Committee met on Tuesday evening.
Mrs McClelland and Mrs Harrison met the new Blue Class on Wednesday afternoon while I met with their parents. They are very excited about starting school. Mr Rich took Gold Class swimming.
I was in Trowbridge all day on Thursday attending the Wiltshire Safeguarding Board meeting and the Schools Forum meeting – quite a heavy day!
Mrs Loxton went to see Mrs Taylor at her new school to help her moderate her year 6 writing assessments.
I held an attendance meeting on Friday morning but our KS1 Mini-Olympics had to be postponed until next week.
A Class Parent meeting was also held on Friday afternoon.
Head checks took place throughout the week with a small number of eggs being detected. Our approach to this really seems to work well.
Friday 10th June 2016
It was good to welcome the children back to school after the half term break. Red Class and Miss Beckwith, Mrs Green and Mr Beale were in particular need of a rest after a fantastic week in Pencelli. This half term looks to be extremely busy but very exciting as usual.
Three new children joined us at the beginning of the week and Mr Clark, from Gillingham School, came in first thing on Monday morning to speak to Purple Class.
Many professionals came to school to support individual children.
Mrs McClelland and Mrs Harrison met with our new children and their parents during the afternoons while I taught Blue Class.
On Tuesday Purple Class had an exciting and informative day at Cranborne Estate. I taught Silver Class while Mrs Edgar and Mrs Wilson moderated the KS1 writing SAT. A tutor from Bath Spa University came in to see Miss Thomas in Green Class.
On Wednesday, our Senior Leadership Team (Mrs Loxton, Mr Rich and Mrs Edgar) looked at pupil’s work across the school. They were looking at standards across the school and securing evidence of progression. It was a very interesting exercise and they were impressed with what they saw.
I met with Mr Jordan to discuss a couple of staffing appointments and the governing body meetings next week and the week after.
Our usual events took place – individual music lessons, music, French, School Council, clubs, library, swimming, year 3 recorders and library.
On Wednesday Mrs Symonds and Mrs McClelland spend half a day each collating their notes from the moderating they have completed in Wiltshire schools and we had a visit from our Accounting Technician who works with Mrs Ings and I on the school budget.
Mr Rich has been on 2 courses this week – one on e.safety and an English one. Mrs Edgar and Mrs Cripps also attended a maths one.
A group from Purple Class visited Gillingham School on Thursday to hear Johnny Ball speak. This was part of the school’s 500 year celebration and was an incredible experience for our children.
It was Pirate Day for Blue Class on Friday! Mr Rich, Mrs Loxton and Mrs Edgar met together to formulate a new handwriting policy for the school and the St Michael’s Church team came to deliver ‘Open the Book’ with our younger children during the afternoon. The Friends also had their monthly meeting.
Friday 27th May 2016
It was very quiet around school for our final week before half term with Red Class at Pencelli. I know from reading their blog and updates from Miss Beckwith, that they have had a wonderful time. They are all looking forward to a good rest over half term.
I was delighted to show a new child around the school who will be starting with us after half term on Monday and Mr Rich attended a Kwik Cricket course during the afternoon.
Clubs, swimming, library, French, year 3 recorders, music and individual music lessons all took place as normal but School Council and Carnival Club were cancelled as Miss Beckwith and Mr Beale were at Pencelli.
I spent the day in Yellow Class on Tuesday as Mrs Symonds spent the day concentrating on science across the school – monitoring, writing new policies, applying for grants etc. Mrs Edgar came in to moderate the KS1 writing with Mrs Wilson. Mrs Loxton left school early to visit Cranborne Estate in preparation for the visit Purple Class will be making shortly.
On Wednesday I taught Gold Class while Mrs Schofield took 4 teams to represent our school in the North Dorset Tennis Tournament. Our children did extremely well with one team winning and going through to the next round after beating one of our other teams.
We have had visits from various professionals – school nurse, Children’s Centre staff, Occupational Therapist, Social Care etc.
I attended a Mere and Tisbury Cluster Head Teacher meeting on Thursday morning and in the afternoon I attended a finance meeting at County Hall on behalf of all Wiltshire Head Teachers. Green Class enjoyed a walk around Mere as part of their class topic.
British Telecom were on site on Friday connecting us to Super Fast Broadband. We hope we will notice a significant difference in the computer speed at school. Mrs McClelland was moderating during the morning at a school while I took Blue Class and school closed at 3.15 pm for half term.
Friday 20th May 2016
I have done a lot of cover in various classes this week. I really enjoy having the opportunity to teach across the school. I was in Blue Class on Monday as Mrs McClellend completed an Early Years moderation in a local school. On Tuesday I took Yellow Class during the morning as Mrs Symonds attended a science meeting. On Wednesday I was in Gold in the afternoon as Mrs Schofield completed some RE monitoring. On Thursday I spent the afternoon in Purple Class as Mr Rich and Mrs Loxton ran a writing moderation meeting for our cluster schools and I returned to Gold on Friday when Mrs Schofield attended a meeting.
I have also been in and out of class in between observing teaching and learning.
Everything was back to normal this week after the KS2 SATs – individual music lessons, music, French, library, swimming, School Council, Clubs and year 3 recorders.
Mrs Wilson and Mrs Edgar and Silver Class have started the KS1 SATs this week.
Various professionals have been in school supporting some of our children – the school nurse, the behaviour support team and a speech therapist. Mrs Young and Mrs Howell attended their final part of the ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) course they have been completing.
I held my half termly Head Teacher lunch on Tuesday. I find the feedback from our children so useful and we all enjoy having lunch together.
I met with Mr Jordan and we chatted about the visits we have organised for the next academic year from an HMI (inspector). He has been working with the school for some years now and we really value his help in moving the school forward to even greater things.
I attended the Wiltshire Safeguarding Board meeting on Thursday, on behalf of Wiltshire Head Teachers and Miss Thomas’s tutor, from Bath Spa University, came to visit her and Mr Rich.
A Special Educational Needs teacher met with Mrs Loxton on Friday morning to discuss the children moving onto Gillingham School at the end of this academic year.
Friday 13th May 2016
We all breathed a huge sigh of relief when our year 6 children finished their final SAT on Thursday. They have worked incredibly hard and done their best with these extremely challenging new tests. They are looking forward to the many treats that Mrs Loxton has planned for them!
Mrs Smith met with all the teachers to discuss the children with additional needs in their class and the support we are offering them.
Clubs, French, music, swimming, School Council and library took place as usual but there were less individual music lessons due to the KS2 SATs.
I met briefly with Mr Jordan on Wednesday to check on the ratification of several policies and to talk about a staffing issue. Mr Jordan and Mr Rankin were in and out of school all week monitoring the administration of the SATs.
Blue Class had a wonderful, and slightly wet, visit to Careymore on Wednesday and I had the pleasure of showing some more new parents around the school.
Unfortunately the year 3/4 multi-skills event at Gillingham School was cancelled due to the rain. Mrs Schofield is going to try to organise something in school next week to make up up for it as the children were so disappointed.
I travelled up to County Hall in Trowbridge on Thursday afternoon to receive a briefing on my new position as Head Teacher representative on the Wiltshire Safeguarding Board.
I held an attendance meeting on Friday morning and Mrs Loxton and Purple Class enjoyed a walk around Mere, to relax after the challenging week. Mrs Pringle brought in a Sexton beetle, the biggest one she had ever seen, for the children to look at.
Mrs Edgar and I delivered the first KS1 SAT in Silver Class - reading.
The Car Park Committee met on Friday afternoon and we welcomed several members of St Michael’s Church for ‘Open the Book’.
Friday 6th May 2016
A shorter week in school and the final week of preparation for Purple Class for the KS2 SATs.
I taught in Yellow Class every morning while Mrs Symonds visited a selection of schools moderating their Early Years Profile. Mrs Wilson also taught in Blue Class on Thursday morning while Mrs McClelland did the same (her visits are more spaced out).
Our usual activities took place during the week – individual music lessons, year 3 music recorders, School Council, clubs, Gold Class swimming, French and music.
I met with Mr Jordan to chat about several policies, staff distribution in September, the up and coming Parent Governor election, monitoring of the KS2 SATs and a focus for general governor monitoring.
Two new families visited the school to have a look around.
Mrs Edgar and Mrs Cripps attended a course on a maths intervention we have bought on Wednesday and Mrs Green completed her First Aid training on Thursday.
Several school nurses visited and Ms Rachael Hansford showed a contractor the site, on behalf of The Friends, beginning to look at plans to redevelop some of our outdoor areas.
The Friends met on Friday afternoon to put together more detailed plans for the Summer Fair on Saturday 2nd July.
Friday 29th April 2016
I showed some more new parents around the school this week and at our various governor meetings on Tuesday evening we discussed how the school will integrate these new pupils and any additional staffing needs that we might have. At these meetings we were sorry to learn that Ms Melissa Berry has resigned from her role as Parent Governor and thanks were expressed for everything she has done for the school. There will be a Parent Governor election coming up shortly.
Mrs Smith met with a group of educational professionals on Monday morning and the school nurse was in school supporting individual children.
Our huge number of clubs started and we had French, music, year 3 recorders, individual music lessons, library, swimming and School Council as usual.
Ms Vicky Randall, the senior PE Lecturer worked with Mrs Loxton and Purple Class on Tuesday on their new ‘Free-Runner’ unit of work for dance/gymnastics.
Our non-teaching staff had a meeting with the GMB Union on Wednesday lunchtime to discuss their new pay arrangements.
Mr David Rich and Mrs Sophie Edgar met with teachers to discuss pupil progress in reading, writing and maths. Advice was given for those children not making the progress we would expect.
On Thursday I attended a meeting at County Hall in Trowbridge on behalf of Wiltshire Head Teachers.
Friday afternoon was busy with The Friend’s AGM and a car park meeting.
Friday 22nd April 2016
We enjoyed meeting parents at various times this week to discuss your child’s progress. I hope you saw my message several weeks ago about altering the timings of these meetings for next year – they are a bit close together!
We have had a whole host of visiting professionals in school this week supporting various children.
I have been representing Wiltshire Head Teachers at a couple of meetings this week and Mrs Symonds has attended a PSHE course and Mrs Schofield an RE one.
I have shown some more new parents around the school. We are now running waiting lists for year 1 and year 3, such is our popularity at the moment.
Our usual activities took place – French, Gold swimming, School Council, music, year 3 recorder, library, individual music lessons and 2 clubs (catching up from last term).
The Woofability charity came to deliver an assembly about our chosen charity for the year.
Our Governor Behaviour and Safety Committee met on Tuesday evening.
Four children went with Miss Thompson to attend the Dorset athletic finals in Bournemouth.
The Class Parents met for their half termly meeting – I will update you next week.
We received our delivery of artefacts and books from the Wiltshire Library Service – we find these resources so useful.
Mr Rich, Mrs Edgar and Mrs Loxton spent an afternoon reviewing our Pupil Progress meetings ensuring we have a system that is purposeful and not duplicating other systems in school.
Friday 15th April 2016
It was good to welcome everyone back after the Easter break. Unfortunately some of the staff have been suffering with illness over the holidays which has meant that I have been teaching lots of classes this week.
Two new children started with us for the new term and there is such interest in the school at the moment, with lots of potential new parents visiting. We now have a waiting list for 2 classes.
Mrs Loxton held her monthly meeting with the TAs and Mrs Edgar attended a course on the new requirements for the KS1 SATs.
Silver Class sat 2 formal reading tests on Wednesday and Thursday. We were instructed to do this by the Government. They took away the papers and analysed the outcomes and their findings will influence the new KS1 tests for next year. There is no feedback for the school.
Mr Jordan, Mr Gristwood and I met with the Head Teacher from Shaftesbury School on Wednesday morning and we welcomed a visiting Warminster head teacher.
Swimming, year 3 recorders, School Council, French and library took place as normal but our clubs do not start until a week on Monday. Imagineering and Dance Clubs have been catching up from last term.
A Student Teacher started work in Silver Class on Wednesday afternoon from Bath Spa University. She will be coming every week for a while gaining experience. Another work experience student will be working with Mrs Schofield every Friday.
I have held 2 attendance meetings and Winchester University working with Mrs McClelland and Blue Class on Thursday developing our PE curriculum.
The Friend’s AGM on Friday afternoon was postponed.
Thursday 24th March 2016
A short but extremely busy week!
Miss Beckwith launched our Geography Week with Rev Carol with a special assembly talking to the children about the ‘remodelling’ of the interior of St Michael’s Church. The children had great fun working on their own personal plans and Rev Carol will share these with her team. There were lots of other Geography-based activities during the week, with a particular focus on our own community of Mere.
The Life Education Bus was with us on Monday and Tuesday and every child visited. We believe that this experience is so important in reinforcing messages of keeping safe and healthy. The commission from the individual photographs that Mr Edkins sells in the Autumn term pays for this visit.
Despite being the last week of term individual music lessons, music, library, French, School Council, swimming and year 3 recorders took place as usual.
On Monday evening our young instrumentalists and Glee Choir performed at our Musical Entertainment Evening. They did so well – it is not easy performing in front of a packed audience.
Mr Rich took our football team to another tournament at Tisbury. Despite being exhausted they still managed to come third, against some stiff competition with Charlie winning the ‘Golden Boot’ prize.
Members of St Michael’s Church were with us again on Tuesday afternoon when they worked with the teachers to deliver Easter Workshops. The afternoon finished with an Easter Service for our parents and children.
I held my Head Teacher lunch on Tuesday. I always get some really useful feedback from the children to share with the staff and governors.
It was an early start on Wednesday morning for Mrs Schofield and our tag rugby team as it was the Dorset Tag Rugby Finals. Our team did extremely well, coming a highly respectable 6th overall (out of 24).
I met with Mr Jordan briefly on Wednesday to discuss staffing requirements and the new budget.
I showed some more new parents around, Mrs Loxton attended a course on the new KS2 SATs and we have had visits from professionals to support individual children.
On Thursday we said a sad goodbye to Mrs Acreman, who is leaving her post as a Lunchtime Supervisor with us, after 5 years. We wish her every success in her new job.
Well done to Shreen for winning the house cup this half term.
School closed at 3.15 pm on Thursday for the Easter break.
Friday 18th March 2016
Over £300 was raised again last Friday at The Friend’s Bingo. Thank you for your support and to Mrs Barry for organising such a fun evening.
I have had an enjoyable week reading every child’s report. These came home at the end of the week.
Two new families have looked around the school. Every visitor to Mere School is overwhelmed at the facilities we have to offer and they always comment on what a friendly, welcoming school we have.
Monday afternoon was busy. Mrs Loxton spoke to a group of year 6 parents about the KS2 SATs before our open afternoon. Miss Beckwith, after open afternoon, spoke to Red Class parents about their child’s visit to Pencelli. Open afternoon was again well attended and the children enjoyed sharing their achievements with everyone who visited.
The Speech Therapist was will us for 2 days working with individual children – setting new programmes of work for us to do with the children.
French, music, individual music lessons, School Council, year 3 swimming and library took place as usual but our clubs have finished for the term.
I held an attendance meeting and a teacher from a local school came to watch Talk4writing taking place in Blue Class.
I have attended 2 meetings this week on behalf of Wiltshire head teachers. These meetings enable me to keep up to date with current educational thinking and any changes that are due.
The School Nurse has been in school supporting a child and our Accounting Technician worked with Mrs Ings and me to set the new school budget.
I met with Mr Jordan on Wednesday morning and Ms Hansford completed her governor monitoring responsibilities on Thursday when she visited Mrs McClelland to talk about assessment in the early years.
Mr Rich and Mrs Schofield have had a busy week. Our year 5 and 6 football team took part in the semi finals and finals of the Davison Cup at Milton School on Tuesday. They lost in the final when it went to penalties after extra time. We are so proud of the team. They played ‘their hearts out’, deserved to win and represented the school so well. On Wednesday Mr Rich and our year 5 and 6 football team enjoyed the Pyramid Football Festival here and they won, after penalties again. An incredible achievement. On Thursday Mrs Schofield took our netball team to Sherborne to take part in the North Dorset netball finals. Again the team did extremely well coming fifth overall, even though they were not defeated!
Mrs Loxton attended a course on Thursday morning about the new KS2 SATs.
The Life Bus was delivered ready for the children to visit next week.
The children came to school in their sports clothes on Friday in aid of Sports Relief and Mrs Edgar met with the lunchtime supervisors.
The week ended with The Friend’s termly disco.
Friday 11th March 2016
The Auction of Promises was an amazing success, raising over £5000 for The Friends. I think this is the highest ever fund raising event The Friends have organised. Thank you to Kate Jenkins and Lu Berry and their band of helpers for organising such a special event and to everyone who has supported the school.
Miss Rebecca Thomas, a student teacher from Bath Spa University, started her placement in Green Class. She will be working with us until June.
It was the final week for clubs – a big thank you to the staff and parents who help to give our children such a range to attend.
There have been various visiting professionals in school supporting various children and families and I have held an attendance meeting.
Our governors attended training on Safeguarding at Semley School and Mr Jordan and I had our weekly meeting. We discussed some governor monitoring, the car park and considered dates for next term (which are now on the website).
On Tuesday Purple Class had a fascinating visit to @Bristol and Winchester University worked with Yellow Class and Mrs Symonds, considering the PE curriculum for our younger children.
Mrs Symonds and Mrs McClelland attended their termly training on Wednesday so that they can fulfill their roles as Wiltshire Leading Early Years Teachers and Moderators. Mrs Loxton went to visit a school in Warminster during the afternoon also and I attended an SEN meeting at County Hall in Trowbridge, on behalf of Wiltshire Head Teachers.
Our usual activities took place – Gold Class swimming and recorders, individual instrumental lessons, music, French, library, clubs and School Council.
The Dorset County Netball tournament was rescheduled for next week due to the foul weather on Wednesday.
I met with my Cluster colleague Head Teachers on Thursday morning.
The Friends met on Friday afternoon and this was combined with the next car park meeting.
The week ended with The Friend’s ever popular Easter Bingo.
Friday 4th March 2016
The week started with Mrs Smith’s SEN surgery for parents and I spent the morning in a local school supporting a newly appointed head teacher.
I had a very busy Monday afternoon looking at a selection of books from each class considering the quality of the work in the books. I was delighted with what I scrutinised – our children really do take a pride in their work and want to do well.
I have shown several potential new parents around this week – this is always such a pleasure.
Again, we have welcomed different professionals to our school this week, from the school nurse to our office software technician.
The governors had a fascinating evening on Tuesday when Mr Jordan and Mr Gristwood delivered some finance training for this group. Governors are now clear on how we receive our money and the priorities for expenditure. Mr Jordan and I had our usual weekly meeting. We chatted about the training, several reports that have arrived in school and our Pupil Premium children.
Mrs Symonds spent Tuesday afternoon looking at the Science books and preparing for her science staff meeting.
Our usual bit and pieces took place – individual music lessons, music, French, clubs, School Council, year 3 recorders and swimming for Gold Class.
Mrs Janet Way worked in Gold Class on Wednesday morning, on Fair Trade activities and she delivered an assembly for the whole school.
Mrs Loxton met with our TAs – they meet every month.
Mr Rich and Mrs Schofield took our year 3 and 4 football teams to a Football Festival at Gillingham School. The teams represented our school extremely well.
Our children and teachers came to school on Thursday dressed up as their favourite book characters as part of World Book Day. All sorts of special things took place during the day from a story teller to Bedtime Story in the evening. Mr Rich did us proud planning such an exciting day.
The Friends cancelled their meeting on Friday afternoon as they were putting the final touches to their plans for the Auction of Promises that evening.
Friday 26th February 2016
It was great to welcome back the children for this very short half term and 4 new children to our school.
Blue Class started the new term with an interesting visit to Mere Dentist as part of their topic on ‘People who Help us’.
We welcomed several professionals to school who are supporting various children and I held an attendance meeting.
Six of our children attended a Cluster Gifted and Talented art day at Wardour School.
Gold Class had their first swimming session and our usual activities took place during the week – French, year 3 recorders, individual music lessons, library, School Council, clubs and music.
Mrs Symonds attended 2 science courses, Mrs McClelland an Early Years update and Mrs Edgar attended a course to update the school on the new arrangements for the KS1 SATs.
I met with Mr Jordan and we discussed the governor training on Strategic Financial Planning, OFSTED updates, Pupil Premium children, the school culture, our school pond and assessment.
Kerry and Ruth from Mere Children’s Centre came to look around our school.
We have had another amazing week for sport. Several of our older children attended the North Dorset Athletics trials at Gillingham School, after a series of training sessions. Our school won the event overall. Our football team were victorious again when they played Yetminster School and Mrs Schofield organised a Dance Festival on Thursday morning for our Pyramid schools. Purple Class represented our school with their street dance.
Red Class spent Thursday morning in the woods at Stourhead as part of their rainforest topic.
We welcomed a teacher from a Wiltshire school who observed maths in Silver Class.
I attended an SEN meeting on Friday morning on behalf of Wiltshire head teachers and during the afternoon I met with the Class Parents.
Friday 12th February 2016
School closed today for the half term break – the next half term is extremely short. Easter will be here before we know it!
I welcomed a local Dorset Head Teacher to chat with me about a couple of children on Monday morning and during the afternoon I took Purple Class while Mrs Loxton talked to children about art and design in school. They were painting and talking.
Yellow Class had a fabulous visit to the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford.
We had visits from various professionals supporting individual children at our school.
It was Safer Internet Day on Tuesday and we had special assemblies. On Thursday Yellow, Silver, Gold and Green Classes were involved in e.safety workshops.
Clubs, French, individual music lessons, music, School Council, Year 3 recorders, library continued as normal and Green Class had their final swimming lesson at Riversmeet.
We had a visit from our School Improvement Advisor on Wednesday morning. She spent most of the time with Mrs Edgar looking at maths across the school.
I held my third Head Teacher Lunch with a group of children, gathering their views and opinions about the school and Blue Class visited the Health Centre in Mere.
We had our first meeting about parking on site on Friday afternoon and a plan was formulated.
Friday 5th February 2016
We welcomed 5 new children to Mere School on Monday ….. and the phone calls for spaces keep coming!
Blue Class had a wonderful morning when Mere Fire Engine and crew spent a lot of time talking about what they do and exploring the fire engine.
Clubs, music, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, French, library, swimming and School Council took place as normal.
We were delighted to welcome Mrs Symonds back on Tuesday, after a significant period of illness, but we are very grateful to Mrs Edmed for taking Yellow Class.
I went to a school in Warminster in my role as Head Teacher mentor on Tuesday afternoon and Mrs Loxton and I attended a conference on Thursday where 2 HMIs and Russell Hobby (Chair of the National Association of Head Teachers) were the key note speakers. It was a fascinating day.
Mr Jordan and I had our usual meeting on Wednesday, before he taught our more able year 6 mathematicians (he kindly does this every week).
Our PE equipment and outdoor play equipment was inspected on Thursday.
Mrs Schofield took our hockey team to the Hockey Festival at Gillingham School. Again, they did extremely well winning the tournament.
Winchester University worked with Mrs Edgar all day on Wednesday developing our KS1 PE skills.
I completed my classroom observations visits by looking at learning in Yellow Class on Friday and The Friends met during the afternoon.
We said goodbye to Miss Apps, who has been training with us in Red Class. She returns to university for a couple of weeks and then completes another placement in a different school. We wish her every success.
Friday 29th January 2016
We are looking forward to welcoming Mrs Symonds back on Tuesday and thank Mrs Edmed for teaching Yellow Class.
A new burglar alarm was fitted on Monday after our aging system finally ‘gave up for good’.
We welcomed professionals from the Local Authority Behaviour Support team and the nursing team. Our local PCSO spent Wednesday afternoon with Blue Class as part of their topic on ‘People who Help us’.
I held an Attendance Meeting this week and went to observe teaching in another Wiltshire school, supporting them with their OFSTED judgement. I also spent some time in Silver Class watching them learn.
Clubs continued as normal as well as School Council, library, French, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, music and swimming for Green Class.
A selection of governors meetings took place on Tuesday evening and the minutes will soon be available on the school website. I met with Mr Jordan after the meeting to discuss some of the issues that had arisen. Mr Beale completed a health and safety inspection with Mr Drake.
I taught Blue Class on Wednesday while Mrs McClelland attended her Leading Teacher/Moderator training. Mr Rich spent Wednesday morning looking at the writing books across the school.
Mr Rich ran a KS1 writing moderation meeting on Thursday afternoon for our cluster schools. Each school brought some different examples of writing and there was lots of professional dialogue around what standard these children were writing at.
We collected our ‘Travel to School’ data.
Friday 22nd January 2016
We started the week back without Mrs Symonds and unfortunately she will not be returning to school until the beginning of February. Miss Beckwith, Mr Perry, Mrs Wilson and I have covered between us.
I have held an Attendance Meeting this week and met with several parents about various issues. I have also been delighted to show several new families around the school.
Clubs started and it is lovely to see the children so engaged and excited about learning after school hours.
Our normal bits and pieces took place – music, French, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, School Council, KS2 library and Green Class swimming.
Our football team did us proud in the next round of the Davison Cup beating Semley School 5-0.
I met with Mr Jordan and discussed the next governors’ meetings, various policies and parking on the school site.
In between teaching I have been observing teaching and learning in different classes, attending various meetings for the Local Authority and undertaking training.
Mrs Young and Mrs Howell completed their ELSA course on Thursday and I very much enjoyed the awards afternoon when their certificates were presented.
On Friday we collected our ‘Travel to School’ data and our School Pupil Tracker closed for parents to view.
Various professionals have visited our children this week including the school nurse and several SEN specialists.
On Thursday I attended our Cluster Head Teacher meeting and took along Romilly and Mariette for the Cluster Council meeting.
Bath Spa University came to visit Miss Apps.
Friday 15th January 2016
We are now back into our normal routines with all of the normal things happening – French, swimming, music, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, School Council and library.
A tutor from the Walksafe team came to work in Gold Class on Monday, teaching them how to cross the roads safely.
We welcomed the school nurse, a member of the Local Authority Behaviour Support team and Mr Murray from Gillingham School during the week.
A Teaching Assistant from Chilmark School came to ‘shadow’ Mrs Harrison in Blue Class on Wednesday morning.
School Pupil Tracker (our tracking program) was opened on Monday so that parents could take a look at how their children are performing at school. The teachers used this information when they met parents in the evening on Wednesday.
Mrs Symonds went to Chilmark School on Tuesday to offer some advice on phonics teaching. Mrs Schofield went on Thursday afternoon to mentor a Newly Qualified teacher there. She will be doing this until the new Head Teacher starts there after half term.
Our Accounting Technician worked with Mrs Ings and I to check that there were problems with our school budget. We are starting to make plans for the next financial year.
I met with the Class Parents on Friday afternoon and I will update you on the meeting on the website next week.
I have been in a lot of classes this week observing teaching and learning. I always find this to be extremely interesting and a most positive experience. I have also enjoyed teaching Yellow Class.
Friday 8th January 2016
Happy new year! It was great to welcome the children back to school after the Christmas break and to hear about what an exciting time they have had.
It has been a relatively quiet week (in comparison to the end of last term!).
On Monday all of the staff, some governors and colleagues from other schools completed some Child Protection training. During the afternoon the teachers remained in school for Pupil Progress meetings in English and Special Educational Needs. During these meetings the class teacher meets with the subject leader and they discuss the progress of individual children in their classes and any interventions that need to be made to ensure that all children are making the best possible progress. Further meetings in maths and English took place during the week.
On Tuesday the majority of the staff completed their ‘First Aid at Work’ training.
We welcomed 5 new children and their families to Mere School on Wednesday morning.
During Wednesday afternoon Mrs Anne Rich organised a travelling pantomime to visit the school and the children thoroughly enjoyed their performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’. I attended a meeting at County Hall so sadly missed this wonderful performance.
The School Council met on Thursday and The Friends on Friday.
Friday 18th December 2015
It has been my favourite week of the year. I really don’t think that anyone can have a better job at this time. It is wonderful to see how excited the children are about Christmas and how much they have enjoyed all the special activities this week.
We have all enjoyed several fabulous performances, a trip to the pantomime, a delicious Christmas lunch, a trip to the grotto and a Carol Service. The children have all performed so well despite being tired and fighting off illness.
Of our normal activities only French, keyboard, violin, piano lessons and School Council took place.
I have popped over to Chilmark a couple of times and Mrs McClelland was there on Monday helping in their Foundation Stage Class.
Mrs Schofield was at Winchester University on Monday attending an infant PE course.
The staff went out between the Christmas performances to say an informal goodbye to Mrs Taylor. We were also able to make a presentation in church to her on Friday. Parents, staff and governors have been collecting and managed to give Mrs Taylor a beautiful Laura Rich picture, a whole school photograph, some John Lewis vouchers and some flowers.
A huge well done to Manor who won the House Cup this half term.
We also said goodbye to Mrs Clements on Thursday in her role as cleaner but she will be continuing as an MDSA with us and organising the library for us.
School closed at 3.15 pm on Friday for the Christmas break.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR TO ALL!
Friday 11th December 2015
The children are all very excited about the festive period but very tired!
We have had more rehearsals throughout the week culminating in our dress rehearsals on Friday. Mere Pre-School came along to watch the KS1 play.
The children have been involved in different Christmas activities and thoroughly enjoyed working with the volunteers from St Michael’s Church on Wednesday who ran an ‘Angel’ workshop for the children. Rev Carol delivered a special assembly at the end of the day and many parents came along too.
Red Class went to sing Carols on Thursday afternoon to the residents of Fives Court and Bramley House.
Our assemblies throughout the week have been about the Christmas story. Purple Class also delivered the Christmas cards.
Unfortunately the lady who was going to run the Walksafe programme in Gold Class on Monday could not make it so this has been rescheduled for next term. Silver and Purple Classes enjoyed their fire talks from the fire service.
Mrs Smith ran her SEN Surgery on Monday morning when parents were able to make an appointment to discuss any concerns they might have about their children.
The school nurse, a member of the LA SEN team and the Educational Psychologist have been in school supporting our children this week. There were height and weight checks for our year 6 children also.
Mrs Brookfield held a Parent’s Evening for her piano pupils.
French, some individual music lessons, music, swimming, a couple of clubs and School Council took place. Our School Council revisted the ‘Anti-Bullying Policy’ and are in the process of setting up a web page on our website to publicise the great work we do in this area – watch this space! Mrs Clements is in the process of completing a stock take in the library.
I have been at Chilmark School for 2 half days and Mrs McClelland has also been there for half a day.
I held my second ‘Head Teacher Lunch’ on Wednesday lunchtime. This gave me a great opportunity to talk to another group of children about our school. We chatted about safety, anti-bullying, asking for help, different views and opinions, rules and their ideas on any school improvements we might be able to consider.
Mr Drake worked with a surveyor from the Local Authority to look at the condition of the whole building and Wessex Water came to install several water-saving devices (free of charge!).
Our fire alarm was serviced and we held a panic alarm drill.
The teachers updated our tracking programme with their class assessments for the term. I can now analyse this data and put a report together for our governing body.
We welcomed 4 new children to Mere School and another child visited in preparation for her start in January.
The week ended with The Friend’s Christmas disco.
Friday 4th December 2015
Christmas is definitely ‘in the air’ at Mere School! The children are doing really well with their rehearsals and are looking forward to sharing their hard work with you. Mrs Rich, Mrs Avison and Mrs Grant spent Monday in school creating the most beautiful scenery for us. A huge thank you to them all. The Christmas performance letter came home on Thursday and thank you for sending in your child’s costume.
I showed some more new parents around school on Monday – we have a lot of new children joining us in January 2016.
It was the last week for clubs and I am so grateful to the parents who voluntarily give up their time to run a club for us – Mr Deeker, Mr Tavendale, Mrs Berry and Mr Ralph. We could not offer our children such a rich programme if these parents did not help us, so thank you. Unfortunately Graham could not run KS1 Tennis Club this week as he had a hospital appointment.
It was our last library session on Wednesday. Next week Mrs Clements will be starting a stock take. Swimming for Green Class, School Council, individual music lessons, year 3 recorders, French and music lessons took place as normal.
On Tuesday morning Mrs Edgar, Mr Jordan and I interviewed for our part-time teacher post. We were delighted to appoint Mrs Wilson.
A tutor from Bath Spa University came to visit Miss Apps in Red Class.
Tuesday was a day of safety in school. The police and the Walk Safe team came to visit Yellow and Gold Classes.
Our school nurse came to visit a selection of children and I met the new team from Mere Children’s Centre.
Mr Rich and Mrs Taylor held an early Parent’s Evening for Green Class as Mrs Taylor will not be with us in January. Mrs Taylor was keen that there was a smooth transition from her to Mr Rich and she wanted to ensure that parents are fully informed about their child’s progress before she leaves us.
I have been at Chilmark for 2 half days this week – doing another set of interviews! I have also been in and out of class here following up on my classroom observations.
The Parent Room was open on Friday morning and the week ended with a Friend’s meeting.
Friday 27th November 2015
In the run-up to Christmas things are certainly getting busier!
There have been many rehearsals this week for the Christmas productions – mainly in groups at the moment so that the rehearsals do not impact on learning time.
We have had visits from various professionals to support individual children.
Yellow and Silver Class managed to have their Scooter Workshop – third time lucky!
The Pottery Club had a wonderful visit to Ed Duckworth’s pottery on Monday. They were all able to make a pot. Our other clubs (apart from Lego) all went ahead as normal as did year 3 recorders, individual music lessons (apart from Mr Tabor’s lessons) , music, French, library, School Council and Green Class swimming.
Unfortunately we are still under the control of the Health Protection Team from Public Health England. There does not appear, at present, to be an issue with e.coli in school but we still have to be very careful. Mrs Symonds was off earlier in the week, due to this, and we are grateful to Mrs Wilson for covering in her absence.
Mrs McClelland was on a Paediatric First Aid course at the end of the week, I have been out and about at a Safeguarding Forum, Chilmark School and the Wiltshire Primary Head Teacher Forum.
Mrs Taylor attended a Child Protection conference.
Mr Jordan and I met several times to prepare for the job-share teacher interview next week and the Governors’ meetings that took place on Tuesday evening.
We all enjoyed Open Morning and it was lovely to get such positive feedback from parents and friends of the school. Our children do like to share what they have been learning. I showed some more new parents about the school on Tuesday morning.
A small group of our children attended a cluster languages Gifted and Talented workshop at Whitesheet School.
Blue Class had a very interesting visit to the church on Friday.
It was non-school uniform day on Thursday, in exchange for a Christmas bingo prize and Christmas Bingo took place on Friday evening.
Friday 20th November 2015
We welcomed some new children to Silver and Green Classes on Monday and I was delighted to show 2 candidates around the school for the teaching post we have advertised. I have also showed several potential new parents around the school.
Various professionals have visited to support individual children – social worker, school nurse, speech therapist etc.
We have held auditions for the Christmas performances and have now cast both plays. Rehearsals are continuing, in groups, so that the children are not missing too much curriculum time.
Clubs, individual music lessons, French, year 3 recorders, swimming, music, School Council and library have taken place as usual. Mrs Jacobs spent some time discussing the incidents in Paris last Friday with the children.
Our Education Welfare Officer was in school on Tuesday morning inspecting the registers and discussing individual children who had poor attendance and how we are dealing with this.
I met with Mr Jordan on Tuesday morning to discuss a whole range of issues including the interviews for the new teacher, the next governors’ meeting, closure due to severe weather conditions, the latest LA report on the school and our revised new aims.
On Tuesday afternoon I visited a head teaching in Warminster who I am mentoring. I also spent Thursday afternoon and Friday morning at Chilmark School.
The Governors’ Behaviour and Safety Committee met on Tuesday evening.
Our Tag Rugby team played in the next round of the tournament at North Dorset Rugby Club. They played extremely well and we were very grateful to Mr Barton for helping with some of the coaching beforehand.
I met with my Cluster School colleagues on Thursday morning and Mrs McClelland spent the day at Chilmark School supporting a teacher there. Yellow and Silver Classes head their Scooter Workshop postponed again.
Friday was Fraser Bear’s birthday party and Blue Class thoroughly enjoyed his celebrations.
It has been national Anti-Bullying week and all classes have been involved in a range of different activities. The PCSO from Mere came into school to deliver a cyber-bullying assembly for our children on Friday.