Homerton Weekly Bulletin 21st March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

The children have continued enjoying watching our chicks grow this week.  They have visited each class and children have had the chance both to draw, and hold, them. They will be returning to the farm, at the end of the week, unless any family particularly wants to have them…please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in having chickens?

Children who were here on Monday were treated to an Irish dancing display by children from St Alban’s and St Bede’s Schools.  Thank you to Bernie and Helena Cafferkey for organising this for us. If anyone is interested in Irish dancing classes, for their children, then please chat to Bernie  in West Room, who runs a group after school on a Thursday at St. Albans School next to the Catholic Church.

We have shared parent comments from the survey with our Curriculum Committee. Some of the main comments were about food, which I have passed on to our catering company, and also about using a day to day on-line reporting systems for parents such as ‘Tapestry’.  The Curriculum Committee, and staff, feel that systems, such as Tapestry, maybe very reassuring for parents but can take up a lot of time during the session which might be better spent playing with, and teaching, the children. If you do want to know more about your child’s days at Homerton then please do talk to class staff.  We will also try to use the plasma screen in the entrance hall more frequently so you can see photos of daily life at Homerton.

You will have received an invitation to our EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA NEXT WEDNESDAY.  This is a very special educational event so please allow 15-20 minutes at drop off time to go around the garden learning all about eggs and lifecycles with your child.  The children have enjoyed both hearing, and seeing, frogs in our pond laying eggs on the sunny spells that we have enjoyed this week.

SAD NEWS I am sorry to have to pass on the news that CAROL KETTERIDGE, whom you may have known, died on Monday.  She retired two years ago, and worked for Homerton for over 21 years. In characteristic Carol style she was able to stay at home and live life to the full to the end. She was one of the bravest and most inspirational woman any of us on the staff have known.  She was also a true champion of children with whom she shared a great sense of fun, and humour, as well as a love of nature. She always made everyone around her feel better – what an achievement.

Diary date reminders

Parent and Child Eggstravaganza Event around our garden – Wednesday 27th March.  Please allow an extra 20-30 minutes at drop off time on this day to go and learn all about life – cycles and eggs with your children.

Easter holiday Monday 8th April – Tuesday 23rd April.  Please note we are running a ….

Holiday club Monday 8th– Friday 12th April please speak to Mel, or the office staff, to book a place for your child in holiday club.

Have a good weekend

Best wishes

Alex and all the Homerton Staff


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