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May 29, 2012

Metheringham Primary School News Summer 2012

We are beginning to regret ever learning the 'wet play' song in singing assembly because since doing this we have had an unprecedented amount of rain. However there is always a silver lining and I am pleased to say that the school gardens are flourishing.

The school had a visit from Ofsted in February and this resulted in a good report containing many positive statements relating to pupils' outstanding behaviour and attitudes to learning; outstanding provision in Foundation Stage; good and outstanding teaching; strong leadership and highly effective governors; good progress of pupils across the school and outstanding progress of pupils with disabilities and special educational needs and a curriculum with several outstanding features particularly in relation to expressive arts. We have been asked by Ofsted to work on challenging our most able children more and on making all of our teaching outstanding. In light of the new Ofsted evaluation schedule that was introduced in January where the expectations on schools have been raised considerably, we are very pleased with the outcome of our recent inspection.

Some of our Year 6 pupils went on our annual residential trip to Kingswood in West Runton, Norfolk. As always, pupils pushed themselves to face their fear of heights as they faced the leap of faith, climbing and abseiling and also their fear of being in the dark and confined spaces during the caving activities. The evening entertainment kept us busy and the addition of a campfire evening had us singing for the evening and for the rest of the week away. In fact we are still singing the songs that we learnt in school and we are sharing these with the rest of the children. On our return from Kingswood the pupils attending put on a Kingswood assembly for their parents and for the rest of our KS2 pupils Our school has adopted the new motto of 'Inspire, Believe and Achieve'. This was the focus of our themed week in March for the rest of the school when our Year 6 group were away on residential. Pupils worked on Fairytales, the Aboriginal culture, authors, putting on performances and people who inspired them.

Miss Vrettos' and Miss McKenzie's class put on an excellent performance of Roald Dahl's Little Red Riding Hood at the end of term 4. Our pupils worked hard on their performance skills and we were all made very aware of who were the good and bad characters in the forest. Pupils and parents enjoyed the 2 performances and as always they were very well supported.

We have a lot to celebrate during the next 2 terms. We have planned a day to celebrate our Queen's diamond jubilee. We hope to have our own school community lunch, entertainment for the pupils and a huge jubilee celebration assembly with the village's jubilee committee. There will be more activities planned closer to our celebration day. During term 6 we will be having an Olympic week to welcome the arrival of the Olympic torch to our area and also to take part in sporting activities during the week. We will also have a visit from one of the torch bearers to talk about his experience of carrying the Olympic torch along his designated route in Lincolnshire.

Exciting times ahead for everyone!

Elspeth McMenemie - Head Teacher