I have two pieces of important news for you in this letter, so please do take the time to read carefully.
Firstly, I am sad to tell you that Anne-Marie will be leaving LNS at the end of the summer term after 9 years with us as class teacher, and latterly as leader for Later Years. She has decided that it is time to take stock of her future and to take a bit of a break from the hard work and demands of being a class teacher. During her time at LNS she has helped to shape the school’s ethos and championed our approach. She has been an active and involved member of staff as a governor and senior teacher. She is respected, admired and loved as a class teacher and will, I know, be much missed.
There is much more to say about Anne-Marie’s significant contribution to school life and school development but we will save it for when she leaves. I hope that we can make Anne-Marie’s final term positive, happy, fulfilling and memorable.
Secondly, I am changing my role at LNS. I am stepping away from my headship into a new role as consultant for the school. This will take effect from the start of the Summer Term, after the Easter holidays.
As many of you will know, I have needed to spend more time as a carer for my family in recent months. As a consequence, I have found it increasingly difficult to give sufficient time to my role as head. During these tricky times, the warmth and love I have received from the school community have enabled me to continue as head for as long as I have. I feel genuinely privileged to have been trusted to lead such an extraordinary and important school but I am sadly no longer in a position to give as much time and attention as it deserves.
Whilst I regret having to step away from the headship of the school I am very pleased that Alison, as an experienced head in her own right, has kindly agreed to take on the interim headship whilst a new head is recruited.
We all know that significant change in a small community can be upsetting but staff, governors and I are committed to working together to ensure a smooth and positive transition. I will continue to be employed by the school for one day a week to support the development of our approach and practice.
Our recent Whole School Meetings have demonstrated that our community is passionate about our vision for education. Governors and Trustees will be calling on this collective energy and expertise to help take the school through this next phase of its development. I can assure you that I will be walking alongside you throughout this transition. Linda
Staffing & Organisation for the Summer Term
Linda: Teaching, learning and school leadership consultant (1 day per week).
Alison: Interim Head and continuing to oversee SEN and Wellbeing (3 days per week).
Clare: Stepping into a new role as Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning). Clare will be working fulltime and continuing as Y3&4 class teacher 3 days per week. Heather will be Y3&4 class teacher on Thursday and Friday.
Sarah: Continuing as school Development Manager (3.5 days per week).
Ian: Team-teaching with Anne-Marie in Y5&6 (3 mornings), covering Anne-Marie’s PPA (half day) and aspects of the SENCo role (2 days per week).
Anne-Marie and Amanda will continue as Early Years and Later Years Tem Leaders respectively throughout this term. All other staffing remains the same for the Summer Term.
Governors and staff will be working hard over the coming weeks to organise staffing arrangements for the next academic year and to prepare for recruitment as needed. We will let you know more as soon as we are able.
Please note that children will be informed of these changes during assembly this morning.
Meeting Monday 9.15-10.30am: Linda, Sarah and parent governors will be opening their Monday morning meeting to parents next week, if you would like to discuss these changes.
Whole School Meeting (Fundraising and Marketing) next Monday 6.30pm for 7-9pm meeting: Linda, Sarah and Governors will also dedicate part of this meeting to discussing changes if required.
Family Consultations: Will be taking place next week for all classes. These important meetings are an opportunity for you and your child to meet with their teacher around the midway point of the year to discuss your child’s progress. Please look out for sign up sheets outside classes to book your appointment.
Easter Holiday Sports Adventure Wednesdays: Following the success of the half-term sports adventure days we are expanding this for the Easter holidays to every Wednesday. Each day will concentrate on a particular part of the body to create a session with the emphasis on play. Weds 5th April FEET to include Football/ Cross-country/ Fitness Trail/ Athletics; Weds 12th HANDS to include Netball/ Boules/ Rugby/ Basketball; Weds 19th BAT AND BALL to include Cricket/ Tennis/ Hockey/ Rounders. Book any or all. Places will be limited to maximise the quality of the experience and most are already half full! All sessions are at Lewes New School with some parts of the days likely to use Pells and Malling playing fields too. Each day is 09.30 – 16.30. Fee of £20 per day payable on the day. All profits fund the purchase of sports equipment for future activities. Please book ASAP indicating date(s) required and name(s) of children (Ys 3-6, younger and older by arrangement please). Mark (Edgar Y3) email@example.com or 07957 416257
Apologies, no Later Years update this week.
Middle Years: This week we have been organising our research for our soon to be presented, non-fiction projects. We have also been continuing with our independent crafting in junk modelling and continuing to master the four number operations in maths, amidst finding solutions to every day maths problems. The last few weeks of term will be a time of completion, ready for the spring holidays. We have been enjoying the springtime weather and noticing the blossom trees in bloom throughout Lewes. Let’s hope the good weather continues! Clare & Lauren
Early Years: We have continued to make life-sized animals this week. We have the start of a chipmunk, a lion and there is an idea to start making an orangutan! Alongside this some of the group have been making, and teaching others how to make, PowerPoint presentations. Others have been writing stories either with paper and pen or using Word. We have made the most of the lovely weather by spending time in the courtyard. It provided us with the opportunity to engage in imaginative play using the crates and other outdoor equipment. We made hurricane shelters, saved people from a flood and created a dam. Amanda, Rachel & Jack
Nursery: All about animals this week! We started to create a cat den, which currently has a daddy cat and two kittens, and meowing and animal sounds have been a feature during register time. When we heard that Mishkalah was absent and was missing us in the Nursery, there was a chorus of “We miss him too!” The children know how much he likes nature so a squirrel card was created. How lovely to see the children extend their friendships and having fun. Julie, Anna, Emma and Jack
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
|Monday||Netball||Anna firstname.lastname@example.org or Lucie email@example.com|
|Tues & Weds||Art Club||David Bradford 07855 038773 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Weds||Sports Club||Mark 07957 416257 email@example.com|
|Thurs||Knitting||Susan on 01323 811942 or sign up in the office|
|Thurs only!||After School Club||Contact Fliss on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07852 975661 to book|
|Mon 20th March||3.30-4.30pm||Netball League, Pick up Priory School 4.30pm|
|Mon 20th March||6.30pm for 7-9pm||Marketing and Fundraising Group|
|Thur 30th March||2.30pm-3.15pm||Year 5 Play, all welcome|
|Fri 31st March||3.15pm||End of term|
|Mon 24th April||8.55am||Back to school|
|Monday||Perfect pasta bake||Flappy jacks flap jacks|
|Wednesday||Special stir fry noodles||Oranges and sweet seeds|
|Friday||Baked potato home made slaw and Boston baked beans||Apple crumble|