On Tuesday 6th February, 25 children from Key stage 2 choir went to the O2 arena to perform in Young Voices! They prepared 15 songs to sing with the other 7,981 children present. Well done to all involved and thank you to all the families that supported!
December – End of Autumn term news
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you all have a very happy and restful Christmas. This term has been extremely productive and busy and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support.
Children return to school on Thursday 4th January 2018
A massive thank you to our Parent Association (WPPA) for organising such a wonderful Christmas Fair at the start of December. The event was perfect and the children all had a very enjoyable time! The event raised £2,000 and we are already busy planning how best to spend this money to benefit all of the children.
Three well attended ‘Decorations Mornings’ took place early in December. Many Parents and Carers were able to join us for a morning full of glitter, glue and paint resulting in great quality Christmas decorations that will be enjoyed by families for years to come.
Each Key Stage performed their own Christmas show this month and all were equally brilliant. The children all tried so hard remembering lines, actions and songs and certainly ‘wowed’ the large audiences at each performance. A huge thank you all the staff who worked so hard with the children and to you all for supporting us with providing costumes.
Primary school attainment league tables
The tables measure school performance data. This is statistical information showing how well pupils in England have done in public examinations taken at key points during their school careers. At primary level, these are the national curriculum tests, or Sats, taken in Year 6 at the age of 10 or 11. For further information, please click here.
We are delighted that our school improvement strategies are having the desired impact in raising attainment, both in the proportion of children reaching the expected standard and those exceeding this standard. I am sure you will be pleased to note our position in the league tables which compare WPPA with other similar schools - 19 out of 125.
Bike Donation - Halfords
The children were left ‘wheeling for joy’ after receiving 18 free bikes and helmets from Halfords. The scheme is aimed at encouraging more children – who may not necessarily have access to bikes – to cycle. We are so excited to receive the donation; this is a fantastic opportunity to support the children in learning cycling proficiency skills. The bikes will be used by children in KS2 and we will share our plans on how they will be utilised with children and parents in the new year.
Each bike has been collected from customers who donate unwanted bikes through Halfords’ national trade-in events and has been reconditioned through a rehabilitation programme Halfords runs with Onley prison. 80 stores across the Halfords group regularly take bike donations for Re-cycle so if you have a bike that you would like to donate, please visit www.halfords.com/re-cycle1. For more information visit www.halfords.com or www.halfordscompany.com
Nursery opening – January 2018
We are delighted to announce that our new nursery provision will open on Thursday 4th January 2017. We are fully staffed and resourced and ready to go. Mrs Rebecca Herrera will be the Nursery class teacher and will be ably supported by Mrs Shelley Wass and Mrs Nicky Cable. There are a small number of places still available. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please click here for more information.
Albion in the Community – Premier League Stars - coming to Warden Park Primary
Albion in the Community are currently delivering the Premier League Primary Stars programme with a small number of primary schools across Sussex and we are delighted that Warden Park Primary will be one of them!
Premier League Primary Stars is an education programme designed to use the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. The programme sees a Primary Stars Sports Mentor work with different schools each term and in the Spring term the children in Firefly and Puma classes will take part.
The Primary Stars Sports Mentors deliver fun, educational sessions in a range of subjects that inspire and motivate all pupils. These high-quality interventions are targeted at whole classes, small groups and individuals and include:
To start the program, children in Puma and Firefly classes will be visiting Brighton’s home ground, the Amex stadium on Friday 12th January.
Ms Wilkin – Parrot class teacher
I am writing to inform you that, due to personal circumstances, Ms Wilkin will be leaving the school at the end of the Autumn term to pursue opportunities elsewhere. We would like to thank her for all her hard work and wish her all the best for the future. In order to provide the best possible learning opportunities and stability for the children in Parrot class, I am delighted to inform you that Mrs Williams will now teach the class full- time. As you know, Mrs Williams has been teaching one day a week in the class since the start of the year. She is an experienced member of school staff and is dedicated to helping your children achieve their full potential.
Please click here for Spring and Summer 2018 term dates
Leigh from Rockademy came to inspire the children by showing them how to play electric guitar, acoustic guitar and drums. He told the children all about how they could sign up for lessons in these instruments. If your child would be interested in having individual or group music lessons please email email@example.com or visit www.rockademy.co.uk.
More Radio comes to Warden Park Primary Academy
Friday 29th September- ‘More Radio’s Breakfast Show with Hayley and Nick’- Live from Warden Park Primary!
Lots of very excited children turned up really early, at 7.30am to take part in the ‘More Radio Breakfast Show’ which was broadcast live from the school.
This was a unique opportunity for the children to see, first hand, what being a sound engineer, radio producer and a radio presenter involved. Warden Park Primary was one of only 4 schools chosen to take part in a live broadcast.
Lots of parents and other members of the community contacted the school to say how much they had enjoyed tuning in and listening to the broadcast which involved the children.
The children had lots of fun joining in games, interviews and singing. There are definitely some budding radio presenters at Warden Park Primary Academy!!
To listen to an audio recording of some of the radio show click here.
Leigh from Rockademy came and showed us some awesome musical instruments. He played us the guitar and the drums! The Rockademy team can offer drum, guitar, singing and bass lessons for your children. If you would be interested in group or one on one lessons please enrol today at www.rockademy.co.uk
Visit from Miss Jackson
On 14th March Miss Jackson from West Sussex Music Service showed us her cello and played some songs. If your child was inspired to learn the cello, Miss Jackson will be running some free trial lessons at the start of the summer term for those interested. To sign up please email her directly before 31st March; firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child is interested in playing a different instrument you can contact West Sussex music service for more information.
On Monday 6th January, 12 children from years 5 and 6 went to the O2 arena in London to sing in the Young Voices concert. The children sang with 7,752 other children from around the country to create one huge choir. Well done to all the children involved for learning a lot of music and for singing it so brilliantly!
SUSSEX LEARNING TRUST UPDATE
The Governors of Northlands Wood Community Primary School and the Trustees of Sussex Learning Trust continue to have very fruitful discussions concerning converting to academy status and joining our collaborative partnership. It is anticipated that the conversion could take place in the Summer term 2017 and both schools will keep parents fully informed of progress.
Jonathan Morris, CEO of Sussex Learning Trust
The children recently completed Christmas card designs for the PTA to produce cards and other products for parents to buy. These same designs were entered into a competition at the Orchards Shopping Centre. I am delighted to let you know that Maise Keningale was the winner of the KS1 competition and Summer Stewart was the runner up in the KS2 competition. The girls were awarded their prize (shopping vouchers) by the Mayor and the manager of Marks and Spencer, who sponsored the event.
Some recent photographs of the building works, including the new playground, classrooms, library and science lab: