As we reach the end of a long and busy term, it is good to
look back at some of the highlights:
September, several classes from Alexandra participated
in the Eden Academy Sports Day, which was held at Hillingdon
Athletics Stadium in some late September sunshine. All
the children took part with great enthusiasm, even choosing
to do some extra running around the track during the picnic
October, just before half term, a shocking crime was discovered
at Alexandra School! Who stole the cookies from the cookie
jar? Luckily we had a whole school of budding forensic
scientists ready to investigate in our Science Week. The
culprit is very sorry and says she won’t do it again!
November, we had a staff ICT training day. Staff took
part in workshops on LearnPads, Purple Mash, Minecraft,
Fronter, Coding and other aspects of ICT in school. Throughout
the day there was a theme of e-safety, as we thought and
talked about how to ensure our pupils stay safe online.
We will we sharing some of this learning with parents
later in the school year.
December, we have been preparing for our Christmas Show
and Christmas Charity Appeal. This year we are supporting
Text Santa and will be raising money from the sale of
tickets for the show, by wearing festive clothing on the
last day of term, and by selling school merchandise including
this year’s school mug. See over the page for this year’s
of all the staff at Alexandra, I would like to wish our children
and families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We will see you all again on Monday 4th January!
been producing school mugs since 2003. The first design was
the school’s new logo, the two flying geese. Then in 2004
we had our first School Mug Competition and the children have
been helping us to design the mug ever since. Here is the
full set so far:
School Mug 2015-2016 is a celebration of the children’s writing
across the school. All the children were asked to practise
their writing for the mug, whether this meant writing the
letter “a”, the name “Alexandra”, or writing about Alexandra
School. Then at least one child from every class was chosen
to contribute to the school mug, to create an acrostic poem
called “a is for Alexandra”. Here is the final design:
you to all the children for doing such beautiful writing that
it was very hard to decide who would feature on the mug. Congratulations
to the children whose writing was finally chosen: Georgina,
Abishan, Mahdi, Zainab Ahmadi, Malaikha, Daniel Alizadeh,
Shuwethe, Ahmad, Shimon, Ellise, Naomi and Agilan.
We will be selling the mug for the bargain cost of £4,
or three mugs for £10. All proceeds will go to our chosen
Christmas charity, Text Santa. Please support the school and
help us raise money for this good cause.
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that you have all had the opportunity to visit school this
term. We know that it makes a great difference to the children
when they can see parents and staff working together to support
their learning and celebrate their progress.
Parents have been invited in for class assemblies (available
to watch on Fronter) and for class activities and coffee afternoons
early in the term. In the second half of term there was a
run of Family Learning sessions with a focus on arts and crafts,
led by Jo, Raj and Pushpa. Year 6 parents have been invited
in to talk about transition to high school and the trip to
France. All parents were invited to a Gates Gossip with a
focus on using Signalong.
This term saw a repeat of the parenting course that we ran
last year, led by Catherine Holdsworth and Jan Ahmad. This
time the course was offered to parents of children in Years
5 and 6. The response to the course has been very positive.
We would hope to run it again later in the year, for parents
of younger children.
In the second half of term we offered a homework club on Tuesdays.
Although some families expressed an interest in the club,
we did not have enough uptake to continue the club next term.
However, we will be running some Gates Gossip sessions looking
at how you can support your child’s learning at home, so look
out for more information on that in the new year.
The first week of December saw our wonderful Table Top Sale,
organised by Jan and her band of parent helpers. We are currently
planning our parent and family events for next term, so if
you have any ideas or requests, do let Jan know. Also, we
are looking for parents who might feel able to provide some
language support to other families, for example by translating
letters or supporting in Gates Gossip. If you are fluent in
a language other than English and would be willing to provide
some language support, please let Jan know.
Raj, who has worked at Alexandra almost constantly since April
2008 and embodies the Alexandra ethos and values. We hope
that she might find her way back to us some day.
who will be teaching a new, tenth class from January. The
Canada Geese class will be a class of children in Year 1-2
and will be based in the Goslings area.
forget to check Fronter regularly, to read the weekly class
newsflashes, watch any assembly videos and find out what is
for lunch! If you’ve been away from Fronter for a bit, do
check it out. If you have any questions or suggestions about
Fronter, send Adam our IT technician an email at email@example.com