Alexandra School’s 40th Year! And what a year it was!
Here are a few
of the highlights…
The trim trail
was installed in October and has since become a firm favourite
for break times, PE lessons and across the curriculum. Classes
have even used it in their French and Maths lessons! Families
will be able to try it out during the end-of-year BBQ on Friday
at the end of the Autumn was “The Story of Gary the Curious
Sheep”, a Dan Egan original. All the children took part in
some way, whether that was in the performance to staff and
children from the other academy schools, or in the performances
to parents. Who can forget them all singing their hearts out
to “Let It Go”? And we all enjoyed delicious gingerbread sent
in by families and raised money for Shelter.
In the Spring,
Alexandra ran its first ever parenting course, led by Catherine
Holdsworth and Jan Ahmad. This was well received by the parents
who attended and we plan to repeat the course next year. We
also ran our first Easter holiday club, organised by Sophia
Gordon and building on the success of the 2014 summer club.
We are fortunate to have a team of staff who are willing to
work during the holidays to make this provision possible.
In the Summer,
our focus moved outside. All the children were able to take
part in Wild Wonder workshops, led by Iain Green, a renowned
wildlife photographer. He also worked with the Family Learning
group that had been organised by Nick White and Jo Ward during
the term. All the children were also given the opportunity
to stay away from home for at least a night. For the youngest
children that was camping at school in the yurt, for years
3-5 there was camping at a scout campsite, and our Year 6
children had the opportunity to go to France.
year, the children have worked hard, supported by the staff
and by you, their parents and carers. Alexandra’s motto is
“Learning Together”. We feel that this year has really shown
the value of that shared approach and we are proud of the
progress that the children have made as a result. This year
92% of the children met or exceeded their learning targets
for Maths and English. An astounding 96% of children met or
exceeded their reading target this year, which is definitely
testament to the time spent at home sharing and reading books
as a family. Over the summer, keep enjoying books with your
child, read to them, read with them, listen to them read.
Have a great Summer!
We look forward to seeing you all again for the start of a
Perdy, Ivan and Catherine
Say Goodbye to...
We say good bye
to twenty two children in Year 6, as they move on to secondary
school. We also say goodbye to Daniel Schiele, who will be
moving away from Harrow, and to Sadaf Qureshi, who is going
to Woodlands. We wish our leavers luck and will miss them
We also say goodbye
to some staff:
first worked at Alexandra as an LSA in 1996! She left us briefly
to become a nursery manager, but then returned to Alexandra
to train as a teacher. And we were very lucky she did, as
she is an outstanding teacher. Debbie moves on to take up
new challenges in a school nearer home.
Jo Watts has also
been at Alexandra for a long time, since 2003. Like Debbie,
she started as an LSA and leaves us as an outstanding teacher.
But Jo won’t be moving far, as she will be taking up the role
of Assistant Head of School at Pentland Field School in Ickenham.
Pentland Field is also a member of the Eden Academy, so we
expect to continue working with Jo in the future.
has worked with us for the last three years. For the first
two he was an LSA, but this year he has been training as a
teacher (and a brilliant one he has become!) He will be taking
up his first teaching post at West Lodge School in Harrow.
Gemma Capper joined
us in the autumn term as a supply LSA… and stayed! She has
been a valued member of the Snow Geese team. The only reason
we are letting her go is because she is leaving to train as
a teacher (and a brilliant one she will be!)
Emma Ward has worked
this year as an LSA in a few of our older classes, coming
to rest in the Brecon Geese this term. She has boosted the
music in school, leading the choir this term and accompanying
the Year 6 children in their moving final assembly. Like Jo,
she isn’t going far and will be working for Sunshine House
School in Northwood next year.
We wish all of
our leaving staff good luck for the future and thank them
for everything they have done for the school.
Say Hello to...
Simone Wright has
been teaching for a number of years at a main-stream school.
She brings with her a lot of Key Stage 1 experience, and joins
us to teach the Barnacle Geese. We are really pleased to welcome
her to our team!
Noorhan Abdul Nabi
has been an LSA at Alexandra but this year trained to be a
teacher. And a brilliant one she has become! We are absolutely
delighted that she will be taking up her first teaching post
here at Alexandra, with the Pilgrim Geese!