reach the end of a long and busy year, it is good to look
back at some of the highlights:
Being and Just Giving Weeks
a half day training in which staff considered the physical,
social, and emotional and spiritual benefits of making
time for wellbeing, the children were taught about this
in a focused week in the Spring term. Ofsted must have
liked what they saw; when they visited later the same
week, they agreed that Alexandra is an Outstanding place
to come to school! The week was followed up with a focus
on making a contribution to community in the schoolís
Just Giving Week in the Summer term. This week was designed
on the basis that for any person to truly grow, they must
have opportunity to give to others, and to see the impact
of what they give. Guided by Alexandra Staff, the children
embraced this week. Some classes visited day care centres
in Harrow, whilst others made gift boxes for refugee children
stranded in parts of Europe.
summer term tends to be full of sporting activity, and
this year has been no exception. Some of our oldest children
have sailed weekly at Rickmansworth Aquadrome, and a mixed
age group of children represented Alexandra brilliantly
at the Harrow all schools Borough Sports Event. None of
this replaces Alexandra Sports week, the pinnacle of sporting
achievement and participation. Capably lead by Camille
and Daniel, all children from the school competed in a
combination of track and field events, and celebrated
their abilities together in a mixed age-phase multi-skills
afternoon. A small group of children competed for the
title of Alexandra Athlete of the Year at the end of this
week, cheered on by the rest of the school. Danilo from
Y5 emerged triumphant at the end of this competition;
our congratulations go to him, and all of the other children
who participated so well.
and Y6 Leavers Assembly
group of staff took 13 children to France this year for
a week long school journey. As is ever the case, the children
rose to the occasion magnificently. They coped with being
away from home, and for some, this was the first time
they had done this. The practised their French, bonded
brilliantly, and together created memories of their time
at Alexandra that will reach well into adulthood. Each
year, we take huge pride in celebrating with the Year
6 children the journey they make in their time at the
school. This year has been no exception. To hear all of
the Year 6 reflect on their time at school, the challenges
they have faced and overcome, was inspiring. We take this
opportunity to wish them every success in their new schools.
week was organised a little differently this year. Whilst
all of the children ventured out in groups suitable to
their own age phase, one of the joys of camp this year
was the chance for all of the children to sleep overnight
together, for the first time in years. This was made possible
by sleeping at school this year. Singing around the camp
fire whilst the sun set, an evening BBQ, a pitch of tents
by the climbing frame, and pond-dipping in the nearby
stream, were just some of the highlights of this yearís
the suggestion of one of our families, we trialled 1:1
music tuition in school this year. Whilst music has always
been a part of the culture at Alexandra school, instrumental
tuition, for which families pay, was a bit of a departure.
At the end of the year, the children performed some of
their work in a showcase for the rest of the school. For
some of the children, the mere act of performing took
great courage. Their work was well received by all who
watched them perform.
have worked really hard this year. As a group, they have made
Outstanding Progress in English and Maths. This is true of
all age groups within the school. Many have met or exceeded
the individual targets set for them at the start of the year.
All children in the school made better progress in Science
this year than last year. My thanks goes to the staff who
have worked tirelessly to make this possible. My admiration
goes to the children themselves.
know that the school Attendance target is 96%. The attendance
figure for the year, up to the end of June, was 95.5%, putting
the school very close to itís target. This is a great achievement,
representing a huge commitment by many Alexandra families
to send your children to school as much as possible. Thank
Sadly, this hasnít been maintained to the end of the year.
The schoolís attendance figure for the last two weeks alone
has dropped to just over 90%. This is a big drop in attendance,
caused by the decision of some families to take their children
out of school early. I want to remind all families of the
importance of sending children to school for the whole of
the school year, and of the dangers of making value judgements
as to whether or not being in school for the end of term really
matters. The 13 weeks of non-term time available each year
is ample time for travel, and the seizing of other, non-curricular
not possible to build an Outstanding School without the commitment
and dedication of a core of staff who are willing to contribute
their professional energy for a sustained period of time.
Suzy Lea and Clare Slack have, between them, given nearly
20 years of service to the children and families at Alexandra.
For both of these staff, the time has come to move on to new
challenges and opportunities. We shall miss them both very
much, but send them on their way with gratitude for their
diligent work, and very best wishes for the next chapter of
their working lives.
of all the staff at Alexandra, I would like to wish you all
a Summer full of adventure. We love to hear what the children
have been up to. Please encourage them to write us a postcard
and send it in to us at school. If we receive it, we promise
to show it in one of the first assemblies of the new term.
We will see you all again on Friday 2nd September, 2016!