Welcome to this week’s bulletin, a day early because…


Tomorrow, Friday 10th February, is an INSET Day. School is closed to pupils for staff training. Staff will be in working on developing their teaching of PE.

Today, Thursday 9th Feb, is the last day in work for Mrs Bass (4 Ash), who leaves us to start a new, rural life in the Vale of Belvoir. We wish her every happiness and success after nearly ten years at Parkdale. Mrs Stafford incoming to 4 Ash as she returns from her Maternity Leave this month.

The race to be the winning house for the term and the year remains very close indeed. Latest scores for Spring:

Wollaton (yellow)339

Rufford (Blue) 323

Clumber (Green) 369

Newstead (Red) 339

Overall, for the year, Clumber have a slender lead over Rufford, with Newstead and Wollaton not far behind. We do hope this year to re-introduce the afternoon out at the cinema for the winning house.

On the subject of the houses, well done to Wollaton who just edged a very, very close Year 6 hockey tournament this morning. Each house played each other twice and with them equal on league points and goal difference, it came down to the head-to-head record between Wollaton and Rufford. The trophy is now bedecked with the yellow ribbons of the victors. For the record, earlier in the year, Clumber won at Netball and Rufford won at Tag Rugby. Newstead’s turn next half term?

An update on the Book Fair here – thank you for your support with this: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/school-book-fair/

As mentioned last week, this week has been Carbon Week. A huge well done to our Eco Committee children and our Transform Parliament reps who presented a brilliant, informative assembly on Monday. This group are leading the way on our efforts to be awarded a prestigious Eco School Green Flag accreditation. Much more to come on this in future.: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/carbon-week/

A heads-up about another important accreditation we are currently trying to earn, namely the Arts Mark. We are putting together a development plan that we hope will see our already significant offer in the Arts become even better. Again, much more on this over the coming months.

Final news of developments – three actually – firstly, some major work should commence next half term to improve the outdoor play areas for Key Stage 1. Secondly, we have exciting plans to redevelop the Library, which has never really recovered from the move around a couple of years back. The look of the Library will be changing a lot and we will be spending a lot of money on stocks of exciting new  books. Thirdly, we are currenly working on gathering quotes to renovate the outside toilets, the ones on the playground, which could be made much more pleasant, we think. We hope for this work to be completed before the Summer holidays.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun half term. We’ll be back on Monday 20th February.