Welcome to the penultimate bulletin of the year

Let’s start with some real positivity. Over the year, our children (your children!) have been out and about a great deal. Everywhere they go, we get lovely feedback and comments about them from the people they meet. Every time. Listeners to Radio Nottingham have been astonished at the good things our children do and they way they can communicate. YHA staff and providers on the Year Five residential proclaimed our children to be the best behaved, most respectful they had ever encountered. Ditto for our Year 6 at their recent Mount Cook residential. We have had a huge amount of lovely messages from shoppers who encountered our children collecting for Hope at Morrisons recently. This, from a parent yesterday, is typical:

I’ve been on the Magna trip today with the year 4s in Mrs Stafford’s class and I just thought I’d write to you to say what an absolute credit all the children were to Parkdale, they were all so respectful and well behaved and a total credit to you and the school.

There was another school there and I certainly would not say the same about them.

So praise where praise is due and they all get a gold star from me

As is this, yesterday too, from the Headteacher of the school which hosted our Chess Club team this week:

Your children were wonderful guests, so polite and respectful. They were fabulous. It was a pleasure to have them here.

From a passing supply teacher recently:

Yours is one of very few schools I’m prepared to go to these days. It is always such a pleasure to be here. Everyone is so friendly and the children’s behaviour and kindness is unlike anything I see on my travels.

Of course, it was behaviour, attitudes and personal development that OfSTED found to be Outstanding and that makes us very happy indeed.

We are proud of our school and of our wider community. In fractious, divided times, we, our community, remain a great example of how to get along and how to treat one another. As a school, we will always continue to prioritise this.


Right, onto the news…

Thanks to the 58 people who have so far completed our end of year survey. We’d love to get lots more responses please, If you haven’t yet done so and can find 5 minutes to help us, that’d be lovely. We tend to get most responses at either extreme –  love us or hate us! Even if you haven’t got strong opinions either way on anything, there are options to say that and that’s still useful feedback to us, helping us get a more representative picture: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RJ3ZQC7

We’re also curently running our annual survey for the children. More on this here: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/childrens-survey/

Thank also to everyone for being so accommodating of the changes to the morning routine we’ve had to have in place whilst the works to the Nursery outdoor area were underway. This is now complete and should really improve the provision for our youngest children. They can now get outside to play much more freely, in a nicer area which will shortly have many new resources added to it. A real bonus is the gateway that lets Nursery and Reception children mix outdoors in one anothers’ areas. This will be great for socialising and making even more new friends.

Next step, an even bigger project to renovate and re-landscape the ‘quiet’ playground, the area where the children assemble in the morning with the table tennis tables and climbing wall. This should be spectacular when done and the work is scheduled for the last week of the Summer holidays. Also up and coming, major refurbishment works of our Library, which has so far never quite reached its former glories after moving location to make room for the Nursery. We’re hoping this will be completed before September too.

Announcement here of the winning House and details of their prize trip to the cinema on Monday: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/and-this-years-winning-house-is/

As seems to have somehow become traditional (!), we have an end of year water fight on Monday: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/water-fight-golden-time/

We’d love to be nominated for a chance to win £1000 towards our ongoing Library refurbishment: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/help-us-win-1000-for-our-school-library/

We announced our end of Key Stage Two (SAT) results here: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/end-of-key-stage-two-results-sats/

A reminder here that we use the Scholarpack app as our main form of communication. A handy video here if you’re not yet signed up to use this: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/scholarpack-app/

An update here on some Twitter/website feed technical issues: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/twitter-technical-issue/

An invitation here to the Year 6 Leavers’ Party: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/year-6-leavers-party/

Staying with Y6, a reminder here of their stage production next week: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/year-6-end-of-year-production/

A chance here to catch a compilation of our five features on BBC Radio Nottingham last week. Highly recommended and very heart-warming!: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/radio-stars/

Some information/reminders here for the Reception classes: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/reception-reminders-for-the-last-few-days/

And finally, the last day iof term, Friday the 21st, will be the traditional ‘toy day’ – children are very welcome to bring in a toy or game of their choice.