Hello and welcome to my May blog.  The last half term went by in a bit of a blur with only four weeks of school, two of which being disrupted by INSET days and Bank Holidays.  That said, so much happened during the half term with lots of activities, events and celebrations.

The half term started with the Year 6 visit to Perlethorpe in Nottingham for a World War 2 exhibition.  The children got into full costume and had a brilliant day.  The trip provided the inspiration for the rest of the half term and they held an amazing museum event for parents during the last week of term showcasing their WW2 dance which was of a really high standard.  They Year 6 children also completed their SATs tests last term and I have every confidence that they will have achieved high standards as their attitude in the build-up to them has been absolutely superb!

The Year 5 class also held an event for parents as they demonstrated their learning about the United Kingdom by holding an afternoon tea party.  Parents were treated to sandwiches and cakes all served by our trusty Year 5 waiters and waitresses.  The Year 4 children completed their residential weekend at Kingswood which, despite the rain, was a fantastic experience.  I was amazed at how well they supported and encouraged each other and their behaviour throughout the trip was brilliant!  The Year 3 children completed their ‘Rivers’ topic by walking to Blacka Moor to find the source of the River Sheaf.  It was a baking hot day and they were certainly in need of water throughout the day!  The Year 2 have welcomed Sian the Giant Snake into school this term and she has been a welcome addition to our school.  The children even completed their own insects out of balloons, papier-mache and cardboard as part of their work on min-beasts.  The Year 1 class have turned in gardeners extraordinaire as they grew their own plants from beans.  In the style of Jack and The Beanstalk the beans grew and grew and some of them were very high indeed.  In Fs2 the children enjoyed a great Super Hero Day with everyone coming to school in Super Hero costumes.

On a sporting front, the Year 5 children competed in the Sheffield schools Football Tournament and the prestigious Lant Trophy was lifted by Sunnyvale City who beat Gilfield United in a fiercely contested final.

There have also been some developments with regards to the leadership and staffing arrangements.  We said goodbye to Mrs Bate who left after 7 years working at Totley and we have appointed Mrs Wileman as Head of School.  Mrs Wileman will run the school in my absence while I am at Valley Park Community School and Mrs Corrin will take full responsibility for the Year 5 class.  I have every confidence that the leadership changes will have a positive impact on the school and I would like to publicly thank Mrs Bate for all of her hard work and support over the past few years.

There are so many amazing things planned for the summer term and I’ve just scanned the diary to see trips to the Yorkshire Wildlife Par, The Houses of Parliament and Cadbury World as well the trusted favourites such as the PTA Summer Fun Day, Dream Mile and Sports Day.

Here’s to a bit of good weather and lots of fun.

Mr Stewart May 2014