What a brilliant half term it has been!  Since returning full-time to Totley Primary, my feet haven’t touched the ground and there have been so many exciting events and activities. 

The term started with the Foundation Stage trip to Gillfield Woods and it’s quite remarkable that our youngest children have been in school for only one term.  They have very quickly settled into the routine of school life and seem like they have been in school for years!  The Year 1 children enjoyed their shadow puppet theatre experience and the Year 2 children have just completed a wonderful topic on dinosaurs.  In KS2 the Year 3 children brought history to life during their topic on the Stine Age and the Year 4 children enjoyed a trip to Manor Lodge as part of their topic on Tudor Britain.  The Year 5 children looked at the Victorian Age and enjoyed a day in a Victorian classroom while the Year 6 class spent time practising their lines for the successful Christmas performance, ‘Five Gold Rings!’

On a sporting front we have taken part in the Sheffield Schools Football competition as well as competing at the English Institute of Sport and the Lant Trophy is reaching an exciting stage!

We also welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg into school to help serve school meals.  He was accompanied by the Yorkshire Television cameras who broadcast a wonderful piece on their Calendar News programme.  I don’t think I’ll ever forget Jess’ interview where she explained how she shares the same hairdresser with Mr Clegg!   A priceless moment!

The build up to Christmas is the most enjoyable time to be in school as far as I am concerned.  This year was no different and we have enjoyed so many wonderful events.  The Christmas performances and KS1 nativity were excellent and was such a reward for all the hard work that went into them.  A big thank you to all the children as well as all the staff for working so hard to make the performances so enjoyable!  Then we had the Christmas parties, PTA gift swap and the Christingle on the last afternoon of term, all of which were such magical events.  Thank you to our PTA members who served refreshments at the performances and helped organise (and wrap!) at the Gift swap.

In summary that is the last six or seven weeks in a nutshell.  Thank you to all our parents for all your help and support over the last half term and a particular thank you to the staff team who continue to ensure our children have an excellent time in school.

Here’s to a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  See you all on Monday 5th January 2015!

Mr Stewart