It’s been a lovely end to the term and it has been great to see all the performances and celebrations, which culminated with our Christmas Assemblies at St Stephen’s Church. It's been a busy term with the opening of Raglan Wrap Club and the building of the new Nursery. Both projects are going well and you can read more about the progress of those projects below. I'd also like to share a few other highlights of the term.
This term our community came together to support Andy’s Wish to Walk raising over £19,000. Andy and his family appeared on the BBC One Show on the night of Children In Need to talk about his journey. A further £1,700 was raised for Children In Need at the Fairs organised by the children.
Thank you everyone for your generous support.
Our new nursery building is in the finishing stages with completion expected mid-January. We have exciting plans for the outdoor area for the nursery, which will be completed before the grand opening after the February half term. Around 70% of nursery children will extend to 30 hours with the rest remaining on half days or extending to 20 hours. We will be reviewing our provision for September 2018.
Primary school data was released last week and I’m pleased to say that the results for Year 6 who left us in July were the highest we have achieved over the last 5 years. Progress was above average in Reading and Maths and in line with the national average in Writing. Overall 71% of our pupils achieved the expected standard in all three areas compared to 61% nationally. 9% achieved the higher standard. You can explore more of the data here
Over the last 3 weeks we have had over 1500 parents/carers and family members come to school to see pupils performing. This included 'Humph the Camel' by Reception, 'A Midwife Crisis' by Year 1 & 2 and 'Bethlehem the Musical' by Year 4. All the performances were very enjoyable, so a big thank you for your support with costumes and learning words and songs.
We had an amazing iGospel concert by Year 5 with some terrific singing and a great Winter Concert with 130 singers and musicians, clearly showing that we have a very musical school. A particular highlight has been the growth of the brass group, which is going from strength to strength. There was also singing from Year 3 and Nursery pupils.
Austen regained the Sports Cup this term following an exciting programme of Inter-House sports across a range of sports. The teams continue to perform well against other schools competing in 24 different fixtures and events. Both the boys and girls’ football teams and girls’ netball team are top of their respective leagues. The Tag Rugby team (mixed) won the Enfield Tag Rugby tournament and are also top of their league. Our gymnasts did us proud at the Gymnastics Festival, where we entered all categories. Children from Raglan did brilliantly well to finish second in the Panathlon.
We have released details of our clubs and activities for Spring 2018 with 34 clubs across the schools including some new clubs and opportunities. You can see the information here and request your places online here. The closing date is 3rd January 2018 and we will endeavour to accommodate as best we can. Most clubs do get over subscribed, but we aim for 90%+ to get their first choice.
Raglan Wrap Club has been a success to date and goes from strength to strength. Thank you for the informal feedback, I know the club has been well received and an improvement on previous provision. We have a new manager starting in the new year and most of the temporary staff have now agreed to continue going forward. We will run a survey in the new year so we can update our policy and terms.
A big thank you goes to the RSA who continue to work hard to raise funds for school. The Christmas Fair raised over £5,000, which was a great success, so thank you for your support with the fair itself or donating to the hampers or buying the obligatory tea towel. Congratulations to the 50 winners of the hampers! We have some exciting news to announce in the new year on how the money will be spent, with work expected to take place in February. Watch this space!
The RSA have also kindly donated a book to every child to read and share at home. They are not levelled, so please enjoy read it with your child.
That just leaves me to wish those of you who are celebrating a very Merry Christmas. We look forward to seeing the children again on Thursday 4th January 2018.