Parents newsletter. 24.1.14

Watling View School
Head Teacher – Tom Jackson-Owens
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we come to the end of a very sad and difficult week we are all remembering Robbie and thinking of his
family. The school community, as you can imagine, is in shock and grieving. In difficult times good teams
support each other and the team at Watling View have been doing that this week. I will let all staff and parents
know more details about how we are going to say goodbye to Robbie as a school in due course.
Parents Consultation Evening
It was good to see parents on Tuesday evening and I hope you found the meetings useful and informative.
30% of our parents met with teachers and this would have been more had we not had to cancel some
appointments due to teacher illness. I will ask these teachers to rearrange their appointments with parents.
New Parent Governor
I am very pleased to inform you that Mr John Doneo, foster parent of Imran in the Primary department, is now
a parent Governor. We welcome John to the team and I’m sure his 50 years of fostering experience will be
very useful as he takes on the role of Governor.
At the Governors meeting this week we officially confirmed Malcolm Driscoll and Richard Gutowski in post as
community Governors. Unfortunately, one of our other community Governors, Jane Robbins has had to
resign for personal reasons.
School Nurse
We are planning interviews for a new nurse on 6th February with the NHS. For the time being, I’m glad to say,
we’ll continue to be very well supported by Sheree.
Profile of staff for parents
This term we welcomed our newest teacher, Elizabeth Gibbins, who is now the teacher in YP2. Here is a
short profile from Elizabeth: “I have been working in special schools in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire for over
27 years and have taught children of all ages. Over the last 10 years I have worked with pupils who are over
16 and I have an interest in supporting them into adulthood. I live in Luton and love gardening, painting and
traveling in France. I’ve enjoyed my first few weeks at Watling View and look forward to getting to know
everyone better.”
Stars of the week
FS: Nathan – For fantastic mark making.
P1: Imran – For concentrating so well on his work.
P2: Alfie – For having lovely conversations with others.
Compassion Courage Aspiration Integrity Justice Respect Responsibility Wisdom P3: Skyla – For purposefully swimming on her front towards an adult. S1: Callum J – For good skills in tag rugby. S2: Richard - For being so flexible and calm during periods of change. S3: Kelly - For moving around school so well this week. YP1: Natasha – For excellent listening and comprehension skills in literacy. YP2: James T – For doing lots of independent walking. YP3: Esme – For growing in confidence and helping others at the farm. News from Foundation Stage
Foundation Stage has been busy enjoying their story “The Three Pigs”. They have made houses out of sticks.
One afternoon they went to Aldenham Farm to have a look at some real pigs.

News from Primary

There have been lots of activities this week in primary. Red group had a fantastic rebound therapy session. The girls loved trampolining. Some children went to visit Hatfield Galleria and had fun on their play facilities. Yellow group have been enjoying the Gingerbread Man. News from Secondary
S1 made lovely fruit pictures in art and tried lots of different fruits. S2 have a lovely class display of ‘The Owl and The Pussycat’ which everyone contributed to. They have been learning the poem in literacy this term and are all really enjoying it. In Maths the students have been practicing their money skills because we are learning how to use money in the community to buy items we need. S3 are learning to choose and make snacks independently and doing really well with cheese on toast, baked beans and heating up soup with almost no help!
News from Young Peoples Department

Some of our young people had a very enjoyable time at the farm where they hand milked the goats. Others
have been very creative and have made lots of noise with ‘groggers’ to celebrate Purim. There was lots of
mess with foam and paint and some lovely pictures were produced. The week ended with an assembly to
celebrate Burns Night with a sample of haggis (vegetarian too!) and some dancing to Scottish music.
This week Dominic, in S3, actively participated in his physiotherapy exercises in the Hydrotherapy Pool all week. Well done.
Have a restful weekend.
Compassion Courage Aspiration Integrity Justice Respect Responsibility Wisdom


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