Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. It seems as though the month of January has flown by!

The children have been very busy in school and have been learning some amazing things in and out of the classroom. The teachers have updated their relevant class blogs which will provide some information on what has been happening in the classroom and what is coming up. We hope you find the class blogs provide you with a springboard into some conversations about what your child has been learning in school. The children’s willingness to learn and try new things is an excellent example for us all.  Thank you to the teachers for taking the time to put these together to celebrate what is happening in school.

I have been particularly impressed with the children’s bravery in school. Last Wednesday we had a team from the NHS to administer flu vaccinations in school and the children were all very calm and approached this with a positive attitude.

Last Thursday I was involved in a very productive meeting with staff from Wigmore and Stopsley School. We have some exciting things planned that will be taking place in the Summer term which we hope will help improve standards of children’s writing at both schools. It is important to collaborate with other schools in order to try new and exciting things that will have a positive impact on learning.

The children have also had their individual and sibling photos taken in school on Wednesday. Thank you to the office staff for organising this big task.

The Back Page

Well done to the children in Key Stage 1 who took part in a Multi Skills Festival at Inspire on Wednesday. The children returned to school with smiles on their faces and represented Wigmore so well. Thanks to those who organised this wonderful opportunity.

Outdoor learning for Year 5 and 6 every Thursday is organised and led by Mrs Clark. It is amazing to see and hear about the children working so well together. Huge thanks to Mrs Clark for organising this active, fun and purposeful afternoon for diifferent classes every Thursday. Well done to the winning classes!

Year 5 Oak

Year 6 Birch

Staffing update

Welcome to Miss Welcome who has joined the Wigmore team as a teaching assistant this week. She is a former pupil at Wigmore who will be huge asset to the team.

London Marathon 2022

On a personal note on 2nd October I will be taking part in the London Marathon to raise much needed funds for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. The governors have given me permission to hold a fundraising event or two in school during the Summer term. On Friday 29th April there will be a cake sale at the end of the school day and it would be great if you could support this with donations of cakes and bakes to sell after school. The finer details of this will be sent out nearer the time.

The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity provide complimentary therapies and counselling support for cancer patients with different types of cancer, at different stages, whether newly diagnosed or longer term. They have support centres for the patients and their primary carers across North London and Essex.

Unfortunately we will all know family members or friends who have been impacted in so many different ways by cancer. Their bravery and struggle is real and I want to do something which might help them in some way. After completing my first half marathon in 2021 I feel like a new challenge in 2022 and I will be running the distance in memory of those who have battled or are battling with determination and humility. I will be running in memory of my father in law – Andy, sadly he is no longer with us but his energy and enthusiasm for the teaching profession and life in general was inspirational. He was a great person and an exceptional teacher.

Mr Addison has kindly volunteered his services to set up a training programme that will probably be slightly tougher than the half marathon. I know that we have a number of members of our school community who are keen runners who have taken part in the London Marathon before so if they have any tips do not hesitate to stop for a chat.

Give Me Ten Milestone Magic

Well done to the following children and the adults who are supporting them so well with their regular reading at home.

Year 1 Poplar

25 times

Leunisa, Noah, Oscar

50 times

Adele

Year 1 Rowan

25 times

Mercy, Rockey

50 times

Ella, Anthony

Year 4 Hawthorn

25 times

Tami, Diya, Sulaiman, Kallum, Matei , Gabreila

50 times

Tobiasz, Isa, Daniel O, Daniel T

Year 4 Linden

25 times

Saira, Amy, Kyle, Leilah

50 times

Toby, Emily, Gavin, Blake, Divya, Abigail, Samuel

Year 5 Lime 

50 times

Charlotte, Olivia, Sophie, Tanisha, Ryan, Warren.

75 times

Anika, Emma, Oliver

Year 5 Oak 

50 times

Muntazir, Hamza, Harley, Freddie N.

75 times

Ollie, Sophie.

100 times

Pawel, Jacob.

Year 6 Birch

Gold award

Stefania

Ruby award

Alex, Emily, Erin, Grace, Hansitha, Jack, Jake, Maleeha, Max, Natalie, Tailen, Victor.

House Points

The children have been working incredibly hard in school to earn points for their House!

Week beginning Aviators Brewers Mechanics Plaiters
17.1.22 329 322 370 – WINNERS! 314
24.1.22 279 – WINNERS 228 236 243

The Gold Book

Well done to the following children who have been in the Gold Book over the last two weeks.

Class WB 17.1.22 WB 24.1.22
Acorns (Reception) Stephen Alanna
Conkers (Reception) Oliver Marie
Pine (Reception) Richard Eric
Poplar (Year 1) Naday Connie
Rowan (Year 1) Ivy Angel
Yew (Year 1) Maddison Hassan
Aspen (Year 2) Vivien Harry
Hazel (Year 2) Rahul Anaya
Juniper (Year 2) James Robert
Elm (Year 3) Areeba Alisha
Maple (Year 3) Delilah Alessia
Willow (Year 3) Samuel Andi
Beech (Year 4) Patryk Eddie
Hawthorn (Year 4) Alessio Aaliyah
Linden (Year 4) Aliyah Jai
Holly (Year 5) Sarae Jayden
Lime (Year 5) Warren Charlotte
Oak (Year 5) Keisha Lilly
Alder (Year 6) Emillie Alfie
Ash (Year 6) Mahdi Sasha
Birch (Year 6) Grace Stefania

ATTEND TO ACHIEVE!

492 (Week beginning 17.1.22) and 474 (Week beginning 24.1.22)  children’s names were entered into our attendance “Wheel of Fortune” family prize draw. This is the number of children who have been in school every day since the beginning of the term.

At Wigmore we have to aim to be here every day! Excellent attendance is 97% or above. There are strong links between good attendance and good progress in school, both academically and socially.

Attendance for this school year at Wigmore stands at 93.7% which is slightly above the national average. At Wigmore we do not want to be slightly better than average – we want to be the best we can possibly be and reach our school target of 97%.

Class WB 17.1.22 Comment WB 24.1.22 Comment
Acorns (Reception) 94.1% Must improve! 90.9% Must improve!
Conkers (Reception) 97.1% Outstanding! 90.3% Must improve!
Pine (Reception) 84.6% Must improve! 89.9% Must improve!
Poplar (Year 1) 91.5% Must improve! 93.7% Must improve!
Rowan (Year 1) 97.9% Outstanding! 94% Must improve!
Yew (Year 1) 80.4% Must improve! 90.9% Must improve!
Aspen (Year 2) 96.9% Almost there! 95.4% Must improve!
Hazel (Year 2) 93.8% Must improve! 94.6% Must improve!
Juniper (Year 2) 97.2% Outstanding! 93.5% Must improve!
Elm (Year 3) 98.6% WOW! 94.6% Must improve!
Maple (Year 3) 94.3% Must improve! 94.7% Must improve!
Willow (Year 3) 95.9% Must improve! 94.5% Must improve!
Beech (Year 4) 97.9% Outstanding! 94.3% Must improve!
Hawthorn (Year 4) 97.8% Outstanding! 96.2% WOW!
Linden (Year 4) 96.1% Almost there! 95.4% Must improve!
Holly (Year 5) 96.7% Almost there! 90.5% Must improve!
Lime (Year 5) 92.7% Must improve! 93.4% Must improve!
Oak (Year 5) 96.5% Almost there! 94.9% Must improve!
Alder (Year 6) 94.2% Must improve! 94.3% Must improve!
Ash (Year 6) 98.4% Outstanding! 95% Must improve!
Birch (Year 6) 93.6% Must improve! 93.6% Must improve!
Whole school 94.6% Must improve! 93.3% Must improve!

Lateness = lost learning!

5 minutes late every day 3 days of learning lost
10 minutes late every day 6 and half days of learning lost
15 minutes late every day 2 weeks of learning lost
20 minutes late every day 19 days of learning lost

Days off school = lost learning!

97% to 100% attendance  Excellent attendance! This is our goal!
95% attendance  10 days of learning lost per year
90% attendance 19 days of learning lost per year
85% attendance 29 days of learning lost per year
80% attendance 38 days of learning lost per year
75% attendance 47 days of learning lost per year

With thanks for your continued support in the work we do with your children,

Mr Johnston