Lea Forest is part of AET (Academies Enterprise Trust). There have been lots of changes at AET over the last couple of years, and the organisation is now focused on improving the education we offer. With this in mind, we’ve been doing a fair bit of thinking about what a ’remarkable life’ means to the children of Lea Forest. We want our children to: BE BIG HEARTED, PUSH THE LIMITS, DISCOVER WHAT’S POSSIBLE and BE UNUSUALLY BRAVE.

January 2019

Welcome Back!

posted 11 Jan , 16:31 by J Croxon

I hope that you all had a great Christmas break and managed to spend some quality time together at home. I think that we were all ready for a well-deserved break after such a busy and successful 8 week autumn term. It was lovely to end the term with our wonderful Christmas performances which celebrated the greatness of Lea Forest. I would like to wish each and every one of you a happy new year from all of the staff. We have huge aspirations for 2019…

Our Vision, Mission and Values

posted 11 Jan , 16:31 by J Croxon

Lea Forest is part of AET (Academies Enterprise Trust). There have been lots of changes at AET over the last couple of years, and the organisation is now focused on improving the education we offer. With this in mind, we’ve been doing a fair bit of thinking about what a ’remarkable life’ means to the children of Lea Forest. We want our children to: BE BIG HEARTED, PUSH THE LIMITS, DISCOVER WHAT’S POSSIBLE and BE UNUSUALLY BRAVE.

This Week

posted 11 Jan , 16:31 by J Croxon

We’ve really hit the ground running this week and Christmas is a distant memory. We are onto our new challenge of being REMARKABLE. On Tuesday, Mr Taylor and I led a whole school assembly to introduce the new vision and values to the children. We shared a few motivational videos and were blown away by the children’s responses and enthusiasm. In our assembly, we set the children a challenge to FIND THEIR REMARKABLE.

They started their journey by completing a 20 minute challenge in the remarkable escape room that we had created for them. This was a huge success and a wonderful first day back.

This whole week has been focused on BEING REMARKABLE and each class have produced some stunning and thoughtful work. We were lucky enough to be joined by Matt Abbott, who is the poet who wrote our remarkable lives poem. He worked with groups of children to help inspire them to write their own poems. We will be holding a poetry slam in Monday’s assembly next week where we will share these poems. We will also try to load some onto the website, Twitter, FaceBook and ClassDojo.

It really has been a manic, but pretty amazing first week back. Watch this space for some more REMARKABLE stuff!

We have lots happening next week including: Our poetry slam, a visit from Professor McGinty for Y6, Martin Luther King Day, the launch of the golden mile and a non uniform day so that children can celebrate being themselves #RemarkableMe.

I’d like to wish you all a restful and enjoyable weekend. Please ask your children about our new values and what they think REMARKABLE is. See you all on Monday!

Reception Applications

posted 11 Jan , 16:41 by J Croxon

The deadline for Reception applications for September 2019 is fast approaching.

Parents of current Nursery children have until Tuesday 15 January to apply online.

Be Your Remarkable Self Day

posted 11 Jan , 16:41 by J Croxon

On Thursday 17 January we will be holding a non uniform day where children can come to school as their REMARKABLE SELVES #RemarkableMe. We will be asking for 50p in return for children wearing their own clothes.

The Lea Forest Golden Mile Challenge

posted 11 Jan , 16:41 by J Croxon

Next week we will be launching our Golden mile challenge. We know that an active child is a happier child and the Daily Mile offers the opportunity for our children to take part, enjoy themselves and inspires them to stay active. Through getting school children to walk or run for 15 minutes everyday, The Golden Mile has been proven to significantly improve fitness levels. The Daily Mile is a hugely successful programme designed to ensure that every pupil learns about the habit of taking part in rigorous exercise every day. Mr Haw has marked a track on the Key stage 2 playground and Miss Lewis has a trained team of Year 6 pupils ready to record and share the results. The children and teachers can’t wait to get started. Ready.....Set..... Go!!!!!

Attendance

posted 11 Jan , 16:41 by J Croxon

We are holding a competition this half term for all classes. Any class that manages 10 full days of 100% attendance will win a movie and popcorn afternoon. There are posters displayed in each classroom and are given a gold star for each day they have all children present in school.

This week’s results

Well done for a positive start to the term. Our target for attendance is 96%. There were 7 classes that managed to achieve 96% or better - that’s REMARKABLE.


Here’s our top 4 classes of the week:

4th = 1HM with 97.24% 3rd = 4NN with 98.33% 2nd = 4WH with 98.62% 1st = 5BP with 98.68%

Unfortunately, our overall attendance this week is slightly below 96% and stands at 95.62%. Please make every effort to make sure children are in school and ready to learn. Every day lost is a lost learning opportunity!

Parking Reminder

posted 11 Jan , 16:41 by J Croxon

Our friends from West Midlands Police and the Parking Enforcement Team at Birmingham City Council will be patrolling the roads around our site to ensure that everyone is parking in a safe and legal manner.

Please remember these top tips to help keep our children safe and keep traffic moving.

1. Park safely away from the school gates and zig zag markings. Even if you late, don’t block our gate!

2. Do not block dropped kerbs and driveways.

3. Watch out for small children and slow down around our school site. Remember: 20 is plenty!