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Dear Parents / Carers,                                            February 18th 2022

Despite the high winds, we have managed to get to the end of the half term with less interruption than we faced this time last year, which is such a relief. Perhaps the next few months up to July will be more and more predictable and we can look forward to parents joining us for concerts, sports days and many other exciting events

There are so many positives to share with you regarding this half term, especially on the sporting front. As you will remember our girls’ Cross-Country Team performed brilliantly in the North Leeds leg of the competition against many schools including GSaL with our very own Mei Yuasa taking first place. The girls then went on to win the Leeds leg as a team of 4 with Mei achieving 2nd place, which is a huge achievement!  They now go on to represent Leeds in the Yorkshire finals. We are so proud of our girls Mei, Ava, Ava and Amalie, supported brilliantly by Chloe and Betty and we wish them good luck. This week our Year 6 girls’ football team, despite the wind and rain, won the football competition at Carr Manor Community School, which was fantastic. ( it was sleeting and extremely cold but they soldiered on ! )  Year 6 got the chance to ride at the Urban Bike Park where poor old Finlay fell off his bike and weathered an injured arm very bravely! The Year 5 / 6 football team acquitted themselves brilliantly at a competition at Goals and our fab netball team have come into their own performing very skilfully at local competitions.  Please view our school website and seesaw for photos of these events.

It is wonderful that everything is up and running again and our amazing children are able to showcase their many talents. Thank you to Mr Hill and Mrs Lester for their proactivity in finding events across the city and making sure we take part in them all. It’s a very good thing that sport at Manor Wood does not depend on my prowess as I can’t even stand still without being blown over and breaking my arm!

A big thank you also to Miss Wilson who is working very hard as part of our literacy team, to promote a love for, and a commitment to reading across school. We have never before recruited reading ambassadors and we are proud to inform you that we have offered posts to 4 children in each year group following a thorough application and interview process. They are in Y1 Cairo, Yusra, Finlay, Y2 Amelia Danica, Harashpreet, Edith and Fares, Y3 Willow, Ahmed, Toby, Esme, Y4 Michael, Archie, Aksa, Innis,Y5 Shohag, Aubrie, Abi and Zahra and Y6 Eli, Jamaal, Laibah and Anna. 

 

 So far, our new ambassadors have been shopping for books with Miss Wilson and we are hoping that they have chosen the type of reading materials our children will love. This is so much better than adults making the decisions as it’s a long time since some of us were at primary school! Congratulations to the reading ambassadors and to all the many children who applied for the posts. It is wonderful that reading is so popular in school and that our children are keen to play their part in promoting it further. It’s beginning to feel like we are getting back to the position we were in pre-Covid at Manor Wood and it’ so exciting to be proactive rather than reactive, once again.

As you know we have some great events planned for World Book Day including a visit from an author. We are, in fact, having a World Book Week, masterminded by Mrs Lowry who has designed exciting activities and lessons for every class. Pop a note in your diaries that the children are welcome to come to school dressed in their pyjamas and bring their favourite bedtime story into school to share with their class on Thursday 3rd March to celebrate the day itself.

However, we are not happy to just have reading ambassadors, Miss Jagger has also been busy interviewing and selecting science ambassadors across school. The successful children in each class are Y6-Nathanial, Y5-Aminah and Ben, Y4- Chai and Takara, Y3- Isabella and Sadie, Y2- Sam and Cole, Y1- Layla and Cleo. A great well done to all that applied, and Miss Jagger will continue to add to the group throughout the year.  There is a busy term ahead for the new STEM ambassadors. They have had their first meeting with Miss Jagger this week, and already have plenty to keep them busy! Not only will they be in rolling out a school wide science competition in Spring, but the STEM team also has a fantastic opportunity to take part in a country wide 'climate change' event; and will be presenting their work to a Leeds University later in the year! Keep an eye out for fundraising events throughout the year which will help us to develop our exciting new STEM room. Thank you for all your support in advance.

 

Please rush out and get your copies of Nursery World as our Foundation Unit (winner of the best school Nursery) is featured over 4 pages of the magazine. There are some wonderful photographs of our early years children taking part in their regular activities and a long article describing the unit and its impact on children. Hilary and I are very proud of the team, as you can imagine! 

As you know this half term has not been without its challenges and I would like to reassure you that it is business is as usual at MW, as our priority is always to provide a great education for your children as they only get one go at primary school. We are a resilient team which is partly due to the support we receive from parents, which is always appreciated, and also our determination to do the best we can at all times.

Have a wonderful half term break and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 28th February. If you haven’t already signed up for your Seesaw login, please do so as soon as you can as we will no longer be sending emails after the Easter break. We will, however, continue to send texts if we have to share information at short notice.

 

Best wishes

 

 

Deborah Kenny

Headteacher 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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