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Mr Mayer's News

8th April 2022

Dear Parents & Carers

Well here we are at the end of another term and I know that everyone at school, both adults and children, are looking forward to a well-earned break. I am still trying to make up my mind if it seems to have gone quickly or slowly.

We will be sending home reports in July as usual and there will be an opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting with your child’s class teacher before the end of term.

This term has had some real challenges thanks to the impact of Covid and at one point, a few weeks ago we had 50 children off school and 14 members of staff. Yet in spite of this we were able to keep classes open and learning thanks to the fantastic team work shown between year group teams and across the whole school. I need to say a particularly massive thank you to those teaching assistants who stepped up, going above and beyond to take whole classes for entire weeks whilst the teacher was away. It only helps to show the skills and dedication to your children that they have.

As Covid regulations have now relaxed and we approach a different phase of living with Covid, I need to say that I could not be prouder of my entire team. Teachers, teaching assistants, support staff, cleaners, Innov8 sports and the catering team have done everything they can to make sure your children were able to thrive as much as possible during the last two years. I know I’ve said this before but it is always worth a reminder.  

However, they cannot do this alone. So on behalf of everyone at school, I would like to thank all those of you who have worked with us and supported us in partnership for the benefit of the children. A particular word of thanks to those of you who have taken the time to show your appreciation to everyone who works with your children. You have no idea how much your kind words mean particularly at the end of a challenging day or week.

David Mayer

Headteacher

Laura Farris MP with Card Competition winner Emerald Y6
Prime Minister & Laura Farris MP

Reading

This will be our biggest focus this year and will continue to be for the next few years. At Hungerford Primary School the children will “Learn to read and then read to learn”.  Whatever else they learn, reading will be our focus with the aim that every child leaves us as, at the very least, a functional reader, ready for their secondary school education.

We genuinely cannot do this without your support. I have said this before, but I say a big thank you to those of you who do listen to your children read, read stories to them and talk to them. Your children will do better than those who do not have these things.... by a significant margin.

To those of you who want to support your children but are struggling for one reason or another, then please come and speak to us. It could make all the difference to your child’s future. We won’t judge you but we can help you. If you struggle with reading yourself or don’t know what you should be doing or saying when you sit with your child, then you should talk to your child’s teacher or anyone else in school that you feel comfortable talking to. They will be only too happy to help you.

For those of you who don’t see this as important or don’t see it as your responsibility please think again. Imagine your child as an adult and what their life might be like if they can’t read or write or communicate effectively. Teachers in all their schools will do their best but without backup from home it is as effective as building a house on sand.

Christmas Card Competition Winner

Congratulations to Year 6 pupil Emerald, who was the winner of a Christimas Card competition run by Laura Farris, MP for Newbury,  The competition was to design a Christmas card for Mrs Farris to produce as her official Christmas card to send out across her West Berkshire constituency and to the Prime Minister.  The competition was open to all West Berkshire Schools and Nursery Schools.  Mrs Farris came to school to congratulate Emerald on her fantastic design and present her with her prize.

Safeguarding

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I was asked last term by a parent what they should do if they have concerns about a child’s welfare outside school. The answer is simple. If you believe that there is imminent danger to the child, then you should phone the police straight away. If you have any other concerns around neglect or emotional abuse or a child’s attendance or anything else then you should Children’s Services. Their number is 01635 503109. This can be done anonymously.

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