Headteacher’s Blog

Monday 15th January

Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to school for the start of 2018. I hope that everyone had a great Christmas. The children have made a wonderful start on their return to school and every time I visit their classrooms, they are very keen to chat and share their news or work with me.

Last week, we began pupil progress meetings and it was lovely to hear about the children and how well they have progressed since the start of the school year. This half term, the senior leadership team is looking at progress, pitch and presentation in work and most of what we have seen so far, is very encouraging.

Staff Changes

Last Monday, we welcomed into school Mr A. Hayward-Browne who is now the class teacher for 3NO for the rest of the school year. At the end of January, Mrs O. Nixon will be starting her maternity leave. She is expecting her second child but looks forward to returning later in the year.

Pupil of the Term

Just before Christmas we held our Pupil of the Term assemblies. A big well done to the children who were nominated by their class teachers for showing the Sitwell Seven values throughout Term 1 and to the Young Voices Choir for their beautiful singing.

Times Tables Maths Rock Stars

Finally, please look out for the school letter regarding Times Tables Rock Stars, which is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practiced. We will also hold weekly Times Tables Competitions, which the children will take part in as a year group, so please support this programme at home and encourage your child to take part.

Monday 18th December

Here we are at the end of Autumn Term and almost into 2018! We have had a really terrific couple of weeks and I was determined this week to write to recognise the amazing pupils and staff that make Sitwell an incredible place to learn and work.  The Christmas Productions were truly amazing; such talented children and staff. The concerts left me impressed, surprised, speechless, emotional and very proud of everyone involved. The performances were of such high quality you could not fail to be impressed by each and every one of them. The atmosphere was professional, high quality but so warm and festive, making for just the most delightful two days that you could wish for.

There are plenty of events planned for the rest of this festive week including Christmas dinner day, Christmas jumper day and year group Christmas parties. It’s relentless!

All that is left to say is have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year!

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Monday 11th December

Last week certainly put us all in the Christmas mood, particularly after the Christmas fair and the addition of the winter displays around school.

Christmas Fair

Thank you to everyone who visited school on Wednesday for our Christmas Fair. It was great to see so many parents in school supporting the event and we received many positive comments about the items children had made to sell on the day. I was lucky enough to sample some of the delicious baking – yummy!

Winter Displays

The school is looking great for the festive period. Classroom environments have some fantastic work on display from the ‘Winter Book’ projects; bright and welcoming displays to help to organise learning and focus on our Sitwell 7 values.

Christmas Productions

Towards the end of this week sees the start of our Christmas productions, details of which are on the school newsletter and website. We hope you approve of them being at various times over the two days. This is an attempt on our part to allow as many parents / carers as possible to watch their children perform; whatever their work commitments are.

Monday 27th November

The week has begun at the usual top-notch speed and I can’t quite believe that the Christmas production rehearsals have begun! The Christmas period is always a very special time in school and we look forward to sharing many events with our families in the coming weeks. Please all make sure that you have the date for our Christmas fair in your diaries. This will take place on Wednesday, 6th December, from 2pm to 4pm and as always will be organised by our amazing PTA body. Our PTA really is fantastic and support the school in so many ways. This can be hard work though and I am sure that they would appreciate any additional time or support you may be able to offer over the year. It is a great way to meet other parents in school too! Please also note the dates for the Christmas Productions (See the School Weekly Newsletter).

The award season has also begun and it will soon be time for staff to nominate their children for Pupil of the Term. I am looking forward to finding out who these children will be and why they have been nominated. Any children who have attended school for the whole term will also receive their Attendance certificate.

Finally, thank you for your donations for Children in Need. Altogether, we managed to raise £280.47 by having a Spotacular day – the children looked excellent in their spotty clothes! Also, thank you to all who took part in our Children in Need competition to design a Pudsey Bear. I hope you enjoyed taking part and well done to all involved. Here are some of the winning designs below:

Monday 20th November

Winter Displays

Last week, the children worked extremely hard on their winter displays and because of this, the school environment is going to look fabulous. They have worked hard to develop all of the Sitwell Seven values whilst completing their winter work. The children have certainly taken responsibility for their own learning behaviour and have completed their writing and artwork to the best of their abilities. Also, they have used their imagination and have approached all challenges positively, despite, at times, finding things hard. Well done Sitwell – I’m really proud of you all!

Monday 6th November

I’ve had a good half term break but I am nevertheless pleased to be back at school. Since the start of term, I have been focusing on ‘Behaviour and Perseverance’, when dropping into lessons and what I have observed has been overwhelming good. I have also been sampling books recently and the children have shown great pride in their work, showing great resilience and respect. These photos below show some of the writing and maths produced by our Y6 children…

The school is looking great! Wonderful work created by brilliant pupils presented by talented staff! I do love the displays around school. Scroll through the Y6 photographs below…

Monday 23rd October
Extra-Curricular Opportunities

My sketching club have been having fun over the first half term, drawing owls and learning different techniques in preparation for a school display. Here are some of the finished pieces of work:

If you would like your child to get involved, please let school know.

Sitwell Seven Values

Thank you to all of those who have already sent in a photograph to show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values. It is greatly appreciated. The photographs will feature in the next weekly newsletter.

As this week’s value is Reflection. What does this mean to you and your family? Can you capture this as an image?

Parents in School & Parent Questionnaires

It has been great to see so many parents in school for our open afternoon and evening. The partnership between home and school is invaluable and I know you value the opportunity to share information and ensure that your child is performing as well as possible socially and academically. Thank you also to those of you who have already taken the time to complete the parent questionnaire. The responses so far have been overwhelmingly positive. Your feedback is important and so we would really appreciate as many forms returned as possible by the end of this week. This gives us a more accurate picture of your views.

Parent Questionnaire 2017

Rotherham Foodbank

Thank you to everyone who brought in items for the Rotherham Food Bank. The foodbank relies on your goodwill and support and your gifts will make a real difference. Over 90% of the food distributed by foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network is donated by the public – that’s why your food donations are absolutely vital to their ability to give everyone referred to them a balanced and nutritious three day supply of food, so thank you to all who donated. It really is appreciated.

Monday 16th October

New Beginnings

We have had a really exciting start to the new school year. All the children have settled quickly into their new classes and we have welcomed new staff to our team.

Last week, our Y6 children along with the Y6 staff visited Crucial Crew. They had a fantastic time and the children were a credit to themselves, their families and the school. They showed great resilience and respect, whilst also developing their relationship skills.

This week, we’re looking forward to welcoming you into school for our open Afternoon/Evening. At the meeting, you will find out more about your child’s attitude to learning, considering the Sitwell Seven Values and how they have settled into the new school year.

Finally, to celebrate the book fair being in school from Monday 13th November, we will be holding a book festival to celebrate the wonderful world of books. In class, the children will complete a range of activities on a winter book. We are also running a reading competition – please see the newsletter for more information. The deadline is Wednesday 8th November.