Edion 17, May 2021
Head of the Year!
In this edion:
· Captain Tom 100 Challenge
· Online Safety
· Golden Learners
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Nursery News…..………………………………...………… 4
Reception News………………..…………………………… 6
Year One News………………….…………….…………... 8
Year Two News…………………………………….………… 10
Year Three News…………………………..……………… 12
Year Four News……………………………….……………. 14
Year Five News……………...…………….………………. 16
Year Six News…………..………………...……………… 18
Golden Learners………….………………..……………… 21
Homework Challenge…………………..………………… 22
Online Safety………………..……………….……………… 23
Stars of the Week……………………...……………..… 24
Mental Health…………………………….………………... 26
Saying Goodbye……………………………...…………….. 27
Prince Phillip………………………………………..………… 28
Bradford City Memorial ……………..……………… 29
Baby News………………………………………………..…… 30
Captain Tom 100……………………………….…………… 32
Fishing Experience……………………...………………. 33
Up and Coming Stars!………………..………………… 34
Head of the Year…...…………………….……………… 35
Welcome to the latest edition of the Low
Ash News! The last few months have been
varied, to say the least, with lockdowns,
remote learning and now, happily, everyone
back in school together. The last half term
has been busy and extremely positive with
everyone settling back into school and life
beginning to seem (dare we say it?!) faintly
We hope you enjoy finding out a little more
about your child’s learning this half term
whether it be about Minibeasts (Nursery),
the Yorkshire Dales (Year 3), or the Vikings
We also think that you will be pleased to
hear some of the ‘extra’ news in this edition
— new babies, messages from staff leavers,
interviews with pupil celebrities-to-be, and
much, much more.
And finally, a big well done to the Low Ash
News Team on the creation of the new
edition of Low Ash News. Producing it
despite restrictions and complications is a
We wish you a fabulous half term holiday
and look forward to seeing you back in school
on Monday, 7th June.
Mrs Fiona Meer & Mrs Beth Medhurst
Contributions by: the staff and children
of Low Ash Primary School.
Headteachers: Mrs Medhurst & Mrs
Meer Design: Mrs Nellist & News Team
Publisher: Mrs Nellist, Mr Handley &
Low Ash News is
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in this School Magazine. Further the School makes no
representations or warranties of any kind, express or
implied with respect to any of the information,
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place on such information is therefore strictly at
your own risk.’
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This half term we have been learning all
about minibeasts. Our core book is ‘The
Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. We
have very much enjoyed reading the story
and doing lots of work around caterpillars.
We have found out all about the
life cycle of a caterpillar. We
have even got our own
They were tiny when we first got
them, they have eaten lots and
have now turned into a chrysalis.
Soon the cocoons
will need to go
into the butterfly
house so they can
go through the
last stage and
The caterpillar in
the story eats lots
of fruit. So we had
a tasting session
and tried some of
the fruits. We
made a tally chart
to see what our
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Another story we have enjoyed is ‘Superworm’.
After reading this story the children wanted to
design their own super bug, and to make our own
Outside we have been very productive and made a ‘Bug Hotel’, so we can
observe all the tiny bugs that will live there. We have also very much
enjoyed planting flowers, bushes, trees and looking after them all.
yoga day. We all
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Out topic this half term has been ‘Growing’. This has included looking at
ourselves, plants and animal cycles. We hope you enjoy reading about all the
activities we have done.
At the beginning of the term we arrived in class and found some
magic beans! We were all very excited and predicted what we
thought they were and what would happen to them.
We were amazed when we arrived in class the next day and the magic beans
had grown into a giant beanstalk. We all wanted to climb it to see what was at
the top! We drew pictures and wrote sentences to show what we
thought was hiding above the clouds.
We read and retold the story of Jack and the
Beanstalk. Another of our favourite things was
singing the songs from Jack and the Beanstalk
story. We love singing songs. We would sing
songs all day if we could!
Another story about a beanstalk we enjoyed reading was
Jasper’s Beanstalk. We enjoyed reciting the days of the
week and seeing what Jasper did to his bean each day. We laughed when he
mowed the soil but cheered when he watered it. His beanstalk eventually grew
and it helped us to know what to do for when we planted our beans.
We then planted our own
We looked at some flowers in detail and
painted them. We made sure we used the
A tulip by
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We had great excitement in Reception when some tadpoles arrived! A big thank
you to Daniel’s mum and dad for providing these. We learnt what tadpoles need
to survive and what they looked like before they turned into tadpoles. We are
excitingly waiting for them to change into frogs. We check them everyday to
see their development and changes.
After we had looked at how plants and animals grow we discussed how we
have grown and changed. We brought baby photographs of ourselves and
compared them to how we look now. We discussed what we needed to survive
when we were babies and what we need now. We had fun guessing who was who
from the baby pictures. It was really hard with some people’s photographs.
Mrs Nellist’s baby photograph was in black and white. That took some
Our Outside Area
Have you noticed the changes in our outside area?
We need to say a very big Thank You
to all the parents and carers who provided us with resources from tyres,
plants, seeds and containers to actually building some wooden planters for us.
A special thanks must go to Lily’s family, Noah G’s and Noah H’s parents.
This is still work in progress. Keep
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Friends in Year 1
This half term we have very much been focusing on opportunities for
children to talk, play and share their thoughts and feelings. We recognise
this as being the important interactions that children may have missed the
most during this pandemic. We are very proud of all our children and the
way that they have returned to school since the end of lockdown. A super
example of their ability to work as a team has been during our PE sessions
where the children have learnt the skills needed to dance around the
maypole. They have enjoyed learning dances such as: Riding in a Buggy,
Spider’s Web and Barber’s Pole.
English and Science
Our core book this half term has been Tattybogle and it has fitted
beautifully with our work in Science. The children learnt lots of new
vocabulary about the seasons and were able to design their own scarecrow
and write a story about it. It also opened up opportunities for talk around
emotions and feelings as Tattybogle felt sad and happy at various points
throughout the story.
In Science the children have loved learning about plants. We have explored
our own school garden learnt the name of some common plants and
discussed how they are similar and different. The children have named
parts of the plant. They have done an experiment over time by planting a
bean, measuring it and reflecting on how it has grown.
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In Creative Carousel, we have been learning about the local artist
David Hockney. We used his famous painting of Garrowby Hill as
inspiration for our artwork. We introduced the children to
perspective and talked about how objects looked smaller when they
are further away. By adding this to our own artwork, we made our
landscapes look 3D. At the end we had a mini class exhibition to
celebrate our amazing efforts!
Garrowby Hill—By David Hockney
The children have really enjoyed learning about where we live and the UK.
We have learnt the names of all the countries, their capital cities and
located them on the map. As the children have designed a picnic hamper for
the Queen as part of their homework task, we will be celebrating all their
achievements by sharing a picnic on the field (cucumber sandwiches and
fondant fancies will be on the menu). This will lead into next term’s topic,
where we will learn about Queen Elizabeth and our capital city, London.
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In English, we have been reading some of the Katie Morag stories.
We used a Venn diagram to compare similarities and difference
between two of the stories. We have also written a setting
description of the beach on the Isle of Struay (the island where
Katie Morag lives!).
In Maths we have been measuring lengths
using centimetres and metres. We have
also been looking at fractions and can now
find half, quarters, thirds, two quarters
and two thirds of numbers and shapes!
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In Geography, we have been learning
about the UK’s coastline and seaside
towns. We have learnt that waves
cause erosion of the cliffs. We have
also looked at the sea arch at Durdle
Door in the South of the UK.
My favourite subject is
Science. We have been
learning about minibeasts
habitats. We went
outside to find some
minibeasts in their
habitats. I found 3
worms, 2 slugs and 2
spiders. We then
recorded what we found
on a pictogram.
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This term we have started a brand new
geography topic called ‘The Yorkshire
Dales on our doorstep’.
We are planning a visit in our
minibuses to see the Dales in all their
majesty! We can’t wait to see all that
we have been learning about become
more real to us.
We have enjoyed linking our English
lessons to our geography topic and have loved
reading and writing about the Secret Garden,
which is set on the Yorkshire Moors.
The book that we have used is by Claire
Freedman and is a retelling of the original story
by Frances Hodgson Burnett. We have loved
exploring the book and talking about whether it
was the right thing to do to open the garden
door. We have then written some brilliant
setting descriptions of the garden before and
after the children tended to it.
We are now moving onto writing a letter to
Colin’s father asking him to come back to see
the Secret Garden.
The class text this half term is
also linked to the
Yorkshire Dales: Little Alf by
Hannah Russell. This is a true
story about the adventures of
a rescued Shetland pony and
the bond that it has with
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Continuing our link with the Yorkshire Dales in Creative Carousel we are
recreating a scene of a landscape from the Dales. We started with a wash
and then we are going to lay our work using card and collage materials. We
are taking perspective and the vanishing points into consideration with our
masterpieces. Our classroom displays have been the inspiration of our work.
As this is the first Low Ash News this year we thought we would share
some of our favourite bits from earlier this year!
· We loved the learning about the Stone Age especially creating our own
cave art paintings.
· The Egyptian Cinderella was an amazing book to read and we all had fun
writing a diary entry for Rhodopis, including when she married the
· We have read the classic story of Ironman by Ted Hughes. We wrote a
setting description of a scrapyard linked to the text.
· During lockdown we absolutely loved our guided reading work based on
the book The Twits by Roald Dahl. We had to consider the different
characters’ feelings and personality.
· Also during lockdown we learnt all about Pompeii and even managed to
write our own newspaper reports at home!
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We have been doing a lot of work in Year 4 on the Vikings and in
English, we have been learning all about the legend of Beowulf. We
learned about his battles and we had to write our own description
of the dragon.
We have linked our work on the Vikings and Beowulf to our
Creative Carousel lessons and we have made some clay dragon
eyes and we made some clay Viking long ships too.
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We also learnt about ‘Flanimals’ in English; these are creatures that are
imaginary and we used our imaginations to write all about our amazing
flanimals. Some of them live in deserts, some live in the ocean and some live
among us! They have many different features that help them to survive the
climates that they inhabit.
We have done a wonderful job completing our homework in Year 4.
It will be very difficult to pick winners this half term! The children
have spent a lot of time making their own habitats for animals.
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In Year 5, we have been thoroughly enjoying our latest class book, Holes by
Louis Sachar. We have loved reading the story together and were even
allowed to watch the film as a special class treat! In English, we have used a
“lost chapter” from Holes as a stimulus for a fantastic piece of writing.
Below are some pictures of us taking part in some drama activities to inspire
We had to put ourselves into the position of a character from the story
called Zero. As a reader, we feel sympathy for Zero because he has had a
tough life and has never been taught to read or write. We loved getting into
character and trying to imagine how Zero would feel at various points in the
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In Science, we have been learning about Materials and their Properties. We
have taken part in lots of practical activities in our science lessons including
classifying/grouping materials on the basis of their physical properties and
experimenting with dissolving and evaporating solutions. We also carried out
an investigation into testing the effectiveness of certain materials as
thermal insulators and conductors.
This half term, our history Learning Challenge
topic has been based on the Mayan Civilisation.
We have found it really interesting to explore
the Mayan achievements and compare them to
our pre-existing knowledge on the Egyptians.
We have even been on a virtual tour of the
ancient Mayan city Chichen Itza, without even
leaving our classrooms!
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Year 6 are now in their final term of primary
school! They rose to the occasion with
maturity in lockdown both at home and in
school and, since returning, have worked hard
to learn the rest of the primary curriculum to
be ready for secondary school in September.
In English lessons, they have been applying
their best writing skills to write stories of
survival based on the young Spartan warriors
of Ancient Greece. They are busy typing these
up ready to be published by local author and
once pupil at Low Ash, E Rachel Hardcastle,
and are very excited to soon be real published
authors like the Y6 students before them.
In Learning Challenge this term, Year 6 have
moved to a geography based topic where they
are learning about globalisation, trade and
technology and the advantages and
disadvantages of this. They are particularly
enjoying choosing how they showcase their
learning using a range of graphics.
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One of things we love to do in Year 6
is explore concepts and ideas
We have done this recently in Maths
as part of our work on angles and
As part of this lesson, we were asked
to make predictions about a variety
of angle facts such as ‘how many
angles we think are found on a
straight line’ etc.
Then we tested our hypothesis by
measuring large diagrams of various
angles on our desks.
It was great fun measuring and
recording our results practically.
NEWS JUST IN!
We are delighted to announce that, after over a
year without any productions or live performances in
school, our Year 6 pupils will performing an end-ofyear
production extravaganza for the whole school
The title of our production is ‘Pirates of the Curry
Bean’. This will be the first time that any year
group has performed this production and we are looking forward to sharing
this with you all either live (following the easing of COVID restrictions) or
via recording on our school website.
We look forward to sharing photos of our production in subsequent issues
of Low Ash News!
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Reading Planet Online
All children now have login details for My Rising Stars Reading
Planet. This is an electronic library that is aimed at supplementing the
reading opportunities that take place daily within school. Once children
have logged on to the reading platform they will be able to access the
books that have been set for them by their class teacher. There are
also quizzes to engage with, which will assess your child’s understanding
of a text.
For our younger children in Reception and Key Stage One the books that
your child will read will be largely decodable, meaning children should be
able to read the books with increasing fluency by applying their phonic
knowledge. In Key Stage One we recommend that the children read each
book 3 times. It is a good idea for your child to first of all listen to the
story being read on screen, then have a go at reading along with the
narrator before finally reading independently.
In Key Stage 2 reading books are also chosen carefully by teachers to
ensure that all children engage fully with the text. In all Year groups
children will have the opportunity to read both fiction and non -fiction
The feedback that we have received so far regarding Reading
Planet is that the books work better if accessed on a laptop, rather
than a hand held device such as a phone or ipad. However the books can
be read on any electronical device, even if the questions are not
answered. Once your child has completed a book they should click
Finished and it will be removed from the My Books section.
If you need further help with accessing your child’s Reading Planet
books then please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Happy reading everybody!
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By Arjay and Maia
Here are Spring term 2’s Golden Learners.
These children shown resilience,
collaboration and communication amongst
many other skills.
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This term we started our homework challenge again.
Below is what some years have for theirs:
By Hannah & Brooke
¨ Year 1 – Spellings, Number bonds to 20,
Year 2— Spellings, Maths, English
Year 3— Art work related to their Learning Challenge,
Year 4— Designing, Researching, Spellings, Maths, Reading
Year 5— Cooking, Art, Researching, DT
Year 6— Maths, Researching, Experiments, Reading
This includes free reading, Book Wars and the new Rising Stars Reading
This includes MyMaths, Paper homework, Times Tables Fact Packs and also
learning the properties of shapes.
Rewards in Key Stage Two
Children win a bronze medal for 3rd, a silver medal for 2nd and a gold medal
and book on their class topic for 1st.
Each class has its own unique topic for their homework.
Message from class teachers:
Please make sure your child completes their homework by the due date in
their homework book for the chance to win a medal!
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By Mr Handley
Firstly, a huge congratulations to all parents on successfully
navigating their way through our recent spells of home learning,
remote learning and general home provision for the children!
Please find a selection of useful information below regarding the
safety of your children when online.
Disney+ has been one of the most popular
streaming services in the UK in the last year. Scan the
QR code to learn more about the parental controls and
privacy settings you can apply for worry-free
National Online Safety
have produced a free
app that provides
brilliant support and
guidance on all things
Why not download it
Childnet has produced this guidance to help Parents and
carers and their children talk about the important issue of
online sexual bullying– specifically when this is happening
between children of the same age (9-12 years old).
Visit shorturl.at/hyzPR to read the guidance and watch a
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Stars of the Week
EYFS & Key Stage One
RN Daniel O Theo J Darcie K Emily S Ethan R
1R Esmai D Mollie M Charlie
1RG Layla P Shaun S Adam Y Paige W Reggie I
1W Ethan B Jack J Ametha
2G Ellie M Cian R Libby A Emily C Ethan M
2R Finley H Lily T Aiden S Daisy G Woody P
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Stars of the Week
Key Stage Two
3DB Tom S Jake B Harry B Dharam H Sabah H
3JB Henry R Sophia D Maria K Meysam N Olivia W
4BR Amelia C Mllie D
4BU Ndey N Craig S Thomas
5C Harpreet S Lewis D Jack S Addison C Serenity
Camero S Renee-
Charlie W Lily EW
6LH Ella F Alex B Maia S E Sophie W Reuben
6TH Theo B Alyssa C Brogan S Patryk S Maisie B
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We all want to support our children to open up and
speak about how they feel but it can be really difficult
to know how to start these conversations. This is a
website with some helpful tips:
The website below offers suggestions about how we can
encourage our children to grow into happy, healthy humans.
This is how they describe themselves:
“We aim to improve children’s mental health through movement,
equipping them with sustainable, transferable skills and coping
strategies to thrive during the complex demands of growth into
If a young person is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs
support, they can text Young Minds Crisis Messenger for free. This
is a 24/7 support service.
It is free and confidential to text from EE, O2, Three and
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By Evie M and Maia S
Before the Christmas break we had to say goodbye to Mr Morton.
With Covid-19 restrictions lifting slightly, Mr Morton was able to
come to school to meet us outside and we interviewed him.
How is your new job going?
Very well. Its very different as I'm not working with children. I'm
just sat at home looking at a computer screen all day.
Do you miss teaching at Low Ash?
Yes every day!!
Are the people at your new job nice?
I actually haven't met any of them yet because of Covid-19 but I
have seen them and talked to them over Microsoft Teams and they
seem very nice.
What do you miss about Low Ash?
I miss coming in every morning and seeing
the students. I also miss when I come into
school on a morning and all the children
would make me laugh and just make me
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By Amber T and Molly Jo
Recently, the Queen’s beloved husband Prince Philip,
otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh died on the 9th
April 2021. The Queen has had much support from her
wonderful family and we just wanted to say R.I.P. to a
They had been married for
70 years! They got married
on 20th November 1947.
Did you know?
Prince Philip was known for his distinguished career with
the British Armed Forces, including the Royal Navy and the
Royal Air Force.
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At one of their meetings the School Council said they would like to mark the
anniversary of the Bradford City fire. Mrs Horne, who is responsible for the
School Council, is a great Bradford City fan so she definitely agreed to this!
On May 11th 1985, Bradford City were playing Lincoln City in the final league
game of the season. They had been crowned the Division Three Champions
and this game was supposed to be a day of celebration, which turned into
tragedy. Five minutes before half-time a fire started in one of the stands.
Unfortunately, due to the stands and seats being made out of wood and lots
of rubbish below the seats this fire quickly got bigger and bigger. People
tried to escape but it left 56 dead and at least 265 injured.
After Hillsborough the Bradford City fire was the second worst sporting
tragedy in England.
The School Council felt that a good way to mark the event would be for
everybody to come to school wearing claret and amber, City’s colours.
Everybody in school talked about the fire and some members of staff
discussed where they were at the time and how it had effected them.
Mr Byrne had actually been at the game
that day and had to escape down a grassy
banking after been dragged over a fence.
Mrs Nellist used to run Hospital Radio at St
Luke’s Hospital and she interviewed many of
the survivors for the radio station.
Mrs Horne had been upset because her
parents had said she couldn’t go to the
game but her father and brother had
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By Brooke and Amber
Recently, Karl had some exciting news as his wife
gave birth to their second daughter.
She was born on 20th February at Bradford Royal
Infirmary. Her name is Aleeyah. She weighed 8lbs 9oz.
Karl said that life is very different with two children but
he was loving every minute of it, even the night feeds!
He said Hallie is very good and loving with her new baby
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Recently Miss Lawson has just had a baby girl.
By Evie M and Hannah M
How is your life as a mum?
My life as a mum is quite busy but I'm
enjoying it very much. It is nice to have a
little baby again as my two other children
are teenagers now!
How is your baby doing?
My baby is doing very well. When she was
born she weighed 6lb
1oz. She is now 2 weeks old and has
put on 12lb since she was born.
What is the name of your new
My new baby is called Nancy Rose.
How is maternity leave going?
I am making most of my maternity
leave, as I’m sure it will go very
quickly and I will be back in school before I know it!
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On 30th April it would have been Captain Tom’s
101st birthday. His family had asked people to
celebrate this by doing 100 things! This could
include anything as long as it was done 100
Low Ash asked each class to come up with an
idea for 100 things.
By all of the Low Ash
Throughout the school there was a variety of different activities
Year 6– Took part in
Year 3– Picked up 100
pieces of litter.
1R– Named and drew 100
different story characters.
Year 5– Completed 100
laps around the playground.
Reception - Sang 100 songs.
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In early May, a number of lucky children from Key Stage 2
had the fantastic opportunity to go fishing at a lake near
Cottingley. The children caught around 40 fish altogether.
They showed a lot of patience and concentration throughout
Thank you to Lee and Caleb from The Bradford Community
Play & Development Service for making this happen.
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Up and Coming
Low Ash have two children in school who have parts in the
upcoming film The Railway Children
Return. We interviewed Paige and Leila, who have just
What part in the film are you playing?
Leila: I am an evacuee and Paige is a village child.
Have you had to prepare yourself in anyway for the
Paige: We had to have our hair cut so it was the correct style for the year
the film is set in.
What are you most looking forward to?
Paige: My friends and family seeing me in a film.
What is the most exciting part of filming?
Leila: I am looking forward to going on a steam train!
Paige: I am excited about the fact that I have to milk a cow!
What is the most boring part of filming?
Leila: Waiting for your turn, sometimes there is lots of hanging around and
repeating scenes over and over again until the director says they are ok.
Have you met anyone famous?
Leila: I saw Freddie Flintoff.
Paige: Not yet but we will later.
What advice would you give to somebody
wanting to go into acting?
Paige: Just have confidence in yourself.
Leila: Try again and again, don’t give up!
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By Evie, Mia and Brooke
Our very own Mrs Meer was announced as Head of the
Year during Covid at the recent Telegraph & Argus awards.
We asked her some questions about it.
When did you hear you had been nominated?
I was told I had been nominated only the week before the ceremony. Our
school staff had nominated me!
Which other heads were in the final shortlisting?
There were two other head teachers in the final shortlist. They were from
Beckfoot Secondary School and Ashlands Primary School.
How did you feel when they announced your name to say you had won?
I think I was speechless at first, then surprised, then shocked and finally I
felt it was a great honour.
Why do you think you got the headteacher award?
I think the fact that it was my first year as a head teacher and with Mrs
Medhurst on maternity leave, I had to deal with an unprecedented event on
Has the award boosted your
Yes, very much.
What did you do to celebrate?
I went for a long walk with my
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