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Date: 29 NOV 2019
29th November 2019

It was lovely to welcome the children back to school last week and to also catch up with many of you at Parent Consultation Day. The targets which your teacher has set for your child pinpoint next steps for learning, and are hugely important for continued progress to be made. Please support these areas with your child at home as much as you possibly can. If there are any aspects of the targets of which you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification.
 
If any of you were unable to meet with your child’s teacher last week, please email them with an alternative date in the next week or so. It is an important progress meeting which cannot be missed! As always, your support of our work in school is greatly appreciated.
 
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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8th November 2019


Having spent time in classes, this week, talking to the children about their learning, and also reading their settling-in reports, it is apparent how much support they receive on a daily basis from parents at home.
 
As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When parents and families are involved in their children's schools, the children achieve better and have more positive feelings about going to school. Many studies show that the time parents spend supporting their child is more important for a child's school success than how much money the family makes or what type of education the parents had.
 
There are numerous ways that Anfield parents support their children's learning at home and throughout the school year, and I am so grateful to be working in partnership with such a dedicated group of families to ensure the best education, progress and well-being of our children.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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1st November 2019

It is so important for our young people to learn about and respect other people’s cultures. For the sake of a harmonious and peaceful society, they need to have a basic understanding of different beliefs, practices and wider cultural norms.
 
On Wednesday, the whole school learned more about Diwali through a variety of activities which are common during this five-day festival of lights, which is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and hope over despair.
 
Year 6 children led an introductory assembly and then, across the school, the students made patterns, diva lamps, firework pictures, and enjoyed cooking and dancing activities. It was certainly a most vibrant and glittering occasion!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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18th October 2019
World Maths Day, on October 15th, encourages students globally to participate in competitive maths-themed games. We celebrated with a whole host of challenging activities this week, including speed bounce competitions, dressing up as a maths concept, Play Leaders playing Active Maths games with the younger children, TT Rockstars contests, and themed maths for different year phases across the school. Problem solving tasks also provided opportunities to exercise the children’s brains, preparing them for larger and more challenging problems in real life.
 
During the Harvest Festival assemblies, we sang beautifully, prayed with Father Patrick and decorated the hall with baskets of fruit and food from our homes. Your contributions were extremely generous and they will be taken to the ‘Home of Love’ and ‘Impact’ for distribution to those in need. Thank you for sharing this autumnal event with us.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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11th October 2019

The “Learning Through Technology” parent workshop certainly created a lot of interest on Wednesday! It was a fabulous opportunity to show how we use technology to enhance students’ learning in the classroom, and also how parents can keep our children safe when accessing the internet on their own devices at home.
 
Many of you commented also on the high level of work that the children were achieving in the classrooms on Open Morning – our continued focus on practical, cross-curricular tasks really raises the children’s interest level, which impacts very positively on standards – a ‘win, win’ all around!
  
Vicky Davies
Principal

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4th October 2019
Our annual picnic, today, had more attendees than ever and the sun shone brilliantly over this event. Boules, cricket, frisbee, limbo and parachute games were just a few of the activities on offer, although, as always, digging moats and sandcastles occupied most of the children for most of the time! It was lovely for staff and parents to catch up on recent family events and share observations about life in general. My thanks to all parents who attended the day – you certainly helped make it a most enjoyable occasion. Your children will sleep well tonight.
 
Wishing you a tranquil Chung Yeung Festival!
 
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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27th September 2019
Residential outdoor education has numerous benefits, as our Year 6 students have been finding out in Mui Wo this week! Team bonding activities, individual skills development, confidence building, outdoor pursuits, plus living together 24 hours a day, all combine to ensure a most challenging experience. The children have certainly excelled in a safe, fun and friendly environment, meeting many varied learning outcomes and creating long-lasting memories.
 
I hope that all attending parents found the Mandarin Curriculum Workshop of use, yesterday. It is always challenging for children to know how to help their child at home with language acquisition. Please keep an eye out for the Mandarin workshop, next month, on how to learn Chinese though a cross-curricular approach, which has a special focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
 
Vicky Davies
Principal
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20th September 2019
The theme for the International Day of Peace, tomorrow, 21st September, draws attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. Each year group has been focusing on different elements of this theme which were presented in today’s assembly, alongside their symbols of peace for the school display.
 
In Year 6, we recognise responsibility in the roles of House Captains and the children have to apply to be considered for the opportunity. House Captains are expected to set an example to younger children, to embody the values that the school holds dear and to contribute to the wider community. They help the younger children, both in the classroom and at playtimes, and also play a pivotal role in special events. This year’s House Captains are listed on the House Points page in this newsletter for your reference!
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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13th September 2019

The Cheese & Wine/Curriculum Briefing on Tuesday was very well attended, and a most informative session for parents with regards to the curriculum that the students will be covering in the coming months. For new parents, it was a great opportunity to meet the teachers, each other and also establish friendships that will last for many years!
 
Our ‘Friends of Anfield’ parent group yesterday invited all parents for coffee and a chat to catch up after the summer break. New parents heard about the incredible work that is done by the Friends in organising termly activities for the children, and also fundraising for school events. The session was very well received, and I hope many of you will sign up to support the voluntary efforts of this dedicated team.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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06th September 2019
After only just two weeks, our new students generally look as if they are taking the move to Anfield in their stride.
 
In Year 1, the children are learning to manage with a full curriculum and a long day, and I would ask parents to please ensure that your child goes to bed early in order to be fresh for learning. Also, some parents are providing lunches that are far too large. Staff monitor what the students are eating on a daily basis, and we ensure that enough food is eaten to sustain until the end of school.
 
My heartfelt thanks to all parents who are dropping off their child near the bus stop so quickly on these rainy mornings – at present, traffic is flowing smoothly, for which I am extremely grateful. Could I remind all parents that the area outside our school gate is not to be used for drop off or pick up, as this severely obstructs the flow of traffic to and from Worldwide Gardens. Your co-operation with this is much appreciated.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal

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30th August 2019
Dear Parents,

It was so lovely to welcome the Anfield family back to school on Monday. There was huge excitement as friends reunited after the long holiday, and new students met their teachers and familiarised themselves with the school. As always, existing students exhibited much confidence in inducting newcomers into the ‘Anfield Way’, and have been excellent role-models regarding expected behaviours and attitudes.
 
I look forward to chatting to new parents at the Cheese and Wine evening on Tuesday 10th September, when teaching teams will be explaining the curriculum to be covered this term and also sharing information as to how the classes run day-to-day.
  
Vicky Davies
Principal
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23rd August 2019
Dear Parents,
 
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the start of another exciting year at Anfield! Your children will be rested after their summer break and ready to be challenged in their studies. I hope that returning students will have taken note of the targets set for them in June, which will help them make maximum progress. 
 
Once again, I am reassured that the strong and effective working partnership between home and school will continue to the benefit of all students. Our focus on providing a healthy school environment ensures that you can be secure in the knowledge that the children are returning to a safe and healthy place of learning.
 
For those of you who bring your child to school by private car or taxi, please remember that there is no parking or dropping off on the roads outside or near to the school. To avoid traffic congestion and the resulting dangers to the children, please park in the public spaces at World-Wide Gardens or else park well away from the immediate area. Your help in this matter is much appreciated.
 
Please remember that if you have any queries, however large or small, my door is always open.
 
Vicky Davies
Principal