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Meet the Staff : Happy Christmas
received a letter from David Bell, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector
He writes to inform us
that on December 7th, he published his list of particularly successful
schools and colleges. The schools on the list are those which were
judged to be very or extremely effective in providing high quality
education and ensuring that pupils achieve very well.
is included on the list !
We are all really pleased at
this news – particularly since there are only other special schools
in the whole country on the list.
It’s a tribute to the hard work and commitment of past and current
staff and children
Well done to everyone!!
All classes have had
an opportunity to get back on the trampoline again this term and
each bus group has had one after school session. We will be reviewing
these arrangements and hope to continue to use the trampoline in
the new year.
18 parents came to a
meeting of the parents group on the 18th October, some in the afternoon
and others in the evening. We all agreed that it is good to have
the opportunity to meet and talk together. Requests were made for
workshops on helping children with reading, number activities and
behaviour. There will be an opportunity to come in to school to
meet your child’s teacher on January 26th and another Parent’s
group meeting in the second half of the spring term. More details
We have lunchtime clubs for Middle School children and for the oldest
children in the First School. Everyone has the chance to attend a club
of their choice.. This term’s clubs have been Bingo, Computer, Board
games and Pokemon.
||Classes came up with ideas
for clubs this year and their views were given to Dave Smith by the
School Council representative for each class. There will be different
clubs next term.
Outreach from Alexandra
What is outreach?
Outreach is work carried out by staff at Alexandra
to support colleagues in mainstream schools.
Chance and Charlie Hayward are Advanced
Skills Teachers, so they have a particular responsibility for
outreach. However, as we are lucky at Alexandra to have such a
talented teaching team, everyone is likely to get involved at
some time during the year!
What outreach has taken place in this term?
- Sue Stalley,
our deputy head, and Nicky have led workshops on autism, in school and
for the LEA.
- Sue presented
a seminar at the National DT show in Birmingham.
- Chris Nash
has led workshops for the LEA.
- Perdy Buchanan-Barrow,
our assistant head, and Charlie have led workshops on behaviour management,
in school and for the LEA.
- The whole school
has been involved in a training course for mainstream Teaching Assistants.
Meet the Staff - Perdy Buchanan-Barrow
School’s Assistant Headteacher takes time out of her busy
schedule to answer M8’s 10 big questions.
drinks a lot of tea, like all teachers!
Last year Perdy’s class held a bridal shower for her.
1. If you won the lottery, how would you spend it?
That’s a difficult one . . I’ll need to think about it. If
it was a big win, I would buy a flat in London by the river. Then I would
never have to get the tube home when I had been shopping or to the theatre.
I must admit, I would probably be very boring and invest the rest.
2. What is your favourite
It is hard to choose just one book, it seems to change all the time. At
the moment it is Slow Loris but I will probably have a new favourite by
3. Which country would you
most like to live in?
If I had to live anywhere other than England, I would move to
Boston in America. That is where my dad lives, not to mention all the
great shops they have there!
4. Which film star would you
most like to be?
Um . . .I’m not sure. . .I’d like to say Catherine Zeta Jones
if I have to be married to Michael Douglas!
5. What is your favourite film?
‘Hear my song‘. It is a really funny film that you might not
have heard of. There is a particularly funny scene involving a cow and
6. What car do you drive?
A silver Yaris, I love it!
7. Tell us something no one
in school knows about you?
When I was little I played Mary in the school nativity play. My friend
Lydia also wanted to be Mary and so she didn’t talk to me all Christmas!
8. When you were at school,
what were you good at?
English, I especially enjoyed writing.
9. Have you got any unusual
I make monsters out of socks! Sounds strange I know but they are really
great, Charlie is getting one for Christmas.
10. Do you have any bad habits?
Yes, but none that I want printed! However, I will tell you that I tend
to shout knickers when I am cross!
Reported by Spencer Cotterell,
Sarah Waite and Ali Peter Suton.
Our Christmas Concert will
take place on December 14th at 1.30 and again at 6.30. We have a few more
tickets available this year since our staged seating has been extended.
If you have not reserved your place, or would like additional tickets,
please contact the school as soon as possible.
Bring your completed Christmas quiz with you to the concerts– there
will be prizes for the best entries. Also bring some money so that you
can buy a 2005 Alexandra School mug or set of 3 mugs.
School closes for this Christmas
break at 2.30 pm on Friday December 16th. The children are back for the
new year on Wednesday January 4th.
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