At Hurdsfield: only our best will do! That includes attendance. Is your attendance awesome?
Hello everyone and welcome back! We have so many exciting things booked for this half term, including non-uniform days, the Christmas fair, a pantomime, carol concerts and our Christmas production at Holy Trinity Church – to name a few! We have already got the half term off to a fabulous start with our exciting ignition day on Monday.
Our Early Years children are learning about celebrations this half term and have started by making delicious firework treats! They have made themselves into human fireworks and have had a popcorn machine in to make firework noises!
Year 1 are learning about the Giant’s Causeway and spent their ignition day acting out the story, making collages of the famous landmark and turning pupils into giants! They got so into character that they ended the day with a Scottish Vs Irish PE lesson!
Year 2 had a day of art – designing and making Bonfire pictures using a variety of different mediums.
Miss Ashton’s class started their work on the Celts, designing and making shields to prepare for a Celtic battle. They also created and performed Celtic raps – make sure you ask Miss Ashton to give you a demonstration next time you see her in the playground!
Miss Smith’s class welcomed a very scary Viking into their classroom for their ignition day! It was a day filled with drama for the Year 4s and 5s who imagined living a day in the life of a Viking, took part in some Viking invasions and made a ship out of humans!
Year 6 spent their ignition day celebrating the Scottish Viking festival of Up Helly Aa by learning some Viking chants, making flaming torches (out of paper!), voting in their chief and leading a fire procession around the school. They also sampled some of Scotland’s finest food. The shortbread was definitely more of a hit than the haggis…
Looking forward to HURDSFIELD'S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support!
As we reflect on yet another amazing week here at Hurdsfield, we eagerly anticipate the next which is sure to see excitement in the form of our next IGNTION day as well as reflection as we host what we hope to be Hurdsfield’s BIGGEST Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 28th September 2018 from 8.30am to 11.30am.
Cancer touches all of our lives and has also directly affected members of our school and wider community. By hosting this coffee morning, we plan to help fund the vital personal and family support needed to allow them to face cancer with all the strength they need to fight this life-threatening illness. The need for this support become even more evident over the summer period when our school community lost one of our own parents to cancer. Catherine Potts (nee Phoenix) has had a long association with Hurdsfield Primary School. Her energy and enthusiasm for life and her children was evident for all members of the school community to see and she will be sorely missed, not only by her family, but by the school community as a whole. Mrs Moores and Mrs Brownhill attended Mrs Pott’s funeral as representatives of Hurdsfield School.
In honour of Catherine and other members of the school community affected by cancer, we are hoping to hold the biggest and best coffee morning here at Hurdsfield and raise a significant amount of money for her family and others who are currently fighting cancer or grieving a loved one passing.
Donations of cakes will be greatly received for the coffee morning next Friday. Whether you are the next Mary Berry and would like to donate your latest ‘Show Stopper’ or (like me) follow the ‘Tesco’ recipe book and purchase cakes to share; in this instance “every little (donation) really does help! Copious supplies of tea and coffee will be served in school and all monetary donations will go directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Spread the word!
The more the merrier and let’s do our bit to ensure that cancer becomes a subject at school - HISTORY!
Week two - thank you!
After only two weeks, we have been really impressed to see how well our children have settled into their new school year and are embracing our school motto by showing their teacher their best learning, behaviour, attitude and uniform. We couldn’t be prouder of your children or our school. Your support is paramount to the success of our school and ultimately, the successful education of your children. We have been humbled by the support of our families over the past 12 months and appreciate the positivity around the changes we have made and are still making to ensure that we provide nothing short of the best for your children.
Our staff are amazing! Every day, they go above and beyond for the children at Hurdsfield Primary School. I honestly believe that your children are some of the luckiest in Macclesfield to have such a dedicated, professional and steadfast team working towards securing the absolute best for your children. Despite the huge changes and challenges we have faced and still face this year, the staff at the school have made sure that your children and our families have not been affected.
As mentioned last year, every decision we make is because we feel that this is the BEST for your children. Our new ‘Parent Forum’ is intended to provide our Parents/Carers with a permanent voice in school; to allow you to offer feedback, both positive and negative, on OUR school and the new initiative we are planning to implement. We are hoping for this to be a positive forum in which ideas can be discussed openly with a clear focus on what our most important people are in school; our amazing children! If you are interested in becoming a member of this forum and can spare a morning every six weeks, we would be grateful for your input and support.
As we continue to implement and embed changes to our school, we are mindful that it is made clear that every change is not about satisfying Ofsted or other external agencies; its about meeting our vision of providing the best for your children within a framework of challenge and high expectations for all. Some of these changes are highly visible and others are subtler, but all of these changes add to raising standards across the school and ensuring your children receive a well-rounded and exciting education which is fit for life in the 21st century.
As Friday 14th September 2018 is national Teaching Assistant day, we would like to dedicate this week’s blog to ALL of our fabulous staff and thank them for all of their hard work and dedication to your children. You are amazing! Thank you for all that you do on behalf of our children – we are lucky to have you!
Week one completed already!
I cannot believe that this is the end of the first week of our new school year – where has the time gone? On behalf of all of the staff and governors, we hope that you had a great Summer holiday and are ready for a new term. Earlier on this week, we sent out a letter detailing the main events for this term which already seems to be jam-packed with exciting school events not the mention the visits that each class teacher is planning.
I would also like to offer our sincere thanks to all of our Parents/Carers for their support in implementing our amazing new school uniform. The children all look superb and it is obvious that they are proud to wear such a smart and distinguishing uniform. As we progress, we will continue to strictly enforce our uniform policy to ensure that we don’t end up with the variation we saw previously and that our high expectations are clearly shared with the whole school community. On Monday, our new KS2 teacher, Miss Smith, joined our teaching team. Miss Smith is an extremely experienced teacher and has joined us from Pott Shrigley Primary School. The children and families in her class have made her feel very welcome and she is excited by the year ahead. Miss Smith already has some great ideas which we are sure will add to our plan to provide nothing short of the best for your children. We also welcome back Miss Duncker to the team in her role as Year 1 TA and After School Club Manager! She just loved Hurdsfield so much that she just couldn’t keep away! 😊
Over the Summer holiday, we have had a range of works completed to ensure that our learning environment is the best for all of our children. A summary of the changes includes:
Looking ahead, next Thursday 13th September will be our class photographs. Remember: only our best (smile) will do! We will be updating the gallery outside my office with the updated shots of our amazing children in their amazing new uniform!
Come and join us for 'Hurdsfield's BIGGEST' Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on
Friday 28th September
Hurdsfield Primary School will be hosting what we hope to be not only Hurdsfield's but Macclesfield's BIGGEST Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 28th September 2018 from 8.30 to 11.30am.
Come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some delicious cake (some of which will be baked by our own children in school) all for a small donation towards Macmillan Cancer Support. As a school and a community, we all know or have known someone who has had cancer and we feel we want to play our part on supporting individuals and families within our community who need support.
Everyone is welcome.
Come on - lets make a difference!
The end of another school year!
24th July 2018
Well that’s it! The end of another year at Hurdsfield and what a brilliant year it has been!
Our children are quite simply amazing and all of the staff would like to thank our parents/carers, friends and wider community for their support in ensuing that we provide nothing short of the best for our most important asset; YOUR FABULOUS CHILDREN!
Today we say goodbye to our stunning Year 6 cohort safe in the knowledge that Tytherington School are getting extraordinary young people as well as the legendary Mrs Grimwood who, after 20 years, is getting ready to enjoy her well earned retirement. This year has also seen our school secure the BEST outcomes for our pupils!
We look forward to September and our continuing journey towards providing the absolute best for your children. In the meantime, on behalf of all of the staff and governors, we would like to wish you all a happy, safe and fun summer break as “only the best (summer holiday) will do” and we look forward to seeing you on September 4th in our NEW school uniform!
The end of another AMAZING term here at Hurdsfield!
As we hurtle towards the end of the half term and indeed the end of the academic year, I am mindful of the many great achievements we have accomplished as a school community over the last two and a half terms as we continue to improve our amazing school.
I often talk of my pride at being the school’s Headteacher and this week showed how amazing our school is and why we are so lucky to have such brilliant children here at Hurdsfield.
On Tuesday, I accompanied our Year 6 children to Chill Factor and then Nandos for their end of SATs treat. As mentioned in previous emails, our Year 6 children deserved this treat for their hard work; not just in the run up to SATs but their attitude to learning and the school throughout the year. They have been an exemplary year group in both work ethic and attitude. During the visit, they again showed why we are so proud of them here at Hurdsfield as they not only supported each other to complete the tasks but also the other children who were present at the same time. Their kindness and selflessness is a credit to the school and their parents and as Headteacher I couldn’t be prouder of them all.
On Wednesday, I was privileged to accompany our Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 children to Stockport Plaza as they joined four other schools to present their work as part of the ‘Book Factor Awards 2018’. Not only was the behaviour of our pupils outstanding, but the performance they gave was mesmerising and enchanting as they presented the story of ‘Claude: All at Sea’ to music from ‘The Greatest Showman’. Yet again, I was so proud of the children as they showed just what Hurdsfield is about. Thank you to all of the parents/carers who made their way to Stockport Plaza, we hope you enjoyed the show! Finally, I would like to wish all of our families and friends a happy half term break. Here’s hoping for sun and lots of fun! We will see you all again for the final half term of this year at Hurdsfield on Tuesday 5th June 2018.
The countdown is on!
HURDSFEST 2018 it will be GREAT!
2nd May 2018
This morning, despite the rain, the PTA turned out in force and filled my office as we finalised the arena timetables and event placements for our upcoming Family Fun Day! I have been involved in many school PTA events and I must say that the way our PTA have developed this event is simply FANTASTIC! We are so lucky to have such a bunch of dedicate parents and carers who have put their efforts into creating such a unique event. THANK YOU!
The flyers have been sent out, the tickets are nearly sold out for the Circus, the 'zorbing' pool is ready to fill with water (this will take five hours on its own!), the fire eaters are hungry, the bubble mix is 'bubbly' and the Circus tent is ready to go!
I cannot wait to welcome our school community to the event a Hurdsfield Primary School, this Saturday 5th May 2018, for a day of family fun, community cohesion and candyfloss and donkey rides. Exclusive to Hurdsfield Primary School and Nursery!
At the end of term we are ready to 'spring' into the Summer here at Hurdsfield!
As we end our second term here at Hurdsfield, I can't help but reflect on the many great achievements we have accomplished together aw we aim for our goal of ensuring your children receive nothing short of the best here at Hurdsfield.
Our newly formed PTA have continued to run successful events this term to raise money for our school and are already close to their target of being able to buy a stage for our school. Not content with just raising money for our school, our upcoming HURDSFEST has seen local schools come on board to raise money for their schools including Rainow, Puss Bank, Marlborough and Bollington Cross as well as support from Tytherington School. Every day, I am receiving emails from our PTA advising me of yet more acts that we have appearing at the event which promises to be a spectacular FREE family event centred around our own Pop Up Circus! Never before have I witnessed such an event and this shows how energised our parents and carers are in rising to our motto 'At Hurdsfield: only our BEST will do!' Thank you to our PTA for organising this event and I look forward to seeing you all here at Hurdsfield Primary School on Saturday 5th May 2018.
Our new IGNITION into learning days have created a new buzz around the school as our children are provided with a real purpose for learning. Every three weeks, the children have a truly immersive learning experience which provides real life experiences and purpose for their future learning. We then follow our learning sequence based on high pitch and deep practise of skills needed to be successful leading to high quality published pieces of learning. The learning sequence is peppered with re-ignition points and has the children's self reflection as a core learning skill at its heart. Our new weekly 'Feedback Friday' sessions are providing each and every parent and carer with a chance to come into school and see for themselves the learning that is taking place in school as their children explain their learning to their parents and carers and share with them their outcomes. All of this learning is feeding into our new and bespoke, Teaching (Assessment) and Learning Policy.
In addition, I am hearing more and more positive comments about our school within the wider community of Hurdsfield and beyond. Our school is getting recognised for our outward facing approach and extremely high and uncompromising expectations to ensure that all of our pupils receive the absolute BEST and nothing short of the best in all aspects of school life. We wait with baited breath as the new Reception intake is announced in the middle of April and look forward to welcoming a whole new class of children into our AMAZING family and school. Here's to the end of a superb term and to looking forward to the start of a new fabulous term here at Hurdsfield. Enjoy your Easter break!
2018 - the BEST year at Hurdsfield to date!
First of all, I would like to welcome all of our children and their families back to school following the Christmas break. It was great to see all of the children come back to school with great big smiles and many stories of their exciting Christmas break.
While our children have been away, our school has been a hive of activity with a range of trades making significant changes to the inside of our school. Thanks to their hard work and dedication over the Christmas period, we now have new carpets throughout the school and our new classroom for our Year 3 children is up and running. We have also had many lights replaced, including new external lights to the front of the school and work has been completed to ensure that our school is fully compliant with Health and Safety regulations.
All of the changes we have made are about ensuring that your children are taught in the best learning environment: one which is safe, clean and promotes our high expectations for our children in their learning. Investigation work into the works needed in the playground is still ongoing but I am hopeful that we will be able to update you soon as to when these works will be fully completed.
It is also an exciting time this term as we begin our re-design of our school uniform. I have been in contact with a range of uniform suppliers who are creating mock ups of our new designs which will be placed in front of our children and wider community for feedback. We are looking closely at the prices of our new uniform choices to ensure best value for money for our families.
Finally, I would like to welcome Mrs. Ramsey to our school who is our new permenant School Adminstrator. She will be working closely with Mrs. Haselwood, our School Business Manager and is eagar to meet all of our amazing children and their families over the coming weeks. As always, my door remains open so please don’t hesitate to come and see me to discuss anything. I am more than happy to discuss with anyone why we are making the decisions we making and take feedback. I am determined to ensure that your children receive nothing short of the best during their time here at Hurdsfield!
Today, we had our first 'Rainbow Time'. This time is led by myself as Headteacher and is awarded to children who have gone above and beyond our expectations each week. This week, I took 7 of our children for a trip to McDonalds and then to a park for their treat. We had a great time! Just look at the pictures below!
New School Prefects
In assembly today, I was really pleased to announce our new Year 6 prefects. These children demonstrate every day our high expectations for behaviour, conduct and dedication to becoming the best they can be! Well done to these children - I am very proud of you all!
Its a 'hole' in one!
10th November 2017
Another amazing week here at Hurdsfield comes to a close; one filled with fun and excitement as well as intrigue! The week stated like any other, happy smiling children ready for some exciting learning!
However, on Tuesday, a large, ever growing and seemingly endless hole appeared on the playground. Where did it come from? What could have caused this phenomenon? Had the Year 6 boys finally hit the football so hard that they caused a hole to appear out of nowhere? Investigations are ongoing but someone somewhere knows what has happened. I have been assured by our structural engineer that the school is safe (for now) and plans are already underway to make our playground more secure. However, this got me thinking – how can we use this strange incident to inspire some fantastic writing from our children. That’s why I am launching Hurdsfield’s first ‘Wicked Writing’ challenge. A winner will be chosen from each class who will receive a special prize! This is how I see it working…
Year 5 and 6: Write a newspaper article about the appearance of the mysterious hole that has appeared in the school grounds. How did it happen? Who has been affected? What happened? When did it happen? Why did it happen? Was this the break point of a secret alien invasion? Is this the reappearance of the ‘Hurdness Monster’; the legendary prehistoric creature who used to roam the area of Hurdsfield one billion years ago? Is this a secret entrance to the mystical land of Hurdaya; a land where Elves, Fairies, Goblins and Trolls live? The choices are endless – let your imagination go!
Year 3 and 4: Write a story starting with the following sentence: Everything was going well, until the ‘hole’ appeared…
Key Stage 1: Imagine that there is a mystical land underneath our school. Write a description of what it looks like. 1. Who lives there? 2. What do they eat? 3. What jobs do they do?
Reception: Design a ‘WANTED’ poster for a creature that escaped from the hole. What did it look like? What does it smell like? How will we make sure we capture it safely?
All entries need to be submitted by Monday 20th November and the winners will be announced in our celebration assembly on Friday 24th November. You have to be in it to win it! I am looking forward to reading all of the superb entries.
End of Week 4 - a great start!
29th September 2017
As week four draws to a close, I feel even more privileged to be part of this wonderful school and great community. I can’t thank every member of staff enough for the warm welcome I have received and your children for making each day exciting, unique and special. When I am walking around the school and in lessons, I am enjoying seeing children pushing themselves to become the best they can be. The phrase “my brain hurts” is heard from many children which shows that they are learning new things and challenging themselves to become the best! In order to further support our children in maximising their learning potential, we have been working on a new ‘Behaviour for Learning’ policy which will be launched with the children soon. I hope you have noticed the improvements to the site as well as the increased focus on safeguarding in school with new fencing being installed this week. In order to make our school even more welcoming, I am looking at making significant changes to the main entrance to the school which will provide a more welcoming reception and increase the amount of learning space we have for the children to enjoy.
On Saturday, I am looking forward to welcoming members of our school and local community to Hurdsfield to improve some of the outdoor spaces around school for the benefit of our most important asset; your children. Finally, it was a pleasure to welcome our children’s grandparents into school to enjoy a special ‘Grandparents’ Lunch’ in celebration of National Grandparents Day on Sunday. Look out for pictures on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as our school website.
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Meet the Head - tomorrow!
13th September 2017
The doors will be opened to school tomorrow for our 'Meet the New Headteacher' Coffee and Cake event. I am looking forward to meeting parents and carers of current and potential children who will be coming to Hurdsfield and sharing with you my vision for the school. I look forward to seeing you all then.
What a week!
9th September 2017
This week has been fantastic. Thank you to everyone for making my first week such a memorable one. We hope that you like our new signage and newsletter templates. Don't forget our exciting events for next week:
14th August 2017
It has been great to be able to come into school to 'settle in' last week. Thank you to the staff at Hurdsfield Children's Centre for their kindness and hospitality; we are already discussing ways that our school and the centre can work closely together in the future. The new school kitchen seems to be coming along well and the class teachers have been in getting the school ready for September. Lots of things to look forward to! Hope you're enjoying your school holidays!
Hurdsfield on Twitter #great!
30th July 2017
We are pleased to announce that Hurdsfield Primary has joined the word of Twitter. Just search for @HurdsfieldPS to keep up to date with all of the brilliant things that happen at our school. We are also on Facebook; just search for Hurdsfield Primary School and 'like' our page to find out more about what happens at our school!
28th July 2017
I am writing to introduce myself. My name is James Cash and I have been appointed as the new Headteacher of Hurdsfield Primary School from September 2017.
I am very excited about starting in September and, more importantly, meeting all of the staff, children and parents at the school. I plan to meet as many of you as I can in September and look forward to working with the community to celebrate what makes Hurdsfield such an amazing school and ensuring that your school continues to succeed. Over the next few months, I will be adding a range of information to this website in order to share with you the exciting developments that are taking place at the school.
I would like to thank Mrs Pickard for her help and support during this period of transition and I am looking forward to developing your school. Your children deserve nothing short of the best and I will ensure that this continues to be the driving force behind all decision making. In the meantime, please feel free to check out our updated prospectus which is available on this website as well as the updated ethos and aims statements that will give you a flavour of what makes our school so special.
I would like to wish the families of Hurdsfield Primary School an amazing summer holiday and I look forward to meeting you on the 5th September!
At Hurdsfield: only our best will do!