17th December, 2019
Dear Parents and carers,
As we approach the end of a busy Autumn Term I’m writing to you to update you on the work of the Governing Body during the last term and to recognise the hard work of the children and staff.
Christmas is a special time of year in schools and once again the children and staff at Central have created some lovely celebration events to mark the festivities. Across the school there have been seasonal events for the children to be involved in including the nursery Christmas carol performance, the Reception production of ‘Shine Star Shine’, the Christmas Fair and the carol concerts. The choir have spread seasonal cheer by performing at St Mary’s Church in Watford and for patients at the Peace Hospice. Thank you to Ms Rieger and Mrs Guthrie for organising these events in the local community for the choir and arranging additional rehearsals. These different occasions have enabled lots of the children to engage with music, drama and the creative arts which continue to be such a strength of our school.
Across the school this term there have been numerous trips, workshops and productions for all children to be included in. Year 5 performed in the Shakespeare Schools Festival in November which was held at the Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth. Walnut and Willow classes staged two very different scenes, one from Romeo and Juliet and the other from Twelfth Night and really bought alive the key themes of both plays. Thanks to Ms Zimmatore and Ms White for all of their hard work in school rehearsing the scenes and supporting the children to deliver really confident and enjoyable performances on the night. This term we have also seen the introduction of the ‘100 Books Reading Challenge’ which Mr Jaffer, Ms Paalanen and Ms Zimmatore have created to help to embed a love of reading in our children. Dr Mynott has also been busy embedding professional learning in our local network by organising a lesson study conference in association with the University of Hertfordshire to ensure that the research-based learning that Central is proud of continues.
The Governors have continued with their work in school and this term we have visited to see the impact of the new behaviour and relationships policy, the curriculum developments focusing upon children’s oracy skills and to speak with the children about their notebooks. In our meetings we have discussed developments to the curriculum and thought about how feedback is communicated to parents and carers. As is the case in many schools currently, a key focus for the Governing Body this term has been to ensure that the school remains in a stable position financially while also ensuring that we are able to continue to meet all of our children’s needs. This will continue to be a focus of our work in the new year and I will continue to update you with the Governors’ involvement in the key issues for the school going forward.
You will have seen from Dr Mynott’s recent letter to parents and carers that he will be leaving Central at the end of the Spring Term 2020 to take up a University post leading on initial teacher training education. We will be hugely sad to see him go but I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating Dr Mynott on his appointment and this new fantastic opportunity. I know he’ll make a real difference in his new post as he has as Head Teacher at Central over the last ten years. The Governing Body has initiated the recruitment process for a new Head Teacher and I will be in touch again in the new year regarding appointment to the post. We are also saying goodbye this term to Mrs Sue Owen who has worked in the Reception office at Central for thirty years. She has helped so many of us and our children over the years in her calm, knowledgeable style. Thank you, Sue, for everything you have done to support the children, parents and staff at Central – you will be missed!
Finally, I’d like to wish you all a very happy Christmas if you are celebrating and a peaceful holiday season. Thank you for your continuing support of the school this term. The Governors and I look forwards to working with you and the staff team in the new year.
Kay Richards & the Governing Body