Parent Friday Thank you!

I was delighted to welcome so many SLAM poets to Parent Friday today. The teachers also had a go this morning. All the learners all worked together to create some stunning Attribute focused slam poetry – I offer a flavour below:

Communication is when I greet; teach; meet with other parents and professionals; reach out; persist!

Values is when I care for other people: hold someone’s hand on the way to school; honest with the bonnet; care for a bear; share a chair!

PMA I use every day. Even when it’s a bad day. Make a bad day into a brilliant day. I have a good day in my own way.

Integrity Ask for help; Tell the total truth; When I make many mistakes integrity makes me stronger; Integrity makes me true to myself. Integrity makes me proud.

Communication is good when you’re unsure because that’s what adults are for!

Take a risk, Go with the Flow, Listen to what I’m going to say, risks help you in every little way, have a go, go with the flow, Who knows how you can grow!

Values is respect of places things and people; support people; listen to people; brings us back – it’s a cycle. When you respect people, they respect you right back. When you value people, they value you right back.

Communication We don’t communicate like we use to. We don’t talk through words, we talk through text. we talk to our phones more than we talk to each other!


We used a simple structure to create these poems – the key is to perform them with passion and attitude!


Have a go yourself using the below supporting sheet!




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Parent Friday – HELP US!

An amazing Parent Friday full of conversation about the Learning Attributes. Our aim is to create a video that shows the Learning Attributes in action at home and at school. The video will be a way for parents who find it hard to engage with the school to promote and drive the Learning Attributes in their children’s lives.

Now, the video storyboard plan – from a parent – is brilliant – I will we share the details at next week’s Parent Friday where we will start to learn to film with our children – we may even have time for some editing! We shall see – Mr Flint will be able to help us on that front!

Here is the sheet parents completed today – have a go with your own child – can you think of SPECIFIC examples?!

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Children In Need – Valuing each other

Dear All,


Today I shared the following video with the children. Your fundraising today will support children across the country. This video also brings home the message of the importance of road safety. The school is having a big push to try and secure funding for a road crossing patrol from HS2. Please see the newsletter for more details and to help support us. Let’s value each other!

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Student Council Forum

I have the honour of organising the Student Council Forum for Primary Schools across Three Rivers. On Thursday we were invited by elected District Council members Alex Michaels (Liberal Democrat) and Reena Ranger (Conservative) to hold our meeting in the Council Meeting Room. All but one of our local school councils were represented and over 30 children and adults had a brilliant democratic experience: Alex had arranged for three managers to come and discuss their specific roles and try to convince the Forum to do something in support of their area: Road Safety, The Elderly or Playgrounds.

The children experienced a real life democratic debate, questioned Alex and Reena about how democracy works and then voted for a project.

And now…the Children’s Responsibility is to bring the presentations back to their own school, carry out a vote with their council and decide what project we will carry out in Maple Cross. So, thank you to our Chair and Secretary Connie and Amelie for representing the school at the event. Watch this space to find out what Maple Cross will aspire to achieve…

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