It is the end of yet another busy week at school, with the Key Stage 2 Christingle Carol Concert taking place on Tuesday. Thank you to all of the parents and friends who were able to attend on such a wet and rainy day and the children enjoyed performing for you all. On Thursday, our school choir sang in a competition at Merry Hill, where the children were a real credit to themselves and our school and although we did not get chosen as a finalist, I think they were all absolutely brilliant and I was so proud to see them all singing their hearts out on the stage. Thank you to everyone who supported us during such a busy time.
Today is Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children and all of the school look resplendent in their festive attire!
Next week will continue to be full steam ahead with all our events and every minute will be jam packed full of festive fun. Nursery children will be visiting Santa in his Grotto on Monday at Excel Church, followed by a week of Christmas Crafts, where parents have been invited to join their children for a number of events. On Tuesday, Year 1 and Year 2 will be performing the 'Innkeeper's Breakfast' and we look forward to welcoming you all to to see your children on stage. After that, it is party time for all of our children and I have heard that Santa again might be paying us a visit for all of the boys and girls (and staff) who have been good this year.
School closes for the end of the term on Friday 20th December at 2:30pm and there will be no clubs after school on this day (apart from Tea-Time Club). School re-opens on Wednesday 8th January for all pupils.
If I do not manage to see you all next week, may I wish you all a very happy Christmas with your family and friends and a joyful and prosperous New Year.
Mrs Scott x
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Loxdale!
We are excited to be celebrating our first Christmas in our new school and there is certainly lots going on. We are looking forward to welcoming you this evening to our Christmas Fair and we do hope that you will be able to join us to help raise funds to purchase additional equipment for the children of our school. There will be lots of stalls and games and MANY prizes to be won. We have also heard that a very special visitor is arriving this evening for the children- wait until you see our new and amazing grotto- built by our Chair of Governors- it is FANTASTIC!!! There is even mince pies and wine for our parents to enjoy.
Yesterday was our Early Years Christmas sing-along and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. All of the children were absolute superstars and sang their hearts out for the families in the audience. Today, we have taken our choir to St. Martin's Church for our annual Bilston school's 'Christmas Get Together', where all of the children from each and every school sang beautifully. I was very proud to be spoken to by parents of other schools, who said what an absolute credit our children were in their singing , their behaviour and their impeccable manners. However, it came as no surprise as our children are always a real credit to us, wherever we go and I just wanted to say a big thank you to all parents and carers for helping us to achieve this.
There is still lots to look forward to with Year 1 and Year 2 production, Year 3- Year 6 Carol Concert and Christingle and, not to forget Nursery's visit to see Santa at Excel Church. The children all have parties to celebrate and cards and calendars to make. Christmas is a busy but magical time in school, where lots of fun is had by us all.
However, we also ask the children to think about those who are less fortunate and who will not be able to celebrate with their family and friends this year. To this end, the staff have decided not to send each other cards this year, instead we are buying gifts to send to the local food banks and shelters instead.
In the meantime, I hope we will see you all over the rest of this term as we celebrate the season of goodwill to all mankind.
Well it is the end of a very busy half-term, where everything has been new for us all. I would like to say a big thank you to all parents and carers for coming along on this exciting new journey and bearing with us during a few 'teething problems'. Parents' Evening last night was a big success and it was lovely to be able to meet with you all and share the progress of your children. Some of the lovely comments included ,' The Parents' Evening was a success and teachers gave good feedback and were very approachable' , 'Really impressed with the progress my child has made as they run to school every day. Thank you to all of the staff for helping my child', 'Great staff, happy kids'. However, one of my favourite has to be, 'Food was a nice touch' because I agree that the curry was lovely and Moz did a great job feeding us all!!!
On behalf of all the staff, I would like to wish you all a very happy half -term and hopefully you have seen the text about holiday activities for your children within the Wolverhampton area. We will see you all on Tuesday 5th November.
We've had a busy half term at Loxdale!
We are nearing the end of a very busy half term and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to school for our first Parents' Evening of the year on Thursday 24th October, where you will have the chance to look at your child's work and discuss their progress with the class teacher.
Thank you again to all those parents who have supported us with our school uniform and PE kit. As a school, the Governors have worked hard with our supplier to ensure it as cheap as possible for parents and we hope that you agree that the children look SO smart in their uniform- a real credit to the school.
This week, Reception and Year 1 have been very excited to have had a visit from Nurse Julie and they have been learning all about the importance of hand washing.
Year 4 and Year 5 representatives have worked with Ian from Wider Learning and have undergone intensive two day training as play leaders to support our lunchtime staff. They cannot wait to get started!
Thank you to all the parents who supported our Harvest Festival and we have received a lovely thank you letter from 'The Good Shepherd' for all the food and produce that we were able to send to support their very important work. Please feel free to come into school if you would like to read the letter.
Next week will be a busy week ahead, with Year 2 Diwali assembly , Year 5 Smoothie Bike and more visits from Nurse Julie. Watch this space for some photographic evidence!
Dementia Friendly Status at Loxdale
This week we have been working alongside the Alzheimer’s Society to become ‘Dementia Friends’. Our Year 5 and Year 6 children have spent some time learning about the different types of dementia and how it can affect people in different ways. As a staff we have also looked at ways we may be able to support people who have been diagnosed with this disease, a disease that may have also affected some of your family and friends. We hope that some of our children may become ‘Dementia Champions’ in the year ahead and look forward to raising awareness further within the local area.
On Friday last week, some of you may have noticed officers from the Local Authority standing outside school with me at the end of the day so that I could show then some of the difficulties that you face when trying to use the narrow path into and out of school. It was agreed that the path is too narrow and the officers who attended are now looking into solutions to widen the path to make it much easier for you to enter and exit our playground to collect your children from school. Please bear with us as we try to ensure this work is completed as soon as possible.
Thank you to all parents for not cycling on our paths and for using the bicycle and scooter sheds to park your vehicles. Please may we also ask that parents do not bring dogs onto our premises also as this is Wolverhampton City Council Policy.
Please can I thank all parents who have continued to ensure your children are in the correct uniform for school, including a jumper with a logo and a tie. We will again be looking to buy additional ties as we have already sold out of the ones we purchased! PE jumpers and t-shirts also have a logo this year and children are expected to wear black pumps for indoor PE and trainers for outdoor games.
I am looking forward to seeing you all in a few weeks at our first Parents’ Evening and please look out for details of appointments etc..
Hopefully the weather will improve later this week and we can go back to the sunny days of the previous weeks.
Thank you for your continued support we are finally in!!!
I would like to welcome everyone back to the start of a new school year in our beautiful and brand new school. I hope you all agree that the building is lovely and a fitting testimony to your children. The children all look beautiful in their new school uniforms and thank you for ensuring the children all look so smart.
I am aware that we are currently having a few 'teething' problems with accessing and leaving the building, but I hope that you will support us over the next week or two whilst we try and develop the best processes we can now that we have only one single point of access and lots more parents! One of the things we are going to trial is opening our gates onto the playground much earlier in the morning so that parents can come onto the playground and wait in a larger space. We would, however, like to remind parents that the children will remain your responsibility until they enter the school building and children must not be left unsupervised on the playground before school. We would also like to ask parents to keep to the left on the path to try and alleviate congestion.
At the end of the school day, we are also asking parents to 'spread out' if they can at the back of the playground so that staff can see parents much more easily and therefore dismiss children much more quickly.
Finally, I would like to reassure you that we have been in touch with the local authority regarding the walk into school from Morrison's in order to try and improve the area.
Once again, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you all over the coming year.
We have finally got all of the children into our lovely new building and I would like to say a big thank you to all parents/ carers for bearing with us whilst we try and develop the best systems possible for our children in order to ensure their safeguarding.
We recognise that the access to school is now very narrow and we have invited the council to visit us on Friday to see the difficulties that you have, mainly at the end of the day, and to see if the council can offer any suggestions to alleviate this. We would welcome any feedback to the council on this day. In the meantime, may we request that all parents stay on the left hand side of the paths in order to help with congestion. May we also request that you do not drop litter and only walk on the paths and not on the grassed areas in order to avoid damaging the newly seeded areas.
Clubs are also due to begin this week and parents are requested to collect children from the main playground, which will be opened at 4:30pm to allow you to collect your children from clubs in a safer and more organised way.
In a morning, the gates are opened at 8:30am to allow parents to access the playground. However, please may we remind you that there will be NO staff on duty until 8:45am and children should not be left unattended on our playground. At 8:45am, staff will be on duty to receive your children through their designated door and parents are welcome to pass on any important messages to the member of staff on duty at the designated area.
Please may request that parents respect the zoned areas at the end of the day in order to ensure that children are dismissed safely and as promptly as possible. By spreading out further, it is easier for staff to identify children. Please be patient with us as we may not always see you because we are looking at so many faces all at once! We will always aim to dismiss the children as quickly and efficiently as possible.
As a school, we ask that parents treat each other and members of staff with respect. If there are significant concerns, please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance, as they know your child well. However, please may we request that you wait until all children have been dismissed from the class and do not walk across the zoned areas.
Once again, we would like to say a big thank you to all parents for helping us to ‘settle in’ to our lovey, new building and we are all learning the new systems together!
New Build Update
Well, the new school is really starting to look like the fantastic school that we have all being picturing in our minds. Have a look at the latest photos from our most recent visit. Our playground is looking great and the grass on our new field is starting to grow nicely. We have a few trees being planted this week in our new forest schools area and a few more dotted around the site. As for the inside, this is looking great now. A lot of the painting has been done and you can see that carpets have gone down in most classrooms.The furniture is being delivered next week a few other exciting things are planned for the next couple of weeks. We can’t wait for you to all see the finished school and we look forward to seeing you in September.
The new school is really starting to take shape. We are super excited because, as you will see from the photographs, a lot of progress has been made since we last posted any pictures. The first photo shows the inside of the school hall, this is where all of our school plays and assemblies will take place. The second photo shows one of our new classrooms, where the contractors are starting to install the electrical wiring and IT cables. The last three photos show the outside of the building with all of the windows and doors now in place. The new school colours will soon be put on the outside of the building, so keep your fingers crossed for a break in the rain. Once that is done, the outside walls will closely resemble the finished building. I'm sure you will all agree that it is looking great. There is still lots of work to do, as well as all of the builders' work and landscaping work, we need to finalise plans for our signs and school equipment. We have agreed what furniture we need and the building contractor will be getting that ordered and delivered soon. It is certainly keeping us busy but we know it will be worth it in the end. As for now, the plans for the 'Farewell to Loxdale' event are in full swing. Make sure you have got your tickets; it is shaping up to be a top night.
We are all very excited by the progress being made at the new school. You can see the latest drone photographs that have been taken only last week. These really show off the greenery in the new surroundings and you can start to see that our new home is going to be something of a 'little suburban paradise'. The school team are still working tirelessly to get all of those finishing touches organised so that our new school will feel like home as soon as we move in. We have also learned this week that we are getting a 'Forest Schools' area so the children can continue their learning outside of the classroom and 'be at one with nature'. There are exciting times ahead. We can't wait and we know the children can't wait either!
Here are the latest pictures we have to show you of our new building and we hope you think it is looking good! We have chosen the carpets, furniture, paint and locker colours today and so it is still all systems go for September. The brickwork is looking really lovely and everyone on the site keeps commenting on how striking they look. Only the best for the children of Loxdale. Keep checking this site and we will post regular updates.
Welcome back to the summer term, which promises to be a busy one. Please see the latest pictures of the new school below as it progresses and we will keep you updated as the building continues to develop further.
Here are our next set of photos- we even have a few drone shots for you that we think helps you to see just how much our building has come along in the past few weeks. We are really excited to see each layer of brick being laid and we now have a hall too!
The weather has been kind to us this week and the building work is progressing really well. We cannot wait until we can start to take the children to look at the site.
Remember to save the date July 13th for a real 'Loxdale' celebration!
What a fantastic morning we had yesterday when we got to go into our new building for the first time. We were shown around by Mr Bacon (the lovely site manager who is in charge of the build) and we even got a cup of 'builders' tea' to warm us up as it was so cold and wet!
We are so excited as we can now see that the building is starting to look like a real school. The classrooms look bright and airy and we will have plenty of outside space to develop. The site looks like a lovely little 'oasis' in the heart of the urban village and we cannot wait to see the building continue to take shape.
We are looking forward to working with the contractors to involve our school community with this, once in a lifetime, project.
As you can see from the photos, our new building is coming along very well and we are excited to see the progress that the builders, Bowmer and Kirlkand, are making. Fingers crossed that the weather stays kind as the project is currently on track for us to be in our lovely new building for September. We have a number of plans in place for moving into the new build as quickly as possible and we will keep you updated as soon as we are confident of the weather having no impact on the project.
We are also planning a farewell to Loxdale summer event, which we are planning to hold as a Summer Fair for families in the day and also an evening 'Singalong/ Karaoke' event for adults only too. Watch this space for more details to follow shortly.
I thought it might be a good idea to keep you all up to date on what is happening with the new build at Loxdale. We are currently all systems go for September and the photos attached below will show the progress made with the building. We cannot wait to see the continued development and I will continue to post regular updates.