Yr 3 & Orange class assembly/Pancake Race 16.02.24

Dear Families

Well, we have made it to the end of Spring 1 – it doesn’t seem a moment ago that we were putting up the Christmas tree, let alone beginning to welcome in Spring (we are 2 weeks away before we officially welcome the start of Spring on 1st March). It has been a truly brilliant half term, and I am incredibly proud of all of the children and staff who make East Hunsbury an utterly magical place to work and learn.

Year 3 and Orange Class assembly

On Tuesday, we had another spectacular year group assembly. Year 3 and Orange class performed superbly to their families. The standard of dancing, singing and performing was once again incredibly high. I was amazed by the body percussion (inspired by our visitor Olly, from The Beat Goes On, this term) and how all of the children danced so beautifully together. As many of you saw, I had quite a few tears of pride in my eyes at the end as each and every one of them performed as true superstars and it affirmed to me just how lucky I am to be their headteacher. Well done everyone! A special thank you to Sam, our dance teacher, and to all of the teachers and support staff who work tirelessly to provide a platform to share your children’s brilliance with.


This week we have had some special visitors in to help us evaluate how we do things and the impact it has on your children. Our Associate Head visited on Tuesday and was really impressed. She commented on the fabulous things going on around the school and said that the teaching was focused and the children's behaviour was very good. On Thursday, we had a Safeguarding Audit and they reported that the sense of direction and common purpose was fantastic. They also commented on our robust online safety and attendance protocols alongside our excellent support for families.

It is great to learn that we are continuing to do things very well here at EHPS but we are always going to strive to be better. Over time, you will spot some actions we will undertake to make things even better – onwards we go as brilliance really is our minimum standard.

House Pancake Race

What fun we had on Wednesday (sadly we were rained off on Tuesday)! We had our first House Pancake Race. It was amazing to see the whole community laugh, cheer and have fun together! Well done to all of the runners (including the teachers!!) and a huge well done to Salcey (led by Miss Stryjek) who won. Roll on next year!

Reading and x-tables

Please keep reading with your children and practising their x-tables and KiRFS. This is really important – a little every day really does go a long way. They are both the building blocks to writing and maths. I am really enjoying the Year 4 wild KiRFing!


Thank you as well to the families who came along to our Bingo night and supported the FEHPS! Again, we raised over £550 all of which will go directly into supporting your child’s education. A special shout out to Mrs Indy Jutla, our Head of the Friends Committee, who works tirelessly with her FEHPs team to organise and run such fabulous events – thank you Indy!

Reception Reading

Well done to all of our amazing reception children who have completed their 4 week reading challenge. In their class assembly this week the superstars were awarded a certificate, super reader sticker and a gold medal! Well done.

FYI – The Scholastic Book Fair will be in school from 6th to 8th March from 3:30pm every day during Parents’ Evening (access via the front office). You will be able to browse over 200 books and you can pay with cash or securely online.

A polite reminder to NOT to book holidays in term time – they cannot be authorised and you may be fined by the local authority.

Finally, today we have said fond farewell to Mrs Joanne Fiendley from Orange class. Joanne has decided that it is time to seek a new venture and we all wish her the very best.

Thank you for your continued support over this half term and I wish you all a restful week. See you on Tuesday 27th February (26th is a training day).

Ms Pennington