Headteacher Blog - Latest
We will be saying a fond farewell to Mrs Phoenix in February. Mrs Phoenix has recently decided to leave her post as a class teacher at Crossdale and focus on family life. We fully anticipate that she will still do occasional work for us, but nonetheless we are sad to be losing such a committed and valued member of the team. We hope to appoint a new teacher to work alongside Mrs Jones in Y1 very shortly. We will keep you updated..........
Non Uniform Day- Friday 27th November
To help with contributions for the Christmas Fair and involve the children we have in previous years had a day when the children are allowed to come to school in Non school Uniform and bring a chocolate donation for our Chocolate Tombola. This has always been a great success and would appreciate your support again in this years collection.
Due to the drop in scrap metal prices, the collection of metal for the Friends of Crossdale will finish with immediate effect. Many thanks to all those who supported Alison and Gerald Pegg with this, and Will Brown for the regular runs to the scrap yard.
We are busy making plans for the Christmas Disco and Fair! Hopefully each family has received a cup to fill with sweets and toys etc, and two books of raffle tickets. If you need any more raffle tickets for grandparents, neighbours or friends then please pick some up from the Office.
We still need helpers, if you can help please let Becky know…
Looking forward to seeing you all on the 4th December
Becky and Emma
Health and Safety
School Governors regularly discuss how the health and safety of children at Crossdale is monitored and how well school leaders follow national and local guidance. An issue came to light recently that Governors felt parents would like to know about as a way of demonstrating how seriously we take these matters.
Like all the schools in Keyworth, and many other public and domestic buildings in England, asbestos was used in the construction of our school. Consequently, we are obliged to follow very stringent policies and practices when undertaking any maintenance in the school. Earlier this term our policies and practices were put to the test: following some relatively deep excavations in soil adjacent to the building, a few small pieces of an unknown material were unearthed (LA experts hypothesise that the material was probably thrown on the slab of the school during its original construction). Once it had been spotted, staff immediately identified that it looked like it might contain asbestos and contacted the H&S team at Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC). The material was removed and analysed - this analysis confirmed that the material contained asbestos. The experts we commissioned noted that the material, having been in the ground, was completely saturated and as such relatively benign. Indeed, these experts were happy to handle the material with their bare hands. However, it was still decided that we should commission an independent company to carry out soil tests outside school and air tests inside the school to ensure that the issue was not on a larger scale that we had imagined. Both sets of tests and analysis showed that there had been no further contamination inside or outside the building.
At all times, school leaders at Crossdale worked alongside, and under the guidance of experts from NCC. However, following on from this issue and as an opportunity to learn from the experience, school Governors contacted the head of H&S at NCC to review our implementation of LA policies and procedures. It was confirmed that we had acted completely in line with guidance and policy.
At a time when school Governors have comprehensively reviewed and re-written all of the school’s policies and procedures around managing H&S risks at Crossdale we thought this would serve as a useful example of how seriously your children’s safety is taken and how school Governors are involved in securing the best outcomes for all our children.
23rd - Marvellous Monday
24th - Sports Hall Athletics (Becket school)
- South Notts Chess League
26th - Reception Trip to the Space Centre
- mixed Football Year 3/4
27th - Non Uniform Day (Chocolate Tombola)
4th - Christmas Disco and Grotto 5pm
Role of Honour
Tamara Griffiths was incredibly brave having all sorts of hospital equipment glued to her head and body for some little test. Sleeping with it on, with no fuss and brave having it all removed. Well done!
Gabriella Griffiths, saw a programme 2 years ago about young girl, who had undergone treatment and lost her hair. This girl dreamt of having beautiful hair again. Gabriella decided to grew her hair long again, and when it was long enough, have it cut and donated it to 'The little Princess Trust' who make these little children's dreams come true. Very proud if you Gabriella.
Hannah Brown has recently been moved up to dark blue hats, aqua zone stage 6 for swimming at Keyworth leisure centre and last week completed her 20 metres badge! The family are very proud of her swimming skills.
This week (10.11.15), Poppy Westmorland achieved her badge 2 & 1 of her Core Proficiency British Gymnastics, this means she has now achieved all 8 badges and moves onto working on Bronze! She is very proud of herself!
Friends of Kadzinuni
Many thanks for the support at the Crossdale Fun Run. Your contributions have been put to good use by the Friends of Kadzinuni. Follow the link below on details of this.
Opportunities for young footballers with Keyworth United FC
Boys in reception and year one – why not try our Sunday morning sessions?
Girls from reception to year 4 – why not try our Wednesday evening sessions?
…on both Sundays and Wednesdays the emphasis is on enjoyment and player development. Sessions take place at KUCFC’s highly regarded Platt Lane home ground.
We look forward to seeing you!