Thursday, June 9, 2016

Floods, cereal and tests...

Another eventful week here at Planet Wainscott.  This is very much the business part of the school year with staff in several year groups anxiously awaiting the results of children's National tests and external moderation of their achievements. 

Our Early Years staff had their judgements moderated yesterday and we were all delighted that they were commended for their accuracy and evidence.  We have the Year One phonics screening taking place next week and on the 23rd, Year Two SATs moderation and finally, Year Six SATs moderation on the 27th.  Consequently we have lots of staff making their final checks and counting down the days, so to speak. 

Being the utterly charming human being that I am, I have only asked for their termly newsletters and half the pupils draft reports.....and not in anyway related to the imminent start of any sporting event ....mmmm.

This week also saw the launch of our new Extended School facility......and before you all rapidly survey the school site looking for mini-Shard or any such glamorous structure, we have sited our Breakfast and Late Care in the classroom adjacent to the school dining hall! A huge thank you to our amazing staff Extended School staff who have made the first week such a success. 



We will continue to develop this feature, with resources and activities, based on the children's wishes and with the aim of making it a place where the children can relax and socialise after school, very much as if they were round a friend's house. .  If parents have any unwanted games or working equipment that they could donate then please get in touch.

But enough of school...you need to hear tall tales of floods and puppy walks and see pictures of a certain cute canine.....


Perhaps the most fantastic event of the week was the flooding in my village caused by the heavy downpour and flash flooding on Tuesday afternoon.

Chloe returned to find the kitchen under water and Yinka cowering above the rising tide by the fridge. 

The water had literally come under the door.  I spent the next hour cleaning up before the rain came again.  Thankfully a friend had in the meantime dropped off sandbags which, in combination with a hour of frantic scooping out of rain water, prevented any further flooding or damage. 



A day with the heating left on then returned our world to normal...although we have left the sand bags in situ for now.

Last night I returned, after again sampling the rigours and delights of the gym, to find my daughter in the garden presenting a passable impression of a child revising.  It would undoubtedly have been a more passable impression had it not been for the presence of her bestie Lucy and the obligatory youtube feed on her phone.  However you have to trust your children so I left with a gentle smirk and our indigenous alligator to explore the fields and have our daily duel of the lead. 

We met some splendid cows....



and a quintessential English meadow, in resplendent bloom...







On my return the girls....well my daughter and her pal Lucy, who we seem to have kindly adopted...wanted to have Fish & Chips by the sea instead of wait for me to cook.

We arrived at Deal around dusk and ate our dinner on a bench staring out to sea whilst having one of those delightfully giggly chats that should regularly invade your day......





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