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Welcome to St Luke's Primary School!

Dear Parents,

I am delighted to be writing to you as the new Headteacher of St Luke's. Having visited the school and church on several occasions prior to starting I have found all the staff, children and governors very welcoming and I feel privileged to be joining your school and village community. Having grown up in Colchester before successfully teaching and leading schools across the country I am very much looking forward to working in, and becoming part of, a growing community that is close to my childhood roots.

My priority as Head Teacher is to ensure that the school continues to improve and that your children are happy and get the best possible education. I am passionate about meeting the needs of every child and enabling them to reach their full potential in their academic, creative, personal, physical, moral and spiritual development. Working together, I hope that we will continue to develop St Luke's as a caring and integral part of the Tiptree community.

I look forward to meeting you all in the coming months and having the opportunity to talk to you about your children. I will be available in the library area or at the school gate in the mornings and hope to see many more of you at the next 'Coffee and Chat', Friday 15th September at 2pm. If there is anything else that you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to contact the office who will be able to make arrangements or pop your suggestions into the suggestion box outside my office.

Kindest regards,

Martin Moriarty 

Today we held our first Coffee & Chat for a while and had several parents come along.  We discussed the following items:

- Having more theme days and advertising them on the website

- Having more extra-curricular activities - clubs after school can be difficult to organise with teachers having so many priorities, but we will look at asking parents if they can help out.  Hopefully we can start some new clubs such as computer club, chess club, lego etc.  Rounders and cross country clubs are already in the pipeline for next term

 - We were asked if we get many volunteers come in to help in class and we currently have about 8 or 9 regulars who come every week to help the children, mainly with reading.

- Mrs Walker explained that the student council are now meeting every week and are currently working on a behaviour project.

- There was a question as to why we don't do as much at/with Thurstable school now and Mrs Walker explained that they're budget has become tighter and they are no longer able to host the sports days and other events that they have previously done.

- One parent asked when we will find out about teachers for each class in September.  This is being worked on already, but is a work in progress as changes will continue to appear until the end of May.  It will be announced at the usual time with the summer reports.

- Someone asked about stability with teachers and we discussed the changes and how we are working towards a more stable staffing structure.

- In year 6 we've set up booster groups for selected children who need some extra help before SATS.  This should get them up to the Age Related Expectation.

- Someone asked if Bikeability will continue after Mr Daw leaves us. We're going to talk to him about it and we might be able to fund it through the PE Grant we receive.

- We discussed what we do in the community and how this has decreased over the last few years.  Since the new curriculum came in, teachers have been focused on getting that up and running smoothly.  This has meant less time for inviting the Windmill Green club in and other events.  We will see what we can do to rejuvinate these activities as they work well for everyone involved.

- We've been asked if the children who take part in karate at the school ( but run externally) can do m=demonstrations in school.  We'll see if this is something that can incorporated into school assemblies.

 

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