Welcome to DSJ Weekly!
It's been another lively week at Dodworth St John's, and the first month of the academic year has been as busy as you'd expect! I took a little bit of time this week to reflect on the positive aspects of this year so far, and one of them has certainly been the support from our lovely community. Walking around school I'm greeted with hugs, handshakes and smiles from the children, which is just lovely! Equally, I really appreciate the communication that you as families have given to me, and some of the very kind words along the way. Schools are busy places to be, but these little moments make it worth it.
Mrs Whiteley and I were fortunate enough to attend training on Monday around building a robust and expert Phonics team in school. We're very excited to be launching Read Write Inc phonics within school later this month. The benefits of this scheme will be profound, and we shall communicate with you how the scheme works, and ways that you can support at home. We want ALL children to leave school being able to read confidently and fluently, and this is a key part of that vision.
Thank you to everyone for their attendance at church this week for the Harvest festival. It was my first Harvest festival at this school, and it was so nice to see church so well attended. Little things like this make a big difference to children, and it's an important part of our community offer as a school.
Today we've had a couple of important visitors to school on behalf of St Mary's Academy Trust. Our visitors loved our Celebration Assembly, and were highly complimentary of the children, some of whom were asked to take part in a little activity with them. It wasn't a surprise for me to hear that the manners of these children were excellent!
Our building works are progressing at a great pace, and everything is proceeding on track. We will hopefully be back in our original classrooms before the end of the half term; as soon as I have a date for this, I will let everybody know.
Our census day was a great success. Thank you to all for your support with this, and thank you to our marvellous kitchen staff, who handled the extra demand really well. Remember, all children in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a free school meal. You may also be eligible to claim for Free School Meals even if your child is in KS2. Please see more at https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
Have a great weekend, and we'll see you next week.