As we prepare for our Harvest Festival Celebrations I am astounded by the generous contributions which have come in over the last ten days. The food bank gratefully received your kindness today and it is good to know we are doing what we can to support those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you also to all those of you who joined together in Tunstall Church of the first Sunday of this month to celebrate the Harvest Festival with the church community. All Things Bright and Beautiful was sung with the joy it depicts and my gratitude goes to Mr Ingram for giving up part of his weekend to lead the children. As a school, we will be supporting the Remembrance Service and Village Hall laying of poppies and wreaths on the 11th of November. This is in addition to the family service on the 4th.

Thank you to all of you who have completed my ‘fact finding’ questionnaire. I am aiming to collate some data from them over the half term holidays and report this back to parents. Can I say how grateful I am to all parents and carers who have spoken with me, met with me or consulted with staff over concerns and issues. The use of social media is not an effective way of communicating concerns or resolving issues. I would ask, as I did previously at my ‘meet the Head Teacher meeting’, that worries are brought to teaching staff or Key Stage leaders to be resolved not circulated via Facebook.

I have met with all staff this week to discuss the progress of each child and ensure we are doing our very best to meet the needs of every learner. I have had the chance to watch all classes ‘in action’ this term, see work in books and talk to children about their learning. After seven weeks at Tunstall I can’t really remember what it was like before I worked here and feel very much part of the ‘team’. The ethos which Mrs Hutchings and the staff were determined to ‘carry’ from the old building to the new is the same ethos I am trying to uphold as the new Head. Christian Values, family, love and respect run as threads through everything the staff here at Tunstall endeavour to do. The children in turn feel nurtured, supported and display love and respect to each other.

Have a super week and a day with your children and fingers crossed the snow waits until Christmas!

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