It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of Sajid Gulzar from his position as CEO of Prince Albert Community Trust. After more than 26 years of serving children across Birmingham and 14 dedicated years of service at PACT Sajid has decided to take on an exciting new role in Dubai with Kings’ Education.
As you are aware, SATs testing is taking place in the week beginning Monday 8th of May for Year 6 pupils.
This comprises of several tests:
Monday 8th of May – BANK HOLIDAY – SCHOOL CLOSED TO ALL CHILDREN
Tuesday 9thth of May – Spelling Punctuation and Grammar Test
Wednesday 10th of May – Reading test
Thursday 11th of May – Arithmetic paper and Reasoning Test 1, Reasoning Test 2
Friday 12th of May - Reasoning Test 3
How can you help?
During this time of year, it is important that children remain calm, have a focused and positive attitude, and try their very best. It is important that they eat healthily, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and complete any homework they are given. As a school, we will be positively encouraging children to try to do their best and your support in this is vital.
During the SATs Testing week, breakfast club will be provided for all Year 6 pupils, free of charge, from Tuesday morning to Friday morning. This will be a chance for the children to talk to their friends and teachers about their tests, and hopefully discuss any worries and concerns. Children can arrive at school at 8am. Breakfast club will close at 8.30am.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Year 6 team.
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Maureen Cornish JP, made a special visit to Highfield Junior and Infant School on Tuesday 14th March, bringing with her an air of excitement amongst the school community.
Upon arrival the Lord Mayor was greeted with smiles from the students who eagerly awaited her arrival. The Lord Mayor was invited to address Saltley Young Peoples Parliament. The Parliament consists of 11 local primary schools, including Highfield Junior and Infant School and serves as a forum for students to voice their opinions and ideas on issues affecting their local community.
During the address, the Lord Mayor spoke passionately about her day to day duties, roles and responsibilities in office, as well as her contributions to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022. The Lord Mayor also shared experiences and insights into the workings of the city council and her contributions to the community of Birmingham. Speaking with passion about Birmingham, the Lord Mayor also highlighted the importance of the contributions of young people and the value in “looking for every opportunity” and taking on challenges.
After the address the Lord Mayor took part in a Q&A session with members of the Young Peoples Parliament, who asked interesting and thought-provoking questions. Following this the students gave the Lord Mayor a tour of the school where they showcased the fantastic work children were doing in lessons. In year six, children were doing an Art lesson on scale and proportion when The Lord Mayor visited. The Lord Mayor talked about the opportunities that Art can provide for employment, trade, and personal relaxation and about the fact her daughter is an artist. Zainab said, “She is inspiring and makes me want to do Art today and every day.” After visiting classrooms, the day was finished with tea and cake, a welcome refreshment for all.
On meeting the Lord Mayor, Mustafa in Year 6 said “The Lord Mayor experience was amazing we got to greet her and say goodbye and we could ask her lots of questions; she would answer them in the best way”. Amelia in Year 6 said “It was an amazing experience for us all and some people wanted to become deputy Lord Mayor.”
Maura Carney and Stephanie Davis, Deputy Head Teachers at Highfield said “It was an honour to welcome the Lord Mayor to Highfield School. Our children loved meeting her, hearing about her various roles and responsibilities and learning about how our wonderful city contributes to life beyond the West Midlands. It was a memorable afternoon for all involved.”
Staff and students from the Saltley Young Peoples Parliament were thrilled to have the Lord Mayor visit, a memorable day for all involved.
We are writing to invite you to a parent workshop focusing on Maths. This workshop will take place on
Wednesday 25th January and Wednesday 8th February at 9:00am and will last approximately 60 minutes.
Please come to into school with your child, where a member of staff will direct you to where you need to go.
This workshop is an opportunity for you to develop and understand techniques and skills we use in the classroom, to allow you to support your child’s learning, at home.
Please make every effort to attend as parental support is vital to enhance each and every child’s progress.
Please note, to keep our children safe, we ask that parents do not use their mobile phones on school premises.
We look forward to working with you.
Water competency is often misinterpreted by parents and guardians as their child being able to jump into a swimming pool and being able to put their face in the water. The reality is very different.
Learning to jump into a swimming pool is an important safety skill that children often achieve in the early stages of their learning to swim journey, as it is one of the outcomes in our Pre-School Framework
On Wednesday 4th May, the children will be having parties in their classrooms to celebrate Eid. Pupils are invited to come dressed in their Eid/party clothes. Please ensure appropriate footwear is worn (i.e. no ‘wheelies’ or high heels).
The children can bring food in with them for their celebrations. Due to Natasha’s Law, please ensure that the food is shop bought, in its original packaging and has a full ingredients list visible. This is to support our children across school who have allergies.
We look forward to sharing the celebration of Eid across the school and providing the children with an opportunity to celebrate together with staff and children alike.
I am sure you will join us in encouraging your child to take part and enjoy their day!