Equals Trust News

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Sep 092016
 

Equals Trust News

Following the consultation for the school to become an academy we are delighted to tell you that the conversion of the school to an Academy and a founding school in the Equals Trust took place on the 1st September 2016. Working in partnership with the other schools in our Trust will have a number of benefits for both staff and pupils:

  • Extending the learning opportunities and activities for pupils;
  • enriching the curriculum through partnership working and shared resources;
  • enabling the greater sharing of excellent teaching and learning;
  • enhancing the professional development of teaching and support staff;
  • building mutual support and accountability for Head Teachers and Governors; and
  • securing cost and resource efficiencies through joint commissioning.

Over time this will lead to better outcomes and opportunities for children enabled by a stronger teaching and support staff team.

Some immediate benefits we have been working on over the summer include:

  • The employment of a part time speech and language therapist for our schools;
  • a successful application to be part of a regional Maths Hub which will enhance teaching in all the Trust’s schools by enabling teachers to work with maths specialist;
  • a writing project in conjunction with the Nottingham University;
  • the establishment of sporting tournaments across the trust to enable more children to take part in competitions;
  • a joint staff training day in October at the National College of School Leadership;
  • joint procurement for services has already brought financial benefits to the schools;
  • the employment of a Finance Manager for the Trust;

The Trust Board has appointed the CEO of the Trust: Mr Philip Palmer, who is the executive head of Burton Joyce Primary School and Cropwell Bishop Primary School.

I will provide further information about the Trust, the Trust Board, the Local Governing Body and other aspects of our organisation as the year progresses. More information will also be available on this website.

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Welcome Back to School

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Sep 092016
 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to school. I hope that you have all had a lovely summer and that everyone is returning fit and well, ready to start an exciting year for our school. I would like to give a warm welcome to our new families, children and staff who are starting at Robert Miles Junior and hope that everyone settles quickly into the life of the school. I very much look forward to working with you to support your children.

You can download a copy of our first Newsletter of the year by clicking here. In it you will find a full list of dates for the term ahead.

R. A. Gilbey
Headteacher

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Guitar And Drum Concert

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Jul 192016
 

We were treated to a demonstration of drumming and guitar playing this morning. Parents, family and friends gathered to watch this end of year concert where all the children learning to play drums or guitars showed what they had been learning. The children were wonderful and their enthusiasm and pride in showing off what they knew was great to see. Many thanks to Steve McCabe the guitar teacher and Adam Rockley the drum teacher for all your patience and hard work teaching the children.

Just look how many children we now have learning the instruments!

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Librarians Shopping Trip to Waterstones

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Jul 142016
 

We needed some fresh stock for our library ready for the new term and who better to choose the books than our brilliant librarians? They have done such a good job this year keeping our library tidy and working smoothly. So many people comment on how lovely our library looks when they are walking round school and much of that is because of our these children. They were rewarded for all those playtimes spent working, with a short train ride into Nottingham and instructions to buy some lovely new books for next year.

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We think they made some great choices and their purchases will arrive in school next week ready to show the rest of the school. The final treat of the day was to enjoy a hot chocolate in the coffee shop!

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Spoken English Competition Finals 2016

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Jul 112016
 

We were treated to an afternoon of fascinating and informative talks in this year’s final of the annual Spoken English Competition. As part of the children’s English curriculum every child has to prepare a short talk to give to the rest of the class or year group. Those voted the best are then put into the final where they are watched by all of year 5 and 6 along with parents/carers.

The confidence on show was wonderful to see – speaking in front of a large group of people is an incredibly useful skill and these children were certainly not phased by this, even if they were naturally nervous! They were competing for the A. V. Foster Cup which has been handed out to the winner of this competition for as long as anyone here at school can remember.

After all 11 talks had finished, the judges retired to discuss the final placings. It was a very hard job indeed! This year’s results: joint 3rd place went to George and Sophie, second place to Jasmine and this year’s winner was Lucy with her fantastic talk all about her trip of a lifetime to Australia. A huge well done to all who took part.

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Year 4 go Bonkers at Conkers

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Jul 112016
 

Year 4 enjoyed a great day out at Conkers, taking part in a variety of different outdoor experiences. You can see by the photographs what a fun day it was, although the water looks very cold in the barefoot walk! Good job there was a fire and toasted marshmallows afterwards…

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July Mile Post

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Jul 102016
 

If you missed this week’s Milepost Newsletter you can download a copy by clicking here. Details of next year’s classes are included.

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French Breakfast

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Jul 082016
 

Year 6 were given the chance to practice their French – it was the only way they were going to get any breakfast! Une façon très agréable de commencer un vendredi, peut-être que nous devrions le faire tous les matins. Many thanks to Aldi for supplying all the baguettes, croissants, pain au chocolats and jam.

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Toot Hill Family of Schools Athletics

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Jul 062016
 

A big well done to all the children from the Robert Miles schools who competed brilliantly in this year’s area sports afternoon. The year 2s from Robert Miles Infants joined years 3-6 from the Juniors to make the Robert Miles team. There were many medals won by our team and as the afternoon ended it was clear from the scorer’s table that we were neck and neck with Carnarvon Primary for first place!

Once the events had finished – sprints, distance running, relays, long jump, javelin and shot put – the total score was calculated and then checked and Carnarvon had won by just 2 points! This placed Robert Miles in 2nd place, so close to winning the trophy. We could ask no more from the team and were very proud of them for their perfromance. Very well done!

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Science and Technology Rushcliffe Finals

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Jul 052016
 

The top three from our Science and technology competition travelled to St Peter’s Junior School in Ruddington for this year’s final. Teams of children from schools across Rushcliffe pitted their designs against each other. As you would expect, the standard of competition was very high – these were all top three finishers. When all the vehicles had finished their runs the points were added and the scores read out. Our three teams did brilliantly and it was almost a Robert Miles entry that won the whole competition. Almost, but not quite! Our first and second place teams finished in that order again but this time were the second and third place teams overall.

Very well done to all of these budding inventors!

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