Head of School Message – 23rd January 2015

Heron Park Primary Academy now has a brand new web site that will showcase the very best of what is happening at school.  It is developing on a daily basis, and includes a calendar where all the important dates for this academic year will be held. 
Due to professional development and training, we have had to reschedule our forthcoming Paragon Event to Thursday 12th of February.  I look forward to seeing you all at the event. 
Paul Aagaard, Director of Recipe for Change,  paid a visit to Heron Park to review lunchtime provision.  He was very impressed with our students and their ideas and we are looking to integrate the Paragon programme into the food that is served in the dining hall.  Paul spent time with the school leadership team, teaching and support staff, the catering team and also had a slot for parents.  He will be producing an action plan which he will help implement. 
Our year 5 and 6 students have been taking part in the Bikeability training programme this week. This programme teaches students how to be safe on the road, and maintain their bikes to a high standard.  Year 3 and 4 are will be taking part in the programme next week.
Year 5 and 6 have been studying Shakespeare this week and our hall has been decorated with their work, and showcases their amazing work to the rest of the school, and visitors.  
The nursery is now open and numbers are looking extremely positive.  We are enrolling students on a daily basis and if you wish to reserve a place for your child, please contact the school as soon as possible.  The nursery is looking fantastic, and children are really enjoying the engaging learning activities that the teachers have planned for them.  We have modelled the learning on a blend of the excellent practice that is happening in our Foundation Stage, and also the Oakwood Nursery, which was rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
On Monday 12th January a select group of children from Heron Park Academy attended a sports coaching clinic at the Sussex Downs Sports Park. The students spent the morning receiving specialist instruction from the college’s students and staff. The morning of activities, including basketball and cricket, was laid on as part of the sports education development program run between Sussex Downs College and Aurora Academies Trust.  Since the start of the academic year the College’s FdA Sport Coaching and Development students have been able to put their learning into a practical environment by spending time assisting and occasionally leading sports coaching sessions at the academies. During these sessions the children collected reward stickers as part of Aurora’s “Sportitude” program for displaying positive behaviours such as teamwork, attitude and respect. Those who completed their reward collections qualified for the outing.  As a school, we are very proud of our specialist Sports Programme, and would like to thank Mr Griffiths for his efforts, and for giving out students a sense of pride and achievement, and motivating them to do better in all areas of their lives.