Chair’s annual report to parents

Monday 9th October, 2017

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the new academic year 2017-2018. The children have settled in well since the term began and are progressing with their learning. Miss Richardson sends all the governors the school newsletter so that we can keep up to date with all that the children are doing. We note the number of school outings to places of interest and visitors who come to the school and work with the children on various projects and topics. All these help to enrich the children's learning. The after school clubs are varied and well attended although it would be good to see more boys join the choir!

The Nursery children are enjoying their lovely environment which was our major building project last academic year. Then in May we had a visit from Ofsted. The Inspector agreed the school's own judgements and submitted a glowing report which was sent to all parents/carers and is on the school website.

Children continue to attain well and make good progress at Our Lady's School. Last year's Year 6 children worked very hard and did well in their SATs tests. Their end of year school production "Arabian Nights" was an excellent production. The very colourful costumes, the acting and the singing were first class and the children deserved the long applause from the audience who enjoyed the production enormously.

Over the school holidays, some works were carried out to make the playground an even better environment for our children. New seating around the large trees in the lower playground area now provides a safer area for children to sit. Two new table tennis tables were purchased and an instructor has come to teach the children how to play this game and the techniques to use.

Bishop Nicolas Hudson, our area bishop for North London, visited our school on the 14th September and met with Miss Richardson and Mrs O'Reilly. He then toured the school meeting both staff and children.

 

In his letter of thanks he said, "I felt very warmly welcomed as soon as I entered Our Lady's....what particularly impressed me was the children's prayerfulness.... their desire to engage in discussion was heart- warming...thank you for ending my visit with a group of children who represented a marvellous cross-section of the school. You would have been touched to hear all the complimentary things they had to say about their school..." Well done to all the children as great ambassadors of their school.

 

Last, but by no means least, I wish to thank Miss Richardson as Head of School and Mrs O'Reilly as Assistant Head, for leading the school on a day to day basis and who both do sterling work. In addition, I wish to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication of our teachers and support staff to our children. We are very fortunate to have highly competent staff whom we retain in spite of London being a very expensive place to live.

 

 

Best wishes,

Margaret Harvey

Chair of Governors