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Spring is here! How do I know? I saw a sure sign at the weekend. Was it lambs in the fields? Buds in the hedgerow? No – Gallone’s ice cream van is back on Abington Park. As I type this the sun is shining outside my office and whilst it is still a bit cold it looks lovely outside; with this in mind I am planning to garden over Easter, or at least I was until I saw the weather forecast for the end of the week – more snow! I think Easter egg hunts may have to be indoors, again. We have had a short but busy term. There has been a focus on recruiting as we replace some of the Learning Support Assistants that will be either leaving us soon or moving to a new role within school. The majority of these are based at The Bee Hive where we will be losing Adam Duncan and Sharon Page both of whom are moving on to pastures new and we wish them well. We are also saying farewell to Louise Cole, who has been the Acting Deputy at The Bee Hive, although she won’t leave us until the end of April so more about that later. New staff that have started at Northgate in recent weeks include Mr Andy Reynolds, who has moved onto our permanent staff having worked with us for a number of months, Mr Tony Fitzpatrick has joined our Premises Team, Mrs Sue Clarke, Miss Amy Spurge and Miss Lauren Dale have joined our Medical and Welfare staff and last but not least Miss Amy Lawrence and Mr Sean Billingham have joined our LSA team. Last week was ‘show week’ with the pupils from Key Stage 3 performing a number of pieces as part of a showcase rather than the usual more formal performance. We were entertained by rhythmic basketball (who knew that existed?), dancing, singing and a poetry recital. It was a lovely event and a big thank you to all the parents that supported us. We have included in this newsletter information about the forthcoming Arts events so you can get them in the diary in plenty of time. The ‘Tenner’ challenge has also taken place this term. If you are not familiar with this annual event, it is where each class is given £10 and they have to work out ways of increasing its value. We then run an event where they can sell the things they have designed and made, hopefully for a profit. They replace the original £10 and then decide as a class or group what they want to use the profit for. The idea is to help our young people learn about ‘profit and loss’, quality assurance and marketing as part of their employability curriculum. We saw some fantastic ideas and thank you again to everyone who supported it. There has been a lot reported recently about employability, careers education and work related learning as the Government has released a new Careers Strategy document for all schools. As a result, we are starting to review our provision in school with a view to increasing pupil awareness of the options available after school in preparation for the world of work. We will organise a parent event in the new school year to keep you up to date with any changes we are making. Watch this space! On that note I will wish you all a restful break, don’t eat too many Easter Eggs and see you all back on Tuesday 17th April.
Miss Shez Webb