“COVID updates and information - please click on the Information page               Half term break is Monday 26th - Friday 30th October”

Mrs Wrights Blog

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to Education.

Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

 

Autumn Half Term holidays

22nd October

Thank you to the whole school community who have helped to keep the school COVID secure over this last half term, and have risen to the many challenges.

Well done everyone! Have a great Half term break and ‘Stay Safe’

Medals Awarded for Outdoor Learning and Bushcraft

22nd October

Although opportunities for activities have been limited this half term, Jackie Robinson, Outdoor Education leader has organised a range of outdoor pursuits within the school grounds, while maintain social distancing and strict hygiene practices. Students in some Key Stage 4 and 6th Form groups have been spending time in the great outdoors, learning a range of Bushcraft skills, and importantly, also learning soft skills such as team building, cooperation with peers and leadership.

Points have been given each week for individual effort, and this week as half term draws to a close, medals have been awarded to the top three students, in each class.

The medals have been handmade from wood cut from fallen branches, and have been classed as bronze, silver and gold, according to the ribbon colour.

Mrs Wright took great pleasure in presenting the medals to each class group, with some surprising winners. Well done everyone!

There is a trophy to ready to be given to the class who have shown the most effort and determination.

 

Special thanks to Jackie for organising an exciting programme and more significantly making the medals and trophy in her own time!

The competition starts again after half term; with more points to be earned and medals to be won!

Christmas 2020 shoebox appeal

20th October

This year at The Meadows we are once again going to participate in 'Operation Christmas Child' which is a charity lead scheme by Samaritans Purse, which provides international support to children. The aim is to gather as many filled Christmas themed shoeboxes as possible to donate to other countries whose children may not receive the same luxuries as we do.  

A small shoebox can have a big impact, the items placed inside do not need to be fancy or even expensive. A small cuddly toy, colouring books/pens, small games/puzzles, card games, a toothbrush, hair clips/bobbles for girls, toy cars/vehicles, hats, gloves, even a pair of socks; whatever you can think of!  All these things will bring such joy to a child who has far less than we do.  It is a lovely activitiy to do with your child as you pick out items to put into your shoebox and you will be helping teach your child about thinking of others less fortunate than ourselves.

This year Miss Fitzpatrick will be working alongside Mr Harvey to ensure that we can try collectively to gather as many filled shoeboxes as possible before the 9th November 2020, to help change children's lives all over the world, even amid a global pandemic, because now more than ever, children need hope. They will then be checked and collected and safely sent on to those most in need.

Thank you.

 

Teacher vacancy

20th October

Springfield School is currently advertising for a class teacher to start in January 2021. Please see the vacancies page for further information. Closing date for applications is Friday 6th November.

Autumn days when the grass is dewy…..

08th October

As we move into October it has been wonderful to see how students and staff have settled back into the Autumn term, within their class bubbles. The lovely sunny days have afforded many opportunities to be outside, and Jackie Robinson, our outdoor education specialist has led many interesting activities in the school grounds taking advantage of the weather. There have been scavenger hunts, tree identification quizzes, as well as fires lit, and a great den built by Class NG.

Thanks, everyone for the enthusiasm shown, and the team building skills developed.

It is time to look out those warm coats, hats and scarves!

Teaching assistant vacancy at The Meadows

08th September

We are currently seeking a full time (32.5 hours per week) teaching assistant to work at The Meadows. Further information can be found under the Staff tab / Vacancies. Closing date for applications is Monday 28th September 2020.

Autumn Term 2020

03rd September

Welcome back to school everyone!!

It is great to see both students and staff return to school this week, as once again we begin a new academic year. Of course this has been an unprecedented time for schools, and challenging for everyone, whatever  their personal circumstances.

Nevertheless it is wonderful to see everyone back in the school building and working together to adapt to the COVID secure, health and safety rules that are in place. Thanks to parents and carers who have worked with school staff to ensure such a smooth return to school.

Let us all hope that we can keep safe and well, so that we are able to achieve high standards of education as we seek to make up for lost time, while enjoying school life and the company of our friends.

GCSE Results

18th August

To those students who were being entered for GCSE's this summer please note that school will be open on Thursday 20th August between 11am and 12noon should you wish to collect your results in person. If you are unable to attend, your results will be posted home to you.  

GCSE Results Day - Thursday 20th August 2020

07th August

For those students who are expecting GCSE results on Thursday 20th August we are hoping to be able to open for a hour in the morning for students and their families to pop along to school to collect their results in person should they so wish, as we have done in previous years. For those students this affects, we will send a text message out nearer the time with further details.

Best wishes, Rachel (Exams Officer)

School re-opens Wednesday 2nd September 2020

17th July

We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Wednesday 2nd September. All up to date information can be found on this website under the Information / Returning to school page. Any updates over the summer holidays regarding the return to school will be sent via the usual methods to texts to parents/carers and information on the school website.

We wish you all a happy, healthy and safe holiday whatever you are doing, and we look foward to seeing everyone back in school in September.

With best wishes from all The Meadows School family.

RETURNING TO SCHOOL UPDATE - 8th June

08th June

Important letter for parents and carers, along with further information on returning to school is now on the school website. PLEASE READ AS A MATTER OF URGENCY.

 

VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations from the School Community

12th May
VE  Day 2020       'Adapt and Overcome!'
 
When the school year began last September, staff began planning ahead for VE Day, so that we could have a memorable event, including music, dance, artwork and party food, culminating in a whole school street party with everyone decked out in red, white and blue,;acknowledging the supreme sacrifice of World War 2. A fitting occasion to honour and reflect upon six years of warfare, and it's consequences.
 
However, it didn't turn out as planned.....
 
Nevertheless, we are delighted to be able to say that we have adapted, to commemorate VE Day, in the current climate. Those few students and staff who are in school have made bunting, learned songs from the 1940s, and sampled the food. A classroom was decorated with flags and bunting, to set the scene and food was enjoyed at a social distance!    'Adapt and overcome!'
 
Mrs Ball led the campaign to get everyone at home, both students and their families and carers, as well as school staff, to get 'In the Mood', and organise their own celebrations. Everyone was invited to make bunting and decorate their homes, sing 'We'll Meet Agian, 'Do The Lambeth Walk', bake from War time recipes, and generally make it a day to remember for all manner of reasons!
Staff and students were asked to send in photos and videos of their party! There are some delicious looking scones and cakes from Madison and Joe, as well as some fabulous dancing from Rebecca at her street party! Mrs Rushton baked some wonderful wartime recipes at home and Miss Fitzpatrick baked a cake for her street party. Reece, Kieron, Ryan, Alex and Stephanie also contributed photos of their homes decorated with bunting, their wonderful bakes and family parties. And not forgetting Mrs Wright in her wonderful hat enjoying an afternoon tea, who is always first to join in and show her love and appreciation to those who sacrificed so much during the World Wars. And lastly a big thankyou to Mrs Ball who was so keen to make sure that the occassion didn't go unnoticed by The Meadows School Community. Please take a look at the photos on the website.... Our School / Galleries (scroll to the bottom!)
 
Well done everyone! We have done them proud!

Have you spotted The Meadows Rainbow?

04th May

Anyone passing on Springfield Road may have seen our tribute to NHS Staff and all Key Workers as staff and students have made a giant rainbow to show their support and appreciation at this challenging time.

We are looking forward to the end of the rainbow and hoping for a little bit of magic. We are not seeking the pot of gold on this occasion;we are simply looking forward to seeing all our friends and family again, and even our teachers, and being able to do those ordinary things which have now become so precious.

 

To see a rainbow, you need to look up, and turn your head to the sky. That's the clue; if you are  passing The Meadows School, look up!

Stay Safe Everyone

 

 

VE Day Celebrations at home Friday 8th May

24th April

Meadows VE Day Home Party Celebrations

On Friday 8th May The Meadows would like to remember the 75 years since the the end of WW2 by celebrating with home parties since we had planned to have a party in school but this is not possible to do at the moment due to lock down. We can do this by making Union Jack Flags or bunting, cooking or eating war time food and recipes using rationed or home grown foods available at the time. Bake a WW2 cake. Drink water or apple juice or make other non alcholic drinks available at the time. Sing popular WW2 songs such as We'll meet again, White Cliffs of Dover etc. Learn how to ,Jitterbug, or do 'The Lambeth Walk' as part of your fitness routine. At the party you could also wear union Jack coloured clothes i.e. red, white and blue or clothes that would have been worn at the time if these are accessible. If the weather is good you could have a picnic party outside. We would love to see any photos or videos of your at home celebrations - and if you are happy for us to share them we could add them to the school website.

Coronavirus Crisis

09th April

We'll Meet Again , sung by Vera Lynn, and quoted by Her Majesty The Queen

 

What strange times we are living in, with such glorious Spring sunshine,and all the flowers and blossom out, and the World facing this pandemic.

So much has changed in our society and indeed throughout the World.

While there is so much sadness, there is also a great amount of goodwill, as people pull together, to help each other.

I hope that everyone is Staying Safe, and following government guidelines.

School staff have prepared work for students, and are keeping in touch with families, and it is our fervent hope that our school community will soon be back together as we know it.

 

In the meantime perhaps you could be listening to Dame Vera Lynn sing her famous song from World War 2,  'We'll Meet Again', which reminds everyone that though we are parted now, from our usual routines, families and friends, we will soon be back together once more.. Her Majesty The Queen who lived through the Second World War has asked us all to stay strong and be resilient.

Perhaps you could be searching for other songs which provide Inspiration, and make yourself a playlist, ready to share when we get back to school.

 

In the meantime Stay Safe and show compassion to others.

 

Happy Easter everyone!!  Enjoy those chocolate eggs, and don't let them melt in the sunshine!

 

 

Food vouchers for free school meal pupils

07th April

If your child usually receives Free School Meals you will now be receiving weekly vouchers to help pay for food at the supermarket. Please click on the Information page, and select School meals for further details.

URGENT LETTER REGARDING SCHOOL CLOSURES - CORONAVIRUS

20th March

Please click here to open