A letter to Year 6

Dear Year 6,

I know that this is an important week for you all and that some of you are a little bit nervous about it…so there are some things I just want to tell you.

Firstly, I am proud of each and every one of you. We have watched you grow and mature into exceptional young adults. You are all special and talented in many different ways. Always remember that there are some things that exams and tests do not measure.

They don’t show what it means to be a good friend, always willing to listen and to help others. They don’t show how polite, respectful and responsible you all are. They don’t show how thoughtful and kind you are, always willing to try new things and never giving up. Also, they don’t show what talented artists, dancers, footballers, musicians and ice skaters you are.

Yes, English and Maths are important but so are all the other things I’ve just mentioned. What is important is that you have worked hard and can show everyone what your best can be. Be proud of yourself for everything you have achieved during your time at Parkside because you all have the ability to go on and do amazing things in life.

Miss Drake, Mrs Cook, Mrs Goodwin and myself are all very proud of you! 😀

Ms Ward


Town Hall Awards

It has been a fantastic Spring term and some of our Year 6 children received recognition awards from the Mayor at the Town Hall. Congratulations to Henry, Robyn, Tia, Madison, Michael, Tommy, Anna, Jamie and Mackenzie who were nominated and all won an award.  I will email the individual photos to parents and carers after the Easter holidays.  I wish you all a very happy Easter and look forward to seeing you all back at school safely on Monday 9th April.


Trim Trail Opening!

Thanks to all the hard work of our staff, parents, children and BGL Group we raised the £20,000 needed to build our Trim Trail. It was finally finished on Friday and we had a special ribbon cutting grand opening. Jack in Y5 helped me to wrap it up and Annabelle and Charley in Y2 cut the ribbon!

We had some special guests with us including representatives from BGL group who gave us £3,500 towards our Trim Trail and also our Chair and Vice Chair of Governors. The Junior Leadership Team were the first to try the Trim Trail out!

A special reminder to all parents and children that the Trim Trail can only be used during school hours when the children are supervised by a member of school staff. It is out of bounds before and after school as children can’t be supervised at these times.

A wonderful end to a wonderful week

What a fantastic week it has been! Yesterday I had the privilege of spending some time with our Headteacher award winners. We loved our tea party and the children talked about what they liked about school and what jobs they’d like to do when they are older. I think Leyland summed it up when he went back to class and said ‘That was the best thing ever!!!’ Mrs Douglas, one of our Governors joined us too and Skye loved showing her how to play games.

Today Mrs Kilgariff and myself had a great time at our parents Children In Need coffee morning ☕️ We both love spending time with you all, thank you for coming and for all your support. We hope you liked Miss Bailey demonstrating DoJos to you all.

We have raised around £200 for Children In Need and we have loved wearing our slippers to school all day. We hope you like our photos…Year 1 did some super reading in their slippers too!

Thank you all as always for your support and I wish all our Parkside children, parents and staff a fantastic weekend 😀.

Junior Leadership Team visit to BGL Group: Trim Trail Triumph!

On Thursday Charley, Annabelle and Henry, who were elected as some of our Junior Leadership Team, visited BGL Group in Wakefield. They did a presentation on behalf of all the children and staff at Parkside to the managers of the company. This presentation was to ask BGL if they would support Parkside’s fundraising for a trim trail. So far over the past year with the help of parents, children and staff we have raised around £7000 and with a further £8000 from the governments Sports Premium Funding we currently have a total of £15,000. Our target is around £20,000. Charley, Annabelle and Henry were amazing! They impressed the staff and managers at BGL group so much that they have agreed to help us!!! They have promised us a donation and would also like to do some fundraising for us so please watch this space!!

We are also really grateful to Tanya, Charley’s mum who organised this partnership – thank you so much for all your help!!

Everyone at Parkside is looking forward to working with the staff at BGL. I would also like to say thank you to Jamie Lyons, Stephanie Lagrange, Amanda Grice and Sharon Davies at BGL who were so impressed with Charley, Annabelle and Henry they were given a special gift from the company!! Well done, I am so proud of you all 😀

A lovely end to the week 

October is here which means we’ve been back at school for 5 weeks.  As you all know, my favourite time of the week is our Celebration Assembly and this Friday we heard about some of the amazing achievements of our children. Well done to Max for his gold medal in the European Karate Championships in Manchester! All of our children are working so hard and every week I look forward to seeing the work they have done. A big thank you also to all of our parents and families who support us each week, this means such a lot to the children, staff and myself. So here’s to lots more assemblies…lots more achievements and so many opportunities to be proud of our children. Thank you Parkside, you’re awesome 😀!