A letter to Year 6

Dear Year 6,

I know that some of you are a little bit nervous about your SATs so here are a few things I’d like you to remember during this week. The people that create these tests and score them don’t know you as well as we, and your families do. 

Yes, tests are important…but there are lots of things that tests don’t measure. They don’t show how unique and special you are. They don’t show everyone how respectful and well mannered you are, always saying please and thank you. They don’t show how helpful and kind you are, helping others in class, and sometimes helping brothers and sisters with their homework. They don’t show what a good friend you are to others, or that your friends can always count on you to be there for them. They don’t show how talented you are at sports, dancing or playing musical instruments. They don’t show how you cheer people up and make them smile. They don’t show how much you have all grown up this year and how responsible you are. They don’t show how thoughtful you are and try to be the best you can be every day. 

Year 6, your families, everyone at school and I, know that you are all these things.  I am proud of you because I know how hard you have worked, not just this year but every year you’ve been at Parkside. The results you get from these test are important and will tell you something – but they won’t tell you everything! There are many ways of being smart. You are smart! 

Be confident, try your best and remember how proud we all are of the amazing young people you have become. 

‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all’


Ms Ward 


Happy Easter!

Thank you to all our children for a spectacular Easter Hat celebration assembly. It was great to see so many parents and thank you for all your support this term. We hope you all enjoyed our singing!! We also have some Easter Hat competition winners who would love to show off their hats to you! 

Wishing you all a good Easter break and I will see you all back safely on Monday 24th April. 

A big Red Nose Day thank you!! 

A massive well done to all our children, parents and staff who together have raised £245 for Comic Relief. Thank you to all those parents who support us in everything we do and come to Friday rewards assembly. We couldn’t work as well without your help. Before I left school tonight I went to check on our four little chicks. They were very chirpy and enjoyed pecking at my finger!! Mrs Cook is looking after them this weekend so we know they will be well looked after. 

Comic Relief

Parkside children, parents and staff have done us proud! A big thank you for working together to raise money for Comic Relief. We’re still counting.. I’ll let you know how much we’ve raised when we’ve counted up! I wanted to share with you a picture of Tia in Y5 who worked with her creative mum to wear my favourite Red Nose Day outfit! Well done to you both! 

Coffee and cake morning…raising money for Comic Relief

A big thank you to our amazing parents who came to coffee morning today and helped us raise some money for Comic Relief. It is always good to hear your thoughts on what’s happening at school and get your feedback on our new blogs….we’re glad you like them! Plus….some of our parents have agreed to form a committee to organise a Parkside Summer Fayre…more news on this coming soon!