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Headteacher Blog 2016.17

Monday 5th December 2016

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Just wanted to share some brilliant news from today. Avin in Y5 won a prestigious film award this weekend at the BIFA festival. We are so delighted she has been recognised for her hard work and talented performance. Look out LA - Oscars beckon in years to come!

It was also great to see Ollie in Y2 this morning. He has produced some amazing writing - a massive improvement on his previous work showing real depth of knowledge with the fire of London. Well done Ollie - great to see you enjoying your writing!

We also are delighted to have appointed a brilliant, experienced reception teacher for Miss Sturge's maternity cover. We have secured an early start to allow for an effective handover. Miss Jones will start in January which should allow for several weeks of transition. I am sure you will join me in welcoming her to our wonderful school. 


Friday 2nd December

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Monday started well with a visit from Khyana and Tommy from 5H. Tommy has been growing in confidence over recent weeks and it is great to see him being proud of his new found independence and resilience. Really pleased to see this beginning to blossom. Khyana showed some excellent writing, demonstrating how she has moved forward in the level of detail she uses. Wonderful to see them both making great progress over this term. Also Lois from RP came to show me her amazing writing as a result of the work they have been doing on the Gruffolo. It is amazing to see her using key words, finger spaces and her phonics to put her thoughts into words. Well done Lois! 

It is really pleasing to see the netball team improving. They are making great gains and although not yet winning are getting better and better.  Miss Edwards has put a little report together - 

'Cranborne Netball Team

On Thursday 1st December, the Cranborne A team played against Cuffley. We normally have a very tough game against this team, and struggle to stop them scoring many goals! However, this time round we managed to match them on court, leading 1-0 at half time. Sadly, we lost 2-1, but it was a closely fought game and the children played fantastically well. They showed some quick, accurate passing down the court but the main strength that shone throughout was the whole-team defensive performance. A special mention to Katie Welsh 6S who had an outstanding performance. She intercepted many passes, caught the rebound of several missed shots and has really improved her strong shoulder passes from a backline pass. Miss Edwards' POM goes to Katie Welsh and Cuffley's POM also goes to Katie Welsh.'

The Christmas Fayre went really well. Well done to Evie, Ruby and Hayden who were the winners of the Christmas Bauble Competition. Thanks to everyone who took part - the tree looks amazing! Thanks to all the volunteers and everyone who brought in money to spend or who supported in other ways. It was a great event and will add to our much needed funds. 

The year 6 musicians were amazing in celebration assembly this week. Well done to Mable, Bethan, Mahdin, Zoe, Molly, Jessica and Yemisi. It is wonderful to see them performing and improving so much. 


25th November

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This week has ended on a high for me this week. I got to get out of my office, get out of the classroom and do playground duty on Key Stage 2. Thank you so much Year 5 for a great game of 'Manhunt'. I will certainly work on my running and dodging skills for next week! 

It has also been a real pleasure to see some great writing from Reception today. They really are enjoying their learning and applying their letter sounds. Wonderful! Keep up the good work. 

The athletes in Year 4 had a good meeting earlier this week and tried hard to compete at the DAO event. Well done for representing the school so well.


In netball our girls team lost to Brookmans Park (who are a really strong team.) well done to Holly and Keira who were players of the match for A and B teams. The B team also showed a lot of resilience and never gave in despite playing against much stronger opposition. Well done girls!

Mrs Dibdin came to see me today as well. She has been really pleased with the children engaging in the art this term.  Year 6 have been studying Roy Lichtenstein, printing, collage and portraiture. The style is pop art - take a look at the examples in the slide show above. Some amazing work!

The governors have also been busy this week. Myself and the chair of governors attended a conference in Birmingham on Wednesday looking at the future of schools with a focus on academies. It was good to hear national speakers and be able to challenge current policy. On Thursday we had a governor visit from two governors looking at Outstanding learning in school. 

The PTA are also busy gearing up for the Christmas Fayre next week. If you haven't got your bauble yet for the tree please do so and if you can help in anyway please get in touch. 

The weeks ahead are always busy in the lead up to Christmas. Please keep an eye out for the dates and times of concerts and events so that you don't miss out. 


Friday 18th November

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This week has been another busy one full of great learning and surprises. This week we have been supporting the Anti-Bullying National week. The children have been taking part in a number of activities including looking at being safe on line and what to do if they are experiencing bullying particularly cyber bullying. 

Great learning - Nathan, Avin and Julia have shown me some brilliant learning in mathematics. They have been problem solving and unpicking calculations linked with multiplication and division which has been very impressive. 

It has also been lovely to see children from Year 1 doing well in their phonics. Lily really impressed me with her use of sounds and words. 

We have also been supporting Children in Need. The school council managed to arrange a flying visit from Pudsey and arranged a range of activities today. Without the amazing support from Mrs Kahn, Miss Parnell, Miss Prior and the rest of the team this would never had happened. The school councils reps were amazing today - so well organised and helpful. Well done!  As a result the children are gaining an awareness of how different the lives of children are across our country and the small ways that they can help. Thank you for supporting this wonderful charity.

Staff have been busy with their development as well. As you may be aware the PTA have committed to helping us update our interactive whiteboards this year. They are busy fund raising to help us pay for them. In the meantime we have been able to get a great deal and install them earlier than expected (but pay for them later). As a result we had a visit from Mr Whybrow who led a brilliant staff training session. Staff will be testing out their new learning with the children to help further enhance the work they are doing on engaging pupils in their learning. 

We have also received the national data comparisons and a lovely letter from the school's minister Nick Gibb MP (click here to see the letter) congratulating us on our brilliant phonics results. The data shows that many of our measures are in the top 10% of schools nationally, showing that your children are doing very well compared to other schools across the country. Thank you so much for the help you give your children. It really helps them to do so well!


Thursday 10th November

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Firstly apologies for not getting this blog running earlier this term - it really has been amazingly busy behind the scenes with possible developments and changes in the education world that we are preparing for. Nevertheless, the children and staff have had a great first half term and the start of the second half has been equally impressive!

The Roald Dahl event at the start of term was brilliantly supported and helped us all to share our love of literature. It was great reminiscing over stories and poems together. The dressing up was so much fun (if a little type cast for some staff - Mrs Keilty - The Twits - for example!). The winners of the little competition are pictured below. 

We have also seen some brilliant learning where children are showing great improvements by noticing the feedback and acting on it. Ollie's art work is a good example of where he was able to take on advice and make changes to his observational work. Imogen has cracked using the 100 square to support her with calculations and the changes to Luke's handwriting in a matter of weeks is nothing short of phenomenal (look at he photos of before and after in the slideshow above). This is all because they have listened to the improvement points and practised until they have made the difference required. I am please and proud! Well done!

I also had Luca and Jessie visit me today who have done really well in improving their learning. Luca has met his target to write his name and Jessie has shown how she understands the meaning of the poppy and created a poppy and selected words to make a sentence. Brilliant! 

In addition to this we have seen our teachers take on the action research in enhancing children's ownership over learning. This year we are embedding and enhancing our learning about outstanding learning and moving forward with additional strategies. You can see Rory and Tianna on the helpdesk in their class and you will probably hear other about initiatives like the 'class ambassador', 'lead learners', 'levelling up', 'inspiration station', 'cracking the marking code' and many more. Teachers are working really hard on adding to the amazing teaching they already do and this also includes our teaching assistants who are now asking to video our training sessions so they can reflect on them in their own time to improve themselves. The children also have a voice in this development (as you can see from the Y2 picture about creating their own system for levelling up their learning). I really am proud of our team and blessed to have such a pro-active group of professionals - thank you! We continue to share our learning with other schools - I have recently attended and spoke at a teaching development meeting at 'Google' in London which was wonderful; we also are hosting some training of new headteachers, and have been successful in supporting another local school in moving forward with their practice. This all helps our staff be at the top of their game and continue to develop and learn from others. 

There has also been some fantastic examples of children taking the initiative with their writing, Alexandra in Y2 blew me away with her homework earlier this term. James and Jake showed how well they were able to improve their writing and recently the children in Year 1 and Reception have been showing how well they are using their letter sounds to apply to their writing. In addition to this Avin had her film premier recently which Mrs Hodgits and Mrs Khan were able to attend. We have had sporting success with football and netball and I am grateful to those of you who are helping to run these this term. 

Our vast array of clubs are also running really well this term and I am looking forward to the new addition of film club tonight. 

Thank you for all making the effort to attend events this term. The open morning was lovely to see so many parents attending lessons with their children, it's great with parents in Reception and Nursery taking time out to support, 'bring your parent to school' days. Parents evening was extremely well attended and the PTA events have been well supported. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Finally the super learner tea party just before half term was brilliant! Mrs Keilty did a great job of celebrating the children who have shown great learning behaviours and we are pleased to be able to recognise the efforts your children go to to improve themselves. I am very proud of our school.


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Celebration Assembly 16th September

Welcome back to another fantastic year of celebrations! It seems you have all been very busy over the summer and during the first couple of weeks back to school! Really pleased to see our Reception children settling so well and getting along so wonderfully.

Teachers are particularly impressed by the children's attitude to learning so assembly this week was more of a whole school celebration! Every child has been a credit to their new teachers, showing high levels of resilience, persistence, collaboration and respect.

We've been having a real blast on presentation and handwriting so please encourage your children to take their time and record their learning beautifully. We are looking for quality not quantity!

Have a great week.

Mrs Keilty x

Celebration Assembly July 15th

Wow - so many celebrations today! swimming, lego, music, handwriting, dancing, football, Blue Peter Badges! What a talented bunch we have at Cranborne!

Mrs Keilty x

Guitar Assembly 24th June 2016

Wow! What an assembly! We were treated to a wonderful performance by our Cranborne Guitarists today who played a fantastic range of fast and slow songs, including the Titanic theme tune! The audience were so impressed, clapping and dancing along! They thought they were at a concert!

Well done to the fabulous Alex, Jack, Ellie, George, Shayan, Benjamin and Christian! You were amazing!Mrs Keilty x

Celebration Assembly

Friday 27th May

We have had another day of celebrations today and the children were super excited that half term is right here!

Firstly, a massive well done to our year 5 mathematicians who represented Cranborne in the School's Maths Challenge Competition. They worked fabulously as a team and scored really highly. Thank you to Davran, Alfie, Jessica and Zoe!

It was lovely to see how well our ballerinas had done in their recent exams! Some even achieving merits! Well done to Chloe, Aimee, Solomia, Ruby and Lily.

Miss Powell presented the walk to school shoe design winners! There were some amazing entries but well done to the following children for their winning shoes: Kaiden, Anand, Maelys, Rosa, Alexander, Matthew, Lacey, Jake, Bethan, Eranda, Tahyat, Avin and Mollie -Rose. I'd like to give a special mention to Brooke M who actually designed and then made a special shoe! It was fantastic!

Have a wonderful half term everybody - relax with your families and get refreshed for the final summer term ahead!

Mrs Keilty x 

Article by year 5 students

I asked year 5 to write a report for the Potters Bar Community News magazine. They did a fantastic job and will now have their article read by thousands of local people! Well done Katie, Jessica, Davran and Bethan!

Mrs Keilty

What’s new at Cranborne?

It has been a very busy year at Cranborne; but what’s new? So far this year, we have generated a school council where the pupils have had the choice to write and perform a persuasive speech. After that, the other children can pick, based on their speech, which boy and girl should become councillors of the class. Since the beginning of the year, we have introduced superlearner sidekicks which include: Creativity the cat, who thinks outside the box; Scatter the spider, makes connections; Terry the tortoise, who is resilient; Barney the Owl who is organised and Bumble the bee, who uses teamwork. Two pupils from each class who have been showing all these qualities are invited to a special tea party with their parents.

Success at Cranborne

Our year at Cranborne has been full of success. Across all of the year groups we’ve excelled in our learning and had loads of fun. Over the past school year, our football teams have impressed no end. The year 3 and 4 A-team won the gold cup at the Furzefield tournament, closely followed by the B-team, in 3rd place. We are incredibly proud of them and hope that this is only the beginning of their success.

The talented singers in our choir have recently been to the Royal Albert Hall to sing in the Hertfordshire schools’ gala 2016, ‘Fable and Fantasy’. The children thoroughly enjoyed this amazing opportunity and loved performing in this famous venue. Last term, we were treated to a visit from Hertsmere’s MP – Oliver Dowden. He told us about his role in parliament and the changes that he has made in our community so far.

Both year 5 classes have had the chance to work with a talented artist, Mrs Dibden. Their artwork was considered so good that they have been entered for Blue Peter badges! We hope to receive replies soon along with our badges.

Celebration Assembly News!

Friday 6th May

A beautiful day of sunshine, coupled with a great day of celebrations!

The lovely Delfin from year 6 treated us to a cello performance. She was fantastic! She played the theme tune to Harry Potter which sounded magical... On that note, some of our year 5 girls, Erin, Grace and Emily were lucky enough to receive a letter from the one and only J.K Rowling... delivered of course by owl!

We also celebrated the fact we can now use our field... at last!  Finally, good luck to year 6 next week as they take their SATs and then go off to the Isle of Wight on 16th May. You'll be brilliant!

Enjoy the sunshine with your families this weekend!

Mrs Keilty xx

Celebration Assembly News!

Friday 29th April

Another wonderful day of celebrations! I always look forward to Friday!

Today we celebrated some children who raised over £50 for the British Heart Foundation. Thank you to Khyana, Alfie, Archie, Harrietta and Frankie! Bethan shared her St. George's Day writing with us, Harvey, Prinesh and Luke achieved mathletics certificates, Dina, Dinelly, Kaji and Synah did some fantastic writing and Grace and Zoe treated us to a poem with actions!

Keep up the hard work everyone! Well done!

Have a great long weekend! Mrs Keilty x

Celebration of Superlearners!

Dedicated learners were treated to an afternoon tea party to celebrate their achievements since the start of term. Two children were chosen per class who had demonstrated consistently excellent attitudes to learning. These children had shown persistence in their learning, resilience in their approach, creativity in their thinking, organizational skills and a real commitment to helping others.
In turn, each child told the audience why they were a superlearner whilst their family proudly filmed their big moment. They were presented with a certificate and badge.
Each half term, all children will have the opportunity to achieve the Superlearner award.
Good luck Cranborne!
Mrs Keilty xx

Latest School Calendar Events

Year 2 Christmas Production Dress Rehearsal12Dec2016

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

School Christmas Lunch13Dec2016

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Year 2 Christmas Production13Dec2016

6:00 pm - 14 dec, 7:00 pm

Panto - Nursery, Reception, Years 3, 4, 5 & 6S14Dec2016

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Year 1 Singing Concert15Dec2016

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm @ Main School Hall

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