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I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Chantry Primary Academy. We are a values-based school focused on empowering our pupils to be the best they can be. Our ethos is built on Chantry's Values, which include unity, respect and friendship. With our wow-factors and a book based learning experience, we believe that Chantry offers an excellent educational experience for our pupils.
We are very proud that we are now a designated National Support School. As a National Leader of Education I lead Chantry in supporting the work of other schools, often taking 'The Chantry Way' into schools, to share our expertise and experiences, helping them to improve.
Chantry is a successful school which is a unique and exciting place to be. Children succeed at Chantry thanks to high quality learning experiences provided by our extensive and dedicated team. They also enjoy our creative approach to learning and feel secure in our caring school environment.
Our website aims to keep our school community up to date with events and information about our school. Please take the time to browse the site to learn more about the exciting opportunities that children have here.
Taking part in the 'Lighting Up Luton' parade is becoming a bit of an annual occurrence now for our pupils! The event, which takes place every December, is the lead-up to the Christmas lights switch on in Luton town centre. Groups of local children create their lanterns beforehand and then take part in a procession throughout town, leading up to the town hall, ready for the big switch on!
Thank you so much to our wonderful PTA members and staff who helped to organise another successful Christmas Fayre today! The day was amazing and featured many exciting stalls, games and attractions (and of course, Santa himself paid a very special visit too!). We had singing from our own school choir as well as the members of the Dunstable Community Church choir and there was a very popular chocolate tombola in the hall! Hopefully, we've raised lots of funds towards our school grounds improvement project as a result of the day!
Christmas Activity Day
One of our most popular annual events took place today when all the pupils in the school took part in the annual 'Christmas Activity Day'. During the course of the day, pupils worked in mixed-age groups to complete a range of exciting craft and food based activities, working together and having fun! It's always lovely to see the older pupils helping the younger ones and the adults especially enjoy it, as they have the chance to meet lots of new faces and work with pupils they may not normally have the chance to work with.
As we're sure all parents are aware, attendance at school is very, very important. Here at Chantry we always encourage children to be at school every day, and we like to recognise those pupils who show good attendance. One of our initiatives is to award the best attending class with an attendance bear, trophy and certificate each week. The bear and trophy get to spend the week in the winning class!
Over the past fortnight, we have made 2 visits to the 'Build-a-Bear' store in Milton Keynes, where a lucky group of pupils decided on who our new attendance bears would be, what they would look like and what they would be called!
Well done James!
Monday 18th November 2013
A huge congratulations to James in Year 3, who has won The Mall's 'Design a Gift Card' competition! His fantastic design will now be printed on all the seasonal gift cards that The Mall produces!
James took a trip to the centre recently to receive his prizes of a fantastic art set and his own £50 gift card!
We're all very proud of James' efforts- an artist in the making we think!
Last week the whole school enjoyed a variety of different activities to promote Anti-Bullying Week. Our key message is Beat Bullying and we have all been practicing how to say "Stop, I don't like it!" The school council have been busy ever since, reviewing the entries for the poster competitions and will soon be ready to announce winners in Key Stage one and two.
Until then though, the search for more members in the Anti-Bullying Action Team continues. Do you know someone who might be a good friend to everyone across the school? Someone who understands our values and stands up for what is right? Watch our Anti-Bullying Action Team presentation for more details...
Read Every Day - The RED Award Scheme
Here are even more Year 6 pupils from Curie Class celebrating their RED award certificates for home reading - some of them even have 2!!!
Every time your child reads with you at home, they will receive a RED sticker and if they achieve 5 stickers in a week, they will achieve a RED certificate. Once they achieve 6 certificates they will win a prize (e.g. book mark, pencil, rubber, etc).
Reading is an essential skill - help your child by reading with them every day. Reading with your child may involve the child reading whilst you listen, or your could take it in turns to read a page each (older brothers or sisters can read with them too). It may be 5-10 minutes before bed or a longer session if you have time. Whether it's just a few pages or you finish the book, just sign the reading record and make a short comment about what you and your child enjoyed about the story, or words they read well, new sounds they have managed to 'sound out', etc.
Younger children may enjoy you reading to them followed by a chat about the book, whereas older children may prefer to have 20 minutes or so to read silently to themselves - either way, remember to sign their reading records to help them to earn their RED award certificates.
All new book reviews!
Everyone knows that we LOVE books at Chantry! Because of this, we thought it a great idea to share
some of our pupils' book reviews about the books they have been studying in class. To start us off, we
have a selection of Year 6 reviews on their excellent book, 'Refugee Boy' by Benjamin Zephaniah. The book tells the tales and tribulations of Alem, a young African refugee who is left alone in the U.K! Click on each child's name to read their very interesting reviews...