Dear Families, Parents, Carers and Friends,
On behalf of our entire staff, I would like to welcome our new and our returning families. We are looking forward to meeting new faces, revisiting with familiar ones, as well as hearing all about your summer adventures!
For those of you who have not met me, I have been the Executive Head of our Federation since September 2016 and I am very excited to work together to make this another fabulous new school year.
I would also like to introduce to you our new Head of School, Mrs Sally Newing and Interim Head of School, Mrs Denise Kennedy. They have both taught across the primary age range as well as taken on many leadership roles. Additionally, they bring over 30 years of experience that will be extremely valuable to our school community. They are both child centered and have a warm, nurturing personality that will be appreciated by our staff and families. There will be opportunities over the next few weeks to meet them both.
Much planning, construction and hard work has gone into preparing for a successful school year. I would like to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to our premise team. They have worked diligently throughout the summer to prepare the school for the new academic year. Many structural and technological updates took place and are continuing to happen. All teachers and support staff have spent hours preparing materials, creating child-centered classrooms, and reviewing our curriculum. Our admin team have worked tirelessly to make our systems and procedures streamlined and consistent across the Federation. You will experience the benefit of this work over the term.
As you and your children settle in to the new term, you will be receiving information from the school office and the classroom teachers. Please be sure to check the new website for The Mount Stewart Schools - www.tmss.org.uk - for notices and dates for your calendar. We also encourage you to download the TheSchoolApp for your iPhone or Android device.
We are very much looking forward to watching the children walk through the gates and to have the hallways filled with the hustle and bustle that has been absent all summer. Old friendships will be quickly rekindled and new friendships made. Children will swap stories about summer and show off new bags and school supplies.
As excited as I am to welcome you back via our website, it is the face-to-face interactions that we value most. Please know that we have an open door policy, and welcome any opportunity to meet with you. We are looking forward to our collaboration in providing a safe and nurturing environment as well as a challenging and diverse curriculum.
Please read on for further updates and key dates for your diaries.
The Mount Stewart Schools
School meals remain at £2.40 per day. Please inform the office if your child's lunch choices have changed. Payment facility for this half-term will be available shortly via www.schoolgateway.com.