Letter from the Chair of Governors

Posted On: 11 July 2023

Newsletter to Parents from Chair of Governors – July 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we approach the end of another school year, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all, on behalf of myself and the Governing Body, for continuing to support your child in their school journey at Church Langley Primary.

I’m sure you will agree that big and heartfelt thanks should go to all school staff for the commitment they show on a daily basis. The Church Langley staff team has gone “above and beyond” expectations on numerous occasions this academic year, as always.

One recent highlight was the fun-filled Year 6 residential trip to Danbury. I’m sure you will appreciate that staff give up their own free time to enable your child to experience the unique opportunities and lasting memories that trips like this can provide. I was impressed to hear firsthand from members of Year 6 how supportive the children were towards each other, encouraging their peers to face their fears and push themselves outside their comfort zones in challenging activities; this collaboration and team work is built up throughout their time at Church Langley Primary and is so lovely to see and hear about. I would like to wish all our Year 6 children every happiness and success as they move onto their secondary schools in September and hope they will take the special values that they have learnt at Church Langley Primary with them to their new schools.

Another recent highlight that has involved all year groups from Reception to Year 6 has been the “Take One Picture” project, run by the National Gallery. All children in Years 1 to 6 children had the opportunity to visit the National Gallery in London. This enrichment activity really enhanced the children’s cultural capital; for many this was their first visit to an art gallery and for some it was their first visit to London. Children in all year groups closely studied and then created their own art work based on Henri Rousseau’s 1891 painting “Surprised” which features a tiger in the jungle in a tropical storm. The art work created by children from all age groups was truly amazing. I hope that many of you will be able to see the children’s talent for  yourselves at the end of term “Art Gallery” tonight.

There has been a huge focus this year in school on Mental Health and Well Being (MHWB) across the nation and within our own school. I am sure you have been aware that the children have participated in many regular activities including the “My Happy Mind” programme and  “Feel Good Fridays.” The fantastic new age-appropriate “My Space” chill-out pods around the school are a great addition to the school setting and provide areas for a few minutes of quiet time for those children seeking it.

I would encourage you all to look at the updated school website section on MHWB for further information about how you can continue to support, not only your child, but your own mental health and well-being too.

Wishing you and your families a happy and healthy summer holiday.

Kind regards,

Maria Bedford 

Chair of Governors