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Newsletter Friday 28th June 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,


What a busy week we have had. Thank you for attending Sports Day today. It was so much fun and great to see you there. The children really enjoyed it too. Thank you for supporting us today. It is such a lovely day being together and it shows how great the school community is. There was some unexpected fun at the end when I had to race against the police officers. Thank you for all your support and for being brilliant in the egg and spoon race. 


Thank you for signing up for your parent's meetings. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday. Junior Adventure Group will be here from 1pm and the creche will be available for children during your appointment time. Please make sure you have signed up. The school will close at 1pm. We are looking forward to letting you know how well your child has done this year. 


We have Parents and Carer's week coming up. Please be sure to look out for a letter telling you the date and time. I hope you can make it. 


We had Hispanic Day yesterday and the Mariachi band joined us. They were fantastic and the children loved it. Our theme was Carnivals. The children made headdresses and they paraded them in the playground. It was great to see. 


On Wednesday the children learning guitar with Zach performed to their families. It was fantastic. The children were great and not only did they play the guitar they also sang along. Well done to all those children. Keep learning and practising. 


The children really enjoyed the Railway children on Tuesday. We had arranged this show as a special treat for them as they have worked so hard this year. They loved it and they so deserved it. 


Last Thursday, Sarah and Jojo attended the final Hackney Reading Ambassador meeting at Hackney Town Hall. Over the course of the year, Sarah and Jojo have led the Betty Layward Reading Ambassadors through a series of challenges to help raise the profile of reading in our school. They, along with the other reading ambassadors, have attended Hackney reading meetings, set up and run an outdoor reading station, surveyed children about their favourite books, made recommendations, organised and run the Hackney Reading Road Map challenge in Years 3 and 5 and helped develop a weekly graphic novel club. All the children involved have been amazing and we look forward to welcoming new leaders and ambassadors for next year. 


We are so proud of Kelise who competed in the 2024 International Future Cheer Barcelona competition this month and came second. Her last competition of the season was also this month called Jamfest Europe which took place in Liverpool. They took home an amazing first place despite having an athlete unfortunately drop out two days before which meant they had to amend their routine in 2 days. Kelise has had a total of 5 competitions this season achieving two first places, two second places and one fifth place achieving zero in four performances, which means no point deductions were made from the performance (which means they were perfect).  Kelise has been in competitive cheer for 2 years and will continue for her 3rd year starting this September. The head coach had asked if anybody might be interested in joining. Boys and girls can start from the age of 4. Tryouts for the new season will be this July  The coach's details are  or @Marshalscheer  on Instagram. Well done Kelise, you are amazing.  


Have a lovely weekend,





Jessica Bailey

The Betty Layward Primary School

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