Getting To Know You - Meet Ms Hayesmore
Thank you to The School Council for their interview with Ms Hayesmore.
What was your favourite subject at school and what do you like teaching now? Science was my favourite subject and I went on to study it at University. I also enjoyed Art and Music. As a teacher I love teaching Maths.
What is your favourite book or who is your favourite author? My favourite children’s book is ‘Clockwork’ by Philip Pullman. For grown up books, I like reading Crime and Detective books.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Seaford on the south coast near Eastbourne
What was your favourite place to go on holiday as child and what would be your dream holiday? As a child we went on walking holidays to the Yorkshire Dales, which I loved. I enjoyed travelling around Kenya one summer when I was a student, and would love to go back to Africa, where the people are so friendly.
Do you like cooking? I used to love cooking exciting meals but my children are such fussy eaters that it’s not so much fun cooking any more!
Do you play a sport or support a sports team? I love to watch Tennis and have even slept on the pavement outside Wimbledon to get tickets, when I was a University student. I particularly like watching Roger Federer. I have started to watch Rugby more, now that my son plays, but I don’t support a team.
Do you have any hobbies or collect anything? My main hobby is singing. I sing in a Barbershop Quartet, which is currently on hold while we get a new 4th person. I also sing in a choir. I also love to knit, and probably own more wool that I could knit in a lifetime! I particularly like knitting socks as I have quite big feet, and I can make them fit me.
Do you play any musical instruments? I play the flute. I also used to be in a Recorder Quintet, so have all the size recorders at home. I played guitar as a child, but am a bit rusty.
What music do you like to listen to? I don’t really listen to music as I would rather be playing it. I do like American County and Western, especially as I used to Line Dance when I was younger.
Do you speak any other languages? I speak a tiny bit of French and some German, but am out of practice. When I lived in Wales I learnt a few words in Welsh.
What is your favourite TV show or film? I like The Great British Bake Off because I enjoy watching it with my family, and then sometimes having a go at the bakes with my children. My daughter makes fantastic shortbread.
Who are you inspired by? A teacher in the first school that I worked in called Mrs Everrett. She was kind and caring, but also has high expectations of the children. I try to be as good a teacher as she was.
Why did you choose to come to our school? What do you like about it? When I first walked into the school there was a really friendly feeling and when I went around the classes I saw people smiling at each other. There is a really special feeling to this school. It is welcoming and warm and friendly.
When you were a child, what job did you want to have when you were older? I wanted to be a vet and spent a long time persuading my parents to get a pet. When I was 15 I did my work experience at a Vets and enjoyed it so much that I went back to help out on my weekends and holidays. I then decided that I would rather keep animals as a hobby.
Where did you work before here? At Coton Primary School, which is another small village school.
If you were Prime Minister for the day, what is the biggest change you would make? If I was prime minister for the day, I would give more money to schools so that they could offer the children more extra-curricular activities like learning musical instruments, having different sports clubs or doing more cooking.
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Mental Health Newsletter
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A message from Karina Joyce, Chair of the PTA
For those of you who don’t know me my name is Karina Joyce, the chair of the PTA, my daughter Ilana is in year 4.
I’m going to give you a quick over view of the role of the PTA here at Burrough Green School.
Many schools have a PTA, Parents Association or Friends of… Group, whatever they are called they all serve a really important role in their school. As a parent or carer of a BG pupil you are automatically a member of the PTA. Whilst fund-raising is traditionally a major part of a PTA's activities and directly contributes to the improvement of the school, there's more to it than that.
In a nutshell, PTA members provide much needed helpers for the school when extra hands are required, we hold social events to help build the school community, and provide support to parents in times of change. The varied work means there's something for everyone, whether it is baking cakes, making tea, selling raffle tickets, or manning after school swimming sessions - it's not just about being on the committee.
Younger children love to see their parents in school, especially if we are a working parents who aren’t always there for them at drop off and pick up. We should make the most of this time – I’m sure it will not be the case once they become teenagers.
When Ilana started school in 2013, we knew it was an important time for her, but it was also important for us as a family as well. So in Sept 2013 we started a relationship with this school, a school that neither myself or partner knew much about, and we realised we’d be involved with it for at least the next seven years.
Of course we wanted Ilana to be at a school where she could excel, where their were opportunities, and that she enjoyed attending. We want the school to provide the best education and experience for her – and that includes more than just great teaching. The overall experiences that the children have while at school include many activities organised (and paid for) by the PTA. For example; the summer term after school swimming; last years whole school trip to the beach, and the recent purchase of new ipads, to name a few.
As a working parent I knew I wouldn’t have much regular contact with the school, I’m not often at drop off or pick up, and we don’t live in Burrough Green. Joining the PTA has been a great way for me to get to know people at the school, from the headteacher and teaching staff, to other parents. Being part of the PTA has helped me to understand how things in the school work, it’s a long time since I was at school and things are very different now! Our PTA is well supported by all the teaching staff, and is valued by them for how it supports the school.
I have to admit, I was worried about getting involved with the PTA – I had visions of being expected to commit large chunks of my time to the school, time which I don’t have, but that’s not the case. The truth is that any help you can provide, however small is very much appreciated. After all ‘many hands do make light work’.
In times of such financial pressures on schools, fund raising will become more and more important, and that is why we are setting up a new committee, Burrough Green funding for Education, this will be a joint group with play group and take care of the larger fundraising events. And which Paul will tell you more about. Burrough Green PTA will continue its important role in supporting our school with smaller ‘events’, remember all money raised by the PTA goes directly back to all of our children’s education.
Please come along to our PTA AGM on Wed 27th September at 7pm, your support is vital for our success and who knows you too may meet some new friends. You will be pleased to hear all the current committee members are happy to re-stand, so you wont be under any pressure to take up a role you are not ready for!