Rushmore Primary School

Rushmore Primary School


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Welcome Letter From New Head Teacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be new Head teacher of Rushmore Primary School, and I am very keen to get to know parents and carers, as well as the pupils and staff. From my few days out in the playground I have really appreciated everyone’s warm welcome and good wishes. Since my appointment, I have had the opportunity to visit the school on several occasions and to meet with Mr Mullaney, Ms Foster and Ms McEwan. I would like to say thank you to all of them for their support in ensuring the transition to a new Head teacher was as smooth as possible.

From my experience of being a Head teacher for 10 years, I know that a successful and happy school depends on all of us working together. Rushmore Primary School has a very good reputation and I am looking forward to working with all members of our school community to make it even better.

With our Rushmore Resolutions we have a set of core values that underpin all that we do. The resolutions are an integral part of our school in our role of preparing our children for the future. They help each child to consider the implications of their choices in relation to themselves, our school community and the wider world. Consistently living the values that the resolutions encompass will enable each child to be the very best that they can be.

I know how important working in partnerships with parents is for children to find school a positive and rewarding experience. I believe that achievement and enjoyment go hand in hand to ensure each child’s excellent progress. I hope you will support our high expectations in all areas, especially in behaviour and learning. With the right attitude to learning and daily effort anything is possible.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries, concerns or there is anything I can do to help and support you with your child’s learning and school life.

I look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks.

Yours sincerely,


Mr Jim O’Shea


We have five houses at Rushmore, each named after a precious or semi-precious stone. All the children and staff are in one of the houses and children can 'win' house tokens for demonstrating one of our Rushmore Resolutions. The house that gains the most house tokens each term has a special treat on House Day at the end of term. Every house has great fun on House Day, not just the winning house - at the end of the summer term, for example,  we had a storytelling workshop, a music workshop , a dance workshop and an art workshop in school on House Day. It's wonderful that children from across all the Phases in school can get together in their houses and celebrate.

House points week ending: 23.09.2016    House points this term: Autumn