Newsletter - 10th November 2023
Welcome back following our long Autumn Half Term. I hope you all had a relaxing time and that the children had a chance to play and enjoy. This half term is a very busy time in school as we prepare for Nativities and carol singing as well as getting lots of good learning happening. Please make a note of all of the activities that are coming up over the next couple of months.
Thank you to all of you who attended Parents Evening this week. We find it so valuable to be able to spend the time talking to you about your child’s learning and all that can be done to help and support. If you missed an appointment, please feel free to contact the school office to make an appointment to speak with your child/children’s teacher.
We are sending home a Parent Questionnaire and ask that you complete this to let us know what we are doing well in school and what we can do better. All of the staff in this school work hard to meet the needs of individual children as well as provide a good education for them. You support and positive comments are always gratefully received. Your suggestions for how we can do things better are always listened to and considered.
We continue to have our Celebration Worship each Friday morning from 9.10am – 9.30am. All parents are invited to attend as we celebrate the children’s hard work and achievements throughout the year. This term we won’t be having individual classes sharing each week rather, classes will share some of their sticky learning and we will celebrate special days such as Remembrance and Children In Need. All parents and carers are invited to attend each week.
I would like to extend the invitation for parents and carers to stay after Celebration worship, have a cup of tea or coffee and a chance to be in the warm environment for a while. Please feel free to bring your phone or tablet (with chargers) and use the school electricity to charge your equipment before the weekend.
This will start Friday 17th November.
Winter Warmers with The Eden Project
Latest research has shown that 21.7 million people are shrinking their Christmas social plans this year due to the high cost of living. Whilst we’re a friendly nation, the crisis is affecting our ability to make connections - and at a time that we need it most.
This is why the Eden Project has put together a menu of ideas and free resources to help you make winter warmer in your community. Follow this link to find out more.
Parents can ask for support from school nursing at any time. Please can this code to contact school health for support
Parents have a legal duty to ensure their children are in school each day, on time. We know that children sometimes get ill and need time off school, therefore we have set a whole school target of 96% attendance throughout the year. It is expected that every child will be at expected for their attendance and punctuality throughout the school year.
Whilst any child may be off school because they are ill, sometimes they can be reluctant to attend school for other reasons like friendship difficulties or when struggling with learning. If your child is reluctant to attend school, please bring them to school and speak to a member of staff so we can resolve the issue(s), rather than trying to cover up their absence, or give in to pressure to let them stay at home. As a school, we will always work with parents, and external agencies as appropriate, to understand and address the reasons behind absence.
Poor punctuality is not acceptable. If your child misses the start of the day, they miss out on valuable learning and do not spend time with their class teacher getting important news and information for the day. Pupils arriving late also disrupt lessons, which can be embarrassing for the child and can in turn, encourage absence. Being 10 minutes late every day throughout the academic year is the same as missing two weeks of school.
If your child is often absent or late you may be asked to meet with staff to discuss ways to improve attendance. If you are having problems please speak to a member of staff before attendance becomes an issue.
If you find that you no longer need Night Owls after booking a place for your child, please inform Night Owls staff as soon as possible. Failure to let staff know may result in you being charged for the booking even if you no longer need it.
|Dates for your Diary|
|14/11/23||5.00pm Full Governors in School|
|17/11/23||Children in Need - wear something spotty|
|24/11/23||Christmas Jumper swap after school|
|26/11/23||Church Christmas Fair|
|27/11-30/11/23||Scholastic Bookfair in school - further details to follow|
|01/12/23||Mufti for Tombola Prizes, Elf Lunch and Elf Run|
|04/12/23||School Trip to The Duke's Theatre 'A Christmas Carol'|
|07/12/23||3.30pm - Christmas Fair|
|12/12-13/12/23||Life Education in School|
|14/12/23||Year 6 Ice Skating|
|20/12/23||KS1 (Reception, Y1 & Y2) Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Dinner|
|21/12/23||KS2 (Y3, 4, 5 & 6) Christmas Jumper Day ad Christmas Dinner|
|21/12/23||5.00pm Christmas Chocolate Bingo (doors open from 4.30pm - buy tickets on the door)|
|22/12/23||Carols Round the Tree & School finishes at 2pm|