Just a reminder about the coffee afternoon for PTA next week, on Tuesday afternoon at 2.30pm. It would be great to see some new faces- there will be no expectation that you will have to run any events or take on any role in the committee by attending. It will be chance for anyone to come along, see what goes on and maybe share ideas about social events or fundraising ideas.
We are looking forward to our Christmas fair on 14th December, all help would be appreciated. We are hoping to have a professional photographer at the Fair to take pictures of the children with Santa which he will print out on the evening at a cost of £8 each or 2 for £10.
Bonfire night tomorrow, gates open at 6pm for chance to buy refreshments form BBQ or jacket spuds. Please help to support this community event by coming along and enjoying the firework display. Any donations of cakes will be great!
It was lovely to see all the amazing work that the children produced during curriculum week. Thanks to all of the staff who worked really hard to organise fun and interesting activities for the children. It was great to see so many of you on the Friday afternoon; I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
As the parking issues have not only, not improved, but have actually got worse, I asked for the support of the local policing team. Many of you may have noticed the cones at the entrance to the Working Men’s Club car park and the turning circle and grass verges outside school. The police have also been attending before and afterschool to check and will give tickets for people causing an obstruction if they feel it is causing a danger to the children. This is clearly not our choice, but we cannot wait for an accident to happen before action is taken. Thanks to all of you for helping support us with this.
On Wednesday 21st November, we will be holding a workshop for parents in response to the surveys we did in the summer. We have looked at the ways in which we teach different calculations in maths and worked through from the early stages in reception right through to more developed methods in year 6 and beyond. We will talk through these methods with parents and give examples that the children have done for you to see but there will be no expectation that you will have to do any maths. Many of you have asked how you can help your children as you are unsure of the methods we use in school- this should help to explain and demonstrate these to you. It will be an informal presentation and then chance to look at work from the different stages whilst you have a coffee. In my experience, these sessions are very helpful and useful for both staff and parents.
Holidays & Absence
Just a reminder that school must be informed of any absence through illness or medical appointments on the day of the absence. This can be done by leaving a message on the answer machine or by speaking to myself or Dawn O’Connor before 9.30am wherever possible. If you are planning to take your child out of school for a holiday or other exceptional circumstances, this must be applied for before the event. Not all will be authorised if the child’s attendance is below an acceptable level or it is during a time where they should be doing or preparing for statutory assessment. All leave is at the discretion of the headteacher and governing body. Please request a form from the office and return it for authorisation before you take your child out of school. Failure to do so will result in the absence being unauthorised which will trigger the Educational Welfare Officer to become involved.
In the last half term, there have been a number of accidents on the playground and the play equipment which have resulted in broken bones. We have reviewed the risk assessment and will be replacing the bark to ensure the safety of the children. I would ask that you support us with this in ensuring that children are wearing school shoes which are suitable for playing on the playground and the equipment as some of the children are wearing boots without grips or trainers which are very big which can increase the risk. This was not the case for the children involved but we need to do all we can to minimise the risk, without stopping the children from having fun and enjoying the resources we have.
You should be receiving a flier for school photographs which are booked in for 20th November. We are trialling a different company this year to ensure that you get the best quality and value for money.
Victorian Christmas Craft Event - Sunday 18th November
The event will take place on Sunday 18th November from 10-4pm. As well as stalls selling their goods offering a handcrafted Christmas gift that promises shoppers an alternative to the everyday - their will be entertainment including James Bazeley entertainer with a blend of circus skills, comedy, juggling and tricks. Music from barrell organ.
Your pupils and parents may be interested in the Victorian Entertainment we have planned.
Throughout the afternoon their will be readings from Victorian literature including Dickens and Hardy as well as dramatic poetry and comic readings. The highlight will be extracts from our Dick Whittington and his Cat Pantomine. Local children will be playing parts and this promises to be a real treat.
Entrance is free with £1 to park.
For more details ring 01691 662500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
9/11/12: Bonfire Night – Cake donations please
16/11/12: Children In Need day- non-uniform with spotty theme
20/11/12: School photographs & Bags 2 School
26/11/12: Governor morning
3/12/12: SEN monitoring
7/12/12: Pantomime visit
14/12/12: PTA Christmas Fair
18/12/12: Key Stage 1 production afternoon & evening performances
19/12/12: Christmas Dinner
20/12/12: Carol Service at church 2pm
21/12/12: Break up for Christmas holiday