School Newsletter Jul 2016

July 1, 2016, 1:21 p.m.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Fond Farewell

We come to the end of another academic year when we have to say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils. We thank them for their effort and commitment during their time with us and wish them well in secondary school.

We also say a sad farewell to some members of staff. Mrs Bailey, Mrs Enrile, Mrs Fontaine, Mrs Hagg. Mr Lawler and Mr Yeldham will all be moving on to pastures new. On behalf of the school community, I would like to thank them for their service to the school and wish them well in their future endeavours.

New Staff

In September we will be welcoming our two new Assistant Headteachers – Mrs Bush and Mrs Marshall as well as Mrs Samuels, Mrs Sharma, Mrs Chestnutt and Mrs Elsom to the Squirrels Heath community. We hope that they will be happy with us.

Our new class arrangements in September will be as follows:

Current Class New class Teacher

Green 3B Mrs Bush

Blue 3E Mrs Elsom

Yellow 3K Mr Kasparis

Red 3S Mr Steele

3R 4S Miss Smith

3T 4NK Mrs Spreckley/Mrs Sharma

3S 4T Miss Turnbull

4E 5B Mrs Bradley

4F 5H Ms Hughes

4H 5CS Mrs Chestnutt/Mrs Samuels

5S 6M Mrs Marshall

5K 6A Mrs Atkinson

5L 6RW Mrs Wagner/Mrs Ridley

School Supplies

If you are out purchasing school supplies over the summer, please note that from September, children will not be required to bring a pencil case into school. We have found that pencil cases and personal items are often quite distracting during lessons. From September, class teachers will provide children with everything they need in school, including pens, pencils, sharpeners and rubbers. Personal items may be used at home to complete homework tasks.

School Dinners

We have been advised by Havering Catering Services that the price of a school dinner will increase in September to £2.20 or £2.50 (with a drink). Dinner tickets should be purchased from the school kitchen on Monday or Wednesday mornings between 8.30-9.15am. Alternatively, dinner tickets can be purchased using a debit/credit card by calling 01708 433119 and the dinner tickets will be delivered to your child’s class within a few days.

Uniform

We would like to remind you that children are not allowed to wear earrings to school. If you want to have children’s ears pierced they should have it done at the start of the summer holidays so that the piercing has 6 weeks to heal and the earrings can then be removed on school days. Also, girls are not to wear nail varnish to school, please ensure that this is always removed before school.

May we also remind you that all children are required to wear plain black shoes which are suitable for school. If for any reason your child needs to wear trainers to school then they must bring a letter in to their teacher with an explanation.

Summer Fete

Despite the rain that fell on fete day, our big day was still a huge success. We would like to thank FOSH for their efforts in organising a fantastic day. A big thank you also goes to all the parents and children who donated items, helped set up, tidy up or run various stalls through the day as well as those who visited with family and friends. Your efforts were very much appreciated! The Junior bottle tombola raised a total of £142.10. FOSH are still calculating the final figure raised but the funds will be used to redesign our school playground as well as purchase new equipment for the children to enjoy.

Cake Sale

Thank you to all the parents who donated cakes to the cake sale after the Queen’s Birthday celebration. We are delighted to announce we raised £83.35.

Book Fair

Thank you to all those parents who supported our Book Fair which raised £283.55

Sports Day

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our recent Sports Day. A big thank you to Frances Bardsley Secondary School for allowing us use of their field at very short notice and Father Hingley who came to our rescue! Congratulations to Nelson who were our winning house on the day.

New School Logo

You may have noticed our new school logo on our website. The logo was created by one of our parents, Mr Matt Gould, who incorporated designs by some of our pupils along with our core values. We would like to thank Mr Gould for his time and efforts.

Photos

We would like to say a big thank you to Mr Eastment (Liam’s Dad -3T) for kindly agreeing to take a photo of the whole of Year 6 for us. We received 34 orders for copies of the photo and Mr Eastment has kindly donated all profits to the school.

Summer Activities

A few weeks ago, a local librarian visited school to talk to pupils about the Summer Reading Challenge available at our local libraries. Children are encouraged to read a total of six books over the course of the summer. Upon completion of each book, children are asked to visit the library to discuss their book with library staff. All pupils who complete the challenge will be awarded with a certificate of completion at an assembly in September.

School staff have also put together a Summer Activity Bingo Sheet. All pupils were given a paper copy in school today and an electronic copy is attached for your information. The sheet is full of lots of fun activities for the children to complete over the six weeks break. All pupils are encouraged to complete at least one line (five activities) of their choosing. Of course, pupils are free to complete the whole sheet if they wish! There will be an opportunity during the first week back in September to share these activities with their class teacher.

Dates for the Diary – Autumn

September

5th & 6th Inset Days (School Closed)

7th Children return to school

12th Y3 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am

13th Y4 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am

13th Parent Forum at 2.15pm

14th Y5 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am

14th 5B Start Swimming

15th Y6 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am

October

10th Individual Photos

24th – 28th Half Term

Lastly, on behalf of the staff and governors at Squirrels Heath Junior School, I would like to say a big thank you to all parents for your support and patience throughout this academic year. I hope that all of you are able to enjoy a lovely summer break with your children. We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Wednesday 7th September.

With all good wishes,

Mrs M Shipton