School Newsletter Sep 2016

Sept. 9, 2016, 2:24 p.m.

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope all of you enjoyed a lovely summer break and that you managed to make the most of
the fine weather! A warm welcome to our new pupils and families – we hope that you will be
very happy here. In the meantime, if there is anything that we can assist you with, please do
not hesitate to get in touch.

Over the summer, we have been busy in school! The windows at the front of the building
have been replaced. We have converted an old cloakroom into an extra room for pupils to
use and have replaced some classroom furniture. The lower part of the hall has also been
repainted and new blind and curtains fitted. The teachers have also been in during the
holidays preparing the classrooms to ensure that the children have a lovely environment in
which to work. Our next project over the coming months will be to improve the school
playground and we welcome any thoughts or ideas from you or your children. Needless to
say that this will involve lots of fundraising!

Well done to pupils who completed the Summer Activities sheet that was handed out before
the end of term. Some of the work completed has been very impressive indeed! If your child
has not yet submitted in their work, please bring it in by Wednesday 14 September.
Teachers would love to see it!

The children have returned looking very smart and ready for school – thank you! Just a few
polite reminders…

School shoes - All pupils 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.

Jewellery – Pupils are not allowed to wear earrings or any other jewellery to school.
Watches may be worn to help with time keeping.

Nail Polish - Girls are not to wear nail varnish to school, please ensure that this is always
removed before school.

Hair – Long hair (both girls & boys) should be tied back

Uniform and lunch boxes – Please ensure that all school uniform, P.E. kits and lunchboxes
are clearly marked with your child’s name.

Mobile phones - Your child should only bring a mobile phone to school if they travel alone.
If you would like your child to bring a mobile phone to school please ask them to pick up a
consent form from the school office for you to sign. All phones must be handed in to a
member of staff on the gate in the morning & collected from the library at the end of the day.

Dates for the Diary

September 2016

Homework Diaries

In the next few days, the children will be receiving their new homework diaries. Please read
through the Home/School Agreement on page2. This sets out the responsibilities of pupils,
parents and the school. We ask that you sign the relevant section. Pupils are asked to bring
their diary to school each day as it will be used to record their reading (both at home and in
school) as well as their homework. Teachers or parents may also use the book to
communicate messages. We will be holding Informal Parents Meetings next week (please
see diary dates below) so that parents can meet with their child’s new class teacher to learn
about expectations, topics for the term and any special events or arrangements for the year
group. If you are able to, we would strongly encourage you to attend.

Attendance and Punctuality

As a school, we work hard to promote good attendance and punctuality. When the children
come into school in the morning, they sit down to complete some early morning work to
revise key concepts. If children are late to school, it means that they miss this vital revision
time. We ask that all pupils are in the playground no later than 8:45 each morning. This
allows them five minutes to put away their things before beginning their work for the day.
Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. Parents of pupils who are persistently
late may be asked to attend a meeting with myself and the Education Welfare Officer.

Parent Forum

Every half term we hold a Parents Forum. This is an opportunity to discuss key issues
together. As a school, we would like to develop good relationships with parents and we are
always interested to hear your views and opinions.

This half term we would like to discuss our Anti Bullying Policy including our procedures for
promoting positive relationships. This meeting will take place on Friday 30th September at
2:15pm. Please note that the date for this meeting has been changed from the original date
given in July. Many apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Dates for the Diary


12th Y3 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am
13th Y4 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am
14th Y5 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am
14th 5B Start Swimming
15th Y6 Parents Informal meeting with teacher at 9am
23rd Jeans for Genes Day (Details to follow)
30th Parent Forum at 2.15pm


10th Individual Photos
13th Y3 Harvest Assembly to parents (3B & 3S)
14th Y3 Harvest Assembly to parents (3K & 3E)
24th– 28th Half Term

With Kind Regards

Mrs M Shipton