September 2018 Newsletter

Sept. 6, 2018, 8:09 a.m.

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope all of you enjoyed a lovely summer break and that you had an enjoyable family time. 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.

Our new class arrangements are as follows:

Old Class

New Class



3 Holly

Miss Weller


3 Birch

Miss Black


3 Maple

Mrs Kemp

3 Elm

4 Elm

Miss Flynn

3 Oak

4 Oak

Mr Fowles

3 Ash

4 Ash

Mrs Bush

4 Fir

5 Fir

Mr Steele

4 Cedar

5 Cedar

Miss Bryant

4 Beech

5 Beech

Mrs Hammel

4 Pine

5 Pine

Mrs Chestnutt / Mrs Sharma

5 Poplar

6 Poplar

Mr Frith

5 Willow

6 Willow

Mr Hackett

5 Palm

6 Palm

Mrs Marshall


Learning Mentor

Our new Learning Mentor, Mrs Wells, will be at the school gate in Salisbury Road each morning and evening should you wish to speak to her. She can also be contacted by phoning the school office. Mrs Wells is happy to help if your child has any worries or concerns about school or friendship groups.

New classroom equipment

During the summer holidays new interactive boards were fitted in all classrooms. This is a huge investment for the school and should enhance the children’s learning experiences. Certainly the response from the pupils and staff so far has been quite positive. You will have the opportunity to see the new interactive boards during the Informal Parents’ Meetings later this month.




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 Mrs Marshall, who will be outside the library, at the end of the day.

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 (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.


We would like to inform you that we have been advised by the Local Authority that they are proposing to extend the operational hours of the School Keep Clear Markings in Salisbury Road outside both the Infant and Junior schools to 8am – 5pm on Monday to Friday. We will advise you as soon as we are notified of the outcome.



Dates for the Diary





Children return to school


Yr6 Parents’ meeting re Tate Modern Visit at 3.20pm


Yr3 Informal Parents meeting 9am


Yr4 Informal Parents meeting 9am


Yr6 to Tate Modern Gallery


Yr5 Informal Parents meeting 9am


Yr6 Informal Parents meeting 9am


Jeans for Genes day


Nurse Drop in for Parents 9am






Yr3 Harvest Assembly to Parents at 2.15pm


Yr3 Harvest Assembly to Parents at 9am

22nd – 26th

Half Term






Open Evening 3.30 – 5pm


Yr6 Shakespeare Trip PM


Open Evening 3.30 – 6.30pm


Nurse Drop in for Parents 9am


Children in Need






Last Day of Term






Inset Day


Children return to school


Nurse Drop in for Parents 9am