School Newsletter – Friday 29th January 2016

Dear Parents / Carers,

Next Week is LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) History Month.  As part of our work as a Stonewall Schools Champion we will be continuing to look at acceptance, celebrating diversity and difference in the world and how this continues to improve.

Please can parents ensure their children have their PE kits in school every day.  The children will be bringing them home at half term for washing but please make sure they are returned on the firstMonday back.

Some parents have been sending their children into school with fizzy drinks, please remember that the children should not bring fizzy drinks into school.  Fizzy pop is not part of a healthy diet especially at breakfast time.

We have a limited number of spare clothes in school in case of accidents, please can parents ensure they wash and return any items borrowed from school as quickly as possible as we have many items belonging to school not being returned.

There is a meeting of the full governing body on Thursday 4th February at 5pm in school.

Parents evening this term takes place after the half term holiday on Thursday 3rd March starting at 5.30pm

Thank you

Mr. R Walthall

Headteacher

Channel 4 Television Show – Channel 4’s The Three Day Nanny

18th January 2016

RE: Channel 4 Television Show

Dear Mums and Dads,

My name is Kim Nguyen and I work for a television production company called Liberty Bell. We produce television programmes such as Kids with Cameras: Diary of a Children’s Ward (ITV1) and Scrappers (BBC1). Liberty Bell Productions is part of Avalon TV to find out more please visit our website at:  http://avalontelevision.com/factual.html

I’m writing to you to let you know that we are currently producing the third series of Channel 4’s The Three Day Nanny’. In case you missed the last two series, here’s brief summary of the show:

The Three Day Nanny is a six-part series for Channel 4, offering expert help to parents. The programme is fronted by childcare expert Kathryn Mewes.  Kathryn has over 20 years’ experience of working with children and families (14 years as a Norland Nanny) and is a bestselling parenthood book author.

The show follows Kathryn as she offers to help families who are struggling with common parenting challenges. She deals with everything from fussy eating and toddler tantrums through to difficult bed time routines.  Whatever the problem, Nanny Kathryn works closely with parents and children to offer bespoke trouble-shooting advice.

We are currently inviting parents to apply for Kathryn’s expert help by taking part in this programme. Therefore, we’d love to hear from you if you feel you could benefit from Kathryn’s help. For a non-obligatory chat with a member of the production team to find out more about the programme then please call 0207 598 7267 or email nanny@libertybell.tv

 

Kind regards,

Kim Nguyen

Assistant Producer

School Newsletter – Friday 22nd January 2016

Dear Parents / Carers,

Thank you to everyone who voted in our recent parent governor election.  It was pleasing to see so many parents being nominated for this important role in helping to govern our school.  Unfortunately we only had 3 vacancies so we were unable to accommodate all who wanted to join our governing body however the successful parents were Miss Ashton, Dr White and Mrs Lane.  Congratulations to them and many thanks to Mr Beddard and Mrs Cullen for their interest with all parents receiving a high number of votes. 

For various reasons some children are known by different surnames from their legal surname.  Please can parents be aware that the DfE (Department for Education) and other agencies including Health will know their child by the legal name they currently have, this will from time to time be used in school.  This is especially true around external tests including the foundation stage base line assessment, Year 1 phonics test and Year 2 and 6 SATs.  Some children have legal name changes and they are then known by their new name for all purposes (although some records may take a while to catch up, e.g. health records).  If parents have notified school of a different surname for their child other than the one on their birth certificate we recommend that parents discuss with their children their known and legal names so as not to cause confusion for the children both now and in the future.

The Kingswood trip for Year 5 and 6 in March is now full with a waiting list.  Please can parents send in the next instalment of payment either through weekly payments or a lump sum so that £50 is paid by half term. 

There is a meeting of the full governing body on Thursday, 4th February at 5pm in school.

Parents evening this term takes place after the half term holiday on Thursday, 3rd March. 

Thank you

R. Walthall

Headteacher

School Newsletter – Friday 15th January 2016

Dear Parents / Carers,

The winter weather appears to have finally arrived, so please ensure that your child has an appropriate coat for cold and sometimes wet weather so they may still play out at playtime and lunchtime. Some children do choose to take their coats off when running around at playtime and staff will continue to remind the children to put them back on but please can parents talk to the children at home about the importance of wearing coats outside during the cold weather.

Everyone has settled into school work quickly this term and the children are focussing on working hard on their space topic and other areas of the curriculum.

Some parents have reported that they are treating their children for headlice regularly.

This can be an issue in a school if all parents do not check their children’s hair regularly. We have sent letters out to individual classes regularly but please can parents ensure they check their children’s hair daily and use a treatment if necessary.

Miss Stansfield continues to work with all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in the school garden in forest school. The children really enjoy these sessions as learning outside of the classroom adds a whole new dimension to the children’s education.

Thank you

R. Walthall

Headteacher

School Newsletter – Friday 8th January 2016

Dear Parents / Carers,

Welcome back and Happy New Year.

The children have settled in well after the holiday and enjoyed the start of our Space Topic spending time in the dome as part of Space Week. Topic grids have been sent home tonight.

We have also sent home the “welcome to class” letters detailing the current expectations of the class teachers this term. Please take time to read through the changes.

Parent Governor voting slips have been sent out tonight, please return to school as soon as possible.

Weather Warning, should the weather worsen and cause problems with travel etc. we will try to keep the school open. We will text parents should there be any need to close the school early or delay opening. Please ensure we have your latest mobile number and report any changes to the school office. Although our website is currently under development the local council will post any information on their web site and we are developing our social media presence to ensure parents are kept fully informed about any potential emergency closures and the wider life of the school.

Thank you

R. Walthall

Headteacher

Safeguarding Notice

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, visitors and volunteers to share this commitment.

If you have concerns regarding the safeguarding or welfare of any of our pupils, please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

The Safeguarding and Child Protection policy can be found here.