Archive | October, 2013

Lowerplace Children to Sing at Rugby World Cup!

rugby league world cup

We are so pleased to announce that a group of children from Lowerplace have been chosen to sing live at the Rugby League World Cup 2013.

They will be singing a range of sporting songs and the national anthem at Spotland Stadium on the 28th October 2013. The performance will also be broadcast live on the BBC. This is a brilliant opportunity for the children to perform to a larger audience as well as developing their musical and teamwork skills.

Family and friends are also entitled to 50% off the ticket price; please see the letter that was sent home last week.

We hope you will give the children your support by watching on the day.

Parents Forum – 24th September 2013

Parents Forum – 24th September

At the last Parents Forum, parents requested information relating to setting up a Parent’s Association. Please find below key information.

Thank you

What is a Parent Association (PA)?

Most schools have a Parent Association (PA), which is an organisation of parents and staff. Its role is to encourage closer links between home and school. PAs are best known for their fundraising work, but they have a useful social function too. Fundraising events provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.

How is the PA organised?

At most schools all parents/carers and teachers are automatically members of the PA.

Most PAs hold their annual general meeting in September, at the start of the school year. At this meeting a committee is elected to run the PA – usually consisting of a chair, a vice-chair, a treasurer, a secretary and ordinary committee members. These ordinary members include at least one, and often two, parents from each class as ‘class reps‘. Their job is to pass on information from the PA to other parents in their child’s class.

PA committees usually meet once a term and set up smaller working groups to organise individual events.

How is money raised?

Most PAs raise money through events. They often hold one main event each school term – for example, a Christmas fair in the winter, a quiz in the spring, and a summer fair. Other PA events include school uniform sales, discos, firework displays, international evenings and many more. They’re always looking for new fundraising ideas.

How is money spent?

Funds raised by the PA are intended to provide ‘extras’ not already provided by the school’s main income – often ‘fun things’ that make learning more interesting and exciting.

The PA committee and the headteacher decide how to spend PA funds. Common items include computers, playground equipment, a school minibus and smaller purchases such as presents for Father Christmas to distribute, or lights for a Divali celebration.

How can I be involved in my PA?

There are many different ways you can help with the PA, whether you have lots of time to offer or not.

Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (eg running a stall at the summer fair, baking for a cake sale). And you can always support PA events by simply turning up.

http://pta.org.uk/ contains lots of information on setting up and running a PA.

We can discuss this further at the next Parent’s Forum Meeting.

Adjustment to the School Calendar

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are writing to inform you of the following change of date to our school calendar.

School will be closed as planned on
Monday 14th October – INSET (planned staff training)
Tuesday 15th October – school closure (as planned)

Adjustment
Wednesday 16th October – school closure (change)
Thursday 24th July – school open to children (change)

Any change of date is as a last resort and only decided when an alternative has a detrimental affect on the overall running of school and educational provision. The school has consulted with the Local Authority and sought approval from Head of School Service as well as Chair of Governors.

We appreciate that this may be short notice for some parents and hope that the closure being on consecutive days is helpful for your childcare arrangements.

The children will still receive their statutory entitlement of 190 days of education this year.

Please also note that Parents Evening has been rescheduled for Tuesday 22nd October.

We expect children in school on Thursday 17th October at the normal time.

Thank you for your continued support

Attendance Winners

Brilliant results this week, I’m really pleased to see we have joint classes competing for the top position!

1st Place – 2a and 6a with 99.4%
2nd Place – Rc with 97.3%

Punctuality Awards go to;
FS – Rc
KS1 – 1b, 1c, 2b
KS2 – 6b

Well done!