Archive | December, 2014

We’re helping Save The Children make it better!

We had a lovely day on Friday, dressed up and looking festive in our Winter Woollies! Thank you to all the children, parents and staff who have raised

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for Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day fundraising event. To see how much Save the Children have raised overall, click here.

For more information about the important work Save The Children are doing in 120 countries around the world (including here at home!) you can check out their website here.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

Due to the increasing popularity of our Breakfast Club and the limited number of places available, we are amending our policy and will require parents to register and pay in advance for Breakfast Club before their children can attend. We ask that you tell us the week before – any time up to 4:30pm on the Thursday before. This is to ensure that we have the appropriate numbers of staff.

Fees must be paid at the Infant Office, NOT at Breakfast Club. If you do not register and pay the Breakfast Club fees by 4:30pm on Thursday, your child’s name will not appear on the Breakfast Club register the following week, and they will not be permitted to stay.

We will be introducing this change from the first day of next term – Tuesday 6th January 2015. If you wish your child to attend Breakfast Club during week commencing Tuesday 6th January, you must register at the Infant Office by 4:30pm on Thursday 18th December 2014.

Breakfast Club runs every day in term time, and opens at 8am. Food is served between 8:00am and 8:30am. Any child arriving after 8:30am will still be welcomed into breakfast club to join in the activities.

In line with our “Healthy School” status, our Breakfast Club menu includes porridge, wholemeal toast, Shreddies, Weetabix and Rice Crispies. Fruit salad will be available on some days. There will also be milk, water and fresh juice.

There are activities on offer each day in the club. Activities include: Wii Fit, Commando Joe multiskills, Art and Craft and Yoga.

Children in Reception – Year 5 Classes must be brought into the Breakfast Club (in Key Stage 1 Hall) by a responsible adult. They will be asked to sign them in on a register.

Parents of children in Year 6 who are permitted to walk to school and enter the Breakfast Club alone, must sign and return a permission slip. The slip indicates your understanding that your
child remains your responsibility until 8.50am, if they do not come into the club. Year 6 children with this permission slip will be asked to sign themselves in each day they attend. You are welcome to check our register at any time if you are concerned that your child may not have attended.

Breakfast Club fees are £1 per day. This must be paid in advance for each week’s attendance. You are welcome to pay in advance for a whole month, half-term or term if you prefer. Please do not bring your child to Breakfast Club without paying as this is likely to cause embarrassment for your child as they will not be permitted to stay.

Please note fees must be paid on time. If fees are in arrears, your child will not be able to attend Breakfast Club. Once your child has been signed up for sessions, you will be liable to pay for all sessions, even those missed.
We will charge the following for absences when payment in advance has been made:
Due to child’s sickness: HALF FEE (50p)
Due to parent(s) sickness/holidays: FULL FEE (£1)
School closed: NO FEE

Gas main replacement on Charter Street

roadworks sign

Balfour Beatty has advised school that they’ll be starting work on Charter Street on Monday 15th December, replacing a stretch of the gas main underneath the pavement on the opposite side of the road from the school building. The works should last about a week. Please note, school has no control over the works.

We have been assured that the works will not affect school, so we will be open as normal, but it will have an impact on access when dropping off and picking up children. Please be extra careful when arriving at school and driving along Charter Street.

Are you in the running to win 100% Attendance?

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Are you in the running to win one of our Autumn Term 100% Attendance Awards?

If so then you will be invited to a fantastic Movie and Ice Cream Factory Day!

This brilliant reward will take place on Wednesday 17th December, during the school day.

Winners will be announced next week by myself and the Education Welfare Officer, Joyce Wilkinson.

Mrs Mulkeen

Families and Schools Together

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We are currently preparing for the second cycle of the Families And Schools Together (FAST) Programme with the support of parent and community volunteers, many of whom participated in the first cycle last year.

FAST is an evidence and research based programme run by Middlesex University and Save the Children which aims to increase parental involvement and increase children’s resilience, wellbeing and ability to learn. It also builds relationships between families through a multi family approach.

The first cycle ran from October to December last year and involved 19 families. This resulted in several positive outcomes for the children and families involved. These included:

– over a quarter of the children involved showed accelerated academic progress during the FAST process
– children showed an improvement in behaviour
– families reported improvements in family relationships, reductions in conflict and improvements in family cohesion
– one third of families reported a significant improvement in parent-child relationships
– one parent is now a member of the Governing body

Wider research has shown that 86% of parents who graduate from the FAST programme report that they made a friend they continue to see regularly.

(source: FAST UK School Evaluation Report for Lowerplace Primary School, May 2014)

We are now actively seeking families to participate in the second cycle of FAST which will run from January 21st for eight weeks. The experience we have gained form the first FAST cycle will help us build and develop the programme for what promises to be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for all children, parents, volunteers and staff.

If you have any questions about the FAST Programme please pop in to the office for more information.

Non-Uniform Day on Friday 12th December

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We’ll be having a Non-Uniform Day this Friday, 12th December, in support of the annual Save The Children appeal.

We’re inviting all children and staff to come to school in a festive jumper for a donation of £1 to help Save The Children save lives in 120 countries around the world, including the UK. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Christmassy jumper – get creative with the tinsel!

To learn more about the work of Save The Children, please click here to go to their website.

Non-Uniform Day on Friday 5th December

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We’re having a Non-Uniform Day on Friday 5th December 2014.

We’re asking for a contribution of a coloured item for sale on our Rainbow Stall at the Winter Fair. We’re asking each Year Group to bring an item of a particular colour:

FS – Red, Year 1 – Yellow, Year 2 – Pink, Year 3 –Green, Year 4 – Orange, Year 5 – Purple, Year 6 – Blue

We would also welcome any donations of crisps or sweets and bric-a-brac for our stalls, for example new or used toys, books, games, DVDs, CDs and soft toys which are in good condition. Please bring any items you wish to donate into school as soon as you can.

Thank you!

e-Safety and blogging workshop

We are running an e-Safety and blogging workshop in the ICT suite on Wednesday morning from 9:15 to 10:30. We will be looking at:

– how to help your child stay safe online
– what content is appropriate?
– how to set up your internet settings
– what is blogging and why do we do it?
– how to comment / post on blogs

Please join us on Wednesday for what will be an informative and interactive session.