Archive | June, 2017

Sports Day – postponed until Tuesday 18th July

Based on today’s weather and the forecast for tomorrow, we have made the decision to postpone Sports Day.

We will now be holding Sports Day 2017 on Tuesday 18th July and as usual the day will be split by year groups.

Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 will compete in the morning, starting at 9:15am

Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 will compete in the afternoon, starting at 1:05pm

We apologise for the change in plans, and hope that you’ll still be able to join us on the 18th for a day of sporting excellence!

Summer Holiday Club

School staff will be running a holiday club on weekdays during the first TWO weeks of the summer holiday, from Monday 24th July to Friday 4th August.

Activities will include: Art and crafts, Baking, Games, Sports

The club will run Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 3:15pm, and costs £20.00 per child, per week.  We can only accept bookings for a full week, not for a partial week.  All attendees must book and pay in advance – we are not able to provide refunds if your child does not attend, and we cannot admit any child that has not pre-booked.  Please book by Friday 7th July 2017.

The club is open to children who attend Lowerplace Primary School.  Please note we can only accommodate PRIMARY aged children (i.e. Reception to Year 6) as we do not have the facilities or staffing for younger or older children.

You must provide a packed lunch for your child.  The school kitchen will not be available for use and we will have no way to provide a meal for your child.  A healthy snack will be offered to children each day.

If you would like to book your child/ren a place at the club, please complete the booking form that was sent out on Tuesday 27th June, and drop it off at the school office.

Places are limited so please apply as soon as possible.  School will send you written confirmation of your child’s place before the end of term.  You do not need to pay when you book, but payment must be made before the end of the term to guarantee your child’s place.

The deadline to book is Friday 7th July 2017.

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to all of our families and staff who will be celebrating over the weekend!

Please note that school is CLOSED on Monday 26th June 2017.  We will be open again as usual at 8:50am on Tuesday 27th June 2017.

At the start of the school year we decided to use one of our movable holiday dates to extend the weekend as we weren’t sure at that time what date Eid would be celebrated.  We published this a year ago on the 2016-17 school calendar.

Last week the governors shared with parents through the school newsletter that the closure scheduled for Monday 26th June would go ahead as planned, to allow as many of our families as possible to enjoy Eid and travel back from seeing friends and family around the country without affecting their child’s attendance at school.

Have you collected your Welcome Pack for your new starter in Reception 2017?

If you have a child starting in the Early Years Reception class in September, but haven’t yet collected your Welcome Pack, please do!  Just pop in and visit Mrs Sale in the Infant Office (in the Charter Street building) and she’ll be able to give you the information pack with everything you’ll need to know before school starts, the Emergency Contact Form which must be filled out and returned to school before the start of the summer holidays and a welcome gift for your child.

Don’t forget, we’re also welcoming our new starters into school on Tuesday 4th July: parents can bring them into school for either the morning or afternoon session (9:30am – 11:30am or 1:00pm – 3:00pm) to have a look round the Foundation Stage Unit, meet their class teachers, get stuck into some fun activities and generally sample what big school is like!

Proud to be a Stonewall School Champion!

We’re so proud that we have become a Stonewall School Champion, and now are part of a network of over 1000 primary and secondary schools in the UK that are standing up to bullying and supporting a positive environment in school!

The ambassador for equality in our school is Mr Lomax.  He has undergone training with Stonewall which enables him to support other school staff in tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and celebrating diversity.  This training gives us Stonewall School Champion status, working to meet the following criteria:

  • School policies are inclusive and explicitly state that homophobic, biophobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying is unacceptable
  • A pupil-friendly anti-bullying policy is in place
  • Pupils know what HBT bullying and language is and that it is wrong
  • HBT bullying and language is recorded and monitored
  • Teaching staff are trained to tackle HBT bullying and language
  • Pupils have age-appropriate lessons on different families, celebrating difference and gender identity and stereotypes
  • The library contains books celebrating difference and different families
  • School displays celebrate difference and diversity.

Important Changes to Legislation Regarding Term-Time Holidays

Rochdale Council’s Education Welfare Service has been issuing Penalty Notice Fines for unauthorised absences on behalf of schools since the introduction of the fines in 2003 under Section 23 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, 2003.

You might be aware that following the Isle of Wight v Platt case in 2016, Penalty Notices for leave in term time was temporarily suspended until a decision was made by the Supreme Court.  During this suspension, the Education Welfare Service were only able to refer families for a fine if the leave exceeded 10 school days, as opposed to 5.

The Supreme Court has now overturned the decision made by the High Court, so the Education Welfare Service will be reinstating the issuing of fines for leave in term time with immediate effect.

This means that in line with our Attendance Policy and guidance issued by the Department for Education, all families who take unauthorised leave exceeding five school days will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice by the Education Welfare Service.

Further information regarding Unauthorised Leave and other attendance matters can be found in our Attendance Policy.

This following is an excerpt from the policy, specifically relating to this recent update:

Attendance and FPNs June 2017