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A visit from the Mayor

Yesterday, we were delighted to host a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale. Councillor Ian Duckworth (a former pupil of Lowerplace) and his wife Christine were invited into school by Mr Ghulam Shazad, a governor at Lowerplace. They were welcomed to school by Mr Johnson and Mrs Bi.

Mrs Bi and Mr Shazad then escorted the Mayor and Mayoress around a full tour of the school. They experienced a typical Lowerplace morning, including a computing lesson in class 2B with Mr Hall where children were making their own games on iPads, a maths lesson in 3C with Miss Coomber and a visit to the KS2 library.

They also dropped in on all the classes in KS2, including 6A and 4C.

Before they left the Mayor and Mayoress were given a sneak preview of our brand new Phiz Lab by Mr Lowe and got the opportunity to help out our award winning catering team in the kitchen!

We would like to thank the Mayor and Mayoress for their visit to Lowerplace. We hope it was a worthwhile visit and that they enjoyed seeing the progress the school continues to make.

Open Evening for new starters in Reception!

If your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 they are due to start primary school in September 2018. We will be holding two Open Events at school on Wednesday 29th November to give you a chance to look around school. The first Open Event will be from 10:00am to 11:00am, and the second from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

In order to apply for a school place in Reception for 2018, you must apply online by 15th January 2018, at the council website HERE.

If you have friends, family or neighbours whose child is ready to start school next September, please do let them know about our open day!

Winter Vomiting Bug

We have identified that a number of children within school are off ill at the present time with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea and fever. The numbers are larger than would normally be expected, so after discussion with the the Health Protection Unit, we are notifying parents.

The symptoms are suggestive of viral gastroenteritis (also known as winter vomiting bug or norovirus) and it is known that high levels of this viral illness are currently circulating in the community.

If your child is affected with these symptoms we would like to reiterate to parents, carers and staff members that affected children and staff members should remain off of school until they have been symptom free for 48 hours. It is also recommended that sufferers do not visit hospitals or GPs as this will simply spread the virus, often to people with weakened immune systems. This advice should be strictly adhered to for the general health and well-being of the whole community.

Please look at the Public Health England leaflet below for more information on the virus:


Non-uniform for the Winter Fair, Friday 24th November 2017

2015 Winter Fair logo

Our fantastic Christmas Fair will be held on Tuesday 19th December 2017. This is always a very popular event and we hope that you’ll help make it a success again this year!

We’ll be having a non-uniform day on Friday 24th November, and would appreciate the donation of items for our stalls.

For our non-uniform day on Friday 24th November, please kindly donate items in good condition for our Rainbow Stall. Each year group has a different colour to bring:

Reception: RED
Year 1: YELLOW
Year 2: PINK
Year 3: GREEEN
Year 4: ORANGE
Year 5: PURPLE
Year 6: BLUE

Please don’t send any fresh fruits, biscuits or any food items.

Please note, your child does not need to WEAR this colour!

Thank you

Lowerplace Parents Forum

Would you like to be a School Governor?

Lowerplace Primary School currently has ONE vacancy for a parent governor that we would like to fill.

Being a parent governor is an important and responsible role and takes as much commitment as you are willing to give. The are eight “full governors” meetings each year (where all the governors meet to discuss school performance and strategies for improvement) as well as some extra “committee” meetings looking at specific things at school does in more detail, like the curriculum, staffing, and the budget.

The job of the Governors is to make decisions about how the school is run, to support staff and ensure that we are caring for your children’s education in the right way. If you become a governor, you’d be expected to serve for four years.

Nomination forms went out in children’s bookbags this week. To put yourself forward as a governor, please complete the nomination form and return it to the Headteacher no later than noon on Friday 8th December. You may wish to nominate another parent. Please ensure that you have their consent before nominating them. If we have more than one nomination, we will hold an election.

For a little bit more information of what a school governor does, please follow this link to the National Governance Association HERE.

Parent and carer survey

We had an overwhelming response to our parent and carer survey this evening with over 130 completed. If you couldn’t make it this evening or didn’t get a chance to complete one, it’s not too late, you can complete it online here:

Yet more recognition for our Kitchen Team!

Rochdale’s Mayor, Councillor Raymond Dutton, presented the Healthier Catering Excellence Award to the Lowerplace catering team.

Lowerplace’s amazing catering team were recently mentioned on the Education Business website – as the number 10 school in England and Wales for outstanding school catering!

Considering there are almost 26,000 schools in England and Wales, we think being number 10 is pretty special!

If you haven’t yet seen the brand new menu that we started serving at the start of November, why not click HERE to visit our Dinners & Free School Meals page?

‘Tis the season – for your child’s flu vaccine

The School Health Team visited Lowerplace yesterday to administer the nasal spray flu vaccine to those children whose parents had given permission. They all went home with a certificate to say they’ve had it.

The vaccine is recommended for all children aged two to four, as well as children in Reception, Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 of primary school. If your child didn’t have the vaccine in school, please speak to your pharmacist or GP to arrange their vaccination.

IntraHealth have given us information on the Live Fluenz Vaccine that was administered:
Like all medicines, Fluenz can cause side effects, but not everyone gets them:
Very Common: runny/stuffy nose, reduced appetite, tiredness, headache
Common: fever, muscle aches
Uncommon: rash, nosebleed, allergic reactions

If your child has a mild fever following the Fluenz vaccine, this is a normal reaction to a vaccination. If you have significant concerns please contact your GP/Out Of Hours Service

You can find more information about the children’s flu vaccine at the NHS website HERE.