Just a polite reminder that children are expected to go outside at break and lunchtimes even if it is very cold. Please can you ensure that children ALWAYS bring a coat to school. It might be a good idea to send in a hat, gloves and scarf for the very cold weather we are experiencing at the moment.
If we do have any snow, please listen to Isle of Wight radio for details of any school closures. School will also text everyone if we do have to close. Therefore please ensure that the office has your correct mobile phone contact details. Thank you.
COMPLAINTS FROM NEIGHBOURS
We are having an increasing number of complaints from our neighbours about the behaviour of children coming to and leaving school; walking across gardens, moving road traffic cones, etc. Please remember you are responsible for your child’s behaviour at these times—even if they walk on their own! Please have a chat with your child.
We are very pleased to confirm that Kieran represented the Isle of Wight on Sunday 11th January 2015 at the South East Regional Athletics Festival at Burgess Hill. The boys’ team came sixth and the girls’ team came 8th. Well done Kieran!
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
This week every family should have received a copy of the Scholastic Book Club leaflet. Please can any orders be returned to school by Wednesday 21st January 2015 via the “Green Box”. Please note we are unable to take cash, payment should be by debit/credit card or cheque. Thank you.
PRE SCHOOL SPORTS SESSIONS
Premier School Sport Coaching hold pre-school sports sessions for children aged 2.5 to 5 years. These are held at Binstead Community Centre on Wednesdays from 9.30am-10.15am at a cost of £3.50 per session. For further details and to book a place, contact them directly on 07810 693182.
GUIDANCE ON AUTHORISED ABSENCE IN SCHOOL
Over the next few newsletters, we thought it might be useful to share with you some guidance from NAHT we have received around authorised absence in school.
Term times are for education. This is the priority. Children and families have 175 days off school to spend time together, including weekends and school holidays. Head Teachers have to rightly prioritise attendance. The default school policy should be that absences will not be granted during term time and will only be authorised in “exceptional circumstances”. If an event can reasonably be scheduled outside of term time then it would not be normal to authorise absence.
COUNTRY DANCING CLUB
This year the Maypole/Country Dancing Club will start on Thursday 5th February 2015 from 3pm to 3.45pm and will run through until 10th June 2015 — the Schools’ Country Dancing Festival at Havenstreet. The club is initially open to all pupils in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). If your child is interested in joining, please collect an enrolment form from the office and return it by Thursday 29th January 2015.
THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …
See new born lambs. Lambs are mostly born from January onwards. Most sheep have one or two lambs at a time. Newborns are kept in special pens with their mothers. Lambs stand up within half an hour of their birth —with the help of their mum. Find out if there are lambing open days near you.
This week’s newsreaders are Harvey and Hannah, and you can listen here.
WORD OF THE WEEK
The word of the week is “tootle”.
WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET
Show some consideration. Stop to consider how other people may be feeling and speak to them kindly.