Newsletter 12/18

CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Christmas Lunch orders must be received by 3pm on Monday 3rd December at the latest—any orders received after this will be returned home.  Children entitled to receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal in Years R to 2 and anyone entitled to a Free School Meal in Years 3 to 6 will automatically receive a Christmas dinner on Tuesday 18th December 2018.  If your child WOULD NOT like to receive this free meal you need to state on the order form that you will be providing a packed lunch from home instead. 

 

HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENTS

If you have not returned the Home School Agreement for your child, we shall presume that you agree to it.  The agreement sets out expectations for parents, the school and each pupil.   Thank you to those parents who have completed and returned the agreement.

 

POTS AND PANS

We have received such a huge response to our request for pots and pans for our KS1 Mud Kitchen that we are now fully stocked and no longer need any more!  Thank you for all the donations.

 

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRES

Thank you for completing the parent questionnaires that were sent home.  Please find below a copy of the feedback.

SUMMERFIELDS PRIMARY SCHOOL Parent Survey November 2018All Year Groups Represented 41.00% return (77/190)

  Strongly Agree Tend to Agree Tend to Disagree Strongly Disagree Don’t know
My child is happy at this school 73% 26% 1%    
My child feels safe at this school 75% 24% 1%    
My child makes good progress at this school 66% 33% 1%    
My child is well looked after at this school 75% 23% 2%    
My child is taught well at this school 77% 23%      
My child receives appropriate homework for their age (including reading, learning spellings & times tables) 54% 34% 6%   6%
This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved 59% 31% 8%   2%
The school deals effectively with bullying 36% 30% 9% 3% 22%
The school is well led and managed 53% 36% 4% 4% 3%
The school responds well to any concerns I raise 56% 33% 1% 5% 5%
I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress 59% 28% 9% 1% 3%
Would you recommend this school to another parent? 59% 31% 4% 4% 2%

Main Strengths:

We had lots of very positive comments – thank you, it is good to know our hard work is appreciated. Below are some of the comments that came up time and again.

  • Safety / Secure environment (x5)
  • Good Management / Good structure / Good staff (x6)
  •  “Very well managed by teachers and Ms Wood”
  • Very well organised and managed school
  • “I feel Ms Wood goes to every effort to better the school, trying new things and ideas to see if they work regularly”
  • Teachers are professional (x3)
  • Good communication (x2)
  • Happy, positive, caring attitude and everyone smiles!
  • “The school deals with bullying straight away.
  • “Children with any issues inside and outside the school have the school counsellor (who is amazing) which then leads to better learning”
  • Good Behaviour / discipline (x3) Dealing with bullying
  • Approachable staff (x2)
  • Notifying parents with information, reporting progress and keeping parents informed
  • Friendly, helpful, polite and thoughtful / kindness (x5)
  • Compassion, understanding and consistency
  • All staff are welcoming in the mornings / Teachers greeting pupils individually in the mornings is nice / staff know all the children well (x2)
  • Very supportive and helpful staff (x2)
  • The children are always happy to go in / happy children (x2)
  • Nice size school (x2)
  • Size – not too large so that children become ignored / reasonable class sizes / smallish classes – more focus on children (x7)
  • Lots of after-school activities (x3)
  • Special celebrations / performances
  • Good sense of community (x2)
  • Working together with families (x2)

What could the school do better?

  • Parents being able to see more of their children’s work and progress – We have Parents’ Evenings, open classrooms and Family Learning. GDPR also makes it difficult as we would like to share photos and we can’t always.
  • More parent/pupil activities – Last year we ran a series of “Family Learning Sessions”, SEN coffee mornings, family Bobsleigh Challenge and Bake Off. Please let us know any further ideas that you may have.
  • “I know it is time consuming but I would like to know the specifics of what my child is learning and how it is taught.  I could then do more at home when it is being studied in school” – We do send home “parent planners” spellings and end of year expectations. We put on family learning sessions to help parents understand how phonics/maths are taught.
  • Make it easier for parents with younger siblings to attend assemblies and school performances – I agree, but not sure how we do this as children spend a long time learning their lines etc and then they cannot be heard when younger children chat and play. This does not help “our children’s” self-esteem.
  • More after-school clubs –We do run a number throughout the year. Last year we had to cancel clubs as not enough children wanted to attend. If you feel you can run a club please come and speak to the office.
  • Forest school/mud kitchen would be good – We have mud kitchens in Year R and 1 and we do Beach Schools for Year 2, 4 and 6 every year.
  • Better awareness of single working parents’ ability to attend sessions at short notice – Sorry – we will try to get better at this.
  • Outside school in the mornings and after school to make sure kids are safe – like a crossing – A crossing is the Council’s responsibility and a Crossing Patrol would also be if we had one. We do a lot to try and encourage parents to park safely and we encourage the traffic warden to come and monitor this.
  • Dogs tied to the railings or breaking the rules and being brought onto the school grounds – Unfortunately as this is on the public highway we cannot do anything about dogs being tied up outside school. However if you spot a dog being brought onto school grounds, please let the office know.
  • More praise for the ‘average’ child – We do dojos, house points, stickers. We used to do a special award for children who were always good and tried their hardest. As parents complained we stopped doing it – please let me know if you feel it is something you would like reinstated.
  • Longer slots for parents evenings – You can make appointments to speak to teachers at any time, you do not have to wait until Parents’ Evening.
  • Provide more assistance in more challenging classes – We only have limited funding and sadly we have had to cut back on staff recently. We try to allocate our support staff as best we can. Please write to our MP and the Education Minister.
  • There is a lot of paperwork sent home with pupils – this could be consolidated or found more readily online –We need the commitment of all families for this – paper is still the best way for us to ensure information actually gets home.
  • The path at the side of the building is narrow – people get caught on the thorns of the rose bush and it becomes congested if a pushchair is going through – We agree – ideas gratefully received on how we can change this.
  • There were also lots of comments like “nothing – I am happy with the school”.

 If you were the Head Teacher what is the first thing you would change?

  • Have a shelter outside for the children to wait in before school instead of in the rain – Two issues here – first being money, second being how it would be used after school and by whom. We have a staggered start 8.35am-8.45am to avoid queuing.
  • Work with the Council to provide safer parking – We do.
  • “All schools – each family gets 5 days they can take off during the year (except summer-term) instead of taking the week off of summer and adding it to the October half-term” – Sounds like a lovely idea however, how and when does the child catch up on work they have missed, how does the teacher plan for this – who gets the adult support, the child who was on holiday to catch up or the children who really struggled to understand? This is the dilemma we face when children take unauthorised holidays. It is also unsettling for the children when they miss big chunks of learning and then do not understand tasks/activities.
  •  “Apply for grants for more buildings/improvements.  Gurnard’s school is already nicer and are getting a new one!!” – Couldn’t agree more! Apparently we are on the waiting list (don’t know how far down though). 

Do you understand the role of governors and how they support the school? 

Yes No Didn’t Respond
51% 16% 33%

 Comment : “Absolutely – they work very hard!” 

Please help us to help you – if you had an issue or complaint please put your name so we can follow it up and hopefully find a solution. Sadly just saying you have an issue or don’t like someone without giving more information does not help us to get better.

 

YELLOW ABSENCE SLIPS

Would you like to avoid having to remember to fill in a yellow absence slip, after your child has been away from school due to illness?  Just e-mail the school instead of phoning the absence line giving the reason for absence (please be specific, do not say ‘unwell’ or ‘feeling poorly’).  This will then count as your written confirmation of your child’s illness.  Please remember to  e-mail school by 9:30am at the latest everyday that your child is unwell. Our email address is:- office@summerfields.iow.sch.uk.   Should you require any further information regarding this, please speak to the school office.

 

SICKNESS AND DIARRHOEA

We have recently had several children off with sickness bugs.  Please remember that children should not come to school for 48 hours after the last time they were sick or had an upset tummy.  We are trying to prevent these bugs spreading to the whole school, so we would really appreciate your support in this matter.   Thank you.

COUGHS AND SNEEZES

We have had several children absent with bad colds and chest infections.  In the “old days” we used to say “coughs and sneezes spread diseases, stop them with your handkerchiefs”!  Can you firstly explain to your child what a handkerchief is!  Then teach them at least to put their hand over their mouth when they cough.  Thank you.

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Your mind is a powerful thing.  When you fill it with positive thoughts, life will begin to change.

WORD OF THE WEEK

Compassionate—meaning kind, caring and understanding.  Can you remember the last time that you were compassionate?

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