Our target is for every child to be in school every day. The whole school attendance for November was 95.05%. Class attendance percentages for November were as follows:-
Ellen MacArthur Class 90.83%
King Charles Class 95.91%
Queen Victoria Class 93.45%
Minghella Class 94.70%
Warrior Class 97.58%
Tennyson Class 95.93%
Charles Dickens Class 95.98%
Congratulations to Warrior Class who were November’s Attendance Stars! They were presented with the trophy in Celebration Assembly today.
RECEPTION AND KEY STAGE 1 PRODUCTION OF THE NATIVITY
Don’t forget to order your tickets as soon as possible for this event. Performances take place on Wednesday 19th December 2018 at 9am and 1.30pm. The Dress Rehearsal is on Monday 17th December 2018 at 1.30pm when younger brothers and sisters are most welcome. No tickets required for this, just turn up on the day.
MUSEUM OF ISLAND HISTORY
There is FREE entry into the Museum of Island History, this Saturday 8th December 2018. Why not go along to make a free badge or Christmas decoration inspired by their collections.
The new Summerfields’ Choir took part in their first event this week; they visited our neighbours at Vecta House and sang to the residents after school. They performed beautifully and were a credit to Summerfields. Thank you to Mrs Luke and Mrs Henning for organising these evets.
GRAND PRIZE DRAW
We have had four tickets to Sleeping Beauty at Shanklin Theatre very kindly donated to school. We have decided to hold a Grand Prize Draw to raffle this prize. In the lobby there will be 165 squares. For £1.00 you can purchase a square for a chance of winning this fantastic prize. There will also be a “surprise” runners-up prize. For further details or to purchase tickets, please speak to the school office.
Tickets are still available from the school office for the school discos being held on Thursday 20th December 2018. The Reception and Key Stage 1 disco is from 5.00pm to 6.15pm; please note parents must attend with their child. The Key Stage 2 disco is from 6.30pm to 7.45pm; children can attend this alone. Tickets are £5.00 each which includes entrance, sweets, crisps and a drink. For £1.50 extra children can also visit Santa, receive a small sweet treat and have a keepsake photo! Please can we ask that tickets be purchased at the end of the school day as the school lobby is extremely busy first thing in the morning. Many thanks for your assistance.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you are unsure, or have any issues using, the school money system www.eduspot.co.uk. We will be only too willing to assist.
Please can we respectfully request that parents or carers do not tape conversations or meetings, in person or on the telephone, with any member of staff without their permission. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
Volunteers at Osborne are running two days of Christmas Craft activities for families over this coming weekend 8th and 9th December 2018 from 10.30am to 3.30pm both days. Go along and make Victorian paper decorations, table centres, nightlight lanterns and more. No extra charge for crafts. Also on Fridays throughout December Osborne will be welcoming local school choirs who will be filling the house with festive music.
For both of these events there are no extra charges but normal admissions prices apply which includes access to the House decorated for Christmas. As normal, English Heritage members have free entry. We are planning family activity weekends once a month throughout next year so membership may be something families wish to look into as a good option.
WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Nothing is interesting if you’re not interested
WORD OF THE WEEK
Absurd — meaning ridiculous, silly, strange
Consultation Notice – Reduction in Medina College PAN
Thursday 29th November 2018 until Wednesday 16th January 2019
In accordance with the DfE’s 2014 statutory ‘Schools Admissions Code’ guidance the Governing Body for Carisbrooke and Medina College is consulting on the Admissions Arrangements of Medina College for September 2020 because changes are proposed. The amendments are:
- To reduce the Published Admission Number at Medina College from 260 to 210 places in Year 7 with effect from September 2020. This means that the number of places available for children in Year 7 in 2020 and all subsequent Year 7 cohorts will be 210.
- For children who already have a place at the school in other year groups there will be no proposed change. This is the only proposed change to the admission criteria, all other criteria, including oversubscription, will remain the same.
A full version of the proposed changes to the admission arrangements, as well as the rationale behind them, can be viewed on the website by following this link Medina College Consultation and hard copies are available from the school office.
Comments on the proposed admissions arrangements should be sent to the Clerk to Governors email@example.com or by post to Emma Shambrook, Medina College, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2DX by 12 noon on Wednesday, 16th January 2019.
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.
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%|
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?
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:- firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
YEAR 5 CLASS ASSEMBLY
The Year 5 Class Assembly will take place next Thursday 29th November 2018 at 2.45pm. All most welcome to attend.
A really good website that we have been using in school is www.timestables.co.uk. This is a fun way to help your child gain fluency in all their times tables. Take a look and let us know what you think. If you have any other good websites that you would like to share with other parents, please let us know so that we can pass them on.
NEWPORT WINTER LANTERN PARADE 2018
We will be taking part this Saturday in the Newport Winter Lantern Parade and switching on of the Christmas lights. The parade moves off at 5.45pm from Matalan car park, finishing at approximately 6.45pm at Town Quay. Please come along and support us. Thank you to Mrs Bast, Mrs Downer and Miss Sheaf for running this ever popular after school club. The lanterns do look really amazing.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you are unsure, or have any issues using, the school money system www.eduspot.co.uk. We will be only too willing to assist. Remember we are unable to accept payment by cash for school lunches, trips or activities. Donations for mufti days and the Friends’ of Summerfields can be paid for using cash.
This week the following letters have been sent out:-
Letter to everyone about Christmas activities and events taking place. Please ensure the Christmas crafts slip is returned and payment of £1.00 paid via www.eduspot.co.uk by Monday 3rd December 2018.
Christmas Lunch form—everyone 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, please complete the slip stating that you will be providing a packed lunch from home instead. For everyone else in Key Stage 2 if your child would like a Christmas dinner, please return the form and pay £1.95 via www.eduspot.co.uk by Friday 30th November 2018.
Letter regarding tickets for the Reception and Key Stage 1 production of The Nativity (on bright green paper). Remember there are only 2 tickets per family in the first instance. Please can all forms be returned as soon as possible. Remember after Monday 3rd December 2018 any spare tickets will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. Please do not attempt to pay for your tickets online until you have been advised by text that you have been successful.
BEHAVIOUR AND DISCIPLINE POLICY
We have recently reviewed our Behaviour and Discipline Policy. However we would like to consult parents for their opinion, before this policy is adopted. To view the policy visit our website at www.summerfieldsprimary.co.uk. This policy can then be found under the headings Publications and then Policies. Please can any feedback be given in writing via the “Green Box” by Friday 30th November 2018. Many thanks.
HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENTS
Please can any outstanding Home School Agreements be returned to school by Friday 30th November 2018. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Everything you don’t know is something you can learn.
WORD OF THE WEEK
Cornucopia—meaning large amount of, excess, wealth
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY
The school will be closed on Friday 15th February 2019 for staff training. We will therefore now finish for half term on Thursday 14th February 2019 at 3pm.
YEAR 6 CLASS ASSEMBLY POSTPONED
Year 6 class assembly due to take place next Wednesday, 21st November 2018, has been postponed. Parents will be notified of the new date as soon as it has been arranged. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Thank you for all the ‘Home School Agreements’ and ‘Parental Questionnaires’ that have been returned to school. Results from the questionnaires will be published shortly.
KEEPING SAFE ONLINE
Year 6 have been looking at being safe on the internet and online. The following websites are ones we have used in school, and may be useful for all parents. They give advice and recommendations for what you can do to help children to be safe at home:
POTS AND PANS
Do you have any pots and pans that you no longer need? We are looking to stock our Year 1 outside ‘Mud Kitchen’ and would gratefully appreciate any old pots and pans that you can donate. Thank you.
SUPERHERO DAY FOR WORLD DIABETES!
We raised an amazing amount of £143.20 from the dress up day this week. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
If you would still like to place an order from the Scholastic Book Club leaflet, the deadline for orders is 23rd November 2018.
FRIENDS’ CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Thank you to everyone who has returned their ‘Christmas Crafts’ slips. As this have proven to be a very popular club, you will receive a text to notify you only if your child has NOT got a place.
DEFINITION OF A PARENT
On occasion we are asked what defines a parent. Here is the definition of a parent as advised by the Local Authority.
The education-related provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 apply to all parents who fall within the definition set out in Section 576 of the Education Act 1996. This defines ‘parent’ as:-
- All natural parents, whether they are married or not
- Any person who, although they are not a natural parent, has parental responsibility (as defined in the Children Act 1989) for a child or young person
- Any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person—having care of a child or young person means that a person with whom the child lives and who looks after the child, irrespective of what their relationship is with the child is considered to be a parent in education law.
References to ‘parent’ mean each and every parent coming within the definition, whether acting jointly or separately, and should not be taken to mean that provisions only apply to ‘parent’ in the singular.
At 11am on Friday 9th November the whole school came together in the hall for a two minute silence to remember those who have lost their lives in wars around the world. Everyone then watched a short animated film designed for primary school children. Each class then talked about ‘Remembrance’ and what it means, some children drew pictures and others wrote poems. We were so impressed with their work that we would like to share two poems with you.
Floor was flowers, and the sun bright for hours
Loud animals, BANG BANG, with the sun on the Guy
He went to die, poppies to the grave
It is all they gave.
Men dying, women crying when they are dead
Blood poured, men mad and bad
They die first in war
Lost in Battlefields
Written by a pupil in Year 6
Written by a pupil in Year 5
WORD OF THE WEEK
Tangible—This word means something that’s physical, real, actual, solid or touchable. How would you use this word in your writing?
WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Be so happy that when others see you, they become happy too.
BE A SUPERHERO FOR WORLD DIABETES DAY!
Next Wednesday, 14th November 2018, is world diabetes day. We will be holding a dress up as a Superhero day to raise funds for research into Type 1 diabetes. If your child would like to come to school as a superhero, please send in £1.00 donation to this worthwhile cause. Thank you.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
Every family should have received a Scholastic Book Club leaflet last week. This will be the last leaflet before Christmas! Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running on-line. Go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/summerfields-primary to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 25p in Scholastic Rewards. Please place your order either online, or via the order form in the brochure, by 23rd November 2018. Can any paper orders be returned to school by this date via the “Green Box”. Please note that unfortunately we are unable to accept cash payments. Payments should therefore be made via debit/credit card or by cheque, which should be made payable to Scholastic Ltd. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to speak to the school office.
We hope you found the Parents’ Evenings held this week beneficial. Please can all Parental Surveys and Home School Agreements be returned via the “Green Box” by next Friday 16th November 2018. Thank you.
Just a reminder that the flu immunisations take place next Wednesday, 14th November 2018. HOWEVER if your child has already received the immunisation elsewhere, please ensure you have contacted the flu immunisation service to let them know that your child no longer requires the vaccination at school. Thank you.
FRIENDS’ MOVIE NIGHT
Don’t forget to book your tickets for the Friends’ Movie Night next Friday 16th November 2018. Tickets are £5.00 each and include a hot dog, drink, popcorn and a small sweet treat! Please can the form and payment be returned, in a named envelope, to the school office asap. Many thanks.
Caterlink have now extended the days that baguettes and jacket potatoes are available. These will now be available as a choice every day. However if you would prefer your child to have the hot main meal or vegetarian alternative, please let the office know and they will ensure that your child receives this instead. In order to receive a baguette, jacket potato or vegetarian option the correct colour slip must be completed and given in to the school office. Please remember all meals should be paid for in advance, and not arrears, via www.eduspot.co.uk. Thank you.
Please can we respectfully remind parents that all children should now be in “winter” uniform. Therefore everyone should be wearing only GREY socks or tights. Children should be wearing plain black shoes or boots and not trainers or “fashion” boots with built up heels. PE kits should be in school EVERY DAY. We are finding lots of children are missing their PE lessons because they do not have their kit in school. In addition some children are still coming to school without a coat. Please ensure your child brings a coat to school every day. Thank you.
WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Make someone smile every day, you may just make their day!
WORD OF THE WEEK
Pungent—meaning strong, spicy, overpowering
MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNORS
A warm welcome back after a (mostly) sunny half-term, we hope you all had a lovely time. We are sure that this half-term will be filled with lots of learning, lots of experiences and lots of opportunities for all year groups. Don’t forget to sign up for Parents Evenings which are being held on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th November, as this will give you the opportunity to meet your child’s new class teacher and celebrate their progress so far this year. Whilst waiting for your meeting, please take the opportunity to look around the Hall at the displays. As Governors, we enjoy coming into school as often as we can in order to see the wide variety of work . A lot of time is taken by the children and staff in creating informative displays for parents and visitors to enjoy which showcase the wide variety of learning within school. If you have friends or relatives who are currently considering which primary school to apply for next September, please do let them know all about Summerfields. Finally, if you would like to know more about what we, your school Governors do, please take a look at the End of Year Governance Report 2017/18 which can be found on the school website under the Publications/General Information tab. Alternatively, we hope to see many of you at forthcoming school events. On behalf of the Governing Body – Tara Allman (Parent Governor/Vice Chair).
SENCO AT PARENTS’ EVENING TUESDAY
On Tuesday 6th November, our SENCO Ms Luke will be available to answer any questions that you may have and if you wish, she can attend your child’s teacher meeting with you.
Our target is for every child to be in school every day. The whole school attendance for October was 97.57%. Class attendance percentages for October were as follows:-
Ellen MacArthur Class 98.04%
King Charles Class 97.59%
Queen Victoria Class 97.67%
Minghella Class 97.31%
Warrior Class 97.41%
Tennyson Class 97.22%
Charles Dickens Class 97.78%
Congratulations to Ellen MacArthur Class who were October’s Attendance Stars! They were presented with the trophy in Celebration Assembly today.
The School Attendance Matters (SAM) Bear is presented to classes for the highest attendance over each half term. For Autumn Term 1 2018, The KS1 SAM Bear has been awarded to Year R and the KS2 SAM Bear has been awarded to Year 5. Well done to everyone who has tried to attend school everyday.
Reminder—orders for school photographs need to be returned by 3pm on Monday 5th November 2018 at the latest. Thank you.
FRIENDS’ OF SUMMERFIELDS
Leaflets have been sent home this week from the ‘Friends’ showing activities and events in the run up to Christmas. Please take the time to read it as there are lots of exciting things to do and take part in. The first event coming up is ‘Movie Night’ which takes place on Friday 16th November after school, places need to be pre-booked via the slip in the leaflet.
RESPECTING OUR NEIGHBOURS
Please can you respect both Vecta House and our neighbouring households by not parking over peoples driveways or allowing children to run across gardens. Thank you for your support in this matter.
If your child is absent from school due to illness, you are required to complete an Absence Form on their first day back to school. We would like to remind you that it is your responsibility to complete a form, please do not wait for the office staff to chase you for one.
Please keep noise levels to a minimum whilst waiting with your child before school or picking up after school. The Head Teacher, teachers and the office staff are all busy working before the start of the school day. Thank you for your co-operation.
WORD OF THE WEEK
Euphoria—a nice cheerful word meaning an exaggerated feeling of joy or happiness.
WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Kindness is the greatest wisdom.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE PROVISIONAL DATES ONLY AND ARE THEREFORE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Tuesday 6th November 2018 Parents’ Evening 3pm—6pm
Thursday 8th November 2018 Parents’ Evening 3pm—6pm
Wednesday 14th November 2018 Flu Immunisation Day
Wednesday 14th November 2018 Dress up as a Super Hero for World Diabetes Day (£1 donation for Diabetes research)
Friday 16th November 2018 ‘Friends’ Movie Night
Wednesday 21st November 2018 Year 6 Parent Lunch
Wednesday 21st November 2018 2.45pm Year 6 Assembly
Thursday 29th November 2018 2.45pm Year 5 Assembly
Tuesdays throughout December ‘Friends’ Christmas Art Club 3pm—4pm
Monday 17th December 2018 KS1 Dress Rehearsal 1:30pm
Tuesday 18th December 2018 Christmas Jumper Day (Christmas jumper on top half with normal school uniform on bottom half. £1 donation for Save the Children)
Tuesday 18th December 2018 Christmas Dinner
Wednesday 19th December 2018 KS1 Performance 9am
Wednesday 19th December 2018 KS1 Performance 1:30pm
Thursday 20th December 2018 KS2 Christingle (Please note this date has not yet been confirmed)
Thursday 20th December 2018 ‘Friends’ KS1 Disco 5pm—6:15pm
Thursday 20th December 2018 ‘Friends’ KS2 Disco 6:30pm—7:45pm
Friday 21st December 2018 Break up for Christmas holidays at 2pm
Monday 7th January 2019 Return to school
As per the letter sent out earlier this week, Parents’ Evenings are due to take place on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th November 2018. Sheets to sign up for appointments will be put up in the HALL first thing on Monday 29th October 2018, the first day back after half term. These have been moved to the hall to avoid congestion in both Key Stage areas. Please ensure that you sign up on the correct sheet for your child’s class. Please note the sheets for Year R will be put up outside the Year R classroom.
HARVEST FESTIVAL & MUFTI DAY
Thank you for all your kind donations to our Harvest table. These will now be distributed to Island families in need. We will let you know how much we raised from the Autumn Colours “Mufti Day” after half term. Your generosity for both these causes is very much appreciated.
Please can all orders for school photographs be returned by 3pm on Monday 5th November 2018 AT THE LATEST. Unfortunately any late orders cannot be accepted. Please note school do not check these envelopes, everything is handed directly to Cardwell and Simons. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or debit card. Please ensure all envelopes are sealed and the outside completed as well as the inside order form. Unfortunately school does not have the facility to provide change, so the correct payment should be included. Thank you.
DIGITAL PARENTING MAGAZINE
We have been advised of an excellent resource to help parents keep their children safe on-line, Digital Parenting Magazine. You can sign up at their website to receive their on-line magazine plus their website has lots of useful guidance for parents.
POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY & 1LEISURE
Pompey in the community will be holding their ever popular courses during the half term holiday at Medina Leisure Centre. These courses include multi-skills, handball, fun swimming as well as football! Pre-booking is essential by contacting them directly on 02392 728899.
Did you miss the deadline for the return of the form to have your child vaccinated against flu at school? You can still have your child vaccinated by visiting Boots branches in Cowes, Newport or Ryde High Street. All children in Years R to 5 are entitled to receive this vaccination.
YEAR 6 PARENT LUNCH
Letters have gone home this week inviting parents of children in Year 6 to join their child for lunch on Wednesday 21st November 2018. Please do not try and pay via www.eduspot.co.uk until you have returned the slip. We will then put your request onto the system and ask for payment. Thank you.
WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Have a fantastic half term break. Keep safe and have a good rest. Remember school starts back at 8.35am on Monday 29th October 2018
WORD OF THE WEEK
Arbiter—A person chosen to judge or decide a dispute
Fundraising – Come to school dressed as a superhero for £1. All funds raised go to Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.