Newsletter 24/18

Newsletter 24/18

STAY, READ, PLAY AND TALK!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the ‘Stay, read, play and talk’ sessions held in school this week. Look out in the newsletter for future sessions that will be held each half term. 

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT?

We know we do not always get things right in school and if you do want to make a complaint please read the Schools Complaints Policy  and Concerns and Complaints Guidelines information found on the school website.  Parents also need to be aware of the Home School Agreement, Parental Behaviour, Social Media and Parental Use of Social Networking policies so that they follow school procedures (which have been written in consultation with parents). School works best when we work together—we make mistakes—we are only human!

 

YEAR 4 TRAVEL ON RED FUNNEL FERRY

This week our Year 4 children travelled to and from   Southampton on the Red Funnel car ferry as part of their Geography project. Everyone enjoyed the day and the children were great ambassadors for the school.  Well done Year 4 on your good behaviour!

 

YEAR 3 & 4 CLASS ASSEMBLY

Year 3 class assembly due to take place next week has been postponed until Tuesday 12th June at 2:45pm. Year 4 class assembly will be next Wednesday 21st March at 2:45pm. All welcome.

 

MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS

Our May Day celebrations will take place on Friday 4th May 2018. This will be a ticketed event as in previous years and tickets will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Only one ticket will be allocated per family so please do not ask for ‘extras’ as space is extremely limited in the school hall. Please look out in your child’s bookbag as letters have been sent home today.

 

VEGETARIAN LUNCH OPTION

As with jacket potato orders, if your child would like a vegetarian option for lunch they will need to fill in a ‘green vegetarian slip’ at the reception desk.  As all food is cooked to order and to reduce food waste, your child will not receive a vegetarian meal unless a slip is completed.

 

DRAINAGE WORKS IN HALBERRY LANE

Island Roads have advised that drainage works will take place between Atkinson Drive, the southern junction of Harvey Road and Halberry Lane. The works will start on  Friday 23rd March at 9am and will continue until Thursday 29th March at 6pm.  A full road closure will be in place at this location, with no through traffic between Staplers Road and Fairlee Road via Halberry Lane. For more information contact Island Road helpdesk on 01983 822440.

 

THE ‘FRIENDS’ FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Friday 23rd March—Adult Quiz Night. Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start.  Maximum 6 persons per team, £1 entry per person.  Bring your own drinks and nibbles.  All welcome.

Movie Night— Thursday 26th April.  More information nearer the date.

Family Spring Walk—Saturday 28th April. A family walk starting at School and heading towards Seaclose, with a fun easy going Quiz to find things along the route.  £5 entry per family and all children will receive a treat and a drink.

 

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WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

I can grow my brain like a muscle, by learning hard things

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Nonchalant—Years 5 and 6 could use this to describe a character in their work.

 

 

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Newsletter 23/18

Newsletter 23/18

EXCITING NEWS!

We are very pleased to announce that our Year 2 teacher, Mrs Meads, is expecting her first child in June.  I’m sure you will all join school staff in congratulating her!  Mrs Meads is hoping to stay with us for as long as possible; however as soon as arrangements are in place for her maternity cover we will let Year 2 know.

 

STAY, READ, PLAY AND TALK!

Following the recent success of Open Classrooms, we are now inviting parents to come into class to read, talk or play with their own and other children in their child’s class.  The first of these sessions is next Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 2.30pm.  This is for parents of children in Years 1, 3 and 5.  Please could we ask that you don’t just “drop in” for 5 minutes at the end of the day; the idea is to have some time in the classroom.  The session for Years R, 2, 4 and 6 will take place on Thursday 15th March 2018.  Again the sessions will start at 2.30pm.  We look forward to seeing you then. 

 

MULTI-SKILLS

On Wednesday after school Miss Parry and Mrs Phillips accompanied 8 Year 2 children to a Multi-Skills sports event held at Barton Primary School.  The children performed extremely well and were exceedingly well behaved.  Well done to everyone who took part.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Tesco are now able to supply our embroidered uniform via Tesco Direct. It will be delivered to your home and you will gain Tesco points. Tesco will donate 5% of sales to the school.  Go to www.tesco.com/ues and look up the school. However unfortunately they are unable to supply PE t-shirts at the moment.  You can still also obtain uniform from Kids & Co in Ryde.

 

YEAR 6 SATS MEETING

Thank you to the parents who attended the Year 6 SATs meeting held by Mr Simpson on Wednesday after school.  We hope you found this session useful.  As promised, and for those parents who were unable to attend, useful information, including the list of useful websites can be found here, and a link has also been put on our Facebook page.

 

SCHOOL DINNER MONEY

Thank you to the parents who regularly top up their child’s school money account, keeping a check to see if they owe for any dinners or school trips etc.  There is however quite a large amount due for unpaid dinners.  Could we respectfully remind parents that dinner money needs to be paid in advance so that a debt does not occur.  We do understand that since School Money updated their website, there has been some confusion as to how to sign in.  If you need any assistance whatsoever, please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Dyer in the school office.

 

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CONTRIBUTED

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Factitious—Meaning artificial, insincere and not genuine

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Your positive action, combined with positive thinking, results in success.

 

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Newsletter 22/18

Newsletter 22/18

APOLOGIES

Apologies for the lateness of this newsletter, this is due to a combination of the weather and connectivity problems!

 

ATTENDANCE

The whole school attendance for February was 95.71% which is below our target of 96%.  Class attendance percentages for February were as follows:-

Ellen MacArthur Class                        96.45%

King Charles Class                             94.10%

Queen Victoria Class                         97.47%

Minghella Class                                  95.64%

Warrior Class                                      95.56%

Tennyson Class                                  93.67%

Charles Dickens Class                       97.50%

Congratulations to Charles Dickens Class who were February’s Attendance Stars!  They will be presented with the trophy in Celebration Assembly. 

 

LITTER PICKING IN SCHOOL

We have been litter picking in the school grounds this week.  It was very successful and there wasn’t much litter to be found. Please continue to keep our school tidy.

 

WEAR A HAT FOR THE HOSPICE

We raised an amazing amount of £142.00 for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.  Thank you to everyone who wore a hat and donated £1 to this worthy charity.

 

LATE PICKING UP FROM SCHOOL?

There have been several occasions this week where parents have been late picking up their children from school.  We understand there maybe the “odd occasion” in an emergency when you are unable to collect your child on time.  However after 3pm we do not have the staff available to look after children.  Therefore children will be taken to Bright Sparks After School Club and they will charge you for the session.

  

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Leaflets have been sent home this week with your child. If you wish to place an order, please return the form via the ‘green box’ located in the foyer. School cannot accept cash therefore please make payment by cheque payable to ‘Summerfields Primary School’ or complete your debit/credit card details on the payment slip.  Deadline for orders is Friday 9th March.

 

YEAR 6 CLASS ASSEMBLY AND SATS MEETING

The re-arranged Year 6 class assembly will now take place on Wednesday 7th March at 2:45pm followed by a Year 6 SATs meeting at 3pm.  Please come along to find out how you can prepare and support your child for the forthcoming SATs later in the year.

 

£200 DONATION FROM WAITROSE

Thank you to everyone who supported our school by visiting Waitrose during February and depositing the ‘green tokens’ into the Summerfields Library Resources collection box.  We shall shortly receive a cheque for £200 from Waitrose to use on new library resources.

 

WORLD BOOK DAY

Well done to everyone who came to school dressed as their favourite book character, even though the weather was so cold. The children and staff looked fabulous and everyone was able to talk about the book their character was from.

 

A BIG THANK YOU!

We would like to thank the ‘Friends of Summerfields’ for donating £100 to each class for classroom resources and £100 for new playground equipment.  The ‘Friends’ consist of few parents who give up their spare time to raise funds for our school and without them we would not benefit from all the ‘extras’ that school couldn’t possibly afford to buy. We would also like to thank parents, grandparents and relatives who come along and support the ‘Friends’ fundraising events.

 

MENU FOR WEEK COMMENCING 5th MARCH 2018

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Just because you haven’t found your talent yet – it doesn’t mean you don’t have one. Kermit the Frog

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Cogitate—To think deeply, to ponder about something, giving it much thought and consideration.

 

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Newsletter 21/18

Newsletter 21/18

WINTER OLYMPICS

Thank you to everyone who took part in our STEM Homework Challenge to design and make a bobsleigh.  All the entries were outstanding.  Our special Olympic event to test the models took place this morning—final results will be in next week’s newsletter.  We hope you all enjoyed working together as a family on this fun project.  We never cease to be amazed at the ingenuity of your designs!

 

WORLD BOOK DAY 2018

We will be celebrating World Book Day next Thursday 1st March 2018.  Children can come to school dressed as their favourite BOOK character.  (PLEASE do not spend lots of money buying expensive costumes.)

 

HUXLEY IS COMING TO NEWPORT LIBRARY!

Huxley will be performing an amazing magic show at Newport Library on Saturday 3rd March 2018 and teaching some of his magic tricks!  Spaces are strictly limited and tickets are £2.00 per child.  Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  For further details contact the Isle of Wight Library Service on 823823.

 

WEAR A HAT FOR THE HOSPICE

Thank you for supporting our Wear a Hat for the Hospice day today.  Look out in next week’s newsletter for the total amount raised.

 

FAMILY FUNDAY AT DINOSAUR ISLE MUSEUM

This Sunday 25th February 2018 Dinosaur Isle Museum are offering FREE ENTRY to everyone!  The day will be focused on children and families with an emphasis on creativity and interactivity.  Doors open at 10.00am with last entry at 3.00pm.  There will be lots of fun activities to take part in such as painting models of fossils, measuring foot prints, and hands-on experience with real dinosaur bones.  There will be many more stalls and events taking place and refreshments will also be available.

 

YEAR 6 ASSEMBLY

Just a reminder that the Year 6 assembly takes place next Thursday 1st March 2018 at 2.15pm.

 

SCHOOL MONEY

Over the half-term holiday School Money has “rebranded” itself as Eduspot.  We have had a few queries as parents have had some difficulty in accessing the system to pay for school dinners.  When you go to www.schoolmoney.co.uk you will automatically be redirected to www.eduspot.co.uk.  To log in use the blue Sign In button at the top right of the screen then from the drop down box choose the last option “school money parent login”.  If you have any problems accessing the new site or making payments, please contact Mrs Dyer in the school office. 

 

SCHOOL DISCOS

Just a reminder that the school discos take place tonight.  The Key Stage 1 disco is from 5.00pm-6.00pm when all children need to be accompanied.  The Key Stage 2 disco is from 6.15pm-7.15pm.  Please can we request that children are collected promptly at 7.15pm.  Entry is £1.00 per child, payable on the door.

 

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SPORTS REPORTS

Year 6 Basketball Tournament

On Wednesday 24th January 2018 some Year 6 children went to a Basketball Tournament from 1.00pm-3.30pm.  There was many different schools, including: Summerfields, Barton, Nine Acres, Priory, Carisbrooke A, Carisbrooke B, and Newport C of E.  There were 10 children in this competition, these were: Shona, Harley-Mai, Grace, Talia, Abi, James, Cain , Reggi Matthew and Archie.

Mr Murphy and Mrs Phillips took us in the mini-bus to Christ The King College this is where it took place.  We took part in many games we won all the games swapping around with the people in our team with at least 2 girls on the court at all times.  We playing equally fair and good, with our team captain being Harley-Mai.  We all had pressure coming to the end to see who had won we believed we could do it.  When it came to the end all the schools sat down and we go the results of the top 3.  Barton came 3rd, Newport C of E came 2nd and we came 1st.  WE WON!!!  We were also promised by Mr Murphy that if we won we could sing on the mini-bus on the way back from the tournament an that’s exactly what we did.  On the way back we all made a speech saying how proud we all were.  We are ow waiting on going to the finals on Wednesday 7th February 2018.  In total our points came to 50.

Our whole team thoroughly enjoyed this day and we can’t wait until the finals.

Year 6 Basketball Finals

On Wednesday 7th February 2018 ten Year 6 children, the same children that went to the tournament went to the FINALS!  This event took place at West Wight Community Centre in Freshwater.  The schools that took part were: Greenmount A, Godshill, Broadlea, Cowes, Shalfleet, Queensgate, Bembridge, Summerfields, Hunnyhill and Greenmount B.

In total we played 6 games from schools all over the island.  The schools that were there had gone to previous competitions.  We had two courts for half of the teams play on one and the rest go on the other court.  It was getting towards the end and on our side of the court we came first so we had to play games against the other winners to see who came 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  We finally got our results, we came 3rd out of the whole island with 30 points.  We got a bronze medal with a little basketball inside.

By  Harley-Mai and Shona

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Discernible — meaning clear, obvious, visible, recognisable

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done, rather than saying it can’t be done.

 

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Newsletter 20/18

Newsletter 20/18

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY

The school will be closed on Monday 4th June for staff training. School will re-open to pupils following the May half term on Tuesday 5th June. 

 

‘THE FRIENDS’ FUN FAMILY WALK

The Friends of Summerfields would be grateful for any suggestions or new ideas you may have that could boost their fundraising efforts.  Acting upon a suggestion, ‘The Friends’ have organised a ‘Fun Family Walk’ around the surrounding area of the school on Saturday 28th April 2018.

Þ 10:30am Check in time

Þ £5 per family

Þ Each child under 16 years will receive a gift on finishing the walk

Þ Activity sheets—find clues along the walk

Þ Register before or on the day

Please support ‘The Friends’ by putting the date in your diary and coming along to join in the fun. More information to follow nearer the date.

 

TEDDIES, TOYS AND ACTION FIGURES

Please can we politely remind you to check that your child does not ‘sneak’ a teddy, toy or action figure in their pocket or bag to bring to school.  These items can get lost, cause arguments between peers and are the ideal place to harbour germs. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

PARENTS’ EVENINGS

Have you signed up to meet with your child’s teacher on Tuesday 20th or Thursday 22nd February 2018? Sign up sheets will remain outside classrooms until the morning of each parents’ evening. 

 

TEXT MESSAGING SERVICE

We are unable to receive incoming replies to texts sent to parents. Please do not click the reply to sender button; if you need to reply please call the school office on 525085.

 

“WALK THE WIGHT IN SCHOOL”

As you may be aware, every other year all the children at Summerfields take part in ‘Walking the Wight’.  What this means is that throughout the school year, children will walk the equivalent of 26 miles around the playing field or playground at lunchtimes.  We have so far completed 20 miles with only 6 miles to go.  Congratulations children!

 

HEADLICE

We have had several reports of headlice throughout the school. Please can you take the opportunity during the half term holiday to check your child’s hair and treat if necessary.  It would be lovely for all children to return to school free of the little ‘beasties’!  For information about obtaining a free prescription headlice lotion please visit:

http://www.headlice.co.uk/products/available-on-prescription.aspx

 

FAMILY LEARNING SESSIONS

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the Year 2 family learning session.  Although most parents already felt quite confident doing Maths at home with their child, they enjoyed the session and went away with more activities and ideas to try out.  The children like having their parents in school and were able to show off the Maths skills they have been practising in class. “Knowing what they are learning at the moment and being able to support at home is a big help.” Photographs of the sessions will appear on our website and our official Facebook page.

 

HALF TERM ACTIVITIES

 

MENU FOR WEEK COMMENCING 19th FEBRUARY

 

GOVERNORS AT PARENTS’ EVENING

There will be the opportunity to meet two of Summerfields’ Governors at the forthcoming parents’ evenings. Mr Tony Murphy, Chair of Governors will be available on Tuesday 20th February and Mr Luke Meads on Thursday 22nd February 2018, from 4:30pm—5:30pm each evening.  Please feel free to speak to them or ask questions about their role in school.

 

ISLE OF WIGHT HEROES

The IW Hidden Heroes travelling museum is touring the Island during half term.  Actors will play the part of museum owners unveiling stories of kings, inventors and artists.  Check the Hidden Heroes website for times and locations: http://iwhiddenheroes.org.uk/.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Tangible—Something that is physical, real, actual, solid, material or touchable.  Can you use this word in your work?

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms.

 

 

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Newsletter 19/18

Newsletter 19/18

ATTENDANCE

The whole school attendance for January was 95.17% which is slightly below our target of 96%. Class attendance percentages for January were as follows:-

Ellen MacArthur Class   94.27%

King Charles Class   95.73%

Queen Victoria Class   95.18%     

Minghella Class   96.26%

Warrior Class   93.62%

Tennyson Class   94.26%

Charles Dickens Class   97.45%

Congratulations to Charles Dickens Class who were January’s Attendance Stars!  They were presented with the trophy in today’s Celebration Assembly. 

 

PARENTS’ EVENINGS

Every parent should have received a letter this week about the forthcoming Parents’ Evenings.  These will be taking place on the FIRST week back, Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd February 2018.  Sheets to sign up to meet with your child’s teacher will go up outside the classrooms next Monday 5th February 2018.  Children in Key Stage 2 can make appointments for their parents.  Please can we encourage as many families as possible to attend as this is an important opportunity to discuss your child’s progress.  Unfortunately the school office are unable to make appointments on behalf of parents, so please do not contact them to request this.  Can we please reiterate that due to the number of children in each class, teachers are only able to offer “one slot” per child.  Therefore if parents are unable to attend together, then teachers should be contacted and an alternative suitable appointment made.

 

SHROVE TUESDAY

As Shrove Tuesday falls during February half term this year, Caterlink are having a “Pancake Day” next Thursday 8th February 2018 instead.  The menu will now be Macaroni Cheese with Ratatouille or Jacket Potatoes.  Dessert will be Pancakes with Chocolate Custard.

 

“WEAR A HAT FOR THE HOSPICE”

On Friday 23rd February 2018 we will be taking part in the “Wear a hat for the hospice” fundraising event.  For a minimum donation of £1.00 children can wear ANY type of hat to school for the day.  Children should still wear full school uniform, as well as the hat of their choice!  Please can we ask that if possible all hats are named to avoid any confusion.

 

SCHOOL LOBBY

Please can we respectfully remind parents and children not to wait in the school lobby before the doors open at 8.35am. It can be extremely noisy and the office are trying to work, answering the telephone, etc. If it is pouring with rain we do understand that you may wish to shelter there , but please can we ask that children are kept as quiet as possible.  Thank you.

 

COUGHS AND SNEEZES

We have a lot of children off at the moment 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.

 

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YEAR R FAMILY LEARNING

The Family Learning Maths session for Year R parents and their children took place on 16th January 2018. The children really enjoyed learning and practising key Maths skills alongside their parents. All of the parents found the session useful and many said it had improved their confidence to help their child with Maths at home.

“Thank you, we have both enjoyed this afternoon.  I will be practising lots more adding and taking away games.”

“I love coming to find out more games and ideas of ways numbers can be fun.”

 

PLEASE HELP US MAKE SCHOOL MORE WELCOMING!

We are really sorry to have to “moan” to parents but we do try and keep our school site as clean as possible.  Please can we request your help with this and ask that you do not smoke just outside the school premises and drop your cigarette butts and wrappers on the pavement.  We would also request that you do not tie up dogs to the school railings and leave them alone.  It can be frightening to both children and adults who have to then walk past them to come into school. Please can we also request that you close the gates if you are the last to leave in the morning or after school. Your help with these issues would be much appreciated. 

 

ADULT LEARNING COURSES AT BROCKENHURST COLLEGE

DESIGN A LIBRARY CARD

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Compassionate—meaning kind, considerate and sympathetic.  Try acting out this word with your friends.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

A positive attitude is a powerful tool.

 

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Newsletter 18/18

Newsletter 18/18

YEAR 4 ASSEMBLY

Year 4 class assembly will now take place on Tuesday 6th March and not on Tuesday 30th January as previously advised. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD RETURNS TO SCHOOL AFTER ABSENCE DUE TO ILLNESS

If you child is absent from school please let us know ideally by 9am or by 9:30am at the latest, each day that your child is absent by either:

¨ E-mailing: office@summerfields.iow.sch.uk  and explaining the reason your child is absent from school (this will negate the need for completing a yellow sickness form on your child’s return)

OR

¨ Telephoning 525085, please select option 1 to leave a reason for your child’s absence

When your child returns to school, unless you have e-mailed with a reason for absence, your child’s absence will be recorded as ’unauthorised’. To ‘authorise’ your child’s absence please complete and return a yellow sickness form, these are located in the school foyer.  If you need further clarification please contact the school office. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

FREE ONLINE SAFETY WEBINAR

 

FOODBANK MONTHLY CLOTHING SALE

 

DO YOU SHOP IN WAITROSE?

We are very fortunate to have been offered a ‘green token’ collection box in Waitrose, for the month of FEBRUARY 2018.  This means that Summerfields Primary School will have a token collection box which is located at the exit by the tills.  Waitrose donate £1000 a month which is shared between the chosen charities depending on the number of tokens collected. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive.  Any donation received from Waitrose will go towards new books and resources for our school library. Please shop in Waitrose during February as much as you can and please pop your ‘token’ into the Summerfields box.  Please ask all your friends, family and anyone that you know who shop at Waitrose to put their tokens in our box.  Thank you for supporting our school.

 

OPEN CLASSROOMS

We are opening our classrooms next week on Wednesday 31st January for Years R, 2, 4 and 6 and on Thursday 1st  February for Years 1, 3 and 5 from 2:30pm—3pm. Everyone welcome, please come along and see what goes on in your child’s classroom.

 

 FAMILY LEARNING

The Year 1 session was postponed this week due to our visiting Pantomime and will now take place on Tuesday 27th February. More sessions have been arranged for the next few weeks for Years 2 to 4.  These are aimed at helping you further support your child at home. If you would like to attend, please return the slips sent home or ask at the school office for more information.

 

CAR PARKING

We have received a complaint from one of our neighbours that a parent/relative from school parked in front of their driveway this week whilst waiting to collect their child. The neighbour politely asked the driver of the red ‘Kia’ to move as they were blocking access to their driveway however the driver said they were permitted to park there, and would not move. Please DO NOT park over our neighbours’ driveways.  Thank you for your understanding regarding this ongoing parking issue.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Penultimate—This word means the last but one, the second to last or the one before the last.  Penultimate comes from the Latin words paene (almost) and ultimus (last). Can you use this word in your work?

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Think Positive—Be Positive

 

 

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Newsletter 17/18

Newsletter 17/18

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGES

Please note that Year 3’s Class Assembly will now be held on TUESDAY 27TH MARCH 2018 and not Tuesday 20th March 2018 as per last week’s newsletter.  In addition unfortunately it is not now possible to hold the school discos on Friday 9th February 2018.  These will now be held on Friday 23rd February 2018, after the half term break.

 

CATERLINK

School would like to thank Caterlink who led knife and fork sessions this week with all children in school.    They were taught table manners as well as the correct way to hold and use knives, forks and spoons.  Please ask your child to share with you what they learnt from this informative session.

 

SCHOOL MONEY

Just a polite reminder that school meals MUST be paid for in advance rather than arrears.  If you would like your child to have a school meal please therefore ensure their account is in “credit”.  If there is outstanding dinner money due, you may be contacted and asked to provide a packed lunch from home for your child.  In addition please remember to pay for school trips promptly by the deadline set.  If payment is not received coaches, ferries, etc cannot be booked and paid for and therefore these visits and activities will not then take place.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

HEALTHWATCH ISLE OF WIGHT

Healthwatch Isle of Wight is an independent local consumer champion and signposting service. It works with decision makers and service providers to help improve health and social care services on the Island.  Healthwatch Isle of Wight has been commissioned by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group to engage with local people to find out their needs around primary health care and to ensure that people can access the primary care services they need, when they need them. From 30th September 2017, as part of a government pilot scheme, there has been a range of routine (pre-booked) appointments for GPs, Practice Nurses and other health care workers, outside of your GP surgery’s normal opening hours and some of these may be offered at other GP surgeries. Initially this would be for a limited range of consultations and appointments as GP practices look at what their patients need. This survey contains 30 questions in 5 sections and will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Each section gives you the opportunity to expand on your answers and give further feedback if you would like to comment further.  Paper copies of the survey will shortly be distributed by school or alternatively the survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/iwschools.

 

FAMILY LEARNING

Thank you to the parents from Year R who attended our Maths family learning session this week.  We hope you found this session useful.   More sessions have been arranged for the next few weeks for Years 1 to 4.  These are aimed at helping you further support your child at home. If you would like to attend, please return the slips sent home or ask at the school office for more information.

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION PSHE & RSE SURVEY

DfE has launched a call for evidence as part of its review of changes to teaching of sex and relationship education, and PSHE

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/education-secretary-launches-rse-call-for-evidence

The current statutory guidance for teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) that was introduced in 2000  is being updated after legislation was passed by Parliament earlier this year to make relationships education compulsory in all primary schools and relationships and sex education compulsory in all secondary schools.

As part of the review process the government is asking parents, teachers and young people to help shape the new curriculum.

Full information about the review is available here https://consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence/supporting_documents/Sex%20and%20Relationships%20Education%20%20A%20call%20for%20evidence.pdf and a

Young people’s call for evidence can be found here https://consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence/supporting_documents/Sex%20and%20Relationships%20Education%20%20Young%20peoples%20call%20for%20evidence.pdf.

 

The call for evidence will extend over an 8 week period until 12th February 2018 and invites views on age-appropriate content on mental wellbeing, staying safe online and LGBT issues in the updated subjects.

 

ISLAND ROADS—FOOTWAY RESURFACING

We have received notification from Island Roads that they will shortly be resurfacing the pavements in Atkinson Drive.  From approximately 6th February 2018 there may be parking restrictions, barriers, signage and parts of the footpath may be closed.  Please, especially during this time, remember to park sensibly and courteously, not blocking our neighbours’ drives and do not obstruct the work taking place.  Unfortunately we are still receiving complaints this week about cars being dangerously parked on corners, which does not allow pedestrians to cross safely.

 

NEXT WEEK’S MENU

 

YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS CLUB

 

NEWPORT TRAVEL FORUM

 

PAN TOGETHER

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Optimism A mental attitude reflecting a belief or hope that the outcome of some specific endeavour, or outcomes in general, will be positive.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

I am prepared to succeed

 

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Newsletter 16/18

Newsletter 16/18

WELCOME BACK!

Happy New Year to everyone and we hope you have all had a good rest and are refreshed for the new term ahead!  The staff of Summerfields would once again like to say a big “thank you” for all the lovely cards and presents they received.  Your generosity is much appreciated.

 

SNACKS AT BREAKTIME

Please remember children should ONLY be bringing in fruit or cheese to eat at playtime.  Therefore DO NOT send in cakes, biscuits, snack bars, etc.  As we have previously advised parents, we do have children with life threatening allergies in school.  We are also a “healthy” school and try to encourage children to make the right choices.  Just a reminder that as we are also a “Nut Free” school, lunch boxes should not contain any items that may contain nuts, such as chocolate spread.

 

FAMILY LIAISON OFFICER (FLO) – Mrs Murphy

If you need to contact Mrs Murphy for advice, support or just a chat about things that may be affecting your child, your family or you, please email her on: flo@summerfields.iow.sch.uk or phone 01983 525085 and select option 4.  Please be aware that Mrs Murphy only works part time and is often out at meetings.  She will try to respond to you as quickly as possible.

 

HOUSE POINTS

Below are the House Point totals for the Autumn Term:-

Compton House                      2084 Points                

Whitecliff House                     2412 Points    

Appley House                         2568 Points                            

Woodside House                     2260 Points    

Therefore the champions for last term were Appley House.  Congratulations!

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

The latest important dates for your diaries are now on the Events page on this website.  This is for the whole term up to the Easter break on Thursday 29th March 2018.  Please remember these are only “provisional” dates and therefore may be subject to change.

 

ATTENDANCE

The whole school attendance for December was 94.65% which is below our target of 96%.  Class attendance percentages for December were as follows:-

Ellen McArthur Class                          95.16%

King Charles Class                             91.41%

Queen Victoria Class                          95.51%

Minghella Class                                   95.13%

Warrior Class                                      96.30%

Tennyson Class                                  94.16%

Charles Dickens Class                       94.78%           

Congratulations to Warrior Class who were December’s Attendance Stars!  They were presented with the trophy in today’s Celebration Assembly.

 

FAMILY LEARNING SESSIONS

Are you interested in coming along with your child to Maths family learning sessions in school? The sessions are aimed at helping you further support your child at home. Please return the slips sent home or ask at the school office for more information.

 

NEWSLETTER

Please don’t forget to sign up to receive this newsletter automatically to your email inbox every Friday afternoon! Simply visit our website at www.summerfieldsprimary.co.uk and follow the link at the bottom right hand side of the page.  Remember paper copies are always available from the school lobby and pupils will also receive a paper copy when it is their turn to be “Star Pupil”.

  

VOLUNTEER FAIR

Ventnor Botanic Garden are hosting their 6th Annual Volunteer Fair on Saturday 13th January from 11am until 3pm. The Event is FREE with FREE car parking. If you are interested in volunteering opportunities on the Isle of Wight, please contact the Volunteer Centre on tel: 539377. 

 

NEXT WEEK’S SCHOOL LUNCH MENU

Please note the change to Thursday and Friday’s lunch menu next week which is as follows:

 

MONDAY

Beef Burger or Vegetarian Burger, with Oven Baked New Potatoes, Broccoli and Sweetcorn

Carrot and Sultana Cake with Custard / Yoghurt / Fresh Fruit Platter

 

TUESDAY

Turkey and Veg Pie with Pastry Topping or Mixed Bean Cassoulet and Mashed Potatoes,

Cauliflower and Green Beans

Tutti Fruity Tuesday / Yoghurt / Fresh Fruit Chunks

 

WEDNESDAY

Roast Chicken and Stuffing or Vegetarian Wellington with Roast Potatoes and Gravy,

Cabbage, Carrots & Courgettes

Peach Crumble and Custard / Yoghurt / Fresh Fruit Salad

 

THURSDAY

MSC Fish Fingers or Cheese, Spinach & Tomato Frittata with Chips, Baked Beans & Garden Peas

Mandarin Jelly / Yoghurt / Fresh Fruit Platter

 

FRIDAY

Beef Tortilla Stack and Rice with Garlic Slice, Macaroni Cheese with Tomato Topping, Roasted Vegetable Medley

Lemon Surprise Cake / Yoghurt / Fresh Fruit Chunks

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Convivial—this means lively, warm, friendly, sociable, welcoming and fond of good company

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

The time is always right to do what is right

Martin Luther King Jnr

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Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

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Newsletter 15/17

Newsletter 15/17

THANK YOU!

We hope all our pupils and their families have a very happy and restful Christmas and New Year.  Thank you to everyone for all the lovely cards and gifts, we really do appreciate your generosity.  Remember school reopens on Monday 8th January 2018!

 

GLAD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY

We are very pleased to announce that Tesco are now able to supply our embroidered uniform via Tesco Direct. It will be delivered to your home and you will earn Tesco points.  In addition Tesco will donate 5% of sales to the school.  Go to www.tesco.com/ues and search for Summerfields. Please note unfortunately they are unable to supply PE t-shirts at the moment.  You can still obtain uniform from Kids & Co in Ryde.  Compare the uniform market and find that every little helps!

 

CATERLINK—NEW SCHOOL MENU

This week your child should have brought home a new school menu which starts next term.  We have also published it on this website, and it can be found here.  Please note when we return on 8th January 2018 we will start on Week 2.

 

LOST SCHOOL UNIFORM

Unfortunately we have had a number of “named” school jumpers go missing recently.  Please take time during the holidays to go through your child’s uniform to ensure that they have not accidently taken home the wrong jumper or PE kit items.  Thank you.

 

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY

We raised £128.00 for the NSPCC by wearing our Christmas/Winter jumpers to school on Christmas lunch day.  Everyone looked fantastic.  Thank you to Mrs Daly who bought the crackers for the children!  We would also like to thank Louise, our cook, the Caterlink staff and school staff who worked extra hard to make this such an enjoyable occasion.

 

KEY STAGE 2 CHRISTINGLE

Following the Key Stage 2 Christingle this week, we have been contacted by St Paul’s to thank us for such a wonderful service and to say what a great start to Christmas this provided.  You can hear it (or download) at the St. Paul’s website www.stpaulsbarton.co.uk  using the link on the banner on the homepage, the latest teaching link or on the teaching & audio page—where there is a programme http://www.stpaulsbarton.co.uk/media/.  Well done to everyone who took part.

 

FACEBOOK

Don’t forget to visit our official Facebook page to keep up to date with news and events. We will be aiming to update the page daily.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Family—A group of people not necessarily related to each other, who might not always get along but love and support each other anyway through good times and bad.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Focus on what you can do.  1% in 100 different things makes a big difference.

 

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Newsletter 14/17

Newsletter 14/17

STAR PUPILS

There will be no Star Pupils next week as school finishes on Thursday 21st December.

  

CHRISTINGLE—YEARS 3 to 6

The Key Stage 2 Christingle takes place next Monday, 18th December 2017.  ALL children will therefore need to be collected from St Paul’s church at 2.45pm, including children in Years 4 to 6 who would normally walk home from school alone. Parents are welcome to attend the service, which starts at 2.15pm, but please remember space in the church is quite limited.  We would politely request that younger children are not brought to this event, as it is a church service, and not a school assembly. Thank you.

 

CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED SCHOOL ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS

The Isle of Wight Council is consulting on its proposed admission arrangements for its Community & Voluntary Controlled Schools for the 2019/20 academic year.  The consultation will run for six weeks commencing Monday 11th December 2017 until Monday 22nd January 2018. The consultation documents can be accessed through the following webpage: https://www.iwight.com/SchoolAdmissions.

 

 FUNDRAISING

We have received a note of thanks from the Royal British Legion for the £55.90 we raised selling poppies this year.  The recent Mufti Day raised £153.00 for the ‘Friends’ to purchase items for the Christmas Fayre.  Thank you as ever for your continued generosity.

 

NEXT WEEK’S SCHOOL LUNCH MENU

Monday           –  Fish and Chips or  Jacket Potato

Tuesday         –  Traditional Christmas Lunch (pre-orders only)

Wednesday     –  Quiche or Macaroni Cheese

Thursday         –  Party Day Lunch (pre-orders only)

Friday              –  SCHOOL CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS       

Desserts will be decided daily by the school cook.

  

WONKY DONKEY

Thank you to all the staff who worked very hard to make the KS1 production such a wonderful success.  We would also like to say ‘well done’ to the children who performed so well!

 

 FACEBOOK

We are happy to announce that Summerfields now has an official Facebook page. Through this page we will aim to keep you updated with events at school, as well as giving you a daily insight into life at Summerfields.

The main purpose of the page is for our school to distribute/publish information and celebrate what the school and its pupils achieve. It is not intended for two way conversation.

If you have any comments to make, please email the school office on office@summerfields.iow.sch.uk rather than post on the wall. We will then do our best to respond to your query, and where necessary post a statement on our wall.

The page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/summerfieldsprimary

 

ISLE OF WIGHT SCHOOL HOLIDAYS CONSULTATION

Start of consultation: 24 Nov 2017   End of consultation: 12 Jan 2018

Background: The Isle of Wight Council wishes to investigate the patterns of term and holiday dates within the school year to ensure that they best support learning and outcomes for children as well as best supporting our education and wider communities in how they organise their work and home life calendars. 

A paper, seeking approval to consult on possible changes to term dates received Cabinet’s approval.

The suggestions are to look into the possibility of reducing the summer holiday but extending the half term holidays that occur in October and February. No decisions have been taken yet.

The council is eager to have as many comments as possible, because as part of this consultation we would like to ensure that the eventual decision has been informed by as many respondents as possible. 

More information and a link to the online survey, is available here: www.iwight.com/schoolholidaysconsultation.

 

‘FRIENDS’ CHRISTMAS STALL NEXT TUESDAY

Following the Christmas Fayre last week, there were some craft and food items that were not sold.  Therefore the  ‘Friends’ will be running a stall after school next Tuesday outside Year 5/6 classrooms. Everything must go!  Please come along and support their fundraising efforts.

 

HOME START

Are you looking for something rewarding to do with your time in the New Year? Home Start IOW needs volunteers in our area to support parents who may be struggling to cope. Home-Start IOW offer full training so no qualifications are necessary other than the parenting experience you already have. All of their volunteers are subject to a DBS (police) check. Please get in touch for details of their next training course. If you are interested and would like to know more please call them on 533357, email homestartiow@btconnect.com or check out their website www.homestartisleofwight.org.uk.  

 

NEWS FROM CHARLES DICKENS CLASS

 

Visit from an Expedition Leader

On Tuesday afternoon, Sean Foley came to Year 6 to talk about being an expedition leader.

He talked to us about not giving up and how to be a good leader. Sean told us that we have a small part in our brain and we call it the chimp brain. As soon as there is danger or a little bit of trouble, our chimp brain will kick in and tell us to run around screaming. This is no good to anyone so to calm our chimp brain down we need to stop, breathe and relax.  Sean used to work in the Royal Marines Commandos but now leads groups of children (around the age of 15) to different places all over the world on expeditions. This is so that they can experience what it is like to get out and about. Our class really enjoyed the opportunity to be able to talk to a real life expedition leader.

 

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

On Thursday 23rd November a man called Nick came in to talk to us about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He used to work in the Royal Navy and had always wanted to re-create something. A couple of years after he left his wife asked to make the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car in real life for her. He was stunned and hopped straight to work to build what would be a masterpiece. Nick started with an old Land Rover and stripped it down right to its chassis. This was his starting place and he went on to build the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Once he had built it he wanted to go around the world with it and that’s exactly what he did. On his way he had some pretty scary experiences. When he was in Iran there was no campsites so he had to travel in to the desert. When he was bobbing along there was a man in hole pointing a rocket launcher at him! His destination was Australia Sydney Opera House and that is where he finished his journey.

 

Sports Hall

On Wednesday the 6th December, Year 5 and Year 6 took part in an indoor athletics event at Christ the King College.  The activities were: chest push, standing long jump, vertical jump, triple jump, speed bounce and javelin.  The children taking part were: Harley-Mai, Shona-Louise, Carys, Grace, Talia, Erin, Reggie, Cain, Jimmy, Matthew, Deano and Ollie who stepped in at the last minute.

The other schools that took part were: Summerfields, Barton, Arreton, Carisbrooke C of E, Nine Acres, Newport C of E and St Thomas’s.  Out of nine schools we came 5th with 1150 points.  We also competed in some running races these were: 1×1, 1×2, 2×2, 4×1 relay and parlouf. Everybody enjoyed the day and competing against other teams was lots of fun.

 

The above reports have been written by children in Charles Dickens Class.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Trepidation-A state of alarm, dread, fear, apprehension.  It is used when talking about a concern or anxiety for a forthcoming event.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity – Albert Einstein

 

 

 

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