Newsletter 21/17

Newsletter 21/17

MUFTI DAY

Thank you to everyone for their donations to our Mufti Day today.  We will let you know after half term how much was raised towards English resources.

 

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS’ EVENTS

Mad Hatters March Discos

On the first Friday back, 3rd March 2017, the Friends of Summerfields are holding “Mad Hatters March” discos.  The Reception and Key Stage 1 disco will take place from 5.00pm-6.00pm (with parents please) and the Key Stage 2 from 6.15pm-7.30pm (without parents).  Entrance is £1.00 on the door with a prize for the brightest wig or funkiest hat!  All the normal stalls will be there including tuck shop, lucky dip and tattoos!

Sponsored Pancake Obstacle Course

On 28th February 2017, Shrove Tuesday, Friends will be holding a Sponsored Pancake Obstacle Course for children in all years after school.  Sponsor forms for the event went home earlier this week.  Please could we ask that all sponsor money is returned securely in envelopes via the “green box”.  Thank you.

 

DINNER MONEY

We are very sorry to have to “moan” again but school is finding that dinner money is not being paid weekly and unfortunately some families have a large amount of dinner money now owing.  School cannot afford to have this debt.  Therefore in future, if you have more than a week’s dinner money owing, £10.75, your child will not be allowed to have a school dinner until that amount is cleared.  You will be contacted and advised that they will have to bring a packed lunch into school until the debt is cleared; if they do not you will be phoned and asked to bring a packed lunch in for them.  Please therefore ensure you remember to pay for your child’s school dinners weekly.

 

SERIOUS INCIDENT

This week we received a phone call from a parent informing us that as she drove down Staplers Road children from Summerfields were throwing stones at cars.  This is absolutely unacceptable behaviour and the Police will be called if this should occur again.  If your child walks to school alone, please speak to them about how dangerous this could be for the car drivers and themselves.  Thank you.

 

DRUM LESSONS

We have had a plea from a parent about drum lessons.  Unfortunately Wight Music Tuition are unwilling to travel to Summerfields to give drum lessons to one child.  Therefore if you have a child who is interested in learning to play the drums, please ask at the school office for further details including costs, etc.

 

PHONICS SUPPORT SESSION

Thank you to the parents from Years R and 1 who attended the phonics and reading workshop held on Tuesday this week.  We hope you all found this a useful session to help you support your children at home.  Thank you to Mrs Luke and Miss Vine for organising this event.

Letters went home this week about similar sessions to be held next term to support children with Maths at home.  These will take the format of Family Learning where parents and children will attend the session together.  This is for children in Years R to 4.

 

PAN MILL DESIGN CHALLENGE

Following a recent assembly held, everyone should have received details of the above challenge this week.  Please can all designs be returned to school after half term by Friday 3rd March 2017.

 

HALF TERM EVENTS AT NEWPORT ROMAN VILLA

On Monday 20th February 2017 Newport Roman Villa are holding a Magical Creatures Clay Day.  There is a Magical Creature picture hunt and you can make your own creature out of clay to take home.  Entrance is just £1.00 per person; no need to book, just turn up on the day between 11.00am and 3.00pm.  On Wednesday 22nd February 2017 the villa are holding “Roman Room in a box” day.  Bring a box and decorate it with mosaics and wall paintings to make your very own Roman room to take home.  Again entrance is £1.00 per person and there is no need to book, just drop in between 11.00am and 3.00pm.  For full details of both events contact Newport Roman Villa on 01983 529720.

 

WEST WIGHT SWIMMING CLUB

Click here to see a flyer from West Wight Swimming Club.

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “fourteen”.

Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “seventy”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

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

 

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Newsletter 20/17

Newsletter 20/17

MUFTI DAY

There will be a non-uniform day on Friday 17th February to raise funds towards English resources.  £1 per family donation please.  Remember children still need to wear sensible shoes and a coat to school.

 

MEET THE IOW SEND TEAM

Are you the parent or carer of a child or young person age 0-25 with a special educational need and/or a disability (SEND)? Parents Voice IW, the Island’s Parent Carer Forum would like to invite you to come along to meet members of the team of Local Authority professionals working in SEND on the IW.

Come along and join in our Question and Answer session on Monday 27th February 2017, 9:30am until 12:30pm at the Riverside Centre, Newport, I.O.W.  We would also welcome your suggestions of questions we could ask on behalf of our network of local parent carers, so do please send us your ideas!

If you would like to find out more please contact Jo on 01983 823898 ext. 2838 or email Joanne@peoplematteriw.org.

 

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY FOOTBALL

If you would like your child to join an after school football club run by Pompey in the Community please visit www.pompeyitc.co.uk or call to book a place on 02392 728899. The club will run on Tuesdays after school from 3-4pm for six weeks; 28th February to 4th April 2017.  Children from all year groups can take part.  Places are limited therefore please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

ATTENDANCE

School attendance matters—at Summerfields we want every child to achieve at least 96.2% or higher attendance in order for them to make the best progress possible.

Since September 2016, 66 sessions have been missed due to medical appointments, 81 children have arrived late between 8:45am and 9:00am (total of 382 minutes) and 20 children have arrived late after 9:00am (total of 38 minutes). 210 sessions have been missed due to children being taken out of school for a family holiday. All absences and lates to school do impact on children’s learning.

Please help your child to maintain good attendance by booking doctor, dentist and optician appointments either in the school holidays, in the afternoon after school or at weekends.  Please provide the school with an appointment card/letter if your child needs to leave school for appointments, such as hospital appointments.

 

PARENTS’ EVENINGS

Parents’ evenings will take place next week on  Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th February 2017.   If you haven’t done so already, please remember to sign up for an appointment time. Sign up sheets will remain outside classrooms until the actual parents’ evening.  

 

FEBRUARY HALF TERM ACTIVITIES

Ventnor Botanic Gardens—There are many activities taking place at  this February half term including:

Spot the signs of spring garden trail

Fired art ceramic workshop

Garden vegetable and leaf printing

Build you own butterfly feeder

Make you own recycled bird feeder

Special garden tours

To find out more visit www.botanic.co.uk / Tel: 855397

 

YEAR 5 ASSEMBLY

Reminder that the Year 5 assembly takes place next Wednesday, 15th February at 2:50pm.  All welcome.

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “word”.

Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “bargain”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

If you want to travel fast—go alone

If you want to travel far—go together

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Newsletter 19/17

Newsletter 19/17

ATTENDANCE

The whole school attendance for January was 94.92% which is well below our target of 96%.  Class attendance percentages for January were as follows:-

 

England Class                            89.68%

India Class                                   94.18%

China Class                                93.37%

Australia Class                           96.80%

Kenya Class                    97.46%

Peru Class 95.90%

Great Britain Class 97.21%

 

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

 

HOUSE POINTS

Each month “House Points” from each class are collected and the House with the most points wins the trophy!  Below are the House Point totals for January:-

Arctic House 540 Atlantic House 665

Indian House 511  Pacific House 638

Therefore champions for last half term were Atlantic House.  Congratulations!

 

ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS

Sainsbury’s Active Kids campaign launched on 25th January 2017 and will run until 2nd May 2017.  Please remember to ask your friends and relatives for their vouchers too!  The collection box is in the school foyer.  We will then be able to exchange the vouchers collected for sports equipment for school.

 

HOST FAMILIES WANTED

Do you have a spare room?  Why not earn money while hosting an international student this summer!  Contact EF for further details on 01983 821133 or email hostfamily.isleofwight@ef.com or visit www. hostfamily.ef.com.

 

NOISE IN THE SCHOOL LOBBY

We really do not want to have a “moan” again but even if the office blind is closed, staff are still trying to work and answer the telephone from 8.00am.  This is extremely difficult if children are shouting and screaming in the lobby.  Please therefore can children be kept as quiet as possible or wait outside instead. We would hate to have to “lock” everyone out until the doors are opened at 8.35am.

 

“LAWSTUFF”

Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s Child Law Advice Service has launched a new website which helps children and young people find out about their legal rights.

The website is called www.lawstuff.org.uk and has been funded by The Queen’s Trust.  The website provides information about children’s rights in the following areas:- Police and Law, Children’s Services, Education, Home and Family, At what age can I …, Abuse and Bullying and Online Safety.

 

QUIZ NIGHT

Thank you to all the parents and staff who attended the Quiz Night on Friday organised the Friends.  Everyone had a great time and raised £45.00.  Thank you to the Friends for organising this event and to Jackie Baxter for the questions!  Look out for further fun events shortly!

 

CHANGE 4 LIFE APP

We are noticing in school a number of “fruity snacks” such as fruit winders and flapjacks in lunchboxes and for snack time.  You may want to use your App to check just how much sugar is actually in these items.  We think you will be surprised by just how much is in them.

We are also now looking at writing a school policy for healthy lunchboxes and snacks.  If you have any comments you would like to make regarding this proposed policy, please put your ideas in writing to the school office.  Thank you.

 

PARENTS’ EVENINGS

Parents’ evenings will take place on Tuesday 14th February 2017 and Thursday 16th February 2017.  Sheets to sign up to meet with your child’s teacher will go up outside the classrooms next Monday morning, 6th February 2017.  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 time and date arranged.

 

OUR BEST WORK

Don’t forget to check the Our Best Work page on the website to see what the children have been doing at school. This week it’s the turn of Australia Class, who have been learning about mass, and weighing objects using scales. You can find the page here.

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “Saturday”.

Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “February”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Getting better never stops—Humphrey Walters

 

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Newsletter 18/17

Newsletter 18/17

LOVE YOUR BEACH AND GET INVOLVED

Would your child like to see their name up in lights at their favourite Island beach? They can win their own bit of beachside heaven.  From 9 January to 8 February 2017 the ’Beauty of the Beach’ campaign is running a social media competition to show how our Island’s children value our beaches and what they do to keep them clean.  There is nothing like a bit of shame from the youngsters to get us adults to take more care of our environment too! The competition is open to all of the Island 4-11 year olds. All they need to do is write a love letter in no more than 50 words, using the template below, to their favourite Isle of Wight beach, and get an adult to upload it to @EnvAgencySE on Twitter by the 8 February 2017. The winners for each beach will be announced on Twitter @EnvAgencySE on Valentine’s Day! The letter should use the following format:

“Dear ………. beach,
I love you because ……….
I will care for you by ……….
Lots of love from (name), Age (age), From (insert where you live).”

The winning love letters will be displayed throughout the Summer 2017 on each winning beach bathing water signage. So get creative! Encourage your children to come up with that winning letter, and get tweeting!

 

REPORTING YOUR CHILD’S ABSENCE

If your child is absent from school, please leave a message on our school telephone absence line (option 2) by 9:30am. If you would prefer to speak in person to a member of the office team, could you please refrain from calling between 8:00am and 9:00am as the office is extremely busy at this time of day.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

THIS WEEK AT SUMMERFIELDS

The whole school enjoyed a ‘Cinderella’ pantomime at Barton Primary School on Monday. Despite the cold weather, everyone braved the walk to Barton and had a fantastic time!  Thank you to everyone who donated £1 towards the cost of the theatre group.

 

MANNERS AT LUNCHTIME

Our lunchtime staff are very good at reminding children about their manners at lunchtime and giving children an extra hand with cutting up food etc. when needed.  Could you please help us by reinforcing the good practice we teach at lunchtime as follows:

Encourage children to be independent with the cutting up of their food (especially Y3 and above)

Eating with their mouth closed

Not dropping food onto the dining floor just because they do not like it

Sitting up and round the right way

We do appreciate your support in this matter.

 

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAYS

Please be advised that there will be two further school developments days on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th July 2017. Therefore school will be finishing for the summer term on Friday 21st July at 2pm.  There will also be a leavers’ assembly for Year 6 pupils and their parents at approximately 1pm on this day.

 

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS

The ‘Friends’ are hosting an adult only quiz night tonight at 7pm.  A maximum of 6 people per team, £1 entry per person.  Don’t forget to bring your own nibbles and drinks to enjoy.  There will also be a small raffle.  Please support the quiz if you can.  Look out in your child’s book bag for a list of dates from the ‘Friends’ for forthcoming events.

 

FAREWELL TO MRS SKINNER

We sadly said goodbye to Mrs Skinner, MSA this week, we will miss her in school.  We wish her well and hope that she enjoys all the free time that she will  now have. 

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “upon”.

Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “embarrass”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

All things are difficult before they are easy.

 

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Newsletter 17/17

Newsletter 17/17

WELCOME!

We would like to welcome our new Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) to Summerfields.  Mrs Sarah Luke joined us at the beginning of term and has already had the opportunity to meet some families.  We wish her well in her new role at Summerfields.  Our best wishes go to Mrs Bowen who is sadly still poorly.

 

DIARY CHANGES!

Unfortunately the Year 5 assembly has had to be moved from Thursday 16th February 2017 to Wednesday 15th February 2017; it will still be at 2.50pm.  We have also decided to “dress up” for  World Book Day on FRIDAY 3rd March 2017 and not Thursday 2nd March 2017.

We have also decided to hold a “Mufti” day on the last day of term, Friday 17th February 2017 in aid of English resources.  Children can come to school in “mufti” for a £1.00 donation.

 

MATHLETICS!

Don’t forget children in Years 2 to 6 have their own log-ins to use Mathletics at home.  Children can log in and have lots of fun playing against other children in a “safe” environment.  Children can choose which topics they want to practise and the competition element improves their mental maths!  In February we will publish the names of the children with the top three scores.

 

MUSIC LESSONS

Music lessons are provided at Summerfields by Wight Music Tuition.  Lessons are offered in a variety of musical instruments.  Currently we have children who have violin and guitar lessons.  For further details about the cost and availability please contact Wight Music Tuition on 295780.

 

THIS WEEK AT SUMMERFIELDS

School has been very busy this week.  On Monday it was really good to see Tyler who came to see England Class.  As you are all probably aware Tyler has been extremely unwell and it was really good to see he is finally on the road to recovery.

Also on Monday Years R to 4 enjoyed workshops held by the author of the Zoe and Beans books, Chloe Inkpen.  Barton Primary joined Summerfields for these events and a great time was had by all.  Thank you to Mr Simpson for organising this visit.  Another author is visiting Year 6 very shortly.

 

PARKING OUTSIDE SCHOOL

We had a very serious incident outside school on Wednesday morning when a child was nearly run over by a reversing car which had been parked on double yellow lines.  PLEASE think of the safety of all children when parking and not just of your own convenience.  This is not the first incident this week: we have also had a parent come in to inform us of cars parked unsafely.  Please can everyone park so children can cross the road safely and see what traffic is approaching.  If cars are parked on the double yellow lines this is not possible.  Thank you.

 

EAT WELL FOR LESS?

Eat Well for Less is back on the hunt for households looking to save money on their food shop!  For further details email eatwell@rdftelevision.com  or call 0117 970 7635.

 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB LEAFLET

Last week every family should have received the latest “on-line” Book Club leaflet.  Books are available to order that are not just in the booklet but also on the website at www.scholastic.co.uk/shop.  Please can any orders be returned to school via the “Green Box” by next Friday 27th January 2017 at the latest.  Please remember payment must be made via credit or debit card as cash cannot be accepted.

 

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “Monday”.

Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “window”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Good intent is not enough.

 

 

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Newsletter 16/17

Newsletter 16/17

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

If your child is absent from school due to illness please telephone the school by 9:30am and leave a message on the absence line (option 2). Please leave the reason for absence, your child’s name and their class.  Their absence will be noted on the register but marked as ‘unauthorised’ until a written explanation is received; we have a supply of yellow absence forms in the foyer for your convenience.  If you are unable to make a call due to poor signal or no credit on your phone, please e-mail the office, again by 9:30am, to office@summerfields.iow.sch.uk.  Thank you.

 

HOUSE POINTS

Each half term the “House Points” from each class are collected and the House with the most points wins the trophy!  Below are the House Point totals for the autumn second half term:-

Arctic House 745

Atlantic House 513

Indian House  563

Pacific House 674

Therefore champions for last half term were Arctic House.  Congratulations!

 

CHANGE 4 LIFE NEW FOOD SMART APP

Have you seen the new ‘change 4 life’ Food smart App? It’s really good, has great resources and ideas and scans the fat, salt and sugar on food products. To download the app please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/be-food-smart#P1G2XAUzIJqZoXV6.97.

 

GOOD NEWS

If you are in receipt of any of the benefits below and not on Working Tax Credit, then the school can apply for extra funding.

¨ Income Support

¨ Employment Support Allowance (Income related)

¨ Income Support / Jobseeker’s Allowance

¨ Child Tax Credit with an annual household income of  less than £16,190

¨ Guaranteed Pension Credit

This funding will directly benefit your child and the school as a whole.  The application process can be made online and will take about 10 minutes to complete.  Mrs Murphy, our Family Liaison Officer, is available to help in school with the application process.

If you think that you may be eligible or would just like some information, please ring for an appointment with Mrs Murphy as soon as possible.

 

MENU CHANGE

We have an exciting menu change next Thursday 19th January.  Instead of Chinese Chicken Noodles, the cook will be making hot dogs with onions or macaroni cheese with sides of potato wedges, corn on the cob, peas and coleslaw. The dessert will be strawberry ice-cream. We would like as many children as possible to try this new meal choice, no need to book, all children need to do is let their teacher know that they would like a school meal as usual.

 

HEADLICE

Unfortunately we have had several occurrences of children returning to school after the holidays with headlice. Please can you check your child’s hair this weekend and treat if necessary.   Thank you.

 

STAY AND READ

You are invited to come along to ‘Stay and Read’  in your child’s class on Friday 20th January, between 8:45am and 9:00am.  Please bring a book from home if you would like to read with a group of children.  We hope lots of you can come!

 

CHILDREN’S WORK ON THE WEBSITE

Each week we will be showcasing some work that the children have been doing in class. We start this week with Reception class. The work can be found by clicking on the School menu from the top of the page and selecting “Our Best Work”.

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “with”.

Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “little”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

The greats were not great because they were born that way but because they worked hard.

 

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Newsletter 15/17

Newsletter 15/17

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.

 

ATTENDANCE

The whole school attendance for December was 95.79% which is below our target of 96%.  Class attendance percentages for December were as follows:-

England Class 90.00%

India Class 96.60%

China Class 97.27%

Australia Class 95.40%

Kenya Class 97.08%

Peru Class 95.49%

Great Britain Class 98.85%

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

 

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”.

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Please check the Events Page for the latest diary dates.  This is for the whole term to when we break up for Easter on Friday 7th April 2017.  Please remember these are only “provisional” dates and therefore may be subject to change.

 

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY

If there is sufficient interest, Pompey in the Community will again be running their Tuesday club after school from next week, Tuesday 10th January 2017.  Please remember ALL places must be booked and paid for in advance by contacting Pompey in the Community directly on 023 9272 8899.  Thank you.

 

GIRLS’ FOOTBALL TRAINING SESSIONS

Newport IW Football Club hold training sessions for girls every Saturday from 10.00am-11.00am at St George’s Park.  The sessions are open to all girls aged between 8 and 16 years.

For more information contact them at girlsfootball@niowfc.com.

 

JUNIOR CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

The Junior Cross Country Championships take place on Sunday 19th February 2017 at Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde.  Booking is essential as no registrations will be taken on the day.  For full details contact Ray Scovell on 07915 609850 or 01983 405340 or via email at isleofwightac@btinternet.com.  Races are over a distance of 2 kms, with the Year 3/4 race starting at 9.15am and the Year 5/6 race starting at 9.30am.

 

COLD WEATHER WARNINGS!

School has received a lot of cold weather warnings this week from the Isle of Wight Council.  Please can you therefore ensure that children bring a hat and gloves to school as everyone is expected to go out at lunch and playtime if the weather is dry.

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “where”.  Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “thousand”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

It’s okay to not know,

but it’s not okay to not try.

 

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Newsletter 14/16

Newsletter 14/16

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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 gifts and cards, we really do appreciate your generosity. Remember school reopens on Tuesday 3rd January 2017!

 

CHRISTMAS JUMPERS. Everyone looked fantastic in their Christmas jumpers on Christmas Lunch day!  We raised an amazing amount of £153.20 for ‘Save the  Children’.  Well done to everyone. Thank you to Christine and all the kitchen staff for providing a wonderful Christmas lunch and to the lunchtime meal supervisory assistants, teachers and teaching assistants for their hard work in serving the whole school their Christmas meal.

 

CHRISTINGLE AT ST. PAUL’S CHURCH

The Christingle was a great success and the children behaved impeccably. A recording of the service is available to listen to or download on the St. Paul’s Church Website. www.stpaulsbarton.co.uk.

 

HANDWASHING

Can parents and carers please take the opportunity over the Christmas break to show  children how to wash their hands thoroughly. Could children please be reminded of the importance of washing their hands after they have been to the toilet and before eating. This will hopefully reduce the spread of germs at home and in school. Thank you.

 

MESSAGE FROM SUMMERFIELDS CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

After a very busy end to the term, with school plays, Christmas parties and much more, alongside everything that normally goes on, I would like to wish all pupils, parents, carers and staff a very happy and restful Christmas.  Thank you for the part that each of you has played in working together to be an amazing school community in 2016.

Tony Murphy, Chair of Governors on behalf of all the Governors.

 

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS SEPTEMBER 2017

If you wish to apply for a primary school place for admission into school in September 2017, the       deadline for completed applications for both paper and on-line applications is midnight on Sunday 15th  January 2017. Applications received after this deadline will be considered by the local authority AFTER those that have been received on time.  For further information please contact School Admissions on 823455.

 

KS1 CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES

Thank you to everyone who came along to watch the performance of ‘Little Robin’s Red Vest’, we hope that you enjoyed it.  We raised an amazing amount of £103 from the sale of raffle tickets.

 

CAROL SINGING

Year 6 have visited Vecta House this week to sing Christmas Carols to the residents.  Thank you to all the children who sang beautifully and who were a real credit to the school. Well done.

 

PHIL THE BAG

‘Phil the bag’ was a huge success again this year and we have raised £70!  Thank you to everyone for donating your unwanted items.  As this collection was so successful we shall be organising another date to ‘Phil the bag’ in 2017.

 

Proposed Change to Admissions Arrangements at Brighstone CE Aided Primary School.

There is a consultation on Brighstone CE Aided Primary School’s Admissions Policy for 2018-19 between 14th December 2016 and 25th January 2017. For more information please visit their website:  www.brighstoneprimary.org.uk.

 

HEAD LICE

Click here for a fact sheet about headlice.

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “tree”.

Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “December”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

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

 

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Newsletter 13/16

Newsletter 13/16

STAR PUPILS

There will be no more Star Pupils until the first week back after Christmas.

 

ATTENDANCE TROPHY

The whole school attendance for November was 94.66%, which is below our target of 96%. Class attendance percentages for November were as follows:-

England Class 92.22%       

India Class 94.75%       

China Class 93.76%

Australia Class 96.96%

Kenya Class 94.97%

Peru Class 95.14%

Great Britain Class 94.99%

Congratulations to Australia Class who were November’s Attendance Stars!  They will be presented with the trophy in today’s Celebration Assembly.

 

HOUSE POINTS

The House Point totals for November are as follows:-

Arctic House 636

Atlantic House 730

Indian House  542

Pacific House 587

Therefore the Champions were Atlantic House.  Congratulations! They will be presented with the House Point cup in assembly today.

 

CHRISTINGLE

The Key Stage 2 Christingle takes place next Monday, 12th December 2016.  ALL children in Years 3 to 6 will therefore need to be collected from St Paul’s church at 2.45pm.  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.

 

PARTY DAY

We are holding our traditional “Party Day” on the last day of term, Friday 16th December 2016.  Children can come to school in “sensible” party clothes but remember they will still be expected to go outside to play so no high heels please and make sure they bring a coat!  School closes at 2pm prompt when ALL children must be collected.

 

CHRISTMAS/WINTER JUMPER DAY

Don’t forget we are holding our Christmas and Winter Jumper Day on Tuesday 13th December 2016.  Your child can wear a festive or winter themed jumper to school (instead of their school jumper) for £1.00 donation.  All other school uniform must be worn!

 

CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Christmas Fayre organised by the Friends of Summerfields.  We had a super turn-out and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves.  Over £750.00 was raised—a fantastic achievement!  Thank you as ever to the Friends for organising this event.

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Just a reminder that all Christmas lunches had to be booked and paid for in advance.  Therefore if you have not ordered a lunch for your child to have on Tuesday 13th December 2016, please remember to send them in with a packed lunch from home.  If your child is in Years R to 2 they will automatically receive this lunch, unless you have already advised us otherwise.  Likewise if your child is in Years 3 to 6 and entitled to a Free School Meal, they will also automatically receive a Christmas Lunch.

 

THE WOODLAND TRUST

Kenya Class have raised £199.40 from a sponsored “Name the Leaf” challenge.  This has been raised for their class charity The Woodland Trust.  Thank you to all the parents and carers who sponsored the children and well done to the children for learning all the leaf names to complete the challenge.

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL

We have had a “thank you” letter from the Isle of Wight Foodbank.  Summerfields’ families donated a total of 58.08kg of food  for our Harvest celebrations.  Thank you so much for your support of this charity.

 

NEWPORT LANTERN PARADE

Well done to all the children who took part in the Newport Lantern Parade last Saturday.  Despite the weather being bitterly cold, the lanterns looked fantastic.  Thank you to Mrs Downer, Mrs Bast and Miss Sheaf for organising this club.

We won First Prize!  A big thank you as well to all the parents who helped make the lanterns.

 

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS AND CHOIR PERFORMANCE—QUAY ARTS

If you are looking for something different and “Christmassy” to do over the next two weeks, pop down to Quay Arts on Thursday evenings and weekends to visit their craft fair.  There will be live music and on Thursday 15th December 2016 our choir will be performing from 6.30pm.

 

JIGSAWS

Do you have any “complete” jigsaws that you no longer want?  We would really like jigsaws with up to 100 pieces, any more and the children never have enough time to complete them!  If you do have any you would like to donate, please give in to the office.  Thank you!

 

CAKE SALE

Thank you to all the staff and parents who made cakes for the sales we held on Monday and Tuesday this week, and to all the people who bought them!  We raised £111.91 for the family of the poorly child in Reception Class.

We do appreciate that sometimes school seems to be asking for donations constantly for different causes, including the charities each class is supporting this year.

School would like to say a big “thank you” to EVERYONE for your continued support of all the fundraising events we do.

 

HEAD LICE

Unfortunately we have had a lot of cases of head lice reported to school this week.  Can we please ask that everyone be extra vigilant over the weekend and treat your child’s hair if necessary.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

DOGS

We have been told by a number of parents that there are quite a lot of dogs being walked on the way to school.  Sadly, some of these are “messing” on the pavement and it is not being cleaned away.  Unfortunately a number of children have now trodden in the mess.  Please clean up after your dogs.  Thank you.

 

MENU CHANGE

Just a reminder that due to Christmas Lunch being on Tuesday next week, Chartwells, our school caterers, are “swapping” the menu around.  Full details are shown below:-

 

Monday—Mozzarella & Tomato Pizza

Tuesday—Christmas Dinner

Wednesday—Beef Bolognese with Pasta

Thursday—Chinese Chicken Noodles

Friday—Fish Fingers and Chips

 

Please can we respectfully remind parents that all dinner money MUST be paid by the last day of term, Friday 16th December 2016.  Dinners should always be paid for in advance and not arrears.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

 

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY

Pompey in the Community Football Club is returning to Summerfields after Christmas, with the first session taking place on Tuesday 10th January 2017 for six weeks.  ALL places need to be booked and paid for in advance by contacting Pompey in the Community directly on 02392 728899.  Leaflets have been sent home this week to all children in Years 1 to 6.

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “take”.

Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “vehicle”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

You get out what you put in.

 

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Newsletter 12/16

Newsletter 12/16

MENU CHANGE

The Italian Vegetable Lasagne has not been very popular with children therefore it will now be replaced by an ‘All Day Breakfast’.  This menu change will be on Mondays every 3rd week starting next week.

 

NEWPORT WINTER LANTERN PARADE

The parade will be starting from Matalan car park tomorrow at 5pm for the judging at 5:30pm, then moving off at 5:45pm.  All children need to be accompanied by an adult. Please ensure that your child is wrapped up warm, gloves are essential as their hands get very cold holding the lantern poles. The parade will finish at the Quay at approximately 6:45pm. Why not go along and watch them, it’s a lovely start to the Christmas period.

 

RECEPTION & KEY STAGE 1 PRODUCTION

Please remember that tickets for Wednesday 7th December at 1:30pm and Thursday 8th December at 6:00pm are for adults only.  Please do not bring younger or older siblings as they will not be allowed in. However you are most welcome to bring siblings and grandparents to the dress rehearsal on Monday 5th December at 1:30pm, no ticket required just turn up.  Please leave buggies outside the main school entrance doors to avoid congestion.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

LETTERS TO FATHER CHRISTMAS

If your child would like to write to Father Christmas this year they will need to hurry as letters take quite a long time to reach Reindeerland!  Letters need to be posted by 9th December and be addressed to:              

Santa/Father Christmas

Santa’s Grotto

Reindeerland

XM4 5HQ

 

POORLY CHILD

You may have heard that one of our pupils is very poorly and is in hospital in Southampton .  The parents have opened a ‘Just Giving’ webpage to ask for support with their travel and every day costs incurred . For more information please visit:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/LittleTyler.

The school will be supporting the family by holding a cake sale after school on Monday 5th December . Thank you.

 

WHY IS HIGH ATTENDANCE IMPORTANT FOR MY CHILD’S EDUCATION?

As a parent/carer you want the best for your children. Having a good education is an important factor in opening up more opportunities in adult life. Did you know that:

  • a child who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life
  • 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more good grades of GCSE and around one third achieve no GCSEs at all
  • poor examination results limit young people’s options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable
  • poor school attendance is also closely associated with crime: a quarter of school age offenders have truanted repeatedly
  • at least 1 million children take at least one half day off a year without permission
  • 7.5 million school days are missed each year through unauthorised absence

 

GCSEs may seem a long way off for you and your child but all absence at any stage leads to gaps in your child’s learning. This in turn can:                                                                                                    

  • mean that they fall behind in work
  • affect their motivation
  • affect their enjoyment of learning
  • lead to poor behaviour
  • affect their desire to attend school regularly
  • affect their confidence in school
  • mean they miss out on the social life of school and extra curricular opportunities and experiences
  • affect their ability to have or keep friendships

 

MESSAGE FROM THE NEW CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

Hi, I would like to introduce myself as the new Chair of Governors at Summerfields.

I am looking forward to working with the staff, pupils, parents and wider community of this school to help ensure that we continue to be a happy and successful establishment.

I have had the privilege of taking many assemblies and also for the last 5 years running the U-11 football and cricket teams in the school.

My links with this school go all the way back to September 1996, when our eldest daughter Hannah started in reception class. Since then my other two children Jamie and most recently Jodie have passed through the school. They have all really benefited from the positive and caring learning environment that has always been prevalent here. 

My wife Sally has worked for the school all this time in various roles, from MSA to most recently Family Liaison Officer, so our involvement with the school has most definitely been a family affair!

I have inherited a small, but very committed team of Governors and my first task is to ensure that we recruit one or two more.

It is a task that a lot of people think they can’t do, when actually they can!

If you are even a tiny bit interested in the role of a school Governor, please do have a chat with me and I would be delighted to explain more about the role. I can be contacted through the school or on 07584667879.

I look forward to hearing from you, Tony Murphy.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Those who move mountains start by carrying small stones.  Chinese proverb.

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “were”.

Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “quietly”.

 

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Newsletter 11/16

Newsletter 11/16

DEVELOPMENT DAY

Please don’t forget school is closed to pupils this coming Monday, 28th November 2016.  Thank you.

 

RECEPTION & KEY STAGE 1 PRODUCTION

Don’t forget to return your slips to order tickets for our production of Little Robin’s Red Vest!  All initial requests should be received by TUESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2016.  Please remember in the first instance every family will only be allowed 2 tickets, any spare tickets will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis after 29th November 2016.  Once your tickets have been allocated,  you will then be requested to pay for them via www.schoolmoney.co.uk.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to speak to the office.

 

HOUSE POINTS!

Well done to Talia in Year 5 who is our first pupil to gain her Bronze Award this year!  Congratulations Talia—come on everyone else!

 

SICKNESS

Unfortunately over the past few weeks we have had lots of children off with sickness bugs.  Please remember that children should not come to school for 48 hours after the last time they were sick.  We are trying to prevent these bugs spreading to the whole school so we would really appreciate everyone abiding by these rules.  The same rule applies if your child has a bout of diarrhoea.  Thank you.

Click here to read the latest NHS advice on gastroenteritis.

 

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITES & EVENTS

By now every family should have received the letter sent out last week about Christmas activities and events.  If you have not received this letter, please ask at the school office.  Please can we request that all slips and payments be made on-line by the deadline.  This is a very busy time of year for everyone and unfortunately we just don’t have the time to “chase-up” parents who have not returned the slips or made payments.  Thank you.

 

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS

On Tuesday 29th November 2016, the Friends of Summerfields are holding a “pre-loved” sale after school at 3.00pm.  There is a box in the foyer for donations of good quality second-hand school uniform that you no longer require.

The Friends of Summerfields have organised the ever popular “Phil the Bag” for Wednesday 30th November 2016.  Please can all donations be placed outside school by the railings by 8.45am at the latest.  Any plastic bag  or bin bag will do—just fill it with unwanted clothes and shoes.

Please remember to come along to the Christmas Fayre on Friday 2nd December 2016.  There will be lots and lots of stalls and children will be able to meet Father Christmas!  The Fayre takes place from 6.00pm-8.00pm.

 

COUGHS AND SNEEZES

We have a lot of children (and staff) 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.

 

ADULT COMMUNITY LEARNING—CHRISTMAS WORKSHOPS

There are various Christmas Workshops for adults taking place at the Community Learning Centre, Westridge including Personalised Crackers, Table Centrepieces and Fabric Place Settings! For details contact the Community Learning team on 817280 or www.iwcommunitylearning.ac.uk.

 

HOME START VOLUNTEERING

Click here to view a flyer about volunteering for Home Start.

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “than”.

Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “world”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

If at first you don’t succeed—you’re normal!

 

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Newsletter 10/16

Newsletter 10/16

.CLASS CHARITY SALES

Year 3 would like to say a really big thank you for all the donations for their book and DVD sale in aid of their charity, Ability Dogs 4 Young People. The condition of the donations was so good that we bought some of the items for use in school. The sale raised over £60.

Year R would like to say a really big thank you for all the donations for their biscuit sale in aid of their charity, the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. The sale raised £6.54.

 

STAY AND READ

You are warmly invited to come along and read with your child in their class on Friday 25th November between 8:45am and 9:00am.

 

BEDTIME STORIES

To celebrate our love of reading,

Summerfields Primary will be holding another Bedtime Stories session on Thursday 24th November 2016.

Children in PJs, accompanied by a favourite blanket and teddy are all welcome, no parents required!

We will start at 5:30pm for Reception and KS1 children and finish at 6:20pm.

We will start at 6:30pm for KS2 children and finish at 7:35pm.

 

Milk and Cookies will be served.

 

Mrs Crossley is looking forward to  you  coming along to hear her  stories.

 

BRIGHT SPARKS AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

Advance notice that Bright Sparks will not be running an after school club on Tuesday 22nd November due to their Parents’ Evening being held on this date.

 

NOISE IN THE FOYER

I am sorry to have to remind parents again about the noise levels in the foyer. Staff are often working from 8:00am and use the telephone in the office but have recently been disturbed by noisy children playing, screaming and shouting from as early as 8:10am.  If you need to wait in the foyer before school starts then please keep your children quiet and under control.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

WHY CAN’T I SKIP MY TEN NIMUTES OF READING TONIGHT? LET’S FIGURE IT OUT— MATHEMATICALLY

Child A reads 10 minutes five night of every week.

Child B reads only 2 minutes a night or not at all!

Step 1: Multiply minutes per night times 5 times each week.

Child A reads 10 minutes times 5 times a week=50 minutes a week.

Child B reads 2 minutes times 5 times a week=10 minutes a week.

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week times 4 weeks each month.

Child A reads 200 minutes in a month.

Child B reads 40 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes a month times 9 months per school year.

Child A reads 1800 minutes in a school year.

Child B reads 360 minutes in a school year.

 

Child A practices reading the equivalent of 5 whole school days a year.

Child B gets the equivalent of only 1 school day of reading practice.

By the end of Primary School if Child A and Child B maintain these same reading habits, Child A will have read the equivalent of 42 whole school days. Child B will have read the equivalent of only 7 school days.

The gap in learning and achievement between these children will be wide.  How do you think Child B will feel about him/herself as a learner?

Which child would you expect to read better?  Which child would you expect to know more? Which child would you expect to write better?

Which child would you expect to have a better vocabulary?  Which child would you expect to be more successful in school…and in life?

Which is your child?

 

SPELLINGS OF THE WEEK

Key Stage 1 Spelling of the Week is “this”.

Key Stage 2 Spelling of the Week is “thorough”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Just because you haven’t found your talent yet, doesn’t mean you don’t have one.

 

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