Newsletter 1 – 7th September 2019

Dear Parents / Carers,

Firstly, may I warmly welcome you all back to school with a special welcome to our new Reception pupils and their families, and the new pupils joining us in other year groups. We are delighted also to have Miss Haughey and Mr Taylor joining the staff as newly-qualified teachers in Swallows and Venus. Miss Dilks returns as Mrs Kirkland, following her wedding in August–our congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Kirkland. Best wishes and good luck too, to Mrs Tingle who will begin her maternity leave on Friday 13th September. We are all looking forward to a great year of fun, learning and progress. We have made some exciting changes to our curriculum planning this year and you will receive information about this from the team leaders.

Unfortunately, it is with sadness that I have to also inform you that Maria Hepburn passed away at the beginning of August, after battling for so long and so bravely with lymphoma. Maria was a much loved teaching assistant at the school for over 15 years and will be missed by so many of us. In consultation with her family, we will be seeking a way to ensure she is always remembered her at WHPS.

Year Planner Along with this newsletter, you should receive a copy of the year planner. This is as accurate as we can be at this time, occasionally dates do have to change and we will send a text or parentmail, if there are changes. Please ensure that the office always have your correct contact details. Please note particularly this years’ ‘Parent Information Evening’ on online safety, Monday 7th October 2019 @ 6.00pm. We would encourage you to attend this if at all possible, as this is such an important issue, currently. Traci Goode, a highly regarded expert in this area, will be providing the training and to enable you to attend we are offering a special fun, film evening for children – with popcorn! A separate letter with sign up details will be sent out ASAP.

School Photographs Please note that individual and family portraits will take place on Tuesday 1st October 2019 in the school hall. Parents who wish to bring their pre-school children to be photographed with their siblings should come to the hall at 8.30am.

Morning Registration The school day officially begins at 8.45am and all children should be in school by this time. Registers close at 8.50am. After this children risk being marked late or absent. Children must report to the office to ensure they are marked on roll. Late marks and unauthorised absences will be recorded.  If on a rare occasion you are unavoidably late, please inform the office. Please could you also ensure your children know the rule that the field is out of bounds before and after school and that the play equipment is unsupervised.

School Uniform We would kindly ask that parents adhere strictly to our uniform code, especially with regard to PE. Children must have the right PE kit in school at all times, so they can access all PE lessons for their health and well-being. We will be monitoring this closely and thank you for your support in ensuring they are prepared. At the start of the year, please label all uniform clearly so that lost items can be returned quickly. Also may I remind you no jewellery should be worn to school except watches and small stud earrings. We also politely ask that girls wear small headbands and bobbles, in school colours that reflect our uniform policy.

Junior playtime snacks Please can I remind you to ensure that any breaktime snacks provided for junior pupils are as healthy as possible. We do not allow nuts (for safety reasons), crisps, sweets or chocolate.

School Dinners Please note one week’s notice is required if your child wishes to change from school dinners to packed lunch, due to the pre-ordering of the food. This will also apply to those receiving the universal free school meal.

I hope this year will once again be a really successful one for us all. I would just like to reiterate that if you have do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Palmer-Coole