Dear Parents / Carers,
Parent Consultations Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th October As you are aware it is our parent consultation evenings this week. Thank you to everyone for using the new online booking system to sign up. So far the feedback has been largely positive. Please can I just remind everyone that teachers are asked to stick to the ten minutes allotted to avoid long waiting times. I am also available throughout both consultations should you wish to meet with me.
INSET day Our next INSET day is Monday 5th November, all staff will be in school undertaking some exciting training on whole class reading comprehension with an keynote speaker- James Durran. This is joint training with Westfield and Old Hall Junior School. I would also like to inform you that I am having to change the February INSET day. Under normal circumstances we would avoid this, but we have been able to secure some very important training from Clive Davies the Chief Executive of FOCUS education and feel it is an opportunity not to be missed. The new date will therefore be Monday 4th February, please make a note in your School Year Planner. Again this is joint training with our cluster schools. Any holidays previously booked to encompass the 25th February will be accommodated.
Children in Need 2018 This exciting fundraising event on Friday 16th November is being organised by our new school council. All funds raised will be split between Children in Need and Young Minds. Details are top secret at the moment but will be sent home by the council after half-term.
Another annual charity we support is The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. As it is the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1, we have some additional items to sell, to raise money and are also asking children to create a poppy of their own design over half term to contribute to a special assembly on Friday 9th November 2018.
School Uniform All children should now be wearing their smart winter uniform including their tie. Everyone needs a NAMED waterproof coat in school as the weather can now be very unpredictable.
Academy update Our three schools were presented to the board at the DfE in September for conversion, along with two other schools. At the meeting the DfE agreed to the other two schools but said that we would have to wait! They have given no clear explanation of why, just that they are now pacing the rate of conversion. It would appear that there may be a slight political shift in the desire to convert all schools to academy status, especially those that are currently good or outstanding within local authorities. The governors will be discussing this outcome and I will keep you informed of any new information. For the time being we are still working closely with Derbyshire, strengthening our links with our cluster schools and focusing on this years’ learning and progress.
Behaviour At our September INSET day we undertook some training around behaviour and as part of it we have challenged the children this year to respond to 3 simple rules. Ready, Respectful and Responsible. The children know this means being ready to learn both in organisation and in the right frame of mind; to be respectful to all and to be responsible for their learning and their actions. We believe these are clear simple rules that will enable all children to learn and progress. We would really value your support in reiterating these rules.
Turning Circle Update Once again, at our full Governors’ meeting the issue of the turning circle was discussed and, once again, it prevented us from discussing the more important and relevant educational matters that ultimately will benefit the children in their learning and development.
Whilst we wait for some feedback from an independent lawyer and surveyor the turning circle will remain operable morning and evening. However, I need to stress that it is the desire of the Governors to close it and any steps you can take now to prepare would be most appreciated.
On a positive note, I wish to thank everyone who has helped and supported making the morning drop off safer and more efficient – by not parking and getting out of cars. I have been really pleased to see the care that most drivers are taking and if this continues we may be able to keep the morning drop off going and this will help the village and working parents. The issues, therefore, remain with the evening pick up and it is here we now need to work together to improve the situation. One suggestion is that we issue a permit to use the turning circle which parents sign, if there is then any breach of the rules, the permit would be revoked. Please remind everyone who uses the turning circle of the rules about parking and can I reiterate again – only children who can strap in safely should be using the turning circle. Can I also ask that you consider the residents when parking as I am still getting daily complaints and ask that you do not park over dropped kerbs. Another suggestion is that we publish photos of cars parked badly or illegally! Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated
Fit for Life Week 22nd-26th October 2018 On a much more positive and exciting note next week is our ‘Health and Fitness week’! Everyone (including me…help!) will be raising their fitness levels and their well-being by undertaking a range of exciting activities and fitness sessions. Accompanying this newsletter is a flyer to tell you more about the week.
Finally, can I thank the children for a great first term of hard work and learning, and wish you all a good half-term break.