Newsletter 4 – 27th September 2013

Dear Parents

Virtual Choir I am delighted to announce that our virtual choir has been launched and can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9ILtTqxKnI  – it is also accessible through our Facebook page. Do click into this and enjoy some of our children and staff singing together in a virtual choir – we were recorded separately in very small groups and choral effects and images were arranged through the technology available to virtual choirs. The animation is especially appealing. My very sincere thanks to Patrick Williams of Cantores Connexi  for all his work on this project, and to our children and staff who so bravely stood up and sang into the camera. We are delighted to be part of something that is right at the cutting edge of the technology available today – it is a great opportunity for our school to have been offered and we are very proud of the result.  

There were a few families who did not sign permission for their child to be in the public choir performance – it is possible to view the whole group performing on a private link if you come and ask at the office.

Meetings coming up

  • There will be a meeting on  Wednesday  9th Oct 5.00 for parents of all children in Years 3 and 4 about the Braeside Residential Trip (which will take place on 5th-6th March for Year 3 and on 6th -7th March for Year 4). Please come to this if your child is in Year 3 or Year 4 as you will be given information about the trip and have a chance to ask any questions you may have.
  • There will be a meeting on Tuesday 15th Oct 5.00 for parents of all children in Years 5 and 6 about the Forest of Dean Residential Trip (which will take place 21st – 23rd May). Please do come along to this.
  • The E-safety meeting requested by parents to support with installing security features on computers and various other e-safety matters will take place on Thursday 7th November 5.30pm.

Uniform Following a number of complaints by parents about the discourteous and inefficient service offered by our school supplier, Scholars, and by their uncompromising approach to the complaints, we have decided to source our school uniform from an online supplier – it is significantly cheaper and you can order it whenever you like and it will be delivered to your door. We will keep examples of each size in school should you wish to try an item on to check the size. Whilst we set this up, we have some items of uniform available in the school for emergency replacements – ask at the office if you need to purchase anything over the next few weeks. We will notify you as soon as we have set the system up. Please make sure all items have your child’s name on – just writing their initials on the label in biro will help us return each item to its correct owner.

Headlice We have had a report of headlice in the school. Please check your child’s hair every week and if you find little nits (the eggs that stick to the hair) or signs of lice, please contact your pharmacist to discuss the most effective treatment. Often, a nit comb, hair conditioner and a good bit of time spent combing through will clear them effectively. If we all aim to keep our children clear of lice, the problem will go away! Please do check regularly.

Welfare I have been asked to explain what we do if we are concerned about a child’s welfare. If we are concerned that a child’s welfare might be at risk (not necessarily through any child protection concern, but perhaps as a result of an acrimonious divorce or through the death of a close family member or something of that nature), we might put the child onto a “welfare concern”. This will highlight our concerns to the adults who are responsible for that child in the school so that they can offer them extra support if necessary, and support might also be offered to the family, through signposting to suitable agencies.  Data protection is taken very seriously in this school, and only the people who need to know sensitive data will have access to it, and only what they need to know will be released to them so that the child involved can be given the very best possible care and support.

Collecting Children If someone different from usual is collecting your child, we need to be notified about this in advance, and preferably in writing. We cannot release children to someone (even if we know them well) without written permission from the parents of the children involved, especially for children in the Infants. In an absolute emergency we will accept a phone call giving permission.

Woods across the road Please note that the woods across the road, next to the park, are private property, and no child should be allowed to trespass into these woods. Children are going into the woods after school and getting into mischief, causing hurt and damage and are out of sight of their parents – a number of children have been affected by this and have reported problems to me. 

We have also had reports of children (some very young) slipping out of the park through the hedge, down the bank and onto the pavement without their parents being aware of this. This is extremely dangerous since that road is very busy, especially at that time. Please make sure you keep an eye on your child at all times – do not let them play where you cannot see them, and ensure that they are actually under your close supervision at all times.

Emergency Closure We almost never close this school, but if we should have to, for some reason such as really bad conditions on the roads leading to the school in winter, you will receive a text message, a notice will be posted on our website, on Facebook and on the local radio stations.  Always expect the school to remain open unless you hear otherwise.

Policies Each year at this time I like to summarise in the newsletter some of our most relevant policies and procedures, so that parents are familiar with them. I shall deal with one policy or procedure each week, starting next week. These will include Child Protection, Behaviour, Homework, SEN and various others. If there is any policy you would particularly like to have summarised, do let me know. All our formal, written policies are available to read online on our website .

 “TODDLER TUESDAY” Autumn Term Stay and Play for parents/carers and under 5s at: Great Cheverell Preschool (mobile classroom in grounds of Holy Trinity Primary Academy) from 1.00 – 2.30pm, £1.50 per family (inc. refreshment).  For more information contact: greatcheverellpreschool@outlook.com or phone 01380 812121.

School Meals We are fortunate to have an excellent provider who deliver healthy meals,  but we do ask you to check the menus with your child before ordering to ensure they will eat what is provided. 

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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