Newsletter 8 – 25th October 2013

Dear Parents

Last day of term Next week is the half term break, and children return to school on Wednesday 6th November. We wish you all a lovely autumn holiday. 

Parents Meetings Parent- Teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday 13th November and Thursday 14th November – your precise appointment times have been sent home this week. Please check your child’s school bag for the note telling you exactly when your appointment slot is. Please note that each meeting is 10 minutes long. If you need a longer meeting, please arrange this separately with your class teacher. At the parents’ evenings, we must keep to the 10 minute limit, otherwise other parents are kept waiting.

Poetry Competition  Each class learnt a poem and the children voted for two children to go forward to the final which was held today. The standard was extremely high and the children performed their poems beautifully. We would like to thank Miss Henning, a poet and college lecturer for coming into school to judge the competition and to Mrs Mehaffy for organising the whole event. The winner was George Thomas and the runner up, Arwen Lazarus, congratulations to them both!

Secondary School Places Application forms went home some time ago with our year 6 children to apply for a secondary school place – please note that the deadline is Noon on 31st October 2013.

New School Uniform You will now be able to purchase school uniform from the Tesco Uniform Embroidery Service. The uniform is a lot cheaper than that from the old supplier. We have had an expert check the quality of the garments and he has confirmed that the quality, both of the fabric and of the embroidery, is better than that of the old supplier.  To order you need to

  • Go to www.tesco.com/ues
  • Select our school from the list (under Wiltshire)
  • Click “Shop now”
  • Choose the items in the correct size and quantity
  • Pay with credit or debit card (and collect tesco points if you have a loyalty card)
  • Your items will be delivered free within 14 days

If you want to try on garments to check the size, we will have examples of each size in school. If you have no access to Internet shopping, let the office know.  The school will get 5% donation on each order placed. There are more details on the brochure sent out with this letter. Please do not be concerned that the picture on the webpage shows a different badge from our school – it is just the sample. The logo for our school is presented at the top of the page.

 Meetings coming up

  • 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.
  • Handbell club will be holding a Handbell and Carol service on Thursday 5th December at 6.00pm (please note the error in the date in last week’s newsletter) in the school hall – do come along, enjoy the handbells and sing some carols with us.

 

Eisteddfod  We are delighted that Ms Sharman is entering our choir in two classes at the Eisteddfod in Devizes on Friday 15th November. The competition will take place during the school day & the choir will also perform for us during sharing assembly that day. Please note that children in the choir will be expected to attend an extra practise on Monday 11th November from 3-4pm.

Devizes Musical Theatre presents “Bugsy Malone” at Devizes School starring some of our children. There are performances from 31st October – 2nd November 7pm and a matinee on 2nd November at 1pm. Tickets are £9 adults & £7 concessions. For more info go to www.bugsy.doxacom.co.uk

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. Copies of the full policies are available on our website. This week we will look at the Child Protection procedures.

 I am the child protection officer (now called the designated senior person) in school and have level 3 training. Mrs Mehaffy is the deputy child protection officer, also with Level 3 training and all the teachers and TAs as well as the MDSAs have training at least to level 1. If anyone has concerns, they need to report these to one of us. Our child protection governors are Mrs Ruth Edwards who has Level 3 training and Mr Jeremy Shatford. All staff and volunteers have induction training on these matters when they accept an appointment to our school, and this is repeated every year thereafter. The procedures for what to do if we are worried that a child is being abused are outlined in a flow chart that is on display in the staffroom, and there is also a flow chart for procedures if an allegation is made against a member of staff. These procedures include notifying social services and even the police if deemed necessary. All staff know the procedures and understand how to keep the children safe and how to protect themselves from malicious allegations. All adults who have regular involvement with our children are CRB checked. They are also given induction which includes a child protection unit. Doors into the school are kept locked from the outside (though of course, children are always able to unlock doors from inside using the snib locks, in case we need to evacuate the building).  Children know that they can talk to any adult in school about any concerns that they may have. It is worth pointing out that very few children are abused or hurt in schools. Most cases of abuse, sadly, happen in the home. Schools are usually very safe places to be with highest standards of care being maintained and checks and monitoring being very strictly adhered to.

If you have any concerns about the welfare of any child, please report these either to the headteacher or directly to the police or social services. It is the duty of each one of us to ensure that children are kept safe.

Poppy Appeal  Donations for a poppy or a wrist band can be made today and during our first few days back after the holiday. The box of poppies will be taken around the classes at lunchtime and will be kept in the office at other times.

PFA

We had a magical movie night, thank you – it was wonderful to see so many teddies who brought along their children.

We shall be supporting Children in Need on Friday 15th November when the children can come into school with spots! More details to follow.

On Friday 29th November there will be an Autumn Cake Sale and a school uniform sale, where the stock clearance of sweatshirts and polo shirts from “Scholars” will be available to buy at cost price; there will also be a selection of good quality second hand items on sale.

Our next meeting is on Monday 11th November at 8pm in The Bell Inn, Great Cheverell. All parents are welcome at this meeting, please come along for a glass of wine and help us plan our Christmas treats for the school.

We shall be starting our textile recycling scheme again after half term, so please save up all your old clothes. More information will be given out soon and we shall be setting up a regular collection day every month.

We wish you all a relaxing half term,  

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

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