Newsletter 9 – 14th November 2014

Dear Parents

Parent/teacher Evenings Thanks to all who came along to these meetings to find out how their children are doing in school. We are very fortunate in our school to have such supportive and engaged families – this contributes hugely to the success of our children.

Parental Canvassing If you have not yet submitted your form, please do so by Monday since we will be analysing and reporting on these results in the near future.

Mrs Heath We would like to congratulate Mrs Heath who, on Wednesday this week, celebrated her 25th year of working at our school! She an outstanding member of staff and her loyalty and commitment to children’s best outcomes are an inspiration to all of us. The extraordinarily good results that “her” children achieve and the brilliance of the team of TAs that she leads is a testament to the massive contribution she makes to the success of our school.

Stonehenge Class Arrangements I am delighted to be able to announce that we have appointed Miss Nisbeck to cover, as class teacher, the Spring term in Stonehenge classroom. Miss Nisbeck has a very good Honours degree in Education and has 7 years of experience teaching in Stonehenge classroom and has been judged to be an outstanding practitioner by school leaders and outside advisors. We are very fortunate to have someone of her stature able to take over the class until we appoint the substantive classroom teacher. Her current role in the classroom will be taken by Miss Trusler (who works in the classroom on Thursdays) and, of course, Mrs Kamei will continue to carry out the outstanding work she always does in that classroom.  Plenty of time will be made available for handover and joint planning before Mrs Abbott leaves so that the energy and momentum and fun of Stonehenge classroom continues just as it always has without disruption to the routines that the children know and enjoy. We will continue to update you on our progress as we work towards the appointment of a new class teacher in Stonehenge classroom.

PFA  My thanks to the PFA for arranging the coffee morning in school on Monday – it was lovely to see so many of you there and to have time for a more leisurely chat.

Important Dates this busy term (please diarise these dates):

Thursday 20th November                              Silbury class to Salisbury Cathedral

Friday 28th November                                    TD day (No school for children)

Friday 5th December                                      Christmas fair – no Sharing Assembly

Wednesday 10th December 6.00pm               Carol Concert

Friday 12th December 1.30pm                        White Horse class “Light House Keeper’s Lunch”

Monday 15th December                                     Christmas Play Matinee (KS1, 10.00am and KS2, 1.30pm)

Tuesday 16th December              Christmas Play Evening (KS1, 5.00pm and KS2, 6.30pm)

Wednesday 17th December        Christmas Play Evening (KS1, 5.00pm and KS2, 6.30pm)

Wednesday 17th December                         Recorder Concert 10.45am – 11.30am

Thursday 18th December                               Carol Service 9.30am at St Peter’s Church Great Cheverell and the Christmas Party!

Friday 19th December                                     Last day of term – Christmas dinner and entertainment

Monday 5th January                                        Back to school

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. This week we will look at the Attendance policy.

We are very grateful to our families for supporting our school so effectively – we have outstanding attendance in this school and this contributes to the outstanding outcomes for children. It is a legal requirement for parents to ensure their children attend school regularly and are punctual. Any child whose attendance falls below 85% is at serious risk of underachieving.  The school day starts at 8.40am. Parents are asked to inform the school, in writing, where an absence is planned e.g. hospital appointments, ballet exams etc . Where a child is absent due to illness, parents are asked to inform school by telephone in the first instance and by letter on the child’s return.  If a child is absent and there is no notification from the parents, the school will contact the parents to ensure that the child is safe and to find out the reason for the absence. Should the child be absent without a reason for 3 days, the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) will be informed. Persistent lateness will also be reported to the EWO. Parents do not have a legal right to take children out of school on holiday. The school will only permit holidays to be taken in term time under very exceptional circumstances. These may include the following:

  • a family needing to spend time together to support each other during or after a serious crisis;
  • for service personnel and others who cannot take holidays in any of the allocated school breaks  if the holiday will have minimal disruption to the pupil’s education.

Holidays will not be authorised for the following:

  • better availability of cheap holidays;
  • better availability of the desired accommodation;
  • overlap with the beginning or end of term.

Unauthorised absence of 10 sessions (5 days) or more in any 6 month period will be reported to the EWO and a penalty notice (with a fine) will be served. Failure to improve attendance may result in the Education Welfare Service (EWS) prosecuting the parent – though we have never had this happen in our school.

Photos Please make sure all money and orders are in by Thursday 20th November. We will not be sending any orders off after this date even though the order form indicates that for an extra cost we might do so. Sending off late orders is too time-consuming for our staff.

Tedington Stir Up Coffee Morning  Come to Edington Priory church on Saturday 22nd November from 10.00am -12.00pm to stir an enormous pudding and take some home with you! Have fun parachuting your teddy off the tower of the Priory church and buy some Christmas gifts. Always a great event!

PFA News

Friday 21st Nov  2.45pm                 Second hand uniform sale. Please bring any clean, unwanted uniform into school and either give to Katie Kibble or Annabel Macintosh a few days beforehand.

Monday 1st December                   Tex recycling

Thursday 4th December                                 Decorating the school

Friday 5th December                       Christmas Fair. Wanted – cuddly toys, bric-a-brac & cakes

15th, 16th &17th December             School plays. Volunteers for helping with refreshments, please!

Thursday 18th December               School party 10am-2pm – volunteers please!

Friday 19th December                     Tidy up and put away all decorations, straight after school please!

Best Wishes

Mercedes Henning

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