Newsletter 2 – 15th September 2017

Dear Parents

New Reading System Every family is invited to come to a workshop in school on Monday 18th September at 2.15pm to find out how to support your child’s reading comprehension even more effectively.

Sarum Class – Roald Dahl Day.  What fun the children (and parents) in Sarum class had on Wednesday! Lots of disgusting food was shared, some great science experiments on explosions were conducted and the costumes were excellent. Our thanks to Mrs Goddard, Mrs Jones and Mrs Trusler who worked so hard to make sure the day ran smoothly, and thanks to the children and the parents for participating so fully and making the day so successful. The work on this theme continued with some great writing taking place the following day. We are all waiting to see the results of the decomposing fruit experiment, drawn from Dahl’s horrible descriptions of the contents of Mr Twit’s beard.

PFA Our sincere thanks to the PFA for all their hard work to enhance the learning opportunities and the provision for our children. Do consider offering your support to the PFA – it is a great way to make friends and become a part of the school community. You can do as much or as little as you wish so you do not need to feel that you will be overwhelmed if you volunteer!

Calendar for the year The calendar on our website has now been updated to include some of the important dates and fixtures for the whole year – if you need to find out when Sports day is or the Christmas plays etc, please look on the website at .  There will be a lot more dates as the year progresses, including trips off-site and invitations for parents to come to events at school – so please keep an eye on the newsletter for details each week.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Monday 18th September Reading Workshop for all parents and carers 2.15pm – 3.00pm
Friday 29th September Harvest Service at church – 9.30am

Harvest Assembly – 2.15pm

Friday 13th October Individual Photos 9.00am
Monday 16th October – Tuesday 17th October Braeside residential trip for Year 4 children 9.30am drop off on 16th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 17th Oct

Tuesday 17th October – Wednesday 18th October Braeside residential trip for Year 3 children 9.30am drop off on 17th Oct

3.30pm pick up on 18th Oct

Wednesday 18th October Last day of term
Monday 30th October Children back to school
Wednesday 8th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings – appointments to be booked online nearer the time. 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Transferring Data As children transfer from one school to another, their data will be sent on to the receiving school. As well as personal information such as names and birthdates, these data will include academic, SEND, welfare, safeguarding and child protection data. The police will also send schools information about relevant domestic violence incidents or other matters that might impact a child in the school.

Pupil Premium Funding If you are claiming certain benefits, the school will receive £1320 for your child. This money will be used for various support programmes throughout the school for all children. Your child will also benefit directly as some of the funding will be used to subsidise or pay completely for school trips, music lessons and other additional school costs for your child. All of this work is done in the strictest confidence. Forms are available in the office.

Please do check and if you think you are eligible, complete the form so that we can process the claim for the funding.  The benefits which attract the funding are:

  • Income support,
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance,
  • Income related Employment and support Allowance,
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum act 1999 (NASS),
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit,
  • Child Tax Credit (you must NOT be entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs that does not exceed £16,190),
  • Working Tax Credit “Run On”

Parking Can we once again make the plea that our parents are considerate in their parking when dropping off and picking up? We need to keep our children safe and we have a duty to our neighbours as well. The road into Witchcombe Close is a private road and any repairs and maintenance have to be paid for by the residents themselves – no one should be parking there. Parking on the intersection and double parking puts children’s lives as risk. Please consider parking further down in the village and walking up Green Lane if there is no parking outside the school or in the Pavilion car park. Our thanks go to the Parish Council which very kindly allows us to use the car park at busy times if it is not in use for an event. The police have said that they will be carrying out regular patrols at pick up and drop off times with a view to checking for infringements. We do need to abide by the law.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Only a week away until we screen ‘Moana’ at the Family Outdoor Cinema Evening, Friday, September 22! Flyers in book bags today. A reminder about timings: The school gate opens at 6pm. It would be best to time last arrivals by 7pm as the film may start anytime between 7pm and 7.30pm based on dusk conditions. All children are to be accompanied by an adult.

If your child wants to enter the ‘car craft competition’, please ensure their car designs are placed near the front of the large cinema screen on the field by 6.30pm. Kytes Garage will be doing the judging!

There is still time for your child to create a cardboard car if they want to. Join your child at Harriet’s 2nd Car Craft afternoon, on Wednesday afternoon (September 20).

We’re appealing for your donations of cakes and home-baked treats to sell at the Outdoor Cinema. This time, please could you sticky tape your name (so we know who to thank!) and confirmation your baking is nut-free to your cake or biscuit packaging. These can be dropped off at Reception either at school drop-off or pick-up on Friday (September 22). THANK-YOU!

Also, please don’t forget to diarise the PFA AGM, the following Friday, September 29 at 13:30, ahead of Harvest Assembly – especially if the role of PFA Chair appeals to you.

Looking forward to the Outdoor Cinema!!!! From the PFA Team

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