Newsletter 4 – 28th September 2012

Dear Parents

Harvest Assembly takes place on Friday 5th October at 2.15pm. Please do come along. Donations of non- perishable items can be brought in to school from next week. Our donations always go to the Devizes foodbank and here is a list of items that they particularly need: Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar (500g,) Long life fruit juice, Tins of Soup, Pasta sauces, Sponge pudding (tin), Tinned Tomatoes, Breakfast cereals, Tinned Rice pudding, Tea Bags, Jar of instant coffee, Instant mash potato 500gms, Rice 500gms, Pasta, Tinned meat/fish, Tinned fruit, Jar of Jam, Packets of biscuits, Snacks. Please ensure that all items are still in date.

Perishable items will be offered for sale at the end of the Harvest celebration.

Calendar of Dates   Please look on our website calendar for all important school dates that have been set so far. These will be added to over the course of the year.

Reminder of TD Dates: 8th October, 3rd and 4th June and 24th July.

Forest of Dean Trip for Year 5 and 6 children Attendance at the meeting to discuss the trip to the Forest of Dean was very low this year. We need to confirm the booking with the centre so it is very important that you let us know whether your child will be participating in this trip or not.

We feel that we ought to emphasise a few important points that were made at the meeting.

  • This is a wonderful chance for children to explore the woods, the adventure activities, team work and independence in a safe way.
  • Please ensure the children can pack their own bags and send only old clothing according to the kit list provided. Please make sure they can carry their own bag!
  • Wet weather gear and wellies are supplied by the centre, as is all food and bedding. There are trained sports coaches running each activity and they provide all safety gear.
  • Please do not send any food (the food at the centre is excellent) or electric or battery operated toys or games. Do pack a book or a pack of cards for quiet times.
  • No mobile phones. There is absolutely no signal in Parkend.
  • If you want to send cameras, only send disposable cameras. Watches or alarm clocks are a good idea.
  • No more than £3 of pocket money. There is a little shop on site that will sell pencils, rulers and similar items on the last day.
  • Children will be expected to be quiet and respect everyone’s right to sleep from about 9.30 pm– 7.30 am. 
  • Any medication must be accompanied by the correct permission form, clear dispensing instructions, and given to the teacher on the day of departure.


I like to present a very short summary of some of our policies in this newsletter each year – please note that the full policies can be read on our website, or if they have not yet been published online, then you can request copies at the school office.

This week, we will discuss briefly the SEN (Special Educational Needs) Policy.

For children who have a significant learning difficulty or disability, we will provide education that is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of this age. No child will be denied admission because of his or her creed, race, physical ability or academic attainment. We work closely with parents and with outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Behavioural Support therapists and Speech and Language therapists to ensure best outcomes for children with SEN. There are clear indicator documents to guide the school in the decision about whether a child ought to be working on an Individual Education Plan (IEP). If a child does meet the thresholds for an IEP they will usually be put at the level “School Action” in the first instance. If, after two cycles of assessment, they are making no discernible progress, then they may be moved to “School Action +” and again, if no discernible progress is made, we will ask for a statutory assessment which might, under very rare circumstances, result in a Statement of SEN. Overall in our school, our children with SEN make outstanding progress. Mrs Garraway and Mrs Abbott are our SENCOs and are working towards the SENCO award (part of a Master’s course), and Mrs Abbott is also working towards a similar qualification with the focus on dyslexia.

It is worth remarking that children who do not meet the thresholds for an IEP are nevertheless given lots of extra support in this school if they require it. We open what we call a “concern sheet”, which is shared with parents and extra provision is put in place for the child to ensure their best outcomes. Many children have a concern sheet at some point in their school lives – often just for a half term or so until they have overcome the problem that caused the concern.

Primary School places We have application forms in school for children who will be four years old before September 2013. The deadline for these applications is Noon on 15th January 2013.

Movie night will be held at Holy Saviour Church, Erlestoke tonight, Friday 28th September 6-8pm.

Wedding Please be aware that parking will be difficult on Friday 5th October as a wedding is planned at the pavilion.

Recycling ink cartridges and mobile phones Next week, we are going to send off the cartridges and phones which have been given in and would be grateful for any last minute donations. Empty ink cartridges will need to be packaged in a protective bag and mobiles similarly along with their battery. We will receive funds for the school as a result of our recycling so would encourage you to take part if you can.

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

We welcome and value your opinion. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Head teacher or Chair of Governors.

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