Newsletter 7 – 3rd November 2017

Dear Parents

Forest of Dean Residential Trip Meeting All parents of children in Year 5 and Year 6 are invited to a meeting on Thursday 16th November at 5.00pm to find out about the planned residential trip to the Forest of Dean which will take place from Wednesday 23rd May to Friday 25th May.

Songs for Key Stage 2 Christmas Play If your child is in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6, please look on the school website, under “Newsletter”, to find the sound files of the songs that your children need to learn for the Christmas play. You can follow this link: .

Netball Club cancelled Parents’ evenings take place next week, so netball club will be cancelled on Wednesday 8th November.

Supervise your children Please make sure that you supervise your children closely when they are on our school site at the end of the school day. No child should be allowed to run off onto the field or playground to play unless you are with them, watching them carefully and attentively. Unsupervised children can end up getting hurt or hurting other children. It is important that you are close to your child/ren and paying attention to what they are doing at all times. It would be a pity if we had to stop children playing on the school grounds at the end of the school day because they are not being supervised carefully enough.

Winter Please send your children in with coats as it is cold up on our school field and the children go out to play regardless of the temperature. All coats, jumpers, hats, scarves, gloves etc MUST be labelled with your child’s name so that they can be returned to them if they are mislaid.

We almost never close the school due to poor weather – in the absence of any notification, please assume the school is open. If we have to close the school because roads are impassable or conditions are very unsafe for children and staff to travel, text messages will be sent out, a note will be published on our website under “Newsletter” and on Facebook, and the local radio stations will carry the message.

Please be aware of the poor light conditions at this time of year if your child is walking or cycling home in the evenings – they will need high visibility jackets to keep them safe if they are on the roads.

In the event of snow, we do allow children to sledge down “Sledge Hill” onto the playground under adult supervision. If you would like your child to be part of this, you will need to have completed a permission slip.

Gritting our entrance paths Please note that, in the event of icy conditions, we will only grit the pedestrian pathway from the pedestrian gate on the layby to the door of the school. No other areas will be gritted and you will need to exercise the utmost caution if you walk on any other area, including the car park area.

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 discuss briefly the Safeguarding and Child Protection policy. This is a disturbing subject because no one wants to think of any child living in an abusive situation, but it is something we have to face and something we have to combat so that every child can live in a safe and happy environment.  In our school we monitor the welfare of every child and if we are concerned that any child might be in danger of significant harm because of the actions of another person, or through neglect, we will contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) or the police and refer the case to them, following all the statutory requirements of the Child Protection protocols. This might involve sharing personal and sensitive information with the other agencies and, whilst we would usually have permission from parents to share this information, the overriding duty is to the care of the child, so the sharing will take place under these circumstances even if there is no parental permission. The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Mercedes Henning, and the three deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mr Amor, Mr Gyllenspetz and Mrs Edwards. These adults are trained and have regular updates to ensure that they are able to deal with the issues that arise. Regular training about safeguarding takes place for all staff in school, and all our volunteers are given Safeguarding briefings and annual updates on child protection matters. We work closely with all the relevant agencies to help to ensure the best possible outcome for the children in our care. Every adult in school and, indeed, in the wider community, has the duty to make sure children are safe and that no child is living in an abusive situation.

Our Governors You will see photos of our governors up in the school hall – please do not hesitate to approach them with any questions about governance issues. Governors are responsible for setting strategic goals, ensuring that the budget is spent wisely, setting policy and providing challenge and support to the Headteacher to pursue the school vision. All management of the school is delegated to the Headteacher, so please approach the Headteacher or the class teacher with any concerns about day to day management of the school or educational matters. We are very grateful to our highly skilled board of governors who bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their roles. Governors are unpaid and do the (often very demanding) governors’ work as a service to the community to ensure that children have the best possible education.

NSPCC schools service On the NSPCC website, there are some very good resources which parents can use to help their children learn how to stay safe. These resources are differentiated for KS1 children and KS2, and we do recommend that parents consider using some of them to ensure that their children have as much information as possible to keep themselves safe, both online and in their daily lives. There is an overview of the safety of the most popular sites, apps and games that young people use as well.

Parent/Teacher Meetings Please book an appointment to meet your child’s class teacher next week to discuss your child’s attainment and progress in all areas. Please be very prompt to arrive at the meeting because the appointments are only 10 minutes long and we cannot extend them if you are late. Log in on

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Wednesday 8th November Parent/Teacher meetings 3.10pm  – 6.00pm
Thursday 9th November Parent/Teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 16th November Meeting for all parents of children in Year 5 and 6 about the Forest of Dean Residential Trip 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Friday 17th November Eisteddfod choir competition in Devizes Morning – Packed lunches please
Wednesday 6th December Handbells and community carol singing – school hall 5.00pm
Monday 11th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 12th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 10.00am – 10.45am

KS2 – 1.30 – 2.30pm

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Plays KS1 – 5.00pm – 5.45 pm

KS2 –  6.15pm – 7.15pm

Tuesday 19th December Christmas Church Service, St Peter’s 9.30am
Wednesday 20th December Last day of term
Monday 8th January Children back in school


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Firstly a big thank you to those of you who managed to come along to the recruitment events that took place yesterday, we really appreciate all those who put their hands up to help. These events are such fun to take part in and the kids absolutely love the events.

We are still looking specifically for volunteers to do stalls at the Christmas Fayre (Fri 8th Dec), to help out with the crèche for the Christmas Plays (Mon 11th and Wed 13th) and to help on the day of the Christmas Party (Tue 19th). Please grab me or any of the PFA members to get involved, especially if you see us with a clipboard in the coming weeks!

Our new Tuck Shop team! – This afternoon, Suzanne Pickford, Laurie Farquhar, Kathie Smart, Carla Dudman and Jen Albano are doing their first outing straight after school with a bonfire night themed tuck shop, many thanks to all of them for putting their hands up to take over from the wonderful Jane and Barry.

CASUAL CLOTHES DAY – will be Fri 24th Nov! Please bring in either a secret jar filled with anything a child might like (no nuts though) and wrapped, or £1. Clare Hatala-Poole will be in the playground on the morning to collect your donations!

And finally, don’t forget, TEXTILE RECYCLING on Monday 6th Dec, leave all in bags in front of the arts centre please. Also, any old Christmas Decorations would be gratefully received.

Thank you, Patricia Genner and the PFA team

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