Newsletter 20th January - Issue 17We are proud to say...
(Please see the paragraph about attendance below, under 'holidays in term time'.)
A message from Mr Barton
Firstly this week, I would like to thank all the parents who responded to our plea to take up the offer of a school meal on Thursday. We had 100% take-up in Reception and 93% in Key Stage 1. This is enough to maximise the portion of our funding next year that relates to the provision of school meals. We have also re-introduced the system for lunchtimes in which children have a seat on a table with their friends. This means that those who do need to queue up for a hot meal need not worry that the seats next to their friends may be taken by the time they get to sit down. Many children told me in asssembly this week that this would encourage them to have a school meal more often, so we look forward to seeing how many now decide to take that option in the coming weeks.
The other message I would like to give this week is a renewed request for parents to give us some feedback through the Ofsted Parent View site. Parents are playing an enormously important role in helping me to build a school of which we can all be immensely proud. Whenever our Ofsted inspection comes (which is quite likely before April and pretty much certain by October) your views will play an important part in helping the inspector to judge us. If you do indeed believe that your child now attends a school that could be described as 'Good' or even 'Oustanding', please do make your contribution by clicking here.
I wish you an enjoyable weekend. Below you can read about some of the recent events in school and about some key things coming up next week.
Last week we held our termly Parent Council meeting. You can now find the minutes of the meeting here.
It was with regret that we needed to cancel at short notice the Reception and Year 1 event at Chew Valley School. However, despite important information coming to us as late as Wednesday, we were able to keep our commitment to attending the Small Schools County Cup Competition in Bridgewater. This follows the great success of our football team in qualifying for this event. We will let you know today's results as soon as we get them. We would like to thank Mr Miller for his great efforts in organising this and preparing the team despite the fact that some key players were away from school. Thanks to him too we have a Tag-Rugby tournament next Wednesday afternoon and parents of the team members will have been told about this separately. Trainers and warm layers will be needed for this.
Holidays in term time
Unfortunately the number of requests for holiday in term time has been growing recently. This is prompting us to remind all parents that schools are no longer allowed to authorise these unless there are exceptional circumstances. Although holidays in term-time are often much cheaper, the law says that children must attend school regularly and the guidance to schools is that this absence should not normally be authorised. Please do make wider family aware of this too, as there seem to have been quite a few generous grandparents giving term time holidays as gifts over Christmas! The holidays are having a very significant impact on our overall attendance, as can be seen below:
Forest School Update
Parents of Y1 and Y2 children are reminded that their children will be visiting Hidden Valley Forest School on Monday afternoon. Please ensure that children have warm clothing (hats and gloves and/or an extra jumper) to wear with their school uniform. The children will also need to bring wellies to school on Monday for this trip. Meanwhile, Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) parents will have received letters about their trips to Hidden Valley on Friday 10th February. Please return the consent form if you haven't done so already.
As announced previously, the NSPCC have been back in school today to deliver a workshop to Year 5 and 6 pupils about how to keep themselves safe. This includes online safety and you will hear more about our strategy on this later in the year. Meanwhile, we would like to make parents aware that our recently updated safeguarding policy is now on the website under the 'Key Information' tab. You can also find it by clicking here.