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Newsletter Autumn 2 24.09.18


Autumn Term 2018 - Newsletter 2

24th September 2018

Dear parents/carers,

Anti-Bullying Pledge

In the last newsletter, I explained how we are going to be really emphasising our school rule of ‘Be Kind’ this year and ensuring that everyone has a shared understanding of what bullying is and that a bullying is not tolerated at this school.

As part of this, the school Council have looked at several examples of anti-bullying pledges and would like every child to sign the one on the right. This is being sent home separately today with every child. Please go through it with your child and return a signed copy as soon as you can.

Kindness Day

This will take place next Tuesday (2nd October). There will be a range of activities in school to explore and promote kindness. These include:

  • a Kindness Card Challenge where children swap cards when they do a specific act of kindness and we see how many acts of kindness can take place over one day

  • a random act of kindness being planned by each class for another class

  • every child contributing to a ‘kindness machine’ display

Kindness Awards will be given out each Friday in assembly from now on. Two children from each class will be nominated for an award. One will be nominated by the adults in the class and one by the children.

Home School Agreement

We send this home each year to outline and share what we can all expect from each other. Please sign the parents’ part and go through the children’s part with your child, returning the signed copy to school.

Transport to Events and Activities

Children at Wetheringsett are fortunate to go on lots of trips that support and enrich the curriculum. These are an important feature of the school and one that I know children and their parents really value. However, as a small school with fewer than average children in each class, coach transport can work out very expensive per child. So, in order to make the trips affordable, we often ask parents to arrange to transport their own children to and from the venue. We appreciate that this can be difficult for parents with other commitments, particularly for those who work, and recently some parents have contacted me to say that they feel we are asking too much of parents in terms of transport. However, it has also been the case that when we have arranged coach travel for trips, the cost of which has to be added on, parents have expressed concern that trips were too expensive.

I can fully understand both these viewpoints, and discussed parents’ concerns with some governors last week to try to find the best balance between making trips affordable and not unreasonably asking parents to arrange transport. We really don’t want children to miss out on these much-loved trips, so plan to do the following:

  • Give as much notice as we can when we do ask for parents to arrange transport

  • Reach out to other local small schools to see if they are willing to coordinate trips so we can share the cost of transport

  • Put aside £1,000 of the annual donation we receive from the local charity, the Townlands Trust, to subsidise transport cost for one trip per class per term

  • Ask the Friends if they will contribute to the cost of transport for future trips for each class

Hopefully, these measure will go some way to easing the problem though we recognise there is no perfect solution.

Separately, some parents have also asked about the legal situation when they are transporting children other than their own. The local authority advice we follow is that if schools ask parents to arrange transport between themselves, the school does not need to do checks on insurance, driving licences and the roadworthiness of vehicles etc. (as it is no different from parents transporting each others’ children out of school time). However, staff do follow clear procedures, asking parents to advise the school who their child will be travelling with and ensuring that children travel in the correct car.  Staff sometimes are happy to consent to transport children in their own cars, but it is up to the individual member of staff to decide whether or not they are comfortable to do this. Further information can be found in the Educational Visits Policy on the school website.


There are still lots of children coming to school without coats and getting caught out when it rains. Children MUST have a coat in school every day.

Congratulations Mrs Sheeran

Our congratulations to Mrs Sheeran, who is expecting her second child in the spring. We are in the process of appointing someone to cover her maternity leave and will keep you informed.

Church Schools’ Service

The annual Celebration for Church School’s service will be held in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds at 5.30pm on Sunday 7th October. The school council have been invited to take part by parading our school banner along with all the other church schools in the diocese, but all parents and children  are very welcome to attend (along with any grandparents, friends etc.). It is a very child-friendly, interactive service and well worth going along to.

Harvest Service and Harvest Boxes

The school’s Harvest Service will take place in Wetheringsett parish church at 9am on Monday 8th October, led by Revd. Julia Lall. As usual, we will be asking children to bring in harvest boxes to donate. These may contain fresh or canned food that is then sold off after school and the money donated to a charity that will be chosen by the School Council.

Breakfast Club Leader

We have a vacancy for a part time breakfast club leader, working 7.35am to 8.40am alternate weeks. Leaders’ own children are able to attend breakfast club on the days they work without charge. If you would like further details or an application form, see Tracey Sheppard.

Governing Body

Matt Bush’s term of office as parent governor expires later this month. A letter will be sent home today giving details about the nomination and election process.

Sarah Payne has been elected as chair of the governing body and Cheryl Wright and Rob Bensly have been elected co-vice chairs.   

Bags for schools

The clothes collection is tomorrow, if you have any last minute recyclable clothing please drop any bags by the school gate in the morning.

Vicky Doherty


Dates for your diary

7th October


Church Schools’ Service - St Edmundsbury Cathedral

8th October


Harvest Service in the church

16th October

3.45 - 6.00pm

Parents’ Evening

18th October

3.45 - 6.00pm

Parents’ Evening

wc22nd October

Half Term Break

29th October

PD Day - children not in school

6th November


Lime Class Assembly

29th November


Sycamore Class Assembly

6th December


Chestnut Class Assembly

17th December


Christmas Service in the church

12th July


Chestnut Class Assembly

19th December

Term Ends

Term Dates


Autumn Term

Wednesday 5th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018

(Half Term: Monday 22nd October 2018 to Friday 26th October 2018)

Spring Term

Wednesday 2nd January 2019 to Friday 5th April 2019

(Half Term: Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019)

Summer Term

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 to Wednesday 24th July 2019

(Half Term: Monday 27th May 2019 to Friday 31st May 2019)

PD Days:

3rd September 2018

4th September 2018

29th October 2018

2nd January 2019

5th April 2108

Parent Response Slip

Either email or send in a paper version for the attention of the Headteacher.

Name of parent  ________________________ Date _______________


Thank you for taking the time to respond. Your views are listened to and given careful consideration.