Newsletter Autumn 1 09.09.16


 Autumn Term 2016 - Newsletter 1

9th September 2016


Dear parents/carers,


Welcome back to a new school year. We have had a very positive start to the new year and are particularly impressed with our Year 6 children, especially how caring and conscientious the peer mentors are being, looking after the reception children.


This newsletter is much longer than usual as there is a lot of information to share with you. Please take the time to read it carefully.

Remember to regularly look at our school website,, for regularly updated information and pictures about all the exciting things happening in school.


Accompanying Letters

As is always the case at the beginning of the school year, your child will be bringing home several important documents today with this letter. Please go through them carefully and return those that need returning as soon as possible.


Home School Agreement – TO SIGN AND RETURN (a copy will be returned for your records)

We believe that the Home School Agreement is a very important document that sets out what we can all expect from each other and is the basis of a successful working relationship between home and school. Parents, staff and children had a chance to share their views on the content of this last term and a few minor changes were put in place as a result. Please read it carefully, share the relevant sections with your child and return a signed copy to school.


Parent/Carers’ Acceptable Use Agreement – TO SIGN AND RETURN (a copy will be returned for your records)

This sets out the expectations for the use of technology in relation to the school, such as contacting staff and the use of images. Some of you signed this towards the end of last year, but we are sending it home again as we feel it is vital that all have a shared understanding in this increasingly important area. The agreement includes recommendations about children’s online behaviour at home. This is something that parents felt strongly about when we recently consulted about the Home School Agreement.


Home School Values Sheet – TO KEEP

Our Value for Life this half term is ‘peace’. This will be the focus of our collective worship (assemblies) and will be something we will notice and promote with children throughout the school over the half term. The sheet we are sending home gives you more information about it, how you can help promote it at home and some activities and facts for children.


Authorisation to Collect Children – TO BE COMPETED AND RETURNED

Children’s safety is our number one priority. Please complete this form to indicate whether you are happy for anyone else other than those with parental responsibility to collect your child. This could be a regular arrangement, such as a childminder or someone, for example, that you might text to have your children for a while if you are delayed.


Data Collection Sheet – TO BE CHECKED AND RETURNED

This is the information we have on our system about your child. Please check it is accurate and up to date, note any amendments and return it to school. In particular, please make sure emergency contact information is up to date.


Parent Governor Election

We have a vacancy for a parent governor. Information about what this entails is in the attached letter. Please complete the form if you would like to stand for election. The deadline for applications is 23rd September.


Car Parking Permits

Parking at the school is very limited. Only those who meet the following criteria are permitted to park in the car park:

·         Disabled badge or other mobility problems

·         Pre-school age children


For safety reasons, we ask that cars reverse into the parking spaces and permits must be displayed on the dashboard. New permits will be issued for the new school year and old ones will no longer be valid. Please apply at the office if you would like a permit.


For safety reasons, please do not drive into car park to drop off or collect your children, even if you are running late or park along the bollards if the spaces are full.


**IMPORTANT** Nuts in School

We have a child in school with a serious nut allergy, particularly to peanuts, and are therefore asking parents not to send anything containing peanuts into school, such as peanut butter in sandwiches. Please think twice about other nuts or products containing nuts as well.


Behaviour Policy

Following lots of discussion, we have decided to amend our system of rewards and sanctions in school. Teachers reported that Golden Time was not having as much impact as we would like. Therefore, we have decided to introduce other reward systems that will be regularly changed in order to keep them fresh and ensure they have an impact. This will include class rewards for positive behaviour shown by the whole class as well as rewards that recognise excellent behaviour from individual children. At the moment, each class is using ‘Star in a Jar’ where children showing excellent behaviour get to put a star in a jar. At the end of the week, a star will be picked out of the jar and that person will have all sorts of privileges the following week, such as being at the front of the line. The more stars that a child earns, the more chance they have of being selected. ‘Pupil of the Week’ will no longer be used. Children are very keen to earn their stars and lots of stars have been put in the jars this week! A copy of the Behaviour Policy is available on our website.


Class Assemblies

Each term, parents (and other friends and relatives) are invited to each class’s assembly. These are a chance for children to share and celebrate their learning and an important way to gain confidence in standing up and speaking in front of an audience. Dates for this term’s assemblies are listed below.


Roald Dahl Day

A final reminder that this will take place on Tuesday. We are asking children to dress up as a Roald Dahl character and there will be exciting learning activities based on Roald Dahl’s stories.


Education Sunday Service

All are warmly invited to a service at Thorndon church at 10.30am on Sunday. The service will last about 40 minutes and refreshments will be served afterwards.


Friends’ Annual General Meeting

The Friends’ AGM will be held on 28th September, straight after school. Please come along to support the important work they do for the school.


SAVE THE DATE - Friends’ Talent Show

The Friends will be holding another Talent Show on Saturday 15th October. More details to follow.


Vicky Doherty



Dates for your diary:

11th September , 10.30am

Education Sunday Service at Thorndon church

13th September

Roald Dahl Day

28th September, 3.30pm

Friends’ AGM

15th October, 6pm

Talent Show

4th October, 9am TBC

Harvest Service (in the church)

18th & 19th October, 3.45 – 6pm

Parents’ Evening

21st October

PD Day (children not in school)

4th November, 9am

Chestnut Class Assembly

11th November

Individual School Photos

18th November, 9am

Sycamore Class Assembly

19th November

Friends’ Victorian Christmas Fayre (at the Middy)

25th November, 9am

Lime Class Assembly

14th December, 6pm TBC

Christmas Service (in the church)


Term Dates


Autumn Term

Thursday 1 September 2016 to Tuesday 20 December 2016

(Half Term: Monday 24 October 2016 to Friday 28 October 201)


Spring Term

Wednesday 4 January 2017 to Friday 31 March 2017

(Half Term: Monday 13 February 2017 to Friday 17 February 2017)


Summer Term

Tuesday 18 April 2017 to Friday 21 July 2017

(Half Term: Monday 29 May 2017 to Friday 2 June 2017)


PD Days:

21st October 2016

4th January 2017

18th April 2017


Parent Response Slip

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

Name of parent  ________________________ Date _______________







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