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Weekly Update 10/02/2017

As we write this we can't believe that it is already half term and that it’s snowing!


Our PTA have asked us to send out a 'save the date' for this year’s School Summer Fair. The date is Saturday 1st July 2017 from 12 noon. This promises to be another amazing event. Please make a note in your diaries, come along and have fun while supporting our school.


On Wednesday this week all of Year 5 and 6 visited Princes Risborough Secondary school to watch their production of Cinderella. The children enjoyed the experience and we are grateful to the school for inviting us!


Wednesday was a busy day! We were treated to a Sport UK assembly. In the assembly we were given the exciting news that we will be joined on March 10th by a special visitor. Invictus Games athlete Mr Luke Delahunty! Letters have been sent home about this event and the sponsored circuit fitness training – see this link to sign up!


After half term our Early Years children will be learning about 'People that help us'. If you, or any one you know, is able to assist in this topic we would really love to hear from you! We are looking for doctors, dentists, paramedics, librarians, fire and police officers to name but a few!! Please let Mrs Haydon or Miss Bacon know if you can help!


We have sadly had to cancel a school trip that was arranged for year 3 and 4 pupils to Chiltern Open Air Museum. We really did all we could to encourage contributions for the trip but sadly we did not receive sufficient funds with 21 parents choosing not to pay or discuss payment plans, this is a quarter of the children.


It would make it much easier for us to organise trips if parents state that they do not want their children to attend school trips, so those who do pay, can still go ahead. We will be adding this option to all our trip letters in the future.


We are now looking to see if we can find at an alternative way to facilitate this trip, which may possibly be on a weekend. We are still at a very early stage of organising this so please bear with us.


We have noticed an increase is hair accessories for the girls in school, specifically beautiful bows! Can we ask that hair accessories are either red, black or grey.


On Friday our Parent forum met. The areas discussed were;

  • Home learning:

The work should be the children's! Some parents were concerned over varying qualities produced. It is important that the children take pride in the work but parents should be rest assured that the child's work will be recognised for their effort.  Not all pieces will link to current in class work. This is fine as it is looking at a variety of themes and approaches.  One parent suggested 'open afternoons' in order for parents to view current class work. This will be discussed within school.


  • Continuity of reporting:

The topic of current 'scores' on school reports were discussed and the level of continuity across all year groups.

The format and scoring system will be considered by staff ahead of the next set of written reports.


  • The Christmas dinner:

Feedback about this event was very positive and it is hoped that the same or similar will occur in December 2017. The cost of the meal and event was discussed. The feeling was that it was good value for money and that the children and adults had a lovely time.


  • The Early Years and KS1 nativity:

Concerns were raised about the non attendance of younger siblings at the performances. This will be addressed and in the next academic year there will be a dress rehearsal that parents with younger children will be able to request tickets for.


  • The dangers of scooters and bikes at the end of school:

Many parents have raised concerns about children riding bikes and scooters at the end of the school days. Many accidents and near misses have occurred and parents are growing increasingly concerned about the safety of their children. We agreed that parents should be reminded that they are responsible for ensuring that the children in their charge should walk their bikes and scooters off the school premises. Children in school will be given the opportunity to design a safety poster to remind all parties how they should behave.


We will let you know the date of the next meeting when it has been agreed.


On Wednesday this week our School Council helped in the interviewing process of a new member of the teaching team. We are pleased to announce that Mr Jackson will be joining us after Easter in year 4 to cover Mrs Tomlins class. We know that you will make him feel very welcome and hope that he loves our school as much as we do.


We would like to remind you that the system for collecting children at the end of the day needs to be supported by all parents/carers. Staff will walk the children to the main play ground and dismiss them to the adult responsible for collection. Please can parents with more than one child to collect, please pick up youngest child first and then move to the area that the older child/children are waiting in. It is extremely difficult to pick out parents in the sea of people and we want to ensure that all children are collected safely.


At the end of the school day today we have a PTA run Cake Sale. Please support the sale and buy a cake or two!


On the 2nd of March it is World Book Day. We will be encouraging all children and staff to dress up as a favourite book character. We thought that half term would be an ideal time to organise costumes.


The local police have been monitoring the traffic on Wellington Avenue and particularly looking at school 'drop off'. They have asked us to trial a new drop off zone. The Drop Zone signs will be moved further along on the left side of the road (over the zigzags) and we ask all adults to support us with this trial in order to see which is more effective.


Please remember that we return to school on Tuesday 21st February after the half term break.


Enjoy some rest and family time.