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Newsletter 18.06.17

Thanks to everyone for taking part in an excellent Science Week – the theme was The Crunch: Our food, Our health, Our planet; I know that Mrs Burden was delighted with the response. Many thanks to Mrs Burden for leading on this.

Sports Week has been this week, with lots of exciting and charitable events for the children to participate in. Thank you to Mrs George and Miss Eatherington for organising a sport-filled week for us.

Mass at Holy Family

Thank you to Chaplaincy Club, Mrs Burden, Father Eugene and the support from parents and other families in attending this Parish link Mass.

The cake sale after raised £51.20 and will go towards The Brain Tumour Charity.

International Evening - Friday 23rd June – 6pm to 8pm

FOSM are hosting the Taste of the Nations Evening – my favourite event of the year. This is a night to celebrate the different cultures of the school through an evening of food and drink.

This will be the best ‘pop up’ café/restaurant provided we all volunteer to share our favourite national dishes. Everyone is invited!

 

The Clifton Diocese Education Mass is on Tuesday 27th June @ 7pm.

It would be lovely to see as many parents and children at that Mass to represent our school.

 

RACE FOR DAVE AT ST MARY’S!

Today we have held our ‘Race for Dave’ charity event, in memory of our caretaker who passed away recently. Year 4 will run the race on Friday due to their school trip. We felt that it would be fitting this year to hold an event in Dave’s memory and to support the vital work that St Peter’s Hospice and The Brain Tumour Charity do. The charities were selected by Dave Foxon’s family. Pupils from Reception class all the way through to Year 6, along with staff, participated in this great event. 

Pupils in Reception and KS1 ran a combined 1 mile between them, and KS2 pupils completed the distance individually. Children were encouraged to wear something ‘red’ for the race, as Dave was a huge Arsenal Football Club supporter.

Mrs George has set up a ‘Just Giving’ internet web page where parents, carers, families or friends can make donations for this cause. Please click on the link below to donate:-

RACE FOR DAVE

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/racefordave

We will also collect donations in the office.

Parent Survey

We are conducting our annual parent survey via survey monkey at the moment.

Please click HERE or go to the following link: -

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DT5VGWS

I appreciate that everyone is busy but it would be helpful if you could find the time to complete this online by Friday 7th July.

I know that some parents may feel that they have no particular issues and so it is not worthwhile completing the questionnaire. However, if we have a low response rate, it is difficult to assess overall opinion – we may just find out some particular views. 

There is another document on the website under Parents and Community for your information, outlining some of the things we have put in place because of the comments you returned last year.

Please click this link.

IMPORTANT – MESSAGE FROM INTEGRA/ SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL

Paid school meals prices effective 1 September 2017

The cost of paid school meals will increase with effect from 1st September to £2.10 per meal. The 2015 price had been held for 2 years, however during this period there has been continued pressure on the cost of provisions from inflation as well as the reduction in the value of the pound impacting heavily in respect of the cost of imported goods. Though we use as much local produce as possible, the overall increase has meant that we cannot hold prices for another year.

Children in Reception and Year 1 and 2 will continue to receive free meals through the Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) scheme. All parents are able to check whether they can qualify for free school meals, which also brings the additional Pupil Premium funding which is spent on supporting your child in a variety of ways.  It is worth checking even if your child is entitled to the UIFSM.

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium

Miss School: Miss out

Class

 

T6 Wk 1

T6 Wk 2

Number of late arrivals in this period

Minutes lost in this period

St George

99.0%

91.7%

5

37

St Nicholas

97.6%

100%

5

30

St Elizabeth

93.3%   

98.7%

4

20

St Augustine

98.4%   

99.3%

1

155

St Bernadette

96.4%   

97.7%   

1

5

St Martin de Porres

95.0%   

94.7%   

1

5

St Francis

96.7%   

95.7%   

0

0

Overall

96.6%

96.87%

17

252 minutes

Congratulations to St Nicholas’ Class for 100% attendance in week 2.

Over four hours of schooling were missed in this period due to lateness that could often have been avoided.

Wanted

A home for the summer holidays (or longer) for two little fish. We would be very grateful if someone could look after our fish. All you need is a little space for their tank. We will provide everything else. If you are interested, please let the office know or one of the adults in St George’s class (Reception).

Polish meeting for new parents

EMTAS – Ethnic Minority Services are planning to run a meeting for parents of Polish speaking children starting school.

The details of the meeting:

Date: 12th July

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Venue: Bailey’s Court Primary School

Focus:  Explaining the English education system and providing information on how to help children with reading. They will also look at the importance of continuing to speak Polish with children when they are learning English.

 

LifeSkills - Please see details of an Open Day on 9th September and a competition attached.

 

 

Polite Reminder

In line with our drive to reduce the numbers of pupils arriving late, you will find that we will be locking the playground gates more promptly in the morning from term 6. This should not present you with a problem unless you arrive late.

Currently some parents are bringing pupils in a few minutes late but not using the main entrance to sign in. Please note that your child will still be marked as late in the register. Late arrival 30 minutes or more after registration time will result in an unauthorised absence code being used (U) along with the reason given for the late arrival. This is in accordance with national guidelines. Late arrival up until 9.24am will be recorded as late (L).

I am sure that you will appreciate our need to ensure that all pupils get a prompt start to the day and that we are quickly able to make our site secure when parents leave after drop off.

Book Look

Don’t forget that you can come and look at your child’s books after school on any Thursday as long as you let the office know so we can get the books out for you.

Environmental Health - Food Safety Campaign

There is an estimated one million cases of food poisoning every year, with E-Coli, listeria and salmonella more prevalent in the warmer months.  Good hygiene practices can help prevent most forms of food borne disease.  South Gloucestershire Council will be supporting the Food Standards Agency (FSA) over the summer, in promoting safe summer food. 

Leaflets are attached

Gem Power

This term’s Gem power is Amethyst – with a focus on co-operation. This can be achieved by:-

  • Sharing ideas with their partner to improve talking and listening skills;
  • Taking it in turns to listen and share what they thought;
  • Adding new ideas to their old ones.

Happy children are happy learners...

Concerned or worried about your child, at home or in school? Are there changes that may be affecting them? Or are there any other issues which may be affecting your child’s ability to be happy and ready to learn?

We know that from time to time everyone can feel as if they need some extra help, support or advice. At our school we offer a confidential Parent Link Service where we aim to ‘help you to help your child feel happy and secure’.

Jo Creese welcomes you to join her at one of these sessions to discuss any concerns or worries relating to your child: Mondays and Wednesdays 2.30-3.30pm.

Please inform the school office in advance of your intention to attend.

 

Mojo Active Holiday Club

17th July – 5th September

Lots of varied days planned in addition to all the well-loved on-site activities at Mojo.

To book, please go to http://bookings.mojoactive.co.uk/ or call 01454 660075

 

School Skip

We are busy removing unwanted items from the school. Any items placed next to the skip are available for people to take if they can find a use for them.

 

Animal Agents - Summer Reading Challenge

Our local library staff have been telling children how to take part in Animal Agents, this year’s summer reading challenge.

The children will tell you all about it!  All they have to do is read SIX library books and visit the library regularly over the summer, collecting special stickers and incentives along the way.

Please encourage your children to visit the library and sign up and see the difference the Summer Reading Challenge makes to their reading.

PLUS beat the boredom this summer! Find out about libraries FREE Animal Agents fun craft activities at www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary.

Follow us on Facebook.com/sgloslibraries or

Twitter @southgloslibs for the most up-to-date information.