Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 16th November 2018

The Dress to Impress Day was a lovely way of finishing another busy week. The children and staff made a real effort to get in to the spirit of the day and over £250 pounds was raised for Children in Need. Thank you to everyone who made a contribution. Year 5’s assembly on Friday morning was a reminder to us all about the wonder of space. The children told us to look to the heavens for inspiration and impressed everyone with their knowledge and understanding of this important curriculum topic. Thank you to Mrs Zrihen, Mrs Quinn and Miss Felgeiras for preparing the children so well. Today was the last day to submit your orders for Christmas card designs. Thank you to everyone who place an order; we received 100 of them. All profit will go to the Friends Association who will use it to improve facilities for the children. As the cold weather draws in please make sure that your child comes to school in the correct uniform and that all items are clearly labelled.


The word of the week is: PERSEVERANCE – persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Sometimes we all need to persevere when times are tough. As the quote from Winston Churchill reminds us – “Never, never never give up!”



SCHOOL UNIFORM – There are a number of children who are wearing the incorrect uniform to school. Girls must wear shoes to school and not boots. They must also wear skirts that are down to their knees and should be grey pinafore or dress NOT BLACK. There a number of boys who continue to wear trainers to school when they should wear shoes. Please make sure that your child comes to school in the correct uniform. As it states on our school website:

All of our children wear uniform because we believe this helps them have a greater sense of belonging and develops pride in the school community. 

If for any reason you are experiencing difficulty with school uniform please come and speak to a member of the school office or myself


MATHS WORKSHOP – It was excellent to see so many parents/carers/governors at Thursday morning Maths workshop. The children were very focused on their activity and enjoyed working with their parent/carer. Thank you to everyone who came to support the school and we hope that you found the workshop informative and useful.





RECEPTION TOURS ADMISSIONS  2019 – 2020 – We look forward to welcoming prospective parents over the next few weeks to tour the school and to witness first hand the excellent work of our Early Years Team. To book a space on any of the tours please ring the school office on 0208 – 387 -3000. Spaces are filling up so please ring as soon as you can to avoid any disappointment. Places are limited.


CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR CHILDREN IN YEARS 3 4 5 +6  – If your child takes a packed lunch we would like to invite them to join the other children for Christmas Dinner on Wednesday 19th December. The cost of the dinner will be £2.40. Please speak to a member of the school office for further details. The deadline for anyone wishing to have a dinner is FRIDAY 30th NOVEMBER. Your child will be served by staff who will then join the children for lunch; a tradition that has taken place here at Parkside for number of years.



SCHOOL DINNER ACCOUNTSIf your child currently receives a school dinner please ensure that your account is always in credit. We would like to make you aware that  that if for any reason your account falls in to arrears your child will not be able to take a school dinner.



30 HOURS FREE CHILDCARE FOR NURSERY CHILDREN – Every family was sent a letter today about 30 hours free childcare. We are very keen to offer 30 hours of childcare in the Nursery but this can only be done with your support. As it states in the letter that was sent to you all today:

In order for the school to be in a position to offer full time Nursery education, we need to know if this is something that parents and carers want. We trust that by offering full time care for your child you would be in a position to accept it. Providing a full time service means we are able to offer the children the best possible start to their education and to support the needs of our families.

Please do consider this offer very seriously if this is something that you want for your child.



PARENT GOVERNOR – There is a vacancy on the Governing Body for a Parent Governors. If you are interested in the position please  speak with Mr Soyka for further details.



ATTENDANCE AND LATES – There were 44 recorded lates this week; an increase of 12 from last week. Every effort must be made to ensure that your child arrives at school on time. Thank you to those parents whose children arrive at school before 9:00am every day.


Congratulations to the children from Year 2 Alder and Year 4 Rowan class who had the best attendance this week with 99%

2nd Place – Year 6 Oak – 98.1%

3rd Place – Year 3 Birch – 97.9%

4th Place – Year 6 Cherry – 96.6 %


Overall School Attendance – 94.6% – THIS IS STILL 2.4% BELOW NATIONAL EXPECTATION. Please make every effort to make sure your child attends school every day.



THE WEEKEND TUNE –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cQURXodc4c




19th November 2018 20.11.18 Coffee morning with Head

20.11.18 Reception road safety parent walk

21.11.18 Boys football match against Meryfield.

22. 11.18 Foundation stage maths workshop

23.11.18 Pupil flu vaccination


9am – 10am






All day


26th November 2018 26.11.18 – Reception new parents tour

27.11.18 – Reception new parents tour

28.11.18 Coffee morning with Head

27.11.18 Book fayre

28.11.18 Book fayre

29.11.18 Boys football match against Kenilworth.

29.11.18 Book fayre

30.11.18 Year 4 assembly

30.11.18 Book Fayre

30.11.18 EYFS & KS1 Popcorn night




9am – 10am

3.15pm – 3.45pm

3.15pm – 3.45pm

3.30pm – 4.45pm


3.15pm – 3.45pm


3.15pm – 3.45pm




3rd December 2018 4.12.18 Coffee morning with Head

5.12.18 – KS1 Dress rehearsal

5.12.18 – KS1 afternoon Performance to parents

7.12.18 KS2 Popcorn night


9am – 10am




3.30pm – 5.30pm