It has been a very busy half term and we are all looking forward to the half term break. Our School Effectiveness Adviser spent the morning working with subject leaders on Tuesday and he was impressed by their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum. There will always be areas to work on but the children’s books and teachers knowledge are in very good shape. After half term you will all be issued with a parent and carer code of conduct. This important document sets out the expectations we want from our parent and carer body. Many of you support the school in all that we do and are great advocates for the organisation. Yet, there are occasions where we have experienced behaviour that is aggressive, threatening and quite unnecessary. The purpose of the document will set out quite clearly the expectations around behaviour on the school grounds, appropriate use of social media and how to support the school. The relationship between the school and its parent / carer body is one of the fundamental aspects of a child’s education and by having this strategy in place it will help to strengthen that. The children wore a red item of clothing today to raise awareness of the Give Racism the Red Card a long standing football initiative. Talking about racism is a very important part of a child’s education and will do more work with them about this very sensitive but incredibly important subject over the rest of the academic year. I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a restful half term.
The word of the week is – SNERDLE – (18th Century) to wrap up cosily beneath the covers and hold off the day for a little longer.
THE BIG QUESTION – Can you have too many choices?
Try discussing this question with your child to help them think about developing their thinking skills.
THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK –
CHANGE TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL DAY – Week 8 – THE LAST WEEK – The government has issued a directive to all schools about 32.5 hours of teaching time every child in the country is entitled to. To meet this new directive we will open the school gates as normal at 8:30am BUT they will CLOSE at 8:45am from MONDAY 30th OCTOBER. Please make sure you make a note of this change. We will continue to put it in all of our newsletters from the start of the new academic year until FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER.
RECEPTION AND NURSERY PARENTS AND CARERS – The school gates on Aycliffe and Allerton Road will be open from 8:30am through to 8:45am every morning after the half term break. The gate to both Nursery and Reception classes will open at 8:40am. This is a tight window for all children to be in on time but we cannot open the gate any earlier because staff are not due to start work until 8:30am. This will give them 10 minutes to prepare to welcome the children. This arrangement will be under review.
WD6 FOODBANK – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
ANNUAL POPPY APPEAL – The Royal British Legion annual Poppy Appeal will take place when the children return after half term and will run until NOVEMBER 14th. As always there are a number of items that will be on sale in the school office and are priced as follows:
SNAP RULERS – £1.50
WRISTBANDS – £1.00
REFLECTORS – £1.00
ZIP PULLS – £0.50
POPPIES – Whatever you can afford to give
ATTENDANCE AND FOOD WASTE – Congratulations to the children from 6 CHERRY AND 5 ASH who had the best attendance this week. Thank you children and please continue to be an inspiration to others.
Well done to the children from 5 CEDAR and ALL OF YEAR 3 who had the least amount of food waste this week. Thank you children for making good choices and enjoying your food.
|CLASS||WEEKLY TOTAL %||FOOD WASTE kgs|
|6 Cherry||100||RESIDENTIAL TRIP|
|Total||95.1||10.40 = 17.7 grammes per child|
PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Thomas, Aayat, Gabriel, Patrick, Bailey, Ugo, Eden and Melanie who were awarded their wings this week for being true acolytes of the school’s vision and mission. Thank you children for being such a great example for others to follow.
It was lovely to share a cup of hot chocolate this afternoon morning with Roustum, Frankie, Denis, Emma, Jessica, Blossom and Cole. Thank you children for being an inspiration for others and I look forward to you continuing to uphold our school values through the rest of the year.
TUNES FOR THE HALF TERM –
HAVE A WONDERFUL HALF TERM AND SEE YOU AGAIN ON MONDAY 30th OCTOBER
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE SCHOOL GATES WILL OPEN AT 8:30am AND CLOSE AT 8:45am FROM MONDAY 30th OCTOBER AND FROM THERE ON IN.