Message from Mrs. Castell
As part of our ongoing commitment to resolving parking concerns around the schools, the children had an assembly from 3PR, a group that supports schools with parking in the area. They all brought home a leaflet about the 3 rules which clearly outlines our expectations for parking. Please consider pedestrians, residents and other road users when parking your car.
As already informed, our school will not be affected by industrial action on 1st February. We are looking forward to our visit from Night Owls next Thursday 2nd February. Details of the assembly and subsequent photographs with Whisper the Barn Owl have been sent home via ParentMail.
Our next Reading Monday is 6th February and Family Learning Time is on Tuesday 7th February. I am aware that these events fall on two consecutive days, but as we have already reduced Reading Mondays to once a month, I am reluctant to cancel another session.
Please remember that Friday 10th February is a non-pupil day, so we break up for half term at 3.10pm on Thursday 9th February. On this day, WISPA and WJSPA at the Junior School are holding a Valentine's dress down day, with children asked to wear something red for a suggested donation of £1 for the parents' associations.
A reminder that this term we offer an opportunity for you to have a school dinner with your child. We had a very successful lunch with Foxes this week and we look forward to Squirrels next Wednesday. Dates for your diary are:
Squirrels - Wednesday 1st February, 11.45am
Turtles - Wednesday 8th February, 12.05pm
Parrots - Wednesday 22nd February, 12.05pm
Dolphins - Wednesday 1st March, 12.05pm
Sharks - Wednesday 8th March, 12.05pm
Mrs Duff will send a form via ParentMail in advance of your class lunch date, so that you can order a school lunch if you wish. If you are having a school meal you will need to pay £2.60 to the school office in advance. Each lunch visit takes approximately half an hour. Please note that for the weeks of our parent lunches I will try to run Choir on a different day, as it would normally be on a Wednesday.
Attendance this week was 93.8% compared to our target of 96%. There has been a rise in parents requesting holidays during term time, as previous travel plans have been postponed due to the Covid pandemic. Given the learning missed at nursery or in school during the lockdowns, we expect that parents would want children to be at school as much as possible. Children have 13 weeks holiday each year and INSET days often give you a chance to travel before the main holiday starts. Please use this time for holidays and appointments, as the impact of missed learning is greater than you might anticipate. All absence requests can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances and schools are obliged to consider fines when holidays are taken in term time.
In addition we are seeing a lot of children arriving late in the mornings and having to come in through the front doors. This will impact your child’s learning. For example:
|Minutes late per day during the school year||Equals days' worth of learning lost in a year|
|5 minutes||3.4 days|
|10 minutes||6.9 days|
|15 minutes||10.3 days|
|20 minutes||13.8 days|
|30 minutes||20.7 days|
It is always difficult to decide whether your child is too ill to come to school; no one can predict what will happen as the day progresses. If you would like some guidance with this, the link below may be of some use - https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/.
Have a good weekend. Best wishes,