Welcome back to old friends and a special welcome to our new families. I hope you all had a restful summer and managed to enjoy time together this holiday.
Our worship theme this term is on Thankfulness. It is easy to forget just how much we have compared to others and this is a great theme to kick start our new school year.
Each class will be sending out letters giving more details about this term these can also be found on our website. Please check bags regularly for notes etc. The majority of correspondence will be sent via email.
Arriving and leaving School
Please remember that a child arriving before 8.30am will need to be supervised by a parent till a member of staff is on the top playground. All children should stay on the top playground and not take bags etc to classrooms until the whistle has gone. All children should be in school by 8.40am. Children arriving after 8.45 will be recorded as late. Consistent lateness could result in a fine. The new reception children have a Year 5 buddy to take them down when the whistle goes and to help them find their pegs etc.
At the end of the day Key Stage 1 children will be collected from the bottom playground. Mrs Woodley’s children will be collected from outside her classroom. Children from Durnford and Salterton will be released from the classroom. We ask parents of the two older classes to wait by the gate for their children and not outside the mobiles as it makes the pathways very congested at the end of the day. Children should not wait for parents at the gate. If no one is there they must come back to reception where they can wait safely.
Please could I ask you do not let children use the play area on the bottom playground, the play trail or top playground or the play equipment as they leave and arrive at school. Thank you.
Please use the car park considerately. It makes pick up and drop off much easier for everyone if people park sensibly and move in and out of the car park carefully. We ask you not to park on the field either side of the gate. Please do not park on the road as this upsets our neighbours and makes travelling through the Valley harder for residents. The road in and out of school is often monitored for speeding motorists, please keep to the 30 miles an hour and ensure it is not the school community who are causing this problem.
All clothing and equipment needs to be labelled. It is much quicker to find the owner if we know who to track down. PE kits need to be in school at all times but can go home at weekends for a wash.
The Year 6s are busy choosing their next school for September 2018. Most of the visits have already happened but if your child is taking part in a visit this term please let the office know.
If your child is sick
Any pupil not at school because of illness needs to let the school know in the morning and then each morning they are away. This needs to be followed with a letter when they return.
Nut and Egg Allergies
Please do not send any foods to school that contain nuts or nut products, or have eggs in them. We have children with nut and egg allergies and ask that we make sure that we all help to keep them safe.
Local area visits
Children regularly visit the church, the field at the back of the school and at times the village hall. We ask for a blanket permission slip for these occasions. Please could you fill in the slip below.
We would appreciate any donations of unwanted Lego, please bring items to the school office.
We would appreciate some adult help in the allotment, general gardening and tidying up, this can be done at anytime and not just during garden club if you can offer any assistance.
Please come along to our first PTA meeting on Monday 11th September at 9am – all parents are welcome to join and any offers of help are always very gratefully received. The PTA do a fantastic job in raising much needed funds for the school. This is much easier if there is more people to help. It is a great way to meet others and feel part of the school community too.
Regards Rebecca Carson