It has been such a joy to welcome all the children back into school. We are particularly pleased to welcome all the new Ladybird children and their families.
As anticipated, the children have taken the new routines and procedures in their stride and we are all so proud of the speed with which they have settled.
Congratulations to Jude and Orla Bradley who entered the BT Digital Dash competition towards the end of last term. Both worked extremely hard building avatars and competing against others and we are thrilled to announce that they won £4,000 for the school to spend in the BT shop.
We have used the money to upgrade some of our ICT hardware, including a new desktop for the office and 6 new classroom laptops. In addition we have purchased an Apple TV for Orla and Jude’s classrooms along with an Echo for use in the school hall.
We are so grateful to the Bradley family as it was a substantial prize and our new resources will be a real benefit to the school. Thank you.
We will continue to focus on reading as a learning from home task. To this end, all work will be set and completed via the Purple Mash platform. We are in the process of transferring the children to their new year groups so homework will begin in the week commencing 14th September. Look out for individual class timings in due course. We will be reminding children how to access their accounts and how to use the technical aspects of the site but if there are any problems, please do let class teachers know.
If you have difficulties regarding technology, please contact the school as we have a small number of laptops which we can make available if that would help. Purple Mash will remain as our default option should the need arise to go in to any kind of lock down in the coming weeks.
Summer Spruce Up
A huge ‘Thank You’ to Mr Burnell for all his hard work during the summer break. Hedgehog class has been redecorated, Dragonfly class has had some external maintenance completed and a large amount of ‘clutter’ has been removed. In addition, ‘Team Burnell’ have dealt with new uniform orders, replanted the borders at the front of the school and even had the children clearing the grounds of rubbish. We are all grateful for your hard work.
The staff (and indeed some staff family members!) have also spent a great deal of time during the holidays doing everything from writing risk assessments to preparing classrooms, painting, making learning resources and planning for the safe return of the children. This preparation has lead to the smooth return to school and it is much appreciated.
Free to a good home
If you would like either a climbing frame or teacher desk, they are going free. Please contact the office if you are interested.
Children in Key Stage 1 will continue to have a healthy snack provided by the school. Children in Key Stage 2-Hedgehog and Otter classes, are encouraged to bring a healthy snack of fruit, vegetables or a cereal bar (no chocolate please) in for break times. All children also need a named water bottle in school.
We are now back up and running with our hot school dinners. All children in Key Stage 1 (Ladybirds and Dragonflies) are entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal which means your child can have a delicious, nutrious midday meal at no cost to yourself. Mrs Sheridan does a fantastic job and is a real asset to our school. In addition, a hot meal at lunchtime sets the children up well for an afternoon of learning especially as the weather becomes colder.
If you think you may be entitled to receive free school meals for children in Key Stage 2 (Hedgehogs and Otters), please do not hesitate to contact the school and we can support you through the application process.
We are yet to receive an updated menu from our catering team, with the correct dates for this term. However, the school menu weeks will run as follows until we are informed otherwise:
W/C 14th September - Menu week 2
W/C 21st September – Menu week 3
W/C 28th September – Menu week 1
W/C 5th October – Menu week 2
W/C 12th October – Menu week 3
W/C 19th October – Menu week 1
Fishpole photography will be in next Friday, 18th September, to take individual and sibling photographs. They will be following all safety protocols and photographs will be taken outside.
If you do not want your child/ren to have a photograph taken, please email the office before Tuesday 15th September.
We have been informed that some children are missing PE kit and school uniform. Please could you ensure that all items of clothing and equipment your child brings into school are clearly named. Please could you check over the weekend that your child hasn’t accidentally picked up any additional uniform.
A small scooter has gone missing from outside of the school premises – near to the pen entrance. If you may have spotted a scooter missing its owner at all, please do let the school office know.
We are in the slightly tricky position of not being able to fully commit to dates for any of the usual activities we would be holding during the coming term.
However, we have decided to issue dates with the caveat that sadly, things may have be cancelled, or we will have to think creatively, taking account of ever changing guidance nearer the time. Whilst this is in no way ideal… it is a sign of the times as we are sure you appreciate.
Parent Consultations: week beginning 19th October. These are unlikely to be face to face. There is a possibility that they will take place via a phone call. Further details to follow.
4th December:Christmas Craft morning
11TH December: Christmas Jumper day
16th December: Christmas Lunch
18th December: Christmas Carol service/ End of Term 1.00pm
Pick up and drop off, and lunch time arrangements
We will be reviewing the current timings and procedures for pick up and drop off staggered times, and also for lunch times. The arrangements have on the whole worked very well but we are aware of a few tweaks that could be made. We will let you know of any amendments to the timings in due course.
A form will be available from this afternoon in ParentMail for any children who require medication in school for example, inhalers. For ease of reporting purposes, if your child does have any medication in school please could you complete the form, even if a paper copy has already been filled in previously. If your child does not have any medication in school, please disregard the ParentMail ‘form available’ notification. Thank you for your assistance.
This is a different form than those required for children with food allergies or intolerences. Our catering team have paper forms that can be obtained from the office if required.
‘Through the Keyhole’
It is that time of year again, when we will be inviting prospective families to come and visit our school. All tours will be pre booked and visitors will not enter the school buildings. If you know anyone who may have a rising 5, please do let them know.
We would like to welcome all the new parents to the school and are keen for new volunteers for the PTA committee which is run by volunteers.
Fundraising at these times are difficult so there will not be our normal fundraisers happening for the foreseeable but if any parent has any ideas on how to funraise please see a PTA member.
We have a PTA Face Group - just search Stadhampton Primary School PTA on Facebook and ask to join.
Official Notice of the PTA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Thursday 9th October, 8pm in the School Hall
The PTA plays a vital part in the school community and all parents, as members of the PTA, are invited to support the AGM on Thursday 9th October. This is your chance to hear and see how the funds you have helped to raise have been used for the benefit of the children at our school.
The AGM is also when the PTA Committee for the forthcoming year is elected.
Thank you to everyone who posted there entries for the memory book, unfortunately we didn’t get enough entries to make printing multiple copies cost effective so we have decided to print a copy for the school to have so children in the future can see how children felt in these times, if you would like your entry back please see me
WRAPAROUND CARE SERVICES
AT STADHAMPTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
Early Birds breakfast club runs Monday to Friday, from 07.45 to 08.45 (£4 termly or £5 ad hoc).
Night Owls after school club runs Monday to Friday from 15.15 to 18.00 (£10 termly or £11 ad hoc).
Advance bookings for term 4 have now closed in ParentMail. If you would like to use early birds or night owls, please contact the school office to book an adhoc session.
PLEASE NOTE: Please use the main school reception for drop off and collection. Ring the bell and children will be bought to the door.
If your child is attending wraparound care during term 1, and you have not previously filled in a booking form – a form is available in ParentMail upon request. Please ensure this is completed in advance of your child’s session so the Wraparound Care team have your contact information and any medical information for your child. If you have filled in a paper form previously, there is no need to fill in the online form.
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