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Newsletter - w/c 07/10/2019

Dear parent/carer, 


Please find below the weekly newsletter containing important information.   


Parent/Carer Survey 2019  

We really do value your thoughts and opinions - compliments help us to know we're doing the job right and suggestions help us to know how we may further improve the school to best serve your child and your whole family.   

Please click the link below to complete our survey - it will take you about 5 minutes to complete.  If you have more than one child in the school, please select your eldest child's year group when prompted. 

Our survey closes on Friday 11th October 2019.  Parents and carers will receive a detailed report containing the findings of our survey on or around Parents and Carers' Evening.   


Parents and Carers' Consultation Evening - Thursday 24th October 2019 

On Thursday 24th October 2019, 3:30-9:00pm, you will be able to meet with your child's class teacher for a 10-minute appointment to discuss your child's progress in school.  These meetings are very important, particularly as you'll get to find out what you could be doing in the home to help your child to do their very best in school. 

From 6:00pm on Monday 14th October 2019 you will be able to book an appointment using an on-line booking system.  Next week's e-mailed newsletter will contain instructions telling you how to do this. 


Breakfast Club 

We are very proud of our Breakfast Club - changes have been made to ensure it runs even more smoothly and it continues to be the cheapest school Breakfast Club around.  We pride ourselves on being a school that supports working parents.  


The £1 charge per session will be introduced from Monday 4th November 2019 to help us pay a third member of staff and to allow spaces for more children to attend. Please note, we will have to set up a new booking system on School Gateway in order to introduce this charge meaning that if you’ve booked sessions for November and December, you will need to re-book.  


The new booking system for November and Decembers bookings will open on 21st October 2019 and you will be able to book from 3pm on this date. Remember, you must pay in advance in order to secure your booking.   

Thank you to those parents and carers who always book and pay in advance - we truly appreciate your support.   


After-School Clubs 

We have spaces at the after-school clubs listed below.  If you would like to book your child a place, please use the School Gateway app.  If you experience any problems with this app, please speak to one of the administrative assistants in the School Office. 

KS2 Dance Club – Mondays 3:15 to 4:15pm 

Year 3 & 4 Times Table Rockstars – Mondays 3:15 to 4:15pm 

KS1 Scootability – Thursdays 3:15 to 4:15pm (for which your child will need to bring a scooter to school) 

Please note, there are no clubs in the final week of term which is the week commencing Monday 16th December 2019.   


 The School Photographer 

The school photographer will be in school on Friday 18th October 2019 in the morning to take individual and family photographs.  

If you have children aged under 5, such as a baby, toddler or child in nursery, the photographer is willing to include them in a group photo with their sibling/s who attend Hurst Drive Primary School.  It is not possible to include children in secondary school as their schools will not authorise lateness.  

The family groups with children not yet in school will be taken first at 9:00am in the hall. The school dining room will be available as a waiting room.   Please keep your young children by you.  All other children should go into school for registration as normal and they will then be brought to the dining hall to collect their siblings to have their photograph taken. 

The school has a system in place to ensure siblings have their photograph taken together; therefore, no reply slip is required. 

Your child should wear correct full school uniform on the day.  


Dinner Money  

Just a quick reminder that dinner money needs to be paid in advance on a Monday. Our preferred method of payment is on School Gateway. If you are unable to pay on the School Gateway, please come into the office with the correct money in an envelope. The weekly cost of school dinners is £13.00 for five meals.  

If you receive a dinner debt letter, please make sure this is cleared straight away to avoid your child having to bring in a packed lunch until the debt is cleared. Unpaid dinner debts could result in the cost of the school dinner charge being increased in the future which would be unfair for those parents/carers who always pay on time.  



Yours sincerely, 


The School Office Team 

Hurst Drive Primary School  

01992 624099