Newsletter - w/c 13/05/19
Please find below the weekly newsletter containing important information.
Year 6 SATs
Starting on Monday, the Year 6 children will take their Standardised Assessment Tests (SATs). The results we gain in these tests are one way that the Department for Education check our school is providing a good quality of education for the children - pleasingly, our school has performed well since the new, harder tests came into force in 2016.
Please know that although we encourage every child to take the tests seriously and work to the very best of their ability, we do not place undue stress on the children. One of the ways we try to relax them ahead of sitting each test is by putting on a free breakfast club for the children in Year 6.
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week, the Year 6 children are invited to arrive at school for 7:45am (or thereafter) to eat breakfast with their friends and talk to their Year 6 teachers about the day's tests. The children should enter the school via the main entrance area to meet their friends and teachers in the dining hall.
We look forward to seeing all of Year 6 bright and early on Monday morning.
Some parents and carers are swearing on the school playground or just outside of school at the start and at the end of the school day. We need all parents and carers to make an effort to use polite language around the children. Children need to learn how to speak kindly and professionally so that when they grow up they are able to be successful in whatever career they choose.
A few years ago, the NSPCC published a dramatic advert for adults, showing them that children are always listening and watching how we behave. We must make sure we set a good example to every child. Please click the link below to watch the video - warning: the advert contains language and scenes some adults may find upsetting:
We thank you for your understanding and we hope everyone will make a special effort moving forwards to keep the swearing away from the children.
School Uniform - September 2019 onward
Starting in September 2019, like the children in Reception and KS1, all children in KS2 will wear a white polo shirt with their jumper or cardigan instead of a shirt and tie.
We are informing you now so that you have time to purchase a white polo shirt to replace any shirt your child owns currently.
Moving forwards, we would like as many children as possible wearing full school uniform, including the school-branded jumper or cardigan and smart black shoes that are not trainers. As your child grows and you need to buy them a new jumper or cardigan, please aim to purchase a school-branded one, ensuring you write your child's name in permanent market on all labels on the item of clothing and give your child a firm talking to about keeping their personal property safe!
If you have any school-branded jumpers or cardigans at home that your child has outgrown, please bring them to the office as we can then offer them up to other families.
Recycling - Plastic Drinks Bottles and Drinks Cans
A parent in our school community works for a company who are trialling some new machines that recycle plastic bottles and cans.
Starting on Monday, we will put out some boxes or bin liners on the playground to collect these from you on your way in.
Please make sure the bottles and/or cans have been rinsed out with water.
School Website Update
We are having our website updated late next week which means things will look slightly different but you will still be able to log on as normal.
End of day collection times
Please note the school day finishes at 3:15 pm. Can we please remind you that your children need to be collected at this time. Can we also please remind you to contact the office during the school day if you have a friend or family member collecting your child who is not on your contact list.
If you have recently collected your child late from school, you will receive a letter about this. Please be aware that if it appears that a parent/carer may be being neglectful in ensuring their child is collected on time, we will make a referral to Children's Services.
As always, thank you to those parents and carers who always collect their children on time. It allows those children to feel safe and secure and it allows school staff to complete the many other tasks they need to get done which cannot be completed during school hours.
Activity Club - Year 2 - 3:15-4:15pm – Free
Board Games – Years 5 & 6 – 3:15-4:15pm – Free
Story Club – Reception – 3:15-4:15pm – Free
Gymnastics – Reception – 3:15-4:30pm - £3.00 per session
Gymnastics – Years 1 & 2 – 3:15-4:30pm - £3.00 per session
Pro-Direct Boys’ Football – Years 4-6 – 3:15-4:30pm - £3.00 per session
Cross Country – Years 3-6 – 07:45-08:45 - Free
Board Games – Years 3 & 4 – 3:15-4:15pm - Free
Netball – Years 3-6 – 3:15-4:15pm – Free
Scootability – Years 1 & 2 – 3:15-4:30pm - Free
Steel Pan In Motion – Years 3-6 – 3:15-4:15pm - £5.00 per session
Dance Club – Reception – 07:45-08:45 - Free
Pro-Direct Boys’ Football – Years 1-3 - £3.00 per session
Pro-Direct Girls’ Football – Years 1-6 – 3:30-4:30pm - £3.00 per session
Multi-Skills – Reception - 07:45 to 08:45 – Free
To book a place on any of the above clubs please click on the link below.
The School Office Team
Hurst Drive Primary School