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Newsletter - w/c 17/06/2019

Please find below the weekly newsletter containing important information.  


Facebook - Class Pages

The class teachers are starting to create accounts on Facebook for their class.  Teachers will aim to post regularly about the learning going on in their classroom.  If you already follow the Hurst Drive Primary School page, we will regularly share the teacher's posts so you may see them on there.  Alternatively, you are welcome to search for your child's class on Facebook - e.g. Cedar Class - and click on the account to read the posts yourself which will all be public.  Please note that teachers are aware which children have permission to have their photograph on the internet and it will only be these children who appear in Facebook posts.    

As a school, we are fortunate that our parents and carers have all been incredibly respectful with their comments on Facebook.  We thank you for this and we hope it will continue.  Please remember that if something upsets or annoys you, you can always speak to your child's Teacher, the Headteacher, the Deputy Headteacher or one of the Assistant Headteachers about it and we'll try our best to resolve the issue with you.  


 Years 5/6 Sex and Relationships Education - Parent/Carer Meeting

Parents/carers of children in Years 5 and 6 are invited to a meeting in school on Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 9:00am for about an hour to view the
teaching materials used to teach the Year 5 children about puberty and the Year 6 children about sex.  After this meeting, we will send out a letter to parents/carers of children in Years 5 and 6 to let you know when the lessons will be taught and giving you the option of your child sitting out for these lessons - although we sincerely hope you won't opt out as we would much prefer the children learn about puberty and sex from their teachers rather than friends in or out of school who may not give them the factual information!  

Parents/Carers should be aware that in September 2020, the Department for Education have made it compulsory for all children to be taught Sex and Relationships Education so there won't be the choice of opting your child out of these lessons.  We know that Sex and Relationships Education is something that can worry parents and carers and so next year, in the summer of 2020, we will arrange a number of meetings for parents/carers from all year groups to see what our Sex and Relationships Education will be like from September 2020.


Picnic Day - Friday 21st June 2019

Next Friday, we are having a whole-school picnic day.  On this day, your child is welcome to bring a home packed lunch or, if your child usually has a school dinner, the kitchen staff will be creating packed lunches that can be taken outdoors.  For your information, the options for a school packed lunch are a chicken or cheese baguette with crisps, cucumber sticks, a cookie and a bottle of water.  Please speak to the School Office if you require more information.   

We are keeping everything crossed that this terrible weather clears by next Friday but if it does end up being a downpour, we will enjoy our picnic indoors!


Summer Fair

The Friends of Hurst Drive will be organising a Summer Fair on the back playground and field on the 12th July to raise money for the school. If you have any donations for the stalls (ie: soft toys in good condition, unopened toiletry gift sets) could you please hand them in at the office. Any donations would be appreciated.

The Friends are also looking for any helpers to either set up or run a stall please call in the office to put your name down if you are able to help. Thank you.


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 £12.50 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.

The office will have a limited supply of envelopes. Please make sure you bring in an envelope with the correct money, your child’s name, class, how much it’s containing and what this is for i.e. Dinner/Trip money. 


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.

Thank you.


Yours sincerely,

The School Office Team

Hurst Drive Primary School 

01992 624099