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Janis Radcliffe, Headteacher

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September 2019

  • NEWS - 12th September 2019

    Published 13/09/19

    Next week’s value is Community

    “Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

    Dear parents/carers

    Looking back to the end of last term, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of all colleagues, to thank you for your generous end-of-term gifts and kind words of encouragement; always very much appreciated!

    As we approach the end of the first full week back in school, after the long summer holiday I am reflecting on how lovely it has been, this week, to see the majority of children and all of the teachers getting stuck back into the curriculum and enjoying their work. Our ‘New Beginnings’ Service at St Mary’s Church this morning was a delightful occasion and we are very grateful to Reverend Rachel and her fine support team for helping us and for making us feel so welcome.

    It is still early in the term and there has been the inevitable small number of ‘teething problems’, requiring some simple early reminders, to help children understand what is expected of them back in school, now that the freedom of the beach and their friends’ gardens is but a distant summer memory.  We ask that children:

    • Walk inside the school buildings and corridors and when approaching the dining hall at lunchtimes
    • Treat each other and their teachers with respect and kindness at all times 
    • Exercise silence and good listening skills when lining up at the end of playtime, during a fire drill, during reflective assemblies and at other occasional times, when required to do so by teachers
    • Arrive on time and leave school promptly at the end of each day, refraining from using the unsupervised outdoor climbing equipment, which is required for use by Koosa After School Care staff.  

    We rely on the support of parents and I urge you to reinforce our school values, and, in particular, to remind children of the above points. I assure you that we do have children’s welfare and happiness at the heart of everything we do and we firmly believe that it is in children’s best interest that they are able to be cooperative, well mannered, to listen well, follow instruction and understand the needs of others. We thank you for your cooperation in establishing good learning habits from the start.

    I hope those of you that attended our ‘Meet the Teacher’ events earlier this week, found them useful. Please do ask if you have any further questions or concerns. We are here to help and don’t mind addressing short questions, preferably at the end, rather than the beginning of the school day. For longer or more complex issues, you can make an appointment through Mrs Bishop in the school office. Please do make every effort to read the weekly bulletin, which is also a useful source of information.   

    Classroom Resources

    In common with many other schools, we have to be extremely mindful of our spending; the funding we receive from central government does not match our annual outgoings.

    We are very grateful for the support of the PTA, who raise funds for some of the important extras but it is also helpful if individual parents can support us generally, by providing some of the basic resources for their own children.

    Please would you be kind enough to ensure your child has a pencil case containing the basics: pens, pencils, glue sticks, etc.

    We are also looking for ways to supplement our resources and teachers have been asked to prepare a list of the resources they most need in their classrooms. These will include things like card, glue, whiteboard pens etc.  We are always grateful for donations and, if you are able to provide any of the requested resources, this would be most appreciated.  

    Please look out on classroom doors for the list of requirements for your child’s class.  Thank you in anticipation.

    I will be out of school at a Local Confederation Team planning meeting all day tomorrow, leaving the school in the very capable hands of Mrs Buckley (Deputy Head) and Miss Howells (Senior Leader).

    I look forward to seeing you all back in school next week.  Have a great weekend.

    Janis Radcliffe


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September 2019