Autumn 2 Week 2

Dear Parents and Carers, 

The children have had a busy start to the term. As part of Parliament Week and The UN Climate Change Conference, years 4- 6 visited the Houses of Parliament. In addition, all pupils planted a seed that represented their commitment and pledge to being part of Climate Change; over the coming weeks, the children will monitor the growth of their seeds alongside their promises to help the planet.  I would also like to commend the years 4 and 5 pupils for writing to Mr Boris Johnson in preparation for his meeting with the world leaders regarding climate change. Please keep an eye on your child’s class blog to update our school’s commitment to climate change.

I want to draw your attention to the letter emailed to you last Friday from the Director of Public Health aimed at schools. The letter has asked schools to reintroduce stricter Covid procedures for staff and visitors to wear face masks in the communal areas inside the school building. Please can I ask that you wear face-covering when you visit the school office to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19; many schools have had to put their outbreak plan into action, and we want to avoid that as much as possible. We will continue to monitor the situation and thank you for your support with this. 

This week both the staff and children will be participating in our annual week of prayer. We particularly look forward to opening our hearts and minds to receive all that God has for us through His Word and the guest speaker’s words of encouragement. Each day, the children will be given time to reflect on the different scriptures and what that means to them.

SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 8th November 2021):    RESPECT

Values Roll of Honour (W/C 1st November 2021)

ExcellenceEva, Joycellin, Zara, Idelle, Sophia M, Michaela, All of Years 2 & 3, Amelia, Thiago, Zachary, Emmanuel, Shemilore, Christopher o, & Amanda. 
ResilienceLucca, Phineas, Joycellin, Ed Mitchel, Chloe, James, Piers, All of Years 2 & 3, Thiago, Rutendo, Eden & Noah.
IndependenceEva, Stefan, Stephanie, Idelle, Sophia, Michaela, All of Years 2 & 3, Unami, Christiana, Austin, Gabriella & Reeya.
Co-operationLerato, Elicia, Aurelia, Mahlon, Stephanie, Piers, Michaela, James, Sophia, All of Years 2 & 3, All of Years 4 & 5, Tayla-Ann & Caden. 
Self-ControlAbel, Stefan, Matthias, Michael, Michaela, Idelle, Chloe, Ed Mitchel, James, All of Years 2 & 3, Austin, Isaac & Christopher D. 
CuriosityAll of Nursery, Mahlon, Philip, Michaela, Isaiah, All of Years 2 & 3, Thiago, Amelia, Sophia, Christiana, Nomsa, Arjun & Simona.
AcceptanceLerato, Abel, Philip, Michael, Piers, All of Years 2 & 3, Sophia G, Oluwaloni & Lucas. 
RespectPhineas, Joycellin, Matthias, Piers, Sophia M, Zara, Ed Mitchel, All of Years 2 & 3, Christiana, Unami, Amy, Nomsa, Rutendo, Jana & Rueben. 
**Growth Mindset **Stefan, Matthias, Piers, Evelyn, Diya, Thiago, Unami, Nomsa, Zachary & Oluwaloni.

Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 1st November 2021:

Year 1Chloe 
Year 2Evelyn 
Year 3Diya 
Year 4 Thiago 
Year 5 Nomsa 
Year 6 Aaron 

 Keep letting your light shine! I am so proud of you all.

You will be aware that NHS test and trace now get in touch with close contacts, who are then advised to take a PCR test. Pupils under 18 identified as close contacts do not need to self-isolate if they do not have symptoms. Each school is required to have a contingency plan in the event of an outbreak. General COVID information Symptoms: • a high temperature • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.If you are not sure whether you or your child’s symptoms suggest that they have coronavirus or an everyday cough or cold, you can consult this online NHS symptom checker: most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. If you are concerned about your child’s health or the health of anyone else in your household please seek advice from your GP, use NHS 111 online or call NHS 111.  

Attendance W/C 1st November 2021

Each school in the local authority has an attendance target which is set for them. This year our published school attendance target is 97.5%. 

Year GroupAttendance %
Year 197.78%
Year 296.67%
Year 390.0%
Year 497.14%
Year 5100%
Year 698.75%

Please contact the office if your child is unable to attend school by 10:00 am every day in line with our school policy. We understand that the building is cold, but we have to keep the windows open for ventilation due to Government regulations, so please ensure that your children arrive at school with lots of layers to keep warm.

School Lunch Menu and Price Increase

Please see the attached new and revised Vegetarian lunch Menu from HCL. The new menu will be available after the half-term break (W/C 1st November 2021). Please note that there will be a 10p price increase per meal from after the half term and HCL are now offering a daily ‘chilled option’ on the Menu also. 

School lunches for Autumn Term (2nd half) are £85.80 at £2.60 per day. Please ensure school lunches are paid for in advance. Thank you.

We are on WEEK 2 of the Menu this week

Fundraising Clothes Bank

We now have a clothes bank in the school car park. Please feel free to donate any unwanted clothes, shoes or textiles which will help raise funds for our school. Please ensure that all items are in a carrier bag/black sack before depositing. Thank you.

Remembrance Day 

Our school council members will be attending a Remembrance Day Service arranged by One Vision in the Peace Garden. In addition, all staff and pupils school will observe a 2-minute silence at 11:00 am. We will, of course, share some photos in our November edition newsletter for you all to see.

Parents Consultation Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual Parent Consultation Meetings on Wednesday 3rd of November and Thursday 4th of November 2021, where teachers shared details about your son or daughter’s progress and targets. You will be receiving an electronic copy of your child’s autumn report card.

This week, we will be sending out a Governor Questionnaire to ascertain your thoughts on how well the school is managed and your child’s progress to date. The School Governors and the Senior Leadership remain committed to driving school improvement and creating an environment where your son or daughter can let their light shine.

 Key Dates:

Week of Prayer (RE focus)8-12th November 2021
Maths Week8-12th November 2021
Primary School Board Meeting8th November
Anti-Bullying Week15th – 19th November
Individual/Family Photos17th November 2021

See link for our school calendar –

Finally, let us remember – I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Love and blessings, 

Mrs Madden