Autumn / Week 1

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the new academic year and a warm welcome to the new families who have joined this term!

We are delighted to report that the children have seamlessly transitioned into their new classrooms. They have made a promising start by completing their baseline assessments, a vital tool enabling our teachers to tailor their lessons to each child’s unique educational needs effectively.

Last week, during our assembly, we revisited our school’s vision, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father in heaven (Matthew 5v16)”, along with our school values and expectations. We also discussed the various leadership opportunities available to our students this year. The children had the incredible opportunity to vote for their team captains and vice-captains for this academic year. I am thrilled to announce that these leaders have been selected, and their roles will play a crucial part in fostering unity and collaboration among our students. Today, we will be sharing this exciting news, so please keep an eye on Class Dojo and our social media channels for the big reveal.

Furthermore, our school council elections are scheduled for 18th September. Your child can run for and vote on positions such as Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Class Representatives. This democratic process empowers your child to contribute to shaping the future of our school community.

This week, all Key Stage 2 students will begin using our new homework platform, Century, while KS1 students will continue using Reading Eggs and Mathletics. To ensure a smooth transition, please make sure your child can access this online platform. If your child needs assistance with login details, don’t hesitate to contact their class teacher via Class Dojo for prompt support.

The staff and I extend our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support and commitment to your child’s education. We eagerly anticipate the exciting journey ahead and look forward to collaborating with you in creating a stimulating and nurturing learning environment for your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out.

SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 11th September 2023): Cooperation

Values Roll of Honour: (W/C 4th September 2023):

ResilienceMatthias, Shona, David, Ezekiel, Aurelia, Lerato, Philip, Matthias, Michaela, Israel, Aniyah & Barbora.
AcceptanceGabbie, All of Reception, Aurelia, Lerato, Melody, Mahlon, James, Micah, Elisha & Marqueza.
IndependenceMohammed, All of Reception, Aurelia, Lerato, Philip, Matthias, Giovanna, Hana, Nathan R & Sophia.
CuriosityAsher, Ezekiel, Davis, Mehdi, Mohammed, Aurelia, Melody, Hayli, Michael, Aaron R, George & Zachary.
ExcellenceNaomi, All of Reception, Aurelia, Stefan, Lucca, Hayli, Fatima, Ved, Diya & Tim.
Self-ControlGabbie, Shona, Phineas, Ezekiel, Naomi, Aurelia, Lucca, Stephanie, Philip, Hayli, Truthi, Rinnah, Orla & Unami.
RespectAsher, All of Reception, All of Year 1, Mahlon, Hayli, Zara, Evelyn, Jadon & Liana.
CooperationGabbie, All of Reception, Asher, Aurelia, Lucca, Stefan, Lerato, All of Year 2, Idelle, Martin, Nathan A-C & Timothy.
**Growth Mind-set **Asher, All of Reception Aurelia, Aaron, Lerato, Melody, All of Year 2, Sophia M, Nathan R, Aniyah & Rhea.

Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 4th September 2023:

Year 1Aurelia
Year 2Stephanie
Year 3Jeron
Year 4Rinnah
Year 5Thandiwe
Year 6Micah A-C

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

Attendance W/C 4th September 2023:

Each school under the local authority has a designated attendance goal, and this year, our school’s target is to achieve a 96% attendance rate. Naturally, we do not anticipate unwell children to attend school as they need ample rest to recuperate and prevent the spread of illness to others.

If a child arrives after the register’s closing time, it will be marked as an unauthorised absence unless a valid reason is provided and approved by the Headteacher. Any child arriving late (after 08.50am) must go to the school office and be signed in by an accompanying adult. If a pattern of tardiness becomes frequent, the Headteacher will address the matter with the parent. It is important to note that being only 5 minutes late each day could result in your child missing the equivalent of three school days over the year.

Year GroupAttendance %
Year 1100%
Year 280%
Year 390%
Year 497.78%
Year 597.44%
Year 698%

Improving attendance is vital for a thriving learning environment. We are committed to sustaining our attendance incentive program, featuring termly certificates, extra playtime for classes with 100% attendance, and special privileges for students with outstanding records. These privileges will be determined collaboratively with our school council in the upcoming weeks.

Medical/Dental Appointments:

To ensure accurate attendance records, please provide a written note to your child’s teacher or the school office or call the office to report any absences. It is important to follow our school policy and inform the office by 10:00 am if your child is unable to attend school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Packed Lunches:

We would also like to confirm that starting Monday, September 25th, Lees’ Kitchen will provide school dinners exclusively from Monday to Thursday. They will offer a two-week rotating menu, which you can review in the attached sample. These meals will be priced at £3.00 each. Please note that all meal payments must be made in advance through the school office or by depositing funds into the school account.

To indicate your interest in school dinners, please take a moment to complete the provided link.

In the meantime, please continue sending your children packed lunches daily. Additionally, if you send a hot meal from home, please ensure it is packed in a suitable container, not made of glass, as our staff cannot reheat food.

After-School Club Collection Reminder:

Our after-school clubs finish promptly at 4:45pm Monday to Thursday and at 2:45pm on Fridays. If you anticipate that you may be late, I would like to ask that you kindly contact the school office to inform us of the expected delay. If you are unable to reach our office team, please leave a message and they will endeavour to forward it to the staff on duty. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that late collections may result in additional charges to cover extended staff hours. We are keen to avoid this where possible, and your cooperation and consideration is greatly appreciated.

September Key Dates:

Mon-Fri 12th – 16th SeptemberNational Coding Week
Mon-Fri 19th – 23rd SeptemberRecycle Week
Wednesday, 21st SeptemberNational Fitness Day
Friday, 30th SeptemberWhole School Open Morning

See the link for our school calendar –

Finally, let us remember, “Everything is possible for one who believes.”  Mark 9:23, NIV

Love and Blessings,

Tiann Madden (Headteacher)