Autumn / Week 3

Dear Parents/Carers,

Last week was another busy week of learning across the school! When we arrived at school on Monday the year 1 class informed us that the outdoor area near the Year 1 and 2 class had been transformed into a construction site! Some interesting CCTV footage revealed that the Three Little Pigs had visited our playground in search of a suitable location to build their houses. It was delightful to witness the curiosity and engagement of our Year 1 children as they explored this real-life scenario. Please encourage your child to share their experiences and reflections with you at home.

Furthermore, I would like to commend all students from Year 1 to Year 6 for their outstanding performance during our first choir session. Their beautiful singing continues to leave me speechless. It is truly heartwarming to see the commitment and talent of our students.

This week, we have our eagerly awaited School Council elections, which will take place either today or on Wednesday. Pastor Shepley and his team will be joining us for an Open the Book assembly to celebrate this occasion. We will announce the election outcomes in our newsletter, which you will receive shortly.

Additionally, I would like to remind you that Wednesday is National Fitness Day. To participate in a range of activities led by Coach Ross, all students should come to school wearing suitable attire for physical exercise. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for this event.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our school community. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We value your feedback and suggestions.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

 SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 25th September 2023): BIBLE STORIES  – Gratitude

Values Roll of Honour: (W/C 18th September 2023):

ResilienceRayan, Shona, Melody, Lerato, Stephanie, Michael, Aaron R, Elisha & Liana.
AcceptanceAsher, Abel, Stefan, Aaron W, Philip, Mahlon, Zara, Chloe, Israel, Orla & Timothy.
IndependenceMohammed, Phineas, Aurelia, Lucca, Mahlon, Stephanie, Hayli, Idelle,  Aaron R, Nathan R, Jadon & Zachary.
CuriositySophia, David, Aurelia, Lucca, Matthias, Hayli, All of Year 3, Hana, Aniyah & Barbora.
ExcellenceNaomi, Phineas, Melody, Lerato, Philip, Giovanna, Rinnah, Hana, Evelyn, Thandiwe & Unami.
Self-ControlMatthias, Mehdi, Shona, Aaron W, Lerato, Stephanie, Sophia M, Martin, George & Rhea.
RespectMohammed, Phineas, Lucca, Stefan, Aurelia, Aaron W, Matthias, Hayli, Jeron,   Evelyn, All of Year 4, Nathan A-C & Micah A-C.
CooperationGabbie, Ezekiel, Aaron W, Stefan, Mahlon, Hayli, Stephanie, Fatima, Hana, Micah W, Orla & Marqueza.
**Growth Mind-set **Asher, David, Melody, Lerato, Mahlon, Philip, Truthi, James, Ved, Diya & Tim.

Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 18th September 2023:

Year 1Melody
Year 2Mahlon
Year 3Michaela
Year 4Hana
Year 5Diya
Year 6Rhea

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

Attendance W/C 18th 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 298.0%
Year 3100%
Year 498.89%
Year 593.75%
Year 699.0%

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. Well done to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and year 3 for 100% you will receive an additional 5 minutes play this week.

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.

School Dinners:

From today Lee’s Kitchen will be serving school dinners again (Monday – Thursday only). Please ensure you place your order via the school office a week before the meal (by the Wednesday).  Please note that school dinners cannot be ordered on the day.

Please be reminded that you will still need to give your child a packed lunch on Friday’s as meals are not served this day. 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.

Harvest Festival – Friday 29th September 2023

Stanborough Secondary School and Stanborough Park Church have invited us to join them for Harvest Festival this year. The Harvest Festival will take place next Friday, 29th September at 8:50am at Stanborough Secondary School. Children need to be dropped off at the Primary school no later than 8:40am so that we can walk over to the Secondary School. parents & Carers are welcome to attend.

We are asking all pupils to donate any shelf-stable food to the primary school either before or on the day the event takes place (Please ensure that the donated food is tinned or long life, we cannot accept any refrigerated donations). All donations will be given to Stanborough Park Church and they will make a presentation to the charity on behalf of Stanborough Campus.

Please note that this event will replace our Harvest festival that was due to take place in October as stated on our school calendar.

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:

Friday, 29th SeptemberHarvest Festival – Stanborough Park Secondary School
Mon-Fri 2nd -6th OctoberMake A Difference Week
Monday 2nd OctoberNational Poetry Day
Thursday 5th OctoberStanborough Secondary School Open Day – Years 5 & 6 Pupils

See the link for our school calendar –

Finally, let us remember, Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Love and Blessings,

Tiann Madden (Headteacher)