Headteacher Newsletter Issue 1
FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER ISSUE 1: 13.9.19
This is the first of our fortnightly newsletters for this academic year. Welcome again to the new term and it is very pleasing to see how well the children have settled into the new term.
Each class will be sending out a class newsletter. Each newsletter will inform you of the curriculum that is being taught this term and the trips that have been planned.
There is a parent representative for each year group on the Parent Forum, working as a link between the head teacher and all parents in the school. Should you have any queries or suggestions that you would like to be discussed at the forum, which are linked to our agenda items or any whole school ideas, then please contact the representative for your year group, via the school office. Parents will be notified of the themes that are being explored at the meetings through the fortnightly newsletter or the class representative. The current members are:
- Year R vacancy and vacancy
- Year 1 Sam Lawton and Katherine Elphick
- Year 2 Victoria Moore and Nienke Van de sande
- Year 3 Davinia Skinner and Elizabeth Warr
- Year 4 Fiona Phillip and Sonja Phipps
- Year 5 Sarah Birch and Laura Donlon
- Year 6 Lucy Hill and Lisa Davidson
Our first meeting for the year was earlier this week when we discussed further, our plans for the year.
School Improvement Plan 2019 – 2020
The Parent Forum is a place for parents and the school to work together on projects linked to the School Improvement Plan or any suggested whole school ideas that might be suitable. Please see below the areas we are looking for ideas from parents for this academic year, which are linked to our School Improvement Plan. Should you have any suggestions that you would like to be discussed at the forum, linked to the areas below, then please contact the representative for your year group via the school office or directly.
- To continue to raise attainment and progress in writing across the school – particular focus on boys (including phonics and spelling)
- To continue to improve further the rate of progress including gender imbalance, SEN and challenging the high attainers
- To embed assessment for learning (pupils’ owning their learning)
- To continue to develop our outside area, especially EYFS.
- Further development of multicultural awareness within Community Cohesion – visitors (classes/assemblies)
- Further develop pupil voice to strengthen pupils’ emotional development.
- To continue to develop our after school clubs offer
- To make more explicit to parents our behaviour policy and pupil progress information/communication systems
- To extend our electronic payment system
- To renew our Enhance Healthy Schools Award
- To review and develop our curriculum in light of government changes
- Attendance – reduce the number of unauthorised absences
We are looking for two representatives for Reception class. If you are able to attend a meeting once a term/half term and would be willing to be a representative then please contact the school office.
To enable us to communicate with parents under GDPR, we are required to obtain your consent to forward (via our parentmail system) emails about after school clubs, communications from the Friends of Clavering and any other school community information. If you are happy to receive this information there is no need for any further action. If this is something you do not wish to receive, then please contact the school office. If we have not had a response from you by the 30thSeptember, we will assume you are happy to receive these communications. You will have the opportunity to update your consent each year when we send out the pupil update form
Meet the Teacher Evening – Wednesday 18thSeptember
6.15 – 7pm – Mr Roberts Principal from JFAN to speak to parents of years 5 and 6 in the hall
Meet the Teacher sessions (in classrooms) –
6.15 – 7pm: Reception Class only
7.00 PM – 7.20 PM and repeated at 7.30 PM – 7.50 PM: Years groups 1 – 6
(We have repeated the session to accommodate families with more than one pupil in the school)
These evening sessions are for parents to attend without their children and will take place on Wednesday 18thSeptember. Please go to your child’s class where the teacher will talk about the rules, routines and expectations of the class as well as the curriculum coverage. This is not an evening for individual consultation, which will take place in October. There will be an opportunity for your child to accompany you during our termly ‘tray afternoon’, which is an opportunity for you to look at your child’s work with them. The next one is to be held on Monday 16thDecember from 3.15 – 4.15pm.
Food hygiene award
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a five star rating for food hygiene in our kitchen. This was renewed in September 2019 after a formal inspection against the required hygiene standards.
We would like to encourage all children to bring in a snack for break time. It is a long time between breakfast and lunch and a snack, as well as a drink of water, make a big difference to children’s concentration levels and ability to learn. As a healthy school we have agreed strict guidelines for the type of snack brought in, it must be fruit or vegetable in the form in which it grew (ie. nothing added, not stretchy or made into a bar and wrapped). This also helps to promote our eco school policies of reducing waste and packaging.
Each class will be taking part in a healthy eating project this half term to promote the bringing of a healthy snack for break time with competition for good snack eating in fruity teams. We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage a healthy balanced lunch box for those not taking a school lunch. Classes will be working on ideas for this in their food technology lessons this year.
During the week commencing 14th October, we will be celebrating harvest in school. This year we will be collecting non-perishable foods for a local food bank. Please would you be kind enough to donate one or some of the following food items:
- Tea bags
- Instant coffee
- Sugar (500g)
- Rice (500g)
- Pasta (500g)
- Tinned soup, baked beans, rice pudding etc
Could you please make sure that the items have a long use-by date.
Many thanks for your support with this good cause.
Last week, as part of our school e-safety policy, we sent out some e-safety rules that we would like you to discuss with your child. We will reinforce these messages in school. Please return the slip that is attached to the e-safety letter once you have been able to discuss the rules with your child. Thank you
PE Clothing – a reminder
In compliance with health and safety regulations, earrings (including studs) must not be worn for any sport. Please make sure that children who wear earrings know how to remove them and have somewhere safe and clean to keep them during PE lessons. Thank you.
NUT FREE SCHOOL
Please note that we are a nut free school. We have several children with allergic reactions and therefore children cannot bring nuts in their snacks or lunch boxes.
Application for leave of absence for term time holidays
The number of unauthorised absences is still increasing – it has DOUBLED in the last three years and it is increasing!! The figure was 15.85% in 2015 – 2016. 28.48% in 2016 – 2017. 32.45% in 2017 – 2018 and 34% in 2018 – 2019. This is a concern and needs to be reduced.
Guidance from the Local Authority:
“Leave of absence may only be granted by a person authorised in that behalf by the proprietor of the school. As from 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 to prohibit the proprietor of a maintained school from granting leave of absence to a pupil, except where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides, and the proprietor considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. There is noentitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time, however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.
If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken, the case will be referred to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.”
Please note occasional days for birthdays and treats cannot be authorized and cheaper prices cannot be considered to be a valid reason. No leave of absence will be granted during our assessment weeks or the first week of the Autumn term. Medical appointments, if at all possible should be made outside school hours. Siblings of children attending medical appointments should remain in school.
School Admissions – Primary and Secondary – Apply Now!!
To apply quickly and easily for primary and secondary school places go online tohttp://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Admissions/Pages/Apply-Online.aspx
For secondary applications – (children in year 6) apply from 12 September 2019
For primary applications – (child born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016) You can apply for a primary (Reception) place from Monday 11thNovember 2019.
Applications can be made online via www.essex.gov.uk/admissions
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
13thSeptember Non uniform day Saville – House Points
18th September Meet the Teacher – Duncan Roberts, JFAN Principal talking to years 5 and 6 parents 6.15 – 7pm.
Meet the Teacher sessions – Reception 6.15 – 7pm. Years 1 – 6 repeated sessions
7 – 7.30 or 7.30 – 8pm
20thSeptember Non uniform day Saville for the most questionnaire responses. Oliver – Sports Day
27thSeptember – 4thOctoberBook Fair
27thSeptember MacMillan Coffee Morning
3rdOctober School Council Conference
1st – 4thOctober Bikeability for year 6
7thand 11thOctober Bikeability for year 6
16thOctober Cross Country Event years 2 – 6 at JFAN
17thOctober School Improvement Evening for staff and Governors
23rdOctober Parent Evening 5 – 7.30pm
24thOctober Parent Evening 3.30 – 6pm
7thNovember Skootfit years Reception, 1 and 2
7thNovember School Photos
22nd November Open morning for new parents
2ndDecember Flu Vaccine
3rdDecember Reception Class visit Santa at Audley End
11th December Christmas Performance dress rehearsals and evening performance for years 5 and 6 parents
12thDecember Christmas Performances – Reception, KS1 and KS2 (years 3 and 4 parents)
16thDecember Tray Day 3.15 – 4.15pm
17thDecember Church Service
18thDecember Christmas Lunch
- SWIMMING, Year 3 will have a term of swimming instruction in the Autumn and Year 2 in the Spring. If your child is fit to attend school then they are fit to go swimming, unless a medical note is provided. Swimming will commence Monday September 9th for 13 weeks. Swimming costs £6.75 per session. This can be paid termly – £79.00 Please make cheques payable to Clavering Primary School.
- When it is raining heavily all the children walk to their classrooms through the main entrance. There will be a person on duty outside at the front of the school to take any messages and to guide the children. Please could parents leave their children at the main entrance/notice board area to avoid congestion in the entrance hall.
- Reception parents, at present, are escorting their children to Reception class, they need to do this when it is raining via the main entrance where they will need to sign in and collect a ‘visitor’ sticker before going through the school. They need to sign out via the main entrance once their children have been taken to class.
- When the weather is fine the usual routine applies. The children go on to the playground via the side gate and wait for the bell. There is a person on duty on the playground. There is also a person on the gate to take any messages from parents.
- Reception parents, at present, are escorting their children to Reception class via the side gate where they wait on the playground for the bell when Mrs Course or Mrs Berrett will meet the children.
If you have any questions at any time then please feel free to make an appointment
Have a good weekend