Headteacher Newsletter Issue 18
FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER ISSUE 18: 24.6.22
We would like to welcome a new family to the school, the Day family, with children in years 2 and 4.
Our OFSTED has now been released. Please see the latest Parent Mail.
“Mostly outstanding” with just two foundation subjects (French and Art) where the depth of progress across the school was described as “Strongly Good”.
Our transition work is now in full swing. Staff from JFAN have been visiting the year 6 children, Reception children from Pre-school are spending time in the Reception classroom and this week we had our Reception Induction morning for new parents. In due course other year groups will be having support around transition.
The children thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful Fun Run this week. We were really proud of the children who ran for the entire 30 minutes. The team work was exceptional with children encouraging each other, especially the year 6 children with their buddies. Thank you to the Friends of Clavering for organising the event and to all the parents that have sponsored the children.
On Wednesday, some of Class 6 and Class 5 represented the school at the Cricket Finals for Saffron Walden schools and we used the skills Chris, the cricket coach, has taught us on Tuesday mornings this term. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams played well and were a credit to the school in their effort and sportsmanship. Unfortunately, neither team qualified for the next round. Thank you to Mrs Phipps and Mr Carter for their help at the tournament.
Well done everyone!
KS1 Athletics Festival
On Wednesday Key Stage 1 travelled to JFAN to compete in the consortium schools athletics tournament. We had a fantastic morning. The children all got to participate in a carousel of activities including howler throwing, a relay race and speed bounce. After that, we chose a few representatives from each class to compete in the track races. All children tried their hardest and we had a lovely morning.
|Congratulations Mr Dyce!|
Mr Dyce became a double World Champion for his age group at the Duathlon World Championships in Romania last week. He won both the standard distance (10k run, 40k bike, 5k run), and the sprint distance (5k run, 20k bike, 2.5k run) against a very competitive international field. Well done Mr Dyce from all of us.
Essex Wellbeing Service – ‘In Your Area’
The Essex Wellbeing Service has a handy search function called ‘In Your Area’, which allows you to enter your location to view local services in either a list or map format. This page also includes ‘Live Well, Link Well’, which can help to find and connect to well-known support organisations across the county, such as United in Kind Coaches, HeadsUp and access to virtual support plus much more. They have asked us to share this information with staff and families.
The school office should be notified on the first day of each absence before registration at 9.00am and this should be followed up in writing on the day of return.
If your child has been vomiting or had an upset stomach, a 48 hour leave of absence from the last episode is required. For guidance on other illnesses please contact the School Office or refer to the document on the website in the ‘Attendance’ section – “Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings”.
School starts at 8.50 a.m. We have noticed several children are consistently arriving late for school – ‘late’ is defined by not being within the school gates by 8.50 a.m. Please make every effort to be at school on time and if you know that your journey will be disrupted by road works, do allow time for this.
Please note that lateness is recorded on a per pupil basis.
This is a gentle reminder not to use mobile phones whilst on the school site. This is part of our safeguarding policy for all of our children.
Application for leave of absence for term time holidays
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 no entitlement 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 authorised 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.
Free School Meals Funding
You can register for Free Schools Meals Funding if you meet the criteria below.
If you have a child in Key Stage One and are receiving the free meal, which is part of the universal offer, you could be missing out on this additional funding for the school, which will support your child with their learning, if you meet the criteria below. You have to apply for this funding. If you think you meet the criteria below then please follow the guidance below and contact the school office.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
20th June pm FOC Fun Run
22nd June Athletics festival KS1
23rd June New Reception Induction morning
27th June Sports Day 10-12
29th June KS2 Commonwealth Athletic 10–1pm
1st July Tray Day
7th July Sharing Assembly with year 1 parents 9.30
8th July Sharing Assembly with year 2 parents 2.45
11th – 13th July Year 6 Residential
14th July FOC school disco
15th July Sharing Assembly with Reception parents 2.45
18th July Parent Evening – early
18th July Class Swap 11–12
19th July Church Service
19th July Parent Evening – late
20th July Leavers’ Assembly
21st July Last day of term
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending June 10th
Reception Eva – for her beautiful sketch on the ipad.
Year One Jaxon – for super confidence and great effort performing to the class
Year Two Bella – for careful colour mixing in Art and improved concentration in all lessons
Year Three Toben – for hard work during our comprehension about the Tudors
Year Four Charlie – for showing excellent resilience and persistence in Maths and Art
Year Five Aaron – for always being on task and for working his hardest
Year Six Oskar – for his excellent diary entry on a Bar Mitzvah
Week ending June 17th
Reception Ollie – for his outstanding reading
Year One Isobel – for putting in super effort in all her work
Year Two Jake – for fantastic effort with his Maths work on money
Year Three Joseph – for a positive attitude to assessments this week
Year Four Rosie-Ann – for great attention to detail and super sketching in Art
Year Five Wilf – for demonstrating great team spirit and skills in cricket
Year Six Holly – for her thoughtful letter from Lily to her father
Each week the kitchen team present an award to the class or individual for good manners –
16th May – Greta – picking up coats in the dinner hall
23rd May – Elise – trying new foods
23rd May – Bella P – trying new foods
20th May – Reggie – allowing an adult to join the lunch queue in front of him each week
WRITER OF THE WEEK
|W/B 20.6.22||R Cruz for writing his alphabet beautifully|
1 Fraser for excellent effort with his writing all week!
2 Phoenix for a fantastic effort to independently write a recount
3 Jemima for good recounts in her PE journal
4 Morgan …for super effort with his handwriting
5 Hadley for wonderful writing in science on human development
6 Martha for ‘Lily’s letter to her father’ – well done
The fortnightly Friday Focus is a chance for every class at Clavering to share their learning with the Clavering School community. It is a great opportunity to find out what each year group has been up to and engage in conversations around learning.
If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to make an appointment.
Have a good weekend.