Headteacher Newsletter Issue 19
FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER ISSUE 19: 8.7.22
Last week and over the next few weeks we will be hosting some secondary school students for their work experience. Most of them are past pupils so it is very rewarding to see them back in school. Grace Livesey joined us last week and was a great support to everyone.
On Monday 27th June, the whole school enjoyed an excellent Sports Day. It was a pleasure to see the great sportsmanship across the school and the amazing Sport Ambassadors look after the younger children. The children were a credit to the school. Well done to Saville for being the winning house and a big thank you to Mrs Tokeley for organising the event with staff.
Last week, children from each KS2 class attended a commonwealth athletics tournament at Carver Barracks. They competed in a number of track and field events including howler throw, high jump, standing long jump and relay. The children put in brilliant effort and came 4th overall in their category.
We hope you have enjoyed our Sharing Assemblies this year. The children have worked hard and enjoyed sharing their learning.
Around COVID we have organised it so that all classes have been able to invite their parents to see them share some of their learning. Year 2 will be sharing their assembly today and Reception, next week. Year 1 held theirs outside of our normal Sharing Assembly yesterday, so that we were able to include all the classes before the end of the academic year.
Thank you for joining us. We are very proud of the children and we hope you are too.
Sting – well done Clavering
Last Saturday the children from Clavering were outstanding on and off the stage. They performed with all the other Sting after school groups at South Mill Arts in Bishop’s Stortford.
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
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
11th July Year 5 at Harlow Outdoors
14th July FOC school disco
15th July Sharing Assembly with Reception parents 2.45
18th July Parent Evening – early
18th July Class Swap 11
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 24th
Reception Cruz – for being an incredible athlete at the Athletics Festival
Year One Kyle – for great effort with his handwriting
Year Two Sophie – for being a supportive team member at the KS1 Athletics Tournament this week
Year Three Darcey – for a lovely persuasive letter to Miss Allsop
Year Four Eli – for excellent research and understanding in History
Year Five Sidney – for always trying his hardest, particularly in Maths and English this week
Year Six Harry – for being kind and responsible when he helped an injured child at playtime
Week ending July 1st
Reception Rollo – for trying very hard with his handwriting and for a super sports day
Year One Caleb – for super effort, ideas and writing
Year Two Dougray – for great effort with his homework on the monarchy
Year Three Greta – for great appraisal work in art for Quentin Blake
Year Four Clara – for a great start, settling in well to Class 4
Year Five Liam – for his thoughtful contributions to classroom discussions
Year Six Jack – for being willing to have a go and try new experiences
Each week the kitchen team present an award to the class or individual for good manners –
4.7.22 Aaron for tidying up the fruit server uniforms
WRITER OF THE WEEK
|W/E 8.7.22||R Lunetta for trying really hard with her handwriting|
1 Thomas for excellent effort with all his handwriting
2 Isabella for excellent effort with her handwriting
3 Carrie for her excellent descriptive writing for the Iron Man
4 Matilda for her improved handwriting
5 Matilde for her wonderful biome report and travel writing
6 William for his excellent forest school poem
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.