Newsletter week beginning 06/10/14

Dear Parents/Carers,

School Code of Conduct
Instead of having a “Thought for the Week” this term, I have decided to focus on aspects of our School Code of Conduct. We launched this last year, in conjunction with the Infant school, and it forms the core part of our Behaviour policy, which can be found on the school website.

The first right is “To be respected”, with the associated responsibility of “To show respect”.

We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with respect, no matter what their role in school. Using people’s names, saying “please” and “thank you”, listening while others are speaking, following instructions without grumbling about them, and generally treating others as we would wish to be treated all fall within this category. During the course of this week we will be referring to what this means on a day-to-day basis, both in the school environment and at home, and would ask you to support our messages in conversations with your children.

Year 6 – Application for High School
It is time for Year 6 parents to indicate their preferred schools for their child in September 2015. Applications are to be made on the Council’s Online system and parents must apply to their Local Authority for a school place, even if the school is located outside the area. The deadline for application is
31st October 2014.
The open evening at Bramhall High School is on Wednesday 15th October, between 6:00 and 8:30pm.
This is an opportunity for you to view the school, meet some of the current pupils and speak to staff.

Lost property
The Lost property box is still extremely full so if your child has lost an article of clothing please ask them to hunt through there. It would help if children’s jumpers and PE kit were clearly marked with their names so that mislaid items can be returned to their rightful owners.

Walk to School fortnight/Parking issues
Over the next 2 weeks we are encouraging people to walk, scoot or cycle at least part of the way to school.
Today the children have been given a card to record their way of getting to school. If they walk, scoot or cycle at least part of the way to school then they can colour in that day’s circle on their card. Teachers will record the numbers of children who travel in this way and I will send the final results back to the Local Authority.
As you are aware we have huge issues about parking near school. Mrs Marshall and I have received several emails from concerned parents and I can assure you that we are doing what we can to resolve the situation. We have been in touch with the Local Authority, local councillors and the police and we constantly put messages out in our newsletters. Unfortunately it seems that there are some parents who think that these messages don’t apply to them and I am sorry to hear that people who try to point out the dangers of parking on the yellow lines near to the school gates, have been on the receiving end of some verbal abuse.

We appreciate that parking is difficult but the safety of the children is paramount – we do not want anyone to end up being hurt. Please think about where you are parking and keep all the children safe.

School office hours
Please note that staff work in the school office from 8:30am until 4pm (Monday-Thursday) or 3:30pm (Friday). The answer machine is on during the times that the office is unmanned as teachers are busy preparing in their classrooms before school, and marking work or in staff meetings after school.
Please leave a message and we will get back to you.

The following children were awarded certificates in assembly today:

Y6R – Eva for excellent participation during First Aid training.
Y6R – Joel for answering questions in great detail during guided reading sessions.
Y6S – Dominic for always contributing to class discussions.
Y6S – Ethan for some fantastic descriptive writing.
Y6W – Regan for making a real effort to achieve her targets and really focussing on improving her handwriting and presentation.
Y6W – Hannah for writing a fantastic story in Literacy and for sharing her brilliant First Aid knowledge in class.
Y5C – Charlie for working hard on his Tudor family tree.
Y5C – Ben K for working hard in Maths and explaining his strategies clearly.
Y5L – Erin D for always trying hard in maths and making good progress.
Y5L – Anthony for always being ready to listen and learn – a fantastic example to everyone.
Y5P – Amy B for brilliant work for Mrs Lamb in Maths.
Y5P – Nat for a great character description in Literacy.
Y4H – Freddie for writing in the style of a true journalist.
Y4H – Jake for a fantastic comic strip showing the stages of building a pyramid.
Y4K – Eamon for his excellent contribution to science lessons and showing his expertise on electricity.
Y4K – Jade L for her mature, kind and caring attitude towards other children.
Y4S – Faye for drawing a great diagram showing how the Egyptians built the pyramids.
Y4S – Patrick for producing a beautiful harvest prayer and reading it out aloud to the class.
Y3L – Ava for fantastic work in every subject this week – trying hard and making it show in her work.
Y3L – Jacob for always working hard in every lesson and for setting a great example to the rest of the class when lining up.
Y3LW – Lucy for her fantastic attitude to learning and for always making good choices.
Y3LW – Daisy for her hard work in Maths and never giving up on a challenge.
Y3M – Alexander for writing an excellent battle scene between Theseus and the Minotaur in the work on Greek myths.
Y3M – Rebekah H for making an excellent start to the Juniors, always being ready and trying her best.

Congratulations to class Y6S who had 100% attendance last week.
Please remember to inform the school office if your child is absent for any reason. The staff are there from 8:30am until 4pm, with the answerphone being switched on at all other times.

Data Collection Sheets
There are still a great number of these sheets that have not been returned. If you have not yet returned yours, please can you do so as a matter of urgency as it is important that our records are kept up to date. Nil returns are required.

Events/key dates this half term:
Monday 6th to Friday 17th – Walk to School fortnight.
Tuesday 21st – football match v. Moorfield Primary at Nevill Road, straight after school.
Thursday 23rd – individual and family photographs.
Friday 24th – close for half term.

Further details will be sent out nearer the time along with the dates of any additional events and new clubs.

Best wishes,

Miss Sheila Harrison


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