Newsletter week beginning 20/04/15

Dear Parents/Carers,

After Easter we will be starting to use Parentmail as a form of communication. This means that you will be able to receive newsletters electronically either by email or to the APP that is available for phones. Details of how to sign up to this will be sent out soon. Our long term aim is to send all letters and forms in this manner, although if you do not wish to sign up to it then you will still receive hard copies.

Code of conduct
This term we will be working on our Code of Conduct.
We will be starting with a “Pupil Voice” day on Friday 24th April where we aim to draw up, with the children, what a good Nevill Road pupil and member of staff looks like! We will be talking about desired characteristics and expectations for both roles and hope that this will form the basis of a new charter.
We will also be including work around “telling” – why we need to tell; what prevents people from telling; and how we can develop an ethos where people are confident to stand up for what they know to be right.

Following on from this there will be an anti-bullying assembly on Monday 20th April with follow up work afterwards.

There will also be the introduction of a weekly “Kindness Award”. Children will be able to nominate others in their class, anonymously, by putting a name into a box. At the end of the week each class will pull out a name and this child will receive the award.

Further information and activities will be provided throughout the summer term but if you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact school.

Tuesday 21st – Year 3 group 2 to leave for their residential; group 1 to return
Wednesday 22nd – Year 3 group 2 to return from their residential
Friday 24th – Pupil Voice day
Tuesday 28th – Class photographs
Wednesday 29th – Year 5 Bikeability starts and continue until Friday 1st May
Monday 4th – May Day Bank Holiday – school closed
Thursday 7th – Inset day – school used as a Polling Station
Friday 8th – Year 4 Bikeability
Monday 11th – Year 6 SATs tests start
Thursday 14th – Year 6 SATs test end
Friday 22nd – close for half term at 3:20pm

Year 6 SATs
Our Year 6s will be taking their end of Key Stage 2 assessments in the week beginning Monday 11th May.
We would ask that you try to ensure that the children arrive rested, after a good night’s sleep, and promptly each day. All the Level 3-5 tests take place in the mornings with the Level 6 tests in the afternoons and all children are expected to sit them at the same time. If your child is ill please contact school as soon as possible so that we can apply for a timetable variation to enable them to sit the test.
The children have worked really hard over their time at school and we always explain to them that all we want is for them to do their best and show what they are capable of. Teacher assessment levels are also passed on to the children’s receiving secondary school to enable them to gain a full picture, not just one based on a one-off test result.
If you have any queries or concerns please contact your child’s class teacher.

Lost Property
The Lost Property box is absolutely overflowing!! During the course of this week we will try to return named items to children. After that any items that are in good condition will be passed to the Friends’ of Nevill Road for their second-hand uniform stall and the rest will be disposed of.
Please ensure that children’s clothes are named. If you wish to come and look through the box it is in the main reception area.

This week we will be giving out certificates for attendance from the Spring term.
Please remember that school starts at 8:50am with registers closing at 9am. Any child who arrives after 9am will have that session marked as an “unauthorised absence” and this WILL impact on their overall attendance figure for the term. There are a number of children who have not gained a certificate due to continuing lateness. As stated in Newsletter 16, dated 6th January 2015, warning letters will be issued for this and if there is no improvement then a penalty notice will be considered. The first part of many lessons is the time when children consider feedback and next steps in learning. This is an extremely important time for the children and greatly impacts on their progress.

If you have issues causing continuous lateness please come and talk to me about them so that we can work together to ensure your children make the very best possible progress.
Best wishes,

Miss Sheila Harrison


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