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Newsletter 9.5.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 9th May 2019 @ 2:42pm

 

9th May 2019

Dear Parents

We hope that all is well and that you have enjoyed the recent bank holiday.

Year 6 SATs

The Year 6 pupils will sit their end of key stage assessments next week. They have been working really hard in preparation. I am sure you will join with me in wishing them the best of luck!

The Zoo Project

As I am sure you are aware the main curriculum focus for this term is a project linked to Chester Zoo. Each year group from Y1 – Y6 will be focusing on different aspects of the environment and visiting the zoo on 20th May. The Reception and Nursery children will be spending the day in school studying and handling a variety of mini beasts; the culmination of this work will be on 11th July when the school will be open for you to visit from 5.00pm until 7.30pm. Please add this date to your diary as you will have the opportunity to see the fantastic work which the children have produced. As in previous years, the PTA will also be running some stalls and providing light refreshments.
 

Year 2 Residential Visit

The Y2 children had a lovely time in Hartington. During their stay they visited Chatsworth House and the Blue John Mines in addition to undertaking a study of the village and completing walks around the area. Sadly I was not able to accompany the children on this occasion, due to family illness, but I was delighted to receive an email from a visitor to the area complimenting me on how well behaved the children were and how hard the team of staff worked.

PTA

Easter Egg Hunt

Many thanks to members of the PTA for organising our recent Easter Egg hunt. This was a great success with the children having a very enjoyable time.

Film Night

The PTA also ran a film night (Johnny English) for the children in KS2 on Thursday 25th April. They were delighted by the uptake of tickets. Lots of the children commented to me that they had a great time: Many thanks to the parents and staff who made the event a great success.

Cake Sale

Due to the Y3 children being on their residential visit, the PTA have rescheduled their next cake sale to Friday 17th May. Thanks again to Vicky Raddy for the cakes!

Lost Property

On the evening of the Cake Sale (17th May), we will also be laying out all lost property in the school hall. Please try to pop in to identify lost items. Should items have no name they will be placed in the theatre and offered for resale at minimal cost.

Sports Days

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to reschedule the Y1 / 2 sports day. It will now take place on the morning of the 7th June. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The PTA are struggling for helpers to assist on the refreshment stall for the forthcoming sports days (please see dates listed below). If you are able to offer support please contact Kelly Thane (PTA Chair) via the school office. Unfortunately without your support we will be unable to offer refreshments.

Dates for your diary:

May

13th – 16th         Year 6 SATs week

15th                   G&T History Challenge at the Academy

16th                   Meeting for Y6 Parents Regards Residential Visit @ 3.30pm

20th                   Y1 – Y6 Visit to Chester Zoo

                        Nursery & EYFS Mini beast experience day in school

22nd-24th            Y3 Residential visit to Anglesey

24th                   School Closes at 3.15pm for Whit holidays

June

3rd                    School reopens for the children following half term break

           NSPCC Assembly

           NSPCC Workshops Y5

4th                     NSPCC Workshops Y6

6th                     Y5/6 Sports afternoon (new date)

7th                     Y1/2 Sports morning (new date)

           Y3/4 Sports afternoon (new date)

                        Y5 Visit to the Catalyst Museum

17th-21st            Y6 Residential visit to the Lake District

21st                   Y5: Primary College Day

24th 28th             School Sports week (Inter school events to be confirmed)

25th                   Meeting for parents of new starters@ 6.00pm

26th                   Y6 Visit to Barclays bank

27th                   Y6 Visit to Barclays bank

 July

1st                             Y6 Visit to Edge Hill University

3rd                     Parents / Teacher meetings

11th                   Celebration Evening (Open Evening)

19th                   School Council visit

22nd                  Y6 Waterworld Celebration visit

                         Nursery Leavers Celebration

23rd                   Y6 Leavers Evening

24th                   End of term, school closes for the summer break     

Further dates to follow as they become available    

 

Newsletter 29.3.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 29th Mar 2019 @ 2:48pm

Newsletter 11.3.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 11th Mar 2019 @ 1:34pm

 

11 March 2019

Dear Parents & Carers

 

London

This week I will be leading the Y5 residential visit to London and Mrs Lowe will also be accompanying the party, Mrs Taylor will be in charge at the school in my absence and will be supported by Mrs Robbins, Miss Garnett and Mr Askey, should the need arise.

 

Parent / Teacher Interviews

This term we have restructured our parent / teacher interview timetable. The meetings will be held during the week beginning Monday 25th March with the main evening being Wednesday 27th March. However, in an attempt to improve our service the teachers will be offering their non-contact morning or afternoon for appointments. This will hopefully cater for those parents who would prefer a daytime appointment as opposed to one after school. The timetable for each class will be distributed shortly; you will then be able to book appointments on-line in the normal manner.

In addition to the normal appointments, the staff are busy writing a summary of the information which they will provide you during the meeting. This will form part of the annual report in the summer, with a change in the report format. We will be sending a questionnaire at the end of the year to determine your views on the new process, but would welcome any comments in the interim.

 

Parking

As with all schools, parking continues to be an issue at High Street, although as stated we are lucky to have a number of public car parks so close to the school. However Cheshire West & Chester Council have received reports of incidents concerning the Queens Court Business Centre car park which is not a public car park, but one which a number of our parents seem to be using. These have arisen from the increased amount of pressure placed on the car park.

 

The Local Authority have become aware that on two occasions, children have nearly been involved in traffic accidents on the car park. They have asked me to stress that this is a busy commercial car park which is not a suitable location for children.  Therefore, they have asked that parents do not park in the Queens Court car park or drop children off/collect them from the car park given the safety risks.

 

Please note there is the option of the Grange Lane car park as well as those on the town centre which are easily accessible via the subway. For the safety of your children please try to comply with these requests.

 

Red Nose Day: Friday 15th March
The School Council have again expressed an interest in participating in Red Nose Day this year. They have discussed how to celebrate it and would like the children to come to school on Friday dressed in wacky clothing with wacky hair. For the privilege of doing so, they would like the children to make a donation of a minimum of 50p which will be donated to the charity.

Down Syndrome Awareness
This year the school council have again asked if we can participate in this as a fundraising activity. We have therefore organised a school assembly to raise awareness of the condition. In addition the school council will be selling gingerbread socks which they have sourced from the charity on 20th and 21st March. These can be purchased at a cost of 50p with all proceeds going to the charity. Please note that we have ordered enough gingerbread socks so that each member of the school community can purchase one, although this is not compulsory. On the 21st March, the school council would also like all members of the school to wear odd socks in recognition of our support for this worthy cause.

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

HEADTEACHER

 

Guide for Parents - MOMO, by Mrs Collins

Date: 28th Feb 2019 @ 3:17pm

Please see the attached online safety guide for parents regarding MOMO.

Newsletter 27.2.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 27th Feb 2019 @ 1:22pm

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

Welcome back following the half term break. We hope that you enjoyed the additional family time available and were able to make the most of this lovely weather.

 

World Book Day

As in previous years we will be taking part in World Book Day on Thursday 7th March, by continuing to promote and engage children’s interest in reading. This year we are adapting our World Book Day celebrations and instead of asking the children to dress up as a book character, children will create a mask in school with their teachers, which will link to their writing topic that they are currently working on.  Children will also take part in a number of exciting book related activities during World Book Week: The children therefore do not need a costume.

 

In addition to the aforementioned, we are currently in the process of developing our new library. This will be a space where children are able to access a range of books. Instead of donating money for dressing up this year, we would be grateful if each child could instead donate a new or nearly new book for the school library, to be used and enjoyed by children across the school. This could be a fiction, non-fiction or poetry book- the choice is yours.

 

Your child will also be receiving a £1 World Book Day Book Token that can either be exchanged for one of ten special £1 World Book Day books or used towards the purchase of a book to encourage them to develop their own love of reading. The voucher can be redeemed at most local book shops or can be used in school when The Book Fair visits from 5th-8th March 2019.

 

Change of date: Year 2

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Ukulele teacher is not available to lead the Y2 concerts on 28th February or 7th March as planned.

The concerts will now be held at 2.45pm on the following dates:

21st March: Y2 Manifold

28th March: Y2 Dove

 

Fairtrade Fortnight 25th February - 10th March

We are taking part in Fairtrade Fortnight again this year by making baked goods to sell in school. Each child will have the opportunity to bake using Fairtrade ingredients and buy from other classes during two bake sales. The bake sales will be on Thursday 28th February and Tuesday 5th March. The children can bring 50p to buy a cake of their choice at break time on these days. All profit made from the bake sales will go to the Fairtrade Charity.

 

Warning:
We ask that you remain vigilant when your children are on the internet as we have been advised of a new online app which encourages children to hurt themselves.  We are led to believe that this is known as the ‘Momo Challenge’ and is described as the WhatsApp ‘suicide challenge,’ which features an avatar of a creepy looking woman with bulging eyes, stringy black hair and a devilish grin telling youngsters to hurt themselves.

We have had a number of children talking about this already in school and will advise them of what to do in the event that this pops up onto their screens. However we felt that it would be useful for you as parents to be aware of this.

 

Many thanks for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

Dates from February – Easter 2019

Please note updated dates have been added in bold.

 

February

27th                   DT Food Challenge @ Winsford Academy

 

March

5th                     My World Project: A Year 6 Team

12th                   My World Project: A Year 6 Team

14th                   Y4 visit to the Library for Anne Frank talk: Class Foss and Class Derwent

15th                   Y4 visit to the Library for Anne Frank talk: Class Ouse

13th -15th            Year 5 Residential Visit to London

19th                   My World Project: A Year 6 Team

21st                   Y4 Clonter Theatre Visit

                        Y2 Manifold: Ukulele Concert @ 2.45pm

25th                   EYFS Visit to Imagine That!

27th                   Parents Evening

28th                   Y2 Dove: Ukulele Concert @ 2.45pm

29th                   School Closes for the Easter Break

 

April

15th                   Staff training Day: School Closed for pupils

16th                   School reopens for pupils

18th                   Easter Service led by Y4

                        School closes for the Easter weekend at 3.15pm

23rd                   School reopens following the Easter bank holiday

24th-  26th            Y2 Residential visit to Hartington

 

May

15th                   G&T History Challenge at the Academy

20th                   Y1 – Y6 Visit to Chester Zoo

22nd-24th Y3 Residential visit to Anglesey

24th                   School Closes at 3.15pm for Whit holidays

 

June

3rd                     School reopens for the children following half term break

                        NSPCC Assembly

NSPCC Workshops Y5

4th                     NSPCC Workshops Y6

6th                     Y5/6 Sports afternoon (change of date)

7th                     Y3/4 Sports afternoon (change of date)

                        Y5 Visit to the Catalyst Museum

17th-21st Y6 Residential visit to the Lake District

21st                   Y5: Primary College Day

24th 28th             School Sports week (Inter school events to be confirmed)

25th                   Meeting for parents of new starters@ 6.00pm

26th                   Y6 Visit to Barclays bank

27th                   Y6 Visit to Barclays bank

 

July

3rd                     Parents / Teacher meetings

11th                   Celebration Evening (Open Evening)

19th                   School Council visit

22nd                   Y6 Waterworld Celebration visit

                        Nursery Leavers Celebration

23rd                   Y6 Leavers Evening

24th                   End of term, school closes for the summer break                      

 

 

Newsletter 13.2.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 13th Feb 2019 @ 11:02am

Dear Parents & Carers

Car Park

Please can we ask for consideration of others on the Verdin Exchange car park. As stated on previous occasions, if everyone let one other car into the line at appropriate times, then the traffic would flow much easier and the area would be much safer for the children. In addition, one parent has commented that ‘People seem to be arriving late and parking their cars behind the back row, near the entrance for Kiddicare Nursery; these are parents taking their children to the school and are directly behind the cars that are there and not in a parking space. As there are cars in the rows in front, the drivers are unable to get out. A little more consideration would be appreciated please.

Sharing Assemblies

It was lovely to see the Y3 children share their work with parents and then later with other year groups from the school. They spoke very clearly and were a credit to all concerned. Their work was also of a great standard! The Year 1 children also led a sharing assembly the previous week, sharing their work from class, and also that completed during their residential visit. Unfortunately I was unable to attend, but Mrs Lowe commented on how wonderful the children were. I can really believe this, as it was a pleasure joining in with their dance and art work during their residential visit.

Hockey Team

The School Hockey team participated in the Vale Royal Sports Association Hockey tournament last week. Mr Bratt informed me that the organisers were really impressed by their standard of play. They performed really well winning one of their games, drawing two and losing one. This was a super achievement as they played against children from older age groups, which is a good sign for the future. Well done to all concerned!

Athletics

Our Y5 / 6 Athletics team competed in the Vale Royal School Partnership finals on Tuesday. They were fantastic and finished in 4th place overall. Well done to all athletes!

Live Lambing Weekends

We have been asked to share the following which might be of interest to you.

Each year Reaseheath College have live lambing weekends.  It is a great opportunity for families to watch lambs being born, but also to see the college and to discover the possibilities on offer.

There is a charge for the event, but you can make a day of it and visit the zoo at the college as well.  For further details please follow the link:

https://www.reaseheath.ac.uk/lambing/

Half term

Please note that the school closes for the children at 3.15pm on Friday 15th February and will reopen on Monday 25th February at 8.50am.

I will be absent from Wednesday morning on the CW&C Head teacher Conference. Mrs Lowe will be available to deal with any issues, should any arise. May I take this opportunity to wish all concerned a restful half term break.

 

Dates for Academic Year 2019 – 2020

Please find outlined below the term dates for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.

Please note that staff training dates have not yet been approved by the governors and will be added on the school website later in the term.

 

Cheshire West and Chester 2019- 2020 school term and holiday dates

Autumn 2019

2nd September: School Opens for Autumn 1 following summer break

25th October: School Closes for Half term

4th November: School Reopens for Autumn 2

20th December: School Closes for the Christmas holiday

 

Spring 2020

6th January: School Reopens for Spring 1 following Christmas break

14th February: School Closes for half term break

24th February: School Reopens for Spring 2

3rd April: School closes for Spring Holiday (Easter Holiday)

 

Summer 2020

20th April: School reopens following Easter break for Summer 1

22nd May: School closes for summer half term break

1st June: School reopens for Summer 2

20th July: School closes for summer holidays

 

Return to school – Tuesday 1 September 2020

 

 

Dates from February – Easter 2019

February

15th                   School Closes for half term

25th                   School reopens following the half term break

26th                   My World Project: A Year 6 Team

27th                   DT Food Challenge @ Winsford Academy

 

March

5th              My World Project: A Year 6 Team

12th            My World Project: A Year 6 Team

13th -15th    Year 5 Residential Visit to London

19th             My World Project: A Year 6 Team

21st              Y4 Clonter Theatre Visit

25th              EYFS Visit to Imagine That!

27th              Parents Evening 5.00 -7.00pm

28th              Parents Evening 4.00 – 6.00pm

29th              School Closes for the Easter Break

 

Further dates to follow as they become available

 

April

15th              Staff training Day: School Closed for pupils

16th              School reopens for pupils

18th              Easter Service led by Y?

                     School closes for the Easter weekend at 3.15pm

23rd              School reopens following the Easter bank holiday

24th-  26th     Y2 Residential visit to Hartington

 

May

15th              G&T History Challenge at the Academy

20th              Y1 – Y6 Visit to Chester Zoo

22nd-24th Y3 Residential visit to Anglesey

24th               School Closes at 3.15pm for Whit holidays

 

June

3rd                 School reopens for the children following half term break

6th                 Y3/4 Sports afternoon

7th                 Y5/6 Sports afternoon

17th-21st        Y6 Residential visit to the Lake District

21st                Y5: Primary College Day

24th 28th         School Sports week (Inter school events to be confirmed)

25th                Meeting for parents of new starters@ 6.00pm

26th                Y6 Visit to Barclays bank

27th                Y6 Visit to Barclays bank

 

July

3rd                  Parents / Teacher meetings

11th                 Celebration Evening (Open Evening)

19th                 School Council visit

22nd               Y6 Waterworld Celebration visit

                       Nursery Leavers Celebration

23rd                Y6 Leavers Evening

24th                End of term, school closes for the summer break                      

 

Should you have any issues which you wish to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.

 

Kind regards

Mark Joule

HEADTEACHER

 

Guide for Parents - Grand Theft Auto, by Mrs Collins

Date: 23rd Jan 2019 @ 12:03pm

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find attached a Guide for Parents on the game Grand Theft Auto which may be of interest to you.

Many thanks

High Street Primary School

Newsletter 22.1.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 22nd Jan 2019 @ 9:55am

22 January 2019


Dear Parents & Carers


It has been a busy first two weeks back at school with lots of sports events taking place for some of the older children and the Y1 children taking part in their first residential visit.


Year 1 Children
The Year 1 children participated in their first residential visit to the Tattenhall Education Centre during the first week following the Christmas break. I was fortunate to be able to spend some quality time with them and join in with some of their fantastic dance and art work. The children were a credit to all concerned and showed maturity beyond their years. Well done to all concerned!!!


Football Competition
The Year 5/ 6 teams recently competed in the Crewe Alex tournament during the first week back and qualified for the area finals last week; in doing so they played really well showing skill and enthusiasm. Sadly they did not qualify for the Northern finals, but we are very proud of the efforts they displayed.


Athletics
Last Thursday the Y5 / 6 Athletics team competed against other schools from the Winsford Area in an indoor athletics competition. They all performed to a high standard, demonstrating skills in throwing, jumping and sprinting and were the overall winner. As a result of their success, they will compete on Tuesday 12th February in the Cheshire finals against the winners from the other district areas.


Cross Country Competition
This week our cross country team will compete in the next leg of the Vale Royal Cross Country League. The competition will take place at The University of Chester Academy, Rudheath on Wednesday 23rd January. Unfortunately due to restrictions on the site, no parents will be able to watch the competition on this occasion.
At present we currently stand 3rd out of 14 teams in the league with the team in second only being 5 points ahead. I am sure that you will join with me in wishing all of the children the best of luck!


Netball Tournament
The Year 5 / 6 Netball team will also play this week in the Winsford Education Partnership Tournament of Thursday. We wish them well for the competition.


Zoo Project
I am delighted to inform you that later this year, the school will be participating in a very exciting project in association with Chester Zoo and the Ignite Teacher Alliance. This will focus on the three key areas associated with wildlife and conservation, involving the local environment, endangered species and the effect of palm oil production; it is envisaged that this will become a regular stimulating part of the curriculum, with each year building on the knowledge and skills gained the previous year. Currently the teachers are receiving training in different areas associated with all subject areas, they will then develop stimulating programmes of study for the summer term. In association with the project we are also looking at taking the children from Y1 –Y6 to Chester Zoo for the day on 20th May. Further details about the visit will be distributed in the near future. We are also exploring having a visitor from the Zoo to work in school with the children in Nursery and Reception, which will also supplement the day visits planned for the children.


Dates for Academic Year 2019 – 2020


Please find outlined below the term dates for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.
Please note that staff training dates have not yet been approved by the governors and will be added on the school website later in the term.
Cheshire West and Chester 2019- 2020 school term and holiday dates


Autumn 2019
2nd September: School Opens for Autumn 1 following summer break
25th October: School Closes for Half term
4th November: School Reopens for Autumn 2
20th December: School Closes for the Christmas holiday


Spring 2020
6th January: School Reopens for Spring 1 following Christmas break
14th February: School Closes for half term break
24th February: School Reopens for Spring 2
3rd April: School closes for Spring Holiday (Easter Holiday)


Summer:
20th April: School reopens following Easter break for Summer 1
22nd May: School closes for summer half term break
1st June: School reopens for Summer 2
20th July: School closes for summer holidays


Return to school – Tuesday 1 September 2020

 

Dates from January – Easter 2019
January
23rd Year 5 / 6 Cross Country Competition @ University of Chester Academy
24th Year 5 / 6 Netball Tournament at Winsford Academy
Winsford Education Partnership Pupil Forum
25th Link Governors to visit the school
28th Y4 Clonter Theatre Workshop in school
30th Y5/6 Basketball Competition
31st Year 5 /6 Quick Sticks Hockey Tournament
February
5th Safer Internet Day
6th Parents Meeting in theatre @ 3.30pm: Year 5 children London Visit
15th School Closes for half term
25th School reopens following the half term break
26th My World Project: A Year 6 Team
27th DT Food Challenge @ Winsford Academy
March
5th My World Project: A Year 6 Team
12th My World Project: A Year 6 Team
13th -15th Year 5 Residential Visit to London
19th My World Project: A Year 6 Team
21st Y4 Clonter Theatre Visit
25th EYFS Visit to Imagine That!
27th Parents Evening 5.00 -7.00pm
28th Parents Evening 4.00 – 6.00pm
29th School Closes for the Easter Break


Further dates to follow as they become available
Should you have any issues which you wish to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.

Kind regards
Mark Joule
HEADTEACHER

Newsletter 9.1.2019, by Mrs Collins

Date: 9th Jan 2019 @ 4:10pm

09 January 2019

 

Dear Parents & Carers

 

Welcome back following the Christmas break. I hope that you managed to have a good festive period and that you also avoided some of the ‘bugs’ which have been around!


Closing Date for School Applications

Please note the closing date for applications for children to start at Primary School in September 2019 is 15th January 2019. If you have a child who is due to start at this time please do not automatically assume that they will gain a place at the school because they have an older brother or sister at High Street. All applications for children starting need to be made through the local authority. Further details can be obtained from Wyvern House or through the school office.

 

Year 1 Residential Visit

The first group of Y1 children have set off on their residential visit to the Tattenhall Centre today; it was lovely to see their excited faces this morning. I will be visiting both groups tomorrow and joining in with their activities. We realise that this is a big step for the children but one which they will enjoy and grow and develop from.

 

Reports / Parents Evenings

This year we will be streamlining our annual reports, but adding an additional parent teacher interview to ensure that you as parents have the most up to date knowledge of the progress which your children are making. The staff will now provide a written summary at each meeting which will form the basis of the final report and will then provide further information on effort and attainment at the end of the year. The next parent teacher interviews will take place during the week beginning 25th  March with two evenings scheduled for appointments on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th March. However to accommodate parents who have time available during the day, the staff will also schedule a number of appointments during their planning, preparation and assessment time, as this varies for each teacher individual notifications will be made.

 

Mrs Bullen

I am pleased to inform you that Mrs Bullen is expecting her second child and will start her maternity leave following the summer half term break. We are in the process of sourcing a member of staff to replace her for the final half term. I am sure that you will join with me in wishing her and her husband all the best for their forthcoming arrival.

 

Dates for the term

January

9th        Year 1 Residential Visit to Tattenhall

10th      Year 1 Residential Visit to Tattenhall

11th      Year 1 Residential Visit to Tattenhall

            Year 5 / 6 Football Tournament- Crewe Alex

17th      Year 5 / 6 Sports Hall Athletics Tournament

23rd      Year 5 / 6 Cross Country Competition @ University of Chester Academy

24th      Year 5 / 6 Netball Tournament at Winsford Academy

25th      Link Governors to visit the school

28th      Y4 Clonter Theatre Workshop in school

30th      Y5/6 Basketball Competition

31st      Year 5 /6 Quick Sticks Hockey Tournament

February

5th        Safer Internet Day

15th      School Closes for half term

25th      School reopens following the half term break

 

Further dates to follow, which will also be added to the calendar on the school website

 

 

Should you have any issues to discuss or points to raise, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.

 

Kind regards

Mark Joule

HEADTEACHER

 

Newsletter 19.12.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 20th Dec 2018 @ 1:56pm

19 December 2018


Dear Parents & Carers


Christmas Parties
This year the parties will again be run by the members of staff and a visit from Santa has been requested. In the past the PTA have provided a small selection of party food, but having reviewed this last year, there was a great deal of waste. This year the committee have decided to provide refreshments in the form of a drink and a cake for all children.


Christmas Performances
We are very proud of all of the children who have participated in the different Carol Services / Nativity productions this year: All children have been given the opportunity to take part in one of the following:


Nursery: Nativity
EYFS: High Street Nativity
Year 1: Are We Nearly There Yet
Year 2 / 3: Nativity / Carol Service at the United Reformed Church
Year 4: Winsford Education Partnership Cantata
Year 5 / 6: Carol Service / Nativity at St Andrew’s.


It was lovely to see and hear the children during the different services and super to see so many family members supporting. Thank you to all staff for their efforts in guiding the children and parents for their support with costumes and in helping the children to learn lines etc.


PTA
The PTA has been busy selling Reindeer Dust and Christmas Raffle tickets to raise funds towards the purchase of a new cycle shelter for the school. Following the draw which was made on Tuesday 18th December the winners of the raffle were:
1st Ms Cornes - 8 inch Christmas cake
2nd Ms Ollier - 6 inch Christmas cake
3rd Ms Johnston - 12 Christmas cupcakes
On behalf of all at the school we would like to thank all members of the PTA for their continued efforts and support and for Vicky Raddy for baking the cakes.


Reading
We are very aware that the children who read regular at home as well as in school make more accelerated progress than those who read less. With this in mind we are looking at ways of promoting reading so that the children develop a love of books. If you could please encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes per night and share with you what they have read, we should be grateful.
Extreme Read It has been lovely to see so many pictures of children from each age group participating in our ‘extreme read’. As noted we intend to run this throughout the academic year and during the next summer holidays, so please encourage your child to take part. Photographs can either be handed into the school office or emailed to extremeread@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk. Please can you indicate on your email if you are happy for the photographs to be posted on social media; this will be done with no more than the initial of your child’s first name. To see some of our extreme reads please visit @HighStPrimary on Twitter. Well done to all concerned!!!

Verdin Car Park
Please may I take this opportunity to ask all users of the car park, to be considerate of others; please can all users avoid parking in the entrance to the car park as this is causing more congestion and prevents the flow of traffic in and out.


We are lucky to have such a facility close to the school, where most schools don’t. If each user shows consideration by letting one person into the queue as they are waiting, then the traffic would flow much easier.
This is not a school owned car park, but it serves the school and therefore children use the facility with their parents.

Swimming
Please note that we have made some changes to the swimming programme, due to changes in personnel at the Lifestyle Centre and the school staff available to deliver the lessons.
The children in Y4 have now completed their lessons for this academic year and have all made good progress. They will swim again during the next academic year.
Please note that there will be no swimming during the spring term for the children in Y3, but they will resume their lessons each Friday after the Easter holiday.
Y5 children will start their swimming lessons following the Easter break.
The Y6 children will start swimming lessons following the Christmas break. They will swim each Tuesday until further notice.

Christmas Jumpers
It has been lovely seeing the children and staff wearing their Christmas jumpers this week. Please note that if your child does not possess a Christmas jumper a normal jumper will suffice with a few small decorations. We are currently still collecting donations from all concerned for wearing the Christmas jumpers, all money received will then be sent to St Luke’s Hospice.

Football Competitions
The Year 5/ 6 teams recently competed in the Winsford football tournament; in doing so they played really well and are currently in first and third place respectively in the local league. We are very proud of the efforts they displayed.
Dates for the remainder of the term:
17th – 21st December Wear your Christmas Jumper week
20th December: Y3/4 Christmas Party pm
20th December: Y1/2 Christmas Party am
20th December: Y5 / 6 New Vic Theatre Visit
21st December: School Christmas Meal


Please note that the school closes on Friday 21st December at 3.15pm and will reopen for the children at 9.00am on Monday 7th January. May I take this opportunity on behalf of all at Winsford High Street to wish you and your families a happy and peaceful Christmas.


Kind regards
Mark Joule
HEADTEACHER

Newsletter 26.11.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 26th Nov 2018 @ 2:12pm

Dear Parents & Carers


Parent Governor
I am delighted to inform you that Mrs Kirsty Kelshaw has been duly appointed as a parent Governor. Following the closing date for nominations, she was the only parent to have submitted an application and has therefore been appointed to serve on the governing body for a 4 year term. I am sure that you will join with me in congratulating her on her appointment.

 

Maths Challenge

I am delighted to inform you that the following children participated in the Winsford Maths Challenge on Wednesday 21st November.

Year 3: JLO/ OB

Year 4: AD/ LH

Year 5:CS/ SS

Year 6: AC / BW

 

All competitors performed really well with AD coming second in his year group and AC being the overall winner in Y6. Well done to all concerned!

 

Kings School Y5 / 6 Cubic Challenge

I am also delighted to inform you that the two teams of Y5 / 6 children we sent to the Kings School Annual Maths challenge also performed really well with one of our teams being the overall winners. This was a great achievement with the children competing against pupils from schools from all over the Borough. Well done to all, you should be very proud of the trophy in the entrance hall!

 

School Friendship Discos
We would like to extend our thanks to the members of the PTA who organised and ran the school discos with the support of members of staff. All of the children seemed to have a great time and those I talked to, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Children in Need

Thank you for allowing your children to participate in this year’s Children in Need. As a result we have been able to send £471.12 to this worthy cause as well as raise the children’s awareness of the difficulties some children face around the world.

 

Extreme Read
It has been lovely to see so many pictures of children from each age group participating in our ‘extreme read’. It is our intention to run this throughout the academic year and during the next summer holidays, so please encourage your child to take part. Photographs can either be handed into the school office or emailed to extremeread@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk.
Please can you indicate on your email if you are happy for the photographs to be posted on social media; this will be done with no more than the initial of your child’s first name. To see some of our extreme reads please visit @HighStPrimary on Twitter. Well done to all concerned!!!

 

Christmas Jumpers

This year we would like the children to enter the Christmas spirit during the last week of the term, by wearing their Christmas jumpers instead of their usual sweatshirts. If your child does not possess a Christmas jumper a normal jumper will suffice with a few small decorations. In return for doing so we would welcome donations which will be sent to St Luke’s Hospice.

 

 

 

 

 

Grange Lane Incident

Sadly we have been made aware of an incident which happened between two individuals on Grange Lane this morning. In accordance with school policy this has been reported to the police, who will investigate the altercation.

 

Verdin Car Park

Please may I take this opportunity to ask all users of the car park, to be considerate of others. We are lucky to have such a facility close to the school, where most schools don’t. If each user shows consideration by letting one person into the queue as they are waiting, then the traffic would flow much easier. This is not a school owned car park, but it serves the school and therefore children use the facility with their parents. To avoid incidents similar to the one which happened on Grange Lane, we ask that all users of the facility set the right example for our impressionable children!

 

Swimming

Please note that there will be no swimming on Tuesday 4th December for the children in Y4 due to them participating in the Winsford Education Partnership Cantata which takes place during the afternoon / evening.

 

The children in Y3 will swim on Tuesday 4th December instead of their usual swimming time on Friday 7th December.

 

As a one off activity and a mid-year review of their swimming capabilities, the Y6 will go swimming on the 7th December from 1.00-2.00pm.

 

Football Competitions

The Year 3/ 4 teams recently competed in the Winsford football tournament, in doing so they played really well and finished 4th and 5th respectively. We are very proud of the efforts they displayed.

The Year 5 / 6 teams competed in the Winsford Mini league. They also performed really well and did not lose a game. Well done to all concerned!

 

SIMS Agora (children in Years 3-6 only)

Winsford High Street Primary School now has an online payments system which we would encourage parents to use to pay for school meals for your children.

The system we use is known as SIMS Agora which is very easy-to-use and will offer you the flexibility to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - safe in the knowledge that payments are secure and use the highest level of card security and that funds will reach the school safely.

 

Getting started with SIMS Agora online payments

If you have a child in Key Stage Two (Years 3-6) you will shortly be receiving an email which includes your child’s unique registration reference for SIMS Agora. If you have not got an email address you will receive a letter which contains your child’s registration number. 

To access SIMS Agora you will need an email address and a Microsoft Account.

You can use  an existing account if you already have one, or create a new one online – they  are free, very easy to setup and you can use any email address and password – to get a Microsoft Account please go to https://signup.live.com.  

You can create a Google Account at: https://accounts.google.com/SignUp

 

  1. Please login to SIMS Agora -  https://www.simsagora.co.uk
  2. When prompted you will need to enter the Invitation code and then your child’s date of birth.
  3. Follow the simple online instructions to register your account.
  4. Please register your new account by 19th January 2019.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email – once you have activated your account by clicking the

        link in the email you will be able to make payments for school meals straight away.

If you have any difficulties in registering or using the online payment system please contact the school office who will be happy to help you.

 

Dates for the remainder of the term:

 

28th November:              New parents Tour of the school at 2.00pm

3rd December:               Winsford Partnership Cantata @ Lifestyle Centre Y4

4th December:                Winsford Partnership Cantata @ Lifestyle Centre Y4

10th December:              Nursery Nativity PM

10th December:              EYFS to Delamere Forest all day

11th December:              EYFS Dress Rehearsal am

11th December:              Y1 Dress Rehearsal pm

                                    Y1 Performance for parents: 6.00pm

12th December:              EYFS Nativity am and pm

12th December:              Y2/3 Rehearsal at URC am

13th December:              Y1 Nativity am

13th December:              Y2/3 Carols at URC pm

14th December:              Y5 / 6 Rehearsal Carols by Candlelight at St Andrews am TBC

17th December:              Year 5 /6 Carol Concert at St Andrews, 6.00pm TBC

17th December:              Y3/4 Theatre Visit: Grange Hartford

17th December:              Y5/6 Carol Service @ United Reformed Church, Over.

18th December:              EYFS/ Nursery/Y1/2 Aladdin Production in School

17th – 21st December      Wear your Christmas Jumper week

19th December:              Y5/6 Christmas Party am

19th December:              EYFS Christmas Party am

20th December:              Y3/4 Christmas Party am

20th December:              Y1/2 Christmas Party am

20th December:              Y5 / 6 New Vic Theatre Visit

21st December:              School Christmas Meal

Should you have any issues which you wish to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

HEADTEACHER

 

Newsletter 7.11.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 7th Nov 2018 @ 1:47pm

07 November 2018

 

Dear Parents & Carers

Parent Governor
I am delighted to inform you that Mr Nathan Ollier has been duly appointed as a parent Governor. Following the closing date for nominations, he was the only parent to have submitted an application, so he has therefore been appointed to serve on the governing body for a 4 year term. I am sure that you will join with me in congratulating him on his appointment.

 

Unfortunately Mrs N Dormer has had to step down from her role as Parent Governor due to work commitments. We therefore have a further vacancy for a parent governor. Should you wish to apply for the post you will need to complete the nomination form and return it to the school office by 12.00pm on 26th November 2018. If we have more than one applicant then there will be a ballot to determine the successful candidate. Further details and application forms will be available from the school office and on the school website from Monday 12th November. Please note that we are specifically looking for nominations from parents who have a financial or industry background.

 

School Friendship Discos
These will take place on Thursday 8th November and will be run by members of the PTA.

Disco 1  (Year 1- Year 3) 5.00pm – 6.15pm

Disco 2 (Year 4- Year 6) 6.30pm – 7.45pm

As with previous discos entrance and collection will be via the children’s class entrance.

Tickets are still available from members of the PTA who will be selling them before school in the morning. The cost will be £3.50 which includes entrance and refreshments.


Parent / Teacher Meetings
It was lovely to see so many parents / carers at our parent / teacher meetings the week before the break. We hope that you have gained a clear understanding of how well your children are doing in school. Many thanks to the members of the Y6 school council who guided parents to classes during the evenings. Should you need further guidance regards your child’s progress before the next parents evening please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.

No Pens Day
As part of our drive to promote speaking and listening skills the children participated in a variety of learning activities on the day before we broke for half term which involved no writing. These have involved drama and dance activities. This supported the development of the spoken word and was great to see. Well done to all children and staff.

 

Children in Need

This year’s Children In Need day will take place on Friday 16th November.
I have asked the school council to consult with as many children as possible to consider an appropriate fundraiser for the day. They have now reached a decision and would like all children to come to school wearing bright odd clothing. For doing so we would like all involved to make a donation of a minimum of £1.00 to this worthy cause.

Extreme Read
It has been lovely to see so many pictures of children from each age group participating in our ‘extreme read’. It is our intention to run this throughout the academic year and during the next summer holidays, so please encourage your child to take part. Photographs can either be handed into the school office or emailed to extremeread@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk.
Please can you indicate on your email if you are happy for the photographs to be posted on social media; this will be done with no more than the initial of your child’s first name. To see some of our extreme reads please visit @HighStPrimary on Twitter. Well done to all concerned!!!

Payments for Residential visits
Please note that the third payment is due shortly for the London residential visit.

School Photographer
Please note that the school photographers will be visiting school on Tuesday 13th November. As in previous years they will start before school at 8.30am to take photographs of preschool children with their older siblings. They will then take family groups at the start of the school day before taking individual photographs of the children. If you would like to attend the early morning session with your preschool child and siblings please contact the school office to register your interest before lunchtime on Monday 12th November.

 

SIMS Agora (children in Years 3-6 only)

Winsford High Street Primary School now has an online payments system which we would encourage parents to use to pay for school meals for your children.

The system we use is known as SIMS Agora which is very easy-to-use and will offer you the flexibility to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - safe in the knowledge that payments are secure and use the highest level of card security and that funds will reach the school safely.

 

Getting started with SIMS Agora online payments

If you have a child in Key Stage Two (Years 3-6) you will shortly be receiving an email which includes your child’s unique registration reference for SIMS Agora. If you have not got an email address you will receive a letter which contains your child’s registration number. 

To access SIMS Agora you will need an email address and a Microsoft Account.

You can use  an existing account if you already have one, or create a new one online – they  are free, very easy to setup and you can use any email address and password – to get a Microsoft Account please go to https://signup.live.com.  

You can create a Google Account at: https://accounts.google.com/SignUp

 

  1. Please login to SIMS Agora -  https://www.simsagora.co.uk
  2. When prompted you will need to enter the Invitation code and then your child’s date of birth.
  3. Follow the simple online instructions to register your account.
  4. Please register your new account by 19th January 2019.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email – once you have activated your account by clicking the

        link in the email you will be able to make payments for school meals straight away.

If you have any difficulties in registering or using the online payment system please contact the school office who will be happy to help you.

 

Dates for the remainder of the term:

 

8th November: Y6 River Visit

8th November Friendship Discos

9th November: School Remembrance Service: School Only

13th November: School Photographer to visit.

14th November: Y5/6 Kings School Cubic Challenge

16th November: New parents Tour of the school at 9.15am

21st November: Open Evening 6.00-7.00pm for Prospective Parents (Nursery and Reception)

28th November: New parents Tour of the school at 2.00pm

3rd December: Winsford Partnership Choral Event @ Lifestyle Centre Y4

4th December: Winsford Partnership Choral Event @ Lifestyle Centre Y4

10th December: Nursery Nativity PM

10th December: EYFS to Delamere Forest all day

11th December: EYFS Dress Rehearsal am

11th December: Y1 Dress Rehearsal pm

12th December: EYFS Nativity am and pm

12th December: Y2/3 Rehearsal at URC am

13th December: Y1 Nativity am

13th December: Y2/3 Carols at URC pm

14th December: Y5 / 6 Rehearsal Carols by Candlelight at St Andrews am TBC

17th December: Year 5 /6 Carol Concert at St Andrews, 6.00pm TBC

17th December: Y3/4 Theatre Visit: Grange Hartford

17th December: Y5/6 Carol Service @ United Reformed Church, Over.

19th December: Y5/6 Christmas Party am

19th December: EYFS Christmas Party am

20th December: Y3/4 Christmas Party am

20th December: Y1/2 Christmas Party am

20th December: Y5 / 6 New Vic Theatre Visit

 

Should you have any issues which you wish to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

HEADTEACHER

 

 

Newsletter 5.10.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 5th Oct 2018 @ 10:40am

5th October 2018

 

Dear Parents

 

Parent Governor

I am pleased to be able to ask for nominations for the post of Parent Governor. As a school we have a very active board of governors who make strategic decisions on the running of the school. The post will involve the individual concerned joining the governing board for two full meetings per term, in addition to being a member of specific committees. The timings of these vary to suit the members of the board.

Should you wish to apply for the post you will need to complete the nomination form and return it to the school office by 12.00pm on 23rd October 2018. If we have more than one applicant then there will be a ballot to determine the successful candidate. Further details and application forms are available in the school office and on the school website. Please note that we are specifically looking for nominations from parents who have a financial or industry background.

 

School Council

I am pleased to inform you that the following children have been voted as the new Y6 School Council by the children in the school:

 

Tyler I                           Alexia C

George T                      Rosalyn F        

Luke S                          Elizabeth B

Jamie W                       Francesca B

Oliver D                        Cari S

 

Following the initial vote, Tyler I and Alexia C were voted as Head Boy and Head Girl respectively and Rosalyn F and George T were voted in as Deputy Girl Boy and Boy. Congratulations to all concerned!

 

Facebook

As a school we are continually looking at ways of keeping you informed of what is happening in school. As a result we will shortly be opening a Facebook page. This will be a means of posting information about school life including year group and school newsletters. However as with all such initiatives we have been required to produce a policy to govern the use of the site. I have included a draft version of this for your reference. Should you wish to make any comments about this, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please note that we will also be reissuing a letter next week seeking permission for us to use images of your child on the different school media sites. This will now be issued annually under the GDPR regulations. If at any time you wish to withdraw the permission given, please contact the school office to do so.

 

Harvest Services

These will be held on the following dates:

Early Years and KS1: Wednesday 10th October at 9.15am at Winsford High Street. This service will be led by the Year 1 children.

KS2: Thursday 11th October at 10.00am at the United Reformed Church, Over. This service will be led by the children from Y3.

This year we will be seeking donations of produce on the morning of each Harvest. This will then be distributed to the Salvation Army to support families in need in the locality.

 

Sainsbury’s Gold Quality Mark

I am delighted to inform you that we have been accredited with the Gold Sainsbury’s School Games Mark for the 3rd year in succession. This recognises the quality of PE provision in the school, including the wide variety of clubs on offer and the number of children involved in PE in the school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for giving their time freely to run a wide variety of clubs in school and Mr Allen for compiling the information used towards the accreditation.

 Cross Country Success

Congratulations to our School Cross Country team who completed in the first league meeting of the season against schools from the Vale Royal Schools Sports Partnership. All children ran really well, with the majority of the team finishing in the top ten positions. Well done to all concerned!

 

Nursery Places

Due to the number of children who have moved into full time education we have limited places available in our Nursery. Should you require a place for your child or would like to make an appointment to view the Nursery, please contact Miss Garnett (Nursery manager) via the school office.

 

Closing Date for School Applications

Please note the closing date for applications for children to start at Primary School in September 2019 is 15th January 2019. If you have a child who is due to start at this time, please do not automatically assume that they will gain a place at the school because they have an older brother or sister at High Street. All applications for children starting need to be made through the local authority. Further details can be obtained from Wyvern House or through the school office.

 

We will be holding tours of the school for prospective parents on the following dates. Should you wish to attend or know someone who would like to view the school, with a view to them sending their child to High Street, please contact the school office on 01606 288188 to book onto one of the tours:

 

Friday 12th October at 9.15am

Tuesday 6th November at 9.15am

Friday 16th November at 9.15pm

Wednesday 28th November at 2.00pm

 

We will also be holding an open evening on Wednesday 21st November from 6.00 until 7.00pm

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

This was a great success with many parents and friends of the school dropping in for a coffee and piece of cake. As a result a total of £197.82 was raised for the charity. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind donations. I should also like to thank the parents who donated cakes for the sale and to the members of the school council who supported the sale of cakes and coffee during the morning.

 

Language on the Playground

Unfortunately it has been reported to me that a number of adults (parents) have been using inappropriate language on the school playground. Please note that this is not acceptable and should we hear it or have it reported to us, then the individuals will be challenged. Should individuals not heed the warning, then we will have no alternative but to ban them from the school grounds. Please note that this is a minority of individuals and that the vast majority of our parents respect our playground space.

 

Primary Science Award

I am delighted to inform you that we have achieved the Silver Award in recognition of the quality of science teaching in the school. May thanks to Miss Price and Mrs Andrews for their hard work in compiling the information required to achieve the accreditation!

 

Football Success

Congratulations to the girls’ football team who were runners up on the Winsford Schools competition on Thursday of this week; they all played really well and were a credit to all concerned!

 

Dates for your diary

Please see the list of dates below to guide you through the remainder of the Autumn Term. 

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

HEADTEACHER

 

Dates for the remainder of the Autumn Term 2018

10th October: KS1 Harvest Service @ 9.10am

11th October KS2 Harvest @ United Reformed Church, Over @ 10.00am

12th October: Y6 Nantwich Visit

12th October: New parents Tour of the school @ 9.15 am led by Mrs Taylor

17th – 19th October: Y4 York Visit

23rd October: Parent’s Evening 5.00-7.00pm

24th October: Parent’s Evening 4.00-6.00pm

24th October: School Closed for Half Term

25th / 26th October: Staff Training Days

5th November: School Reopens

6th November: Flu Vaccinations

6th November: New parents Tour of the school at 9.15am

 

8th November: River Visit

9th November: School Remembrance Service: School Only

13th November: School Photographer to visit.

14th November: Y5/6 Kings School Cubic Challenge

16th November: New parents Tour of the school at 9.15am

21st November: Open Evening 6.00-7.00pm for Prospective Parents (Nursery and Reception)

28th November: New parents Tour of the school at 2.00pm

3rd December: Winsford Partnership Choral Event @ Lifestyle Centre Y4

4th December: Winsford Partnership Choral Event @ Lifestyle Centre Y4

10th December: Nursery Nativity PM

10th December: EYFS to Delamere Forest all day

11th December: EYFS Dress Rehearsal am

11th December: Y1 Dress Rehearsal pm

12th December: EYFS Nativity am and pm

12th December: Y2/3 Rehearsal at URC am

13th December: Y1 Nativity am

13th December: Y2/3 Carols at URC pm

14th December: Y5 / 6 Rehearsal Carols by Candlelight at St Andrews am TBC

17th December: Year 5 /6 Carol Concert at St Andrews, 6.00pm TBC

17th December: Y3/4 Theatre Visit: Grange Hartford

17th December: Y5/6 Carol Service @ United Reformed Church, Over.

19th December: Y5/6 Christmas Party am

19th December: EYFS Christmas Party am

20th December: Y3/4 Christmas Party am

20th December: Y1/2 Christmas Party am

20th December: Y5 / 6 New Vic Theatre Visit

 

 

 

Draft Facebook Policy

 

 

1          RATIONALE

 

1.1       This policy recognises the increasing number of people using social networking sites that has both a positive and an adverse effect on the reputation of schools in the local community. Many schools, including Winsford High Street Primary School, use social medial as an effective tool for parental engagement e.g. forwarding information through Facebook and Twitter. However, in some cases, parents bypass the complains procedure outlined in the Complaints Policy and have taken to social networking sites to criticise and in some cases make malicious comments about individual members of staff or a school community. 

 

1.2       This policy is to explain the acceptable use of Facebook and to provide a best practise to deal with any potential pitfalls in using Facebook.

 

 

2          WHAT IS FACEBOOK?

 

2.1       Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site also has features such as:

  • Marketplace - allows members to post, read and respond to classified ads
  • Groups - allows members who have common interests to find each other and interact
  • Events - allows members to publicise an event, invite guests and track who plans to attend
  • Pages - allows members to create and promote a public page built around a specific topic
  • Presence technology - allows members to see which contacts are online and chat

 

3          AIMS OF USING FACEBOOK

 

3.1                  

    • To promote Winsford High Street Community Primary School as a progressive school in our technological advances
    • To promote responsible use of Social Media
    • To allow staff the engage in educational discussions to enhance their own practice
    • To quickly share children’s work and school achievements and success
    • To share school announcements

 

 

 

3.2       The main school Facebook page [www.facebook.com/Winsfordhighstreetprimaryschool] will share information detailing school events and will run alongside the newsletter, emails and other traditional methods. It will not therefore replace it. Because of this, Facebook will not be used to engage with parents directly.

 

 

3.3       There will only be one Facebook page controlled by the Headteacher and administrators. It will be set up as a Business Page, therefore posts will have no indication to staff and people visiting the page will only be able to ‘Follow’ the page rather than becoming a ‘Friend’.

 

 

 

 

4          SAFEGUARDING PUPILS

 

4.1       To safeguard all pupils at Winsford High Street Community Primary School, the full name of pupils will not be published. First names may be used to reference work, but not alongside any pictures of pupils. The school seeks photographical consent of all pupils, and without this consent will not appear on any photos on Facebook outlined in the Data Protection Policy and Photographic and Video Consent Policy.

 

 

 

5          FOLLOWING THE SCHOOL PAGE

 

5.1       Any account on Facebook could follow the school accounts. Checks will take place on a regular basis of recent followers as this will appear as a notification. Users that are deemed to be unsuitable or do not add value outlined in this policy will be blocked. Decisions on this will be made on a case-by-case basis involving SLT. Parents will be encouraged to follow the school accounts. Children under the age of 13 should not have a Facebook account as outlined in Facebooks “Terms of Services Policy’. As this is the case, all pupils will be blocked. If Winsford High Street Community Primary School becomes aware that a pupil has provided personal details without parental consent, appropriate action will be taken.

 

 

6          INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT OR REFERENCING

 

 

6.1       In many ways the use of Facebook is used to express opinions. Winsford High Street Community Primary School welcomes referencing and interactions that shows the school in a positive manner. However, the school will deem inappropriate content as:

 

6.2

    • Offensive language or remarks aimed at the school, staff, parents, governors or any others affiliated with the school
    • Unsuitable content or images posted onto the page
    • Unsuitable content or images posted onto the page feed from another feed
    • Images, video or text that infringes copyright
    • No surnames of pupils will be shared – first names only
    • No children’s names next to a photo of themselves
    • Extremist views in line with the prevent duty outlined in the Extremist Policy

 

6.3       Any inappropriate content will be gathered as evidence (such as screenshots, printouts, times, dates and names where possible to insure the identity of the person who reported the incident is removed), then deleted, the users blocked and reported to Facebook. Incidents of a more serious nature will be passed onto the appropriate authorities.

 

6.4       When dealing with cases involving Facebook, a group of parents may have set up a site or page that is closed/secret to comment about, or in some cases criticise the school or an individual member of staff. It is important that staff do not become embroiled in the incident as this can sometimes inflame a situation.

 

6.5       If an individual member of staff has been targeted or mentioned, then the Head Teacher will be mindful of their duty of care to those involved and there is a specific duty on employers to protect their staff from third party harassment.

 

6.5       Headteacher and school leadership will explain to the member of staff how they intend to address the concerns and consider what support could be offered. Appropriate support will depend on the nature of the concerns and reaction of the individual. 

 

7          PARENTAL AGREEMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY

 

7.1       Each parent is asked for their permission to have images of their child to be put on Facebook. Where parents have not consented for their child to appear in a photo on Facebook, these wishes will be followed. This is outlined in the Photographic and Video Image Policy.

 

7.2       Online safety is an important part of the computing curriculum. Parent/carers are encouraged to keep children safe online and know they have a responsibility of being an online role model. Therefore, parent/carers are asked to consider how comments may be misunderstood or misinterpreted when shared online. If parents/carers have concerns or complaints regarding the school, then they are requested to use the correct and official channels, so we can work together to resolve any concerns that they may have.

 

 

 

 

Date for review: Summer 2020

Harvest Festival Services October 2018, by Mrs Collins

Date: 3rd Oct 2018 @ 3:46pm

Wednesday 3rd October 2018


Dear Parents,
We would like to invite you to our annual Harvest Festival Services. This year we will be holding two services.
 The Reception and Key Stage 1 Harvest Festival service will be in our school hall on Wednesday 10th October at 9.30am. This will be led by the Year 1 children. (Refreshments will be served in the theatre from 9.00am prior to this service.)


 The Key Stage 2 children (Years 3 – 6) will be holding their service at the United Reformed Church, Over Square, on Thursday 11th October at 10.00am. This will be led by the Year 3 children.


As part of our Harvest celebrations we have decided, once again, to support the tremendous work the Salvation Army do in our town and home community in supporting the aged, homeless and needy by providing food parcels and gifts. We would like to ask if you would support us in this venture by donating one or two small items of food which will then be boxed and presented to a representative from the Salvation Army during one of our Harvest services. The donations of food produce may be sent into school during the week beginning Monday 8th October.
Listed below are a few suggestions of items which would be suitable;


 Biscuits.
 Boxes/packets of cakes.
 Tinned food.
 Dried food.
 Coffee/ Tea bags.
 Boxes/bottles of fruit juices.
 Chocolate, chocolates, sweets.


We look forward to sharing our Harvest services with friends and families.


Mrs Susan Brook
Events Co-ordinator.

Newsletter 19.9.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 19th Sep 2018 @ 2:47pm

18 September 2018


Dear Parents


I am pleased to say that the children seem to have settled well into their new classes and are approaching their learning in a positive manner.


Summer Homework / Projects
Many thanks for the support with summer homework/ projects. It has been lovely to see a vast array of models and pieces of work produced during the summer break!


Reading
Please can we ask that all parents listen to their children read on a regular basis and talk to their child(ren) about what they have read and what they have understood (ideally daily). Although as staff we aim to listen to each child read regularly this is not sufficient and they need daily practice. To promote reading this year we are going to introduce the ‘Extreme Read’. This involves the children reading in the most unusual of places and recording this in their reading diaries. If you can take a photograph of them doing so that would be great; these can be handed into your child’s class teacher or emailed to extremeread@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk Team points and stickers will be awarded for the most extreme reads each week.


Printers Reading Diaries
Unfortunately we have been let down with our order of new reading diaries. We had enough in stock for the majority of the school, but Y5 and Y6 children will be given theirs as soon as they arrive. Please can Y5 / Y6 children record their reading in their homework books until we receive the new order; many thanks for your support with this matter!


New Year Group Meetings
These were held last week to enable you to meet your child’s class teacher and to inform you of the year ahead. If you were unable to attend the meetings, the information has been posted under your child’s year group on the school website.
Sadly I was also unable to attend the different meetings, as I was required to have a minor operation which had originally been scheduled for the summer holidays. I therefore hope to meet you during the coming weeks. Should the need arise please don’t hesitate to contact me through the School office.


Inset Day
As noted in my previous letter we have had to reorganise one of our school Inset days to accommodate staff training. This will now take place on Monday 15th April 2019 instead of Monday 3rd June.


Y6 Team Building Camp

This was held on the Thursday and Friday of the first week back at Forest Camp, Sandiway. The vast majority of our Y6 attended and had great fun camping, as well as supporting each other with raft building and climbing. Well done to all concerned!


Mr Askey
I am pleased to inform you that Mrs Askey gave birth to a baby boy (Arthur) during the summer break. Mr Askey will therefore be having some paternity leave. However to reduce the impact on his class, he will take each Friday until half term instead of a two week block. Mrs Lowe will cover his absence each Friday.


Mrs Lawton
I am pleased to inform you that Mrs Lawton is expecting her second child in January. She will therefore start her maternity leave after the Christmas break. As Mrs Lawton currently covers ‘planning, preparation and assessment time’ for KS2, appropriate cover will be sourced to provide continuity for the children.


Mrs Raistrick
Please note that Mrs Raistrick will start her maternity leave on Friday of this week. We wish her and her husband all the very best of luck for their forthcoming new arrival.


Class Names
This year we have named each of the classes after a river which either flows locally or one which flows through an area where a year group visits as part of their residential or day visits. Please can I ask that wherever possible you use the class name in communication with the school. To help you with this I have listed the class names below together with the teacher teaching each of the different classes.


Nursery Dane Miss Garnett
Nursery Weaver Miss Williams
Reception Dean Mrs Robbins
Reception Croco Mr Allen
Reception Bollin Miss Fox
Y1 Gowy Miss Price
Y1 Dee Mr Owen
Y1 Wheelock Miss Bebbington
Y2 Wye Mrs Ferguson
Y2 Dove Mrs Coleman / Mr Wright
Y2 Manifold Mrs Astley
Y3 Conwy Miss Barwick
Y3 Adda Miss Toomer
Y3 Severn Miss Phillips
Y4 Ouse Mrs Bullen / Miss Guppy
Y4 Foss Miss Warrell
Y4 Derwent Miss McCabe
Y5 Thames Mrs Moorhouse / Miss Stanway
Y5 Wandle Mrs Andrews
Y5 Brent Mr Thorburn
Y6 Esk Mr Askey
Y6 Eden Miss Levis
Y6 Calder Miss Baker


Team Point Awards
This year we will be changing the team point awards from certificates to stickers. The children will now receive a sticker for every 20 team points. It is hoped that these will have a more immediate impact on the children.


PTA AGM
This will take place on 4th October at 3.30pm in the school. All parents and friends of the school are welcome to attend. Please enter the school via the school office.


Dogs
Just a reminder, as per Cheshire West and Chester Council’s policy, there are no dogs permitted on the school premises.


Finally Should you have any concerns or wish to raise any points regarding your child’s education, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.
Regards
Mark Joule
Head teacher

Newsletter 5.9.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 5th Sep 2018 @ 3:49pm

05 September 2018

Dear Parents

 

Welcome to the start of a new school year. It is with great pleasure we say hello to our new Reception children and a welcome back to those who were with us last year. The children all look fantastic today in their new uniforms, thank you for your support with this matter

 

School Improvements

During the summer we have been busy improving the school environment with new canopies being installed outside of the Reception Classes and outside of the Nursery. These should provide the children in these areas with cover to facilitate their outdoor learning. In addition, we have moved the staff room to ensure that the three Y4 classrooms are adjacent to each other and have the best space available. Furthermore we have had to have the windows in the new block repacked as the original contractors had not installed the correct grade of frames. Finally, we have added additional fencing for security on the Y6 yard and some additional tarmac.

 

New Staff Members

This year we welcome Miss Phillips to Y3, Miss McCabe to Y4 and Miss Baker to Y6, in doing so we now have 3 classes in each year group. Furthermore Miss Stanway has moved into a teaching role having completed her degree, she will share a class with Mrs Moorhouse in Y5.

 

In addition to the new teaching staff, we welcome Mrs Whelan and Mr Bebbington as teaching assistants to the school. I am sure that you will join with me in making all new staff feel welcome.

 

New Year Group Welcome Meetings

These will be led by the staff from each year group on the following dates and will be held in the theatre:

 

Date

Time

Year Group

Location

Tues  11th Sept

15:15-15:45

Year 5

Theatre

Tues 11th Sept

15:45-16:15

Year 4

Theatre

Weds 12th Sept

14:45-15:15

Year R

Theatre

Weds 12th Sept

15:15-15:45

Year 1

Theatre

Weds 12th Sept

15:45-16:15

Year 2

Theatre

Thurs 13th Sept

15:15- 15:45

Year 6

Theatre

Thurs 13th Sept

15:45-16:15

Year 3

Theatre

 

Please try to attend if possible, as the staff will outline how the year will run in addition to outlining how we can work together to maximise the learning opportunity for your child(ren).

 

Inset day

Please note that we have had to reorganise one of our school Inset days to accommodate staff training.

This will now take place on Monday 15th April 2019 instead of Monday 3rd June 2019.

Please see attached calendar for clarification.

 

Before and After School (Wrap Around) Clubs

If you need to use the aforementioned clubs for child care, please log in online via www.eduspot.co.uk using your mobile phone number, email, password and child’s name to book the club. Should you be new to the facility and wish to start using the clubs or have forgotten your password, please contact the school office and a member of the admin team will guide you through the process.

 

You are now able to pre-book the breakfast and afterschool club for the full term ahead.  The club list is printed in the morning, any children not on the list will be asked to be collected by a parent.  It is therefore vital that you book your child into the club with plenty of notice.  Online bookings will not be accepted on the day.  If you do need a club booking on the day, please ring the office on 01606 288188, but this facility must only be used in emergencies.

Due to changes in financial regulations/criteria, we are no longer able to permit parents to owe more than £20 at any given point in time, for services provided.  Please make arrangements to keep any money owed to a minimum by topping up your child’s account.  This can be done by logging into the school money system regularly.  We also accept cheques made payable to High Street Primary School, handed into the office where a receipt will be issued.

 

 

Y6 Team Building Camp

This year I will be leading a team building camp for the children in Y6 on Thursday and Friday of this week. I will be accompanied by the Y6 staff and Mrs Lowe and together we will be preparing the children for the year ahead. As a result, Mrs Taylor will be available to sort any queries, should the need arise.

 

Clubs

Each year the staff volunteer to run a selection of after school clubs to enhance the opportunities for the children. A full list of these will be posted on the school website by the end of next week. The children will be informed of the different clubs and will have the opportunity to sign up for the ones which they wish to attend. Please note that as these clubs are run on a voluntary basis, staff may need to postpone or cancel them at short notice, so please don’t rely on them for child care.

 

Trips / Pupil Premium

As a school we have developed a programme of residential and day visits to enhance the curriculum and stimulate the learning experiences of the children. In doing so, we have always looked at ways of subsidising the visits for all concerned; for example the true cost of the London visit for Y5 pupils would be in excess of £240.00 if we charged the full amount.

However, we are also aware of the cost of the visits to parents and without sufficient contributions from you; the visits would not be possible.

From this year we will continue to subsidise the visits in the same manner for all parents, however we will also be able to offer a 30% discount on the price specified for each visit, for children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium. To qualify for this, parents need to apply for free school meals even if their child currently gets them through the Universal Infant Free School Meal Programme.

  • Your child might be able to get free school meals (and therefore Pupil Premium) if you get any of the following:
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Parking

Please note that the upper tarmac area outside of the Y6 classrooms is not for parent parking and is only available for visitors during the day.

 

Finally

Should you have any concerns or wish to raise any points about the service we provide, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.

 

Kind regards

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLIDAY LIST 2018/19

 

 

School Closes

School Opens

Autumn Term

 

Wednesday 5th  September 2018

Autumn Half Term

Wednesday 24th October 2018

Monday 5th  November 2018

Christmas 2018

Friday 21st  December 2018

Monday 7th January 2019

Spring Half Term 2019

Friday 15th   February 2019

Monday 25th February 2019

Easter 2019

Friday 29th  March 2019

Tuesday 16th  April 2019

Summer Half Term 2019

Friday 24th May 2019

Monday 3rd  June 2019

Summer 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

 

 

 

Bank Holidays:

Friday 19th April 2019

Monday 22nd April 2019

Monday 6th May 2019

 

Inset Days-

Monday 3rd September 2018

Tuesday 4th September 2018

Thursday 25th October 2018

Friday 26th October 2018

Monday 15th April 2019

  (These are days that staff are in school but not the children)

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 20th July 2018, by Mrs Collins

Date: 20th Jul 2018 @ 11:47am

Newsletter

As we approach the end of the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your support. Throughout the year we have enjoyed working with your child(ren) and seeing them grow and develop in many ways. We look forward to continuing to do so for those who will remain with us in September, but wish those leaving all the very best for the future.

 

Leavers’ 2018

Last night our Y6 children were real stars performing a short play for their parent’s which was followed by a presentation and drinks / refreshments for all involved. This was a great evening for all concerned.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the 2018 leaver’s together with any other child relocating schools all the very best for the future.

 

Maths / World of Work Evening

This was a great success, with the children from each year group displaying their maths attributes and working on mini enterprises and then sharing these for parents and members of the community. Through this process, the children developed their maths skills as well as learning about money, making products to sell and devising how and when to sell these. The profit raised by the children will be used to purchase additional equipment for play times. Well done to all concerned! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the PTA for supporting the evening with their tombola, cake stall and selection of small stalls in the large hall.

 

Edge Hill University Visit

Our Y6 children visited Edge Hill University on 12th July as part of the raising aspirations programme. During their visit they were able to participate in actives in the state of the art technology facilities in addition to working on a mini enterprise idea. Furthermore some of the children enjoyed a lesson in Chinese whilst other members of the party made use of the sports facilities. A great day was had by all!

 

EYFS Reception: Reaseheath College

The Reception children had a great time visiting the zoo animals and participating in a workshop at Reaseheath. It was lovely to receive comments on how well behaved and attentive they were. Well done to all concerned!

 

PTA AGM

This will take place on Thursday 13th September at 3.30pm, all parents and friends of the school are welcome to attend. Please come and join in, to build on the success of the PTA in raising funds for the children of High Street and providing different opportunities for them. All visitors for the meeting should register their arrival at the Reception.

 

Wrap Around Care: Breakfast / After School Club

If you need to use the aforementioned clubs for child care please log in online via www.eduspot.co.uk using your mobile phone number, email, password and child’s name to book the club. Should you be new to the facility and wish to start using the clubs or have forgotten your password, please contact the school office and a member of the admin team will guide you through the process.

 

From September 2018 you will be able to pre-book the breakfast and afterschool club for the full term ahead.  The club list is printed in the morning, any children not on the list will be asked to be collected by a parent.  It is therefore vital that you book your child into the club with plenty of notice.  Online bookings will not be accepted on the day.  If you do need a club booking on the day please ring the office on 01606 288188, but this facility must only be used in emergencies.

 

Due to changes in financial regulations/criteria, we are no longer able to permit parents to owe more than £20 at any given point in time for services provided.  Please make arrangements to keep any money owed to a minimum by topping up your child’s account.  This can be done by logging into the school money system regularly.  We also accept cheques made payable to High Street Primary school handed into the office where a receipt will be issued.

 

Uniform

As you may have noticed some shops have started to advertise ‘back to school’ children’s wear. This always amuses me as it becomes earlier each year! However with this in mind and as you prepare your child for the year ahead, please can you ensure that your child is following the school uniform policy.

 

Children should wear the following to school on their return in September:

 

Summer dresses (Light blue gingham check)

White shirt / blouse

Grey / black skirt / trousers / shorts

Blue school sweatshirt

Please note that ties are compulsory from Y3 –Y6 but optional in EYFS / KS1

Black school shoes (NOT TRAINERS)

 

School Meals

We have been informed by Edsential which is the Local Authority corporate group who supply school meals that there will be an increase in the cost of each meal to £2.30 per meal from September. Please also note that children moving from Y2 to Y3 are no longer eligible for Universal Free School Meals, as these are only applicable for EYFS / KS1 children.

Should you feel that you are eligible for free school meals due to your financial position you can contact Wyvern House on 0300 123 7039 to apply.

 

Finally may I take this opportunity to wish all concerned a restful and enjoyable summer.

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

Newsletter 6.7.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 6th Jul 2018 @ 9:57am

06 July 2018

Newsletter

 

Maths / World of Work Evening Wednesday 11th July 4.30 – 6.30pm

As previously indicated this will take place on Wednesday 11th July. However we have decided to modify the times slightly just in case England qualify for the semi-final of the World Cup which will start at 7.00pm on the same evening. The evening in school will now start at 4.30pm and run to 6.30pm to give people time to get home to watch the game should they wish to do so. During the evening you will see an array of different maths activities which are used to promote learning together with some mini enterprise projects, which the children will run to raise funds for the school. As with last year, proceeds raised by the classes will be used to pay for additional playground equipment.

 

Class Structure 2018-19

The following class structure has been put in place for the coming academic year. From the list you will notice that we have managed to secure the finances to enable us to move  to 3 class bases in Y4 – Y6 to correspond with the rest of the school.

 

Nursery (EYFS 1):        Miss J Garnett

                         Miss C Williams

 

Reception (EYFS2)      Mrs Robbins

                       Mr Allen

                       Miss Fox

 

Year 1                 Miss Price

                       Mr Owen

                       Miss Bebbington

 

Year 2                 Mrs Ferguson

                       Mrs Coleman / Mr Wright

                       Miss Page

 

Year 3                 Miss Barwick

                       Miss Toomer

                       Miss Phillips

 

Year 4                 Mrs Bullen / Miss Guppy

                       Miss Warrell

                       Miss McCabe

 

Year 5                 Mrs Moorhouse / Miss Stanway

                       Mrs Andrews

                       Mr Thorburn

 

Year 6                 Mr Askey

                       Miss Levis

                       Miss Baker

 

Due to a number of teachers returning from maternity leave on a part time basis, three classes will involve job shares during the coming year. This is a model well used nationally and  has been very effective in Y3 this year.

In addition teacher’s non-contact time (PPA) will be covered by the following members of staff:

Mrs Taylor, Mrs Brook, Mr Bratt and Mrs Lawton

                                   

From September, Mrs Lowe (Deputy Head teacher) will support in the leadership of the school, by working with me on monitoring the quality of teaching and learning. In addition she will also provide booster support where required.

 

End of Year Reports

We are currently in the process of verifying and printing the end of year reports. These will be distributed on Tuesday 10th July. Together with your child’s report you will also receive notification of the class your son / daughter will move to next year. We are currently finalising our lists based on the choices made by the children of who they work well with. Please note that the children will visit their new classes on the morning of 17th July.

 

Year 2/ 6 SATs Results

These will be received and verified early next week. As we have always done, the Y6 children will be given their results personally before they are added to their school reports. The Y2 SAT results will be added directly to the school reports for parents to see and discuss with their children if appropriate.

 

Sports Week

Last week we had children from across the school participating in a variety of sports including Tag Rugby, New age  Kurling, athletics, swimming, tri-it, dodgeball, golf, football and multi skills. Our children performed really well in all activities with our New Age Kurling team excelling and going to represent Vale Royal in the Cheshire Championships this week and our three swimming teams finishing joint first out of the nine teams competing. Well done to all concerned!

 

Edge Hill Visit / Barclays

Next week our Y6 children will be visiting Edge Hill University as part of the raising aspirations programme. They also recently visited Barclays to review options for the world of work and to learn about finances.

 

Year 1 Grosvenor Museum

This week our Y1 children visited the Grosvenor Museum, Chester as part of their topic work; they had a great day looking at toys from the past and creating their own. It was lovely to receive compliments from the museum staff and members of the public regarding the positive behaviour displayed by the children. Well done to all concerned!

 

EYFS Reception: Rease Heath College

This will take place on Friday 13th July and will involve the children visiting the zoo animals and participating in a workshop. I am sure that they are all looking forward to this!

 

Leavers’ Evening

This year our leavers’ evening will take place on Thursday 19th July from 6.00pm, parents of our Y6 children are invited to attend, but sadly due to space limitations we cannot accommodate other family members and can only allocate 2 seats per child. During the evening the children will perform a short play which will be followed by a presentation and drinks / refreshments. Please note that the Y6 will perform their play for other children in the school beforehand so siblings will not need to attend the evening.

 

Non Uniform Days

On behalf of the School and PTA I would like to thank all concerned for providing bottles and sweets / stationery for the tombola stalls for next week’s Maths / World of Work Evening. Without your support this would not be possible.

Should you have any concerns or wish to discuss any points raised in this letter, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

Latest Newsletter 8.6.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 8th Jun 2018 @ 3:05pm

8th June 2018

Newsletter

Dear Parents

 

School Sports

It was great to see so many parents at the Reception / Nursery sports event and at the KS1 Sports, we hope that you enjoyed the new format and were able to see more events. Any comments as to the format would be gratefully received as would suggestions for further improvements. Thank you once again for your support.

Please may I take this opportunity to thank all members of the PTA for their support with refreshments during the sports days.

 

Reminder:

Monday 18th June: Year 5/6 Sports from 1.45pm. Gates to the main field open at 1.30pm

 

Athletics Success

I am delighted to inform you that the Y5 / 6 athletics team participated in the Winsford Quad Kid Tournament on Thursday this week and were overall winners against local schools. They will now progress to the area finals next week.

 

Year 6 Visit

Next week I will be leading the Y6 Residential Visit to the Lake District. During the week the children will be involved in a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, canoeing, climbing, sailing, paddle boarding and Ghyll Scrambling. In addition they will visit places of interest and travel on a steam train and lake cruiser.

As Mrs Lowe will also be accompanying the children, Mrs Taylor will be available in school in our absence. Mrs Robbins, Mr Askey and Miss Garnett will also be on hand to deal with any queries.

 

Classes for 2018 / 19

During the coming weeks we will be starting to place the children into classes for next year. As happened last year we will be mixing the current classes to ensure that we can cater for the needs of individual children to the best of our ability. This process also ensures that we don’t have two / three separate strands going through the school but that the children in each year see themselves as a cohort. As part of the process each child will be asked to list five children who they feel that they work well with, we will then do our best to place them with several from their list. If you could talk to your child during the holidays about friends / children who your child works well with that they may add to their list, we should be grateful.

 

Residential Visits

During the coming half term we will be distributing letters about the residential visits planned for the coming year. Please note that these will be subsidised in the manner described in my previous newsletter. In addition the new pupil premium reductions will also apply. Should you feel that you are potentially eligible for this please apply by contacting Wyvern House on 0300 123 7039

Your child might be able to get free school meals (and therefore Pupil Premium) if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

 

Breakfast and Afterschool Clubs

 

To ensure that we can provide the best service for the Breakfast and After School, we should be grateful if all parents could adhere to the following:

:

  1. Breakfast and afterschool clubs should be booked online at www.eduspot.co.uk please sign in to ‘schoolmoney parent login’ (bookings are available until school ends in July)
  2. Parents should not owe more than £20 or unfortunately we will need to stop their child using the clubs until the balance has been paid.
  3. Parents need to let us know on the morning of the booking if they no longer need the afterschool club or we charge full price for the place. (If the child is off ill we will take them off the list automatically and no charge will be made for the session).

 

Dates for your diary:

 

Dates

Activities taking place

13th June 2018

1pm-4pm-Mini tennis competition Y3/4 children (Children to be chosen)

 

1.30pm The police in to speak to Nursery children

14th June 2018

Indian Dance Workshop Y5 x10 children

15th June 2018

Some Y3 children to visit Over Allotments

 

Y5 children out to Primary College Hartford

 

Y6 group of children to attend Conference for young Children- Online safety

Monday 18th June 2018

1.15-3.15pm- Y5/6 Sports Day (Weather permitting)

19TH June 2018

Group of Y5/6 Orienteering at Marbury Park

20th June 2018

1.45-2.45pmY6 children to visit the Academy for a transition afternoon

21st June 2018

Mr Askey Y6 children to Visit Barclays 9.am-2.30pm

 

Y3/4 PTA Film Night 3.15pm

22nd June 2018

Y6 River visit to Audlem Nantwich

Monday 25th June 2018

SPORTS WEEK:

9.30-11.30- Group of Y3/4 Try It @ Willow Wood Primary school

 

1.30 Group of Y4/5/6 Tag Rugby at Northwich Rugby Club

 

3.30-6pm Group of Y3/4/5/6 Adventure Run @ Hartford High School

26th June 2018

4pm-5.30pm- Group of Y3/4 Dodgeball @ High Street Primary

27th June 2018

9.15-12.45pm- Group of Y3/4/5/6 Try golf @Vale Royal Abbey

 

10am- Group of Y4/5 Total Sports @ Hartford High School

28th June 2018

9.30-11.30am Group of R/Y1 Balance Festival @ Hartford High School

 

All Day- D & T Challenge Group of Y6 children

 

12.00-3.00pm- Group of Y6 children Crucial Crew @Memorial Court Northwich

 

12.45- 3.00pm- Group of Y4/5/6 Swimming Gala @ Lifestyle Centre

 

4pm-6pm- Duathlon Run and Cycle competition

29th June 2018

1.45-3.15pm- Group of Y3/4 Football competition @ The Winsford Academy

Monday 2nd July 2018

Y1 trip to Grosvenor Museum all day

5th July 2018

9.15-10.00-Edsential Quintek Assembly all Y3/4/5/6

Monday 9th July 2018

WEP Dance and Art Festival- Y4 & 6- @ Winsford Academy

11th July 2019

World of Work and Maths Evening 5pm-7pm ALL YEAR GROUPS

12TH July 2018

Y6 visit to Edge Hill University

13th July 2018

School Council Trip out

18th July 2018

Y6 Visit to Waterworld

19th July 2018

Leavers Production / Evening

 

 

 

 

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

Bookstart Bird Boogie - National Bookstart Week 4th to 10th June 2018, by Mrs Collins

Date: 4th Jun 2018 @ 11:52am

Message from Cheshire West and Chester

Bookstart Bird Boogie: 4th - 10th June 2018

 

Dear All,

 

This week is National Bookstart Week and the theme this year is ‘Bookstart Bird Boogie’. Libraries across west Cheshire will be celebrating with exciting events to inspire families to have fun reading together. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book ‘A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins’.

Please visit your nearest library or children’s centre to find out more. Details of events across west Cheshire are available on Your West Cheshire

Families unable to make it along to their local event can join in the fun at home with plenty of arts, crafts and games, all on the Bookstart website.

Many thanks

 

Newsletter 25.5.2018, by Mrs Collins

Date: 25th May 2018 @ 12:06pm

25th May 2018

Newsletter

Dear Parents

 

School Sports

It was great to see so many parents at the Y3 / 4 sports event, we hope that you enjoyed the new format and were able to see more events. Any comments as to the format would be gratefully received as would suggestions for further improvements. Thank you once again for your support.

Unfortunately the weather did not hold to allow us to run the Y1/2 event, this has now been rescheduled for the afternoon of 8th June.

Reminder:

Friday 8th June: Reception and Nursery Sports Morning from 9.45am Gates open at 9.30am

Friday 8th June: Year 1/2 Sports from 1.45pm. Gates to the main field open at 1.30pm

Monday 18th June: Year 5/6 Sports from 1.45pm. Gates to the main field open at 1.30pm

 

GDPR

As I am sure you are aware all businesses are required by law to review their data protection regulations, as schools are not exempt from this process, please find attached our revised privacy notice which details how we collect and hold data on your children. Should you require further clarification on this, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Cricket Success

I am delighted to inform you that the Y5 / 6 cricket team participated in the Winsford Cricket tournament on Thursday this week and won all three games against local schools. They will now progress to the area finals later this term.

 

Year 6 Visit

Children from 19JL visited Gadbrook Park on Thursday of this week. During their visit they had a tour of Barclays and participated in an array of different activities to promote their understanding of staying safe online, and appropriate budgeting. Great fun was had by all! The remainder of the Y6 will visit Gadbrook later in the term.

 

Classes for 2018 / 19

During the coming weeks we will be starting to place the children into classes for next year. As happened last year we will be mixing the current classes to ensure that we can cater for the needs of individual children to the best of our ability. This process also ensures that we don’t have two / three separate strands going through the school but that the children in each year see themselves as a cohort. As part of the process each child will be asked to list five children who they feel that they work well with, we will then do our best to place them with several from their list. If you could talk to your child during the holidays about friends / children who your child works well with that they may add to their list, we should be grateful.

 

Residential Visits

During the coming half term we will be distributing letters about the residential visits planned for the coming year. Please note that these will be subsidised in the manner described in my previous newsletter. In addition the new pupil premium reductions will also apply. Should you feel that you are potentially eligible for this please apply by contacting Wyvern House on 0300 123 7039

Your child might be able to get free school meals (and therefore Pupil Premium) if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

 

 

 

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

Newsletter 11.5.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 11th May 2018 @ 10:26am

11th May 2018

Newsletter

Dear Parents

Cross Country success

I am very pleased to inform you that our Y5/6 Cross Country team finished in 2nd place in the finals of the Vale Royal Cross Country competition. Although all competitors excelled in the competition, I would like to mention Ben H Y5 and Cameron M Y6 who finished 2nd and 3rd overall in the boy’s competition. Well done to all concerned!

 

Nursery Places

We are currently running at capacity for children attending Nursery, but due to a number of children moving into full-time education we will have some limited places available for September. Should you require a place for your child or would like to make an appointment to view the Nursery, please contact Miss Garnett (Nursery manager) via the school office.

 

Sponsored Reading Challenge

We have now received sponsorship money from a large number of pupils for the sponsored reading challenge ranging from £1.00 raised by one child to £152 by another; all money has been gratefully received and those who have participated will be presented with a certificate for their effort.

We now have raised a total of £2346.00 which I am sure will continue to grow. All money raised will be used to equip our new library. Well done to all concerned, we hope that you have enjoyed the challenge!

 

Year 2 Residential Visit

The Y2 visit to Hartington was a great success. The children were wonderfully behaved and enjoyed the experience of being away from home as well as visiting places of interest with their peers. We were even blessed with wall-to-wall sunshine during the visit! Congratulations to all concerned!

 

Sports Days

This year we have divided the year groups differently to maximise the sports opportunities for the children on their sports days. We will therefore run the following events for the children in the different year groups. By having fewer year groups together, you as parents should have a better view of the track and the children should be able to participate in a minimum of 3 races.

Dates of Sports Days (Depending on the weather):

 

Wednesday 23rd May: Year 3/4 Sports from 1.45pm. Gates to the main field open at 1.30pm

 

Friday 25th May: Year 1/ Year 2 Sports from 1.45pm. Gates to the main field open at 1.30pm

 

Friday 8th June: Reception and Nursery Sports Morning from 9.45am Gates open at 9.30am

 

Monday 18th June: Year 5/6 Sports from 1.45pm. Gates to the main field open at 1.30pm

 

 

 

 

Sports Offer for Parents

Through our sports partnership we have negotiated a free 7 day leisure pass to the following Brio Leisure Centres for parents, to go and try out the facilities: Northwich Memorial Court, Rudheath Leisure Centre or Winsford Lifestyle Centre. To take advantage of this offer all you will need to do is to follow this link: https://www.brioleisure.org/activate When you reach the page, you can enter the following code to activate your 7 day free trial: AP/SCH0318 This will give you access to a free gym induction, the swimming facilities, gym workouts, workout classes and use of the spa (sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi) - exact facilities vary from site to site.

 

 

Year 6

The Year 6 children have been working hard towards their end of KS2 assessments which they will sit next week. Please may I remind the parents of the children concerned and also remind the children that we will be running our SAT’s Breakfast Club from 8.15am Monday to Thursday next week in the theatre.

 

Mrs Raistrick

I am pleased to announce that Mrs Raistrick is currently expecting her first child. Unfortunately she has been absent due to a virus and will hopefully return by Monday. Mr Halfpenny has been covering her class with the support of other professionals in the school.

 

 

Residential Visits

As a school we have developed a programme of residential and day visits to enhance the curriculum and stimulate the learning experiences of the children. In doing so, we have always looked at ways of subsidising the visits for all concerned; for example the true cost of the London visit for Y5 pupils would be in excess of £240.00 if we charged the full amount.

However, we are also aware of the cost of the visits to parents and without sufficient contributions from you; the visits would not be possible.

From September 2018 we will continue to subsidise the visits in the same manner for all parents, however we will also be able to offer a 30% discount on the price specified for each visit for children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium. To qualify for this, parents need to apply for free school meals even if their child currently gets them through the Universal Infant Free School Meal Programme.

Your child might be able to get free school meals (and therefore Pupil Premium) if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

 

Kind regards

Mark Joule

Head teacher

Newsletter 17.4.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 24th Apr 2018 @ 11:23am

20th March 2018

 

Newsletter

 

Dear Parents

 

Welcome back following the Easter break. We hope that you managed to spend some quality time as a family and that your holiday was not spoilt by the weather.

 

Mr Allen

During the break Mr Allen became a father for the first time when his partner gave birth to their daughter. All family members are doing well. I am sure that you will join with me in wishing them all the very best for the future. Mr Allen will be absent on paternity leave for the remainder of this week and next week, in his absence Mrs Lawton will cover his class.

 

Miss Toomer

Unfortunately teachers are not exempt from being called to serve on a jury. Miss Toomer has been called for service and could be absent for this week and next, although this will depend on the court cases she is serving on. Mrs Hough will cover the class this week and will work closely with the rest of the Y3 staff to ensure continuity for the children.

 

Down Syndrome Day (Wednesday 21st March)

I am pleased to be able to inform you that we raised a total of £288.32 for the Cheshire Downs Association by selling Ginger Bread Socks on the day. The fundraising efforts also helped to raise awareness of Downs in the school community.

 

Sports Relief

Many thanks for supporting our fundraising efforts for Sports Relief prior to the Easter break. As a result of our efforts a total of £199.69 was sent to the charity.

 

Cross Country success

I am very pleased to inform you that our Y5/6 Cross Country team won the recent Winsford competition. As a result they will complete again this Thursday against the fastest teams from the Northwich and Winsford Areas, I am sure that you will join with me in wishing them all the very best!

 

Nursery Places

We are currently running at capacity for children attending Nursery, but due to a number of children moving into full time education we will have places available in September. Should you require a place for you child or would like to make an appointment to view the Nursery, please contact Miss Garnett (Nursery manager) via the school office.

 

Sponsored Reading Challenge

We have already started to receive sponsorship money from some pupils for the sponsored reading challenge. As we do so we will keep a total of the money raised by each class and post this on the website.

Well done to all concerned, we hope that you have enjoyed the challenge! Hopefully we will have sufficient funds to redevelop our school library!

 

 

 

Year 2 Residential Visit

This Wednesday the Year 2 will embark on their residential visit to Hartington. During their stay they will visit the Blue John Mines and Chatsworth House as well as conducting a village study of Hartington which will involve them linking up with children from the village school. This will be quite a contrast as there are only 17 children in the whole school!!! I am sure that you will join with me in wishing the children well for the Visit.

 

As I will be accompanying the Year 2 pupils to Hartington, Mrs Lowe will deputise for me in my absence. However I will be returning briefly on Thursday to support our cross country team before returning to Hartington.

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

Latest Newsletter 20.3.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 20th Mar 2018 @ 2:51pm

 

Newsletter

Dear Parents

 

Down syndrome day (Wednesday 21st March)

In recognition of Down Syndrome Awareness day we would like the children to come to school in odd socks, in their uniform, to help us raise awareness of the condition. During the afternoon the school council will also be selling gingerbread biscuits for 50p. These have been sourced from the Downs Syndrome Charity and will also help to raise awareness about Downs. All proceeds will be donated to the charity.

 

Sports Relief

This Friday will be Sports Relief. In recognition we would like to provide the children with the opportunity to come to school in their favourite sports kit. In return, we will collect donations of 50p -£1 which will be sent to the Sports Relief charity.

 

Year 3 Visit

Last week the Y3 children visited Anglesey for their residential visit. It was a pleasure to take them as they displayed excellent behaviour and were a credit to all concerned. During their stay their visited South Stack lighthouse and Elin’s Tower (RSPB) reserve. They also conducted a survey in Holyhead, and spent time in Treaddur Bay, beach combing and having a tour of the Lifeboat Station. Finally on the way home they visited the Sea Zoo. Well done to all concerned!

 

School Website

This term we are moving to School Spider (our school website) to facilitate the booking of parents evening appointments. Once this is underway, we will start to transfer other operations to the site including payments for visits (an additional help sheet will follow for this) etc. Please find attached a letter from School Spider explaining the system. The easiest way to receive information is to download a free app. You will then receive notifications in the same was as you would for a twitter account or Facebook, to inform you that you have a message.

The purpose of the change is partially financial as the new system is more cost effective for the school. In addition all of our services will be centralised for ease.

 

Parents Evening

You will soon be sent a username and password by email to enable you to log into the parent section of the school website, if we haven’t got an email address for you we will send it by text. Once you have accessed the website you will be able to enter the parents evening section to reserve your appointment. Should you experience difficulty in doing so, please don’t hesitate to contact the school office. Further details are available on the attached letter. Parents Evening will be open for booking from 6.00pm today using the School Spider app.

Should you have any issues you wish to raise, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.

Kind regards

Mark Joule

Head teacher

Newsletter 13.3.18, by Mrs Collins

Date: 13th Mar 2018 @ 3:41pm

 

Newsletter

 

Parent Governor

Following the closing date for nominations for the position of a Parent Governor we had received one nomination; as a result Mrs Nicola Dormer was duly appointed to the role for a four year term.

I am sure that you will join with me in wishing her well. She will replace Mrs Simpson as Parent Governor with immediate effect.

 

Y5 Residential Visit to London

Despite the ‘Beast from the East’ the Y5 children ventured on their residential visit to the capital. Although it was cold they had a wonderful time visiting places of interest and watching a West End show. Ironically the weather had a positive effect as there were fewer tourists to negotiate and therefore less traffic. It was lovely to hear positive comments by members of the general public and representatives at the places visited who were quick to identify the enthusiasm of the children:

 

‘The children were so engaged in the hands on activities, displaying enthusiasm and understanding’ Science Museum Representative

 

‘The children were so engaged and enthusiastic’ Houses of Parliament representative

 

‘What well behaved children, you could see that they enjoyed the performance of Matilda.’ Member of the public

 

Year 3 Residential Visit to Anglesey

This week the Y3 children will venture to Anglesey for their residential visit. As I will be accompanying them Mrs Lowe will be available should you have any concerns during my absence.

During their stay, the Y3’s will visit South Stack Lighthouse and the RSPB reserve; they will also conduct a study of Holyhead town centre and visit the local lifeboat station. In addition they will spend time on the beach looking for different sea creatures and will also visit the Sea Zoo. I am sure that you will join with me in wishing them well for their visit.

 

Sports

Tag Rugby

Our Y5/6 tag rugby team represented the school in the Northwich finals last week; although they did not win overall, they played really well and were a credit to the school. During the tournament they developed new skills and improved in every game. Well done to all concerned!

 

Cross Country

Due to a clash of competitions the Y5/6 Cross Country competition which was scheduled for 8th March has now been rescheduled for Thursday 22nd March.

 

PTA

Many thanks to the PTA for running the ‘Family Film Night on Friday; although not full those involved enjoyed the experience.

The PTA are now working on further events to hold during the remainder of the year. If you are able to help in any way please contact Claire Smallwood (Chair) via the school office. The next meeting of the PTA will be held at 3.30pm on Thursday 15th March in the school meeting room. All parents are welcome.

Year 2 Hartington Meeting

This will take place at 3.15pm on Monday 19th March in the school theatre. All information presented will also be posted on the school website.

 

World Book Celebration

Many thanks for supporting your children and the school in sourcing costumes to help us to celebrate World Book Day and reading in general. The children looked fantastic and the events planned enabled them to focus on their favourite characters and to develop a love of literature. During the week we also held a book fair in school, this raised an additional £365 which has been spent on additional reading materials for the school.

 

Sponsored Reading Challenge

By now we hope that your children have collected a number of sponsors and that they are participating in the ‘reading challenge.’ Hopefully each child will reach their goal of reading every day during the month of March. The sponsor money raised will be collected during the first week back following the Easter break. All monies raised will be used to develop our new library. Many thanks for your support with this initiative. If your child has not yet started this then additional sponsor forms are available from the school office. The sponsor period can then be extended over the Easter holidays.

We appreciate your support with this initiative all monies raised will be used to develop our new library.

 

 

Should you have any issues you wish to raise, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.

 

Kind regards

Mark Joule

Head teacher

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