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Safeguarding Newsletter, by Mrs Collins

Date: 29th Sep 2020 @ 12:43pm

Please see attached New Monthly Safeguarding Newsletter - September 2020

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Newsletter 28.9.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 28th Sep 2020 @ 9:43am

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We were sad to hear the news of one of our former parents Mr Neil Hawkins who sadly lost his battle recently with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with Sarah, Alisha and Kyle and his friends during this difficult time.

 

New COVID – 19 Restrictions

Thank you all for your continued support and your understanding of the measures that we have put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible during these difficult times. From talking to some of you, I understand the high levels of worry that you are facing sending your children to school, this is fully understandable and all of the school staff are doing everything that they can to make sure that your children are kept as safe as possible, whilst they are in the school.

 

Although we have had no positive COVID-19 cases at Winsford High Street since our return in September, Cheshire West and Chester is experiencing a significant increase in positive cases within the community. In response to this, the Local Authority with the support of Public Health England have made the following recommendations and have advised the need to implement them. We will therefore be following their guidance to keep all members of the school community safe.

 

From Monday 28th September:

 

All adults and children over the age of 12 to wear a face covering when visiting or entering the school premises including outdoor yard areas.

 

• Parents/carers to arrive and leave promptly when dropping off/collecting their child – please do not congregate and maintain social distancing as we know that the virus is easily transmitted from person to person.

 

• Only one adult should enter the site for drop off and pick up per family.

 

All staff to wear face coverings when they come out onto the playground during drop off and pick up times.

 

Our priority is the safety of the children and staff and keeping the school as fully open as possible. These measures that we are putting in to place will help us to do this. Please remember that we are implementing the changes to help to protect your children and the staff and to keep the school open and safe.

 

One-way system

In addition to the aforementioned, I wish to thank you for adhering to the one way systems when entering and exiting the site. Please can I ask that all children attending the before and after school club also follow these specified routes.

 

Parking: Verdin Car Park

I would like to thank you for following our parking guidance on my last newsletter. Having been regularly on the Verdin Car Park at drop off and pick up times, there has been a marked improvement, although there is further progress to be made.

 

Parking: High Street

Unfortunately, we have seen a number of parents parking illegally on the High Street on double yellow lines. I must advise you that the Police and PCSO’s are currently patrolling the area and have advised that they will be issuing fines. Please think carefully, the yellow lines are there for a reason!

 

 

Dogs on the Playground

Please note that dogs are not permitted on the school grounds. This is a Local Authority directive and must be adhered to. Under exceptional circumstances, small dogs may be carried by owners, but must not be set down in the grounds.

 

Smoking / Vaping

Please can I reiterate that smoking or vaping is not permitted on the school premises in accordance with Local Authority guidance. Should individuals not adhere to this request they will be prohibited from entering the site.

 

 

Bike to School Week

Next week is national Bike to School Week (28th September to 2nd October), an event organised by Sustrans and supported by the Bikeability Trust, to celebrate cycling to school and the positive impact an active lifestyle can have on pupils’ health and wellbeing. We should be grateful if you would encourage your child (ren) to ride to school on their bikes if possible. Please note that the wearing of a helmet is compulsory. Helmets should also be worn by children using scooters.

The following website
Sustrans website has a free guide to walking, cycling and scooting to school for families to download.

 

Microsoft 365

We are now in the process of rolling out an email address and password to you for your children. This will be their email address for the remainder of their time at Winsford High Street. At present the email address will only be used as a user name although we will continue to distribute all newsletters and correspondence through your personal email address, this account is available for your child to use to access their homework and chat with members of staff, through the chat function not by replying to the email. In the future we may allow the children access to an email platform, this will not be done until we are certain the privacy settings are sufficient to protect your child. However, it must be noted that staff will not access 24/7 as they also need their downtime, but will do so on a regular basis. For the parents of younger members of the school community, we should be grateful for your support in guiding your children on how to log on / access their account.

The staff will now start to distribute homework using this platform. Furthermore, should we need to ‘lockdown’ a class or year group then the staff will distribute work through this media.

 

Maths Fluency Grids

All children in KS1 and KS2 have been sent home with a fluency grid. Fluency is at the heart of the National Curriculum for mathematics. Children need to know key mathematical facts and methods to aid their reasoning and problem-solving skills. Repetitive practice can support them with memorising these facts and becoming fluent in using them. The grid that your child has at home recaps key learning from the previous year and allows them the chance to practice their skills.

Children can take ownership of their own learning at home by choosing their 'star' number, when they have completed all or part of their grid they can check their answers with the aid of a calculator or by checking with their parents. Evidence of completing the grid does not need to be brought into school, so there is no need to submit it as homework, however, if your child is struggling with a particular section, then they are encouraged to ask their teacher for support

 

 

 

 

And finally

We are currently following the guidelines issued last week as to when children are allowed to return to school or when they must self-isolate when they display COVID-19 Symptoms and as noted we have been lucky not to have had any confirmed cases. However, in the event that your child is diagnosed with a confirmed case, I should be grateful if you would call me directly on 0781 5444 034, so that I may take the appropriate action and advise the relevant members of the school community. Please note that this number must not be used for any other communication.

 

Thank you as always for your support during this difficult period.

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

Newsletter 8.9.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 8th Sep 2020 @ 2:24pm

Dear Parents / Carers

 

As we enter the first full week since our return, I would like to thank you for your support so far. As you can imagine there have been plenty to consider and no matter how much we try to think of all eventualities there are always additional challenges! However, with your support we will overcome these and ensure that your children get the most out of their time at school.

 

Entry to and Exit from School

On my previous newsletter, I inadvertently confused matters by listing the start times for each session and not the arrival times. Having studied the arrival and departure times over the last few days, I feel that we need to make a few slight changes to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Listening to the news today, where there has been a significant rise in the number of cases, I am sure that you will understand the reasons for doing so.

 

On the table below I have outlined the arrival times for each group and the collection times. As parents we need you to adhere to these and not enter the school grounds before these times. In doing so we will prevent groups congregating and should increase the safety of all members of the school community. Please note that if you have requested to modify the times allocated, please read those appropriate to you.

 

Children with surnames beginning with:

Parents / Children Arrive on site

Children enter class

Parents / Children Arrive on site

Children leave class

A - G

8.35am

8.40 am

2.55pm

3.00pm

H-O

8.55am

9.00 am

3.10pm

3.15pm

P-Z

9.10am

9.15am

3.25pm

3.30pm

 

 

Individual Consultations

During the current times staff will meet with parents where possible in an outside location. However, should the need arise for you to discuss a matter in private we kindly ask that you wear a face covering.

 

Guidance

Although government guidance seems to continually change, we have been advised of the following, which we will adhere to until otherwise directed:

Should a child lose their sense of smell or taste, display a high temperature or develop a dry persistent cough, then parents will be advised to have them tested for Covid -19. No school closure or part closure will take place, unless a child or member of staff has a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19. Should this happen I will follow the guidance specified by Public Health.

 

Should your child have a runny nose or slight cold, they will be permitted to attend school. However, parents will be advised to monitor their condition and should this develop into the aforementioned symptoms, the child should be kept at home and tested for Covid-19.

 

Microsoft Teams

I am pleased to inform you that during the next few weeks we will be rolling out individual email addresses for the children to use as they progress through the school. These together with the passwords provided, will also enable the children to log onto computers in school. We would therefore appreciate your support in helping your child to learn their email address and password.

Through the accounts created we will also be able to provide online homework more effectively and will be able to communicate with you and your children. We will also be able to run online lessons should we be forced to ‘lockdown’ again. Furthermore, parent / teacher consultations will be held through this medium later this term. The roll out will start with Year 6 and we will then work through the school. The older the child, the more autonomy they will have, the younger the child, the more we will rely on parents to support them with the accessing their accounts. Please note that this system is similar to the ones used by the Academy. It is secure and children won’t be able to access inappropriate content through it.

 

School Meals

Please note if you have a child in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, then they are automatically entitled to Universal Free School Meals. These can be ordered by your child on a daily basis. We are currently on Week 1 of the School Menu, which is available on the school website.

 

Pupil Premium

During these difficult times, we realise that lots of members of the school community will have lost their jobs. Should you be in receipt of any of the following benefits, then you might be entitled to Free School Meals (and therefore Pupil Premium) for your child:

  • 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)


If successful in your request, then your child will be entitled to free meals for 6 years in addition to significant discounts off school visits once we restart them. To see if you are entitled to this, please call: 0300 123 7039 the process takes only a few minutes, but could save you a considerable amount of money.

 

School Visits

Each year we run a series of day and residential visits for the children throughout the school. This year we hope that we will be able to continue and will be sending out letters regarding these. At present I am looking into the different visits to see how we can ensure the safety of the children and staff. Where possible residential visits will involve the year group bubble visiting a centre where they are the only group on site. Further details will be distributed as the guidance from the government changes.

 

We are now permitted to restart day visits. These will be planned and thoroughly risk assessed. Where possible we will initially visit outdoor visits, for example a Y6 visit to the River or a year group undertaking a study of the locality. Furthermore, the children will only travel in a manner recommended by government guidelines and will remain in their class / year group bubbles.

 

Verdin Car Park

Thank you to all concerned for helping to improve the entry and access to the car park. Having studied the last couple of days there seems to be some improvement, although we have some way to go with this.

As promised, I have met will representatives from the Town and Borough Council and have suggested modifications to the timing of the traffic lights at the junction between Grange Lane and High Street. I have also suggested a mini roundabout at the entrance to the car park. These will be considered under short and long term plans for improving parking in the town. As previously mentioned, please forward any further suggestions so that I can pass them to the relevant bodies.

 

Should you have any concerns or wish clarification on the points made, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

Newsletter 4.9.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 4th Sep 2020 @ 2:14pm

Dear Parents / Carers

 

It has been lovely to welcome the children back to school. Seeing their happy faces as they have reacquainted themselves with friends and staff has been a pleasure.

 

Within school, I am pleased to say that the children have generally followed the guidance and have maintained their distance from each other and staff. When needing a reminder, they have acted quickly and have followed the rules.

 

Uniform

Thank you for supporting our request to send the children into school in appropriate uniform, they look very smart and well prepared for their learning. However, we have a small number of children who are wearing black cloth trainers, which is not part of the uniform. We ask that these children find appropriate school shoes.

 

Routes into school

Please can we ask that all visitors to school comply with the one-way system which has been implemented. The main route into school is along the pathway adjacent to Kiddicare and the main exit can be accessed across the yard to the front of the Y6 entrance and to the Verdin Car Park. However to alleviate the numbers on site we have also opened the ramp adjacent to the Verdin Exchange for the children in Y4 –Y6. This helps to keep individuals apart and will hopefully reduce the spread of the virus if anyone is unfortunate to contract it.

 

Car Park

Although we have implemented staggered times for entry and exit to school the volume of cars has led to traffic jams and delays. We realise that this is frustrating, but rest assured we have been working on solutions to the problem with relevant parties. Unfortunately, the issue has been compounded by the closure of the car park on the town centre and the poor weather on our return. What we must remember is that most schools are not fortunate to have such a facility close to their school. The car park is also owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council and therefore not under our control although I have made recommendations to them for modifications.

 

What can the school do / has the school done?

I have made representations to Cheshire West and Chester Council and have asked if the timing of the traffic lights on Grange Lane can be modified at ‘rush hour’.  I have also asked about having the junction to the Verdin car park widened. These are long term plans but we need to continue to push for a change.

 

As a school we have looked at ways of reopening one of the entrances off the High Street. Due to Covid-19 restrictions this has proved difficult, due to the flow of pedestrians and the difficulty in implementing a one-way system. Having explored the different possibilities, from Monday 7th September, we will be opening the vehicle entrance off the High street to pedestrians. One of the site officers will guide all foot passengers, using this entrance to a pedestrian gate which will lead to the Nursery / Foundation Stage area. Parents will then be asked to follow a route along the fence line and return to the High Street (having dropped off or collected their child) via the pedestrian gate closest to the chip shop.

 

What more can members of the school community do?

 

Walk to school where possible.

 

Be child aware: We ask that all drivers allow sufficient time to enter and exit the car park, being aware that children can and do move suddenly when least expected.

 

Reduce the speed at which you enter / exit the car park.

 

Keep close control of your children.

 

Some parents have suggested parking in different zones depending on the arrival time of your child. We should be grateful if users could adhere to the following:

 

8.40am / 3.00pm arrivals: Park close to the Verdin Exchange

9.00am/ 3.15pm arrivals: Park close to the Kiddicare end of the car park

9.15am / 3.30pm arrivals: Park close to the Verdin Exchange

 

Be a courteous driver: Allow one vehicle to leave in front of you before you leave the car park.

 

Send me an email with your concerns over the safety of the car park and access to Grange Lane. I will forward these to the Highways Department. Together, we might be more likely to get a response!

 

School Times

Thank you for your understanding with the staggered start and finish times. These are generally working well and are ensuring that we minimise the numbers in any area at a specific time. We have now recorded the times when your children have arrived this week and have listed them accordingly. We should be grateful if you would therefore ensure that you work to these times. Should you need to change due to work commitments etc. then please email to do so.

Please note:

The children starting at 8.40am should be collected at 3.00pm

The children starting at 9.00 should be collected at 3.15pm

The children starting at 9.15am should be collected at 3.30pm

Please note that the staff will only release them in accordance with these times to ensure the safety of all concerned. Please do not ask the teachers to release your child early, as this would result in them having to leave other children unattended.

This system will also help the staff provide your children with additional support which they may need following Lockdown as extra reads will be undertaken and a focus will be on basic skills. This input is in addition to the main lessons each day.

 

School Clubs

During the next two weeks’ staff will be starting a number of after school clubs. For these the children will be in Year group bubbles. The children will be asked if they would like to attend and an electronic form will be distributed seeking your permission. In instances where numbers are limited the staff will allocate places on a first come basis. This can easily be achieved as the reply forms provide a time and date stamp. Children not allocated places will be placed on a waiting list and offered places at a later date. Should your child start a club and wish to stop for any reason, we ask that you notify the member of staff so that the place can be offered to another child. Please note that should a child fail to attend a club on 3 consecutive occasions, then their place will also be awarded to another child.

 

Mr Askey

I am pleased to inform you that Mr Askey’s wife gave birth to a healthy baby girl just before the start of the term. He is currently on paternity leave and Mrs Lowe and Mr Bratt will cover his class until his return. I am sure that you will join with me in wishing the Askey’s all the very best for the future.

 

As you can imagine the return to school this year has been challenging, but with your continued support, then we can achieve a great deal and ensure that your children reach the standards which they are capable. Should you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to raise them. We also love to hear when you feel that we are getting things right!

 

Many thanks

 

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 14.7.20, by Mrs Collins

Date: 14th Jul 2020 @ 12:53pm

Newsletter                         14th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Arrangements for September 2020

Following the release of further guidance from the Government we have reviewed and modified our procedures and undertaken further risk assessments on numerous occasions during the last few months. We have now reviewed current legislation to enable us to open the school fully from 2nd September 2020

 

Please note that Government Legislation states that all children must return to school in September. We realise that this may be a worry for you as parents, but rest assured, my team and I have been working non-stop to ensure that we provide a learning environment which is as safe as possible.

 

Beginning and End of Each Day

As indicated by the Government, we intend to continue with staggered start and collection times, but to support you as parents we will be implementing the following timetable for drop off and collections, based on the first letter of your child’s surname. Where families have children with different surnames we suggest that you drop off and collect at the time allocated for the youngest child.

 

Children with surnames beginning with:

Drop off time

Collection time

A - G

8.40am

3.00pm

H-O

8.55am

3.15pm

P-Z

9.10am

3.30pm

 

Please note that we will continue with the current one-way system which has proved successful. Children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 will enter the site via from the Verdin Exchange car park using the pathway adjacent to Kiddicare. The children in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 will enter the site from the Verdin Car park using the ramp adjacent to the Verdin Centre.

 

Class Bases / Year Group Bubbles

From September, the children will be based in their dedicated classes for the majority of their time each week. Movement around school will be limited to staggered break and lunch times as well as toilet breaks. However, for some activities e.g. lunchtimes, the children may come together in their year group bubbles, but such times will be limited to minimise the mixing of children throughout the school.

 

Breakfast and After School Clubs

These will restart from the first day back in September, but to comply with the new guidance the following changes will apply:

Bookings must be made by lunchtime on a Friday for the following week by using the school payment system Eduspot. Please follow the link provided. A link will be distributed to families new to the school.

 

The children will be kept in the following groups to reduce the mixing of the designated bubbles in school.

 

-Nursery and Reception

-Year 1 and Year 2

-Year 3 and Year 4

-Year 5 and Year 6

 

Please note we will only be able to provide a selection of sandwiches for the children who attend the after school provision as opposed to hot meals.

 

We will continue to provide breakfast in the usual manner for the children who attend the breakfast provision.

 

Sadly, we have been forced to increase the cost of the provision. This is the first increase since we started the provision four years ago. Please note that this is a non-profit making aspect of school, but we need to be able to cover the increase in staffing costs. The rates from September will be as follows:

 

Wrap around Care

Time

Price

Price for children whose parents are in receipt of Pupil Premium

Breakfast Club

7.50am - 8.50am

£3.50

£1.50

 

8.20am - 8.50am

£2.00

£1.00

After School Club

3.15pm -5.50pm

£8.00

£4.00

 

3.15pm – 4.30pm

£4.50

£2.50

 

Snacks for the Kitchen

To comply with new regulations, we will not be selling morning snacks from September from the kitchen. However, children are able to bring in their own HEALTHY Snack for morning break. Please do not send chocolate or crisps.

Please note that we will continue to provide the free milk for the children in Early Years and KS1 from September, as well as the free fruit for snacks for the children in these year groups.

 

School Lunches

We will be returning to a more ‘normal’ school menu on our return in September. The cost of a meal will be £2.30. Menus for each week will be displayed on the school website.

For school meals, the children will be allocated a slot in the hall or theatre for hot meals. Children on sandwiches will be asked to eat them in their classrooms. However, this will all depend on the numbers of children opting for hot school meals or sandwiches.

 

Please note that children bringing their lunch into school should do so in an appropriate container, which can be taken home for washing at the end of each day.

 

Break times / Lunch Play

The children will be allocated a specific area to play with the children from their classes. This will ensure that minimal mixing of the year group bubble takes place.

 

Uniform

Please note that we want the children to return to school in full uniform from September. Please can I stress that black shoes must be worn and not trainers. For full requirements, please follow the link on the school website. This will also take you to the uniform supplier who will deliver items to your home.

 

 

 

Pencil Cases

Please note that we will be providing each child with their own pencil case and equipment for the start of the new year. This will reduce the need for them to bring in their own materials and will therefore reduce the risks associated with bringing items into school.

 

PE Uniform

Please can you equip your child with the required PE kit. This will be kept in a designated area and must be taken home each week for washing.

 

Preparation for September

To prepare your child for September, please ensure that he / she reads on a regular basis. If possible it would also be worth revisiting some of the learning which has been distributed throughout lockdown. Please also encourage your child to have a go at the Times Tables Rock Stars or Numbots programs as well.

 

Residential Visits

At the present moment in time we are not permitted to run Residential Visits during the Autumn Term. However, I have provisionally booked visits for the pupils in Y1 –Year 6 from January onwards. We will therefore send letters out for these in the Autumn, but rest assured, if these visits cannot take place due to Covid-19, then a full refund will be provided.

 

Correspondence / E Forms

During the Lockdown we have started to send all correspondence and permission forms via email. As we have made this step we intend to continue doing so from September. For each letter / form sent, we will send a corresponding text to alert you to the fact. This will be a safer means of communicating with you.

 

And finally

Please note that the school will be closed over the summer holiday to allow the staff time to recharge following the past few months. As indicated in my previous letter this has been a very challenging time for all school staff, who have worked tirelessly through holidays to ensure that we have maintained a provision for Key Worker Children and more recently to welcome back children in the other year groups.

 

I would like to thank you all for your support during this difficult time. With your support we have been able to overcome a number of barriers and have been able to operate in a safe manner. We look forward to welcoming your children back for the Autumn Term. In the meantime, enjoy the summer break and stay safe!

 

 

 

Yours sincerely.

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 13.7.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 13th Jul 2020 @ 12:49pm

Newsletter                             13th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach, what can only be described as a most unusual year, I would like to thank you all for your support during the difficult period of time which we have all encountered. As Head teacher of Winsford High Street, I am forever amazed at the resilience displayed by the children and enthusiasm for learning. Whether this be through home learning or following a return to school, it has been lovely to see the children thrive in many different ways.

 

Year 6 Leavers

Sadly, this year we have not been able to celebrate the end of primary school in the same way for the children in Y6 who are set to move onto the challenges of high school. However, when we reflect on the pathway they have followed through their time at High Street, we can celebrate the learning which has taken place, the many visits that have been enjoyed and the residential visits that the children have participated in. We can also consider how well they have represented the school, and as a result what life skills and experiences they will take with them. We wish them all every success for the future and hopefully they will return when circumstances permit, to visit and share their ongoing journey.

 

Staff Changes

Mrs Claydon

The end of term will see the departure of Mrs Claydon who has been at the school for over 20 years as a teaching assistant. Having returned on a part time capacity following the birth of her second child, she has decided to break her links with the school to spend more time to enjoy her growing family. Having worked with her for many years, I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her valuable service to the children of Winsford High Street.

 

Mrs Andrews

We also see the departure of Mrs Andrews; she will be leaving at the end of term following the birth of her first child. We wish her all the best for the future and thank her for her time at Winsford High Street.

 

Mrs Mellor

Mrs Mellor will be moving to Kuwait at the end of the summer to embark on the next stage of her career in an international school. I am sure that she will rise to the challenge of working abroad. We thank her for the short, but valuable time she has spent at the school.

 

Mrs Barnes and Mr Rainer

Mrs Barnes and Mr Rainer are also leaving the school following the end of their temporary contracts. Mrs Barnes has secured a new position at Winnington Park Primary School and Mr Rainer is looking for positions closer to his home on the Wirral. We wish them both every success with their future careers.

 

Miss Carter and Mr Spann

I am delighted to inform you that Miss Carter and Mr Spann will be taking on additional teaching responsibilities from September following the completion of their degrees. Although they won’t be responsible for their own classes during the coming year, they will be teaching in Year 2 and Year 3 maximising the input for the children in these two year groups following COVID 19.

 

Class Structure for September

Please find listed below the class structure for September 2020. As you will notice we have added Additional Teachers who will work with the year group throughout the year, but not have class responsibility. In addition, we have two Associate Teachers who will work with other year groups during the year. These are graduates who are completing their training. By introducing regular teaching support in this way, it is hoped that we can rectify some of the impact of Covid-19.

 

Nursery 1

Dane

Mrs S Powell

Nursey 2 (From Christmas)

Weaver

Mr R Bratt

EYFS 2

Dean

Miss Garnett

EYFS 2

Croco

Mr Allen

EYFS 2

Bollin

Miss Williams

Year 1

Mersey

Miss Fox

Year 1

Wheelock

Mrs Cooper

Year 1

Dee

Mr Owen

Year 1

Gowy

Miss Price

Year 1

Associate Teacher

Miss Kelly

Year 2

Wye

Mrs Ferguson

Year 2

Dove

Miss McCabe

Year 2

Manifold

Mrs Robbins

Year 2

Additional Teacher

Miss Carter

Year 3

Conwy

Miss Barwick

Year 3

Adda

Miss Phillips

Year 3

Severn

Miss Kaur

Year 3

Additional Teacher

Mr Spann

Year 4

 

Ouse

Mrs Coleman / Mrs Raistrick

Year 4

Derwent

Miss Toomer

Year 4

Foss

Mr Amarasinghe

Year 4

Associate Teacher

TBC

Year 5

Brent

Miss Baker

Year 5

Thames

Miss Warrell

Year 5

Wandle

Mrs Bullen / Miss Guppy

Year 5

Additional Teacher

Mr Bratt (Until Christmas)

Year 6

Eden

Mrs Moorhouse

Year 6

Year 6

Calder

Miss Stanway

Year 6

Esk

Mr Askey

Year 6

Associate Teacher

Mrs Ward

 

 

 

Organisation for September:

Please note that a further letter will be distributed tomorrow to the parents of children in Reception – Year 5 with regards to arrangements for September.

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

 

 

Ancient Greek Day Year 4 , by Miss Toomer

Date: 25th Mar 2020 @ 11:13am

Hi everyone,

Today is our Ancient Greek Dress up day! So your challenge is to write your name using the Ancient Greek alphabet! 

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We look foward to seeing your work. Email it to us at year4@highstreet.winsford.sch.uk or tweet it us @Y4HiStPrimary

See you soon,

Mrs Coleman, Mrs Raistrick, Miss Toomer and Mr Amarasinghe

Newsletter 10.3.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 10th Mar 2020 @ 10:57am

Newsletter 10th March 2020

Dear Parent/ Carers

 

Diary Dates (*** Change of date/New Date)

 

MARCH

11.3.20-13.3.20

Y5 residential to London

13.03.2020

Sport Relief Day

16.03.2020

Sport Relief Day Y5 Children

23.03.2020

***Edsential Concert @ the Academy- letter to follow

25.3.20

***Year 3 Dressing Up Day (Egyptians)

    Year 4 Dressing up day (Ancient Greeks)

25.3.20

***Geography G & T Competition @ The Academy Y3,4,5,6- letters to follow

***Science G & T Competition @ The Academy  Y3,4,5,6- Letters to follow

31.3.20

Y2 Trip to Quarry Bank Mill

 

APRIL

31.3.20

Parents Evening 4-6.00pm (All year groups except Year 2)

1.4.20

Parents Evening 5-7.00pm

2.4.20

Parents Evening 4-6.00pm (Year 2 parents only)

2.4.20

***Easter Service Led by Y5 pupils @ URC

2.4.20

***Year 3 to participate in Hope Journey at St Andrews

3.4.20

Times Table Rock Stars / Robots Day

Easter Egg Hunt PTA

3.4.20

Finish for Easter @ 3.15pm

20.4.20

School reopens

27.4.20

Weaver Parkway Pond Dipping Visit:Y4 Ouse 9.30 – 12.00pm

27.4.20

Weaver Parkway Pond Dipping Visit:Y4 Derwent 1.00-3.30pm

27.4.20

Weaver Parkway Pond Dipping Visit: Y4 Foss 1.00-3.30pm

29.4.20-1.5.20

***Y3 Residential to Anglesey

29.4.20-30.4.20

***EYFS Health Screening

 

MAY

8.5.20 (Friday)

***Bank Holiday: School Closed for pupils and staff

 

 

World Book Day

Thank you for your support in sending your children into school in the specified colours for World Book Day. They looked great when altogether in assembly! This enabled us to focus on one text (The Colour Monster) as well as exploring feelings through the book. The children seemed to enjoy the variety of activities on offer in each year group. The school Council will now evaluate this further through discussions with each class.

 

Sports Relief

This Friday (13th March) we will be participating in Sports Relief. For this we should be grateful if the children could come to school dressed in their favourite sports kit and make a small donation for doing so 50p / £1.00. All proceeds will go towards this worthy cause. During the day, the staff will make sure that they plan a sports activity for the children to participate in to promote their physical literacy skills. As the majority of the children in Year 5 will be on their residential visit, they may come to school in their favourite sports kits on Monday 16th March.

 

Reading Challenge Winners

You may recall that we challenged the children to read aloud as many times as they could as part of the #worldreadaloudday challenge. In return, the children received a raffle ticket for doing so. The winners of the raffle were drawn from a ‘hat’ during an assembly and will be taken to Waterstones in Crewe during the week beginning 16th March to choose a book.

 

To continue to promote reading across the school we have introduced a further reading challenge. Each week the children will be asked to read aloud as many times as they can at home / school. The child in each class with the most reads will then be awarded a raffle ticket. A raffle will be drawn at the end of each half term and further visits to Waterstones or other suitable book shops will be made for the winners to choose a book each half term. We appreciate your support in encouraging your children to read regularly.

 

 

Year 5 Visit to London

This week, I will be leading a visit to London with the Year 5 children, where the children will visit the Houses of Parliament, Wembley Stadium, the Natural History and Science museums, in addition to having a flight on the London Eye, a cruise on the Thames and a visit to see “Wicked” at the theatre. As Mrs Lowe will be accompanying me and the Y5 staff, Mrs Taylor will assume responsibility for day–to-day enquiries from Wednesday 11th March to Friday 13th March.

 

Coronavirus

Please note that each day we receive an update from the Local Authority and Department of Education regards the spread of the virus and what we need to do as a school. At present the main advice is to guide the children on appropriate hand washing and hygiene. We have been doing this, but will be putting posters up to remind the children. In addition, the site staff have developed a programme to further sanitise all doors and handles more regularly. Should additional guidance become available, we will inform you accordingly.

 

Times Table Rock Stars

As you may be aware, we have been implementing the aforementioned programme for the Y2 –Y6 children to use to develop their times tables knowledge. Each child has been provided with a log in password to access this at home as well as in school. However, we now feel that we would like to raise the profile of this, as well as introducing a new programme for the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 called Numbots, which focusses on number bonds in a fun interactive manner.

To generate the interest of the children in the two programmes, we would like them to come to school on Friday 3rd April dressed in one of the following ways:

Reception / Year 1: Robots

Year 2: Robots or Rock Stars

Year 3-Year 6: Rock Stars.

During the week leading to Friday 3rd April, there will be a significant focus on using the programs in school and developing number bonds / times tables through literacy.

Please note that costumes can be as basic or as elaborate as you feel appropriate. Thank you again for your support in this matter.

 

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

Newsletter 27.2.20, by Mrs Collins

Date: 28th Feb 2020 @ 9:01am

Newsletter 27th  February 2020

Dear Parents / Carers

World Book Day

This year we will be celebrating World Book Day in a different manner. Each class will focus on the story ‘The Colour Monster’ and work on appropriate activities based on this text. To bring this to life, we should be grateful if the children in the different year groups could dress in the following colours:

Nursery / EYFS: Blue

Year 1: Black

Year 2: Yellow

Year 3: Green

Year 4: Red

Years 5/6: Pink

We realise that your child might not have a full set of clothing in the designated colour, but should be grateful if they could wear at least one item of the clothing in the colour specified.

Please note that we have avoided asking the children to dress as book characters on this occasion as this can be expensive and because a number of year groups have planned to dress up in costumes associated with their topic work during the year. Thank you for your assistance with this matter.

 

Text


Unfortunately the text messaging service which we use caused an embarrassing situation earlier this week which some parents may be aware of. At the top of each message the service generates a numerical / alphabetical code for reference. Sadly on the top of a Y6 text, the code displayed was a rude word. We can only apologise for this and let you know that we have contacted the Text Messaging providers to ask them to rectify this flaw in their product.

 

Mobile Phones

Unfortunately we have a growing number of children bringing their mobile phones into school for no reason other than to stand before or after school with their friends creating / viewing videos etc. which is a safeguarding concern. As a result from Friday 28th February children’s mobile phones will not be permitted on site. Any phone belonging to a child found on site will be confiscated and handed back to parents. We appreciate your support with this matter.

 

Book Fair

I am delighted to inform you that we have the School Book Fair in school from Friday 28th February until Wednesday 4th March. During this period each class will visit the fair to view the texts on offer. The books will be on sale each evening after school, from 3.15- 3.45pm in the theatre. Should you not be able to visit the fair, but wish to purchase a book, we are more than happy for you to send the money into school in a named envelope and a member of staff will help your child.

 

Coffee Morning

Please note that we will be holding a coffee morning on Wednesday 4th March from 8.50am to 09.50am for parents to visit the book sale. Please enter through the glass corridor off the green carpet area.

 

Fairtrade Fortnight

This year we are lucky to be working with Fairtrade ambassadors who will be delivering assemblies to the children about Fairtrade and the aims of the charity. They will also introduce the children to the wide range of products produced by workers, who now receive a fair price for their products, thanks to Fairtrade. To raise money this year, instead of our usual Fairtrade bake sales, the school council will be running a stall selling a range of Fairtrade Products priced £2 - £4.  A text will be sent out next week confirming the dates and times of the sale.

After School Club Fairtrade Cakes

After School Club have taken an interest in Fairtrade Fortnight and will be busy baking cakes ready to go on sale. The children are going to be selling these for 50p outside the school office from 3.15pm during the week beginning 02/03/2020. The baking and selling will be completed by the children from the After School Club under the supervision of the adults present. The children would really look forward to seeing you at their stall.

 

Year 3 / 4 Dressing-up Day

This will take place on 25th March 2020. During the day we should be grateful if the children in Y3 could dress as Ancient Egyptians and the children in Y4 dress as Ancient Greeks. The children will then participate in an array of activities bringing their history topics to life. We appreciate your support with this: Further details to follow.

 

Sports Relief

This year the School Council have decided that they would like the children to participate in Sports Relief on Friday 13th March. During the day they would like the children to come to school dressed in their favourite sports kit and make a donation of £1 for doing so. The teachers will also be running a variety of sports activities to promote physical activity during the day. As the Year 5 will be in London on their residential visit they may come to school in their favourite sports kit on Monday 16th March.

 

 

Diary Dates (*** Change of date/New Date)

 

FEBRUARY

27.2.20

Book Fair in school for 1 week

28.2.20

Airport Trip-Nursery classes- all day

 

 

 

MARCH

4.3.20

Cross Country Competition 3.30-5pm Letter to follow

5.3.20

World Book Day

11.3.20-13.3.20

Y5 residential to London

23.03.2020

***Edsential Concert @ the Academy- letter to follow

25.3.20

***Year 3 Dressing Up Day (Egyptians)Year 4 Dressing up day (Ancient Greeks)

25.3.20

***Geography G & T Competition @ The Academy Y3,4,5,6- letters to follow

***Science G & T Competition @ The Academy  Y3,4,5,6- Letters to follow

31.3.20

Y2 Trip to Quarry Bank Mill

 

APRIL

1.4.20

Parents Evening 5-7pm

2.4.20

***Easter Service Led by Y5 pupils @ URC

2.4.20

***Year 3 to participate in Hope Journey at St Andrews

3.4.20

Easter Egg Hunt PTA

3.4.20

Finish for Easter @ 3.15pm

20.4.20

School reopens

29.4.20-1.5.20

***Y3 Residential to Anglesey

29.4.20-30.4.20

***EYFS Health Screening

 

MAY

8.5.20 (Friday)

***Bank Holiday

 

Kind regards,

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

Newsletter 7.2.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 7th Feb 2020 @ 9:52am

Newsletter 7th  February 2020

New Canopy

I am pleased to inform you that we will be having a canopy installed on the green carpet area to provide the children with shelter from light rain and the sun. Unfortunately the only date that we could secure for the installation is the week beginning Monday 10th February.

All risk assessments have been undertaken, but unfortunately we will need to close off this area for a few days.

As happened when we had the gas-main issue the following actions will be taken:

-Entry to the before and after school club will be via the Y3 steps.

-All Y3 children will enter and exit the building via the Y3 steps for the duration of the installation.

-The children in Y4 will be asked to meet before school on the MUGA and will be taken into class from there by their teachers.

-The Year 4 will be taken to the MUGA at the end of the school day and released from that point by their class teachers.

 

New Boilers

Having managed with ineffective boilers in the ‘Chappell Building’ for the last few months, I am pleased to inform you that these will also be replaced. This will take two weeks, with the work also starting on Monday 10th February.

Having spoken to the contractors, they will set up their compound on the Monday before starting work on the system on Tuesday 11th February. There should be little, if any disruption, by the contractors, as the work will be carried out in the boiler room opposite the school office.

Please note that from Tuesday 11th February the building will be heated by temporary heaters, so it would be advisable for all children in Y5 / Y6 to wear their school sweatshirts and have an additional layer at their disposal.

 

Netball Team

Our mixed Netball Team did well to reach the Vale Royal finals this week and finished 5th overall. A real credit to the players and the coaches! Well done to everyone who took part.

 

Basketball

Our basketball team played well in the finals of the Vale Royal tournament. I am delighted to hear that they displayed a good sporting attitude and developed their skills. Unfortunately they did not progress to then County finals. Well done to the players and staff involved!

 

Toys

Please can we remind parents and carers that toys are not allowed in school. Recently we have seen an influx of toys being brought in for children to play with at playtimes, which have resulted in children becoming upset if they have been lost or damaged. We thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

 

Promoting Reading

Our ongoing focus this year is promoting reading at home so that every child is able to enjoy reading and also practise the skills being taught in school. Your class teacher will write in your child’s home school diary after their guided reading session each week. Together with this, we are reminding children that they should be reading every night of the week ( a minimum of 5 days) and that an adult should sign their reading diaries to indicate that they have done so.

 

As the children move in to KS2 and become more independent, we are happy for them to write the title of their book and the pages they have read and then for their responsible adult to sign adjacent to this.

 

In addition to the above, from February half term we will be recognising the children that have read most throughout each week by displaying their achievements on a class display. The class with the highest number of reads will then be recognised in the hall during a celebration assembly each week.

 

PLEASE KEEP LISTENING TO YOUR CHILD READ IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR AGE, IT REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE AND SUPPORTS THEIR LEARNING!

 

Athletics

I am delighted to inform you that our athletics team represented the school well and were a real credit to all concerned during the Vale Royal Partnership Indoor Athletic Finals on Monday. The team finished in fourth place overall in the locality. Well done to all!.

PTA Cake Sale

The PTA are holding a Valentine’s Day cake sale on Friday 14th February. Cakes can be pre-ordered in the school office, by completing an order form.  Collection and purchase of cakes is from the glass corridor.

 

Diary Dates (*** Change of date/New Date)

 

 

13.2.20

***Y4 Time Table Assessment Meeting for parents@ 3.20pm

14.2.20

End of Half term- school closes at 3.15pm

 

 

24.2.20

Inset Day- School closed for children

25.2.20

School Reopens for children

27.2.20

Airport Trip-Reception classes- all day

27.2.20

***Book Fair in school for 1 week

28.2.20

Airport Trip-Nursery classes- all day

 

 

 

 

4.3.20

***Cross Country Competition 3.30-5pm Letter to follow

5.3.20

***World Book Day- Letter to follow

11.3.20-13.3.20

***Y5 residential to London

31.3.20

***Y2 Trip to Quarry Bank Mill

 

 

1.4.20

***Parents Evening 4-7pm

3.4.20

***Finish for Easter @ 3.15pm

3.4.20

***Easter Egg Hunt PTA

20.4.20

***School reopens

 

Kind regards,

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

Newsletter 24.1.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 24th Jan 2020 @ 9:33am

After School Club

I am pleased to announce that we have now relaunched our After School Provision. As a result of changes to staff, the club can now take up to 45 pupils per evening. Mr Bebbington has been appointed as the club lead and will be supported by Miss Golden and Miss Royden.

The new team have been working on the development of activities to engage the children. These will involve physical activities, social activities, structured play as well as the opportunity for children to read / complete homework activities. Bookings for the After School Club can be made through the Eduspot website. Payment is required in advance.

 

Year 5 London Residential

There will be a Parents/Carers meeting for all children attending the Y5 London Residential on Thursday 6th February at 3.20pm in the school theatre.

 

Breakfast Club

The breakfast club will continue to be led by Mrs Hardwick and run with the support of Mr Spann. Again we have been reviewing the activities on offer and providing the children with the opportunity to read to one of the members of staff.

During the coming weeks the changes to both clubs will be reviewed and modifications made should they be required. The children will also be working with the staff to think of a name for the facility and to design a logo to represent the clubs.

 

Sporting Success

Netball

Congratulations to our mixed Y5/6 netball team. Last week they competed in the final round of the Winsford tournament winning all of their games. They will now progress to the Vale Royal Finals. Well done to all concerned!

 

Football

The Y5/6 football team also enjoyed a degree of success last week in the Crewe Alexandra tournament. Following a shaky start where they were beaten 2-0, they dominated play and won their remaining games 3-0 and 1-0. Unfortunately the mini league ended with three teams on 6 points and the High Street contingent lost out on progressing to the finals on goal difference. However we are very proud of all of our players.

 

Athletics

The Y5/6 athletics team enjoyed a great deal of success in the indoor athletics tournament held last Wednesday. The team represented the school with a great deal of skill and enthusiasm. They won all but one of the races / field events and will now progress to the Vale Royal finals at Rudheath on 3rd February 2020. Well done to all of the athletes, a fantastic achievement!

 

 

 

Public Speaking

I am delighted to inform you that our three representatives who participated in the Public Speaking Competition in Chester this week did so with confidence and enthusiasm: They had compiled their own speeches on ‘No Outsiders’ and presented these to their peers before taking part in the finals at the Story House. Each child spoke clearly and articulately. Well done to all concerned!

 

 

World of Work

As a school we are constantly looking for representatives from the world of work to speak to our pupils to inspire them as to the jobs available as they grow up. We are currently looking for NHS guest speakers to come and talk to us about their job roles as well as other professionals in other lines of work. Should you be able to spare a small amount of time to help, please contact Mrs Raistrick via the school office or by emailing admin@highstreet.cheshire.sch.uk

 

 

Flu Vaccine Catch up

We have  been informed that Wharton Children’s Centre are doing a catch up flu session  on Wednesday the 12th of February between 3.30pm- 5pm.If any parents wish to attend with their child, can they please contact Rebecca Turner on 01244 397470 to confirm their attendance and bring along their completed consent form on the day of the session.

 

Diary Dates (*** Change of date/New Date)

 

 

27.1.20

Safety Central Trip Y5 1and ½ classes

29.1.20

Safety Central Trip Y5 1and ½ classes

29.1.20

Spelling Bee competition @ the Academy Y3,4,5,& 6 teams

29.1.20

***Food Competition @ the Academy Y3,4,5,& 6 Teams- Invites to follow

29.1.20

***Hockey Competition- letter to follow

31.1.20

Audlem River Trip Y6 all day

31.1.20

EYFS Dance training all morning

6.2.20

***Y5 Residential to London Parents meeting @3.20pm

7.2.20

Anderton Boat Trip Y6 all day

14.2.20

End of Half term- school closes at 3.15pm

 

 

24.2.20

Inset Day- School closed for children

25.2.20

School Reopens for children

27.2.20

Airport Trip-Reception classes- all day

28.2.20

Airport Trip-Nursery classes- all day

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

 

Head teacher

 

Newsletter 10.1.2020, by Mrs Collins

Date: 10th Jan 2020 @ 12:08pm

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 2020 is 15th January 2020. 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, or if they are attending our Nursery. 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 set off on their residential visit to the Tattenhall Centre on Wednesday morning of this week; it was lovely to see the second group of children’s excited faces on Thursday morning as they set off as well. I visited the first group on Wednesday evening and the second group on Thursday night and joined 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. I would also like to say a big thank you to the Year 1 team who have accompanied the children, as without them, these trips would not be possible.

 

Achievement for All Quality Mark Award

For the last two years the school has been working on the Achievement for All Quality Mark. We have done this by teaching additional interventions to the children, meeting targets and working closely with parents, carers and governors. I am pleased to announce that after an afternoon of rigorous interviews of a range of children, parents and staff, with supplementing documentation being looked at, we have been notified that we have achieved the Quality Mark. Well done to all concerned, including some of our parents who assisted in the process on the day.

 

New Staff

I am pleased to inform you that we have appointed a new PPA teacher to join our team. Mrs Mellor will be starting working at our school as of next week. She will be timetabled to cover the classes across the school when their class teachers have their non-contact time each week. We have also appointed two new Teaching Assistants to support our children in school; they are Mrs Traill and Mrs Fisher. In addition to this, we have appointed a new Site Maintenance Officer- Mr Robinson who will be leading the maintenance team and cleaners.

 

Office Desk

We have a spare office desk that would be free to a good home, that we no longer need. If you are interested in the desk please contact the school office and the desk will be given on a first come first served basis.

 

Lost Property

We have a number of items of lost property that we are beginning to accumulate again, this includes quality winter coats that are in good condition, but unfortunately have no names in them. We will be displaying our lost property outside of the school office by hanging them on the railings on Thursday 16th January from 3.15pm onwards.

 

Travellers

We have 2 travellers’ caravans on the Verdin Car Park, which some parents have notified us of in the office. We spoke to the Local Authority when they arrived on Tuesday this week, and they have been served notice to leave. We also notified the fire brigade on 2 occasions, as they had started fires near to where they had set up this concerned us and some parents. At this moment in time we have done all that we can do from a school point of view, but we will keep you updated of this situation when we know more.

 

PTA Meeting

The next PTA meeting is Thursday 16th January 2020 at 3.30pm at school – new members are very welcome to attend!

 

Diary Dates (*** Change of date/New Date)

 

 

13.1.20

***Netball competition Y5/6 team 3.30pm-5.30pm-Letter to follow

15.1.20

***Athletics Competition Y5/6- 4-6pm- Letter to follow

17.1.20

***EYFS Dance training all morning

27.1.20

***Safety Central Trip Y5 1and ½ classes

27.1.20

***Airport Trip-Reception classes- all day – Letter to follow

28.1.20

***Airport Trip-Reception classes- all day – Letter to follow

29.1.20

***Safety Central Trip Y5 1and ½ classes

29.1.20

***Spelling Bee competition @ the Academy Y3,4,5,& 6 teams-Invites to follow

31.1.20

***Audlem River Trip Y6 all day- Letter to follow

31.1.20

***EYFS Dance training all morning

7.2.20

***Anderton Boat Trip Y6 all day-Letter to follow

14.2.20

End of Half term- school closes at 3.15pm

 

 

24.2.20

Inset Day- School closed for children

25.2.20

School Reopens for children

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 17.12.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 17th Dec 2019 @ 11:05am

17th December 2019

NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Parents

 

As we approach the end of the current academic year, may we wish you all a restful and peaceful Christmas.

 

Mr Allen

Unfortunately, Mr Allen will continue to be absent this week and into the New Year, due to personal circumstances. Mrs Powell will continue to teach Nursery Weaver in his absence.

 

Mrs Lawton

As previously indicated Mrs Lawton will finish working at High Street at the end of term to spend more time with her young family. We wish her all the best and thank her for all the hard work she has put in during her time at our school.

 

PTA

We would like to thank the members of the PTA for their continued support during the term. This week they will help to provide food for the Christmas parties and have been selling raffle tickets for a Christmas cake raffle. The winners have been informed by text.

 

Nativity Plays

We are very proud that our children have had the opportunity to participate in concerts and/or Nativity Plays this year. Each year group has excelled and has been a credit to all concerned. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff involved for their dedication in ensuring that these have taken place and you as parents for supporting the children with costumes and by attending the events at what is a busy time of year for everyone.

 

Viruses

Unfortunately as with most schools and places where people congregate, we have suffered the effects of different viruses at this time of year. As a result, we have intensified our cleaning procedures and worked with the children on keeping themselves clean to mitigate the effects. At one point, the Chair of Governors and I considered closing the school, but Public Health England felt that this was not required as they were happy with the actions taking place. We thank you for your patience and support during this period of time.

 

No-Nonsense Spelling

Spellings are an important part of our learning curriculum. To support your child to learn the spelling rules/patterns assigned to their year we are trailing a new spelling programme called ‘No-Nonsense Spelling’. As part of this programme your child will take part in daily/weekly spelling lessons which teach spelling patterns and rules. There is also a focus on children learning spellings linked to patterns and rules.

 

We will continue to send home weekly spellings for your child to learn. Rather than 10 spellings, 5/6 will be sent home to learn. The theory behind 5/6 rather than 10 is to give your child the opportunity to increase their success in spelling the words and understanding the spelling pattern linked to the words.

 

Different ways to learn spellings will also be introduced to your child over this half-term. They will be able to share these with you as they become more confident with using different ways to remember how to spell words. The staff are excited about this new programme and we will share more information with you as we continue to work on the programme this year.

 

Pupil Premium Funding 

Pupil Premium Funding is funding attached to individual children for schools to use to support their needs. Many families are eligible but do not apply. We use the funding to subsidise visits and to provide additional support for the children concerned in class. 

Your child may be eligible for pupil premium funding if you are in receipt of the following: 

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

 

Please call the number 0300 123 7039 ​to apply via phone or access an online application through the Cheshire West and Chester website.  If you need support with your application then please get in touch with school. 

 

 

Verdin Centre Car Park

Unfortunately, I have had a number of cases reported to me where parents have driven in a dangerous manner on the Verdin Car Park. As previously stated, we are lucky to have such a facility close to the school as many schools built when High Street was, have nothing; St Chads and Over St Johns being two examples of this.

However we are reliant on parents and visitors using the car park in a sensible, safe manner. We understand the frustration of queuing to exit, but the safety of the children and parents using the facility must come first. Inappropriate use of the facility will be reported to the police and the Local Authority who own the car park.

 

In addition to this, I am also working with representatives of the LA in relation to the building development planned for a section of the Verdin fields and I will be raising the need to improve access to the car park with them during the spring term.

 

Dates for your diary:                            

 

 

 

18/12/19

Y3/4 Grange Theatre am

18/12/19

Y1/2 Christmas Party am

18/12/19

N/EYFS Christmas party pm

19/12/19

Y5/6 Christmas Party am

19/12/19

Y3/4 Christmas party pm

20/12/19

Close for Christmas holidays at 3.15pm

 

Dates for the New Year 2020

 

 

 

6.1.20

Inset day for staff- school closed

7.1.20

All children return to school following the Christmas break

7.1.20

Swimming starts for Year 3 children

8.1.20

Swimming recommences for Y5 children

8.1.20-9.1.20

Year 1 Residential to Tattenhall Group 1

9.1.20-10.1.20

Year 1 Residential to Tattenhall Group 2

14.2.20

End of Half term- school closes at 3.15pm

 

 

24.2.20

Inset Day- School closed for children

25.2.20

School Reopens for children

 

 

Wishing you all a peaceful and restful Christmas!

 

M Joule

 

Head teacher

 

Newsletter 3.12.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 3rd Dec 2019 @ 2:47pm

3rd December 2019

Dear Parents

 

Netball

Well done to the Y5/6 Netball team who were a credit to our school, when they played at the Academy last week. They played brilliantly and came joint first with another local school. Thank you to Mrs Lancaster and Mrs O’ Mara who attended with the team. Well done to all concerned!

 

 

Cross Country

The cross country runners took part in a competition last week also and represented the school well. We are awaiting their league results to see where they are in the tables. Well done to everyone who took part and a thank you to Mr Bratt and Miss McCabe who accompanied the children.

 

 

PTA Movie night

Thank you for the support from our PTA who ran our Movie night last week. Thank you as well to the staff that assisted the PTA during the evening. The children had a wonderful time and all enjoyed watching the Grinch!

 

 

Social Media

We have had a number of incidents of children misusing “What’s App” and “Tic Toc” whilst at home, which have then unfortunately affected friendships and relationships of the children in school. Please may we remind all parents and carers to check their children’s phones or devices regularly to monitor what is being sent to other children. These apps do also have an age restriction of 13 or above.

For more help and advice go to https://parentzone.org.uk/digitalparenting

 

 

Mrs Lawton

Mrs Lawton returned to school just after the half term. She has notified us that she will finish working at High Street at Christmas to spend more time with her young family. We wish her all the best and thank her for all the hard work she has put in during her time here. Mrs Barnes will continue to share the teaching of Y5 Wandle with Miss Guppy until the end of the school year.

 

Basketball

Congratulations to our Y5 and Year 6 Basketball teams who participated in the Vale Royal Partnership Competition on Monday this week. Both teams played well but were unfortunately did not win the overall competition. Well done to everyone who took part and a thank you to Mr Bratt and Miss Phillips who accompanied the children.

 

Year 4 Visit to York

A huge congratulation to the children in Year 4 who ventured to York last week on the first residential visit of the school year. It was a pleasure to spend quality time with them and to see them enjoy the sights of York, learning all about invaders and raiders in the process; many thanks to parents for supporting the visit and to the team of staff who gave their time to accompany them.

 

Kitchen Assistant Vacancy

Please note that we currently have a vacancy for a Kitchen Assistant to join Mrs T Piggott and her team. The position is for 10 hours per week and will involve the preparation and serving of food and clearing up following school dinners. The successful applicant will be employed by Edsential who provide the catering for the school. Interested parties should contact Mrs Piggott via the school office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diary Dates (*** Change of date/New Date)

 

 

 

4/12/19

*** Open Evening for prospective parents in Reception and Nursery 2020

9/12/19

Nursery Nativity @ 2pm

10/12/19

EYFS Nativity @ 10am

10/12/19

Y1 Performance @ 6pm

11/12/19

EYFS Nativity 1 @ 2pm

12/12/19

Y1 Nativity @ 9.45am

12/12/19

***Y1 Hope Journey @ St Andrew’s afternoon trip

12/12/19

Y5/6 New Vic Theatre trip all day

12/12/19

EYFS trip to Tatton Park

13/12/19

Y2/3 Nativity at the United Reformed Church- 2 shows 1 morning & 1 afternoon

16/12/19

N/KS1 Travelling Panto am

16/12/19

Christmas Lunch Day

16/12/19

Y5/6 Carol Concert @ St Andrews @ 6pm

18/12/19

Y3/4 Grange Theatre am

18/12/19

Y1/2 Christmas Party am

18/12/19

N/EYFS Christmas party pm

19/12/19

Y5/6 Christmas Party am

19/12/19

Y3/4 Christmas party pm

20/12/19

Close for Christmas holidays

 

 

Dates for the New Year 2020

 

 

 

6.1.20

Inset day for staff- school closed

7.1.20

All children return to school

8.1.20-9.1.20

Year 1 Residential

14.2.20

End of Half term- school closes at 3.15pm

 

 

24.2.20

Inset Day- School closed for children

25.2.20

School opens for children

 

 

M Joule

Head teacher

 

 

 

Newsletter 15.11.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 15th Nov 2019 @ 2:39pm

Dear Parents

 

Remembrance Day

A special thank you to the Y6 classes who led our Remembrance assembly on Monday of this week for the children in our school. The children informed us about some very emotive things and wrote a range of fabulous poems about a “Life without War”. Thank you for reading so eloquently Y6!

 

Our School Councillors also did a wonderful job of selling our poppy merchandise throughout this week and last week and we were able to raise a staggering £515.00 that was sent to the Royal British Legion. Thank you for your support with this.

 

 

Football

Well done to the Y5/6 boy’s football team who tried their best and were a credit to our school, when they played at the Academy on Wednesday night. Both teams played brilliantly and only lost 1 game each. We are awaiting the results to see where we are in the Y5/6 league, so watch this space!

 

 

PTA Disco

Thank you to the PTA who organised and ran our November Friendship Disco. All the children had a fantastic time and enjoyed themselves. It was lovely to see so many children having a dance and making new friendships.

 

 

Children in Need

The children looked amazing today dressed in their non-uniform and bright yellow coloured clothes for Children in Need and World Mental Health Day. The school council gave out prizes to the children who had the best yellow clothes- so if your child has come home with a bag of Haribo’s- this is because the school council deemed them the best dressed in their age group. Well done to all concerned!

 

Our winners and runners up were:

 

Best dressed children in yellow

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Nursery/Reception

AP Nursery

 

NB Nursery

MM Reception

Key Stage 1

Freddie H Y1

 

Maddie B  Y2

Cian M Y1

Lower Key Stage 2

Eris D Y4

 

Jaiden Y Y3

Aimee B Y4

Upper Key Stage 2

Toby W Y5

 

Caitlin S Y6

Maisie B Y6

 

Book Fair Coffee Morning

Our travelling Book Fair will be in school from today and will be open after school from 3.15pm until 3.45pm each day until Wednesday 20th November. If parents wish to send in a book order in an envelope with the appropriate monies we can also accommodate that if you’re unable to visit the fair.

 

We are also hosting a coffee morning for parents to come and look at the books on Wednesday 20th November from 8.40am until 9.30am, where parents will be able to browse the books with their children whilst having a cup of coffee.

 

 

Open Evening

We are holding an Open Evening for prospective parents new to Reception and Nursery in 2020. This evening will be on Wednesday 4th December 6pm-7.30pm. There will be a talk by myself and Miss Garnett at 6.30pm and then an opportunity to talk to both Nursery and Reception teachers and have a look at both of our settings. Please pass on this information to any parents who have children not yet attending our school.

 

 

Christmas Meal

We will be having our annual Christmas dinner on Monday 16th December. Orders for this need to be placed and paid for before 6th December to enable the cook to order the correct amount of food.

 

 

 

Diary Dates (*** Change of date/New Date)

 

 

15/11/19

Children in Need/Mental Health Awareness non-uniform day-Wear Yellow

15/11/19

***Travelling Book Fair in school &after school each night until Wed 20/11/19

20/11/19

***Coffee Morning for parents to visit the book fair in the theatre 8.40am- 9.30am

25/11/19

***Dentist to talk in Assembly for KS1 & KS2

27/11/19-29/11/19

Y4 Residential to York

 

 

2/12/19 & 3/12/19

***Y4 Christmas Cantata- Letters to follow

4/12/19

*** Open Evening for prospective parents in Reception and Nursery 2020

9/12/19

Nursery Nativity @ 2pm

10/12/19

EYFS Nativity @ 10am

10/12/19

Y1 Performance @ 6pm

11/12/19

EYFS Nativity 1 @ 2pm

12/12/19

Y1 Nativity @ 9.45am

12/12/19

***Y1 Hope Journey @ St Andrew’s afternoon trip

12/12/19

Y5/6 New Vic Theatre trip all day

12/12/19

EYFS trip to Tatton Park

13/12/19

Y2/3 Nativity at the United Reformed Church- 2 shows 1 morning & 1 afternoon

16/12/19

N/KS1 Travelling Panto am

16/12/19

Christmas Lunch Day

16/12/19

Y5/6 Carol Concert @ St Andrews @ 6pm

18/12/19

Y3/4 Grange Theatre am

18/12/19

Y1/2 Christmas Party am

18/12/19

N/EYFS Christmas party pm

19/12/19

Y5/6 Christmas Party am

19/12/19

Y3/4 Christmas party pm

20/12/19

Close for Christmas holidays

 

 

M Joule

Head teacher

 

 

 

Newsletter 25.10.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 25th Oct 2019 @ 12:59pm

25th   October 2019

 

Dear Parents

 

 

Harvest

A huge well done to our Year 1 and Year 2 children who delivered a fantastic assembly to their family members last week at St Andrews Church. We had so many compliments from both family members and the church members after we had finished our assembly. The children were buzzing!!

 

 

Parents Evening

It was lovely to see all our parents and carers at parents evening this week, thank you for coming to speak with your child’s class teacher. Also well done to the School Council who did an amazing job directing parents to different year groups on both nights!

 

 

Aldi Vouchers:

Thank you to all the parents and carers that have so far sent in an Aldi stickers- we have now completed 2 sportsperson charts to enter the £20,000 draw with the stickers collected. Please continue to send stickers in with your child as it gives us a chance of winning some money for our school.

 

 

Netball

Our Y6 netball team represented our school on Wednesday last week at the Academy and won all of their games - Well done to everyone who took part!

 

 

Tag Rugby

Our Tag Rugby team took part in a competition at Winnington Rugby Club on Wednesday this week and performed very well and won some matches. Their behaviour and attitude was complimented by the organisers of the competitions - Well done - we are always pleased to hear how well our children represent our school!!

 

 

Football

Well done to the Y5/6 girl’s football team who tried their very best and were a credit to our school when they played at the Academy last night.

Our Y3/4 girl’s football team also represented us this week and they were runners up in their tournament- Well done to everyone who took part!

 

 

Helmets whilst riding Scooters/ Bikes

Last week we had a call from a member of the public who had witnessed one of our children weaving in and out of cars on Townfields Lane/ Dene Drive on their scooter- please reinforce with your children how to be safe on the roads when not at school.

Also a reminder: that children riding to school on either scooters or bikes must wear a helmet in accordance with the Local Authority guidelines. In addition, children should dismount and push their bikes / scooters from the school gate to the storage area. Sadly any child who doesn’t comply with the aforementioned will receive a ban from coming to school on their bike / scooter.

 

 

Remembrance Day

Poppies will be on sale in school time along with zip pulls (50p minimum donation), reflectors (50p minimum donation), snap bands (£1.50 minimum donation) and silicon wristbands (£1.00 minimum donation) during the first 2 weeks back after half term. Our school councillors will be selling these to raise money for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

 

 

 

Half term holidays

I can’t believe that we have been in school for 8 weeks now and the first half of term has gone so quickly. We have been so amazed by the work that has been produced by the children and how they have grown in confidence, since starting in their new classes. We hope you all have a wonderful half term holiday and don’t forget, we are all back to school on Monday 4th November at 8.50am. Mr Joule will be coming back after half term on a phased return after advice from his doctor and I know how excited the children will be to hear this, as I saw how excited they were when they saw him in school this last week for a few hours, so it’s a welcome return for him from children and staff alike.

 

Diary Dates (*** Change of date/New Date)

 

25/10/19

Close for half term

 

 

4/11/19

Open for Autumn 2 term @ 8.50am

6/11/19

***Y5 start swimming until Easter

12/11/19

Nasal Flu Vaccine

13/11/19

Nasal Flu Vaccine

15/11/19

Children in Need/Mental Health Awareness non-uniform day-Wear Yellow

27/11/19-29/11/19

Y4 Residential to York

 

 

9/12/19

Nursery Nativity @ 2pm

10/12/19

EYFS Nativity @ 10am

10/12/19

Y1 Performance @ 6pm

11/12/19

EYFS Nativity 1 @ 2pm

12/12/19

Y1 Nativity @ 9.45am

12/12/19

Y5/6 New Vic Theatre trip all day

12/12/19

EYFS trip to Tatton Park

13/12/19

Y2/3 Nativity at the United Reformed Church- 2 shows 1 morning & 1 afternoon

16/12/19

***N/KS1 Travelling Panto am

16/12/19

***Christmas Lunch Day

16/12/19

Y5/6 Carol Concert @ St Andrews @ 6pm

18/12/19

Y3/4 Grange Theatre am

18/12/19

***Y1/2 Christmas Party am

18/12/19

N/EYFS Christmas party pm

19/12/19

***Y5/6 Christmas Party am

19/12/19

Y3/4 Christmas party pm

20/12/19

Close for Christmas holidays

 

 

 

 

Caroline Lowe

 

 

Deputy Head Teacher

 

 

 

Newsletter 11.10.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 11th Oct 2019 @ 3:32pm

11th October 2019

 

Dear Parents

 

Harvest Services

A huge well done to the Year 3 and Year 5 children who led our KS2 Harvest Service this week and also to the staff that organised this. Mrs Taylor told me that she was very proud of all the children for their acting and singing whilst at the United Reformed Church. In addition to this, the EYFS children performed their Harvest Service in our theatre to their parents today and were fabulous - Well done to everyone that took part and to the staff that helped to put this service together. I look forward to seeing the Year 1 and Year 2 children next Tuesday (15th October) at St Andrews Church.

 

Harvest: Year 1 & 2

The Key Stage 1 service will be held at St Andrew’s Methodist Church on Tuesday 15th October at 9.30am. Please note this is a change of date as the Church can now no longer accommodate us on the original date. (Year 1 parents are invited to attend, as these children will lead the service). Y2 children will form the choir, but unfortunately there will not be sufficient space to accommodate the parents of these children. There will be opportunities later in the term for these parents to see their children in other performances. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

 

PTA

The PTA are holding cake sales again this year to raise money for our school. The cake sales will be on a Friday at the end of each month outside the office area, please see the dates below and support us if you can. In addition to this if you’d like to join our PTA please contact the office staff so we can pass your details to the Chair of the PTA.

 

Cake sales:

25th October 2019           22nd November 2019           20th December 2019

31st January 2020            14th February 2020              27th March 2020

24th April 2020                  22nd May 2020                    26th June 2020

 

School Disco

In addition to this, our first PTA school disco is to be held on Thursday 14th November 2019 in our large hall. Children in Years 1, 2 & 3 will have their disco at 3.30pm - 4.45pm and children in Years 4, 5 & 6 time will be 5pm- 6.15pm. More information will follow. Children in Reception will be included in the disco later in the school year like in previous years.
 

Queens Court Business Centre Car Park (Off the main High Street)

Unfortunately we have had a number of complaints from the business users and from the Local Authority about Queens Court Business Centre, as some parents have been parking on this car park. Please may I remind parents that this car park is for business users and not for parents to use when picking up their children. Please can I stress that given the risks, a busy commercial car park is not a suitable location for children, so please can I kindly ask that you do not park on the Queens Court car park and that you also refrain from dropping children off/collecting them from this car park in the future.

 

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 (EYFS manager) via the school office.

 

Football Success

The year 5/6 girl’s football team represented us admirably at the Academy last Wednesday. The girls played extremely well and one of our teams managed to attain four points in 4 games and our other team won all of their games and won the tournament with a total of 20 points. Congratulations to all who took part! We have also competed in 2 rounds of fixtures for the Y5/6 boys Winsford School League- we are currently 4th and 5th in the league table!

 

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 on a daily basis.

 

Parents Evening

Parents evening slots opened on Thursday 10th October via our school spider app. Please book an appointment with your child’s class teacher through this app as this is the only way to book your appointment. Parents Evenings are to be held on Wednesday 23rd October 5pm-7pm and again on Thursday 24th October 4pm-6pm. We cannot wait to let you know how well your child/children are doing this term.

 

 

 

 

Extreme Hairstyles

We have had a small number of children attending school with extreme hair styles e.g. additional material braided in to plaits, extremely large bows, designs shaved in to the sides of haircuts etc. Please can I remind all parents and carers that extreme hairstyles and accessories are not permitted at school as they are not part of our smart school uniform policy. More importantly they are also a distraction to learning, both for the child with the extreme haircut/accessories and also those children looking at them. Thank you for your support with this matter.

 

Nasal Flu Vaccine

The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu. Our vaccines are due to be administered on 12th November and 13th November during the school day to all children from Reception to Year 6. Letters for this will be distributed closer to the time.

 

Children in Need/Mental Health Awareness

On Friday 15th November the school council are organising a non-uniform day to raise money for Children in Need and also Mental Health Awareness. They have asked that children come in non-uniform on that day and have asked children to wear something yellow to fit in with Pudsey Bear and Mental Health Awareness for a donation of a £1. In addition to this, Caitlin our Junior Mayor has been asked to sell raffle tickets to raise money for this year’s chosen local charities. She will be selling her tickets every Thursday on the school yard until 28th November- starting next Thursday (17th) - they will be £1 for a strip of tickets and you could get the chance to win- a Haven Holiday, Pantomime tickets and lots more. The raffle will be drawn on Saturday 30th November - please support her role.

 

 

Diary Dates (*** new dates added)

 

10/10/19

Harvest KS2- Y3 at the United Reformed Church @9.45am

11/10/19

EYFS Harvest at School 9.15am & 2.45pm

15/10/19

KS1- Y1 Harvest at St Andrews @ 9.30am

23/10/19

Parents Evening 5-7pm

24/10/19

Parents Evening 4-6pm

25/10/19

Close for half term

 

 

4/11/19

Open for Autumn 2 term

12/11/19

***Nasal Flu Vaccine

13/11/19

***Nasal Flu Vaccine

15/11/19

***Children in Need/Mental Health Awareness non-uniform day-Wear Yellow

27/11/19-29/11/19

Y4 Residential to York

 

 

9/12/19

Nursery Nativity @ 2pm

10/12/19

EYFS Nativity @ 10am

10/12/19

Y1 Performance @ 6pm

11/12/19

EYFS Nativity 1 @ 2pm

12/12/19

Y1 Nativity @ 9.45am

12/12/19

Y5/6 New Vic Theatre trip all day

12/12/19

***EYFS trip to Tatton Park

13/12/19

Y2/3 Nativity at the United Reformed Church- 2 shows 1 morning & 1 afternoon

16/12/19

Y5/6 Carol Concert @ St Andrews @ 6pm

17/12/19

N/KS1 Travelling Panto am

18/12/19

Y3/4 Grange Theatre am

18/12/19

Y5/6 Christmas Party am

18/12/19

N/EYFS Christmas party pm

19/12/19

Y1/2 Christmas Party am

19/12/19

Y3/4 Christmas party pm

20/12/19

Close for Christmas holidays

 

 

 

 

Caroline Lowe

Deputy Head Teacher

 

 

 

Newsletter 1.10.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 1st Oct 2019 @ 12:49pm

 

Dear Parents

Mr Joule

Mr Joule successfully had his operation on Monday of last week, and arrived back home on Wednesday to fully recuperate. He is in regular contact with me and I’ve been keeping him updated on the day to day running of the school. I’ve already passed on some well wishes from children and parents and these have made him feel greatly missed, whilst he is off.

 

Harvest Festival Celebration Services

Our Harvest Festival services will take place in a variety of venues this year led by children from different year groups.

  •      The EYFS (Nursery and Foundation Stage) children’s services will be held in the school hall on Friday 11th October at 9.15am and 2.45pm. Parents of Nursey children are invited to attend the first performance. Parents of FS are invited to attend the afternoon service due to the number of spaces available.

 

  •       The Key Stage 1 service will be held at St Andrew’s Methodist Church on Tuesday 15th October at 9.30am. Please note this is a change of date as the Church can now no longer accommodate us on the original date. (Year 1 parents are invited to attend, as these children will lead the service). Y2 children will form the choir, but unfortunately there will not be sufficient space to accommodate the parents of these children. There will be opportunities later in the term for these parents to see their children in other performances.

 

  •      The Year 3 children will be leading the KS2 service with Y5 at the United Reform Church on Thursday 10th October at 9.45am.  (Year 3 and 5 parents are invited to attend with the Y3 leading the service with Y5 as the choir).

 

  •      The Year 4 and Year 6 children will take part in a Harvest Service led by Y3 at school. Unfortunately we can’t accommodate parents, but there will be opportunities later in the term when these children will take the lead and parents will be invited.

 

  •       As part of our Harvest Services this year we will be collecting food contributions in support of the ‘Mid Cheshire Foodbank’ which supports families in need through low income, who are in debt or who are experiencing Benefit delays. (Contributions of dried foods, biscuits, cakes and tinned produce can be brought into school from Monday 30th September onwards).

 

 

Closing Date for Reception School Applications

Please note the closing date for applications for children to start at Primary School in September 2020 is 15th January 2020. 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 or have attended our Nursery provision. All applications for children starting school 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:

Monday 14th October @ 9.45am

Tuesday 22nd October @1.30pm

Wednesday 6th November @1.30pm

Thursday 14th November @9.30am

Wednesday 27th November @1.30pm

 

High School Applications

Can I also remind parents of children in Year 6 that the closing date for High School places is October 31st 2019. Please make sure that you apply for your child’s High School place before the deadline, to ensure that you get one of the choices of schools you’ve opted for. Last year we had a small minority of parents who missed this deadline and didn’t get any of their choices of High School.

 

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 £177.09 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/ after school event.

 

Sickness

We have had a small number of children with sickness and diarrhoea over the last few days. We will be reminding children to wash their hands regularly to fight off any bugs in school but please could you reinforce this at home. Also can you assist us in sending your child back to school no less than 48 hours after their last bout of sickness/ diarrhoea to limit the spread of any bugs in school.

 

 

 

Dates for your diary

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

 

 

 

10/10/19

Harvest KS2- Y3 at the United Reformed Church @9.45am

11/10/19

EYFS Harvest at School 9.15am & 2.45pm

15/10/19

KS1- Y1 Harvest at St Andrews @ 9.30am (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE OF DATE)

23/10/19

Parents Evening 5-7pm

24/10/19

Parents Evening 4-6pm

25/10/19

Close for Half term

 

 

4/11/19

Open for Autumn 2 term

27/11/19-29/11/19

Y4 Residential to York

 

 

9/12/19

Nursery Nativity @ 2pm

10/12/19

EYFS Nativity @ 10am

10/12/19

Y1 Performance @ 6pm

11/12/19

EYFS Nativity 1 @ 2pm

12/12/19

Y1 Nativity @ 9.45am

12/12/19

Y5/6 New Vic Theatre trip all day

13/12/19

Y2/3 Nativity at the United Reformed Church- 2 shows 1 morning & 1 afternoon

16/12/19

Y5/6 Carol Concert @ St Andrews @ 6pm

17/12/19

N/KS1 Travelling Panto am

18/12/19

Y3/4 Grange Theatre am

18/12/19

Y5/6 Christmas Party am

18/12/19

N/EYFS Christmas party pm

19/12/19

Y1/2 Christmas Party am

19/12/19

Y3/4 Christmas party pm

20/12/19

Close for Christmas hols

 

 

Kind regards

Caroline Lowe

Deputy Head Teacher

Climate Change 'Strike' Action Day, by Mr Bratt

Date: 17th Sep 2019 @ 9:53pm

Climate Change Action Day

Friday 20th September

On Friday 20th September, children around the world will be peacefully protesting against climate change. To enhance their learning of global issues, pupils at High Street will be observing the worldwide school strikes in support of climate change action by having their own 'strike day'. All children will come to school as usual but rather than their usual lessons, they will learn about climate change through hands on activities and thinking about how they can have a positive impact. They will have the opportunity to learn more about current global issues and begin to develop their own views. Our aim is for our children at High Street to feel well informed about global issues and empowered to affect change.

Newsletter 13.9.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 13th Sep 2019 @ 1:54pm

Dear Parents                                                                                             13th September 2019

 

Gates

As we returned from the school holidays we reviewed the gate opening times with a view to improving the security of the site and the safety of the children.

 

Last year the gates were opened up from 2.50pm, but a number of parents still tried to enter the site earlier, which posed a problem, as the children were often still using the playground for lessons. We therefore felt that this compromised the security of the site and the safety of the children.

 

With the aforementioned in mind we have trialled opening the gates at a later time each day, but this has highlighted issues for some parents collecting from the Nursery and also from main school.

We have therefore decided to try to remedy the issues identified, by opening the Nursery Gate off the High Street at 2.55pm and the other main gates at 3.00pm; starting with the gate by Kiddicare followed by the gate at the bottom of the steps of the Verdin Car Park and then the gate off the High Street. This will enable the children to make the most of the playground for lessons before the time specified; the staff will also take the children into school at 3.00pm each day to ensure the safety of all concerned.

 

Should you have any further comments regards to this or any other issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office.

 

Year 6

Each year we ask the Y6 to apply for different roles across the school. These include Safety Officers, Art Leaders, Librarians, Play Leaders and Sports Leaders to name but a few. These have been allocated and the children will now be trained in each area. We look forward to them undertaking their roles.

 

School Council

I am delighted to inform you that the following Y6 children have been selected to be School Council Members:

 

Maddison G                Joshua  W-B

Isabelle B         Harvey E

Katie A            Harrison B

Jennifer B          Harley K

Jessica D        Charlie D

 

Absence

Unfortunately I write to inform you that I am likely to be absent from school, as I am due to have an operation on the 23rd September. In my absence, Mrs Lowe will assume the majority of my daily duties, although I will still be in contact with the school. Mrs Taylor, Mrs Robbins, Miss Garnett and Mr Askey will support Mrs Lowe during this period. Sadly I was not able to persuade the National Health Service to admit me during the summer holidays, but hopefully I will be back sooner rather than later.

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

We will be holding a coffee morning on Wednesday 25th September from 9.30am until 11.00am in the school hall. All proceeds from the morning will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Research. If you are able to support this event by donating some cakes which can be sold by the school council members, then please can you send them into school on Tuesday 24th September.  Access to the coffee morning will be from the Upper Verdin Car Park gate and through the glass corridor. We hope that you can join us.

 

 

Head Lice

Unfortunately, we have had a few cases of head lice reported in school. Please can you check your child’s hair this weekend and treat if required. Please can we also remind you that all children with long hair (girls and boys) should have their hair tied back to reduce the chance of spreading head lice. Thank you for your support with this matter.

 

Parents / Teacher Meetings

These will be held during the week beginning 14th October. A further letter will be distributed nearer to the time. However, should you need to discuss any matters with your child’s class teacher, please don’t hesitate to contact them.

 

New Starters

We will be holding a series of tours around the school on the following dates for parents who may wish their child to start at High Street in September 2020:

 

Tuesday 24th September @ 9.30am

Monday 14th October @ 9:45am

Tuesday 22nd October @1.30pm

Wednesday 6th November @1.30pm

Thursday 14th November @ 9.30am

Wednesday 27th November @ 1.30pm

 

Should you wish to view the school on one of these occasions, please contact the school office to register your interest. Tel: 01606 288188

 

PTA Meeting

The PTA Committee will be meeting at High Street on Monday 16th September at 3.30pm to discuss fundraising activities and activities to support the children. All parents / friends of the school are welcome to attend. Please note that there will be a member of staff to look after children during the meeting.

 

High School Applications

Please note that if you have a Y6 child who is due to start High School in September 2020, then you need to apply for a place at your chosen High School by 31st October 2019. Applications should be made through the Cheshire West and Chester website.

 

Should you have any concerns or wish us to explain something in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact us. As with all school related matters, your first point of contact should be your child’s class teacher. However, if you need further assistance with a matter then a member of the Senior Leadership team will be happy to assist.

 

Harvest Festival Celebration Services

Our Harvest Festival services will take place in a variety of venues this year led by children from different year groups.

  •      The EYFS (Nursery and Foundation Stage) children’s services will be held in the school hall on Friday 11th October at 9.15am and 2.45pm. Parents of Nursey children are invited to attend the first performance. Parents of FS are invited to attend the afternoon service due to the number of spaces available.
  •       The Key Stage 1 service will be held at St Andrew’s Methodist Church on Wednesday 9th October at 9.30am. (Year 1 parents are invited to attend as these children will lead the service). Y2 children will form the choir, but unfortunately there will not be sufficient space to accommodate the parents of these children. There will be opportunities later in the term for these parents to see their children in other performances.
  •      The Year 3 children will be leading the KS2 service with Y5 at the United Reform Church on Thursday 10th October at 9.45am.  (Year 3 and 5 parents are invited to attend with the Y3 leading the service with Y5 as the choir).
  •      The Year 4  and Year 6 children will take part in a Harvest Service led by Y3 at school. Unfortunately we can’t accommodate parents, but there will be opportunities later in the term when these children will take the lead and parents will be invited.
  •       As part of our Harvest Services this year we will be collecting food contributions in support of the ‘Mid Cheshire Foodbank’ which supports families in need through low income, who are in debt or who are experiencing Benefit delays. (Contributions of dried foods, biscuits, cakes and tinned produce can be brought into school from Monday 30th September onwards).

 

 

 

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

 

                                                                                   

Newsletter 5.9.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 5th Sep 2019 @ 2:22pm

Dear Patent / Carers

We would like to welcome children and parents new to High Street together with those returning following the summer break. We hope that you have all had a productive summer and have managed to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

New Staff
This year we welcome the following teachers to the school:
Mr P Burgess: Reception
Mr M Rainer: Y3
Mr V Amarasinge: Y4

In addition we welcome Mrs C Davenport to the administration team and Mr Dale to the school as a site officer. I am sure that you will make them all feel very welcome.

Class structure
As with last year the children are based in classes named after rivers in the UK. The river names are those studied by the children or visited during the residential visits.
When sending correspondence into school we ask that you refer to your child’s class e.g. Y3 Conwy
For your reference, please find the class names listed below together with their corresponding teacher.

 

 

Nursery:            Miss Williams                                                    Nursery: Dane                                       

                        Mr Allen                                                            Nursery: Weaver

Reception:        Miss Garnett                                                                 Reception: Croco

                        Mr Burgess                                                                   Reception: Dean

                        Miss Fox                                                                      Reception: Bollin

Year 1:              Miss Price                                                                    Year 1: Gowy

                        Mrs Cooper (Miss Bebbington)                          Year 1: Wheelock

                        Mr Owen                                                                       Year 1: Dee

Year 2:              Mrs Robbins                                                                 Year 2: Manifold

                        Mrs Ferguson                                                                Year 2: Wye

                                    Miss McCabe                                                                Year 2: Dove

Year 3:              Miss Barwick                                                                Year 3: Conwy

                                    Mr Rainer                                                                      Year 3: Severn

                                    Miss Phillips                                                                 Year 3: Adda

Year 4:              Mrs Coleman / Mrs Raistrick                                          Year 4: Ouse

                                    Mr Amarasinghe                                                            Year 4: Foss

                                    Miss Toomer                                                                 Year 4: Derwent

Year 5:              Mrs Moorhouse                                                             Year 5: Brent

                                    Miss Stanway                                                                Year 5: Thames

                                    Mrs Lawton / Miss Guppy                                              Year 5: Wandle

Year 6:              Mr Askey                                                                      Year 6: Esk

                                    Miss Warrell                                                                  Year 6: Calder

                                    Miss Baker                                                                    Year 6: Eden

 

Please note that Y4 Ouse and Y5 Wandle will have two teachers sharing the class. However as with previous job shares, the governors and I have provided a half day overlap to ensure a smooth transition from one half of the week to the other.

 

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!

 

Back to school meetings
As in previous years we will be running a series of ‘Welcome to your new year group meetings.’ These have been scheduled as follows:

Year 1: Tuesday 10th September @ 3.15pm in Theatre
Year 2: Tuesday 10th September @ 3.45pm in Theatre
Year 5 Wednesday 11th September @ 3.15pm in Theatre
Reception: Wednesday 11th September @ 2.45pm in Reception Classrooms
Year 4: Wednesday 11th September @ 3.45pm in Theatre
Year 6: Thursday 12th September @ 3.15pm in Theatre
Year 3: Thursday 12th September @ 3.45 in the Theatre

Please enter via the glass corridor doors off the green mat area adjacent to the Reception.

We hope to see you at these meetings to inform you of how the year will run and to provide you with the opportunity to meet your child’s new teacher(s).

Although I will do my best to pop into all of the welcome meetings, this is not always possible. Should I not be there, Mrs Lowe (Deputy Head teacher) or Mrs Taylor (Assistant Head teacher) will be available. Should you need to see me specifically, then please arrange a mutually convenient time, by speaking to one of the ladies in the school office or by emailing for an appointment.

School Dinners
As previously noted, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will continue to receive free school meals. Children in Y3 and above may also qualify for free school meals depending on their family circumstances.

To qualify, 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)

To make an application you need to call Wyvern House on 0300 123 7039. This is a very quick process. Once you have notification that your child is eligible for free school meals you will need to inform the school with the evidence provided.


Uniform
Many thanks to all parents for kitting their children out in the appropriate school uniform. The children looked fantastic today as they embarked on the new school year. It is important that these standards are maintained. Please note that KS2 children should wear the clip on school ties and black school shoes must be worn to and from school.

 

Geography

I am delighted to inform you that we have been accredited with the Silver Quality Mark for Geography. This is a tremendous achievement and a true recognition of the hard work which has been undertaken to develop standards in this area. I would like to thank all concerned for their efforts with this.

 

PE Quality Mark
I am also delighted to inform you that we have been awarded the Gold Quality Mark for Physical Education. This reflects the hard work undertaken to maintain the standard of PE across the school and in the provision of extra school activities. This is the third year in succession that we have received this standard, should we maintain it for another year, and then we will receive the Platinum Mark. Well done to all concerned!


Calendar dates
We are busy scheduling dates for the Autumn terns and the remainder of the year as appropriate. These will be added to the school website for your convenience. The dates for each residential visit have already been added as have school holidays. We will do our best to remind you of upcoming dates on regular newsletters and through Twitter and Facebook.


Scooters / Bikes
Please note that children riding to school on either scooters or bikes must wear a helmet in accordance with the Local Authority guidelines. In addition, children should dismount and push their bikes / scooters from the school gate to the storage area. Sadly on the last day of term a child ran into another child on one of the paths leading from the school. We therefore ask that parents ensure that their children are competent to ride and ensure that the children do not ride through pedestrians. Sadly any child who doesn’t comply with the aforementioned will receive a ban from coming to school on their bike / scooter.

 

We look forward to working with your child during the year. Should you have any concerns or wish us to explain something in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact us. As with all school related matters, your first point of contact should be your child’s class teacher. However, if you need further assistance with a matter then a member of the Senior Leadership team will be happy to assist.

 

Kind regards

 

Mark Joule

Head teacher

Newsletter 24.7.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 24th Jul 2019 @ 2:41pm

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                          24th July 2019

 

Dear Parents/ Carers

 

As we approach the end of the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you 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 the school, all the very best for the future.

 

Leavers’ 2019

Last night our Y6 children were real stars, performing a short play entitled ‘The Pirates of the Curry Bean’ for their parent’s which was followed by a presentation and drinks / refreshments for all involved. This was a lovely evening for all concerned and one in which the children and parents were able to share their memories of their time spent at High Street.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the 2019 leaver’s together with any other child relocating schools, all the very best for the future. They will all be welcome to visit in the future. ‘Once a ‘High Streeter’, always a ‘High Streeter’.

 

Staff Leavers

As we finish for the summer break, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the following staff for their service to the school, as they move to their new positions: Mr Wright, Mrs Astley, Miss Levis and Mr Thorburn. In addition I would also like to wish Mrs O’Cleirigh a long and happy retirement.

Finally I would like to wish Miss Sugarman all the very best for the future, as she has also secured a position closer to her home.

 

Pyjama Day: 18th July

Thank you for encouraging your child(ren) to participate in the recent Pyjama Day. This was a great success with £418.65 being raised for children requiring organ transplants. A proportion of this will also be used to support Tyler from Y5 in his quest to participate in the Transplant Games. We wish him all the very best in the competition and look forward to hearing how he has got on.

 

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 no increase in the cost of each meal in September and the cost will remain at £2.30 per meal. 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.

 

SIMS Pay 

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

The system we use is known as SIMS Pay 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 Pay online payments

  1. You will already have received an email which includes your child’s unique registration reference for SIMS Pay. If you have not got an email address you will have received a letter which contains your child’s registration number. 
  2. To access SIMS Pay 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
  3. Please login to SIMS Pay -   https://www.sims-pay.co.uk/Home
  4. When prompted you will need to enter the Invitation code and then your child’s date of birth.
  5. Follow the simple online instructions to register your account.
  6. Please register your new account as soon as possible as the passwords have expiry  

dates. If the password has expired please contact the office.

  1. 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.

 

 

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

 

 

Kind regards

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 Please note that the school reopens for the children on Wednesday 4th September 2019, although the staff will be undertaking training on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd.

Celebration Open Evening, by Mrs Collins

Date: 10th Jul 2019 @ 3:40pm

 

 

Winsford High Street Community Primary School

Summer Open Evening 2019

We look forward to seeing you during our open evening on Thursday 11th July from 5.00pm – 7.00pm

During the evening we will be showcasing work produced by the children during our ‘Curriculum Zoo Project’.

There will be lots for you to see and do!

Nursery: Children will be able to play butterfly games or plant seeds.

Reception: You will be able to enjoy butterfly themed art / craft and sample the Honey flavoured ice cream.

Year 1: You will be able to make / buy pine cone bird feeders. The children will also be selling bird puppets and art work.

Year 2: There will be an opportunity for you to decorate ‘bat biscuits’ as well as making bat bookmarks and bat magnets.

Year 3: You will have the opportunity to participate in some bottle top art. In addition you will have the chance to make fridge magnets based on a sea creature theme.

Year 4:   Should you visit Year 4 you will be able to have a go at painting a songbird or make an Indonesian candle holder. Furthermore you might like to purchase some pick and mix bird food for your garden.  

Year 5: The year 5 children will be running the chocolate sauce café in the main hall.

Year 6: Ever wondered how to make designer craft soap? Well the answer lies in Year 6. You will have the opportunity to make your own bar of soap or to purchase one made by the mini company.          

 In addition there will be a variety of stalls in the small hall being hosted by the PTA as well as small fundraising activities in the main hall.

We look forward to seeing you on the evening.

Kind regards

Mark Joule Head Teacher

 

 

Newsletter 8.7.19, by Mrs Collins

Date: 8th Jul 2019 @ 12:10pm

NEWSLETTER                      8th July 2019

 

 

Dear Parents/ Carers

Exciting News

I am very proud to inform you that Caitlin Smith in Year 5 has been selected to be the Junior Mayor of Winsford for the next year. She will support the Town Mayor at functions and events in the locality. Caitlin will assume her role on Friday 12th July, when officials from the town will visit the school to lead a Mayor Making ceremony for the children. I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Caitlin on her appointment, and wish her every success in her role.

 

New Staffing Structure

Please find outlined below our staffing structure for the coming year following the appointment of three new teachers. We welcome Mr Burgess, Mr Rainer and Mr Amarasingh to the teaching staff, in addition to Mrs Lawton and Mrs Raistrick who will be returning from maternity leave.

 

Nursery:            Miss Williams                                                    Dane                                       

                        Mr Allen                                                            Weaver

Reception:        Miss Garnett                                                     Croco

                        Mr Burgess                                                       Dean

                        Miss Fox                                                          Bollin

Year 1:              Miss Price                                                         Gowy

                        Miss Bebbington                                               Wheelock

                        Mr Owen                                                           Dee

Year 2:              Mrs Robbins                                                     Manifold

                        Mrs Ferguson                                                    Wye

                        Miss McCabe                                                    Dove

Year 3:              Miss Barwick                                                     Conwy

                        Mr Rainer                                                          Severn

                        Miss Phillips                                                     Adda

Year 4:              Mrs Coleman / Mrs Raistrick                              Ouse

                        Mr Amarasingh                                                  Foss

                        Miss Toomer                                                     Derwent

Year 5:              Mrs Moorhouse                                                 Brent

                        Miss Stanway                                                    Thames

                        Mrs Lawton / Miss Guppy                                  Wandle

Year 6:              Mr Askey                                                          Esk

                        Miss Warrell                                                      Calder

                        Miss Baker                                                        Eden

 

Please note that Y4 Ouse and Y5 Wandle will have two teachers sharing the class. However as with previous job shares, the governors and I have provided a half day overlap to ensure a smooth transition from one half of the week to the other.

           

New classes

The staff and I will be setting the new classes on Tuesday evening, fusing the returns from the letter which was distributed on Friday. Once these have been sorted, I will inform you towards the end of the week, which class your child will be in for the coming year.

 

Moving up days

The children will then spend time in their new classes on Tuesday 16th (pm) and Wednesday 17th (am). Please note that if your child has a teacher new to the school, we have invited them in to meet the children. Unfortunately as they are currently in different schools this may not be possible. If this is the case, we will be inviting them to meet their new class at a slightly different time, when they are available, although the children will spend time on the days specified with their new class mates.

 

Y5 Bikeability

The Y5 children participated in ‘on the road bike training’ to provide them with the skills to ride their bikes safely in the locality. The instructors commented on how positive they were and on the good behaviour displayed. Well done to all concerned!

 

Sports Week

As a member of the Vale Royal Schools Sports Association, children from the school participated in a variety of sports against children from other schools in the town. It was great to have so many pupils involved in sport in one capacity or another. Well done to all involved!

 

Edge Hill University

The Year 6 children spent an enjoyable day seeing what it is like to be a student at one of the most up and coming universities in the country. They enjoyed a tour of the campus as well as spending time in the PE / Dance studio and in the IT department using the facilities to explore 3d images. A great day was had by all! I wonder how many will pursue a route through university in the future?

 

Celebration Evening Reminder: 11th July 5.00 – 7.00pm

As in previous years we will be holding an open evening on Thursday 11th July. During this, some of the children’s work associated with the Zoo project will be on display and small stalls will be run by the children to promote the world of work. In addition to this, the PTA will be running two tombola stalls and other small stalls as in previous years. Please note that representatives from each cohort may be asked to help during the evening. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

 

Dress Down Day- 5th July

We would like to thank you for your kind donations of bottles / sweets for the PTA. They will be using the items received on their stalls during the open evening. We really appreciate your support with this. Please note that the PTA are also looking for volunteers to help during the evening; if you are able to offer an hour or more, please contact Kelly Thane (PTA Chair) via the school office.

 

Pyjama Day: 18th July

During the year we support many local and national charities through our fundraising efforts. Each worthy cause is decided on by the school council. For our final fundraising day this year, the school council have planned a ‘wear your pyjamas to school day’ and for doing so have asked that the children make a small donation. This will be used to support one of our pupils (Tyler B Y5) to help towards the costs of equipment / transport, so that he can participate in the transplant games. Tyler approached the school council earlier in the year with his request, as he had received a kidney transplant when he was younger and wishes to take part in the transplant games. A proportion of the money raised will also be given to ‘Live life Give Life’ Organisation to support other children in need of an organ transplant.

 

Should you have any concerns or wish to discuss anything that is taking place in school, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards

Mark Joule

Head teacher

 

Dates for your diary:

July

11th                     Celebration Evening (Open Evening)

16th                    Move up day(pm)

17th                    Move up day(am)

18th                    PJ Day

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    

 

 Please note that the school reopens for the children on Wednesday 4th September 2019

 

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