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OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

It has been great to see so many of you at the Parent/Teacher Meetings this week and I know that many of you have welcomed the opportunity to meet with the teachers and to share all the fantastic work the children have been busy doing over the course of this half term.  It has certainly been a very busy half term with the introduction of the New National Curriculum and our meetings were a great opportunity to share with you some of the new and exciting things the children are learning about throughout the school.  Thank you very much for coming along to these very important meetings.

Miss Goodey’s Year 4 Class and Mrs Cooper/Miss Glandfield’s Year 3 class will have their Parent/Teacher Meetings on Tuesday, 4th November.  Appointment times will be the same as those originally allocated.

 ‘Open Door Thursdays’

Don’t forget that you can pop into the Infants or Juniors any Thursday after school to have a look at your child’s work if you wish to do so throughout the school year.

Reading and Golden Tickets

Thank you to all of you who have volunteered to join our Reading Team.  Mrs Livingstone and Mrs McAllister are now busy allocating times and classes to everyone.  Also, don’t forget that we are continuing our Golden Ticket Challenge this academic year – so keep reading everyone. 

School Fete

Our School Fete was held on Saturday 27th September and was a resounding success this year. 

A wonderful time was had by all and a total sum of £3,600 was raised!  Putting on the Fete takes a lot of very hard work and very many thanks to those members of the PTA who were amazingly busy preparing for the day and on the day itself.  Thank you from all of us.  Thank you also to all of you who volunteered your help on the day also – parents, carers, pupils, governors and members of staff all came along on the day to help make it such a wonderful success.

Olympic Coins Raffle

In assembly today we drew the winner of the Olympic coins.  The coin set was won by Connie Stevens in Moonstone Class.  Thanks to Mrs Westcott-Price for organising the raffle.  Proceeds will go towards buying further sports equipment for the school.

NSPCC

We were fortunate to have a representative of the NSPCC come into school to talk to the children about the work of the NSPCC and ways that the children can make sure they stay safe.  They also told the older children all about Childline and how it is there for the children to use at all times.  In return we offered to fundraise on behalf of the Society and this week the children have been carrying out special sports activities to help raise funds for the NSPCC.  Each child will be bringing home with them today a sponsor sheet showing what activity they took part in and how well they did.  If you would like to take part in this fundraising activity, can the children please collect sponsors over the half term and bring back any monies raised after the half term. 

Harvest

Thank you very much to all of you who sent food in for Harvest.  Our Year 3 children have today taken all donations to St Margaret’s Church where it will be distributed to the Thurrock Food Bank.  Year 3 were very excited to be representing our school at the Church and were very proud they had so much food to take with them to share amongst the families of Thurrock and our immediate local area.

Attendance

Our overall attendance so far this term in the Junior School is 97.1% which according to Government guidelines is very good attendance and 95.7% in the Infant School which is good attendance.  Minimum satisfactory attendance is considered to be 95% but Government guidelines say that most children should attend school 97% or more of the time.  90% attendance is the same as having half a day off every week and 80% attendance is the same as having a whole day off every week.  If you take a two week holiday in term time your child’s attendance will be less than 95%.  Term time absence will not be authorised unless in VERY exceptional circumstances and we ask that you do all that you can to encourage your child to be at school every day.  The classes in each school with the best attendance are Mrs Cooper’s and Miss Glandfield’s Year 3 class (98.6%) and Mrs Green’s Year 2 class (98.3%).  Well done to those classes.

School Lunches

There is a new school menu which will start after the half term break.  If your child is in the Early Years, Year 1 or Year 2 please ensure that you send the form showing your child’s dinner choices for the week into school on a Monday.  This will help to ensure that your child gets their preferred choice of meal every day.   Those children in Years 3, 4,5 and 6 will make their choices each morning. 

Open Day

On Thursday 6th November we will be holding an Open Day for parents and carers of pre-school children to come along to find out more about Arthur Bugler prior to applying to Thurrock Admissions for a school place for September 2015.  If you have a pre-school child born between September 1st 2010 and August 31st 2011 please do drop in between 9.15 am – 11.45 am or 1.15 pm – 2.45 pm.  If your child is currently in Year 2 in the Infant School and you would like the opportunity to look around the Junior School building you too can visit on this day to have a look around during the same times as above.  Just let us know in the Infant School Office if you intend to visit the Junior School on that day.  

Parking

Once again we would like to remind everyone about parking in the school car park.  Please do not drive into the school car park at the end of the day unless you are a ‘blue badge’ holder who has registered your badge number with the Infant or Junior School office

This half term there have also been three accidents in Balmoral Avenue at school home time.  Unfortunately cars have been damaged but luckily no adults or children have been seriously injured.  Next time it could be that a child or adult is hurt in a more serious way.  Please ensure you park safely in Balmoral Avenue and surrounding streets and always be aware of other car users, adults and children around you.  Don’t forget than many of our older Junior children do walk home alone so please do be extra vigilant and safe.

Mobile Phones

As you know, children should not bring mobile phones to school.  However we do understand that some children bring phones to school for safety reasons because they are walking home on their own after school.  If your child needs to bring their phone to school for this reason, please ensure that the phone is clearly labelled with their name and left in the school office during the school day.  Phones can be collected from the Office at the end of the school day. 

Lost Property

There is a vast amount of lost property in the Junior School Office awaiting to find its owners!  Some of the clothing found around the school is brand new but sadly none of the items have names inside.  If you are missing jumpers, sweatshirts, fleeces or shoes please do pop into the School Office to have a look inside the box. 

Uniform

Can we please remind you about the importance of the children wearing the correct school uniform.  A number of children are now regularly coming to school in trainers, proper school shoes (black) must be worn at all times please.

Start of the School Day

Just to remind you that the start of the day in both schools is 8.45 am.  Doors will open at 8.45 and children can go straight to their classes at that time.   With the winter months fast approaching, please can we ask that children do not arrive too early and are waiting out in the cold for too long before the start of the school day.

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club has been very successful this half term, with increased numbers of children attending.  Can we remind you that children should not arrive before 7.45 a.m.  Thank you.

Guitar Lessons

Due to Mr Pethers’ absence, guitar lessons will start again in the second week back after half term.

Here are some future dates for your diaries:

4th November        Miss Goodey (Y4) and Mrs Cooper and Miss Glandfield (Y3) will

                               hold their Teacher/Parent meetings in the Junior School (these

                               meetings have been rescheduled from Tuesday 21st October)

6th November       Open Day for prospective parents and for Y2 parents and carers

17th November      Training Day (the schools will be closed)

24th November      Maths Workshop for the parents and carers of children in the

                               Early Years (the children will be sharing some of their maths

                               learning with you)

 6th December       PTA Christmas Market (11 am – 3 pm) in both school halls

 9th December       Infant School Christmas Shopping event for children (the PTA

                              will be asking for volunteers for this event soon)

 10th December     Infant School Christmas Dinner

11th December      Years 5 and 6 Rehearsal for Christmas Performance at St Margaret’s

                               Church

11th December      Junior School Disco after school

12th December      Year 5 and 6 Christmas Performance at St Margaret’s Church

15th December      2 pm Year 4 Christmas Performance

16th December      9.15 Early Years Christmas Performance

16th December      Junior School Christmas Dinner

16th December      2 pm Year 2 Christmas Performance

17th December      9.15 Year 1 Christmas Performance

17th December      Panto (performances for Infants and Juniors)

18th December      9.15 Year 3 Christmas Performance

18th December      pm Infant School Christmas Party (in school time)

19th December      Final day at school

It’s going to be a busy half term!

Further dates to make sure are in your diaries are Monday 5th January, Wednesday 18th March and Friday June 26th all of which will be days on which the school will be closed. ( Please note that Wednesday 18th March will be our Learning Conference Day where you will be asked to come up to school with your child at some point during the day to meet with your child’s teacher and to look at your child’s work.)

Have a good break, we’ll see you on Monday 3rd November.

Ms K Phillips        Miss L Glandfield        Mr G Thomas

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19th September 2013

BACK TO SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

Welcome back everyone.  We hope you all had a good summer holiday – although it all seems a long way away now we have been back at school for two weeks!   

We are writing to let you know that all the children have settled back into school very well and exciting things are already underway in every year group.  Our new Early Years children have also had a super start to their schooling at Arthur Bugler and it already seems as though they have been with us for ever!  The new Year 3 have also settled very well into KS2 and are excited to be Junior children. 

As most of you know, this is a big year for the Arthur Bugler Schools with our formal amalgamation taking place on April 1st 2015.  We have already been busy this term meeting with representatives from Thurrock and contractors to finalise the designs for our new building.  Building work will now get underway at the beginning of January and will provide the new primary school with a joint entrance and office area.  As the building works will all be taking place between the two current school buildings we are very glad to say there should be very little disruption to the children’s learning.

The New National Curriculum

This year also sees the introduction of a brand new national curriculum and throughout the course of last year we were busy getting ready to introduce the new curriculum.  For Arthur Bugler the new national curriculum came along at the perfect time because it has provided us with the opportunity to develop one Arthur Bugler Curriculum that ensures continuity and progression for all the children at Arthur Bugler as they move through the school from Early Years to Year 6.  All year groups are now studying new topics and themes and we have asked teachers to plan in more school trips and visitors to school to add to the children’s learning.  Topic Newsletters will be coming home very soon from each year group to show what the children are focusing on this term and curriculum information will also be displayed on the school websites. 

Phase Leaders

Another change for this year is that we have introduced the role of Phase Leader with some members of staff taking on additional responsibilities for particular year groups throughout the school: Mrs Hilder is the Phase Leader for Early Years and Year 1, Mrs Green is the Phase Leader for Years 2, 3 and 4 and Mrs Livingstone will lead Years 5 and 6.  As part of their role they will be communicating with you about their ‘phases’ and they will be an additional point of contact for you should you wish to discuss anything about your child. The first port of call should always be the class teacher of course but Phase Leaders can also be contacted.  

‘Open Door Thursdays’

We are also going to introduce ‘Open Door Thursdays’ throughout the school.  These sessions have already been taking place in the Infant School but from next week (Thursday 23rd) whatever year group your child is in you will be able to pop in after school to have a look at your child’s work in their classroom if you should wish to do so.   

Swimming

If your child is in Year 4, you will already know that swimming lessons have also changed and we are now going to the Basildon Sporting Village pool for swimming lessons rather than walking down to the Corringham Pool.  The new pool was a big hit with the Year 4 children last week.  Year 3s will be going later in the school year. 

Golden Tickets

Our Golden Ticket Challenge will continue this academic year – so keep reading everyone.  Early Years staff will tell our new parents and carers all about this exciting initiative.

Attendance

Our overall attendance last year was 95.7% in both schools which is considered (just) good attendance and we want to see if we can improve upon this percentage this year.   Minimum satisfactory attendance is considered to be 95% but Government guidelines say that most children should attend school 97% or more of the time.  90% attendance is the same as having half a day off every week and 80% attendance is the same as having a whole day off every week.  If you take a two week holiday in term time your child’s attendance will be less that 95%.  Term time absence will not be authorised unless in VERY exceptional circumstances and we ask that you do all that you can to encourage your child to be at school every day.

If your child is too ill to come to school, please phone the school at the beginning of each day of absence. 

Year 6 extension activities

This academic year we will be working closely with members of staff from Hassenbrook Academy.  Teachers from Hassenbrook will be coming to school to work with our children on Level 6 Maths and Literacy activities and our children will be visiting Hassenbrook to use their ICT and Science labs.  These activities are already underway and we know that our pupils will certainly benefit from these joint activities.   

There are already some further things to let you know about:

School Fete – Saturday 27th September

Our annual School Fete takes place next Saturday and we hope to see many of you there.  Last year the Fete raised £3,013.28 for the school!  Putting on the Fete takes a lot of hard work and many thanks to those members of the PTA who have been very busy preparing for the day.  If you are able to offer your help on the day, it’s not too late to volunteer.  Just leave your name with the ladies in either school office and a member of the PTA will contact you.  Please also continue sending items in for the Fete.  Donations for the cake stall should be sent in at the end of next week please.

School Lunches

School meals are now free to every child in the Infant School so please do encourage your child to stay for school dinners if they are not already doing so.  As we often say, Mrs Ball our school cook, is a masterchef!  She and her team provide very tasty and healthy meals at lunchtime and we know that those children who already have school dinners would certainly agree.  As expected there has already been a large take-up of school dinners in the Infants and this has meant a change in school lunchtimes in both buildings to provide children with adequate time to eat their meals and to ensure meals are ready for all the children at the appropriate time.  Therefore, Early Years children will now have lunch from 11.45-12.45 pm, Years 1 and 2 from 12-1pm and Years 3-6 from 12.15-1.1.10 pm.  

On the subject of school dinners, if your child is in the Early Years, Year 1, 2 or 3 can you please ensure that you send the form showing your child’s dinner choices for the week into school on a Monday.  Those children in Years 4,5 and 6 will continue to make their choices each morning. 

School Clubs

A number of clubs are already underway, taking place before and after school and during the school lunchtimes.   These clubs are organised by members of the school staff as well as outside groups.  The list of clubs on offer will be displayed on the school website and on the outside of the school buildings by the school entrance.  Children in the Juniors are told in assemblies and in their classes about the different clubs on offer to them, so we hope that many of our children will be able to take part.  If clubs are full, we will always provide an opportunity for the children to take part later on in the year.  Year 2 clubs, other than those run by Premier Sports will start, as usual, in January. 

Parent/Teacher Meetings

These will take place on Tuesday 21st October and Thursday 23rd October and will take place after school.  Nearer the time we will send timetables home for you to sign up for your appointment time to meet with your child’s teacher.  Please do make an appointment time to see your child’s class teacher before this time if there is something you would like to discuss prior to these more formal meetings.  Never be at home wondering or worrying about something, please do come into school to talk about it.

Open Day

On Thursday 6th November we will be holding an Open Day for parents and carers of pre-school children to come along to find out more about Arthur Bugler prior to applying to Thurrock Admissions for a school place for September 2015.  If you have a pre-school child born between September 1st 2010 and August 31st 2011 please do drop in between 9.15 am – 11.45 am or

1.15 pm – 2.45 pm.  If your child is currently in the Infant School and you would like the opportunity to look around the Junior School building you too can visit on this day to have a look around.  

Facebook

As many of you know last year we had a very important focus on the need for e-safety.  We will continue working with the children to ensure they understand all the risks involved on-line.  Can we please also remind you about the protocols of using Facebook safely.  Please do not post any images of our pupils on your Facebook pages nor mention any pupils’ names.  We also ask that Facebook is not used to discuss school matters when answers are best found in school.  As we have said above, the doors here are always open and if you are worried or concerned about any matters, please do come into school to discuss these with us face to face rather than through the medium of the internet.

Parking

On the subject of safety, we would like to remind everyone about parking in the school car park.  Please do not drive into the school car park at the end of the day unless you are a ‘blue badge’ holder who has registered your badge number with the Infant or Junior School office.  Last summer term we had two accidents with cars being backed into and we also had an incident where an adult was driven into by one of our parents whilst turning their car round in the car park.  Fortunately this did not lead to injury but next time it could be a child or adult who is hurt in a more serious way.  Governors have said that the next step will be to close the gates completely at the end of the day and then allow ‘blue badge’ holders in once most children have left the premises.  This is what happens at many schools but we do not wish to do this because of the congestion it will cause in Balmoral Avenue but it could be that we do not have a choice because the safety of the children must come first. 

The morning drop-off will continue to operate as it does currently.

School Premises

Sadly, we had an amount of vandalism over the summer school holidays. Windows were broken and resources outside, such as the PE sheds and Early Years resources, were damaged and destroyed.  The Governing Body will now install additional security equipment and procedures but we would like to call upon our school community to be vigilant and to keep an eye out for anything unusual that might be happening at the school out of school hours.  We did inform the police over the summer holidays and they too are helping us to ensure our school is more secure.

Training Day Dates

Further dates for you to put in your diaries are Monday 17th November, Monday 5th January, Wednesday 18th March and Friday June 26th all of which will be days on which the school will be closed. ( Please note that Wednesday 18th March will be our Termly Learning Conference Day where you will be asked to come up to school with your child at some point during the day to meet with your child’s teacher and to look at your child’s work.)

Hoping to see you at the Fete,

Ms K Phillips        Miss L Glandfield        Mr G Thomas

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End of Year Newsletter July 2014

Can you believe that here we are at the end of another school year?  This term has been especially busy and we are very pleased that you have been able to join in with all the end of year events over the past few weeks.  I know that the children were all very proud to share their learning with you during our Open Evening and at each year group's end of year celebration.

Every Friday throughout the school year we have held a Celebration Assembly and this year we really have had so much to celebrate.  The children have produced wonderful work and many of them have made so much progress in their learning.  The choirs in both schools performed wonderfully at the KS1 and KS2 Music Festivals and the Junior School Choir again won the Choir of the Year competition.  Well done too to the African Drummers who did such a great job of accompanying the Junior School Choir wherever they went.  Our sports teams have achieved so much this year too with the boys' football team finishing first in their league and the girls' second.   We also did very well in athletics, winning numerous medals in all competitions and our team finishing third overall in their group in the District competition also.  We would also like to mention that wherever our children have gone for their school trips they have been praised for their super behaviour and enthusiasm for learning – what an achievement and one that makes us all very proud!

Once again, we would like to thank all of you for your support this year.  Arthur Bugler is a special place and a true school community, with parents, staff and Governors working together for the children.  We would also like to say thank you to all the members of staff at our school who, as always, have worked very hard this year to ensure that the children are given the opportunity to learn in a safe and happy environment and to experience a wide range of extra-curricular activities.  Thank you.

Thank you too to all the members of our Governing Body.  Our Governors have worked very hard behind the scenes this year supporting the school in so many ways.  Thank you for your commitment to our school.

Thank you too to all the members of our PTA who have continued to work tirelessly to raise funds to support the children.  Our children really benefit from all the hard work our fundraisers do, so a big thank you to them as always.  The PTA have bought iPads for the children to use this year, new equipment for the Early Years' outside area and have contributed towards some school trips and the KS1 pantomime at Christmas.  They have also organised events throughout the year for all the children, including ice creams for everyone today!   I do know that the PTA would love to welcome new members, so please do get involved if you can next year.

There are some things to let you know about for September:

Children's Work.  The children have already taken some of their school work home but we intend to keep the rest of their work to go on to the next class with them for their next teachers to see.  The children will also be continuing to use their exercise books they have started in their previous year group.  The children's work will come home at the end of the Autumn term.

School Dinners. We will write to all parents and carers as soon as we get back to school to remind you of school dinner arrangements in each of the key stages.  We would just like to remind those of you with children in the new Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 that from September all school meals will be provided free of charge under the Government's new free school meals scheme.  Mrs Ball and her team in the kitchen are super cooks, so do encourage your child to have a go at staying for school dinners.   

Fruit Supplies.  We cannot guarantee that our fruit supplies for the Infant children will be here in time for the beginning of next term, so can you please supply a healthy snack for your child for our first day back at school.  Thank you.  I would also like to remind you that we are a 'Healthy School' and therefore if the children bring their own morning snacks, can you please ensure that it is a healthy snack.  The children can bring water bottles to school but no other drinks please.

First morning back at school for children.  All children return to school on Thursday 4th September.

The children in the new Years 1 and 2 will enter through the entrance in the middle of the Infant playground and we will be on hand to ensure the children get to the right place, especially the new Year 1 children.  We will also show you where to collect the children from at the end of the day on that first morning. 

The children joining us in our new Early Years class will also be starting school on Thursday 4th September and will be going straight to the Early Years entrance from the very first day.  Early Years doors will also open at 8.45 am.  All the Early Years children will be part time for the first three weeks and should be collected from the Early Years area at 11.40 each day. 

For those children starting in Year 3, Mrs Scott and Mrs Cooper will be waiting by the gate next to the Junior School hall at 8.40 and the children can be collected from the same place at 3.10 pm.

For those children in the new Years 4, 5 and 6 the arrangements will stay the same as they have been for this year.

For those of you who use the morning 'drop off' system when driving to school, the arrangements will stay the same as this year but please do not drop your child off before 8.40 am.  Doors will be opened at 8.40 in the Junior School and 8.45 in the Infant School.  Registers in both schools will be completed by 9 am so please do ensure that your child arrives promptly for the start of the school day.

Best Attendance.  Our overall school attendance this year was 95.7% in both schools.  95% is considered to be satisfactory attendance.  The class with the highest attendance throughout the year in the Infants School is Class 2 (Miss Jones Year 1 class) with an attendance of 97% and in the Junior School it is Mr Armstrong's Year 4 class with an attendance of 96.6%.   Well done to both classes.   Very well done too to our 100% attendance achievers in each year group and to those children with almost 100% attendance – our 'good attenders'.  All these children will be bringing certificates home with them and we will put everyone's name on to the School Websites.

Goodbye to Year 6.  All of us here at Arthur Bugler would like to wish all of our Year 6 children the best of luck in their future schools.  It has been a pleasure to know you all and to watch you grow.  Goodbye too to those parents who are moving on and who no longer have children at our school.  We thank you for all the support you have always shown to the school and of course to the children.

Other farewells.  The Year 6 children are not the only ones to be moving on at the end of this academic year.  We reach the end of an era today because Mrs Roast leaves us  after 16 years at Arthur Bugler Juniors.  We wish her the very best for her retirement and we know she takes with her very many happy memories.  In her role as Special Needs Coordinator, Mrs Roast has helped many children and their families at Arthur Bugler Juniors to receive additional support where it has been needed.  Mrs Connolly left the Junior School on Friday and we wish her very well in her new school.   Mrs Wilsher is moving on from the Infants School and Mrs Bragg from the Juniors so we wish them good luck for the future too.  Mrs Lane is also leaving the Infant School temporarily to have a baby (exciting times!).  Finally, Miss Manning will be getting married during the school holidays and will return as Mrs Lucey, so we wish her all the very best too.

Arrangements for September.  As you know, as we await formally becoming a Primary School on the 1st April, we are now working together as one school anyway.  All members of staff are looking forward to continuing to work together in September and as we have done throughout this year, we will take every opportunity to ensure the very best for all the Arthur Bugler children.

Finally we wish all of you a happy, safe and healthy summer holiday.

Ms K Phillips                  Mr Thomas                           Miss Glandfield

Headteacher                  Deputy Headteacher            Deputy Headteacher

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END OF HALF TERM NEWSLETTER (May 2014)

 

This half term has gone by so quickly but as with the whole of this school year so far, it has been action packed!  We have sent out today a list of dates for those events happening next half term but would also like to let you know about some of the events that have taken place since we came back to school after the Easter holidays.

 

Year 5 trip to the Isle of Wight

 

The Isle of Wight trip was a great success. We have received many positive comments from both the children and parents about how much the children enjoyed the trip. We also received many favourable comments about the very good standard of behaviour the children exhibited whilst undertaking a number of educational visits from staff at these venues. A big thank you to Miss Reeve for organising the excursion and Mr Armstrong, Mrs Wright, Mrs Hall,

Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Gardner-Holt for going with the children and helping to ensure that a positive time was had by all.   Whilst on the Isle of Wight the children visited Osborne House, ‘Godshill’ Model Village, Dinosaur Isle,  Portsmouth Historical Dockyard and Brading Roman Villa.

 

Year 6 SATs Assessments

Thank you to all the members of staff who held a wide variety of extra booster lessons in the run up towards SATs.  Also, a big thank you to all the children who completed these extra sessions in a very positive way.  Thanks as well to members of staff who came in early to run the Year 6 breakfast club during SATs week.

 

PTA 

We would again like to thank the ABC and FAB for their continuing hard work on behalf of us all. They are working hard on the preparation for the Autumn Fete and have organized a number of activities for the upcoming summer weeks. The aim is to raise as much as possible to further develop the stock of Ipads so that eventually each year group will have their own set.

Please do come along to get involved in PTA events – new members are always welcome.

Football

 

The  Junior School boys A team finished off an already successful season by entering the Thurrock ‘Presidents’ Cup.  The tournament was based on the four Thurrock league winners and runners up taking part in a champions tournament. The team played very well, only losing in the semi-final on penalties and finishing third overall in the competition. We were very proud of the result as there are nearly forty schools in the borough. Again a big thank you to Mr Armstrong for all his efforts and the support the parents have given to the team. Those boys in the team are Charlie Smith, Connor Holton-Proctor, Charlie Baker, Harry Lowe, Alfie O’Gara, Ashley Blanchard, Henry Neale, Sam Neale, Alfie Jones and Brandon Stone.  Well done to them all.  The Arthur Bugler Girls’ football team has been brilliant this season too with the Girls’ team finishing first in the Eastern League and third in the Thurrock tournament.  Well done Girls.

 

Attendance 

The classes in the Junior School withthe best attendance since the beginning of the summer term are 3CG and 6L, both with 96%.  In the Infant School it is Mrs Hilder’s Early Years class with 98.6%.  Well done to all those classes for good attendance.  The attendance for both schools since the beginning of the school year is 96% which is good, so we hope to be able to keep that up. 

 

Golden Achievers 

As we have said, it has been a very busy term with great things happening around the school.  Each Class Teacher and Learning Support Assistant were asked to choose their ‘Achievers’ for the half term.  It was a very difficult choice for all but well done to the following children whose names were added to the Junior School Gold Book:

Year 3: Kyla Willatts and Harrison Ward

Year 4: Freddie Westcott-Price and Emily Stevens

Year 5: Kara Wilkinson and Ben Unwin

Year 6: Luke Wellard and Kai Levell

If you have a look on the Infant School Website you will see the Golden Achievers from each class in the Infant School as well as the lunchtime Golden Achievers who have been chosen by the dinner ladies. 

Amalgamation 

The Governing Body have continued to work hard on the formal processes around the possible amalgamation of our schools.  The second consultation period has now finished with a very positive outcome in favour of the amalgamation of our schools.  Currently the final decision is with the Thurrock Director of Education who will be writing to the schools in the week after half term with the decision about the outcome.  During this half term we have continued to meet with the Surveyors to finalise plans for the new building once we get the go ahead for the formal amalgamation.   Other legal processes are being carried out also, so we are well on our way.  As always, as soon as we have any further information we will let you know, although as you all know we are continuing to work together as one school anyway.   

 

Have a happy and safe school holiday - we’ll see you on Monday, 2nd June.

 

Ms K Phillips, Mr G Thomas and Miss L Glandfield

 

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Arthur Bugler Infant & Junior Schools

 END OF HALF TERM NEWSLETTER (February 2014)

 

What another busy half term!  All the children are engaging in their new topics and exciting things have been happening in all the classrooms throughout the past weeks. The two schools have continued to work very well together in a wide variety of ways. All staff, LSA and leadership meetings have continued to be joint and have been very productive. Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their hard work and care for the children at our school. Thanks again too to all of you for your efforts throughout the half term, the support from the school community continues to be a real strength for Arthur Bugler. The parents, grandparents, FAB members and governors that come into school to help have made a real difference especially when supporting reading and library activities.

 FAB and ABC

 

The FAB and ABC teams have met and worked tirelessly to raise funds and organise events for the children. We are very grateful for the time and effort they have put into this. Details of the upcoming activities are to follow. As a result of their efforts the school has been able to order more IPads to support the childrens’ learning.

School  Governors

 

A big thank you too to our School Governors. We have an extremely dedicated Governing Body who work behind the scenes for both schools.  They have again been very busy meeting many times to discuss the  proposed future amalgamation and supporting the schools in a wide variety of ways in their monitoring role – thank you to all of them for the time they give up to carry out this important role.

Football

 

Unfortunately the recent poor weather has really limited the amount of school matches we have been able to play in the last few weeks, the pitches have been waterlogged continuously. However, the boys ‘A’ team remain top of the league and the girls are still doing well in their league. We did manage to get in one girls year 4/5 game against Lansdowne which the girls won 3-2.  Well done to them.

Gold Book

 

As we have said, it has been a very busy term with great things happening around the school.  Each class teacher and Learning Support Assistant were asked to choose their ‘Achievers’ for the half term.  It was a very difficult choice for all but well done to the following children whose names were added to the Junior School Gold Book:

Year 3: Lewis Scott and Seamus Troy

Year 4: Tier Young and Hayden Ellis

Year 5: Sophie Colvin and Bridie Smith

Year 6: Isobel Holt and Hollie Becker

If you have a look on the Infant School Website you will see the Golden Achievers from each class in the Infant School as well as the lunchtime Golden Achievers who have been chosen by the dinner ladies. 

Attendance

 

As you all know, it is very important that children attend school at all times.  The Government consider 95% attendance to be satisfactory but it is important that we aim to make attendance the best we can.  In both the Junior and Infant schools the whole school attendance for this last half term is 96.1% and the classes with the best attendance are 3LG with 97.1% in the Juniors and Miss Jones Year 1 class in the Infants with 98.1%.   Well done to them.

Morning drop off and after school pick up

 

When we get back after the school holidays, please remember that you can only drive into the school premises in the morning if you are using the morning ‘drop off’.  There should be no parking on the school premises at any time unless you have arranged to do so.  At the end of the school day please remember that only those carers who have disabled Blue Badges will be allowed access to the car park.  Please do not follow other vehicles into the school car park at the end of the day if you are not in possession of a relevant Blue Badge.  This is now causing real concerns for safety and the Governors are considering taking the next step of keeping the gates closed at the end of the school day, as many other schools do.  We ask one more time that you do not drive into the school car park at the end of the day unless you have a Blue Badge which you have registered with either School Office.  By working together we can ensure the safety of all.

A number of parents have also commented on the irregular and unsafe parking along Balmoral Avenue after school and we have made a request for the Local Authority to monitor this.

‘Sleeping Beauty’  (Covent Garden)

 

Mrs Stubley has managed to secure 48 tickets to go and watch the ballet ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in Covent Garden through our links with the Royal Opera House. Unfortunately, we were not allowed anymore tickets.  Any children wishing to go will have the chance to put their names forward to enter a draw to win the chance to attend. The day will be a long day and the children will have to remain seated for long periods of time, however, we feel the experience will be worth it. The coach will leave at 9.30 am and return at 6.30pm on the 19th March. We will have to ask for a voluntary contribution towards transport costs, however this will be at a considerably reduced cost compared to the usual price. (More details to follow.)

London Sinfonia

 

We have also been given the opportunity by the Royal Opera House to take members of years 5/6 to see and experience a live orchestra at the Royal Opera House in Purfleet on March 20th.  There will be a small voluntary contribution towards transport costs (again more details to follow).

Special Events

 

Year 4 had a very successful and entertaining Roman Day in which they got the opportunity to dress up as Romans and find out as much as possible from a historical expert.  Early Years have also had a fantastic ‘Super Hero Day’, enjoying lots of creative work activities as a result of it.

Breakfast Club

Thank you for all the replies to the Breakfast Club, it looks like we have had enough returns to make the Club viable.  We are looking to start the Club the second week after the Easter break – 28th April.  More details to follow.

Ms Phillips, Mr Thomas and Miss Glandfield 

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DECEMBER - END OF AUTUMN TERM

NEWSLETTER

 

What a busy term we have all had and one that has simply flown by!  All the children are well settled in their new year groups and exciting things have been happening in all the classrooms throughout the term.  As two schools we have worked more closely together than ever before and children and adults have joined together for all sorts of activities and events during the term.  Next term we will continue to bring the schools together as we move towards becoming one school in September.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their continued hard work and care for the children at our school.  Thanks too to all of you for your support throughout the term.  Once again we have been busy showing prospective new parents around our school and we always tell them how lucky we are to have such good support from our parents and carers and at Arthur Bugler we really do have a whole school community working together for all the children.

A HUGE thank you too to all the members of the Arthur Bugler Carers and Friends of Arthur Bugler.  Our PTAs have worked very hard throughout this term in their efforts to raise money for our schools.  Once again they have made this Christmas at school very special for all the children.  They have organised the Christmas Shopping Day in the Infant School and the Christmas Shopping Week in the Junior School and have organised and helped out at the Christmas parties and discos.  In the Infants they even asked Santa if he would come and visit our school and they paid for the Christmas Panto.  Thank you to all of you who have been involved with ABC and FAB this term – all of us at the Arthur Bugler schools really appreciate everything you do!

We must also say thank you to those parents, grandparents and family friends who come into school every week to support the children with their reading or who come in to help with the library and other activities.  Again we really appreciate your support.

Thank you too to our School Governors.  We have a brilliant Governing Body who work behind the scenes for both schools.  They have been very busy meeting about our future amalgamation and supporting the schools in a wide variety of ways in their monitoring role – thank you to all of them for the time they give up to carry out this important role.

We hope you all enjoyed the children’s Christmas Performances – there were certainly lots of proud faces in the audience for each performance!  Whether at school or at the Church, every performance was wonderful and helped to put us all in the Christmas mood.  Well done to all the children throughout both schools.

Well done too to the Junior School Choir who have represented the school around the local community so well and brought many smiles to those who have been able to listen to them sing. This term they have sung at Tomswood House, St Luke’s Hospice, Collins House and at the Corringham Christmas Festival.  The Infant children too had the chance to join in community events by performing at the Carols on the Green service at St Margaret’s Church.  Once again, well done to all of the children involved. 

Well done also to the boys and girls’ football teams in the Junior School who, as usual, did the school proud.  The boys’ team are top of the league and have won all six of their matches, scoring nineteen goals and conceding only one and the girls’ team are unbeaten.  The Year 4 girls’ team also played their first friendly football match and although they lost the game they really enjoyed playing and are now looking forward to more matches.  Well done too to our cross country runners who, once again, performed very well at the inter-school cross country competition.

As we have said, it has been a very busy term with great things happening around the school.  Each class teacher and Learning Support Assistant were asked to choose their ‘Achievers’ for the term.  It was a very difficult choice for all but well done to the following children whose names were added to the Junior School Gold Book:

Year 3: Ryan Elson and Frances Olley

Year 4: Jozef Evans and Ellie Clarke

Year 5: Ellie Tolley and Morgan Calder

Year 6: Nathaniel Barrett and Charlie Smith

If you have a look on the Infant School Website you will see the Golden Achievers from each class in the Infant School as well as the lunchtime Golden Achievers who have been chosen by the dinnerladies.  Also on the Website is the list of the children who achieved 100% attendance this term in the Infant School.

As you all know, it is very important that children attend school at all times.  The Government consider 95% attendance to be satisfactory but it is important that we aim to make attendance the best we can.  In both the Junior and Infant schools the whole school attendance for this term is 96% and the classes with the best attendance are 4LTC with 97.4% in the Juniors and Mrs McAllister’s Year 2 class in the Infants with 97.3%.  Please do encourage your child to try and achieve 100% attendance. In the Junior School this term we have 54 100% attendance achievers and 55 in the Infant School.  Well done to 4LTC and to Mrs McAllister’s class and to all of our 100% attendance achievers.

Fingers crossed that in the New Year we wont have any extreme weather conditions this year but just in case!  When the weather is severe we do everything we can to stay open but try to make our decision as to whether the schools will be open as early as we possibly can.  We will always make a joint decision for both schools and will then update the School Websites as soon as possible.  We will also let you know by Parentmail or by Text in the Infants and by tweet in the Juniors.  If the schools are closed this will also be reported on BBC Radio Essex 95.3 or 103.5 or on SX Heart 95.6 or 102.6.  If the schools are open, please do try to bring your child to school if it is safe to do so.  If you need a little more time to get here, don’t worry, we would rather see you and your child arrive safely.

When we get back after the school holidays, please remember that you can only drive into the school premises in the morning if you are using the morning ‘drop off’.  There should be no parking on the school premises at any time unless you have arranged to do so.  At the end of the school day please remember that only those carers who have disabled blue badges will be allowed access to the car park.  Please do not follow other vehicles into the school car park at the end of the day if you are not in possession of a relevant blue badge.

Thank you to those parents who attended the Public Meeting about the amalgamation of our schools.  Can we also ask all parents and carers to complete and return the amalgamation consultation document if you have not already done so.  The consultation process takes place with all members of the Arthur Bugler community as well as with other members of the Thurrock Community and the Department of Education.  Our Governors hope that there will be a strong response from all of us to show Thurrock and the Department of Education that we are all fully involved with deciding upon the future direction of our schools.  Hard copies of the documents can be got from either School Office if you do not have one at home or they can be found online on both School Websites and on the Thurrock Council Website if you would prefer to complete the form electronically.  The closing date to return the document is 15th January 2014.

Just a reminder that the children return to school on Tuesday 7th January 2014 at the normal time.

Finally ….

Happy Christmas holidays to everyone and very best wishes for a happy and healthy new year from all of us at the Arthur Bugler schools.

 

 Ms K Phillips, Mr G Thomas and Miss L Glandfield

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NEWSLETTER

23RD OCTOBER 2013

Unbelievably, here we are at the end of the half term.  Time has gone by very quickly and there have been so many exciting things happening in each year group over the weeks.  The children are all very well settled into their new classes and we are all looking forward to further achievements as we move through the school year.
 
This half term has also been busy with other events.  We would like to say a huge thank you to the Arthur Bugler Carers and Friends of Arthur Bugler for all their very hard work in preparing for the School Fete.  A great day was had by all and, amazingly, we raised £3,013.28 for all the children at our school.   A huge thank you to the organisers of the Fete and thank you too to everyone who gave up time to come along and help with the Fete on the day.

 

Thank you too to all of you who attended the Parents’ Forum meetings.  Lots of ideas were shared and we have already started to use some of your suggestions in school to help further improve areas such as communication between home and school. 

Thank you also for the foodstuffs sent into both schools as part of our Harvest Festival celebrations.  St Luke’s Hospice, Collins House and the Christian Care Home were all very grateful for your donations, as were all the elderly members of the community who also received some of your donations.

Turning now to next half term, there are some events and dates to let you know about.

On Thursday 7th November we will be holding an Open Day for parents and carers of pre-school children to come along to find out more about the Arthur Bugler Schools prior to applying to Thurrock Admissions for a school place for September 2014.  If you have a pre-school child born between September 1st 2009 and August 31st 2010 please do drop in between 9.15 am and 11.45 am or between 1.15pm and 2.45pm to have a look around the schools.  We just ask that you let the Infant School Office know that you will be visiting.

Following a suggestion at the Parents’ Forum meeting we will also be extending the Open Day invite to current Year 2 parents and carers to come along to have a look around the Junior School before applying for your child’s place in Year 3.  The times will be the same (9.15 am – 11.45 am or 1.15 pm – 2.45 pm).  Once again please let the Infant School Office know that you will be visiting and they will pass the information on to the Junior School.

Just a reminder also about the Parents and Carers meetings on Tuesday 12th November and Thursday 14th November.  Those of you with children in the Infants school have now all signed up for your appointment times and the Junior School will ensure that there are no clashes of appointment times for siblings as they allocate times to meet with you.  Junior School appointment times will come home as soon as we return to school after half term.  These are very important meetings and we hope very much to see all of you there. 

We have also made dates for some of our Christmas events.  In the Junior School this year only Years 5 and 6 will perform at St Margaret’s Church in Stanford le Hope.  Their performance will take place on Friday 13th December in the morning.  If your child is in Year 5 or 6 we hope to see you at the Church.  Further details will follow next half term.

All other year groups will be sharing a Christmas celebration performance with their parents and carers in school.  The dates for these performances are:

Early Years                   Tuesday 10th December at 9.30 am

Year 1                           Tuesday 17th December at 9.15 am

Year 2                           Monday 16th December at 9.15 am

Year 3                           Thursday 12th December at 1.45 pm

Year 4                           Wednesday 11th December at 1.45 pm

Once again, further details will follow nearer the time but we thought we would let you know now so that you can put the dates in your diaries.

Parent Readers.  Our new parent reading teams are now underway in both schools and are busy reading with children from every year group.   Thank you so much for volunteering, we really appreciate your support with helping to further develop our children’s enthusiasm for reading.

On the subject of reading, the Golden Ticket Challenge is well and truly underway and some avid readers have already been awarded a golden ticket for reading more than 50 times to an adult.  We done everyone … and keep reading!   

We mentioned above that we are continually looking at ways to improve home-school communication.  For those of you with children in the Junior School, can we please remind you to follow the school on Twitter and if you turn on your mobile notification you will get all the tweets by text message, ensuring instant news update.  Also, if you have not already done so, please provide your email details to the Junior School office and this will enable us to send all our communications out to you by email also.

After half term the School Dinner Menu will be changing.  ‘Roast Dinner Day’ will now be on Wednesdays.  For the first week only, Wednesday 6th November, the meat will be pork but after that it will be turkey, as it says on the new Menu.  Also, if your child is in Year 2, we will be introducing the lunchtime wristbands so that you will be able to order the meal your child wants at the beginning of the week.  A separate letter will follow this week for Year 2 parents and carers to explain how the system works.

We would also like to ask all children to avoid bringing nuts into school for snack or lunch.  We have a few pupils with extreme nut allergies and it can be dangerous for them to come into contact with nuts.  If it is not possible to avoid bringing nuts in, please can you inform the Infant or Junior School Office at the beginning of the day so that we can then inform everyone who needs to know in school to ensure the safety of all.

Can we also ask you all to check for headlice.  There have been cases in all year groups so please do ensure that you check your child’s hair regularly.  If we all make the effort, hopefully we can stop headlice moving from child to child.

At the Parents’ Forum meeting we also spent a considerable time talking about the school car park at the end of the day.  We have had two accidents this half term with cars being backed into.  We also had an incident where an adult was driven into by one of our parents whilst turning their car round in the car park.  Fortunately, he was not injured but next time it could be a child or adult who is hurt in a more serious way. The next step will be to close the gates completely at the end of the day (this is what happens at many schools) and then allow ‘blue badge’ holders in once most children have left the premises.  We do not wish to do this because of the congestion it will cause in Balmoral Avenue but it could be that we do not have a choice because the safety of the children must come first.  Therefore, we are once again asking you not to drive into the school car park at the end of the day unless you are a ‘blue badge’ holder who has registered your badge number with the Infant or Junior School office. 

On the subject of safety, can we please remind you about the protocols of using Facebook safely.  Please do not post any images of our pupils on your Facebook pages nor mention any names.  We also ask that Facebook is not used to discuss school matters when answers are best found in school.  The doors here are always open and if you are worried or concerned about any matters, please do come into school to discuss these with us.

Our school Bokwa Club is now up and running and they will be performing on Saturday 26th October outside ‘Little Sprogs’ at 2 pm.  Do go and have a look, there are still places available if your child would like to join the Bokwa Club after half term.

Some more good news now … the classes with the very best attendance this half term are 4LTC in the Junior School with 98.6% and Mrs McAllister’s Year 2 Class in the Infant School with 97.4%.  Well done to those classes.  Our overall attendance for this half term is 96% for the Junior School and 96.2% for the Infant School.  95% is considered to be satisfactory attendance and 96% good attendance, so at the moment attendance at both our schools is good. 

Also we are proud to let you know that the Junior School girls and boys football teams have performed magnificently this half term – well done to them all.  We should definitely be in the Premier Division!  The teams came second and third in their respective tournaments.

Also we would also like to wish Izobel Holt and Connie Schofield good luck in their production of Snow White at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.  They will be performing with their dance troupe Youth Creation and we are reliably informed that their first performance last night was amazing!  Well done girls for showing our core values of courage and responsibility.   

Finally, just a reminder that our last day at school will be this Friday, 25th October and we will be returning to school after the half term holiday on Tuesday 5th November. 

Have a good break.

Ms K Phillips & Mr G Thomas

 

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9th September 2013

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back!  We hope you all had a good summer holiday. 

We are writing to let you know that all the children have settled back into school very well and exciting things are already underway in every year group.  Our new Early Years children have also had a super start to their schooling at Arthur Bugler.  All the school adults have soon settled back to school too and we welcome all the new members of staff to the Arthur Bugler team.

This term will be different for all of us.  As most of you will recall, the governing bodies have taken the decision for the schools to work more closely together and the Local Authority have given their full support to help us move forward to achieve this.  Your thoughts and comments will be very important in moving forward with plans for the future and we look forward to having your thoughts and comments once the LA commences a formal consultation period later this term.

In the meantime, we have started this school year working together as one school in many ways.  The term started with a joint training session for all staff and we have let the children know that we will be doing much more together across the key stages.  For example, we have had our first joint celebration assembly with children from each year group in each school hall to share their weekly achievements and the School Council will get underway this week with ‘pupil councillors’ from every year group.  We are also working hard on making sure that school policies, practices and planning support the schools in working more closely together and the governing bodies have taken the decision to meet jointly throughout this term focusing on school priorities across both the schools.

For this term, Mr Thomas will continue in his role as Acting Headteacher in the Junior School and Ms Phillips and Miss Glandfield in their roles as Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in the Infant School.  In addition, Ms Phillips and Miss Glandfield will be seconded to the Junior School for two days a week and Mr Thomas to the Infant School for one day.  This arrangement will allow Ms Phillips, Mr Thomas and Miss Glandfield to work together to support both schools.  In addition, members of staff from both schools will work together in their leadership areas looking at ways of working across both the schools, for example Mrs McAllister and Mrs Livingstone are making sure strategies for teaching reading progress smoothly from the Early Years to Year 6.  In working in this way we will make sure that we are able to share the best practices and strengths from both schools to ensure the very best for all the children at Arthur Bugler as we move forward to more formal ways of working together once the consultation period has been completed.

Once again we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, our members of staff, pupils and parents and carers for all you do in supporting the Arthur Bugler Schools’ Community. 

 

Anjie Gaywood                                              Andrew Walker

Chairs of Governors

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End of Year Newsletter July 2013

Dear Parents/Carers,

Can you believe that here we are at the end of another school year?  This term has been especially busy and we are very pleased that you have been able to join in with all the end of year events over the past few weeks.  I know that the children were all very proud to share their learning with you during our Open Evening and at each year group’s end of year celebration.

Once again, I would like to thank all of you for your support this year.  Arthur Bugler Infants is a special place and a true school community, with parents, staff and Governors working together for the children.  I would also like to say thank you to all the members of staff at our school who, as always, have worked very hard this year to ensure that the children are given the opportunity to learn in a safe and happy environment.  The children in all year groups have achieved very well this year – so well done to them all.

Thank you too to all the members of our Governing Body.  They have worked very hard behind the scenes this year supporting the school in so many ways.  Thank you.

Thank you too to all the members of our PTA who have continued to work tirelessly to raise funds to support the children.  Our children really benefit from all the hard work our fundraisers do, so a big thank you to them as always.  The PTA have bought iPads for the children to use this year and have contributed towards each year group’s school trip and the pantomime at Christmas.  They have also organised events throughout the year for all the children.   I do know that the PTA (Arthur Bugler Carers) would love to welcome new members, so please do get involved if you can next year.

 I also wanted to let you know that our Infant Choir (children from both Years 1 and 2) performed at the Thurrock Music Festival on 16th July and did a super job.  Well done to them.

 There are some things to let you know about for September:

 

Children’s Work.  The children have already taken some of their school work home but we intend to keep the rest of their work to go on to the next class with them for their next teachers to see.  The children will also be continuing to use their exercise books they have started in their previous year group.  The children’s work will come home at the end of the Autumn term.

 School Dinners.  Once we are back at school on Tuesday 3rd September please remember we will only accept payment for school dinners at the beginning of the week, although you will still be able to choose which days you would like your child to have school dinners during the week.  When we return to school in September, we will start on Week 1 of the School Dinner Menu.  Dinners cost £1.80 and certainly provide good value for money.  Mrs Ball and her team in the kitchen are super cooks, so do encourage your child to have a go at staying for school dinners. 

A number of you have mentioned in the parent questionnaires that you would like to see the lunchtime wristband system introduced throughout the school.  Those of you with children in the Early Years this year will be familiar with this system which allows children to choose what they will have for lunch each day at the beginning of the week.  As soon as we are back at school we will write to provide you with further information about this.

Fruit Supplies.  We cannot guarantee that our fruit supplies will be here in time for the beginning of next term, so can you please supply a healthy snack for your child for our first day back at school.  Thank you.  I would also like to remind you that we are a ‘Healthy School’ and therefore if the children bring their own morning snacks, can you please ensure that it is a healthy snack.  The children can bring water bottles to school but no other drinks please.

 First morning back at school for children in Years 1 and 2.  The children in the new Years 1 and 2 come back to school on Tuesday 3rd September.  All the Year 1 and Year 2 children will enter through the entrance in the middle of the playground and we will be on hand to ensure the children get to the right place, especially the new Year 1 children.  We will also show you where to collect the children from at the end of the day on that first morning.  For those of you who use the morning ‘drop off’ system when driving to school, the arrangements will stay the same as this year but please do not drop your child off before 8.45 am.  Doors will be opened at 8.45 and registers completed by 9 am so please do ensure that your child arrives promptly for the start of the school day.

 First morning back at school for the new Early Years children.  The children joining us in our new Early Years class will also be starting school on Tuesday 3rd September and will be going straight to the Early Years entrance from the very first day.  Early Years doors will also open at 8.45 am.  All the Early Years children will be part time for the first four weeks and should be collected from the front of the school at 12 o’clock each day. 

First morning back at school for children in Year 3.  Children starting in Year 3 also start back on Tuesday 3rd September.  If you walk up to the Junior School, Mrs Green and Miss Goodey will be waiting by the gate into the playground area to welcome you to the Junior School and to show you how to get to your new classrooms.  Junior doors open at 8.40 and registration commences at 8.50, finishing at 9 am. The Year 3 children can be collected from the playground at the end of the school day.

Best Attendance.  Our overall school attendance this year was 94.5%.  95% is considered to be good attendance but we have had an epidemic of chicken pox this year which has really impacted upon our overall attendance.  The class with the highest attendance throughout the year is Class 3 (Mrs McAllister’s Class) with an attendance of 96%.   Well done to them.  Our 100% attendance achievers this year are Harrison Sharpe, Jared Stammers, Lacey Sharpe, Daniel O’Neill, Lilly Giroud, Jack Darby and Tye Clare.  Very well done to them.   Do have a look on our website for those other children who received certificates for good attendance this year.

Goodbye to Year 2.  All of us here at Arthur Bugler Infants would like to wish all of our Year 2 children the best of luck in the Junior School.  It has been a pleasure to know you all and to watch you grow.  Goodbye too to those parents who are moving on and who no longer have younger children at our school. 

Other farewells.  The Year 2 children are not the only ones to be moving on at the end of this academic year.  Mrs Easter leaves us today after 23 years at Arthur Bugler Infants.  We wish her the very best for her retirement.  Mrs Easter will have been many of our pupils’ first teacher at Arthur Bugler Infants and I know she takes with her very many happy memories.   Mrs Babington will also be retiring today after 14 years as a Mid-day Assistant and we wish her lots of luck for her retirement (lunchtimes wont ever be quite the same again!)  Mr Blades too is leaving to take on a new Early Years teaching role and we wish him luck in his future career – he too will be missed and I know he has enjoyed every minute of his first year in teaching.  Mrs Hilder will be joining us in September to take on the role of Early Years Leader.

Arrangements for September.  As you will have seen from the letter that went out yesterday from the Chairs of Governors of both the Infant and Junior Schools, we are now moving forward in a more formal way with regard to the partnership working between the Infant and Junior Schools.  All members of staff are looking forward to working together in September and we will take every opportunity to ensure the very best for all the Arthur Bugler children. Exciting times!

Finally I wish all of you a happy, safe and healthy summer holiday.

Ms K Phillips

Headteacher

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Arthur Bugler Infant School

Easter Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to let you know about a few things before we break up for the Easter break.

Parents and Carers Meetings:  Thank you for attending our Parents and Carers meetings on the 20th March.  As always almost every parent and carer came along to meet with the class teachers and teaching assistants and to have a look at the children’s work in the classrooms.  We hope you found the sessions helpful, we certainly did.  I know also that the children enjoyed sharing all their work with you.  I am sure that you all were impressed by the work the children have done and by the progress that every child has made – the school was certainly full of very proud children the next day!

Easter Activities:  We have had a very ‘eggsciting’ Easter time in school.  The children really enjoyed our Easter Bonnet Parade and Easter Egg Hunt yesterday morning and the Easter Parties in the afternoon.   I am sure that the children will also have mentioned that we had a very special visitor in school yesterday.  Yes, the Easter Bunny actually came along to Arthur Bugler Infants to join in all the fun with the children.

PTA:  I would again like to thank the ABC for their continuing hard work on behalf of us all.  They provided the party food for the Easter Parties and the prizes for the Easter Raffle and the Easter Bonnets.  Members of the ABC also gave up their time to help organise the parties and to assist the Easter Bunny in the morning.  Thank you.  After the Easter break, the PTA will be holding some coffee afternoons for parents and carers, so please do pop along if you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in the fun!  Dates for the coffee afternoons will be sent out after the Easter break.

School Website:  Don’t forget to look at the School Website regularly.  Mrs Dodd updates it every week with photographs of those children who have been chosen as Golden Achievers and those children who have completed their Sticker Books.  She also lets you know which class has won Arthur the Attendance Bear and which team is the winning team each week.  Our Friday celebration assemblies are certainly exciting places to be and you can keep up with all the celebrating through the School Website.  School letters and policies are also on the Website for you to have a look at.

Fundraising:  We raised £149.30 for Red Nose Day and £698.35 for our Sponsored Read.  Thank you so much everyone for your generosity.  We have sent the £149.30 off to Comic Relief and Mrs McAllister has already started buying  new books with the money raised from all that extra reading the children have been doing.

Attendance:  The class withthe best attendance for the whole of the Spring Term is Mrs McAllister’s Year 1 class with 96.2% attendance – well done to them.  ‘Bugler Bunny’ will now join Mrs McAllister’s class for the Summer term.  Arthur our Attendance Bear who goes to the class who have the best attendance each week, will this week go to Mrs Cooper’s and Miss Glandfield’s Early Years class.  Well done to them too.  We also have 27 children who have achieved 100% attendance since September and each of these children received a certificate in our celebration assembly this morning.   The Education Welfare Officer visits our school each half term to check on our children’s attendance.  As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, currently our overall school attendance is less than what the Department of Education considers to be ‘satisfactory’ attendance but we have had an outbreak of chicken pox in all year groups this year which has certainly impacted on our overall figures.  Usually we have ‘good’ attendance at our school, so hopefully attendance will improve throughout the remainder of the school year.     

School Dinners:  Just a reminder that Havering and Thurrock Catering have informed us that they are increasing school meals to £1.80 per day.  This increase will commence when the children return to school after the Easter holidays on Monday 15th April.  Please send your child’s dinner money into school on a MONDAY morning only stating how many meals are required for the week.

Happy Easter everyone.   Have a happy and safe school holiday - we’ll see you on Monday 15th April.

 

Ms K Phillips      

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Arthur Bugler Infant School

March Newsletter

 Can you believe that we are nearly at the end of the Spring term.  This half term has been particularly busy and I am writing to remind you about some of the events that will be taking place before we break up for the Easter holidays. 

Parents and Carers Meetings 

Next Wednesday 20th March we will be holding our Parents and Carers Meetings.  The school is closed on that day but we ask that you come along for your appointment with your child’s Class Teacher and Learning Support Assistant.  Please come into school through the main entrance and please bring your child with you because it is very important that the children also attend the meetings and have the opportunity to share their work with you and to talk about their learning and next step targets.  Please allow extra time to look at your child’s work in their classroom before going into the hall to meet with the school adults.  Timetables for meeting times have been sent home but please do contact the School Office if you need to check your appointment time.  We very much look forward to meeting with you next Wednesday and we know that the children will certainly enjoy sharing their work and achievements with you.

Easter Bonnets

It’s time again to help your child make their Easter Bonnets at home.  We will be holding an Easter Bonnet Parade on Wednesday 27th March.  We will be choosing a winner and runner-up from each year group and the PTA have kindly agreed to buy a prize for each of the winners.  Can the children please bring their Easter Bonnets into school on the morning of Wednesday 27th.  Don’t worry if you don’t have time to make a Bonnet, we will ensure that all children have a Bonnet to wear in school if they wish to wear one.

Easter Activities

On Wednesday 27th March we will also be holding an Easter Egg Hunt for the children in the morning.  In the afternoon of that day each class will be having an end of term Easter Party.  The PTA will be providing food and drink for the afternoon and the party games will be organised for the children by their teachers.  Can the children please come to school in their school uniform on that day (with their Easter Bonnets) and school will finish at normal time.

The PTA are also holding an Easter Raffle during the week beginning Monday 25th March.  The prizewinners will be drawn in Assembly on Thursday 28th March.  The PTA are also providing the ‘goodies’ to go in the children’s Easter Baskets that they will be bringing home at the end of term.

PTA

As you can see our PTA (the Arthur Bugler Carers) are continuing to work hard to raise money for the children at our school and to provide our children with times to remember.  On behalf of all of us I would like to say a huge thankyou to all of you who are involved with the ABC and for all the hard work you do ...

Attendance

As many of you know, each week Arthur the Attendance Bear gets to stay with the class who have the best attendance each week.  The class with the best attendance so far this school year is ……. Mrs McAllister’s Year 1 class with 96.4% attendance.  Mrs Todd’s Year 1 class and Miss Jones Year 2 class are joint second with 95.3% attendance.  Well done to those classes.  The Department of Education grades satisfactory attendance to be 95%.  Currently our school attendance is less than satisfactory at 94.7% but we have had an outbreak of chicken pox this year as well as a number of nasty viruses that the children have picked up so hopefully, as we say goodbye to winter, our attendance will now begin to improve.  If your child is absent from school for a total of two weeks their attendance will be less than the satisfactory 95% and 90% attendance is the same as having half day off every week, so you can begin to see how absence from school can affect your child’s learning.

Tokens

Please remember to send your Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s vouchers into school.  Every year we are able to get exciting resources for the school with all the vouchers sent into us so thank you for thinking of us whilst you are doing your shopping.   

Premier Sports Clubs

If your child attends one of the morning Premier Sports Clubs, can I please remind you to bring your child into the school hall in the morning and not to leave them at the main school entrance without checking that the Sports Coach is in the Hall.  Thank you.

School Dinners

Havering & Thurrock Catering have informed us that they are increasing school meals to £1.80 per day.  This increase will commence when the children return to school after the Easter holidays on Monday 15th April.  Please send your child’s dinner money into school on a MONDAY morning only stating how many meals are required for the week.   

Term Dates

Thursday 28th March is our final day at school this term.  We return to school on Monday 15th April.  I would also like to remind you that our final training day of this school year will be on Friday 28th June when the school will be closed.

 

Ms K Phillips

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D E C E M B E R   N E W S L E T T E R

What a busy term we have all had and one that has simply flown by!  All the children are well settled in their new year groups and exciting things have been happening in all the classrooms throughout the term.  As two schools we have worked more closely together than ever before and have been able to put different things in place to ensure a smooth transition as children move from the Infant School to the Junior School.  This year’s Year 3 have settled extremely well into the Juniors and all children throughout both schools have benefited from the sharing of good practice and policy between both the schools.    From January Mr Thomas will be taking over the role of Acting Headteacher in the Junior School and I will be resuming my role of Headteacher in the Infant School but the work we have started this term will continue into next term as we strive to bring about a whole school community, working together for all the children at both Arthur Bugler Schools. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their continued hard work and care for the children at our school.  Thanks too to all of you for your support throughout the term.  Once again we have been busy showing prospective new parents around our school and we always tell them how lucky we are to have such good support from our parents and carers and at Arthur Bugler  we really do have a whole school community working together for all the children.

ABC and FAB:  A HUGE thank you as always too to our hardworking PTAs who have continued their efforts to raise money for our schools.  Also they have once again made this Christmas at school very special for the children.  They have organised the Christmas Shopping Day in the Infant School and the Christmas Shopping Week in the Junior School and have organised the Christmas parties and discos.  In the Infants they even asked Santa if he would come and visit our school and have paid for the Christmas Panto.  Thank you to all of you who have been involved with ABC and FAB this term – all of us at Arthur Bugler really appreciate everything you do!

Helpers:  I must also say thank you to those parents, grandparents and family friends who come into school every week to support the children with their reading or who come in to help with the library in both schools.  Again we really appreciate your support.

Christmas Performances:  I hope you all enjoyed the children’s Christmas Performances – there were certainly lots of proud faces in the audience for each performance!  Each year group’s performance in the Infant School reached dizzy new heights and the Junior children did a fantastic job with their performances at St Margaret’s Church.  I am sure that all of you who were able to join us at the church would agree that performing at the church makes for a very special occasion.  Well done to all the children throughout both schools.

Sports News:  Well done to the boys and girls’ football teams in the Junior School who, as usual, did the school proud, and to our cross country runners who performed very well at the inter-school cross country competition – well done to all our athletes this term. 

 Choir: Well done too to the Junior School choir who have represented the school around the local community so well and brought many smiles to those who have been able to listen to them sing.  On the subject of choirs, I am sure that all of you who attended the Christmas performance of the Arthur Bugler Adult Choir last evening thoroughly enjoyed it and went away in a very festive mood.   If you would like to join the Adult Choir, they meet every Wednesday evening in the Junior School Hall at 7.30 pm.

Attendance:  As you all know, it is very important that children attend school at all times.  The Government consider 95% attendance to be satisfactory but it is important that we aim to make it the best we can.  In the Junior School, the whole school attendance for this term is 95.5% and in the Infant School it is 94.5%.  The class with the best attendance in the Junior School is 6L with 96.9% and in the Infant School it is Mrs McAllister’s Year 1 class with 96.3%.  Please do encourage your child to try and achieve 100% attendance - 30 children achieved 100% in the Infant School and 65 children in the Junior School.  Well done to 6L and Mrs McAllister’s class and to all of our 100% attendance achievers.

Start of the School Day: The new arrangements for the beginning of the school day in the Junior School are working well, with a much calmer start to each day.  Please remember that the children can enter the school building at 8.45 am ready for the start of the school day at 8.50.  The teacher on duty outside the Junior School will be there from 8.40, when the gate will be opened for the children to come through to the pathway ready to enter the school building at 8.45 am.  In the Infant School, doors open at 8.45 am and the bell goes for the start of the school day at 9 am. 

School Uniform and Jewellery:  Please ensure your child comes to school in correct school uniform at all times.  Full details of the uniform requirements can be found on both school websites.  Also we have had an abundance of jewellery appearing.  For the children’s safety, jewellery should not be worn – only watches and earrings (which for boys and girls should be stud earrings only).  Can I please also ask that the children do not wear the plastic or rubber bracelet bands to school.  Thank you.

Severe Weather:  Fingers crossed we wont have any extreme weather conditions this year but just in case!  When the weather is severe we do everything we can to stay open but try to make our decision as to whether the schools will be open as early as we possibly can.  We will always make a joint decision for both schools and will then update the School Websites as soon as possible.  We will also let you know by Parentmail or by Parentmail Text in the Infants and by tweet in the Juniors.  If the school is closed this will also be reported on BBC Radio Essex 95.3 or 103.5 or on SX Heart 95.6 or 102.6.  If the schools are open, please do try to bring your child to school if it is safe to do so.  If you need a little more time to get here, don’t worry, we would rather see you and your child arrive late safely than not at all. 

 Parking:  When we get back after the school holidays, please remember that you can only drive into the school premises in the morning if you are using the morning ‘drop off’.  There should be no parking on the school premises at any time unless you have arranged to so.  The school car park has become very busy at the end of the day also, so please remember that only those carers who have disabled blue badges will be allowed access to the car park.  Please do not follow other vehicles into the school car park at the end of the day if you are not in possession of a relevant blue badge. 

 Term Dates: Just a reminder that the term finishes tomorrow at the normal time and the children are back to school on Tuesday 8th January 2012.

 

Finally …

 HAPPY CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE AND VERY BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT THE ARTHUR BUGLER SCHOOLS.

 

 Ms K Phillips

Headteacher

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END OF HALF TERM NEWSLETTER

Here we are at the end of the first half term and I am sure that you will agree that the time has gone by very quickly.  It has been an exciting and very busy half term as we have developed further links between the Infant and Junior Schools.  All the children have settled very well into their new year groups and super work has been happening throughout the schools.  It was great to see so many of you at our Harvest Festivals so we could share with you some of the work the children have been doing in each year group.

On the subject of the Harvest Festival, I would just like to say thank you to all of you who sent foodstuffs and flowers into school for us to send on to St Luke’s Hospice and elderly people around the local community.  The thank you letters have already started coming into school so I know that your gifts were very much appreciated.

There are some things to let you know about for the start of next half term:

Morning ‘Drop-off’.   When using the drop off point do consider the other children and drivers around you.  Please remember you must drive around the area and drop off the children safely on the railings side.  If you do need to pass messages to school, please park outside of the school grounds and walk into school or, alternatively, you can always phone later.  This half term the Junior School end of the school car park area has been very congested before school, so after half term we will put a barrier across the part of the road leading into the staff car park area.  The barrier will be put in place at 8.40 and we hope that this will make the area in front of the Junior School safer for everyone.

Parking.  I would also like to remind you that the school car park gates will remain closed during the whole of the school day, once the drop-off time has finished.  Entrance to the school will be allowed for authorised vehicles only, including parents and carers with blue badges (who have provided a copy of their badge to either school), staff members, official visitors and parents and carers collecting their child by special arrangement with the schools, eg. for dentist or hospital appointments.  Can I also ask you to take care and have consideration for others when you are parking outside the gates, especially as many of our older children do walk home alone.  Please do not park on the grass verge or yellow lines outside of the school gates as this can be dangerous, especially for those children who cross the road just outside of the school gates.

Infant Playground area.  Work will be continuing on developing the Infant Playground area during the half term holidays.  When we come back to school after half term we will have new seating areas in the playground and the whole playground area will be enclosed by a fence to make it safer for the children during the school day.  Gates into the playground will be opened at 8.30 and then closed again at 9.30 (so those of you who walk across the school field to the Homesteads Playgroup will have time to drop your pre-school children off at Homesteads and get back again before the gates are locked).  The gates will be opened again at the end of the school day (2.45 pm) and then locked at 3.30, unless parents and children are in school on ‘Open Door Thursdays’ or for other after school events.  During the summer holidays Abbots Hall School re-fenced the whole of their school perimeter helping make our school more secure also and now with the fence around the Infant Playground, we are confident that our children will be even safer when they are outside of the school building.

Entrance into the Junior School in the mornings.  After half term we will be trialling a new way to come into school in the mornings for the Junior Children.  The children will come into school through their usual morning doors but all doors will be open from 8.45 am.  As children arrive at school they will be able to go to their classes from 8.45 onwards.  We hope that this will ‘stagger’ the entry into school and make this time a little less busy, giving children time to get organised for the school day before we get underway at 8.55 am.    Can I also ask that children do not arrive too early in the mornings, especially with dark winter mornings just around the corner.  Children have been arriving as early as 8.15 and this is far too long for children to be waiting around before the start of school, especially when school adults are not on duty outside until 8.40.   Doors will continue to be opened at 8.45 am for all children in the Infant School.

Parents and Carers’ Meetings.  As you know, in the Junior School these important meetings will be taking place between 3.30 – 6 pm on Tuesday 20th November, Wednesday 21st November, Tuesday 27th November and Wednesday 28th November.  In the Infant School the meetings will be taking place between 9 and 6 pm.  Mrs Todd’s meetings will take place on 6th November, Mrs McAllister’s on 13th November, Miss Teichler and Mrs Hibbert’s on 14th November and Miss Jones’ on 15th November.

If you have not yet sent your reply slip back to the Junior School please do so as soon as possible after half term.  We hope to let all parents and carers know their appointment time during the first week back after half term and want to ensure that everyone gets a time that is suitable for them.  For those of you with children in the Infant School, please do make sure that you have signed up for your appointment on the lists displayed in the Infant School.  Thank you everyone.

Times Tables.  It is extremely helpful for all children to learn their times tables ‘off by heart’.  If children know their times tables it gives them a great headstart for any mathematical work they are carrying out.  Please do practise times tables at home every week if your child is in the Junior School. For those children in the Infant School who are confident with their numbers, you can start with the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.  It is also really helpful to practise number bonds with younger children, eg. all pairs of numbers that make 5 or 10.  Teachers will explain more about this when they meet with you at the Parents and Carers’ meetings.

Facebook.  Can I please remind you that photographs from any school events must not be put on to personal ‘facebook’ pages.  Thank you.

Dinner Money.  Please remember school dinners must be ordered and paid for at the beginning of each week.    Money should be placed in an envelope with the child’s name, class and which days dinners are required for that week written clearly on the envelope.  For those children in Early Years please ensure that the weekly pre-printed slip is also returned to school.  Envelopes should then be sent into school on Mondays.  Thank you. 

Swimming.   For those of you with children in Years 3 and 4, the refurbishment of the swimming pool in Corringham has still not been completed fully.  As soon as we know when the pool is opening and school lessons can get underway we will inform you.

Dogs.  As you know, dogs are not allowed inside the school grounds but can I also ask those of you who bring your dogs to school to not stand with the dogs in front of the school gates.  Some of our younger children have said that are afraid of walking past the dogs when they come into school.

 

Dates for this term.   We now have more dates to share with you for next half term.  Further details about each event will follow nearer the time.

12th November      Year 4 Viking Day (letters have already been sent home with children in Year 4)

16th November      Children in Need Day  (‘wearing Spots to raise lots’)

30th November      Junior Christmas Discos (Years 3 and 4 at 3.30 – 5 and Years 5 and 6 at 5.15 – 6.45)

 3rd December       Christmas Shopping Week will commence in the Junior School

4th December        Junior Christmas Dinner

5th December        Infant Christmas Shopping Day

6th December        Infant Christmas Dinner

11th December      Year 2 Christmas Performance (9.15)

13th December      Junior School Christmas Carol Service at St Margaret’s Church (10 am and 1.30 pm)

14th December      Year 1 Christmas Performance (9.15)

18th December      Early Years Christmas Performance (9.15)

19th December      Infant School Christmas Party (in school time)

20th December      Pantomime performance for Infant School children

21st December      Last Day of Term

8th January 2013   Return to school

Attendance.  As you know, it is very important for the children to attend school at all times.  Every Friday in both schools we have a special achievement assembly to celebrate which class have achieved the best attendance for that week.  The classes in each school with the best attendance for the whole of this half term are:  

Arthur Bugler Juniors  -  Mr Heard’s Year 3 class with 97.1% overall attendance

Arthur Bugler Infants  -  Mrs McAllister’s Year 1 class with 97.3% overall attendance

In the Junior School 117 children have 100% attendance so far and in the Infant School it is 83 children.  Well done to Mr Heard’s class and Mrs McAlllister’s class and all those children who have achieved 100% attendance this half term – keep it up!                            

Finally, I would like to wish you a good half term break.  We will see you on Monday 5th November.

Ms K Phillips, Headteacher      
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N E W S L E T T E R - 1st October 2012

Blooming Good News!  Once again, the Arthur Bugler Schools did wonderfully well at the Thurrock in Bloom Award Ceremony this year.  Arthur Bugler Juniors achieved first place in the Wildflower Garden Category and joint second place in the Schools and Young People’s Environmental Garden Category.  Arthur Bugler Infants came second (for the second year running) in the Hanging Baskets and Containers section and second in the Allotments Category.  The Infants also came fifth in the Schools and Young People’s Environmental Garden Category.  What an achievement!  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Wright and David Geddes for the Infants School and Dennis Nottingham and Emma Phillips for the Juniors for all their very hard work in looking after the gardens and allotments at our schools.  Thanks also to all the children in both Gardening Clubs for helping to make our gardens so great and thanks too to all of you who sent in containers and hanging baskets for us to display. 

Thank you to Heaven Scent Florist and Garden Centre, Fobbing Road, Corringham for kindly donating the plants for the containers outside of the Infant School.  They look very colourful and brighten up the pathway into school.

Autumn Fete.  Our Autumn Fete was a great success once again this year and we raised the record amount of £2,869 to help buy resources for the children at both schools.  Wow!  A huge thanks to Jo Desmond and Lisa Luke, Chairs of FAB and ABC, for all their hard work in coordinating arrangements for the Fete.  Thank you too to all the hard working members of the ‘Fete Committee’ who spent many hours arranging and preparing things for the Fete in the months before and thank you too to all of you who were able to help on the day. 

A Date for your Diary.  We will let you know further details later this week but I just wanted to let you know that our Year 2 children will be joining with children in Year 3 to take part in this year’s Harvest Festival.  If your child is in Year 2, you are therefore invited to join us in the Infant School Hall at 9.10 am on Tuesday 23rd October for Harvest celebrations.  

Jeans for Genes Day.  Just to remind you that this Friday is Jeans for Genes Day.  Following a request from the School Council, the children can wear shoes of their own choice with their jeans – as long as they are sensible and suitable for a busy day at school.

Well done once again to our wonderful gardeners and to our Fete organisers.

Ms K Phillips     

Headteacher

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BACK TO SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

 

Welcome back to school – all the children in both schools have settled into their new classes and it already feels like we have been back ages!  Even the children in our new Early Years have settled extremely well and some of them have already told me they intend to come back next week! 

 

As many of you know, this is an exciting time for the Arthur Bugler Schools, with the Infants and Juniors working more closely together and with myself temporarily taking on the role of Headteacher in both schools.  Miss Glandfield, the Deputy Headteacher in the Infant School and Mr Thomas, the Deputy Headteacher of the Juniors, will be working together in both schools to ensure progress and continuity from Early Years to Year 6.   On Monday and Tuesday of this week all the staff members from both schools joined together to start working on joint priorities for the schools and, of course, to begin to get to know each other better.  It is our intention this term to share the good practices from both schools, with teachers and learning support assistants working together for all the children from Early Years to Year 6.  We also intend for the children to join together in different ways, for example in assembly times or when we have theme days.  Myself and the Governing Bodies will keep you updated of any further developments between the schools as this term progresses.

There are some things to let you know about for the start of this term:

 

Topics for this term.  You will very soon receive a letter from each year group detailing the learning that will be happening in each year group this half term.  This is to keep you informed about the children’s learning and to help you support your child at home.  Do ask your child’s teacher if you would like to know more about what the children are doing in the class or if you would like ideas for things you can do at home to support their learning.

 

Homework.  Homework for all year groups will commence either next week or the week after.  Please do support your child in completing their homework as this is an important way to reinforce the children’s learning in school.  It is also a way to keep you informed of the sorts of things the children are doing in their classes. 

 

Dates for this term.   We are in the process of setting all our dates for this term for both schools and I will write again with further details of events you are invited to.  I will also let you know the dates of any further training days once they have been agreed by the Governing Bodies.

 

School Fete.  One date for you to put in your diary is Saturday 22nd September.  The School Fete will be held on this day and, of course you are all invited.  Last year’s fete was a great success and the PTAs from both schools are working hard to ensure this year’s fete will be just as much fun.  We do hope to see you all there.  I also know that any offer of help prior to the event or on the day will be greatly appreciated.

 

Morning ‘Drop-off’.   When using the drop off point do consider the other children and drivers around you.  Please remember you must drive around the area and drop off the children safely on the railings side.  If you do need to pass messages to school, please park outside of the school grounds and walk into school or, alternatively, you can always phone later. 

 

Parking.  I would also like to remind you that the school car park gates will remain closed during the whole of the school day, once the drop-off time has finished.  Entrance to the school will be allowed for authorised vehicles only, including parents and carers with blue badges (who have provided a copy of their badge to either school), staff members, official visitors and parents and carers collecting their child by special arrangement with the schools, eg. For dentist or hospital appointments.  Can I also ask you to take care and have consideration for others when you are parking outside the gates, especially as many of our older children do walk home alone.

 

Dinner Money.  Please remember school dinners must be ordered and paid for at the beginning of each week.    Money should be placed in an envelope with the child’s name, class and which days dinners are required for that week written clearly on the envelope.  Envelopes should then be sent into school on Mondays.  Thank you. 

 

Swimming.   For those of you with children in Years 3 and 4, the refurbishment of the swimming pool in Corringham has not yet been fully completed and therefore the children’s swimming lessons will not commence immediately.  As soon as we know when the pool  is opening  we will let you know when the children’s lessons will begin.

 

P.E. Kits.  The children are already underway with their P.E. lessons, so please ensure their P.E. kits are in school.

 

Dogs.  As you know, dogs are not allowed inside the school grounds but can I also ask those of you who bring your dogs to school to not stand with the dogs in front of the school gates.  Some of our younger children have said that are afraid of walking past the dogs when they come into school.

 

Infant Playground.  As many of you will have noticed, the Infant Playground has had a facelift.  The wall has been taken down and replaced by giant pencils and a bike and scooter pod has been placed in the right hand corner of the playground.  We have also added lights and re-paved the path leading up to the playground.  We have spoken to the children about not climbing on any of our playground equipment and at playtimes they have been very sensible and taken care of all  the playground resources.  Can you please ensure that before and after school the children follow the same rules.  Thank you. 

 

Home/School Communication:  Many of you now receive all school communications, such as this Newsletter, electronically.  If you haven’t yet let either school know your email details, please do so as soon as possible and then you will be able to receive all communications promptly.  However, if you do not have access to the internet don’t worry – just let us know and we will ensure you get a hard copy of any letters etc.

Finally, I would like to say that we are all looking forward to our new academic year at the Arthur Bugler schools and we know that by working together with all of you, we will achieve the best for the children.

 

Ms K Phillips 

Headteacher

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