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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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