Another half term gone by! And once again a very busy time has been had by all. Exciting things have been happening in all the classrooms throughout the half term and the children have again achieved so much throughout the school. Formal amalgamation is now just around the corner and we have continued to work together as one school in so many ways. Our new Headteacher, John Bryant, has continued to visit the schools weekly and has been able to get to know members of staff and the children. I know he is looking forward to meeting with many of you once he has officially started at the school. In the meantime, his visits have meant that we have been able to work together on many school areas for improvement, working towards a smooth handover at the end of next half term.
As we break up for the half term holiday there are some things to tell you about:
As you will know from the recent letter from the Chairs of Governors, the building work will finally get underway next week. It will be wonderful to have our new building which will physically and symbolically join both the schools but it will cause some upheaval whilst the building work happens. When we return to school following the half term break there will be a number of changes immediately visible. The contractors will have set up their compound and there will be a parking area for staff members only in the Infant School playground. We will continue to offer the morning ‘drop off’ but in a greatly reduced area, so please drive with great care if you are intending to continue to use the ‘drop off’. The limited area will mean that there will be no parking in the school grounds before, during or after school hours, including if your child is attending before or after school activities. All children, except those Junior children arriving by drop off, will have to enter through the Infant School foyer. All children can be collected at the end of the usual school day in the normal way from either building. However all children attending after school clubs or events will have to be collected from the front of the Infant School.
We do know that parking outside of the school will be very busy and we ask all families to walk to school if possible or to park at a further distance away and walk the final part of the journey. Please do not park on the road from the school gates down to the St James’ Avenue crossroads because we must allow space for emergency vehicles access.
New School Uniform
All the children have been asked about their thoughts about what they would like to have as the Arthur Bugler Primary School uniform. The Governors would now like to get your thoughts on the new school uniform and will be holding a Parents’ Forum meeting in the second week back after the half term break. Further details of the meeting will be provided as soon as we get back to school. Talking about school uniform, please can I remind you that children should not wear trainers to school and should always have appropriate footwear. A number of children have also been wearing different colour jumpers and cardigans to school, please let us know if there is a problem with providing school jumpers and cardigans as we do have some extras in school which your child could borrow for the day.
We had a very good turnout at the e-Safety Workshop for parents and carers this Wednesday and I know everyone who attended found the session extremely useful … and quite alarming! We will hold another session later in the Summer Term so hopefully even more of you will be able to attend at that time. It is very important that as adults we raise our awareness of the possible dangers our children could face online, helping us to help our children to keep safe. I would like to thank Carianne Mailey, our Governor with responsibility for e-Safety, for arranging this important event.
I would like to remind you that on Wednesday 18th March the school will be closed. However on that date you will be invited to attend the school to meet with your child’s classteacher and to look at your child’s work. Letters will go out as soon as we get back to school so that you are able to sign up for an appointment time on that day. Mrs Armstrong however will be meeting with the parents and carers from her class on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th February prior to her commencing her maternity leave.
We know from your feedback that use of the Parentmail communication system is a hit with the Infant School parents. Once the Primary School systems are set up in April we will be able to use Parentmail across the entire school. Instructions on how to register will be sent out nearer the time.
Future Inset Days
The school will also be closed on Friday 26th June and Governors have agreed that Thursday 3rd And Friday 4th September will also be school training days so in the new academic year the children will return to school on Monday 7th September.
New Year 2 Clubs
The new after school clubs for Year 2 children will commence as soon as we return to school on Monday 23rd February. The children have all been informed of which club they will attend and can be picked up in the usual place at 4 pm every Monday. If your Year 2 child is not attending the Monday clubs please collect them as normal.
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 the Junior School the whole school attendance is 96.2% and in the Infant School it is currently 95.8%. The classes with the best attendance so far are Jade Class (Y2 Mrs Green) and Amber Class (Early Years Mrs Hilder) with 97% and in the Junior School Moonstone Class (Y3 Mrs Cooper) with 98.1% attendance. Well done to those classes and well done too to those children who have 100% attendance so far.
Have a happy and safe holiday everyone, we’ll see you back at school on Monday 23rd February.
Ms K Phillips