23 February 2018
Future Dates for your Diary:
- 23 February – Yr 3 Trip to Westleigh Quarry
- 28 February, 7pm, The Bear – Next PTFA Meeting
- 1 March – World Book Day – refer to letter dated 20.02.18 for more details
- 3 March – PTFA Jumble Sale
- 5 March – Deadline to return latest menu
- 6 March – Additional SATs parents’ meeting
- 10 March, 10am – 4pm – Ground clearing and Tree Planting – details included in this Newsletter
- 12 – 23 March – STEM fortnight –details included in this Newsletter
- 16 March – PTFA School Disco – more details to follow shortly
- 17 March, 2pm – Beetle Drive (organised by PTFA) – more details to follow nearer the time
- 20 March, 2pm – Music Concert in School Hall – more details to follow nearer the time
- 23 March, 2.45pm – parents invited to Science Fair – details included in this Newsletter
- 23 March – Last Day of Term
- World Book Day – Thursday 1st March
We would like the children to dress up as their favourite character, author, book title or anything else book related. There will be many fun activities organised for the day to encourage children’s love of books!
- Year 3, Wildside Experience (17 – 18 May ) –final balance of £20 was due 19th February, please arrange to make payment if you haven’t already done so.
- Year 4, Kilve Trip (11 – 13 April) –
2nd instalment of £33 was due 29th January, please arrange to make payment if you haven’t already done so. Final instalment of £43 due 2nd March.
- Year 6 – PGL, Barton Hall (23 – 25 May) – next instalment of £25 is due 28th February
- Next Meeting – 28 February: 7pm at The Bear Inn
- Jumble Sale – Sat 3 March: 2pm in the school hall
If you have any clothes, shoes, toys or bric-a-brac that you would like to donate please leave by the PTFA shed either at the beginning or the end of the school day.
If you are able to come and help with this event please speak to a PTFA member.
Thank you to all those parents who booked their appointment on-line.
However, we have noticed there were a large number of parents who, despite already having registered an account on-line for their children, have not used the on-line system and instead contacted the school office to book their appointment.
We would like to encourage all parents to book on-line for future parents’ meetings. Not only would this be helpful for the office staff but also the teachers as they need time to organise the children’s school work/drawer for parents and carers to look at prior to meeting with the teacher.
Thank you in advance for your support.
We know that we have many parents and grandparents who would like to do more to help the school. Mrs Hardy in the Office has taken on the role of matching volunteers to classes, so please let her know if you have any time you can spare to help out in classes hearing children read, helping with cooking, going out on school trips, etc. It does not necessarily need to be in your child’s class, and doesn’t have to be a daily or weekly commitment.
If you are interested in helping out please email the School Office at email@example.com or ring Mrs Hardy on 01984 623325.
Academic Calendar 2018 – 2019
Attached to this newsletter is the academic calendar for next year (including Inset days) for your information.
This year, as a school, we will be celebrating British Science Fortnight with a focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths from 12th – 23rd March. We already have some exciting investigations planned for the children as well as a visit from ‘Mr G’ with some inspiring science workshops. Each class will have a specific focus for these two weeks – more information on this to follow. If any parents have any expertise they can offer us, we would be very grateful. To end the experience, we are inviting parents in for a ‘Science Fair’ on Friday 23rd March from 2.45pm to see what the children have been up to. We hope you can make it!
Ground Clearing and Tree Planting – Saturday 10 March
The Wiveliscombe Action for Climate group are keen to help us to clear a small site on the school field currently occupied by bramble, and to then re-plant it as a small copse. They are planning to be up on the field between 10.00 and 4.00, and would obviously welcome whatever parent help is available – it doesn’t have to be all day, an hour would be appreciated. You will need gardening gloves – the bramble will be pretty difficult without them – secateurs, long-handled loppers, and/or pruning saws if you have them, and spades, forks and/or mattocks to try to get some of the bramble roots out.
It would help if you could let us know if and when you are coming, but if you wake up on the Saturday and spontaneously fancy a bit of gardening then please do just turn up.
Before School Club – Childcare Vouchers and Tax Free Childcare
We are pleased to inform you that after Easter you will be able to use Childcare Vouchers to help with the costs for the Before School Club.
If you already use a provider, please can you let us know their details so we can register with them. If you do not currently have a provider, you may be able to access the government’s tax free childcare scheme.
If you have any queries regarding this, please contact Sarah Stone in the school office.
Caretaker / Handyman Required
Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, Joe Miller (current caretaker) will be leaving us shortly. We are therefore advertising for his replacement. If you are interested or know a suitable person who may be interested, for further details and an application form refer to our website http://wiveliscombeprimary.org or contact Sarah Stone in the school office for an informal chat.
Closing Date: 2 March 12 noon
Interview Date: w/c 5 March
Start Date: As soon as possible
We have put the latest version of our behaviour policy up on the school website. At http://www.wiveliscombeprimary.org/behaviour-policy/
We are doing a number of things in school to support and improve children’s behaviour such as working on more active break and lunchtimes; employing our ELSA to improve emotional intelligence; training for our staff; getting advice from behaviour support; PSHE throughout the curriculum and assemblies; and much more.
If at any time you are concerned about behaviour, either that of your own child or of other children, please come and have a chat with either myself or the class teacher. It is important that we can work in partnership with parents when children are struggling with their behaviour, and perhaps involve other people who can help such as our ELSA, the Parent Family Support Advisor (PFSA), the school nurse, or the Behaviour Support Team.
2018 Parent Survey
In the next few weeks you will be asked to take part in the annual parent survey to gather your views about how well the school is doing. The survey will be in the same format as last year to enable us to make a comparison as to how the school has progressed over the year. There will be a few additional questions that we will be asking at the end of the survey to get your opinion on specific issues.
This year we are asking you to complete one survey per child. The reason for this, is that one of the learnings from the last survey, was that parents can have very different perceptions of the school based on each of their children’s experiences.
The Governors will, as they did last year, review the results of the survey and all comments that are submitted. If you would like a reply to your comments please do provide your name so that a response can be made directly to you.
Following on from last year’s survey, the school and the governors have been working hard to address issues raised by the survey. The survey is very important to the board of governors and the school as it enables us to measure how the school is performing. The School faces many challenges and your opinions do matter to us and are important in helping us steer the School.