Friday, 5 January 2018

Newsletter - Friday 5th January, 2018

Headteacher: Mrs L Nicholls 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year
I would like to wish a happy New Year to you all and I hope that you all enjoyed a relaxing and restful break. This year we want all of our children to be stronger, braver and kinder. If they achieve all this they will be unstoppable and this will be their best year yet! Together we can help our pupils achieve this.  I am very excited about, what I am sure will be an amazing 2018.

Diary Dates
We kick start the week  with a visit to the Natural History Museum for our year 3 pupils on Monday 8th January. Some of our year 5&6 children will be taking part in a healthy relationships project with Mead pupils on Monday and Tuesday.
On Tuesday 9th Spinebreakers from Pine class will be visiting the library in Hilldene to select some reading materials for their class.
On Wednesday 10th Cedar class are hosting the first sharing assembly of the year. We look forward to seeing all parents and carers at the assembly.
Year 6 will be finding out more about the dogs trust and the work that they do during a workshop with staff from the charity.  
On Friday 12th, we would like to invite parents and carers from year 5 to join the pupils for a Maths party. These sessions have always been well attended and greatly appreciated in the past, so come along and see what your children are learning in Maths.

Lost Property
We have lots of items of lost property which we would like to reunite with its owner. Next week we are going to holding ‘Reclaim your Belongings’ sessions everyday after school. All of the lost property will be outside the office on tables and if your child is missing an item feel free to go and find it.

The final deadline to apply for clubs is by Monday 8th January. If you have already completed the form then Mrs Chance and Mrs Charlesworth with have received your request. If you have not yet requested any clubs for the spring term please do so by Monday.

School Census
In the month of January we complete the school census which determines the amount of funding the school receives.
For every pupil who is eligible for Free School Meals, our school receives funding of £1,300 per year for six years. Even KS1 children who receive Universal Free School Meals may still be eligible for this funding. If your child is eligible for this funding you would also receive:

  • £40 voucher per child, per year to assist with the cost of school uniform redeemable at Premier Schoolwear.
  • Assistance with contributions towards school trips and residential visits.
  • After school clubs can continue to be free of charge.  

If you are receipt of one of the following you are eligible.  Please visit the school office and see Mrs. Taylor.

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related employment and support allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit ( provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and whose annual income (as assessed by the Revenue and Customs) does not exceed £16,190

Pupil Jobs and Homework Expectations
As it is a new year we thought it would be a good time to revisit our pupil, parents and staff expectations.
Pupils are expected to:
1. Turn up every day on time
2. Do their best in every lesson
3. Be kind and polite to everyone that they meet
Parents and carers are expected to:
1. Ensure that our children arrive on time for school and ready to learn:
a. We will have provided our children with a healthy breakfast
b. They will have warm clean clothing
c. We will make sure they have the right equipment for school (book bag, reading record, PE kit)
2.     We will support our children’s learning at home through:
a. Reading regularly
b. Helping them to practise their spellings and mental maths
c. Encouraging them in their interests
3.      We will model politeness and kindness to every-one we meet
We will ensure that our staff are professional, approachable and focused on making sure that every child in their care achieves their full potential. Working together we can continue to deliver outstanding results for our pupils so that they have every chance of going on to succeed at the next stage of their education.

All pupils are expected to continue their learning at home. For children in years 1-6 there are three core elements for this:
  1. Pupils must read every night 15 mins (this may involve an adult reading them a bedtime story)
  2. Pupils must practise their spellings for 15 mins ready for the test on Friday
  3. Pupils must practise their times tables for 15 mins a night
In addition to this we have a Learning Challenge which is set by every Year group. This helps to give ideas on how the children can enrich their learning by looking at specific paintings, composers, poems and significant people. We would anticipate  that it takes around 4-6 weeks for your child to complete the activities. They choose to do this and can take on as many elements as they wish.  

Shared mailboxes and communication
Don’t forget that you can contact staff using the shared mailboxes. They are checked daily and can be used to ask questions, pass on information or check details:

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. I will be on the gate every morning for you to speak to in person. Most mornings you will also be able to find Mrs Stanley, Mrs Ward or Mrs Wallis to help you with any enquiries. If you would prefer an appointment please call into the office to fix a time.
Reception Admissions September 2018
If your child is looking to join our school in Reception 2018  it is vital that you get your application completed by 15th January or it is likely you will miss out. Last year we had over 190 applications for just 90 places. Even with the extra class, we have more expressions of interest than we have places – YOU MUST APPLY! Attending our Nursery will have no impact on your application. Many parents mistakenly believe that a place in the Nursery = a place in Reception… it doesn’t!

Havering Catering Services
Week beginning 8th January is week 1 on the havering catering Services menu. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.20.

Weekly Attendance:  
KS1: -       Rowan 97.78   KS2: - Ash 97.85 Overall:  92%
Congratulations to Rowan and Ash who top the attendance table this week. It is disappointing to see the attendance percentage is so low in our first week back, we hope that next week all pupils remember their number 1 job of coming to school everyday on time.

E for Excellence Winners:
These wonderful children have demonstrated excellence this week.
Kezia Wright
Fayo Ayodola
Teddie Gabriel
Matthew Munjere
Hannah Wellings
Charlie Matthams
Kanishka Chintala
Oliver Pinnell
Jacob Wager
Callum Watson
Hollie Gray
Harley Boland
Sajida Khanam
Sam Doidge
Certificate of Presentation:
The following children have presented their work beautifully and take pride in all that they do in their books.
Abbie Day, Amelia Hynes, Sergiu Babaianu, Emmanuel Atuahene, Paris Godfrey, Fallon Sharpe, Laiba Shah

Star Writers:
These children have been awarded a star writer certificate and golden pencil in recognition of their excellent writing, use of powerful vocabulary and sophisticated writing  techniques.  
Tony Marshall, Augustas Baradinskas, Tavia Towe-Enu, Bonnie Martin, Lilly Ann Povedin, Charlie Marshall, Ellie Brooks, Louie Athey, Leo Reynolds

Learning Power Awards:
These are the key skills that our children will need to learn effectively in class and to be successful later in life.
These children have demonstrated effective reciprocity this week – able to listen carefully, work collaboratively and take turns. Callie Rose Barnett, Megan Robinson, Kyriq McGillivary, Ameerah Bashir, Charlie Randall, Samuel Hatwell, Brooke Romeril, Adrian Arduino, Sabeer Rahman, Sam Middleton, Adebare Olugbodi
These children have shown that they can manage distraction, notice patterns and become absorbed in their tasks – well done for your resilience certificate:  
Sienna Nickson, Ty Sutton, Ethan Himuyandi, Megan Lewis, Tutu Omisore, Amandeep Ubhi, Armani Peek
These children have managed to show that they can plan and revise ideas to earn their reflectiveness certificate.
Ayomide Otegbola, Dhriti Patel, Mia Gallagher, Giada Vargas, Adam Murray
Being able to show that you can make links between ideas and showing imagination demonstrates resourcefulness.
These pupils have been awarded their resourcefulness certificate this week: Jacob Owsley, Ellie Chalmers, Tia Himuyandi, Ife Ogochukwu-Ijehor, Jessica Chilvers, Chloe Rose Marshall, Caydon Buckland

Learning Challenge

These children have been working hard at home and extending their knowledge through their learning challenge work.
Yemi Adedipe

Reading Awards
In recognition of the pupils’ ability to devour books, immerse themselves in stories and read relentlessly at home.
Fatimah Gadzama, Finley Clark, Nathaniel Watson, Daisy Deitz
Bronze reader award
Finley Clark
Silver reader award
Lucas Kalmakrian, Tele Onabajo

Happy Teacher
Theses children have started the new year by making sure that their teachers are smiling and happy every day.
Levan Towe-Enu, Austin Hall, Rashida Sillah, Summer WIngrove, Molly-May Harrop

Project Superstar
Lillie-Jo Guidotti receives a project superstar award in recognition of the fantastic project she produced.

Tracker Awards
These children have been working hard and achieving academic success and therefore have earned themselves the following rewards.  
Bronze certificate - Laura Olatunji, Tomi Adelowo, Sophia Heron, Naiara Cruz Botonog, Layla-Rose Mahad, Daisy Bones
Prestige Bronze - Ranita Ariyibi
Prestige silver certificate - Kaden Nicol, Chloe Kirk
Golden bookmark - Jersey Callcut-Hannaford, Timothy Dempsey, Cruz Carey
Golden certificate -  Jersey Callcut-Hannaford,
Prestige golden certificate - Ella Nash
Platinum certificate - Maisie Caine
Prestige platinum certificate - Isabelle Munford

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.
Yours sincerely,
Mrs L Nicholls


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