Autumn Newsletter 2013
Dates for your diary
Break up Friday 25th October
Return Monday 4th November
Break up Friday 20th December
Return Monday 6th January
Teacher training day Wednesday 12th Feb 2014
Donations – We have been fortunate in recent months to have received a number of donations. Tony Hudspith, who undertakes voluntary work in school, organised a charity evening and raised £640. Thanks to Tony and everyone who attended.
In memory of … We have had two donations in memory of loved ones. In July we received a kind donation from Mrs Craig and her family in memory of her husband. In October we received a donation from the Watson family in memory of one of our former lunchtime supervisors, Ethel May Watson. We will be using these donations to obtain further resources for our Sensory Room and to assist in funding our residential visits in the Autumn Term.
Eco School / Solar School- We currently have our eco-school silver award. At Springwell we are committed to raising our pupils’ awareness of environmental issues and ways of saving energy. We are currently trying to raise £10,000 for Solar panels. Apart from saving us money in the long run, generating our own electricity is a fabulous way of enabling our pupils to see first-hand how we can have a positive effect on the environment.
Bags2school – A further part of our environmental awareness raising is our bags2school collection. On Dec 3rd please send in any unwanted clothes, curtains, bedding, soft toys, belts, handbags or shoes.
Macmillan Coffee Morning - raised £172 for this very worthy cause. Thank you to everyone who baked and sent cakes and biscuits for the stalls and also to everyone who came along and helped to eat them!
Harvest Festival – Thanks to everyone who sent in items for Green Class harvest Festival Assembly. The food was donated to West View Lodge care home and the Hartlepool Foodbank.
London visit – 10 of our pupils visited London in the middle of October. They had a look at various sights in the city then watched England play football at Wembley (and grasp a place in the World Cup finals in Brazil). The following day they visited the Natural History Museum and saw the musical ‘The Lion King’ at the Lyceum Theatre before returning home as very tired children.
Photographer – The photographer will be in school on Friday 15th November. All children will have their photograph taken. A sample will be sent home for you to decide if you want further pictures. You are not obliged to purchase the photographs.
Sporting Events – Pupils in school have taken part in a range of events during the first half of the term:
Tag -Rugby Tournament – where pupils demonstrated their fantastic ability to play this demanding game. Tennis - at Eldon Grove Tennis Centre. Pupils attended for four weeks. The coach said the pupils were ‘amazing’.
Playmaker Qualification - 8 pupils have been chosen to take part in this award which provides them with a qualification to coach other pupils and younger children.
Coming up – pupils will be taking part in :- Athletics, Table Cricket, FA skills (football sessions).
Swimming Kit – Could parents/carers please send in swimming trunks/costume and a towel on the day your child goes swimming.
Spare clothes – If you have any spare clothes or underwear that are still in good condition we would very much appreciate your sending them into school for us to use as ‘spares’
Assemblies – Every term each class in school present an assembly. Parents / carers are very welcome to attend and see children perform. If you have not heard about the date for your childs assembly please get in touch with class staff in school.
Sickness and diarrhoea – if your child is sick or ill then they must be out of school for 48 hours. This is for the safety of your child and others in school.
Phone numbers – it is absolutely essential that we have an emergency contact number for every child in school. It is equally important that this number is available at ALL times. We must be able to contact parents/carers if we have a problem with your child in school. Please let us know if you have changed your number.
Names on Uniform – Could parents / carers please ensure that your childs name is on all items of their uniform. It is very difficult to find and return clothing or bags with no name.
Ready for the bus – all parents /carers are given a specific time for school transport to pick up children in the morning. Could you please ensure that your child is ready and prepared to go at the allotted time. Any delay causes difficulties for parents and children further down the line. If you have any concerns about school transport and your child please contact Judith Maughan – tel no. 523769
Early Breakfast Club & After School Clubs – we have places for pupils in our Early Breakfast Club. This starts at 8.15 every morning and provides breakfast and activities for pupils. There is a small cost; £1.50 and parents/carers will have to bring children themselves.
Our After-school Clubs include: trampoline, cookery, relaxation, football, rugby and computers. Activities take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3.15 to 4.15. If you would like your child to attend please get in touch with Annette Farnsworth in school. Parents usually have to pick their children up from school after clubs.
Mobile phones and Computer games – although children may bring these items to school they must be handed in as soon as they enter the building. Any IT devices that belong to children are not allowed to be used in school.
Internet Safety – I will mention in every newsletter the dangers of unsupervised internet access for children. There have been many instances of children being ‘groomed’ on the internet by unsuitable adults. Children under the age of 13 should not be accessing sites such as Facebook.
Parents /carers should not put images of their children on the web that include images of other children in school.
Alongside our school website school also has its own Facebook page to inform parents / carers of special events.
Pupils from school should NOT try to contact any school staff via the internet. Child protection guidelines forbid staff to have internet contact with pupils.
Last Updated (Monday, 21 October 2013 09:28)