**Please note we are being inspected by Ofsted on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th February 2015.**
Stop Press- We have a new Headteacher in place starting on 1st September, her name is Zoe Westley.
Dates for your diary
Spring half-term Break up Friday 13 Feb
Return Monday 20 Feb
Easter Break Break up Thursday 26 March
Return Monday 13 April
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. And keep your phone turned ‘on’.
Absence – If your child is ill or is going to off school could parents / carers please contact school as soon as possible. Thank you
Retirement - In July 2015 Mr Telfer will be retiring from his post as headteacher in Springwell School. We informed you of this in our last newsletter. A new head will be appointed before we break up for Easter – to start in September 2015. We will keep you updated on events.
World Book Day – This will be on Friday 6th March. Our theme will be ‘Witches and Wizards’. Children can dress up as a witch or wizard on the day.
Visits to Tesco – Several classes have visited Tesco in the town to take part their ‘Farm to Fork’ experience. This is part of our school topic this term - ‘Nature’. The children have enjoyed a very worthwhile educational experience and have been excellent ambassadors for school. The Tesco staff have contacted us to say that our pupils have been the best groups that have visited the store.
Chinatown - Two of our classes have visited Chinatown in Newcastle where they had a fantastic experience; visiting shops, meeting Chinese people and tasting Chinese food. A great cultural adventure.
Safer Internet Day – This was on 10th Feb with the theme of ‘Lets create a better internet together’. Each class in school created a ‘recipe’ for a better internet. The recipes will be displayed around school. Look out for them on your next visit.
Red Nose Day – we will be taking part in Red Nose Day on 13 March. There will be lots of activities going on in school. If your child wishes to purchase a Red Nose they are available in school for £1.00. you will get more information nearer the date.
Coffee Morning – We are hoping to have a coffee morning on 27 February with funds going to British Heart Foundation. Parents /carers, friends will be welcome to come along and also send contributions for sale. Further details will be coming your way soon.
Easter Service at St Hildas Church – We will be having a whole school Easter Service at St Hildas Church on the Headland on 23rd March. All parents/carers and friends are invited to come along. We will send out further details nearer the date.
Makaton Group – there is a Makaton signing group for parents/carers every week in school. If you are interested in taking part please get in touch with our Speech and Language Assistant - Cheryl Decosemo.
Haircuts / Ear-rings – Please do not allow children to have strange haircuts or shaved shapes during school term time. Fashion haircuts are not appropriate while children are at school. Children should not wear ear-rings or studs to school. This is a health and safety issue. If you wish children to have pierced ears please do so during one of the longer school breaks.
Sporting Events –
Cross-country proved to be challenging and competitive and gave our children chance to show determination and succeed in beating their personal best times. One of our girls qualified for Cross-country town finals, which will run in March 2015.
Our Basketball team showed good ability and showed the skill they have learnt throughout the year. The children competed against our cluster schools in a very exciting competition, giving them chance to ‘Shoot some hoops’ in an afternoon of sport.
Our Table Cricket team was crowned ‘CHAMPIONS’ in the North East regional competition at Darlington Education Village. The children concentration and ability to maintain the highest level of Table Cricket was tested throughout the competition with some fantastic encounters, but Springwell School came out on top in a close scoring final. The children were praised for their great attitude and ability shown throughout the day!
Over the next half-term our football team will be playing games both home and away.
The annual Sport Fest 2015 on 5th March at Durham University, will give our children the fantastic opportunity to take part in a variety of new sports and meet Paralympians such as; STEPHEN MILLER FIVE-TIME PARALYMPIAN TRIPLE GOLD MEDALLIST.
Cross-Country town finals on 11th March at Summerhill.
Netball Cluster competition on 12th March at St Hilds.
Red Nose day activities on 13th March at Springwell School.
Swimming Kit – Could parents/carers please send in swimming trunks/costume and a towel on the day your child goes swimming.
PE Kit – Could parents/carers please ensure your child has a white t-shirt and a pair of black shorts, with either a pair of trainers or plimsolls on the day your child does PE.
Fairtrade Tuck-shop – our tuck shop takes place on Friday afternoons. If parents/carers wish children may bring a small amount of money (50p-£1.00) to buy goods.
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.
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 aspecific 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,film, art 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.