We will be having a Parent Night (s) in school during the week beginning 29 September.
This will be an opportunity for you to meet any new staff who will be working with your child.
Staff will tell you about the curriculum and events that your child will be involved in throughout the school year and answer any questions that you may have. You will find out how your child has settled into class in the past few weeks. Teachers and Teaching Assistants will answer any concerns that you may have. The meeting will be informal and is not an Annual Review with the local authority and headteacher present.
Class staff will be in touch with you over the next week to confirm times and other arrangements.
Dates for your diary
Summer Break Break – up Friday 18 July
Return Tuesday 2 Sept.
Autumn half term Break up Thursday 23 Oct.
Return Monday 3 Nov.
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’.
Autism accreditation – we were reassessed over a three day period earlier this year and were very pleased to have retained our accreditation. Every lesson observed by the assessment team met or exceeded the standard. This is a clear indication not only of the quality of autism teaching in school but of the quality of all teaching in school.
Sports / Fun Day – Friday 11thJuly - Children had a truly fantastic day with everyone taking part in a whole variety of events. Thanks to parents, carers, families and friends for your support and for joining in. Thank you for your contributions and purchases from the tombola stall – we raised £213. (there is a short video of events on the Hartlepool Mail website)
Residentials - Groups of children were offered the opportunity to attend Holy Island or Dukes House Wood adventure centre. All of the children involved had a really special time. Parents/carers should have received a disc with photos/videos of all that took place. Please get in touch with school if you haven’t had your copy. All pupils in school have at least one opportunity for a residential experience during their time in Springwell. Most will have several opportunities.
Shop for Schools –Please don’t forget to take your receipts to the Shop for Schools desk in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre. You have until the end of August to do so.
School Governor – we are looking for a parent governor for school. This can be a very rewarding experience and allows a parent to play an active part in the life and work of school. If you are interested please get in touch with Mr. Telfer.
Sporting Events –
Cricket competition – Cricket Champions 2014, for the second year in a row! We had two teams entered in this year’s Cricket festival and they both won every game! Our children were fantastic ambassadors for Springwell School and showed great enthusiasm and teamwork throughout.
Athletics – Many of our children have competed in a wide range of Athletics events, including the cluster competition where 3 of our children qualified for town finals. All 3 children then progressed through town finals with great effort and commitment and went onto represent the town at county finals. They gave 100% at county finals and performed very well in their events, with one of our children achieving a silver medal in triple jump.
School Games – Our team of Athletes went to Clairville Stadium to represent the school in the regional athletics competition, taking part in events such as; Sprinting, Long jump, Hurdles and many more. The children were fantastic and brought back an amazing 10 medals!!
Athlete Visit – On 26th June our school welcomed bobsleigh world champion Nicola Minichiello. Nicola was fantastic with the children and took part in all sports and activities at every opportunity. The children also heard Nicola’s story of how she became a top level Athlete. Nicola described her day as ‘Amazing’ and said she would love to come back in the future.
Inclusive event – We hosted an Inclusive sports event at Springwell School on 27th June. All our cluster schools attended and took part in Boccia, Volleyball, Races and Bowling activities. The other schools said the event was excellent, the children really enjoyed themselves and they have asked to attend every year.
Dance and Wiggle Marathon – All of our children completed a 200 hour Dance and Wiggle Marathon across 5 days. We all had lots of fun dancing in PE, after school clubs and with the Lions of Zululand and many more. We raised around £300 for Happy Days charity!
Farewell and Good Luck – to all of our leavers this year. We have pupils moving on to Catcote Academy and Dyke House College : Carlos Bojang, Harley Brown, Dee Corrigan, Bradley Crannage, Jordan Farnsworth, Jake Gayler, Marshall Hayes, Ethan Keenan, Paige King, Jordan Locker, Liam Nichols, SritiTasnim.
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 child’s name is on all items of their uniform. It is very difficult to find and return clothing or bags with no name. Spare uniform –If you have any items of school uniform that are not being used and are still in good condition we would very much appreciate your sending them into school for us to use as ‘spares’.
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, artfootball, 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.