SUMMER 1 NEWSLETTER
Dates for your diary
Half-Term Break up Friday 22nd May
Return Monday 1st June
Break up Friday 17 July
Return Wednesday 2nd Sept.
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 be off school could parents / carers please contact school as soon as possible. Thank you
A Sad Loss – many of you will have heard about the sad loss of one of our pupils – Kieran Steel. Kieran had attended Springwell for several years but was very ill of late. Pupils and staff from school attended his funeral which was a celebration of Kieran’s life and the joy that he brought to his family and friends. We will be having a special memorial assembly in school after the half-term break.
If anyone would like to make a donation in memory of Kieran please send contributions to school. Donations will go to Butterwick Hospice and Ward 14 at N. Tees Hospital.
Visits and Residentials–We have lots of exciting events taking place over the next half -term. There will be residential visits to Holy Island and Dukes House Adventure Centre. If you haven’t already heard parents/carers will be getting to know about upcoming events after the half-term break. Several other day visits are also planned to places such as Lightwater Valley and The Alan Shearer Centre.
Thank-you – to the staff of The Little Green Shop, Murray Street, who have recently donated £1000 to school. This will help us enormously with our summer visits. If you are in town please pop in and say ‘Thank you’ and perhaps make a donation or a purchase.
Visit to London– A group of pupils visited London at the end of last term for an action-packed couple of days. They visited Trafalgar Square, 10 Downing St, Buckingham Palace, the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory, went to the theatre to see Matilda, visited London Zoo and attended the England v Lithuania football game at Wembley. – Phew !! All of the pupils had a fantastic time.
End of Year Service at St Hilda’s Church –We are to have a celebration of the school year, and wish our leavers well for their future, at a special service at St Hilda’s Church on Monday 13th July at 1.30pm. All family and friends of school are invited to attend.
Building work – visitors to school will have noticed building work taking place near the entrance area. This will be a storage area for chairs and physiotherapy equipment for Purple and Orange Classes. This will mean more room in the class areas for teaching and activities.
Solar panels –Our Solar Panels were installed during the Easter Break and are now up and working – producing electricity for school. Thank you to everyone who helped in our fundraising for this project. Apart from the environmental friendliness of this we will also make money by producing electricity and selling it back to the grid.
New Directors – several officers who you may come into contact with have been appointed to posts in the authority. The new Assistant Director for Education is Mark Patton. Director for Childrens Services is Sally Robinson. Chief Executive is Gill Alexander. If the names seems familiar it is because all previously held senior posts within the authority.
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.
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.
Sporting Events –
It’s that time of year again, brace yourself for one of the biggest days in the school calendar – Preparations are being made for this year’s Sports Day! It was a huge success last year, and there are many more exciting surprises and activities in store for the children on Friday 19th June 2015. I would like to invite parents/carers to come along and support their children in what is sure to be an action packed day of sports!!
Two of our children attended and succeeded in the Tees Valley swimming gala, gaining 3 silver medals and 1 gold medal. The Hartlepool swimming coordinator described the children as ‘Superb Ambassadors for the school’ and said they were ‘proud when they achieved their medals’.
Dance & Wiggle Marathon
All our children will take part in a week-long 200 hour Dance & Wiggle marathon! This marathon will see the children dancing during P.E, rebound therapy, sports clubs, specific dance sessions and many more exciting ways.
Some of our children have been selected for the 2015 Athletics cluster at West View in June 15. They will take part in events such as; Sprinting, Long Distance Running, Long and Triple Jump and many more track and field events.
Springwell School have been training hard for this year’s Cricket Festival and will look to follow last year’s success! This year we are hoping to take three teams to the festival and represent the school, showing respect, skill and enthusiasm. This is a hugely anticipated event and the children always enjoy the day.
The Panathalon event is an opportunity for all our children to have the chance to take part in a wide variety of sporting events. Our children will compete against children from all across the North East, playing Boccia, Polybat, Kurling and many more sports.
This year’s Athletics Festival, at Middlesbrough Sport Village, will give our children the opportunity to compete against schools across the North East.
On 26th June we will be hosting a SEN Games for all our cluster schools. Along with pupils from Springwell School, our cluster schools will select 3 pupils each to plan and deliver the event.
For any information about the sports sessions below, please see our PE Coordinator Scott Mallabar in school.
Inclusive Football Team
Seaton Football Club are running inclusive football sessions for all ages at Brierton Sports Centre, every Tuesday 6-7pm.
An exciting Multi-sports session has started at Brierton Sports Centre, every Thursday from 4.30pm – 6pm (Term time only). This focuses on Balance and Coordination and aims to develop skills in a wide variety of sports.
A fantastic opportunity for children to take part in a wide range of sports activities. Brierton Sports Centre, every Saturday 11 – 1pm (Term time only).
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.
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, football, rugby and computers. Activities take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. 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.