Dates for your diary
Autumn half term Break up Thursday 23 Oct.
Return Monday 3 Nov.
Christmas Break up Thursday 18 Dec
Return Monday 5 Jan
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’.
Flu jab – All children in school have had a letter for their doctor concerning the flu jab. Please take you children to have this preventative treatment.
Goodbye – We said goodbye at the end of September to Michele Patterson one of our long-serving teachers. We say ‘Thank-you’ to Michele and wish her luck for the future.
New teacher – We will have a new teacher – Andrew Mayson is an experienced teacher who will be starting in Orange Class in January. Andrew is a Hartlepool lad but has been working in a special school in Cumbria for the past few years. I am sure we will all make him welcome on his return to his home town.
Macmillan Coffee Morning – Thank you to everyone who baked cakes or biscuits or sent goods along. Thank you also to everyone who came and bought cakes and raffle tickets. We raised £232 – Thank-you very much.
Great North Run – several staff, parents and friends of school took part in this event – including our geriatric headteacher ! We raised over £1400 for school fund after 13.5 miles of agony. Thanks to everyone who took part or gave a donation. In particular we must thank Harry Musgroves dad who raised over £800.
Co-op Funeral Care – On the subject of marathon events. The staff of Co-op Funeral Care completed a sponsored cycle ride around most of Teesside and North Yorkshire. They raised £638 for our school fund to expand resources in our Sensory Room.
Little Green Shop – The staff of the Little Green Shop are extremely supportive of school. They donated £2000 earlier this term to help us ensure that all children get the opportunity to visit a pantomime at Christmas. Since then they have donated a further £4000 to assist in the purchase of Eye-Gaze computer equipment for our most disabled pupils. If you are near the shop at any time please pop in and pass on out thanks.
Sporting Events –
Springwell School’s Football team has been in action over the past couple of weeks, at the Sport Domes in the Primary Schools Football League. The children have shown fantastic ability, determination and commitment throughout, enjoying both training and playing games.
Our Rugby team showed superb determination in wet and windy conditions. All our hard work in training and PE was rewarded by qualifying for the Tag Rugby town finals. We were very impressed with our children’s willingness to achieve success and the effort they displayed throughout the competition.
Sports hall Athletics
Over the coming weeks some of our children will be working hard to improve their ability in Athletics (indoor). There will be a sports hall Athletics cluster event held at the beginning of December, were some children will represent the school in Sprinting, Relays, Standing long jump and many more!
Primary Inclusive event
Some of our children will be representing the school in a Multi-sports event at Northfield School with schools from across the North East. This events will include; Seated Volleyball, Zone Hockey, Boccia and many more!
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.
For any information about the below sports sessions, 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, which focuses on Balance and Coordination and aims to develop skills in a wide variety of sports. Brierton Sports Centre, every Thursday 4.30 – 6pm (Term time only).
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).
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, 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.