Dates for your diary
Christmas Break up Thursday 18 December
Return Monday 5 January 2015
Spring half-term Break up Friday 13 February
Return Monday 23 February
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’.
Christmas Raffle and Prizes – Sweets in jar - Chloe Howlett Teddy- Lewis Squires. Raffle – 1st –Sophie T., 2nd – John & Jean, 3rd – Hilda G. , 4th – Mark Dack.
Retirement - In July 2015 Mr Telfer will be retiring from his post as headteacher in Springwell School. We are informing parents of this now in order to prevent any rumours. The post will be advertised early in the new year and hopefully a new head will be appointed before Easter – to start in September 2015. We will keep you updated on events.
Hello - to our new teacher Andrew Mayson - Andrew 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.
Hello also – to our new Speech and Language Therapist, Samantha Foy who will be starting in January. Samantha will be working 2.5 days per week and will be employed by school. This should increase considerably the quality of provision to our pupils.
Makaton Group – there will be a Makaton signing group for parents/carers every week in school. If you are interested in taking part please get in touch with Cheryl Decosemo.
Poppy Appeal – we raised £22.57 for our poppy collection. Thank you for your contribution.
Harvest Festival Appeal – thanks for supporting our Harvest Festival Foodbank appeal. We helped to feed two local families in crisis.
Christmas Carol Singing – The children raised £49 for the NSPCC singing in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre – thanks for your support. They also sang for residents at West View Lodge Residential Home.
Christmas Fayre – Thanks for sending items and coming along to our Christmas Fayre. We raised over £1100 for school fund.
Christmas events – The children have had a fantastic time over the festive season. Children have taken part in our Christmas Performance in school and Nativity at St Hildas Church (thanks for coming along), visited the Gala Theatre in Durham to see the pantomime, watched Christmas films at Flix, taken part in Christmas cooking with Nick the Chef, had Christmas lunch and parties and have also received a gift from Santa.
Christmas performance dvd /photographs – there will be a dvd and photographs on disc of the Christmas performance for sale. If you haven’t got your copy get in touch with school.
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 –
Tag rugby town finals
After progressing from the Tag rugby cluster competition, our children went one step further when they represented the school at the town finals. The children were fantastic and showed exactly why they had qualified for the finals.
Sports hall Athletics
The Sports hall Athletics cluster event was a huge success and our children were fantastic ambassadors for our school. The children were committed and enthusiastic throughout the event, showing willingness to take part in every event when asked. Our children worked cooperatively with some children from Throston Primary school and developed a fantastic partnership.
Primary Inclusive event
Our Children took part in an inclusive event at Northfield school along with schools from across the Tees Valley. The children were fantastic ambassadors for our school and really enjoyed an action packed day of sports, which included; Seated Volleyball, Boccia, Rugby skills and many more!
The children have really enjoyed taking part in Table Cricket lessons over the last term. This has given the children the opportunity to try a new sport and develop their ability through interactive table top sports.
Sports and Trampoline club
Our extra-curricular sports clubs have been a huge success this year. The children have shown superb ability and been committed to attending the clubs.
Coming up in January!
The children will have the chance to represent the school in Cross Country, Basketball and Table Cricket competitions. This action packed month of sports will give our children confidence, enjoyment and determination to feel part of something positive.
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.