Dates for your diary
Easter Break Break up Thursday 26th March
Return Monday 13th April
May Day Monday 4th May
Half-Term Break up Friday 22nd May
Return Monday 1st June
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
New Headteacher – Following Mr Telfer’s retirement at the end of the Summer Term our new headteacher will be Ms. Zoe Westley. Ms Westley works for Hartlepool authority as the Inclusion Manager and some of you may have already met her. I’m sure there will be opportunities over the next few months for parents/carers and children to meet her.
An ‘Outstanding’ School – All parents /carers should have had a copy of our Ofsted report. We were inspected on February 25th/26th. Ofsted only inform schools about inspections 24 hours before they are to arrive and their new inspection regime is more rigorous than ever. The inspectors saw school ‘warts and all’ and deemed that the quality of education offered by Springwell is ‘outstanding’ in every area – safeguarding, pupil achievement, teaching, leadership and management. All parents and carers can be assured that every pupil in Springwell receives the quality of care and education that they deserve.
Operation Encompass – All parents should have had a letter explaining how this will work in Hartlepool Authority in order to further safeguard our pupils. Our safeguarding staff in Springwell are Mr. Telfer, Mr. Hillan, Louise Hargreaves and Jeanette Forsyth. If you want any further information about this please get in touch with us in school.
World Book Day – This was on Friday 6th March. Our theme was ‘Witches and Wizards’. The children had a great time listening to and writing stories as well as dressing up.
Visits and Residentials–We have lots of exciting events taking place over the next few months. We have a visit to London at the end of this term then next term there will be residential visits to Holy Island and Dukes House Adventure Centre. Children and parents will be getting to know about upcoming events after the Easter Break.
Red Nose Day– On 13th March children took part in a range of Red Nose activities in school. We raised £198 for this good cause.
Coffee Morning – We had a coffee morning on 27 February with funds going to British Heart Foundation. Thanks to parents /carers, family and friends for coming along and also sending contributions for sale. We raised £189.00 for this good cause
Easter Service at St Hilda’s Church –Thank you for coming along to our Easter Service at St Hilda’s Church on the Headland on 23rd March. Our pupils very much enjoyed celebrating this important event in the Christian calendar.
Building work – visitors to school will notice 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 – After all of our fundraising we will be having our solar panels installed over the Easter Break. Apart from the environmental friendliness of this we will also make money by producing electricity and selling it back to the grid.
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 child’s assembly please get in touch with class staff in school.
Sporting Events –
Small Schools Football competition
The SpringwellSchool football team were in action on 19th March in the small schools cup at the Sport Domes! The children refused to give up throughout the competition and dug deep and showed a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
Paralympian Sports Fest 2015
Our children attended the annual Sport Fest 2015 on 5th March at Durham University, which gave our children a fantastic opportunity to take part in a variety of new sports and meet Paralympians such as; Jade Jones, Gemma Collis and the five-time Paralympian gold medallist Steven Miller. The children who attended this event appeared on ITV news, as part of a special documentary to promote the Paralympian legacy.
Cross-country town finals
One of our girls competed in the Cross-country town finals. She was a fantastic ambassador for our school and thoroughly enjoyed the day!
Netball Cluster Competition
Our Netball team showed great passion and determination when they competed in the Cluster competition on 12th March at St Hilds. It was another enjoyable afternoon that gave our children chance to work at part of a team.
Swimming Gala on 23rd April 2015.
Tennis competition – April 2015.
Athletics cluster competition in May 2015.
Cricket Festival – May 2015.
Dance & Wiggle Marathon in May 2015.
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).
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, 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.