SPRING 1 NEWSLETTER
Dates for your diary
Teacher training day Wednesday 12th Feb 2014
Spring half-term Break up Friday 14th February
Return Monday 24th February
Easter Break Break up Friday 4th April
Return Tuesday 22nd April
Welcome – To our new Assistant Heads – Marc Hillan and Louise Hargreaves and to our new teaching assistants – Joanne Lightowler, Joanne Hardy and Nicola Trowsdale. I’m sure all will be a valuable addition to our staff team and contribute greatly to the high quality of education for pupils in school.
World Book Day – We are celebrating this event on 13th March. Our theme will be ‘Bedtime stories’ Children will be allowed to wear pyjamas on the day.
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.
Premier League – A group of pupils attended a Premier League football game to watch Sunderland play at the Stadium of Light. They had a fantastic time – and Sunderland won !! The club were very supportive of our pupils and I’m sure we will have the opportunity to visit again.
Sporting Events –
9 of our children took to the wet and windy field of West View to represent the school in a Cross Country run. The children battled the tough weather conditions and put in a really determined and excellent effort, making the staff and fellow pupils very proud. Two of our children qualified for the Town finals on 12th February 2014.
Upcoming Events Include;
Multi-Sports Event – NorthfieldSchool
Swimming Gala – Mill House Leisure Centre
Netball – St Hild’s School
Table Cricket – DurhamCountyCricket Club
Community sessions - For any information about the following sport sessions, please contact our PE Coordinator Scott Mallabar in school : Funability- 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). Inclusive 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).
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
Swimming Kit – Could parents/carers please send in swimming trunks/costume and a towel on the day your child goes swimming.
Spare clothes–If you have any spare clothes or underwear that are still in good condition we would very much appreciate your sending them into school for us to use as ‘spares’
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.
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.
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.
Ready for the bus – all parents /carers are given a specific 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, 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.