SUMMER 2 NEWSLETTER
Dates for your diary
Break Break up Friday 17th July
Return Wednesday 2nd September
Break up Thursday 22nd October
Return Monday 2nd November
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
Memorial Service – we had a special memorial service in school to commemorate the life of Kieran Steel. Thank-you to everyone who contributed donations in Kieran’s memory. Donations will go to Butterwick Hospice. We have also placed a special leaf for Kieran on our ‘Memory Tree’ in school
Visits and Residentials–We have had lots of exciting events taking place over the last next half -term. There have been residential visits to Holy Island and Dukes House Adventure Centre and day visits to Lightwater Valley, Adventureland and The Alan Shearer Centre.
Investors in People – School were recently re-assessed and have retained this prestigious award. The assessor commented that he was struggling to identify areas of development for school !
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 13 July at 1.30pm. All family and friends of school are invited to attend.
Leavers –We have several children in Year 6 who will be leaving us this summer. Pupils will be moving on to Catcote School and Manor College. Good luck and best wishes go to : Ryan Alton, Mathew Baldwin, Ryan Bennett, Ryan Cameron, Joshua Cool, Mark Dack, Kian Ford, Declan Jackson, Byron Kelsey, Adam Knight, Mark McDonnell, David Robson, Elisha Rowntree, Sam Russell, Shanzah Saddiq, Danni Sandow, Joshua Sharpe, Jackson Skedd, Lewis Squires, Sophie lee Thompson. A special mention and best wishes go to Luke Chapman who has been with us for the longest period of time.
Goodbye – We are also saying ‘goodbye’ to two of our members of staff. Hilda Gallagher has been with us longer than any current member of staff in school! Hilda has been a fantastic servant to school. Her dedication to the children and application to her job have been unswerving and we wish her a very happy and well-earned retirement.
Debbie Jarvis will be moving on to West View Academy as Social Inclusion Advisor. We wish Debbie luck in her new post and say thanks for her hard work and dedication in Springwell.
Christine Carter our senior lunchtime supervisor and bus escort will be retiring after 18 years at Springwell. We wish her too a happy and well-earned retirement.
Sporting Events –
Children represented school in the Athletics cluster competition, showing off their talents. This was a very exciting competition which gave two of our children the opportunity to progress to the town finals where they challenged some of the best Athletes in the town. One child progressed even further and qualified for county finals.
SpringwellSchool became Cricket festival CHAMPIONS for 2015, for the third year running. The children lead by example from the start and produced some fantastic Cricket, both with the bat and in the field. The three teams that represented the school showed lots of commitment and teamwork across the whole day.
The Panathalon event saw our children compete against children from all across the North East, playing Boccia, Polybat, Kurling and many more sports. We managed to finish in second place in the overall TeesValley rankings, ensuring a place in the regional competition. The children achieved an amazing 36 medals over the course of the day!! They had lots of fun playing different sports and had the privilege to meet Craig Heap, a Commonwealth Games Gold medal winning gymnast who has represented England over 100 times and Amanda Coulson, a boxer for the GB Olympic team and Athlete mentor.
Our Athletes put all their hard work in PE and sports clubs into practice, when they won 9 medals in a variety of event including; 400m, 60m, Long Jump, Hurdles and more. This was an opportunity for the children to challenge other athletes across the TeesValley and meet ‘Ash Randall’ a world champion football freestyler.
SpringwellSchool hosted a very successful SEN games event, which involved young leaders from our cluster schools planning, delivering and evaluating the event alongside our own children. Each school then entered a team of 10 from their own Change 4 Life clubs who took part in the sports, specifically designed and delivered by the young leaders.
This year’s Sport Day was devoted to our very own Headteacher ‘Mr Telfer’, who was as always very eager to get involved in the events, showing the children exactly how it’s done! Sports day this year was packed full of fun races, games, stalls, photo booth’s and many more great activites. Parents complimented the day and said ‘it was great to see all the children enjoying themselves’. Another very Successful Sports Day!!
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.
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.
School Meals – We have just been informed that, from September 2015, the cost of a primary school meal is to increase to £2 per day (£10 per week). This still represents good value for money as we have excellent school meals which are very healthy and with a great choice.
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.
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, sports, 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.
AND FINALLY ……… from Mr.Telfer As I am sure everyone knows, at the end of term I will be retiring from my post as Headteacher at Springwell School. I would like to thank everyone connected with school for their enormous and consistent support over the past eleven years. I would particularly like to thank the Governing body who have worked so hard to drive on the many changes that have taken place in school, staff in school who are a fantastic team of extremely hardworking people, parents and carers who have done so much to help school and their children – and finally for the enormous privilege of being allowed to work with such a brilliant and amazing group of children.
Springwell School – ‘Outstanding’