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September Newsletter

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Welcome to September’s packed newsletter!

 

I SPY VISION CHALLENGE DAY

 

We held a ‘Vision’ Challenge Day this month to be fully inclusive of all of our pupils including those with a visual impairment and/or those who wear glasses. Teachers got creative with ideas for making it cool to wear glasses e.g. making frames or adding bling to old frames to show how cool it is to wear glasses.

Classroom environments were all checked to make them vision friendly and children created classroom rules for glasses and each class created their own glasses station (include cleaning cloths)!

It was a really positive day and confirmed our commitment to support the needs of all of our pupils.

 

FOREST SCHOOL

 

Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences. A group of Y6 children have been attending with Miss Percival and developing

  • Self-Awareness • Self-Regulation • Intrinsic motivation • Empathy • Good social communication skills • Independence • A positive mental attitude through increased self-esteem and confidence

whilst also having an absolutely brilliant, exciting and fun experience. Many thanks go to Miss Percival for braving the mud and the cold to support this wonderful initiative.

We hope to offer this experience again for lower KS2 pupils in the spring term.

 

STAFFING NEWS

 

Congratulations to Mr Bacon who has been appointed as our Deputy Head Teacher during Mrs Culling’s maternity leave. Mr Bacon will be deputising at the end of the week and Mrs Halsall at the beginning of the week.

 

STUDENTS

 

Miss Nicholls is our Initial Teacher Training student who is undertaking her main placement through the Loughborough Learning Alliance. She is currently working in Y6.

Mrs Blair is our newest Leicester College student and is doing her initial training based in our 4+ classroom.

We welcome them to our lovely school.

 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

 

We carried out an emergency lockdown drill this month and were impressed with how well it worked. We managed to get all of our children locked into two safe bases without windows in a matter of minutes. This was due to their exemplary behaviour and ability to follow instructions precisely. I was very proud of them. Hopefully we will never have cause to use these procedures but it is important to know that we could if ever needed.

 

PARENTS’ EVENING

 

Our Autumn Term parents’ evenings were held this month. It was great to see so many families making the effort to attend. Teachers will contact any parents that they have not managed to meet with and arrange an alternative time to see them.

 

CALCULATION, PHONICS AND SPELLING EVENINGS

 

Thank you to all of our families who attended these really informative and useful evenings. These evenings are designed to support families to support their child’s learning at home. Please see the website for our phonics video. Other resources from the evenings are posted on the Helping at Home tab on our website to ensure that information is fully shared with all of our families.

 

SATs EVENING

 

Mrs Blackwell held an informative evening for Y6 parents about the end of year assessment tests. Thank you to all the families that attended this session.

 

Please keep a note of the dates for the tests and make sure that you do not book any appointments on these important days. If you did not manage to attend please see Mrs Halsall or Mrs Blackwell who will give you a guide to Y6 SATs which will answer any questions you might have.

 

 

GAMELAN WORKSHOP

 

Year 5 enjoyed one of the first topic visits of this academic year and had a wonderful time learning how to play Indonesian instruments as part of their topic. A video of their music was played to children in and out of assembly for a very special ‘Music of the Week’.

 

 

YEAR 6 TRANSFER TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS

 

The transfer from Primary School to Secondary School is not automatic so all parents need to apply, even for their child to attend the catchment area school. Late applicants may not be offered a place at any of their preferred schools, or even their catchment area school. You can either return the application form to Leicestershire County Council or apply online at www.leics.gov.uk/admissions.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2017.

YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO APPLY ONLINE.

 

4+ OPEN DAY

 

We held an informal drop in session for our 4+ children recently. This session was to give an opportunity to parents to familiarise themselves with their child’s surroundings and find out little things like where their peg is and where they keep their drink bottles etc. If you didn’t manage to make it, look out for our whole school open sessions on November 7th (9.10am to 10.10am).

 

  

CLARINET

 

Clarinet continues to be taught to our Year 4 children. Hopefully they will take to it as well as last year’s children. It is great to see so many children continuing with the clarinet into Year 5 and now into Year 6. Please bring your instrument every week (you not your parents) and practise, practise, practise at home.

 

DIOSING!

 

Once again Friday afternoon sessions fill the school with the sound of children’s singing.

Emma Trouson still visits us each week to take high quality singing sessions. She teaches singing to our KS2 pupils and they gain in confidence and practice reading and team work skills.  Their concentration increases as they focus on their singing but most of all they have fun. They are starting to learn songs for our KS2 Christmas production.  Auditions for parts take place this week and scripts will be available for half term.

 

16 DAY BOOK

 

The 16 day book will be available to you as parents/carers throughout the year and will once again be sent home for you to keep at the end of the year. It went out for the first time this month and showed what was happening in school on Monday 18th September and should have been returned yesterday.

Please make sure that your child’s book is returned on time in order for it to be sent home the next time!

 

INTERNAL AUDIT

 

The Local Authority carried out a full internal audit over two days this month. We passed with flying colours with only one or two minor recommendations. Our last audit was in 2011 so we are delighted with the outcome. Many thanks go to Mrs Middleton for her excellent support as Office Manager.

 

VIDEO DAY

 

A video crew filmed all day on Friday to create a video for our website. The video will celebrate the fantastic provision offered at St Paul’s and showcase some of the special moments we share every day with our children. The video is a gift to school so we will need to be patient in waiting for the final copy. I am sure it will be totally worth the wait!

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mrs C Hurst BA(Hons) PGCE NPQH

Head Teacher

  • St. Paul's CE Primary School
  • Meadow Road
  • Woodhouse Eaves
  • Loughborough
  • LE12 8SA
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01509 890483
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