Newsletter 2

HURSTHEAD INFANT SCHOOL

Newsletter 2

Dear Parents

  1. Dates for your Diary, including Christmas activities

 

Thursday 1st December

Visit by Kingsley Falconry to Year 1

 

Wednesday 7th December

Year 1 Carol Service at All Saints Church 6pm

 

Friday 9th December

Year 1 visit to Fords Lane Church

 

Tuesday 13th December

Reception Christmas Performance 9-30am

Reception Christmas Performance 6pm

 

Thursday 15th December

Year 2 Christmas Performance 9-30am

Year 2 Christmas Performance 6pm

 

Friday 16th December

Wear a Christmas jumper day (£1 donation in aid of NSPCC)

 

Monday 19th December

Year 1 Christmas Party pm

 

Tuesday 20th December

Reception Christmas Party pm

 

Wednesday 21st December

Year 2 Christmas Party pm

School closes for Christmas

 

Monday 9th January

School re-opens

 

Wednesday 25th January

Anne Cresswell – Parenting Course 6pm

 

Wednesday 25th January

Year 1 visit to All Saints Church

 

Tuesday 31st January

Year 1 visit to Macclesfield Heritage Centre

 

Tues 31st, Wed 1st, Thur 2nd Feb

Learning Review Meetings – Reception 3-30 – 5pm

 

Monday 6th February

Individual Photographs

 

Thursday 16th February

8.40 – 8.55 ‘Thumbs Up Time’

 

Friday 17th February

Children break up for half term

 

 

  1. Harvest Festival

Thank you to all the parents who gave donations towards our Harvest Festival display; it looked wonderful! The Wellspring, who benefited from your donations, were delighted with the variety and amount of produce. Well done to the Year 2 pupils, who performed with such confidence and obvious delight.

  1. New PSA Project

Thanks and gratitude are given to the PSA committee for our new fabulous ‘Hill’ playground, which the children have been enjoying this term. Over the last two years the PSA have fundraised to ensure the development occurred – feedback from the pupils is that it is ‘awesome’! This year’s project to be funded by the PSA is the School’s inner quad area. We would like to develop it into a quiet and calm garden for the pupils. Last year parents kindly gave their time in terrible weather conditions to clear the quad area for this project. Thank you again to them. We have already purchased a ‘pod’ to be central in the area and a plan of the project including artificial grass and a water feature is available for viewing in the PSA noticeboard.

  1. Before and After-School Activities

The Friday after school Hip Hop dance troupe are performing some complex routines and enjoying the sessions immensely. Year 1 & Year 2 pupils continue to enjoy their Sportspoint sessions.

  1. Reception and Year 2 Christmas Productions

Further details and ticket application for this have been sent out on Monday 21st November. As in previous years, tickets will be allocated for each performance. In order to comply with safety regulations, and for the comfort of all, tickets will be limited, allowing two adults per family on a ‘first come, first served’ basis to attend. Further tickets will be allocated as they become available; please indicate an additional number in the correct box on the ticket application form. Unfortunately, children of any age, pre-school or older, will not be allowed admittance. This is in consideration of the children taking part, the enjoyment of parents in the audience and to allow sufficient tickets to be available for all parents.

Doors will open at 8.55am for all morning performances (Reception and Year 2). The doors for the Reception and Year 2 evening performances will open at 5.30pm for the audience to take their seats. There will be no access to the school hall prior to these times. Please can all children return to school at 5.30pm for their evening performances.

  1. Children’s Christmas Parties

The children’s Christmas parties are held in the afternoon of the dates above. Please can the children come to school dressed in their party clothes on this day. In the afternoon they will enjoy fun party games in the hall and the party will finish with the eating of delicious party food at 2.30pm approximately. A request list for party food will be circulated by the class teacher. The children will eat their lunch at the normal time and so pupils who bring a packed lunch should do so as usual. They may need less food at tea time! We are all looking forward to a fun party afternoon!

 

  1. Sickness

As is often the case at this time of year we have had a number of children absent due to sickness, tummy upsets and and heavy colds. We continue to encourage the children to follow the key messages suggested by the Department of Health of CATCH IT (use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing), BIN IT (dispose of dirty tissues in a bin immediately) and KILL IT (washing of hands frequently with soap and water). We would be grateful if you could promote this message at home. Please keep any child who has been sick or experienced diarrhoea at home for at least 48 hours after the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea.

  1. Information

We endeavour to ensure that vital information we have regarding all our pupils is up to date and correct. Please do keep the school office informed of any changes of address, phone numbers and emergency contacts. We also need to know of any alterations to a child’s medical condition or a new medical condition as soon as possible. The following personnel are the nominated first aid contact for each year group: Reception – Mrs Lewis, Year One – Mrs Donovan and Year Two – Mrs Belshaw, and I am the overall designated medical needs co-ordinator. Please note that the information regarding medical conditions given to school is confidential and, therefore, not shared by school with outside clubs such as Elm Cottage and Sportspoint. Parents do need to ensure the appropriate information is given to these clubs separately. Many thanks.

  1. Admission to Reception in September 2017

If you have a child due to start school in September 2017 (ie. with birthdays between 1st September 2012 and 31st August 2013) or have friends with children due to start school please make your application via the Local Authority website www.stockport.gov.uk/schooladmissions   The closing date for applications is 15th January 2017.

  1. Free School Meals

Despite the Universal Infant Free School Meal offer parents can still claim for their child when they are in receipt of certain benefits and have a joint family income under £16,190. Every child that registers for free school meals generates extra funding which can support their pupil in school through extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after-school activities. All money that comes to school in this way (referred to as Pupil Premium Funding) goes directly to support the pupils who need it – but school will not receive this funding unless parents claim it. To claim and find out more please telephone 0161 217 6009 or visit www.stockport.gov.uk/benefits

  1. Scooters, Bikes and dogs in the Playground

For the safety of all, please can parents ensure that bikes and scooters are not ridden in our very busy playground directly before and after school, younger pre-school siblings are especially vulnerable at this time and we wish to avoid any accidents. Please can adults supervise all children very carefully before and after school. Thank you for your help.

A plea for help to all dog owners – please do not bring any dog, whatever size, into the playground and please avoid bringing them near the School’s pedestrian gates at pick up/home time as the space is very limited. We do have a number of pupils genuinely worried and scared of dogs. Also with so many adults, school children and pre-school children in the playground at peak times, the inclusion of dogs too is a health and safety risk for many reasons. Thank you to all dog owners for your help in this matter.

  1. School uniform

During the school year uniform, including school book bags, can be purchased online from www.zenithchildrenswear.co.uk or by completing a school order form which is available from the school office or the school VLE. Orders are returned to school for dispatch directly to your child.

 

Thank you for your continued support, please do remember to contact your child’s class teacher or myself if there should be anything you wish to discuss.

 

We look forward to a festive and enjoyable end to the term.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Mrs J Driscoll

Headteacher