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Week beginning 20th September 2021

Week beginning 20th September 2021
WELL DONE: we would like to start our bulletin by saying a HUGE WELL DONE to all of our Reception starters. The children have come into school so confidently and we are really enjoying getting to know them all. Next week, they start full time and we can’t wait to enjoy them for a little longer. Well done Mums and Dads too, we know that the first day of school can be an emotional time for parents but it is also one that engenders a huge amount of pride! If you missed your welcome bag from the PTA on your child’s first day, please come to the office to collect yours!

RECEPTION OPEN MORNINGS: if you or somebody you know has a child that is due to start in Reception in September 2022, we are hosting 2 open mornings to which you are invited to attend (just one adult per house hold please) on the 21st of October and the 18th of November. These will take place in the school hall and will start at 9:30 am. Please use the link on our school website under the ‘News and Dates tab’ to book your place. All those in attendance are asked to wear a face covering please for the safety of all.

JEANS FOR GENES COLLECTION: a huge thank you to all of our families who supported our Jeans for Genes day on Monday last week. With your support we managed to raise £200 for this important charity. Your kindness and generosity are much appreciated.

SPANISH DAY: Spanish day on Friday was a huge success. Our thanks go to our Modern Foreign Languages leader, Miss Smallwood, for organising this event. The children ad a fun-packed day, learning new words and phrases with our native Spanish speaker, tasting traditional Spanish cuisine and wearing Spanish clothing. Our Spanish curriculum is now well and truly underway and we are excited to watch the children progress in this new aspect of our curriculum. Please click here to access our Gallery of photos on our website.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING: please can we ask all parents to check their eligibility for Free School Meals. Even though meals are free for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 we ask you to complete the checker as, if eligible, this generates additional funding that we can use directly to support your child’s learning. Checking your eligibility is a very quick process and should take less than 5 minutes. Please can we ask all families to check their status by using the following link Free School Meal Eligibility Checker ( Thank you.

UPCOMING SPORTING EVENTS: Wednesday 22nd September is National Fitness Day. We will be challenging ourselves with different fitness challenges throughout the day. Please send your child to school in their PE kits to help to celebrate the day and enable them to be active in the challenges. On Friday 24th September, we will be holding a House Cup competition for Cross Country. Please send your child to school in their PE bottoms and, if you have one, a house colour Tshirt or headband. The Y5 and Y6 winners will be invited to represent The Hayes at an inter-schools competition which will take place in Lloyd Park on Wednesday 6th October.

MISSING: we are missing some of our Hayes Football Kits. These were kindly purchased for our school football team by Toyota - Jemca Croydon for our children just a couple of years ago. If your child had a kit at home for washing (pre-pandemic) and you still have this at home, please can you return this to the school as soon as possible. We are in the process of setting up our new team and registering them for a place in the league and we will need all kits back to enable us to participate in these events. Thank you.

WRITTEN STATEMENT OF BEHAVIOUR PRINCIPLES: The Board of Governors are responsible for setting the framework of the school's behaviour policy by providing a written statement of general principles relating to behaviour and discipline, taking into account the needs of all staff and students. The purpose of this framework is to give guidance to the Head teacher in drawing up the Behaviour and Discipline policy by stating the principles which the Governors expect to be followed.  Schools are required to consult with parents and carers on this document and as such this can be found on our school website using the following link. If you wish to give any feedback on this statement, please email your comments to by the 24th September. Thank you.

IMPORTANT DATES: alongside this bulletin you will also receive a document called ‘Important dates’. This document outlines the main events in our school calendar for you to add to your diaries. We hope this is helpful to you and enables you to plan work commitments around certain events i.e.- nativities or sports days. These will also be added to the school website in due course. Some events are listed as TBC as it will depend on COVID restrictions at the time as to whether or not they may go ahead. Additionally, if you go to our website, you should be able to sign up for the dates with your mobile phone, the dates will then automatically be saved into your calendar.

HARVEST FESTIVAL: on Monday 27th September we will be hosting our Harvest Festival Assembly.  Unfortunately, due to numbers this is an in-school event only but we will be delighted to share photographs of the items collected on the school website. From next Monday, we will begin to collect donations of non-perishable food items or toiletries such as shower gels, tooth brushes etc. These will be donated on the 2nd October to the Purley food hub who seek to help local people in crisis. Food poverty can happen to anyone at any time and we consider this to be an important opportunity to teach our children about helping those experiencing hardship and to be grateful for the food they have to eat.  From Monday, there will be a collection bucket placed outside of school each day in which we encourage you to place your donations. Please may we politely request that you check the expiry date on all food items before donating. We have attached a letter from the Purley Hub that outlines the items they are currently in need of and we thank you in anticipation of your generosity.

CLASS ASSEMBLIES: we are pleased to let parents know that we are now in a position to restart our class assemblies to which you are invited. To those who are new to our school or those who may have forgotten, each class in the school leads an assembly on something they have been learning about or a current event and the parents of children in that class are invited to come and watch. This half term, the following classes will be leading their class assemblies.

Class 11- Mrs Sutherland -13th October 2021 and Class 3- Mrs Gourlay – 21st October 2021.

These events start at 9:15 and take place in the school hall. If you are planning on attending these class assemblies, please ensure you have a face covering to wear whilst on site and no more than 2 spectators per family.

SWIMMING: we have just been informed by the swimming school that hires our pool on Saturdays that one of the parents spectating accidently dropped a glass bottle at pool side. Sadly, our pool will now be out of circulation for at least two weeks because we will need to drain it, sweep it thoroughly, refill and balance the water. This as you can imagine is a time consuming process but a very necessary one. The swimming school apologises to you and the school for the inconvenience and when our pool is up and running again, we will let you know.

ABCD: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, is a new award which recognises any staff member who deserves special recognition for doing something amazing. Miss Slade asked the children and staff during last week’s assembly if they would nominate an adult who is worthy of this award. It goes without saying that it could go to many, we have an awesome staff! On Friday, the award went to Miss Browne and Mrs Aamir for making sure the swimming pool environment is always clean and spotless (please note, the above accident, poolside happened during an external let). Thank you so much, you are both superstars!

That just leaves us to say have a great rest of the weekend.

Thank you for your ongoing support, as always.
The Hayes Team