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Week beginning 23rd September 2019

Week Beginning 23rd September 2019

Friday, we celebrated Jeans for Genes Day. Thank you to all of the families who supported this event by sending their children to school in Jeans today and paying £1. Donations so far total a whopping £273.55. In assembly, children in years 1-6 learned about what genes are and some of the ways that children living with genetic disorders can be affected.  We spoke about the importance of showing kindness and tolerance towards those who are different to ourselves. All monies raised will be sent directly to the charity to support affected children. Thank you for your generosity.


Congratulations to our Reception cohort who have now completed their first full week in school! They are all settling well and getting to know one another. It has been lovely to see lots of new friendships forming.


Here’s what’s coming up this week…

*We are hosting our Autumn Term coffee mornings for parents and carers on the following days:

Monday - Year 6

Tuesday - Year 5

Wednesday- Year 4

Thursday – Year 3

Friday – Year 2.

Please do come along to the school hall at 9:00 am for a cup of tea or coffee and the opportunity to hear from your children’s class teachers about the planned learning for the term. We look forward to seeing you there. If you are unable to attend, all presentations will be uploaded to the school website by the end of the week. Coffee mornings for parents of children in Year 1 and Year R will take place the following week on Monday and Tuesday respectively.


*On Tuesday, we are also hosting our French Day. You will have received a letter about this event but a quick reminder that children are invited to wear a red, white or blue (or all 3) coloured top with their school uniform.
*The children participating in the Junior CSMA concert will be attending their first rehearsal at Park Hill on Tuesday and are due back at school at approximately 4pm. They will be leaving school around 1210pm (they will need a packed lunch because they will be eating their lunch early, in the hall). When tickets are on sale, we will let you know!

*On Wednesday, our Reception children will have their first school swimming lesson. Please could parents ensure that the children all have a named dark coloured costume or pair of trunks, a towel and a swim hat (goggles are optional). Please also double check that all uniform is named so children do not come home in each other’s clothes. Thank you.

*Our Grandparents Breakfast is coming up on the 7th October. Grandparents’ day takes place on the 6th October and to celebrate this very special event, the children are welcome to invite their Grandparents to join them for breakfast in the school hall on the 7th. To help us get an idea of numbers so we can cater adequately for this event, please can you indicate your attendance on the doodle poll here:

This event will be staggered with the following timings to ensure we do not have an influx of grandparents and children all arriving at the same time. The timings are as follows:

8:00 Reception

8:10 Year1

8:20 Year 2

8:30 Year 3 and 4

8:40 Year 5 and 6

Children who finish breakfast early will need to be supervised until the doors open at 8:45 when they can go into class. All children will need to be back in class by 9:00am for registration.


A couple of polite reminders…

*Please can we request that adults collecting their children at the end of the day from KS1 classrooms, stand away from the classroom door, rather than coming up to the door. This can make it difficult for the teacher to see all of the adults collecting the children and tricky also for the children to have a clear exit route. Please also refrain from peering in the windows during lesson time, this is proving to be somewhat distracting for the children who are trying to concentrate on their learning. Thank you.


*We are receiving a large number of phone calls from parents at the end of the day to inform us that somebody else is collecting their child. This approach to notifying us should really be a last resort as it means our admin staff are spending a long time each afternoon phoning around classes passing on the messages. The correct means of notifying us of a change of collection is to pop a note to your child’s class teacher directly so they are aware of the arrangements. Of course, if there are circumstances beyond your control e.g. you are delayed unexpectedly at work, then of course please do phone to let us know in this instance. Thank you.


*Lastly, a huge thank you to Mrs Foyle (a Hayes parent) who volunteers her time every Friday morning to plough through the mountains of lost property in an attempt to reunite each item with its rightful owner. We are really grateful to her for giving up her time to help with this. Please help us to help her by ensuring that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name and class, this way, lost items will be returned.


Thank you for your ongoing support. Looking forward to another good week.​