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Week beginning 3rd October 2022

Week beginning 3rd October 2022
Jeans for Genes: thank you to all those who took part in Jeans for Genes last Friday. With your help and support, I am delighted to report that we raised £246.00! 100% of this will be donated to support children and families living with genetic conditions. We are proud to support this charity and to raise awareness of the challenges that can be faced for people living with genetic conditions and consider it important to teach our children to be inclusive and kind to others, including those who live with disabilities.

DISCO: a massive thank you to our PTA who organised a great dancing session last Friday. It was great to have this event back that the children love and it was really well organised! Thank you all.

Responsible Parking: a reminder about not parking on yellow lines and leaving the engine running! Our children know this is not good practice as idling pollutes the environment and parking on yellow lines is illegal. Please be smart.

Parent Governor: we have a position on the Governing Board for a Parent Governor. The role of the parent governor is to provide confident and strategic leadership, and create accountability, oversight and assurance for the school’s educational and financial performance. You’ll also play a vital role in bringing a parental perspective to the governing board, but you’re not there to speak ‘on behalf’ of the parent body. To be a parent governor you should have:
*A strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children
*Good inter-personal skills, curiosity, and a willingness to learn and develop new skills
*The specific skills required to make sure the governing board delivers effective governance

If you are interested in this exciting role, please complete the candidate form at the bottom of this bulletin and return via email to Claire Slade, Head Teacher by Friday 14th October 2022. If we receive more applications than there are vacancies, a secret ballot of all parents will be carried out. We will inform you closer to the time if we have to do this.

Purley Food Hub and Whyteleafe Community Hub: our next community endeavour is linked to our Harvest Festival which is taking place on next Monday (3rd October). Thank you so much to all those who have donated items to be shared between Purley Food Hub and the Whyteleafe Community Hub (the latter a new charity donating food and other essentials to Whyteleafe, Kenley and the surrounding areas). We will be joined in assembly by Reverend Elizabeth who will lead our Harvest assembly before the foods/toiletries collected are delivered to Purley Food Hub to help those in need. If you have not already donated and wish to do so we are happy to take last minute donations on Monday morning, before the start of the assembly.

Books! Do you have unwanted books in good condition? Perhaps your child/children have outgrown them? The Ismali Civic are running a book drive called ‘Old Books, New chapters’. They are collecting unwanted books in good condition to donate to nursery schools, children’s centres, prisons, foodbanks and other community/women’s groups to assist those in need. If you wish to donate your unwanted books, please leave them in the box at the front of the school by the office, collection will be open until October 14th. Thank you for your support.

Our ‘What we are learning Meetings’ continue into next week from 9am-10am in the main school hall. On Tuesday 4th October, we invite in parents of children in Reception. On Wednesday, Y5 parents and on Thursday Y6 parents and carers are invited to join us.

National Teachers Day: on Wednesday, we shall be celebrating National Teachers’ Day. We are so lucky to have such a hardworking, dedicated team of teaching staff and wish them all a wonderful day!

Vacancies: as you may be aware we are currently recruiting for Teaching Assistants. The closing date is 12pm on Friday October 7th. If you know anybody who may be interested in this position, please direct them to our website Vacancies | The Hayes Primary School.

Keep Acting! Also, a reminder that drama club begins for the children in Year 6 who have signed up for the club on ParentPay, on Friday 7th October. There are still spaces available for this club and all children from Year 6 are welcome to join. We shall be working towards a Christmas production that will take place 14th December and are also hoping to organise a theatre visit this term…details to follow!

Spanish Day: please note a change to the important dates that were sent out at the beginning of the year. Spanish day will now take place on Friday 21st October rather than the advertised, Tuesday 18th. There will be more information about this event to follow from Miss Smallwood, our MfL co-ordinator. But the children will be in for a fun day of Spanish food, Spanish music and dancing!

Reading Workshop: may we also give you some advance notice of a parent workshop coming up on 17th October, at 9am in the school hall. This meeting has a focus on Reading and will be led by Mrs Farr, our phonics co-ordinator. This meeting is open to all parents but will be particularly useful for those with children in Reception and KS1 or those with older children that are early readers. Mrs Farr will explain our new reading scheme and be on hand to answer any questions you may have about how to support reading at home.

Happy Grandparents Day: lastly, this Sunday is Grandparents day (2nd October). We would like to wish all of our children’s grandparents a lovely day and say a huge thank you for the love and support that you show to the children from The Hayes.  To acknowledge the important role that our grandparents play in our children’s life, our EYFS children will soon be sending home a special invitation to their Grandparents to come to school for a little treat…please ask them to keep their diaries free at 2:15 on Monday 17th October 2022 and await their special invitations!‚Äč____________________________________________________________________________________________

   
 
     

1st October 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,
Re: Vacancy for role of parent governor on our Governing Board

I am writing to inform you of a vacancy for the role of parent governor on our Governing Board.

The role of the governing board: The Hayes school’s governing board is responsible for providing confident and strategic leadership, and creating robust accountability, oversight and assurance for the school’s educational and financial performance. The board is passionate about education and committed to continuous school improvement to ensure the best possible outcomes for our pupils.
The role of a parent governor: as a parent governor, you’ll work with the board to make sure it effectively carries out the duties referred to above. You’ll also play a vital role in bringing a parental perspective to the governing board, but you’re not there to speak ‘on behalf’ of the parent body. To be a parent governor you should have:
*A strong commitment to the role and to improving outcomes for children
*Good inter-personal skills, curiosity, and a willingness to learn and develop new skills
*The specific skills required to make sure the governing board delivers effective governance

The board needs a range of aptitudes and skills to cover its responsibilities.  It is always helpful to have people who can work with quantified data, whether examining pupil progression or the management of the school's finances.  Professional skills such as in finance, or premises or personnel management, are useful too but paramount is the commitment to delivering the best educational opportunities for our children, sound judgment in decision-making, and ability to work effectively with fellow governors and staff in our shared enterprise. The board is keen that it should reflect more evenly the diversity of the community it serves, such as ethnicity, age, and other factors.

Governors are expected to make adequate time available to prepare for and attend meetings of the full board and of sub-committees to which you may be assigned, amounting typically to 3 or 4 meetings a term.  In recent circumstances meetings have been online but they will again be held in person at the school when it is safe and practical.  Meetings are generally in the early evening during the week, with a session in school one morning at least once a year.  In addition, governors are assigned link roles to year groups or subjects and in normal times are expected for this purpose to visit the school at least termly and to report back to colleagues.

It is essential that all governors including parent governors should exercise discretion in the role, should avoid conflicts of interest (including in relation to their own children), and should maintain due confidentiality of governing body business.

Appointment is for a term of 4 years.

How to apply: if you’re interested in applying for the role, please complete the candidate form attached to this letter and return to Claire Slade, Head Teacher by Friday 14th October 2022. My email address is: head@hayesprimary.croydon.sch.uk If we receive more applications than there are vacancies, a secret ballot of all parents will be carried out. We will inform you closer to the time if we have to do this. If you have any queries about this process or would like to find out more about the role, please contact me via the email above.
Yours sincerely,

Claire Slade
Head Teacher

Candidate name:

 

 

Candidate address:

 

 

Candidate statement:

In this section, please outline:

  • The skills and experience you have that the governing board requires
  • Your commitment to undertaking training to acquire or develop the skills needed to be an effective governor
  • If applicable, details of your contribution to the work of the governing board during your previous term of office
  • How you plan to contribute to the future work of the board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I confirm that I am a parent or carer of a registered pupil at the school and am not:

  • An elected member of the local authority
  • Paid to work in the school for more than 500 hours in any consecutive 12-month period
     at the time of election

 

 

Signed: ________________________________________   Date: __________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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