Week beginning 4th October 2021
Week beginning Monday 4th October 2021
Grandparents’ Day: firstly, we would like to wish all of the Grandparents in our school community a very happy Grandparents day for Sunday 3rd October. We know that grandparents play a fundamental role in their grandchildren’s lives and we would like to thank them for all of the love and support that they show towards the children at The Hayes. We look forward to be able to be in a position to share breakfast together again in the hall, when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we hope they have a wonderful day on Sunday and get truly spoilt!
Harvest Festival Donations: secondly, can we please say an enormous thank you to our wonderful Hayes community for your extremely generous donations to the Harvest Festival. We were overwhelmed by your generosity and willingness to support those in crisis in our local area. All donations received were sent to Purley Food Hub today, who also pass on their enormous gratitude. Our thanks also to Reverend Elizabeth for leading our Harvest assemblies to KS1 and KS2, today, it was great to welcome her back to our community and it was also great to be able to sing together! Please see our Twitter account for a short video of your contributions. Thank you, again.
Nasal Flu Vaccinations: nasal Flu vaccinations will be taking place in school on Monday for those who have completed the online consent forms that were emailed out to all parents. If you have not yet completed this form and wish for your child to receive the nasal flu vaccination, please ensure that this is completed before Sunday evening.
An invitation to parents of children in Reception: on Tuesday, we are hosting our ‘How we learn in Reception’ meeting in the school hall at 9:00am. This is an optional meeting for parents of children who are currently in Reception. We are acutely aware that, due to COVID-19, you did not get a chance to visit the school and look around. We warmly welcome you to come along to this meeting to hear from our Reception staff about how we plan and support our children’s learning in the Early Years and you are also welcome to stay and have a short tour of the school. Unfortunately, due to COVID we are not able to take you into the classrooms on this occasion but we will show you around as best we can! Please may we ask that as you will be in an enclosed space, for everyone’s safety, please wear a face covering. Thank you.
World Teacher’s Day: Tuesday is also World Teacher’s Day and we thank our wonderful teaching staff for the brilliant work they do with the children. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and hardworking team.
Cross Country event: on Wednesday 6th October we wish good luck to the children in Year 5 and 6 who are representing our school in the interschool cross country event at Lloyd Park. We are sure you will be wonderful ambassadors for our school and ‘Be The Best You Can Be!’
Unacceptable parking outside the school: we are deeply saddened to have noticed that despite monies being spent on a zebra crossing to make our school a safer place, a small minority of parents continue to park illegally and dangerously, across the zig zags. This is selfish behaviour that is endangering our children’s safety. From Monday, we will be sending photos of the cars to the Council who have informed us that they will send the parking enforcement team to issue fines.
INSET Day- School Closure: on Thursday it is INSET day and, as our school is being used as a polling station for the governance referendum, we are unfortunately closed to children. Staff will be in school undertaking staff training.
#Helloyellow – World Mental Health: on Friday 8th October 2021, we are celebrating World Mental Health day as the mental health and wellbeing of our students and staff is incredibly important to us. In this regard, we will be talking to the children about ways to keep their minds healthy, such as exercise, getting to bed on time, minimising screen time and eating a healthy balanced diet. We will also be teaching the children about the importance of talking to a trusted adult if they have any worries that are causing them upset. To mark this occasion, the children are invited to wear a yellow item of clothing with their school uniform (e.g. T-Shirt, socks, hairband, scarf, hat) in support of the #HelloYellow campaign. We thank you for supporting this initiative.
Security Fence and Gate: this is to inform you that the Local Authority are commencing with works outside our school from the 11th October, with completion on the 22nd of November. We are the only LA school that does not have a perimeter fence or electronic fence to our car park, this is partly due to the new build which was in place around 7 years ago. We are pleased that we will have a perimeter fence (paid for by the LA and partly by The Hayes), because it means that we can make use of the grassed area in front of the school as well as opening the hall large doors when it is hot, both of which we cannot do yet because we are open to the elements. It is not safe to do this. The contractors will start the foundations for the carpark sliding gate on 11th of October and the fencing works will take place from the 18th October, but it will be completely safe to still come to school via the front entrance. The fence will be a grey colour to match the metal frontage.
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. This week our superstar has been nominated by members of staff and children and goes to Mrs Dobson one of our wonderful TAs, for planning resources, working late after school, coming in early, for being well organised and passionate in all she does and all for the children at The Hayes.
Date change to the school calendar: lastly, we are giving you as much notice as possible about a date change in our school calendar. As the Queens Jubilee falls during the half term break, schools have been instructed by the Department of Education, to add an additional date off for families. To minimise disruption this has been added to the end of the school year, in July. We will now, therefore, finish for the summer holidays at 1:30pm on the 21st July not the 22nd July. Please ensure this is added to your diaries.
Thank you for your ongoing support and have a lovely weekend.
The Hayes Team