Headteacher's Blog

18 September 2019

 

A very warm welcome to our new Year 3 pupils and parents, and a very warm welcome back to our Year 4, 5 and 6. 

 

It has been a real joy to see everyone totally immersed in their new themes right from the very start and children eager to talk about their learning.

 

We are very pleased to welcome Mrs Kelvey-Brown who will be sharing Aqua 1 with Mrs Moores until the end of the Christmas term pending the return of Mrs MacDonald in January 2020.   In addition, Mrs Bell has joined us as a teacher of intervention groups in Year 5.

 

Also enriching our school are the following new teaching assistants – Miss Crisp and Mrs Silva-Gelvez.

 

We are also very pleased to welcome two new office staff – Mrs Campbell and Miss Cooper.

 

Congratulations go to Miss Barka, Year 6 teacher, who got married and became Mrs Reed during the summer break.

 

START OF SCHOOL DAY

The school will not open to pupils before 8.30am.  If a child arrives at school between 8.30am and 8.50am they have the option of entering the school and being supervised or remaining on the playground with an accompanying adult until either the duty staff come onto the playground at 8.50am or by no later than 9.00am.  Years 5 and 6 will enter through the Blue door in the centre of the school and Years 3 and 4 through the lower school entrance adjacent to the staff car park.

 

Any pupil who comes unaccompanied between 8.30am and 8.50am must come into the school. 

 

Please ensure that your child does not arrive before 8.30am other than by arrangement.

 

HEALTHY EATING

We are continuing to focus on Health and Wellbeing this year with a team being led by Mr Samak.  A major part of this will be healthy eating.  One of the areas we wish to improve upon will be looking at what pupils bring at snack time. 

 

Please see below some advice and a list of acceptable snacks for your child to bring for morning break. 

 

This is, as you are aware, a major national focus in terms of cutting sugar, fat and salt and reducing child obesity.  This is a significant way that you, as parents, carers and family members can make a difference to the wellbeing of our children, and we would like you to be involved in helping us to make the difference.

 

We have recently retained Healthy Schools Plus status and the focus on healthy eating will be a major part of our action plan.

 

LOST PROPERTY

At the end of each term we seem to have a large collection of lost property.  To avoid this, unnamed lost property will be placed in Reception for you or your children to collect.  At the end of every Wednesday all lost property, which has not been claimed, will be recycled and will no longer be available.

 

STRUCTURED CONVERSATIONS

We will be contacting you soon regarding the first set of structured conversations.  We are looking forward to meeting with you to set those important targets to ensure your children make the best possible progress and enjoy their learning. 

 

 

MID-MORNING SNACKS

 

If the right foods are offered at the right times, snacks can play an important role in managing children’s hunger and boosting nutrition. A well-timed snack can even out spikes in hunger and provide a much-needed energy boost between meals.

 

Snacks can keep children from getting so hungry that they become irritable and unable to concentrate whilst supplementing the main meals in providing the required nutrients for a child to function throughout the school day.

 

The best snacks are nutritious — low in sugar, fat, and salt. Fresh fruit and vegetables and foods that contain whole grains and protein are considered to be the best choices.

 

Acceptable snacks for Mid-Morning:

Fresh Fruit: e.g. Apples, Bananas, Berries, Grapes, Melon, Oranges, Pears.

Dried Fruit: e.g. Apricots, Mango, Papaya, Pineapple, Raisins.

Vegetables: e.g. Carrot Sticks, Celery, Cucumber, Peppers, Tomatoes.

Low Fat Yoghurts and Cheeses: e.g. String Cheese and Babybell.

Whole Grain Granola Bars and Cereal: e.g. Cheerios.

Rice Cakes, Crackers, Small Tortilla Wraps.

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