PILLING ST JOHN’S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
12th October 2018
PILLING ST JOHN’S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL AND NURSERY
12 October 2018
Thank you all very much for attending the Harvest Service on Sunday and being so generous with your Harvest gifts. The children were a credit to both yourselves and school. Thank you also to Rev Coral for leading a lovely service.
A massive thanks to the PTFA for organising a fabulous 80’s Disco last night. It was so good to see so many parents helping out and really entering into the spirit of the evening. Here are a few of our wonderful PTFA.
There are lots more photos of the children attached.
Star Dancer Award goes to Mrs Astbury for keeping up such wonderful rhythmic moves all night long. Such energy Mrs Astbury!
Mrs Bell and Mrs Richardson came into school this week and made beautiful poppies from plastic bottles with the children. They will be displayed around the village in the build up to Remembrance Sunday. Please ask your children what they learnt about during the assembly in school.
We have reviewed how we begin and end the school day and while the change in procedures will have no impact whatsoever for most families we do ask that you read the information below very carefully.
As you know, we like the children to be in school at 8.45am so that they are settled in class and ready to learn. The school day officially starts at 8.55 am apart from children in the nursery who start at 8.45. We would still like the 8.45 start to continue for all children however the gates will now not be locked until 8.58 promptly by a member of the School Office Team. If you arrive after the children have entered school and before the gate is locked, you must ensure that your child enters the school building. After 8.58am children are deemed to be officially late and parents will need to bring their children into the school office and sign the Late Register. Please could we ask that all Acorn parents leave the premises by 8.58am and do not enter the main school building via the back door? This is to ensure that we are fully compliant with safeguarding procedures.
All children must be supervised by parents on the school yard until the bell goes at 8.45am. Children are then expected to enter school independently where they will be registered in class by their class teacher. Children who arrive on the school yard before 8.45 must not be left unsupervised as we cannot guarantee a staff member will be outside.
The church service will start promptly at 8.55 each Monday. As we are aware that some children arriving late find it embarrassing to have to walk down the aisle, a member of staff will be sitting at the back to look after those children. If children arrive after 8.58 you will be asked to sign the late register by the staff member.
Please do not leave your children unattended in church until staff arrive at 8.45am.
At the end of the school day staff will be outside if you have any quick queries however we ask that parents do not enter the school building for any reason without permission from a staff member. This is again to ensure we are compliant with safeguarding procedures.
Many thanks for your co-operation and ongoing support of school.
We fully understand that parking outside all primary schools is a common problem and compromises need to be made. We have spoken to the committee at the Reading Rooms and they have kindly agreed that parents may use their car park at drop off and pick up times unless they indicate times when this is not possible. We are very appreciative of their support.
Please do not park at the front of the Golden Ball, it is a working pub and when the car park is full at the front it deters business. This applies to morning drop off as well. The landlord has generously agreed that parents may continue to use his rear car park.
Complaints have been made about dangerous parking at collection and drop off times. Please be mindful of children’s safety.
After much discussion and negotiation, it has been agreed that the Christmas Fair will now take place on Tuesday 27 November. It will start at 3.30 pm and go on until 6pm. This is due to feedback that a mid-week evening is too late for many children and to enable children who have other evening commitments to attend. Each class will perform a short piece before the opening of the Fair. The event is taking place in school this year.
The PTFA will be sending out further information in the near future.
Please remember Borwick has been swapped to Tuesday next week. The children will need a spare change of clothes and bottles of water. Please send the children in clothing and footwear appropriate to outdoor activities and a coat. If your child usually has a school lunch, then the school kitchen will provide them with a packed lunch. All other children need to bring their lunch in disposable containers.
Please can we encourage everyone to join our school lottery?
• Tickets cost just £1 per ticket, per week and 40% of all ticket sales are donated to our school.
• There are guaranteed cash prizes every week with the chance to WIN a £25,000 Jackpot every week.
• Draws are every Saturday at 8pm and results are posted online.
• The easiest and quickest way to join our lottery is online where you can set up your payment either by Direct Debit or Debit Card.
• Further information is attached to the newsletter so please read and click the link on the poster to join.
Miss Bell will be teaching recorders to Cedar Class after half term. We would like all children to return to school with a labelled recorder for weekly lessons.
Next week the children will be taking part in Art Week. We are very excited about this and staff are already preparing rooms in readiness. Please ensure that your child’s apron/shirt is in school!
Well done to our Tag Rugby team who represented school at Fleetwood Rugby Club on Wednesday. Mr Marr and Mr Phillpotts were delighted with how well the children played.
Last day and Non-Uniform Day
Please remember we finish for school next Friday (19th October) for 2 weeks until 5th November.
Friday 19th October will be a non-uniform day and the PTFA asks that children contribute £1 per child. The monies raised will go towards prizes at the Christmas Fair. Money will be collected on the gate as children arrive.
Next PTFA Meeting
There will be a PTFA meeting at 8.45 in the school hall on Tuesday 6 November. Please do come along and offer your support.
We are holding an Open Afternoon on 6 November 2018 in school from 2pm until 6pm. If you know anyone who is thinking about coming to our school and/or nursery, please do encourage them to come along. You are all very welcome as well!
We are planning a big social event on February 8th with The Versions Band providing live music. They have kindly agreed to perform at a very reduced rate. We are still looking for a suitable venue and to fine tune details but intend this to be a fabulous evening. Please put this date in your diaries, tell your friends and book a babysitter! We really want to raise money towards affording a mini bus to help us get out to more tournaments and events. Follow this link
Mrs Gough has successfully managed to change the photograph date to 13 November to accommodate all the requests to find a morning slot. This does just mean there will be a short turnaround in getting photographs returned to school. Please see Parentmail for permission slip and new times.
After School Club and Breakfast Club
Please remember that places must be booked and paid for in advance. We really do try very hard to accommodate working parents and where possible we try and find staff cover but in the interests of transparency need to let you know there will be times when requests cannot be met.
PE and plasters
Please remember that plasters are not suitable to cover earrings, please teach your children to remove their earrings before each PE lesson.
Speakers in School
If you, or a friend would like to come to talk to the children about your jobs or experiences (voluntary or otherwise) we would love to hear from you. Last week we were visited by Dr Helen Lloyd who gave a very inspirational account about her role as a doctor to KS2.
8.45 award goes to Acorn
Lunch time Award – Jade – for being a great help and role model to the little ones
Bentley – for eating well and super independent tidying
Worker Bee Awards–
Nursery Jack B for having an amazing settled week
Reception Lucy great creative ideas when making animal masks
Year 1 Eliza being tough after a heavy knock and listening to advice
Year 2 Robyn amazing addition in her head! Keep it up.
Year 3 Eros for really focusing on his work with Miss Kellett
Year 4 Alex for trying so hard with his independent story writing
Year 5 Elizabeth for showing grit and determination on the rugby field
Year 6 Lucy for showing excellent organisational and leadership qualities in Netball.