PILLING ST JOHN’S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL AND NURSERY
19 October 2018
We are delighted to welcome Sophie and Harry and their family to our school and hope that they will all settle very quickly and make lots of new friends.
Thank you very much to the volunteers and staff for taking the children to Borwick. It was a fabulous day and the children’s behaviour was impeccable.
We were delighted with the Speed Stacking team who beat some tough competition at the Inter schools’ tournament at Rossall. They came first!! Well done everyone, you played brilliantly.
The children have enjoyed a creative and exciting week of art. I would like to thank the staff who have stayed behind after school most evenings and worked very late nights to put up the displays. Staff at Pilling don’t just go the extra mile they consistently go the extra ten. Thank you Team Pilling-again.
I feel very privileged to work alongside such committed staff at school and know that the vast majority of parents are supportive and appreciative of how hard everyone works. It saddens me that I feel the need to alert you to the attached Unreasonable Complaints Policy. I will not hesitate to refer unreasonable parental behaviour to Legal Services with a view to banning any parent who threatens or intimidates staff.
Unfortunately, Mr Smith is still unwell and being temporarily covered by Mr Groom. We wish Mr Smith well in his continued recovery.
When we return please note Mrs Gough will have changed her name to Ms Fiona Shepherd.
There will be another Spelling bee on November 5. Heats will take place during the morning and the finals will take place before lunch. Attached to the newsletter are the spelling word lists for each class. Please note the statutory lists are mixed Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6. Please encourage your child to learn the spellings in readiness for the Spelling Bee.
Acorn and Church after half term
The children will start in church after half term so please bring them in from 8.45am. Reception children will be going into church and the pre-school children will be going into the church hall with Mrs Whittle and Miss Taylor.
Acorn children arriving after start and end times
Any children arriving late will need to be escorted to Acorn classroom by a staff member. To ensure we are safeguarding compliant we cannot have other adults accessing classrooms or school independently.
Beginning and end of day procedures
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.
The gate is locked at 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.
All Acorn parents need to leave the premises by 8.58am and 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 theGolden 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.
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 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 8thwith 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.
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 Oak
Worker Bee Awards–
Nursery Martha J for a super smiley week and creating arty master pieces!
Reception Isaac huge progress in fine motor development this half term.
Year 1 Devon-Beau brilliant Art work this week –especially your Lion!
Year 2 Ebony brilliant Art work this week – you’ve been a Star!
Year 3 Joseph G for fantastic art work and detailed self portrait
Year 4 Johnathan for a brilliant attitude all week especially during speed
Year 5 Brooke for team building skills and a can do attitude
Year 6 Nathan for an amazing art week