Please can you check we have your current contact details. We have had a couple of occasions recently when all of the contacts for a child are no longer in use (even all three contacts!) which can leave children vulnerable. Caremonkey should always be up to date and is easy for you to edit, and also a small note to your teacher or the office with the updated details would be helpful. This is important as when we do need to get in touch it can be urgent. Thank you.
You will have seen from the Newsletter this month that we are looking for providers for additional clubs at school (preferably not sport and aimed at younger age groups). We have already had a couple of parents suggest two companies, but if you know of others please let the office know and we will get in touch with them. Although our range of clubs is good, we know that there is always an appetite for more!
We are currently reviewing our Access Plan- a document that spans a three year period and details the improvements we wish to make to increase access for children and adults to our Academy. In the past this has included not only physical changes such as increasing the range of accessible toilets or ramps, but also the resources we have and training our staff receives. What would you like to see on our next plan? You may have additional needs that are ‘hidden’ that we do not cater for and we want to hear from you.
Our Year 6 librarians visited Waterstones book shop this week to look for more books to enhance our school library. They had lists of authors or non-fiction subjects to look out for, and between them spent over £1,000!! The visit is also successful as they can be introduced to new authors or genres of books that they may not have considered before, bringing them back into school to share with others. A great experience for all concerned.
We want as many children as possible to enjoy a delicious lunch on Thursday 5th October, which helps us with our census! As a special treat, all the children having a school meal on that day will receive a free ice cream next week when the ice cream van visits. Thank you to our Governors for coming up with such a great idea.
Our system for booking appointments goes live on Friday 21st September- new parents & carers will be given details of the system, and existing families can still use the same pin number as last year. Please write a note to your class teacher if you need to be reminded of the pin or don’t have one. Mrs. Hardisty (Special Needs leader) will be available on the evenings and so if you also need to talk to her please let your child’s teacher know and this will be organised for you.
The link to the parent’s evening website is:
We are really fortunate to have wonderful grounds with lots of trees, including the very established horse chestnut tree near the pirate ship with plentiful conkers. We don’t mind (in fact we quite like!) children playing conkers as it’s a traditional game that children have enjoyed for generations, as long as they are sensible, however we do have an issue with them throwing large sticks at the tree before and after school to try to get the conkers to fall! Could you please ensure you are adequately supervising your children and making sure they are not throwing items such as sticks as this causes a danger to other children.
Welcome back to the new term at West Town Lane. We welcome Miss Welling to the Year 5 teaching team, and Mr Harper has joined the pastoral team as a pupil mentor. I am sure you will make them feel very welcome to their new school. We also have a new Speech & Language Therapist on the staff as Miss Clark is changing her career, therefore Miss Cole is also starting this week as a SALT.
School is now closed for the summer break , although we have our holiday club running from 25th July until 3rd August- please see the link under the ‘parents’ section of the website. School opens again to children on Tuesday, 4th September. We hope you all have a wonderful break and the children come back fully refreshed and ready to learn lots of new and exciting things. Our Facebook pages will try to keep you up to date with things to do around the area and also what is happening at school while you are away!
The new information booklets for September 2018 have now been added to the relevant class pages on the site. They include lots of general information, but also key dates for the whole year. We thought we would publish this early so that you can plan ahead. Hard copies of the booklets will be handed out by your class teachers in September.