Newsletter Autumn 2 – Friday 15th Sept. 2017

Dear Parents,

We have had a very productive start to the term and the children are settling in well to their new classes and routines. Apologies that there have been problems with communication from the school since the start of term. I was made aware this week that many parents did not receive the newsletter that was sent out last Friday afternoon and some received several copies! We have had our system checked and hope the problem is now fixed. Newsletters will go out every Friday so please contact the office if you have not received a copy.

Our Christian value for this half term is ‘Respect’ and the children have been learning about this in class and Collective Worship. Mrs Jeffries and Year 2 children demonstrated excellent respect for our school grounds this week by tidying up and weeding our gardens at the front of the school. It makes me very proud to see the children taking such care for their environment and helping to keep our school looking tidy.

This year we have introduced the Courtesy Cup with our new behaviour policy and the children have been displaying excellent manners, collecting Courtesy Counters for their class. A big well done to Year 2 who were the winners of the Courtesy Cup this week.

Meet the Teacher Evening

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Meet the Teacher Evening on Wednesday night. Presentations can be found on the class pages on our school website for any parents who were unable to attend. Handouts from the Reception presentation were placed in children’s book bags. If you have any further questions please feel free to talk to your child’s class teacher at the end of the day.

School Trips

Next Wednesday Year 2 will be going on the first school trip of the year. They will be visiting Hazard Alley where they will learn about keeping themselves safe in a variety of different scenarios. This trip is always a favourite for the children and Year 2 learn so many valuable life skills. Year 1 will have their first school trip after half term and Reception will be having some special visitors in school after half term. In Key Stage 1 (Year 1 & 2) children will go on a trip every term and Reception experience a School trip in the Spring and Summer term.

School Council

School elections took place today and I am delighted to announce our School Councillors for 2017-2018:

Reception: Ellie and George

Year 1: Poppy and Harry

Year2: Elsa and Gus

A big well done to all the children who put themselves forward for elections. We look forward to working with all our children this year to make further improvements to our school.

Friends of Kimble

Thank you to the parents that attended the first FOKS meeting last night. The committee have been busy planning fundraising events for the year ahead, with the first one next weekend. On Saturday 23rd September there will be a family buffet and fun afternoon at The Swan in Great Kimble starting at 4.30pm – 7.00pm. Please feel free to come along on the day, the cost for a family ticket is £5 and there will be plenty of food and activities for the children. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and for the children to meet and play together out of school. If you are unable to attend but would still like to make a donation please feel free to bring it into school and it will be passed on.

Finally a big thank you to all the parents that have offered to help in school. We really appreciate your support as it allows us to offer more opportunities for your children.

Have a great weekend!

Best Wishes

Mala Cozadinos

Headteacher

Dates for your diary:

Monday 18th September Clubs start this week
Wednesday 20th September Year 2 trip to Hazard Alley Year 2
Wednesday 11th October Maths workshop for Parents All parents – 7pm at school
Monday 16th October Last week of clubs
Wednesday 18th October Open morning for prospective parents Prospective parents
HALF TERM
Monday 30th October Start of the Autumn second half term

INSET DAYS:

  • Wednesday 3rd January 2018
  • Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th July 2018

 

*Please note there may be additional dates added over the term but these will go out in the weekly

Pupil Premium

The Government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called ‘Pupil Premium’. For every child registered for Free School Meals at Great Kimble the school receives £1300 (Primary schools). Even though all pupils are now eligible for universal free school meals, it is important that you complete the registration for free school meals in order to receive the funding.

With this money we could support your child’s extra-curricular activities, give additional 1:1 support in the classroom in areas where they feel less secure and also ensure that they have the opportunity to try new experiences that you may not be able to offer as a family.

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit except if you meet ANY of the following criteria:
    • entitled to working tax credit (regardless of income)
    • have an annual income not in excess of £16,190 (Please note that this figure is for April 2013 and that it changes in April each year).
    • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

Even if you don’t want your child to have the school meals the form needs to be completed – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets an additional £1300 towards your child’s education. If you think your child may be entitled, please will you speak with Mrs Jeffs. This information is kept totally confidential.

Sick children 

If your child has been physically sick (for something other than an allergic reaction to something eaten etc) please remember that they can only return to school 48 hours after their last bout of sickness. Please help us to keep the spread of sickness bugs to a minimum by observing this rule.

School Uniform

Please note that Friends of Kimble School have now taken over the management of our school uniform.  Should you wish to place an order, please complete the form (available to download from the FOK page of the website) in the usual way and hand in to the school office.  We will then forward to FOKS.