Newsletter Autumn 7 – Friday 20th October 2017

Dear Parents,

I can’t quite believe I am writing this newsletter at the end of the first half term! The past 6 weeks have flown by and the children have settled in well to their new year groups. We have enjoyed our first Wednesday Worship at school and Harvest Festival at the Stewart Hall. This week we held our first of two open mornings and it was very well attended. If you know any prospective parents looking for school places in September 2018, our next open morning will be on Wednesday 15th November at 10am. This term the children have been learning about our Christian Value ‘Respect’ and next half term we will be studying ‘Thankfulness’ during our Collective Worship.

Rotary Shoeboxes

As many of you are aware, for several years the school has supported Operation Christmas Child where the children have put together Christmas boxes for children around the world who are less fortunate than us. This year we have chosen to support the Rotary Club in providing Christmas boxes of gifts for children in Eastern Europe. Classes have discussed how thankful we are to be blessed with presents from our loved ones at Christmas but sadly for many other children around the world this is not always the case. Yesterday your child should have brought home a box to be filled up over the holidays and a letter explaining what items to include. It is important that these are not wrapped but the children can decorate their boxes with drawings if they wish. Please can we ask all boxes to be returned to school on the week commencing 6th November. The boxes will be collected after Year 1’s Wednesday Worship on the 8th November so this is the final date for boxes to be returned.

Maths Parent Workshop

Thank you to all the parents who attended and for the lovely comments and emails received. Handouts given on the night can now be found on our website under the class pages. A big thank you to the teachers for putting on the event and we hope those who attended found it a useful and informative evening. We will be holding a similar night in January focusing on English.

Drop in Session for Parents

School will be open after 3.15pm today for you to accompany your child into their classroom to look at their books and displays. The children always take great pride in showing you their work and it is lovely to recognise their achievements so far this term. We would please ask you to wait until we have dismissed all children before entering the classrooms.

Silly Socks Day

Thank you to the children who wore silly socks to school today and brought in items for the Christmas hampers. The school was full of colour and we enjoyed seeing the varied designs worn by the children.

Finally I wish you all an enjoyable half term break and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 30th October for the start of the second half term.

Mrs M Cozadinos

Headteacher

Dates for your diary:

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.