Newsletter Spring 1 – Friday 5th January 2018

Dear Parents

Happy New Year!

It was a delight to welcome the children back yesterday and we hope you had an enjoyable Christmas holiday. On behalf of the school team I would like to thank you for all the lovely gifts we received at the end of last term. The boxes of biscuits and chocolates are still being enjoyed as we start the Spring term and are hugely appreciated by all the staff. We were also excited to receive the news that one family has purchased a pig on behalf of the school for a family in Rwanda and we look forward to receiving more news to share with the children about this.

The Great Learners Trust

I am delighted to report that on the 1st January we officially became an academy and joined the Great Learners Trust. On a day to day basis there will be no changes for our children but the staff team are looking forward to the additional collaborative work that will be carried out between the schools within the Trust. We will be marking this historic change on Wednesday, 24th January, when Rozalyn Thomson (Director of the Trust) will be coming into school for a special assembly with the children. The governors have also been busy planning how to recognise this special event in our school’s history and have decided to put together a time capsule containing the history of the school, dating back to 1854, with photographs and contributions from the children.

Message from Rozalyn Thomson, Director of the Great Learners Trust

The academy conversion of Great Kimble School was successfully completed on the 1st of January (we have our letter signed by Justine Greening!) and the school is now a member of the Great Learners Trust. We are looking forward to the official celebration event planned for later this month, and to working in partnership with your exceptional school.

Mrs Allan

We would like to warmly welcome Mrs Allan who will be joining Great Kimble this term as a Learning Support Assistant. She is excited to be joining the team and the children are looking forward to welcoming her on Monday.

Wednesday Worship

Reception will be leading Wednesday Worship on 17th January. All Reception parents are welcome to attend and this commences just after 9am.  

Christian Values

This half term the children will be learning about ‘Endurance’ and this will be explored through class work and daily acts of collective worship. Our Christian Values are threaded through everything we do at Great Kimble School and continually reinforced throughout school life.

KS2 Expansion

Today you have received an additional letter offering you the opportunity to come into school and see the architects’ plans for the demolition of ‘Springwood Cottage’, which is to be replaced by a new, single storey hall and two classroom teaching block. This meeting will take place on Thursday 18th January and all parents are welcome to drop in any time from 6-8pm.

 Clubs

Thank you for returning your slips last term. Clubs will begin next week on Monday 8th January. If you have any questions regarding clubs please get in contact with Mrs Jeffs who will be more than happy to help. Clubs finish at 4.15pm and children will be dismissed at the front entrance to the school.

Topic Webs

Today your child will bring home their topic web for this half term. We hope these will aid you in supporting your child’s learning at home. Please contact your child’s class teacher if you have any questions about them. Class teachers have also updated their class page on the school website for this half term.

Dates for your diary

Dates for the spring term are as follows:

DATE EVENT YEAR GROUP
Monday 8th January Clubs start:

Mon –Maths, Tue – Sports, Wed – Karate, Thurs – Art, Friday – Sports.

Thursday 11th January 8pm Friends Of Kimble School (FOKS) meeting at The Swan All parents welcome
Tuesday 16th January 1.30pm – Year 2 Tag Rugby at Dinton school Selected Year 2 children
Wednesday 17th January Reception Wednesday Worship at 9am Reception parents welcome to attend
Thursday 18th January Public meeting to look at expansion plans 6-8pm at school All parents welcome
Wednesday 24th January Special Academy celebration assembly with Rozalyn Thomson (Director of the Great Learners Trust) Whole school
Tuesday 30th January Basketball competition for Year 1 at Princes Risborough Secondary School. Selected Year 1 children
Monday 5th February Last week of clubs  
Wednesday 7th February Drop in session for parents after school to see books All parents welcome
7pm Reading and Writing information evening for parents
Monday 12th February                                  HALF TERM
Wednesday 21st February Year 2 class trip to Christchurch Cathedral

 

Year 2
Friday 9th March FOKS Mother’s Day gifts All children
Monday 12th March Science Week Whole school
Wednesday 14th March Visit from Green Dragon Eco Farm Whole school
Thursday 15th March Year 1 and 2 Cross country competition at Speen School Selected Year 1 and Year 2 children
Wednesday 21st March Reception Multi Skills competition at Haddenham Infants Selected Reception children
Parents’ Evening All parents
Thursday 29th March Last day of spring term – break up at 1.15pm Whole school

 

Please note there may be additional dates added over the term and these will go out in the weekly newsletter.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs M Cozadinos

Headteacher

 

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.