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Stalbridge Church of England Primary School


April 2010

19th April 2010

Dear Parents/Guardians


The Summer term is here! I hope you had a good break. The weather's been lovely and I hope we get our fair share of sunny, warm days this term. Here's some information and dates.

Swimming and Clubs
The swimming pool should be ready for action in a couple of weeks. We've got a temporary cover on the pool at the moment with a new cover on order. The new cover is quite expensive and we are indebted to Dikes and the PTA for each donating £1000 towards the cost if it. We shall hold an 'unrolling' ceremony when the cover has arrived and has been fitted. A letter informing you of swimming days will be sent out soon. As we are finalising swimming club days we're not quite ready to send out a list of clubs just yet. We hope to have this with you this week so that we can start clubs week beginning 26th April.

Breakfast Club
Our breakfast club is now running 5 days a week from 8am at a cost of £3 per morning or £12 for the whole week. If you require childcare only from 8.25am then the cost is £1 or £4 for the whole week. You MUST book and pay for a place for your child at the club at least one day in advance by 'phoning the school office.

Hot School Meals
The first month of hot school meals has been a tremendous success. All our midday supervisors have really worked hard to make lunchtimes run smoothly. Numbers taking up hot school meals have steadily increased. On the last day of term we catered for 90 children!

Gardening Club
We have many gardening jobs to do around the school. The children are keen to help with planting and watering but sometimes need that expert advice on what to do. If you could help with gardening on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday lunchtime (12.15-1pm) please pop into the office.

Year 6 Sats
You may have read a lot in the newspapers about the potential boycotting of Sats tests by many schools. We will not be boycotting the Sats tests and Year 6 children will be sitting these in the week beginning 10th May.

Now that summer is nearly here we are starting to see children wearing our summer uniform. May we remind parents that children should wear black shoes or sandals (in summer), trainers or mules/flip flops are not suitable.
When the warm sun does arrive children should bring labelled hats to school to protect them from the sun. Suncream should be applied before school. Staff cannot apply suncream to your child.

We are working hard to improve our attendance rates to above 95%. Although some may think that this sounds quite high, a 95% attendance means 9.5 days absence a year (one day per school calendar month) which is 13.3 weeks over 7 years - over 3 months absence! Considered in these terms, it is easy to see the impact on learning, progress and eventually exam results that even a 95% attendance rate would have. If your child's attendance rate is 80% that means 1 day off a week and 38 over a year - ie nearly 8 weeks - that's a lot of education missed out on.

Healthy Snacks
Just another reminder to encourage children to have healthy snacks at breaktime. Fruit or cereal bars etc are much better than crisps or chocolate.

We're hoping for a warm summer. Children will get thirsty during lessons and playtimes and it's important that they keep their water intake up. Please encourage your child to drink regularly. Water is available in classrooms and children need to remember to fill up their water bottles.

Cycling and Scootering
As the weather gets better I'm expecting more children to cycle or scoot to school, this is open to all years. If children would like to cycle/scooter to school then they must abide by the following rules:

1. I have my parent/carers permission to cycle/scooter to school.
2. I must check my bicycle/scooter to ensure it is safe to use.
3. I must wear a protective helmet while cycling.
4. I must not cycle/scoot on school grounds.
5. I must have my own cycle lock to lock my bike and helmet up with.
6. I must not go to my bicycle/scooter during break or lunchtimes.
7. I must take responsibility for my own bicycle/scooter while it is stored at school.

It is very important that children do not cycle/scoot on the school grounds. The potential for accidents is great. If you have pre-school children who have bicycles/scooters please ensure they also do not cycle/scoot around too.

We will be running cycle training again this year - details will be confirmed soon.

A school report on attainment and achievement will be prepared for your child this term. We will issue reports on 16th July.

Playing After School
At the end of the school day many children come on to the playground to meet you and then go and play on the outdoor play equipment on the field. I am happy for this to happen if children are supervised by parents. The school will take no responsibility for accidents whilst using the equipment outside of school hours.

I've asked children not to play ball games on the playground before and after school as there is a risk of accidents with everyone around. Please ensure your children remember this.

Yours sincerely

Michael Allen

26th Clubs Begin
29th Church 9.10am, all welcome.
30th School disco

4th Year R class trip
6th SEAL workshop, Reception, details to follow
10th Yr 6 and Yr 2 SAT's begin
13th Church 9.10am, all welcome
14th Year 3 Octagon visit
20th SEAL workshop, KS1, details to follow
25th SEAL workshop, KS2, details to follow
26th Year R class assembly, 9.10am
27th Church 9.10am, all welcome
28th School ends 3.15pm
31st Half term

16th Year 1 class trip
17th Year 4 singing day
17th Church 9.10am, all welcome
28th Year 6 residential visit

TBA Summer fete
1st Church 9.10am all welcome
12th INSET Day
13th Sports day, 1.15pm
15th Sports day (reserve)
15th Church, 9.10am all welcome
16th Reports out
21st School Open Day 3pm-4.30pm
22nd Year 6 leavers service (provisional)
23rd School ends 2.30pm

1st Staff in service training day
2nd School returns