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Stalbridge Church of England Primary School


February 2016

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back to the Spring term. I hope you had an enjoyable break. This letter should give you all the information you need for the term. Look out for class newsletters too.

Parents E-Safety Session - Wednesday 2nd March 2-3pm
Please come along to our E-Safety session; run by the police safer schools team. 
Many of our children have access to the internet. This session will help you to 
understand online risks and safety advice. Let the office know if you would
like to attend.

Collecting your Children
At the end of the school day, our teaching staff need to know in advance who is collecting each child. 
If it is someone different, you must ring the office in advance. The office send a 
message board to each class with details of collections. If you don't let us know in 
advance, we will have to delay the collection and contact you to confirm the change of 

Picnic blankets/throws
Year 1 are planning to use their outdoor area. If you have any resources which we could use, please let Mrs Cuff or Mrs Brown know.

Sports at Stalbridge
We had a fantastic 'bikeability' day on Tuesday. Year 5 and 6 children did very well learning important safety skills. The next session is on 15th March for those who have booked it.
Our Year 5/6 swimmers are in action on Friday 4th March at our swimming gala.Footballers are busy too with KS2 matches at Child Okeford. Good luck everyone.

Children's Mental Health Week
We had a good day learning about children's mental health. We have introduced 
a playtime Time 2 Talk drop in for all children every Monday and Wednesday 
playtime with our ELSA staff. Sharing a worry can really help children to feel 
well and enjoy their school day.

Sport Relief - 18th March
This year, the school council have decided to hold a school 'Tryathlon'. This will be a chance for all 
children to try a variety of sporting challenges. The children have chosen to organise 
this to keep the activity as inclusive as possible. Children are asked to bring £2 and 
dress up as a sporting person who inspires them. 

Learning Behaviour and School Behaviours
We are in the process of updating our Behaviour for Learning Policy, in line with new national guidance. Information will follow.

This term we are focussing on the learning behaviour 'chameleon - ability to change'. It helps us with our writing, problem solving and behaviour. We are praising our pupil's ability to change their behaviour with an extra reward, starting this half term.

  • For those children who have made a big effort to change, they will receive a chameleon certificate.

  • For those who have reduced the number of times they have been on our steps (behaviour tool) - silver award.

  • For those who've made exceptional efforts (hardly any steps) they will receive a golden ticket and an invite to a well done tea party in my office.They will also automatically become a school ambassador, leading school visitors on tours, helping lead events and helping others to improve.


Everyone can achieve and we will celebrate and support all children.

Swimming Helpers
Very soon, our swimming pool will be open. We rely on our parent helpers to support us in helping children to change for swimming. If you can help please let us know as soon as 
possible. You will need to have a disclosure and barring service check and be 
provided with health and safety information. Ask at the office for more details.

Easter Eggs and Services at church
Our Easter egg competition has been launched again. Look out for the posters.Our church services run every other Thursday. Our Easter service is on the last day of term, Thursday
24th March. All families welcome.

Careers Fair , Year 6 - Wednesday 23rd March 
Mrs Cuff has arranged an exciting careers fair on the above date. We want to inspire our oldest children to think about their future and link this to their school learning. We have lots of community partners here at school on that day. All year 6 parents/carers are invited to attend, with their children, here at school on that day, from 2pm.

Thank you for signing your children up to our clubs. If, for any reason, your child is not able to attend, you must ring the office so that registers can be amended.

Inhalers and Medicines 
If your child uses an inhaler regularly; please would you check the date and ensure there is ample supply for the term. If you need to administer prescribed medicines, pop into the school office, where you will be given paperwork to complete.

PTA Jumble Sale
Well done to the PTA, who raised over £200 for our school. 
Our disco runs again on 18th March. 
Look out for posters and the form to order tickets.

Bedtime Stories and World Book Day - Monday 21st March 
This year, our bedtime stories night is on a different day to the official 
World Book Day (3rd March 2016). We will be celebrating on 21st March. 
Another letter will follow with more details. The children will be asked to come to school wearing a book character costume for the day.

Mrs Squires
Congratulations to Mrs Squires, who got married over the February half term. She is now Mrs Jeal. At the end of this half term, she will be leaving us to spend more time taking part in her other career. She has worked at our school for many years and will be missed. I am sure you will join me in wishing her well for the future.

Deputy Head September 2016
As you know Mrs Padfield currently shares the role of acting Deputy Head. We recently interviewed for a permanent deputy from September. We are pleased to tell you that Mrs Padfield was our successful candidate. She will continue on a permanent basis from September.

As always I am happy to talk to you about any concerns you might have. We are all here to help. I look forward to an exciting term ahead.

Sarah Lafferty-Jenkins

2nd Parent's E-Safety Session, 2pm
2nd Year 4 class assembly 2.30pm
4th Year R class assembly, 9am
10th Church, 9.10am, all welcome
16th Year 5 class assembly, 9am
18th Sport Relief Day, details to follow
Disco, details to follow
21st Book Day and bedtime story evening (6pm-7pm), details to follow 
22nd Year 2 class assembly, 2.30pm
23rd Year 6 careers fair, 2pm
24th Easter Church Service, 9.10am all welcome
24th SCHOOL ENDS 2.30pm 

12th School returns
13th Year 1 class trip, details to follow.