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Stalbridge Church of England Primary School


Jan 2013

14th January 2013

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back to the Spring term!

We hope you all had a good Christmas and will have a happy new year.

Mr McAney and I and all our staff have enjoyed returning to school and all children have made a great start to the Spring term - a term when we can really focus on good learning and progressing the children's understanding and
skills. I will be at Stalbridge on Mondays and Fridays and Mr McAney will be acting head and Mrs Brown acting deputy head on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays while I am at Dunbury Primary School.

We welcome back Mrs Saville to teach in Year 3 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Johnson will be teaching Year 6 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

It may take a little while for staff and parents to adjust to things but as usual the children are not phased at all!

I look forward to a successful term for everyone.

Yours sincerely

Mr M Allen

Dear Parents/Carers,

As I write, we are already a week into the new term and I have just completed my first few days as Acting Headteacher. Keen though I was to get back to the classroom on Friday, I really enjoyed my first week in my new role and would like to thank all the parents, staff and pupils for their good wishes. I look forward to a successful term for everyone.

Yours sincerely

Mr A McAney

Here's some new dates and information for you.

School start time and lateness
We start Wake 'n' Shake at 8.55am, registration time is 9am. If your child arrives at school after our official start time of 9am please could they come to the front desk so that they get marked in the register. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that their children attend school punctually. It is the schools duty to report persistent lateness to the Educational Welfare Service.

School uniform and PE kit
The days are cold and the field can be muddy, please ensure your child has appropriate PE kit for the conditions and activity. Children should not wear their school jumpers or cardigans for PE. We encourage children to have tracksuits for outside sport. A sweatshirt or even an old jumper is fine to keep children warm. We have the black hooded tops in the school office for sale at £9.50. Often we have cases of children taking the wrong coat or clothing home as someone else has one like it. Please check that your child has the right clothing - the best way to ensure this is to name items clearly.

The colder months always bring a speight of illnesses. It is often unavoidable not to pass on viruses and bugs but we must try to do as much as we can to prevent illness spreading. If your child is ill with cold or flu symptoms please keep them at home until they are over the worst. If your child has had a stomach upset we recommend they have 48 hours to recover from it before they return to school.

Clubs start today (Monday 14th January), these will run until 22nd March. Please note there will be no after school clubs week commencing 25th February due to parents evenings (except Simply Football, Jazzercise and Chess which will run as normal).

Church Visits
Our first visit to the church this term will be Thursday 17th January. The service starts at 9.10am and all parents and relatives are welcome to join us.

Pupil Targets
Your children will all have been set new learning targets for the new term. These help children and yourselves know where they are in their learning journey and what they must do to move further on. A copy of these will be forwarded to you and progress against these targets can be discussed by you and the class teacher at our parent consultation evenings (see dates below).

Parent Readers
We are always looking for parents who can spare some time to come in and read with children. If you have time and would like to do this please let the office know and we will arrange things.

After School Childcare Provision
We have been running after school childcare on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for a year. Due to the success of this we are now able to offer the provision every weekday, charges and times will be:

Monday 3.15pm-4.15pm - £3.50
3.15pm-5.15pm - £6.00
Tuesday 3.15pm-4.15pm - £3.50
3.15pm-5.15pm - £6.00
Wednesday 3.15pm-4.15pm - £3.50
3.15pm-5.15pm - £6.00
Thursday 3.15pm-4.15pm - £3.50
3.15pm-5.15pm - £6.00
Friday 3.15pm-4.30pm - £4.00
4.00pm-4.30pm - £2.00

If children attend an afterschool club run by the school to 4pm then the charge for childcare provision to 5.15pm will be £3.50. We need to know a day in advance if you would like your child(ren) to attend and have payment in advance too.

Please be careful and considerate when bringing and collecting children from school. Please avoid parking in front of the school gates and on the double yellow lines next to the gates. Doing this will allow safer passage for pedestrians. If you are picking children up from an after school club you may park in the car park if there is a space but please do not park on the playground or turn round on it - children will still be around and won't be expecting cars on the playground and therefore won't be looking around for them.

Christmas Lunch
A huge thank you to all who helped or supported the Christmas lunch, the event was a huge success.

17th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
31st Church service, 9.10am, all welcome

4th Year 5 visit to Nothe Fort
12th Year 6 parents evening, details to follow
13th Year 6 parents evening, details to follow
14th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
15th School ends
18th-22nd Half term
26th Year R - 5 parents evening, details to follow
27th Year R - 5 parents evening, details to follow

14th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
25th Year 4 visit to Montacute House
27th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome (Please note the change of day)
28th School ends 2.30pm

16th School returns