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Stalbridge Church of England Primary School


November 2011

Hello everyone,

Here's some dates and information for this half term.

Remembrance Walk - 11/11/11
Weather permitting the whole school will walk up to the village for the two minute silence outside the post office to remember those fallen in conflict. The School Council will distribute poppies for those who would like to donate a small amount towards the Poppy Appeal.

Children in Need Day - Friday 18th November
This year the school council has decided the school will mark the day by having a non-school uniform day where we all wear something spotty or stripey. Pudsey's orienteering will run throughout the day. Our suggested donation is £1.

Christmas Show
This year it's our younger children's turn to entertain us with a nativity play. They will perform for parents on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th December. More details nearer the time.

Church Service
Our Christmas church service is on Thursday 15th December at 9.10am, all are welcome.

There will be no after school clubs during the last week of term, clubs will finish Friday 9th December.

Safeguarding Policy
By law I have a duty to make you aware of our Safeguarding Children Policy. This policy sets out how the school safeguards and promotes the welfare of the children and young people in its care. The policy is available to view on our website ( Child Protection Procedures can be made available on request.

Mrs Saville
More fantastic news! Mrs Saville is pregnant! Her baby is due in mid April and she will go on maternity leave at the end of the Spring term. Maternity cover positions have been advertised.

Christmas lunch
The PTA is kindly cooking us all a Christmas lunch at Stalbridge Village Hall on the last day (16th December). A letter with more details is attached to this newsletter.

Thank you Dikes
We are extremely grateful to Dikes for their continuing support to the school. Dikes sell lovely Jute shopping bags as a green alternative to plastic bags. They give £1 for every bag sold to the school and a few weeks ago gave us a cheque for £1000. As with their previous donations, this money goes towards the upkeep of our swimming pool.

Staff Development Days Reminder
Our remaining staff development days for this term (ie days that the school is closed for children) are Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th January therefore the first day back for children after Christmas is Thursday 5th January.

Last Day of Autumn Term
Children will finish at 2.30pm on Friday 16th December.

I am delighted to inform you that the school has successfully been accepted as a member of London 2012's UK-wide reward and recognition scheme, the Get Set network.

Get Set ( is the official London 2012 education programme, and through this programme, our pupils will learn about the Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

We have been recognised by the London 2012 Organising Committee as a school that is demonstrating its commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values, and have become a member of the Get Set network.

This means that we
• have the right to use the London 2012 education logo - look out for this on our school sign, letterhead and website;
• will receive a plaque and certificate to show that we are part of the London 2012 family;
• and we'll be in with the chance of winning visits from athletes and then London 2012 mascots!

Over the coming months, we will be getting ready for London 2012 by linking more work to the Games and ensuring that our pupils feel that they are a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Bad Weather
If we have really bad weather and teachers cannot get to school then we may have to close the school. I make a decision about this by 7.30am. We notify parents initially by posting a message on our website then we and the PTA have a cascaded telephone call list to let everyone know. We text out to parents as soon as possible with the same message. We only post a message, telephone and text when the school is to be closed. No message, no telephone call, no text means that the school is open. As an extra check the Dorset for You website will post a list of closed schools (

Anti-Bullying Week
The week beginning 14th November is National Anti-Bullying Week. The main theme is 'Stop and Think - Words can Hurt'. Throughout the week assemblies will focus on recognising and stopping bullying and every class will follow up assemblies with learning in class. I have posted links to websites and a parents guide on our website (news update section). In Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 we will also do some work on cyber bullying and safe social networking. I will post links to resources you can use at home with your children.

Bedtime Stories
Thank you to those who came to bedtime story evening and the book fair, these events raised over £300 to go towards the purchase of some school books.

Yours sincerely

Mr M Allen