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November 2014

10th November 2014

Hello everyone,

Here's some dates and information for this half term leading up to Christmas.

Remembrance Day
The whole school will be attending the Remembrance event in the High Street tomorrow morning.

Anti-Bullying Week
The week beginning 17th November is National Anti-Bullying Week.
Throughout the week assemblies will focus on recognising and stopping bullying and every class will follow up assemblies with learning in class. Children's work on bullying will be displayed in the hall by Friday 21st and you are welcome to come in and view it. 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 have posted links to resources you can use at home with your children. 

Road Safety Awareness Week - 17th-21st November - Year R, 1 and 2
During this week, children will explore road safety for themselves and others. They will use the BRAKE and Think! Websites with this year's theme 'Look out for each other.' They will rehearse safety when crossing over, what to wear in the dark and how to keep safe in the car. They will also write information books about the things they have learnt. 

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.

Children in Need
Children in Need is on Friday 14th November 2013. The school council on behalf of all the children have decided they would like to dress up in spots or stripes or a combination of the two on Friday. During the day children will also be designing a topper for a cup cake (paper not edible!). A winner will be chosen from each class and then from these designs a winner for each key stage will be selected. These will be revealed during Achievers. We will be collecting Children in Need donations on the day. We suggest £1 per child.

Christmas Jumpers for Save the Children 
After last years excellent participation we have again decided to support Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day. This year it's on Friday 12th December. On this day we would like children to come to school wearing a Christmas jumper, cardigan or sweatshirt instead of their school jumper. The top can be homemade, shop bought or just a green and red one. There will be a small prize for the best hand decorated jumper in each class. The suggested donation is £1.

Parent Help
We are always grateful of parent/carer help around the school. Whether it be helping in class for particular activities, hearing readers, helping in the library, helping with swimming and helping with improving the school environment indoors with displays or outdoors with gardening. If you think you can offer some help please do.We could do with some regular help keeping the environmental area sorted and if you're good with computers and all things IT then perhaps you could help with the endless maintenance of the school's network and hardware.

Church Service
Our Christmas church service is on Thursday 18th December, 9.10am, all are welcome. 

Hot School Meals
We are finding that some parents are forgetting to order hot school meals. Though there is an entitlement for all children in Year R-2 to have a school lunch these need to be ordered to be delivered. Orders are made online at If you have any queries please contact Tim at Local Food Links on 01308 428912.

Christmas Show
Year R, 1 and 2 will entertain us with a nativity play. They will perform for parents on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th December in the afternoon. More details nearer the time.

Christmas lunch
The PTA and governors are kindly cooking us all a Christmas lunch at Stalbridge Village Hall on the last day (19th December). A letter with more details has been sent separately.

Parking in Duck Lane and Woodmills
The Governors and I would like to remind you to park considerately in Duck Lane and Woodmills at the start and end of school. It is important that emergency services can have access to these roads at all times and that residents of Duck Lane and Woodmills can enter and exit their homes and are not inconvenienced. We ask parents and carers not to park on the triangle bordered by the double yellow lines outside of the school gates. It does seem to be the same cars all the time. We have reached a point where we will photograph cars and give this information to the police. Thank you.

Bad Weather
We are not expecting snow yet but just in case here's our yearly reminder of what happens should there be a sudden snowfall! 
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 ( 

We advise that children have a coat at school everyday now the weather is colder and wetter. We often take the children out of class and appropriate protection from the elements is required!

There will be no after school clubs during the last week of term, clubs will finish Friday 12th December.

On Thursday 4th December all children will be watching a travelling panto company perform Cinderella. This promises to be a top quality show providing fun and comedy for children. Due to performance times, school will end at 3.30pm on this day. The PTA have organised this event for the children, as a help towards the costs we are asking for a voluntary donation of £1 per child.

Last Day of Autumn Term
Children will finish at 2.30pm on Friday 19th December.

Staff Development Day Reminder
Monday 5th January is a Staff Development Day, therefore the first day back for children after Christmas is Tuesday 6th January.

Yours sincerely

Mr M Allen 

Diary Dates

14th Children in Need Day
20th Church 9.10am all welcome
28th Christmas fayre, details to follow

4th Church, 9.10 all welcome
4th Cinderella for whole school, details to follow. School ends 3.30pm
12th Christmas Jumper Day
16th KS1 nativity performance, details to follow
17th KS1 nativity performance, 2pm, details to follow
12th Clubs end
18th Christmas church service, 9.10am
19th School Christmas meal at the hall
19th School ends 2.30pm

5th Inset Day
6th School returns