Weekly Newsletter - Friday 6th September 2019
Welcome back to school after the summer break. We welcome Miss Haslam (not related to Mr. Haslam!), Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Adams to the Lower Peover team. Welcome to all the new children starting school this week. Thank you for choosing our school, we know you will be happy here. Good luck to all the Year 7 children who are starting their new schools also…. School seems so quiet without you!
Aldi’s Kit for School
Thank you to Mrs. Brierley for bring this to my attention.
This September, to help support Get Set to Eat Fresh, Aldi’s Kit for Schools is giving 20 primary schools the chance to win £20,000. Every school who enters by completing the Aldi Kit for Schools poster with 300 Team GB stickers will also receive an exclusive school sports kit. If you shop in Aldi, please could you collect the stickers and send them into school to Mr. Young, our sports curriculum leader and he will collate the stickers.
A message from Rev. Jane Lloyd...
Dear Sharon, Governors and Parents,
A HUGE thank you for your generous gifts as I leave St. Oswald’s. I will always cherish my time with you, as your vicar. I valued the relationships I enjoyed with the children and staff, over many years. As well as the support and encouragement, you gave to Tom and I, and to Joe and Cathy. I wish you every blessing at the start of the new year and pray for you. I hope our friendships continue. Much love, Jane
Class Dojo Update
We continue to use class dojos. Mrs. Perry and Miss Williamson are happy for parents to use this method, as a means of communication, however, please be aware that teachers do not always access the messages until the end of the day so, if it is something the teacher needs to know please email the office and they will pass on the information on.
Please do not use this method for pupil absence or matters relating to the school bus. Please email the office on firstname.lastname@example.org directly. If you need to contact any other member of staff, please use the teacher email address below:
Mrs. Perry: email@example.com
Miss Williamson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Young: email@example.com
Mrs. Maddock firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Bradley email@example.com
Miss. Moores firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Haslam email@example.com
The children are in the process of voting for new team names, which we will announce next week. The winning team, this week is the Yellow team with 367 points. Second place goes to the Red team with 358 points. Third place goes to the Blue team with 353 points. The fourth place goes to the Green team with 343 points.
Miss Moores leads the ‘School Council’. Next week, the children from Year 1 to Year 6 will be asked to talk to their class about why they would make a good school council leader. The class then vote anonymously for their representative. The new ‘School Council’ will be announced in collective worship on Monday 9th September.
Support in School
We value and appreciate all the support we receive in school. If you feel you can offer your time hearing children read, changing reading books, practicing number bonds and times tables (for example) please contact Mrs. Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mr. Haslam (email@example.com) as leaders of the two Key Stages. We ask that you undergo clearance to work with children and sign a confidentiality statement. Thank you.
Key Stage 2 Praise
Year 3: Arthur, Alexis and Scarlett. Amazing art using only natural materials they found outside, linked to the theme Stone Age
Year 4: Cara, Georgie O, Georgie P and Benjamin G for their Ancient Greece homework answering the question ‘how did the Olympics begin?’
Year 5: Darcey and Isabelle for their self-portraits using oil pastels. Grace V for using 5- and 6-digit numbers in maths
Year 6: Koby, and Darcey for math’s work, place value and using decimal points
Year 1: Freya, Year 2: Heath, Year 3: Joshua S and India, Year 4: Georgie O, Year 5: Evie. Year 6 Lilly
Holiday Requests Reminder
As it is the time of year when we receive applications for holiday leave, I have copied the legislation concerning absences and fixed penalty notices. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to come and see me. This information is detailed on our website.
Absence – Fixed Penalty Notice Information
At least 10 sessions (five school days) lost due to unauthorised absence during the current term. These do not need to be consecutive. Persistent late arrival at school, i.e. after the register has closed at 9.10 am, in the current term. “Persistent” means at least 10 sessions of late arrival.
Exceptional Circumstances for Authorised Leave of Absence
We are often asked what are ‘exceptional circumstances’ for authorising leave of absence. Please see the guidance below.
The decision to authorise absence is at the head teacher’s discretion based on their assessment of the situation. Circumstances vary from school to school and so there can be no absolute rules on this subject.
Term times are for education. This is the priority. Children and families have 175 days off school to spend time together, including weekends and school holidays. Heads will rightly prioritise attendance. The default school policy should be that absences would not be granted during term time and will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.
If an event can reasonably be scheduled outside of term time, then it would not be normal to authorise absence. Absence during term time for holidays/vacations is therefore not considered an exceptional circumstance.
Absences to visit family members are also not normally granted during term time if they could be scheduled for holiday periods or outside school hours. Children may however need time to visit seriously ill relatives.
Absence for a bereavement of a close family member is usually considered an exceptional circumstance but for the funeral service only, not extended leave.
As it is the start of a new academic year, I would like to remind you of our attendance policy. During the last academic year our overall school attendance and lateness was lower than is nationally expected. This year we will be monitoring attendance and late arrival on a weekly basis.
Doors open at 8.40 am for all children.
Children are expected to arrive from 8.40 am – 9.00 am. During this time, the teacher will register the children whilst they children complete a range of activities.
The first teaching session begins at 9.00am. Therefore, we ask that all children be in school and ready to learn by 9.00am at the latest.
Doors close at 9.00 am. Pupils arriving to school after this time will be registered as Late (before the registers close) into the register. Pupils arriving after 9.10 am will be classed as Late (After the Registers Close).
Late after the close of registration is an unauthorised absence.
If a child is persistently absent or late (after 9.10 am) then the local authority will issue a fixed penalty notice.
The winning class for the highest attendance this week is Year 1.
Health and Safety
Eventually, after many objections, the fence alongside the wood has been agreed by the planning office. Work will commence within the next few weeks.
At the end of the day, a reminder that children must not play on the KS1 play area until all cars have left the playground. Also, a request from Mrs. Perry that the children do not play on the Reception bikes and equipment.
Please can we ask that you monitor your children at all times due to the hazard of cars on the playground.
Thank you for providing your requirements to the office. A reminder that it is essential to inform the office of any changes.
A big welcome back from FLPS! We are in the process of putting a timetable of events for the year together and will circulate it as soon as possible.
In the meantime, the Ball is only around the corner on Saturday 19 October at the wonderful Courthouse again. If you have not already purchased your tickets, please do so on parent pay. Last year was a sell out so buy your tickets as soon as possible! New Reception parents – it would be great to see you there and a good chance to get to know more people at school. Tickets are £50 each.
If anyone has a business or works for a business that would be able to sponsor a table at the Ball please get in touch with Kristin Williamson or Hannah Burgoyne. Big events such as this rely on sponsorship to reach the amazing profit levels that we achieved last year.
Also, if anyone has any raffle or auction prizes they are able to donate please let us know. Any queries regarding the Ball please send to FLPScommittee@gmail.com
Our prayers this week are for all the children in our school as we start the new school year. We pray that they will settle back into the school routine happily and healthily. As for the children that have gone to High School. May God look after them as they encounter pastures new.
If you have any prayer requests, please email myself or pop in to see me.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I am travelling to Burghley horse trials to watch Bradley Law (Crocky) and Jim’s Pal (Jim)
- w/c 9th September – After School Clubs start
- Wednesday 25th September: open day for new starters (2020) 9.30-11.30 &1.30-2.30
- Monday 30th September: Active Kids smile for a mile launch
- Wednesday 9th October: Harvest service for the whole school, in church 9.15 am (Winter uniform please)
- Monday 14th October – Friday 18th October: Year 6 residential visit to Manor Adventure, Shropshire
- Tuesday 22nd October: 3.30-6pm Autumn Term Parents Evening 1
- Wednesday 6th November: Autumn Term Parents Evening 2
- Wednesday 20th November to Friday 22nd November: Year 4 residential to Beeston
- Thursday 12th December and Friday 13th December: Reception and Key Stage 1 to Plumley Village Hall all day
- Thursday 12th December and Friday 13th December: Reception and Key Stage 1 Christmas performance 1pm, at Plumley Village Hall
- Monday 16th December: Whole school trip to the pantomime
- Tuesday 17th December and Wednesday 18th December: Key Stage 2 Christmas service, in church 2pm
- Thursday 19th December: Christmas dinner day and Christmas jumper day. Paul Storey Magician.