“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord”

– Colossians 3:23

Weekly Newsletter – Friday 21st September 2018

School Survey

Miss Tinker emailed a survey for parents/carers to complete, thank you to those who have already returned them to school.  If you require a paper copy to complete please don’t hesitate to collect one from the school office, or if you email me I will send one home with your child/children.

Esther McVey Visits Lower Peover

Esther led our Collective Worship, on Monday. She explained how she became an M.P. The children asked her some very in-depth questions and asked for some requests e.g. Please could you arrange for us to have a zip wire in school!

Sport – Cross Country

On Monday evening the cluster school tournaments kicked off with the first of three cross country races. 20 of our children from years 3-6 raced against children from seven other local schools. Well done to all the children who represented our school superbly and showed real grit and determination to complete their long distanced races, with over sixty children in each race. A special mention to our top performers on the night: Freddie Entwistle who finished 2nd place in the boy’s year 3/4 race and Oliver Perry along with Alex Page who finished 5th and 6th in the boy’s year 5/6 race. The next event will be the second instalment of the three cross country events, held at Holmes Chapel High School on Thursday 27th September. Mr Young

Parent Consultations for Reception children

Rather than having a set day for parents evening each term, we will trial a new system this year. Once all of our baseline information is complete and the children are fully settled within the school and class environment, we will begin to select three focus children each week. We will observe these children closely in their play and their learning to find out more about their interests and how they are progressing. Each Friday we will inform the parents of the children that have been chosen for the following week and send out an A4 consultation sheet for you to complete and send back in.  We ask that you upload some photos to Tapestry which the children will be encouraged to talk about to the rest of the class, describing the events and people.  These can be photos of special events or just what your child likes to do out of school.

In the week following their focus week, we will invite parents of the focus children into school for a quick discussion about the week and all that we have learnt about your child. We will discuss any points arising on the consultation form and agree possible areas for focus in future and ways we can work together to help your child with these.

This way each child will be a focus child once per term and you will have the opportunity to contribute and consult with us in this structured way in each of the Autumn and Spring terms.  In the Summer term, you will receive a report in the form of the EYFS profile and will have the opportunity to discuss any queries following the report.

Key Stage 2 Play Area

I have now received quotes for a new Key Stage 2 play area and have submitted a bid request to FLPS.  Hopefully this area will be completed in the next 6 weeks.

FLPS Ball

Just two weeks to go before the Autumn Ball! We have a fantastic night in store for you all at The Courthouse including a live band, an auction and raffle with some amazing prizes! Thank you to everyone who has donated these wonderful prizes.

We need to confirm final numbers with The Courthouse so if you’ve not returned your booking form and paid for your ticket then you must do so by Monday 24 September at the latest. A large number of school staff will be attending the ball also.

We will confirm once the tickets are ready for collection.

Open Morning

This has been arranged for Wednesday 26th September from 9.30-11.30. If you know anyone who is interested in joining Lower Peover Primary School in September 2019 (or before), I would be grateful if you pass on this information. We currently have vacancies in Reception, Year 3, 5 and 6. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY

Every minute counts

5 minutes late each day = 3 days lost

15 minutes late each day = 10 days lost

30 minutes late each day = 19 days lost

17 days lost = 1 level less than a child’s capabilities

Attendance affects learning

Attendance affects future outcomes

Attendance affects wellbeing and a sense of belonging.

Attendance and lateness are monitored on a weekly basis. I will be contacting parents/carers of those children who are persistently late (after 9am) to support you being able to get your child to school on time. So far this term we have registered 49 late arrivals to school and 9 late arrivals after 9.10 am, which have been recorded as unauthorised absences.

Dojo winners

The children who have achieved the most dojo points this week are:

Reception: Freya Stimpson, Harry Wilson, Henry Taylor- Wattam, Jessica Capper, Rafferty Brooks, Rory Buchanan. Last week Elliott Sales and Megan Evans.

Year 1: Seb Fox

Year 2: Arthur Forshaw, Seb Booth

Year 3: Benjamin Grierson, Alyssa Rowley

Year 4: Grace Peterson- Revell, Isaac Bloor

Year 5: Sidney Causer

Year 6: Oliver Perry, Mai-Sze Jukes

The winning team this week is Daley (blue) with 436 dojo points

2nd:  Green with 394

3rd:  Yellow with 391

4th: Red with 384

Attendance

The national expectation is 96% or higher.

The winner this week is:  Year 1 with 98.93%

Reception: 97.41%

Year 2  : 98.06%

Year 3: 98.28%

Year 4: 97.19%

Year 5 : 97.78%

Year 6: 96.67%

When the winning team receive 4 certificates they are rewarded with a non-uniform day.

School Photographs

Individual and sibling photographs will be taken on Friday 28th September.  If you wish to bring any younger siblings in to school, please arrive at 8.40am via the main entrance.

Reporting Pupil Absence

When leaving your message on the pupil absence line, could I please ask that you specify the reason for absence in a little detail, rather than “they are unwell” – thank you

Parent Code of Conduct Policy

At Lower Peover Primary School we value our strong relationship with parents, carers and relatives. Together this helps us achieve the very best for the children in a mutually supportive partnership between parents, class teachers and the school community. As a partnership, our parents understand the importance of a good working relationship to equip their children with the necessary skills for adulthood.  For these reasons we continually welcome and encourage parents or carers to participate fully in the life of our school. To truly create the best outcomes for children requires the relationship between home and school to be based on the principals of care, integrity, trust and mutual respect.

However, during the last few weeks some of my staff have been subject to some unpleasant verbal behaviours towards them, which has been very upsetting.  In line with our school Christian Values can I please ask that all staff are spoken to respectfully.  

Please click on the link if you wish to read the whole policy:

https://www.lower-peover-school.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Parent-carer-code-of-conduct-January-2018.pdf

Prayers

Our prayers this week are in relation to our school rules.  If you have any prayer requests, please email myself or pop in to see me.

I hope you have a lovely weekend. I am hopefully going to Kelsall Hill Horse Trials…. weather permitting!

Sharon Dean

HEADTEACHER

Dates for Autumn A:

  • Wednesday 26th September: Open morning for any new starters 9.30-11.30
  • Wednesday 26th September: Years 3 and 4 to the ‘Cheshire Ploughing Match PM
  • Friday 28th September: School photos for individuals and siblings (no church this day)
  • Tuesday 2nd October: Key Strings performance to EYFS and KS1, then KS2 (funded by FLPS)
  • Friday 5th October; No church as Jane is on a course.
  • Monday 8th/ Tuesday 9th October: Whole school art day event.
  • Friday 12th October: 9.15 Harvest Festival Service in church, whole school, followed by Book Fair Sale
  • 15th to 19th October: Year 6 to Culmington Manor residential trip
  • Wednesday 17th October: Year 5 to Chester Cathedral. Pilgrim Day
  • Monday 22nd October: Reception stay and play session for parents 2.15pm
  • Tuesday 23rd October: Parents evening for Years 1-6
  • Thursday 25th October: Break up
  • Friday 26th October: INSET day for staff (first aid training)
  • Tuesday 6th November: Parents evening for Years 1-6

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