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

– Colossians 3:23

Weekly Newsletter – Friday 7th September 2018

‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord’ Colossians 3:23

With the Lord by our side, we strive for excellence in everything we do; aiming to achieve highly within our spiritual community. Working together under God’s guidance we endeavour to become the best that we can be in our school, where the Christian faith is taught, experienced and lived.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Welcome back to school after the summer break. We welcome Miss Kimberley Williamson to the Lower Peover team.  Mr. Jay Stannard also made his debut this week teaching the children music, some of these sessions have been posted on Facebook. Mr. Bradley has taken on the role of inclusion manager (SENCO) and can be contacted on inclusionmanager@lowerpeover.cheshire.sch.uk. 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!

School Council

Miss Moores leads the ‘School Council’. 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 10th September.

Head Boy and Head Girl

This week, Rihanna Middlehurst and George Wither have been elected as our school’s Head Girl and Head Boy. Their Deputies will be Freya Wheable and Max Roberts. All four children will front our School Council, and in addition to this, they will support myself and Mr. Haslam at annual events, amongst other things. Well done to you all!

Creative Curriculum Overview

The creative curriculum overview for each year group has been uploaded onto the website. This overview gives coverage for the whole academic year. In light of this, you will now not receive half termly curriculum newsletters.

Maths Whizz

Now that we are getting back into a routine we thought it would be useful to give an update of expectations for maths homework this year. Following a meeting with the Mathwhizz team, we have decided that all children (excluding reception and Year1) are to take an assessment to give an accurate baseline for the starting point of the year. We will reset the children’s account, so they can complete their assessment at home next week for their homework. We will begin our usual homework routine the following Thursday 20thSeptember.

Maths homework runs from Thursday to Thursday and class teachers will remind children each Wednesday. Any child who has not completed their tasks will be expected to do so in Golden Time on Friday. We celebrate the achievements in each class in church on Friday by announcing the Gold winner who has made the most progress during the week, as well as awarding the winning class with a cup.

The minimum expectation for each class is as follows:

Y1 (post-Christmas): 30 mins

Y2 ,3 and 4: 45mins

Y5 and 6: 1hr

On Thursday 13th September at 3.30pm, a member of the Mathswhizz team is coming to school to explain how it works and to talk about how Mathswhizz can help and support your child’s learning. Both parents and children are welcome to attend, and we look forward to seeing you then, so we can answer any questions.

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, practicing number bonds and times tables (for example) please contact Mrs. Perry ( PPerry@lowerpeover.cheshire.sch.uk) , Mr. Haslam ( jhaslam@lowerpeover.cheshire.sch.uk )  as leaders of the two Key Stages. We ask that you undergo clearance to work with children and sign a confidentiality statement. Thank you.

Open Morning

This has been arranged for Wednesday 26thth 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.

Clubs for this half term:

Monday:         Coach Dave Multisport (all age groups)

Tuesday:         Coach Dave: Football (all ages)

Wednesday:   Mrs Dean/ Mrs Maddock: Choir (Years 4,5,6) –letters have been sent

Mr Haslam: Chess (Years 5/6)

Mrs Lawrence/ Mrs Lamb: Cookery Years 5/6 on a rota – all year

Miss Williamson: Parachute games for Year 1 and 2

Thursday:        Coach Dave: netball (all age groups)

Mr Young: Lunch time debate club for KS2

PE Kit

Please make sure the children are bringing in the correct PE kit. Children are not allowed to wear football kits for class PE.

Art Sessions- Year 1 to Year 6

Please can you send in an art overall on Monday ie: old shirt/ T Shirt which your child can use for art. It would be useful if the shirt was named.

Dolce- Live Kitchen

The meals have been amazing this week.  The children and staff have been delighted with the choice and quality of the food provided. There has definitely been less waste in school, which is brilliant!

Morning Snacks

Snacks which we allow for break in school are as follows:

Fresh fruit

Raisins or yogurt covered raisins

Yoghurt/fruit pouches

Breadsticks/ crackers

Vegetables such as carrots / celery with hummus, etc

On Friday children can bring in any snack of their choice, as a treat.

Collective Worship

We have a daily act of worship at Lower Peover Primary School, led by a variety of different members of the school team.  The overarching theme for this half term is THANKFULNESS.  One day a week the children have a class based worship based on the HEARTSMART principles.  The children will be talking about Boris the robot and ‘Get Heartsmart’.

Further information can be found at:

https://heartsmartprimary.com/what-is-heartsmart/

There are many parents / carers/ relatives in our school community. If you would like to lead part of a collective worship to share your job or any exciting events/ holidays you have had, please get in touch and I will allocate you a slot.  Please join us in church on a Friday morning (9.10am) where Rev. Dr.  Jane Lloyd leads worship.

We have so many talented musicians in school. This term I am going to encourage the musicians to play in our Monday worship. If your child is willing to play, please encourage them to come and speak to me.

Passports

I am happy to countersign passport identification if I have known you or your child for 2 years. We ask for a donation to the school fund.

Coats

A reminder that children need to have a coat in school as the weather is changing.

Data Collection Forms

Data collection forms will be sent home shortly as we have to collate and update the information you give us, especially regarding medical conditions. If you have new addresses, email addresses, emergency phone numbers (we require two numbers), or medical information for your children it is important that you contact the office as soon as possible.

Attendance/ Lateness

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 are 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 entered 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.

Attendance

The national expectation is 96% or higher.

The winner this week is:  Year 4 with 100%

Year 1  95.83%

Year 2  94.76%

Year 3  98.75%

Year 4  100%

Year 5  97.22%

Year 6  94.91%

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

Prayers

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 will be watching one of my daughters on her young horses first dressage, show jumping and cross country event locally.

Sharon Dean

HEADTEACHER

 Dates for Autumn 1:

  • 10th– 15th September Art days in school
  • Thursday 13th September: 3.30pm Maths Whizz meeting for any parents/ children (see note above)
  • Friday 14th September: 2.30 pm Meeting for Year 3 parents re: Expectations in Year 3
  • Monday 17th September: Ester McVey M.P to visit school 9.30 am
  • Wednesday 26th September: Open morning for any new starters 9.30-11.30
  • Wednesday 26th September: Years 3and 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)
  • Monday 8th/ Tuesday 9th October: Whole school art day event.
  • Friday 12th October: 9.15 Harvest Festival Service in church, whole school.
  • 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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