Stranger Danger

Dear parents and carers

It has been brought to our attention that a man driving a Mercedes car has been reported to the Police for ‘acting suspiciously’ near a local school. Whilst we have not received a formal notification from the Police we thought we should ask you to remind your children about ‘Stranger Danger’.

Mrs McAll.

Year 4 French Day

Today children in Eagle and Sandpiper class spent the morning in France! They travelled to Paris and Nice.

Look at the French baguettes they made with Miss Taylor.

Year 6 SATs

Dear Parent / Carer.

I would like to invite you to a short meeting on Monday, 19th January in the Upper Hall, to discuss the SATs tests that your child will be taking in May, and ways in which you can support your child. The meeting will be held from 8:45am to 9:45 am. and again from 5pm to 6pm. You are welcome to attend whichever meeting suits you best.

I hope that you will be able to attend and look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs McAll.

Start and end of school day – Punctuality

I am writing to request your co-operation in ensuring your child is dropped off and collected promptly at the start and end of the school day.

Currently we have too many pupils arriving late for school in the morning (gates are locked at 8:50am) via the front school entrance. This places an additional burden on the admin office and is disruptive to your child’s learning, as it means your child is missing out on the start of the school day with the rest of their class. Please may I respectfully remind you that the school day starts promptly at 8:45am and I would ask that you ensure your child arrives in good time for this.

We are also experiencing too many pupils being collected late at the end of the school day, which again puts the school in a difficult position when there are not the staff to sit and wait with the pupils for collection. It is an expectation of all schools that children are collected on time (which is 3.10pm for Reception classes and 3.15pm rest of the school). Starting with immediate effect, if your child has not been collected on time we will be sending you a text to request that you pick them up immediately.

All late arrivals and collections will be being monitored regularly and you will be asked to complete a ‘late book’ in both instances to give an explanation for the late arrival/collection.

We do hope you will support and work together with the school to ensure your child understands the importance of punctuality, as this is a very important skill for them to learn for the future.

Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Yours faithfully
Jan McAll

School Census – Change to lunch menu on Thurs 15th Jan 2015

Next Thursday is census day in school, which counts pupil numbers and drives how school funding is calculated. In order to maximise our funding for the next financial year we would like as many KS1 children (Reception, Y1 and Y2) as possible to take up their free school lunch next Thursday. To encourage this we are moving the ever-popular ‘Fish Finger Friday’ to the Thursday for one week only. The menu will return to normal the following week.

Please encourage your child to order a lunch next Thursday 15th January.

Update to INSET days

A slight amendment to the INSET days this school year.
There is now NOT an INSET day on Tuesday 24th February. Your children do need to come to school on this day. There is still an INSET on Monday 23rd February.

Free Milk

From January 2015 the Department for Education has advised that lower fat milk must be made available for pupils to drink at least once a day during school hours. This is currently already provided free of charge to pupils under 5 years old in Reception classes at break time and will be extended to include benefits-based free school meal pupils (Pupil Premium funded children) across all year groups.

Therefore, we are letting you know that we will be providing all Pupil Premium children in school (pupils under the old free school meal scheme), regardless of their year group, with free milk at break time. If you do not wish your child to receive their free milk, please would you contact the school office to let them know.

All other pupils will have the opportunity to also receive milk on a daily basis at break time, but this is an agreement you would have directly with ‘School Milk Services Ltd’ and they charge £1.25 per week for the milk, payable directly to them by cheque, postal order or debit/credit card. If you wish to pay for your child to receive milk on a daily basis then please contact the school office to let them know and they will make arrangements to forward the appropriate form to you for completion.

Terms 3 and 4 INSET days

Here are the upcoming INSET days for the following term:

Monday 5th January
Monday 23rd February
Tuesday 24th February Tues 24th INSET has been cancelled. Your children need to come to school this day.

Please remember, next week children start back on Tuesday 6th January.

Miss Bindon and Mr Steele’s Leaving Songs

Unfortunately this week, both Miss Bindon and Mr Steele left TMHP. During Friday’s assembly, children in the choir and in Sandpiper class performed songs for the two members of staff.

The choir performed a song written by Miss Bindon:

Children in Miss Taylor’s class performed a rap which they rehearsed with Mr Steele:

Everyone at TMHP will miss them and we all wish them both the best of luck in the future.