2013 Spring Term Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

The Easter holidays are even earlier this year and along with the cold weather and the snow it doesn’t really feel like Easter either! This time last year the weather was lovely and sunny, so let us hope the sun arrives for the Easter break.

This half term has been very busy and filled with lots of interesting events. The children in Key Stage 2 have been involved in activities as part of the transition programme we have in place with Whitcliffe Mount School. Children in Years 3 and 6 have had visits from teachers from Whitcliffe Mount (photos) and Year 5 have spent the day at the school to gain experience of what it is like to be a pupil at a high school. This experience is useful for all pupils even if they do not intend to attend this particular school.

Members of the Choir sang as part of a 150 strong choir composed of pupils from the 10 Primary schools in our partnership at Cleckheaton Town Hall. It was a lovely evening and the parents that supported their children really enjoyed the performance and their feedback to me was very positive. The concert was recorded and I am trying to secure a copy of a good enough quality to put it on the school website for everyone to enjoy. We are hoping to organise further events.

The children who represented our school in the Swimming Gala were:

  • Breaststroke:- Edith Hodgson and James Poutney,
  • Back Crawl:- Ella Loveday and Thomas Burrow
  • Freestyle:- Millie Fewster and Jamie Dyson
  • Reserve:- Freya Thornton

They did really well. Well done team! We also won the Best Banner Award along with Gomersal Primary School. The shield is on display in the school reception area.

A team of gymnasts represented our school at an inter school gymnastics festival last week. They all attend the gymnastics after school club each Friday and have been practising for only a short time. This is the first time they have entered a competition and although we did not win the children put on an excellent team performance! Mrs Wilson and Mrs Kennedy could not praise the children enough for their hard work, effort and team spirit. Well done!

The summer term is going to be as busy as ever and we have updated the calendar on the website with all the important dates you were provided with.

Comic Relief: Red Nose Day

A small group of girls in Year 6 organised their own Bake Stall in support of comic relief. Phoebe Sutcliffe, Olivia Copley, Sarah Firth and Emily Warrillow wrote to parents requesting donations of cakes for their fundraising activity. I would like to thank you for the amazing response! They received lots and lots of buns to sell and raised £262 pounds for Comic Relief. Taking an interest in the world around us will hopefully lead to taking responsibility that leads to taking action and is something we are really trying to promote in our creative curriculum. (See the photos here!)

Lent Appeal

This year we are supporting the Marie Curie Foundation, a charity that supports families with Cancer. Their work is vitally important and relies totally on donations to fund their work.

Mrs Jolliff has worked hard and has organised the daffodil pots for which each child was asked to donate £1 along with the tombola and bun stall (photos). The total raised was £557.92.

Thank you for your support.

Attendance

I have enclosed the attendance data for this term (see this post). We have 65 children (38%) who have achieved 100% attendance in school during the Spring Term. We also have 22 children (50%) in the Nursery. Well done! We also have 23 children with full attendance for 2 terms and are on track to receive a trophy if they maintain 100% over the summer term.

Class 3 had the best attendance with an average of 97.6%.

Weekly updates on attendance figures are shown on the front page of our website.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a good attendance record and the impact that has on educational achievement.

PE Kits

Please ensure your child has a proper PE kit for the summer term, not holiday type clothes as they are not appropriate for PE lessons. Your child will also need a pair of pumps or trainers for outdoor activities.

School Uniform

The following changes to the school uniform apply during the summer term:

Girls are able to wear school dresses. The colour is Blue and white check or Navy/White check

Boys are able to wear grey school shorts (not sports shorts) and short sleeved white shirts with tie.

Please ensure your child has sensible footwear for school. Flip flops, strappy sandals and heels are not safe for school. May I also remind you that earrings must be removed for PE, dance and swimming for safety reasons. We are no longer able to tape over earrings.

A number of girls in Key Stage 2 are wearing nail varnish. This is not allowed. Please remove for school.

School dinners

I am having discussions with the School Meals service, the school cook and with the children to look at trialling a two choice menu. I am asking the children for their favourite meals so we can build them into the menus. I will let you know the outcome. Please remember to give 2 weeks advance notice if your child wants to change from school lunch to packed lunch or packed lunch to school lunch. We need this amount of time for kitchen orders to be amended.

Communication with parents

In response to a request from a parent governor we are no longer sending letters to each child in school. Only the eldest child will receive a letter. The aim is to reduce the multiple copies of the same letter that parents are receiving. Please let us know how it is going. We are also intending to put a ‘drop box’ in the main entrance to school to enable parents to post correspondence i.e. permission slips, dinner money etc. We are trying to find a box that is lockable for security reasons. The aim being to reduce the waiting time for parents at the Office. Again we welcome your feedback. I also wish to remind parents that if there is something concerning you please come and speak to me about it. I am aware that a few parents are airing their concerns on Facebook. This will not resolve anything. The only way to resolve an issue is to come to me directly and I can deal with it.

SMASH: Home and School Association

The winners of this term’s ‘outstanding contribution to school’ award are as follows:

  • Reception: Coby Doyle – Always kind, tries his best and does the right thing.
  • Year 1: Isabelle Hall – Always kind, always smiling and always a good friend.
  • Year 2: Tegan Lyons – Really trying with his work and kind and helpful.
  • Year 3: Amy Johnson – always works hard, she writes fantastic stories.  Always cheerful and friendly.
  • Year 4: Smarth Patel – A truly pleasant, hard working boy who is a super friend and always tries his best.
  • Year 5: India Stoakes – For her fabulous smile, approach to all she does.  A lovely ray of sunshine in my class.
  • Year 6: Luke Dealing – For a huge improvement in his attitude to learning.
SMASH Award Winners: Spring 2013

SMASH Award Winners: Spring 2013

School website

Keep up to date by logging onto our website. There is lots to see!

www.gomersalstmarys.co.uk

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Follow us on Twitter: @StMarysGomersal

Dates

The school closes for the Easter break on Thursday, 28th March and re-opens after the holidays on Monday, 15th April.

The school will be closed on:

  • Thursday, 2nd May – Elections
  • Friday, 4th May – Staff training
  • Monday, 7th May – May Day Bank Holiday

I hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday and we get some good weather!

Mrs Scott, Head teacher

Mr Pitts currently teaches Computing to the whole school along with some other subjects during teacher’s PPA time. He runs this website and makes sure it all works smoothly, most of the time!