I am writing to update you on a change to our attendance policy. Previously a penalty notice was issued on the 5th day of a term time holiday. This has now changed so that each family will be permitted to take one term holiday of up to 10 days per year without a penalty notice being served. However please note that the absence will still be recorded as unauthorised. If a family chooses to take any subsequent holidays in term time, in the same academic year, a penalty notice will be issued on the 5th day. This policy will be reviewed at the end of this academic year. Please note that the school does not support taking holidays in term time as this is detrimental to a child’s academic progress.
We are currently looking at ways to continue to build a sense of community within our school. Restorative Practices is a strategy which encourages children to accept accountability for their actions and appreciate how these actions may affect others. Children are encouraged to talk to each other, usually through circles, when incidents occur. Alastair Whitelaw is a leading specialist in RP who has worked with school before and myself at another establishment. He is coming to school on Tuesday 22nd September to spend the day working with children, but also running 2 drop in sessions for families to find out more. If you are interested in attending these sessions, they will be at 9.30am and 2.30pm in school.
Next Wednesday (23rd September) sees our first Welcome Service taking place for our children in Nursery and Reception. All families of children in these 2 classes are welcome to attend. If you haven’t already returned your slip to say you are coming please do so on Monday so that we have an idea of numbers.
On Friday 25th September we are also taking part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Through the day the children will bake and then at the end of the day all the pupils will stop work to eat their bakes, have a drink and think about the good cause we are recognising. We are asking pupils to make a contribution of 50p, all of which will go to Macmillan.
Finally Miss Joyce has asked if we could have a book donation drive. When this has been done in the past it has been very successful so if you have any children’s books at home which are in good condition and you don’t want anymore, please bring them along to school. They would be very much appreciated.
If you have any further questions, please contact school.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Yours sincerely, Miss J. Barker