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Dear Parents
Welcome back. I hope you all manged to have a good break and that the weather didn’t hamper you too much. For those following the rugby, I hope you weren’t too disappointed by England’s loss in the final. Over the course of the tournament they played brilliantly with an excellent semi-final result against the All Blacks.

Parent’s evening:
Thank-you for the overwhelming support and attendance at parent’s evening in October. Over the 2 sessions we saw the majority of our parents and carers. If by chance you couldn’t attend please make contact with your child’s class teacher and make arrangements to catch up.

Parent questionnaire:
Thank-you to all our parents who completed the parent’s questionnaire when attending parent’s evening last term. We had 154 responses from the 2 evenings. The information provided will help me, the school and governors to make decisions on how best we support our children and families. I have also attached the results of the questionnaire for you all to see.
We have already started to act on some of the feedback. For example: In response to the question ‘The school makes me aware of what my child will learn during the year.’ We have sent out termly overviews, copies are available from the office if you haven’t received them. Hopefully with the sending out of class overviews for this term you can see what our children will be learning up until Christmas. We plan on sending this information out prior to the beginning of holidays so you can see what learning will be taking place when the children return to school.

Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Meeting:
Over the next 12 to 18 months we are going to be working on developing greater opportunities for our children during break times. If you want to know more of our plans we are holding a parents information session on Wednesday 13th November 2.30 p.m. in the school hall. All are welcome to attend.

Remembrance Poppies:
Poppies are available at the office this week. If you would like to get a poppy please come to the office with your donation. Year 6 children will also be visiting each class after break if your child wishes to purchase a poppy.

Uniform:
Thank you for your support in ensuring your child is dressed appropriately for school. If there are times due to unforeseen circumstances that items of uniform cannot be worn, please inform the class teacher or the office. Reminder, can you please ensure all jumpers, cardigans and fleeces are all named as we are already building up a collection of unnamed items in lost property.

Football:
Well done to our girls and boys football teams. Prior to half term they took part in the local schools football tournament at Redlands. Both teams played really well and were unlucky not to make it through to the knock out stages. They also took part in a friendly against Southill Primary School – sadly we lost both games. Thank you to both Mr Miles and Mr Puddick who work closely with the children and run the after school football club. Finally thanks to all the parents who came along to support the children.

PTFA:
Don’t forget school disco this Friday. Tickets will be available to purchase this Wednesday and Thursday before school. Some of the money raised by the PTFA this year will be used to help us develop our school grounds as part of the OPAL initiative.

Parents online safety session:
You are probably aware through the news of ongoing concerns with the increasing use of social media and how to keep our children safe from this. The school has organised for the Safer Schools team to come in and run a session for our parents on Thursday 21st November from 2pm to 3pm in school. The session will include topics such as viewing and sharing inappropriate content, online bullying, grooming and sexting. We really do encourage as many parents as possible to attend this session. A Q&A session will also be held during the meeting.

Volunteering in school:
We are always looking for parents to help with reading in school; we are especially keen to get volunteers to listen to readers in KS2. If you are interested please contact the office for more details.

Finally thank you for the warm welcome I have received since starting in September. I am slowly getting to know children’s names and recognise parents. I am on the gates most mornings and afternoons, please don’t hesitate in coming up to say hello or discuss any concerns you might have.

Wayne Roberts

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