West Hill Primary School Newsletter FEBRUARY 2019

Parking outside school

We have received complaints about the way some cars are being parked when dropping off children in the morning. We are very concerned that illegal parking is putting the safety of all our pupils at risk when they are crossing the road outside the school. All our children have the right to expect a safe journey to and from school so please do not block pavements or otherwise obstruct the crossing if you are using your car to drop off your child.

Please note that for health and safety reasons dogs are not allowed on school grounds.

The Active Wandsworth Awards recognises the commitment and achievement of the many people involved in sport and physical activity within Wandsworth. The awards reward talented local sports performers, coaches, volunteers, schools, organisations and clubs for their exceptional achievements in 2018. We are very excited to have been shortlisted for Active School of the Year! The winner is being announced on Friday 22nd February at a ceremony at Wandsworth Town Hall.

We are very sorry to have to tell you that Mrs Lawlor, our Year 1 teacher and Key Stage 1 Lead will be leaving us at the end of the Spring Term. Mrs Lawlor has been with us for nearly ten years so she will be greatly missed. However we must congratulate her as she will be taking up the position of Deputy Headteacher at a primary school in Epsom. For the remainder of the academic year Ms Brook will be teaching Year 1 and parents will have the opportunity to meet her at parents' evening. This gives her the chance to get to know you and also to ensure a smooth transition between now and the summer term.

Please make sure your children are wearing the correct school uniform. This includes shoes. Trainers are not allowed and shoes must be black.

We have relaunched our House Points system with the children. Every week on Friday it will be announced in assembly which house has the most points for that week. The house that has won the most weeks for the year will have a group celebration.

We have also launched Golden Time on a Friday afternoon to reward excellent behaviour throughout the week which links to our behaviour policy. We are encouraging the children to reflect on their behaviour and engage in their learning by making positive behaviour choices with the prospect of Golden Time being the reward for this. Each class has designed their own Ready to Learn posters which record good behaviour during the week for every pupil. We think they came up with some fantastic ideas!

We have also introduced a special West Hill postcard to reward pupils for effort, hard work, being good role models and great behaviour. They will be sent by post from the class teacher during the year.

If your child has school lunches, please see below information about how payments should be made.

PAYING IN ADVANCE FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES - your child’s lunch account must be in credit for your child to have a lunch in school. The cost of a school lunch is £2.15. The weekly cost for lunches is £10.75. Therefore, your child’s lunch account must be £10.75 in credit on a Monday. If it is not in credit, your child cannot have a lunch, and should bring a packed lunch to school instead.

We welcomed Adrian from Bigfoot Arts Company to West Hill this month to run a fantastic workshop with Key Stage 2 pupils about Shakespeare. Here are our Year 4 pupils acting out the witches scene from Macbeth in their own style. His enthusiasm was infectious and really inspired the children to be excited about Shakespeare.

Year 3 have been to Butser Farm since the last newsletter was published. They had a go at their own archaelogical dig, made their own jewellery, had lunch in a Celtic roundhouse and even looked round a Roman villa.

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