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Worsbrough common primary school September 2021 Newsletter

Welcome Back

Hasn't September gone incredibly quickly? It's been a busy one and actually great to be back all together. We have seen the whole school buzz return and it's been fantastic. For those not aware we are now running with limited bubbles in school allowing things like whole school assemblies to return as well as everyone enjoying playtimes and lunchtimes together. We have an outbreak management plan in place and so if we see a rise in cases either in school or in our community we will action this and whole activities will be paused and we will put some other measures in place to restrict contact of pupils across year groups. This management plan can be found in the document section of our website.

The last two years have been difficult for us all at times – from remote learning and bubble closures to recovery curriculum and catching-up. The way our school community has pulled together to ensure that any disruption to our pupils’ learning has been truly unbelievable. I would like to thank all parents and carers for their help and support so far.

As we have begun to mix again we have seen a slight rise in sickness cases across school, this has to be expected however we still have heightened hygiene measures in place as part of our basic routines in school which should try and reduce the spread. Can we also remind you that, with signed permission, we can administer prescribed and unprescribed medicines. If your child can attends school but needs some Calpol please speak to their class teacher as this can be done, like with prescribed medicines.

Our children have made a fantastic start to the year; it has been great to get back into classes and see some of the learning taking place! Our new learners in EYFS have settled in well and are confidently exploring their new classrooms. Year 1 have started to find out about hospitals and compare them to hospitals in the past. Year 2 made a frightening discovery in the woods and have become our very own Mary Anning, finding out about dinosaurs. Year 3 are travelling to Ancient Egypt while Year 4 have become Victorians. Year 5 are looking to develop their own Viking settlement while Year 6 explore World War II. A half term full of historic discoveries. We hope you will join us for our next WCPS big family quiz which will have a historic theme!

As you will know we started the new year with some really sad news of Miss White passing. Miss White will leave us with some incredible memories and we will continue to have those memories live on across school. We are hoping to have a memorial in the EYFS area and are currently working with a local company to finalise plans. We will also continue to support Sheffield Northern General Kidney Ward as our chosen charity for whole school donations. As a staff team we are also looking at events we can take part in to raise money for this very special charity. We are currently recruiting a team of staff to take part in Tough Mudder next year!

On Friday 24th September we asked everyone to dress in pink and donate. We raised £650 for the 2 charities. Thank you

Please note that moving forward newsletters will return to half termly.

Welcome Back!

Mrs Paddock

STEM CELL DONATION

We are not sure how many of you are aware but our head of kitchen, Dawn Taylor, has been off ill for a number of months now suffering from Leukemia.

She has asked us to raise awareness around the importance of Stem Cell donation because she is in desperate need of a stem cell transplant. If you're between the ages of 16 to 30, please register. All you have to do is swab the inside of your cheek, its pain free, and return it in the post.

PLEASE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM ETHNIC MINORITY BACKGROUNDS TO REGISTER TOO!

If you're pregnant you can also donate your umbilical cord which allows them to extract stem cells for them to use.

Share this, spread the word and get as many of your family and friends to sign up ASAP.

Attendance

We continue to work to improve our whole school attendance, we can only do this with your help!

Our current school attendance for this year is;

96.2%

WHY ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL IS SO IMPORTANT

If a child of compulsory school age is registered at a school it is essential that they attend school regularly and maintain a pattern of good attendance throughout their school career.

Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child or young person to fulfil their potential.

Below are just some of the key reasons why it is so important children attend school:

 To learn.

 To make new friends.

 To experience new things in life.

 To develop awareness of other cultures, religion, ethnicity and gender differences.

 To achieve.

 To gain qualifications.

 To develop new skills.

 To build confidence and self-esteem.

 To have the best possible start in life.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP

 Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.

 Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.

 Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late.

 Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible.

 Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness.

 Take family holidays outside term time.

 Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work.

 Attend parent evenings and school events.

 Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school.

 Discuss any problems or difficulties with the school – staff are there to help and will be supportive.

For some parents, 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means that your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the school year – that’s nearly 4 school weeks.

FIRST DAY CONTACT

This is crucial in our efforts to raise the attendance profile of our school. A ‘First Day of Absence’ system is operated to communicate quickly and effectively with parents and carers. School staff make contact with home on a daily basis either by phone or home visits. In cases where parents have no contact telephone number, school communicates with home by letter to establish contact and collect the required information. All contact with home is recorded and monitored by class teachers and the Leadership Team.

TERM TIME HOLIDAYS

You can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not taking holidays during term time. Any child or young person who is absent from school due to a holiday will miss out on important learning and will fall behind with their school work. In each Academic Year there are only a maximum of 190 statutory school days – this allows plenty of time for holidays to be arranged outside term time. We would like to remind all parents that if you are taking your child out of school during term time, that you must complete an Absence Request Form. These can be found on the BMBC Council website, our school website or collected from the School Office.

If you take your child on holiday in term-time without the school's consent, you'll receive a fixed penalty notice of £60 for each child. If you don't pay this within 21 days, it will be increased to £120. You'll need to pay the increased fine within 28 days or court action can be taken against you.

Diary Dates

We have got lots of exciting and important events coming up in school! We have listed the events below, but the dates can also be found on the school website. Don't forget you can sync our school calendar with your calendar on your phone!

Tuesday 28th September- Road Closure Day and Launch of our Park and Stride initiative

Wednesday 29th/Thursday 30th September- Potty Training Sessions

Friday 1st October- EYFS closure from 1230 due to Miss White's funeral

Week commencing 4th October– Parents Evening – Information to follow

Monday 4th October- Year 6 parents SATS meeting 8am

Friday 8th October- WCPS TTRS day- Festival theme fancy dress

Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October – Half Term – School Closed to Pupils

Monday 8th November – INSET – School Closed to Pupils

Thursday 11th November- Remembrance Day

Friday 19th November- Anti Bullying Day

Wednesday 1st December- Family Christingle Service- information to follow

Friday 3rd December- Year 6 Residential to Robinwood

Monday 20th December – Monday 3rd January – Christmas Break – School Closed to Pupils

Tuesday 4th January- INSET day- School Closed to Pupils

Thursday 6th January- Young Voices Concert

Friday 14th January- Family Art Gallery

Monday 21st February – Friday 25th February – Half Term – School Closed to Pupils

Monday 14th February – Tuesday 15th February – Parents Evening – Information to follow

Friday 8th April – INSET – School Closed to Pupils

Monday 11th April – Friday 22nd April – Easter Break – School Closed to Pupils

Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School Closed to Pupils

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June – Half Term – School Closed to Pupils

Friday 8th July- INSET day- School Closed to Pupils

Thursday 21st July – School Closed to Pupils for Summer Break.

Please note the last day of this school year will be Wednesday 20th July. These dates may be subject to change – all updates to school closures will be communicated via the Arbor app and the school website.

Staying safe

Over the last few weeks we have been discussing our school rules and focusing on;

We keep ourselves and other safe.

We have talked about what we can do in and out of school to make sure ourselves and other are safe and who we can talk to if we need help. Keeping safe online is as important as at school and at home.

Coming soon

After school clubs

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