Isham Update September 2018

Welcome to the first Isham CE Primary School newsletter

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all to a new school year. I hope you all managed to enjoy an amazing summer and take full advantage of some of the glorious weather we were lucky enough to experience this year. The children have settled in well into their new year groups, and there has been a lovely positive atmosphere around the school. Our new year 6 group have a very important job this year of providing role models for our younger children and we are sure they will step up to the challenge! The Reception classroom is currently awaiting its new arrivals and we are very much looking forward to the children starting on Monday on a part time basis.

As you can all see, the Isham newsletter has had a complete revamp and I am very pleased to introduce you to our first online newsletter. Through the newsletter, we aim to provide you all with regular updates and key information about the school so that you can feel better informed about what is happening on a day to day basis.

In school, all the classrooms have been given a makeover to encapsulate this term's projects and the focus for each class are as follows:

  • Reception: In the Garden
  • Years 1 and 2: African Safari
  • Years 3 and 4: Extreme Explorers
  • Years 5 and 6: Groovy Greeks

Please keep an eye out on our website in the next few weeks (on the class pages) for pictures of the classrooms and overviews of the term. I am sure we will be in for another jam-packed term and I look forward to updating you all with everything that has been happening.

Becky Hawke, Deputy Head

Start of Year Reminders

We have quite a few new families joining the school this year so we just wanted to give a few reminders about the day-to-day running of the school. For KS2, the doors open at 8.45am so the children can be sat down for registration at 8.50am. All children should enter school independently and there will always be a member of staff on the door to take any messages if needed.

For KS1 and Reception children, the door is opened at 8.50 so the children can be sat down for registration at 9 o'clock. If needed, parents are welcome to bring their children in to help them settle within their new classrooms for the first week but, by the 17th September, we expect all the children to enter school independently. Any messages or issues, again, can be discussed with the member of staff on the door.

Teaching staff do need to be with their classes in the morning so, if you do need to speak to your child's teacher, it is much easier to speak to them at the end of the day or phone the office to make an appointment.

At the end of the day, KS1 finish at 3.25pm and KS2 at 3.30pm. All children exit from their classrooms once their parent / carer can be seen. Children in KS1 who have siblings in Reception will leave together through the Reception classroom. We ask that you inform the school if someone different will be collecting your child, as we cannot let your child leave with a different adult without your permission. If your child is in year 5 or 6 and you are happy for them to walk home by themselves, please provide written permission to Miss Harrison.

Values Families

This year the children will remain in their Values Families and the new Reception children will be assigned a family in the next few weeks. For those of you new to the school, the whole school is divided into four groups known as 'Values Families'. These are represented by a family tree and are: Oak, Willow, Beech and Sycamore. The children work together in their families to earn value tokens which are then placed in our token collector (located in the main entrance hall).

The children earn value tokens by displaying the Christian Values that form the foundation of the ethos of our school. At the end of each half term, the tokens are counted and the winning family are awarded the 'Values' trophy and a family reward. The children all spend time in their families and it has been fabulous watching how the older children work with, and support, the younger children of the school. Check out the photos below to see some of the things they have been involved in.

Dates for your diary

September 2018

  • Wednesday 6th September: School reopens to pupils
  • Monday 10th September: Reception children start on a part time basis
  • Monday 10th September: Year 6 Isle of Wight Residential
  • Monday 10th September: Swimming starts for Years 3 and 4
  • Friday 14th September: Year 6 return from Isle of Wight
  • Wednesday 19th September: Year 4 Grendon Residential
  • Friday 21st September: Year 4 return from Grendon
  • Monday 24th September: Year 6 Isle of Wight assembly at 9 o'clock
  • Friday 28th September: Reading Meeting for Reception parents at 3pm

October 2018

  • Friday 5th October: Year 4 Grendon Assembly at 2.45pm
  • Tuesday 9th October:¬†Years 1 to 6 Flu Jabs in school
  • Thursday 11th October: Harvest Service at 2.30pm with Harvest Sale in school afterwards
  • Monday 15th October: Parents' Evening, 3.40-6.00pm
  • Wednesday 17th October: Parents' Evening, 3.40 - 6.00pm
  • 19th October: School closes for Half Term

November 2018

  • Thursday 1st November: Year 6 health screening in school
  • Friday 16th November: Children In Need Mufti Day - please wear your own clothes to school for a ¬£1.00 donation
  • Saturday 24th November: Isham Christmas Tree Festival
  • Wednesday 28th November: Years 3 and 4 Project Afternoon
  • Wednesday 28th November: Internet Safety Evening, 6.00-7.00pm

December 2018

  • Tuesday 11th December: Whole School Nativity, 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 12th December: Whole School Nativity, 6.00pm
  • Thursday 13th December: Christmas Service in St Peter's Church at 2.30pm
  • Friday 14th December: Reception Stay and Play morning
  • Monday 17th December: Christmas Party Day
  • Tuesday 18th December: Christmas Jumper Day
  • Wednesday 19th December: School Closes for Christmas at 12.00pm


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