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KIBBLESWORTH ACADEMY SUMMER TERM NEWSLETTER 2019

I would like to welcome you all back for the start of our final term of the year. Summer term is always an extremely busy and exciting term in school with events such as Sports Day and Shine rapidly approaching. We also have some other great events planned including a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEAM) week based on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, as well as our first Sports Personality of the Year awards evening - more to follow.

Summer term also sees our statutory assessments taking place, with Years 1, 2 and 6 being involved in SATs and phonics screening. Year 4 will also be taking part in the pilot of the times tables check later in the term, but given their speed on Times Table Rock Stars, I'm sure they will take it in their stride!

Within this newsletter you will find lots of information to hopefully help us all navigate a busy term, including a link to our calendar of key dates and events. We will as ever try to avoid altering any dates or times, but in the event this proves to be unavoidable, we will let you all know as soon as possible. The calendar will be updated as soon as any changes occur, and is available through the school website and eschools app. The website also allows you to print off a paper version to attach to the fridge if you find this easier.

I'm looking forward to another very successful term here at school, and as ever, please feel free to get in touch with either myself or the school office with any questions or queries.

UPCOMING EVENTS

A live calendar of upcoming events can be viewed through our school website or through the eschools app.

FRIENDS of KIBBLESWORTH ACADEMY

The Friends of Kibblesworth Academy is an organisation run by parents, staff and supporters of the school who organise events for the children and raise vital funds to support school projects. Recent events such as the Christmas Fair have led to money being made available to invest in reading books which benefit all of the children within school. The Friends have also helped to subsidise school trips, paying for coaches, and supporting us to make off site activities accessible to all. The work they do makes a real difference to everyone at school, and I would like to thank them for their continued efforts.

The Friends are holding an open meeting on Monday 29th April at 5.30pm for anyone who feels they would like to join the group and support the vital work they do across the year.

If you feel you would like to support the school and the pupils, and become more actively involved in fundraising and running events, please feel free to come along.

Breakfast time

Attendance and holidays in term time

Every school day counts towards your child’s future. Days off school add up to lost learning. This time of year usually sees an influx of requests for leave for family holidays, but it is worth considering how disruptive this absence can be, both on the education of your child, and the others in the class. Not only does absence mean that your child misses learning, but the class teacher's time is divided, supporting pupils to catch up or engage with a task.

In total there are 175 non-school days a year. This gives families the opportunity to:

spend time together

go on family visits

go on holiday

go on days out

attend routine appointments

The law says that parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time except in exceptional circumstances. If you take your child on holiday during term-time without the schools authorisation this will be recorded as unauthorised absence and may result in parents being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Why shouldn’t I take my child on holiday during term time?

Many parents and carers think it is okay to go on holiday during term time, this has a negative effect on their children’s learning and ability to achieve. If your child goes on holiday during term time, they are absent:

10 days absence = 95% attendance

19 days absence = 90% attendance

29 days absence = 85% attendance

38 days absence = 80% attendance

47 days absence = 75% attendance

Children with over 90 per cent attendance are more likely to gain five or more A-C GCSE's or equivalent qualifications.

How do I request leave of absence for a family holiday?

All requests should be made on an Application for Leave of Absence for Annual Holiday form which is available from the school office. You should also submit any evidence to support your exceptional circumstances (see below). This should be submitted no later than 21 days before the start of the holiday.

Will the school authorise taking my child away during term-time?

The Legislation for authorising absence in term time states that holiday’s will not be authorised ‘except in exceptional circumstances. The headteacher will consider your request and respond to your request.

What happens if the head teacher does not agree my request?

Your child’s absence will be marked as unauthorised absence and you will be informed of this.

If you take your child on holiday your child’s school may request the Local Authority issue a Fixed Penalty Notice.

The Penalty is £60 per parent per pupil and if not paid within 21 days this will increase to £120, failure to pay the full amount within 28 days will result in a summons to appear in the Magistrates Court on the grounds that you have failed to ensure your child’s regular attendance at school

EYFS

Goodbye to Miss Breheny

Miss Breheny will be leaving school on Friday 17th May 2019 to pursue new opportunities in another school. As you would expect of her, Miss Breheny was keen to delay her move in order to support her class in the build up to their assessments, but will be leaving us at the end of the assessment week. I am sure that you will all join me in wishing her every success in her new position, and thank her for her many contributions to the life of the school over the years. She has made a real impact to the lives of many of our pupils, and I sure she will go on to have a similar impact in the future.

From Monday 20th May, Year 6 will be taught by Mr Richard Roberts. Mr Roberts is very familiar with the school, having taught in a number of classes over the past two years. He brings with him a wealth of experience in Upper Key Stage 2, and knowing what he has planned for the class, I am sure they will enjoy their final few weeks with us.

An advert has been placed to appoint a permanent teacher for the start of the next academic year, and I will be writing to you all shortly to inform you of the appointment, and also which year groups the current staff will be working in next year.

ICARE Behaviour values

We were delighted to welcome many of you into school recently to help us launch our behaviour values to parents. As well as finding out more about our simplified school rules and ICARE values, parents had the chance to spend some time in the classroom creating some art which exemplified our core values of innovation, care, accountability, respect and engagement.

The finished pieces of art have been combined and displayed around school as a reminder of our values.

Thanks to all who were able to attend and make it such a fun afternoon and pleasurable event.

Schools Buddy & eschools

We continue to work hard to make the adoption of eschools and schoolsbuddy as simple as possible, but as you are undoubtedly aware, some issues still exist with these new tools.

Thankfully the snagging lists are getting shorter day by day, but I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding, and also the continuing efforts of Clare, Joanne and Ken in the office.

ICARE art event

School uniform

Pupils must always wear their uniform in school and, where appropriate, on any visits/trips. Shoes should be black in colour with no logos. High heeled shoes, shoes without backs or with open toes are not allowed.

Boy's Uniform

· Royal blue Sweatshirt/Hoody with/ without academy logo (only the academy hoody with logo is acceptable)

· White polo shirt with/without academy logo

· Grey trousers/ Shorts

· Socks should be black/grey

Girl's Uniform

· Royal blue Sweatshirt/Cardigan/Hoody with/ without academy logo (only the academy hoody with logo is acceptable)

· White polo shirt with/without academy logo

· Grey trousers

· Grey skirt/pinafore

· Plain black or grey tights

· Socks should be white (no coloured picture socks)

· Blue gingham summer dress (may only be worn after the Easter holidays)

Changes to personal details

It is vital that you inform the school office of any changes to your child’s details since admission to the school, especially contact details and any medical conditions or other information affecting your child’s education so we can update our records. It is also vital you inform us if your child is eligible for free school meals. This also applies if your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 and already receiving a free school meal under the government’s recently introduced universal infant free school meals scheme. You can check whether your child is eligible for free school meals at https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals. The school currently receives £1300 a year for every eligible child in the form of a ‘pupil premium,’ which must be spent to support your child so it is essential you let us know if you are eligible so your child can benefit from the additional money.

Assessment season

Just a reminder to all parents that the Summer Term is home to our end of year tests. All year groups undertake assessments during this term, but these become especially important in Years 1, 2 and 6.

We would ask that every effort is made to avoid medical appointments and absence from school during the following dates for these year groups.

Year 6 - Monday 13th - Thursday 16th May 2019

Year 1 - Monday 10th - Friday 14th JUNE 2019

Year 2 - Assessments will be carried out across May 2019

Dance Festival 2019

Gateshead Dance Festival 2019

Pupils from Years 5 and 6 recently represented the school at the Gateshead Dance Festival at Sage Gateshead. Thousands of pupils from across the borough performed on the main stage during the performances. As ever, our group performed brilliantly and did the school proud. Congratulations to all of them, and of course Miss Breheny who choreographed the routine.

Lord Lawson Open Evening - Year 4/5

DREAM, Believe, Achieve

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