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Head Teacher BlogPublished 05/06/14
Welcome back to school after the summer break, I hope you all had a good rest and feel refreshed and ready for the new term. A big thank you on behalf of all staff for the lovely gifts and cards we received at the end of term. Please be assured they were very much appreciated by us all.
A special welcome also to all our new families. I hope you are settling in well and feel part of our school already. I am really looking forward to getting to know all of you and your children properly over the forthcoming weeks so that we can ensure your children are happy at school and that they achieve their best during their time with us here.
GOVERNING BODY UPDATE
As many of you are aware our governing body is crucial to the successful leadership of our school . We seek governors from a range of professional backgrounds to offer us a balanced committee with a good range of diverse skills to oversee the running of our school and to ensure our children receive the best possible educational opportunities.
As we enter this new academic year we have vacancies on the school’s governing body and are keen to receive expressions of interest from members of our local school and village community. We plan to hold a parent governor election later in the term and we are also looking for a community governor. So if you or someone you know might be interested in giving a little time to the school and becoming a governor please contact us on 01832 272319 to talk to the Headteacher or Chair of Governors about the role. And look out for the papers for the parent governor election in book bags next month.
HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION KS2
We are keen to ensure that communication between home and school for all parents is a smooth as possible. As you know the home school book works well for younger children who read daily at home and school. However the reading programme for older children is managed differently as their books are much longer and they engage in guided reading activities more often than one to one reading. Please remember that teachers can be contacted directly through the bursar or heads email address and Mr Middleton or Miss McBlain can be contacted directly also on his school addresses.
DANCE AND FRENCH KS1 and KS2
We are delighted to continue working with our specialist dance and French teachers again this year. Madame Kernick will continue to deliver French and Mrs Emma Iddon will teach dance. We hope that the consistency of these sessions will continue to help our children to develop a broader range of language skills and greater control in movement and rhythm.
As we move into the new academic year, we are keen to promote our successes and invite prospective parents to view our school. We will be holding open days on Tuesday 17th October - Thursday 19th October from 9.30am – 12.00pm and 1.30pm – 3.00pm. All parents and friends are welcome to visit for a tour and to see the school in action.
Our residential trip this year is for our Year 3 and 4 pupils. We have visited Aylmerton in Norfolk for many years and it has always proved to be a very special trip for all our children. We look forward to it with excitement again. Further details will be sent home shortly to allow families time to plan for the trip and spread the cost over a longer payment period.
WINTER FAYRE MUFTI
As in previous years we will be holding our Winter Fayre on Thursday 30th November to raise money for school funds. As usual we will hold a mufti day on Friday 24th November to collect tombola prizes for the event. On mufti days the children can come to school in home clothes in exchange for a tombola donation.
Unfortunately our forest location is temporarily unavailable. We are working hard to source a new site but this may not be immediate. In the meantime we plan to hold sessions on site but further details about this will follow soon.
Many of you will have noted how lovely our garden has been looking over the past few months. Many of our children enjoy working alongside Mrs Mould, planting and creating the many different growing areas and zones. With this in mind we plan to introduce a gardening club slot within the lunchtime activity rota. If your child would be interested please sign them up on the clubs letter. Also any donations of plants, seeds or garden equipment are always welcome to support our venture.
EYFS PARENTS EVENING
Following feedback from parents of early years children in previous years we have decided to bring the EYFS and Year 1 parents evening forward this year to offer parents of younger children an earlier opportunity to chat through your child’s first few weeks in their new classes. As in previous years, parents evening for children in Y2 – 6 will be held after half term following the release of the pupil profiles. As always if you have any concerns or questions before then please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Following our last Ofsted visit it was made clear that our attendance target must be in line with the national average for all schools. This currently stands at 96%. Thank you to all parents who supported your child with this goal last year. Our final figure for 2016 17 was 97.15%. Of the 2.85% absence figure, 35% was from holiday taken during term time. I have mentioned before that our biggest source of absence comes from term time holiday and the county council are monitoring this closely. We are required to report unauthorised absence periods of 10 session (5days) or longer. Term time holiday is unauthorised and will be recorded as such. Please ensure holidays are booked over the school holiday period. This is particularly important for children in year 2 and 6 who need to be in school throughout May and June when the Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) are held for these pupils. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.
To ensure that water bottles are clean and refreshed we will be sending them home for washing at the end of each day. Please ensure they bring them back in each morning but we request that they carry the outside of their book bags as they often leak and can damage the books inside.
Our Harvest Festival will be held on Friday 13th October at 9.30am. Further details to follow.
A bit early, I know but … we will be raising money for school again this year through the sale of our own Christmas cards. Obviously we are very aware of the problems with the online service last year so please be assured, we will not be using that again but will return to the postal service we have used previously. As usual, the children will be making the cards early this term and they will be coming home to you in October for you to place your orders. We plan to have them back for distribution to you in November.
Please remember when planning for the festive period that they will be available, as we would like to raise as much cash for school as possible.
A reminder to all parents that Breakfast Club runs every day from 8.15 a.m. It is available to all our pupils and can be used as little or often as required. It does not need to be booked in advance and costs £1.50 per session, which will then be invoiced monthly.
Unfortunately we have been unable to source further lottery funding for our Friday fitness activities and so Friday morning sports club will no longer take place.
Dates this term are Monday 25th September, Monday 16th October, and Monday 20th November from 1.30–3.00 pm. Families with pre-school children are welcome to come along to chat with friends and choose from a selection of toys. All toys will be available to play with and can be taken out on loan until the next session. Please tell your friends about us or come in and have a look.
CHILDREN IN NEED
We will be holding a mufti day on Friday 17th November for Children in Need. Further details to follow .
If you have not already done so, please could you return your child’s pupil profile to school.
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Poppy Appeal 2017Published 22/11/17
We have just been informed that our Polebrook School community raised £71.39 for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
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Cross Country EventPublished 02/10/17
Last Tuesday, Polebrook School attended the Cross Country Cluster Event at Prince William School in Oundle and had a roaring success!
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Year 6 Pupils Perform at Symphony HallPublished 18/07/17
Year six pupils in the dressing room ahead of their recent appearance at Symphony Hall, Birmingham on July 4th.
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Year 5/6 PGL ResidentialPublished 05/04/17
Polebrook and Easton Garford School teamed up last week to go on an exciting residential at PGL in Wales. It was full of exciting outdoor activities including abseiling, kayaking, mountain trails and much more!
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New Beats ConcertPublished 17/03/17
Polebrook were very lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy a concert by the New Beats band who are one of the NMPAT recital teams.
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World Book DayPublished 10/03/17
Many characters visited Polebrook School last week as many children (and staff) dressed up for World Book Day.
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Warwick CastlePublished 01/03/17
Our younger children enjoyed a wonderful day out at Warwick Castle. Their day included the Bowman show, a Birds of Prey demonstration and the Kingmaker exhibition of castle life for peasants and nobility.
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This term Red Class have blasted into space.
They joined the aliens at the moon party.