Head Teacher Blog
Welcome back to school after the half-term holiday, I hope you all had a good break.
PUPIL PROFILES Y1-6
Pupil profiles will be coming home on 10th November. As always we are proud of the progress our children are making and we hope you enjoy sharing and discussing them with your child.
Parents for children in EYFS will be able to view their child’s profile on line from the 10th November. Details of how to log on and access your child’s profile will be sent out nearer the time.
PARENTS EVENING Years 2-6
Letters have been sent out detailing arrangements for our forthcoming Parents Evenings on 16h and 21st November for years 2 to 6. As usual parents are invited to book a 5 minute slot at either our early or late evening to discuss your child’s pupil profile. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Our Winter Fayre will be held in the school hall on Thursday 30th November from 2pm. As usual we will hold a mufti day on Friday 24th November in exchange for donations of toys, books and bric a brac to sell at the fayre. Please invite friends and family along to join in the fun. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
PE and TRAINERS
Now that the weather is becoming more wintry, please can all parents/carers ensure children have trainers in school for outdoor PE as we often use the field and plimsolls get very wet and easily become slippery.
CHRISTMAS PLAY and CAROL SERVICE
Following the success of last year’s production, we have chosen “Hey Ewe” for our KS1 Christmas Play this year. The play will be performed by our younger pupils only again this Christmas as our older pupils will be performing their own production later in the school year. See our term calendar for dates and times.
Our whole school carol service will be held at Polebrook Church on the evening of 18th December at 6pm. The service will be led by our older KS2 children from Blue and Purple Classes but will include the children from all our classes.
As always, we look forward to welcoming you all and sharing these exciting festive events with you.
We are delighted that FOPS have agreed to subsidise our visiting pantomime again this year. Aladdin will be performed by Chaplins Pantos on 5th December. Parents and carers of younger children are welcome to come along and join in the fun too. We’d love to see you there.
OPEN WEEK SUCCESS
I am delighted to report that several families visited us during open week and enjoyed looking around our wonderful school. Of course we are always keen to welcome more prospective families at any time of the year so please pass on our details to friends and family with pre-school children. Prospectus’ can be downloaded from our website or hard copies of our new version can be collected from the school office.
CHILDREN IN NEED
The school council are busy planning our spectacular event for Children in Need again this year. Children are asked to donate £1 to wear something spotty on the day and we hope to raise more money through the sale of special Children in Need merchandise at break time. All loose change welcome.
Thank you to everyone who ordered Christmas cards. The service has run much more smoothly again this year and we hope to have them out to you as soon as possible.
We are delighted to announce that one of our governors, Mrs Martin has kindly offered a section of her land for our forest school activities this next term. Letters will be sent out shortly with dates and groups for the coming weeks. As the weather turns more wintry, please ensure that your child has adequate waterproof clothing for forest school outings as it can be very cold and/or wet. A reminder to all parents that we will not be calling parents when children forget kit, so it is important that children bring it with them on every session.
Children must have a waterproof coat and trousers and need adequate footwear for every session. Remember Forest School takes place whatever the weather.
Our current attendance figure is 95.52% although unfortunately the impact of term time holidays has taken us below our target figure of 96% . As we approach the winter months, help us by ensuring your child is at school every day whenever possible and that, when sickness does strike, your child visits the doctor quickly to ensure a speedy return to school. A reminder that unauthorised term time absences of over 10 sessions (5 days) will be reported to Northamptonshire County Council and both parents could be liable for a fine consequently.
Thank you to all parents who submitted their views on parent view for us last year. Parent View is the means by which Ofsted gauge parent opinion about the school and its provision. The survey re-sets each academic year, to allow inspectors to monitor performance over time. The report from last year has now been archived and it is therefore important that parents complete the questionnaire again this year. Every parent is entitled to submit a response (which often means two per family). Access to the Parent View site is easy via the tab on our website but can also be accessed on www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk
Please take the time to complete the questionnaire as it supports the school significantly.
HEALTHY EATING REMINDER
Please remember that Polebrook School is a Healthy Eating School and that sweets and chocolate are not permitted in lunches or snacks. Small chocolate biscuits and cakes should only be included within packed lunches as part of a balanced healthy lunch. A reminder also that as many children suffer severe allergic reactions to nuts and nut based products, nuts of any type are not permitted on school site. This includes peanut butter especially. Please refer to our food policy, available on our website if you are unsure.
BUS BAY PARKING REMINDER
Please can I politely remind all parents that parking in the school bus bay is illegal. It is imperative for the safety of our children that the bay be left accessible for our school buses at all times of the day. Unfortunately there have been a number of occasions recently when our school transport has been unable to park due to parent’s cars. Cars parked illegally could be liable for a police fine.
As you are aware, we have the school website with information and news. But we also have a very active Facebook page, so please feel free to follow and like our pages:
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FOPS Friends of Polebrook School
A big thank you to the members of FOPS who continue to work hard to raise funds on behalf of our children. Funds from last year have paid for our fantastic new playground markings and are being used to purchase additional i-Pads very soon. Keep an eye out for their new newsletter for updates on forthcoming events.
Come along to the Christmas wreath making social event on Thursday 30th November. Drinks, nibbles and all materials will be provided. Tickets available for £25 from school. For further details check the FOPS facebook page or the posters around school.
CAKES for COACHES
Many of you will have noticed the new FOPS cakes for coaches scheme. This term Blue Class will be asked to provide cakes (bought or homemade) for sale on the last Friday of term to help raise money to subsidise coaches for our school trips. Please help by sending in money with your child to buy a cake before home time or pop along from 2.45pm with friends or family to purchase cakes yourself on the day.
I am delighted to announce the return of the Valentine Ball on 3rd February this year. As usual this will be a black tie formal event with 3 course meal and live music. Please contact a member of FOPS or the school office for tickets. Early bird price of £35/pp before Christmas or £40/pp after Christmas.