An exciting as well as stressful week over!
Year 6 completed their national, KS2 SATs and were amazing. Just writing now to be assessed, which is completed within school, and just when you think the pressure is over we found out, on Friday, that our writing is to be moderated externally. 25% of schools are selected; unfortunately it will mean additional paperwork for staff and further writing for Year 6. (At least they will have had two weeks of fun in between!)
Year 6 are off on their travels today, on a week’s residential to Beam House, in north Devon. Although another PGL centre this is a new venue for us. They will be carrying out a range of adventurous activities, including surfing, climbing and high ropes. Hopefully the weather will remain like this all week.
Swimming Pool Changing Rooms
At last, we have official confirmation, from WeST, that our swimming pool changing rooms WILL BE REPLACED over the summer break. Unfortunately this has taken a number of years to accumulate the funding, despite the sterling effort of funds raised by FroWS and parents. Unfortunately some of our contributors have now left the school, but we hope they will be able to visit.
WeST is automatically provided funding based on its pupil numbers across the MAT (Multi-academy trust).
The majority of funding for this will have come from:
Healthy Pupils Capital Fund
The Soft Drinks Industry Levy will provide revenue in 2018 to 2019 for the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF). This fund is intended to facilitate an improvement in children and young people’s physical and mental health by increasing and improving access to and use of facilities for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing and medical conditions. The funding aims to increase and improve access to, and use of, relevant facilities such as kitchens, dining facilities, changing rooms, playgrounds and sports facilities.
As you can imagine we are so pleased that this is eventually happening and that it will not only benefit the school but the community as well. The intention is to ensure toilets and showers are included and that access is available for events taking place on the field.
A Bit of a Do!
Just like Harry and Meghan at the weekend, we also had our own wedding party, with our elegant bride and groom, Kamilah and Hector. They made a grand entrance and enjoyed a cream tea with their guests.
Schools’ Challenge Run
Well done to all those who took part in the Plymouth Half Marathon and the Plymouth schools’ challenge on the Hoe. As lovely as the weather was it was not the best conditions for running. I think the fireman’s hose was much appreciated! The children were amazing, it would be lovely to see them all with their medals on Friday’s celebration assembly, along with Mr Chantler (who completed the half marathon in 1hr 48min, and Mrs Law, who completed in 2hr 19min.) Brilliant efforts all around.
Reminder, the final date for collecting tokens is this Saturday 26th May. Please send all vouchers in to the school or hand in to Knighton Stores. Thank you to those of you who have already sent in your vouchers. Keep collecting!
Whitsun Holiday Activities
Don’t forget to book up for the three activity days over Whitsun, that if wet will take place in the school hall. Tomorrow, 22nd May, we have Premier Education, coming in for an assembly, then at the end of the school day they will be holding an open session, for parents and children, to trial archery, one of the planned activities for Whitsun. If you are around just pop up to the school field and have a go! It’s FREE!
Please check the flier (click here) for further details of how to book and any discounts for booking more than one child. Should you have any problems booking online please contact the office or leave a message on the answerphone on 862459.
Change of timings for Breakfast Club and Activity/After-school Club
From the start of the new school year, September 2018, the timings of the above will be extended. Breakfast Club will operate from 7.30am – 8.35am and Activities Club will operate 3.10pm – 6.00pm every day, term time, except the final day of each full term. We shall also be looking at some holiday provision, however further details on this, and the costing for all mentioned, have yet to be finalised. The school is also in the process of appointing further staff to accommodate the above and staff moving on. Further details will be provided before the end of term.
Dogs on site
A reminder that the school operates a NO DOG policy on the school site, either walking or being carried. Apart from a number of pupils and staff who have an allergy to dogs we also have some who are afraid of dogs. I, like many, am a dog lover and have a dog of my own, however, should you be on the school site with a dog you will be asked to leave the premises. Thank you for thinking of others.
As you are aware the office is a very busy place, dealing with financial and personnel matters, contractors, health & safety as well as safeguarding. On top of this staff they are also front of house seeing to visitors and queries. Their role is far greater than receptionists and is very demanding of their time. With this in mind please could you ensure that collection arrangements are made in advance and that children have everything they need when coming to school i.e. PE kits, packed lunches or musical instruments. This will allow them to fulfil their tasks without a number of additional interruptions, but this will also enable children to become more responsible and organised, skills needed for life. Unfortunately primary schools, unless very large, do not have the luxury of additional team members that you get in secondary education. There just seem to be more and more demands and paperwork coming into schools, and expectations from the local authority, government and at times WeST, that these are completed in a timely manner. Your help and support is very much appreciated.
And Finally Parking & Speed
We have again had complaints from local residents, and other parents, of inconsiderate driving and parking in Barton Close. Please use the extended car park in Barton Park and enter the school via the park gate rather than park on the pavement, or even drive on the pavement in Barton Close! Residents have been asked to make note, or take photos, of vehicle registrations causing any traffic offence, and these will be passed on to the Police. Please be considerate to others and above all keep pedestrians safe. Thank you.