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9.9.19

Welcome

Welcome to the start of a new academic year where we not only welcome returning pupils and families but our new Foundation Stage children and new pupils and their families. We also welcome Miss Rosie Harvey to the school and Year 5, who has settled in well and made a really positive start at Wembury.

The first week in and it’s hard to believe that we ever had a break! Children have settled into new routines and classes and achieved some fantastic work (Hopefully you saw my text on day one?). New responsibilities have been taken on board - House teams have voted for their House Captains and Prefects have been voted for by peers and staff. Soon we will also know who is representing each class, at the School Council meetings.

This week will see the start of clubs – Argyle Football after school on Monday (F-Y6) (Pay direct to Argyle), Fit Club after school on Tuesday (YF-6) (Payment £1.00 per week, £12 in total, via ParentPay), Tag Rugby (Y6) during lunchtime on a Friday. Wednesday lunchtime (KS2) Running Club – trainers essential. Information has been sent out about clubs today and ParentPay has been set up for these. (Please note Clubs will be added and changed throughout the year.) Any problems with signing up please contact the office.  

Data Collection

Data Collection sheets for Years 1 - 6 will be ready to go out this week, from Tuesday – Friday. These will need updating with any changes to contact details, emails, new mobile phone details, addresses etc. Due to the nature of these forms, and to be GDPR compliant, we are asking for these to be collected from your child’s class base, at the end of the school day. If you are unable to do this there will be opportunity to collect the form from the office, please arrange in advance, and also on the Parent Meet & Greet session, on the 25th September.  

Please remember that contact details need to be updated throughout the year if mobile numbers etc change. It is essential that we have the most current details. This could become an health and safety issue, as well as a safeguarding issue, if we are unable to make contact with parents, especially in the case of an incident or accident. 

 

We are also asking that should you wish to change any of the photographic consents already provided then you will need to do so by putting this in writing to the office, where we can update records.

Meet & Greet (Years 1 – 6) – Wednesday 25th September

 

Year Group

Teacher

Time

1

Mr Bennett

2.30-2.50pm

2

(external KS1 hut)

Ms Kernevez

3.00-3.20pm

3

Mrs Riley & Mrs Edwards

3.30-3.50pm

4

Mrs Jackson & Mrs Booth

4.00-4.20pm

5

(external KS2 hut)

Miss Rosie Harvey

4.30-4.50pm

6

Mrs Chamberlain & Mrs Walsh

5.00-5.20pm

 

The purpose of this meeting is to:

  • allow you to meet the staff involved in your child’s learning
  • share expectations
  • understand routines, rewards & sanctions
  • introduce you to the planned topics & events
  • provide information or access on how to support your child’s learning at home
  • enable you to ask any unanswered questions, regarding the above

 

Further details will be sent in a separate letter.

NB Foundation parents will be invited in at a later date.

 

Free School Meals versus Universal Free School Meals

Did you know that even though your child is provided with a free school meal, in KS1/EYFS, you can generate extra funding for the school if you are entitled to Free School Meals by simply logging on to the Citizen Portal?

Every applicant will receive an instant eligibility check via the DfE Eligibility Checking System which is connected to the portal. Someone who has their entitlement proved by the check will be presented with a screen, stating they are eligible. The applicant is the advised to print this or alternatively they can take a screenshot of it to prove eligibility to the school.

Citizens Portal - Logon

 

The Citizens Portal allows parents/carers of children, to make applications for school places (including in-year admissions), two year old funding and free school meals for children from Foundation Stage to Year 6.

 

The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the Department for Education to enhance the education. Allocation of funding is made according to the number of pupils entitled to free school meals within the last six years (known as Ever 6 FSM) and children in care (known as LAC) or children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption that attend the school in Years F-6. There is also additional Pupil Premium funding (known as the Service Premium) for any pupil who has or has had within the last five years a parent in the armed forces (known as Ever 5 Service). Wembury Primary School targets the additional funding, as appropriate, at eligible pupils and does not simply absorb it into the whole-school budget.

 

N.B. All children in Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 at state schools in England automatically get free school meals. However, parents and guardians are encouraged to apply for free school meals when they enrol their child in school, as this can help their child’s school to attract additional ‘pupil premium’ funding to support learning. From Year 3 onwards, children whose parents are eligible for free school meals will attract the Pupil Premium funding. Therefore, Parents should check their eligibility against the criteria freeschoolmeals@devon.gov.uk

 

If you are entitled to FSM we also provide a FREE Sweatshirt, annually. For those of you currently in receipt of free school meals, please contact the office to arrange the order of your sweatshirt, if you have not done so already.

EYFS enjoy their First Lunch

This week parents/family members of our new EYFS can join them for lunch. Today was the first day and the children were delighted that some of their parents sat were able to sit with them and their friends during lunch.

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Parent Helpers Wanted

As ever we welcome parent helpers and are currently looking for parents to help with reading and exchange of reading books, especially in KS1/EYFS, and for the library. Where possible we prefer helpers not to be working within their own child’s class. All volunteers and helpers will require safeguarding checks, prior to commencing and will need to make contact with the office to arrange. We look forward to welcoming you.

Traffic survey

WSP undertake road traffic surveys on behalf of the Department for Transport for the National Road Traffic Census every year. They have informed us that they will be near our school on the 3rd October 2019 in Mewstone Avenue to undertake a survey. In case you have any questions or queries please refer to details that will be sent out in a separate letter, via email.

Their enumerators will be in Hi-Viz and have ID cards with them.

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Secondary Applications and Open Days

For those of you with children in Years 5 & 6 it will be that time of year when you are beginning to consider secondary schools.  For those parents of Year 6 pupils the application window is now open,  1st September to 31st October 2019, and this is the link to apply -

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDEVONCC/bulletins/25d3e46

 

For those in Year 5 & 6 who have not yet made a decision or thought about this, now is the time and opportunity for Open Days/Sessions to visit secondary schools. These are currently the dates and times on offer:

 

School

Date

Time

Devonport High School for Girls

10th September

6.00-8.00pm

 

Devonport High School for Girls

11th September

2.15-3.30pm

Plymstock

 

17th September

6.30-8.30pm

Ivybridge Community College

18th September

6.00pm

Sports Hall

Coombe Dean

 

19th September

6.45pm

Ivybridge Community College

25th September

6.00pm

Dining Hall

 

BioBlitz

This year we are again collaborating with Devon Wildlife Trust and the Marine Centre on the BioBlitz project. We are really excited to be involved in this project as it will involve the whole school. On 27th September all of KS2 will be going down to the beach, as part of this event. Parents of these pupils should have received a photographic consent form from the BBC Countryfile team, who will be filming on that day.

KS1 & EYFS children will be working with staff from the trust within school. Further details to follow shortly and no doubt we will be requesting some parent helpers, so keep the date free!

 

BioBlitz Link

 

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Parents’ Class Groups

Online communication apps such as Viber, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp have popularised chat groups for families, friends, schoolmates, work colleagues and parents as reminders. Parents are also forming closer friendships with one another, thanks to chat groups.

Certain rules of etiquette must be observed - a code of conduct. Otherwise, lengthy, sometimes meandering, discussions tend to drown out relevant information and the chat group’s purpose. Sometimes it’s necessary to review rules, since group members become familiar with each other and it’s easy to set the rules aside and forget that they still apply. Their main purpose is for school and class updates, not for religion, politics and irrelevant but contentious topics. Any concerns about the school should be done so via the correct means, as in the complaints policy, and not through this forum as a means to do so.

The Messenger group administrator needs to set the terms and conditions of group membership, this would include the appropriate consent and protocol arrangements which should be clearly stated. A private Messenger group sits outside the authority of the school and any actions taken by its membership are outside jurisdiction of the school social media policy. However, where concerns are raised by a parent to the school, on the use of this platform the parent will be signposted to follow this up with the platform administrator, or in the case of concerns of the administrator’s use, parents will need to seek further guidance from the platform provider or school.

Respect the purpose

  • Respect the main purpose of the chat group: school and class updates. Irrelevant topics, as well as religion and politics, no matter how strongly you may feel about current events, are out. There is no easier way to find yourself in a heated argument than by voicing out your opinion in a school chat group.
  • Sending a private message is preferred if a member wants, for instance, to tell another member about anything personal.
  • Be sensitive and think twice before sending out certain messages. It’s always easier to send out invitations to a group chat—but only if you intend to invite everyone.
  • Be helpful. If a member asks about something you know of, or have access to the information needed, share it. After all, that’s what everyone is there for.
  • Don’t call out a parent’s attention. If you must discuss problems, that should be between you and the other parent, not with the whole chat group seeing the messages. Passive-aggressive remarks have no place in the chat group.
  • In case of tension, remember that it is the parents’ chat group, not the children’s. Everyone must act accordingly and always speak in a respectful and mindful manner.

Chat groups for a child’s class can be a blessing - whether to find out where to buy a costume for the Christmas play, or be reminded of school activities. But that access has to be respected and treated correctly—otherwise there is the risk of abusing the system.

While it serves the purpose of sharing information on school-related activities, a balance must be found that leaves some responsibility also to children to bring home messages, letters etc.

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read a lengthy first Blog and we look forward to keeping you up to date with school news and working with you this year.


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