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Welcome back to the second part of the Autumn term.

New Parent Governor

As you are aware, we had a vacancy for a parent governor and nominations were invited by 7th November. Mr Macconnell, parent of 2 pupils in school, has been elected to serve for the next 4 years. We welcome him to the Governing Body and thank him for his interest in supporting the school. Please see below Mr Macconnell’s supporting statement; we look forward to benefiting from his experience and skills:

“As a local resident, former pupil and parent of 2 (in the future 3) children at the school, I am keen to get involved and provide my skills and experience to be utilised in the Parent Governor role. A qualified and practicing Senior Commercial and Contracts Manager in the public sector for 15 years, I have extensive experience in purchasing, negotiating and managing contracts, financial accounts analysis and a working understanding of HR and employment law. I have a keen eye for Value for Money whilst ensuring the quality of service is the priority and maintained; undertaking additional training to supplement roles and increase knowledge is something that comes naturally from my workplace and I’d be keen to do. I relish the opportunity to be involved and be of benefit to the pupils, residents and help the school maintain the high standard it has strived for and achieved.”

Thank you for the following:

Thank you to those parents who have responded so quickly and returned forms/money. We will do our best to accommodate parent preferences for dates etc. A number of parents have taken the opportunity to ask that we donate their ‘‘change’ towards Christmas activities for the children in school. Your generosity and kind thoughts are both very much appreciated. A reminder that the 23rd November is the deadline for all Christmas activities. Forms received after this date will not be accepted. So avoid disappointment by returning forms by the deadline.

Paddington RRSA suitcase homework

Thank you for encouraging your children to take part in this activity – we had an overwhelming response and have displayed the suitcases, with Paddington’s rights, all around school. Here is a snapshot of some of the suitcases.

Macmillian

Please see the certificate attached from the money you contributed at the coffee morning. Thank you again.

Places in Reception Class for September 2019

A reminder that the closing date for applications to Dudley for places in Reception classes for 2019 is 15th January 2019. The deadline is rapidly approaching! Don’t forget that all parents need to apply; there is no automatic transfer from Nursery to Reception.

We still have some Nursery places available for September 2019 – please ask at the office for more information.

Anti-Bullying Week - Monday 12th - 16th November

The entire school had opportunities regarding this important issue throughout the week. This is also addressed throughout the year through RRSA, classroom activities, class and whole school assemblies. From pupil voice we know that children at Blanford Mere do not think that there is an issue with bullying and they have assured us that they would know who to go to and where to get help if they had a problem.

 

Children in Yr 3/4 had a drama and a workshop provided by Loudmouth Theatre Group - Bully4U.

Children responded really well to their anti-bullying workshop. Here is what they said:

 

Owen “We learnt what it meant to be bullied. If you are worried you should tell an adult”.

Oliver “I really liked the acting. Be kind to people”.

 

I am sure that you have read in our planners the definition of bullying. We refer to this in school with the children as STOP - Several Times On Purpose.

For more information then you can visit the following websites:

Flu vaccinations

Flu vaccinations will take place in school for children in Years R - 5. Thank you to all parents who have returned their consent forms – we have had a great response. We still have some spare consent forms in the school office if you would like your child to be part of the vaccination programme. Please note that children can only receive the vaccination if consent has been given.

Please see the attached flyer for ‘catch up’ sessions locally if necessary.

Parking near school.

We still have issues regarding parking in the roads near school. We also have a number of parents now parking on the yellow ‘zig-zags’ outside the main school entrance. This is dangerous as it restricts the vision of pedestrians and vehicles accessing the school site. There are lots of parents and children using the pathway into the school office at the start and end of the day – please help us to keep everyone safe by keeping the access clear.

Please note that any emergency vehicles use the main entrance – cars parked inappropriately at the front of the school make it difficult to reach the school.

Events that have happened in school so far:

  • Yr 5/6 – Ekam, Ethan, Lana and Dominic took part in a maths competition, The National Young Mathematicians’ Awards, which is a competition against schools all over the UK. The children needed to use their maths skills to harness their love of solving problems and mental conjuring of numbers. We are extremely pleased to say, the team did make it through to the next round on Wednesday 5th December. The leader from Explore Learning said the children showed their maths skills, were able to reason about their answers, worked well as a team and checked their working out with each other. We are extremely proud of their achievement and wish them well in the next round. If they are successful they will progress through to the final at Cambridge University! Good luck children.
  • Forthcoming events

  • Monday 19th November – flu vaccinations for Yr 1-6
  • Tuesday 20th November – Phonics information session for Reception parents 9.00am
  • Thursday 22nd November – swimming gala for Yr 4, 5 and 6. Good luck to the team!
  • Tuesday 27th November – Nursery ‘stay and play’ for children joining Nursery in January
  • Wednesday 28th November – Nursery ‘stay and play’ for children joining Nursery in January
  • Thursday 29th November – Reception children eye screening
  • Friday 30th November – Yr 3/4 visit to the Thinktank in Birmingham
  • Monday 3rd December – Singing Club perform at Merry Hill at 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 5th December – Yr 1 – Yr 6 – St Mary’s Church rehearsal – most parents will have consented to children being able to walk in the local area when they start school. If you do not consent to your child walking in the local area, then please tell the office or your child’s class teacher. Please send children with a resealable drink (plastic bottle) and healthy tuck e.g. fruit or health bar – no sweets, crisps or chocolate. (No tuck KS2)
  • Thursday 6th December – Film Night - 3.30pm -5.30pm
  • Yr 1 – Yr 6 Performances at St Marys Church Wednesday 12th December 9.30am and 1.30pm
  • Thursday 14th December – Christmas Breakfast (no tuck KS2)
  • Monday 17th December – Year 2 visit to the Wyre Forest
  • Tuesday 18th December – Nursery and reception children at Arise Church for the ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ pantomime – more details to follow.
  • Tuesday 18th December - Christmas Lunch (no tuck KS2)
  • Wednesday 19th December – Christmas craft and singalong session for Nursery parents at 10.00am
  • Wednesday 19th December – Christmas craft and singalong session for Reception parents at 1.15pm
  • Wednesday 19th December – Santa’s Grotto am
  • Thursday 20th December - Year 1 visit to the Wyre Forest
  • Thursday 20th December – KS2 Christmas Disco pm
  • Friday 21st December – Save The Children – Christmas Jumper Day
  • Friday 21st December – 2.45pm – Christmas Sing-along parent
  • Friday 21st December – break for holidays – 3.15pm
  • Monday 7th January 2019 – School opens for children 8.50am

    Absent children

    In the last couple of weeks we have had several poorly children. The majority of parents are great at keeping us up to date and letting us know if their child will not be attending school and why. This is really helpful as we have to annotate our registers giving reasons for children’s absence. Can I remind parents of the procedure for ill children?

    If you feel that your child has an illness which may warrant them remaining at home then you must:

    Consider first of all whether you feel that your child would still be able to take part in the majority if not all of the school’s activities. In this case, you should still send your child to school. Should your child become unwell during the day and/or where the school feels that the child is no longer able to participate in school activities, the school will contact you to collect your child.

    If you feel that your child cannot take part in the school’s activities and would be better remaining at home then you must contact the school as soon as possible on the first/each day of absence before 9:05am. When parents do not contact us by 9.05am the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

    If your child has had sickness and/or diarrhoea then they need to remain at home for 48 hours after their last ‘episode’. We are trying to reduce the spread of these illnesses - children return before the sickness has passed are often sick again and have passed their germs on.

    Please this newsletter for guidelines about the Norovirus bug which is extremely common at this time of year.

    A polite reminder for late pick ups

    Recently, we have had a number of children not being collected on time at the end of the school day. We know that at times this is unavoidable, if this is the case, please call the office to notify us, so that we can take your child to the office. If your child is not collected by 3.25pm, then your child will be taken to After School Club, where a fee will be charged.

    Dogs

    May we remind parents that dogs are prohibited on the school premises. This includes the pathway to the entrance and in the foyer when collecting children from clubs. Some of our children are scared of dogs and can get distressed. We would appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

    We have already had an extremely productive start to this half term. I’m sure that you will agree that it will become even busier over the next few weeks.

    Thank you, once again for your support.

    Mrs N J Miller

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