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My final newsletter of this academic year. The last few weeks have been busy, as usual, but productive.
• We say goodbye to Mrs Wilkes and Mrs Cope who will continue their work as teachers throughout the borough. We thank them for their dedication and commitment to the school in their roles and hope to see them return on a supply basis.
• We say goodbye and good luck to Mrs Staien, who is leaving us to take up her new role as Inclusion Manager, in an Infant and Nursery School in Sandwell Local Authority. We wish her every success and thank her for her contribution over the past two years.
• We say goodbye to Mr Jackson, we wish him every success for the future.
• Mrs Austin will be working on a full time basis in class 3/4AD, for the first part of the Autumn term. After this, she will be working on a part time basis sharing a class responsibility with Mrs Davis when she returns from her maternity leave later in the term.
• Mrs Davis continues her maternity leave, however, she will be returning to school later in the autumn term and will share a class responsibility with Mrs Austin in class 3/4.
• Miss Stanton will continue her Deputy role - she will also take over as the KS1 and Foundation Stage Leader.
We wish all of these staff well in the future and thank them for being part of our team and their contribution to our school community
We look forward to welcoming Miss Cleeton and Mr Raybould to our teaching team in September. They have already spent time in school getting to know their new classes and being part of the 'handover' of information to ensure continuity and a swift start to the new academic year. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our staff team who have worked hard this year in their various roles, to make this academic year a happy, successful and productive one for the children.
Attendance Winners Julyl
Well done to Year 1W, who won the attendance award for July with 98.84%. Fantastic!
Recent events and activities in school
Year 2 Assembly
Year 2 class assembly was amazing! Well done children, you showed how ready you are to go into KS2!
Foundation Stage Treat!
Reception and Nursery enjoyed a treat from the ice cream man and had an end of term party!
As part of their topic work, Year 1 and 2 made the most of the summer weather with a Seaside day in school!
Year 6 News
Year 6 have completed their two week transition programme in preparation for starting their secondary education.
Year 6 Leaver's assembly 'Treachery at Traitors Quay' was an excellent performance and greatly appreciated by their families. Well done to all the staff involved.
Year 6 Leavers Treat Day
On Thursday, Year 6 enjoyed their Year 6 Leavers Day with an action packed day at Woodfield House, this included tubing, archery, bouldering and a challenge course! This was truly enjoyed by staff and children, as you can see from their comments.
"The tubing was AMAZING. Mrs Hart & Mrs Oliver got to absolutely soak us!" Adam S
"The assault course was good. Steven gave us team challenges to get around, over and through obstacles." Hayden B
"I would recommend this. Definitely. It's a blast: you can get wet and have lots of new experiences. I got three gold circles on archery." Harry A
The Instructor sent the following comment:
"An amazing group of people that makes the day amazing too. You should be thoroughly proud of the fantastic group of children. They have all aspired and achieved things they weren't sure they could." Mr S Rowan, Instructor
End of term Reward
The whole school enjoyed and end of term treat with fun on the bouncy castles! They also enjoyed the rest of the morning or afternoon as a reward for their good behaviour over the past term.
On Friday 6th July, Year 5-6 Music Club represented the school superbly at Morrisons raising £68.04 for charity. Everyone enjoyed the singing which was for a great cause - CLIC Sargent. Well done to all involved.
Morrisons have been in touch to say: "Thank you so much for helping us with our fundraising for CLIC Sargent, young lives against cancer."
TT Rock Stars Competition (Birmingham Area)
On Thursday 12th July, we took our three fastest Year 6 TT Rock Stars to Ounsdale Secondary School in Wombourne for a competition. Cara C, Katie H and Niamh G were a credit to the school, performing and behaving brilliantly. All 3 girls came in the top 50 (out of 153 children from Year 6 and Year 7) in the first round and Cara even managed to win the entire first round by a massive 53 points. Unfortunately, although Cara came 2nd in the quarter final and 1st in the semi-final, she was just 9 points short in the final and the prize of a helicopter ride. Despite the disappointment of coming 2nd in the final, where she answered 382 times tables questions correctly in 180 seconds, we are incredibly proud of Cara and all of our TT Rock Stars. Year 5: we are expecting to go one better next year - the training starts now!
Year 6 Leavers TT Rockstars
Has your child enjoyed playing Times Tables Rock Stars this year and made lots of progress with their recall of times tables facts? If so, Year 6 can continue with Times Tables Rock Stars for only £7.20. Click on the link below to find out how.
All inhalers and epi-pens MUST be in school on the first day of term. Can I remind parents that although we do our best to look out for expiry dates, it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that these items are in date. If your child is registered as asthmatic, they will bring home a letter and forms for you to complete, that must be with your child's inhalers on Tuesday 4th September 2018.
Children are not allowed to take part in PE unless all jewellery/earrings have been removed. If you wish your child to have their ears pierced, can I suggest that you have this done at the very beginning of the of the summer holiday so that their ears have the full six weeks to heal.
Hairstyles: it is not suitable to return to school in September with shaven heads, tramlines or extreme colours. Please remind your children of the rules. Children who have long hair must tie it up.
Could you please make sure that your child has all of their PE kit available in school every day from the first day of term as our timetable starts immediately. Although staff will let you know when the planned PE sessions are, there are often times when we have PE/dance workshops for classes or when teachers take advantage of good weather to do PE.
Dogs are not allowed on the school premises at any time, and if you have a dog please do not obstruct the pathway/gate as a number of children, who are frightened of dogs, find this intimidating.
In September, children may return in either summer or winter uniform depending upon both the weather and your preference.
Children should have their dinner money in a named purse or wallet or in a named sealed envelope. Dinner money MUST NOT be handed in at the school office.
All children in Reception Class and KS1 receive free fruit each day for tuck and therefore do not need to bring any food from home. A reminder that all children in Year R, 1 and 2 will be entitled to a free school meal. Please remember to apply for free school meals if you are eligible as some of school funding depends on it.
KS2 children: May we remind you that we operate a 'healthy tuck' policy. Since schools are now subject to strict guidelines about the type of food that is allowed/ available during the school day, we hope that parents will support our efforts to encourage children to make healthy choices. For parents of current Year 2 in particular, this is a real opportunity to continue the good habits established in KS1 where fruit has always been offered as the only choice at playtime. We also encourage children to bring in healthy lunchboxes.
Macmillan Coffee Morning:
Following the success of last year's venture, we will be joining in again with "The World's Biggest Coffee Morning" to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday 28th September 2018. More details to follow nearer the time.
Attendance/Absence and Holidays in Term Time:
Don't forget that our policy on attendance, reporting children's absences and holidays in term time is on the school website. If children are too ill to attend school then parents must phone the school office by 9.05a.m. to let us know the reason why children are not in school-unexplained absences are recorded as "unauthorised". It is then your responsibility to ring school before 9.05am on any future days of illness, so our registers are keep up to date. Our policy reflects the government's stance on holidays in term time.
We have been informed by Dudley Investigation Service that they are issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (fines) for a leave of absence in term time which is for a period of 5 days (10 sessions) or more.
Please can parents be aware of this information when booking any holidays, trips etc.
Pencil Cases and Bags:
Please don't let your child persuade you to buy new pencil cases or other items of stationary for September. The children have been told that everything they need for school will be provided. Pencil cases will, of course, be ideal for homework! As there is limited space in cloak spaces, please encourage your children to bring sensible sized bags-there just isn't room for large ones! KS1 should ONLY bring their small red book bag - these can be purchased at the school office.
Save the date
On Wednesday 12th September 3.30pm - 4.30pm - we will be holding a 'Meet the Tecaher' session to explain the expectations for the year. We hope you can make it and support your child's future learning.
School Term Dates 2018-2019 Autumn Term 2018
Term Starts: Monday 3rd September 2018
Half term: Monday 29th October - Friday 2nd November
Term Ends: Friday 21st December 2018
Spring Term 2019
Term Starts: Tuesday 7th January 2019
Half Term: Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February
Term Ends: Friday 12th April 2019
Summer Term 2019
Term Starts: Monday 29th April 2019
Half Term: Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May
Term Ends: Monday 22nd July 2019
Inset days next year have been set for:
(School closed to pupils)
Monday 3rd September 2018
Friday 5th October 2018
Monday 8th October 2018
Friday 22nd March 2019
Monday 22nd July 2019
Local Council Elections
Thursday 2nd May 2019 (To be confirmed)
School Tuck Price List from Sept 2018:
Toast 25p Crumpet 28p Milk carton 15p Still Water 36p
Share Aware, from NSPCC and O2, gives parents all the tools they need to have regular and informed conversations with their child about staying safe online. Under 20% of parents discuss online safety regularly with their children but we want to get every family talking about their child's life online, just as they would their day at school.
Parents can sign up to the Icebreaker email series and become an expert in their child's online world in 6 weeks, follow our four simple steps to keeping kids safe online, watch our film 'Safety advice from a 10 year old' or visit Net Aware - our guide to your child's social networks apps and games.
The internet is a great place for kids to be, being Share Aware makes it safer. Teach your child to be #ShareAware online, with step-by-step advice from @NSPCC
Fortnite - what parents need to know to keep your child safe online.
Fortnite is an online video game where players compete to be the last person standing in a post-apocalyptic world. The most popular version is Fortnite: Battle Royale, which sees up to 100 players pitted against each other to stay alive on an island. Players can build and demolish structures, and collect weapons, supplies and armour to help them along the way.
Players shoot each other using a range of lethal weapons, but the brightly-coloured, cartoon-style graphics and lack of bloodshed mean it doesn't feel too gory or graphic.
To play, the age recommendation is 12 and above due to 'mild violence', although you don't have to provide your age when creating an account, so younger children can still log on easily.
Fortnite: Battle Royale is free to download on PC/Mac, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch and iOS devices (Apple phones and tablets). It's coming to Android soon.
It has about 45 million monthly users worldwide including the England football team, who reportedly played it in their World Cup downtime.
What are the concerns?
You may have seen news reports or heard concerns raised about the:
• Communication between players: a chat function allows players to talk to each other either over a headset and microphone, or using messaging. Children could use it to speak to strangers, or it could put them at risk of cyberbullying
• In-app purchases: players can build up large bills on their parents' accounts by buying cosmetic items like outfits for your character and better-looking weapons (otherwise known as 'skins')
• Addictive nature of the game: anecdotal stories tell of children staying up all night to play, or falling asleep in lessons after playing for too long. Some commentators attribute this to the communal feel of the game - you can play with your friends - and the game is different every time you play, keeping it fresh
What safety options are available to parents?
Use the parental controls on the gaming device
Most devices allow you to set time limits on game play, set age limits for content, and restrict in-app purchases.
Visit the website 'ask about games' for links to detailed instructions on the device your child uses - the site covers Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple and Android phones, and Nintendo Switch.
Ask About Games
The battles in Fortnite last around 20 minutes. When trying to limit your child's screen time, make the most of this natural stopping point. Set a limit in terms of matches rather than hours and minutes, or set time limits in 20 minute increments.
Turn off the voice chat feature
Speak to your child to make sure they know this feature exists, and encourage them to use the options below if they encounter someone who is offensive or inappropriate.
You can disable the voice chat function in the game if you:
• Open the settings menu (the 3 lines on the right-hand-side of the screen), then choose the 'cog' icon
• Select the 'audio' tab
• You should be able to turn off 'voice chat' by tapping the arrows next to it
You can also 'mute' individual players in the game by:
• Pausing the game
• Hovering over the player you wish to mute
• Selecting the mute button (a loudspeaker icon)
Make sure your child knows how to report inappropriate behaviour
You or your child can report players who make them uncomfortable using the in-game feedback tool (located in the main menu).
You can also use the 'support' section of the Epic Games site (the makers of Fortnite). You're asked to select the platform you play the game on, the game mode you're playing, and then you can select 'report player'. You can provide more detail such as the player's name, and attach a screenshot.
What else can I do? Further tips
• Download and play the game to help you understand it
• Talk to your child about what they're doing online, and make sure they know they can talk to you about anything that has upset them
• Check your bank statements and gaming system account balance regularly to look for in-app purchases you're not happy with, and to make sure your child isn't getting around any passwords you've set up
More sources of support
• Non-profit organisation Internet Matters has put together
• The NSPCC has also teamed up with O2 to offer advice to parents. You can call their free helpline on 0808 800 5002, or with an O2 Guru in an O2 store.
Sources for this factsheet
This factsheet was produced by
Fortnite, Epic Games
'Fortnite chat raises stranger danger fears from NSPCC', BBC News, 3 May 2018
We have been asked to remind parents of the importance of talking to their children about safety near water during the summer break. The safest option is always to use swimming pools where trained lifeguards are on duty. Here are no lifeguards (and frequently, no safety equipment) at quarries, lakes, reservoirs, canals or rivers. For more information please see:
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it's FREE to take part!
The Summer Reading Challenge website helps you keep track of your reading all year round: find new books to read, take part in competitions and play games.
Are you wondering how to keep the children busy throughout the holiday? If so, please click on the links below for local activities that your child might like to join in with.
Summer tennis and multi sport camps are being run over the first 5 weeks of the summer holidays at Wall Heath Tennis Club. They're led by Adrian Hyde who is an experienced Dudley teacher and Head Coach with L.T.A. and DBS accreditation. You can book online at www.wallheathtennisclub.co.uk
Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07753673143.