Week Ending 01.02.2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week has seen the launch of the new school values and already we can see the positive impact! Children are beginning to talk about them confidently and have been proudly upholding the Whitkirk Golden Rules. Next week, we will focus on the school value Friendship.

If you are a Radio 2 listener, you will be aware that the 500-word story competition has been announced. We are keen that all our children have an opportunity to develop a passion for writing and have the chance to enter if they chose to. It is an exciting opportunity and schools all over the country take part. Miss Quarmby will be talking to the teachers with some exciting ideas to support them in helping the children across school to make an entry.

It has been a cold and frosty week and I am mindful that parents and children are standing on the playground getting very cold! With that in mind, on very cold or rainy days children are permitted to enter school at 8.40am and can filter into school through the main doors that open onto the playground. On all other days, the doors will open at 8.45am as school officially starts at 8.50am. Should you wish to speak to a member of staff on the day children enter school early, please contact the school office and your child’s class teacher will endeavour to call you back at break time. If it is urgent, the school office will pass your message on straight away in the morning.

Thank you to all the parents of the children in EYFS for their positive feedback to staff about the care, support and teaching and learning that their child experiences. An overwhelming majority of parents felt the team do an exceptional job of informing parents about their child’s progress, which was very pleasing to hear!

Following feedback, the Year 1 and 2 Friday stay and play will be replaced by a stay and play afternoon next half term (Spring 2). During Summer 1, the stay and play sessions will be in the mornings to enable parents who can’t attend in the afternoon an opportunity to work with their child in school during the morning. With our new arrangements we hope to have provided an opportunity for everyone who would like to work in school with their child a chance to do so. Mrs Heaton will be in touch with the summer dates shortly to help parents and carers plan ahead.

Friday assemblies will now begin promptly at 9am. Parents and Carers who wish to stay for assembly are invited to sign in at the office, once they have dropped their child off in the playground.

On a sporting note, a group of year 5/6 girls took part in a girl’s football tournament. The team came 2nd in their group and only missed out by 2 goals! Congratulations to all the girls for their achievements!

Safeguarding all our children and families is at the heart of the work of the school and keeping your children safe in the community is crucial. Some parents have called school to request that parents and carers are mindful when parking on the main road near the entrance to the school and not to drive on the pavement where families are walking. Thank you for your continued support in this matter.
Finally, thank you for your continued positive feedback and have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,
Michelle Kouni

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