Febuary 2007 Newsletter
ANTI BULLYING POLICY
Thankyou for returning the anti bullying questionnaire. It was very
useful indeed and coupled with a questionnaire given to the children
during our anti bullying week, we were able to put together an anti
bullying policy based on our findings. 36% of parents responded to our
questionnaire. This policy is now available in school, and you would be
welcome to take a copy if you wish.
On the whole, we felt that parents feel we have a strong anti bullying
policy, and act quickly if there are reports made by a child. We found
that bullying tends to be mostly name calling, and most parents said
bullying did cease once it had been reported to the class teacher or
Currently at school we very much believe in the social and emotional
aspects of learning, which is very important in raising children's self
esteem. Each half term we take a theme and talk to the children about
it. The themes have been 'new beginnings', 'anti bullying? and 'going
for goals'. We feel these have been excellent in focusing children to
consider the way they behave with each other, and how they deal with
HOT LUNCHES FROM PERSHORE HIGH SCHOOL
We are very excited about our hot meals being provided by Pershore High
School, as from the 5th March. I can honestly say they really are
excellent meals, and of a high standard, as I was invited to try them
out before Christmas! I think the children will enjoy them too, and you
as parents will be rest assured that your child will be eating fresh
and healthy food. Don't miss the taster session on Wednesday the 7th
February at the High school so you can see for yourselves!
We are sorry we were unable to start these just after half term, but
just to remind you to order a packed lunch for the first two weeks if
The governing bodies of all schools are now
required to publish a school profile annually, instead of holding an
annual parents? meeting and providing a Governors annual report.
The profile is a way for us to communicate with parents about the
school's progress, priorities and performance for the academic year
Our school profile is now available to you online at the link below or there are hard copies available at school.
Click here to go to the School Profile Website (opens in a new window)
FREE BOOKS TO THE NURSERY!
Our Nursery children have just received a free
gift book pack to encourage the pleasure of book sharing. It is part of
the Bookstart programme in an attempt to really embed the book sharing
habit and provide support and encouragement to parents. I hope the
Nursery parents and children have enjoyed reading the books together.
The Nursery children are really into their books at the moment, and
thoroughly enjoyed their morning down at the local library recently !
THOUGHTS ABOUT SCHOOL TRIPS
Thankyou for all your comments regarding school trips. It was lovely to
read so many positive comments about how valuable and worthwhile trips
are in bringing the curriculum alive. Words such as 'priceless'
'fantastic opportunities' and ' valuable learning opportunities' and '
a wonderful chance to experience activities' were just some of your
reactions. Our Ofsted report also congratulated us on our outstanding
Most parents feel that we have the balance just right, and certainly do not want us to make fewer trips.
Also most parents said that they thought the costs were realistic and
interestingly said, ' its not until your children reach middle and high
schools that you realise how reasonable the costs at first school are!'
A large proportion of you felt that we should perhaps make a stand next
time, and cancel a trip when we have not got enough funds. We have got
very close to this on many occasions.
I would like to conclude and make it clear that NO parent subsidises
other children, but it is always the school. When we cost a trip we do
not put on extra costs in case of non payments.
Although it was very time consuming for myself and the office giving
out constant reminders for our latest trips, we did in the end have
just four parents that did not contribute.
I do hope that for future trips parents will understand the need to
contribute within the deadlines, otherwise we will have to cancel the
trip, which will be a great pity as we all know how important these out
of school experiences are.
FRUIT FOR YEARS 3 & 4
As you may know we are part of the national
fruit scheme, which means we receive free fruit for our nursery to year
2 children. However, where we can we do try and share out surplus fruit
to the older children in years 3 and 4. Some days we don?t have enough
to share out, so please if your child is in key stage 2, try and
provide your child with a piece of extra fruit for morning break times.
PARENT GOVERNOR ELECTIONS
We were very disappointed to receive no
nominations for a parent governor this time. If you think you might be
interested in becoming a parent governor, or if you would like to know
more about this then please call in at the office for more