January Newsletter

28th January 2009
I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and wish you all the very best for the New Year.
The children have settled back quickly into work and the holiday seems a distant memory for us all. We have however got lots to look forward to this term, the spring weather being one of them for certain!


I have recently received a letter from the Local Authority outlining some changes to the criteria for being able to claim free school meals for your children. As from January, families claiming the following support are entitled to claim:

Please contact the school office or Worcester County Council if you have any questions regarding eligibility or how to apply. 


Unfortunately space on the First & Middle school site is very limited and therefore we have no space available for parents to park or pick up children in the car park. A small number of cars have been waiting on the drive way at the end of school, which is potentially a safety issue for children leaving school. Mrs Evans and I thank you for your co-operation on this matter and ask that all parents picking up children use the Abbey Park car park opposite the schoolgates.  


Many families were affected by the bugs going around at the end of last term and, just like my children, I’m sure many of yours suffered over the Christmas holiday. Unfortunately the bugs are still around and the County Council are anticipating similar problems during the Spring term.

The advice is to keep your child off school for 24 hours after the symptoms have passed. Please let the office know on the first day of your child’s absence and obviously consult a doctor if the symptoms continue for more than a couple of days.


Believe it or not, Cath Caine, our Reception teacher is due to return to work after a year off on maternity following the birth of Thomas last January. Mrs. Caine will be returning to her part time post in Reception after the February half-term break. Mrs. Witts and Mrs. Caine will each teach 50% of the week, as the arrangement was prior to her maternity leave. Thanks to Mrs. Mitchell for her support during the past term.


Starting this term we will be holding a new assembly each half term where children will be selected by their teacher to show their special skills, talents and work, for example: dancing, karate, playing an instrument . We want our children to be proud of their achievements and celebrate them.


As mentioned in the last newsletter, we are looking to set up a Parent Council this Term. The council, similar to our Pupil Council will meet once every half term, early evening, to express their feelings about the school and help to implement positive change.

Ideally we are looking for 2 parents within each year group of the school. The council will represent the voice of all parents. If you feel you have the skills to become a member with exciting ideas, please complete the application slip below and return it to school by Monday 26th January.

Whether or not we have to put this to a parent vote will depend of the number of parents interested. Watch this space!


Please remember to not smoke within the school grounds or buildings, as smoking is banned on all County Council property. We would also be grateful if parents would also avoid smoking around the entrance gate. We want our children to lead healthy lifestyles and all of us must take an active part in encouraging this.  


We are very excited to announce that our school has been awarded the Active Mark. The school has achieved this status due to its commitment to regular sports activities; 90% of our pupils now take part in at least 2 hours of physical activity a week.


All pupils had the chance to participate in a sponsored active challenge this week. The children spent part of a PE lesson completing a series of fun physical challenges.

We are asking children to get sponsors for the challenge and all money raised will be donated to the NSPCC to support children with personal needs. Please ensure that all sponsor forms and money is returned to school by Monday 26th January.


We are very excited to announce that the school has been awarded a lottery grant of 10,000 which has been kindly topped up to 12,000 by the County Council. The grant will enable the school to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for our future productions. This will include a new stage, lighting and sound system. A special thank-you goes out to Miss Hutchinson for her hard work in putting the bid together.


Wed. 28th Jan.  Friends Meeting in school – 7-8pm.

Mon. 2nd Feb.   Carnival Week begins – Cultural/languages activity week with other local Pershore schools.

Wed. 11th Feb.  Welcome Assembly for parents at 9.15am.

Thur. 12th Feb.  Children break up for half term.

Frid. 13th Feb.   School closed to pupils –teacher’s training day.

Mon.23rd Feb.   School re-opens.