It’s hard to believe that we are already in the sixth week of the half term. It’s wonderful to see how settled the children are already in their new classes. All of the staff are so pleased with the level commitment the children are showing, their wonderful behaviour and also the standard of work they are producing.

School Trips

Many children have already been fortunate enough to have been on school trips and there are many exciting ones coming up. We see these trips as crucial experiences for our pupils and therefor ask that all parents try to make a contribution as requested. Unfortunately, without your financial contribution the majority of trips would not go ahead. With the current credit crunch we understand this is not always easy, so thank you all for your support.  We will always try to give you as much notice of trips as possible, this will enable you to pay in installments, which can make paying easier.

Piano Lessons

There are currently a small number of places available for pupils to have piano lessons in school. If your child is interested, please ask at the Office for full details of cost and timing. There are also Music Bursary Awards available for children from low-income families – please see Mr Johnson for details of how to apply.

Book Stamps

Book stamps are continuing to be collected each Tuesday outside the Reception Entrance from 8.30am. This is a great way to save money in order to buy some excellent books for the family, in time for Christmas.

Safety in PE Lessons

For safety reasons we are reminding all parents to avoid bringing their children to school wearing earring on the days that they have PE lessons. Unfortunately our staff will not be able to remove earrings on your behalf and only in special circumstances will they be able to cover earrings using medical tape.

Early Mornings

Thank you to all parents who bring their children to school in the morning for remaining outside of the school building and for waiting to speak to teachers outside classrooms. We have noticed a real difference around 8.45am, our school is now a more secure place. Please remember to direct your child to the playground where they will be collected by a member of staff when the whistle blows.

Cycles in School

It is fantastic to see a growing number of pupils cycling to school each day, the healthy message is really getting through. Please remember to leave all bikes in a safe and secure place. If the Middle School cycle shelter is full, please make sure your child’s bike is not blocking doors or pathways where they may be a safety hazard. We are hoping to invest in a new cycle shelter of our own soon – watch this space!

Reading at Home & School

You are all aware of the importance of supporting your child’s learning by reading regularly at home. With the hectic lifestyle we all seem to live, this is not always easy as a parent, so we really do appreciate your support. A great emphasis is placed on reading within school and every child will experience independent, shared or guided reading on a daily basis. Unfortunately not all reading is recorded into your child’s homework record by their teacher. I am sure you will appreciate that to do this for every child, every day would be extremely time consuming.

Community Book Pledge

Susan Moir, our Osbourne Book Rep has been busy collecting donations from many local shops and businesses, in order to buy new books for our school. So far over £800 has been donated which is amazing. If you know of any local businesses that could also help with a donation of any amount, please let us know.

Friends Meeting- Your Support Needed!

The Friends of Abbey Park First & Nursery School are meeting for the first time this year on Monday 13th October in school, new and old members are warmly welcome. If you have a special skill you believe could benefit the Friends please do come along, every contribution will be appreciated and of course will make a difference to all of the children.

Vouchers For Schools

As always we are taking advantage of the voucher deals around at the moment. We are currently collecting Flora tokens, which will bring in free equipment for cooking lessons in school. In addition, we are also collecting Morrisons vouchers, which will enable the school to claim free equipment for growing it’s own fruit and vegetables. Please don’t throw any away – bring them in!

Assemblies for the Family

You are all invited to join us for two forthcoming assemblies. Our Harvest Assembly will take place at 9am on Friday 17th October, which will be jam packed with singing and dancing from all of our children. We also have our first Welcome Assembly of the year on Friday 24th October at 9am, please come and join us.

I look forward to seeing you all at our Parent/ Teacher Consultation evening on 23rd October, but as always, please don’t hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss anything regarding your child or the school. David Johnson