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17 January 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

All Dates for Terms 3 and 4 are included in this newsletter

School Clubs: Clubs run by school staff will start after half term during the week beginning Tuesday 21st February (Monday 20th February is a training day for staff so school will be closed to pupils). A list of clubs will be issued in due course.

Parents’ e –safety talk: Miss Rock will be holding a meeting for parents on Monday 6th February  at 2.00pm in the school hall. She will be able to provide the most up-to-date information about Online Safety. All parents are encouraged to come along. 

School Nurse Clinic: The School Nurse is here in school on Wednesday 29th March from 8.30am. The Health Clinic is an ideal chance for parents or carers to discuss any aspect of their child’s health or general wellbeing.   School nurses can offer advice on most health related issues including healthy eating, hearing tests, common childhood illnesses, head lice, bedwetting, day wetting, soiling, sleep routines and managing behaviour. To make an appointment please call Jean, the school nurse on 07795 256 891

Events Organised by the Friends of Hawkhurst C of E Primary School:

Table Top Sale– in the school hall on Saturday 4th February from 10am to 12pm. Please wait for details of how to book a stall. Refreshments will be available. Please come along to support this first Table Top Sale on a Saturday!

Disco -run by Mr Chris Bowley on Friday 24th March for KS1 from 5pm-6pm and KS2 6.30pm-7.30pm. Ticket details will follow.

Easter Chocolate Bingo– watch out for further details. This event is planned for Friday 21st April straight after school.

Flix & Pix 2016: this is a lovely competition and we are asking for photographic entries from Key Stage 2 on the theme of Life in the Country. Deadline for entry is Friday 28th April so there is plenty of time to take photographs. The exhibition will be held in the school hall on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st May.

Parents’ Evenings: Parents Evenings will be held on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th February between 3.30 and 6.00 pm. Appointment lists will be available in the entrance area from Tuesday 21st February.

Achievement board: Please remember to send in certificates for out –of-school clubs, events and competitions so that we can photocopy them to display on our Achievement Board.

Tempest Class Photos will take place on Thursday 16 March.

The Happy Puzzle Company will be in school on Thursday 30 March and there will be a parent workshop at the end of the day.

Easter Service in the school hall at 1.45pm on Friday 31 March 2017.

HEADLICE : Parents need to be aware that there have been a few cases of headlice in school. To help you with the latest treatments see information below from the NHS.

Treatments to get rid of head lice are available to buy from pharmacies, supermarkets and online. The main treatments are:

Lotions and sprays OR wet combing

Everyone with head lice in your household should be treated on the same day.

If a treatment doesn’t work the first time, you can try it again, try a different treatment, or get advice from your school nurse, health visitor, pharmacist or GP.

Lotions and sprays

There are several different products that can be applied to the scalp and hair to kill head lice, including:

  • dimeticone 4% lotion or lotion spray – applied and left for 8 hours (usually overnight)
  • dimeticone 4% spray gel – applied and left for 15 minutes
  • mineral oil and dimeticone spray – applied and left for 15 minutes
  • isopropyl myristate and cyclomethicone solution – applied and left for 5-10 minutes

Some treatments need be done twice – seven days apart – to make sure any newly hatched lice are killed.

Detection combing should usually be done two or three days after finishing treatment, and again another seven days after that, to check for any live head lice.

Always check the pack or leaflet to see if a product is suitable for you, particularly if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or your child has head lice and is less than two years of age.

Your pharmacist can recommend a suitable treatment and advise you how to use it correctly if necessary.

Wet combing

Wet combing involves removing head lice with a special fine-toothed comb. It’s suitable for everyone and is relatively inexpensive.

A number of lice removal combs are available to buy. Combs with flat-faced teeth spaced 0.2-0.3mm apart are best for removing head lice, although combs with smaller gaps can be used to remove eggs and nits (egg cases) after treatment.

The comb may come with instructions outlining how to use it. A commonly used method is described below. 

  • Wash the hair with ordinary shampoo and apply plenty of conditioner.
  • Use an ordinary, wide-toothed comb to straighten and untangle the hair.
  • Once the comb moves freely through the hair without dragging, switch to the louse detection comb.
  • Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots, with the edge of the teeth lightly touching the scalp.
  • Draw the comb down from the roots to the ends of the hair with every stroke, and check the comb for lice each time – remove lice by wiping the comb with tissue paper or rinsing it.
  • Work through the hair, section by section, so that the whole head of hair is combed through.
  • Do this at least twice to help ensure you haven’t missed any areas, until no more lice are found.

Repeat this procedure on days five, nine and 13. Detection combing should be done on day 17, to check for any live head lice.

Treatments not recommended

The following treatments aren’t recommended because they’re unlikely to be effective:

  • products containing permethrin
  • head lice “repellents”
  • electric head lice combs
  • tree and plant oil treatments, such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and lavender oil
  • herbal remedies

There’s also no need to stay off work or school or wash clothing and laundry on a hot wash, as this is unlikely to be useful.

Inset Day: A reminder that pupils are not expected in school

on Monday 20

This is a staff training day. School resumes on Tuesday 21 February.

Yours sincerely



E Hatcher (Mrs)