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8 September 2015

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back to another new school year and a warm welcome to our new teachers; Mr Fifield, Mrs Donnelly and Miss Dewberry. We also welcome 30 pupils into Rainbow Class and Joanna, Abigail, Emma, Chris, Grace, Henry, Thomas, Ben and Alfie into the other classes.

A Date List is enclosed with this newsletter, together with a Club List. Please return the attachment indicating your child’s choice of club, with their preferences numbered. The Club List will be displayed in the entrance on Thursday 17th September so preference lists MUST be returned by the end of the day on Monday 14th September.

The Black Box on the wall outside the office hatch is a safe box for you to put dinner money (in a named envelope), letters, requests, sports/outing agreements etc. In fact anything can be put in the box that does not require a conversation with a member of staff. The box is emptied regularly and messages will be passed to the relevant person.

School Meals cost £2.20 each (£11 per week) and MUST be paid for in advance. The school kitchen is not allowed to provide meals that have not been paid for. Please pay for school meals in advance or send a packed lunch for your child.

Free School Meals may be available for your family. It is a quick and easy process to find out if you are eligible. Just log onto the Apply for Free School Meals GOV.UK Website, You enter your postcode and then follow the instructions. All you need is your National Insurance Number. The process results in a quick decision. Mrs Paton, our Family Liaison Officer, is able to help you with this process.

It is important for the school to know who is eligible for Free School Meals (including Rainbow, Red and Orange Class parents), because every pupil eligible for free school meals increases the money the school receives under the Pupil Premium grant. This grant is always used for the benefit of your children. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF YOUR ELIGIBILITY PLEASE CHECK ON THE WEBSITE.

Harvest Festival will follow a slightly changed pattern this year. In the lead up to Harvest the children will be learning about St Francis, who is the Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment. St Francis’ feast day is observed on Sunday 4th October, which is the date of our Harvest Festival in Church. Please try to come with your children to the Family Service at 10.00 a.m. in St Laurence’s Church. Members of Violet Class have been asked to play a leading part in the service. We will be holding a short service of poetry and songs in the school hall at 2.00 p.m. on Friday 2nd October and all parents and guests will be warmly welcomed. We hope that many of you will be able to attend this service as well as the Family Service on Sunday 4th October. Harvest gifts can be brought to school during this week and will be taken to the Church before the service on Sunday or they can be presented directly during the service on the Sunday.

Music Lessons provided by Mrs Gray are available. If you are interested please ask for information at the school office. The lessons take place during the school day and Mrs Gray teaches piano, keyboard, singing, recorder, guitar and ukulele.

Parents’ Evening is on Monday 19th October, which will give teachers time to get to know your children. Should you wish to speak to any of the teachers before this, please make a request at the office or write a short note to drop in the black box outside the office hatch. If you speak to me at the gate in the morning or evening I will pass your message to the teacher concerned. Teachers are busy before school preparing for the school day but are able to find time to speak after the day has ended.

Open Days for viewing secondary schools are being published and any leaflets that are issued to us will be given to your Year 6 son or daughter to bring home. At present we know that Uplands Community College has an Open Evening on Tuesday 29th September from 5 to 8 pm and Open Mornings between the 5th and 9th October and a leaflet is enclosed. Secondary School websites contain information about their Open Days.

Healthy School Status is still held by our school and parents are asked to remember that no chocolate, biscuits, sweets or crisps are to be sent in packed lunches or as snacks. However, we do allow crisps on a Friday. The School Council will be deciding what should be available for sale during morning break (information to follow).

Lunch Menu can be found in the entrance area on the display board. The menu for this term remains the same as the one that was issued last term.

Uniform – please, please, please name all uniform and remember that PE kits should be kept in school at all times.

Book Fair – Monday 28th September to Thursday 1st October – please come along and buy books (early Christmas presents!). The Book Fair will be held every day after school. All commission is returned to school in the form of books for classrooms.

75 Mile Off-Road Bike Ride Challenge!!!! Mr Worsfold would be grateful for sponsorship and will divide the proceeds between the British Heart Foundation and our school, as he hopes to purchase new sports kit. A sponsor form will be left in the reception area outside the school office.

Koinonia – what does this mean? It means fellowship and is illustrated in the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. Koinonia is one of our five school values which include: Reverence, Endurance, Friendship and Forgiveness. Hopefully, you have spotted the new notice board outside the school office gate.

Books For Africa – we have sorted out our books over the summer and will be send the ones we no longer need to Africa.

Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook have lots of productions this autumn suitable for children – please go to for more information and booking on line or call 01580 711856.