16 October Newsletter

October 19, 2020by 22CenturyDesign0
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Dear Parents/Carers, This is our final newsletter of this half-term and I am pleased to say that, despite Covid-19’s every effort, it has been a very successful 7 weeks. The children have been brilliant and have not batted an eyelid at me walking around in a bright blue face mask. Things have certainly been different,...

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is our final newsletter of this half-term and I am pleased to say that, despite Covid-19’s every effort, it has been a very successful 7 weeks. The children have been brilliant and have not batted an eyelid at me walking around in a bright blue face mask.

Things have certainly been different, but teachers and adults have worked extremely hard to ensure that children are learning and catching up in a safe and secure way. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all adults in school.

We are currently planning how we will be running parent teacher consultations this year. Obviously, they will have to be remote. We have purchased a piece of software which will allow us to meet live over the internet again, safe and securely.

Our new school website is now live. Please pop over to: stpaulsnuneaton.org.uk

We are very pleased with it and welcome your feedback as we add to it and improve it further.

And finally… I am pleased to announce that we will have three new members of staff joining us on November 2nd. We warmly welcome Mrs. Bassett and Mr. Hannis-Williams who will be part of our teaching staff. Joining our very skilled Teaching Assistant team will be Mr. Perry – looking after some of our pupil premium children.

Thank you all for your co-operation this term. I can’t say it has been easy, but working together we can continue to make all the children’s return to school successful.

Mr. C. M. Thornton
Head Teacher

Attendance

Attendance up to the 9th October, 2020 is 97.68%.  The school target is 97%.

Half-Term Holiday

School closes on Friday, 23rd October for half-term and re-opens on Monday, 2nd November, 2020.

Mrs. Marsden’s Book Choice

“My favourite book from my childhood is ‘First Term at Malory Tower’ written by Enid Blyton.  This is the first book in a series of six books which follow the adventures of Darrell Rivers.

The book starts with Darrell going to boarding school for the first time, being the ‘new girl’ as she arrives two terms after most of her classmates. Darrell makes friends with other girls, but she has a fiery temper, which she finds difficult at times to control, which leads her into trouble with friends and teachers.

The book follows Darrell’s adventures and mishaps through her first term at Malory Towers as she settles into life at her new school.

After reading this book, and the ones that followed, I pestered my parents to allow me to go to boarding school, but sadly I was never allowed to go.”

Black History Month

As you may be aware, October is Black History Month.  To raise awareness, the children have spent the afternoon of Friday, 16th October learning about an aspect of Black History.

In Key Stage 1, the children were introduced to the importance of Black History and then focused on an aspect of the Arts.  Year 3 and 4 children found out about a Black British Icon and the obstacles they overcame to achieve success.  Year 5 and 6 found out about the people that came to England on the Windrush and the impact their arrival had on British life and culture.

Please look on the website in the coming days to see examples of the work that the children have done.

Triangle Club

Please note that Triangle Club WILL NOT be open during half-term week (26th – 30th Oct).

Parent Pay

Can we please remind you that we are endeavouring to become a ‘cashless’ school.  This means that payment for any trips, etc.,  that may arise in the future will be available on ParentPay for you to make payment. If you are having any difficulty in accessing ParentPay, please call into the school office and we will help you to log-on.

Can we also mention that when you are paying on ParentPay, please do not press Bank Transfer, use ‘Other Method’ or ‘Visa’.  This way funds are credited to your account straight away.  (Bank Transfer payments take up to 15 days and your account remains ‘pending’).

Music Lessons for Year 3 – Year 6

Is your child interested in learning a woodwind instrument (flute or clarinet)? Subject to the number of places taken up, we are planning on lessons beginning in the Spring term.  Please contact the school office if your child is interested.  Thank you.

Spare Uniform

Classes in Foundation and KS1 are running low on spare clothes in the event of a child having an accident, particularly pants, socks, trousers and skirts.  If you have any items your child may have outgrown, and are in good condition, could you please hand them to a staff member when bringing your child to school.  Thank you.

Halloween

If your child will be ‘trick or treating’ this year, we have been asked by the police to advise you of the following:-

  • Adults should always accompany children when trick or treating. Young people should never go trick or treating along.
  • Do not knock on the doors of strangers – only go to people you know. Never go into a strangers house.
  • Always keep to well-lit areas. Wear bright clothing and always carry a torch.  Remember road safety.
  • Unless pre-arranged, do not visit elderly members pf the community. Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people.
  • Keep your tricks within the law – anything that results in damage is an offence and will be dealt with as such.

Food Bank

We have a collection point in the reception for the Nuneaton Food Bank and, in normal circumstances, we ask parents/carers for donations of food to be brought in, especially around Harvest time.  The Nuneaton Food Bank have been receiving large donations from the local supermarkets, but there are items of food/toiletries that they are short of.

As it is difficult for food/toiletry donations to be collected from school, Nuneaton Food Bank are requesting money donations in order for them to purchase the items they need.

If you feel you are able, and would like to make a donation to the Food Bank, donations can be made via the following link nuneaton.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money

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