16 July Newsletter

July 16, 2021by 22CenturyDesign
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Dear Parents/Carers, Well, we are nearly there, and not wanting to tempt fate we do not seem to have suffered the amount of bubble closures that other local schools have experienced. This has been achieved with your support of our risk assessment measures and for that I am truly grateful. I mentioned in the last...

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well, we are nearly there, and not wanting to tempt fate we do not seem to have suffered the amount of bubble closures that other local schools have experienced. This has been achieved with your support of our risk assessment measures and for that I am truly grateful.

I mentioned in the last newsletter that I’m looking forward to getting back to normal-ish in September, arrangements for school will return to pre-COVID-19 times.  Drop-offs will be before 8.55am for the whole school and pick-ups at 3:15pm.  Children will be bringing in their backpacks and using cloak rooms again. Classrooms will be back in groups and not in rows and parents evenings will be ‘live’ and no longer virtual.

I’m sure there are many more things that I’ve not thought about, but more details of the exact plans will follow.

Once again, many, many thanks for all your support and encouragement during these difficult times. The last 18 months has been more challenging than the previous 30 years I’ve had in education. Thanks to all the staff who have worked diligently to ensure minimal disruption to learning. And thanks to your children who have, as usual, been wonderful – you should be very proud parents.

Have a safe and brilliant Summer holiday, see you in September.

Mr. C. M. Thornton

Head Teacher

Attendance

Attendance up to the 16th July is 96.21 %. The school target is 97%.  Regular attendance is very important, and helps pupils reach their full potential.  Thank you for your support.

Staffing

At the end of this term we will say goodbye to Mrs Taylor, Mrs Hall, Mrs Hartop and Mr Hannis- Williams.  We wish them all the best for the future and thanks for the work they have done for all the children of St. Paul’s

We also send best wishes to Miss Gharo and Miss Evans, as they embark on their maternity leave.  We welcome back from maternity leave; Miss Ferguson and Miss Amos.

We are pleased to announce that from September we will be welcoming Tom Colley and David Payne onto our Leadership team. They are both very experienced teachers and will be taking responsibility for Science, ICT and DT. We also welcome Miss Taylor in Year 3 and Mr Long in Nursery.

Triangle Summer Holiday Club

If you wish to book any sessions in Triangle during the summer holidays, please contact Nic as soon as possible to secure your child’s place.

Mrs Taylor’s Book Choice

My favourite books growing up were either The Malory Towers Stories or The St. Clares books – both by Enid Blyton.

I absolutely devoured these books as a young girl, and read them over and over again.  I was obsessed with the detail and description of the daily life at school, and loved the idea of living at school with my best friends, and could only imagine all the fun and mischief we would get up to!

Manor Adventure

Last month, Year 6 went on their residential visit to Manor Adventure for 4 days.  They all had a fabulous time and below are a couple of the children’s comments:

Kian, it is a place for all ages. There are lots of different activities for all skills and for different people to master. My favourite activity was bouldering as we got to spend a long time climbing.

Isabelle, when we went to Manor Adventure I had a great time. It taught us to do lots of different activities we hadn’t tried before and we used lots of teamwork skills. My favourite activity was stand up paddle boarding and the other water sports.

Year 6 Residential Trip to Castleton

Last week, year 6 went on their residential trip to Castleton, and had a wonderful time.

Here are a few words from the children:-

“After a long coach journey, we arrived in the beautiful town of Castleton where we explored Peveril Castle. We got quite wet as the rain poured all day, but it didn’t ruin the excitement of getting to YHA and going to our dorms. The next day, we dodged sheep poo while orienteering, before having a go at archery. It was quite tricky, but I got a bullseye first shot! Then we went into the woods where we created shelters and started camp fires- it was great fun! On our last day we went on a hike and explored the mines of Mam Tor. I was sad for the trip to end as it was so fun, but excited to see my family again”.

ParentPay

Could we please remind Parents/Carers when paying on ParentPay, do not pay via Bank Transfer as this method remains “pending” for up to 15 days on your account.  Please pay “Visa/Debit” or “Other” method.  Thank you.

School Meals – September

We are delighted to announce that we will be changing our school food provider in the new academic year from September, to Warwickshire based company ‘Educaterers’.

Educaterers have over 60 years’ experience in the education sector, and their mission is to provide delicious, nutritious food for everyone they serve. Further information can be found on their website; www.educaterers.co.uk.

We want to provide a great lunchtime experience for our children and we are confident that a new provider will bring us more child-friendly meals and a better choice.  The menu offered will have the choice of 4 options each day; Main Meal, Vegetarian, Jacket Potato or a Sandwich.

There will be a small price increase to meals as from September to £2.25 per day, payable via Parentpay (applicable to Year 3 – Year 6 children, exempt for FSM children).

Please remember that children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are Universal Free School Meals.

CLAIM YOUR FREE SCHOOL MEAL TODAY

To find out if you are eligible go to: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/education-learning/apply-free-school-meals

We attach the 3 weekly menu.  Please note we will start back on menu 2. You will always find the up to date menus on our website/facebook and paper copies are available on our letter rack.

Sports for School Fundraising

We are pleased to announce that the total amount raised from the Sports for Schools event was £1,993.81.  Thank you to all parents/carers for your continued support at St. Paul’s.

Rocksteady Music School

Booking for Rocksteady’s rock and pop band lessons in September is now open online at: backstage.rocksteadymusicschool.com

Already enrolled?

If your child is already enrolled with Rocksteady, don’t worry they will automatically continue in September, unless they are moving schools.  You can let us know new school details, change instrument preferences and contact details online at: backstage.rocksteadymusicschool.com

New to Rocksteady?

It’s about more than musical progression, Rocksteady’s rock and pop band lessons are also a fun way to build children’s confidence and help them get the most out of school life, while enhancing their overall wellbeing along the way.

Wild World Heroes

The Library is doing a Summer Reading Challenge – World War Heroes.

The Summer Reading Challenge combines free access to books with fun, creative activities during the summer holidays.

An email has been sent out about this.  Thank you.

Children and Family Support Service

The Children and Family Support Service have provided the newsletter which contains links to :

  • The Family Information Service Newsletter
  • Changing schools in September
  • Free online workshops for parents and carers
  • Join EQuIP as an Engagement and Training Officer
  • Support Group for Young Parents aged 19 and under
  • Applications open for Warwickshire Libraries’ Young Poet Laureate 2021/22

My School Fund

St Paul’s are part of a new initiative whereby our school, and you as Parents/Carers, when shopping at participating retailers will be able to receive e Gift Cards based on the percentage of your spend.  For further information, please visit “myschoolfund.org” or get a leaflet from school reception.

School Uniform – September

Please note from September, children should wear their full school uniform and school shoes.  Children will be allowed to come to school in their PE kits on their PE day (white/yellow t-shirt, black shorts, joggers).

Please note football tops or any other logo tops are not to be worn for PE.

Toy Day

Toy Day (Nursery – Year 6) is on Tuesday 20th July.  Please do not bring in any expensive or electrical toys, thank you.

Last Day of School

Please note children break-up for the Summer holidays on Tuesday 20th July, at their normal time.  Wednesday 21st July is an Inset Day.

Summer Holidays at Coventry Museums

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum will be holding lots of exciting classes from now until 3rd September for ages 5+. Classes are 10.30am – 12.00pm & 2.00pm – 3.30pm. Classes will include Art Masterclass – age 8 -14, Oil Painting, Clay Sculptures, Screen Printing.  Please book online in advance and get information on our website {theherbert.org).

You can also get information for other Summer holiday activities at Coventry museums on: heritage.warwickshire.gov.ik/whats/holiday-family-activities and to book online warwickshire.govuk/heritageboxoffice

Please note all events are subject to change due to COVID-19, please check websites for updates.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Information Service

The Family Information Service is a helpful friendly service which supports families with a wide range of needs including childcare, finance, housing, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and family relationships. Not sure who can help? Give the team a call and they can offer advice and support.

They are available every Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) 9am to 5pm by phone 01926742274 or email: fis@warwickshire.gov.uk.  You can also message on Facebook Warwickshire FIS.  Remember FIS are available when school is closed over the summer break, so please do not hesitate to contact them if you need any sort of support.

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