St George’s C of E School

Head’s Newsletter

 Christmas 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

As we come to the end of what has been a very busy year it is a good time for reflections.  The Autumn term has been very productive and being part of the SDBE MAT since 1stMay has already provided many opportunities for staff training and developments in finance and personnel services.  The school also underwent an independent safeguarding audit in December and received a very positive report receiving a ‘Green’ rating as a school that has a very strong culture around safeguarding.

 

Christmas Performances

Once again, the children performed brilliantly in all of the performances.  The singing and acting was of a very high standard in each of the performances.  I would like to thank the children and the staff for all the hard work put in to making these productions so successful.

Also, a big thank you also to all the parents and children who took part in our Christmas cakes and carols event earlier this week. Danni from Morpurgo class was the winner of the Christmas cake raffle.    

 

Charity Collections

Thanks to the generosity of pupils, parents, carers and staff we managed to raise the sum of      £297.96 which will be donated to St Christopher’s Hospice to help them to continue to deliver the very important end of life services to families in the local community.

 

Attendance and Punctuality

The attendance for the Autumn term is currently 96% overall.  Please help us to reach our target this year of 98% by aiming for a high level of attendance and punctuality next term.

Punctuality is critical for your child’s learning, please ensure that they arrive to school on time. This is especially important to children in Nursery and Campbell class as they not only miss their phonics lesson but a member of the office team has to interrupt their work to walk your child over to their class. 

 

Lost Property

Please ensure that all of your child’s clothing is marked with their names so that clothing can be returned to them.  Each term we have a collection of unmarked uniform and PE kit that we have to recycle if they are not claimed. 

 

Free School Dinners/Pupil Premium

If you think that your child is entitled to Free School Meals, even if they are currently receiving free meals through the Universal Free meals scheme in EYFS and KS1, could you please check with the office as it does mean that the school can claim more funding to support your child in school.  Nursery parents are advised to speak to Lee Franklin, the Parent Advisor to check entitlements.

 

Christmas Presents

It is a tradition at St George’s that we mark this special time of our Lord’s birth by giving a gift to each child in the school.  We once again give thanks to the congregation at St George’s church who contribute some donations, with the remainder of the gifts being funded by the school. 

 

SchoolPing

This is an important reminder that as from January 2019 we will be using the SchoolPing Parent Communication App to communicate with Parents, this means that we will be limiting the letters that are sent home with your child, these will instead be uploaded onto the school website. If you would like to sign up for SchoolPing or have not yet received your login details please contact the school office.

 

Important Date

Monday 7th January 2019 – Inset Day

Tuesday 8th JanuaryChildren return to school.

Tuesday 23rdApril – Inset Day

Monday 3rdJune – FINAL Inset Day

 

On behalf of the staff and Governors at St George’s School I would like to thank you for all your kind wishes, cards and presents and wish each and every one of you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Best wishes

Mrs G Constable (Headteacher)