St George’s C of E School

Head’s Newsletter

 
 
 

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 school underwent its annual Safeguarding Audit from an external advisor in November and I am pleased to say that once again, has been graded as Green school.  The comments from the advisor included that the school had a very strong culture related to keeping children safe.

Christmas Performances

The two Christmas performances, one involving EYFS and KS1, It’s a Baby and the KS2 ‘Gabriel’s Big Break’, were performed brilliantly by the children. The singing, acting and dancing (in KS2) 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 to all the parents and children who took part in our Christmas cakes and carols event earlier this week. 

Charity Collections

Thanks to the generosity of pupils, parents, carers and staff we managed to raise the sum of      £273 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.

School Council Charity Event

All of the classes took part in the charity fundraising for Crisis at Christmas over the past few weeks.  They organised events and sold items at breaktimes.  The final total raised from all their efforts was £420   

Attendance and Punctuality

The attendance for the Autumn term is currently 95% overall.  Please help us to reach this year’s target of 97% by aiming for a high level of attendance and punctuality next term.

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.

Dinner Money

Meals must be paid for in advance. If a child incurs debts for unpaid dinner money, the school will send a reminder letter requesting payment, if payment is not received parents/carers will be asked to provide their child with a packed lunch until the debt has been cleared.

If debts are incurred, the school budget has to pay for them. This means that money, which should be spent on the children’s education, has to be used to pay for debts incurred by parent/s. The school budget cannot support this debt.

If you need to discuss any problems with the school, regarding any outstanding debt then please come to school office and discuss this immediately.

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 – Paperless Communication

Please note as from January 2020 we will not be sending out paper communications. If you have not yet signed up for or downloaded the SchoolPing App, please contact a member of the school office team for instructions.

Details of school events and copies of letters sent via SchoolPing will be posted on the school website.

After School Clubs

Applications for after school clubs starting in January 2020 must be made now. Applications can be made online using SchoolPing or a paper form can be collected from the school office.  

Important Dates

Monday 6th January 2019 – Inset Day

TUESDAY 7TH JANUARYCHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL

 Monday 20 April 2020 – Inset Day

Last school inset date to be confirmed

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 2020!

Best wishes

Mrs G Constable (Headteacher)