Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy World Mental Health Day!
A reminder that all children can wear something yellow to school today. We will be taking part in activities to support good mental health during the course of the day.
With the temperatures dropping I would like to start with a plea to label all elements of your child's school uniform - including their coat! With everyone under increasing financial pressure due to the cost of living rise, I do worry about the amount of unnamed lost property that we are still finding in school and the cost to parents of replacing these lost items. If your child's belongings are named they usually find their way back to them.
Free School Meals and Pupil Premium
This is often a confusing issue. ALL children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive free school meals from the government. If your child does not have a school meal and is in one of these year groups, they can have a meal at school for free. If they are reluctant or worried, we are more than happy for you to book a meal for your child but also send them in with a packed lunch on one day in case they are not sure. Just let your child's teacher know on Class Dojo. This may be all they need to decide that they will have a school meal moving forward (which would save you having to make a packed lunch everyday!).
Some families in our school are eligible for pupil premium funding for their child. This means that they can continue to receive free school meals in the junior years but it also brings funding into the school which we then use to help support your child's academic learning but also subsidise other aspects of school life such as uniform, swimming lessons, music lessons, clubs, trips and residential activities which significantly reduces the financial pressure on families. It is worth checking to see if you are eligible to claim this for your child as it will help considerably towards costs in the coming months. Use the links below to check your eligibility and to claim.
If you are still unsure about Pupil Premium - please ask at the school office and we can help you.
A reminder that our parents' evenings take place next week. I am delighted that there has been an 80% uptake on appointments. If you are unable to make an appointment, please contact your child's class teacher on Dojo to arrange a telephone call at a mutually convenient time.
These members of our Pastoral Team will be available in the School Library on the following evenings for 'drop in' advice and signposting to where to find support -
Monday 17th - Mr. Evison, Pastoral Support Lead
Tuesday 18th - Mrs. Liddle, Pastoral Assistant
Wednesday 19th - Mrs. Badger, Headteacher
We break up at the normal time on Friday 21st October and return on Monday 7th November after our two week half term holiday.
Have a great week everyone,
Mrs. Elaine Badger