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Y1/Y2 Class Letter

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Sep 222017
 

22nd September 2017

Dear Parents and Carers of children in Mrs Calvert’s class

It was lovely to see so many of you at our ‘meet the teacher’ afternoon yesterday. I’m glad you could see what good work is going on in the classroom and how the work of Year 1 and Year 2 children is being differentiated. If anyone was unable to make it into school yesterday, please contact Mrs Calvert or the office to arrange another mutually convenient time.

I’m also very pleased to be able to tell you that although Mrs Calvert was initially only staying with us until October half term, due to her prior travel plans for November and December, she has agreed to return to us in January to teach the children for the Spring and Summer terms. This will mean that we have a supply teacher with us for the busy Christmas term. I am currently securing a teacher who is already known to the school and the children and who has worked with us previously. Mrs Stanton will remain with the class to provide the stability they need.

With thanks for your continued support.

Mandy Brown
Headteacher

September Newsletteer

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Sep 192017
 

11th September 2017

September Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to the Autumn term at St. George’s and for those parents who are new to the school, welcome to the St. George’s community – we look forward to working in partnership with you and your child.

I hope you all had a good summer and managed to catch some nice weather. Staff are all refreshed and ready to meet the challenges and successes that this year will bring. We have now converted to be an academy and our title is St. George’s C of E Primary School.

Welcome Mrs Calvert – In our last newsletter we told you about our new Y1/2 teacher, Ms Hughes. Ms Hughes got married and is now Mrs Calvert!

So …….. we welcome Mrs Calvert to St. George’s and hope that she enjoys her time with us. There’s a brilliant working ‘buzz’ every time I go into Mrs Calvert’s classroom and the children have settled really well with their new teacher. My thanks go to Mrs Stanton, Mrs Percival and Mrs Hibbert for all their hard work over the summer to make the Y1/2 classroom look so fantastic.

Mrs Hibbert – Congratulations to Ms Harman our TA, who got married over summer and is now Mrs Hibbert! We wish her and Mr Hibbert love and happiness in their future together.

Thank you – Mrs Townsend says, “Thank you so much for the cards, presents and good wishes I received at the end of the summer term, as I leave teaching and start on a new venture with my family. I am going to miss everyone like mad but I will still help out in school when I can. St. George’s has been a massive part of my life and it has been a pleasure to have been part of the team.”

Annual Parents’ Questionnaire – At the end of last term we asked parents to complete our annual questionnaire to parents. 11 families did this, in respect of 17 children at our school and their views have been analysed. Results are attached, together with the staff’s response to any issues raised. These questionnaires are really important to us as a school because they help us to plan improvements.

Many thanks to those of you who completed the form and thanks for your honesty on them as we can now move forward and put things right with your support. As always we did promise a raffle prize for one of the parents who returned their questionnaire. The lucky winner this year, whose name came out of the hat, is Mr Karl Tiffany. Mr Tiffany wins a family treat to Tatton Park, kindly donated by our Chair of Governors, Mr Lee Baker.

Phone Numbers – please keep the school office informed of any change to your phone numbers so that we can update our systems.

Social Media Sites The use of Social Media sites is not an appropriate way to raise genuine concerns as problems cannot be investigated and dealt with fairly and effectively if school does not know about them. May I also respectfully remind you that a statement about an individual that is untrue is libellous, especially if it undermines the reputation of an individual.

If such comments are made about any staff member, this will be followed up by the Derbyshire Legal Services and staff union representatives to seek independent legal advice about pursuing a claim. May I also remind you that our school is trying to educate children about “cyber bullying”, and to protect pupils from becoming victims of such bullying. Posting negative or offensive comments on social networking sites sets a very poor example, and could lead children to believe that “cyber bullying” is in some way acceptable. If children have access to negative comments about our school and our staff, it could reduce their confidence in the school, and this could be damaging to their education. Thank you once again to those of you who support us, work with us and use the appropriate channels to raise your concerns.

Dates for your diary (see end of this newsletter) – We have tried to provide some key dates for this academic year. Please note that we will stick to these dates wherever possible but it may be necessary to change something due to unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, we will let you know in plenty of time through our half-termly newsletter or by text.

Office Hours – Mrs Stanton will now be in the school office from 8.30 to 9.30 every day. She will be available during this hour to take dinner money, make appointments to see staff and to deal with your queries. If you are able to contact us (on the phone or in person) during this time it would be very helpful. Mrs Stanton will also be chasing up punctuality and attendance so please make sure you telephone school as early as possible if your child is absent for the day, or if they will be late.

Morning Routine – please note that we are trying to encourage all the children to develop independence in school. This starts with children in Reception from first thing in the morning. We would therefore respectfully ask that you leave your child in the playground when the bell goes to line up, in the morning, and that you don’t accompany them to their classrooms. Children have to put their own coats and shoes on and change their own clothes during school hours. They are able to do this in a morning too. Thank you.

Registration – Registration closes at 9.00 a.m. and the outside classroom door will be shut. Any children arriving after this time are late for school and should enter through the main door.

Parents picking up children early – parents picking up their children early from school causes upheaval to the classes and to your child’s learning. Please avoid it unless absolutely necessary. Appointments for the dentist, opticians, doctor etc should whenever possible be made outside normal school hours.

Uniform

Girls – Sweatshirt or Cardigan – plain navy or navy with school badge (No adverts). Navy or grey skirt / pinafore / trousers / leggings. White blouse / T-shirt/ polo shirt, or with school badge. Blue/white or red/white gingham dress. White / Navy socks / Navy tights. Black Shoes. No trainers. Sun Cap.

Boys – Sweatshirt or Cardigan – plain navy or navy with school badge (No adverts). Plain navy or grey trousers/shorts. Plain white T shirt/polo shirt/shirt., or with school badge. Black Shoes. No trainers. Sun Cap.

P.E. – Please ensure your child has a full P.E. kit, in a suitable bag, in school at all times. P.E. can take place on any day in school. Again, the school has a clear policy on P.E. kit and your child is expected to wear it. The correct kit will enable children to take a full and active role in this important part of the curriculum. Hygiene is important so P.E. bags should go home regularly for the kit to be washed, (we suggest at the end of each half term).

P.E. kit consists of navy shorts and red t-shirt (with or without school badge). Children should have pumps for indoor use and trainers for outdoors. In extremely cold or inclement weather, leggings or jogging bottoms may be worn for outdoor P.E. with the permission of the teacher. This should be the exception rather than the norm and shorts will normally be required. Children will be expected to change fully into their separate PE kit. This includes a change of t-shirt and footwear and the removal of tights. Leggings should be different to those worn as part of the school uniform.

Keep in Touch – The school website can be viewed at www.st-georges.co.uk. It contains lots of information about the school, what we have done and what we are doing. Our pages will be updated over the year with reports of our activities and photographs of our learning.

The school has a Facebook page. You can find us @schoolsgnm. ‘Like’ the page to be kept up to date with information from school.

Analysis of questionnaire for parents and carers 2017

    (Please Tick)
    Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree
1 My child is happy at this school. 9 2
2 My child feels safe at this school. 10 1
3 My child makes good progress at this school. 9 2
4 My child is well looked after at this school. 10 1
5 My child is taught well at this school. 9 2
6 School helps me to / I know how to support my child’s learning at home. 7 3

(plus 1 between>)

7 This school makes sure its pupils are well behaved. 7 2

(plus 1 between>)

1
8 This school deals effectively with bullying*.

 

 

*Bullying includes persistent name calling, cyber-bullying, racist and homophobic bullying.

7 1

(plus 1 between>)

2
9 This school is well led and managed. 8

(plus 1 between>)

2
10 This school responds well to any concerns I raise. 8 2

(plus 1 between>)

11 I receive valuable information from the school about my child’s progress. 9 1

(plus 1 between>)

12a Have you used Parent View online https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk to give feedback on this school? Yes 5 No 6
12b Is there anything the school could do to help/support parents complete Parent View online?

(please give details)

PARENTS’ ANSWERS BELOW – PLEASE SEE OVER THE PAGE FOR SCHOOL’S RESPONSE:

  • Allow to complete the form for more than one child
13 I would like the school to provide more information about……….. (please give details or leave blank)  

No responses given for this question

 

14 Would you recommend this school to another parent? Yes 11 No 0
 

15

Is there anything you would like the school to offer or do that it does not do at this present time?

PARENTS’ ANSWERS BELOW – PLEASE SEE OVER THE PAGE FOR SCHOOL’S RESPONSE:

  • After school club for working parents
  • Parent to teachers Q and A
16 If you want to explain any of your answers or add any further comments about the school, please tell us here. Please continue on a separate sheet of paper if necessary.

PARENTS’ ANSWERS BELOW – PLEASE SEE OVER THE PAGE FOR SCHOOL’S RESPONSE:

  • We have not had to deal with bullying however all the information the school has given is good.We think the teachers do an excellent job … keep up the good work!
  • The Nursery and Reception class size is a worry but we will see how our child progresses in such a large group.
  • Both our children had lovely reports and we’re very pleased with how well they are coming on in school.
  • Our child has received fantastic support, thank you!

We had 11 forms returned in respect of 17 children from the following year groups:

FS1

Nursery

FS2

Reception

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
3 3 1 4 3 0 2 1

THE SCHOOL’S RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS FROM PARENTS:

12b Is there anything the school could do to help/support parents complete Parent View online?

(please give details)

You said : Allow to complete the form for more than one child

School says : Unfortunately, school has no control over the Parent View website – this is run by OFSTED and from our dealings in the past, there doesn’t appear to be anywhere for parents to write extra feedback (other than answer the questions set by OFSTED) on the website.

13 I would like the school to provide more information about……….. (please give details or leave blank)  

No responses given for this question

 

14 Would you recommend this school to another parent? Yes 11 No 0
 

15

Is there anything you would like the school to offer or do that it does not do at this present time?

You said : After school club for working parents

School says : Although we don’t run an after school club every night within school, we are a pick-up point for the local ‘Good Times After School club’ which is run at Mellor Church and is excellent. For more information please contact the school office or the after school club direct.

We do run Peak Active Sport club session each Tuesday and Wednesday within school terms. More information is available from the school office and on the leaflet sent home to parents this week.

You said : Parent to teachers Q and A

School says : This is a great idea and something which Mrs. Hall’s class trialled last year. School staff are very keen to offer times within the school day for parents to come and look at books with their children and to ask staff any questions about the work or their child’s education. Please see the diary dates section of our newsletters for dates for this throughout the coming school year. We have tried to offer dates and times either at the start of or the end of the school day, to try and fit in with working parents. We have also tried to put these on different days for the same reason. If you need to talk to us at another time, please contact the school office to make a mutually convenient appointment with the class teacher, or talk to us at Parents’ Evenings.

Please also note that for parents of children in EYFS, Mrs Davison is offering some special ‘meet the teacher’ type sessions next week after school. See her class newsletter for further details.

Our termly class newsletter and our school website are also great ways to find out what’s going on in class or in school.

With thanks for your continued support.

Mandy Brown Headteacher

Diary Dates

for the academic year 2017-18

Week commencing
11.9.17. 12.9.17. High Peak Kids Council 9.30 – 10.30
18.9.17. 22.9.17. Y6 bonding day at New Mills High School
21.9.17. School Photos – Families and Individuals – from 8.30
28.9.17 Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 2.45 until 3.10
2.10.17.
9.10.17. 11.10.17. New Mills High School Y7 pupils showing their work to Y6 teachers 1.30 – 3pm at New Mills High School
16.10.17. Y5 Bikeability training Monday 16.10.17. and 17.10.17.

Children break up Thursday 19.10.17.

INSET day PEGS cluster Friday 20.10.17.

October half term holiday
30.10.17. Back in school Monday 30.10.17.

31.10.17. HPKC 9.30 – 10.30

6.11.17.
13.11.17.
20.11.17. Saturday 25.11.17. New Mills Christmas lights switch on
20.11.17 Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 9.00 until 9.25
27.11.17.
4.12.17. 5.12.17. KS1 Christmas play for parents 9.30am & 6pm
11.12.17.
14.12.17 A.M. EYFS Christmas Party
14.12.17 P.M. Rec/Y1/Y2 Christmas Party
18.12.17 P.M. KS2 Christmas Party
18.12.17. Break up Tuesday 19.12.17.
Christmas holiday
1.1.18. INSET day Tuesday 2.1.18.

Children back in school Wednesday 3.1.18.

8.1.18.
15.1.18. 16.1.18. HPKC 9.30 – 10.30
22.1.18.
25.1.17 Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 2.465 until 3.10
29.1.18.
5.2.18.
12.2.18. Break up Friday 16.2.18.
February half term holiday
26.2.18. Back in school Monday 26.2.18.
5.3.18. 6.3.18. High Peak Kids Council 9.30 – 10.30
12.3.18. Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 9.00 until 9.25
19.3.18. 21.3.18. Y5s day at New Mills High School, with Y7s returning to their primary schools to talk to & work with Y6s about expectations in Y7

Break up Friday 23.3.18.

Easter holiday
9.4.18. Back in school 9.4.18.
16.4.18.
23.4.18. 24.4.18. High Peak Kids Council 9.30 – 10.30
26.4.18 Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 2.45 until 3.10
30.4.18. 4.5.18. Y6 staff to New Mills High School to look at writing and maths 1.15 – 3.15

 

7.5.18. Bank holiday May Day 7.5.18.

Back in school Tuesday 8.5.18.

14.5.18. SATS week

Take One Picture week 1 – (afternoons)

18.5.18. Y6 after SATS bonding morning in High Lea Park – MB supply Y5

21.5.18. Take One Picture week 2

Break up Friday 25.5.18.

May half term holiday
4.6.18. Back in school Monday 4.6.18.
11.6.18. 11.6.18. PEGS music concert in New Mills Arts Theatre

12.6.18. High Peak Kids Council C 9.30 – 10.30

18.6.18 Maths in class for parents. Come and see what your children are learning 9.00 until 9.25
18.6.18. INSET day Friday 22.6.18.
25.6.18. INSET day Monday 25.6.18.

Children back in school Tuesday 26.6.18.

29.6.18. High Peak Kids Council Summer Fair

2.7.18. 4.7.18., 5.7.18. & 6.7.18. Y6 New Mills High School transition days

4.7.18. am Class swap morning

9.7.18. 11.7.18., 12.7.18 & 13.7.18. New Mills High School show – primary schools invited
16.7.18. Break up Friday 20.7.18.
Summer holiday

Free Golf Tuition

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Sep 132017
 

We have received this information from Dave Cullen, the gentleman who recently came to school to teach the children golf through the tri-golf scheme. If your child is interested in what he is offering, please get in touch with him.

FREE FREE FREE FREE 2017 High Peak Community Get into Golf – 5 x 1 hour Golfing Sessions
(No catches – tuition, balls & clubs are FREE)

Due to high demand a further course is scheduled to commence . . . .
Session 1 Sunday 15th October ( 11.15am – 12.15pm )
Session 2 SATURDAY 21st October
Session 3 Sunday 5th November
Session 4 Sunday 12th November
Session 5 Sunday 19th November

Comprising of 4 x one hour sessions at the Golf Driving Range
Final session – supervised on one of Buxton’s Golf Courses Official Buxton Cavendish Golf Club Buxton & High Peak Golf Club
Limited to 8 places per course. All the family welcome
Contact David Cullen 07754 992286 or email davecullenpro@hotmail.com

Lacrosse Opportunity

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Sep 052017
 

 

Mellor Lacrosse Club resume their season at the end of September and are always on the look out for boys and girls that may be looking to get involved in a new sport. They will be holding their registration day on Sunday 17th September and would be delighted for any parents and children to pop along to learn a little more.