Last month I reminded everyone by letter that we only allow water in the classroom to keep children hydrated. The children can bring other drinks for break and snack time but only water is allowed in the classroom.
Toys, games, trading cards etc.
The only opportunities for play in a junior age range school is in the break and lunch times. The space provided for this is not appropriate for children’s home games. There is nowhere to keep them securely in school and arguments always ensue if things become lost or broken. As a result we do not allow any games to be brought in by the children on normal school teaching days and we take no responsibility if this direction is not followed.
Our school building is old and has an ancient heating system. The winter months provide a very warm school environment so the children often remove jumpers, sweatshirts or cardigans. As they move from room to room they forget where they have left them – despite constant reminders! Please make sure names are clearly written inside these items so that we can return them to the correct children. Our lost property bins are overflowing with clothing but we don’t know who any of it belongs to!!
Please make sure your child knows who is collecting them and where to wait at the end of the day. We always tell children to come straight back into school if they can’t see the person they are expecting but some forget this in the heat of the moment and go off with a neighbour or start walking in the hope that they might meet up on the way. Our junior age children are obviously developing their independence but we really want to be certain they are safe and do not wander off if you are a few minutes late in meeting them.
Our attendance is still looking quite good at the moment at 94.6%. This has dropped by 1% since my last letter to you in October and we have to remain at this level now until July. Through looking back at the figures we have noticed that many of the recorded absences have been as a result of dental and optician appointments. I appreciate that these are necessary and important but in line with our cluster policy I would please ask that you try to arrange them for ‘out of school time’ wherever possible.
We are very proud to announce the success of the School Council and Eco Club who have ensured that we were awarded our GREEN FLAG. The assessors commented that the children were: “Fully engaged in their work and showed pride and ownership in what they had done”
We hope you will see the flag flying at the front of the school in the near future.
Possible School Closure as a Result of SNOW
When the decision is made to close the school we will advise parents in the following ways:
· Send a School Information text to parents - please inform us of any change in your mobile phone numbers
· Post a notice on our School’s Website - www.newportlearn.net/standrewsjunior/
· Inform the Newport Council Website - www.newport.gov.uk/
· Place notices on the school gates.
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