Newsletter October 2019:

 

Thank you for everyone’s support and hard work to make our first half term back a happy and successful one!

  

Open Evenings:

This week saw over 95% of parents attend an open evening appointment to discuss their child with their class teacher – we aim for 100% contact, so if you have been unable to attend to date, please contact your child’s class teacher for an appointment.

 

Safeguarding Arrangements:

We have observed that a small number of children are being dropped off at school and left unsupervised from as early as 8.15am in a morning, which has raised concerns regarding supervision and safeguarding, as staff are not on site at this time to supervise the children. The increase in children arriving early has also contributed to an increase in the number of incidents occurring before school, which then are brought into the classroom and hinder learning and the start to the school day.  You will have noticed that we have been supervising the entrance to school and we have identified that the majority of children and parents arrive at or after 8.45am.

 

For the reasons noted above, we have made the decision that from Monday 4th November (the first day back after half term holiday) we will be opening both the lower gate onto the pavement and the main entrance gate at 8.40am and will ensure a member of staff is there to supervise the entrance until 9am – as we have currently.

 

You may also have observed that a member of staff is also on the exit gate at the end of the school day from 3.30pm until 3.45pm. This is to ensure all children exit our school site safely. Please could you ensure all children continue to respect our school environment beyond the school day and refrain from walking on the flower beds and climbing over the front wall.

 

I appreciate your support in this matter, as we need to ensure the safety and the safeguarding of your children is paramount.

 

Curriculum Enhancement:

This Autumn term has already seen years 2, 3, 4 and 5 extend their learning beyond school on out of school visits to enhance their learning. These have been invaluable in providing experiences which cannot be replicated in the classroom environment. Please remember that we do rely on parental contributions to provide these opportunities and every penny counts.  If you are entitled to Free School Meals based on family income, your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium Funding from the Department for Education to support their curriculum entitlement – please contact the school office for more information.

On Wednesday 23rd October, our year 6 children are embarking on their residential at Kingswood Activity Centre – we are sure they will have a wonderful time and will keep our fingers crossed for good weather!

  

Careers Day:

Children in Key Stage 2 pupils engaged in a Careers Day ‘with a difference’, last week. Despite the success of the previous Careers Day in July 2019, Mr Burdon and the Enterprise Council, had identified that they wanted to improve everyone’s questioning skills so as to take full advantage of the adults that volunteered to support learning. The children were given the opportunity to question adults in the school, including teaching staff, support staff, office staff and Mr Haywood, our Site Supervisor. The children were able to gain a better understanding of the education and career choices of those being interviewed, as a result of their improved questioning skills, and some children took their learning further to explore job vacancies and employment options within the local area.

  

Pupil Voice:

We are pleased to announce the names of our children elected onto our school councils :

  •  School Council

Elodie and Charlotte (Y1) Kasey and Benjamin (Y2) Kirsten and Amelia (Y3) Alfie and Elisha (Y4) Carson and Scarlette (Y5) and Nate and Asha (Y6)

  •  Sports Council

Oscar and James (Y1) Isaac and Maie (Y2) Drew and Max (Y3) Sullivan and Aylish (Y4) Tapi and Emily (Y5) Georgia and Harry (Y6)

  •  Eco Council

Harry (Y1) James (Y2) Aaron (Y3) Eva (Y4) Ruby (Y5) Daniel (Y6)

  • Enterprise Council

Skyla and Ava (Y1) Ruby and Evelyn (Y2) Isla and Joshua (Y3) Ashton and Imogen (Y4) Ruby and Archie (Y5) and Licsha and Ruben (Y6)

  •  Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (Smile)

Amber and Molly (Y1) Lilian and Aimee (Y2) Sebastian and Holly (Y3) Gabriel and Amelia (Y4) Elliot and Emilie (Y5) and Lily, Payton, Catherine, Ben, Alivia, Megan and Abbie (Y6)

  

Attendance:

The table below shows the weekly average attendance figures for each class for this half-term.  The school target is 97% so well done to those classes above that figure - especially 3JC, 4CB, 5JT and 6HR

Class

Average Attendance

Number of Late Marks

F1AM

93.8%

1

F1PM

94.8%

0

F2KW

97.5%

7

F2MS

97%

7

1AS

96.5%

6

1EW

96%

9

2AS

97%

3

2KH

96.8%

3

3JC

98.2%

0

3AR

96.7%

3

4KG

94.1%

8

4CB

98.5%

2

5JT

98.9%

1

5EN/KN

97.8%

6

6HR

98.6%

3

6LL/NB

97.1%

1

TOTAL

96.83%

60

 

We are required to write to parents if a child’s attendance or punctuality is of concern.   As you can see from the table, the attendance of some children in Foundation 1 and 4KG is concerning and there are an unacceptable number of late arrivals in 1EW and 4KG.  We will be closely monitoring this over the next half-term.   Wherever possible, medical and dental appointments should be arranged out of school hours; where this is not possible we need to see either an appointment card or receive a letter containing the appropriate details.  Our aim is to have no children absent without authorisation and we rely on your help and co-operation to achieve this.

  

School Photographs:

You should have received the proof of your child’s school photograph, that was taken in school on Thursday 17th October. Please be aware that any orders through school must have been received by Friday 25th October at 12 noon at the school office; alternatively, you may order online.

  

New website:

Many of you may now have had a look at our new school website and may even have started to receive push messages from us. With it being relatively new, we are aware that there are some glitches when using it on mobile devices – the host company are working with us to address these so please bear with us!

 

From Monday 11 November 2019 all messages from school will be sent through the push messaging service from the school website app.  We are running a test push message on Tuesday 5 November 2019. Please could you ensure you have downloaded the app by Monday 4 November 2019 and if you do not receive the push notification by the end of Tuesday 5 November please let the school office know. You can change your preferences for notifications by following the instructions below:

The app is available on Android and Apple devices.

  • Type “Webanywhere” this should bring up an app called “School Jotter”
  • Download the “School Jotter” It will then ask you to select your school by either putting in the address or postcode.
  • Please use your individual log in details, these have already been issued by the school office.
  • Press the “padlock” icon in the top right hand corner to log in.
  • Once logged in, check the settings from the main menu to ensure that notifications are turned on.
  • Once these steps are completed, you will be up and running on the school app which will allow you to have access to the schools calendar, galleries and push messaging.

 

Sports News:

So far this academic year, our Year 5 and 6 football teams have taken part in the Goals Doncaster Boys football finals and managed to finish in the top 8 teams in Doncaster – well done to everyone involved, Mr Halstead and to parents for their continued support.

Please remember that we are also collecting the Aldi UK kit for schools stickers – every one counts!

 

Book Fair:

Please try to visit our Book Fair which will be held after school in the Early Years Hall for one week starting Thursday 7th  November.   There will be a large selection of books to choose from and several raffle prizes on offer.  

 

Smile Ambassadors (formerly known as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors):

Mrs Brammer and her Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have decided to rename themselves as ‘Smile Ambassadors’ to reflect all the positive work they are doing. They have already started their work this year and are busy preparing for the national Anti-Bullying Week starting on the 11th November 2019. For the duration of Anti-Bullying Week, they are inviting all children to wear ‘odd socks’ to show their support!

  

Macmillan Bake Sale:

Thank you to everyone who supported Mrs Parr (our wonderful school cook) with her MacMillan Bake Sale. The cakes and bakes were plentiful – the school chocolate concrete was gorgeous and very popular! Thanks to your generosity she was able to donate £218.96 to the Cancer charity.

 

Doncaster in Bloom:

In this year’s Doncaster in Bloom competition we entered 2 categories as a school: Best Wildlife/Sustainable Garden, and Unusual Container. On 16th October, the Doncaster in Bloom Awards were held at the Mansion House and Mr Wilson attended the ceremony, accompanied by one of our children and their parent. It was another successful evening for our school as we received the Gold Standard for both our Wildlife/Sustainable Garden and our Unusual Container and achieved 3rd Place in schools, overall. Huge congratulations to Mr Wilson and all the children who have assisted him over the last academic year – well done!

 

Contact Details:

To support us in being able to contact you in an emergency and remain GDPR compliant, please inform the school office of any change in address and/or contact numbers asap.

  

After half-term…

Poppies will go on sale week commencing Monday 4th November.  There will also be other items on sale including pencils, rubbers, rulers, bag tags and zip pulls. To support the Royal British Legion, we will also be selling wristbands, but please be aware that children will not be able to wear these items in school, in line with our school jewellery policy. We will be showing the children the items available in assembly and then these items will be on sale in school. Please send your child with a donation in a named envelope, if they wish to buy a poppy, or other item.

 

Children in Need:

The School Council are currently planning exciting events for the children to support Children in Need on Friday 15th November – more details to follow!

  

School Improvements:

After the holidays, we are hoping that the children will come back to see our wonderful quad improvements completed and then they can start using the quad area as an outside classroom. Many of you may have seen the progress made to date, from your recent visits on open evening, and we cannot wait for the big reveal when it is completed and open for our children to use – I will keep you posted; photographs to follow!

  

And Finally…

We are pleased to announce that Ms Bucknall and Mr Halstead have had a beautiful baby boy! We send them all our best wishes and are looking forward to Mr Halstead’s return after his paternity leave. However, it is with sadness that we wish Mrs Bramley (a wonderful member of our HLTA support staff team) all our best wishes as she embarks on her ‘semi-retirement’. Mrs Bramley has worked at Warmsworth Primary School for over 19 years and we wish her well on her next chapter – however, the children will still see Mrs Bramley in her new capacity as a volunteer, as she still wants to keep in contact with the children and the school.  We will be welcoming Mrs Dixon and Mrs Gray to the support staff team after the holidays. This half term we also said our farewells to Mrs Stenhouse, who has worked in our school office for the last year, but are pleased to be welcoming Mrs Church to the post of Office Manager on Monday 4th November,  after the half term break. 

 

 

 

Have a great half-term holiday –  school re-opens on Monday 4th November 2019.

 

Mrs R. Train

Headteacher 

 

Dear Parent/Carer 

Good attendance at school is the single most important factor in ensuring that your child will maximise their learning opportunities.  By attending school every day your child takes an important step in reaching their full potential.  Research completed by the Department for Education found that every day missed was associated with a lower attainment outcome at both KS2 and KS4.  The more time your child spends around other children, the more chance they have of making friends and feeling included, boosting their social skills, confidence and self-esteem.  Promoting positive school attendance is therefore everyone’s responsibility.

 

You may be aware that school absence in Doncaster is one of the highest in England and schools have been working with Doncaster Council to look at how we can ensure all children attend school as much as possible.  The school wants your child to have the education and skills they need to live a happy and fulfilling life.  With this in mind Doncaster Council has made two major changes in how it will respond to requests from schools when schools are considering enforcing poor attendance. 

 

Unauthorised Leave (Holidays in term time)

You will be aware that no leave of absence from school for a holiday in term time can be taken without the authorisation of the Headteacher and should you take your child out of school for a holiday you may be issued with a Penalty Notice.  Doncaster Council will continue to issue Education Penalty Notices to each parent for each child they take out of school for a holiday. 

 

Irregular Attendance at School

The school may write to you to advise there are concerns with your child’s irregular attendance at school.  It is very important that you work closely with the school to ensure your child is able to attend school every day wherever possible.  If your child’s attendance is not at the expected level the school will offer support to you and your child to ensure an improvement in attendance is made.  However, should the support not have the required improvement in attendance we may send you a penalty notice warning letter.  If there are any further unauthorised absences in the following 15 school days the school may request Doncaster Council to issue you with an Education Penalty Notice. 

 

The penalty notice is a fine of £120 but reduced to £60 if you pay it within 21 days.  Doncaster Council will decide if a penalty notices can be issued but may decide to prosecute you instead.  Where Doncaster Council decide a prosecution should take place, they will write to you offering you to attend a meeting with an Enforcement Court Officer.  Following this meeting the Enforcement Court Officer will decide if a prosecution will take place and a summons will be requested from Doncaster Magistrates Court. 

 

If you are experiencing any difficulty with your child’s attendance, please contact us immediately so we can work together to ensure improvements are made.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Mrs R Train

Headteacher

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