Dogs in the Playground.
Some weeks ago it had come to my attention that some parents have raised concerns about dogs coming into the school playground. I have spent a deal of time looking into this and have consulted with parents and Governors and children to seek a range of views. We have also been monitoring the situation closely.
What is evident is that many families appreciate seeing dogs in the school community, not only dog owners themselves, but other families who cannot have pets at home. Many children enjoy this too as part of school life. I do however appreciate that not everyone is a dog lover, and folk do have legitimate concerns about possible risks. It is impossible to trust all dogs at all times; however, it is expected that no one would ever bring a dog on school grounds who is known to be unsafe.
It is impossible to please everyone so a decision has to be taken. With that in mind, I believe that if all dog owners follow some simple courtesies and safeguards, for now, we will continue to allow dogs on the playground on the proviso that:
- All dogs are on a leash and are closely attended at all times
- No more than two small dogs are brought on the grounds by one owner at anytime
- Dog owners hold back and do not go through the narrow gap towards the playground gate when the heavy crush of people movement takes place
- Dog owners clear up any ‘parcels’ left
- Dog owners keep their dog away from others to prevent barking and jumping etc.
All parents MUST be vigilant about their child at all times whilst on school grounds and are expected to teach their child not to pet a dog without first checking with the dog owner. This is a good life skill to learn.
I will continue to monitor the situation to see how this works and will inform you of any change of policy should this be necessary.
School Dinner Money
Please can you ensure that any School Dinner debts are cleared before the end of tomorrow.
May we also remind you that School Dinner Money should be paid for in ADVANCE. The cost of a meal is increasing to £2.15 per day in the new term and your account should not fall into debt.
We thank you for your co-operation in this respect.
Year 4 visited Blackwell Adventure in Bromsgrove this venue is chosen to enhance the children’s learning in a broader and exciting way and to prepare them for the forthcoming adventure residential visits which they will be able to attend in Years 5 & 6. We thank you for your continued support in helping to fund these enriching activities which are such a valued and important part of our curriculum here.
Year 6 have had a particularly busy time.
- They produced and performed an extremely entertaining Leavers’ Performance which took place at Solihull Core Theatre. We are constantly amazed at the talent of our children which was demonstrated by an extremely polished performance of What a Knight. Congratulations to everyone involved in the production.
- They enjoyed their end of year reward, a visit to the Snowdome where they experienced an action packed day, ice-skating, tobogganing and swimming.
- Their Leavers’ Party is always a highlight of an action packed term and everyone is looking forward to a memorable time.
It is always sad to say goodbye to pupils leaving Monkspath. We wish all of them good wishes in their new schools and look forward to hearing of their achievements in the future.
May we take this opportunity of thanking you all for your continued support of the school and wish you all a very enjoyable and restful Summer break. We look forward to welcoming you back in September “raring to go” for another eventful year at Monkspath.