It was lovely to see so many of you at the recent Parent/Child Consultations which are an extremely important event of the term. We used our new booking system for the first time which I know many of you found worked easily. If you did not manage to get to your planned appointment, the staff members will make every effort to rearrange this for you.
I must emphasise that we ask all parents to make a special effort to prioritise attending these specified evenings. The school diary is planned many months ahead and it should be possible for almost everyone to attend on the dates arranged.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about all of your child’s achievements so far this year and of their next steps in learning.
African Dance Celebration Assembly
The children in Year 2 were very excited to present their African Dance Celebration Assembly to their parents this week to highlight their African Topic work this half-term.
BushBabies/Chimps/Monkeys/FS1&2 also held a Celebration Day for their parents on the theme of Friendship.
Children in Years 1 / 2 / 3 & 4 have taken part in their Bikeability sessions which are designed to make them more proficient on their bikes and help as they progress through to when they are in Year 5 and take their Level 2 Cycling Training course.
The PTA Spooky Disco was a great success, it was lovely to see the children in their spooky costumes and they all had a very exciting time. We would like to thank the members of the PTA who gave up their time to make this event happen and raise £1272 towards school funds.
The annual Year 6 residential visit to the Red Ridge Centre has taken place this week, we have heard that the children are having a wonderful time and we look forward to hearing all about their adventures when they return on Friday, no doubt very muddy and ready for a good sleep!
As you know, school closes this Friday 25th October for the half-term break at the usual time of 3.30pm. We do hope that you all enjoy a well-earned rest and that the weather is good. We look forward to seeing you when school re-opens on Monday 4th November.
May we remind you that Wednesday 6th November school is closed to children for a Staff In-Service Training Day. I must apologise for the rather odd timing of this INSET day, especially as it falls just after half-term. It was the only day the relevant trainers were available. All staff will be involved with training for the revised curriculum being phased into schools throughout this year.
The Eco Council would like to say a BIG thank you.
We held a plastic audit last week to see how many single use water bottles were in school. The answer was just 6! Thank you for sending refillable water bottles in with the children. Keep it up please. Please ensure all water bottles are clearly labelled as we are still having to throw too many unclaimed ones away.
Please follow the link below for more information.
Learning Support Assistant
Eco and RRS co-ordinator
Life Ready Day! Mon 7th October 2019
As you are aware we are working hard to provide a curriculum in school that ensures that Monkspath School pupils are Life-Ready when they leave us. Being Life-Ready means that our pupils leave us with the determination to tackle and achieve their goals in life both personal and social as well as in the world of study and work. Pupils who are Life-Ready have the growth mindset that empowers them to approach their future with confidence, to dream big and to achieve even BIGGER things!
We organised our very first, whole school Life-Ready Day in September; all of our pupils from the very youngest to the very oldest, took part in some fantastic Life-Ready activities. To name but a few, our pupils: designed and made ‘Smiggle-style’ pencil tops, designed new imaginative Lego models, learned the difference between the public and private sectors, became familiar with vocational and transferrable skills and some of our very youngest pupils even learned how to use their ‘big’ voices!
If you feel you would like to be involved with this important curriculum development, please do not hesitate to put your name forward at the school office.
Here’s to the next Life Ready Day…
If you have any concerns regarding your child please pop along to the School Office at 8.30am. when the School Nurse will be holding Drop-In Sessions to help with your concerns on the following dates. (No appointment necessary).
13th November 2019
11th March 2020
10th June 2020
As a school, we fully respect the various religious traditions that our children bring to our school community. We have noted that we have an increased number of children who for religious reasons, are wearing Religious Bangles to school. We fully respect that these cannot be removed in school, however this is proving to be a concern in P.E. lessons as they can easily become entangled with other children or caught on equipment. With this in mind, if your child wears a bangle for religious reasons, please provide him/her with an elasticated wrist band which can be worn over the bangle to help prevent any accidents during P.E. Please note that our school uniform policy does not allow for jewellery to be worn for anything other than legitimate religious traditions.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Please be aware that if you include grapes in your child's packed lunch from home they are at least cut in half. This is to ensure that they are not a choking hazard.
Please also remember that under no circumstances should you send any food items that include nuts to school, this includes products such as Nutella and nut butters.
We have children who have serious nut allergies in school and operate a No Nuts Policy. This is a major issue of health and safety as we have children in school who are even sensitive to vapours from nuts carried in the air.
Many thanks for your co-operation.