Below are some of the usual reminders we give at the beginning of a new academic year.
Attendance and Punctuality
Children who attend regularly achieve more at school than those who do not. We will again be asking our Educational Welfare Officer to monitor attendance. Arriving late, even by just a few minutes, also has an impact. This disrupts class routines, the beginnings of lessons are missed and learning suffers. Just as important as children arriving on time is ensuring children are collected on time. When parents are late, children become distressed and staff cannot get on with their normal preparations for the next day’s work.
Please ensure pupils wear school uniform.
The two overriding reasons for the school's belief in a uniform are:-
- That it promotes a sense of belonging and pride in "our" school and a sense of "ownership".
- It is economically sensible in that children do not get involved in fashion competitions.
Please also ensure that sensible suitable footwear is worn.
Supporting our Children
One of our strengths is the partnership between the school and parents. If you can offer some help in classes or school generally you will be extremely welcome – simply contact a member of staff and let them know you would like to help. Your efforts will have a direct impact on raising pupils’ achievement and add to the overall learning environment that we are proud of. Please don’t be alarmed if the class teacher asks you to complete a form– it is a check that volunteers in all schools have to have to ensure they are not disqualified from working with children.
The Parents Association supports the school very well, providing help in school and at social events. Much of this support is co-ordinated and undertaken by the PA committee and they would greatly value more parents getting involved.
Juniors Homework Club
Homework Club is available each morning 8.15am to 8.45am and each afternoon 3.30pm to 4.30pm. They are drop-in Clubs – no registers are taken. It is the responsibility of parents and the pupils themselves to attend or not. The venue is the Computer Room and supervision is by a Classroom Assistant with other staff available to help with work if needed.
Please pay for school meals a week at a time if at all possible. This greatly helps the cook with planning and the secretary with administration. Weekly menus are posted in the main entrance lobby and the office window.
Health and Safety reminders
Lining up in the morning
Please make sure children line up by themselves with the class in the morning. We ask this not because we are being horrible but because the children can be clearly seen and the class can enter the school quickly and safely. Standing back a few metres from the line makes an enormous difference.
Entry into the Building
In the morning all Infant and Junior Pupils should enter the school by the lower door in their respective playgrounds. This should be the case even if it is raining. We do not like the prospect of you and your children getting wet but our polished concrete corridor floors are dangerous when wet. It would also be impossible to evacuate the school if all exits and entrances were being used.
Parents, carers and visitors should only enter the school through the main lobby entrance.
Jewellery should not be worn and the school cannot accept any responsibility for its safety. Rings, earrings and bracelets all present a danger of being ‘caught’ when children are playing. If this does not cause harm it will almost certainly damage the jewellery. There is also the risk of expensive items being lost. The only jewellery permitted is sleeper or stud earrings.
For the sake of hygiene all children require a change of clothing, including footwear (plimsolls or trainers) for PE.
Please do not park or stop in the no parking areas; park or stop to drop off and collect children in sensible places where there is no danger to others. Restrictions on vehicles entering the school grounds should also be observed at all times.
Dogs are not permitted anywhere on the schools. Scooters should not be used between 8.40 and 9am in the morning and not before 3.45pm after school. This is simply to help prevent any accidents as it gets very busy. For the same reason, we do not allow leather footballs to be used in either the Junior or Infant playground.