Welcome back to the new school year. I hope that you all had a lovely summer break. All the pupils have come back looking very smart and it would be fantastic if it could stay this way! A reminder that our school uniform does state that we expect children to be wearing black shoes, and whilst the large majority of our pupils do stick to this it would be even better if those that are currently not wearing black shoes could do so soon.
We currently have a small number of spaces available in our nursery for the afternoon sessions. If you have a child who is or will turn 3 over the coming months, or you know of other families who may be interested, then please speak to Mr Karayiannis in the nursery building or by telephone on 0208 523 7382
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.
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.
Junior 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, preferably in advance if possible. This greatly helps the cook with planning and the school office with administration. Weekly menus are available from the office.
Children’s Centre Activities
Attached to this letter is a timetable for the activities for pre-schoolers which we provide in the children’s centre each week. All of these activities are led by one of our qualified nursery team. They are all free of charge but as places are limited it is advisable to ring in advance and reserve a place by contacting the nursery on 0208 523 7382.
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.
For safety of everybody in the school grounds, scooters should not be ridden after 8.40am in the morning or before 3.45pm after school. If you child does scoot to school, please get them to dismount once they reach the main gates.
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 and other personal items
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. We would also discourage children bringing in personal items such as toys or football/Pokemon cards as it card be very upsetting for children if these get lost or damaged.
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. If you haven’t already noticed it, Waltham Forest have now installed a fixed camera outside the school. Restrictions on vehicles entering the school grounds should also be observed at all times.
Autumn Term 2017
Tuesday 5th September 2017 - Wednesday 20th December 2017
Half Term: Monday 23rd -Friday 27th October 2017
Spring Term 2018
Thursday 4th January 2018 - Thursday 29th March 2018
Half Term: Monday 12th -Friday 16th February 2018
Summer Term 2018
Monday 16th April 2018 – Wednesday 18th July 2018
May Day Bank Holiday: Monday 7th May 2018
Half Term: Monday 28th May-Friday 1st June 2018
Class newsletters with specific information for each year group as well as a separate letter with dates of trips, after school clubs and assemblies will be sent out in the very near future.