March 1st Newsletter

SCHOOL NEWS
Once again we have had a busy start to the term and have many things to look forward to between now and Easter.

Next week we will be introducing our value for March which is: cooperation

Please do talk to your child/children at home about the importance of this value and how co-operation can be encouraged at home and at school.

We are very much looking forward to taking the choir to Voice in a Million to perform in Wembley Arena next week and know that the children will learn a great deal about co-operation during their performance.

SCHOOL UNIFORM
Since half-term, we have noticed a large number of children not following the school’s policy on uniform. Please could we use this opportunity to remind you that the uniform is as follows:

Boys winter uniform
A navy sweatshirt or jumper
White or light blue polo shirt
Black, navy or grey trousers
Black/brown shoes (not trainers)
Dark socks

Girls winter uniform
A navy sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan
White or light blue polo shirt
Black, navy or grey trousers or skirt
Black/brown shoes (not trainers or ‘Ugg’ type boots)
White socks
Brightly coloured socks, tights or hair bows are NOT acceptable.

BUDGET PRESSURES
On the last day of term before the half-term holiday, you will have received a letter from the Chair of Governors informing you of the budget pressures the school is currently facing.

You may have seen in the press that Lainesmead is not alone in facing these pressures, with schools in the Local Authority and Nationally facing the effect of budget cuts.

The minimum cut we are facing is £80,000 but it is likely to be far more than this. Therefore, there will be a change within the school. We will keep disruption to the children at a minimum and will continue to deliver the high class education the children are entitled to.

Budgets being affected in this way comes to us from the Government. Please do contact your local councillor and MP should you wish to add your voice to those across the country protesting against these cuts.

STAFFING NEWS
I am delighted to inform you that at the start of half-term, Mr Price, Spain class teacher, became a first time dad! I am sure you share our best wishes to Mr Price, his wife and baby Freddie.

I was also pleased to announce that Mrs Mepstead will be our new Deputy Head teacher upon her return from maternity leave.We will now be internally recruiting for our new Assistant Head teacher posts – a EYFS/KS1 and a KS2 with an English and Maths specialism alongside both roles. Once these have been secured, the new Senior Leadership Team structure will be complete.

SCHOOP
As you know, we have a school app called ‘Schoop.’ We send messages to individual year groups and to the whole school with important reminders from this app.

Schoop also holds the most up-to-date information on the school calendar which is not longer available on the website. Therefore, please could I urge you to download this free app for the most current information.

In order to download visit the website: www.schoop.co.uk and follow the instructions. Our school ID number is 6929SCHOOP

ESAFETY AND GOOGLE EXPEDITITIONS
We completed a very successful e-safety week before half term with every year group focusing on e-safety throughout their afternoons lessons. The focus of Safer Internet Day was ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet.’ This day was a chance to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

During this day, we had a special visit from Google Expeditions. We had a fantastic day exploring the virtual world using the Google Expeditions app. Teachers were all trained initially and then each year group in term explored different things, from Space to the Mayan Empire to the human body. It was a truly spectacular event!

GOOGLE EXPEDITIONS

Now we need your help!

In order to be able to continue to use this wonderful resource, we need more technology. If you have an old iPhone then, if you are able and are happy to, please could you consider donating the phone to the school in order to develop a stock of phones to use for virtual reality. All we ask is that everything is wiped clear from the phone and that a SIM card is removed. If you are able to help to enhance your child’s education in this way then it would be very much appreciated.

GOVERNOR RECRUITMENT
We are very fortunate in having an excellent Governing body. Governors are very actively involved in the school on a regular basis through their monitoring and evaluating visits, attendance at school events, governors meetings and help in the classroom. They are not involved in the day to day running of the school but have an important role in providing a strategic direction for the school. It is their responsibility to promote high standards and quality teaching and learning experiences for the children.

Our Governors come from all walks of life. They include school staff, parents and volunteers from the community. We are currently looking for Parent Governors for the school and invite applications from parents, guardians or foster-parents who would like to be appointed to put their names forward.

Parent Governors are elected by and from the parents, guardians and foster parents of registered pupils at the school, for a FOUR YEAR term. Parent Governors share equally with other members of the governing body the responsibility for carrying out the governing body’s legal responsibilities. The position of school governors has always been an important one that is vital to the effective running of the school and is a means of giving worthwhile service to the community. For more information regarding the role please see: https://www.sgoss.org.uk/volunteers.html

If you are interested then please do contact the school office who will pass your details on to the Chair of Governors.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Please note that all dates are now only available through our school app (Schoop) and not through the website.

Thursday 2nd March
World Book Day — £1 contribution non-school uniform day , dress as your favourite book character
School Disco—KS1 3:30—4:15pm
KS2 4:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 7th March
6pm Braeside Meeting for Year 3 Parents

Thursday 9th March
Voice in a Million (Choir at Wembley Arena)

Week beginning Monday 13th March
Parents evenings

Wednesday 15th March
KS2 Choir Festival at the Wyvern Theatre

Thursday 30th March
IPC Fabulous Finish Afternoon
2:15pm – Year 4 assembly – starting with a 15 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)
2:30pm – Years 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Week beginning 3rd April
ICT/Science week

Friday 7th April
LAST DAY OF TERM 4
2:00—2:30pm—Family Fun Afternoon—Easter ‘Egg’-stravaganza craft activities

SCHOOL FINISHES FOR ALL CHILDREN AT 2:30PM