Lainesmead News 05.10.18


Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery’s Weekly Newsletter
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Another busy week here at Lainesmead!

Monday was busy day for all staff here at school with the teachers visiting others schools and then receiving training back at school.  I know many found it an extremely useful and worthwhile day.
Thank you to all those parents who have attended our parents’ consultation evenings this week.  It was lovely to see so many of you coming in to share your thoughts about how the start of term has been for your child/children.  The book sale was extremely popular.  We will be running this again in the Christmas Fair.

Met as a curriculum sub-committee with a very full agenda. After reviewing actions from the previous meeting we began by discussing our Home Reading policy which arose from the previous meeting. This is something governors are particularly interested to ensure is effective as reading is at the heart of successful learning. Mrs Mepstead shared news of the reading log relaunch, with particular focus on ensuring teachers regularly monitor the logs to thank parents who read with their children and challenge and support those who find this more difficult. If you have any views on this, please feel free to speak to any parent governor on the playground or via mail.

We also discussed a range of reports from subject coordinators sharing their vision, actions and impact on learning from last year. We all agreed these reflected a massive amount of work and congratulated staff on their clarity. As part of this, we particularly enjoyed an inspirational presentation from Mrs Baldry about her work as subject Leader for DT. The minutes will be available on the website shortly.

In addition, Alan Mulrooney and I, attended Head Teachers performance management training on Monday evening to ensure we are able to effectively review Mrs Painter’s targets for last year and to set new targets to ensure the school continues to move forward.

This term we introduced a new format to our parents’ evenings.  We wanted to hear much more from you, the parents, regarding how the children had settled.  We also introduced our new Home School Agreement. For those who have not been able to attend a meeting yet our agreement states the following:

We will:
·         Encourage children to strive, achieve and excel to reach their full potential
·         Develop children’s self-esteem
·         Provide a broad, balanced curriculum
·         Provide a safe environment that develops pupils independence and enhances learning
·         Communicate regularly with parents about pupils progress, achievement, attendance and behaviour
·         Provide appropriate homework
I/we will:
·         Make sure my child comes to school every day and on time
·         Phone the school to explain if my child will not be at school
·         Make sure my child is dressed following the school’s uniform policy
·         Make sure my child has the correct PE Kit in school
·         Share with school any concerns or problems
·         Follow all the school’s rules and policies
·         Attend meetings to support my child
·         Make sure my child reads 5 times a week at home and does their homework
I will:
·         Be safe
·         Be ready
·         Be respectful
·         Show the school values in everything I do
·         Come to school every day, on time, dressed in my uniform
·         Complete my homework, including reading 5 times a week

We would like to clarify the situation regarding extended pupil absence.

If your child is to be absent for 20 continuous days of unauthorised absence or the pupil fails to attend school within 10 days immediately following the expiry of the period for which leave was granted, parents will be notified in advance that their child may be removed from the school roll. In such circumstances the parent/carer would need to reapply for a school place via Swindon School’s admissions. A further placement at Lainesmead cannot be guaranteed.


On Monday 15th October, we will be celebrating our yearly harvest in assembly.  This year we have decided to pass any donations on to Swindon Women’s Aid.  If you can provide anything from the following list then we would be most grateful:
Long Life Fruit Juice    Coffee jars   Tinned Meat (Ham, Corned Beef, Stewing Steak)
Long Life Milk           Tinned Fruit           Tinned Fish        Rice & Sponge Pudding
Cooking Sauce (Pasta/Curry)      Tinned Potatoes      Breakfast Cereals        Sugar         Tea           Tinned Soup              Biscuits                   Baked Beans                 Pasta & Rice              Tinned Spaghetti, Macaroni, Meat Pie, Curry
Tinned Vegetables        Tinned Tomatoes

This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Anushka                       France: Ibrahim
Spain: Isabella                                Iceland: Alimu
Canada: Conrad                             Russia: Kayla
Mexico/South Africa: Out on a trip so no certificates
Brazil: Agnes                                 China: Beth
New Zealand: Zara                      Australia: Evan

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Well done also to Iceland who achieved 100% attendance last week and South Africa who had 98.3% attendance last week.


Monday 8th October
Reception Parents Reading Workshop

Friday 12th October
Spain Day (Spain Class)

Monday 15th October
Harvest Assembly – contribution towards Women’s Aid

Wednesday 17th October
Volunteer Parents Training (re-rerun of the training held in Term 6)

Thursday 18th October
Fabulous Finale – Y2 assembly

Friday 19th – Monday 22nd October
Year 6 Isle of Wight residential

Wednesday 24th October

As you are aware, our policy is that children should be reading at home at least 5 times a week.  All children are provided with a coloured Reading Log Book in order to note down their reading throughout the week.

It has come to our attention that there is some confusion regarding how these log books are filled in and by whom.

Every time a child reads to an adult it should be noted down in the book.  Please note that the reading log book is not for noting other homework that the child might be completing.
Below is a sample from the front of the book illustrating how the book should be completed.

Sample Recording page