September 8 Newsletter

WELCOME BACK

We have had a fantastic return to school, with the children settling to their learning quickly.  It has been particularly pleasing to see how well the newest children in school, both in Nursery and Reception, are settling in.  Many thanks to all the Nursery and Reception Parents for helping us with the transition into school, you play such a valuable role in ensuring that the children come in ready for their learning.

Lots of work was undertaken during the summer holidays.  There are new doors on the TA Bays in KS2, 2 new offices: 1 for the Mrs Mepstead upon her return and 1 for Miss Bees and Mrs Saxby, in their new roles as Assistant Headteachers. 

The Family Centre has also been changed a great deal, with the walls all coming down in preparation for the reorganisation of the area into the school office and the new nursery.

CLASS REPS

For the last 2 year we have had a  ‘Class Reps’ system.  We were delighted when so many parents came forward as reps for their class and were able to support the school to carry out vital fundraising activities.  Last year, the dedicated group helped us to raise so much money to enhance the environment and books in the school.  Without their help, this simply would not have happened.

We are always looking for extra helpers.  All we ask is that you can dedicate a small amount of time to meet with Mrs Jayne Peer, our Parent Support Advisor, to help to organise our discos, quizzes, Christmas and Summer Fetes.

If you are interested in becoming a class rep (or continuing in the role) please do let Mrs Peer know on: 07730 139574 or email her on psa@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk” Alternatively, speak to an adult on the doors at the start of the day who will pass on your details to Mrs Peer.

VALUES

Value for September:RESPECT

In the first assembly back, I shared with the children the story of The Lion and the Mouse from Aesop’s Fables and asked how the lion could have shown more respect to the mouse.  The children’s responses were, as ever, fantastic.  We then related this to how we can show respect in school, particularly by following the school rules and the children’s roles and responsibilities in school. 

PARENT VIEW

Alongside the information we gained last year from our Parent Coffee Mornings, please could I encourage you to complete the parent survey on the Parent View website.  This is invaluable for us in looking at how we can improve as a school. https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/300x250-mpu

STAFFING NEWS

Staff at the school always welcome a discussion with parents.  Please do note, however, that the best time for this is at the end of the day.  Should parents have a concern that they would like to discuss then please always speak to the class teacher first.  If this is then not resolved, a form must be completed in the office.  You will then be contacted by the Assistant Headteacher for the Key Stage (Miss Bees—EYFS/KS1, or Mrs Saxby—KS2) to discuss this further.  If the matter needs further consideration, then it will be passed to Mrs Painter.

Below is a list of classes and staff assigned to those classes, including the days they work, where necessary.  Should you wish to contact the class teacher for any reason then please use their school email addresses as follows.

Nursery (Swindon and Wiltshire Classes) –

Mrs J Baldry (Mon—Wed): baldry@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Mrs H Smith (Thurs and Fri): hsmith@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Reception:

Scotland Class: Mrs M Chappell-King:sandell@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk            
Wales Class: Miss Boase: aboase@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 1:

Germany Class: Mr D Brown: dbrown@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
France Class: Miss K Bees (Mon—Wed): bees@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Mrs H Byrne (Thurs/Fri): byrne@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 2
Spain Class: Miss C Vardy: vardy@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Iceland Class: Mrs N Telling: ntelling@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 3:
Canada Class: Miss S McClintock: smcclintock@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Russia Class: Mrs C Hatherall (Mon-Wed): hatherall@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Mrs A Chapman (Thurs/Fri): chapman@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 4:
Mexico: Miss C Lay: clay@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
South Africa: Mrs S Dodson (Mon-Wed): dodson@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Mrs B Smogur (Thurs/Fri): smogur@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 5:
China Class: Mr J Tew: jtew@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Brazil Class: Miss J Martin: jmartin@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 6:
New Zealand Class: Miss N Griffiths: ngriffiths@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Australia Class: Mrs D Saxby (Mon/Tues all day, Wed pm):  saxby@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Mrs H Jones (Wed am and Thurs/Fri): hjones@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

SCHOOL UNIFORM
The children have come back to school looking very smart, on the whole.  However, a number of children who have come back wearing trainers, Please could I remind you that school policy states that shoes are expected as footwear and not trainers.

School policy also stated that hair should be kept neat with accessories that are blue or black—no large bows please!

Many thanks for your support with this.

PACKED LUNCHES/TUCK

It has long been the policy of the school that packed lunches brought from home and consumed in school provide pupils with healthy and nutritious food that is similar to the regulated standards of cooked food served by the school.

Could I use this opportunity to remind you that the policy also states the following in relation to nut products in school:

The school does not permit any nuts or nut products on the school site.  This includes almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, chestnuts, brazil nuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts and peanuts.

Nuts and nut products (such as peanut butter) can cause allergic reactions, which are sometimes severe.  Anaphylaxis (a severe reaction to nuts) can be life-threatening.
The risk even though small is still very real and one that is taken seriously by the school. Although we cannot guarantee a nut free environment by banning nuts or nut products we are reducing the opportunities for allergy related incidents.

As a result of many fewer children using the tuck facility at break time, we have made the decision to stop providing this.  Therefore, please ensure that children are provided with a piece of fruit to eat at break time

START OF THE DAY ROUTINES

A reminder that children are to be dropped off at the classroom doors in Reception and Key Stage 1 and at the playground doors in Key Stage 2.  This system works extremely well and ensures that registers are taken promptly, with lessons starting on time.

We completely understand that, occasionally, parents have messages to pass on to the class teacher and are fully supportive of this happening.  This is why we always have adults placed at each of the classroom doors who will ensure that any messages are passed on to the class teacher.  However, if a longer conversation is needed, then please do inform the office or arrange an appointment with the class teacher for the end of the day.  I know that they are only too happy for this to happen.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Tuesday 19th September
Royal Ballet classes for Year 3 start and continue every Tuesday for 6 weeks

Wednesday 20th September
Reception ‘Talking’ workshop at 2:15pm

Thursday 21st September
Official opening of Lainesmead Sensory Garden

Wednesday 27th September
Reception ‘Telling stories/reading’ workshop at 2:15pm

Wednesday 4th October
Nursery and Reception  ‘Interactive Learning Diary’ workshop at 2:15pm

Monday 16th October
Fabulous Finish afternoon for Y1—5
2:20pm – Year 2 assembly – starting with a 10 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)

2:30pm – Years 1, 2, 4, 5 Fabulous Finish  afternoon begins

A reminder that our school app called Schoop holds the most up-to-date information on the school calendar which is no 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 6929

May 5th Newsletter

SCHOOL NEWS
It has been strange to start the term and then have a long weekend only one week after we were back from the Easter holidays! I do hope everyone enjoyed the time off, however!

This is a very short term but a very busy one. The main focus for this term are the end of key stage assessments that must be completed. Firstly, there are the Year 6 SATs next week. The children have worked so hard this year and we are very proud of them. I know that they will all try their very best. We wish them all ‘Good Luck’ for next week.

We then look to the Year 2 SATs which then commence throughout the rest of the term (there is no set timetable for the Year 2 tests). These tests are marked within school and are taken in a friendly, relaxed way.

All of the assessments being completed, in other years as well as Year 2 and 6, contribute to our teacher assessments of the children which will be reported to you in the end of year reports.

VALUE OF THE MONTH: THOUGHTFULNESS                                                                

Mrs Mepstead led the assembly for this month’s value. She asked the children to think about what thoughtfulness means and how we in school can demonstrate this value each and every day. The children took part in a quiz which asked them to consider their thoughtfulness throughout the school day. Please do talk to your children about how they can display this value.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Many children have returned from the holidays not following the school’s policy on uniform. Please could we use this opportunity to remind you that the uniform is as follows:

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

Girls uniform
A navy sweatshirt/jumper/ cardigan
White,/light blue/navy polo shirt
Black/navy/grey trousers or skirt
Navy blue and white striped or checked (gingham style) dress
Black/brown shoes (not trainers)
White socks

Brightly coloured socks, tights or hair bows are NOT acceptable.

Summer footwear:
Appropriate traditional school sandals with closed toes (i.e. no flip flop style, heels or strappy sandals) can be worn in school in the summer term.

STAFFING NEWS
As you are aware, Mrs Mepstead is going to be leaving us at the end of this term (her last day in school is Wednesday 24th May) as she commences her maternity leave.

I am delighted to announce that for Term 6 Mrs Timbrell and Mrs Smith, who is returning from maternity leave, will be sharing responsibility for the class. Mrs Timbrell already knows the class well, having provided leadership release time for Mrs Mepstead throughout the year. Mrs Smith will be completing two days with the class whilst Mrs Mepstead is here in order to get to know the children. However, I do know that many of the children will know her already having been a familiar face to many of them in the past.

You will also shortly receive news regarding arrangements to celebrate Mrs Timbrell’s time at Lainesmead prior to her retirement.

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 6929.

FIDGET SPINNERS

A large number of children have returned to school since the Easter holidays with a fidget spinner. We are aware that these are the latest ‘craze’ to hit the high street! The original purpose of these spinners was to provide support for those children who have recognisable and diagnosed problems with concentration.

Unfortunately, we are already having issues on the playground. Children have been swapping their spinners and then falling out when a swap doesn’t work out. Equally some children are upset when their spinner is broken.

It has also become apparent that the children are using these in class when there is no specific need for this. It is then providing a distraction for that child and for the children around them.

A very small number of children across the whole school have been permitted to use these spinners as a result of a conversation between a parent, the class teacher and/or Mrs Chapman (AHT for Inclusion). No other children should therefore have a spinner in school.

Please do not send your child in with a spinner as they are not to be used in school.

We appreciate your support with this matter.

NURSERY NEWS

You may have seen in the Swindon Advertiser over the holidays that Lainesmead has been awarded a grant by the Department for Education to extend our Nursery provision. A great deal of hard work was put into creating this bid during the summer holidays last year and we were initially told that we had not been awarded the funding.

It therefore came has a huge surprise at the beginning of March when we were informed that this money could now be given to us as well as 3 other nursery providers in the town.

Since then we have been in talks with the Local Authority on the implementation of this project. There is still a lot of work to do in order for this added provision to go ahead, work which must be done in close liaison with the grant provider—the Department for Education.

Unfortunately, due to the triggering of a General Election next month, the process has been delayed. However, we are very excited at the thought of this project going ahead and once we have confirmed details and plans we will be delighted to share these with you— we hope to have them up and ready for display in the summer fayre as well as our Pride of Lainesmead Awards.

Should you wish to view the article it is available at:http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15216199.Swindon_nursery_places_get_a___500_000_boost/#comments-anchor

Dates for your Diary

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

Monday 8th—Friday 12th May:
Year 6 SATS Week

Monday 15th—Friday 19th May:
Year 2 SATS Week

Wednesday 17th May
b>Year 1 Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am

Tuesday 23rd May
IPC Fabulous Finish Afternoon
2:15pm – Year 5 assembly – starting with a 15 minute presentation on E-Safety
2:30pm – Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Wednesday 24th May
Year 2 Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am

Friday 26th May:
Break up for half term holiday at 3.15 pm

Monday 29th May—Friday 2nd June:
Half term holiday

Monday 5th June:
All pupils return to school

Monday 12th/Tuesday 13th June
New to reception parents meetings at 6pm

Tuesday 20th June
KS1 Sports day (pm)

Wednesday 21st June
Year 5/6 Sports Day (pm)

Thursday 22nd June
Y3/4 Sports Day (pm)

(All sports days are weather permitting)

April Newsletter

Term 4 Highlights

It has been such a busy term at Lainesmead!

There have been many trips across the school: Year 2 to Lacock Abbey; Reception to Bristol Aquarium; Nursery to the Library; Year 5 to @Bristol; Year 6 to Techniquest.

It is always so good to see the children’s eager anticipation as they leave and then their happy faces when they return, full of stories of what they have learnt during the day. It is also wonderful to have reports from staff and members of the public of the exceptional behaviour of our children. They really are a credit to the school.

I have enjoyed welcoming more children to head-teacher’s lunch this term with the following children: Year 3: Julie Mezavilla, Utsav Saroha, Lennon D’Souza, Amy Simms
Year 2: Mohak Gupta, Merilyn Gurung, Layla Marshall, Cassius Stephenson-Kemp,
Year 1: Finley Byrne, Aliti Logavatu, Ruby-Lou Lound, Olivia Marshall
Reception: Amelia French, Alfie Sunderland, Azaria Williams and Alee Mazzotta

Value for April:
Honesty
One of the stories we will be looking at in assembly will be based in China, one of the classes in Year 5. It tells the tale of those who wanted protection and so built the Great Wall of China. The rest of the story will be revealed to the children after the holidays.
In the meantime, key to this story is the development of honesty and truth both in school and at home. Therefore, please do continue to talk to your children about this value over the Easter Holidays and we will continue with this focus upon our return.

FUNDRAISING
We started March off with the wonderful World Book Day. The range of costumes from across a wide range of children’s literature was astonishing! The £1 collected all went directly towards the classes, with teachers purchasing new books for the class libraries.
What an amazing array of cakes we then received for the Comic Relief Cake Sale. The cakes were impossible to judge—there were so many incredible cakes on offer. Many thanks to everyone who brought in cakes, to the Year 6 children who helped to organise this and also to the staff who stepped in to help with the smooth running and selling at the end of the day. We raised a grand total of:

£290

VIAM SUCCESS

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On Thursday 9th March, for the first time, we joined hundreds of other children from across the country to take part in Voice in a Million.

Mrs Jones and Mrs Beauchamp did an amazing job of preparing the children for the trip with many lyrics to learn as well as actions to many of the songs. Thanks also to parents who supported the children with the words at home.

The children were very excited on the day and couldn’t wait to get going! Once they arrived, they took part in the rehearsals and then were ready for the big show! They sang wonderfully and I know that they particularly enjoyed the surprise guests who sang to them at the end.

It will certainly be an experience the children never forget!

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STAFFING NEWS
As you are aware from previous staffing news, we have been in the process of restructuring the Senior Leadership Team of the school for September. I am delighted to announce that September the teaching Senior Leadership team will be as follows:
Mrs E Painter—Headteacher
Mrs A Mepstead—Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Chapman—Assistant Headteacher for
Inclusion
Miss K Bees—Assistant Headteacher for
EYFS/KS1 with English responsibility
Mrs D Saxby—Assistant Headteacher for
KS2 with Maths responsibility

You are also aware from earlier letters that we have had a significant reduction in our budget this year with having to make savings of at least £80,000. The letter stated that we would therefore be going through the process of redundancies within the school. This process is currently ongoing and therefore I cannot share the outcome of this process at this time but hope to do so soon after the Easter holidays.

SUMMER SCHOOL UNIFORM
As we look towards the nicer weather a reminder that the summer school uniform is as follows:
Boys’ uniform
A Lainesmead sweatshirt/plain navy sweatshirt; White or Navy polo shirt; Black or grey trousers or black or grey school shorts; Flat black/brown shoes; Dark socks
Girls’ uniform
A Lainesmead sweatshirt/a plain navy sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan; White or Navy polo shirt; Black or grey trousers or skirt (not leggings) or black or grey school shorts; Navy blue and white striped or checked (gingham style) dress.; Flat black/brown shoes; White socks; Plain black/white/grey tights
Footwear:
Appropriate traditional school sandals with closed toes (i.e. no flip flop style, heels or strappy sandals) can be worn in school in the summer term

PARKING

parking

Above is one of the many images sent through to the school from local residents complaining about parking. As you can see, the car is parked directly across 2 driveways impeding the access in and out of their properties.
The resident who sent this image in was also concerned by the level of abuse he and a neighbour received when politely asking for cars to be moved on previous occasions.

As you are aware from messages of this nature in many other newsletters, we are in touch with the local PCSO who will be patrolling the area. It is thoroughly unacceptable that any resident would face any level of abuse for simply asking for access in and out of their property. Local residents have right of access to their driveways. Even if there are no double-yellow lines across their driveway, they continue to have right of access. Please respect all residents in the local community and do not park across a driveway.

Parking on double-yellow lines, even for the briefest of periods is ILLEGAL. Parking on these lines is not only an inconvenience for local residents but is also a danger to the life of a child in the school. Double-yellow lines and the ‘School Keep Clear’ lines are there for a very good reason – to protect the children and adults arriving and leaving the school.

Furthermore, we are increasingly seeing cars parked on the grass verges all around the school. There are clear signs in place stating that this should not happen. Again children’s lives are being endangered with this type of parking.

PARENT COFFEE MORNINGS
Come along and tell us what your child loves best about school!
What did they enjoy this term?
What are they looking forward to?
What do they tell you about their school day when they get home?
We’d love to hear about your family and their time at school!
9am on Wednesday mornings in the Family Centre.
Drop your children in class and come on round for free refreshments!
A different year group each time, as
follows:
Year Group Date
Nursery Wednesday 26th April
Reception Wednesday 3rd May
Year 1 Wednesday 17th May
Year 2 Wednesday 24th May
Year 3 Wednesday 7th June
Year 4 Wednesday 14th June
Year 5 Wednesday 21st June
Year 6 Wednesday 28th June

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Week Beginning 3rd April:
ICT and Science Week

Friday 7th April
2pm— Easter ‘Egg-stravaganza’ Family
Fun Afternoon—see previous flyer
sent out
2:30pm— Break up for the Easter Holidays

Monday 24th April
Reception to Year 6 children start back at school
Nursery closed

Tuesday 25th April
Nursery children return

Wednesday 26th April
Nursery Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am

Monday 1st May
SCHOOL CLOSED—BANK HOLIDAY

Wednesday 3rd May
Reception Parents Coffee Morning 9– 9:30am

Thursday 4th May
NURSERY CLOSURE DAY
Chess Club Cake Sale after school

Monday 8th—Friday 12th May:
Year 6 SATS Week

Monday 15th—Friday 19th May:
Year 2 SATS Week

Wednesday 17th May
Year 1 Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am
Tuesday 23rd May
IPC Fabulous Finish Afternoon
2:15pm – Year 5 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, 4 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Wednesday 24th May
Year 2 Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am

Friday 26th May:
Break up for half term holiday at 3.15 pm

Monday 29th May—Friday 2nd June:
Half term holiday

Monday 5th June:
All pupils return to school

13th January Newsletter

Welcome back to 2017 – wishing our families a  Happy New Year!
This month our value is COURAGE.
 We are taking particular inspiration from the quote:

courage
We are asking the children to notice when people around them are showing courage and how their actions have made things better. We are also asking the children to think about if they are finding it really hard to be brave and show courage, what could they do to make the right choice.

COLD WEATHER  CLOTHING
Please make sure your child comes into school with warm clothes as they will be out in the playground at break and lunchtime.
PLEASE NAME YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHES
Please also make sure school uniform is named and that, if your child brings the wrong clothes home, you bring them back to the school so that we can reunite them with their owner!
cold weatherWe appreciate your support with this.

Tesco’s Bags of Help!

As you are aware, our garden project was chosen to be one of the charities in the Tesco’s Bags of Help Initiative. This means we could be in with a chance of receiving up to £5000. We have yet to hear whether we were placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd, however, we are guaranteed at least £1000 regardless.

This money will be used on developing the area where the chickens were once located. The school council have been working with Mrs Ellison and Miss Perkins on their plans for the area (including introducing some more chickens).

If we have any parents who are able to contribute their time to help with some digging and clearing of the area in preparation for planting, then please do let Mrs Ellison know via the school office. We would be most grateful for any help, however small it may seem!

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Staffing News

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Miss Rance will be starting her maternity leave at half-term, with her final day being Friday 10th February. We are currently in the process of appointing her replacement and will inform parents as soon as we are able.

 We have further baby news to share with you. Many congratulations are given to Mrs Mepstead, of New Zealand class, who is expecting her second child in June. At the moment, Mrs Mepstead is planning to see the Year6s through their SATs before starting her maternity leave. Once again, as soon as arrangements have been made for her cover, we will let you know.

SCOOTERS AND BIKES

We know that a number of children received new bikes or scooter from Father Christmas over the holidays. Please could we remind that to ensure they are as safe as possible all bikes and scooters should be named and then there can be no confusion regarding who they belong to. I am sure you appreciate that with 400 children in school, there is a large chance of a number of children having the same bike or scooter.scooter

NON–SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY

Many thanks for supporting our non-school uniform day on Friday 6th January. The children had a challenging time with the outdoor activities and showed a great deal of perseverance and resiliency to complete the tasks. Many thanks go to Mr Tew for organising the activities on the day. I am pleased to announce that we raised £282 pounds. This will now be added to the Summer Fair and September non-school uniform totals to buy large outside equipment for the children to use at playtime and for PE lessons.challenge 2

In October, feedback to the parent questionnaire were shared and one of the areas raised was outside equipment. I informed you that we were completing a bid for £10,000 from the lottery. Unfortunately, we have been unsuccessful in our bid and are therefore looking at what can be purchased using the funds we have raised through our class reps and non-school uniform days.  

GROWTH MINDSET

Have you ever said “I am no good at maths.” Or even said “Don’t worry I couldn’t do maths either” to your child?

We are currently introducing a Maths Mastery and Growth Mindset approach in school. So what is this, you may be wondering?

It comes from the work of the eminent psychologist Carol Dweck who discovered that changing a person’s mindset can radically change the way people approach learning—regardless of their age. It focuses on effort leading to reward and that failing or making mistakes is all part of the learning process. In fact as the scientist Thomas Edison put it:i haven't failed

We are asking the children to think differently about their learning by becoming YETI Monsters. Whenever they say. “I can’t do it” always at the word “YET!”

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EYFS to Year 2 parents are invited to a workshop on this on Thursday 9th February. A further one is planned for KS2 (details to be issued in the next newsletter).

Dates for your Diary

 Tuesday 17th January:

Year 6 SATs Parents Meeting at 6pm

Wednesday 18th January:

Year 2 SATs Parents Meeting at 2:30pm

Friday 20th January:

Year 6 trip to Co-op, Old Town

Reception Parents Shape, Space and Measures Workshop at 2:15pm

Friday 27th and Monday 30th January

Nursery Closure Days

Thursday 2nd February

IPC Fabulous Finish Afternoon

Friday 3rd February :

Reception Parents Update to Phonics—moving to further phases Workshop at 2:15pm

Thursday 9th February

EYFS to Year 2 Growth Mindset Workshop at 9am

Monday 6th February to

Friday 10th February

E-safety Week

Monday 13th—Friday 17th February

Half term holiday

Monday 20th February

School starts for all children

Thursday 2nd March

World Book Day—non-school uniform day (more details will follow)

Friday 9th March

Voice in a Million (Choir at Wembley

Arena)

Week beginning Monday 13th March

Parents evenings

 

October Newsletter

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

We have had such a busy start to the school year!

img_2532On Monday 12th September we had our grand opening of Lainesmead Nursery.  I do hope you saw the coverage in the Swindon Advertiser.  We are so pleased with the transformation that has occurred to the building and I know that a number of parents who have had children attend the setting previously have been ‘wowed’ by its new look.

harvestWe had a fantastic collection of food for our Harvest Assembly on Monday 19th September and Swindon Foodbank were particularly pleased with the contribution made by the children.  A huge thank you to all who contributed and helped us to promote the value of co-operation within the community.

 

 

Year 6 spent a very enjoyable day at Churchfields on Tuesday 20th September, taking part in drama, dance and singing workshops alongside 2 other primary schools.  The children thoroughly enjoyed their day and it was a pleasure watching their final performance to parents before the start of Churchfields Open Evening.

We have also had two further special assemblies.  We were lucky to have the Swindon Wildcats Ice Hockey Team revisit us on Wednesday 28th September to share their experience.  They are keen to invite as many families along to watch their games as possible.  Furthermore, we had a visiting group of children sharing their Anti-bullying message with us as part of a project they had undertaken.  More anti-bullying work with be covered next term as part of the annual ‘Anti-bullying Week.’

A group of Year 6 children are preparing for the performance of ‘Twelfth Night’ as part of the Schools Shakespeare Festival.  This has already involved a visit to the Wyvern Theatre to take part in a drama workshop which will enhance their performance on the night!  The final performance takes place on Tuesday 15th November and tickets can be booked through the theatre for anyone wishing to attend.

READING NEWS

This year we have invested a great deal of money in buying a new reading scheme in EYFS (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).  The new scheme, Collins ‘Big Cat,’ has a mixture of books which link directly to the phonics (Big Cat Phonics) and books which give the children a chance to read a wide range of text types. The scheme includes books by some of our most famous children’s authors, including Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen. You will see these books being sent home as home readers as well as other books we have in school which we use within our reading scheme.

As a result of this change, a numbered reading level will no longer be in use.  The children will be regularly assessed by their class teacher, through reading individually, whole class reading sessions and through the monitoring of the READ IT books, to decide when it is the right time for them to move on.

It is extremely important to remember that decoding the words alone is not enough to move the children on to a new colour – they must show understanding of what they have read!

As a guide, Collins provide the following to help you to understand the colours of the books which show progression through the scheme:

SCOOTERS AND BIKES

scooterWe have recently had a spate of scooters and bikes go missing from our bike sheds.  Thankfully, a number of these have been returned to their owners within plenty of time.  However, we have one scooter missing currently – as seen in the picture.  If you are aware of its whereabouts then please do contact us as a matter of urgency so that it can be returned to its rightful owner.

In order to keep bikes and scooters as safe as possible, it would help greatly if they are named in some way and when incidents occur we can then trace the owners more effectively.

In addition, it has been noticed that older children who are no longer part of Lainesmead are leaving their bikes and scooters in our sheds.  This must not happen.  Staff have already spoken to a number of these children.  Could I ask parents to reiterate this to their children at home?

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE FEEDBACK

At the start of the summer term, questionnaires were handed out to receive feedback to help us to improve our practice.  The results are as follows:

My child is happy in school = 94%

The school enables my child to achieve a high standard of work = 94%

I believe that the school meets the individual needs of my child and his helping him/her achieve his/her potential = 92%

School offers a wide range of after-school activities = 75%

I receive good information on the progress and attainment of my child in school. = 79%

I believe that there is good communication between school and home = 80%

I believe the school achieves good standards of behaviour = 85%

I feel happy to approach the school with any issues concerning my child = 96%

I believe the school provides help and guidance to parents in how to support their children at home = 83%

I believe the school is well led and managed = 92%

I believe the school provides a safe environment for my child = 96%

I believe the school helps my child to understand how to stay safe = 98%

Many parents provided additional comments on the strengths of the school, summarised as the following:

Community/family feel/nurture                        Recognising achievement                      Great after school clubs                                     Approachable

Teaching standards                                          Creating a safe learning environment

Good staff, education                             Opportunities for children (including trips)

Values                                                               Parents feel welcome

Children are happy                                Children treated with respect

Children are well supported

Well-rounded education

Breakfast and after-school club

We, of course asked for feedback regarding areas we can develop.  The following shows these areas and how we are planning to address these:

Comment How we are addressing
Communication between the school and parents.

 

A great deal more is now placed on to Schoop – our school app.  This has diary dates for the forthcoming year.

Text messages continue to be sent out as needed

Twitter feed shows events happening in school

Year group pages show what children are learning and photos of activities.

School lunches/School meals ordering system

 

We reviewed this last year and have introduced a new system.  This is constantly under review by the office team to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible for parents.

We work closely with the school cook on menu selection and continue to do so in order to provide the most nutritious meal possible.  Pupils themselves tell us that they are happy with the provision.

More playing equipment/better play areas

 

All of last year’s fundraising is going towards play equipment.  We are currently completing a bid for further money to subsidise the money raised in order to be able to buy the large equipment suggested by the school council – an example cost of this sort of equipment is £10,000. We hope to be successful with this bid.
More PE Sessions

 

This year we have introduced 2 PE sessions a week.

We have implemented a new scheme, used in many schools in Swindon and across England, called REAL: PE, teaching values, sportsmanship as well as skills transferable into many sports.

New/more after school clubs e.g. chess, music We are always assessing the after-school clubs we have on offer.

This year we have already introduced the following new clubs this term: craft club, science and recorder.  Gardening has also returned having been absent for a couple of years. We realise that there is a huge demand for these clubs and are always looking at what can be provided. It may be that we look at outside providers for additional clubs, which will, unfortunately, have a cost attached.

Nurturing creativity

 

We have looked again at our curriculum maps this year and have a more cross-curricular approach to teaching.  This enables more creative opportunities to take place
Homework projects – process of choosing who goes forward to the assembly All classes now swap the homework projects within their year group and anonymously vote of each other’s class projects.
Reports not clear enough Under the changing world of primary assessment changes had to be made to the way we have reported to you.

Three reports are provided throughout the year (only 2 have to be provided).  The Senior Leadership of the school regularly assess what is included in the report to make them as clear as possible to all.  We will continue to do this

Reports are also discussed at Parent Evenings to give further clarity.

Comment How we are addressing
More information on how to help at home

 

In the front of the homework books there are prompt sheets which give ideas for helping with spelling and maths at home.  We have already run our first workshop on the teaching of maths and homework – held during the ‘Meet the teacher’ meeting. Further workshops are planned for later this year to go through the teaching of spelling, phonics, maths mastery as well as Year 2 and Year 6 SATs information sessions.

We would be delighted for as many parents to attend as possible as turnout is not always conducive to running these

Address the few who don’t adhere to school policies

 

School policies are reviewed regularly.

Policies to do with uniform and behaviour are constantly addressed.

Our policy on Abusive and Threatening Behaviour towards staff is also strictly adhered to with the Senior Leadership of the school having individual conversations with any parent or carer who does not adhere to the policy.

 We also asked for feedback regarding the two residential visits we conduct, especially as the numbers attending are falling.  The main feedback was to do with the cost of both of these visits. We are currently investigating alternative residentials.  None that we have contacted so far, including the local PGL centre in Liddington, are any cheaper than our current residentials.  However, we will continue to investigate alternatives.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

All dates have been published on our school app ‘Schoop.’  Please do download this in order to keep up to date with events!

Friday 14th – Monday 17th October – Year 6 Isle of Wight Residential

Wednesday 19th October – International Primary Curriculum Fabulous Finish Afternoon (Years 1 – 6).

2:15pm – Year 2 assembly – starting with a 15 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)

2:30pm – Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Monday 24th – Friday 28th October – HALF TERM

Monday 31st October – T D Day

Tuesday 1st November – All children return to school (Nursery to Year 6)

Wednesday 2nd – Friday 4th November – Year 4 Braeside trip

Thursday 3rd  November – Glow and Sparkle Disco

Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th – School Photographer in

Week Beginning 14th November – Anti-bullying Week

Tuesday 15th November – Year 6 Performance of Twelfth Night at The Wyvern Theatre

Week Beginning 21st November – Parents’ Evening Week

STAFFING NEWS

Miss E Brown, a teaching assistant in Year 1, left at the end of September. We have recruited Ms K Vincent in her place who is settling into France class and getting to know the children.

babyI am delighted to inform you that Miss Rance is expecting her first child, due in February.  We wish her and her partner all the very best.  We will shortly start the recruitment process for her replacement for the remainder of the academic year.

 

 

It is with sadness that I have to let you know that Mrs Sue Gladman is leaving Lainesmead Primary after 14 years of dedicated service to the school.  Mrs Gladman has chosen to work in a similar school but closer to home so that she can spend more time with her family. Mrs Gladman’s last day will be Friday 21st October.  I am sure that she will be as missed by children and parents as she will be by all the staff of the school.

Start of Term 1 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER WELCOME

Welcome back to a new school year.  It was a pleasure leading assembly on Monday seeing familiar faces and a few new ones as well! The new children in Reception have settled in well and I look forward to getting to know them.  It was also fantastic to see so many children looking smart in their school uniforms, it really helps them to feel part of the Lainesmead family.

I would like to take this opportunity of welcoming some new staff to Lainesmead Primary School.  In our new Nursery we have: Mrs G Painter, Mrs T Chesterman and Mrs E Whitmore.

In Reception we have Mrs C Smith and Mrs J Vallis (previously of Shining Stars). Finally, in Year 5 we have Miss J Martin.  I am sure they will be very happy here.

A noticeable change this year is that Mrs Timbrell has chosen to reduce the number of days she works.  She will now work Mondays through to Thursdays.  Should you wish to make an appointment with her please ensure that it is on one of these days.  Please contact Mrs Chapman or Mrs E Painter on a Friday with any queries usually directed to Mrs Timbrell.

The value for this term is: CO-OPERATION

 “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller – an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree

As we start the new school year we look ahead to the opportunities ahead of us – all of us.  The value we are starting with this year is so important that without it we would not achieve most of what we are capable of – co-operation.

In assembly, I asked for volunteers to take part in a competition.  After placing the children into 2 teams at either end of a rope, I explained that I have placed prizes around the hall for each team but that they couldn’t let go of the rope to get their prizes. After a short time of playing tug-of-war, I asked for suggestions from the other children for how the teams could retrieve their prizes.  The answer was for them both teams to walk, carrying the rope, to one side of the hall and pick up the prize, then walk together to the other side and pick up the prize there.

The children were then told the parable of the two donkeys. Once upon a time, two donkeys were left tied to each other in a stable. One donkey’s feeding trough was at one end of the building, and the other’s was at the other end. They pulled and pulled at each other, trying to drag the other to their trough, till they collapsed hungry and exhausted to the floor. The donkeys were hungry, despite having been given plenty of food, because they refused to cooperate. They could have walked together to one trough and then to the other and both been well fed.

Explain that competing against each other can be fun; it can be healthy, and can lead us to try harder. However, competing can cause problems, especially if we do not care for and help others. Also, when we cooperate and work together we can often achieve much greater things, more easily. This is true for us, and for our country, and for all the nations of the world.

The children were asked to reflect on how to work as a team – having good wishes for each other; that those who give co-operation receive co-operation; that co-operation is everyone’s responsibility but takes courage and willpower to achieve; and finally that co-operation requires recognising the unique role of every individual whilst keeping a sincere, positive attitude.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

The strong community ethos of the school is reinforced by the school uniform we ask the children to wear.  Please could I reiterate school policy that shoes are expected as footwear and not trainers. Many thanks for your support with this.

START OF THE DAY ROUTINES

A reminder that children are to be dropped off at the classroom doors in Reception and Key Stage 1 and at the playground doors in Key Stage 2.  This system works extremely well and ensures that registers are taken promptly, with lessons starting on time.

We completely understand that, occasionally, parents have messages to pass on to the class teacher and are fully supportive of this happening.  This is why we always have adults placed at each of the classroom doors who will ensure that any messages are passed on to the class teacher.  However, if a longer conversation is needed, then please do inform the office or arrange an appointment with the class teacher for the end of the day.  I know that they are only too happy for this to happen.

STAFF CONTACT DETAILS

Below is a list of classes and staff assigned to those classes, including the days they work, where necessary.  Should you wish to contact the class teacher for any reason then please use their school email addresses as follows.

EYFS

Nursery

Swindon (morning)/Wiltshire (afternoon)

Mrs G Painter (Mon – Thurs): gpainter@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Mrs J Baldry (Fridays): baldry@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

 Reception

Wales Class – Mrs Chappell-King (Mon-Wed): sandell@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Mrs Hatherall (Thurs/Fri): hatherall@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Scotland Class – Miss Stringer: jstringer@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Key Stage 1

Year 1

France Class – Miss Rance: rance@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Germany Class – Miss Bees Miss Bees: bees@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Mrs Hatherall (Tues/Wed afternoons): hatherall@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 2

Spain Class – Mr Price: price@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Iceland Class – Mrs Telling: ntelling@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Key Stage 2

Year 3

Canada Class – Mr Tew: jtew@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Russia Class –  Miss Vardy: vardy@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 4

Mexico Class: Miss Lay: clay@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

South Africa Class: Mrs Dodson (Mon-Wed): dodson@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Mrs Smogur (Thurs/Fri): smogur@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 5

Brazil Class – Miss Martin: jmartin@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

China Class – Miss Griffiths: ngriffiths@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 6

Australia Class – Mrs Saxby (Mon – Wed): saxby@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Mrs Jones (Thurs/Fri): hjones@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

New Zealand Class– Mrs Mepstead: mepstead@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

SUMMER HOMEWORK COMPETITION

We have had some lovely feedback from parents regarding the summer homework project that we set the whole school.  It was clear that the children were able to participate in so many of the activities, whether they stayed in Swindon, went away in this country or even went abroad! There was also a huge variety in the way children had chosen to present what they had done, from photos to PowerPoints, to showing things they had made.  Classes now swap work within the year group in order to anonymously judge the 2 being put forward for prizes.

Mrs Timbrell and I certainly struggled to decide on the winners! The following children were chosen as a result of the fact that they had presented their work in an interesting way and covered a number of the points on the homework sheet:

Year 1 – Poppy Muncey

Year 2 – Tyler Medwell

Year 3 – Ella Thornton

Year 4 – Kamyla Meldrum

Year 5 – Jessica Clarke and Chelsea White

Year 6 – Tabitha Shurey

NEW ARRIVAL!

I am delighted to inform you that on August 8th Mrs Smith gave birth to Emilia Rose.  Both mother and baby are doing well and came to visit the staff on our T D Day on Friday 2nd September.  I am sure you will join us in wishing Mrs Smith and her family all the very best.

MEET THE TEACHER

On Thursday 15th September we will be running our yearly ‘Meet the Teacher Meetings.’

This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s class teacher and learn about the expectations of the new year group.  We will be running these as 2 workshops, one at 3:30pm and one at 4:00pm, giving parents an opportunity to move between classes more easily, without missing any vital information. Children are welcome to attend to hear the messages delivered by their teachers.

As a response to suggestions made on parent questionnaires, we will focus the workshops on the teaching of maths, and in particular the types of written methods used in each year group, and homework expectations.

This is a vital opportunity for all parents to be informed of the expectations of the new national curriculum and the way maths teaching has changed as a result.

GOVERNOR NEWS FROM MRS SARAH NEWTON

We are always keen to welcome new parent governors to the governing body and I am very pleased to announce that Emma Diprose joined us at the end of the summer term.  Emma has 2 children at Lainesmead and was motivated to join us as she feels it is important for parents to have a voice and be actively involved in developing and shaping our children’s education and their future.

The other Governors are:

Aaron Thornton – Vice Chair                                                        Norma McKemey

Ali Cotton                                                                                    Shahid Khan

Bernard Maguire                                                                          Sharon Compton

Mrs Painter                                                                                  Mrs Timbrell

Miss Griffiths                                                                              Mrs Desciscio

Mrs Byrne

Our clerk to the Governors is Zahida Aslam

We look forward to meeting you at various school events through the year.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

All dates have been published on our school app ‘Schoop.’  Please do download this in order to keep up to date with events!

Monday 12th September – Grand Opening of the Lainesmead Primary School Nursery

Tuesday 13th September – Year 3 Royal Ballet Workshops begin (PE kits needed in school)

Thursday 15th September – 3:30 and 4pm – Meet the Teacher – see details above

Monday 19th September – Harvest Assembly, donations made to Swindon Foodbank (details to follow)

Monday 19th September – Swindon Advertiser in Reception classes for ‘First Day of School’ photo

Tuesday 20th September – Y6 at Churchfields all day (details to follow shortly)

Friday 14th – Monday 17th October – Year 6 Isle of Wight Residential

Wednesday 19th October – International Primary Curriculum Fabulous Finish Afternoon (Years 1 – 6).

2:15pm – Year 2 assembly – starting with a 15 minute presentation on

E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)

2:30pm – Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

CLASS REPS

This time last year we set up our ‘Class Reps’ system.  We were delighted when so many parents came forward as reps for their class and were able to support the school to carry out vital fundraising activities.  Last year, the dedicated group helped us to raise over £1500 from the Summer Fete alone! Without their help, this simply would not have happened.

We are always looking for extra helpers.  All we ask is that you can dedicate a small amount of time to meet with Mrs Jayne Peer, our Parent Support Advisor, to help to organise our discos, quizzes, Christmas and Summer Fetes. The first meeting for Class Reps is on Wednesday 14th September at 9am in the Family Centre.

If you are interested in becoming a class rep (or continuing in the role) please do let Mrs Peer know on: 07730 139574 or email her on psa@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk . Alternatively, speak to an adult on the doors at the start of the day who will pass on your details to Mrs Peer.

STORYTELLING

This year we are introducing a new way of teaching Literacy (English).  We are adopting a Storytelling approach.  Throughout the year the children will be told and will learn at least 6 short stories.  By the end of the first week, the children should be able to come and tell you their whole story – please encourage them to do this.

We will continue to cover all elements of the National Curriculum through this approach, e.g. the teaching of spelling, grammar, sentence structure etc., but the focus will be on Storytelling.

If you would like to find out more about this approach then please do visit the Storytelling Schools Website, where there are examples of storytelling and a more detailed explanation of the process of storytelling.

http://www.storytellingschools.com/

TRAFFIC AND PARKING PROBLEMS AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY

Unfortunately, we have already had calls from local residents who are frustrated that they are unable to use their driveways at the start and end of the day due to inconsiderate parking.

Concerns have also been raised over DANGEROUS driving and parking.

This cannot continue.  We have been advised by the police that local residents must call them directly when issues arise and are therefore making this clear when a complaint is received.

Children’s safety is of utmost importance to us and we are concerned that children’s lives are being endangered by inconsiderate and dangerous driving and parking.

We understand that the start and end of the day are busy periods.  However, speeding and dangerous driving and parking could lead to a child being hurt.

Please support us and the local community is driving safely and parking sensibly around the school grounds.

Many thanks in advance for your understanding with this matter.

End of Year Newsletter

END 0F YEAR NEWS

As we come to the end of this academic year, it is with great pride that I can look back at the many achievements of the children. They have worked so hard and with every changing demands made on us by a new and challenging curriculum. The many values that have been on display throughout the year have particularly come to the fore as we end the term – resilience when tackling a particularly tricky problem whether it is in class or a problem between friends; courage in coping with changes; love and honesty towards all members of the school community; appreciation and happiness for each other and all the opportunities they are given within the school – which all strengthen their character and their ability to make the most of every aspect of school life.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff for their hard work this year.  It has been a year of changes and they have embraced this with goodwill and continued to provide the best education for the children.
I would also like to thank all parents and carers for their support this year.  A great deal of what we do in school cannot be achieved without you and your co-operation and backing. Many thanks and we look forward to working more closely with you from September.
Finally, I would like to wish all children who are leaving us at the end of this academic year all the very best on their journey. I know that they have all had a great start here at Lainesmead and know that they will go on to achieve great things in the future.

Have a wonderful summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 5th September!

summer holiday

 

SUMMER FETE

Thank you to everyone who attended the fete on July 4th.  We have had so many positive comments regarding the event’s success.  We are pleased to inform you that we managed to raise an amazing £1552.45. An awful lots of hard work goes into organising and running such a successful fete and we have many people to thank.
Firstly, a huge “Thank You” to Mrs Peer for all of her efforts, supporting the Class Reps and for organising everything so that it ran smoothly.
Secondly, to all of the Class Reps: Andi, Angela, Bibi, Chelsea, Erica, Jo, Joanne, Kelly, Leighton, Rachel, Stacey and Sven for all of their hard work and dedication helping to prepare and organise the prizes, and stalls. We really couldn’t have done any of this without you!
We also have many organisations, shops and individuals to thank, as follows: Argos; Bath Road Methodist Church; Homebase; Krispy Kreme; Sweets Galore; Wanborough Carnival; Churchfields staff and pupils; School Council; Year 6 helpers; Mr and Mrs Arora; Mr Baylay; Mrs Beauchamp; Mr T.Clarke; Mr L.De-Sciscio; Mr Durant; Mrs Mann; Mrs Newton; Mr T. Newton; Mrs J. Nicholls; Mr Peer; Mrs Timbrell; Mrs Voulgaris; Mr J.Wolf. Without all their help and dedication, as well as the help of all of Lainesmead’s staff, the event could not possibly have been as successful as it was.  Many thanks once again for your continued support.

PRIDE OF LAINESMEAD AWARDS

It was a pleasure to host the Pride of Lainesmead Awards on Thursday 14th July.
The annual event, previously known as Lainescars, has become such an important part of celebrating the children’s successes and once again it was wonderful to see so many children nominated.  Those who achieved a crystal were chosen for so many reasons but I can say that every child was a winner – having shown such determination and perseverance in their area, be it through achieving the leadership award or through their skills in numeracy.  Well done to all nominees who were given a star in assembly, the nominees on the night and the eventual crystal winners.  You are all worthy of high praise!

TD DAYS 2016-2017

As stated in the previous newsletter, we have confirmed all 5 TD Days for the next academic year, as follows:

Thursday 1st September 2016                                         Friday 2nd September 2016
Monday 31st October 2016                                              Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Friday 14th July 2017

DATES FOR TERM 1

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September – T D Days. No school for children
Monday 5th September – First day of Term 1 for all children
Friday 9th September – Non-school uniform day (£1) – dress as your favourite sporting star/sport from the Olympics.
Monday 12th September – Grand Opening of the Lainesmead Primary School Nursery Class
Tuesday 13th September – Year 3 Royal Ballet Workshops begin
Thursday 15th September – 3:30 and 4pm – Meet the Teacher – see details below
Wednesday 19th October – International Primary Curriculum Fabulous Finish Afternoon (Years 1 – 6).
             2:15pm – Year 2 assembly – starting with a 15 minute presentation on
                          E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)
             2:30pm – Years 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

ATTENDANCE

We continue to focus on improving attendance in the school and I am delighted that our attendance at the end of term is 95.83%, slightly above the Government’s target of school attendance.
Many classes have celebrated their attendance successes this term and we are looking forward to celebrating the attendance of all those who have achieved 100% in the final assembly on Friday.

INFANTS MUSIC FESTIVAL AT THE WYVERN

It was with great pleasure that I attended, along with one of the school Governors – Reverand Norma McKemey – the Infants Music Festival at the Wyvern Theatre on Wednesday 13th July.  The choir looked fantastic in their red waistocoats and Union Flag accessories and sang their songs with great gusto.  All of the songs linked to being champions and very much anticipated Team GB’s successes in the forthcoming Rio Olympics.
Well done to all children who took part and many thanks to the adults who invested their time in supporting the choir.

A MESSAGE FROM CAROLINE BLACK – ORGANISER OF SWINDON 175 CELEBRATIONS

coate water

Grand opening of Swindon’s Newest Station! Sunday 31st July at 12pm (lunchtime) at Richard Jefferies Museum Coate Water.

Think Railway Children, flags and bunting! We would like you to join us at the Richard Jefferies Museum for the grand opening of the Richard Jefferies Halt and the opening of the Coate Water Miniature Railway’s brand new extension.
This family day will see the first official train stop at the new station with a ribbon cutting and an unveiling of the new sign to mark the official opening of “Richard Jefferies Halt”. Children’s activities at the museum, a brass band and a steam traction engine to keep you entertained. The museum is situated on the edge of the beautiful Coate Water County Park which houses the miniature railway and it’s just 2 minutes from the Arkells Brewery Sun Inn family pub. A corner of Swindon perfect for families – Come along to the museum and bring a picnic and what’s more it’s FREE!

MEET THE TEACHERS’ MEETINGS

On Thursday 15th September we will be running our yearly ‘Meet the Teacher Meetings.’
This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s class teacher and learn about the expectations of the new year group.  We will be running these as 2 workshops in September, one at 3:30pm and one at 4:00pm, giving parents an opportunity to move between classes more easily, without missing any vital information.
As a response to suggestions made on parent questionnaires, we will focus the workshops on the teaching of maths, and in particular the types of written methods used in each year group, and the homework expectations.
This is a vital opportunity for all parents to be informed of the expectations of the new national curriculum and the way maths teaching has adapted as a result.

NON-SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY – FRIDAY 9TH SEPTEMBERget set road to rio
As stated in the dates above, Friday 9th September will be our first non-school uniform day of the year. We would like the children to take inspiration from the Rio Olympics and dress as one of their sporting heroes from this event. They can dress as the athlete or to represent the sport that has inspired them! All money raised will go towards outside play equipment for the children.

June Newsletter

The value for this term is: COURAGE

In assembly I told the children the story of Jamie, a timid boy, who was frightened of lots of things: thunder, wind, dogs and especially cows. The other boys at school often teased him but he did not complain; he didn’t call Barry names because of his ginger hair or make fun of Derek because of his glasses. He knew they couldn’t help these things any more than he, Jamie, could help his fears.
Jamie’s class was doing a project about farming and, along with the rest of his class, went on a school visit to a farm. Barry and Derek knew how timid Jamie was and thought this was an ideal opportunity to tease him even more. The class was split into groups and told to go off and find out what animals were kept on the farm and what crops were being grown. They were told not to go into the field where the cows were grazing as the farmer did not want any of the gates left open for the animals to escape. Knowing Jamie’s fear of cows Barry and Derek disobeyed the rules and led Jamie through a gate where they thought they had seen a herd of cows.
The field seemed empty except for one animal. ‘We’ll scare him,’ said Barry. ‘Look, Jamie, there’s a bull! It’s coming this way!’ said Derek. It was then that they realized it really was a bull and it was heading straight for them! Jamie was too frightened to run and instinctively headed for a nearby tree, while the other two fled and headed for the gate. The bull chased Jamie around the tree trunk instead of chasing the others in the open field, where it would easily have caught up with them.  By this time the teacher and the other children could hear the commotion and as Barry and Derek reached the safety of the gate they could see Jamie apparently keeping the bull busy while the two boys escaped. The farmer and his dog arrived and they were able to drive the bull into the next field. Jamie was safe.  He was declared a hero by the teacher and all his class. He admitted to them that he was too frightened to run away. ‘Never mind,’ said the teacher. ‘Many people are afraid at times yet they still find the courage to do brave things when necessary. You saved Barry and Derek from being attacked by the bull.’
Jamie felt much better after that. He grew braver and he felt much more confident. Jamie found that, slowly, he began to overcome his fears and was no longer afraid of thunder, wind, dogs, or cows. Bulls? Well, he hoped he would not meet one again!

STAFFING FOR SEPTEMBER

We say ‘Goodbye’ to just one member of staff this year.  Mrs P Chahal, who has only been with us since September teaching in the afternoons in Greece class, is moving away from the area.  We wish her all the very best for the future.
Mrs H Smith, teaching in Year 3 this year will be away on a temporary basis as she is eagerly anticipating the birth of her second child.  As soon as there’s any news of the baby’s arrival we will let you all know!
We have now finalised the details for teaching staff for September.  We welcome 2 new members of teaching staff – Mrs Gen Painter (No relation to Mrs Painter) who will be teaching in Nursery and Miss Jen Martin who will be teaching in Year 5.

Nursery (Swindon and Wiltshire Classes) – Mrs G Painter (Mon-Thurs)/Mrs J Baldry (Fri)
Reception – Wales Class: Mrs M Chappell-King (Mon-Wed)/Mrs C Hatherall (Thurs/Fri)
Scotland Class: Miss J Stringer
Year 1 – Germany Class: Miss R Rance
France Class: Miss K Bees/Mrs C Hatherall (Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons)
Year 2 – Spain Class: Mr A Price
Iceland Class: Mrs N Telling
Year 3 – Canada Class: Mr J Tew
Russia Class: Miss C Vardy
Year 4 – Mexico: Miss C Lay
South Africa: Mrs S Dodson (Mon-Wed)/Mrs B Smogur (Thurs/Fri)
Year 5 – China Class: Miss N Griffiths
Brazil Class: Miss J Martin
Year 6 – New Zealand Class: Mrs A Mepstead
Australia Class: Mrs D Saxby (Mon-Wed)/Mrs H Jones (Thurs/Fri)

On Thursday 14th July, end of year reports will be sent home with the children.  Teachers work very hard on forming these reports to provide you with a full picture of how well your child has achieved this year.  As with previous reports, the terminology is new, in line with the changes to National Curriculum and Assessment Procedures.  If you do require any clarification regarding the reports then please do contact your child’s class teacher.
Included with the reports will be a letter informing you of your child’s new class and teacher from Monday 18th July and a map detailing where the class is situated.

TD DAYS 2016-2017

We have now confirmed all 5 TD Days for the next academic year, as follows:

Thursday 1st September 2016
Friday 2nd September 2016
Monday 31st October 2016
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Friday 14th July 2017
Further dates will be available shortly and will be placed on the school app – Schoop

DATE REMINDERS

Friday 1st July – EYFS Assembly at 9:15am followed by sporting events
Thursday 7th July – International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Fabulous Finish Afternoon :
2:15pm – Year 1 Assembly, starting with a 15 minute presentation on E-Safety
2:30pm – Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Friday 8th July – School Summer Fete starting at 3:15pm
Tuesday 12th July – Y6 Production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ 2pm and 6pm
Thursday 14th July – Y6 Leavers Assembly at 9:30am (Y6 parents welcome) – tea and coffee served from 9am
Thursday 14th July – End of year reports sent home
Thursday 14th July – 6pm – Pride of Lainesmead Awards
Friday 15th July – T D DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED TO PUPILS
Monday 18th July – Move Up week, children spend the week in their new classes
Friday 22nd July – End of term 6.  School finishes at 3:15pm.

PRIDE OF LAINESMEAD AWARDS

It was a pleasure to present the certificates and stars to all the nominees for the Pride of Lainesmead Awards in assembly on Monday 20th June.  So many children have shone this year and have made their teachers proud.  The ‘golden envelopes,’ for those who were shortlisted of from each year group in each category were also handed out.  Well done to all nominees and we look forward to the Pride of Lainesmead Awards on Thursday 14th July.

KS1 MINI-ATHLETICS AT THE COUNTY GROUND

The following Year 2 children recently attended a mini-athletics tournament at the County Ground:

Kai Coogan, Lara Santos Pereira, Julia Pawlowska, Connor Durant, Ansel Deulkar, Amy Vasishat, Julie Mezavilla and Rudy Durand.  The children competed against other children from Swindon schools in a whole range of athletics activities.  Particular note must be made of Rudy who came 9th overall for all events combined – 400m, thro, standing long jump and print.  In fact, Rudy’s sprint time was a very impressive 12.50 seconds!  We may have a future Olympian on our hands!

CONSULTATION ON CHANGING THE SCHOOL’S AGE RANGE – A MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNING BODY

At the end of Term 4, Mrs Painter released a consultation document regarding changing the age range of the school from 4-11 to 2-11.  This was as a result of Shining Stars voting to close and to be taken over by Lainesmead.  A small number of responses were received as a result of the consultation which was taken to the Full Governing Body in Term 5. The responses were overwhelmingly positive.  A few points were raised which were then considered by the governors when deciding on the change of age range.  They are as follows:

  • How will places at the nursery be secured and managed at the new nursery?

Places at the school nursery will be allocated according to the criteria set out in the Nursery Admissions Policy with an intake in September and January. Should there be any further available places then an intake in April will also be possible. Parents are asked to apply directly to the school.

The school will manage the nursery with a member of the Senior Leadership Team having overall responsibility for the Early Years Phase (as currently happens).

  • Changing for operational reasons only makes sense if children are guaranteed a place in the school when they are entering Reception.

Unfortunately, as with any school setting which has nursery provision, government legislation states that admission to the school nursery class does not guarantee admission to the primary school, nor does attendance in the nursery class give priority to admission into the school. Our aim is that as the children and parents become more familiar with the school, the natural transition will be into Lainesmead Primary School rather than to any other school.

  • How many hours a week will the children have access to a qualified teacher?

An experienced Early Years teacher has been appointed for the nursery. There will be a teacher in the classroom for all sessions except for the allocated Preparation, Planning and Assessment (PPA) time that all teachers are entitled to under government legislation.

  • What will happen to the resources that currently belong to SSPS, will these be ‘purchased’ by the school for use as part of the new nursery?

Shining Stars must decide what happens to the resources they currently have. As a charity, they must donate or sell their resources to other charities. These cannot be given to the school as Local Authority Maintained Schools are not entitled to charity status. The school’s aim was to purchase the resources but, unfortunately, this has not been possible.

  • What is the school’s vision for the Nursery?

Nursery can set the tone of a child’s attitude to his or her whole school career. The establishment of the new nursery as part of Lainesmead Primary School will set this tone and further enhance the aims of the school. Nursery is about learning through play! At Lainesmead Nursery children will take part in play every single day. Much of this play will take place in the outdoor area – research shows that children use five times as many words when they play outdoors compared to indoors. There really is nothing like the freedom of playing outdoors to improve children’s physical and sensory development and their imaginations, not to mention the fun factor! Permeating this play will be a carefully structured plan which build progressively the skills the children will need for full-time school – children moving seamlessly from outside to inside to access this. Snacks and drinks will be available as part of the whole nursery experience. Of course, this will all be done to further enhance the children’s learning and skills, especially fine motor skills, e.g. spreading, pouring or cutlery skills. All of this would enable us to be outstanding in every field and become a flagship school for EYFS practice.

  • As a new setting, will it be subject to an Ofsted inspection before it opens?

The Nursery will be subject to Ofsted at the same time as the school. The Early Years has returned to become a separate section of an Ofsted Inspection Report, however, this does not mean that the nursery can receive a separate Ofsted.

  • What will the ‘school led nursery’ look like and where it be located?

Currently, the Nursery will open in the same mobile classroom on the school’s site, however, the facilities will be altered to bring the school’s vision of a nursery to life. There will be clear processes in place, including a more robust assessment system, teacher/parent consultation sessions and a focused curriculum to ensure the children make outstanding progress during their time with us.

  • The consultation shows that there is an assumption that the volume of traffic around the school will not increase. What plans does the school have for addressing road safety and traffic issues?

As the provision will not be expanding for September 2016, the amount of traffic will be unchanged to what it is currently. We completely understand the frustrations of local residents with regards to traffic issues at the start and end of the day. The school has sent out regular reminders to parents regarding parking restrictions and consideration for local residents. Many members of the Senior Leadership Team have challenged parents/carers who have parked inconsiderately. The school are often in communication with the local PCSO to support the school with traffic and parking problems. Recently a traffic warden has also been deployed to the area for the start and end of the school day.

The staff also talk to the children on a regular basis about road safety. Indeed, only just before half term there was a visit from ‘Mr Randini’ to deliver his ‘Road Safety Magic Show.’ He has provided feedback stating that “Lainesmead is one of the most supportive schools to Road safety in Swindon.” Mrs Ellison, the School Business Manager, has recently taken on the role of Travel Plan Co-ordinator and will therefore be working on improving the situation for all.

April’s Newsletter

The value for this term is: LOVE AND HONESTY

In our first assembly of this term, I shared the above image with the children and asked them what they thought our Values are for this term.  There was a resounding response of Love.  We have combined this with Honesty.

As the children entered the assembly I played the song “The Greatest Love of All” and talked about how important it is to love yourself in order to love others.  I asked the children to think what love is.  There were many and varied responses, for example being kind, friendly and the love shown between a couple.  I shared with them a list of words and we talked about their meaning in relation to love: compassion, friendship, trust, consideration, tolerance, kindness, peace, empathy and respect.

I explained that love can be very powerful. It can help to change people’s lives and make the world a better place.  We then looked at what some famous people had said about the importance of love.

Mother Teresa said “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.”  A figure the children have been introduced to in the past, Martin Luther King, also said “At the centre of non-violence stands the principle of love.”  Mahatma Gandhi stated that “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.”

The following week I told the story of a retiring businessman, Mr Bell, and how he had asked 6 staff to plants seeds.  When they next returned to meet with him he would give the business to one staff member and they would become the boss. All went away and planted the seeds, looked after them.  One businessman, Mr James, quickly became upset that this seed wasn’t growing and spoke to his wife about what he should do.  She asked him to persevere with it.

Time went on and the other 5 staff members were boasting about how their plants were growing and were beautiful.  Eventually, Mr Bell called them all back to the board room and asked them to bring their plants.  All displayed their wonderful plants except for Mr James, who had a pot filled with compost and no plant.  Mr Bell called him to the front and declared that Mr James would inherit his business and become the boss.  All the others sat in amazement.  As it turned out, the seeds would never grow as they had been boiled.  Mr Bell knew that Mr James had been the most honest of people and therefore he deserved to be boss!  We reflected then on the statement: If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

EASTERN AVENUE PLAY PARK

We continue to receive complaints from parents regarding the behaviour of older children in the park outside the school at the end of the day.  This particularly relates to Churchfields children.  We are working closely with the leadership of Churchfields to rectify the situation.  I have been assured by Churchfields that they are happy for you to contact them directly regarding any incidents of inappropriate behaviour and language.  Churchfields can be contacted on: 01793 487286 or via email on administrator@churchfields.org

 

SKY DIVING FOR CHARITY!

As publicised in the past, two members of staff, Mrs Sara Burgess and Mrs Rachael Swatridge, have been raising money for Diabetes UK in preparation for tandem Skydive.

I am pleased to let you know that the skydive was completed on Saturday and that they both shared their experiences with the children in assembly on Monday.  The photos they showed were amazing and the children were astonished by their accounts.  They all wanted to know whether they would do it again and they both said “Without question, we would!”

They have already raised an astounding £1060, way above their target of £400.  There is still time, however, to donate, if you would like to.

https://www.justgiving.com/Sara-Rachael-fundraising-page/

 

DATE REMINDERS

Monday 2nd May – BANK HOLIDAY, SCHOOL CLOSED

Wednesday 4th May at 2pm – Meeting for Lainesmead and Shining Stars parents regarding the establishment of the Nursery in September

Week beginning 9th May – Year 6 SATs

Friday 2th May – International Primary Curriculum Fabulous Finish afternoon 2:15pm – Year 5 Assembly, started by a 15 minute presentation on E- Safety

2:30pm – Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Week Beginning 30th May – HALF-TERM, SCHOOL CLOSED

Monday 6th June – School opens, all children return

Week 6th – 10th June – International Week

Friday 10th June – International Week Fabulous Finish Afternoon at 2:30pm.

 

LAINESCARS – CHANGE OF DATE!

Lainescars, our annual awards ceremony for Key Stage 2, has always been held at the start of the new academic year.  This year we have decided to move Lainescars to the end of the Summer Term.  Lainescars will now be held on THURSDAY 14TH JULY.  Please do save the date!

 

PARENTS QUESTIONNAIRES

At Lainesmead, we are proud of all the things that we do well.  However, we are always looking to improve and be even better!  This is where we need your help!

A Parental Questionnaire was sent out recently which we would like you to complete.  This will provide us with an invaluable contribution and will directly feed into our self-evaluation of the school as well as our School Improvement Plan.

The deadline for returning the questionnaire, which should only take a couple of minutes to complete, is Friday 20th May.  All questionnaires returned which include the child’s name, will be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher

End of Term 4

This term has gone by even more quickly than the last and it seems a shock that we have only 4 days left!
We have had many success to celebrate this term. There have been so many trips out by various year groups. Without fail, the feedback we have received from the public has been positive. The children represent the school so well and we are very proud of each and every one of them.
I do hope that you have found this week’s Parents’ Evening Appointments useful. Schools are constantly receiving from the Government new information regarding assessment and we aim to provide information to you, our parents, regarding the progress and attainment of your child/children as clearly as possible. The process is constantly evolving, however, especially as we receive information on an almost weekly basis. We continue to have many members of the school compete innews1 various sporting competitions. Our Netball team continue to build their team spirit and skills and, despite having suffered a recent defeat, are second in the Swindon Schools league.

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Celebrating Swindon’s 175th Birthday earlier this
term was a particular highlight. I know that the
children enjoyed hearing about Swindon’s history
and how it became and continues to become one of the fastest growing towns in the country. They were also very enthusiastic about our ‘last minute’ visitors – 2 members of the Swindon
Wildcats Ice Hockey team. That evening saw our big celebration disco and we were lucky enough to be joined by 2 Swindon Town Football Club players – namely James Brophy and Bradley Barry. The 2 players were brilliant with all the children, leading the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ and then staying to chat and sign autographs.

I also had the pleasure of attending the Junior Music Festival in the Oasis only last night. The choir children had so many words to learn! They not only managed this but also sang beautifully and represented the school brilliantly. They are thoroughly ready to join in this summer’s Olympic celebrations.

We have also welcomed a new member of staff this term – Mrs L Poole – who has joined us as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. Miss M Robinson, who many already know, has also now been employed as a HLTA. Both HLTAs will be covering classes across the whole school.

Mrs Painter

EASTER ‘EGG-STRAVAGANZA’

I do hope you received the flyer earlier this week announcing our Easter family fun afternoon (or ‘Egg-stravaganza’). This will run as the craft afternoon at Christmas with a few alterations. Parents, as previously, collect your child/children from their class at 2:30pm. Please then choose ONE activity to complete. Once that activity is complete, you are welcome to take your
child/children home. Should any parents be unable to attend, the child will remain in their classroom and will leave at 3:15pm as usual.

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SHINING STARS PRE-SCHOOL

Many of you will be aware that it has been a long held ambition for the school to have its own Nursery on site. This year we have been in discussion with Shining Stars Pre-School, who are based on our site, regarding an amalgamation of their provision with the school. On Tuesday 15th March, the pre-school held an Extraordinary General Meeting where staff and parents were asked to vote on the amalgamation of the pre-school with Lainesmead Primary School. I am delighted to inform you that it was agreed to formally close Shining Stars and amalgamate with Lainesmead Primary School, thereby creating a Lainesmead Nursery in September 2016. More details regarding this will be provided in due course, including a meeting for Lainesmead and Shining Stars parents to explain the changes and processes.

EASTERN AVENUE PLAY PARK

We are aware that the students of Churchfields are using inappropriate language in front of Lainesmead children and do not always respond appropriately to adults when confronted about this. I would like to reassure you that we are currently working very closely with the Senior Leadership Team at Churchfields to address the issues at the end of the day regarding the use of the play park. I know that Churchfields are keen to know the names of the students in order
to address their behaviour directly with them. If you prefer us to pass on this information then please do contact the office regarding this.

BABY NEWS!

Congratulations to Mrs Smith in Year 3 who is expecting her second child during the summer holidays. We are all very excited for her. She will remain as India class’s teacher on Mondays – Wednesdays for the remainder of this academic year before taking her maternity leave.

DATE REMINDERS

Thursday 24th March – Last Day of Term 4 and Easter Family Fun Afternoon from 2:30pm
Monday 11th April – T D Day, school CLOSED to pupils
Tuesday 12th April – Children return to school
Week beginning 18th April – Year 2 to sit their Reading SATs
Week beginning 9th May – Year 6 SATs

MESSY CHURCH

news4We have been asked to let parents know that Messy Church will meet this Sunday 20th March at King William Street School, Old Town from 3:30pm until 5:30pm. They will be celebrating Palm Sunday and hearing the Easter story.

SAVE SWINDON LIBRARIES

There has been a great deal of publicity around Swindon recently regarding the closure of libraries in the town. For your information, there is a public meeting to discuss this matter. Please see the details below:

Public Meeting for all library users
Sunday 10 April 2-4 pm
In Christ Church Community Centre
Old Town Swindon SN1 3HB

Best-selling authors Alan Gibbons, Jake Arnott and Paul Cornell will speak in support of Swindon’s libraries.

Swindon Borough Council plans to save 65% of its Libraries Budget by 2020- that is £1.5M and the cuts threaten the services of 14 of Swindon’s 15 libraries
Come along and support the campaign.
Find us online:
FACEBOOK:-   Save Swindon’s Libraries
TWITTER:-       #saveswindonlibraries
Sign the petition to Save Swindon’s Libraries at change.org

HEADTEACHER’S LUNCH

news5I have had the pleasure of the following children for Head teacher’s lunch this
term:
Reception: Jahvaya Webb, Amelia Yousaf, Taylor Gardner, Aliti Logavatu
Year 6: Maia Birkbeck, Jordan Grouby, Krisha Gurung, John Wetton
Year 5: Mia Wallace, Tyson Anscombe, Niamh Standley, Shivam Madan.

TRAFFIC AND PARKING PROBLEMS AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY

 This term we have had multiple calls from local residents who are becoming increasingly frustrated at the traffic and parking news6problems at the start and end of each day.

I myself witnessed parents shouting at each other on Eastern Avenue having become stuck due to the ILLEGAL parking that had taken place – parking across people’s driveways and on double yellow lines. This resulted in another car dangerously speeding around the corner as many children were attempting to cross the road. It was sheer luck that, in this incident, no one was hurt. This cannot continue!

Local residents have right of access to their driveways. Even if there are no double-yellow lines across their driveway, they continue to have right of access. Please respect all residents in the local community and do not park across a driveway.

Parking on double-yellow lines, even for the briefest of periods is ILLEGAL. Parking on these lines is not only an inconvenience for local residents but is also a danger to the life of a child in the school. Double-yellow lines and the ‘School Keep Clear’ lines are there for a very good reason – to protect the children and adults arriving and leaving the school.

Furthermore, we are increasingly seeing cars parked on the grass verges all around the school. There are clear signs in place stating that this should not happen. Again children’s lives are being endangered with this type of parking.

Many thanks in advance for your understanding with this matter.

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PUMPING STATION LAND AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY

 We have recently learnt that some of our childrennews8 are ‘daring’ each other to enter the Pumping Station and using social media to do this. The site is dangerous. We have reported the hole in the fence many times and continue to wait for it to be replaced. Please could we urge you to talk to your children, as we have done, that, for their own safety, they stay away from this derelict site? Many thanks for your cooperation with this.