Latest Newsletter – Christmas, Videos, Knowledge Organisers and more

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Your children are working hard!

We’re so pleased to see the children really working hard and enjoying their school. It makes me very proud looking through the work they have done and watching them in class.

Thank you for your generosity towards Children in Need today – we’ll quarantine and count the money, and let you know the total ASAP.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr Applegate

Thank you for supporting Children In Need

If you weren’t able to give on the gates this morning, you can donate here:

https://donate.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/

Remembrance Day

We ‘remembered’ with a special video from Rev May on Wednesday. Mr Denman also played outside for the school at 11am. It was a very moving moment, remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom.

Christmas – Action needed by Friday!

For Christmas, we’d like to produce a video of your child’s class or year group. It will be shared online using Google Classrooms as well as a password protected link to a YouTube video. You must complete this quick form to give permission. Thank you!

 

Christmas Cards – to be Covid-safe, the last day for brining in Christmas cards for other children is 9th Dec. Cards will then be quarantined, sorted, and re-quarantined before handing out. Remember, no name and class on the envelope means no delivery!

FOSM News

Simba raffle – We have extended the deadline to Friday 20th Nov. 

Scavenger Hunt – Thank you to all those who took part in the scavenger hunt and for your lovely comments. It was a huge success and we will be drawing the winner soon.

Your School Lottery – This week’s local winner was Ms C who won £36.90!!!

Head Lice

We have had several cases of head lice recently; please remember to check your child’s hair regularly. Thank you.

RockStars Headliners

This week, Miss Goddard set a competition that the year group who had the most active players would get an extra afternoon play. 

  • Year 3 had 60% of children playing RockStars this week so have earned 10 minutes extra play
  • Year 4 had 55% of children playing RockStars this week so have earned 5 minutes extra play
  • Year 5 had 24% of children playing RockStars
  • Year 6 had 35% of children playing RockStars

Well done to Year 3 and 4! Let’s see if we can see an improvement in the amount of Year 5 and 6 children playing next week. 

 

All children who have played RockStars for at least half an hour this week have earned an RP for their class!

 

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Star Learners Last Week!

Well done to:

  • Year R: James L, Charlie J, Reeva G
  • Year 1: Aria C, Charlie M, Elodie M
  • Year 2: Joseph N, Jack W, Mia P
  • Year 3: Olivia G, Zoe B, Ashley M
  • Year 4: Chloe D, Marissa S, Jessica M
  • Year 5: Charlie D, Phoebe F, Ollie M
  • Year 6: Isla B, Maddie F, Megan L

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Simba’s First day at School

His training went well!!

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Dandelions Employment Opportunity

blankDandelions Community Pre-school in Basingstoke, are looking for a Deputy Manager to join our team.

A good knowledge of the EYFS is essential, knowledge of the role of SENCO and Tapestry are desirable.

For more information and an application form, please email: info@dandelions-preschool.org.uk

Closing date:30th November 2020

Sign-up for our school prayer points mailing list

Would you like to join our prayer points mailing list? In conjunction with Immanuel church, this is a new opportunity to receive by email a half-termly prayer point list for our school. Click here to find out more. The first mal will come out next week.

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Regular Notices

Year R Tours – September 2021

blankInterested in joining St Mark’s for September 2021? We’re running tours and online sessions. Click here to find out more

SCL After school care and Half Term Child Care

Click here for Half-term child care booking! Held at Hatch Warren Community Centre.

Click here for regular after school care at St Mark’s.

 

Covid Reminders

  • Use the email covid@stmarksce.org.uk if you have questions or need to report symptoms or a positive case.
  • Please keep us updated – for example, of test results.
  • Read this letter from Public Health England about symptoms and testing.
  • NHS Symptoms Check
  • If a child or parent is at home because of symptoms, please keep the siblings off too. IE the whole household needs to isolate, and the person with symptoms needs to get a test.
  • We are moving online with homework, spellings and Google Classrooms. If you need help with technology, please do let us know by emailing the office.
  • If a child is off school but able to work, then Google Classroom work is available – and it should be completed. Teachers spend a lot of time making sure this work is available so no-one misses out!

Do you have a spare laptop you don’t need?

blankDo you have a laptop lying around, which we can use to support children at home? Doesn’t need to be new or quick. We blitz it, and install all the software necessary. That way a child who doesn’t have access to a laptop for home learning can really benefit. If you can help, please email the office.

 

 

Online Forms

  • Absence Request form – going to be absent (e.g. wedding, funeral, holiday etc)? Use this form
  • Pupil Premium Form – have your work/benefit circumstances changed? Complete this form so we can check if your child is elligible for free school meals and other support at school.
  • Getting Home Arrangements – tell us how your child gets home each day.
  • Mobile Phone Request – for older children needing to bring a phone to school

Going to be absent?

We’ve moved our absence request form online. This is for absence requests such as holidays, weddings, funeral, special events, and more. You don’t need to use this form for sickness or self-isolation (but please email/phone the office if they are unwell).blank

Support our school whilst you shop!

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Email and Contact Details

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Remember, if you change your contact details, please let the office know here.

Get in touch with us

Latest Newsletter – 7th Nov – Non-uniform, Covid updates and more

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From Mr Applegate

I trust you had a good half-term break. It does seem a long time away. We’re really proud of the way our children have come back this week (it’s been quite eventful!). They really are a delight and it’s a privilege to be part of their lives.

Please have a good read through this newsletter – there are a variety of important bits and pieces – especially the details about what happens if there is a positive case.

An update on Simba – he arrives for his training on Monday. However, we will be taking it very carefully for his safety and those of the children, adults and community. We’ll be in touch about the logistics of children seeing him.

With lockdown 2.0 now in motion, please do reach out if we can help you in anyway. We are a community who support one another.

Have a wonderful week, Mr Applegate.

 

Children In Need – Non-uniform – Friday 13th Nov

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Any donation welcome

If you are able to give, money will be collected at the gates!

If it’s your PE day, please wear clothes that you can do PE in, as there won’t be an opportunity to change.

Thank you!

What happens if we get a positive case at school, or informed of one from someone already self-isolating?

The following information is set by the government and PHE. As a school, we are following their guidance.

As soon as we get informed of a positive case, we will text and email parents of the affected bubble(s) to ask you to pick up your child immediately. The children in the bubble will be taken outside for ‘extra playtime’, in order to give good ventilation.

Any other contacts* will be identified, including staff, children in breakfast club bubbles, HWASC, SCL etc; their parents will also be texted and emailed. We will confirm with parents if their child is a close contact.

Remember, identified contacts* must self-isolate, but not secondary contacts. Secondary contacts are those who have not had contact with the person who has tested positive. So for example, the siblings of children in the bubble are secondary contacts; they do not need to self-isolate and can continue attending school, and their families can carry on with work etc. The only difference here is the family/household of the person who tested positive – they must self-isolate.

The contacts* who are told to self-isolate must do so immediately for 14 days. They do not need to get a test unless they begin to develop symptoms themselves (as is the case for everyone).

For any child who is self-isolating, work will be set on Google Classrooms (tapestry for Year R). Please ensure that you are able to login as a bubble may be closed at any moment. For the bubble that closes, we will be in touch via email with a programme of learning for the 14 days, which includes online/video support from our team. The work set must be done!

Please do ask if you have any questions. See below for * contact definition

* Who is a contact?

A contact is a person who has had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 during their infectious period (2 days before to 10 days after onset of symptoms, or from the test date if asymptomatic). This includes:

  • a person who has had face-to-face contact (within 1 metre) with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), including: being coughed on; having a face-to-face conversation; having skin-to-skin physical contact; or any contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact.
  • a person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) for more than 15 minutes.
  • a person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or in a large vehicle near someone who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • people who spend significant time in the same household as a person who hast ested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Last day of term

Just to confirm the last day of term is Friday 18th December. Please collect your child during their usual time slot on this day, as school will not be finishing any earlier. Thank you

 

British Legion Poppy – Appeal

Because of COVID-19, the Royal British Legion have adapted their poppy appeal this year and are asking others to become involved by putting up decorated poppies in their windows (like the COVID rainbows). We’ll be engaging with this at school too, and learning about remembrance.

A template can be found here: www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate

Flu Immunisation

Just a reminder to complete your flu immunisation form, if you haven’t done so already. The nasal vaccination will take place next week on Thursday 12th November. Please complete the form online to indicate whether you do or do not give consent.

You can complete the form using the link below. Our school code is SH131450

If you do not complete this form, your child will not be immunised.

Thank you.

https://www.southernhealthimmunisations.co.uk/forms/flu

Remembrance Day Worship – 11th November

Anti-Bullying Week – 16th November- Wear odd socks!

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During the week beginning Monday 16th November, we will be celebrating Anti-Bullying Week at St Mark’s! The theme this year is ‘United Against Bullying’. To kick the week off, we will be starting with an Odd Socks Day on Monday 16th November!

WHAT IS ODD SOCKS DAY?

Odd Socks Day is a key part of Anti-Bullying Week! To celebrate that we are all unique, we ask that children wear odd socks to school on Monday 16th November. Last year over 13,000 schools took part in Odd Socks Day and this year, we are joining them!

Andy Day (Cbeebies/CBBC) and his band Andy and the Odd Socks are supporting the Anti-Bullying Alliance to help bring Odd Socks Day to life again this year. Have a listen to the brilliant song they have recorded especially for Anti-Bullying Week – The Kids Are United!

WHY IS ODD SOCKS DAY IMPORTANT?

The day sends an important message to pupils that they should be allowed to be themselves, free from bullying and helps us celebrate Anti-Bullying Week in a fun and positive way. We will be reading a great fiction book under the Odd Socks theme this year and also completing other fun activities during the day, which will help us celebrate both our differences and our unity within our St Mark’s community.

WHAT DO WE NEED FROM YOU?

Just make sure your child wears odd socks to school on Monday 16th November!

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Skoolkit

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Sign-up for our school prayer points mailing list

Would you like to join our prayer points mailing list? In conjunction with Immanuel church, this is a new opportunity to receive by email a half-termly prayer point list for our school. Click here to find out more. The first mal will come out next week.

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Nearly New Uniform Bins

A huge thank you to FOSM for organsing these, and for Waste Team at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Serco for donating them! You’ll see these at the KS1 and KS2 gates – a great place to place any uniform bits and pieces that could be used again – only Jumpers, Cardigans and Fleeces. FSOM take these, wash and clean them, and then they sold back to parents, with all proceeds going to the school.

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Simba Raffle

FOSM are also excited about Simba starting school next week! One of our parents has generously donated a ‘Simba’ cuddly toy to give away. We couldn’t decide who to give him to, so we thought the fairest way is to have a raffle. Tickets are priced at £1 each or 6 for £5. For your chance to win Simba (the cuddly toy) simply send the correct money into school in an envelope marked with your child’s name, class, number of tickets and the amount enclosed. Change will not be given. Cheques made payable to Friends of St Mark’s. Closing date for entries is 3pm on Friday 13th November. The draw will be made during week commencing 16th November.

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Parents’ Evenings – Online

These will also be held online. You will receive an email giving details for booking a time slot soon. Your video meeting will last a maximum of 10 minutes (it cuts off at 10 minutes!). The video service is run by the same UK company that book the parents evening – you will be given a link, and no additional software/app is needed. To be clear, it’s not Google Meet or Zoom.

To minimise any technical issues, please log on 5 minutes before your appointment. Thank you

  • 11th Nov 2020, Wed 16:00 – 18:00

Just go to https://www.parents-booking.co.uk/stmarks

RockStars Headliners

Leaderboard Newcomers

Year 3: Isla, Elizabeth, Zoe, Joe, William and Jack

Year 4: Riker, Isla, Ano, Anaya, Matheus and Matthew 

Year 5: David, Charlotte, Jessica W, Adam, Sophia, Hollie

Year 6: Nicky, Hannah, Frankie, Jonathan, Archie, Zach

 

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Star Learners This Week!

Well done to:

  • Year R: Eva B, Zachary H, Sophia
  • Year 1: Lola, Daisy 1P, Jackson
  • Year 2: Jack K, Sophia, Max
  • Year 3: George B, Elliott, Elouise
  • Year 4: Dylan R, Sean, Jack
  • Year 5:Isaac H, George, Harley
  • Year 6: Jack L, Ava P, Harri, Hannah

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From Last Week

Story Competition- win £20, £30 or £40! McCarthy and Stone will also donate £250 to our school!

Deadline for entries -27th November!

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FOSM Fundraising Thermometer

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Regular Notices

Year R Tours – September 2021

blankInterested in joining St Mark’s for September 2021? We’re running tours and online sessions. Click here to find out more

SCL After school care and Half Term Child Care

Click here for Half-term child care booking! Held at Hatch Warren Community Centre.

Click here for regular after school care at St Mark’s.

 

Covid Reminders

  • Use the email covid@stmarksce.org.uk if you have questions or need to report symptoms or a positive case.
  • Please keep us updated – for example, of test results.
  • Read this letter from Public Health England about symptoms and testing.
  • NHS Symptoms Check
  • If a child or parent is at home because of symptoms, please keep the siblings off too. IE the whole household needs to isolate, and the person with symptoms needs to get a test.
  • We are moving online with homework, spellings and Google Classrooms. If you need help with technology, please do let us know by emailing the office.
  • If a child is off school but able to work, then Google Classroom work is available – and it should be completed. Teachers spend a lot of time making sure this work is available so no-one misses out!

Do you have a spare laptop you don’t need?

blankDo you have a laptop lying around, which we can use to support children at home? Doesn’t need to be new or quick. We blitz it, and install all the software necessary. That way a child who doesn’t have access to a laptop for home learning can really benefit. If you can help, please email the office.

Online Forms

  • Absence Request form – going to be absent (e.g. wedding, funeral, holiday etc)? Use this form
  • Pupil Premium Form – have your work/benefit circumstances changed? Complete this form so we can check if your child is elligible for free school meals and other support at school.
  • Getting Home Arrangements – tell us how your child gets home each day.
  • Mobile Phone Request – for older children needing to bring a phone to school

Going to be absent?

We’ve moved our absence request form online. This is for absence requests such as holidays, weddings, funeral, special events, and more. You don’t need to use this form for sickness or self-isolation (but please email/phone the office if they are unwell).blank

Support our school whilst you shop!

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Email and Contact Details

blankIf you don’t receive the school newsletter and year group emails via email, you can sign up here!

Remember, if you change your contact details, please let the office know here.

Get in touch with us

Simba update and raffle

Next Monday, Simba has his first day at school for training with The Dog Mentor. Soon, we’ll be letting the children know about what his routine will look like too.

FOSM are also excited about Simba starting school next week! One of our parents has generously donated a ‘Simba’ cuddly toy to give away. We couldn’t decide who to give him to, so we thought the fairest way is to have a raffle. Tickets are priced at £1 each or 6 for £5. For your chance to win Simba (the cuddly toy) simply send the correct money into school in an envelope marked with your child’s name, class, number of tickets and the amount enclosed. Change will not be given. Cheques made payable to Friends of St Mark’s. Closing date for entries is 3pm on Friday 13th November. The draw will be made during week commencing 16th November.blank

Bumper Newsletter – 23rd October – happy half-term!

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Message from Mr Applegate

What a long half-term! The children have coped brilliantly, parents and carers have been so supportive, and the staff have worked incredibly hard. Thank you everyone. We are so grateful.

We trust parents’ evening was helpful for those who have had it. By and large the technology worked very well. We’re feeding back any issues to the developers. 

FOSM have been amazing too! See the fundraising below. We are so grateful for their efforts. Remember, it’s not too late to join the committee – just email chair.fosm@stmarksce.org.uk to find out more. Many hands make light work, as well as strengthening our community.

Remember, for those in Year 3 and above, school dinners increase to £2.50 from November 2nd. This is set by Hampshire CC, not the school. (They are free for younger year groups!).

The deadline for the Christmas cards order is Wed 4th November – the order sheets have gone home today.

Have a good, restful week, Mr Applegate

Road Safety

This week in school the children have been thinking about road safety and we have talked about the importance of staying safe when out walking and on our bikes. With the half term holiday approaching, please can you remind your children about the green cross code and the importance of staying safe on and near the roads. We have had some local residents that are concerned about how a few of our children are behaving around the roads.   blank

Story Competition- win £20, £30 or £40! McCarthy and Stone will also donate £250 to our school!

Deadline for entries -27th November!

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FOSM Update

We are so grateful for everyone’s generosity, including the following amounts raised so far:

  • Scavenger hunt – £370.70 – enjoy!
  • Car Wash – £448.08 – hard work, but great time.
  • Cllr Reid’s grant – £700 – thank you!!
  • Non-uniform – £910.73 – just amazing.
  • Nearly New Sale – £205 – fab!
  • Donation from grandparent – £200 – wow!

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Can your business or company help us raise money? Get in touch if it may be an option!

FOSM Fundraising Thermometer

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Covid Updates

  • We’ve made it through the half-term with no positive cases at school. Thank you for your support and efforts. Let’s keep it up as cases rise nationally.
  • When you exit the school site, can we ask that you move off the main paths if you are chatting with others? We don’t want to stop the chat, but do want to enable easy, socially-distanced movement. Thank you.
  • We’ll continue asking all adults to wear face coverings. It’s always best to only remove these once well away from the site and other people.
  • We’re working on the logistics of it still, but we may be able to have singing at times from after half-term.

A lovely Autumn day

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Sign-up for our school prayer points mailing list

Would you like to join our prayer points mailing list? In conjunction with Immanuel church, this is a new opportunity to receive by email a half-termly prayer point list for our school. Click here to find out more.

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Flu Immunisation

Just a reminder to complete your flu immunisation form, if you haven’t done so already. The nasal vaccination will take place on Thursday 12th November. Please complete the form to indicate whether you do or do not give consent.

You can complete the form using the link below. Our school code is SH131450

Thank you.

https://www.southernhealthimmunisations.co.uk/forms/flu

Parents’ Evenings – Online

These will also be held online. You will receive an email giving details for booking a time slot soon. Your video meeting will last a maximum of 10 minutes (it cuts off at 10 minutes!). The video service is run by the same UK company that book the parents evening – you will be given a link, and no additional software/app is needed. To be clear, it’s not Google Meet or Zoom.

  • 4th Nov 2020, Wed 15:40 – 17:40
  • 11th Nov 2020, Wed 16:00 – 18:00

Just go to https://www.parents-booking.co.uk/stmarks

RockStars Headliners

Children who have earned the most coins this week:
 
Year 3: Olivia G, Sebastian R, Lucas S, Callum L, Manuel P
Year 4: Irebami A, Iremide A, Luke W, Liam J, Mark L
Year 5: Freya T, Issac B, Samuel W, Jessica R, Joseph W
Year 6: Bela F, Noa F, Ollie R, Daniel H, Pippa F
 
Fastest in the school:
 
A special mention to Bela F in Year 6 who is now fastest in the entire school!

 

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Star Learners Last Week!

Well done to:

  • Year R: Ayaan, Noah, Jimmy
  • Year 1: Phoebe, Alyssa, Sienna
  • Year 2: Jaiden, Meredith, Freyja
  • Year 3: Freddie, Rebecca, Harry B, Ayden
  • Year 4: Liam J, Tom, Ruby
  • Year 5: Scarlett, Toby, Darcy
  • Year 6: Sophie B, Evie-Rose, Hannah

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Simba Update

We’ll be introducing Simba very slowly to St Mark’s from 9th November. It’s lovely that the children are very excited about him, although we are extremely mindful that some children are cautious about .

Please do let the children know that not all 630 pupils will see him every day! It will increase over time, but managing the children’s expectations is important.

However, it has generally been a lovely lift to all in a time of needing positive news. The mental health of children is important, as well as overcoming anxieties. Simba is just one way that St Mark’s is helping the children with both of those aspects.

From Last Week

Lunchtime heroes – can you help us?

Do you have a couple spare lunchtimes you could help us out with? We’d love to have a couple more ‘lunchtime heroes’ to help us out with KS1 lunches. If you can do one or more days/week, we’d be grateful. Email the office to find out more!

Do you work at Sainsburys?

They have a community scheme which easily raises money for our school. Let us know if you do! 

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Reading Books – school or home?!

Do you have any spare reading books at home that you don’t need? Or perhaps some school reading books that need returning (we’re missing a lot!)? Just drop them into the office. Thanks!

Train to teach with Aspire!

blankAre you intersted in becoming a primary school teacher? Why not find out more at a free zoom session? Find out details anddates here!

British Legion Poppy – Appeal

Because of COVID-19, the Royal British Legion have adapted their poppy appeal this year and are asking others to become involved by putting up decorated poppies in their windows (like the COVID rainbows). We’ll be engaging with this at school too, and learning about remembrance.


A template can be found here: www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate

Regular Notices

Year R Tours – September 2021

blankInterested in joining St Mark’s for September 2021? We’re running tours and online sessions. Click here to find out more

Extra online session added!

SCL After school care and Half Term Child Care

Click here for Half-term child care booking! Held at Hatch Warren Community Centre.

Click here for regular after school care at St Mark’s.

 

Covid Reminders

  • Use the email covid@stmarksce.org.uk if you have questions or need to report symptoms or a positive case.
  • Please keep us updated – for example, of test results.
  • Read this letter from Public Health England about symptoms and testing.
  • NHS Symptoms Check
  • If a child or parent is at home because of symptoms, please keep the siblings off too. IE the whole household needs to isolate, and the person with symptoms needs to get a test.
  • We are moving online with homework, spellings and Google Classrooms. If you need help with technology, please do let us know by emailing the office.
  • If a child is off school but able to work, then Google Classroom work is available – and it should be completed. Teachers spend a lot of time making sure this work is available so no-one misses out!

Do you have a spare laptop you don’t need?

blankDo you have a laptop lying around, which we can use to support children at home? Doesn’t need to be new or quick. We blitz it, and install all the software necessary. That way a child who doesn’t have access to a laptop for home learning can really benefit. If you can help, please email the office.

 

What is your child learning this term?

Read the following for your child’s year group to find out more! It includes information about homework, reading, general expectations and more. The Knowledge Organiser helps you to know the knowledge the children should be learning for their project. Test them and see how they are getting on!

Online Forms

  • Absence Request form – going to be absent (e.g. wedding, funeral, holiday etc)? Use this form
  • Pupil Premium Form – have your work/benefit circumstances changed? Complete this form so we can check if your child is elligible for free school meals and other support at school.
  • Getting Home Arrangements – tell us how your child gets home each day.
  • Mobile Phone Request – for older children needing to bring a phone to school

Going to be absent?

We’ve moved our absence request form online. This is for absence requests such as holidays, weddings, funeral, special events, and more. You don’t need to use this form for sickness or self-isolation (but please email/phone the office if they are unwell).blank

Support our school whilst you shop!

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Email and Contact Details

blankIf you don’t receive the school newsletter and year group emails via email, you can sign up here!

Remember, if you change your contact details, please let the office know here.

Get in touch with us

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