Headteacher's Weekly Bulletin 4th February 2019

Good morning,

Thankfully we are all back to normal after the drama of the snow! I hope you managed to have a look at our photos and videos from last week. As you may know, the BBC News used our clip of children playing in the snow at school on their website. Many of you have thanked me for the measures we put in place to keep the school open, and the quality and timing of the communication received. We are always glad when we can support our pupils and families.

Special Events this Week

This week we have lots of things going on: It is Chinese New Year and all the classes have been working on a project to share with the rest of the school in assembly. We have a special lunch on Thursday to celebrate too!

It is also Sign2Sing day on Thursday - we will be all singing 'The Greatest Day' using sign language and we ask that you send in a donation of 50p that will go to the SignHealth charity that supports hearing impaired children and adults. For further information click on this link: http://sign2sing.org.uk/

We held an assembly today to commemorate Rosa Parks Day. Rosa Parks was an important figure in the Civil Rights movement in the USA in the 1960s and inspired Martin Luther King to lead the movement. She was just an ordinary working woman who helped change the world and that's why we chose her to be the name of one of our school teams.

We have got Internet Safety Week activities and assemblies running all week. I have added a link below to the NSPCC website that has some excellent resources to help parents get up to speed on the various ways you can stay one step ahead of new technology and keep your children safe online. All very user friendly!

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Holiday Sports Club

Mr Jordan, our Monday Coach from TeachSport (which is his company) is running another Holiday club next week. This was very popular at October half term and the pupils who attended had a great time with Mr J, Nigel and the other coaches. The club runs from Monday 11th February to Friday 15th February. 9.00 am to 3.00 pm for pupils in Y1 - Y6. Pupils will get the chance to play a variety of games, see their friends and get fit! Pupils can come all week OR just come for a day or two. The club costs just £12 per day and all you need to do is send your child in comfy clothes suitable for sports and with a packed lunch. Please send the booking form back before the end of term. Spare forms are available from the office.

Snacks allowed for morning break

We would like to update what is allowed in school as a morning snack. We've had chocolate items/crisps creeping back in school. We have to revisit the list from time to time as the manufacters are very good at promoting their products as healthy, which means that there is confusion among children, parents and staff. We can't list everything out there and we know there are  different opinions about whether items are healthy/unhealthy  but here are some principles that we think are manageable and not too restrictive:

Yes

Fresh Fruit

Dried Fruit

Vegetables & Salad items such as cherry tomatoes/cucumber/carrots/celery etc.

Crackers (no jam or chocolate spreads on them please)

Cheese

Breadsticks

Cereal/Breakfast Bars (BUT no sugar/yoghurt coating/no chocolate chip)

No

Crisps/Snacking Chips (including brands like Sunbites/Quavers/Doritos)

Processed meat snacks such as pepperami/those Lunchables snack boxes & similar

Chocolate

Biscuits

Mr Kipling type bars

Cakes

Sweets

We will revisit this after consulting with parents in the summer term and will then update our School Brochure with what we have all agreed, ready for September 2019. It may be that we have a complete re-think about snacks but we won't do anything without seeking your views first.

Friends of Stretford Public Hall Poetry Competition

Please find a poster at the bottom of this newsletter about an exciting 'Save our Species' poem competition with a workshop available in the half term holidays with a local poet to help the children create fantastic poems about wildlife.

School Uniform Update

Just a reminder that after Easter pupils may wear the summer uniform that includes red polo shirts  - white polo shirts are no longer in our uniform policy (although they are being worn by some pupils this year only because parents had already bought them - which we agreed when we changed the uniform). Pupils can wear plain red polo shirts or with the school logo. I will let you know when we have samples from John McHugh in school later this week. These will be sold in the shop at £6.95.

I will attach key dates for the coming half term on here and also send out a paper copy tomorrow.

Hope you have a good week and are counting down to the half term holidays!

Mrs Nunwick

 

 

 

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