Newsletter : 11th October 2013

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Half term

Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November

School is also closed for children on Monday 4th November for Staff training.  

We are very proud again of our school as we have received the Investors in Pupils award. Our Investors in Pupils assessor was very impressed by our children’s ability to discuss their school, the systems we have in place to support them, the way that they are involved in decision making and how they can talk about their learning, targets, aspirations and achievements. Well done everyone!

To celebrate, all children are invited to a Halloween disco on 23rd October at school, 5:30-­‐7pm 

Exciting events this term!

18th October -­‐Parent Pupil Teacher meetings (Y4s on 17th October) 23rd October -­‐Halloween Disco
28th October-­‐1st November-­‐Half Term
4th November-­‐School closed to children-­‐Staff training day7th November-­‐ Year 6 to Crucial Crew
18th November-­‐Y3&4 trip to Yorkshire Museum
9th-­‐11th December-­‐Y6 to Robinwood
17th December-­‐Reading Challenge Reward workshops
18th December –Christmas dinner
19th December-­‐School Christmas celebration
20th December-­‐Last day of term-­‐break up for Christmas Holidays! 


If you have a child younger than 4 years, bring them join in some FEET (Families Enjoying Everything Together) sessions with Miss Gagen, Mrs Braithwaite and other parents with their children for a play, read and chat! The session is on Tuesdays 9:05-­‐10:05am. Mums, Dads, Nans, Grandads and any other family members are all welcome! 

Attendance so far this term:

YN~ 92%L YR ~ 93%

Y1 ~ 93%
Y2 ~ 94%
Y3 ~ 94%
Y4 ~ 90%
Y5 ~ 96%
Y6 ~ 96%
Our attendance target, which has been agreed by the children, for this year is 96%.

Holidays taken in the term time have significantly impacted on some classes’ attendance figures this year. More importantly we know that missing chunks of learning impact on our children’s ability to make progress and achieve all that they are capable of. Good learning and attendance habits start in the Early Years and missing key learning in these years impact significantly on a child’s future.

Due to new legislation, brought in by government schools can no longer authorise term time holidays unless there are clear special circumstances. Holidays taken will result in fixed term penalty notices being issued. 

On the reverse of the letter sent from school is the Attendance Agreement for 2013-­‐14. This has been discussed and agreed with the children through the class and school council system. The school council would like parents to also have an opportunity to comment or share their views, and so ask for any comments to be sent to them via the school office by Wednesday 16th October. 

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