Newsletter April 2015
30 Apr 2015

Holiday Projects

We had a fantastic response to our Easter holiday challenge. I did not realise it was possible to think up some many different games. Well done to everyone who had a go from designing their own game to getting inspiration from a classic game. Some of my favourites were a Pepper Pig matching game, to a top trumps that at first glance looked like it had been bought to Matilda snap and many, many more.

Sainsbury school games

As the weather improves children will be doing more sports activities outside. Children in the upper team will be participating in track and field athletics where they will be mastering their throwing, running and jumping skills in different events. They will have the opportunity to be selected to represent the school in some interschool events as well as try and win one of the Athletic Academy Awards for their athletic skills.   

Dental survey

The NHS are running a dental survey with children aged 5 in Petts Hill. Parents have been asked for permission for their children to participate in the survey. Parents will also have the opportunity to come in and be present at the examination. 

Team London assembly

Earlier this month we had a visit from Team London show casing the work of young volunteers across London. They inspired children to think about what they could work on to change in their local area. Year 5 had a further workshop and are being encouraged to think about what change they would like to see locally for the good of the community.

Scooters

It is lovely to see so many children being active and using their scooters to come to school. Please make sure that your child’s scooter is clearly permanently marked with their name. The school cannot take responsibility for scooters parked at school but can check when they are named. 

Health Advice

During the next couple of months we often find that some children are struggling with their work due to health issues that can be solved with some early intervention!

Hay fever sufferers

If your child suffers from hay fever now is a good time to go to your doctor and discuss how you are going to manage their hay fever this summer. Many trees are already coming into blossom so the tree pollen that affects many children is already around. If you visit your doctor now they will be able to give you medication that will build up a protective effect for your child. Don’t wait until the symptoms come on! This information is particularly important for year 6 children who have their SATs tests in May. 

Asthma sufferers

If your child has asthma it is likely that they may also be affected by pollen in the air. So now is also a good time to make an appointment with your doctor or practice nurse and check that the medication is at the right level and also to check your child’s technique to ensure they are getting the full benefit of the prescribed amount of medication. 

Summer Fair

We have held a summer fair at Petts Hill for a number of years now. Unfortunately the parent that oversaw the running of it has moved away and therefore no longer available to help. We would really like this tradition to continue as the children enjoy it so much and it is an opportunity to get to know each other better as well as raise some funds. I have put the date for this year as Friday 26th June from 3.30 to 5.00 pm. What we need now is a group of parents to help organise the event and do some of the pre-event preparation. So if you are able to help in any way please let the school office know or attend our first meeting planning at 2.30pm on Friday 1st May. If you can’t manage this time please let the school office know what your availability is.  

Wanted

School Meals Supervisory Assistants (SMSA) +relief;

We are looking for a lunchtime assistant to supervise children eating their lunch and engaging them in purposeful play. We also need a relief to cover staff absences.

Cleaner and relief cleaner 

We are looking to appoint a new cleaner to   start as soon as possible. The hours of work are 3.15pm to 5.45pm. The vacancy is for 12 ½ hours a week. If you are interested in this position please ask the office to provide you with information about the positions and an application pack.  Closing date Monday 18th May.

Why it is important to know how to swim.

Many animals are born with the ability to swim, but humans must learn and practice before being able to swim with ease. Some people never learn how to swim, which often causes them to fear water. Learning to swim is important for several reasons, and mastering this skill at a young age can benefit you throughout your life.

Personal Safety

An obvious reason for learning how to swim is to acquire the ability to survive in water. At one time or another, you are bound to find yourself in or near water, whether you're on a cruise, boating trip, fishing or lounging by a pool with friends. If the water is deeper than your height, and you find yourself in it, knowing how to swim could save your life.

Rescuing Others

If you know how to swim, you might have a chance of saving someone close to you. Around 400 people needlessly drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury. Putting this into context, one person dies every 20 hours in the UK and drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK.
    
At Petts Hill children are taught to swim in their final term in year 4 then for two consecutive terms in year 5.  The swimming lessons are blocked to give the children the best possible chance of becoming proficient at swimming as well as enjoy swimming as a form of exercise. However, we are increasingly finding that many children have never been to a pool or played in water and this is hampering them learning to swim. I would like to encourage all parents to think about how they support both the school and in particular their child in being confident in the water before they have lessons during their time in year 4. We are really lucky in Northolt to have a swimming pool so close to hand.  Northolt Leisure Centre is hosting an Open Day on Sat 9th May with a swimming taster session between 10 – 12pm. This needs to be booked by emailing the manager at beckycollins@everyoneactive.com or contacting reception.

Dates for your Diary

Friday 1st May – Class photographs

Monday 4th May – School closed May Day

Monday 11th - Thursday 14th May; Key Stage 2 SATs assessment week – Year 6 

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd May; Walk to School Week

Wednesday 20th May; The School Choir are singing at Ealing Schools’ Spring Concert - 7pm St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane. All Welcome.

Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May; School closed for half-term holiday

Monday 1st June – school back 

Thursday 9th July - Open Evening; Come and collect your child’s report, meet the class teacher and the teacher they will have next year, see your child’s work and work around the school. Fill in our parent survey and let us know what we can improve on in 2015 – 2016 with our parent questionnaire.

Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th July; Lower team concerts

Thursday 16th July – Upper team concerts.

Friday 17th July – Summer Term, last day 

Start of new school year 2015 - 2016; Thursday 3rd September

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club runs every day from 8.00 am until the gates open at 8.40 am. It costs £1 a day and places must be booked the day before via the school office. There are currently places available every day.

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