Newsletter December 2015
10 Dec 2015

Holiday Projects

This academic year the holiday projects are focusing on a different curriculum area each holiday. Your challenge for this holiday is to find out about a winter festival. It could be religious or non- religious, it is up to you.  Many of the festivals and events this season are known under the category of `The Festival of Lights’. Think about a festival and let us know something about it and how it is celebrated. Here are some of the festivals we are aware of; Hanukkah, Pancha Ganapati, Bodhi day, Hogmanay, Los Posadas, Milad-un-Nabi. We are looking forward to seeing what you find out and may be what and how you celebrate it!

Carols around the Tree

We would like to invite parents and children to join with staff and celebrate Christmas by hearing the Christmas story through singing carols and hearing readings. The event will take place in the school hall on Friday 11th December between 3.30 and 4.00 pm.

The carols chosen tell the story of Christmas and all the events that happened around the birth of Jesus. There will be some readings between the songs explaining the sequence of events. We also hope that our school choir will all be able to attend and will perform their song they have recently performed at St Barnabas Church as part of the Ealing Schools

Christmas Carol Concerts.

Refreshments that will be available at the end.  For health and safety purposes admittance will be by ticket available from the school office. Children will not be able to attend without an adult unless they are in the choir

Getting involved at Petts Hill

We are looking for people that would like to be further involved with Petts Hill. There are all sorts of ways that parents get involved already such as; attending parents evenings, attending school assemblies and workshops, helping on trips. Here are three other ways you might like to consider.

  1. Help in school during the school day supporting with reading, writing and various other activities.
  2. Become a Parent Governor. A vacancy has just become available as one of our current parent governors’, Alison Rattery, term of office has come to an end. Alison has been a governor for the past 4 years. Our thanks go to Alison for the contribution she has made to the school and governing body. If you are interested and want to know more please make an appointment to see the headteacher via the school office or you can find out more on Ealing’s website. https://www.egfl.org.uk/school-effectiveness/school-governance/becoming-school-governor-or-clerk/categories-governors
  3. Get involved with Friends of Petts Hill School (FOPHS). Since two families left Petts Hill last year the school staff have had to organise the majority of the Christmas and Summer Fair. It would be lovely if a group of interested parents could fulfil that role again as an organising group. If you are interested please talk to me and I can put you in touch with some other parents to form a group again.

These are all valued ways of supporting the school and your children. All volunteers who work in school or are governors receive an induction and go through a safeguarding check.

Please Remember To Keep Our Zig- Zag Lines Clear

Ealing Council and the police are warning drivers about the dangers of parking on the yellow zig-zag markings outside schools.

The yellow markings are there to provide a clear space for children to cross where they can see traffic and traffic can see them, and motorists put children in danger by parking on them.

Police and council teams ask you to help keep children safe by parking away from the school and instead take a short walk to the school gates.

Earlier this year the council increased enforcement against illegal parking on zig-zags with the use of CCTV to crack down on dangerous drivers. This was in response to concerns about safety.

Those caught on the yellow ‘SCHOOL-KEEP-CLEAR’ zig-zag markings within the controlled hours will be issued with a penalty charge notice of £110, reduced to £55 if paid within 21 days.

You are allowed to stop on the single yellow line opposite the school for 5 minutes to pick up or drop off your child and this is also monitored.

Christmas Fair

Thank you to everyone that helped with the Christmas fair by either helping with a stall, making a Jolly Jar, bringing something in to sell, helping to clear up at the end or coming and making it such a fun event. A special thank you to all the Northolt Leisure Centre and some local shops that supported by donating raffle prizes. The fair made just over £500 in total. We received 115 Jolly jars. They were amazing. The Jolly Jar competition was very difficult to judge as there were so many amazing entries. Children will be told the winners on Friday.

Sending Christmas Cards

Many children like to send Christmas cards at this time of year.  On Tuesday 8th December we will start a school Christmas post where children can send cards to their friends. It is really important that they label all envelopes with the name and class i.e. Fred -Year 1 or Jane - Reception. If the children also know the family name that helps us ensure they are going to the right child.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 8th December – School Christmas postal delivery starts

Friday 11th December - Carols around the tree

Tuesday 15th December - Senior Citizens Christmas Celebration: Our year 6 class are hosting a Senior Citizen tea party as part of their Citizenship work. If you know any senior citizens please let the office know so that they can be invited to this event.

Wednesday 16th Dec - Christmas Dinner: The children and staff will all have a traditional Christmas dinner together. Children who usually have a packed lunch have been invited to have a school dinner that day.

Thursday 17th Dec - Class Parties: The classes will all be having a fun afternoon on Thursday. Parents are asked to sign up and make a food contribution for these parties. Children will be allowed to bring party clothes to change into in the afternoon.

Friday 18th Dec - LAST DAY OF TERM: This is the last day of school and the school day will finish at 3.15pm. There are no after school activities. Children will be asked to take home their PE kits after school on Wednesday 16th Dec. We will expect children to continue to read over the holiday so reading books will not be taken in.

On behalf of all the staff at Petts Hill, I would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

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