Newsletter February 2017
28 Feb 2017

Healthy Schools London

We are delighted to inform you that we have been awarded the Healthy Schools London Gold award. We have been focusing on educating children about dental hygiene and getting them to brush their teeth every day after lunch since September 2015.   Children have also been encouraged to drink water with their lunch; being made aware of the harm too much sugar can cause to their teeth. Ms Makins and I attended the award event to pick up our gold cup on Thursday last week. The children have all been given a gold pencil to remind them of all the work they have joined in with and to celebrate the award with them.

Be food smart!

Along with this newsletter you should have received a ‘How smart are you?’ pack. This pack will give you information about how much sugar is good for children. It will enable you to be more sugar aware. You will be able to download an app that you can use to scan food to check its sugar content.

In school we have been finding out about sugar content in some of the food we eat and drink. The recommended amount for children is between 19 - 30 grams of sugar a day, dependent on their age. Imagine our surprise to find what we thought was a healthy fruit drink in a child’s packed lunch box had 22g in. A bag of Skittles was more than double a child’s recommended amount of sugar for the whole day.

World Book Day Celebrations

We will be celebrating World Book Day in school on Friday 3rd March. Each child is asked to dress up as a character from a book. Your child will need to know who their character is and a little bit about their character’s part in the story they are from.

Costumes do not need to be complicated and some simple props can often help make the character and costume realistic. For some ideas of simple costumes you could look on the World Book day website www.worldbookday.com . There will be some prizes for the best costumes especially where a lot of effort and thought has gone into making them.

World Book Day UK is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. They also provide all children with a £1 book token that they can use to purchase a selection of special £1 books or against the purchase of any other book. Further information is supplied on each token.

Reading update

Reading continues to be our key focus for this year’s development plan.  Each class has four Reading Ambassadors who help the class teacher to promote reading by showing a great interest in reading and being a good reading role model to the other children in their class. They help keep the books in their classroom well stocked and choose books that will encourage the class to be avid readers.

In Key Stage Two feedback from the children about their new reading scheme is really positive – most are really enjoying the books and tell us that they are fun and informative to read. The children think that their vocabulary is expanding and they have learned many new facts. After each book they now complete an activity in their reading journals to show that they have read and understood the story or the information.

How can you help? Please make sure that your child reads at home every day. This is the most effective way of improving reading skills and in turn has a positive effect on their speaking and writing too.

Spread a little kindness.

Last week the children were shown the book, ‘Have you filled your bucket today?’ It talks about everybody having an invisible bucket that gets filled as people are kind to us. We are asking that all children work hard at spreading kindness around the school by doing small acts of kindness. Children are able to nominate people that have shown kindness to them or others. Each class has a kindness bucket where these kindnesses are being recorded and collected. The class with the most acts of kindness will be awarded our new Kindness Cup at the end of each half term. Ask your child about who they have been kind to today and how full their bucket is.

Parent Governors Wanted

Parent governors play a vital role representing the parent body on the governing body of the school.  The governing body meets between 7 – 9pm about 4 times a year. Governors are members of the public that care about education and in particular what happens at Petts Hill. They listen to what leaders say is going on at Petts Hill and ask questions to challenge the school further.

We currently have two vacancies for parent governors. If you are interested and want to know more please make an appointment to see me, the headteacher, via the school office. 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
Training and support is available. If anyone knows a parent that they think would be good as a Parent Governor please let me know as I would be happy to approach them and encourage them further.

Number Day

Thank you to everyone that supported the NSPCC Number day. I’m pleased to inform you that we were able to make a donation of £113.39 to support their work. During the day the children in school worked on a variety of mathematical activities using a dice.

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

Dates for your Diary

Friday 3rd March; World Book Day Celebrated in School.

Friday 24th March; Red Nose Day. Red Nose day, is run by Comic Relief to raise funds to support children and families around the world who need help for a better life. Children will be encouraged to dress up or wear a red nose and contribute £1 for Comic Relief.

Friday 31st March;  Last Day of Term

Tuesday 19th April; First Day of Summer Term

Class assemblies; All assemblies will start at 9.15 am and parents are welcome.

  • Friday 10th March Year 1
  • Tuesday 28th March  Reception (please note the date change)

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