Newsletter January 2015
28 Jan 2015

Healthy Schools

At Petts Hill we first achieved the Healthy Schools award in 2009 as a recognition of the work we did demonstrating we had a whole school approach to the following topics;

  • personal, social and health education including health and relationship education and drug education (including alcohol, tobacco and volatile substance abuse);
  • healthy eating;
  • physical activity; and
  • emotional health and wellbeing (including bullying).

Since 2009 we have maintained our Healthy Schools status helping children learn and apply what they know about staying healthy. The award has since changed and we have been working towards the new Healthy Schools London award. In January 2014 we received the bronze award and I am pleased to inform you we have just received the silver award.

For the silver award we have had to maintain our work previously undertaken and complete a needs analysis. This has been finished and submitted. We are now going to be working on reducing the amount of tooth decay children at Petts Hill suffer from; teaching them different ways of looking after their teeth.  As a result of the project we hope that children will be more knowledgeable about tooth decay and have an understanding of how to protect their own teeth. Ms Makins is leading on this initiative.

French

On Monday 26th January children in the Upper Team had a French Day. Across the day children learned about France and were encouraged to speak more French. They learnt about some important cities, some famous French people, a French song and tasted some French food. In the afternoon they had a presenter that took them through two classic stories in French - Goldilocks and the three bears and The three little pigs. The children all had a fantastic time and increased their ability to communicate in spoken French. If you have children in years 3 - 6 ask them a little about the day. You could even find out about the wolf!

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 local shops that supported by donating raffle prizes. The fair made £459 in total.

Petts Hill’s Governing Body

In November 2014 the Governing Body of Petts Hill was reconstituted. As part of the reconstitution process the old governing body decided to adopt one of the new suggested membership structures. Petts Hill Governing Body now has a membership of 11 governors of which two are parent governors.  Our two serving parent governors, Ms A Rattery and Mrs W Gharbi will continue in their current roles until their terms of office comes to an end. In reconstituting we currently have some governor vacancies for Co-opted governors. If you are interested or know someone that might be please look on Ealing’s Local Authority’s website https://www.egfl.org.uk/school-effectiveness/school-governance/statutory-regulations-and-guidance/governors-handbook-january where you can find out more information or make an appointment via the school office to discuss the role further. We are particularly looking for governors with experience in Human Resource Management or buildings and health and safety to compliment the skills of our existing governors.

Computing

Some of you will be aware that the subject that used to be taught in school known as ICT is now known as computing. You may have seen from recent news articles that it has changed. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

In years 1 and 2 children are to be taught to:

  • understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions;
  • create and debug simple programs;
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs;
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content;
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school;
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

You will see that this is quite a change, in school we are working with a new scheme of work that covers all the areas required in this new curriculum. Each half term the children are following a new topic. With each topic they learn computer specific vocabulary. For the teachers this also means lots of new material and skills to learn, sometimes with the children as new topics are started. Mrs Hurley in Year 6 is leading the way?

Algorithms - process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 10th February- Internet Safety Day: We will be running two sessions to inform and support parents regarding keeping your child safe on line. 9 – 9.30 and repeated again at 2.45 – 3.15. on Internet Safety Day.

Parent Consultation Evenings: Tuesday 10th February at 3.30 to 5.30pm OR Thursday 12th February at 4.30 to 7.00 pm

Friday 13th February – Last day of Half-Term

Monday 23rd February - First day of New Half Term

Friday 6th March – World Book Day Celebrated in School. All children will be encouraged to come as their favourite story character. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative characters.

Friday 13th March – Red Nose Day. School council will be planning what we do to support this event in the next few weeks.

Friday 27th March – KS2 School Games Morning. As part of our membership of the Willow Tree Sports partnership we are running this new event that will be led by some of the boys and girls in our year 6 class. Children will need their full PE kit in school that day.

Friday 27th March – Last Day of Term

Tuesday 14th April – First Day of Summer Term

Class assemblies

Classes Reception to 5 will all deliver a class assembly this term to the school and their parents and friends.

  • Friday 30th January - Year 3
  • Friday 6th February - Year 5
  • Friday 13th February - Year 2
  • Friday 27th March - Year 4
  • Friday 13th March - Year 1
  • Friday 20th March - Reception

All assemblies will start at 9.15 am

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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