Newsletter January 2017
16 Jan 2017

Petts Hill News

Next week in school we shall be saying a formal goodbye to Mrs Morgan, who has been our caretaker from when we opened in September 2003 and before that for many years at Northolt Park Infant school. I’ve asked Mrs Morgan to be around school on Thursday and she will probably be out on the gate to say hello and goodbye. Mrs Morgan has been given ill-health retirement (she’s not old enough to really retire!). I know that many of you who know Mrs Morgan will want to say goodbye to her and wish her well for the future. I would like to thank Mrs Morgan for keeping the cleanest, best kept school in Ealing all these years. Many a time I have been showing someone around and they have commented on how clean and well-kept it is and are amazed to know how old some of the parts are. I’m sure you will join with me in wishing her a long and happy retirement.

We will also be saying goodbye to Nicky, our Place2Be manager. Nicky has been working at Petts Hill running the project since June 2012. Nicky is leaving to take up a fulltime position with Coram closer to home. She currently already works with Coram when not at Petts Hill. Nicky’s last day will be Friday 20th January. The new project manager for Petts Hill is Gwendolyn Rowlands. Gwendolyn is currently having a handover from Nicky and will start work on Wednesday 25th January. The children will have seen Gwendolyn around school with Nicky last week. I’d like to thank Nicky for all her hard work with Place2be and send her off with our best wishes for the future.

Maths passports

I hope that you have all been told by your children about our exciting new Maths Passports! Maths Passports have just been introduced and are going to be used across the whole school. They are a strategy used for improving children's mental maths skills, working towards children having instant recall of number facts. 

Children (from Nursery through to Year 6) have been allocated a passport with a series of targets set out in continents. These targets get progressively more challenging as children move through the school and around the world! The passports help track progression in basic number skills and will help your children develop instant recall skills for lots of different number facts. All passports are adapted to meet the individual needs of children, which will allow them to progress through the passports at their own pace. The aim is to complete all passports at the latest by year 6.

Your involvement as a parent: The most important thing for you to do is to talk  and listen to your child about what they are learning for their Maths Passport Targets. Ask your child to show you something they have learned or are practicing in Maths that supports their target work. It would be fantastic if you could spend a few minutes each evening practicing your child's passport skills with them. This could be in the car, at teatime, in the bath, before bed... anytime! It does not need to be a formal, sit down session.

Safer Internet Day

In the UK, Safer Internet Day is organised by the Safer Internet Centre (www.saferinternet.org.uk), and this year’s theme is “Be the change: unite for a better internet.”

The internet is an amazing resource that I am sure we all enjoy using for all sorts of different reasons.  We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development. Staying safe on the internet is taught through both our computing and PSHE curriculum.

All children will be taught to stay safe by using SMART rules:

  • S - Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you are chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your e-mail address, phone number and password.
  • M - Meet: Meeting someone you have only ben in touch with online cann be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
  • A - Accepting: Accepting emails, messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don'e know or trust can lead to problems - they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
  • R - Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be truie. Always check informationby looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knos. If you like chatting it's best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
  • T - Tell: Tell a parent, carer or trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

Come and find out more about what the current challenges are to keeping safe on the internet. All parents are invited to attend an E-safety talk in school on Tuesday 7th February at either 9.00 am or repeated at 2.45pm in the school hall. The children in year 5 & 6 will also attend the morning session as part of their learning.

Dates for your Diary

Friday 20th January - Nicky Sutton, Place2be last day; Diana Morgan last day

Friday 3rd February – NSPCC - Number Day - Children are invited to make a contribution to the NSPCC Number Day to Stop Child Cruelty’ campaign and wear a number related costume for the day. During the day all classes will undertake a number challenge!

Tuesday 7th February - Internet Safety Day - 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'. 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 7th February at 3.45 to 5.30pm or Thursday 9th February at 4.30 to 7.00 pm

Friday 10th February;  Last day of Half-Term

Monday 20th February; First day of New Half Term

Friday 3rd March; World Book Day Celebrated in School. All children will be encouraged to think about a character from a story that they could come as and tell us about.

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; Classes Reception to Year 5 will all deliver a class assembly this term to the school and their parents and friends on the following dates. All assemblies will start at 9.15 am and parents are welcome.

  • Friday 20th January  Year 5
  • Friday 27th January  Year 3
  • Friday 10th February  Year 4
  • Friday 24th February Year 2
  • Friday 10th March Year 1
  • Thursday 31st March  Reception

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