Newsletter November 2014
20 Nov 2014

Anti-Bullying Week: 17th – 21st November

‘Let’s stop bullying for all.’

In school this week children are thinking about what bullying is and how you stop it ever happening. On Monday they had a presentation called `The Power of One’ where they thought about different types of behaviour and the impact that it had on other people. They then thought about how they could stop it happening. Children were shown how they can make a difference to stop bullying happen.

The children have been invited to sign a Bully Prevention Oath, that says:

I will not bully others
I will not stand by while others are bullied.
I will report and deal with bullying whenever I see it…..because I have the power of one.

In an assembly at the end of the week each class will present some of what they had been learning about. Please take time to talk to your child about what they learnt. At school we always are encouraging children to tell an adult if they have a problem. However there are also other ways; children in year 1 to 6 make good use of Place2talk at lunchtimes where children can go and talk an issue through or there is a comment box in the corridor where children write a message which can sometimes be an issue they want help with. At school we are continually working on developing children’s ability to manage their own behaviour and develop skills to manage situations, to be assertive and not aggressive. The children all are regularly reminded of our three rules which are:

At Petts Hill
1. Always be friendly and kind to everyone in school.
2. Work hard and always do your best.
3. Look after all property and treat it with respect.

Sickness Guidance

At school we are always encouraging good attendance particularly as it supports good learning. However we cannot have children in school where there is a risk of contamination for others. We always follow the Health Protection Agencies Guidelines which state that following a child vomiting or having diarrhoea the child must be off school for the following 48 hours from the last episode.

Please do not send your child in until they have had a 48 hour gap from the last episode of sickness. By following these guidelines we can stop other peoples catching the illness.

Healthy Schools

Our School currently has a Bronze Healthy Schools London award. We are now looking to gain a Silver award and ultimately a Gold award.

This year we will be undertaking a whole school project about dental health to help achieve these awards.
Dental health is an issue for our Borough as well  being an area of concern for our country. The main reason children are admitted to hospital in Ealing is due to poor dental health .We will be pursuing a number of initiatives related to dental health across the course of the year and we will keep you informed about these as they occur. One key proposal is all children are going to be provided with a toothbrush and cover so teeth can be cleaned in school.

A recent school survey indicated that not all children were cleaning their teeth at least twice a day as recommended by the British Dental Association. The School Council have discussed the issue of dental health with Ms Makins (Healthy Schools Coordinator) and are very positive about the project and will be promoting it across the course of the year.

Christmas Fair

We are keen that we try to run the Christmas Fair again this year. I will be meeting with any parents that are able to help on Thursday 20th Nov at 9.00am repeated again at 3.30pm. If you can’t make either of these times please inform the office.

Sports Competitions & News

So far this term we have entered two competitions against other schools in Ealing. On Monday 20th of October 2014, Petts Hill were lucky to go to Grasshoppers Rugby field in Osterley Park to participate in a tag rugby tournament. Two teams were sent, the children thoroughly enjoyed the tournament.

On Thursday 13th November we sent our first ever girls football team to a tournament at Northolt High School. For all of the girls it was their first experience of competitive football and although they didn’t win anything they enjoyed taking part and gained valuable experience in how to play. They also worked out which was the best team and supported them through to the final match with their cheers.

Our two Primary Ambassadors attended the termly conference at Willow Tree Primary School and will be reporting back to our schools sports council when they next meet.

Our KS2 after school sports clubs are going well. We have added a girl’s football club to the other seven clubs already running. This has increased the number of places to 165. If your child in KS2 is not already in a club or would like to join another club please talk to the school office about availability of places.

Day Sports Club Year
Mon Running 3 - 6
  Netball 3 - 6
Tues Football 3&4
Wed Gymnastics 3-6
  Girl’s Football 5&6
Thurs Football 5&6
  Zumba style keep fit 3 - 6
Fri Circuit training 3 - 6

All children must have a full PE kit to wear to attend the club and must behave well as these clubs are all voluntary.

Fundraising

Our ‘Wear it Pink’ day this year raised £144 which was fantastic. Thank you to everyone who helped to support this event and all the boys and girls that looked fantastic in pink!

Dates for your Diary

Monday 1st December: Image Theatre – The Snow Queen 1.30 – 3.10. Children are going to join in and watch the wonderful story of the Snow Queen a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson.

Wednesday 3rd December – Ealing School Carol Concert. Petts Hill School Choir: The concert takes place on Wednesday 3rd December at 7pm at St Barnabas Church in Pitshanger Lane, Ealing. All parents and children are very welcome to join us at this event. There is a small charge of £2 per adult towards the costs of hiring the venue and running this wonderful event.

Friday 5th December – 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.

Friday 5th December – FOPHS Christmas Fair: Friends of Petts Hill are running a Christmas fair after school between 3.30 and 5.00pm. Please see the flyer for items to send in to support. Adult helpers also welcome, please let the office know if you can help.

Friday 12th December – Carols around the tree: We would like to invite parents and children to join with staff and celebrate Christmas by singing some Christmas carols in the school hall on Friday 12th December between 3.30 and 4.00 pm.

Tuesday 16th December – Senior Citizens Christmas Celebration: Year 6 are organising and hosting this celebration for senior citizens in the community at 2pm in the school hall.

Wednesday 17th December – 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 18th 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 19th 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 17th Dec.

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