Newsletter November 2015
30 Nov 2015

Christmas Fair

This year’s Christmas Fair is on Friday 4th December from 3.30pm until 5.00pm in the school hall, entrance via the nursery playground. Each class will be running a stall. If you can help run a stall, set up before hand or clear away afterwards please let your child’s class teacher know. We are also looking for contributions of toys, books and items for a raffle. On the day we would like contributions of homemade cakes for the cake stall.

School Development Plan

At the autumn term meeting the governors looked at how well the school is doing and agreed our development plan for the coming year. The four targets that were agreed are:

  1. To raise the attainment of boys to narrow the achievement gap between their achievement and national expectations
  2. To review and revise a system of rigorous assessment to ensure that all children are meeting the new year group expectations and making good progress in English
  3. To review and revise a system of rigorous assessment to ensure that all children are meeting the new year group expectations and making good progress in Mathematics
  4. To continue to develop Governance  of the school to include recruitment, induction and training to enable governors to fulfil their duties by effectively  holding the school to account.

In looking at our data we can see that by the time children leave us at the end of KS2 all children are achieving well. However on entry and throughout their time in years 1 – 4 some boys have been achieving less well than girls. Targets 2 & 3 are brought about due national changes in assessment and the end of Key Stage testing. Target 4 is due to changes in the governing body and increased expectations on governing bodies.

Anti-Bullying Week - 16th – 20th November

Let’s make a noise about bullying.’

The theme of Anti-bullying week this year was to make a noise, be heard, when anyone experiences or sees bullying. During the week all classes talked about bullying and the impact it can have on children’s lives. They were reminded of our work last year on `The Power of One’ encouraging children to tell someone whether they are being bullied or whether they witness it happening. Children are encouraged to make a difference to stop bullying happen.

The children were reminded of the oath many of them signed last year. 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

The week ended by all the classes coming together and sharing some of their work in an assembly.

At Petts Hill we expect all children to behave well and be engaged in their learning. During lessons children’s behaviour is often exemplary. As I observe lessons across the school I see children enjoying their learning and working well with their peers. The area that some children find more difficult is when there is less structure during play and lunchtimes. We continue to provide support for children during these times by teaching them games, providing playground equipment, zoning areas for KS2, having a sports coach at lunchtimes, all lunch supervisors have a bag of activities to help children play with each other and older children support by leading activities for the younger ones. Currently we are working on making our lunch hall quieter during lunchtime. Children are recognised for good lunch hall behaviour by being invited to sit on the Golden Table on Fridays. Here they may bring a friend and are served their lunch. It is a real treat for the children.

Fundraising

Thank you all for your support with our two fundraising events so far this term.

Our Wear it Pink day on 23rd October and cake sale raised a total of £306 which was double that of last year. We saw some fantastic pink outfits worn on the day.

For Children in Need the school disco raised £205. Lots of fun was had by all. The disco ended with a bit of a dance off between children and adults doing a Gangnam Style dance.

Work, Education, Support and Training

Are you living in Council accommodation within Northolt or Greenford?

OR

Do you live in Temporary Accommodation across the Borough of Ealing?

Do you want to find work but need some support and training to gain skills and confidence?

WEST can help you today! We offer work based skills and FREE training in order for you to find a job that suits you.

The dedicated team will:

  • Provide regular one to one support
  • Update your CV
  • Provide FREE training which includes English, IT, Childcare, Catering & more
  • Offer employment advice incl. interview skills and job applications
  • Assist you back into work
  • Help you stay in work

To find out more, please contact WEST today on: 020 8825 8486 or WEST@ealing.gov.uk.

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. Currently Breakfast Club is often full so please do check before trying to book your child in. Priority will be given to children who attend regularly and book ahead.

Dates for your Diary.

Wednesday 2rd December – Ealing Schools Carol Concert. Petts Hill School Choir:
The concert takes place on Wednesday 2nd 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 4th December – Christmas Fair: From 3.30 till 5.00pm we will be running our Christmas fair in the school hall and two classrooms. We will be asking parents to sign up to help on the afternoon or before with some preparations. There will be a toy stall, tombola, cake sale, lucky dip, Jolly jars, arts and crafts and a raffle. If you can help in any way please let the class teacher know.

Friday 11th 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 11th December between 3.30 and 4.00 pm.

Monday 14th December – Christmas Pantomime: Children are going to join in and watch the story of Rapunzel. This is a German fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm, first published in 1812.

Tuesday 15th 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. If you are a senior citizen or know any that would like to attend please let the office know.

Wednesday 16th 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 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 and Christmas Jumper Day: Wear a Christmas Jumper and pay a £1 towards Macmillan cancer support, Make a wish and Save the Children Fund. This is the last day of school and the school day will finish at 3.15pm. There are no after school activities on the last day.

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