October 2014
14 Oct 2014

The Fire Poet

Children across the school met with a real life Poet last month when Philip Wells, The Fire Poet came to visit, perform his poetry and inspire the children to write poetry of their own. By the end of the day every class and many individual children had written and performed their own poem.

Tirabbul   (THE SOFT PLACE)
This is the soft place where I can dream
Where I wear rainbow fur
It’s a piece of string that’s pulling me
It’s a ring: it’s a very enchanted
Jewel of a new feeling, the goo that just threw me into the water
Searching for the treasure in a parallel universe
Where the war is fighting like a tiger
Wishing for peace like heaven
That soft place.
By Year 5&6


Friends of Petts Hill School (FOPHS)

At the end of the summer term we said goodbye to a number of parents that had set up, supported and run FOPHS. I am now in the position that I have no one parent or group of parents to liaise with. I do not want FOPHS to stop and so I am looking to find a new group of parents to work as an organising committee. I am going to put up a sign up sheet during parents evening for parents to let me know what they can offer and when we could meet. Please look out for this and sign up or see me during one of the evenings.

Please Help

I would like to ask for your cooperation in an important matter. A child attending Petts Hill is receiving medical treatment which putsthem at risk if they are exposed to measles, chicken pox or shingles.

You can help us by immediately informing us if anyone in your household has chicken pox, shingles or measles. We can notify the parent and the child can receive protective treatment. In regards to measles the best way to protect any child from measles is to be immunised against it. If your child’s immunisations are not up to date please make an appointment with your family GP.

Your child is not at risk whatsoever from this situation. However, the health and well-being of another child does depend on the co-operation of all other parents.

Family Photograph Opportunity.

A few years ago we arranged for our school photographer to come along to a parents evening and take family portraits at a fraction of the price of the high street studios. On Thursday 23rd October the school photographer has booked to come to parents evening to provide this service again. She will have 5 minute appointments booked and paid for in advance. She needs a minimum of 10 families to sign up for the sessions to go ahead. The cost is £13.50 for a 25 by 18cm picture. Please contact the school office to book your place by Tuesday 21st October at the latest.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club runs everyday 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 everyday.

Parents meetings

Tuesday 21st, 3.45 – 5.30 or Thursday 23rd October, 4.30 – 7.00

If you have not already made an appointment to see your child’s teacher please contact the class teacher to make an appointment.

Parent – teacher meetings play a key role in keeping school and home up-to-date as to how your child is progressing at school and a time where you can let us know how things are going from your point of view. We encourage parents to try and bring children with them as the children should already know what the teacher is going to be saying to you and it is their learning that is under discussion.

At parents evening you will have the opportunity to look at some of your child’s work so far and the teacher will have new learning targets for them to focus on. Any issues with homework will also be discussed and any parents that were unable to attend the recent workshops about supporting your child in school this year will be able to pick up some of the supporting information from the class teacher.

We will have a selection of computers and i-pads available for the children to show you some of the work they have been doing in school. You will also be able to remind yourself of your child’s unique log on to access sites like Espresso and Fronter via the London Grid for Learning.

Black History Month

In assemblies this month we have been thinking about the contribution of black and Asian soldiers to the First World War. We have a display board to commemorate their contributions marking 100 years since the start WW1. Please come and see it at parents evening and get your child to explain what they have found out.

Dates for your Diary

Friday 24th October - Wear it Pink Day. The staff will be supporting ‘Breast Cancer Care’ with fund raising by wearing pink. Children and parents are invited to join in by wearing something pink on Friday and making a donation.

Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October - Half Term Break

Friday 7th November – School photograph day. All children in the school will be photographed individually and with their brothers and sisters who attend school. You will receive a proof copy of the photographs at the end of the school day. If you do not want your child to have their photograph taken please let the school office know.

Monday 17th to Friday 21st November – National Anti- Bullying Week. In school this week, Anti Bullying Week, the children are thinking about behaviour and the sort of behaviour that we call bullying. We have a theatre production for the children called ‘The Power of One’. Children will asked to sign a pledge to stand up against bullying during the week.

Friday 19th December – Last Day of Term

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