Newsletter September 2016
30 Sep 2016

Autumn Term 2016

Our autumn term is well underway now and most of the children seem to have got back into good bedtime habits and look less tired than when the term began! All current research informs us that a good night’s sleep is important for the wellbeing of everyone and has a positive impact on a child’s ability to learn.

Good school attendance is also a key factor in how children achieve in school. I am delighted to let you know that we had our best ever attendance rate last year.

The national average for children’s attendance has also increased. We used to say that 95% attendance was good. Now the national average is 96.4%. So, that is now our new target for all Petts Hill children. A special well done to last year’s reception class and their parents who managed to be the healthiest class in school. An amazing achievement. Keep on attending!

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.

Important- contact details

At the being of the new school year we like to check that we are up-to-date with everyone’s current contact details and information. On Friday 30th September when this newsletter is released we will also send out a text alert. If you do not receive this we do not have your latest contact details.  It is vitally important that we are able to contact all parents in case of an emergency. Please contact the school office immediately if you have not received the text alert.

Please remember that the school monthly diary has a collation of all the main school events that are going on for all year groups. Please keep it somewhere handy so you can keep up-to-date with what is happening and also when there is a change such as no afterschool clubs when another after school event is being run.

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The School Games Mark

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

I am delighted to be able to tell you that we have just been achieved the Silver Award for our sporting endeavors in 2015/16. This is the third year that we have achieved silver.  Well done to all the children that have worked hard at improving their fitness, attending matches and competitions and the staff that have collectively supported them.

Speech and Language

Many of you will be aware that it is really difficult to receive support with children’s speech and language development and yet it can be an area that is really holding back their learning and development. To address this issue we continue to buy in the services of a speech and language therapist, from the health service, for one day a week.

Caroline Bowe is our allocated therapist again this year. She will work as a member of the Petts Hill staff team every Tuesday. Her key role will be to support us in developing children’s language which includes developing attention and listening skills. As a member of staff she may work with any child in the school either individually or in small groups. She will be able to meet and support parents that have concerns with their child’s speech. If for any reason you do not want your child to be seen by the speech therapist please let me know. Obviously if we have concerns about your child’s speech development we will discuss the issue with you and let you know what action we are taking and how we will support their language development.

Star of the Week

We will be continuing to celebrate when children are especially kind and thoughtful or work particularly hard at something at Petts Hill. Last year many children counted it as their proudest moment when they came into assembly to be named as ‘Star of the Week'. Each class is going to make nominations of a child who has excelled that week and they will be nominated as the ‘Star of the Week’ for that class. Each class has a board outside their room celebrating their ‘Star of the Week’. Special rosette stickers have been made to be awarded to the child to wear. Ask your child who their class’s star was this week and why.

Get involved at Petts Hill

We are looking for people that would like to be further involved with Petts Hill. There are all sorts of ways that parents get involved already such as: attending parents evenings, attending school assemblies and workshops, helping on trips. Here are three other ways you might like to consider:

  1. Help in school during the school day supporting with reading, writing and various other activities either in your child’s class or another or help with an after school club such as homework or football. Training will be given.
  2. Become a Parent Governor. We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor for an immediate start and one that will be vacant early in 2017. If you are interested and want to know more please make an appointment to see me, the headteacher, via the school office. You can find out more on Ealing’s website.
  3. Get involved with other parents planning additional events in the school year.  We used to have a Friends of Petts Hill School group (FOPHS). In the last two years school staff have had to organise the majority of the Christmas and Summer Fair. It would be lovely if a group of interested parents could fulfil that role again as an organising group. If you are interested please talk to me and I can put you in touch with some other parents to form a group again.

These are all valued ways of supporting the school, your children and their learning. All volunteers who work in school or are governors receive an induction and go through a safeguarding check which includes the current DBS check or a risk assessment.

Petts Hill School Staff

The staff list for 2016 has been published on the website. Please go to staff list 2016.

The Place2Be

Just to remind you about the work that the Place2Be does at Petts Hill. The Place2Be is a charity that works in primary schools and gives children a place where they can express their feelings through talking, creative work and play.

From September 2009, The Place2Be has been offering their services to pupils at Petts Hill. We have a school project manager called Nicky Sutton. Nicky works on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning each week.

The Place2Talk – a lunchtime drop-in service which is open to all children every Wednesday and Thursday started up last week. Here, children can make an appointment to talk to Nicky about friendships, concerns or any worries they may have. This has been a very popular service and children can attend by themselves or with a friend.

Parental Consent: Unless we hear otherwise from you, the school and the Place2Be assumes that all children have their parent/carers permission to come to the Place2Talk at lunchtime.  If you do not want your child to participate in this please ask the school office for a slip to fill in. If you would like to find out more about the service please contact Nicky Sutton through the school office to discuss the matter further.

School Meals

Harrisons is the school meal provider for Petts Hill along with the majority of other Ealing schools. The school liaise regularly with the managers regarding the menu and the service. The school does not deal with the money side of the contract other than being informed when parents have not paid for the meals. All school meals should be paid for in advance, before the meal is eaten. When children reach year 6 all meals must be paid for in advance. In year 3 – 5 if you let the debt build up and exceed £20 then Harrisons will refuse to provide a school meal to your child. You will be called to bring in a packed lunch until the debt is cleared.

Currently all children from reception to year 2 are entitled to a free school meal. That entitlement stops as soon as they move into year 3.

After School Club

The After School Club is run by Northolt Park Children’s Centre. It provides after school care for school aged children until 5.45pm daily. Children are picked up by qualified staff from Petts Hill and taken to the centre. The children are given a snack and enjoy participating in a range of different activities across the week. They also have a quiet area for children to complete their homework, read or just relax. Outside there is a fantastic new play area suitable for all ages.

The club can be booked via Ealing Play Service 02088258205. The cost of this childcare is £9 per day, the club is OFSTED registered.

Important dates for this term.

October – Black History Month

Parent consultation Meetings: Tuesday 18th – 3.30-5.30 & Thursday20th October 4.30 – 7.00. There will be an opportunity for parents of children in Reception through to Year 6 to talk to their child’s class teacher about their child’s progress and how to support them in their learning. The teachers will have sign-up sheets outside their rooms from Monday 10th October for you to book appointments.

Friday 21st October - Wear it Pink Day. Children can come to school wearing something pink and make a donation to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign fund.

Half Term Break:  Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October

November -  Anti Bullying Month

Thursday 8th December – Carol Concert St Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane for Petts Hill School Choir.

Friday 21st December – Last Day of Term

Class assemblies

Classes 1 to 6 will all deliver a class assembly this term to the school and their parents and friends.

  • Friday 23rd September Year 6
  • Friday 14th October Year 4
  • Friday 4th November Year 2
  • Friday 11th November Year 5
  • Friday 25th November Year 3
  • Friday 2nd December Year 1

All assemblies will start at 9.15 am

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