Dear Parents / Carers,
It has certainly been a busy first week back to school. The children seem to be settling into their new classes and are ready for exciting learning. It has been wonderful to visit classrooms this week and to see the children fully engaged in their learning and excited to tell me all about what they are doing. They have been showing excellent manners and understanding of the rules for behaviour. We continue to follow the ‘3 C’s’ behaviour system which the children are now fully aware of.
We are pleased to invite you into the school on Wednesday 20th September 3:15-4:15pm. This is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s new class teacher and to have a look at their classroom. Now that the children are settled into their classrooms, they can show you some of the resources they use and where they learn. The PTFA will also be serving tea and coffee in the Hall during this time where they will be pleased to meet familiar faces and to welcome new parents to the school community. Please do take time to come and say hello to them, have a drink and find out more about the amazing work of the PTFA. They already have many spectacular events planned for the year and welcome you all to join them in fundraising for our children.
On Monday 2nd October a member of the Trussell Trust will be delivering an assembly to the children. In 2015, 12 tonnes of much needed food was delivered to Salisbury Foodbank from local schools and churches. We are once again supporting this appeal and ask that, if possible, your child could bring a non-perishable food item into school by Tuesday 3rd October, ready for our Harvest Festival Celebration in the Church on Wednesday 4th October at 11am. You are most welcome to join us for our Harvest Celebration at the Church.
A polite reminder that we need to keep the turning circle clear of cars unless they are in the designated parking bays. The bus needs to be able to get round the turning circle and park in the bus layby. Please take due care and attention when using the car park and ensure the safety of our pupils and all members of the community are at the forefront of your mind when driving on school grounds. Thank you for your cooperation.
Sickness and Absence Procedures
If your child is ill, please telephone the school by 9:15am on the first day of absence to explain the reason and likely duration of absence. A letter confirming the reason for absence, addressed to me is also required upon the child’s return to school. A template for this letter can be found on the school website and can be obtained from the school office. Without this, the absence is marked as unauthorised.
School begins promptly at 8:55am with the register being taken. Children arriving after this time will be marked as late.
All absence and lateness is monitored. Registers are regularly checked and letters will be sent to parents if there is a concern over absence or lateness to school and referred to the Education Welfare Officer.
Keeping us Informed
We promote an open and honest dialogue between all members of our school community. Members of staff, including myself are in the playground in the mornings not only to welcome you all to the beginning of the new day, but in case you have anything you would like to discuss with us.
If you feel there is anything that might affect your child’s wellbeing, please tell your child’s class teacher or myself, in order that we can support them to the best of our ability. This includes deployment, family crisis and domestic upheaval. Any information shared will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Having chosen to send your child to Netheravon All Saints shows that that you hold our community in high regard. We would expect that comments or concerns are shared with us personally and that social media is not used as a forum for derogatory comments against the school.
Where possible, we ask that all payments are made via Parent Pay accounts. If you have any queries about your account then please contact Mrs. Blanchard, Finance Officer to discuss your account.
Any money or cheques which have to be paid to the school should be put in a sealed envelope labelled with your child’s name, class and payment details. Please make any cheques payable to ‘Netheravon All Saints CE Primary School’ but please note cheques may take several weeks to bank and clear so other methods of payment are preferable.
If you do have the need to pay by automatic transfer/BACS the account details are:
- Lloyds Bank Sort Code: 30 – 97 – 41
- Account number: 53026260
We are registered to take Sodexho Childcare Vouchers for Breakfast Club and After-School Child Care Club.
Nut Free Zone
As you may know, anaphylaxis is potentially life threatening. In order to minimize the risk to these children the school is a designated NUT FREE ZONE. We do have a child in school who has a nut allergy.
Please DO NOT put any nuts into your child’s lunchbox or provide nuts as a snack; this includes spread such as Nutella, chocolate Snickers and breakfast bars containing nuts.
Your cooperation in this matter is very much appreciated.
Request for Leave of Absence
The Department for Education (DfE) states that parents do not have a legal right to take children out of school. Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
If the absence has not been authorised by the Head Teacher and an absence occurs, where the child’s total unauthorised absences amount to 10 or more sessions (5 school days), continuous or aggregated within the previous 6 months of the current academic year, the school must notify the Local Authority who will issue a Penalty Notice to each parent for each child where that applies. The penalty notice is for £60 (if paid within 21 days) or £120 (up to 28 days). If, after 28 days, the penalty has not been paid, legal proceedings are taken through a magistrates’ court by the Local Authority.
Missed lessons cannot be caught up and absence from school is always detrimental to a child’s learning. Therefore, holidays should be taken during the 13 week period that school is closed.
Trainers at Break and Lunch Time
It has been noted that at break and lunch time, children do tend to quickly and easily scuff their school shoes. Knowing how much they cost and that most parents will have bought new shoes for the beginning of the academic year, I am happy for the children to change into trainers at break and lunch time to avoid damage to school shoes.
Year 6 Office Monitors
As always, our Year 6 pupils will be taking on several roles within the school this year. The roles are designed to promote independence, leadership and a sense of guiding the school community. One of our aims is to begin to prepare our young people for the outside world and in doing this, we are providing them with the opportunity to experience the world of work in a safe and familiar environment. This year, we are therefore introducing Year 6 Office monitors. At set times in the week, Year 6 will support the Office staff in carrying out simple duties which will include answering the telephone. Please support our young people if you call or come to the school and they answer or greet you. They will not be dealing with any enquiries, problems or allowed access to any personal information or data, they will simply be the face of the school at certain times. They will always be supervised by a member of the Office staff.
Pewsey Vale have asked all schools to pass on the following message:
‘We are all very excited here at Pewsey Vale with the start of the new school year and our new Head Teacher – Neil Pritchard. We would very much like to showcase all that we have to offer here at Pewsey Vale by inviting yourselves and your students with their Parents to our Open Evening on Wednesday 27thSeptember from 6:30pm.
There will be the opportunity to look around our site, meet students and staff and view all the different facilities we have to offer. Mr Pritchard will give a short talk at 7:30pm with tours of the school before and afterwards.’
There is always a lot of important information to share at the beginning of the school year. We will continue to provide you with ‘What’s on’ information at the end of the week outlining the next week’s events. I thank you once again for the support and cooperation you give to your children and the school.
Please find below a list of key dates for Autumn Terms One and Two and information on TD days and school holidays. Dates are always subject to change and will of course be added to.
Ms. L. Tight, Head Teacher
Wed 20th Sep 1515 – 1615 Meet your new teacher / PTFA Welcome
Tues 3rd Oct Donations for Harvest Appeal to be in school by today please
Wed 4th Oct 1100 – Harvest Festival Celebration in Church
Wed 18th Oct Last day of Term One – School closes at 1515
Thurs 19th – Fri 27th Oct – HALF TERM
Mon 30th Oct Term Two begins for pupils and staff
Sat 11th Nov 1900 – Remembrance Concert at Larkhill Garrison Church
Tues 21st Nov 1530 – 1800 Parent’s Evening
Wed 22nd Nov 1700 – 1930 Parent’s Evening
Mon 27th Nov TD DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED TO PUPILS
Wk beg 4th Dec EYs/KS1 Nativity Performances – Days to be confirmed
Wed 13th Dec 1100 – Christmas Service in Church
Fri 15th Dec Music Concert in School – Time to be confirmed
Wed 20th Dec Last day of Term Two – School finishes for Christmas holidays at 1400
Term Dates and TD Days 2017 / 2018
Autumn Term One
Friday 1st September – TD DAY (STAFF ONLY)
Monday 4th September – Children return to school
Wednesday 18th October – Last day of term one – school closes at 1515
Thursday 19th October – Friday 27th October – HALF TERM
Autumn Term Two
Monday 30th October – Children return to school
Monday 27th November – TD DAY (STAFF ONLY)
Wednesday 20th December – Last day of term two – school closes at 1400
Thursday 21st December – Wednesday 3rd January – CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Spring Term Three
Thursday 4th January – TD DAY (STAFF ONLY)
Friday 5th January – Children return to school
Friday 9th February – Last day of term three – school closes at 1515
Monday 12th February – Friday 16th February – HALF TERM
Spring Term Four
Monday 19th January- Children return to school
Thursday 29th March – Last day of term four – school closes at 1400
Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April – EASTER HOLIDAYS
Summer Term Five
Monday 16th April – Children return to School
Monday 7th May – BANK HOLIDAY – SCHOOL CLOSED TO ALL
Friday 25th May – Last day of term five – school closes at 1515
Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June – HALF TERM
Summer Term Six
Monday 4th June – TD DAY (STAFF ONLY)
Tuesday 24th July – Last day of term six – school closes at 1400
Wednesday 25th July – TD DAY (STAFF ONLY)