NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2010

Annual Outing We are now ready to pay the final payment for our Annual Outing to the Grand Opera House on Friday 7th January 2011 at 1.30 p.m. Final number will be confirmed to The Opera House on Wednesday 29th September 2010, please ensure all monies are paid by this date.

School Tour Primary 6 and 7 Thank you to all who have already responded to this year’s tour to York. All deposits should be with Mrs Gibson by Friday 1st October 2010 so that final numbers can be confirmed to the Tour Operator.

Breakfast Club This club is once again proving to be very popular. Could I remind all parents that children should not come to the Club before 8.05 a.m. and entrance must be no later than 8.25 a.m. Children will then leave the club at 8.40 a.m. to line up. The cost is £1.00 daily and various healthy cereals and toast is on offer, together with breakfast juice or milk.

Tuck Shop The school operates a healthy eating break policy and the tuck shop now sells bottled water and fresh fruit, together with pencils, pens and rubbers. Prices range from 20p – 30p for water and fruit.

Music Tutoring We are pleased to welcome Mrs O’Neill our Violin Tutor and Miss Russell who is our Flute and Clarinet Tutor back for another year. I am sure all will agree that both these tutors offer excellent services. Please note that the fees for this term are now due and these are paid directly to the individual tutors. Thank you. Hire Fees for instruments are due with Mrs Gibson by mid October.

P1 Primary 1 children will be staying until 1.55 p.m. each day from Monday 4th October 2010.

Free School Meals If you feel you are entitled to free school meals please contact the office urgently for a form to apply.

Labelling of Clothing It has once again come to my attention that children do not have names on formal uniform and indeed P.E. uniform. It is very difficult for the school to trace lost property and prove ownership when labelling is not present. Could I ask that all items of clothing worn to school be labelled clearly with the child’s full name as other children can have the same initials. Also could you please check that all items belong to your child and if you find this is not the case please return them to Mrs Gibson. Thank you.

Car Parking Safety/Leaving/Collecting of Children Thank you to all for operating the one-way system for leaving and collecting children. I know this will greatly improve the safety of all pedestrians. Could I also point out that congestion would also be eased in the mornings if parents settled their children in the playground and then left. This would also develop your child’s independence. It is also noticeable that some parents are bringing children in through the school car-park gate, in the interests of safety this is not permitted.

Appointments I realise that hospital appointments are generally during the school day and are of a more urgent nature, however, unless it is an emergency, could appointments for Doctor’s, Dentist’s or Optician’s please be made outside of school hours, or as near the end of the school day as is possible. Thank you for your support.

Jewellery The school operates a “No Jewellery Policy” with the exception of a watch. It is noticeable that some children are wearing earrings! This is a health and safety issue and a note from a parent indicating that they will take responsibility for the wearing of the earrings is not legally acceptable. I would ask for your support in the removal of earrings/rings etc.

Complaints Procedure Whilst we as a School would seldom have complaints it is hoped that any problems can be solved by informal contact between parents and the School Principal. However, it is a requirement of the Department of Education that we inform you that where a parent feels that a matter should be progressed further, then the following people should be contacted in the order shown.

1. The Principal or Vice-Principal.

2. The Chairman of the Board of Governors.

3. The North Eastern Education & Library Board.

4. The Department of Education.

5. The Commissioner for Complaints.

Parent/Teacher Interviews The school will be closing on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th October 2010 at 1.00 p.m. each day to accommodate parental interviews.

P.T.A. Events Once again we have a very hard working P.T.A. Committee. It was encouraging to see new faces as well as old at the recent Annual General Meeting. I would commend this group to you and ask for your support as they organise various events throughout the year! First event is the Halloween School Disco on Wednesday 27th October 2010 (more details to follow).

PRIZE DONATIONS For fund raising events we look for various offers of prizes. If you know of anyone, or indeed any company, who would like to donate prizes or offer sponsorship of events during the year, please let me know. Thank you also to all of those parents who have donated unwanted new gifts for prizes during the year. Anyone who has gifts large or small which they feel would be suitable please leave these with Mrs Gibson.

Library I would like to take this opportunity of thanking those parents who volunteered to come in and “staff” the Library. Library visits from classes will start on the week commencing Monday 4th October 2010.

Harvest We are holding the Annual Harvest Assembly on Friday 22nd October 2010. This event is part of our normal assembly programme and is for pupils only. A separate note will follow as to our Harvest giving this year.

Sponsored Bounce We are holding our Sponsored Bounce on Wednesday 27th October 2010. This is our annual fund-raising event and it gives us an opportunity to raise funds for the school and for various charities. Bouncy Castles will be in place, and your child will have the opportunity to “bounce” with their class and be sponsored for the number of bounces achieved. We hope to make this as successful as previous years so we ask that you encourage pupils to collect sponsors from known friends or relations. We do not have a licence to allow children to collect from door to door so we ask that you assist us in making sure this does not happen. Sponsor forms will be issued in the next few weeks. Thank you for your anticipated support. Please note that only one child will be on a bouncy castle at any given time.

Thank You We as a School are very grateful to Mr & Mrs Finn for providing the Bouncy Castles free of charge for the above event and indeed at our School Fairs. We can only suggest and recommend them to you as parents, should you wish to book any equipment of this type. Mrs Gibson can provide you with a telephone number.

Discount Our thanks to Mr Mark Diamond for obtaining 10% discount for any parent of this school from Milebush Gardening Centre known as “Grow”.

HOLIDAYS/DATES TO NOTE

OCTOBER

22nd Harvest (pupils only)

27th School Disco (evening)

27th Sponsored Bounce

25th, 26th, 27th and 28th October – School Closes at 1.00 p.m. to accommodate Parent/Teacher Interviews

29th Halloween Holidays

NOVEMBER

1st, 2nd 3rd Halloween Holiday

DECEMBER

14th P3 – P4 Christmas Presentation (evening)

15th P1 – P2 Christmas Presentation (morning)

15th School Disco (evening)

16th P5 – P7 Christmas Presentation (afternoon)

22nd Early Closing 12.15 p.m.

23rd Dec – 5th January – Christmas Holidays.

JANUARY

6th School Reopens

7th Opera House – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”