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Newsletter 20th November 2009


Dear Parents/Carers,

It was really wonderful to see several parents joining us for lunch during School Meals week. The children really enjoyed having company for lunch - the experience also provided them with a vital learning opportunity in good table manners and meal time routines. We are researching the possibility of having a weekly occasion for this to continue – if you have any thoughts about lunchtimes in school then please try and join our Parents’ Forum Meeting on 30th November at 6.30pm, when we will be discussing our Whole School Food Policy as part of our Healthy Schools Agenda. If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute your thoughts and ideas then please send them in to the Office, marked Parents’ Forum.

On Wednesday 11th November 2009 at 11am the school observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect. The children explored the theme of Remembrance throughout the week in assemblies and Y6 have completed some fantastic projects linked to their topic on WWII.

Thank-you to all of the parents who attended the ‘Safeguarding Children In a Digital World’ assembly last Friday. The assembly kick-started our Anti Bullying week launching this year’s theme ‘Stay Safe in Cyber Space’, and we are happy to follow this up with a parents’ session about cyber-safety if there are sufficient numbers interested in attending. Please complete the attached reply slip if you would like to attend a parents’ session, indicating your preferred time of day for the meeting.

As a school we are running two competitions this week linked to our Anti-bullying work:
• F&KS1 are designing posters about ‘friends’
• KS2 are designing a cyber safety screen saver for all computers in school
Winners will be announced next week in assembly and winning entries to both competitions will be displayed around school.

We have also uploaded some useful reference material regarding Anti-Bullying and Child Protection / Safeguarding onto our website (

• Our Anti-Bullying Policy is due for review in December ’09 – the policy is on the website and a hard copy can be obtained from the School Office. We would greatly appreciate input to the review from parents/carers (pupils will have an input via the School Council) so please have a look at the policy and talk to your child/ren about their experiences in school, then return any thoughts or comments to the School Office marked Anti Bullying Policy Review, for discussion as part of the review process. Alternatively please speak to a member of staff.

• Our Child Protection Policy was reviewed at the beginning of this term – this policy is also on the website and a hard copy can be obtained from the School Office. As Headteacher I am the Designated Person for Child Protection, supported by Mrs McArthur (SEN TA & Senior Midday Supervisor) and Mrs O’Dwyer (Admin Assistant). We also have a named Governor, Mrs Jane Miller.
If you have any concerns regarding the safety and well-being of a child please ask to speak to one of the named persons above. All concerns are addressed with full regard to confidentiality protocols as set out in the policy.

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