Newsletter: 9 September 2011

Headteacher’s Comments

Welcome back!  I hope you all had an enjoyable and safe summer.  It was a pleasure seeing the children look so smart in proper school uniform over the past three days.  Please keep this up!  Sorry for the smaller text, but there are a lot of reminders about the school’s procedures and dates in this newsletter so please keep this somewhere safe. Thank you to the 80 parents who came to the ‘Meet the Teachers’ Meeting’ last night.  I hope you found it informative.

Breakfast Bar

Our school’s Breakfast Bar is open from 8:10am every morning.  Parents and children are welcome.  A slice of toast is 30p and drinks are 40p.

Snack at Break Times

This is a reminder that only fruit and vegetables are allowed for snack during morning break.

Coffee Mornings

I will be holding coffee mornings next week for parents and carers.  Please join Ms Cromwell, Mrs Ferris and myself in the school’s dining room at 9:00am.

PTA Meetings

Our next PTA meeting is on Monday (12 September) at 9am.  The main item will be final preparations for our school’s Autumn Fair.

Autumn Fair

Our School’s PTA is organising our very first Autumn Fair on Saturday 24 September.  Please keep the date free and encourage friends and family to attend.  The main attraction is a climbing wall – fun for all the family!  All money raised will be going towards improving the facilities in the playground.


If your child takes medication, please hand it in to the school office and sign the appropriate form.  Please make sure that any medication, especially asthma pumps and epi-pens, are in date.

School Dinners

School dinners remain at £1.90 a day (£9.50 a week) for either a hot meal or school-prepared packed lunch.  If you are supplying a packed lunch please make sure there are no’ block’ chocolate items included and crisps are only allowed on Fridays.

Stars in Their Eyes

Stars in Their Eyes will take place on Friday 25 November.  Auditions will take place in mid-September.  Like last year, your child will be expected to know all the words to their song at auditions, so hopefully they have been practising it over the summer holidays.

Miss Biggs’s Class Swimming

The parents of the children in Miss Biggs’s Class would have received an email today regarding swimming next Thursday.  Please make sure your children have the correct swimming kit, towel and £1.  Any parents who are able to walk down (we leave at 9:30am and return at 11:00am) please speak to someone in the office before Wednesday.

Mrs Leys’s Sponsored Walk

Mrs Leys is a member of a charity that raises money for schools in Guyana.  In previous years the school has supported this charity by sending our old chairs, tables and IT equipment to equip primary schools.  Mrs Leys is doing a sponsored walk this Saturday.  Any parents who wish to sponsor Mrs Leys please return the slip below.

Homework Club

Homework Club begins next Tuesday (13 September), from 3.15 – 4.15pm. 

School Governors

There are 5 vacancies on the school governing body for parent governors.  Parent governors play an important role as members of the governing body, which is responsible for directing the conduct of the school and for assisting the school in moving from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’.  The term of office for parent governors is 4 years.  Training is available for all governors.  If you would like to stand for election, please complete the nomination form at the bottom of the sheet and return it to the school no later than Monday 26 September.  If there are more than 5 nominated parents, an election will take place.  If there are any further questions, please feel free to speak with me or Mrs Cromwell.

Dates for your diary

Mon 12 September                    Nominations Open for Parent Governors

Mon 12 September                    Launch Day

Mon 12 September                    Year 3 Coffee Morning 9am (Dining Room)

Mon 12 September                   PTA Meeting 9am (Staff Room)

Tues 13 September                    Year 5 Children to visit Gunpowder Mills

Tues 13 September                    Year 4 Coffee Morning 9am (Dining Room)

Wed 14 September                    Year 4 Children to visit Waltham Abbey Museum

Wed 14 September                    Year 5 Coffee Morning 9am (Dining Room)

Thurs 15 September                  Year 6 Coffee Morning 9am (Dining Room)

Fri 16 September                       Year 6 to visit Gunpowder Mills

Wed 21 September                    King Harold Academy Road Show 6pm

Sat 24 September                      Autumn Fair

Mon 26 September                    Nominations Close for Parent Governors

Tues 4 October                         IEP Meetings

Thurs 6 October                        Year 3 Harvest Festival 9:30am

Fri 21 October                           Break up for half term

Tues 1 November                      Return to school

Wed 2 November                      Year 4 Trip to Colchester Castle

Tues 8 November                      Pupil Progress Meetings

Thurs 10 November                   Pupil Progress Meetings

Fri 11 November                       Year 6 Remembrance Assembly

Fri 25 November                       Tag Rugby Tournament

Fri 25 November                       Stars in their Eyes

Tues 13 December                    Christmas Carol Concert (1:30pm)

Wed 14 December                    Christmas Dinner

Fri 16 December                       Break up from school