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Bulletin Term 2, Spring 1, Week 5, 7th February 2020

Posted 7/2/2020

Welcome as always to our weekly bulletin. I hope this finds you well.

It was great to see so many parents and family members of Miss Watling’s Calder Class attend their learning assembly and activity on Wednesday. As ever thank you for your support! I was impressed with the children’s explanations and understanding of what they had been learning. Well done to all of Calder Class pupils and of course Miss Watling and Mrs Stones for their efforts.

I enjoyed listening to our welcome & regular guest, Rev Becky Allright on Monday when she spoke to the children in our assembly about being brave. We also enjoyed some gospel music, Oh happy day! Remember there is a gospel concert in the village tonight if you are ready for some uplifting heartfelt singing! See the end of the newsletter for further information.

Humber Class very much enjoyed a sporting visit to Holy Family Catholic High School earlier in the week and as I write this newsletter our youngest 3 classes (Aire, Calder and Derwent) are having a tennis taster session with a coach from Goole Tennis Club.

I personally had a really powerful and provocative professional development training session on Thursday looking at ways to enhance, improve and tighten the focus of curriculum planning for primary schools. Over the next few weeks and months I look forward to working with teaching staff to further enhance our curriculum offer. It is an exciting challenge!

Other issues:

  • Health: A reminder in light of general health and specifically in relation to the Coronavirus. Please can you reinforce at home with the children the importance of good hygiene procedures, most importantly regularly washing hands thoroughly. We of course promote this approach in school too.
  • School attendance: We need to improve school attendance. This was raised as an issue by Ofsted, particularly re persistent absenteeism. Some schools push attendance forcefully. My approach has always been to try to work with families, understanding demands of busy modern life and encouraging honest dialogue, whilst always stressing the need for good attendance. After many detailed discussions with NYCC , Carlton Governors and fellow senior leaders we have decided we need to be even more proactive in ensuring good attendance is promoted, and poor attendance is addressed.

 

Therefore, for your information, as part of this renewed approach, moving forward all term time holidays will be managed following strict guidelines, which will result in penalty fines being applied. I want you to be aware of this. This will begin from the start next half term for any holidays not already requested. Term time holidays can only be authorised for a few very specific reasons. All other term time holidays will be addressed following procedures including penalty fines.

I look forward to continuing our positive working and your full support in in promoting good school attendance whenever possible.

  • Parent governor: Do you want to make a positive difference? We have a Parent Governor vacancy. If you are interested in this role, further information and an application pack will be available from the school office by the end of next week. We will confirm this in a parent mail. We will also be holding an information session on Wednesday 26th February (commencing at 5.30pm) in school, should you wish to find out more information about what being a Governor involves.

Next week:

A few key pieces of information for next week include:

  • Friday 14th February (last day of half term) we are holding Non Uniform Day with a suggested £1donation. All monies raised will be used to discount next year’s whole school pantomime visit (or for Y6 pupils towards an end of year event) .
  • We have a Valentine’s Special lunch on Friday 14th February
  • Thursday 13th February: our Year6 children will work with other local schools supporting the local community Dementia Awareness event ‘All you need is love’ at Drax club Like last year, we are working with Reverend Becky Alright for this lovely event where the Year 6 pupils will be singing a song or two.

 Thanks for your continued support. Have a safe and happy weekend.

Best wishes

Jon Watson

Headteacher

Developing lively, inquiring and creative minds

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