Newsletter 23rd June 2023
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we head in to the last four weeks of this academic year there is lots of information that we have to share with you for the end of this term and the beginning of next year.
Dates for your diary
Friday 30th June Y6 Transition Day
Monday 3rd July-Friday 7th July Y6 Residential
Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th July Proposed Teacher Strikes
Saturday 8th July Reading Challenge
Thursday 13th July Sports Day
Friday 14th July End of Year Reports
Tuesday 18th July Wednesday 19th July Y6 Production
Friday 21st July (3:15pm) School finishes
End of the Day Trial
As our pupil numbers are beginning to increase across the school, the number of adults on site, at end of the day collecting their children, is also increasing. Our main aim, throughout the school, is keeping the pupils safe. With this in mind, we are going to trial a new End of the Day routine. This will come in the form of a one-way system. Twin Oaks Nursey have very kindly agreed to allow us to use their gate and playground within this new system-something we are very grateful for. We have uploaded a video with Mr Claxton explaining the new system which can be found here https://youtu.be/OtU5di-OnBY
This routine is only a trial to see whether or not it is safer for pupils and easier for teachers to ensure their pupils leave with the correct adult. Attached to the email is also a map and set of instructions to remind you of the route. The trial will begin next Monday, 26th June.
Summer Reading Challenge
On Monday 3rd July there will be an assembly for the whole school introducing this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The aim is for pupils to read 6 books or more over the Summer Holidays. If they do, they will be rewarded with stickers, badges and other prizes! You can find out more information about the challenge by following this website address https://readingagency.org.uk/children/quick-guides/summer-reading-challenge/
A reminder that school ties can be purchased through the MCAS app. Pupils in Year 2 moving into Year 3 will have to have a tie for the start of the new school year in September.
Universal Hot School Meals – Current Year 2
If your Year 2 child currently receives a hot school meal under the Universal School Meal scheme this will finish at the end of term. If you still wish your child to receive a hot school meal when they are in Year 3 you will need to order and pay for their meal via the MCAS app. More details to follow.
Postcards – Holiday News
Children are welcome to send postcards to members of school staff to share their holiday news – we will be in and out getting the classrooms ready over the holidays and would love to hear what they’ve been getting up to and it will also give them meaningful opportunities to practice their writing skills over the long break.
Bromcom – MCAS – Important Information
Thank you to all those parents and carers who have signed into the MCAS app (MyChildAtSchool). This will enable you to book the following: -
If you have a problem accessing the app, please contact the school office who will be more than willing to help you.
Dogs on site
Unfortunately, we are unable to allow dogs on site. This includes dogs that are being carried. We do understand that many dogs are well trained, but we also recognise that even the most well-behaved dogs can be unpredictable. We also must respect those families who have chosen not to have pets or pupils who might be frightened of dogs. Pupil safety is our main priority, so we thank you in advance for following this rule.
Year 6 UKMT Junior Maths Challenge
Congratulations are in order for Mia, Lydia, Jack, Prabik, Kobie, Tommy, Angela, Ella, Kaya and Alice in Year 6 who took part in the Junior Maths Challenge run by the UK Mathematics Trust. This was a national competition (open to Year 8 and below) that aims to encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency. All the children did fantastically well and managed to achieve awards ranging from participation, Bronze, Silver and to even Gold! Lydia and Jack were both rewarded for their Gold certificates with an automatic entry to the next round where we wish them the best of luck. We are so proud of you all for representing Hillbourne so fantastically well.
Attendance is a high priority at Hillbourne and we are working together with the local authority to improve attendance across all year groups. It has been pleasing to see that there has been an improvement in our attendance figures since the half term holiday. ‘Well done’ and ‘Thank you’ to you all for working with us to improve. We have four weeks left to keep this going and to finish on a high.
Summer Safety Reminder
Just a reminder as the weather is now warming up please remember to provide your child with a full water bottle each morning, which they can top up during the day. It would also be great if you could put sun screen on your children before they come into school and provide a hat too.
There is proposed industrial action on Wednesday, 5th and Friday, 7th July 2023. We have no further information regarding school closure at this time. We will of course inform you of any class or whole school closures as soon as possible. The proposed strike action does not affect the Year 6 residential.
Hillbourne Primary School is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
If you have any concerns, please contact the following people through the school office:
The designated child protection lead is Mrs Emma Camilleri, SENCo and Acting Deputy Headteacher. The deputy designated child protection/safeguarding officers are: Mr Richard Claxton, Acting Headteacher. Tel: 01202 692604
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: 01202 692604
Unfortunately, due to the school field not being ready and the lack of space parents will be unable to attend sports day this year. We will take as many photographs of the children as we can and will post the pictures on the school Facebook page. We really hope that next year parents will be able to attend.