Newsletter 2 - 30th September 2016
NEWSLETTER 02 – 30TH SEPTEMBER 2016
MIDDAY SUPERVISORS NEEDED
Midday Supervisors look after the children’s welfare during the lunch break. We are particularly interested in anyone who would be prepared to go on a list to cover for absence. Please contact the office for more information.
HEAD BUMP LETTERS
Just to make you aware of our procedures regarding bumped heads. If your child has a head bump in school we always inform you with a note that will be placed inside your child’s book bag. We will of course encourage your child to tell you themselves and will call you if it is a serious incident.
REMINDER – INSERVICE TRAINING DAY WED 12TH OCT
School is closed to children on Wednesday 12th October. Please make sure you have this date in your diary. In order to secure the best training for staff we had to choose a date midweek. The dates for the rest of the academic year are listed below:
Wed 12th Oct 2016
Fri 10th Feb 2017
Mon 24th Jul 2017
Tue 25th Jul 2017
REMINDER - PARENTS’ FORUM
If you would like to get involved in school life the date of the next Parents’ Forum meeting is 11th October at 2.00 p.m. There was a really good attendance at the last meeting - please let us know if you are attending this time so that an appropriate room can be allocated. Last term I also held a later Parents’ Forum meeting at 6.00 p.m. and I would like to do so again, but please let us know if you are interested in attending this later Parents’ Forum meeting by contacting the school office. The date of the evening Parents’ Forum has now been moved due to an unforeseen date clash to 13th October at 6.00 p.m. This later event will only go ahead if there is sufficient interest so it is important to let us know if you intend to come along.
If you would like to know more about Parents’ Forum or you want to read the Blog Click here.
So what is a Blog? It’s a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group that is written in an informal or conversational style.
DID YOU MISS NEWSLETTER 1?
If you missed Newsletter 1 you can click here to view it online. Alternatively you can find a copy on the various notice boards around school or ask at the office and they will send you a paper copy.
We are keen to celebrate success in writing with you, therefore we have continued with our 'Star Writer' notice board which is located near the hall. Each week class teachers will choose a child who has produced a piece of ‘star writing’. This work will be displayed on the Star Writer Notice Board the following week so that you are able to come and see their work should you wish to.
SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOP AND LOST PROPERTY
The shop will be open for business each MONDAY from 3.15pm in the entrance hall. If you are able to volunteer to help out in the Uniform Shop then please speak to the organisers who would really appreciate your help.
HARVEST FESTIVAL COLLECTION
We will be holding a harvest (children only) assembly on the revised date of Tuesday 18th October. Donations of food produce including tins and packets can be brought into school on the morning and added to the display we hope to create in the school hall. This year we are collecting produce for Hope House on Boundary Road in Beeston.
REMINDER - UP-TO-DATE CONTACT DETAILS
It is very important that you ensure the information we hold for your child is correct in case we need to contact you in an emergency. May I remind you it is your responsibility to provide up to date contact details and if your circumstances change during the course of the year then please let us know immediately.
GOOD WORK ASSEMBLIES
Good Work Assemblies showcase the excellent work that our children are doing in school. During each term every year group will put on a ‘Good Work’ assembly, these will generally take place towards the end of each half-term. We want these to be a real celebration of the children’s work whilst also giving them an excellent opportunity to improve their presentation and speaking and listening skills. All parents and carers of children taking part in the assembly are welcome to come along to watch and be part of these special events.
All assemblies will start promptly at 10:15am, so if you wish to attend please arrive at the front office for around 10:00am. The dates for assemblies are on the school website - we have put a great deal of thought into the start time and days of the week to minimise the disruption to the rest of the school. We hope that giving you the dates so far in advance will enable you to plan ahead so that you can share this positive experience with your child.
You may remember that in the summer term I sent all our Year 6 parents a questionnaire to complete so we didn’t lose their valued opinions. At the Consultation Meetings in November we will be asking all other parents/carers to complete the same questionnaire so that by the end of November the results can be collated and published. Look out for more details in forthcoming newsletters. Equally we would like you to add your contributions to the OFSTED run ‘Parent View’ website. Click here.
BICYCLES AND SCOOTERS
Children are encouraged to come to school on a bicycle or a scooter. A reminder that items are left at your own risk, but there are several Cycle Pods round school so please remember to secure with a sturdy lock if they are left on site.
SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHS – WED 5TH OCTOBER
A reminder that the school Photograph day is on the above date. The children will be having their individual photograph taken and a photograph taken with their siblings. If you would like a non-school aged younger sibling to have their photographs taken either individually or with their older sibling/s please bring them to school between 8.15 a.m. and 8.45 a.m.
Please let us know if your child does not want to have their photograph taken otherwise we will assume you are happy for this to happen. There is of course no obligation to purchase them.
GREENWOOD ELECTRIC KIT CAR
In a special assembly to the year 5 & 6 pupils we launched a competition to win a Greenwood Electric Kit Car.
The IET Formula Goblin project is for pupils ages 9 – 11 years to take part in an engineering project to build a functioning and drivable electric car.
The car kit comes flat packed with step by step instruction guiding you through the build. By taking part in the build pupils will have experience of basic mechanics and on completion our Round Hill Team will have the opportunity to drive it at one or more of Greenpower events around the country!
The first step to getting a Roundhill team going is to get our Greenpower all electric car kit...
For the chance to win funding for the car kit we will need to answer this question...
How we will travel in the year 2050?
On one side of A3 paper pupils can answer in any form e.g. painted, written, collage etc. We have encouraged them to be as creative and imaginative as they can...so that Roundhill can win the car kit! All entries to be in by Monday 10th October.
Good luck with the Competition and we look forward to seeing all your amazing ideas for how we will travel in the year 2050!
You never know...this could be you!
Jane Reed & Alex Barto-Smith
BOOK FAIR – THANK YOU
Thank you to everyone who attended our Book Fair. It was a great success and we raised nearly £650. We have been able to purchase lots of new books for Round Hill. Coming to a classroom near you soon!
Miss Gina Bore - Literacy Leader
We have made a point in school about the importance of washing hands properly. We would appreciate it if you could reinforce the importance of this at home.
Click here to find a range of resources to help…
If your child uses an inhaler can you please ensure that it is labelled, in date and if appropriate, has been passed onto the class teacher for easy access.
This website is brilliant. It has lots of useful links aimed at helping parents. Everything from helping your child to stay safe on Minecraft to How to talk to your child about mental health. Check it out by clicking here
DOGS IN THE PLAYGROUND
A reminder that only guide dogs are allowed in the playground - we have several children who become very upset when they see them. Thank you for your understanding.
If you have a child, or you know someone who has a child, who will be 5 years old between 01/09/17 and 31/08/18 you must apply for a school place online or complete an application form. You can register with the Local Authority by telephoning 01158041237 or visiting: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/school-admissions
Important dates to remember:
07/11/16 Information available/distributed to parents. Online application service becomes available.
15/01/17 - Closing date for receipt of all applications.
18/04/17 - Parents will be advised of the outcome of their application.
Remember, living in the catchment area, attending a linked school or having a sibling attending a school does not guarantee that your application will be successful. It may however give your application higher priority in the event of oversubscription.
If anyone requires any further help or guidance about the admissions process, please call in at the school office, or contact admissions on the above telephone number.
SCHOOL CALENDAR - DIARY DATES
Click here to view the school calendar.
Last minute ticket offer for families from Round Hill Primary school to see Hubbub at Nottingham Lakeside Arts on Saturday 1st October.
Shows at 11am and 1.30pm. Tickets reduced to £6 just phone box office and quote ‘Hubbub Schools’. T and Cs apply.
Click here to find out more.
ROUND HILL ASSOCIATION AGM – MONDAY 10TH OCTOBER 8PM
We would like to invite you to the RHA AGM which will be held on Monday 10th October at 8pm at Round Hill School. The main objectives of this meeting are to provide a summary of the activities over the past school year and to elect a new committee.
All Committee positions are up for election so please come along and get involved.
We are also very keen to increase the number of general members attending the meetings so please show your support and come along to hear more about our fundraising activities.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SCHOOL GOVERNORS:
WHY DOES THE SCHOOL HAVE A GOVERNING BODY?
The school has a Governing Body to ensure that it has the capacity to improve and raise overall standards. Our governing body includes 18 members with a diverse range of knowledge, skills and experience. The governing body is an important part of the leadership of the school. However governors do not manage the school. That is the job of the head teacher and management team. Governors are there to:
• Establish a vision
• Ensure accountability
• Overseeing the schools finances
HOW DO THE GOVERNORS ACHIEVE THIS?
The Governors achieve this by:
• Receiving information about the school’s performance and comparing it with past performance, national averages and ‘similar schools’
• Contributing to the school self-evaluation process
• Establishing where the school’s strengths and weaknesses are
• Deciding the priorities for improvement
• Discussing and approving the school’s targets and timescales
• Ensuring that the school has a School Improvement Plan (SIP) that sets out all the actions to be taken
• Monitoring implementation of the SIP
• Evaluating progress and achievements
If you would like to find out more about the work that the governing body does at school then you can click here to take you to the Governors’ section of the school website. Here you will find a list of the school governors and the minutes of the meetings.