Newsletter October 2017
ITEMS IN OCTOBER NEWSLETTER
• Secret Science Show
• Netball Match Result
• Book Fair – Thank You
• Mrs Skidmore
• Wollaton Hall Trip – KS1&2
• Harvest Festival Collection
• Next Parents' Forum
• Reminder – Inset Day on 30th October
• How to Register a sQuid Account
• Magical Maths - After School Club
• Good Work Assemblies
• KS2 Outdoor Learning Kit
• Beeston Library - Have Your Say
• Polite Reminder – Car Parking
• School Office Hours
• Cyber Bullying
• Social Media Networking
• New Admissions
• School Calendar – Diary Dates
• RHA News
• George Spencer Academy Open Evening
• Beeston Dance
• Oxjam Beeston Music Festival
• NCC – Free Childcare Places
• Attention Knitters – Sherwood Forest Hospitals
SECRET SCIENCE SHOW
On 29th September some of our budding Year 6 scientists were able to attend the Secret Science Show at Wollaton Hall. This year we were lucky enough to experience an after dark tour of the excellent 'Dinosaurs of China' exhibition. We also heard from Dr Hone, a palaeontologist from Queen Mary University London and why he thinks that T. Rex was probably a feathered dinosaur!! As ever this was an excellent event that really brings science to life....in fact Mrs Barto-Smith is already looking forward to next year's event!!
NETBALL MATCH RESULT
Last Thursday, the netball team had their first match of the year away at Wadsworth Primary. The team of 8 girls played fantastically in what was a close match, and they represented the school well, looking extremely smart in their new kit. Unfortunately the match ended 2-1 to Wadsworth. Wish us luck for our next match on Thursday against John Clifford!
BOOK FAIR – THANK YOU
Thank you to everyone who attended our Book Fair. It was a great success and we raised nearly £800. We will be able to purchase lots of new books for Round Hill.
Mrs Skidmore has been teaching at Round Hill for 20 years but I am aware some of you will not have met her so I have asked Mrs Skidmore to write just a couple of lines about herself:
I have been teaching at Round Hill for 20 years and during that time have taught every age group. Although semi-retired now, I still very much enjoy teaching and interacting with the children and staff. I am currently working with both Key Stage 1 children and job sharing with Mrs Humphries in Eagles in Year 5/6. I believe that whatever our age, we never stop learning and should always be open to expanding our knowledge with new ideas, therefore I sincerely hope that this attitude to learning continues to enthuse the children I teach.
WOLLATON HALL TRIP – KS1&2
KS1 & KS2 will all be visiting the ‘Dinosaurs of China’ Exhibition at Wollaton Hall over the next couple of weeks. You should all have had a letter confirming the date with the consent form to sign. Please talk to your class teacher if you have any questions.
HARVEST FESTIVAL COLLECTION
We will be holding a harvest (children only) assembly on Tuesday 17th 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.
NEXT PARENTS' FORUM
The next Parents' Forum will take place on Tuesday 10th October from 2-3pm as previously advised. However, the later session has now moved to Thursday 12th October from 6-6.45pm. If you would like to know more about Parents’ Forum or you want to read the Blog click here.
REMINDER – INSET DAY ON 30TH OCTOBER
A reminder that school is closed to children on Monday 30th October. Please make sure you have this date in your diary.
HOW TO REGISTER A SQUID ACCOUNT
Most of you will now be familiar with the sQuid system that we use for parents to pay online for school trips, dinners etc. However, should you be experiencing any problems, please click here to see the 'Help Sheet' provided by sQuid. If you need details of your 16 digit number, please contact a member of the Office Team.
MAGICAL MATHS - AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
We are pleased to confirm the return of the after school club "Magical Maths". The club is run by Tim Ford of "Magical Maths Notts" and is a fun and educational afterschool maths club especially designed to help your child become more confident and engaged with Maths.
If you’re at all interested in these sessions, "Magical Maths" have recorded a quick video to tell you more and to give you a chance to ‘beat the rush’ and book a place for your child before it fills up.
Click this link to learn more and/or watch a 90 second video: https://magicalmathsclub.com/comingsoon
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.
KS2 OUTDOOR LEARNING KIT
We would be very grateful for any donations of outdoor learning kit items to fit KS2 children. Items such as waterproof trousers, coats and wellies. It really helps us to have some spares in school so any donations can be dropped off to the office. Many thanks.
BEESTON LIBRARY - HAVE YOUR SAY
The newly refurbished Beeston Library are looking at their opening hours and have asked if our parents can give their views on this subject. You can either visit the library or click here to complete a short survey to give your views.
POLITE REMINDER – CAR PARKING
A polite reminder for parents / carers not to use The Pearson Centre car park for dropping off and collecting children. Your help in this matter would be much appreciated.
SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS
Please note that the school office hours are 8am to 4pm. If you have any questions during these hours, please contact a member of the team on 0115 917 9262. Alternatively the office can be reached by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org An answerphone is available outside of these hours.
Over the last few weeks in school we have talked to the children about being safe on the internet and this included cyber bullying. As you would expect we take bulling very seriously at Round Hill and this includes cyber bullying. In order to minimise the risk, the school website contains a list of top tips for children including: never giving out personal information, treating any passwords like toothbrushes – don’t let anyone else use yours! If you receive nasty messages, texts, comments etc … always tell an adult you trust e.g. a parent or teacher. You can find out more about ‘Cyber Bullying’ by clicking here.
Whilst I feel our role as a school is fundamentally aimed at supporting children to make appropriate choices, where necessary, we will report children who deliberately break the rules and we will speak to the child’s parents.
If there are issues between pupils or parents have concerns about cyber bulling please speak to school directly and allow us to resolve them. We are experienced in dealing with these matters and can invariably ‘nip things in the bud’ before they escalate out of control. I report any incidents in my termly report to Governors. If you have any concerns or want to discuss anything please let us know and we will be more than happy to help.
SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING
Social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube or Beeston Online are a very popular means of communication. (It is worth remembering that a child under the age of 13 should not be able to set up an account on YouTube or Facebook unless they have provided false information. Providing false information to set up a Facebook page is a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.) Whilst social media networking can be a wonderful tool there are times when it may be misused and we risk placing our children in vulnerable situations.
Do you know exactly what your child is viewing online? Who they are communicating with? In the last week or so it has been brought to my attention that children at school, who are underage to have an account, are using social network sites in such a way that puts them at risk. Having spoken to the parents of those children they were unaware of the dangers including the risks that Apps like Roblox or Casino Royal can pose. There are help pages for parents on the NSPCC website, please click here. I would urge caution and for parents to think carefully about the reason for the age restrictions. What on the face of it might be a great safe place to have fun, the element of being able to text and communicate with others poses greater risk and is open to abuse. For example, some children are using their own name and appearing in school uniform on public YouTube channels.
If parents have anything they feel we ought to know about in school or we can make improvements then please do let us know. Equally, if you see any inappropriate material about pupils or school in general please let us know so we have the ability to respond in the correct manor.
If you have a child, or you know someone who has a child, who will be 5 years old between 01/09/18 and 31/08/19 you must apply for a school place online or complete an application form. Please visit the School Admissions page on the Nottinghamshire County Council’s website for further details.
If anyone requires any further help or guidance about the admissions process, please call the Admissions Team on 0115 8041237.
SCHOOL CALENDAR - DIARY DATES
Please click here to view the school calendar.