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Letters from the Headteacher

 19.06.20

 

Dear Parents,

Can I remind you that there are still a number of end of year school reports which haven’t been collected from school. Collection times are any time between 9.30am and 2.30pm. Please buzz the gate and the report will be brought out to you.

Sadly, Mrs Loveitt has decided that she cannot return to teaching.  Mrs. Loveitt has been poorly for such a long time; she has been an amazing teacher while she has been at St Peter’s. I am very sad that she will be leaving us at the end of this term.

Next year I have had to do a little shuffling to accommodate Mrs. Loveitt’s vacancy. So from September, all classes will keep the same teachers and support staff with the exception of years 3 and 4.

Mrs. Preston will become the year 3 class teacher; she will be supported by Mrs Power. Year 4 will be taught by Mrs. Fincham, at the beginning of the week, and Mrs. Pagliari at the end of the week. Miss Roper will be the year 4 Learning Support Assistant.

Due to the fact that we have had no time to put the transition in place for any of our children,  I am going to use the first three days of next term solely for the new EYFS children starting school (this is presuming that in September we are returning to school).

Dependent upon the Covid situation, only EYFS (who will be further directed by the EYFS team) will be starting back at school on the 26th August. Any/all other children will be returning on Tuesday 1st September. I am obviously waiting for additional guidance from the government about how we reopen in September, whether this will be for all or only some of the children.

Enjoy your weekend and keep safe.

 

Helen White

Dear Parents, 

 

You all know how impressed I have been with your hard work in home schooling your children during lock down. I know it's not been easy and I appreciate the challenges especially for those parents who have been working from home and supporting their children's learning. Thank you to everyone who has managed to keep this up. I promise you, your children will benefit from having this continuity in their learning.

 

As restrictions are being gradually lifted however I have noticed a reduction in the number of posts from homes onto Dojo. Staff here are working extra hard to respond to work being posted, even though we all have daytime school commitments as well as the home/school learning to keep on top of. 

 

Yesterday, we only had 6 children post from home from year 2., 13 children from year 3, 11 children posted from year 4,  and year 5 had posts from 21 children. It is the same children posting schoolwork from each class each day. Can I remind everyone that even though the government is relaxing the restrictions, it is still term time and children still need to be learning at home if they are not in school. Also, please check on the older children who sometimes post their own work; they must be completing the compulsory set work. Some of them are being very selective in their choices of tasks and are opting out of doing the Maths and English tasks which are so vital. 

 

I am feeling increasingly anxious about the gap that is growing for the children who are not engaging with school work. They are going to be so much further behind their peers when they get back to school. All of the children will have catching up to do when they get back to school,  but the children who have not engaged are going to find the challenge even greater. 

 

Please can I encourage you, especially if you have started to feel deflated, to continue to support your child(ren) in their home learning.

 

If you would like to continue to support your child through the summer holidays you may wish to order CGP revision booklets. We can order these for you through school. Mrs Mitchell will set up an order and payment method tomorrow on Parent Pay. Please see below for prices for bundles. If you would like to order books yourself, they are available on the CGP website. I can recommend that these books are in line with the National Curriculum for the children's ages. 

 

1).New English Targeted Practice Book Bundle: Phonics - Reception Books 1-5       £16

 

2).Year 1 Home Learning Bundle: Maths and English

This Home Learning bundle for Year 1 contains:

• E1W11 - KS1 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Year 1

• E1O11 - KS1 English Phonics Buster - for the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1

• E1CW11 - New KS1 English Targeted Question Book - Year 1 Comprehension – Book 1

• MPF1Q11 - New Maths Home Learning Activity Book for Ages 5-6

• MXP11 - KS1 Maths SAT Buster: 10-Minute Tests (for the 2020 tests)                       £18

 

3).Year 2 Home Learning Bundle: Maths & English

This Home Learning bundle for Year 2 contains:

• E2CW11 - KS1 English Targeted Question Book: Year 2 Comprehension - Book 1

• E2TS11 - New KS1 English Targeted Study & Question Book - Year 2

• EXPG11 - KS1 English SAT Buster 10-Minute Tests: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling

• M2ARXW11 - New KS1 Maths 10-Minute Weekly Workouts: Arithmetic - Year 2

• M2R11 - KS1 Maths Targeted Study & Question Book - Year 2                                  £20

 

4).Year 3 Home Learning Bundle: Maths & English   

 This Home Learning bundle for Year 3 contains:

• E3W22 - KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Year 3

• E3VSXW21 - New KS2 English 10-Minute Weekly Workouts: Spelling & Vocabulary - Year 3

• E3RQ21 - New KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Reading - Year 3

• MPF3Q21 - New Maths Home Learning Activity Book for Ages 7-8

• M3Q24 - KS2 Maths Targeted Question Book – Year 3                                                 £22

                                                 

5).Year 4 Home Learning Bundle: Maths & English

This Home Learning bundle for Year 4 contains:

• E4W22 - KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Year 4

• E4RQ21 - New KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Reading - Year 4

• E4HHW22 - KS2 English Targeted Practice Book: Handwriting - Year 4

• M4XW21 - New KS2 Maths 10-Minute Weekly Workouts - Year 4

• M4Q24 - KS2 Maths Targeted Question Book – Year 4                                                  £22

 

6).Year 5 Home Learning Bundle: Maths & English

This Home Learning bundle for Year 5 contains:

• E5W22 - KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Year 5

• E5RQ21 - New KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Reading - Year 5

• E5XW21 - New KS2 English 10-Minute Weekly Workouts - Year 5

• M5XW21 - New KS2 Maths 10-Minute Weekly Workouts - Year 5

• M5Q24 - KS2 Maths Targeted Question Book - Year 5                                                  £22

 

7).Year 6 Home Learning Bundle: Maths & English

This Home Learning bundle for Year 6 contains:

• E6W22 - KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Year 6

• E6RQ21 - New KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Reading - Year 6

• E6XW21 - New KS2 English 10-Minute Weekly Workouts - Year 6

• MLFW23 - New KS2 Maths SATS Question Book - Ages 10-11

• M6TXW21 - New KS2 Maths: Times Tables 10-Minute Weekly Workouts - Year 6

• M6MM22 - KS2 Maths - Mental Maths Buster (with audio tests)                                        £22

 

I have just heard that free school meal vouchers are to continue over the summer holiday. If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, please ring Mrs Mitchell in the school office. 

 

Unusually, we still have a few spaces available for our Reception starters for September this year. If you have any friends who would be interested in sending their child here, please can you ask them to ring me during school hours, ASAP. 

 

Thank you for your continued and ongoing support.

 

Keep safe and God bless you all.

 

Helen White

 

 

 

 

 

For Key Worker Parents Only

 

Dear Parents, 

 

As I have had a slight increase in requests for the childcare at St Peter's, I have had to split the key worker group into two bubbles from Monday. This will also mean that there is space for any other key worker requests in the future. 

 

So from Monday 8th June, Years 4 and 5  key workers' children will be in Bubble 1 (in their current year 4 classroom) and children from Years 2 and 3 will be in Bubble 2 (in yr 3 classroom).

 

The starting and finishing times will remain the same for both bubbles, 8.45-2.45. Bubble 2 however will use the middle gate (by the corner of Reception Class). The adults, who have been overseeing the key worker group this week, have also been split between both bubbles. 

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Keep safe 

 

Helen White

Return to School Groups and Timings

29th May 2020

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for being patient whilst waiting for this information about your child’s group and timings. Staff have worked hard to implement this new structure and I didn’t want to share this with you until the government made the decision yesterday that schools would definitely be opening. 

Each year group has been split into two groups, Bubble 1 and Bubble 2. From the lists below you can see which bubble your child has been allocated to. Even children who we know won’t be returning to school have been allocated a bubble, so that if parents do change their mind, they can see where their child will go. 

Please prepare your child for their return to school, by sharing this information with them.

In order to facilitate social distancing during drop off and collection, the timing of the school day has been staggered (details in the table below). In order for this to work efficiently, it is imperative that you are punctual. Children will be expected to go straight to the external door of their classroom, not wait on the playground or line up waiting for a bell. You will be allowed a ten minute period to deliver and collect your child, from the time stipulated below. If you are late bringing your child at their allocated time, you will have to wait until 9.30am before dropping off your child. If you are more than ten minutes late collecting your child from their allocated time, our usual childcare costs will be charged to you, following our normal late collection procedures/policy. 

The groups below have been selected very carefully by class teachers. They take into account gender, ability and friendships. The decision made by your child’s teacher is an informed one which has been made in the best interests of the children. They are now fixed groups. 

 

EYFS split

 

Year 1 split

 

Year 6 split

Bubble 1

Bubble 2

 

Bubble 1

Bubble 2

 

Bubble 1

Bubble 2

George

Luca

Penelope 

Miya

Talia 

Dara

Oskar

Darcy

Sophia

Emmett

Mia

Henry

Jacob

Amber

Noah

Jenson

Gracie

Paige

Nancy

Louis

Nadia

Cruz

Shinead

Riley

Ianis

Bianca

 Nyla

Lana 

Arthur

Ryan

 

Ronan B

Errol W

James W

Daisy H

Finley C

Noah H

William P

Ella T

Amelia-R

William R

Alfie S

Maks M

Harry W

Oliver B

Lace F

Bella B

Olly P

Phoebe C

Millie N

Isaac W

Theo B

Eva C

Ayva G

Daisy-Mai H

Arnie E

Hannah B

Edward C

Jasmira K

Reggie N

 

Kelsie

Dylan

Gaby

George

Harry

Iris

Jess M

Kye

Katie

Martha

Max

Oliver

Paris

Quentin

Ronny

Sam

Dawid

Ezra

Isaac

Izabel

Jessie

Jess K

KC

Kaleb

Arwen

Lennon

Lily-Grace

Melisa

Sandra 

Sophie

Tallia

 

EYFS

Year 1

Year 6

Bubble 1

Bubble 2

Bubble 1

Bubble 2

Bubble 1

Bubble 2

Reception classroom

Hall

Year 1 Classroom

Year 2 Classroom

Year 6 Classroom

Year 5 Classroom

Mrs. Carter Mrs. Moreton

Miss Bonshor Mrs. Dewis

Mrs. Preston

Miss Roper Mrs. Purser

Mr. Wright

Mrs. Oliver

Mrs. Woolman

Mrs. Smith

Miss Pritchett

Mrs. Leadbetter

Mrs. Moore Mrs. Charity

Mrs. Collins Mrs. Young

9 a.m. - 

3 p.m.

9:15 a.m. - 

3:15 p.m.

9 a.m. - 

3 p.m.

9:15 a.m. - 

3:15 p.m.

9 a.m. - 

3 p.m.

9:15 a.m. - 

3:15 p.m.

Enter school by the middle gate 

Enter school by the Infant playground gate

Enter school by the Infant playground gate

Enter school by the middle gate

Enter school by the staff car park gate

Enter school by the staff car park gate

 

Childcare group  (Key worker children)

Year 4 Classroom

They will be looked after by a team of staff who do not mix with the other bubbles.

8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

No early or late drop offs any more. 

Enter school by the staff car park gate

 

More updates

Since my last letter to you, many parents asked questions and were also able to contribute some great ideas to help keep the children safe. Some of these ideas along with more vital information is listed below:

  • Reading books will not be issued, children will not need to bring book bags as no equipment other than lunch boxes will go to and from school

Please use a plastic lunch box (not the fabric type), these can be much more easily and thoroughly washed.

  • We will not be applying sunscreen to children so please show them how to apply it themselves. Alternatively, please apply long lasting sun cream, before school,  which will last all day 

  • All children will need a sun hat/cap. Please make sure these are clearly labelled. 

  • If you are happy for your child to wear trainers all day then this would be great. The children will then be ready for play and P.E. lessons, without the need to change shoes. Please send them to school wearing their trainers. Please ensure that your child can fasten their shoes they wear to school by themselves. 

  • Any communication between home and school must be done either via telephone or email. Just to remind you, parents will not be allowed on the school site. 

  • Unfortunately, we cannot provide toast until further notice. 

  • Children may bring fruit for their breaks, I will let parents know when the free infant fruit is made available again.

  • The water fountains have been taken out of service therefore it is important for the children to bring in their own water bottles. These can be refilled in the classroom sinks. All the water in school from the cold taps is drinking water. 

 

Most Recent guidelines for people concerned that they may have contracted the virus.

• From 28th May, anyone with symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced. 

• Testing now includes the under-fives. 

• Anyone with a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a change in their sense of smell or taste is asked to immediately report these symptoms and book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119. 

• If the test is positive, NHS Test and Trace will contact the person and they will be asked about recent interactions, including household members, and those they’ve had direct contact with or within two metres for more than 15 minutes. 

NHS Test and Track service 

• Anyone who is identified as being in close contact with someone with a positive test must stay home for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. (Other members of that household do not have to self-isolate if there are no symptoms). 

• At the moment this is not a legal requirement and is advisory, but it may become a legal requirement if people don’t follow the rules. 

• The NHS test and trace app is still not ready and is expected to be rolled out ‘in the coming weeks’. 

 

Regards

Helen White 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE RELATED TO THE RE-OPENING OF SCHOOLS

Wednesday 20th May

 

Dear Parents,

 

Partial Reopening of School

I hope you are all well. I am sure you will have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement last weekend regarding his ambition to reopen schools from June 1st, subject to certain conditions.

 

Firstly, I am sorry it has taken time for me to write to you about this. The guidance provided by the government regarding this has been changed every day since the announcement, making it tricky to plan. There is a lot of detail in this important letter.

 

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our children back. However, we want to ensure that we do this in a controlled and safe way. We have been working in school, as well as taking advice and clarifying our understanding with our CMAT. This has involved making detailed risk assessments, writing protocols that take account of all the latest government guidance, and trying to find a way forward that meets the expectations of the government and is as safe as possible.

 

From Monday 1st June, we plan to offer school places to Year 6, Year 1 and Year R. in addition to the current groups of key worker’s children and some vulnerable children.

 

Please be assured that we are putting the safety of our children, our families, and our staff absolutely paramount in all of this planning, and we will follow the government guidance stringently. We understand that some parents are anxious about this return, and if any parent decides they wish their child not to return at this point, we will respect this.  In order to help you make the right decision with regards to your children, we would like to provide you with information on how the school day will look. 

 

To make it possible to open schools, the government have acknowledged the fact that it is impossible for young children to socially distance but have instructed schools to put this in place ‘where possible’ . Instead, the government is hoping that by having children in smaller teaching groups, the chance of transmission will be lower. They have a slightly greater chance with Year 6, but it will still be very difficult. Therefore, children will need to be taught in “bubbles” of no more than 15. This may not be with their class teacher.

 

The class split will be decided by their class teacher and based on the children’s needs and friendship groups. After day one, these groups will not be flexible, the children in school will have to stay in their group, with the same adults who are teaching them. The children will not mix with other groups, even at playtimes and lunchtimes.

 

This aims to protect children and staff from any cross-infection. We are also not expected to use PPE except for the administration of first aid, carrying out intimate care, or dealing with a sick child.  

 

Hygiene in School

Hand washing will be imperative throughout the school day. We will revisit hand washing routines set up before lockdown: Children will wash their hands they arrive, before and after visiting the toilet, before and after eating, returning to class from outside, and finally washing their hands before leaving at the end of the day. Younger children will wash their hands before and after moving between activities. Children will also be asked to wash hands if they cough or sneeze. Doors will be propped open, so that they are touched less. Surfaces which are likely to be touched will be disinfected throughout the day. 

 

Children will be working on a labelled chrome book, or individual whiteboard. They will be provided with their own equipment to use for writing. Infants may work on paper to practice handwriting but teachers will not be marking work. All feedback will be verbal.

 

Equipment in the infant classes will be cleaned regularly. All soft/fabric equipment and soft toys  will be removed from the classroom. Much of the equipment that is normally available in Reception will no longer be available such as sand, jigsaws, playdough, mud kitchen etc.  Children will not be bringing reading books home. Outside equipment will only be used if it can be cleaned. 

 

If a child or adult at school displays symptoms of the virus e.g. starts to cough, develops a temperature, they will be sent straight home. Children will be isolated until their parent collects them and will only be allowed to use the disabled toilet whilst waiting to be picked up. Other parents will not be informed of this action. Parents will only be informed about a positive test result within a group/bubble. At which point, more information about testing, track and trace etc. will be available. 

 

Starting and finishing times

Starting and finishing times will be staggered in order to avoid congestion at the gates. I will let you know before the start whether your child will be starting at either 9am or 9.15am and whether their finishing time is either 3pm or 3.15pm. We will be using all three of our gates to collect and dismiss the children and your punctuality (once you know your time), will be imperative to getting the children in and out of school safely. 

 

Yr 6 will be using the vehicular gates. Half of EYFS and half of Yr 1 will be using the usual gate, the other children will be using the middle gate (which we don’t use very often). Please bear with us while we sort out the groups and let you know. Children will enter and exit the building via the external classroom doors. 

 

Only one parent should drop off and collect children from school. Parents will not be allowed on the school premises. They should hand children over to one of the adults in their group at the start of the day.  They should wait outside the gates for the children to be handed back to them at the end of the day. From the 1st June there will be no breakfast or after school clubs running until further notice. 

 

Staff will be able to help from a distance if children become upset about returning to school, especially on day one. 

 

Key Workers

We are seeing a slight  increase in our key workers’ children attending school, and anticipate a further increase in June. If one or both parents are key workers, and you think you will need your child to attend at some point during this term, please could you let us know, by email, by Friday 22nd May. We will assume children that have already been attending will continue to do so. We only have a set number of places. People who have returned to work, because they cannot work from home, are not classified as key workers and are not entitled to childcare at school, this would be a limiting factor in you deciding if you can indeed return to work.  Remember if there is an adult at home who can look after the children, then this is where the children should be as this is the safest place for them. We may ask for proof of employment.

 

Clothing in school

On the 1st June, I will not expect children to wear their school uniform. I would rather they wore their own clothes which could be easily washed and that they wore clean clothes everyday.  Hair must be tied back for girls and makeup or jewellery will not be allowed. The children will not be expected to change for PE lessons, but will need their sport shoes in school for these lessons. Please ensure children are able to change shoes independently as staff will not be able to help with shoe laces etc. 

 

Mr Burgess will be the only adult who will teach all the groups, this is because he will only teach children outside where it will be much easier to socially distance. Children will be taken to him and collected from him, he will not teach PE if it rains. 

 

Outside learning has been encouraged by the government. Please ensure that you put sun cream on your child before they come to school if it is sunny, as staff will not be able to apply cream to children. Please send your child with a labelled cap or hat for them to wear outside. 

 

Food

Packed lunches will be provided for all the children in EYFS and Yr 1 as part of their universal free school meals, and for any children in year 6 who are entitled to free school meals (FSM). Vouchers will not be made available to these three classes from the 1st June. Vouchers will continue for any FSM children who are not in these year groups. If parents of children in year 6 normally pay for a school dinner, please book in advance in the usual manner, but please be aware that there will be no hot food available, they will receive a packed lunch. Lunches will be eaten in classrooms or designated spaces outside, if the weather permits. 

 

Home Learning

We are delighted by the hard work everyone has been sharing on Class Dojo. We can see that children and their parents are really working hard in this very difficult time. 

 

I plan that remote teaching  will continue for both the children from the year groups who are not  invited back to school, and also for the three classes Reception, Yr 1 and 6 (for parents who have decided to keep their children at home and continue with home learning). This will need to be reviewed mid June.

 

Although the work will be planned and shared on Dojo by your child’s class teacher, be mindful that because there will be staff in school teaching, there will be likely fewer comments on your child’s work. It may not be your child’s teacher or LSA doing the majority of the commenting as we have had to shuffle staff about in order to cover groups. 

 

All of these plans are subject to any changes in DfE advice.

 

I am sorry that this is such a long update, but felt it was important to share as much of our planning as possible. 

 

Kind regards

Helen White


 

 

St. Peter’s Catholic Voluntary Academy

 

MILL LANE, EARL SHILTON, LEICESTERSHIRE, LE9 7AW

TELEPHONE (01455) 843840

 www.stpetersprimary.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 28th April 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I know this is a difficult time. My staff are working extremely hard running their virtual classrooms in order to offer their pupils some of the school work which they are missing. It is so important that we give the children the best possible opportunity with their work so that they are ready for the next phase of their learning, whether that is a move up to another class at St Peter’s, or a change of school from St Peter’s to secondary school.

 

You have been made aware of this letter via text message as your child is one of thirty five children across the whole school whose work we are not seeing on Dojo. I know that what I am asking may seem a little overwhelming, but my request is that you find a few minutes each day to write a few sentences on Dojo to tell us which of the work your child completed that day.  Parents who are using Dojo are telling me that the feedback the children are getting from staff is amazing and that it really helps to motivate the children with their school work.

 

I know that some of the older children are managing to post some of their own work to us and this is fabulous, but we have a couple of these children who are avoiding the core areas, maths and literacy, and only focussing on the creative tasks, please check.

 

Although Mr Wright is still poorly this week, there is still plenty of work for year one to complete and post back to us and I have the year one team overseeing this for me. 

 

If you need any support with Dojo, please contact your child’s class teacher via email, all addresses are available on the school website.

 

Keep safe.

 

Helen White

Morning everyone, 

 

I've just been looking at some of your portfolios and reminding myself of all the lovely tasks and the hard work you have been doing on Dojo over the past couple of weeks. I am just overwhelmed with the support we have received from parents.

Last week 622 messages and comments were posted from school onto our St Peter's Dojo site and we received 3,300 photos and videos of the children's work. Everyone, staff, parents and our children have been working incredibly hard. So, I think it is time for a break.

Over the next two weeks I have asked my teachers not to set anywork for the children. My staff need a break as much as my families. However, there will be a number of tasks which will be set today to help to keep the children busy over this two week period. It is called Easter Boredom Busters!

It seems strange to close by wishing you all a happy Easter. Despite the laughter shared in so many of the videos of the children, we seem to have too much to be concerned and worried about to be happy at the moment. This time we have together is a rare gift, the rush of our normal daily lives has come to a halt. Use this time to play games and work on projects you have never had time for. Teach your children kindness and grace, show them how to cope in a time of crisis and steer them towards God. Pray together as a family.

Stay safe all of you and yes have a Happy Easter.

 

Mrs. Helen White

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

18/03/2020

 

Dear Parent or Guardian,

We are awaiting an announcement by the government at 5 p.m. today therefore we are unable update you at this moment in time. However, our staff are working hard to develop strategies for learning in the event of closure. They will continue to work with your children online throughout this closure and it's therefore imperative that online communication is working efficiently. If you can not communicate with your child's class teacher via Class Dojo, it's imperative that you let us know as soon as possible. We have a technician who works for us on Thursday afternoons who can adjust accounts if necessary. A broadband connection is ideal, however it is possible to pick up ClassDojo through a 4G connection on a mobile device. We will be able to provide more clarity after the Government announcement tonight but in the meantime it's imperative that we set up online communication channels. 

Kind regards,

Mrs. Helen White

 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

17/03/2020

We would like to say a big thank you to all of our parents for the support they are providing during this epidemic. We are extremely proud of our children and staff and there is a strong sense of teamwork in the school. We have risk assessed everything we do and have put as many measures in place as possible in order to keep the children and staff safe.  We are aware that communication is vitally important so will update this page as soon as we have new information to share. We are assessing our provision on a daily basis in line with government recommendations and will keep you updated. 

 

We are aware that some parents are worried about the implications of long absence on the attendance figures for their children and the possibility of being fined. Please be reassured that we are considering each case individually and consulting the Local Authority for advice. It’s very important to follow government guidelines exactly.

 

May we remind you that parents are not allowed beyond the foyer internal door or the small gate on the right of the Reception building. We have still got one or two parents entering classrooms with their child at the beginning of the day and it’s an important part of our current risk assessment. Please pick up after school children from the external hall door - staff will bring the child to you. Mr. Burgess has been asked to bring sports club children to the infant playground at the end of his sessions. Please wait there until he arrives. 

 

Our teachers are currently working really hard to put together home learning packs for their classes to be implemented in the event of school closure. We are also investigating ways of communicating with your children at home in order to take the pressure off parents. Class Dojo will be the main line of communication so please inform us if you are not receiving Dojo messages - they will be an essential part of your child’s education if we close. We have been asked by parents of self isolating families to provide work now - please be patient with us - this is being worked on as a matter of urgency and we will inform you when this is ready.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs. White

URGENT - CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

16.03.20

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

You will already be aware that the UK has moved into the next stage of the Government’s action plan against Coronavirus (Covid-19) which is ‘Delay’. This means that there are changes in the guidelines issued to schools and the wider UK population. 

 

Here at school, our priority is keeping children and staff safe. We are not simply waiting for the school to close. We are putting many changes in place which will help curb the spread of the virus. Many of these changes are linked to less contact with people outside our own school community and restricting larger gatherings. Obviously, hygiene is of paramount importance and we will focus on the children’s and the school environment’s cleanliness. 

 

Here are the changes which we have already decided upon and which are being implemented from today

 

Procedures from 16th March 2020: (Including the new government guidelines just released. From 5pm today)

 
  • Scheduled handwashing for all- on arrival at school, before eating, after playtime, before lunch, after lunchtime, before hometime. Following government guidelines - 20 seconds, with soap. 

  • Remind children about good hygiene. Remind not to touch eyes, nose and mouth if they can. Cough into arm (or tissue and bin it). 

  • Staff to clean door handles, handrails and ‘push’ sections of doors at regular intervals throughout the day. Doors will be propped open to limit the number of times they need to be touched. 

  • Teachers will consider use of resources - there is so much sharing that we cannot avoid but for example, EYFS are not providing a playdough activity this week as it would be the perfect place for germs to spread. 

  • The drinking fountains will be out of use - the children must use their own container only.

  • Teachers sanitise hands before and after marking exercise books.

  • Keyboards to be wiped down before and after use.

  • All assemblies will be cancelled 

  • Staff training or meetings outside of school will be cancelled or carried out electronically.

  • All outside agencies who come in to work with the children, who may work in other schools, will be cancelled. Parents will be refunded if this has financial implications.

  • Any parent who comes into the foyer must sanitise their hands on arrival. Parents will not be permitted into school unless there is an emergency. 

  • The school library will be closed from today. The children will be given a selection of books to take home. The children may be asked to write a book review as part of their work at home in the event of school closure.  We will keep a list of who has borrowed what. 

  • EYFS and Year One parents may no longer come inside the building to drop off their children or collect them. All parents remain outside when dropping off and collecting pupils. 

  • Sandwich children will eat their lunches in the classrooms until the weather improves enough for them to picnic outside. 

  • Where possible, pupils will be given their own pencil/pen rather than everything being used from a communal pot.

  • Parents’ Evening will be replaced by a short interim report which will report attainment grades and effort grades. There will only be telephone conversations in exceptional circumstances. 

  • If we remain open and you wish to speak to a teacher, please email or make a telephone appointment as we are limiting visitors in school. 

  • No more school trips will be booked for the foreseeable future. We cannot inform parents about the two residential trips at this point as we are waiting for the companies to make decisions regarding the viability of the trips. The status of refunds depends entirely on who made the decision to cancel a trip. If the school or the company cancel, funds are returned. If a parent cancels and the trip is still running, there will be no refund. 

  • Our own wrap around care, breakfast club and after school club, will continue as this is staffed by ourselves.

  • Extra curricular activities will vary. The sessions which we run through our own staff will continue. Sessions by Mr Burgess and the booster sessions which are in house will continue, as will knitting. However, any activities run by outside agencies will stop from today e.g. Mr Hastings, Rock Steady, the Science group all PE inter school competitions will cease. Refunds will be given for these.

  • Swimming, unless the leisure centre cancels, or unless we have staff shortages, will continue but we will increase the hand washing. The leisure centre has increased their hygiene. 

  • We will be working on how teachers can set tasks for pupils to carry out at home in the unfortunate event of the school being closed. See notes below.

  • In the event of staff absences, we will not be using outside agencies to cover classes, we will prioritise where we place staff on the needs and ages of the children. Your child may have another member of staff working with them, who does not normally take on this role.

  • Please leave the school premises as soon as possible when you drop off your child in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day. We would like to minimise the amount of people gathered on the playground. 

  • We will quickly attempt to purchase an accurate and reliable digital thermometer to use in school. 

 

As a school we will aim to operate as normally as we can, with the above changes implemented. We are not allowed to make the decision to close unless we are advised to do so. We are following government guidelines. 

 

Key points to note are;

 
  • Households who have a member with a new, persistent cough and/or high temperature should self-isolate for fourteen days. If your child needs to be off school for the above reasons, please ensure that you inform the school of the circumstances (using the absence line, as normal) so that we are aware. Please ensure that the contact details we have for your child are up to date. 

If you phone your child in sick due to the above symptoms, you will have to keep them at home for the fourteen days quarantine period, even if they seem well again during this period. 

 

Anyone showing any possible symptoms should follow the advice of Public Health England / the NHS (via the online service / NHS 111) and inform us. The full advice for self-isolation is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance.

 

In the event of the school being closed:

 

Teachers are preparing ‘remote learning’ so that we can continue to direct the children’s learning. Class teachers will be setting work for students electronically. We envisage setting daily tasks, but ones which will not monopolise the home computer, as we are mindful that adults may need to access this in order to work from home. Children will be given a folder, so that they can collate all of the work which they complete at home and this will be looked at by their teacher, on their return to school. Teachers will keep in contact with children via secure online platforms. 

 

In the first instance, work will be set via Dojo. Instructions within Dojo may direct some children (year four upwards) to open their Google account to access additional work. The beauty of Google is that the teachers will be able to see what the children are recording at home and be able to give feedback. Both platforms will be used, but Dojo will be the ‘first port of call’ and will be used to signpost to other websites or platforms.

 

It is therefore necessary that we have all parents connected to class dojo (there are still one or two who are not accessing this). If you have been unable to connect, please inform your child’s class teacher. 

 

Pupils already have access to their own Google account and use it regularly at school on our Chromebooks. We advise all parents to ensure that year 4 pupils upwards can access their account from home, and to contact the school as soon as possible if they require support in setting this up. It will be too late to do this if the school closes. In the event of school closure we will reinforce the use of the ‘Google virtual classroom’ which will provide an invaluable platform for learning. 

 

These will be key resources for pupils in the event of a school closure. As long as your child has access to a mobile device which can receive data, they will be able to continue their studies. If this is not the case, please let the school know. 

                                                     

 

                                                                  Kind regards

  

 

                                                                   Helen White


 

24.02.20

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Today at about 3pm you may hear the church bells ringing at Ss. Simon and Jude's Church. These are for our past pupil, Cameron Hill, who attended St Peter's 2002-2009.

 

Cameron was tragically killed before half term in a car crash. He was a beautiful young person and he used to enjoy ringing the bells at this church as one of his hobbies. As a mark of respect for Cameron the bells will ring for about half an hour.

 

Cameron's funeral is today. Please keep Cameron and his family in your prayers. When you hear the bells please pray for them. RIP 

 

Helen White

 

!4th February 2020 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

After half term, we welcome back Mrs Carter from her maternity leave. Mrs Carter has been coming in over the past six weeks to begin to get to know the children in Reception. She will be teaching Reception at the beginning of the week and will be replacing Mrs Preston, who is moving to year four.

 

This half term holiday we will be sending all of the PE kits home and indoor shoes. Please take this opportunity to check that plimsolls still fit and are not broken. A lot of the children are walking around in shoes where the Velcro doesn’t fasten anymore or the heels are trodden down and are just not safe to wear.

 

There are still a handful of children who are not wearing navy or black coats. When purchasing new coats, please ensure that they comply with our school uniform policy.

 

P.E. KIT 
P.E. bag with logo* 
White tee shirt with logo* 
Pumps for indoors, trainers for outdoors
Navy blue shorts 
Navy blue jogging bottoms for outdoors

 

Trainers are not allowed in school, other than for P.E.
No jewellery except watches and stud earrings allowed in school (which must be removed for PE).

 

 

Winter Uniform (to be worn after the October break until the Easter holiday)

 

Girls

Navy blue skirt/pinafore or navy blue trousers

Blue shirt and school tie*

Navy blue jumper/cardigan with school logo*

White socks or navy tights

Black Shoes (Boots allowed but under trousers only)

Plain navy/black coat

Plain navy/black/school* hat

Plain navy/black gloves and scarves

Blue hair accessories

 

Boys

Mid grey trousers

Blue shirt and school tie*

Navy blue jumper with school logo*

Grey socks

Black shoes

Plain navy/black coat

Plain navy/black/school hat*

Plain navy/black gloves and scarves

 

Please make sure all of your children’s items are labelled clearly.  There is a table full of lost property outside under the canopy from this academic year. Please have a look through this.

 

Finally, we seem to have a real problem with head lice in school at the moment. Let’s take this half term to see if we can rid ourselves of this problem. Hair needs to be washed and conditioned and a nit comb pulled through the hair whilst the conditioner is on. In order to get rid of these insects, this needs to be done at least once every three days (if you know your child has lice) and I would recommend doing it on a weekly basis if you haven’t seen any head lice, just as a precaution.

 

Enjoy your half term.

 

 

Regards

 

Helen White

Gifts for the homeless

Food in school

 7th February 2020

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

I would like to focus on school food in this letter and take this opportunity to outline what we offer throughout the day and the support you can give to us in getting this right.

 

Firstly, we have children who have allergies. We have their photos displayed for staff to see in our staffroom and our school kitchen; we also have a list (but no photos) in the first aid area. We are a nut free school, please be mindful of this when you are preparing packed lunches or sending in cakes for cake bakes etc.

 

Sweets/chocolates are only allowed when it is a child’s birthday. If parents wish to send in sweets for their child to hand out on this day, these sweets will be given out at the end of the school day for the children to take home. Please speak to either myself or the class teacher if you don’t want your child to be given sweets on these occasions.

 

Snacks at Break Time

Fruit is provided free to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Reception children are given access to this on their snack table in the classroom, throughout the school day. Years 1 and 2 take their fruit at playtime (10.30-10.45am). Fruit is not provided for any of the children in years 3-6.

 

Toast and spread is made available at break time at a cost of £1 a week. The only difference to this is that in the Reception class the children make their own toast at their snack table and it is available at other times in the day. Children may only have toast and/or fruit at playtime, no other snacks are permitted

 

School Dinners

Our dinners are provided by Leicestershire Traded Services, who have recently achieved the soil association gold food for life award for the food they serve in schools. The food is cooked on site and is freshly made every day for the children. Children in Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with a free school meal every day (universal free school meal). In an attempt to stop the children becoming fussy eaters, I would like every child in these three classrooms to take up this offer. Our kitchen caters for children who may not eat food because they are allergic to it or for religious reasons, please let me know if this is the case for your child. My dinner supervisors are extremely skilled in encouraging the children to try food and clear their plates. In Key Stage 2, children are only provided with a school dinner if parents purchase it, or if the child is entitled to a free school meal. Please speak to Mrs Mitchell in the school office if you would like help completing a form for this.

 

Packed Lunches

When a child moves into year 3 parents can choose whether they wish to provide a packed lunch. Some items are not allowed in a packed lunch, Fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate bars are not allowed. It is lovely to see some really appetising and healthy lunches which parents provide. If a child doesn’t finish their pack lunch we ask the children to take the remaining food home so that parents can see what they have eaten that day.

 

Breakfast Club (£3.50 per session 7.45am-8.45am)

Our breakfast club numbers have grown since we opened it a couple of years ago, it is now very popular. After half term, we will still be offering the same breakfast food, but with the increase in numbers at the club, we are going to have to alter slightly what is available to late comers. From 7.45am children will be offered toast or pancakes with jam or honey, they can also choose cereal, fresh fruit and yogurt. There will be milk, squash or water for them to drink. However, if a child arrives after 8.20am the hot food will not be on offer, they may only have cereal, yogurt and fruit. This is because the staff need leave the kitchen tidy and be ready to start the school day.  Please ensure that you arrive early if you want your child to have toast or pancakes in addition to the cold options.

 

After School Club (£6 per session, 3.15-5.15pm)

Introducing biscuits wasn’t popular with the parents when we tried this a few weeks ago. The food offered to the After School Club children is not meant to be their evening meal; it is to keep them going until they get home. Children are given toast with a sunflower spread. They are also offered a selection of fruit. They can have milk, squash or water to drink.

 

If you wold like to speak to me about any of the above information, please feel free.

 

                                                                                                               

 

                                                                                                                    Regards

 

                                                                                                                   Helen White

Homework

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

A social media site has come to my attention today where some parents from this school have been commenting about homework given out in some classes here at school.

 

At school teachers and I work extremely hard to try and accommodate parents’ wishes with regard to ‘the right amount of homework for children’, taking into consideration their ages and their abilities. We know we will never please everyone. Some parents tell us we give out too much homework whilst others tell us we don’t set enough work for the children to do at home.

 

Please see below our Homework Policy

 

Homework consolidates and reinforces skills mainly in English and Maths. It links to the learning which is currently being taught in your child’s class. School is very appreciative of the support which parents give at home to their child’s learning. Parents contribution to homework, both ensuring that quality time and by giving support to their children’s reading and spellings etc. has a huge impact on how well children progress in school and how well they attain.

 

AIMS

● to ensure consistency of approach throughout school

● to ensure progression towards independence

● to ensure the needs of the individuals are taken into account

● to ensure parents have clear understanding about expectations for themselves and pupils

● to build on the learning experience by reinforcement and revision

● to provide opportunities for parents and pupils to work together to enjoy the learning experiences

● to encourage children to develop long term strategies for future needs

● to prepare children for secondary school transfer

 

The type and amount of homework

This will vary according to the age of the child (details on class web pages). The main focus is on English and Maths although other subjects could be added as the child moves up the school.

 

In KS1 all children are expected to read to their parents at least three times each week, ideally every night.

In KS2 children are expected to read every day meeting the expectations set by their teacher. Spellings are to be practised every week. J2Blast practise (which can be accessed from any computer or mobile device) reinforces children’s times tables and number bonds. Children will also have a weekly Maths activity/Rising Stars sheet which reinforces work being covered in class. Additionally, class teachers may set ‘aim higher’ tasks which are designed to challenge pupils and enhance their learning. This is non-compulsory and will be rewarded if completed.

 

Whole school optional themed homework will be set on a half termly basis. Pupils will be asked to return the project on a stipulated day and completed work will be shared, celebrated and rewarded.

 

Sanctions

● In K.S. 2 children will be given a homework detention if they cannot produce completed homework.

● We recognise that there may be incidents where the teacher has to show discretions regarding homework.

● In all classes, if children consistently fail to do their homework, the teacher will contact parents to find out why in the first instance.

Homework guidelines will be reviewed regularly to ensure that they remain effective and contributing to the progress pupils make at school and their attitude to learning.

 

I stand by this policy. As you can see, we have put in a considerable amount of thought into it in order that the homework is useful and supports the children’s learning in school. We focus on basic skills which then help the children to access all other areas of their learning. The children who read regularly at home, progress faster than those who do not practise reading every night.

 

Homework will never be sent home unless the teachers have taught the children the foci first, we do not expect parents to teach the children, homework is about consolidating learning. The only exception to this will be if the older children are given a research task. All the children are given plenty of time to do their homework and the teachers tell the children to come back to them if they need more help in understanding the homework, but this has to be done before the day it is due to be handed in.

 

If parents are not happy with the homework being given, I ask that they please come and speak to me or the teacher about it. Public media sites are not the forum to complain about individual teachers and this has caused unnecessary upset for the very people who work hard to support and care for the children.

 

 

                                                                                                                    Regards

 

                                                                                                                   Helen White

 

 7th January 2020

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

Welcome back and happy New Year to you all!

 

Year 4 welcomes Mrs. Pagliari as their new class teacher for this half term. Mrs. Pagliari is a qualified teacher and has demonstrated to us excellent teaching skills whilst supporting us over the past few years. I am thrilled that she has decided to come back into the teaching profession. Mrs. Pagliari will be covering the class full time until February half term. After the half term break, Mrs. Preston, who is also now a qualified teacher, will be joining year 4 to job share with Mrs. Pagliari. Mrs. Preston won awards for her outstanding practice whilst completing her teaching qualification. This will be a great job share and I am very grateful to both these teachers.

 

Year 4 also welcomes Mrs. Power as their new Learning Support Assistant. The children have been getting to know Mrs. Power as she has been working alongside Mrs. Pagliari last term in preparation for this new role. I am pleased to be able to put together such a strong team mid-year.

 

Due to popular demand, toast has returned to after school club instead of biscuits. Thank you to the parents who expressed their concerns regarding too much sugar. The after school children will also be offered fresh fruit, milk, squash or water- plenty to keep them going until they get home. If you feel your son/daughter needs to have more healthy snacks for the After School Club, please feel free to send these in with your child.

 

Fr. Frank is putting together a children’s Mass for this Sunday. He likes as many children as possible to take part in this holy celebration. If you would like your child to be involved in the 11.30am Mass this Sunday, they need to be at the practice which is at 4pm this Friday at Ss. Peter and Paul’s Church in Earl Shilton. All are welcome.

 

The majority of the children are looking very smart in their uniforms this term, thank you. However, a few (walking around in their socks inside school) are telling me that their indoor shoes don’t fit them anymore. If you haven’t checked this holiday, please check now.

 

As usual, I am on the playground most mornings if I can be of any support informally. Please feel free to book an appointment if you would like to come and see me. Thank you for your continued and ongoing support.

 

Regards

 

Helen White

29/11/19

 

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Thank you to all of you who have already filled in our home/school agreement – a reminder was sent out by text today and you can also access it via this link https://forms.gle/g5u3WTUBcWwVbFMo9   77 families have electronically signed the agreement up to now but it’s essential to receive a 100% response.

 

It’s our Christmas Fayre tomorrow! This is always a lovely occasion with quality Christmassy items for sale – all profits benefit the children and it really does help us to buy those little extras which make a difference. You are all very welcome between 2 and 4 p.m.

 

Thank you to those of you who park responsibly outside of school and arrive in time to do so – we have worked hard to alleviate this and it did improve for a time. However, we have had some complaints from parents about parking on the zig-zags and across drives which seems to be returning. May we remind you that camera vans from the education authority regularly patrol Mill Lane and offenders are contacted.

 

There are still tickets available for the Memphys Catholic school carol concert at DeMontfort Hall which is always amazing - it's when Christmas begins for many of us! It's a worthwhile occasion even if your children are not singing in it. Please contact the school office if you would like to purchase tickets. 

 

Don't forget our achievement assembly on Friday! Please try to send awards in advance as it helps us to sort through them before the assembly. 

 

We are working hard to improve topic related vocabulary across the whole school at the moment and you may have noticed an emphasis this in homework tasks. Mrs. Fincham and Mrs. Woolman would like to explain this more clearly to parents during a vocabulary coffee morning on Tuesday 3rd December between 9 and 10 a.m. They will explain why we are doing this and ways in which you can support your child. All parents are welcome. 

 

Further to my comments on payments in last week, we are still having problems with this. These payments relate to toast, after school club, breakfast club, trips and lunches, all of which should be paid for in advance. It is not practical to pay for them after the event as payment secures places. 

 

Kind regards,

Mrs. White

Dear Parent or Guardian,

We would like to say a big thank you for the response to our parent questionnaire - the software returned forms for 104 families which is a good representation of our school. Your views are important to us as we strive to make our school the best it can be. We are currently collating the results which we will share with you as soon as possible. We have already begun working on some of the issues raised in the comments section and hope that you can see a difference.

 

It's good to see the children dressed for the cold weather - thank you for following our dress code regarding coat colours - our children look really smart. Can we  remind you to follow this code also for hats, scarves and gloves - navy or black only please. 

 

Narnia day was wonderful! Thanks to those of you who sent your children to school wearing costumes - they were amazing and really added to the day. We raised £254 for library books!

 

May we remind you that our Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday 30th November between 2 - 4 p.m. This is always a lovely christmassy event with high quality items for sale - including some which have been made by your children. 

 

Please check the parent calendar on the website for Christmas performance dates - we can hear some beautiful singing around the school already and you're in for a treat!

 

We have just rolled out our updated home/school agreement which is an important document. It is essential for all parents to view this and agree to the statements - even if you completed it last year. Please complete it by clicking this link if you haven't done so already.   https://forms.gle/nuyKnb2NFtDhovDP8  

 

Flu vaccinations - Please see our recently posted message which outlines the position regarding children who have not been well. https://www.stpetersprimary.org/letters-home/ We were given very clear guidelines by the immunisation service which we would like you to follow. There's a particularly nasty strain of flu affecting local schools at the moment and we seem to have escaped it so far!

 

We would like to remind you that payments for After School club, Breakfast club and lunches should be made in advance. It is very difficult for our office manager to chase payments after the event, especially if they accumulate. We would also like to remind you that the panto payment deadline is looming (29th Nov). We would hate to leave your child behind! If you do not want them to go, please advise Mrs. Mitchell in the office and she will take you off the payment list. 

 

Mrs. Connor is collecting hats, scarves, gloves and toiletries for the homeless - please place donations into the container in the welcome area. 

 

Kind regards,

Mrs. Helen White

 

Dear Parent/Guardian.                                                                                                      Thursday 31st October 2019

Change of date for the end of the summer term.

In order to fulfil our statutory 190 days of school days this year, St Peter’s will close for the summer holiday on Tuesday 14th July 2020.

If any parents have already booked holidays from the original date set, please bring in the evidence for this booking in order that I can authorise the absence.  

Regards

Helen White

Friday 4th October 2019

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Next week our classrooms will be open between 3:15 and 3:45 each day. Your child's work will be available to you and Class teachers will be able to answer general questions. They will save progress reports on individual children for the parents' evenings on Wednesday 23rd and 30th October. 

 

The booking system for our parent's evenings has changed - teachers and Mrs. Mitchell will no longer make the appointments. You will be required to use an online method which uses the same email address as the school money system. This will become live on Monday - Mrs. Mitchell will send you a text which links to a self explanatory booking page. If you have any problems with the booking process, please contact Mrs. Mitchell in the office.

 

Next week we will be saying a very sad farewell to a valued member of staff who has been working with us for over 20 years. Mrs. Clayton, who is currently one of the Year 3 learning support assistants, will be leaving St. Peter's to embark on a new venture. We are extremely grateful for the commitment and dedication she has shown through the years and we wish her every success for the future. 

 

It has been brought to my attention that a growing number of children are bringing mobile phones into school. We understand that they provide reassurance to children and parents but we are unable to take responsibility for them. Please be aware that children will be required to keep their phones in their bags and that they will not be allowed to access them during the school day. If the does attempt to use their phone during the day we will confiscate it and return the phone to a parent. 

 

Regards,

Mrs. Helen White

 

 

Dear Parents,                                                                               Friday 13th September 2019

 

I have noticed recently that there are increasing numbers of you changing arrangements regarding the collection of your child(ren) from school.

 

I understand that emergencies can occur during the day and parents sometimes need to alter their plans regarding who is collecting from St Peter's. However, to help us to keep children safe, please can I request that we have the following in writing from you;

 

If your child is regularly collected by anyone other than you the parents, please send in a note informing us of this. We will keep this reference, until you tell us of any changes to this arrangement. 

 

If you know before the day, for example if your child is going to play at their friend's house, and that someone else is collecting your child(ren), please put this in writing and send it into school, to the class teacher, on the day.

 

If an emergency situation occurs during the school day and you have to make arrangements for a friend or family member to collect your child, please telephone the office to let us know. We can then inform your child(ren) prior to the end of the day about what is happening . We can usually help with adhoc use of the After School Club if you are struggling to find someone to help.

 

Many thanks 

 

Helen White

Monday 2nd  September 2019

 

 

 

Dear Parents

          

Welcome back.  It is lovely to have the children back safely; they are already working so hard and as usual the behaviour this week around the school has been superb. Also, welcome to all our new children and all the new families who have joined St. Peter’s. I am sure your child will be very happy here during their years with us. Thank you for all the kind words, gifts and cards which I received at the end of last term.

 

Sad news to start the term off with- during the holiday Mrs. Abela has decided to retire. Mrs. Abela has worked at this school since 2001 as both a Learning Support assistant and a dinner Supervisor. We would of course like to get her back to send her off with our love and blessings; I will of course let you know when this is arranged. If you would like to contribute to a retirement gift for her, please send any money in an envelope to Mrs. Mitchell in the school office.

 

Don’t forget that in an attempt to reduce the amount of printing and paper we use, most of the information we send home goes onto the school website. The website can be opened on tablets, phones and computers. Diary dates will shortly be added onto the website and therefore I will not include these in letters home. In addition to the school website (which contains all the statutory information), we have also introduced ‘Class Dojos’. Not only is this is the reward system to inspire children to work hard and behave, but it is also the easiest way for teachers to share with the parents activities, photos and events for the children they are working with. This system is only available to parents who have sent their email address into the class teachers and who have been added to the software.  It is not information which can be accessed by anyone outside of our school. If you haven’t been added, please email, or contact your class teacher(s) and ask to be added.

 

Supporting your child at home with reading/spellings/phonics is the best way to ensure that they reach the expected standard for their year group. The spellings and phonics will be relevant to your child’s needs. Sometimes spellings will be words which have been spelt incorrectly in their writing, sometimes they may be from the national curriculum list, or they may be the common exception spellings (the ones which break the spelling rules), all relevant to your child’s needs. As well as this English homework, Maths homework will be set. This work will match the classroom work for your child, so they will have been taught the skills but practising these skills will help to embed that knowledge.

 

Can I remind you all that payments for dinners, clubs and everything else is needed in advance and needs to be done via the school money website; there is a link from the school website to this address. Thank you for doing this for us, it helps to reduce the work in the school office.

 

The children look so smart in their school uniforms. May I remind you that long hair needs to be tied up using only blue and/or white hair accessories, no nail varnish is to be worn and children need to be in the correct Summer uniform until October half term – details are found on the School website.

 

There are still plenty of places in our breakfast club; there is more information on the school website. There is some availability for the afterschool club. Please contact the office if you would like to book your child into either of these clubs.

 

Finally, if any of you have a personal license for alcohol please will you let me know. This is something the PTFA are applying for and apparently these licenses do not run out! I have been told that it is better to have more than one person holding the license linked to our premises.

 

As usual, I am available to parents informally on the playground in the mornings. Please make an appointment to see me if you need more time or privacy. Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

                                                                                            Yours sincerely

 

                                                                                                      Helen White

                                                                                                           (Headteacher)

14.06.19

Dear Parents,

 

Unfortunately, the weather forecast for tomorrow isn’t looking too good, but the summer fayre will continue and we will have to move stalls inside. Please come along and support this event.

 

Next year there will be a couple of staff changes happening

Reception—Mrs. Moreton and Mrs. Preston (whilst Mrs. Carter is still on maternity leave).

LSAs Miss Boshor and Miss Roper (whilst Mrs. Hallam is on maternity).

Yr 1—Mr. Wright

LSA Mrs. Oliver

Yr 2 Mrs. Woolman

LSA Mrs. Smith

Yr 3 – Mrs. Fincham  Mon-Wed, Mrs. Loveitt Thurs and Fri

LSA Mrs. Payne

Yr 4 –Mr. Payne

LSA Mrs. Pagliari

Yr 5 –Mrs. Moore Mon- Wed, Mrs. Charity Thurs and Fri

LSA Mrs. Purser

Yr 6 – Miss Pritchet

LSA – Mrs. Leadbetter

 

Diary dates for events for the remainder of this term are on the school website.

 

Kind Regards

Helen White

Tuesday 12th March 2019

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

 

Parents’ Evenings are coming up on Wednesday 20st March and Wednesday 27th March from 3.30pm – 6.30pm.

 

In order to help these evenings run as smoothly as possible, you are invited to come and look at your child(ren)’s work this Thursday 14th  and Friday 15th March and Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th next week.

 

Classrooms will be open each of these days for half an hour at the end of the school day. During this time, parents will be able to book their appointments for either of  the two Wednesdays on a first come first served basis. Any outstanding appointments, which need to be booked after this week, can be booked through Mrs Mitchell from Tuesday 19th March; this is for parents who are unable to attend the open classroom sessions.

 

Unfortunately, teachers can only offer one appointment per child in their class. I look forward to seeing you all over the next couple of weeks when you are in school. 

 

 

                                         Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

                                               Helen White

                         

                                              (Headteacher)

28/02/19

 

Dear Parents

 

Information about Momo

Momo has been around for the last 18 months and is not new. The media have managed to whip up a bit of a frenzy amongst parents. It was originally an app but that has been removed and it is now scary videos that are being distributed via WhatsApp, YouTube and online gaming (live streaming). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQhvzEUrsOA.

It is scary. A simple tip is to turn off ‘auto play’ on YouTube and ensure that your contact details are hidden on WhatsApp. Make sure the ‘no fill’ option is ‘on’ within Fortnite and all settings within your Xbox and PlayStation are closed.

Although MOMO is not nice, I agree with the article linked below, that the media have over-dramatised it. You should be aware that there are much worse things on YouTube than this - child porn within Pepper Pig, attacks, muggings, shootings and hard porn. Don’t spread the panic about Momo – get involved and supervise what your young children are watching, whatever it may be.


https://inews.co.uk/opinion/momo-challenge-game-deaths-suicide-moral-panic/?fbclid=IwAR2VmsP59BOWfZYNPeOkQuk5V7UdnO_Lnzztl_BhyQrqlGtLBT4Z4CN07as

My staff and I will only be addressing anything linked to this media concern if children raise it themselves in school. 

 

Regards

Helen White

Friday 15th February 2019

 

Dear Parents

 

 

I can hardly believe that we are up to our February half term already, this term is whizzing by so quickly. The children have been superb again this term. I am always so proud of them especially when I show visitors around the school.  I always receive lovely comments about how friendly and well behaved the children are, they are an absolute credit to you all.

 

Mrs Carter begins her maternity leave in a couple of weeks. Mrs Preston will be covering her teaching time. Incorporated into the changes Mrs Moreton will swap her teaching and SENDco days around. So in EYFS, Mrs Moreton will work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Preston will work Thursday and Friday. I have also appointed Miss Roper to work in EYFS when Mrs Hallam starts her maternity, this will be during  the Easter break. The children in EYFS already know these adults, so I am hoping that the change in staff will be a smooth one.

 

As we finish for the break, please can I ask that when you collect your child(ren) today, you take their indoor shoes and their PE kit home too. A lot of the children have grown out of their pumps and as parents don’t often see these shoes, so you don’t often realise. Some of the PE kits are looking particularly grubby at the moment.

 

Please can I remind you to look at the school website with regard to the uniform list. Coats, hats and gloves should be plain navy or black. The PE kit is navy bottoms and a white tee shirt. Children may wear their fleeces outside for PE if it’s cold and even their coats if it’s really cold and they need them on for an outside lesson.

 

Have a lovely half term and enjoy your children being at home.

 

Regards

Helen White

09.11.18

Dear Parents,

 

Last week I followed up on several complaints from parents about the quality of Enterprise Uniform. I contacted the company and shared these concerns. I feel that the initial quality of the uniform which was provided by the company is no longer available to us. To cut a long story short, Enterprise have’ pulled the plug’ on providing our uniform.

 

This week governors and I have been looking into which company, locally, could provide our uniform to us. We have looked at both price and quality. Hole in the Wall can offer us the best quality, price and service (11 Lower Bond St., Hinckley). They will therefore become our new uniform providers. Although the prices are slightly higher than Enterprise, the quality is superb.

 

Hole in the Wall have also said that they will come into school a few weeks before the Easter holiday and the October break with uniform (so that parents can try the sizes) and that these two big orders will be delivered back to school. They will also be around for the coffee morning for our new intake to do the same thing. I will let you know as soon as uniform is available.

 

Whilst sharing information with you about uniform, please remember that the children must wear navy or black coats. Girls may only wear boots under navy trousers (not black), not with their skirts. Hats, gloves and scarves should also be plain navy or black.

 

Parents’ Evenings are coming up on Wednesday 21st November and Wednesday 28th November from 3.30pm – 6.30pm. In order to help these evenings run as smoothly as possible you are invited to come and look at your child(ren)’s work next week. Classrooms will be open every day Monday –Friday for half an hour at the end of the school day. During this time, parents will be able to book their appointments for the two Wednesdays on a first come basis. Any outstanding appointments, which need to be booked after this week, can be booked through Mrs Mitchell from Monday 19th November.

 

We have recently been reviewing our website alongside the company who host it. Our 'paperless' policy has worked well and our website is an integral part of that. Website statistics show that our calendar page is well used by parents so it's important for us to maximise its functionality. Please be aware that more information about each event can be gained by clicking on the relevant bar. Also, may we remind you that it's possible to link our calendar with your personal phone calendar.

 

Pantomime letters have been given to the children today: please look out for these and return with payment asap.

 

Regards

Helen White

(Headteacher)

Thank you to those parents who completed the Advent 2018 questionnaire. Please find below the summary of your responses.

7th September 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for your questionnaire responses; I have received 51 replies thus far. I will share my analysis in my letter next week. If you haven’t had chance to return your form, please use the online version over the weekend and I will include this feedback in the survey.

 

There isn’t much more to share with you since my letter last week, so in an attempt to keep information succinct, I will bullet point it below for you:

 
  • With the exception of parents who stand and wait with dogs, please would parents come into the playground to collect their children. This is to help us keep the children safe.

  • Please ensure that all your child’s clothing is labelled. We already have lost property which we cannot return because we don’t know who it belongs to.

  • From now onwards, please will children who are late report to Mrs Mitchell in the office. Mr Phillips is often engaged with parents at the very beginning of the school day.

  • A lot of schools may be having a Roald Dahl Day on Thursday next week, but we will not. We will be having our own themed day very soon and more information will follow.

  • Children who have pierced ears and wear studs need to bring their own micropore to cover their earrings for PE if they cannot remove their studs themselves.

  • Mrs Connor and I will be taking part in a CAFOD walk ‘Share the Journey’.  This is in response to Pope Francis’ call to highlight the plight of migrants and refugees. It will take place on Saturday 22nd September at 3pm, walking from the Briars to Crich Stand Memorial and back, finishing with evening Mass. Anyone is welcome to join us. Please talk to Mrs Connor or myself if you would like more information, or look at the CAFOD website.



 

As usual, I am available to parents most mornings on the playground if you would like to catch me informally.

 

                                                Yours sincerely,

 

                                                    Helen White

                                  

                                                    (Headteacher)

 

31/08/18

Dear Parents

Welcome back everyone. I hope you have all enjoyed the summer break and the lovely weather we have had. The children all look very smart and once again we have had a smooth return. The children are already working hard and as usual their behaviour is great.

From Monday we are no longer a maintained school. We become an academy, St. Peter’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, part of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Multi-Academy Trust (CMAT). This trust is made up of 22 other Catholic schools across Leicester city and Leicestershire, 18 primaries and 4 secondary schools. I have no intention of altering our logo which is on our school uniform and would like us to remain being known as St Peter’s, Earl Shilton.

Today you will receive a questionnaire about the school. This is to help us with our self-evaluation. I have kept the format the same as OFSTED’s. Please return this to me next week and by Friday 7th September at the latest.

You may have noticed from the term dates on the Local Authority website that schools close for two days during term time to allow for teacher days. Our two teacher days will be either side of the October half term, therefore the school will be closed on Friday 12th and Monday 22nd October. All of our term dates are on our school website for this year. It is likely that the Multi Academy Trust will have some input into future years’ term dates, so please don’t rely on the Local Authority dates when booking holidays for future academic years.

Friday assembly time has been changed. This is to give us as much time as possible to concentrate on the core subjects in the morning lessons; it has been moved to the afternoon. Most of them will start at 2.30pm so that hopefully you can attend prior to collecting your child(ren). Any big assemblies, like Harvest or Mothering Sunday, where every class takes part will begin at 2pm. Achievement assemblies will continue to be on the first Friday of each month at 2.30pm. There will no longer be an assembly every Friday morning, please refer to the school calendar on the school website. Good to be green and birthday stickers will move to Monday assemblies.

Please can I remind parents to be punctual when dropping children off and collecting children at the end of the day. From now onwards, if a parent is more than five minutes late in collecting their child(ren) then the pupil(s) will be placed in the after school care club and you will be charged £3 per child for the first 15 minutes. If you are more than 15 minutes late collecting your children) this charge will increase to £6. This includes collecting your child(ren) from any after school activities, including after school and sports clubs.

I have to thank you for prompt payments into the cashless system; this has worked extremely well since implementing it a few years ago.

Just a word of warning, highways will shortly be putting up parking restriction notices by our zig zag lines outside the school. This will mean that you can be fined by either traffic wardens or the Police if you stop on them. Please continue to park with consideration to our neighbours.

We will be holding a half hour evening session (for classes 1 to 6) on Wednesday 12th September. This is for parents only to meet their child’s new teacher, get a better understanding of what will be covered this academic year and how you can best support your child with homework. There will be two sessions: the first at 6pm, the second at 6.30pm (teachers repeat the session). You will be able to look at the displays in the classrooms, look at some old SATs and test papers and ask the teacher general questions about the coming year. Mrs Coghlan will be running two safety sessions for parents in the hall at the same times. We have had to deal with a number of e-safety issues over the past couple of years and it is important that we work together on this to keep our children safe.

For homework, children are expected to learn weekly spellings, work on times tables and number bonds. There is also additional weekly work set by the class teachers and children should read every day. Please sign their reading diaries when you have heard children read at home, or for older children, on free readers, when you know they have read independently.

I will be holding an open morning on Monday 17th September. This is for any current parents or parents who would be interested in a place for their child at St. Peter’s, either this year or in the future (we currently have no places in Reception or year 2). Please phone the office if you would like to come and look around.

From now onwards, my letters will not usually be sent home on paper, they will be uploaded to our school website with a text notification as usual. If you have a child in years 1 – 6 and you do not receive a text message today from me, please contact Mrs Mitchell in the school office so that she can add your number to our list.

I am, as usual available on the playground in the mornings if you need to catch me informally. Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Helen White

 

(Headteacher)

13.07.18

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you all for all the support we have had throughout this year. I hope you all have a great summer and this wonderful weather continues for us. 

 

I have had to make some last minute staffing arrangements for September. This has been unavoidable, I'm sorry I haven't been able to let you know earlier than this. In September Mr. Wright will be teaching year 1. He will have Mrs Hardman and Mrs Oliver supporting him. Mrs. Moreton will  moving to EYFS to job share with Mrs. Carter. This will give her more time to spend as our SENDCo, a role which is becoming increasingly more demanding. Mrs Pagliari will be moving to yr 3 to support the teachers in that class. 

 

Today we say goodbye to Mr. Knight, Mrs Chadwick (Miss Warren) and our sport apprentice, Miss Harvey. I would like to thank them for their hard work and commitment to St. Peter's and tell how much they will be missed by us all. 

 

I am incredibly proud of St Peter's, both the pupils and the staff. This year all of our results from EYFS, the Yr 1 phonics check, the Yr 2 SATs results and the Yr6 SATs results have exceeded the national expectations. I will post these results on our website as we return in September.  The children return to school on Tuesday 28th August. 

 

God bless you and your children.

 

Kind regards

 

Helen White

Friday 22nd June

Letter from the head teacher

 

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Wow! What an amazing week we've had! The children have thoroughly enjoyed enrichment week and some wonderful memories have been made. I would like to say a big thank you to the PTFA on behalf of the children and the staff - without their support this type of enrichment would not be possible. I would also like to thank Mrs. Woolman, Mrs. Coghlan and Mrs. Charity for researching and booking the activities. 

 

The auditions for 'St. Peter's has got talent' took place during the week and the class winners performed in our talent show on Friday morning. The winners of the talent show, who will perform in the summer festival, have been displayed in school. If your child has been selected, please let their teacher know whether or not they can attend at 6:30 on Wednesday July 4th. If they can't, we'll fill their place with the second place act. 

 

Year 6 will be embarking on their adventure holiday on Monday! Parents of year 5, please see the letter addressed to you in the 'letters' section of this site (the children have also been given paper copies). Due to the rising cost of the trip, we are considering a change and the letter explains the details.  

 

Please consult the parent calendar for further end of year events - we have a very busy time ahead! 

 

Kind regards,

                                Mrs. Helen White

 

 

Friday 15th June

Dear Parent or Guardian,

 

We would like to apologise for the lack of communication this week - the text messaging system has been down since Tuesday evening but the company have assured us that it will be restored during Friday. We will revert to paper copies of important letters if necessary.          

 

What an exciting time we have ahead! Please consult the parent calendar for an outline of events for the remainder of the term - below are some details regarding next week:

 

  • Year 6 parents - You will see a new page in the 'News and Events' section of the website entitled 'Caythorpe Court'. This page contains the letters being given to the children on Friday. This information is very important and must be read by parents prior to our trip.

 
  • Special ‘World Cup’ lunch on Monday! - Our caterers are serving a themed lunch on Monday which will be eaten outside as a picnic. The menu will include hot dogs and ice lollies! If Key Stage 2 children want to take part in this special lunch, payment has to be made before midnight on Sunday via our online system.

 
  • Enrichment week - Please see the parent calendar for a program of events. This has been provided by our PTFA using funds raised and it looks really exciting! Please provide your children with the following:

    • Monday - Years 1 and 2 need to bring in a pair of wellies as the zulus are doing gumboot dancing with them!

    • Tuesday - Years R,1 and 2 need to bring in food and a teddy for their picnic. Their food should come into school on a paper plate which is clingfilmed. Please name your child's plate of food to avoid confusion.

    • Thursday - All children need to be dressed as world war 2 evacuees. At the end of the day you will 'choose' your evacuee from the playground!

    • Friday - Teachers will audition in the classrooms over the course of the week  for 'St. Peter's has got talent' which will take place during the morning. Children chosen by their teachers to enter will need costumes and music on Friday. All children will need materials for 'Den day' such as sheets, boxes and tape. They will also need a £2 donation towards 'Save the Children' as this is a charity event.

 

  • St. Peter's has got talent! - This fun event is scheduled for Friday 22nd June. Each teacher will be auditioning children who wish to take part next week and 3 acts from each class will perform in the show on Friday. A panel of judges will then choose the acts to perform in our 'Summer festival' on Wednesday 4th July.

 

Kind regards,

                 

              Mrs. Helen White

 

Dear Parent or Guardian,

 

At long last our new build is finished and we have moved in! After half term the temporary office will become a teaching space again and Mrs. Mitchell will return to the old office which has been refurbished. The main entrance of the school will return to the front door and you will no longer be able to enter school via the ramp or through the Year 2 classroom. Children who are late for school need to report to Mr. Phillips who will be in Mrs. White’s old office. Thank you very much for the patience you have shown during the build - hopefully the phone and data lines will be re-directed over the holiday and we’ll be up and running!

 

As stated in a text sent out earlier today, one of our children has been in close contact with scarlet fever. This child is not currently showing symptoms but we have been advised to notify our parents. Please familiarise yourself with the symptoms which I believe are similar to a heavy cold.

 

Have a lovely half term holiday with your children and we’ll look forward to a pleasant few weeks to wrap up the school year. Teachers are already working hard to produce end of year reports which will be distributed in July. Please consult the website calendar for yearly events which have been scheduled for the end of the term.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs. Helen White (Head teacher)

 

For your enjoyment, the choir singing their competition pieces

Song 2.mp3

Dear Parents,

At long last we've got better weather! The children have enjoyed playing on the field this week and there's been lot of outside learning going on in the afternoons. May I remind you to put sunblock on the children if hot weather is forecast and our school caps are available from our supplier.

 

There has been a mixture of summer/winter uniform this week but we would like to see all children in summer uniform on Monday. Please see the uniform page on our website for a list of suitable items. Many of the girls are wearing a culotte version of the summer dresses this week. We are happy for the girls who already have them to wear these but please don't buy new ones until you have further notification from us.  I am currently working with the governors to authorise this change in uniform and we are working with our suppliers who have been asked to match the quality and price provided by other retailers. If this change is authorised, I  would like all of the culotte dresses to be the same. Mrs. Mitchell is also working with the supplier regarding the new polo shirts as they are a slightly different colour. We'll contact you regarding both of these matters as soon as we have more information. 

 

Thank you for being so patient while our phone lines have been intermittent. The phone company are working hard to re-route the lines to the original office and they assure us that the work will be complete soon. Our new build is looking lovely inside and we are very excited about it! 

 

Our children are very involved with our growth mindset project and they should be able to tell you all about it. Please see the special page on our website for more information. This page is updated regularly and it outlines the work being done with your children. If you wish to know more about this and how you can help, please speak to Mrs. Coghlan who is leading the project in school. We really do feel that it is making a difference. 

 

Please remember to check the parent calendar on this site for diary dates - this is a very busy term! The end of year dates have all been added. 

 

Kind regards,

 

Helen White (Head teacher)

 

23rd March 2018

Dear Parents,

 

I am concerned that the weather is too cold for the children to return to school wearing summer uniform after Easter. I believe that more cold weather is forcast for next week. Therefore I would prefer that all the children return wearing winter uniform until the weather warms up. This has been the first time I have had to make this decision and I hope it doesn’t cause anyone problems.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, especially with all of the disruption caused by the building work. The new build is two weeks behind schedule due to all the bad weather we have had. We are due to have the new build handed over to us during the May half term.

 

I hope you all have a happy Easter. The children return to school on Monday 9th April.

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Helen White

(Headteacher)

 

A belated welcome back and happy new year!

Tuesday 30th January 2018

Dear Parents,

I have decided to bring forward Parents’ Evenings this term and fit these in before we break up for half term. This will ensure that parents are given up to date information about their child’s progress so far this academic year. If there is any additional support which can be done at home, you will have this in time for the holiday. These meetings will be next week on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th February. You are invited to come and look at your children’s books this week on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday after school to see their work and displays, and to book your Parent Evening appointment for the following week (this list will be available in the classroom).

 

The children (and staff) are coping very well with all the disruption caused by the building work, especially year two, who have so many more disturbances because of staff having to walk through their classroom. I know it will all be worth it in the end!

 

Please have a look on our website for information on ‘Growth Mindset’. We started this new approach to learning when we came back in January with the theme of perseverance. In February, we will be developing this further and moving on to our next topic of resilience. Please ask your children about their understanding of these positive attributes.

 

You will find all the diary dates for this term on this website.

 

Yours sincerely,

Helen White

(Headteacher)

Monday 18th December 2017

 

Dear Parents,

 

Sadly, Mrs. Haddow’s dad died this weekend. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. Mrs. Haddow will not be returning to St. Peter’s next term due to family commitments. We are very sorry to be losing Mrs. Haddow, she has worked at St. Peter’s for ten years and has always been a valued member of our school community. Mrs. Pagliari will be joining us after Christmas as the year one Learning Support Assistant.

 

On Wednesday this week will be joined by the ‘Living Nativity’. This group should have been with us on Monday last week. We have been very fortunate that they have been able to fit us in again at such short notice. Wednesday will also be Toy Day. Children are allowed to bring in a toy, but they need to be responsible for their own belongings and I recommend that they do not bring in anything which is precious or fragile as school will not be held responsible for any toys which get lost or broken.

 

The children will return to school on Tuesday 9th January 2018. I hope you all have a very merry and blessed Christmas. Christmas Mass will be at 6.30pm on Christmas Eve at Ss. Peter’s and Paul’s in Earl Shilton.

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Helen White

(Headteacher)

 

Friday 8th December 2017

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week, I have completed the recruitment process to replace Mrs. Jenkins, who is moving to another school with promotion. Mrs. Woolman will be moving to teach year 2 after the Christmas holiday. She has previous experience of working with this age group and will be an asset in this Key Stage 1 class.

 

In year three, I have appointed two very experienced teachers who will work as job share partners. Mrs. Fincham will teach on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Miss Loveitt will teach on Thursday and Friday and will be in school on Wednesday afternoon to work with Mrs. Fincham. The children have already met these two teachers but will only receive this news today, before they leave school. These two teachers will be in school next week to receive handover information from Mrs. Woolman.

 

Thank you for being so patient regarding the disruption with the playground and the new build. We are finding the start to the day, even though we are squashed into a small space, manageable. However, the end of the day is not as easy to manage. Staff are finding the process of making sure all children leave with an adult (unless we have permission for other arrangements), much more difficult.

 

In order to keep the children safe, from Monday 11th December, KS 1 children will be dismissed as normal. KS 2 children (years 3,4,5 and 6) will need to be collected from the external classroom doors by their parents. Please be aware that once children have been handed over to you they become your responsibility even though they are still on the school premises. Mrs. Jenkins will open the gate at the side of the Reception playground to let parents through to the KS2 classrooms. Last time we had to do this (during the last build) we had children waving at their parents through the window and being distracted by the adults outside; please be mindful that this is valuable learning time for them.

 

Finally, on Thursday 14th December, at 5pm, families are welcome to come and join us to sing carols outside the Coop in Earl Shilton. Staff will be singing too and Mr. Payne has agreed to play the keyboard. Every year we have done this it has been really good fun and any money raised has gone towards PTFA funds. Please wrap up warm. The children look great in their school uniforms for this event. Everyone is welcome!

 

Next week we will have the school productions. Rehearsals are going very well and I am sure you will enjoy these plays. Times and dates are on the calendar on the school website.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Helen White

(Headteacher)

Friday 27th October 2017

Dear Parents,

 

Harry Potter Week has been a great success. Thanks you to everyone who has been involved in preparing and delivering this to the children.

Parents’ Evenings are coming up. Next week (Monday –Friday) I would like to invite you to come into school at the end of the school day to look at your child’s work and their classroom. During this time you will be able to book your parents’ evening appointment for the following weeks Wednesday 8th and 15th November from 3.30-6.30pm. If you child attends after school club every day of the week, please feel free to ring the school and book your appointment.

Flu immunisation will happen on 23rd November. Everyone who wants their child to receive this should have already returned their forms .

 

Regards

Helen White

Friday 13th October 2017

 

Dear Parents,

 

School is closed for half term from Monday 16th to Friday 20th October. When the children return, they need to be wearing winter uniform please. Details of the winter uniform are on this website. Please can I remind you that hats, gloves and scarves need to be plain and in either black or navy. Girls may only wear boots under their trousers.

 

The lost property has been moved to the top playground, so that parents may access it more easily. If you look through this, please make sure you put clothing back into the bins when you have finished.

 

From next half term, I will be implementing changes made to the behaviour policy. If a child is given a red card, I will text the parent to inform them that this has happened, on the day of the incident. Red card letters will no longer be sent home. Children will be given a lunchtime detention on the day of the incident, or the following lunchtime if the incident happened in the afternoon. If a child has been given a red card they will not be allowed to attend any extracurricular activities which happen outside of the school day for that week.

 

There have been a couple of concerns from staff about children coming back into school at the end of the school day to collect items or use the toilet. When a child needs to return to their classroom or come back in to school for any reason, please bring them in and supervise them. Children and parents need to come through the main entrance after the children have been dismissed, as the classroom doors will be shut.

 

I would like to ask your help with packed lunches. At the moment, we expect children to eat their sandwiches before they start on the sweet things like cake or yoghurt. Some children have a huge amount of food in their packed lunches. Please could parents only put in food which they expect their child to eat at lunch. Please do not give them a selection of food to choose from, as this makes it difficult for us to work out what is expected of them and they miss valuable playtime. Any food which is not eaten will of course be sent home as usual. If infant children are not eating, they will be sent outside to get some playtime at 12:30, as by then they will have had between thirty-five and forty-five minutes of eating time (depending on which infant class they are in). Please continue to keep lunchboxes healthy.

 

 

Unfortunately, I still cannot tell you which children, from the choir, will be able to attend Young Voices. However if you would like to access the music and moves please go to www.youngvoices.co.uk Go into the children’s room and put in the code YVConcerts2018.

 

Fr Frank has invited any child who would like to be involved in Sunday Mass on Sunday 5th November to meet with him at Ss Peter and Paul’s Church on Friday 3rd November at 4pm. He will practise readings and prayers etc. with the children at that meeting.

 

Our building work is due to start in November. This should take about six months and will cause us a lot of disruption. I have been told that we will have to move out of all of our admin rooms. The top playground will be taken over entirely by construction. So, we will have to start using the other gate (at the corner of the EYFS/Reception building). The school office will be moved into the separate room in the EYFS block. I will give you more details of how the changes will be managed nearer the time.

 

I hope you all have an enjoyable half term break.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Helen White (Headteacher)

Dear Parents,

On Friday 29th September, at 9am, we will be celebrating our Harvest Assembly. Each class will be taking part to thank God for the food we have. All parents are welcome to attend. Every year we ask each child to bring something for the harvest table. We are not having a Harvest Mass at church this year, as we have only just celebrated Education Sunday. This year the produce from the harvest assembly will be sold to parents after the assembly and the money raised will be sent to Hope House Orphanage in Nigeria. There is more information on this website about Hope House and why we are linked to it.

 

                                                       Yours sincerely

 

                                                                 Helen White

Please see attached instructions on how to add the website calendar to your phone/device at home.

Friday 8th September 2017

Dear Parents,

 

This will be the last weekly letter I will send home. I have received such positive feedback from parents regarding the new website; my letters will only be posted on the website from now onwards. I have managed to set up my phone to have our website linked to a screen icon which takes me straight into it; you would be able to do this too, for ease of access. I will of course keep sending out text messages to remind parents of events in school.

 

  • Sadly, Friday 22nd September, will be the last day for Mrs. O’Brien at St. Peter’s. Mrs. O’Brien has worked at the school for six years and has supported many of your children in KS1. She is going to university to train as a speech and language therapist. I think she will be an amazing therapist, as she is so skilled and works very hard. Our loss will be their gain and I wish her well in her new venture.

 

  • This Sunday, 10th September, Education Sunday, school will be involved in Mass at Ss. Peter and Paul’s RC Church, Melton Street. Mass starts at 11.30am and everyone is welcome. Please be there by 11.20am at the latest, as this gives us the time to hand out readings etc. Children may wear their own clothes this time and do not have to be in school uniform.

 

  • Next week, on Wednesday 13th September, we will be having a parents’ evening so that parents can learn about their child’s new school year. Teachers will be sharing their expectations and informing parents about how they can support their child’s learning. It is very important that parents come along to these sessions; you will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the year ahead/homework/planned trips etc. The first session will start at 6pm and will be repeated at 6.30pm (for years 1-5). Parents who have children in year 6 will need to attend a session at 6.30pm; this is a longer session and will over run.

 

  • Wednesday 13th September is also Roald Dahl Day. The children are not dressing up this year; instead they will be involved in Roald Dahl activities throughout the school day.

 

  • Please sign the ‘St. Peter’s Home School Agreement’, which is towards the front of the Boomerang Book if you haven’t already done so. There is also, the email and internet policy which needs signing and the media consent form, all at the front of the Boomerang Book (four signatures in total).

 

  • I am still concerned about the safety of our children outside the school gates. The road is inevitably busy at the beginning and end of the school days. There are a number of ways we can help to keep our children safe: Firstly, the Baptist Church has kindly agreed that parents can park in their car park at the beginning and end of the school day. Please don’t stop on the zig zag yellow lines to drop children off. Please park considerately if you are not using the Baptist car park as we are still managing to upset the local residents by parking on the pavements and across their drives. Staff will not allow any children out of the gate unless they are accompanied by the adult who is collecting them. The only exception to this is if a prior agreement has been made between a parent and myself and I have written consent or if a parent has a dog and is waiting beside the gate to collect their child. Finally, it would be very helpful if children who have been collected don’t go in and out of the gate between parents and friends on the playground as this makes the job of monitoring children leaving the school more difficult for my staff. We do not qualify for a lollipop person.

 

  • One of our pupils, George, has requested that we run a chess club on one of our lunchtimes. This is a lovely idea and in order to facilitate his request, I am asking if you have any chess sets which you could donate to school. Also, if any parents or grandparents would like to be involved in this club on a weekly basis it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you can help.

 

 

Yours sincerely

Helen White (Headteacher)

Friday 1st September 2017

Dear Parents

 

Welcome back.  It is lovely to have the children back safely; they are already working so hard and as usual the behaviour this week around the school has been superb. Also, welcome to all our new children too and all the new families who have joined St. Peter’s. I am sure your child will be very happy here during their years with us. The children look so smart in their school uniforms, I am so proud to be the Headteacher of this school. Thank you for all the kind words, gifts and cards which I received at the end of last term.

 

I hope you have had the time to look at the new school website. It is very easy to navigate and it looks so much better than our old one. The new website (same address) can be opened on tablets, phones and computers. Diary dates are all on the new website and therefore I will not include these in letters home.

 

Homework will change this term. ‘Bingo homework’ is being replaced with work which complements the work being done in the classroom. There is an expectation that all children will read every night. Supporting your child at home with reading/spellings/phonics is the best way to ensure that they reach the expected standard for their year group. The spellings and phonics will be relevant to your child’s needs. Sometimes spellings will be words which have been spelled incorrectly in their writing,  from the national curriculum list or they may be the common exception spellings (the ones which break the spelling rules), all relevant to your child’s needs. As well as this English homework, Maths homework will be set. This work will match the classroom work for your child. They will have been taught the skills but practising them will help to embed that knowledge.

 

Can I remind you all that payments for dinners, clubs and everything else is needed in advance and needs to be done via the school money website; there is a link from the school website to this address. Thank you for doing this for us, it helps to reduce the work in the school office.

 

There are still plenty of places in our breakfast club; there is more information on the school website. There is some availability for the afterschool club. Please contact the office if you would like to book your child into either of these clubs.

 

As usual I am available to parents informally on the playground in the mornings. Please make an appointment to see me if you need more time or privacy. Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Helen White

(Headteacher)

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