No. 1 8th Sept 2009
Welcome back everyone to the start of our new school year. I hope everyone enjoyed their summer break and is looking forward
to a packed and exciting term. This first newsletter has lots of information about the coming term so please keep it safe.
Newsletters then come home every fortnight usually on a Tuesday and there is always a copy displayed on the school notice
board and on the website in case you mislay them : www.sedgeberrowfirstschool.ik.org
We are delighted to welcome 16 new children into Reception this term as well as five children into other year groups. I’m sure
they will all settle in very quickly and soon become part of the school. We also welcome Miss Matthews to the school. She will be
teaching Year 1 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings with Mrs Hickey teaching Thursday afternoons and
Fridays. Miss Hill has now become Mrs Fitzmaurice of course after her lovely wedding in August.
Healthy snacks and lunches
Fruit continues to be provided for children in Key Stage One and they may also purchase a box of raisins for 10p from the
healthy tuck shop at morning break. Children in Key Stage Two may purchase raisins or fruit. As a healthy school we only allow
fruit or vegetables as a snack at break time along with milk which may be ordered from the office. Children should have their
water bottle in school at all times to drink throughout the day. Please remember that school hot lunches must be ordered by
Wednesday morning each week for the following week. Menus were sent out at the end of the term but if you need another copy
please let the office know.
Our house system was a great success last year and will be continuing. On Friday this week there will be house meetings when
captains are elected and each child is given a new button badge in the colour for their house. Do not worry if these get lost
during the year as they are really for initial identification but replacements can be purchased for 10p. House Reading, extra
play and inter-house competitions will continue as last year. School Councillors will also be elected this week.
European day of Languages
Every year we have a whole school day to celebrate the European Day of Languages to enhance our commitment to cultural
diversity. The actual date is always 26th September so our day will be on Friday 25th September. Please start thinking about
costumes as children come to school dressed to represent any European country and then move round the classrooms
experiencing relevant fun activities in each one.
On Tuesday 22nd September a photographer will be in school taking individual and family photographs. Pre-school children may
also be brought in to have their picture taken and you will receive a further letter about the arrangements for this.
Clubs for this term will commence in week beginning 28th September and finish in week beginning 23rd November. A letter will
come out next week for you to sign up. We do try to offer a range of clubs and I am very grateful to staff for putting in extra
time to do this. If any parents would be interested in volunteering to run a club, particularly for the younger children, we would
be very pleased to hear from you. We are still hoping to run a breakfast club at some point but are still looking for someone to
Meet the Teacher
Next week there will be the opportunity for parents in Year 1 – Year 5 to ‘meet the teacher’. These sessions will be held in the
classrooms at 3.00 pm when each teacher will talk about classroom routines and answer any questions you may have. Do not
worry if you are unable to attend this session as each teacher will follow up with a class letter detailing all the information
given, The meetings will be as follows:
Tuesday 15th September Year 3 and Year 4
Wednesday 16th September Year 1 and Year 2
Thursday 17th September Year 5
Meet the Teacher cont……
There will also be times during the year when you are invited in to share some topic work that children have been doing in class.
We will try to give you as much notice as possible about dates for these. All children will be performing in a Christmas
Production, dates for which are at the end of this letter, and you are warmly invited to our church services at the end of each
Our Harvest Festival will be held on Friday 9th October at 2.00 pm in the School Hall followed by an auction of produce. Space
is limited however so we do have to restrict numbers from each family.
On Friday 16th October we will be having our annual open day when parents are invited to come and look around the whole school
during a working day or after school. This is a lovely opportunity to see the first half term’s topic work and to chat informally to
staff. There will then be a formal parents evening in February with individual appointments to discuss progress.
Last year we booked our annual whole school theatre visit in January so that there was something to look forward to after all
the excitement at the end of the Christmas Term and this proved to be very successful. Therefore we have booked to go to
Malvern Theatre to see ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ on the afternoon of Thursday 7 th January 2010. This is a lovely opportunity for
the children to experience live theatre and we link it with Literacy work in school. A further letter will come out detailing costs
and options for payment schedules in a few weeks.
On Thursday 19th November we will be holding our annual school talent show evening. All children are encouraged to have a go if
they wish and every child who prepares an act will be given the chance to perform it in front of the whole school the previous
week. A selection are then chosen for the final performance to which all parents are invited. We look forward every year to
seeing more wonderful Sedgeberrow talent so start preparing!
Following the success of the last two year’s ‘Arts Projects for Schools’ Christmas cards we shall once more be participating. The
children will design their cards in the next few weeks and bring them home for you to look at so you can decide how many packs
you wish to order. They will be delivered before the end of November.
As always governors strongly request that no holidays are taken in term-time unless this is absolutely unavoidable. Children can
miss whole units of work in one week. Our policy for Attendance and Registration/Holidays is available from school or on the
Once a week take a peek – Headlice reminder
Please can we remind parents to check their children’s hair at least once a week and to commence treatment immediately if they
find eggs or lice. The advice is to use conditioner and comb through with the special nit combs which we do have in school if
parents need one. If this does not cure the problem then you are advised to contact the practice nurse at your surgery to find
out the latest advice on medication. There is also a very useful website called ‘Once a week take a peek’.
Enclosed with this letter you will find a list of dates for this term and outline term dates for the rest
of the year. We will update these as necessary on the back of each subsequent newsletter.
HAVE A GREAT TERM EVERYONE