9th September 2011 Term 1 No.1
SISSINGHURST CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
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I hope you had a restful, safe holiday and that your children have been looking forward to the new term as
much as I have! They have certainly been eager to get through the gate in the morning and are all looking so
I would like to welcome all of the new Foundation children, children who have joined other year groups and
parents who have joined our school. I hope you and your children settle happily into Sissinghurst School and
enjoy the rich experience we offer. We would like our new parents to join us on Monday 12th September at
9:10am for coffee, along with members of the FOSS (Friends of Sissinghurst School). This will give you an
opportunity to get to know some of our existing parents, who will be able to answer queries you may have.
Hopefully you will all have taken time after school to visit our playground and see our new equipment. The
children are very excited about the new climbing apparatus and trim trail and I know Mrs Lyon and the Lion
Class are enjoying their new role play house too. Again, a very big thank you to all who helped to make this
When I started at Sissinghurst a year ago, I asked all of you about the things you liked about our school and
the things we could do to make it better. Here is a list of the ‘Better if...’ comments and what we have done
to address them.
Football club for yr3/4 Mr Flanders is offering a Football club again this
More club choices after school Hopefully, as our clubs list shows we are now offering
a wider range of clubs
More sports (what will happen when Mrs Jenkins Mr Heath a PE teacher has joined our staff
Pick up from hall chaotic/ too crowded/ need in- Pick up from the hall now only takes place when it is
out/ playground raining heavily
Better security at pick up This site is very secure and the staff are always
vigilant at pick up time
Year groups kept together/not split classes Unfortunately with our pupil admissions number of 20
per year group we will always have mixed year groups
Sports hall wants painting (no longer relevant)
Bring back swimming lessons Swimming starts next week for Jaguar Class and
after Christmas for Eagle class
Timetables for each class so we know what the Class termly letters
children do/have done each day
In good weather produce/cakes stall outside The produce/cake stall is outside
Greater use of website/e mail for communication You will shortly be receiving data sheets so we can
and sharing of school life update our records. Please make your email address is
To be invited to school plays/class assemblies Parents are invited to concerts/plays/class
assemblies and every Friday for celebration assembly
More direct involvement from dads-after school Dad’s are always welcome to come into school or
clubs perhaps start/support a club
Meet the teachers/support staff for your child’s Open evening in July
class so know who’s who
Lost property in central place In office area. Please ensure items are labelled
More support for PTA-more members Always welcome! The more the merrier!
Numbers have increased since the move to the new
More uptake of school dinners school and dinners being cooked on site.
New school! Here we are!
The pupils’ list has also been addressed and many of the ideas area now taking place.
If you feel you have any new suggestions please put them in the suggestion box in the entrance area.
As mentioned swimming starts next week, this is a compulsory part of the curriculum and all children are
expected to attend. I apologise if the letter we sent out was not clear. We need a parent each week to
volunteer to accompany the children on the coach to the pool. They would then be given a lift back to school
at 3:15pm with Mrs Dunn. We could perhaps have a rota? If you are able to help please let Mrs Keelin know.
Mrs Rankine is going to start a Netball Club for years 4,5and 6 on a Monday after school, beginning 19 th
September. Also Mr Flanders will start a football club for KS2 at the same time. If your child would like to
join either club please let Mrs Keelin know.
We are enthusiastic about the start to the year, Eagle Class have begun their WWII topic by making gas
masks and turning their room into an air raid shelter for the afternoon. Panda and Zebra Class have spent
the day as ‘Intrepid Explorers’ finding out about the school outdoor areas. They have navigated with a
compass, used binoculars to see interesting things and had a visit from Mr Tucker one of the architects
responsible for our new school. Lion Class are learning about themselves and I await with interest Jaguar
Class topic starter.
New Pupils: Taylor, Caitlin Mathieson, School Clubs
We welcome the following new Amelie Koster, Elliot Marks, Clubs start on Monday 12th
entrants to Lion Class: Jodie Harry de Coverly, Sola September and will finish the
Chandler, Elizabeth Gilbert, Horley, Florence Shimmin. week beginning 5th December.
Daisy Gurr, Juniper Thomas- We also welcome: Jack Please check the list in the
Davies, Charlie Swift, Daren Bunyan (Zebra Class), Anna parent’s shelter as some of
Banan, Harvey Hodson, Sophia Wade and Megan Hansted the clubs are oversubscribed.
McPhillips, Maddie Hawkins, (Jaguar Class).
Annie Leach, Elizabeth
Chandler, Callum Waller, Alexi
Flower Show carry a little bit of No jewellery/bracelets/
The Sissinghurst Flower Show Sissinghurst with me, in my wristbands to be worn in
takes place on Saturday 17th heart. I wish you all the best school.
September in the school hall for the rest of your time at
at 2.30pm. There will be an Sissinghurst; make the most Please note that signposting to
exhibition of the pupils’ of all those opportunities! information, resources or
artwork as well as other With kind regards provision by other outside
agencies does not constitute an
entries. There will be a Mufti Julie Pearce
endorsement or recommendation
(non-uniform) day on Friday
FOSS of such information, by
16 September for those Sissinghurst School.
contributing entries for the The produce stall raised
show. Letters home on £701.79 in the year It is strongly recommended that
Monday. 2010/2011. This amount is to all parents/carers check details
be split equally between the with providers to ensure that the
five classes and will service being provided meets
School Meal Prices
be available for the class their individual requirements in
The price for a child’s school
teachers and children to terms of quality, safety,
meal has increased to £2.20 appropriateness etc. It is also
per day with effect from 1st spend between now and July
advised that where possible
September 2011. The cost of 2012.
parents/carers visit the provision
meals for Term 1 will be Also, the FOSS Pimms Stall and review inspection reports
£77.00. Please pay in advance at the Sissinghurst Village where available.
for meals either weekly or Fete raised £155 for FOSS
funds - and I would like to Whilst every effort has been
thank all the volunteers who made to ensure the accuracy of
the information provided,
turned up on the day to run
To all the Staff, Parents Sissinghurst School cannot
and Children at Sissinghurst accept responsibility or liability
for any errors which may have
School Threadworms occurred. Neither can
I hope that you have all had a We have had a couple of Sissinghurst School be held
fun filled summer and have cases of threadworms responsible for any losses which
managed to re-charge your reported. Please help to stop you incur, whether financial or
batteries ready for the new this spreading by emphasising otherwise, from partaking in or
school year! I would like to to your child the importance relying upon such information,
say a big thank you to all of resources or provision.
of washing hands with soap
you who contributed to my after going to the toilet and Diary Dates
leaving presentation; I was before eating food. 5th September – Start of
overwhelmed by the kindness
and generosity shown. It has Reminders 9th September - Beginners'
been hard to say goodbye All monies should be handed Service 9.10am in School hall
after ten extremely happy into the school office and not 13th & 14th September -
years at Sissinghurst but I sent to the classroom. Kent Tests
am very busy preparing for my
17th September –
final teaching practice and Earrings not allowed on PE Sissinghurst Flower Show
excited about finding my first days or must bring micro pore 30th September - Harvest
teaching post. I have always tape and cover ears Festival Service in Church
felt privileged to work at themselves. Responsible for 9.30am
Sissinghurst. I have learnt so own earrings if taken out. 18th October - Open
much from all the teachers Note needed if child unable to Morning for Reception 2012
and Teaching Assistants alike. do PE. 9.30-11.30am
What an opportunity to have
21st October - End of
been part of such a great All medicines to be given to Term 1
team of professionals. The Mrs Keelin who will 31st October - Start of
children have also been administer. Term 2
amazing to work with and I If appropriate, when a child 7th November - Healthy
have thoroughly enjoyed my receives first aid a slip will be Schools Week PTO…
time with them. I will always sent home.
8th November - Eagle Class
8th November - Parent
10th November - Parent
12th December - Nativity
Dress Rehearsal and
13th December - Nativity
Evening Performance 6pm
16th December - End of