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Cheadle Heath Primary School You can keep up to date via our website at www.cheadleheath-pri.stockport.sch.uk or you can follow us on twitter via @CHPSchool 10th February 2012 Issue 16 Parent Council News th On Monday 6 February the Parent Council met to discuss a number of issues. Here is a summary of the areas discussed: Q Can childcare vouchers be used against Breakfast Club fees? Unfortunately childcare cannot be used against breakfast Club fees but we can provide an invoice for you to claim against some benefits. Q Some parents are unhappy with the price of school trips (£11 Y4 trip) and ask whether parents are subsiding those who don’t pay? All trips are costed individually and include the coach, insurance, entrance fees, room hire, guide fees etc. The cost is equally divided by the number of pupils and we do not compensate for those who do not pay. The cost of coaches has significantly increased over recent years and is the main factor in the pricing of trips. We have to say that the charge is a voluntary donation, although trips cannot go ahead if insufficient funds are contributed. All trips run at a loss and a profit is never made on any trip. Q Discipline Policy The new assertive mentoring / discipline policy was very positively discussed and many parents agreed that there had been significant raised motivation amongst the pupils as they strive to achieve their smilies. Mrs. Vallance and I clarified that no member of staff should take smilies off children once given and we would look into the threatened removal of smilies in specific year groups. Q Why do some children not get the meal they ordered? The pre order system should mean that every child gets the meal they have ordered in the morning. However, after half term we will be amending the system so that the children will be given their coloured meal card when they enter the dining room rather than when they make their meal choice in the morning. This should alleviate the current trading / changing minds! In Headlice response to a request, the newly appointed midday supervisor (Mrs. Carney) will ask the midday staff to do some random lunchbox checks of KS2 boxes before they leave the hall as A Reminder For All Parents from Stockport School Nurses some parents are concerned that KS2 leave the hall without Head lice continue to be a problem for the whole community, eating all their food. not just among schoolchildren, although it has been found that children between the ages of 4 – 11 are most commonly Q Is the numeracy family learning going ahead? affected and girls more so than boys. Head lice are ONLY In the summer term there will be a workshop event which will transmitted by direct, prolonged head to head contact. highlight the different maths strategies that we use in school. Transmission of lice within the classroom is relatively rare. The maths coordinator, Miss Crabtree, is planning this and When it does occur, it is usually from a ‘best friend’. A lot of further details will be given nearer the time. ‘Cheat sheets’ will infections are caught from close family and friends in the home be made available for those parents unable to attend the and community, NOT from school. workshop. Please continue to check the heads of ALL your family at least weekly, using a fine toothed comb. If you do find living, moving Y2/6 national testing arrangements 2012 th lice, appropriate treatment is essential. Treatments are On 27 March, we invite parents of our Year 2 and Year 6 available from pharmacies or health care staff. pupils to an information meeting regarding the 2012 national testing arrangements. For our Year 2 pupils the national testing REMEMBER – Treat ONLY those who have living, moving lice. arrangements will be undertaken by our staff during May 2012. It is important NOT to use conditioner when using head lice For our Year 6 pupils the national tests and teacher lotion, as this may reduce its effectiveness. White ‘nits’ on the assessments will be undertaken to a national timetable during th rd hair are old, hatched eggs and do not necessarily mean that the period Monday 14 to Wednesday 23 May 2012. Parents there are live lice, although a thorough inspection of the scalp have already been informed of these in our school holiday list should be carried out. for 2011/12 but we would respectfully remind you to avoid arranging children’s medical appointments during the school CONTINUE to check your family’s hair at least once a week. day in this particular week. The SATs meeting is held annually to update our Year 2 and Year 6 parents regarding any changes HELP is always available from our School Nurse or Health to the existing testing arrangements and to outline the more Visitor who are based at Community Health Stockport Central, general procedures involved. It is a short meeting and provides Hazel Grove Clinic, 253 London Road, Hazel Grove. SK7 4PW parents with an opportunity to ask staff any relevant questions Tel: 0161 426 5696 Fax: 0161 426 9020 or seek further information and advice. email@example.com Cheadle Heath Primary School You can keep up to date via our website at www.cheadleheath-pri.stockport.sch.uk or you can follow us on twitter via @CHPSchool Parent teacher meetings: spring term 2012 Free school meal entitlement Thank you to everyone who attended the Autumn Term 2011 Please consider claiming for free school meals if you feel you Parent-Teacher meetings. Our Spring Term 2012 meetings will are eligible to do so. You will gain financially from this and so st nd take place on 21 and 22 March (please note that as always will we through the Coalition Government’s “pupil premium” there will be no teacher led clubs or activities during this week). addition to school budgets nationally. For a primary school child Further information and invitations to these will be sent out to this equates to £600 per eligible pupil per year additional parents after the February half-term holiday. funding for our School Budget. You will be eligible if you are in Football receipt of Income Support, Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income related Employment Support Allowance or Our football team played their first friendly match of the year at the Guarantee part of Pension Credit or if you have an annual home against Adswood on Wednesday. Although the team income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) of less were defeated 6 – 2 the team played with enthusiasm and than £16,190 each year (but not Working Tax Credit). Further enjoyed the match, despite the harsh weather conditions. Many information can be obtained from Stockport Council’s Free thanks to Mr. Carroll for training the team. The team are in School Meals Team on 0161 217 6015 or e-mail: desperate need to a new kit so if you know a business who firstname.lastname@example.org would be interested in sponsoring the team strip please let me know (estimated cost £300). Admission procedures consultation Curriculum updates - Local Authorities are required to consult on admission Reading ~ The children take part in guided reading sessions arrangements for entry to school with schools, parents, each week. This is when the children are grouped together community groups and any other individuals and bodies who according to ability and are taught new reading skills and how to have an interest in the local area in September 2013 to 2014. apply them. Teachers are then able to monitor their progress. Added to this consultation is an item regarding the use of The children are heard read and assessed through the week to catchment areas for schools for the academic year 2014 to ensure that they are reading books from the appropriate book 2015 onwards. The consultation will run from 3rd January to th bands and they have the opportunity to change their individual 28 February 2012. Full details of the admission arrangements reading books during the week. Teachers carefully choose the proposed by Stockport MBC are available in the linked books your child reads and brings home. If you would like to document below. Items include: discuss the books your child is reading or how they are moving * Information regarding a change to sibling status through the scheme, please talk to the teacher at parents * Use of catchment areas 2014 – 2015 evening. We will not change books if they haven’t been heard * Proposed Published Admission Numbers for all primary & read at home. secondary schools for 2013 to 2014 * Increases are proposed at 5 primary & 3 secondary schools Homework ~ Teaching staff will be having a full review of * Proposals for schools terms & holiday dates for 2013 - 2014 homework and developing a new policy specific to each year To comment go to http://www.stockport.gov.uk/haveyoursay group next term which will be made available to you. Homework should be an activity linked to work that has been taught during the week therefore the subject matter and content should be Nursery admissions ~ September 2012 familiar which allows your child to demonstrate what s/he has The closing date for applications for Nursery places in st been learning that week. Your child will not be expected to do September 2012 is the 31 March 2012. This is for children st st work that is new to them and requires teaching at home. whose dates of birth are from 1 September 2008 to 31 Important Policy Statement August 2009. Parents will be informed by letter from Stockport th Council posted on 17 May 2012 regarding the outcome of their application. Those who applied on-line will receive an e-mail Parental Photography/Videos on School Occasions notification on this date. The admission criteria for Nursery One of the more problematic policy matters the School places are available at www.stockport.gov.uk/schooladmissions Governing Body has previously discussed is related to the school’s policy on parental photography and videoing of pupils at school occasions such as productions and events. As you Reminders may be aware from coverage of this topic in the national media, Breakfast Club fees increase this has sometimes become a difficult issue, especially for With effect from February half term, Breakfast Club will be primary schools and their Governing Bodies. Some schools opening at 7.45am instead of 8am to give more flexibility to have reacted in the extreme by imposing parental “photography working parents and the price per day is increasing to £1.50. bans” on such occasions often citing child protection, Pantomine December 2012 safeguarding and the Data Protection Act as justification for I can confirm that we are taking the whole school (Reception to th such decisions. Our considered response is that we wish to Year 6) to see Aladdin at Stockport Plaza on 14 December! adopt a common sense approach to this matter and have no desire to take such extreme action. However, we wish to make This has been a very busy half term and we are now half way it clear to parents / carers that we expect that all photographs through the year! I am very proud of the way Year 5 conducted taken on school occasions must be for personal, family use themselves this week as they performed in ‘Joseph’ at only. Importantly, where such photographs include incidental Stockport Academy. They were fantastic ambassadors for the images of other pupils then parents should be mindful that such school and sang with enthusiasm and pride. Thanks to Mrs photographs must not be published on the internet or social Barker for coordinating this three night event. May I remind you networking sites. that school closes for the Spring half-term holiday today and re- st nd Follow us on twitter! opens again on Tuesday 21 February (Monday 22 February is a staff INSET closure day). Follow our news, views and updates at @CHPSchool. We won’t be following anyone or replying to tweets, the idea is to simply broadcast to our community rather than facilitate Best wishes, interaction within the community. In short, our twitter account is Christine Meekley & the staff at Cheadle Heath Primary School a one way conversation at the moment! Cheadle Heath Primary School You can keep up to date via our website at www.cheadleheath-pri.stockport.sch.uk or you can follow us on twitter via @CHPSchool Spring Term 2012 Diary Dates Date Event th February 20 School closed for INSET (Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures) st 21 School reopens at 8.55am th 24 Bag 2 school collection th 28 Year 3 assembly – 9.05am st March 1 Disco st 1 Full Governing Body meeting 3.30pm th 6 Year 2 assembly – 9.05am th 8 Grandparents Day – details to follow th w/c 12 Science Week – details to follow th w/c 12 SEN reviews th 13 Year 1 assembly – 9.05am th 13 Music Extravaganza in school at 7pm th 16 Parents welcome in school to view children’s books @ 1.30 – 3pm th 20 Fashion Trasion Show 2pm st 21 Parents’ Evening until 6pm nd 22 Parents’ Evening until 7pm rd 23 Sports relief th 26 Parents’ Forum meeting 2.15pm th 27 Y2 / Y6 SATs meeting @ 3.20pm and 4pm in school hall th 29 No Playaway th 29 Coffee Morning and FS / KS1 Easter Bonnet Parade th 30 Spring term finishes. School closes at 2pm th April 16 School opens for summer term at 8.55am Every effort will be made not to change dates. However, if necessary, any additions /changes will be highlighted with *.
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