Newsletter 5th October 2012

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                                                      5th October 2012
               It has been brought to my attention that there are concerns
               amongst some parents regarding staffing in KS2.
               This is something we have taken seriously and have planned
               to address over the last couple of years.
                  It is never ideal to have more than one teacher in a class for
                  many reasons but it is not uncommon in small schools for two
                  teachers to job share as this means they both share responsi-
bility for the class from a pastoral and a teaching point of view. This can only
be achieved by having two permanent teachers.
It is never ideal for the Head Teacher to be removed from leadership duties in
order to take this role and invariably this causes disruption in the class when
important issues arise and they are needed elsewhere; nor is it ideal to have
a variety of supply teachers responsible for a class as continuity is easily lost.
Therefore the Governors and I have been looking to secure a permanent job
share through the budget on a long term basis for some time.
At the recent Finance and Staffing Committee meeting of the Governing Body
the matter was discussed in depth and we are now in a position to be able to
advertise for another teacher to operate on a permanent, job share basis with
Mrs Brown. This will be less disruptive for the children and make them feel
that they have 2 class teachers rather than one teacher and stand-ins! It also
means that I will be able to regain time to support staff in raising standards
throughout the school.
We hope to make a suitable appointment as soon as possible.
There is also some other exciting news...but I’ll leave that to Ruth Gibbons,
our Chair of Governors to disclose in her letter that is in book bags tonight!

                      HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! Ms Cad :)
                                                                  Friday 5th October 2012

Next Week in school                                         This term’s Dates and diary events
8th—12th October
                                                            18th October—KS2 trip to Jorvik
Monday                                                      24th October—Halloween Disco **
AM—Swimming (Y1—Y6)                                         26th October—INSET day
3.15—Gardening Club (KS2 only)                              29th Oct—2nd Nov—Half term break
                                                            31st October—closing date for secondary
                                                            school applications
3.15—4.15 JAM Club                                          5th November—INSET day
                                                            21st November—Parents’ day/evening
Thursday                                                    16th November—Children in Need
3.15—4.15 Multi-skills (R-Y2)
                                                            27th November—Lancashire Day **
PM—Guitar lessons                                           13th December—Christmas dinner (tbc)
 3.15—4.15 Football (Y2-6)                                  14th December—Christmas Fair
                                                            17th December—Class 1 play for community
         Attendance for 1st—5th October                     18th December—Class 1 play for parents
                                                            19th December—Class 2 play
         Class 1— 95.7%                                     20th December—Whole school trip to see
         Class 2— 93.3%                                     Treasure Island
                                                            20th December –break up for Christmas
         Whole school— 94.5%

Jorvik reminder                                             ** - new dates added
Please remember to bring in slips and money for the
KS2 Jorvik trip by Friday 12th. If you have lost the let-
ter Miss Bown can provide you with another!
                                                            PTA News
Lancaster Guardian
                                                            The PTA met this week and have arranged a
The photo of our new reception children is in the
                                                            Halloween disco on Wednesday 24th October after
Guardian this week—make sure you get a copy!
                                                            school, 3.30—5pm. Entrance is £1 and includes
                                                            snacks. More details to follow
Secondary school applications
Secondary school applications need to be in by 31st
                                                            The PTA AGM will be held Tuesday 16th October at
October. As this falls during half term if you are sub-
                                                            3.15 in the sports hall
mitting your application on the paper form and wish
the school to send it, please bring here by Weds 24th
                                                            The PTA would love to have some new members
                                                            so if you are interested please come to the AGM or
Borwick Hall reminder
                                                            speak to the school
We’ve not had many replies for the Year 2 residential
to Borwick Hall. If your child would like to go please
                                                            Minutes of last Tuesday’s meeting are in book
send the slip and deposit in next week. Again, if you
need another letter Miss Bown can print you one off.

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