WEMBDON ST GEORGE'S CE VC PRIMARY SCHOOL
15 January 2013
N E W S L E T T E R 6 2012/13
A warm welcome back to the new term. We hope you all enjoyed a relaxing and enjoyable
1. E safety/cyber bullying
This term this is one of our major themes. We are aware of the numbers of children who now have
regular access to a range of new technologies, such as phones, I pads, laptop computers and so
much more. This opens up a whole new world for them. This is undoubtedly an exciting time,
however, there are dangers and challenges which they may not know about or have met before. In
school we will be showing them both the advantages of the internet as well as the dangers. The
importance of rules and the need for safety. Attached to this letter is the leaflet from ……. Which
explains some of these dangers to you. Research has shown that many children use the internet
without any supervision, often in their bedrooms. The guidance explores how you can keep your
children safe and the search engines that are suitable for children to use. To support parents in this
we have arranged a parents’ evening on Tuesday 29th January which will explain how you can
both help your child in using new technologies as well as keeping them safe. We believe that this is
an important session and will help you to protect your child. The session starts at 7.30 pm and will
last for one hour.
The message we want children to understand is that should they receive a message which makes
them uncomfortable, they should tell someone about this. In the first instance a parent/carer or adult
at school. They should not delete the message as this gives evidence which can be traced back to the
sender. In every class children have been nominated who will listen out for any news of this type of
bullying. Children can talk to them and they will pass this on.
We want to support our children so that they are safe and secure in the modern world.
2. Toys in school
I feel that it would be helpful to remind you of the school’s policy regarding having toys in school.
Our policy is that toys or similar should not be brought into school, the reason behind this is that
these toys do go missing and children become upset and concerned if they go missing. We are
aware that some toys brought into school are quite expensive and would be difficult or even
impossible to replace, this is why the policy is there. Recently some children have tried to exchange
toys. Later they become unhappy with their decision and want to exchange back. This can lead to
anger and distress on both sides.
There may be an occasion when a teacher requests that a child be allowed to bring something into
school, where this is the case, this should be given to the teacher for safe keeping.
3. Attendance matters
We have become aware that for some children their level of attendance is a cause for concern. We
all appreciate that full attendance at school is important in order for the children to make the best
possible progress, missing out on vital steps in their leaning has a dramatic effect. We know that
this time of year there will be bugs and colds circulating. I hope though we can start the New Year
with high targets for attendance at school.
In the near future we will be awarding certificates for those who have excellent attendance in the
4. Child absence
If your child is ill or unable to attend school it is helpful if you can let us know as soon as possible.
This can be done by contacting the school by telephone, or if it is more convenient you can email
the school with this information. The school’s email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to do either of these then we require a written note from you when your child
returns giving the nature of the absence.
5. Medical Matters
May I remind you of the current advice from Environmental Health, that children who are absent
from school with a tummy upset (sickness and/or diarrhoea) should not return to school until 48
hours AFTER symptoms have stopped.
6. School Closure due to extreme weather conditions
I would like to remind/update you on our procedures regarding school closure.
The school and its staff do all it can to keep the school open. However we have to consider both the
Health and Safety of pupils on the site and the level of supervision we can provide if staff are
unable to get in.
If we need to close the school we seek to inform the Local Authority (LA) at the earliest
opportunity. Updated email alerts will be sent to Local Radio Stations, BBC Somerset
99.5FM/1566 AM & Heart FM 102.6FM, who will broadcast this information at 15 minutes and
45 minutes past the hour, including latest updates, as well as the local TV News Programmes,
BBC Points West & West Country News (ITV). We will also endeavour to add an answer phone
message to our telephone system which will advise if we are open or closed and advice to parents
via SMS text messaging service. Information can also be found on the school’s website,
www.wembdon-st-georges.somerset.sch.uk or school closure information from the Somerset
Learning Platform https://slp.somerset.gov.uk
Christmas Appeal 2012 - As you know our Christmas charity for 2012 has been “The Salvation
Army Christmas Appeal 2012” supporting families and the homeless particularly at Christmas time.
At all our Nativity presentations and Carol Services our retiring collection has raised £366 towards
this appeal; we thank you for your support.
Children In Need 2012 Appeal – as promised I now have a final figure; a magnificent £1886 was
raised. Thank you to everyone for your support.
8. School Lunch Menus
Please may I remind parents that all lunch menus need to be back in school by Wednesday am to
enable the caterers to place their orders with their suppliers.
9. Consulation on School Term and Holiday Dates for Academic Year 2014-2015
The Local Authority would welcome comments from all members of the public, especially parents
of Somerset pupils. Please follow this link to view http://tinyurl.com/2014TermDates. Closing
date 31 January 2013.
9. Community Events
St George’s Parish Centre – Consultations on redevelopment plans – Wednesday 16th January
7.30 pm, Parish Centre Main Hall, Thursday 17th 12.30 – 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm, Parish Centre
Blood Donation Sessions – Monday 4 February at Bridgwater Town Hall 12.45 to 15.15 and 16.45
Saturday 9 February – a Valentines Ball at Somerset Councy Cricket Ground at 7 pm in aid of
North Devon Hospice – featuring Past and Present Disco & Young Generation. Dress to impress!
Red Carpet Photo on arrival with ‘Timeless Images’, welcome drink, 3 course meal etc. Tickets
£45 per person. For details contact Jo on 07878971300 or e-mail Jo.email@example.com.
Wembdon Village HPFT Pub Quiz Tuesday 29 January 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start – Cottage Inn,
Wembdon. Teams of 4, £2.50 per person. Future quizzes to be held on the last Tuesday of every
Wembdon Village HPFT Produce Market Saturday 23 February 10 am to 12 noon Wembdon Parish
Centre – come and buy bread, cakes, jams, pickles, cheese and lots more. If you are interested in
having a stall please t/phone 01278 458434. Future markets to be held on the last Saturday of each
Don’t forget if you misplace a newsletter or think it is sometime since you last received one you can
always check out our website at www.wembdon-st-georges.somerset.sch.uk.
Term Dates 2013
Spring Term begins Monday 7 January 2013 Summer Term begins Monday 15 April
Half Term Mon 11th to Fri 15th February Bank Holiday Monday 6 May
Spring Term ends Thursday 28 March Half Term Mon 27th - Fri 31st May
Summer Term ends Tuesday 23 July
Autumn Term 2013/14 begins Monday 2 September 2013