KING’S MEADOW PRIMARY SCHOOL School Newsletter Issue 6 March 2009 Parental Survey What follows is a summary of the responses we had to the recent questionnaire. The full results will be reported to the Parent Council and discussed in that forum. Following on from this, the staff will again review the raw data, along with the written comments and the Parent Council‟s comments and will decide on a plan of action for next session to meet any points that need to be addressed. Nearly all parents felt that their child enjoyed being at school . Nearly all parents felt that the work was stimulating and challenging. Nearly all parents felt that their children were being encouraged to work to the best of their ability. Most parents felt satisfied with the homework given. Most parents felt that if their child was having difficulties he/she would be helped. Nearly all parents felt that the teacher really knew their child as an individual. Most parents felt that their child was treated fairly by teachers. The majority of parents felt that they got regular, accurate and helpful information about their child’s progress in school work. Most parents thought the teachers were good at letting them know about their child’s strengths and weaknesses. Most parents felt that the school had explained the part they can play in their child’s education. Most parents felt that the school was good at explaining its work to them. Most parents felt confident that if they raised a matter of concern with the school that something would be done about it. Nearly all parents felt content with the part they were asked to play in their child’s education. Most parents came away from parent/teacher meetings feeling that they had learned something useful. Most parents thought that pupils were generally well behaved. The majority of parents thought that teachers dealt effectively with bad behaviour. Nearly all parents thought the school was well led. Nearly all parents thought the school was housed in good accommodation. Nearly all parents felt that the school had good materials and equipment for learning and teaching. Nearly all parents thought the school had a good reputation in the community. Efficiency Savings Good news! The Council has agreed not to impose savings of 2.25% this coming financial year upon schools. Instead, through finding ways of reducing costs at the centre, all primary schools are required to find only 0.14% savings from their budgets – 1/16th of what we would have had to find before. For this school it means our target for 2009/10 is reduced from in excess of £22,000 to around £1,500. Most of you will probably be aware of the efforts the Parent Council have made to reduce the impact of this exercise on schools. Alongside other PCs, your representatives have been making very clear their views on this issue and have been very vocal on your behalf. In saying this, the Education Department has itself been very responsive in trying to ensure “front line” services are maintained at the standards we have become used to and recognition of this is entirely appropriate. In any event – we are all very happy that the worst case scenario has not come to pass and would like to thank everyone for all of the effort that has been made – to our Parent Council and those involved at HQ – to ensure that this outcome has been obtained. School Uniform A few children are turning up to school not wearing school uniform. This is just to remind parents/guardians that it is school policy that uniform be worn, a stance supported by the local authority as well as your own representatives on the former School Board. Children not wearing uniform will be asked by their teachers why this is the case and, if there is no valid reason, will be told that they should come to school wearing it on the next school day. If a child continues to come to school without uniform, the matter will then be referred to a member of the school management team, who will then contact the parent/guardian. # Nearly all = 90% or over, Most = 80% - 89%, Majority = 70% - 79% Clearly, this is a very positive piece of “feedback” indeed and we are all very heartened by it. However, there are some aspects of our work identified by parents where we might do even better. We will attend to these in due course and will ensure that your representatives on the Parent Council are as fully involved as possible and that you are kept up to date with developments via the regular newsletters. New Bike Sheds Gym Kit Just a brief plea to ensure that your child does come equipped for gym when this is scheduled in the timetable, i.e. he/she has appropriate footwear, t-shirt and shorts. If garments are kept in school, then PLEASE make arrangements for them to go home regularly for a wash! We now have planning consent through for these! We had hoped to have them erected during the February break, but the consent came through too late for that. Instead, we hope they are going to be put up during the Easter holidays. Parental Consultations The next round of these are due to take place on Wednesday, 25th of March. Due to the expected large take – up, however, we are also arranging an alternative date for Monday, 30th March. A letter regarding this will go home on Monday , 9 of March – so look out for this in your child‟s school bag! th Cycling Proficiency An exciting opportunity has presented itself........................... Scottish Cycle Training! Yes, it could be for you. When - Wed 1 April 4pm-6pm Where – King‟s Meadow Primary School (very handy!) We are looking for volunteers to undergo this training and then to use it to join in with the cycle training course that is run for P6 pupils during term 4. The course commitment is probably 5/6 after school sessions. This is a very popular training course for the pupils and we expect a large number will want to participate- we need you! Just think about all those lovely sunny afternoons outside. Dutch Visitors We are expecting around a dozen visitors from Holland to visit King‟s Meadow next week. They will also be visiting other schools in the Haddington area. The purpose of their visit is to see how Scottish schools monitor / evaluate themselves and maintain standards by setting targets. They will be in classrooms as part of their visit and probably will have a chat to some of the children! Bond Night Disco Well done to everyone on the PTA for organising this event for the Primary 6 and 7 children. There were fun and games as well as a surprise guest in the shape of our very own James „Arnold‟ Bond. DJ Mrs Gibbons entertained us all with her games and jokes. We would like to thank her. Everybody had fabulous outfits and a great time. Everyone had one token to start off with, they could win them by dancing and winning games. Although a couple of toy guns where taken off a couple of children, we all behaved well. There was also a James Bond quiz and design your own James Bond outfit or car. We all had a great time. Please let us know ASAP Thanks Ms Nelson Dalguise ‘09 Our P7s are due to go to their annual outdoor adventure experience on Monday 16th of March, returning on Friday 20th. They will get up to all the usual challenging activities such as: Zip Wire, Giant Swing; Sequoia Scramble; The Trapeze…and all of the rest. Travel to and from Dalguise will be by coach. Buses will be leaving on the 16th March at 9.30am from the designated coach park to the north of the school, immediately adjacent to the boundary wall between the school and the Council buildings. The journey takes approximately 2 hours. Lunch will be provided on arrival. The children will arrive back at the same point at approximately 11.30am on Friday 20th March. Parents and carers should collect children from inside the P7 playground at this time. Needless to say those going are all looking forward to it immensely and no doubt will return with many a tale to tell! By Hannah Green and Rachel Watson P6A. P4 Newsletter Primary 4 have continued learning about the Celts, including how they lived and what they believed in. The children are also using their knowledge to write a diary entry as a Celtic child. I ate my porridge and rushed out of the door carrying an empty basket. I ran to the field. It was quite warm but there was still a breeze in the air. I gathered lots of corn. It was very hard. I could see over the long grass blowing in the breeze. Alice Craven 4A The next part of the topic involves learning about the Romans. We have started practising for our Spring Assembly. This will be on Tuesday 31st March at 11am. Nearer the time you will receive a letter about tickets for this spectacular event. We hope you can make it along. P6/7 Newsletter Hockey Festival The P6 Hockey Festival has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, March 18. It will take place at Neilson Park from 10.00-12.00, weather permitting. Holocaust Memorial Day Project 6A and 6/7A are still working on this. Leah Robb has shown the children the photos they have taken, and Dr Colin Will intends to finish the writing element soon. The exhibition will be displayed to the public in Haddington, during April. It will then move to the Brunton Theatre, before going to the Prestongrange Museum until October. We don't yet know the Haddington venue, but we will let you know as soon as we can. Tam O'Shanter Contacts As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school Telephone: 01620822177 Fax: 01620826693 E-mail: http://edubuzz.org/blogs/kingsmeadow/ The Acting Director of Education, Mr Don Ledingham, entertained the P7s with his own very original take on Robert Burns' famous poem. The children really enjoyed the performance, and Mr Ledingham was very impressed with both their behaviour and their knowledge of the poem. A video of the performance has been uploaded on to our Edubuzz website, if you would like to see it. It is definitely worth seeing!