HMS News - December 3rd - 2010

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					                                                                       Issue No. 1294


     HMS                                                                   HMS
                                                                     3rd December 2010
                                                                 Holmemead Middle School,
                                                              Mead End, Biggleswade.SG18 8JU

    NEWS                                                                  NEWS
                                                                   Tel/Fax: 01767 318123
                                                   E-mail: holmemeadmiddle@schools.bedfordshire.gov.uk
                                                                www.holmemeadschool.co.uk




          Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for this years
         Panto on Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th December 2010

                        Tickets are available at the
                 school office and are £2.50 each or £8.00
                        for a family of four ticket.
                       The show starts at 7.00pm sharp!




Central Bedfordshire Council have just launched a new system for parents to check the status of
schools. Once registered, you will be able to receive an immediate email alert to let you know if the
status of the school has changed. The new system also shows:

•   Up to the minute status school transport routes
•   has the ability to register so you are emailed as soon as a status
    changes
•   gives up to date highways status reports
•   has the ability to sort schools by name, type, status and last update
•   gives an explanation of why the school has closed
•   Winter weather - news, advice and information

If you would like to sign up then please visit: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/webApps/SOS
and register. This system will be used by the school in conjunction with the Parent Hotline, School
website, VLE email and the school answer phone systems already in place to notify you of a closure.

    Please remember, if there is no update to the status of the school then the school will be
        open as usual. We only update any of the systems we use if our status changes



Please don’t forget the school has introduced the Parent Hotline - a very useful “one number” telephone service,
          that will help you keep up-to-date with any new school information. This could include closures (should
          they occur), events and trips throughout the year, or lets you go through to the school office. If there is
                   no change to the status of the school we will not leave a message on the parent hotline.
Apologies to all parents and carers that we omitted to include the definition of the attainment levels for this
years reports on the letter we sent to you. These should help you understand your child's report and their
performance and are as follows:
Definition of Attainment Levels for Year 5
Attainment Targets are a measure of achievement against National Curriculum criteria.

  Level 4   If your child achieves a level 4 by the end of this academic year, then they will have performed at
            a higher standard than the national expectation.
  Level 3   If your child achieves a level 3a by the end of this academic year, then they will have performed at
            the national expectation.
  French    Levels do not conform to normal patterns as pupils only begin to learn French on entry to middle
            school. Typical achievement in Year 5 is level 1.


Definition of Attainment Levels for Year 6
Attainment Targets are a measure of achievement against National Curriculum criteria.

  Level 5   If your child achieves a level 5 by the end of this academic year, then they will have performed at
            a higher standard than the national expectation.
  Level 4   If your child achieved a level 4b by the end of this academic year, then they will have performed at
            the national expectation.
  French    Levels do not conform to normal patterns as pupils only begin to learn French on entry to middle
            school. Typical achievement in Year 6 is level 2 - 3.


Definition of Attainment Levels for Year 7
Attainment Targets are a measure of achievement against National Curriculum criteria.

  Level     If your child achieves a level greater than 5c by the end of this academic year, then they will
  5c        have performed at higher standard than the national expectation.
  Level     If your child achieves a level 5c by the end of this academic year, then they will have performed
  5c        at the national expectation.
  French    Levels do not conform to normal patterns as pupils only begin to learn French on entry to
            middle school. Typical achievement in Year 7 is level 3 - 4.




Definition of Attainment Levels for Year 8
Attainment Targets are a measure of achievement against National Curriculum criteria.

  Level 6   If your child has achieved a level 6 or greater by the end of this academic year, then they will
            have performed at a higher standard than the national expectation.
  Level 5   If your child has achieved a level 5a by the end of this academic year, then they will have
            performed at the national expectation.
  French    Levels do not conform to normal patterns as pupils only begin to learn French on entry to
            middle school. Typical achievement in Year 8 is level 4 - 5.



                                  Sub-levels of Attainment for all years
To show progress, each level is broken down to sub-levels which mean the following:


  Sub level a      Your child worked at the higher end of this level
  Sub level b      Your child worked at a secure mid-point at this level
  Sub level c      Your child established themselves at this level
   House             Merits    Points        R/T
   Red               146          4          27
   Yellow            131          3          23
                                                        •    I am a three digit number
   Green             120           2         31         •    I am an odd number
   Blue              103          1          21         •    I can be divided exactly by 5
                                                        •    Each of my digits is different
                                                        •    My digits add up to 8
                                                        •    The tens digit is smaller than the hundreds
                                                             digit
                                                        •    I am less than 300
                                                        •    I have one even digit

                                                                              Who am I?

                        Well done to everyone who
                       helped to raise money for this
                                                        Last weeks answer: 31
                         years ‘Children in Need’.
                        We raised a grand total of
                                                                           Square = 7
                                £581.47                                    Triangle = 9
                        A big thank you to everyone                        Circle = 12
                         who supported the event.                          Arrow = 3




We have recently placed on the website two documents which may help
you support your child in English and Maths. They give details about
what each Level means and what can be done to help reach the next
Level. They are both available in a PDF format and can be found on the
website under ‘School Information’ and then ‘Information for Parents.’

In addition, we will soon be adding to the same section, the 2009 SATs
English papers which our Year 6 pupils took recently as a practice. This
may give you a flavour of the sort of things they have to do.
The ‘real’ papers will be the same in terms of format and will
be taken during the week beginning Monday 9th May Unlike
                                                  May.
during the practice papers, pupils will not be able to sit them
at a later date if they are absent.

Many thanks, Mr Greenhall




Please see the letter on the reverse for revised end of school
            arrangements on the last day of term.

                   Friday 17th December
                                                                       Headteacher:
                                                                       Mr S. C. Phillips
                                                                       Mead End, Biggleswade,
                                                                       Beds, SG18 8JU
                                                                       Tel/Fax: 01767 318123
                                                                       E-mail: holmemeadmiddle@
                                                                       schools.bedfordshire.gov.uk
                                                                       Web: http://www.holmemeadschool.co.uk

     A Specialist Maths and Computing School

_____________________________________________________________________
Friday 3rd December 2010
Arrangements for the end of term: Friday 17th December 2010

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to advise you of our revised arrangements for the last day of term on Friday 17th December.

The school day will begin as usual at 8.45 a.m. however, we are aiming to complete the formal school day, in line with our
feeder upper school, Stratton, at 2.30pm.

Lunchtime will run as usual with the shortened afternoon session consisting of:

    A reflective Form Time session to allow all pupils to focus on their individual and collective progress and success
        during the last term.
    A celebration assembly, bringing the whole school together to celebrate and share these successes and the festive
        season.
We do appreciate however that there may be cases where there are issues of supervision for your child between 2.30pm
and 3.30pm, our usual finish time. Where this is the case we will, of course, make provision within school for them to
remain with us until the usual finish time of 3.30pm. Should you wish to take advantage of this arrangement please
complete the form below and return to your son/daughter’s form tutor at your earliest opportunity, and in any case no later
than Wednesday 15th December and we will ensure suitable arrangements are put in place.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the new school term begins on Wednesday 5th January 2010 and to
thank you for your continued support this year. On behalf of all the staff here at Holmemead I wish you a very safe and
happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Yours sincerely




Mr S C Phillips
Headteacher



Arrangements for the end of term: Friday 17th December 2010

Please complete the form below if you would like your child to remain in school until 3.30p.m. on Friday 17th December
2010.

Name of student: _____________________________________ Form: ______________

I would like my son/daughter to stay in school until 3.30p.m. where he/she will be supervised by a member of staff.

Signed: ____________________________ Date: ___________________


_____________________________________________________________________
                          Holmemead Middle School is a member of the ‘Biggleswade Commu-
                                         nity Union of Schools’ (B.C.U.S.)

				
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