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					                        Chesham Primary School Ne wslett er                                        September 2010 – Issue 1

Welcome to the school year 2010–2011. We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday -
despite the rain! I said last year that we should move our holidays to June in future to
      benefit from the best of the sunshine – it would be a good idea wouldn’t it?
 Newsletters are issued monthly, around the first of each month and sent to you with
          your eldest child: if you don’t receive one – please check their bags.

  1. Uniform
   It is always lovely to see the children arrive with their new shoes and uniforms in September. If
     you wish to order further items of uniform, please contact Mrs. Heron. As lo ng as payment is
     received with an order, we have many items of uniform in stock for you to take home
   The wearing of make up (especially nail varnish) or je wellery (particularly necklaces or
     dangly earrings) by children is not permitted in school (Please see disclaimer at the end of
     this letter). Similarly we do not permit „outlandish‟ hairstyles such as patterns cut into hair
     or Mohicans during te rm time.
   As part of our uniform, boys must wear plain black or grey socks, while girls need white socks
     or black tights. A copy of the full uniform requirements is in our 2010 school prospectus. If you
     need an up to date copy, please ask at the school office or look on the school website
   Ple as e label all items of clothing and other belongings with your child’s name. If anything is
     lost in school, it is impossible to trace it otherwise. There is always a huge amount of unclaimed
     lost property.
  2.   P.E. / Games kit
      All children should have their P.E. kit in school from Monday to Friday in a P.E. bag.
      P.E. kits comprise a plain white T-shirt, black shorts and pumps or bare feet.
      All junior children also need an outdoor games kit, including trainers, in school. As colder
       weather approaches, a tracksuit is a good idea.
  3. „Sports‟ Clubs
   These begin week beginning Monday 20th September on their respective days from 3.30 to 4.30
   Children will be bringing a letter home to indicate they wish to join a club. Please sign and
     return this to school to confirm that they have your permission.
   For this term clubs are as follows: Tuesday: Y5/6 Football
                                                           Family Gardening club (fortnightly)
                                              Wednesday KS2 Art club
                                              Thurs day : Y5/6 Netball/ Y3/4 multi-skills
                                              Friday:     Y6 Badminton
                                                           Y3/4 football
     At Dinnertimes, School Choir practises on Tuesdays; School Council meets on Mondays, Cross
           Country takes place on Wednesday and Fridays, Y5/6 Chess club on Wednesdays and
                                            recorders on Thursdays.
   Except in an emergency, clubs will only be cancelled with at least 24 hours notice. Please
     encourage your child to remain committed once they have signed up. If for any reason they
     cannot attend, they must inform the relevant teacher in person. Please ensure children are
     picked up promptly.
   Mrs. Ainsley will be leading the gardening club this year and it will take place every alternate
    Tuesdays. Children need to be accompanied by an adult member of the family
4. Arrival at school
 Children and parents may wait on the playground before school. Children must arrive by
   8.55 and will be supervised by a teacher from 8.45 a.m. Parents, please be as quiet as possible
   when the whistle is blown so that children can hear instructions from the teacher on duty. Thank
 All children must be collected by 3.30 p.m. unless they are attending an after school club or
 In line with existing policy, pare nts must ring school to inform us if your child will not be in
   school for any reason on the first day of absence. If a child does not arrive in school and we
   have no explanation, we will be ringing emergency contact numbers to ascertain the reason
   why. A letter explaining your child’s absence should also be sent with your child on their return
   to school for our records.
 KS1 and KS2 children should all now have the independence to come into school on their own.
   Parents, please avoid coming into the building at the beginning or end of the school day; if you
   do need to speak to a teacher, please come to the main office to make an appointment.
5. Breakfast/Afte r School Club
 If you wish to enrol your child full time, or part time, in the school breakfast club, please
   contact school for an enrolment form. The club runs from 8.00 – 8.45 a.m. each morning and is
   supervised by members of the school staff. The cost is £2.50 per child per day, payable, in
   advance, on a Monday morning.
 Our after school club begins on Thursday 2nd September and is open to all children to provide
   after school care up to 5.25 p.m. each day. If you require a place for your child for part, or all of
   the week, please contact our Play Leader, Emma Marsh, directly on 07919566660. The cost, per
   day, remains at £5.00.
6. Important Dates/Trips
 You will shortly be receiving a diary of dates for the year. Please keep it in a safe place! As far
   as possible, we will stick to the dates, although occasionally circumstances beyond our control
   may cause alterations.
 Some important dates to highlight are:
   Thurs day 16th September – Class 8 theatre workshop production of Macbeth.
   Friday 17th Septembe r – Welcome Assembly for Reception children, 9.05 a.m.
   w.b Monday 20th Septembe r – After school clubs begin.
   Tuesday 21st September – Individual school photographs.
   w.b. Monday 27th Septembe r – Y6 Cycle course begins.
   Tuesday 28th September - Governor‟s meeting 6.00 p.m.
   Wednesday 29th September – Reception parents meeting: “Reading at home” 2.30 p.m.
   Thurs day 30th September – Class 7 theatre workshop production: A Midsumme r
                                                                                  Night‟s Dream
   Thurs day 14th October – Harvest Festival.
   Residential Trips: We always aim for value, interest and excitement with our trips, whilst
   paying attention to ensuring the safety and security of the children going of course.
 Years 5 and 6 are being given the opportunity to go to London. We shall be staying at Bethany
   House, near Guildford, from Friday until Monday (May 27 th – 30th ) and aim to include a
   London tour, a ride on the London Eye, a theatre trip, a day at Legoland and a day of on-site
   activities. The all- inclusive cost of this trip is approximately £220.
 Meanwhile Years 3 and 4 will be offered the chance to go to Boreatton Park in Shropshire from
   Friday to Sunday (15th – 17th April). Activities will be largely outdoors within beautiful grounds
   around the ‘mansion’ & all activities take place on site. This trip will cost approximately £150.
       Key Stage 2 parents will receive a letter shortly confirming details, requesting deposits and
       giving you the chance to reserve a place for your child.
   7. Money
    Please help us with our dinner money! It is £9.25 per week, payable on Mondays by cheque,
      or exact cash, please. We do not have change facilities in school.
    It would be helpful to us if you could write the name of your child & their class on the back of
      any cheques sent into school.
   8. Parent Helpers
    Have you any time to spare? If you have, whether it is regular or occasional, please contact Mrs.
      McElroy as soon as possible! We can always use your help whether it is with computers,
      cooking, hearing readers, librarian …. or whatever you can offer!
   9. Emergency Contact Forms
    Please ensure that we have up to date contact addresses, telephone &, especially, mobile
   10. Healthy School
    Any child who requires an inhaler with them at school must bring it in its’ labelled box and
       leave it with their class teacher during the day.
    Children can bring fresh fruit or vegetables to school to enjoy as a break time snack. We
       provide our infant children with fresh fruit or vegetables every day. The Frutilicious Tuck Shop
       opens every morning break where juniors can purchase a healthy snack at 25 pence per item.
    Every child has a labelled water bottle, which is to be taken home at night, filled with water and
       brought into school each day. Bottles are available to the children throughout the day should
       they need a drink. We only allow water to be drunk during the day, including at break times,
       however at dinner times children may bring non- fizzy drinks in plastic containers as part of
       their packed lunch. Please do not send s weets or chocolate as part of your child‟s packed
    New children will be given a water bottle, please encourage them to look after them! If your
       child’s bottle is lost, we have a few replacements in school available at £2 each.

   11. Reading Books
    Please support us by encouraging your child to read at home every night and looking after their
       books, especially the new ones!

   12. Privacy Notice
    All parents will be receiving the usual student data forms which may requiring updating –
       please return these to school as soon as possible. In addition, updated privacy notices will be
       sent to new parents: if any existing parent requires one, they are available from the school

   13. Non-uniform day - Pakistan Flood Appeal
    On Friday September 24th , we are inviting our children to come to school in their own clothes in
       return fro donations towards the Pakistani flood appeal following the torrential rain and ensuing

As you know, there is heightened awareness around many health and safety issues. We always try to
remain sensible about what we enforce and pass on to you, but ask you to support us in those that we
                                       have to. Thank you.

From time to time we take photographs or film children engaged in educational or school related
   activities. We allow parents to do the same during assemblies and school productions. This
material is strictly for display on the school website or around school and is never used for wide r
distribution without individual parental permission. If you do not wish us to photograph or
                      film your child you must inform us in writing.
                              AND RETURN IT TO SCHOOL:
       (Any child wearing earrings to school will have to remove them before partaking in P.E. or
                               games without this completed slip.)

   I give permission for my child _______________________________ (child‟s name) to join in
 physical activity at school whilst wearing their earrings & accept that the school cannot be held
                             responsible for any injury caused by this.
                             Signed _____________________________________ (Parent/Guardian)