HORN’S MILL SCHOOL MILL WEEKLY Issue number 495 – 7th March2008 Support our school shop online at www. easyfundraising.org.uk Golden Table Please do not permit your child to Children who sat at the Golden Table this week wear jewellery to school. were – Hannah Warren, Sophie Parkin, Thomas The only exceptions are: Taylor, Georgia Bartlett, Andrew Wiggins, Georgia A small, plain wrist watch, where the Aston-Massey, Olivia Bellion and Rachel Jones. child is old enough to be able to take Congratulations to them all! this off and store it safely for PE Plain stud earrings where a child needs Daffodils to wear these all the time whilst recent We have been selling daffodils on behalf of the ear piercings are healing and settling. Marie Curie Cancer Care Appeal. We have now totally sold out of these, having sold three whole Earrings should not be worn otherwise. boxes! Thank you very much for your fantastic support with this! Please note that if a child who has had their ears pierced recently cannot take part in Extended Schools Programme practical PE lessons unless parents tape the As part of our extended schools programme we are earrings over with plasters or micropore tape. hoping to offer parents, grandparents etc evening This is a parental responsibility and school classes through an Adult Education provider. staff are not permitted to do this for you. These will take place in our new mobile building. At Staff cannot take earrings out and put them the moment we are continuing to look at the back in. Parents should also note that the interest such classes might generate. If you are taping of the ear lobe is not as safe as not keen to take part in any of the courses below, wearing earrings altogether. please contact the school office for further Thus parents in this situation will need to liaise information. with the class teacher concerning those days 4 week course on bead jewellery making on which practical PE activity takes place. We 4 week introduction to digital cameras cannot permit the child to take part unless 4 week introduction to Word parents support us in this way. 4 week introduction to e-mail and the Whilst adults are permitted to wear jewellery is internet school as they are responsible for their own 4 week introduction to computers Health and Safety and can make their own All these courses will be run free of charge. As considered choices, until children become soon as we know if classes are going ahead, we adults the school must put measures in place will get back to you. to protect them under its Health and Safety remit. Parents may also like to know that no Jewellery in school member of staff is permitted to teach PE either There seems to be a tendency at the moment for with jewellery in place, for the same reasons of “bling” to be appearing in school amongst the safety. children, especially the older ones! This is no If ears must be pierced, a suggestion from me longer a “girl matter” either! Whilst such self- which you might want to consider is to avoid having expression is admirable in the right circumstances, the ears pierced until the long summer holiday I have been talking to the children about what our when the piercing will have healed sufficiently for school policy says on the subject, as there are the earrings to be taken out for the school day- considerations of safety and practicality about the they can be worn when the child returns home. wearing of jewellery to school. I am thus passing No necklaces, chains or bracelets should be this on to parents too. worn please, again for reasons of safety. Thank you for your co-operation in this important matter. Year 5 Fun Fair Fire Engine Visit Thank you for supporting Year 5 with their Fun Fair A fire engine from Cheshire Fire Service visited which was held last Friday – they raised a fantastic Reception class last week. The children were told £86.23 – well done! how to keep safe in the event of a fire and about the importance of having smoke detectors in the World Book Day home. Afterwards, they had a look at the fire We had a fantastic day yesterday celebrating engine and watched a demonstration of the fire World Book Day! No doubt you witnessed yourself hoses! the wonderful costumes children came to school in! Cheshire Fire Service would like to inform all I would like to begin by thanking parents for the parents that they offer a free Home Safety time and effort they put in with this event - it was an Assessment which includes the fitting of smoke amazing sight to behold! alarms. If you would like to benefit from this I had the very difficult task of being asked to act as service, please call 0800 389 0053 to book a visit. Judge for the Fancy Dress Parade of Book Characters which started the school day- what a Easter Lunch job, it was practically impossible! I did manage to Your child will have brought home with them pick out a winner for each class- but all the tonight a menu for the Easter Meal that will take costumes were splendid, really. These were the place on Wednesday 19th March. This meal is for ones picked out: pupils only, but watch this space I am sure that Reception Jessie Furnival after this week’s success, Mrs Siddley will be Year 1 Scott Parker inviting parents into school for lunch again soon! Year 2 Emily Doherty Year 3 Fay Walden Easter Bingo Year 4 Joe Davies A date for your diary is Thursday 13th March, Year 5 Richard Jones when the Friends will hold an Easter Bingo. Doors Year 6 Sophie Parker open at 6.30pm and eyes down at 6.45pm. Entry is Well done to them! £1.50 for adults and £1.00 for children; this We also did an activity to Match the Book to the includes one strip of bingo cards. Extra sheets will Props, where teachers had left some articles be available at £1.00 per strip. There will be Easter suggesting a book title, and the children had to pair Egg prizes for a line, 2 lines and a full house. those articles with the book. The highest scoring Refreshments will also be available. Please do child in each class was the winner! These were: come along and join us if you can! Reception Ben McCleary Year 1 Gracia Hoey School Council Fundraising Year 2 Robert Crank Our very keen school council are raising funds for th Year 3 Thomas West the School Fund next Friday, 14 March, during the Year 4 Grace Phillips school breaks. Mid Morning there will be a Penalty Year 5 Ellessa Cambourne-Paynter Shoot Out on the school yard, and in the afternoon Year 6 Alice Evans (and this I will have to see…) there is a 15 minute Well done to you also! Sponsored Silence! We also had our annual 11.00am Reading Aloud Forms have already gone out I believe, as the session, where we stop and the children go off to children are very, very keen, but his is just to let hear an adult read a book of their choice. This is you know this is a bone fide school event much enjoyed, with children sometimes hearing an organised by the School Councillors themselves to excerpt from an unfamiliar book which they might add interest to breaktimes and to raise some want to go on to read themselves later. We had a welcome money, so do please permit your child to record number of parents taking part by reading a support them if you can! book to children this year, which gave a fantastic amount of choice. Thank you for joining in! Road Safety Assembly The day was also enhanced by a World Book Day On Tuesday, PCSO Chris Maddocks led assembly Lunch, to which parents were invited. This year we where the children discussed with him the issue of served a record 166 lunches on World Book Day! safe car parking on Denbigh Close. The children Thank you all so much for coming along, and a have raised this issue and their concern about very big thank you to our Kitchen Staff, Freda injury to pupils for some time now, with Year 5 in Siddley and new recruit Vicky Fletcher, who coped fact writing to the Prime Minister and to the marvellously well with the aid of colleagues Paula Department for Transport to register their and Tracey from CBS Catering. concerns. I should emphasise that although you So all in all, a great day! Thank you once again for are aware of my concerns on this as Headteacher, your support! this is a matter the children have raised themselves. We must listen to their fears. They discussed with Chris that cars are: I wish you all a good weekend! Parked on the pavement, blocking the way Reversed without care which frightens them Anne Doughton as they fear being squashed Headteacher Parked on the corner of the road so clear view is blocked Chris gave them a challenge to create a poster or a parking ticket for use outside the school which would remind drivers about appropriate parking. I hope that if your child has brought this home to attempt, you will support them with it - there is a closing date of next Wednesday and a prize will be offered for the best one as judged by Chris himself. The thing we have to face I am afraid is that the things the children are describing are done by parents of children in school. I know that the vast majority of parents do park with regard to safety and courtesy to neighbours and I thank them for their commitment to this. We still cannot afford to be complacent though and we must, as I say, listen to what the children are saying and consider our actions, all of us. Slapped Cheek Syndrome Please note that there have been a few cases of Slapped Cheek Syndrome amongst our younger children. This is a mild virus which can cause a characteristic red rash on the cheeks (hence its name). However, the virus is rather more serious if caught by expectant mothers. If your child displays symptoms of this virus, please would you keep them away from school and inform their class teacher or the school office. National Science Week A message from Mrs Williams: Today starts National Science Week. Last plea for any parent helpers to come into school to talk to the children about their work or hobby involving science. There are many events being held at museums and science centres locally. Enjoy! Achievement Awards Congratulations to the following children who were awarded certificates this week– Bronze – Robson Mackay. Silver- Amy Cartwright, Sophie Parkin, Daniel Burnett, Ellessa Cambourne-Paynter, Lauren West, Ben Jones and Helena Wan. Gold – Oliver Doherty, Connor Hughes, Amy Green, Georgia Aston-Massey, Holly Bebbington, Abbie Hayes, Jake Hulse, Jack Orton, Grace Phillips, Samantha Pritchard and Jason Wong. Super-Gold – Lauren Lee, Megan McEveley, Dominic Jones, Gareth Huxford, Carrie Hyde, Kieran Santry, Hannah Warren, Chloe Bate, Mia Bellion, Ryan Bond, Emily Clayton, Chloe Goodier and Luke Maddock.