Information from Mrs Driver

Just a few things to draw to your attention before the end of term:

Please ensure ALL children are in the playground before the bell goes at 8.45am. We have noticed a few running in late. They are the ones who get into trouble yet we know in many cases it is parents’ fault that children are late. Please help your child by ensuring they get into school on time.

At the end of the day please discourage your child from climbing the trees bordering the lane and the school site. I have had a number of complaints from bystanders and the trees are definitely not in a great condition for climbing. Also please think carefully about where you park in the roads around the school. Please don’t park on the corner of Bowman’s Avenue, it blocks views from people crossing the road and it is an accident waiting to happen! We also have problems with children playing on the outdoor apparatus at the end of the day. Please keep your children with you and don’t allow them to play where there is no supervision.

On Wednesday 16th July at 9.00, we would like to offer all parents the opportunity of coming into school to meet their child’s new class teacher for about 20 minutes. We recognise that there are parents who do not know their child’s new teacher and this will be an ideal opportunity for you to put a face to a name. However, if you know the teacher your child will be working with, you may feel there is no need for you to attend. Both Mrs Waite and Mr Maranian will be in school on these mornings. By then you will, of course, have received the letter telling you how the school will be structured next year and which class your child will be in!

We will hold a whole school assembly for the pupils on that morning so that the teachers will be free to be in their rooms to meet parents. However, this is not the time to speak on an individual basis about your child. If you would like to talk separately to the teacher an appointment needs to be made through the school office in September.

The teachers will use this opportunity to give a very rough outline of some of the curriculum areas we will be covering, some of the trips classes have planned and possibly any particular equipment a certain year group might need.

On this occasion we are not asking for reply slips as we understand that work commitments might mean you do not know until the last minute. Therefore please feel free to just turn up. If you have more than one child we would suggest that you visit one class and then at about 9.20 just pop to see the other teacher to introduce yourself.

In order to assist with your future planning here is a reminder of the academic year dates for 2014 – 2015.

• Autumn Term 2014

Monday 1st September 2014 – INSET Day – School closed to pupils

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – Term Begins

(Half-term: Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October 2014)

Friday 28th November 2014 – Occasional Day – School Closed

Monday 1st December 2014 – INSET Day – School closed to pupils

Friday 19th December 2014 – Term Ends

• Spring Term 2015

Monday 5th January 2015 – INSET Day – School closed to pupils

Tuesday 6th January 2015 – Term Begins

(Half-term: Monday 16th February to Friday 20th February 2015)

Thursday 2nd April 2015 – Term Ends

• Summer Term 2015

Monday 20th April 2015 – INSET Day – School closed to pupils

Tuesday 21st April 2015 – Term Begins

Monday 4th May 2015 – Bank Holiday

(Half-Term: Monday 25h May 2015 to Friday 29th May 2015)

Wednesday 22nd July 2015 – Term and Year Closes

There will be another INSET Day to be arranged during the academic year, most likely in the summer term. You will be notified as soon as this date is set.

Please remember we are not able to authorise absences for holidays and all absences impact negatively upon your child’s education.

I look forward to seeing you at some of the events during the last few weeks but in the meantime, as always, if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Mary Driver