Information from Mrs Driver

As another academic year draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the support and involvement you have given the school this year.

Once again we have had a very successful year. It has been wonderful to move into our new teaching block and to make use of all the new facilities. It has taken us the year to decide what ‘extra’ things we need in the new environment and we now have new playground markings, decoration on the walls and media walls with touch screen TVs in all the classes. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this possible, to the SPA for their amazing work in raising funds for the school and to our Year 6 leavers who have had our wonderful Reading Tree painted and added to our school library with books and cushions. 

We have ended the year on a high; our end of key stage results exceeded both Herts and National percentages and we have met great success on the sports field in all sports, but especially cricket and lacrosse. Thank you to all the staff for their tireless work on behalf of the school and for helping to make William Ransom what it is. 

If your child has an inhaler or any other prescribed medication which is kept in school please ensure it is taken home for the holidays and that it is returned in September with an appropriate shelf life! 
Please collect any other medicines from the school office before Friday.

Music lessons
All peripatetic music lessons will start the week beginning 11th September so please ensure, where appropriate, children have their instruments in school. At the moment it is looking like Brass & Recorder – Tuesdays, Guitar – Wednesday and Violin – Friday . All brass, recorder and violin lessons take place in school time. Beginners guitar is in school time with intermediate players having lessons after school. A more detailed timetable will be issued by the teachers once the groupings have been fully established.

Those of you who came to Madagascar this week will have seen the remarkable talent many of our pupils have on the stage. Their performances were outstanding and we were really proud of all of them. 
I am delighted to be able to tell you that we raised £642.20 to be sent to Keech Cottage Hospice and Save the Children. This will be matched funded by one of our parents which means the charities receive this amount each. This is wonderful so thank you to everyone who contributed.

Mr Burrows
Today has been Mr Burrows last day. I am sure you will all join me in wishing him a long and happy retirement; he will be greatly missed by all of us at William Ransom.

As we are approaching the end of the school year and the holidays may be a time when you are purchasing new uniform, I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to give you a reminder of what we expect with school uniform:

White shirt
Classic styled grey trousers or shorts (Not cut offs or combats)
Red tie / Striped tie KS2
Black or grey shoes (not trainers)
Red Jumper
Dark socks

White blouse / shirt
Grey skirt or pinafore dress
Red cardigan / jumper
Red tie / Striped tie KS2 (optional)
Sensible shoes / sandals (no raised heels or soles, not open toed, must have a strap to secure fastening) in grey, red or black 
Dress in red and white check in conventional school style 
Classic styled grey trousers (optional) 
White socks – not trainer socks

All of these items can be bought through the uniform shop at school at competitive prices and the jumpers and cardigans will all have the school logo on them. If in any doubt, please ask before you buy. 

Hair should be clean and neat and cut in a reasonable style. ‘Hi-fashion’ styles are not allowed. Girls with long hair should tie this back for safety. Hairbands should be plain and in the School colours. Boys’ hair should be kept short and not longer than the base of the shirt collar. Please use the summer break as an ideal time for children to have their hair cut! 

Indoor PE kit should include shorts and short sleeved t-shirt in red and/or white. Plimsolls are needed for walking to and from the hall and certain activities. These should be kept in a small drawstring bag. 

Outdoor PE kit should include tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt/tracksuit. They need a change of socks and trainers, plimsolls are used for indoor lessons. All of this outdoor kit should be in school colours, but we include black as this is relatively easy to purchase. The children will work outside in cold and damp weather so these items of clothing need to be warm and they need to fit. If pupils are going out representing the school they will be expected to wear appropriate clothing. We are selling school sweatshirts and tracksuit bottoms which would be ideal. 

Due to the severe shortage of space in our cloakroom areas we ask that large bags are not sent to school for any reason, including those for holding games kit. The smallest and most pliable bag suitable for items children regularly carry is the ideal. 

All possessions, especially clothes and shoes, should be clearly marked with the owner’s name. This is vital. It is impossible for items without a name to be returned to the children and it wastes an enormous amount of our time. 

A waterproof art apron is required for art activities. Elastic in the cuffs is advisable with Velcro at back. 

The Health & Safety advice to all schools is that NO body jewellery should be allowed in school because of the inherent dangers to personal safety and also the safety of others. The medical advice to us is that pierced ears are perfectly safe to be left, without earrings, during the day and can be fitted with them on return home. Additionally we are advised that if any girl is going to have her ears pierced, then it is recommended that this is done at the beginning of the summer break to allow time for healing. I should add that there will be no exceptions to this rule.

We look forward to welcoming the pupils back to school on Tuesday 5th September. 

I trust you all have an enjoyable summer break!

Yours sincerely
Mary Driver