addition please remember your views are always welcome and can
be given in person, via the parent suggestion box at the top of
the hill or through our web site
You should have received a flyer detailing some of the books available but there are many more, it is worth coming up after school for a good browse.
To mark this celebratory time of year Key Stage 1 children will be performing Harvest songs for the school on Friday 6th October in an assembly where we are asking for food donations for the local Foodbank.
Further details of the foodstuffs that would be
welcomed are described later in this newsletter.
All parents are welcome.
Children can go home from Church with a parent or will be escorted back to the school for the end of the school day.
Finally there will be a final reprise of the Harvest songs for Harrington 'Over 55's' on Thursday 12th.
Photos of the event and all the finalists are in the film and photo gallery of our web site as well as the details of the knockout.
The final took place between Alfie and Charlie, who are brothers, and Charlie won.
Summer 'Extreme' Reading Challenge
There is a video of some of the emailed photos that can be seen on our web site and some are being made into canvas prints that will soon adorn the waiting area at the Office.
Non Uniform Day
proceeds will be shared equally between genetic disorder
charities and the school fund.
We are asking for a £1 donation towards discos and refreshments.
The non-uniform day after that will be on the 17th November for Children in Need and on the 24th November for the Christmas Fair (chocolate or bottles!).
Further information about these 2
events will be in November's newsletter.
Use of Apps & Social Media
Disturbingly we had an incident last month involving the misuse of an app called 'Tango' with inappropriate messages being shared between a group of children.
An additional concern with this app and similar
ones is that groups aren't 'closed' and outsiders and
undesirables can join and cyber stalk the children.
There is an important reason for this as children under this age do not have the emotional maturity or social awareness of how to use them properly.
Anything written is never deleted and could come back to haunt your child later in life.
We understand that you may be under pressure from your children to allow them access to these apps (e.g. Snapchat) or sites such as Facebook and Instagram but please dissuade them and tell them Mr Warbrick has said 'no'.
Childhood is a very special phase in life and it should last as long as possible and not be shortened through accessing adult media.
Uniform & Clothing Grants
The online application process is now held within the Citizen's portal where parents and guardians can also complete the school admissions process.
The link is below or you
can use the QR code above.
or type "Cumbria Citizen's porta"l into a search engine. Once
registered the site is easy to use.
Cycle Helmet Scheme
Cycle helmets in a range of colours can be ordered over the next 2 weeks from the School Office.
Helmets can be ordered in the following sizes: 54-58 cms or 58-61 cms or toddler size.
They only cost £6 or the new style 'bomber' helmets, again available in different sizes and colours cost £7.
For further information and to view all options please speak with a member of staff in the School Office.
Despicable Me Minion Themed Lunch
THIS Thursday, 5th October, Dolce are going to be having a special Despicable Me Minion Themed Menu!
The menu will include Chicken Nuggets, Pizza, Jacket Potatoes, Chips, Beans, Salad and of course desserts including Chocolate Fudge Cake!!
The themed lunches can be ordered by packed lunch pupils, please let the School office know in good time, and have been calculated to be within nutritional standards over the week's menu.
Champions League Mascot
One of our pupils, Jacob in Year 5, was chosen to be a mascot at the Champions League Game between Celtic and Paris St Germain - a real honour.
Jacob & Neymar were only a few feet apart!
Give Blood - Help Save a Life!
Further details can be found at www.blood.co.uk
Water & Drinks Policy
Fluid is also responsible for moving nutrients around the body and most of the chemical reactions within our cells take place in water.
Our bodies are made of 70 per cent water, with most of our organs and all of our cells counting on fluid to keep them working properly.
Therefore, it is critical to make sure hydration is maintained. To keep the children hydrated the school's policy is:
Autumn Term After School Clubs
Revisewise & SATS Boosters
Please encourage your children to attend as it has proved to really help and support your child through Year 6.
Ms Gorman's SAT boosters after school clubs will begin on Tuesday 3rd October - letters will go out at the curriculum meeting.
School Savings Account
Encourage your child to start saving towards Christmas or for something special they would like and make use of our school savings account facility.
Simply call in at the School Office to open an account if your child does not already have one.
Encourage your children to save towards Christmas.
This month we would be particularly interested in any unwanted wellies or child's waterproofs to enable children to learn outside.
In addition the school would welcome the following:
Thank you in advance for any donations.
Children in Reception and Nursery are entitled to free
milk as are children who are eligible for free school meals and
clothing vouchers (not the universal free meal for all FS & KS1
Due to the administrative burden of checking attendance and the inability to change the order daily unfortunately milk money cannot be refunded for absence.
The fund is donation based (for example the businesses advertising in this newsletter provide donations to this fund) and is used to fund the coaches for sporting events, buy many consumable items and fun activities for the pupils as well as many other things for school that enable us to provide services free of charge.
Please have a ratch down the sofa or anywhere to find some spare money to donate to the school to support all the children.
Please help if you can by donating to this fund. Any donation, however small, would be greatly appreciated! Regular donations are greatly welcomed.
There is no cost to join but a £1.50 levy is charged to cover the cost of refreshments etc.
Beckstone's Extended Services
the Breakfast Club (£3.50 from 7.30am, £3.00 from 8am);
Educare (our popular afternoon child care provision for morning Nursery children) priced £4.50 for the first hour including lunch (£3 for a lunch only option with collection at 12.10pm) and £3 an hour thereafter.
Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer facilities for packed lunches for Nursery children.
The tables below show in more detail how Nursery/Educare funding works which is more complicated since the introduction of the additional 15 hours of entitlement for those who are eligible.
Beckstone Xtra (again
£3.00 an hour) runs from the end of the school day until 5.15pm
The price per hour is only £3 however this may be reviewed later in the year due to rising costs.
Salterbeck Youth Club
New members are always welcome so please encourage your child to be active and join in at the club!
The club starts at 10.30am so make a date in your diaries.
Organisers: Ann Brown, Susan Janulis, Julie Topping and Fiona Woodward
The clothing bank is just inside the main gate. Any sort of clothing/textile or footwear can be donated and in any condition.
Just fill up a bag and deposit in the bank.
The school will benefit from profits made from this recycling opportunity so please don't throw out any clothes, just use the bank and help the children at the school!
The bank is open from early morning until the evening but is locked at night and weekends.
If you are bringing bags by car please come any time before 8.45am or after 9.15am (not at the end of the school day when there are children around) or in the evening up until 7pm.
This is really simple to use and you can visit via our web site by clicking on the 'Shopping Gateway'.
Once on the page all you need to do is click on the logo for
whatever shop you would like to visit.
The site also has a parental information zone.
The school reserves the right to share and
receive information from other agencies that may have had
dealings with your child.
Callers can outline their concerns and the Safeguarding Hub will give advice (consultation) and if necessary undertake an assessment of need.
There is now also an adult NSPCC helpline where any concerned adult can seek advice if they are concerned about a child and would like advice on whether to make a referral. The number to call is:
Just contact the School Office to get in touch with her.
Domestic violence is on the increase and causes terrible harm to
victims and the associated children.
We are working closely with the Police and the school will learn of any incidents in order to support any children whose lives are affected by any incidents.
These are placed within the newsletter at relevant points to give you quick access to websites mentioned.
All you have to do is 'Install a free QR code reader' to your phone/tablet, just search the App/Play store using 'QR', and simply scan the code.
Why not try downloading it and scan this code and see if it works. It should take you directly to our school web site.
Walk to School
Children will receive dinosaur related goodies if they walk to school at least once a week over this term.
Please support your child in trying to achieve this and the benefits are fitter people, less congestion and a greener planet!
Star Wars Stamps
Close ups, gift ideas etc can be found at www.royalmail.com/starwars
The stamps are in advance of the new film out on the 14th December, Star Wars; the Last Jedi.
Foodbank - Harvest Appeal
The collection bin can be found near the door that leads into the front playground by the Reception classes.
There are around 600 families in the area that regularly have needed to use the Foodbank so any donations would be greatly appreciated.
The Foodbank is designed to help individuals and families in crisis through the provision of emergency food supplies.
Local professional care-workers within Allerdale and Copeland refer them, with a food voucher, to the Foodbank centre where they are given food supplies, a cup of coffee and help in finding other professionals who can help them out of their crisis.
For further details of the work of the Foodbank and how you can be involved contact:
North Lakes Foodbank
End of Year Date Changes
Please ensure your child is looking smart!
If you would like family groups with either yourselves or your child with brothers and sisters who do not attend this school then these photographs will be taken first from 8 am in the morning until just after 9am so make a date in your diary.
The photographer will be based in the Sports Hall which can be accessed round the back of the school.
Photos of family groups who attend the school will be taken automatically.
The film is 'Moana' and the cost of the event is £5 which includes refreshments before the film, ice cream at the interval and care costs.
A letter regarding booking for this event will be sent
home in the near future.
The film is the new 'Beauty and the Beast' and the cost of the event is £5 which includes refreshments before the film, ice cream at the interval and care costs.
A letter regarding booking for this event should be with the paper version of this newsletter.
It contains useful information on all school policies and procedures.
The 'Circuits Day' last month was a great success (perhaps not for the pupil who said she was looking forward to the Circus Day as she loved clowns!).
The next one is on the Friday after half term (3rd November) and children can again come in sports clothes.
Further details will go out in due course.
There is a limit on numbers so there may be auditions for those wanting to appear on the stage.
There are other roles too for children to become involved with (e.g. sound & lighting).
It is an exciting project to be involved in.
The theme for this year is based around a Rainforest.'
Macmillan Coffee Morning
It was organised by Year 6.
A particular BIG thank you needs to go to Mrs Chambers who is the driving force behind this event.
The children all had a great time. They really enjoyed organising games and stalls, eating the cakes and the event raised £900 which is wonderful.
Further pictures of the Coffee Morning are available on our website under the 'Film and Photo Gallery' link or use the QR code here.
Wet Play/Lunch Games & Comics
Please do try to help if you can - it would be greatly appreciated.
To bring the joy of Christmas to a child in a part of the world where there is poverty and deprivation.
You are invited to fill a shoebox with presents for a boy or a girl. All details about how to join in and what sort of items to put in the shoebox should be accompanying this newsletter.
Making a shoebox could be a half term activity with your child!
Completed boxes can be dropped off in school anytime up until Friday 17th of November (it says the 18th on the flyer but we have been informed collection from school will be the 17th).
High Harrington Community Centre
It is a very competitively priced and useful resource for all in the community to use.
To hire this facility for any event then please contact Marjorie Rae on 01946-831004.
The venue can be used for children or adult parties, meetings etc. and hire rates are very reasonable indeed.
If you do hire this venue please let Marjorie know you read about it in this newsletter.
Also please pass on the following details to anyone you think may be interested:
It is a nasal spray vaccination and will not only help protect the children from getting flu but it also stops them spreading the disease to their family, carers and the wider population.
As flu viruses change each year last year's immunisation for those that had it will not be effective.
The vaccination (Fluenz Tetra®) will be offered in school on Wednesday 22nd November and parents do not need to be present but can request to attend.
The Cumbria Partnership Foundation will be writing to parents for consent for their child to take part.
It is painless as it is squirted up their nose.
The only children who will be excluded are those where there is contra-indicated medical advice and there are very few this will apply to across the country.
Parents of younger children may like to know that children aged 2 upwards and also in Nursery and Reception can receive their free vaccination through their GP or Pharmacies.
Flu vaccinations for adults are also available for adults on request at Pharmacies or large supermarkets for an average £10 fee.
It could ensure a flu free winter and many school staff have already taken up this option locally.
We have placed an information booklet with regard to this in the 'Parenting Information & Guidance Zone' of our web site.
There will also be a Halloween themed lunch and parties and discos with refreshments for all year groups (including Nursery!).
The FAB are funding many of the festivities but a £1 donation towards costs would be most welcome.
Workington Swimming Club
If your child enjoys swimming and would like to join a swimming club that is committed to bringing out the potential in all, then Workington Amateur Swimming Club has a place for you!
A number of children from the school go, thoroughly enjoy it and share their successes in assembly.
They will return next Spring when again parents are welcome to take herbs to enhance their cooking - the large sign gives hints on how they can be used.
They will then collect your child from their class and bring them to you whilst you sign them out.
Indeed reading to your child at bed time for example is also extremely valuable.
The world of books will develop your child's imagination, vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them. It is quite simply the key to learning!
There has been extensive research into how reading at home effects school attainment.
Your child will receive other homework relating to their studies but please ensure your child reads as well.
It would be a good support to teach them and help them learn at home.
The site can be accessed at www.timestables.co.uk or through the Computer Home Access zone (linked to this QR code).
Hearing loss can seriously hamper a child's progress and speech.
The Health Service has asked us to share the signs and symptoms with parents and who to contact if you would like your child to have a hearing test.
Parents Evenings, Home School Agreements
We have now however developed our reports to include the key aspects of this agreement so there is no longer need for a separate document.
The new report including the parental agreement will be shared with you in the next newsletter.
Facebook & Online Newsletters
You should be able to search for the group or you can use this address or QR code.
The top of the page should look like the image above - there appear to be other sites with the school name on but these are not official.
We have created this page to let you know when our school website is updated and to send messages. It is for information only and doesn't accept comments.
If you are a Facebook user and would like to receive news feeds and updates about the school then don't forget to 'join' the group and select the "see first" button.
The Facebook page has open access and will also contain links to updates on our web site and messages from school - there is no facility to message school, please use other methods.
As a result any photos etc will only appear from our web site following clicking on a link.
It is hoped this will dissuade children who are under 13 using Facebook but will allow adults to receive updates about the school.
Indeed please note no children should have Facebook accounts under the age of 13 and applications to join the group will be refused.
There will be more details in the near future and the children may get some preparatory homework before half term.
Please give some
thought to your children's clothing and ensure they are bright
and are as reflective as possible due to the dark mornings and
the dark evenings, particularly after the after school clubs as