Beckstone Primary Newsletter
Academic Year  2017/2018 ● Issue 2 ● October 2017

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Dear Parents,

Welcome to the October newsletter. There are only 3 weeks left of school until half term however it is a busy time as witnessed by the dates on the back.

Indeed over this month we have; a visit from the School Photographer for individual and family groups; Harvest Celebrations; a residential for Year 6; Cinema Nights and Reception 'Come & Play' sessions amongst many other events. Details of these and more are within the newsletter.

Please take time to read the contents of this newsletter so you can really involve yourself in the life of the school and learn more about how to support your child.

If you would like articles on anything to do with education in future issues then please do get in touch with school.

In 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

Best wishes,
Mr Warbrick

Book Fair

Our Book Fair will continue to be open for the next two days at morning playtimes and after school.

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.

October is traditionally the month of Harvest.

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.

Our Key Stage 1 pupils will then sing their Harvest songs in Church for parents from 2pm on Monday 9th October.

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.


In recognition of the 'World Gurning Championship' that takes place every year at Egremont Crab Fair the school held its own annual Gurning competition which was enjoyed by all.

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

A very big 'Thank You' to all who emailed or handed in photos of their children reading over the Summer.

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

The first non-uniform day of the school year was in aid of the 'Jeans for Genes' charity. Altogether £296 was raised which was an excellent response, thank you for the generosity.

The proceeds will be shared equally between genetic disorder charities and the school fund.

The next non Uniform Day will be on Halloween, Tuesday 31st October. Details are later in this newsletter about this day.

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.

Please do support these day if you can.

Use of Apps & Social Media

Please can all parents make sure they are aware of the apps and the social media their children have access to.

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.

All social media apps have a minimum age of 13!

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

At the end of the summer term the County launched a new and improved online application process for Free School Meals and 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.

Even if your child is in Reception or Key Stage 1 and receives free school meals anyway it is still worth applying as you become eligible for clothing grants and also the school will receive additional money too. Please check if the following criteria apply to you.

Free school meals and clothing vouchers are available if parents/guardians are receiving one of the following qualifying benefits:

Income Support (IS);


Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA);


An income-related Employment and Support Allowance;


Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;


Child Tax Credit, provided parents/guardians are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) that as of April 2012 does not exceed £16,190. Note: From 1st May 2009 where recipients are entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after employment ceases, or after start to work less than 16 hours per week, your children are entitled to Free School Meals, this may be extended.


The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit;


Universal Credit


Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive Free School Meals.


Children who receive "education suitable for children who have not attained compulsory school age" will still need to satisfy the additional requirement of "receiving education both before and after the lunch period", before being eligible to receive free school meals.

Cycle Helmet Scheme

Cumbria Active Travel is again running a discounted 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!

The next donor sessions are on Monday 16th October from 3pm to 7pm at The Oval Centre or on Monday 23rd October from 3-7pm at the Bridge Centre, Central Square, Workington.

Further details can be found at

Nursery Intakes

Children born between 1 April 2014 and 31 August 2014 can receive their free 15 hours a week Nursery education from September 2017 and should be in Nursery now!

If you know of any children with birth dates between these times and would like their child to come to this school then please ask them to get in touch with the School Office as soon as possible.

Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 December 2014 can receive their free 15 hours a week from January 2018.

Children born between 1 January 2015 and 31 March 2015 can receive their free 15 hours a week from April 2018. These children are likely to start in our afternoon Nursery and move to mornings in September.

Forms for applying for any of these intakes are available from the School Office or just ring and we can post them out.

Water & Drinks Policy

Every day we lose more than two litres of fluid through normal bodily functions, by evaporation when we breathe and sweat, and the waste products our bodies produce as they work.

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:

  • Children can only drink water in classrooms. They can drink throughout the day at times organised by the teacher so learning is not disrupted e.g. before or after a playtime, after P.E. etc.. Water needs to be in a bottle brought from home (this can be refilled in school if necessary). The only exception to this is if a Doctor has stated in writing that for health reasons another hydrating drink is needed.

  • There are water fountains freely available at break and lunchtimes.

  • The school provides mid-morning milk (see below).

  • Water is provided with school meals. Children however are permitted to bring in another drink for lunchtime, if they wish, to accompany their lunch. As these drinks accompany food children can bring well diluted cordial (which does not contain preservatives, flavourings, colourings and sweeteners and is certainly not carbonated) or fresh juice cartons. These should be kept in their lockers and only drunk with their mid-day meal.

Autumn Term After School Clubs

A list of clubs currently on offer is displayed below for your information.

Revisewise & SATS Boosters

Free revision classes for Year 6 children now take place on a Wednesday and a Thursday from 8.20 to 8.50am.

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:

Games, puzzles and jigsaws


Construction Equipment e.g. Lego


Bikes and Trikes for Nursery & Reception


Good quality books


Comics/games for wet playtimes

Thank you in advance for any donations.

School Milk

Milk is vital for growing children as it strengthens bones and teeth.

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 children).

The cost of milk for next half term is £8.50 and needs to be paid for by Friday 3rd November.

Due to the administrative burden of checking attendance and the inability to change the order daily unfortunately milk money cannot be refunded for absence.

School Fund

We are in need of donations to this fund as funds are getting REALLY tight so please help if you can.

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.

This runs every Wednesday afternoon from 1.30 to 3pm.

There is no cost to join but a £1.50 levy is charged to cover the cost of refreshments etc.

Beckstone's Extended Services

Our extended services include:

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 prices for our extended services are extremely competitive to support families in these difficult economic times.

The price per hour is only £3 however this may be reviewed later in the year due to rising costs.

Salterbeck Youth Club

The Salterbeck Youth Club meets every Thursday from 5 to 6pm at the Oval Centre.

New members are always welcome so please encourage your child to be active and join in at the club!


The next 'Go4it' club will meet in the Church Hall on the 4th Sunday of the month (22nd October) and will consist of games, stories, music, cooking, competitions and fun for all.

The club starts at 10.30am so make a date in your diaries.

Organisers: Ann Brown, Susan Janulis, Julie Topping and Fiona Woodward

Clothing Bank

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.

Shopping Gateway

We are in partnership with a charity called 'School Angel' to raise money for the school.

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.


Full details on the county's policies, procedures and processes with regard to safeguarding plus analysis of outcomes of serious case reviews can be accessed through the Cumbria LSCB Web Site at

The site also has a parental information zone.

In addition to the above the school has a 'Safeguarding Zone' on its web site which contains the above link as  well as relevant school policies, further information and a diagram showing how we keep your child safe in school. It is well worth a look.

Sharing information is in the best interests of children and their safeguarding.

The school reserves the right to share and receive information from other agencies that may have had dealings with your child.

If you ever have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child then you can ring your concerns through to the County's 24 hour 'Safeguarding Hub' number and you can remain anonymous if you wish.

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:

Domestic Violence

Debbie Cook, our Educational Support Manager has trained to be a 'Domestic Violence Champion' and is a resource available to any adult who would like to confidentially share incidents with her and is a very good source of advice.

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.

It is everyone's responsibility to ensure it is eradicated.

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.

QR Codes

QR stands for quick response. QR Codes, if you don't know, are those funny black and white boxes you see in newspapers and magazines such as the image below.

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

The school is again part of the 'Walk to School/ Feet First' scheme.

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

For any children who collect stamps, an exciting new set is released on the 12th October featuring Star Wars characters (some of the stamps also have secret details that can only be seen in UV light!).

Close ups, gift ideas etc can be found at

The stamps are in advance of the new film out on the 14th December, Star Wars; the Last Jedi.

Foodbank - Harvest Appeal

As some of you are aware we now have a permanent Foodbank collection point in school.

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


Tel: 0750 2311 452

There is a special Harvest Appeal this month and a list of foods that would be welcomed as donations THIS coming Friday, 6th October are:

End of Year Date Changes

The following dates have changed since the last newsletter:

Reports to go out on Tuesday 17th July

Curriculum Evenings are on Tuesday 17th July

Year 6 Graduation is on Wednesday 18th July at 6pm

Thursday 19th July is now 'Fun Day'

The list is correct on the 'Diary Dates' page of the website.

School Photographer

The school photographer is visiting the school on Thursday 5th October to take individual photographs of the children.

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.

Cinema Nights

Reception & Key Stage 1

This takes place from 3.15 to 5pm on Wednesday 18th October.

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.

Key Stage 2

This takes place from 3.15 to 5pm on Thursday 19th October.

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.

School Prospectus

The updated version for 2017/18 is now available on our web site or on request from the School Office.

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.

Creativity Cup

We are delighted to present Bella with the creativity cup for Nursery for her wonderful imagination and outstanding work in all areas of creativity.

She loves to sing, dance, play in role, draw, write, paint and get involved with any media inside and outdoors.

Rock Challenge

The school has registered to take part in Rock Challenge - a competitive dance event at the Sands Centre in Carlisle on Friday 20th April 2018.

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

Thank you to all who supported the coffee morning by sending in cakes or prizes and also attending the event.

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

The school would very much welcome donations of games (e.g. board games, chess, cards, draughts etc) and comics to keep children amused during wet weather playtimes.

Please do try to help if you can - it would be greatly appreciated.

Shoebox Appeal

The school is again supporting 'Operation Christmas Child'.

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

The Community Centre is in Crook lands in High Harrington and is colloquially known as the 'Green Hut'.

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:

Influenza vaccination

All children in Years 1, 2, 3 & 4 in England are eligible for seasonal flu vaccination during the autumn of 2017.

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.

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.

We have placed an information booklet with regard to this in the 'Parenting Information & Guidance Zone' of our web site.



Year 6 are going to an adventure activity centre in Hexham called 'Kingswood' from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th of this month. We wish them an excellent and enjoyable stay.

They will be involved in lots of adventurous activities in a safe environment and memories for life will be made there.



In addition Year 5 have the opportunity to go on a city residential trip to Edinburgh.

This will take place from Tuesday 6th February to Thursday 8th February 2018. Further details will be sent out soon.


The first day after half term (Tuesday 31st) will be a Halloween, spooky themed day and your child is invited to come to school in costume and everyone who comes in a costume will be able to parade for the school. (Costumes can be sourced at competitive prices from supermarkets nearer the time).

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.

If you would like more information then please contact or go to their website at . The Leisure Centre really enhances any child's swimming experience.


Our 'Help Yourself' herb garden will be closing for the winter soon and the herbs are going on their holidays.

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.


This is a gentle reminder that if you are collecting your child for a medical appointment during the school day please bring along their appointment card and show it to the Office staff.

They will then collect your child from their class and bring them to you whilst you sign them out.


The most important homework of all is to ensure you read with your child for at least 20 minutes daily or ensure their day is structured to allow them to, read on their own, when they are able for sustained periods.

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.

There is also a lot of information to help your child with reading in the 'Help Your Child to Read' zone on our web site.

Times Tables

We have come across an excellent site called The site is FREE and has lots of ways children can learn their times tables.

It would be a good support to teach them and help them learn at home.

The site can be accessed at or through the Computer Home Access zone (linked to this QR code).

There are also a lot of other useful sites for home learning in this zone.


Reduced hearing can often occur in childhood and is normally caused by 'glue ear'.

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 and Reports

We have usually issued the Home School Agreement for signing at the parents' evenings.

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

The school has a live Facebook page - it is called "Beckstone Primary School (Official Facebook Group)".

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.

Topic Work

The school has invested in an exciting thematic scheme (Cornerstones) for teaching cross curricular subjects. Staff are planning for these to start after half term and we hope the children and you like the new curriculum.

There will be more details in the near future and the children may get some preparatory homework before half term.

Please remember the clocks go back one hour on the Sunday before the children start back after 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 winter approaches.

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