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Welcome to the penultimate newsletter of 2017!!
We are entering a very busy time of year at the school as is
witnessed by the plethora of dates on the back of this
newsletter. It is a magical time of year as the dark nights
herald the firework season and also hint at the Christmas season
I hope and trust you all had a good half term and your children
enjoyed yesterday's Halloween festivities.
Amongst the many events taking place the ones of
importance are the Parents' Evenings. Please do note the dates
for these and
make sure you attend with your child - it is
essential for your child's learning that school and home
collaborate together and our reporting system is designed to
facilitate that (see article later). You will receive an
appointment letter in the very near future so please look out
Thank you all for your understanding with the change to the
closure days, this was out of our hands and the work will now be
carried out in stages (see article later)
As always if ever you wish to contribute anything to this
newsletter or would like some educational issue raised then
please do come and talk to me or use the online parental
suggestions link on our web site or the post-box at the top of
Cars on Eadie Street
Please can anyone collecting children from school avoid using
Eadie Street (which is residents' parking only) and certainly
NOT ATTEMPT A 3-POINT TURN there. There were 2 occasions in the
last month where a vehicle collecting children has done just
that and has narrowly missed a child. Some of our children are
very small and cannot be seen easily in a rear view mirror. We
are sure that if anyone injured a child in such a way they would
find it very difficult to live with themselves.
Remove any danger by not picking up in a vehicle on Eadie Street.
Road Safety in General
In addition to the above there was a 'near miss' on Church Road
just before half term where a car did not stop despite Mary
being in the Road with her stick. The driver stated that due to
the parked cars her vision was not clear. The zig zags outside
school should be free from cars at all start and end times of
school to enable clear areas for children to cross. Again we ask
all who collect in cars NOT to park on the zig zags.
It is also 'Road Safety Week' this month and the children will
be reminded of how to cross the road safely and the importance
of reflective strips/bright coats in the dark winter months.
Finally please do take time to thank the road crossing officers
who do a great job helping the children to cross safely,
sometimes in difficult circumstances.
The termly report that builds up to a completed end of year
report will be shared at parents' evenings later this month. The
format of the report has been changed from last year's version
and for the Autumn and Spring will be a 2-sided report rather
than a booklet.
The report will show the stage and half term your child was
working at the start of their year (we are calling it their
'Baseline') and their current (October) attainment level for
Reading, Writing and Maths. Your child's class teacher will help
you to understand what these figures mean and will also explain
how this feeds into their end of year target.
Children in Year 2 and Year 6 who are at the end of their Key
Stage will have nationally reported results at the end of the
year. Their outcomes in the summer will be reported as follows:
For Maths (Y2 and Y6) and Reading (Y2 and Y6) and SPAG
(Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar - Y6 only) each Y2 and Y6
child will get:
A raw test score (how many marks they got on the test)
A scaled score (where your child's score is compared to all
taking the test nationally where a score of 100 is the average
Notification of whether they are at the nationally expected
standard or not.
For Writing they will be assessed as:
Working towards expected standard or
Working at expected standard or
Working at a greater depth within the expected standard.
These will be reported on the final page of the booklet you will
receive in the summer.
There is no longer a requirement to have a Home School Agreement
and as a result there is a section at the bottom of the report
page that we will be asking you to agree to at the Parents'
Evenings. This is reproduced below.
Commitments (to be reviewed at meetings):
- To read with
your child every day for at least
- To ensure your
child learns their appropriate times tables (as
set by the teacher).
- Ensure your
child completes their weekly 'Friday' homework
which will consist of one piece of maths work, a
reading comprehension and on occasion a
- To make sure
your child arrives at school regularly and on
time and let the school know immediately of any
- To ensure your
child's attire follows the uniform policy and
they have the correct PE Kit when needed.
- To support the
school's behaviour policies and guidelines and
show respect to all involved in the school
- To give
consent for your child to make accompanied off
site visits in the school locality.
- To give
consent for data to be held on record about your
child and their contacts and to ensure the
school has up to date contact information.
- To allow your
child's name and images of your child to be used
on the school website, newsletter and by other
organisations only in school related matters.
Thank you to all who supported the Book Fair recently.
had sales worth £666. With some previously 'banked' commission
this has resulted in £150 worth of books for each of Foundation
Stage, Key Stage 1, Lower key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2.
Your support of the book fair will also clearly impact on the
reading pleasure of all children.
The 'Friends at Beckstone' annual Christmas Raffle is taking
place again this year with a fabulous first prize of £100. All
money raised from the raffle goes to support your child through
FAB's purchase of resources to enhance learning or through their
subsidy of school trips. We would like to kindly ask all
families to support this raffle by selling
at least one book to
family and friends. The tickets cost £1 and a book costs £5 in
Each family will be issued with a book in the very near
future - PLEASE SUPPORT THIS IF YOU CAN.
There are more books
available if you are able to sell more and please return money
and stubs to the Office or equally any unsold tickets to enable
us to sell them elsewhere. Indeed FAB / PTA will have a stall in Dunmail Park on Sunday 19th November.
The draw will take place on the penultimate day of this term,
Thursday 14th December and we hope to notify all winners on that
Thank you in advance for your support in this.
The 'Lost Property bench' had to be emptied twice last half term
as it was so full that the lid wouldn't shut! Any clothing that
has names in is always returned to its rightful owner. All
clothing (including coats, shoes etc should be named -
SAVE YOU MONEY as you will not need to replace clothing.
Please can all families take a few minutes to do this, you don't
need fancy labels just a Sharpie style pen and write on the
clothing's washing label.
The Parents' Evenings this term are towards the end of this
month (Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th). The meeting will focus
on a detailed report of your child's progress given the changes
outlined above. In addition to updating you on your child's
progress, you will also receive their coloured ratings for
effort, behaviour, attendance and many other things as per last
year. We will also be asking you to support your child by
setting targets for you to support them at home and these will
be reviewed at the next Parents' Meeting.
Morning Nursery parents/carers are invited to informal 'come and
play' sessions at the following times:
Green and Red Groups - Monday 20th November - 4 - 5pm
Blue and Yellow Groups - Wednesday 22nd November - 4 - 5pm
These are opportunities for Nursery children to play with their
parents and show the work they do. Also it will allow
parents/carers to find out more about their child's 'Learning
Poppies go on sale for 20p from today up until the last school
day before Remembrance Day, the 10th November. There are also a
limited number of snap bands and key rings priced at £1 and
bracelets with metal poppies and pin badges (with adult
supervision) at £2.
All classes will fall silent at 11am on Friday 10th November
to hold a Remembrance silence.
Children from the school will be taking part in the
Remembrance parade on Sunday (12th November). The Parade will
leave the British Legion at 9.15am and arrive at Church at 10am.
Letters have gone out this week for anyone who wishes to be
involved in the parade.
Do have a look at our web site, in particular the 'World Wars
Commemorative Zone' which has information on Remembrance and
local links to both World Wars in the 'Wartime Memories' area.
It is well worth a read.
Ceilings and End of Terms
As you are aware the school was able to stay open to pupils on
the day before and after half term as the works on the school
ceiling voids was re-programmed. The re-programming took place
as issues had arisen in other schools where similar work which
was undertaken in the Summer holidays had over-run. The result
is that one area was completed over half term; another area will
be completed over Christmas and another over Easter. As a
result, to allow for clearing these areas, the Governors have
agreed that the school will close to pupils at
1.15pm at the end
of this term and also at the end of the Easter term, It will
then revert back to full days at the end of terms thereafter.
Please make a note of this in your diary.
Many of the children in Year 6 went to Hexham for their annual
residential trip in the penultimate week of last half term.
visited an outdoor education centre called Kingswood and had a
great time. They are pictured below after their first night!
Thanks go to the accompanying staff who gave up their home life
for a few days, Ms Gorman, Mrs Walker and Mrs Chambers.
The children shared their memorable experiences with the other
children in assembly in the week just before half term.
A number of other photos from this residential can be seen on
our web site.
Whilst on the theme of trips, the Year 5 children should have
received details about their potential residential trip to a
city. This trip to Edinburgh is planned go ahead from the 8th to
the 10th February 2018. Further details have been sent home and
further details will be sent out once the response is known.
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 and
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
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.
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.
Thank you to all families who donated food to the Northern
Foodbank. The response was amazing. The generosity of our school
community is always extremely impressive and heart-warming. All
donated food was gratefully received and is being distributed to
families in need across our locality.
The pupils shared their celebrations with the Harrington Over
55's as well as at a Church Service for parents where they sang
The Police and Ambulance Services are hoping for an injury free
bonfire night on Sunday (5th).
The firework code is reproduced
below for your
information and will be shared with the children this week.
Please do not let your children set off fireworks. For their own
safety, they need to be standing well back to enjoy the view and
to ensure they return to school after this weekend unharmed.
Night Themed Menu
To mark Bonfire Night, Dolce - our school meal contractor, are
going to be having a special Bonfire Night themed menu on Monday
The menu will include hot dogs, (or vegetarian
equivalent), jacket potatoes, beans, salad as well as many other
savoury and tasty dessert options.
The themed lunches can be
ordered by packed lunch pupils, please let the School Office
know in good time.
The nutrition aspects of this special lunch
have been calculated to be within nutritional standards over the
If parents of packed lunch children would like to book a
Christmas Dinner for their child on Thursday 7th December then
please look out for a letter that will go home soon.
School Meal Price
Due to rising food costs our school meal contractor is raising
costs by 10p.
This is the first price rise in many years.
order to meet costs the cost of a daily meal needs to rise by
the same amount. As a result the price of school meals will go
up to £2.20 a day in January. This is still very good value and
much cheaper than many areas of the country.
We are now asking all children to wear their coats at lunchtimes
and playtimes over the winter months. Please ensure they come to
school with a coat and one that has their name in - thanks!
School coats which are fully waterproof and have a hood and
reflective strips are available from the School Office at a
competitive price of just £17.80 (sizes 3-4 up to 110-12); extra
small adult upward sizes are £21.
Children's Saturday Christmas Party
FAB/PTA have organised a Saturday party session for anyone who
would like to take advantage of some time at a weekend for
The event will feature party games
and prizes, lunch and a present to take home.
The cost is £7.50
and tickets are available from the School Office - see the flyer
and Medical Note
A reminder to Year 5 parents this term and Year 3 and4 parents
next term (and indeed Year 2 parents who will be swimming in the
Summer term for the first time with school) that swimming is a
statutory part of the National Curriculum. Having a 'cold' is
not a reason not to swim, if anything it relaxes chest muscles
so helps with this condition. Your child should only not swim on
medical advice i.e. letter from a doctor (which is very rare)
otherwise if your child is fit for school they are fit to swim!
A new addition to our clothing range are school cardigans with
the school logo embroidered on. These can be bought through the
School office at a cost of £12.50.
Mid-Day Supervisor Vacancy
We have another vacancy for a mid-day supervisor. If you are
interested in such a position then please make yourself known to
the School Office and they will give you an application pack.
The job has an hourly rate of £8.45 and is for 11/4 hours per
day totalling 61/4 hours a week during term-time. The post is
subject to a DBS criminal record/safeguarding check. The job
involves supervising children over lunchtime, working as part of
a team and reporting back to the Senior Mid-Day supervisor. The
closing date is Wednesday 15th November.
The next charitable non-uniform day is in November for the BBC's
Children in Need campaign on Friday17th November.
The theme this year is the 'Big Spotacular' to 'show your spots
to raise lots' so children can dress in spotty clothes or indeed
just in non-uniform clothes. The emphasis is on raising money
for 'Children in Need' rather than the non-uniform choice. In
addition we hope to plan a fun and exciting Pudsey themed day
The final non-uniform day of 2017 will take place at the end of
the month on Friday 24th November. This is a pre-Christmas Fair
non-uniform day and rather than ask for a monetary donation the
'Friends at Beckstone' (PTA/FAB) have requested if those coming
in non-uniform could donate something chocolate in the
Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (anything big or small) and a
bottle of something in Key Stage 2 (big or small, drinkable or
other e.g. bubble bath, shampoo etc). These donations will then
be used on the Christmas Fair day.
The school is a registered 'Kidsafe' school and has trained
staff who will be delivering a series of lessons to all classes
over the course of this year.
The primary purpose of the Kidsafe programme is to equip
participating children with simple, yet effective, skills to
keep themselves safe from the various forms of abuse, without
shattering their innocence.
The programme is delivered in the classroom setting, with active
participation from school staff. The course material is always
age-appropriate, with key messages delivered through the use of
a variety of media including song, rhyme and action, puppetry,
group discussions and worksheets.
The aims of the lessons are;
To protect children from suffering or the likelihood of
suffering physical, sexual or emotional abuse by the
encouragement and promotion of any methods to help safeguard and
promote the welfare of such children.
To advance the education of children, parents and teachers in
all aspects of child abuse, in particular understanding abuse in
its many forms, its effects and how to prevent such neglect,
cruelty or abuse.
The lessons will therefore cover some very sensitive issues
particularly with regard to sexual abuse as proper names for
body parts and appropriate and inappropriate behaviour will be
discussed as well as other safeguarding issues such as
anti-bullying strategies, stranger danger and internet safety.
As a result of the sessions your child may have some difficult
questions that they would like to ask and we will endeavour to
answer these in school however they may wish to discuss some of
the issues with you at home.
The school will assume you are happy for your child(ren) to
participate in these talks/discussions unless you specifically
request their withdrawal.
As winter approaches it is to be hoped that inclement weather is
not serious and that the heating system works effectively. If
this happens not to be the case and the school is forced to
close then the following will be points of information;
A text message will be sent to all parents
(it is of vital
importance we have an up to date mobile number contacts for
The County Council web site carries information on schools
that are closed
CFM and Radio Cumbria will be informed and closure details
will be included in their broadcasts
The school web site will be updated underneath the 'Weather
Christmas cards are not to be distributed in school until Monday
4th December at the earliest when the post boxes will go out
(this will still leave two school weeks for the cards to be
shared). The post boxes will be placed at strategic points
around the school. More information with regard to Christmas
will be in the December newsletter.
It is of the utmost importance to your child's education that
they attend school consistently as learning is planned in a
progressive way and one day follows on from the next in each
subject. Of course there will be times when a child is too
poorly to come to school. However this should be a rare event as
prompt regular attendance will really help your child do well at
The school will have a big focus on 'anti bullying' during the
week beginning the 13th November and the children will be
involved in learning and discussing strategies to combat any
incidences of bullying be it in or out of school or indeed
reality or virtual bullying (e.g. by text etc).
The children will be discussing issues in class, will have
assemblies supporting the message and the pupil members of the
BIG group will be delivering talks in 'pupil speak' to classes
Donations are now welcome for stalls for the Christmas Fair
(Friday 1st December from 2pm)- these can be toys, games, bric-a-
brac, books etc etc.
This is a chance to have a clear out before
There will a specific letter about the Fair later
this month. Again there will also be a jar stall where we ask
parents to fill a jar with goodies to sell.
Give Blood - Help Save a Life!
The next donor sessions are on Friday 17th November from 3pm to
7pm at the Bridge Centre, Central Square, Workington.
Further details can be found at
We are expecting delivery of these shortly. As soon as they
arrive we will send them home.
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 or voucher care thereafter) and £3 an hour
Please note that unfortunately we are unable to
offer facilities for packed lunches for Nursery children.
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.
per hour is only £3 however this may be reviewed later in the
year due to rising costs.
The school is again taking part in this National Children's
Commissioner Initiative. On Thursday 23rd November children from
Year 6 will take on the adult jobs to give them a taste of
working as an adult. They will be working in all areas of the
school in all genres of jobs, even the Deputy and the Head will
be children on that day!
Yesterday was a Halloween themed day; the costumes on display
were fantastic as well as terrifying!!
The quality, design and
ingenuity that clearly went into the costumes were the best
ever! The children were very proud of their outfits and enjoyed
spooking each other. Pictures of the children in costume will
soon be on our web site in the Halloween zone of our 'Film and
Photo Gallery' (or follow the QR code).
The school staff also
made a great effort this year - a spooky day was had by all!
The News and Star ran a Halloween Poster competition on Friday
20th October that many of you may have seen.
The winners were
Lara (1st prize), Isla (2nd prize) and Darcey(3rd prize).
They are pictured
above and should appear in the News and Star
on Friday 10th November.
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
Children born between
1 September 2014 and
31 December 2014 can
receive their free 15 hours a week from
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.
The school would welcome the following;
Games, puzzles and jigsaws
Construction Equipment e.g. Lego
Bikes and Trikes for Nursery and Reception
Good quality books
Comics/games for wet playtimes
Thank you in advance for any donations.
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!
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
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!
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
The site also has a parental information
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
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
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 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.
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!
Thank you again for your Harvest donations.
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.
details of the work of the Foodbank and how you can be involved
North Lakes Foodbank
Tel: 0750 2311
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.
PLEASE DO TRY TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL WHEN YOU SHOP ONLINE.
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 were
in a flyer with the last newsletter. Spare copies are available
in the School Office.
Making a shoebox could be a lovely bonding activity with your
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).
The next 'Go4it' club will meet in the Church Hall on the 4th
Sunday of the month (26th November) 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
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
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:
Ladies Club, every Tuesday from 1.30 to 3.45pm. All ages are
welcome to attend. A great opportunity to get to know new people
and make new friends.
There is a 'Circuits Day' THIS Friday (i.e. in 2 days' time).
The sessions were greatly enjoyed by the pupils and the last one
was a great success.
Children can again come in sports clothes
on Friday and can remain in them all day if they wish.
and 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 appears 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
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
Indeed please note no children should have
accounts under the age of 13 and applications to join the group
will be refused.
Bank - Supporting the Great North Air
The clothing bank is just inside the main gate. Any sort of
clothing/textile or footwear can be donated and in any
Just fill up a bag and deposit in the bank. The
clothing bank will be re-modelled and re-branded soon and will
be aimed at supporting the wonderful work of the Great North Air
Ambulance who will benefit from profits made from this recycling
opportunity (courtesy of Derwent Recycling) so please don't
throw out any unwanted clothes, just use the bank to support
this worthwhile cause!
The bank is open from early morning
until the evening but is locked at night and weekends.
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.
We have been asked to share details of a survey below.
organisers may hold a public meeting immediately after school in
the near future.
Once this has been confirmed we will let you
All children in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 (and now also Reception) in
England are eligible for seasonal flu vaccination during the
autumn of 2017.
The vaccination (Fluenz Tetra®) will be offered in school on
Wednesday 22nd November for children where there is parental
consent. Parents do not need to be present but can request to
Parents of younger children may like to know that children aged
2 upwards and also in Nursery receive their free vaccination
through their GP or Pharmacies. We have placed an information
booklet with regard to this in the 'Parenting Information and
Guidance Zone' of our web site.
Flu vaccinations for adults are also available for adults on
request at Pharmacies or large supermarkets for an average £10
It could ensure a flu free winter and many school staff
have already taken up this option locally.
All children who have read 5 times a week consistently since the
Strive of Five started will receive a
'Free Non Uniform' card to
use in the last week of term on Monday 11th December.
All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 who read at least 5
times a week at home go into a fortnightly draw where they can
win a book of their choice and chocolates for the adults sharing
reading with them at home.
All children across the school in every Key Stage
should be reading daily!
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
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.
In addition we ask that you help your child learn their times
There are lots of computer based activities available
through the Computer Home Access zone (linked to this QR code)
and also times tables songs and worksheets in the Parenting
The school wishes to thank the following people for their
support of the school recently:
Harrington Over 55's for their donation to the School Fund.
The donation was very kind and the school is always grateful for
donations to the fund which supports many school activities.
Cumbria Loos for their ongoing sponsorship of safeguarding and
internet safety books.
Pawprints pet boarding (tel: 01946 329651) for sponsoring some
anti-bullying posters for school use in the forthcoming 'Anti
Mr Walker (parent) for supporting the school through
organising free rail travel for the Year 3 and 4 children to
visit the Roman exhibition at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven
later this month.
Mrs Iley, a local resident, who has donated some more dolls in
national costumes to enhance our school resources
Harrington Pharmacy for a donation of bandages to support a
learning activity in the school and for arranging staff flu jabs
at times that were convenient to school.