give this lavishly to your children over the Christmas period
(share books with them, play games etc) and throughout 2018!
CHRISTMAS FAIR - Friday 1st December at 1.30 pm
Please ensure cards are clearly marked with the name and class of the recipient.
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 total. Books were sent home a week last Friday. 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.
The draw will take place on the penultimate day of this term, Thursday 14th December and we hope to notify all winners on that day.
Thank you in advance for your support in this.
The school would like to thank Andrew Jenkinson (a parent) and POD Signs & Graphics in Workington for the printing of the raffle books - it is very much appreciated.
Christmas Party Saturday!
The party day includes lunch, games, prizes, dancing and great fun all round - it is also a chance to do some 'child free' Christmas shopping.
A big 'Thank You' goes to Mrs Cunningham, staff member, grandparent and secretary of the 'Friends at Beckstone' who has been the driving force behind organising this event.
Non Uniform Days
The children have supported many worthy causes at home and abroad and the charitable giving by the school community is a wonder to behold.
The chocolate and bottles from Friday's event will be put to good use in the Fair and thank you for your support of that.
Details about the Children in Need Day follow.
Key Stage 1 & Reception children who have been in the 'Strive for Five' draw every week (see later article) will have an extra non-uniform day on Monday11th December.
Finally the last non-uniform day of 2017 will take place on Thursday 14th December for the main school - a FREE day and also Christmas Party day so party clothes can be worn.
For Nursery children who use Educare this will take place on the preceding day, Wednesday 13th December.
Children in Need
This amount raised was greatly enhanced by Mason from Year 2 who raised nearly £200.
Mason was keen to raise money as he understood that not every child gets clean water and other children have to walk miles to get dirty water with diseases and bugs in.
He asked his family if they could sell some of his toys to make money. He came up with the idea of a mini car boot and cake sale for family, friends and neighbours.
The sale was held on the day before Children in Need and lots of people came. Mason helped set up the whole thing; he made posters, set all the toys out, decided on prices and chose cakes he wanted his mother and his Nana to make.
He made his family proud and also the school and he got a roar of appreciation when everyone learnt of his selfless deeds in assembly. He is pictured preparing for the sale and the money raised after.
A collage of the activities with a 'Children in Need' theme in Nursery and Educare is below. A good day was had by all.
The school also formed part of Remembrance Sunday in Harrington The children involved attended the Church Service and laid the school wreath at the war memorial.
They were highly praised for their behaviour and respectfulness.
A photo from the day is below and there are lots more in the film and photo gallery of our web site.
In addition 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.
Victorian Ceilings & End of Terms
Please can all note these times and make the necessary arrangements to collect your children.
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 or voucher care thereafter) 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.
The price per hour is only £3 however this may be reviewed later in the year due to rising costs.
Nasal Flu Follow Up
They are being held on Tuesday 12th December at the following places and times:
There will be a supply of consent forms on the day so that anyone without a form can complete at the time.
Indeed this school has won it every year since the school opened thanks to our sporty children and the excellent coaching skills of Mrs Chambers.
Following on from that victory the team then went on to represent Workington in the Allerdale finals and won that too!
As a result they are now in the County Finals representing Allerdale later in the year.
The team were excellent sports and all played well. Of note was the fact that 2 additional awards were presented to children in our team - the most sporting player to Jake and the player of the tournament to Amy in Year 6
The winning team are pictured below.
School Meal Price
In 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 or £11 per week.
This is in line with many other schools across West Cumbria. This is still very good value and much cheaper than many areas of the country.
Topics & Christmas
is hoped the themes may give some families ideas for Christmas
presents or places to visit. If you want any further information
about these themes then please discuss them with your child's
Indeed the response from pupils has been excellent and the space projects carried out at home by the Year 5 & 6 children over half term were outstanding.
An example is the solar system created by Hannah in Year 6 pictured below.
Abigail from Year 4 sang a solo of 'Mistletoe and Wine' at the Cockermouth Christmas Light switch on ceremony in mid-November and is pictured below.
She put herself forward for the event without her parents knowing and did exceptionally well and was chosen as soloist.
She sang unaccompanied in front of the whole school prior to the event and everyone was impressed. Well done Abigail.
Another one of our pupils, Shara from Year 5, entered a singing event and did extremely well too. She also sang unaccompanied in front of the school and was equally outstanding.
Holidays in Term Time
The letter is reminding parents about the importance of not taking holidays in term time and the legal consequences.
It was noted that a small number of pupils got a 'red' mark for their attendance on their Autumn reports.
The majority of these were as a result of holidays.
Children with an attendance less than 90% are classed by the authorities as being 'persistently absent' and this is something which should not be flagged against your child so please do take heed of the letter.
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 school.
1/2RM won the 'Attendance Cup' for being the class with the highest attendance for the first half term of this year with 97.54% attendance.
They are pictured below with their trophy and certificate.
On Thursday 23rd November children from Year 6 took on the adult jobs in the school to give them a taste of working life.
They worked in all areas of the school in all genres of jobs ... the headteachers for the day are pictured here.
The day was enjoyed by all, the pupils enjoyed being an 'adult'.
The children in the years below Year 6 enjoyed being taught by their elder peers and the staff were very impressed at the abilities and talents of the Year 6 pupils.
Photos of the event are in the Photo Gallery on our web site.
A photo collage of the day is reproduced below.
Any clothing that has names in is always returned to its rightful owner. All clothing (including coats, shoes etc should be named ... THIS WILL 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.
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 11-12); extra small adult upward sizes are £21.
The 'me' referred to on the top performers below refers to him. Well done Ewan!
Please support your child in achieving the targets for improvement discussed so you can see further progress at the meetings next term.
The first one of these is targeted at children in Year 1 to Year 6. All of the details of the event are in the flyer below.
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 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.
If this happens not to be the case and the school is forced to close then the following will be points of information:
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 www.cumbrialscb.com
The site also has a parental information zone.
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.
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
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.
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 £7.00 and needs to be paid for by Wednesday 10th January.
Due to the administrative burden of checking attendance and the inability to change the order daily unfortunately milk money cannot be refunded for absence.
Visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents for information and advice to help to keep children safe online.
The Year 6 children started the week by presenting anti-bullying messages to each class (see photo below - there are many more in our Film and Photo Gallery on our web site).
During the week every child made a 'jigsaw' piece that have been pieced together to form large jigsaws in the dining hall to show that bullying affects us all and that we are all intertwined and 'Every Piece Matters'.
Give Blood - Help Save a Life!
Further details can be found at www.blood.co.uk
The Rae Way - Back Path
Unfortunately the school is unable to grit this access path as H&S regulations only allow the school to grit pathways into the building within its grounds.
The local Council sadly do not have the resources to employ gritters.
In cases of bad frost it is therefore advisable to access the school from the front entrance if you feel the Rae Way is too dangerous.
We have a pressing need for spare pants & socks for infant aged children.
If you have any unwanted items of this sort then please donate them to school.
We have had complaints about parents parking in front of people's drives. Thank you!
Nursery End of Session
The school would welcome the following;
Thank you in advance for any donations.
Shoeboxes - Operation Christmas Child
These will bring wonderful Christmas joy to children around the world who are less fortunate than our own.
The children who donated shoeboxes are pictured below around the wall of shoeboxes.
Confirmation details about the trip have been sent out. Payment dates etc were in the letter. This trip to Edinburgh will run from the 7th to the 9th February 2018.
Derwent Rotary Dictionaries - Year 3
It was very kind of them and the dictionaries will be treasured.
The children in Year 3 are pictured below with their dictionaries.
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.
Carer & Toddler Club
There is no cost to join but a £1.50 levy is charged to cover the cost of refreshments etc.
Salterbeck Youth Club
New members are always welcome so please encourage your child to be active and join in at the club!
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.
She is always carrying pens around to draw, design and create amazing pieces of art work.
High Harrington Community Centre
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:
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.
Once on the page all you need to do is click on the logo for
whatever shop you would like to visit.
Pupil Heads Display
The display was last year's as we have only recently finalised the cutting out and laminating of the high quality images for this year and it is hoped to have the new display up very soon.
If your child usually has a packed lunch you should have received a letter offering the option of a school lunch on that day.
If you have not ordered one and would like your child to have one then please see the School Office as soon as possible.
The next 'Circuits Day' is on Friday 5th January (the second day the children are back at school.
They are able to come to school dressed in sports clothes if they wish.).
The sessions are greatly enjoyed by the pupils and the last one was a great success.
Royal Society of Chemistry
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
For further details of the work of the Foodbank and how you can be involved contact:
North Lakes Foodbank:
or Tel: 0750 2311 452
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.
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.
The results will be discussed by Governors next week and we will let you know what will happen in January.
Clothing Bank - Supporting the Great North Air Ambulance
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.
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.
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.
is a wonderful and very exciting site, particularly as Santa
approaches us and can be found at:
Santa and his elves will speak directly to you once all details have been registered.
Please ensure you follow the 'FREE' links for an exciting experience.
By manipulating photos the elves can sing and dance in a number of different scenarios.
Further Christmas Internet Delights
In addition the words and music to many Carols and Christmas songs that you can sing together at home are also on there.
Instead of gathering round the piano like in the olden days you can have a good sing song around the PC/Tablet/Smartphone!!!!!
Christmas in the Community
Various classes from around the school will be spreading Christmas cheer and Carols with the following community groups (details are in the "Diary Dates" section of the website).
Christmas Church Services
Christmas Performances - Make a Date!
They are also likely to receive homework for completion over the Christmas holidays too.
Support for homework is also provided in school at Breakfast Club and in the Tuesday after school homework club which is open for any child wishing to join.
One constant homework however is to read (or be read to) for at least 20 minutes a day. We would urge every parent to ensure this happens.
There is a dedicated 'Help Your Child to Read' Zone on our web site. It is packed with useful tips on supporting your child, sharing books and fun activities to do. The QR code alongside will take you straight there.
The Christmas holidays provide an ideal time to read with your child. There are some tips below on how you can help your child with reading.
End of Term Farewell
She has worked at the school since the school opened.
She has been based in the school kitchen and has been a highly valued member of staff and we will all miss her greatly.
We wish her every success in the future and also in her forthcoming role as a Grandma!
Further details being sent home soon!
End of Autumn Term and Start of Spring Term.