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Newsletter September 2018


Dear Parents,

 

New School Year 2018/19


Welcome back – or welcome, if you’re new to our school. It has been wonderful to see our children make an eager start to the new school year, joined by families who have brought their children to our school. You’re all very welcome – and we want to ensure that your child has the best possible time in school. If you want to talk to me about any aspect of your child’s time in school, please do let me know.


Staff spent a busy INSET day at the start of the school year revisiting our school vision. We regularly review our provision to ensure that we offer our children the best that we can. We looked back at the outcomes that children achieved last year. I’m so proud that we send children on to secondary school who are well-prepared academically (the 2018 year 6 achievements were higher than national outcomes again) and equipped socially and emotionally to show confidence, resilience and perseverance when they begin their time at secondary school. Thank you for working with us to help your children to value their time in school.


This term looks set to be as busy as ever, with some of our annual events such as our residential visit to Whitby for Year 5 children, the Harvest service and Christmas fair to look forward to. The dates for these are already on the school website. If you wish to have these dates synced to your own calendar on a mobile phone or tablet, for example, you can subscribe to the school website calendar. Simply follow the link on the webpage: http://www.evertonprimary.co.uk/diary/list/ If you have any queries about how to do this, please pop in to the office to see Mrs Bailey who will be happy to help – or give her a call.


We have added some exciting after-school clubs to our offer this term. Computing club, the Everton football academy and netball have already been advertised and are available to book via ParentMail. We are also adding a cooking club and bringing back ‘theme nights’ for our after-school ‘fun’ club – some children who don’t ‘need’ to be at fun club might enjoy joining in for some of the lovely themes on offer. On the club section of this website there is a complete list of the clubs on offer this term. Because we have a small kitchen, Mrs Foster and Mrs Bailey (who will run the cooking club) can accommodate up to 8 children at a time. If we have more than 8 people requesting a place before the deadline of Monday 17th September, we’ll put all the names in to a hat and place the children into a half-term slot according to the order that names are drawn out. We’ll let you know when your child’s turn will be (or if they can join straight away). I hope you’ll understand that we need to do this fairly. There will be a form on ParentMail for you to complete if you’d like your child to take part in cookery club.

Payment and booking for clubs can be done via ParentMail (Breakfast club and fun club are invoiced every 4 weeks via ParentMail). School payments continue to operate ONLY via ParentMail as the school does not accept cash for any payments except snacks at morning break for children in years 1-6. Please remember to pay promptly for events and activities that you choose to use and keep your child’s dinner money account in credit. We will not be able to offer services and school lunches if your account remains in debit. Please talk to us if you have any problems or need help with the payment system.


Parents meetings will again be held at times to suit you, with teachers being released from their teaching duties so that they have time to meet with you and have helpful and informative discussions. Class teachers will arrange their meetings and invite you to book appointments in the coming weeks.


I’m looking forward to seeing you at key events coming up this term. In the meantime, please talk to me if you want to discuss any aspect of your child’s learning and development.


With very best wishes,


Paul Higginbottom

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