End of Term Letter - July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As we move towards the end of this school year it is clear that it will conclude like no other. No excited Year 6 pupils enjoying their final moments in school, signing shirts and bidding their friends and adults farewell; no hoarse voices and tired limbs from Sports Day; no nervous excitement meeting the “new” teacher; no exhausted staff, parents and children returning from a memorable camp.

The past turbulent and unpredictable four months have been extremely difficult for us all to navigate, but I would like to take this moment to thank you all for kindness and understanding. I would also like to thank every member of the school staff for their support. As a community we have pulled together and provided as best we can for our delightful children.

It is our plan to reopen fully in September – but we all need to be aware that we will still be constrained by social distancing measures. The school day may be staggered with different drop off and pick up times, children may be kept apart, before and after school care may be limited, enrichment and extra-curricular activities limited.

I will be writing to you in mid to late August explaining, in detail, how the new school year will begin on Thursday 3rd September.

Reports, classes, welcomes and farewells

You will soon be receiving your child’s school report electronically. Included with your child’s report will be a letter detailing your child’s new teacher. Next year’s teaching teams are as follows…

  • Mrs Lee and Mrs Limond will be teaching in Nursery.
  • Mrs Beaumont-George/Mrs Loveys, Miss Horwood and Miss Shemming will be teaching in Reception.
  • Miss Baker, Mrs Bodsworth and Miss Rumsey will be teaching in Year 1.
  • Mrs Farrow/Mrs Pittaway, Mrs Holdaway and Mrs Cocks will be teaching in Year 2.
  • Miss Cook, Miss Hoyles and Mrs Scales will be teaching in Year 3.
  • Mrs Clarke, Mrs Whitmore/Mrs Pittaway and Mrs Bewsher/Mrs Gissing will be teaching in Year 4.
  • Mrs Douglas, Mrs Gunson/Miss King and Mrs Rankin will be teaching in Year 5.
  • Mrs Peters, Mrs Watkins and Mr Bassett will be teaching in Year 6.

We are delighted to welcome Miss Rumsey and Mr Bassett to HCPS. Mrs Pipe has recently started maternity leave. We bid farewell to Mrs Ashton, who most recently taught in Year 1, Miss Brinkley, a teaching assistant in Reception, and Miss Osborne, a teaching assistant in Nursery. We wish them all every success in the future.

…and finally...

I am sure you will all join me in wishing our current Year 6 every success in their High School education and good luck to all other children who may be moving on.

On behalf of everyone at HCPS, I wish you all an enjoyable and, hopefully, sunny summer holiday. School and home learning ends on Friday 17th July and school reopens on Thursday 3rd September 2020.


Newsletter: 13th January 2020

Welcome back!

A happy new year to everyone, and a warm welcome to our new pupils and their families, Leah-Mae Duncan in 1HA, Edward Davidson in 5G and Archie Davidson in RBGL.

As we start a new year, we would like to take this opportunity to provide some information for the term and to remind you of a few routines to help the school to continue to run smoothly.

Learning Posters

A year group specific learning poster is attached to give you a feel about curriculum content this term. I hope you find the information useful. Please note: included on the posters are opportunities for additional, optional, engaging homework activities. Nursery and Reception also produce a newsletter which you will also find attached.

Shared classroom sessions

Last term we hope you enjoyed our programme of “shared classroom activities.” Each term you will be invited by your child’s class or year group to pop into school and share what your child’s class has been learning. This will be complemented by termly viewing of work sessions.

Parking at and around school

Due to the large numbers of pedestrians on the school site and very limited space, the governors have taken the decision that cars can no longer access the top playground to park during or after school events, or use the staff car park. Please make alternative parking arrangements when you collect children from or are attending an after school event.

I would also like to take this opportunity to ask you that if you drive to school we would be grateful if you parked in a safe and legal place and showed courtesy to our many neighbours. Thank you.

Reminders

  • Please do not use the staff car park and staff entrance to enter school during normal pick up and drop off times.
  • Please remember to abide by school uniform guidance which is available on the school website at the following link - https://hadleighcp.school/parents/school-uniform/
  • Please remind children to refrain from playing chase and running games in the playground before school.
  • Please remind children to walk with their bicycles and scooters when on the school playgrounds, this includes no tricks or spinning their scooters as they go. Please remind your child that they must be careful when riding scooters down the hills that surround school as we have had some near misses recently.
  • Please remember to inform the office if your child is not attending an after school club or activity. Also please ensure that your child is picked up promptly once the club has finished.
  • If you arrive late for school please take your child to the office to be signed in.

Thank you

Many thanks for your kind generosity during advent. The HSA Christmas fair raised approximately £1000 and the collection at the carol service raised £289.12. I would like to add a personal note of thanks to the HSA members who braved the weather to sell raffle tickets for the hamper raffle. Thank you!

Severe Weather – Emergency Closure Information

If the temperature should plummet over the next few weeks, it is important we remind you of the procedure if the school has to shut because of snow. However, our bottom line is that the school will always stay open if we can and it is safe to do so. When bad weather compromises the safety and security of the site, supervision of students or affects transport to and from the site, the school will close.

If the school has to shut, then this information can be found in a number of ways:

  • On the Suffolk County Council, School closures website https://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk/
  • Broadcast by BBC Radio Suffolk 103.9FM
  • Broadcast by Heart Radio 97.1 and 96.4 FM
  • If able to or if the school was to close early, we would send out a text or email via school gateway. To do this we must have your current email address and mobile telephone number. If we don’t, then please contact the office with this information.

Change to May Day Bank Holiday

This year's early May bank holiday will be moved back by four days for the whole of the UK to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day. May Day is traditionally held on a Monday but will be put back to Friday 8th May 2020.

VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe. The holiday will form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events.

They will include more than 20,000 pubs encouraging people to toast the heroes of the war, while churches will take part in a Ringing Out For Peace.

Announcing the change, Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "It will ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation."

Sir Andrew Gregory, chief executive of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said the government's decision was "fitting".

"It is our duty to keep the events of the past alive in collective memory, including future generations - this is how we ensure that such a conflict never happens again," he said.

"It is our hope that the nation takes a moment to reflect on the significance of this date, as a milestone that changed the course of history for the whole world," he added.

The May Day bank holiday has been moved only once before. It was changed from 1 May to 8 May in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day.


Newsletter: 13th September 2019

Welcome back!

We are coming towards the close of our first full week of the autumn term and it is great to see all children settled in their new classes and arriving into school raring to go. We extend a warm welcome to all our new pupils in nursery, reception and right across the school. We also welcome Mrs Austin, Ms Hunter, Mrs Lant, Miss Smith and Mr Templey to the staff. As we start a new school year, we would like to take this opportunity to provide some information for the term and to remind you of a few routines to help the school to continue to run smoothly.

Be the best you can be: attitudes to learning and life

We are determined at Hadleigh Community Primary School that all pupils achieve well and “Be the best they can be”. We encourage pupils to try hard and take pride in all aspects of their work. In classrooms and on the sports field, all staff will be praising pupils for their attitude to learning and their efforts to be the best they can be when they flex their learning muscles! We also want to affirm being the best person you can be. Throughout school, we will be celebrating the personal qualities of respect, honesty and kindness.

Learning Posters

A year group specific learning poster (or newsletter for nursery) is attached to give you a feel about curriculum content this term. I hope you find the information useful. Please note: included on the posters are opportunities for additional, optional, engaging homework activities. These, along with “shared classroom sessions”, replace our Tic, Tac, Toe programme.

Shared classroom sessions

Following feedback, and as mentioned previously in the paragraph above, we are replacing our Tic, Tac, Toe programme by adding optional homework activities to our learning posters and replacing the opportunity to attend Tic, Tac, Toe sessions in school with “shared classroom” sessions. Each term you will be invited by your child’s class or year group to pop into school and share what your child’s class has been learning. This will be complemented by a termly viewing of work sessions. Dates and times to follow.

Accelerated Reader

Year 3 pupils’ will be experiencing Accelerated Reader for the first time. If you would like to find out more please visit the following link - https://help.renlearn.co.uk/AR/ARParentGuide

Please take note of AR Bookfinder, which is a great resource to use when selecting books at home and in the library. We are always grateful for book donations - please place in the north lobby if you have good quality children’s books you are looking to rehouse! Thank you to all families who have donated so far.

Parking at and around school

Due to the large numbers of pedestrians on the school site and very limited space, the governors have taken the decision that cars can no longer access the top playground to park during or after school events, or use the staff car park. Please make alternative parking arrangements when you collect children from or are attending an after school event.

I would also like to take this opportunity to ask you that if you drive to school we would be grateful if you parked in a
safe and legal place and showed courtesy to our many neighbours. Thank you.

Quick reminders!

  • Please remember to “name” all clothing and personal equipment.
  • Lost property will be held up until the end of every half term. It will then be sent to a clothing charity. Lost property is located on the top playground.
  • Water in drinking bottles that have a top that pulls up to allow the water through and then can be pushed down to close and seal it. Some bottles have screw tops which are easily spilt over books and work.
  • Healthy snacks at break, such as fruit
  • We are a nut free school so no nut based products
  • PE kits in school for PE lessons – with shorts and t-shirts under tracksuits at all times. Remember, earrings must be removed for PE. If your child finds this difficult please do not wear earrings on PE days. If the earring is new, tape must be applied.
  • Please supervise your children before and after school to ensure they are not climbing on any railings, walls and benches or disappearing into flower beds and hedges.
  • It is essential that you inform us of your child’s medical needs or any changes to their medical needs as soon as possible.
  • Please remember to walk with bicycles and scooters when on the school premises.
  • Our woodland area and our sports field are learning spaces; please do not allow your children to play in the woods or on the field as considerable time is lost, particularly by Mrs Lee, putting the woodland resources back where they belong.
  • Squishies are not allowed in school