MAIDENBOWER INFANT SCHOOL
Welcome back to the new
All the children have
settled into their new classes brilliantly.
are delighted to welcome new members of staff to our school team. Mrs Sarah
Harper, our Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Olena Leach and Mrs Charlotte Theobold,
Special Needs Support Assistants.
This year our In-Service
training days will be as follows: Friday 25th October,
January, Tuesday 22nd April and Monday 2nd June.
School will be closed for the children on these days.
BUSY! BUSY! BUSY!
This is a very busy term
with lots to look forward to and many opportunities to help you to be involved
Back to School Talks for Y1 and Y2 parents.
You are invited to come
along to the studio to find out more about the learning that your children will
be enjoying this year and how you can best support them. Please do try to come
Wednesday 9th October at
2p.m in the hall for Y1 parents and Thursday 10th October at 2pm in the studio
for Y2 parents
I will give a short
presentation about the year ahead and then your child’s teacher will talk to
you in the classroom.
Please note we are unable
to provide a crèche on this occasion and ask you to make your own child care
arrangements for any pre-school siblings.
This term consultation is
October 10 minute appointments from 3.30 - 6.00
October 10 minute appointments from 5 – 7.30
Lists to sign up for an
appointment will be displayed in year group cloakrooms from Tuesday 1st October
If it is impossible
for you to sign up in person, due to work commitments, please call the School
If you are unable to make
your own child care arrangements there will be a crèche for your children in
the studio so that you can talk to their teacher.
We will continue to offer
you the opportunity to join us for Celebration Assembly on the Friday that we
celebrate your child’s birthday. YR assembly will be in the studio at 10.00 and
Y1 and Y2 assembly in the hall 10.30. There is no expectation that you will
come but you will be most welcome.
We celebrate birthdays
from the Monday to Sunday each week.
This year we will be
celebrating Harvest in our assemblies. The Lighthouse Project who have been
leading occasional assemblies in school for some years now and Mrs Boxall have
links with the Easter Team who support many of the neediest people in our town.
At this time of year we would like to help by collecting food to share with
Please would you help us
by contributing one tin of
food (vegetables, fish, meat, fruit etc) that we will display during the week
beginning Monday 14th October.
They would also appreciate
sweets, boxes of biscuits etc to share at Christmas.
CAR FREE FRIDAYS AND
INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK
We have achieved the Eco
Schools bronze award and gained our Travel Plan that shows our commitment to
caring for the environment and sustainable travel. To this end we encourage
children to come to school by any means other than by car! Every Friday is car
free and children are asked to come to school on foot or by scooter. The week
beginning Monday 7th October is our International Walk to School
Week and we ask the children to walk or scoot every day. Please note children may NOT ride bicycles to school. The class
with the most children who have not
travelled by car (on Fridays and/or Walk to School Week) are rewarded with an
are very proud of our curriculum. We strive to enrich children’s experiences by
inviting a variety of visitors and theatre groups to support learning. This is
very expensive and unfortunately our school budget doesn’t stretch far enough
to pay for all of these events. Therefore we ask parents to donate a
contribution of £10 per year to enable us to continue to provide an exciting
curriculum full of first hand experiences.
To give you an idea of the
Cuddle-Me-Do Farm: £200
Man from Story Mountain:
Please complete the reply slip below and return
along with your contribution in an envelope to the School Office or your
child’s class teacher.
Many thanks in anticipation of your support.
And while we’re on the
subject of money…………………………
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) known as the ‘Friends of Maidenbower Infant
School and Nursery’ have raised huge sums of money for our school through a
variety of really fun fundraising activities. We have come to rely on this
money to provide the very best of equipment for your children; (on average
£10.000 per year) For example most recently we have been able to provide an
artificial grass area for Blue Unit outdoor learning garden, replenish books
and topic resources, update ICT equipment, provide shade and shelter, and
improve our wild area and pond, with a viewing and dipping platform.
support for organising and helping at these events is dwindling. If you can spare some time to get involved
please let us know.
A few reminders……
· Please make sure
everything is named – it’s almost impossible to reunite unnamed clothing with
· Please ensure your child
has their PE kit in school EVERY day. It is essential that children are dressed
appropriately for the activity.
· Long hair must be tied
back for school; not only for safety but also to impede the spread of headlice!
· Children may not wear
any jewellery for PE activities and earrings should be removed on PE days
unless recently pierced and then they may be covered with tape for the first
six weeks. Please provide your own tape.
The school day:
· May I remind you that the
doors open at 8.40 for the children to change books and to begin early morning
activities that settle them for their learning.
· Register is at 9.00 and
children arriving after this time will be marked as late.
· If your child has an
appointment during the school day please ensure the school office staff have sight
of an appointment card or hospital letter.
· If your child is unwell
and unable to come to school please ensure that you let us know on the first
morning of the absence – you may leave an answerphone message informing us of
the symptoms/diagnosis if calling before 8.30. Thank you.
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE
Please only enter the playground via the two pedestrian gates
and never through the staff car park. The car park is for staff parking only;
if you do drive children to school please use the car park at the shops or the
Waterlea Fun Day, Furnace Green
I have been asked to
advertise that Waterlea Adventure Playground is hosting a day of bouncy
castles, parachute games and other activities including a BBQ on Sunday 6th
£10 Enriching the
enclose £10 contribution towards enriching the curriculum.