I am delighted to be able to share with you our official SIAMs report (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) report. It is so affirming to be judged to be ‘outstanding in all areas’, and a ‘unique and distinctively Christian school’ in which ‘every pupil is known and greatly valued as an individual and seen as precious in the eyes of God’ and where ‘challenging discussions take place in a relaxed atmosphere of trust and respect’. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, seen and unseen, who work so hard to make Christ Church the special place that it is, from nursery to Year 6.
Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to go on trips over the past fortnight. You can see photos of some of those visits, and more, in the attached newsletter.
Dressing Up Days
We have two whole school dressing-up days coming up. We do understand that some children (and parents) enjoy these days more than others do, so to make it easier we do accept a relaxed interpretation of the theme!
- Friday 9th February – dress up as a farmer (or a farm animal) and bring in £1 to raise money for micropigs (see last week’s bulletin for more information).
- Friday 23rd March – International Day, dress up in national costume or in some colours from a flag.
Thank you to all the parent reps who sent in comments and attended the meeting this afternoon. Attached are the answers to key questions.
Getting in Touch
If you have concerns or questions do get in touch. Attached is the document Ways to get in touch, which we sent out last term.
Following complaints from parents and neighbours about illegal parking outside school, we have received a visit from the local police who have asked them, and us, to make a note of the registration numbers of cars parking illegally so they can issue penalty notices. While reluctant to do so, poor and illegal parking is putting your children at risk and their safety must come first.
In the interests of children’s safety, please be considerate to them and our neighbours:
- Do not park on the zig zag lines outside school or park on the pavement
- Do not park in the staff car park
- Do not park across our neighbours entrance roads or driveways
Puzzles and Games for Lunch Club
Lunch club would love to replace some of the now increasingly tired games and puzzles at the Infant and Junior sites. We would welcome donations of games that are easily accessible for children to play with a friend or group of friends in 10-15 minutes, such as card games, board games, mind games or marble runs. Puzzles, too, are very desirable for ages up to 7 years for the Infants and age 7 – 11 for the Juniors. Please leave donations to either office, marked for Lunch Club.
Our children love playing with Lego on both sites. We would welcome donations of any spare Lego to boost our supplies. If you have spare Lego, do hand it in to either office.
Do you know a graphic designer?
Our pupils have been campaigning for us to change our uniform so that they no longer have to contend with the discomfort caused by the current embroidered logos. We would therefore like to commission badges, which can be sewn onto uniform. However, we would also like to take this opportunity to make our logo a little smaller and less bulky. Does anyone know a designer who could help us with any changes? If so, please email Andrew Burkinshaw (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pick Up Arrangements
If you are not picking up your child as normal and have arranged for someone else to collect them from school please let your class teacher know in advance. We will not release a child, even to an adult known to us, unless you do so.
Surrey Primary Schools Cross Country Races – Saturday 10th March
We have some fantastic runners at school, and it would be great to see some of them in the Surrey Primary Schools Cross Country Races on Saturday 10th March! If you go to the Association website (ssaa.org.uk) there is an article on the home page with instructions on how to enter. Entries close on Friday 2nd March.
Lunchtime Supervisor Needed – Infant Site
We are looking for permanent members of the team. In addition, we are looking for a number of “supply” supervisors to provided cover for absent staff – typically 3 /4 lunchtimes per half term. An active role which involves looking after / playing games with the children at lunchtime in the playground, and supervising and supporting children in the school hall when they eat their lunch. 6.25 hours per week: currently £9.75 per hour (£10.20 from 1st April 2018) Hours to be worked: 12.10 p.m. – 1.20 p.m. Monday-Friday Term Time plus a half-termly meeting. If you are interested and would like more details please contact the office or email email@example.com.
Maths Home Learning
This week’s maths home learning solutions can be found here:
Do ask your child to let his/her teacher know if the work seemed hard, or send an email to the class email address, so we can adjust future planning accordingly.
With best wishes,
Tabitha White, Headteacher