8th September 17
We hope you all had a lovely summer and that it is not now just a distant memory! This is unfortunately a fairly lengthy newsletter, but please try and read it, as it contains important information.
Mrs Hamlett is pleased to announce that Ellis Joel Hamlett arrived at 1.40am on Saturday 19th August, weighing 6lb 4oz. She would like to thank infant parents for the beautiful flowers and generous boots voucher plus thanks for all other good wishes, cards and gifts received.
Our new reception children started on Tuesday, we welcome Ruby, James, Henry, Skye, Megan and Evie. Two new families have also joined the school, Sam and Ava Coop and Patch and Daniel Tucker. We are sure they will all be very happy here at Hornby St Margaret’s!
We thought it might be useful to give our new families a brief explanation as to how newsletters, school visit details and other information are communicated. Each Friday, a bag will be sent home via your eldest child in school. This bag will contain a variety of information for you to read and, in some cases, act upon. Please empty your bag on receipt ready for returning back to school every Monday. You can use the bag to safely return any reply slips, completed forms and money, if any has been requested. Any money that you do send into school must be in a clearly marked envelope with your child’s full name and what the money is for. It is important to ensure that your child knows to bring back and hand in their bags each Monday, especially if you have placed money inside. Thank you.
Included in the Friday bag today is a newsletter from your child/ren’s class teacher giving information regarding the new school year. Junior parents, please note that Morecambe Football starts on Monday 11th Sept. for years 3&4 and swimming at Capernwray for years 3/4/5 on Wednesday 20th Sept.
Roald Dahl Day
We are planning a Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday 13th September. Pupils can come to school dressed as their favourite character from one of his books or alternatively just bring their favourite Roald Dahl book with them.
Westmorland County Show
The whole school will be going to the Westmorland Show on Thursday 14th September for the day. We will leave school just after 9am and return in time for the normal end of day, all pupils will need a packed lunch on the day. A detailed information sheet is included in the bag today. We appreciate that some families will be attending the show; if you would prefer your child/ren to go with you as a family unit rather than as part of the school outing, please let Mrs Sharpe in the office know.
At this time of year we have to send home a number of forms to check that we are holding all the correct information about our pupils. Enclosed in the bags this week is a form titled Parental/Carer Consent and Medical Information Form for Educational Visits and Adventurous Activities. This form is for the whole academic year and will cover local and low risk visits made by the children, for example, museum visits, local school visits, local walks and days out. For anything else, such as residential or farm visits, we will seek further permission from you. Although you are only completing one form for all the low risk activities we will send home an information sheet each time to keep you informed of the activities.
Also included in the bag is a Data Collection Sheet for each child. This form has all the information we currently hold on the school database for your child(ren). It is important we have the most up-to-date information, so please do check it and return it either letting us know it is correct or with any necessary amendments. Do also let us know if anything changes during the year.
Meeting for Reception Children Parents
Parents of reception children are invited to a meeting to explain the curriculum and approaches to reading / writing. This meeting is for parents only and will take place on Monday 2nd October at 5pm. Please return the slip attached to the newsletter to let us know if you are able to attend. Many thanks.
Parents are invited to attend our Friday Praise Assembly at 3pm each week, where we celebrate the children’s work.
Drum lessons started again this week. Piano and recorder will start next week and Ukulele in October. If any pupils would like to start music lessons please contact the office, we can even try and find teachers for lessons we don’t currently offer!
Mrs Fisher and Mrs Rosie will be running the school library on a Thursday afternoon this year; infants and juniors will alternate, so books will be kept for two weeks. We will start with juniors on Thursday 21st September, if children have a book at home that they are particularly enjoying they can bring that in on library day instead of choosing one from school.
We really need some more parents, grandparents or friends of school to volunteer to help tend the school garden. Mrs Fisher has kindly agreed to keep running gardening club on a Thursday lunchtime this year, but will only have a small number of children unless she gets more help.
After School Clubs
Miss Allen will run her Art Club again after school on Wednesdays, it will start with juniors up to half term. Mrs Rosie (Zara Metcalfe’s Mum) will run a Sewing Club after school on Thursdays, this will initially be for year 5 & 6 pupils. Please complete the slips at the end of the newsletter if your children would like to take part. Both clubs will run from 3:30-4:30pm starting next week, please pick the children up promptly at 4.30pm from the main entrance at the front of school.
Cookie continues to offer all children lovely lunches, which are still fully funded for all infant children and excellent value at £2.20 for juniors. We are always happy for children to try the meals and can be very flexible about the days they have them, just come and talk to us. Details of how to pay will follow in next few weeks.
Early Morning Club
Early morning club continues to be available from 8.20am at a cost of £1 per child per morning. The club is available to all children in the school, you can just turn up and pay on the day.
School Admissions September 2017
Lancashire County Councils online application system is now open for application for 2017.
The website is www.lancashire.gov.uk/schools . The closing date for applications is:
- Secondary school applications – 31st October 2017
- Primary school applications – 15th January 2018
In this week’s bag, parents of year 6 children will find a flyer about secondary applications.
QES Information Evening
Parents of year 6 children are invited to attend QES information evenings for prospective 2018 year 7 entrants on either Wednesday 13th September (Cumbria/N Yorks) Thursday 21st September (Lancashire) at 6.30pm. Full information and the evening registration form can be found on the QES website www.queenelizabeth.cumbria.sch.uk
Dates for this half-term
- Monday 11th Sept – Morecambe Football starts for years 3 & 4
- Wednesday 13th Sept – Roald Dahl Day
- Wednesday 13th Sept – After School Art Club
- Thursday 14th Sept – Westmorland County Show
- Friday 15th Sept – Year 3 Parent Drop In 9-9:30am
- Sunday 17th Sept – Monthly Youth Led Service 10:45am St Margaret’s Church
- Wednesday 20th Sept – Swimming starts for years 3,4 & 5
- Friday 29th Sept – Macmillan Coffee Morning
- Sunday 1st Oct – Harvest Festival Service 10:45am St Margaret’s Church
- Monday 2nd Oct – Reception Children Parent Meeting at 5pm
- Monday 9th Oct – Parent Meetings and School Nurse
- Friday 20th Oct – Teacher Training Day
Meeting for Reception Children parents
Monday 2nd October at 5pm
Name of child:
I/we can attend the information meeting at 5pm
Sorry I/we can’t make it
My child(ren) ……………………………………………………………………………… would like to take part in Miss Allen’s Art Club
starting on Wednesday 13th September after school, a donation of £2 per session would be appreciated for St John’s
Hospice Peru Trek( Just bring the cash each week please).
My child(ren) ………………………………………………………………………………………. would like to take part in Mrs Rosie’s Sewing
Club starting on