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Welcome back letter

7th September 2018

 

Dear Parents / Carers

 

Welcome back to school! Another exciting and inspiring school year lies ahead. I wish an extra special welcome to the new Reception children and any new arrivals to the school. We are sure you will be happy here at St Cuthbert’s and will quickly feel part of our school family.

 

Establishing Routines

The start of a new school year enables us to set the tone for learning and behaviour in the school. It is an important time for teachers and children to establish classroom routines and to set expectations of learning, behaviour and working well together. Please help us by ensuring children are in school on time, wearing the correct school uniform (this includes black, sensible school shoes, no jewellery and no nail vanish) and are ready to learn. On the school website you will find information about the school day including school uniform information and what they need to bring for games and PE.

 

Last year we attempted to update the school PE Kit however we had several issues with the supplier. If you purchased a PE kit from Gray’s last year you can now exchange it free of charge for the actual school kit complete with St Cuthbert’s school badge.

 

Change to routine

After taking advice from the health and safety executive at BwD and an external fire officer we have had to take the decision to open the school gates on St Alban’s Road for access onto and off the school car park during school opening hours and close the gates on Lynwood Avenue. This is because it is the official school address and access is required for emergency vehicles. I am sure we will soon all adapt to this slight change as it puts the safety of the children first.

 

Updating Class Dojo

This week staff are working hard to set up new Class Dojo links for the new children in their classes. Please be patient as this is not an easy task and takes time to get everyone set up accurately in the correct classes. It may also mean that some new teachers re-request your contact details. If you have changed any of your details then please let us know as soon as possible.

 

We regularly try to post pictures and updates of the children’s learning this is now mostly done through Class Dojo rather than the website however staff will try to reference any updates on their class pages as well.

 

Communication

All staff in school are committed to excellent communication with parents but do have contracted hours in order to maintain a positive work life balance. Teachers will always try to respond to any messages from parents promptly (either through Class Dojo or School Office) at a time that is suitable, i.e. not whilst teaching, and during our usual working day. Please understand that we do have the very best interests of your children at heart and sometimes it does take a little time to respond.

 

Please remember that if you have any worries or concerns it is always better to come and talk to us directly rather than worrying unduly and that we will always consider carefully your comments and suggestions when making decisions. Staff are available after school when they have walked their children onto the playground. This is an ideal time to catch up with them on how your child is progressing and discuss any concerns or worries.

 

Moreover, thank you to all the parents who completed the annual questionnaire and commented positively about our school. I now have updated the website with your questionnaire comments and will continue to ensure we keep this regularly updated moving forward. In addition, we will continue to post our newsletters on the website.

 

Update Meetings for Parents

Following great feedback last year, we will again be holding our annual ‘Meet the Teacher’ session after school on Wednesday 19th September 2018, 3.30 – 4.30pm. This gives you an opportunity to find out about the year ahead, the topics your child will be learning about and any important information you might need to know, i.e. homework/reading, etc.

 

Building Update

Last year we invested heavily in our ‘outdoors’ – building our Forest School area, installing a new trim-trail outside of KS1 and completing the ‘mile a day’ markings on the playground.

 

Over the summer, we have improved the lighting throughout the whole school which has made a big difference particularly to the classrooms and in the main school hall.

 

Safe Hands

Safe Hands ran throughout the summer and I believe they had a fantastic time. Well done to all children who attended from St. Cuthbert’s and displayed excellent behaviour and attitude. Remember that Safe Hands operate before and after school throughout the school year and is open daily during school holidays.

 

The St Cuthbert’s team and I look forward to the year ahead and to working with you once again. I would like to add that I continue to be pleased and proud to be the Headteacher at St Cuthbert’s.

 

With best wishes

 

Michelle Smith

Headteacher

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