Welcome to the December Newsletter and the end of a busy term. I wish everyone a happy holiday and the very best wishes for the new year.
Thanks go to everyone who supported the Winter Fair – and especially to those people who made a commitment to help. It was a very successful and enjoyable event!
Thank you to those parents/carers who attended the meeting to find out about the work we are going to be doing with the children. It was received enthusiastically and there was a general feeling that parents welcomed it and thought it was a good idea.
We are preparing to start the first theme after Christmas, the theme being “Going for Goals” There are fantastic resources in school which means that assemblies, PSHE lessons and cross-curricular activities aim to have an impact on how children manage their emotions and find solutions to their problems. The project recognises that all children have an entitlement to have help with this and all staff who have dealings with the children will aim for the same approach.
Anti Bullying Week
….We used some of the SEAL material - it was very successful and the children produced some very thoughtful work. Some examples that give a flavour of the work done are included at the end of the newsletter.
This Christmas we are collecting money for Present Aid. This is a way of helping people in other parts of the world, by using the money to buy important items that will help improve their lives.
We can buy lots of different things to help communities in different countries, some of them are as follows:
For £7 we can buy a stethoscope for health workers in Cambodia.
For £11 we can buy mosquito nets for a family in Angola.
For £15 we can buy a can of worms to help farmers in Bolivia to improve their soil.
For £24 we can install a tap to a village in Bolivia to give them clean, safe water.
For £30 we can pay the salary of a teacher for 2 months to help children in Chinnamani in India.
For £60 we can buy goats for a family in Bolivia.
For £165 we can buy a cow for a family in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia.
We have asked the children if they would like to donate the money they would have spent on buying Christmas cards for their friends to Present Aid instead. The donations of money can be posted in the school post box (top corridor outside the staff room) making sure PRESENT AID is written on the outside please.
Of course, the children can still send cards to their friends too, making sure they put the friend’s name and class on the envelope!
We have started collecting already and in just one day we have collected £15 (enough for the can of worms.) We will be collecting until last school post Tuesday December 20th.
Year 6 will keep everyone informed about how much we have raised for Present Aid and the School Council will help decide what we will be buying to help these communities.
Thank you for your support.
…to Miss Anwar who is getting married in the new year! She is to return to Pakistan and hopes to return to Sheffield towards the end of the year. We will miss her ready smile and friendly nature but we wish her every happiness.
Visitors to the annexe
I am asking that parents / carers help us safeguard the welfare of pupils and adults who work in the annexe classrooms. Unfortunately there have been incidents of inappropriate adult behaviour which have led us to consider how we manage entry to parts of the school. We feel that we can no longer allow access to the annexe if a teacher / adult is working alone. In this instance we ask that you please go to Reception where an arrangement can be made for you to gain access or see the teacher.
It is with regret that we feel that this is necessary and hope that you can understand that we do wish to work with you and be welcoming.
New Chair of Governors
At the last Full Governors’ Meeting in November a new Chair of Governors was elected. For your information this is:
83 High Storrs Drive
Tel: 0114 2667123
While we welcome Martin, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jill Malcomson for her many years of dedicated service to the school as Chair of Governors. We are fortunate that she is to remain on the governing body - so her vast experience is not totally lost to us.
Parent Governor Vacancy
We also wish to thank Marina Kaser for the part she played on the governing body. She has had to give up her role as parent governor due to work commitments and this now leaves a vacancy. I urge you to consider this…. It can be a very rewarding role and I attach information for those who are interested.
Midday Supervisor Vacancy
We have a vacancy for a Midday Supervisor from January. If you are interested please telephone or call in at the school office for more details.