It was snow joke.....
Well done to you all for your efforts in the snow and ice; we have seen examples of amazing resourcefulness and resilience and the children have remained positive throughout. Thank you for the supportive comments and for bearing with us on the delayed starts on both Thursday and Friday last week - there were unusual circumstances that led to the decisions and ones which I hope are unlikely to happen again. I am proud of our unblemished record for remaining open and wish to publicly thank the staff, some of whom had to make very difficult journeys to be in school. I'd also like to thank our pupils, who enjoyed the snow and lived up to the high expectations we have of their behaviour.
School Change Team - we need you!
One of our important teams in school is the Change Advisory Team (CAT). This team has representation from all groups in school: pupils, teacher; each year group, TAs, admin staff, infrastructure staff, governors and parents. Meetings take place half termly and these chew over many issues for change - most recently we have been discussing the playground and this work will continue. We need two parents to make a commitment for a year to the group - we usually meet on a Wednesday morning for an hour from 8:30 a.m.
Anyone is welcome, you don't need to have any particular expertise. If you're interested please talk to me if you see me in the yard, drop a note into the office or telephone. I'm thanking you in anticipation!
On Thursday 18th of December, the school had another special Xmas Factor. The contestants were:
Reuben Israel, J8
Fray, J10, Amy Chantry, J12 and Jessica Grant, J12 Lydia
Suleyman Ahmed, J11
Tom Cooper J8, Bruno Schooling, J7 and Isaac Wilson, J7
Maggie Colvill, J11
Cainan Farrah, J9
Elsa Moxley, J11
Mia Smith, J12, Jada Smith, J6 and Anthony Windith,J7
Lisa Gill, J6
Rosa Israel J10
And a special performance by the Bombs and Tulips aka Mr Watson, Mr Jenkins, Mr Pursall, Mr Bywaters, Mr Beauchamp and Mr Jenkin.The Winners of Xmas Factor were Tom Cooper, Isaac Wilson and Bruno Schooling: Boys Aloud. Congratulations to them.
By Ellie Bondswell And Courtney Welsh Jones
At the last meeting of the full Governing Body Mrs Sylvia Yates was elected as the new Chair of Governors. Steve Randall remains as a committed and visible governor and I'd like to thank him for his work in his previous role as Chair and for his continued support and challenge for the school. I am grateful to all members of the Governing Body who are working towards Hunter's Bar being an outstanding school.
Below is the updated list of members of our Governing Body:
Chair of Governors Sylvia Yates
Parent: Diane Wilkinson
Parent: Sue Whittaker
Parent: Mike Woolley
Parent: Farzana Camran
Parent: Nick Hoare
Parent: Auriel Majumdar
LA: Kate Quail
LA: Richard Deeks
LA: Steve Randall
Community: Zahid Saleem
Community: Yogi Amin
Headteacher: Jill Hallsworth
Teacher: Lynnette Glossop
Teacher Jacqui Stockley
Non-Teaching staff: Nicola Sawyer
A huge thank you to everyone who has shown support in so many ways for the Heppenstall family recently. They have been overwhelmed by your kindness.
Class Assemblies : Spring term
J5: Tuesday 9 February
J8:Thursday 4 March
J10: Thursday 11 March
J7: Thursday 25 March
Assemblies start at 9:00 am and last 20—30 minutes. Please remember to sign in at the office before going to the Hall.
SEN Drop In
The focus for the Drop in for the Spring term is:
supporting your child with maths without doing pages of sums!
-information to follow
Grants for Computers
Home Access is a government drive which will help low-income families to get access to a computer and the internet to get online at home. Further details from www.homeaccess.org.uk
Well done to Joe Fleischman, Tom Blacksell and Rory Wilson who recently entered a cross country event at
The remaining dates and venues for cross country are:
Saturday 6th February - Limpsfield
Saturday 6th March -
GravesPark Y4 + Y5/6 City Championships
Saturday 13th March - Relays Bannerdale
Thank you to those of you with children in Year 5 and 6, who attended our small ‘launch’ of this year’s Creative Partnership project, entitled ‘Sum? Where? Over the rainbow!’ This exciting new chapter in Maths creativity is mainly focused on the Year 5 and 6 classes, but the other classes and teachers will be joining in with the general push to find new ways to engage children and help their understanding and confidence in Maths.
Our new Creative practitioner, Matt Butt, will be using his experience from his work in the Arts and Education to inspire our planning and delivery of Maths.
Community Drop In sessions
Hunter’s Bar Infant School
9 to 11 am
(every first Monday of the month)
Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) were introduced two years ago to provide a dedicated policing service in the heart of local communities.
Based at Meersbrook Police Station, your safer neighbourhood team covers the areas of Sharrowvale, Ecclesall, Dore and Totley.
Each team provides a visible, accessible and familiar service to your neighbourhood, working closely with partner agencies and the local community to tackle identified crime and disorder concerns. Their aim is to make every neighbourhood in
To contact the Sharrowvale, Ecclesall, Dore and Totley teams:
Our mountain of lost property has continued to grow…. Our plans to reduce the amount of lost property in school are:
We are going to buy more boxes so that the lost property can be sorted by type so that it will help when looking for lost items.
Lost property will be displayed in the school hall regularly and children will go in their classes to see if anything is theirs. Parents will also be welcome at the end of the school day. Any items which remain unclaimed after being displayed on 3 occasions (about 6 weeks) will be donated to charity.
Laundry marker pens will be made available for children to label items of their PE kit which are not named.
Please help us by labelling your child’s belongings with their name and class so that they can be returned to them.
We have a pair of child’s glasses, a number of watches and a very distinctive purse in the office: if your child has lost a small item please ask them to check at the office: they will need to describe the item they have lost!
There is a brand new blood donor session happening in S11!
MILLENNIUM HALL (POLISH CLUB)
Monday 8th February 2010
Times: 12:30pm - 3:00pm/4:00pm-7:30pm
Please call 0300 123 23 23 to book your appointment, or go on-line www.blood.co.uk
Please support your local blood donor session.
Just 1 donation can help save up to 3 lives.
Our last Scholastic Book Fair raised £406 in FREE BOOKS for school
Both Governing Bodies of Hunter's Bar Infant and Junior schools have been working on an important site issue: managing the safe access of visitors to our schools during the school day. I know, from our conversations, that this progress will be reassuring for many parents. The safeguarding of our children is a high priority and we have recognised that the current arrangement of free access to the site is not sufficient and does not demonstrate the high standard of care we wish for our children.
We will be looking to be in a position for contractors to be able can carry out the work during the Easter holiday and I know you will want to know about how this will affect you. Final decisions still have to be made but what is already known is that parents will have free access at identified times at the beginning and end of each school day and both Ms Hayes and I will communicating with you in more detail later this term.
Txt Msgs (Text Messages)
Feedback from parents about the text messaging service has been good and we have found it to be a very effective way of getting information to lots of parents quickly. However some parents have not received messages because their details have not been updated or parents would prefer messages to go to a different contact. It is very important that parents keep school informed of changes to contact numbers to receive these messages.
We have also noticed that a number of parents are now following us on Twitter and we will use this as another way of communicating with parents
Safer Internet Day
9 February 2010
The theme this year, Think B4 U Post, is aimed at informing children of the dangers of making certain information accessible. Young people do not always realize that the personal information they post remains online and it can be accessed by anyone (including their parents, teachers, future employers, predators…). Personal information contained in social networking profiles can be used by unscrupulous individuals for purposes which may include grooming. This doesn’t only refer to what is written, such as name, address, date of birth etc. but to anything which can make one vulnerable to bullying or abuse such as photographs on social networking sites which make the subject easily identifiable, or mobile phone numbers which can be easily distributed to people who will abuse it.
The more you know about what is out there and how to guard against it, the safer your children will be and the less you have to worry!
School Improvement Priorities 2009-10
The recent Ofsted inspection has been a guide to our current priorities and a measure against which we can identify our progress.
- To improve pupils’ progress in maths across the school.
- To continue to improve the quality of teaching across the school.
- To improve the overall relationship between school and parents.
The week beginning February 1st is National Story Telling Week…..
During the week the children will begin to write the sequel to our last publication 'Little book of Heroes'. All children will be contributing to the book and we hope that it will be available to buy during April.
We are looking for parents who speak another language to come into school and to share stories with small groups of children during the week. Please contact the office or your child's teacher if you would like to volunteer for this.
We would also like to remind parents that we are always on the lookout for reading volunteers in school. Ms Lovett is able to provide first class training for this. Thank you to all our current reading volunteers who are giving their time to support children in school.
Teachers will also be reading their favourite stories to classes other than their own.
The main thing we would ask of parents during the week is to read with your children. Set aside time to share a story, read the paper, check the internet for current affairs or just chat about books that you have read,, your favourite authors or the types of storied you like to read.
Remember any reading is OK it needn’t be a reading book!