Infant 26/4/13

26 April 2013

Dear Parents,

I often write about what is really important in school and life. Sometimes we feel at odds with the authorities, though nearly always in line with your hopes and aspirations (I hope). Each year we write a School Development Plan which formally puts into place some targets which we will strive to achieve during the coming year. Incidentally that last sentence puts me in mind of my school motto. Sequor ut attingham (Godalming Grammar School – now Sixth form college). I’m not sure my Latin or translation is quite right but I think it means “I follow in order to attain”.

So back to the SDP… the senior leadership team of the school along with Robert Cotton met together this week to air our first thoughts about next year’s targets. It was a good four hour meeting, I am not sure what will finally emerge as our final list but I thought you might like to see our initial work. So here we are with the top ten:

1. Progress – ensuring all children make the very best progress possible in learning
2. Parents supporting learning – covering all apsects of parents being involved in the childrens learning
3. Teachers’ continuing professional development – making staff more responsible for their CPD.
4. Networking – joining up with other schools to learn and exchange ideas and expertise.
5. Academy debate – is now the right time? Perhaps working with the Diocese.
6. Leadership – working towards sustainable middle and senior leaders.
7. Transition – maths and writing – a major project looking at how children progress from one year to another. To make sure this is smoother and enables children to make consistent progress.
8. Fulfilling our vocation as a church school.
9. Financial security – in times of austerity ensuring money is used wisely.
10. Capitalising on the new Chapel and making a programme for the next major building projects.

Well that’s it, I expect it will end up as fewer targets, but I hope the content of all that will be there. The full SDP should be available for parents to see by the middle of June.

With best wishes, Richard


Teacher-led clubs
All teacher-led clubs start next week (commencing 29 March). Owing to demand, Construction, Out and About and Outdoor Games clubs have been split into two groups. Please check your returned form to see whether you are in the group before or after half term. There are still some places in Choir on Wednesdays and Sian is happy for children to join this in the alternate half-term to the clubs above if they would like to - the more voices the better. Please let the office know if your child would like to join in with Choir (Years 1 and 2 only).

School questionnaire
A reminder that school questionnaires are due back next Wednesday 1 May. Thank you for your responses so far, but please do complete one if you haven't already and return it to the office.

Admissions 2013
If you have applied for a place in Year R or Year 3 for September 2013 please remember that the deadline for accepting or declining places is next Wednesday 1 May.

Eco Team
Reception year children have now joined the Eco Team: Eliana Taylor and Jacob Ship, Hazel Class and Scarlett Leroy and JJ Morrish for Willow. The Eco Team are running a competition over the next 6 weeks to help everyone to remember how important recycling is. Every week Brian, our caretaker, is checking which classes are recycling most carefully. There will be a prize for the winning class.

Lunch money
As we are at the start of a new term don’t forget to come up to the office to pay for school lunches.

Trainers
We are now going outside as often as possible for PE so please ensure that your child has their trainers in school all week.

FOPS NEWS

Summer Fair
Our Summer Fair is only a few weeks away (Sunday 9 June). We are looking for someone to sponsor the bouncy castle. This is always very popular with the children but without sponsorship has to be run at a loss. Please contact Emily Bourke (emilybourke@msn.com) if you know of anyone who might provide sponsorship. 

If you are planting seeds over the next few weeks, why not do a few extra for the plants & home produce stall at the fair?
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Found
Small board book found in the road outside school (“Elmo’s World – Balls!”)

Menu for week beginning Monday 29 April

Parent-Time (one-to-one counselling for parents)
Feeling low? Confused? Bewildered? Angry? Don’t know where to turn next?
Talking things through with someone who will listen, without telling you what to do, can be an enormous relief and may help you to find your way through. Parent-Time is a low cost, professional counselling service offering you the opportunity to come and talk in confidence to one of our counsellors. It is intended for parents and carers of children attending schools throughout Guildford and offers counselling under the auspices of a small charity constitution. Contact Parent-Time in confidence on 01483 232029 or 0787 521 3673, admin@parenttime-counselling.co.uk. www.parenttime-counselling.co.uk

Pilates at Zilla’s studio
Come straight after drop-off for the new 8 week block of Pilates at Zilla's studio (Zeb's mum - Oak class), Guildford Pilates Place, starts 9.15am Tuesday 30th April. Email pilates@guildfordpilatesplace.co.uk to sign up!

Wednesday Evening Kids Club
Want something different, fun and exciting for the kids to do on a Wednesday evening? Christ Church in Waterden Road, runs a kids club called "Interact" for anyone over 7 up to year 6 - games, craft, fun, trips, camping etc from 6.30pm to 8pm, for just 50p per session. For more information call Michael Tame on 07795173161 or email michael@christchurchguildford.com. or just turn up at the church hall next week Wed 1st May for the first meeting of the term.