06 September 2019                                                                                                                                         Newsletter 1

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to a new school year.  I trust that you all have had a good summer and managed to enjoy the gorgeous sunny periods when we had them.

I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as the new Head Teacher for Pendock and I’m very keen to get to know parents, as well as pupils and staff.  From my experience of being a teacher for 16 years, with the last 6 of those as Deputy Head, I know that a successful and happy school depends on us all working together.  Parents make an important contribution to children’s achievements at school and I want to develop the relationship between the school and parents for everyone’s benefit.

I have had a fabulous 3 days in beginning to get to know your children; already, I have had a book recommended to me to read (one of my favourite things) and I was able to have a quick nap in the sun whilst I was drawn around with chalk as the school were thinking about: ‘What is under our skin?’

The staff and I attended a training session on developing a Growth Mindset, Resilience and Identity which is something that we are keen to develop further at Pendock.  A mind-set is a mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations.  We are keen to build on the work that has already started in supporting our children in developing a mind-set that is positive, based on effort and embraces challenge.

Thank you for returning your children to school looking so smart and tidy. Just a reminder – Pendock School Uniform is:

BOYS
Grey Trousers/Shorts
Navy Sweatshirt
Sky Blue Polo Shirt
Black Shoes

GIRLS
Grey Skirt/Pinafore/Trousers
Navy Sweatshirt/Sweatshirt Cardigan
Sky Blue Polo Shirt
Light Blue Gingham/Striped Dress
Black Shoes

P.E. KIT
Blue/Black Shorts
Blue T-Shirt
Navy Jogging Bottoms

When feet grow again I encourage shoes rather than trainers.  If you need any uniform then please follow the link on the website or come and speak to one of us.

I’m also keen for children who have long hair to have it tied back away from their faces.  Not only does this help when they are working (less distracting) but it also helps to keep the creepy crawlies at bay! I’m also keen not to encourage a competition in size of bows/hair bands etc… so please keep them a sensible size!

I look forward to meeting you all at different points across the term.  There will be dates coming out in the forthcoming weeks with more opportunities to meet me.  You are more than welcome to contact me via email or phone should the need arise.

Theme / Value of the term – GENEROSITY

A question to explore as a community – How are children encouraged to act with generosity in both their words and their actions?

Curriculum News

Over the last few days we have been slowly immersing the children in their new topics.  Class 1’s theme is Magical Me and Class 2’s theme is Awesome Egyptians.  On Monday we will be starting our topic with gusto with a WOW morning!  As part of the History/DT/Music strand to this topic in Class 1 we will be building castles out of junk modelling resources, learning about medieval music and creating moving knights.  Please feel free to send in clean, smooth items from your recycle bin to support our project!  Class 2 will be focussing on pyramids – making, creating and building them with lots of different materials.

On Thursday 25th October both classes will be having a dress up day linked to their topic!  Children will be invited, if they want, to dress up as something to do with Egyptians or being a ‘Magical Me’.  More details and ideas will follow.

Class 1 Admin

Please can Nursery and Reception bring their own booster seats to school for any external trips.  These could be brought in for each occasion, or we can keep one in school to save ‘another thing to remember!’

Forest School Dates for this term for Class 1 are: 16/9, 4/10, 20/11 and 6/12.  Children should already have their own pair of wellies in school anyway, we provide overalls and children will need any keep warm / wet weather gear please. 

In Class 1, we invite parents in for Look at the Book sessions.  You can come in before collection at 2.45 pm, look at what they have been up to and chat with your child about the fantastic work they have done.  These sessions are at 2.45 pm on 21/9, 27/9, 11/10, 18/10, 15/11, 22/11. 

For parents of Nursery and Reception children, don’t forget to provide Miss H with your email address so we can get you linked up to your child’s online learning journey – the email updates and photos really do provide a lovely insight into your child’s day 🙂

Show and Tell for Class 1 will be on Wednesday afternoons this term.

Communication

Communication is hugely important to us so please don’t hesitate to speak to one of the Team about anything or phone the school or drop an email.  If you don’t follow us on Twitter then please do – this is a fantastic way to see what it happening in school and celebrate the activities that the children take part in.  Our twitter handle is https://twitter.com/PendockPrimary The FOPS Twitter handle is @Pendockfriends.  You can also search Friends of Pendock School on Facebook.

If your child is too unwell to attend school please telephone the school office as early as possible to let us know, leaving an answerphone message if necessary.  If your child is absent and we have not heard from you we are required to call you as part of our Safeguarding procedures.

Community Activities

Cheltenham Literature Festival – 4th – 13th October

There are a number of fantastic authors appearing at the Festival this year including Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell (How to Train a Dragon).  Do have a look at the website https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/ to see if there is anything that may interest you.  The freebie activities which are available at the weekends are also very good.  The Gruffalo was there last year!

After School Care Club:  Please return any booking forms for this term if you have not done so already.  If you are willing to be a parent volunteer helper either on a regular day or a ‘one off’ to cover any absences, please have a chat with Ms Curnow.  In order for After School Care to be a viable service for us to offer we do need places to be booked in advance.  We will be reviewing the days we offer this service according to demand.

Music Tuition:  Individual music lessons will start next week.  Guitar will be on Monday and keyboard and strings will be on Tuesday (change to previously advertised day).  If your child is doing strings or guitar please make sure they have their instrument in school.

Transition to Secondary School:  Pupils in Year 6 will have a letter attached explaining the process of applying for high school.  The deadline is 31st October.  If you are resident in Gloucestershire (this is determined by which authority you pay your council tax to rather than your postal address) you will need to apply to your own authority, even if you are putting a Worcestershire school as your first choice, and they will liaise with Worcestershire County Council. 

Data and Consent Forms:  Each pupil will have an envelope attached with their / their sibling’s data collection forms.  Please check these carefully and amend where necessary.  It is particularly important that we have up to date mobile numbers and any allergy or medical information.  Photographic consent forms are also enclosed for each pupil and we would be grateful if you could complete and return these as soon as possible.  New starters also have consent forms for: walking in the local area, medical treatment, use of goggles, food tasting and disability information.  Parents of existing pupils can check and update their consents for these if they need to by speaking to Ms Curnow.

Aldi’s Kit for Schools Scheme:  Aldi are now giving out stickers until 3rd November if you spend over £30.  The school can collect these towards sports kit so please encourage all your friends and family to take part!  More details can be found at getseteatfresh.co.uk/kitforschools

Open Mornings:  We have scheduled the following dates for Open Mornings in the Autumn Term:

Tues 15th October

Weds 23rd October

Thurs 7th November

If you know anyone who has a child starting school in the next year or two and who would like to come and view the school, please let them know they would be welcome at these times.  Alternatively, families are always welcome to telephone for an appointment to view the school if they are interested.

Please note that we have added a TED day just before half term.

Have a good weekend.

Mrs Gilroy and all staff

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

Class 1 Trip to Berkley Castle – Monday 23rd September, details TBA

FOPS AGM – 6.00 pm Tuesday 24th September

Swimming Lessons Start – Thursday 26th September

FOPS Jumble Sale – 12.00 – 2.00 pm Saturday 28th September

Harvest Festival – Tuesday 22nd October

TED – Friday 25th October

Half Term – Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November

Tempest Photography – Monday 4th November

FOPS Christmas Fayre – Friday 29th November

Nativity Performances – Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th December

Term Ends – Friday 20th December