Weekly Newsletter wEST mEADOWS - 3rd May 2024

Welcome to West Meadows Weekly!

This week we had a visit from the Dogs Trust who worked with children from Year 1 through to Year 6, teaching children how to look after a dog and how to stay safe in the community around a dog. The children really enjoyed the session and learnt lots about keeping safe! A big thank you to the Dogs Trust for coming in and working with our children. For the last few weeks we have also had some special outreach visitors into assembly each Wednesday teaching the children about different values and behaviours. So far the children have explored themes such as science, forgiveness and how to manage feelings of jealousy.

Coffee Morning:

Our PTA will be hosting a coffee morning next Thursday 9th May at 8:15am in our school hall. All welcome, but children must be supervised by an adult. We would be grateful for any cake/bun donations. Could any donations be brought to the office by Wednesday 8th please. Please spread the word! We would love to see lots of you there.

School Kitchen Vacancy:

We have an exciting vacancy for a catering assistant in our school kitchen, working 10 hours per week. Please see our school website for more information and an application pack if you are interested or ask Miss Marsh for more information. Please spread the word with anyone you know might be interested.

Year 6 Camping Trip:

Our Year 6 children are invited to an end of year camping trip experience on school grounds on Friday 28th June from 4pm (with pick up the next day after breakfast!) Thanks to your amazing fundraising efforts we are able to offer this experience to our children for free. It is a great opportunity for the children to spend some quality time together making memories with their friends and staff before they move on to their next adventure at secondary school.

National Crime Agency Alert:

You may have seen on the news this week a story about a large rise in something called ‘Sextortion’. Schools have been informed that there has been a large increase in the targeting of children online to send inappropriate images and videos to strangers posing as children. The children are then contacted and threatened to be exposed if they do not meet the criminals’ demands. Unfortunately these gangs are targeting children of all ages. Please be aware of and monitor your child’s communications online to help keep them safe. At school we will continue to educate children in an age appropriate way about how to keep safe online.

Mental Health Awareness Week:

Mental Health Awareness Week is Monday 13th-Friday 17th May. On Monday, 13th May, children will be carrying out some work in school focusing on the importance of maintaining a good mental health and also joining in a virtual assembly on mental health in the afternoon.

Attendance Matters!

Every Friday we will celebrate our children’s achievements, both in school and at home, including their attendance in school. Good attendance is vital for your child’s education and means they can make the most of all aspects of school life. We really need your support this year to raise our attendance. If you need any help or support please come and see Mrs Maree. You can see your own child’s attendance for the year and the last 4 weeks on the Arbor App. An attendance of 97% or above is considered to be good attendance.

Last Week's Attendance:

F1 AM (incl 30 hours): 94%

F2: 92.1%

Year 1: 93.3%

Year 2: 92.3%

Year 3: 97.4%

Year 4: 90%

Year 5: 93%

Year 6: 92.5%

Congratulations to this week's winners, Year 3!

Diary Dates:

6th May - Bank Holiday Monday

9th May - PTA Coffee Morning 8:15am in the hall

13th May - Year 6 SATS week

Mental Health Awareness Week. Including virtual assembly on Monday 13th

20th May - Endangered Species Theme Day

22nd May - Year 4 Drama Workshop (Road Safety)

24th May - Treat Tuck Shop on the playground at end of the school day

24th May - Break up for Spring Bank

3rd June - Return to school

Year 6 Red Cross Coping with Challenges Workshop

Wc 3rd June - Year 4 Multiplication Check this week

Wc 10th June - Year 1 Phonics Screening Check this week

17th June - Parent Forum 2pm in Community Room

19th June - Year 6 drama workshop

20th June - Drama Festival Performance – The Academy Theatre

28th June - Year 6 Leavers’ Camping Night!

2nd July - F2 Sports Day (1:30pm)

3rd July - Year 1 / 2 Sports Day (9:30am)

Year 3 / 4 Sports Day (1:30pm)

4th July - Year 5 / 6 Sports Day (1:30pm)

5th July - F1 (Nursery) Sports Day (9:30am)

Summer Fair (2:00pm)

10th July - End of Year Reports to Parents

11th and 12th July - Transition Days in school and Year 6 transition to Kirk Balk

19th July - Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly

*Year 6 End of Year Show date at The Academy Theatre to be confirmed