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NEWS AND EVENTS

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Term 3 begins on Monday 7th January

Term 3 ends on Friday 15th February

FOREST SCHOOL

This term we are beginning Forest School learning, starting with Year 3, 4 and 5 children. As part of this we are looking at developing/clearing the woodland area behind the pond. If you have any knowledge or skills which could help us with this project and you would be willing to donate some time please contact Mrs Hall or Mrs Gill. There will be a date to follow when we would welcome all volunteers to help clear the area. This will take place on a Saturday in the near future.

BAG2SCHOOL COLLECTION

The PTA will be holding a Bag2School collection on Weds 30th January. Bags will be sent home next week and the following items can be donated: good quality adults' and children's clothing, paired shoes, hats, belts, handbags, ties and soft toys. NO bedding, curtains, towels, household linen, workwear, school uniforms or bric-a-brac please. Please do not bring bags in before 30th January as we have nowhere to store them – thank you.

 OPEN FOR PARENTS E-BULLETIN

Please see attached a bulletin with details of parenting groups, drop-ins and various workshops for parents (e.g. e-safety) taking place over the next few weeks in the local area. There are also details of events organised by the Education Futures Trust.

STAFF NEWS

We would like to congratulate Miss Smith (Y1) on the successful completion of her NQT year and welcome her officially now as a permanent member of staff.

We are sorry to announce that Mr Brignall, our Site Manager, will be retiring at the beginning of March and would like to thank him for all his work for the school. The Caretaker job description and application form is available here for any interested parties.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

As a school, our December events and collections have raised the fantastic sum of £300.85 for the Friends of Conquest Hospital! Thank you to everyone who has supported these activities. 

As part of the children’s festive entertainment the staff put on a performance of Peter Pan.

PTA CHRISTMAS

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the PTA Christmas Fair. The total raised for the whole day including Secret Santa and Grotto visits, before expenses, was £2301.41, which is a fantastic amount. Thank you very much to everyone who helped in any way with the event, and to all those who came along and visited the fair.

WEATHER STATION

Click here to visit the Guestling Bradshaw weather station and get the latest weather updates.

CO-OP LOCAL COMMUNITY FUND

The PTA are pleased to announce that the Co-op have chosen us for the next round of their Local Community Fund. This is such a fantastic opportunity but we need the whole school to get behind us to maximise our chance of reaching our goal. 

Our Aim: We would love to build an outdoor classroom, to extend pupils' learning experiences and take learning outside whatever the weather. 

The funding period started on 28th October and will run for 12 months. We have currently raised £2.57 Please support the school to achieve as much money as possible. 

Every time members shop at Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected own-branded products and services goes to help fund community projects where they live. 

If you are not currently a co-op member but do shop in the co-op then please register for a co-op card at this email address: www.coop.co.uk/membership If you are already a co-op member then please log-in and choose PTA Guestling Bradshaw Primary School as your local cause. Please extend this request to all family and friends. 

GUESTLING READING CHALLENGE

Can you rise to the challenge? See details below.

10 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

The document below lists 10 questions you can ask your child about their day at school. Please try some of them out at home – we’d love to hear about what the children say! You can find the document below.

MEDICINES

Just a reminder that, as per our policy regarding medicines, any medicines required in school time (prescription and non-prescription, including cough sweets, Strepsils etc) must be brought into school in original packaging with child’s name, and a form must be completed by parents (available in the Office). Medicines must also be handed to the Office where they can be stored safely. Thank you.

ALLERGIES

Due to severe allergies we ask that children do not bring oranges or anything similar i.e. satsumas, mandarins etc. to school (even peeled ones).

YOUNG MUSIC MAKERS

The East Sussex Music Service is offering Saturday morning sessions for children aged 3 to 7. Please see the flyer below for details. 

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES

This year, all of our School Development Priorities are based on our ‘Inner Space to Outer Space’ theme:
 

Inner Space = Increased levels of resilience and mental well-being evidenced by pupils and staff
Outer Space = Further development of broad-balanced curriculum using outdoor learning and child-led learning opportunities. Increased attainment results, especially in reading and progress measures, especially for boys.

 

We have attached a copy of our Home-School Agreement with this newsletter for you to discuss as a family.

SIERRA LEONE FUNDRAISING

In order to support our link school (Maynard School, Kossoh Town) in Sierra Leone, we are raising money for tables and chairs as there are not enough for every child and the existing ones are in poor condition. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate for a table (£10) or chair (£5), please see Miss Godley or Mrs Rew.

ANY ISSUES OR CONCERNS?

Please raise any issues or concerns that you have about the school via Mr Cline, Mrs Rew, class teachers or the school office so that the matter can be dealt with. We ask that you do not talk about pupils on social media sites (e.g. Facebook). Thanks for your support with this.

UNIFORM

Please make sure your child comes to school wearing smart school uniform every day. We ask that hairbands, clips and bows are small and not multi-coloured and that nail varnish is not worn to school. Please also ensure that socks are plain and not striped or patterned. We have attached the School Uniform policy for your information. Thanks for your co-operation.

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