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Weekly News Friday 19 March

Dear Parents and Carers

“Lent is a journey during which the Lord asks us to follow three steps:

almsgiving, prayer, and fasting.” Pope Francis

 

It was great to see the children taking full part in the Dress as a Superhero Day to raise money for Comic Relief. The children in their costumes did bring some colour and many smiles and laughter to the school and lets all face it we could all do with this at the moment.

 

One child asked me if she could come to school dressed as her mum as she thought her mum was a superhero and I said she could as let’s face it all parents have to be superheroes from time to time.

 

Our next fund raising event will be an activity afternoon run by our Year 6 children on Friday 26 March more details will be available soon.

 

The “View from My Window” competition entries have finally been posted on the Children’s page on the website for all to have a view. The winners will be announced next week after everyone has had a chance to have a look.

 

Thank you to all the parents who have completed our survey on home/remote learning. We do value your views and opinions and will share with you the results of the survey when we have had a chance to go through the responses.

 

Relationships and Health Education (RHE)

Relationships and Health education became a statutory subject for all schools in September 2020.

 

We as a school have decided to adopt “Life to the Full” by Ten Ten Resources as our scheme of work for RHE.

 

Before we implement this programme with the children we are required to consult with you as parents on the programme so please look out for the additional letter which will provide you with further information on the programme.

 

School Meal Vouchers for during the Easter Holiday

The local authority are providing school meals vouchers for children who are entitled to benefits related free school meals so if you are entitled to these please make sure that we have got an up to date email address and contact number.

 

Holiday Activities and Food Programme

The local authority will also be arranging a Holiday Activities and Food programme where children entitled to benefits related free school meals can go along and take part in various activities for 4 hours per day for 4 days over Easter Holidays. The children will be able to take part in fun activities and receive a school meal. At this moment I haven’t got the full details for this but I will keep parents fully informed as soon as I receive these.

 

Afterschool Club

Our own afterschool club is now running again and we have got places left on all days. A session costs £4:00 and runs until 4:30p.m every day. For further details, look on the Parents page on the website.

 

Staff Changes

There are a few changes in staffing arrangements at school. Mrs O’Brien has left the school to continue her studies so we have moved Mrs Chittenden into Year 2. Mrs Chittenden’s place Year 1 is being covered by Mrs Griffin and Miss Brown.

 

We wish Mrs O’Brien the very best and thank her for all she has done for the children in Year 2.

 

Mr Macdonald is now teaching for two days in Year 5 with Mrs Warren as Miss Fudge is now on Maternity leave.

 

We welcome back to the school Mrs De Wynter who will be working in Year 6 helping to support key the children as they get ready to move onto secondary school in September.

 

Autism Clinics

There are clinics running for anyone who is caring for a child with autism for further information see below from The Autism Apprentice:

 

We have received funding from Kent County Council to offer free out of hours autism advice clinics in the Ashford area, starting 31st March 2021.  This funding is for pre- and post-diagnosis. 

 

Contact – info@autismapprentice.co.uk or telephone 0300 011 0300

 

Co Parenting Information

See below details of workshops for post separation families:

 

Dear All
Please, spread the word! - The 5 Steps to Co-Parenting Success! Workshop has been so successful at helping to reduce post-separation family conflict that we had run out of workshop spaces… so we’ve added some more dates in.
The workshops are around 3 hours long and cover the 5 key areas towards building a sustainable long-term framework that is child-centric. The workshop is gender-neutral and suitable for all separated parents

The Co-parenting Programme is an early-intervention, preventative measure to improve the lives of the children of separated parents and to reduce parental conflict in post-separation relationships. 
Workshops are FREE to participants in Ashford and Canterbury districts and have been kindly funded via NHS Kent and Medway CCG. 

 

Remaining Dates:

  • Friday 19 March 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Wednesday 24 March 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Wednesday 14 April 6 pm - 9 pm - Evening Session as requested!
  • Friday 16 April 2 pm - 5 pm
  • Wednesday 28 April 6 pm - 9 pm - Evening Session as requested!
  • Friday 30 April 2 pm - 5 pm

More information: https://coparenting.org.uk/workshop/

Please note attendee criteria -> https://coparenting.org.uk/criteria/

Reserve the free spaces here -> https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/co-parenting-programme-tickets-131465174877

Any questions, let me know.

Adam Colthorpe
Director of Mentoring
Dads Unlimited

 

With best wishes

 

Peter McCabe Headteacher

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