It is nice to see everyone back for the new school year and all the lovely smart pupils arriving for school on their first day. The year promises to be unusual as we try to adapt to a ‘new normal’ because of the pandemic.
At Rack House we constantly strive to ensure that all our children get the best possible start in life and we can only do this by working in partnership with parents. It is vital that children arrive at school on time and in their allotted slots to ensure all in the community are safe. I will not be able to authorise any applications for holidays because children have already spent 6 months away from school. I realise many have lost their holidays this year as it has affected staff also! I realise that if your child is ill, this cannot be helped, and that parents have no control over hospital appointment times, however best efforts should be made to schedule general GP and dental appointments outside of school hours as children need to get into good attendance habits early. If you wish to speak to a teacher please do so at the end of the school day or make an appointment. The mornings are times when the teacher has a class and will not be able to discuss your individual child’s needs. This is to ensure the safety of all children and to ensure they start the day in a structured environment. Many thanks for your support in this matter.
From Monday 7th September, parents and children from Nursery and Reception will be asked to take their children to class doors and hand their children over to teachers. All other parents are asked to leave children at the school gate leading to the infant playground where the children can then enter school safely and go directly to their classrooms at their allotted times. This promotes independence and is an important safeguarding measure for your children. If you have any concerns please contact me as I am on the school gate most mornings. Once a child enters the school yard we will not let them leave without their parent being present.
The school is continuing to develop its’ attendance policy which we started last year. As a school it is vital that children attend regularly to develop their learning. We are actively promoting excellent attendance by giving rewards half-termly and annually to promote this as can be seen from our policy. Please ensure your children are in school on time to give them the most opportunity to enjoy their primary education and make as much progress as possible. Our school target is to obtain 96.5% attendance and we have to work together to ensure we achieve this goal.
Assemblies will not be taking place because of the pandemic and I am sure you will support this decision.
MacMillan Coffee Morning/ Race
We will have our annual MacMillan Coffee morning on Friday 25th September, but this year parents will not be able to attend!
The children, in the afternoon, will be asked to take part in a run for The MacMillan Fund where children will be asked to donate £1.00 to take part in it. Children will run with some staff and it will help with our daily exercise! All monies raised will go to the MacMillan Fund as most people now know someone affected by cancer.
Year 4 Swimming
Swimming lessons for our Year 4 children begin Tuesday 15th September so can you ensure children attend school with all items they need for this activity. As we are the last school of the day, we usually arrive back to school for 3.45pm on these days.
It is important that children get to school on time so that we instil good attitudes to learning and ensure that all our children know that punctuality is very important in life.
All children with 100% attendance weekly will receive a raffle ticket and will be entered into our year group draw, where they may win a £10 WH Smith voucher. The more weeks you are in 100% of the time, the more chance you have of winning! Good luck.
After School Club
After School Club has started and can I remind all parents that they should contact the school office if they wish their children to attend the club. Prices remain the same as last year and we hope you take advantage of this extra service.
Due to coronavirus we are not opening school halls this half term and all children will be eating a packed lunch in their classes. I realise this is not ideal, but we are trying to ensure we can go back to hot meals next halt ter. I will keep you posted! A selection of fruit is available at dinner times to encourage healthy eating!
Your child’s belongings
Please ensure that your child’s school bag, uniform items, PE kit, water bottle and lunch boxes etc. are labelled with child’s name and class. Every day there are lost items and this will help us to identify which children items belong to. Thank you for your support.
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