Spring Bank Primary School

Headteacher News Category

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

Welcome back after our summer break and welcome to our new Reception children who have begun arriving this week. All children have made a great start in their new classes. We welcome Miss Johnson and Miss Michala, new teachers in Y5 and Y3. We also welcome Mr Tooley as Graduate Learning Assistant in Y4 and Emma Milner in our school office.

 

After School Clubs

Our popular after school clubs will start again next week and continue to remain free. Clubs on offer will be football (three clubs), dance, cross country and gym club, with letters going out this week. We aim to provide language clubs at lunchtime and an after school music club later this term.

 

School Meals and PE kits

The cost of school meals are £2.10 a day for Y3+4 (£10.50 per week) and £2.15 a day for Y5+6 (£10.75 per week). Reception, Y1 and Y2 children’s meals are free. Meals should be paid for in advance and any cheques made out to Carillion.  You can see our menu on our notice board and on our website.

We have an optional school uniform policy but a compulsory PE kit. The kit consists of a white polo T shirt and navy or black shorts. Children should also have trainers in school for outdoor PE. Jewellery is not allowed except for ear studs and watches.

 

Charity Fundraising Children

In assembly this morning we presented a certificate and wristbands to Zak, Hollie, Ella, Zara, Sara, Riya, Rohan and Amelie ran the cake stall at the end of last term which raised £95.00 for the WWF to protect endangered animals. They are all now officially honorary pandas!

 

Attendance

Our school attendance rose last year from 95.3% in 2015-16 to 95.8%. This year our target is to be above 96%. Thank you to all parents and carers who have supported children in having good attendance which is key to successful outcomes in school and later life. Thanks also to the children who were “In school every day” last year and enjoyed a picnic on the grass as a reward in the last week of term. This included children whose only absences were single days for religious observance and children absent for parts of days for medical appointments.

A number of children (14) were classed as persistent absences last year (PA). This means their attendance was below 90%. The school is writing to the the parents/carers of these children so we can work together to ensure their attendance improves this year.

A reminder that our school cannot authorise term time holidays. If holidays are taken in term time the school will write a letter informing the family that it believes a term time holiday has been taken. If this cannot be disproved details are passed to the school attendance officer who issues a fine of £60 per child for each parent / carer.

 

Training Days and Parents’ Evening

Our training days for the year are: Friday 29th September, Monday 9th October and Monday 18th June with one still to be allocated.  Parents’ Evenings this term are Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October from  4.00-6.00pm. All of these dates and copies of newsletters are on our website.

 

Michael Brawley

Spring Bank Primary is committed to safeguarding all children and expects our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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Government funding for PE 2014-15 Spring Bank Primary

from September 2013 our school has received Olympic Legacy monies from the government.

This year ( 2014-15) we have used this money in a variety of ways:

  • We have purchased new PE equipment  to enhance our PE provision.
  • Together with other local primary schools we have bought in  a  specialist PE teacher  from Lawnswood  High School ( Dave Hutton ) who  comes each week and works with  classes to enhance  our delivery of PE and develop Sports Leaders amongst the children.
  • Our Sports Leaders from Y5+6 are organising two  sports competition days for our Y3+4 children along with Y3+4 classes from another local primary school for this year.
  • We release school staff to organise and  take part in a wide variety of competitive sporting tournaments including football, athletics, gymnastics and basketball and netball.
  • Half termly competitive sporting events have been arranged with other local primaries and Lawnswood High School.  PE monies are used to release staff to enable our children to take part in all these events.
  • Specialist cricket classes have been arranged for classes at the Headingly Cricket School for half a term for older classes.
  • Free after school clubs in football and netball take place  in the spring and summer every day after school on our sports pitch and  a variety of free dance clubs  in our school hall  with the school providing staff support.
  • We have arranged cycling classes for both KS1 and KS2 classes are working with Bikeability to extend this provision to other classes.

 

Through  these initiatives our children are accessing good quality sports  opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles and well-being.  Children benefit from high quality coaching and  our teachers are also able to develop their professional knowledge and skills in all areas of P.E as they are able to observe it being taught by experts. This ensures value for money as this development in teacher’s expertise will result in sustained long term high quality provision.

 

 

 

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