April 2019

Head’s Message

I would like to thank all the staff of the school for their hard work so far this school year. We are lucky to have staff who are so dedicated to the care, welfare and learning of the children and they work tirelessly to ensure the best for the all of them; it genuinely is a privilege to work with them every day.
On behalf of the school, I would like to wish one of our Teaching Assistants, Sarah Banks all the very best when she leaves us this week to move on to pastures new. Sarah has worked at Swiss for nearly 10 years and offered support and guidance to countless children, we thank her for all she has done for Swiss Gardens.

Uniform

I would just to like to forewarn you that we will be getting a bit tighter on school uniform after Easter. We do not expect children to wear boots or trainers to school, unless they have a doctor’s note signalling they should do this for a medical reason. We will expect to see children wearing black shoes or sandals if they are wearing summer uniform, thank you for your cooperation. I have included the uniform guidance form the school prospectus, it is up to you if your child wears winter or summer uniform.

Winter (Boys)

Maroon Fleece/Sweatshirt; Grey/Black Trousers; White Polo Shirt, Black Shoes

Winter (Girls)

Maroon Fleece/Sweatshirt; Grey Pinafore/Skirt or Grey/Black Trousers, Black Shoes

Summer (Boys)

White Polo Shirt or T Shirt, Grey Shorts/Trousers, Black Shoes/Sandals

Summer (Girls)

Pink and White or Red and White Gingham Dress in any style, Black Shoes/Sandals.

Also a reminder that all children from Year 3 upwards will be expected to come into school in PE kit on their PE day(s) – See handy ‘cut out and keep’ reminder at the bottom of this Newsletter

Sponsored Walk For I.T Equipment – June 28th

We will send out forms if you wish to sign up for the walk and to start getting sponsors after the Easter break, the more we raise the more IPads we can afford for the children. Why not walk some or all of the route over the Easter holidays?
If you wish to circulate and start getting sponsorship please use the Just Giving link below.
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/swiss-gardens-pta
I hope you have a great Easter break and we see the children back, raring to go on April 23rd.

Inset Days

The following date have been declared INSET days for this school year – May 24th and June 3rd. The 2nd September 2019 (children return to school September 3rd 2019) and the 20th July 2020 will also be INSET days, 3 more to be confirmed.

Brektime Snacks

In accordance with our school policy could you please ensure that snacks at break time in Key Stage 2 are healthy – no crisps, chocolate or cakes thank you.

School Security

As you know the safety of the children at school is paramount. To that end a couple of reminders; the front gate to the school will be closed each morning at 9.00 a.m. and if you need to get in or out you will need to use the intercom system. In order to ensure we meet safeguarding requirements no parent/ carer should be in the top building or any part of the school without going through the front office and signing in. Thank you for your help with these issues.
Please ensure the gate is fully closed behind you both ways. Thank you.

Reminders

Parking

Please ensure that you are parking safely and legally when parking around school. It is very important to maintain the safety of the children. It is also advisable not to keep engines running as it increases the pollution and can aggravate asthma and other breathing difficulties. We have had a few local residents calling in to express concerns that children and elderly people are having to walk around parked cars and into the road.

Safety Around School

When collecting older children please ensure that you do not allow younger siblings to scoot around the playground, use equipment or climb the walled gardens, this is potentially very dangerous and we do not want any unnecessary accidents.

Medicines

Please do not send your child to school with medications in their bags, any medications must be given to their teacher or teaching assistant or to the office to ensure they are kept safe and secure.

Telephoning In The Afternoon

We cannot guarantee messages taken after 2pm will be given to the teachers on the same day (except, of course, in emergencies) Please try to ensure you call us before this time if there are late changes to collection arrangements.

Morning Routine

Main doors to classrooms open at 8.45am and register is taken at 9.00am prompt for all year groups. Please ensure your child is on time; most days there are morning tasks such as Next Steps for children to complete, and so punctuality is essential.
Please remember to let us know if your child is absent by 9.30am.
Persistent lateness – we understand that sometimes there are genuine, unavoidable reasons for not being at school on time. However, we are finding that there are increasing amounts of persistent lateness. Just to remind parents/carers that following West Sussex County Council Guidelines the school can issue Fixed Penalty Notices for 10 instances of lateness. The current FPN is £60.00 per parent, per child.

Absence email is absence@sgprimary.co.uk

Please note – We are no longer using sickly/studybugs

Please remember that we have serious allergies in school. NUTS should not be being brought into school, this includes sauces such as pesto. Any home made products must be free of nuts and nut derivatives.

PTA

Fundraising

Tesco Bags of Help – Please ask all your friends and family to vote for us at Tesco Holmbush and Express – you can take tokens from the tills and vote – the voting closes at the end of April and if we win we could win a donation of £4000.00 to develop an eco and sensory garden in Mary’s Garden.
We are very proud to announce that the Great Swiss Gardens Pancake Flip was in the top 5% of fundraising on Just Giving this quarter – thanks so much the feedback from kids, teachers and parents was great and you all raised just over £2000 for the school – flipping brilliant!!

Clubbing for Parents – A MASSIVE thank you to parents Annalies and Ben Simon who, in conjunction with parent DJs Zoe Hart, Huw Jenkins and Ali Ogden and fabulous face painter Caroline Lawrence, ran a hugely successful Clubbing for Parents Night at SYC earlier the month. Over 100 tickets were sold and everyone had an amazing time and proved you are never too old to party!! The event raised £1000.00 for the school – watch this space for the next Clubbing for Parents event.

Garden Borders – you may have noticed dedicated grandparent Cheryl working hard to get the borders looking great ready for the Summer. Cheryl is doing this all in her own time at her own cost as a donation to the school for which we send our thanks.

If you are interested in running an event to raise funds for the school or getting involved in any way please get in touch – we have a just giving page and are happy to give as much or as little support as you need.

Donations

We are researching some playground sail shades and extension to the traverse wall as well as planning to donate to the School’s future IT provision on a regular basis. We continent to donate money to the school for play equipment, games, and classroom enrichment items.

Spring Dress Down Day

On Friday April 5th we will hold our Spring Dress Down Day as a fun way to end the term and raise funds for school projects, playground and It development and classroom enrichment. All children are encouraged to come to school in their own clothes if they want to and if you would like to make a donation to the PTA please give to the class teacher or just the donation bucket in the Office.

Dairy Dates

Our next full PTA Meeting is on the 2nd May where Mr Caughlin and Mrs Treasure will present approved I.T. plans which the PTA are hoping to support and fund. We will also be taking ideas for playground and Mary’s Garden Development and discussing the Summer Fair and other fundraising ideas. We will update on 2019/20 Trustee status and discuss future Trustee applications to be agreed at the September AGM.
On 6th June we will have a Summer Disco for the children in the School Hall.
The Summer Fair is on the 6th July this year and set to be another amazing fun family day – please keep the day free so we can have as many supporters and volunteers as possible and ensure everyone has the best fun making money for the school projects in 2019/20.
We’ll be sending out a list of things we need or ways you can help soon but for now keep an eye on our Facebook page and emails for updates.
If you are thinking of going to the Tots Rocking Beats Event in Brighton this year please use the link below to buy your tickets as we will get a 10% commission.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/totrockinbeats-old-school-block-party-tickets54706247860?aff=SwissGardensPTA&afu=300942050700&fbclid=IwAR2gcmMNF16qGgOjNfEM3Id1lc5mjc6Ua9uWQ4bVqPfV94p23JsdqRizu2c

Contact Us

Did you know we have a Facebook Group? We post regular updates about fundraising for Swiss Gardens and dates of events and meetings. Please join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1773388349555498/ We also have an email account – if you are interested in being involved in the PTA or have any ideas for us please contact swissgardenspta@gmail.com we would love to hear from you.

Trips

We would like to kindly request that you please pay online for trips wherever possible. If you are having problems logging in or have forgotten your details please contact us and we can resend the information to you. Due to bank closures in Shoreham, it is making things more difficult and time consuming for the Office to pay the cash in. It is a very easy and convenient way to pay. Look up “Eduspot” click on “parent login” and enter your details Please do contact us if you are having any trouble making the voluntary contributions. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Sports News

Our Swiss Gardens girls’ football team played Glebe, who have a very strong side! We lost 11-2, however, all of the girls tried their hardest and kept going until the end of the game. A special well done to Scarlett, who scored both of our goals – one from an amazing free kick! Year 5/6 took part in a football at tournament at Shoreham Academy on 14th March. The team played brilliantly and were unlucky to come 3rd out of 8 teams.

Also, on Thursday 21st March, 13 of our Year 5 children performed at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing in ‘Time to Dance’. Since Year 5 have been learning about Ancient Egypt, we brought the Ancients back into the 21st century using music and dance. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and performed incredibly on the night. They should all be so proud of themselves! Thank you to all of the parents who transported children to and from the theatre and your support on the night! Also, a big thank you to Mrs Treasure, who face painted some of our dancers. Finally, this fantastic performance wouldn’t have happened without the amazing choreography and time put in by Miss Martin – so a huge thanks to her for all of her hard work!

Well done to all of the performers: Martha, Eliza, Eva, Erin, Pia, Shamari, Phoebe, Imogen, Gloria, Hanna, Arlo, Lewis and George!!

On Tuesday 26th March, a group of Year 4 girls took part in the Albion Cup. The team played fantastically. They came runners up in their group, but managed to progress to the semi-finals, unluckily losing on penalties. However, the girls have made it through to the next round which will be at the training ground in May. Well done girls!

On Friday, a Year 3&4 Boys team competed at the Albion Cup at Lancing football club. The boys played really well as a team, and came up against some difficult opposition. The highlight of the tournament was beating Eastbrook 3-1. Well done to everyone involved! A group of Year 3&4 children took part in a tennis festival at Shoreham Academy. We worked on our agility through relays, and then competed at some doubles matches and developed their tennis skills.

Congratulations Corner

Jorja in Seagulls class competed in the London and South East Region Badgers St John’s Ambulance competition and came runner up. Teams of two competed from all over the South (Hampshire/Sussex/Surrey/Kent/London) at first aid scenarios and team activities. This is the first time she has entered this competition and is very proud of her achievement.
Lewis Treasure-Coates was presented the Cubs Chief Scout’s Silver Award by The Mayor of Worthing, in February 2019. Lewis had to earn all 7 Challenge Awards and 6 activity or staged activity badges, representing 1st Worthing Steyne Cubs. He will join Scouts in September and will work towards his Chief Scouts Gold Award.

We would love to include some contributions from you about what your child has been up to outside of school. If they attend a club or group and have achieved something (e.g. brownie badge, swimming certificate, football trophy etc.) or have done something special or kind, and you would be happy for us to mention them in future newsletters please email the details to office@sgprimary.co.uk with the Heading “Newsletter – congratulations corner”

2nd Hand Uniform

Did you know we accept any outgrown, good condition 2nd hand uniform? We have uniform sales from time to time when we have enough stock. Individual items can also be purchased via the Office for suggested donation of £1 per item.

Lunches

Because of the way in which we have to submit the numbers to Chartwells (the company who provides our meals) it is essential that, wherever possible, your child keeps to a routine regarding which days they have a hot school lunch. This minimises waste which the school has to pay for. Chartwells requires us to submit our figures two weeks in advance. If your child is eligible for free or Universal school meals but there are days that they always bring a packed lunch, please let us know, as otherwise their meal ends up in the bin. We would really appreciate your help with this matter. If you currently pay for your child’s meals but think that you might be eligible for some financial assistance, then please come and collect a form, in confidence, from the Office team. We would be happy to help. Meals need to be paid two weeks in advance, please ensure payment has been made before sending your child for a hot meal. If your child is ill on a day you have already paid for their lunch, then please contact Chartwells.

Shoreham Foodbank

The Foodbank is running low on stocks. They are urgently in need of the following items:

  • Long life desserts
  • Tinned meat
  • Powdered mashed potato
  • UHT milk
  • Bottled pasta & Cooking sauces
  • Jam, honey & marmalade
  • Tinned fruit
  • Peanut butter, Nutella & Marmite
  • Instant coffee
  • Tinned or powdered custard
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Cat & dog food
  • Mixed puddings
  • Rice puddings
  • Please do not donate butter or margarine, thank you

If anyone feels able to help, please drop off donations at any of the following locations;

  • The Shoreham Centre
  • Southwick Community Centre
  • Co-op stores in Ham Road or High Street

Any help in greatly appreciated.

Fundraising

Year 5 Bake Off

Thank you to everyone who bought a cake from us last week – we raised £400!!! Well done to our Bake off winners: Harry, Maia, Gloria, Rose, Amelia and Arlo!

Wear A Hat Day

We raised a fabulous £384.71 for Brain Tumour Research

Comic Relief

Thank you for your generous donations. We raised an amazing £452.79

Recycle With Micheal

Thank you so much for bringing in so many bags for the Salvation Army. We will let you know as soon as we hear how much we raised.

Term Dates

Spring Term

  • Thursday 3rd January – Friday 5th April
  • Easter holidays Monday 8th April – Monday 22nd April

Summer Term

  • Tuesday 23rd April – Tuesday 23rd July
  • Inset Friday 24th May
  • Half term Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May
  • Inset Monday 3rd June

Dates For your Diary

  • 3rd April – Year 3/4 Football Tournament at Shoreham Academy
  • 4th April – Great British Spring Clean
  • 5th April – PTA Dress down day (last day of term)
  • 8th April – Easter Holiday
  • 23rd April – Return to school
  • 1st May – Group class and individual leavers’ photographs
  • 2nd May – Sandpiper Class Assembly (moved from 3rd April – apologies for any confusion)
  • 2nd May – Year 5 fete
  • 2nd May – PTA meeting
  • 8th May – Guillemot Class Assembly
  • 9th May – Year 3/4 football at Glebe
  • 13th May – Year 6 SATs week
  • 14th May – Penguin Assembly
  • 21st May – Cygnets Assembly
  • 22nd May – Parents’ evening 3.30 – 6
  • 23rd May – Parents’ evening – 3.30 – 8
  • 24th May INSET Day and half term
  • 3rd June INSET day
  • 4th June – children return
  • 6th June – PTA Spring Disco
  • 10th June – Year 6 Bikeability
  • 19th June – Duckling Assembly
  • 21st June p.m. – Summer Dance festival
  • 28th June – Sponsored Walk
  • 3rd July – Key Stage 1 Sports Day am
  • 6th July – PTA summer Fair
  • 8th July – KS1 Sports Day (reserve)
  • 12th July – KS2 Sports Day / Reports home/ new classes home
  • 15th July – Class changeover morning
  • 16th July – KS2 Sports Day (reserve)
  • 23rd July – Final day of term