February / March 2019

Head’s Message

PE Kit

Thank you very much for all the parents/carers who responded regarding children in Key Stage 2 wearing PE kit into school on their PE days. We have decided that this will happen after the Easter holidays. It is important the children know which days they have PE or Games and does not apply to after school clubs. We will expect the children to wear their kit to school including their house t shirt, should they forget spare kit will be available. If it is a cold or wet day they may wear their school fleece and other warm sports gear. From September we would like all children to wear a school tracksuit, these will soon be available to purchase through the school; the school office will advise when they are ready. The price is £18.95 for the full tracksuit or you will be able to purchase the top and bottoms separately – £9.95.
If you have any queries about this please let us know.

Parents’ Forum

Thank you to the people who attended the recent forums although it was only a few. I am wondering how we get more people to attend so maybe you could let me know which, if any, of the following would improve attendance.

  • Different timing – if so when?
  • Published agendas / different topics of discussion
  • Text reminders
  • Fewer meetings / combining with other events e.g parents’ evening

Please let me know which of the above are appropriate and if you have any other ideas please let me know.

I.T

We are very grateful to the PTA and their continued fundraising. The recent pancake flip was a great success and has enabled us to upgrade to Interactive Touch Screen Televisions (replacing Whiteboards) in Year 1; further IT updates to follow.

Shoes

Just a reminder that we expect all children to wear black shoes to school as stated in our prospectus. Thank you.

Inset Days

The following date have been declared INSET days for this school year – February 25th, 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.

Breaktime 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

School Uniform

Please talk to the office or teacher if there is a specific reason that your child is not wearing uniform. Birthdays and nonschool uniform events for fund raising are the only times children should be wearing their own clothes. Please ensure your child a warm or waterproof coat and is wearing the correct school shoes to ensure their safety.

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

We’ve started the new half term productively with a 5K Pancake Flip held in classrooms. Thanks to all the teachers for running so efficiently – the children flipped 6500 pancakes in total and raised £1550.00 in sponsorship. Everyone had a really fun time and we are very grateful for parents support.

We are delighted to announce that the Bags for Help scheme in aid of Swiss Gardens is now open at Tesco Holmbush and Tesco Express. The PTA has the chance to benefit from either £1000, £2000 or £4000 donation which will be spent on creating a sensory, eco, woodcraft and herb/kitchen garden in Mary’s Garden with a quiet reflection area. It would be amazing to win the vote and get the full £4000.00 so please spread the word on social media and in person to all your friends and relatives and ask them to request tokens and vote, vote, vote. The vote is open until the end of April.

Clubbing for Parents is happening again at Shoreham Yacht Club on 22nd March and this time we have celebrity Zoe Ball endorsing us on Radio 2! We will be selling reduced price tickets in the playground over the next few weeks and there will also be online ticket sales. This is a really fun community event for all parents and their friends and is open to all not just Swiss parents. Tickets sold out fast last time so get in quick. Look out for posters and FB posts for full details.

This half term we will also be running a Spring Disco for the kids as usual and a dress down day on the 5th April.

Investment in the playground continues with an extension to the climbing wall planned and some nice shelter or two ready for the hot weather being looked into. We have also committed to funding some interactive TV’s to be trialled in classrooms.

Thanks as ever for your continued support and enthusiasm.

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

February has been a really busy month for sports! We began playing a Quicksticks (small-sided hockey) tournament at Shoreham Academy. The team played really well and came 3rd in our group – we were unlucky not to make the semi-finals. Well done to everyone involved!

We were also given the opportunity for 10 Year 5’s and 6’s to attend the Numeracy Albion Cup at the Amex stadium. We had a brilliant day solving mathematical problems which involved football. We got a tour of the stadium and had an amazing day! We came 2nd in this event – out of 12 schools!

We have also competed in the Area Cross Country Finals at Windlesham School. Well done to everyone who took part – it was a great achievement to get through and especially well done to Eddie in Year 6, who has been selected to go to the county finals.

Year 5/6 played in a Girls Indoor Kwick Cricket tournament. We had a great time learning the rules of the game and improving our batting, bowling and fielding throughout the tournament.

Year 5 had an amazing opportunity – to attend the Brighton training ground in Lancing. If you would like to see more photos of this, please come to the Year 5 hut.

Finally, our Year 5/6 netball and football teams played North Lancing in the Adur League. Although we lost both games, they were played in a great spirit and with a fantastic attitude.

Thank you to all of the parents who have helped with transport, washed kits or supported the Swiss teams – without your support, none of these events could happen!

Congratulations Corner

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.

Year 5 Bake Sale

On Wednesday 27th March, Year 5 will be holding a Great Bake-Off and selling cakes, biscuits and cookies to raise money for our upcoming trips to Cobnor and PGL. We will be selling teas, coffees and cakes to parents after Cormorant class assembly, and selling our baked goods to the rest of the school, during playtime. More information about this event will follow soon!

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
  • Year 1 had lots of fun looking at some vintage cars that visited this week as part of their topic.
  • Half term Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May
  • Inset Monday 3rd June

Dates For Your Diary

  • Tuesday 23rd April – Tuesday 23rd July
  • Inset Friday 24th May
  • Year 1 had lots of fun looking at some vintage cars that visited this week as part of their topic.
  • Half term Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May
  • Inset Monday 3rd June