Head’s message

It is that time of year when we say goodbye to some people: – Year 6 children as they move to secondary school. They are a great group of young people and they will be much missed at Swiss. Mrs Fran Brownjohn as she takes up her well-deserved retirement. She has always had the children’s well being at the heart of all she does, she is a great colleague and does so much unheralded work for the school and the children and we will miss her greatly. Mr Harrison as he moves on to teacher training, Ms Mandy Cook who takes up a teaching assistant role at another school, Ms Shelley Maidlow, as Ms Goodwin returns from maternity leave, who has done such a great job in Year 1. We wish them all well. Mrs Bloomfield also is leaving to take give more time to her role as a therapist. She has the marvellous knack of being able to support countless children, families and staff simultaneously and the school will not be quite the same without her. We thank them for all they have done for the children at Swiss Gardens and wish them well for the future. I would like to say a big thank you to our wonderful PTA for their tremendous efforts this year in raising so much money for the school. A special mention must go to Jacqueline King who is stepping down, for all her help and amazing efforts in fundraising. Finally I would like to thank all of the staff for their dedication and hard work to ensure the children have the best possible experience in their primary school, they all deserve a well-earned break. I hope you all have lovely summer and we look forward to seeing you back on September 3rd.

INSET Days

The following date have been declared INSET days for this school year 2 nd September 2019 (children return to school September 3rd 2019), June 1st 2020 and the 20th July 2020 will also be INSET days, 2 more to be confirmed.

Sponsored Walk

We have raised the brilliant sum of over £5600 from our walk. If there are any further donations please send them into school as soon as possible or add to the PTA Just giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/swiss-gardens-pta

The first batch of IPads will be operational in September.

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

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 are so pleased to announce that we raised £3001.00 at the Summer Fair – there was a really lovely atmosphere which everyone commented on. Thanks so much to everyone who supported us by attending, volunteering and taking part in the set up and pack down. We really enjoyed a chance to celebrate a great year of fundraising with you all. The money raised will be a great starting point, along with the money raised from the sponsored walk, to meeting the PTA’s annual commitment to fund the IT project at the school for the coming year. We are delighted to report that the money from the Tesco Bags for Help Vote has now entered the PTA bank account and been added to other fundraising to order some amazing play and garden equipment which will be installed over the summer holidays ready for next year. We’ll be installing a PlayBoat in the playground and some Hide and Seek panels as well as developing Mary’s Garden into a lovely calm, sensory and nature garden for all the children to enjoy. Thanks so much to everyone who’s supported the PTA events over the past year to help us get to this point. We hope we can rely on your support for future fundraising where a focus will turn to IT. This term we say goodbye to our amazing Treasurer Jacqueline King who has been so instrumental in fundraising for many years and looking after our finances and keeping us compliant. We will all miss her so much and really thank her for her efforts these past few years. The position of Treasurer remains open so if you are able to devote a little time each week to get involved as a Trustee we’d be so grateful. It’s really good for your CV and a nice way to have a say in the way the funds are used around the school. You may have seen a recent note about the need for a new set of Trustees who we are able to mentor for the coming school year. The current trustees intend to resign in July 2020 and we need to prepare or risk not having. PTA. The PTA raises over 10K a year for the school which the school relies upon. If you are a group of 3 or 4 or even 5 or more people who are able to spare a little time each month to take over the PTA we now has fully set up automated accounts, templates for letters and a set list of events each year with a nice group of volunteer parents. We are more than happy to have a chat about how best to handover. Our AGM is in September, please attend if you can. We were pleased this term to donate to the Year 6 school play and to their leavers disco and thank all the year 6 parents for their amazing support over the past 7 years – the current year 6 parents have regularly donated, supported and most importantly been actively involved in events every year and we will miss them and their lovely children very much. Happy Summer.

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

  • A huge congratulations to Year 3, for winning the Community Games – competing against 6 other schools at events: Handball, Boccia, Benchball, Football, Handball and Cheerleading. We would like to congratulate all of the Year 3 children for representing the school so brilliantly. Year 5 have also taken part in this event – coming 4th out of 8 schools. Well done to everyone involved! Unfortunately, the Community Games for Year 4 was cancelled, due to bad weather.
  • On Friday 14th June, a team of Year 4 footballers played against Seaside Primary. The children won the game 3-1. The team played fantastically, showing great passing skills and working together as a team. Well done to everyone: Shane, Dylan, Jack, Harry, Anthony, Eddie, Cooper, Finlay, Nathan, Anton, Cameron and Codey.
  • On Monday 17th, our Year 3 & 4 girls football team played a friendly match against St Nics. The girls drew the game 2-2, with two goals from Scarlett. Well done to everyone who played: Rosie, Lacey, Chloe, Isla, Izzy, Scarlett, Yuki, Emily and Daisy.
  • Thank you to all parents for their support at these events.
  • We had two fantastic Sports days on Wednesday 3rd July on the Meads for KS1. Congratulations to Water for winning the House cup at this event. On Friday 12th July, at Buckingham Park Primary School for KS2, and Fire won the Sports day. Thanks to all parents for supporting both events and a huge thank you to Buckingham Park Primary school for letting us use their amazing sports facilities.

Cool Milk

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals (not universal meals) then they are also eligible for free milk. If your child would like to take this up please contact Cool Milk on 0844 854 2913

Congratulations Corner

  • Congratulations to Camille in Pelican Class for achieving her 10m swimming badge in half term.
  • Vivi in Pelican decided to set up a bits & bobs shop while she was recovering from an operation. She raised a fantastic £35.34 for the PTA selling handmade items from her window. Well done Vivi!
  • 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”

Fundraising

Miss Maybury’s Year 6 girls raised an amazing £74 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Well done girls!

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 support is greatly appreciated.

Term dates

  • Autumn Term Tuesday 3rd September – 20th December
  • Half Term – 28th October – 1 st November
  • INSET day Monday 2nd September

Dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 3rd September – Children return to school
  • Tuesday 3rd September – Summer born children in (Reception)
  • Wednesday 4th September – Spring born children in (Reception)
  • Wednesday 4th September – Karate club begins (Drop in)
  • Thursday 5th September – Autumn born children in (Reception)
  • Friday 6th September – All Reception children in all day
  • Tuesday 10th September – Spanish Club begins (Sign up at Le Club Francais)
  • Wednesday 11th September – Year 6 Evacuee day
  • Thursday 12th September – Year 2 Arundel Trip
  • Friday 13th September – French Club begins (sign up at Le Club Francais)
  • Friday 13th September – Outdoors Project after school club begins
  • Tuesday 1st October – Parents Evening 3.30-8
  • Wednesday 2nd October – Year 3 Pirate Day
  • Wednesday 2nd October – Cormorant Class Assembly
  • Thursday 3rd October – Parents Evening 3.30-6
  • Wednesday 9th October – Seagull Class Assembly
  • Tuesday 5th November – Photographers in