Newsletter – September 2019
It’s good to officially welcome everyone back to the new school year. A particular welcome to our new children and families in Reception and in other Year groups and also to new members of staff: – Kirsty Malone in the school office and Mandy Cross to our Lunchtime Supervisors team. On a sad note we were advised of the passing away of Bruce Salkeld during the summer holidays. I am sure some of you will remember him as had had taught at Swiss Gardens for a number of years. I remember him as a very kind, calm man who always put the children first and we send condolences to his family and friends. Thanks to all the amazing fundraising last year through the PTA and also the Sponsored Walk we have now been able to start to roll out the IPads to children in Years 1 and 5. We hope to be able to get more Year groups using them as the year progresses. It has been a really positive start to the year and I know there are many exciting opportunities ahead for the children. I am always happy to speak to any parents and carers I am usually on the gate at the start and end of the day and you can contact me through the school office. I will also restart the Parents’ Forum this term and will let you know the date for this.
The following date have been declared INSET days for this school year: November 29th 2019, January 31st 2020 , June 1st 2020 and the 20th July 2020.
Message from Mrs Bloomfield
Dear Parents, I just wanted to say a very big thank you, for all the beautiful cards and gifts I received on my last day of term. So much thought and care had gone into them, it is truly appreciated. I loved my 12 years at Swiss Gardens, especially getting to know you all, it was a privilege to be part of your lives. You have not been forgotten, and I know that I will see some of you in the future, (when I have a minute to spare from my new career as a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist.) Once again, from the bottom of my heart, Thank You. Mrs Bloomfield
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.
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.
- 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.
- *Lost Property* – We are getting lots of lost property. Please make sure you have named every item of clothing so it can be reunited with it’s owner!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Welcome back we hope your children are enjoying the new playground equipment which has been supplied with funds from the Summer Fair and other events last school year. HUGE thanks to parent Kate Hudson who fought the cause for finding space for the play boat and attended all our meetings last year to make sure it was put in place. We need parents like Kate at meetings to make sure we’re getting it right so thank you. Also thanks to Paul Williams who supervised the installations during the summer holidays.
Some of the Tesco money has been used to install chimes, a dragon seat and a turtle drum into Mary’s Garden and we’ll be working with the Gardening Club and school to install Bug Hotels, Bird Houses and lots of other planting and sensory items over the coming months from that money.
We start the term with lots in the bank thanks to the amazing response to the sponsored walk and the summer fair – much of this money (around 8K so far) is allocated to the IT project this year and forms part of the school’s spending over the coming months to get iPads and Interactive TV’s into classrooms. We will continue to fund IT as our priority this year working alongside the school and as agreed by the committee last year. Our planned events and your support will allow us to do this and to make a bit more for other investment we hope.
We always want your ideas for how to invest in to the school and make your Child’s experiences at Swiss Gardens as good as they can be. Our first meeting and AGM is on Tuesday 8th October at 7.30 at the Crabtree Inn and we really do encourage you to attend. We often sign off on thousands of pounds which you help us raise at these meetings and it’s so important to have your ideas and input. If you can’t attend we can always take your feedback and suggestions by email or meet with you to discuss things as is convenient to you. Just email us on email@example.com.
We have had a couple of parents come forward to join as Trustees for which we are so grateful but the more the merrier so if you’d like to be involved in any way please don’t be shy and let us know.
We’re trying to get a nice big team of volunteers together early this year and have a full list of events and fundraisers lined up from Xmas Cards to Quiz Nights and the Xmas Fair so will be sending out a note soon asking you to sign up for at least one event or way of helping this year – if you can only spare an hour that’s enough we still need you! With well over 400 parents, grandparents and carers at the school we hope to get as many people involved as possible to spread the workload and involve as many as possible in not only fundraising but decision making.
For now we’re hoping this month to make a donation to the teachers to spend on dressing up clothes for their corridor role play areas and to invest in play items for playtime and also give the usual support to school trips and visits which will enhance the children experiences at the school.
HUGE thanks to Jack from Year 5, who recently held a street sale of his old toys and clothes and has just donated £45.00 to the PTA – thanks Jack you are a superstar and we really appreciate it.
Thanks as ever and in advance for your support. Melita and Sam (hopefully soon to be more).
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.
YR 3/4 INCLUSION GAMES 18.09.19 We kicked off our sports events this term with the years 3 & 4 inclusion games at Shoreham Academy. We had a great morning full of different challenges to overcome and complete. We took eight children across both year groups and I’m so pleased to say that I was so impressed with the attitudes demonstrated throughout the morning. For many of the children, the skills and circuits that were set out were completely new to them but without hesitation, all children took on every skill-based activity full of confidence and motivation. Congratulations to all the children that took part in the inclusion games and a special mention to Joe & Lowe for their individual awards. Mr.Perkins.
We are pleased to announce a number of new after-school sports clubs this term:
- Year 3 & 4 Netball – Mondays with Miss Townsend
- Year 3 & 4 Football – Mondays with Mr Perkins
- Year 5 & 6 Football – Mondays with Mr Marsh
- Year 5 & 6 Cross Country – Mondays with Miss Bourne
- Year 5 & 6 Netball – Mrs Phillips
- Year 4 – 6 Tag Rugby – Mr Perkins
- Year 5 & 6 Girls football – Miss Timms
If you would like to join one of these clubs, please ask at the office to see if there are spaces or to join waiting list. We are really looking forward to competing at many sports events this year! Miss Timms.
Cormorant Cake Sale
After their class assembly Cormorant Class will be holding a cake sale.
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 .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
The Foodbank is running low on stocks. They are urgently in need of the following items:
Long life desserts
Powdered mashed potato
Bottled pasta & Cooking sauces
Jam, honey & marmalade
Peanut butter, Nutella & Marmite
Tinned or powdered custard
Cat & dog food
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.
- Tuesday 3rd September – Friday 20th December 2019
- Half Term – Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November 2019
- Monday 6th January – Friday 3rd April 2020
- Half Term – Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 2020
Dates for your diary
- Friday 20th September – New Parent Tour 9am (Please call Office to book)
- Tuesday 24th September – New Parent Tour 9am (Please call Office to book)
- Wednesday 25th September – New Parent Tour (Please call Office to book)
- Tuesday 1st October – New Parent Tour 9am (Please call Office to book)
- Tuesday 1st October – Parents Evening 3.30-8
- Wednesday 2nd October – Cormorant Class Assembly and cake sale
- Thursday 3rd October – Parents Evening 3.30-6
- Tuesday 8th October – PTA AGM at Crabtree Inn 7.30pm
- Wednesday 16th October – Nasal Flu Vaccine for all year groups
- Wednesday 16th October – Seagull Class Assembly
- Wednesday 23rd October – PTA Film Night
- Thursday 24th October – Harvest Assemblies
- Friday 25th October – PTA Dress down day
- Tuesday 5th November – Individual Photographs
- Thursday 28th November – PTA Dress down day
- Thursday 5th December – Christmas Fair
Open Events for Local Secondary Schools
Davisons – Girls
Please see below dates and times for our forthcoming Open Mornings/Evening. Start time – 9am – 11am
- Wed 18.9.19
- Thurs 19.9.19
- Fri 20.9.19
- Mon 23.9.19
- Tues 24.9.19
Please advise parents that you do not need to book, just arrive before 9am with your daughter and you will be taken on a tour of the school. Our Open evening takes place on Tues 1st October 5.30-8pm with a presentation from the Headteacher at 6pm and again at 7pm. Again, they don’t need to book, just come at a time that suits them and fits in with one of the presentations by Mr Keating, our Headteacher.
Open Events At our KS3 Rock Road Campus, Storrington Open Mornings: 2nd & 3rd October 10:15am to 11:30am Open Evening: 3rd October Tours available between 5:45pm and 7:30pm Presentation by Headteacher and key staff at 5:45pm & 6:45pm
At our KS3 Church Street Campus, Steyning Open Mornings: 25th & 26th September 10:15am to 11:30am Open Evening: 26th October Tours available between 5:45pm and 7:30pm Presentation by Headteacher and key staff at 5:45pm & 6:45pm
St Andrews – Boys
Open Mornings 2019
- Wednesday 18th September 09:00 – 11:00 am
- Friday 20th September 09:00 – 11:00 am
- Monday 23rd September 09:00 – 11:00 am
- Tuesday 24th September 09:00 – 11:00 am
- Wednesday 25th September 09:00 – 11:00 am
Open Evening 2019
- Wednesday 18th September 17:00 – 20:00 pm – Head’s speech is at 18:00 and repeated again at 19:00.
Sir Robert Woodard Academy
Open Evening – Thurs 3rd Oct from 6pm-8.30pm
Open Morning Tours are the following week. Here is the main link to our new website:-https://www.srwa.woodard.co.uk and here is the page to book morning tours:- https://www.srwa.woodard.co.uk/757/announcements/announcement/31/book-open-morning-visits-here
Open Evening Thursday 19th September 2019 from 6pm until 8.30pm Presentation in the Main Hall at 6.30pm then repeated at 7.15pm by Mr Jim Coupe, Shoreham Academy Principal
Open Morning Tours Starts at 9am on:
- Monday 23rd September 2019
- Tuesday 1st October 2019
- Wednesday 9th October 2019
- Thursday 17th October 2019
To book your place for an open morning please contact: email@example.com. Attend with your children if possible – Open Morning duration 9am-10.30am