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Before we break for half-term…

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we move towards the half term break I would like to thank you all for your continued support regarding your children and school events this term. The children have been very busy working; learning about a whole range of exciting topics. This week our Year 5s enjoyed their Greek Day – the costumes they wore were lovely and families had clearly put a lot of time into making sure their children looked the part!  The Year 5 teaching team were resplendent in their costumes – and planned the whole day’s activities to tie in with the Greek theme – thank you to Mrs Cashmore, Mrs Mead, Mrs Drury, Mrs Olley and Mrs Collings for their enthusiasm and commitment to the day.

We had a very successful (rescheduled) PTA Movie Night last week, the children were very well behaved and had a fun evening. Many thanks, as always to our dedicated PTA. The PTA gave up their time on Friday and many had also attended the previous night’s meeting to plan ahead for the remaining events this school year. If you are not already signed up to help this parent group and would like to get involved, please email hartleyprimarypta@gmail.com – there is always a need for more help and expertise!

We had a very successful visit from the NSPCC and followed this with our sponsored Dance-a-thon last Thursday. Mrs Masters led each year group in very energetic dance routines – the children loved it and really put all their effort into their sessions. NSPCC representatives have been back in school this week to collect the sponsor forms and donations. We have been astounded by the amount of money raised so far: £4,810.35!  We cannot thank you enough for your support in sponsoring the children for this incredibly worthwhile cause. We are still collecting if you missed the deadline – please drop any sponsor forms/donations into the School Office by end of play tomorrow, thank you.

This week Mrs Lambourne and Mrs Bransgrove led a very important assembly on Internet Safety linked to Safer Internet Day. The children were given opportunities to reflect on why it is not good to post images of themselves onto social media, the risks it can present for them and how to keep safe online. Please could you reinforce these messages at home and please remind your children not to bring phones into school unless absolutely necessary.  Our website’s parent pages provide useful information about keeping safe online and the link below is also a useful guide:

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/

Feedback on Literacy Planet has been very positive with only a few glitches along the way. We are exploring the possibility of reintroducing Mathletics to support maths homework in the same way.

Your views are very important to us – we have launched another parent survey. Even if you completed this survey back in the Autumn, please do take the time to complete the survey again.  We need to see if the areas that needed improving have progressed and establish if we have sustained the areas which were positive. The link can be found on the school website, via the link below and we emailed details out to parents and carers earlier this week – please check mailboxes!

Parent Survey Term 3 2017

It remains for me to wish you all a restful and enjoyable break with your children.

Best Wishes,

Mrs S Goosani
Principal