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November 2014 Newsletter

3rd. November 2014


Dear Parents/Carers,


Thank you to those of you who came to support your children at Arbo Activators. Weren’t we lucky with the weather!


Non uniform day on October 24th. raised a grand total of £188.87 for the Pakistani Flood Relief. A special thank you to Jawad in nursery who donated £20 through selling sweet cones.


We are a no smoking site like all schools in the UK. Therefore there is to be no smoking on the school site. Please extinguish and dispose of cigarettes (with consideration to the environment), before coming through the school gates.


There are some parents who are blocking the school entrance, parking near the entrance or turning round in the school entrance. I am really worried that there will be an accident and one of your children will be hurt. Any cars parking near the entrance or turning in the entrance obscure the view of other motorists and of your children, making the area unsafe for them. All cars parking on double yellow lines and therefore endangering children’s safety, will be reported.


Could parents for classes 6, 7 and 8 please remain at the green fence with any children until called by the teacher, rather than going up to the doors which blocks the exit for the children and means it takes much longer for them to be dismissed. When parents crowd round the doors it is too dangerous to release children as staff can’t see if they are getting to their parents.


Photographs this week will be taken in the new hall (Hall 2) on November 5th and 7th. We are inviting family groups to arrive at 8:15am on both days. No families will be admitted after 8.30 am.

Thank you for supporting the school with the younger children staying school dinners. Thank you to parents of older children for trying to send in healthy lunchboxes.


Please make sure that your child has a warm waterproof coat to wear every day as children will be going outside for fresh air throughout the winter.


After school on Friday lost property will be on display in the glazed corridor near class 11.


Just a reminder about PE kit that children need at school every day.

For INDOOR P.E. LESSONS: White T-shirt and black shorts. Girls who, for religious reasons, need to cover their legs and arms should wear long sleeved white T-shirts and black leggings (not tracksuits).


For OUTDOOR P.E.LESSONS, the same as indoor kit but including a tracksuit/jogging suit for cold weather, a pair of trainers or black P.E. pumps. Earrings/studs should not be worn on PE days. Long hair should be tied back.


I look forward to seeing you at parents’ evenings this week.


Yours sincerely,

A. Cruickshank, Head Teacher


Government advice on Ebola


Advice for parents/guardians

The risk of Ebola arriving in the UK is low and to date there have been no cases of Ebola Virus Disease being contracted in the UK.


Any person arriving in the UK having travelled from any Ebola affected countries will be screened. If they are free of symptoms they are not infectious so there should be no restrictions on their school attendance or normal activities.


It is not possible to catch Ebola from a person who is not showing signs of being infected. It can only be caught by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is ill with the disease.


Your children should continue to attend school or their early years setting as normal.

Further information on the Government's response to the Ebola virus can be found on GOV.UK.

Meals are cooked in the school kitchen and eaten in the school hall. There is a choice of meals to suit all diets, including Halal meat and vegetarian options. The cost of a school meal is £1.80 per day or £9.00 per week. Children must pay for meals at the start of the week. If you feel your child is entitled to a free school meal please ask at the school office.

Packed lunches should be brought in by the children at 8.45 am. Sweets should not be brought into school unless they are to be handed to the teacher to be shared for a special occasion. All children are provided with free fruit.

Water bottles costing £1 can be purchased from the office. Chilled water is available from water dispensers.