Dear Parents and Friends of St James,
I was so proud of all our children when they lined up on Harlestone Road to pay their respects to Pam on the day of her funeral. The day was very cold and the children waited for some time but they behaved wonderfully and sung at the top of their voices when the cars went past. Pam’s family were very moved and have asked me to pass on their thanks for such a wonderful tribute to Pam.
Thank you for attending Parents Evening last week – if you missed this, please contact school to arrange another time to meet your child’s teacher. It is such an important meeting to share successes and discuss how we can work together to ensure the best opportunities for your child.
Alan Walters, our Chair of Governors, met 80 families over the two Parents Evening and asked you what you thought was going well at St James and what we could do better. Thank you for your overwhelmingly positive feedback as well as your constructive suggestions for improvement. One of the things that cropped up as needing consideration was homework. Homework is always the most contentious issue in schools with some parents wanting more and others less! Overleaf is the expectations that were developed with staff and parents in October 2017. If you think your child is not receiving these opportunities, please let me know. I am aware that we have not being running our ‘family project’ which I will try and resolve but you should be aware of reading, times tables or number and spelling expectations along with Doodlemaths and a project task each term. If you would like to discuss this further, please let me know and I will arrange a time to get everyone together to debate the issue again.
We have some exciting things coming up in the next few weeks:
- Free bagels start in the playground at 8:30am each morning after Half Term. These are being provided by the National Schools’ Breakfast Programme and we are hoping it will reduce our incidents of late arrivals to school as well as having full tummies for learning! In addition, the NSBP is supporting our Breakfast Club for disadvantaged families. If you receive Pupil Premium, you can have a free place from 7:45am, including a nutritious breakfast. Please ask at the school office to check if you are eligible
- World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. This year we are celebrating ‘ Bedtime Stories’ so are asking all children (and adults) to dress up in pyjamas and dressing gowns to spend the day exploring different bedtime stories; hopefully writing our own to be published for everyone to read.
- Comic Relief is on Friday 15th March. We will be dressing in red for this day and red noses will be on sale from Monday 11th March. On this day, we will also be taking some time off timetable to develop our Learning Powers in a project led by Mrs Williams. We are inviting parents in to school at 2:30 to see what we have been up to and perhaps to buy some cakes for Comic Relief!
I wish you a relaxing Half Term break next week. We look forward to welcoming the children back into school on Monday 25th February – with a smile and a bagel!!