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St Michael in the Hamlet 
May 2016 News 

A very warm welcome back to the Summer Term.  We hope you had an enjoyable spring break! 
SAT’s & Test Week
The Year 6 SATs week started today, 9th May 2016. We wish our Year 6 boys and girls every success! Just a reminder that Year 3, 4 and 5 School Tests week will take place during the week beginning 16th May. Full attendance is required please!      
Safety on the School Yard
Please make sure that you supervise your child on the playground equipment at the start and end of the school day.  If a Parent/Carer is not present, your child will not be able to play on the equipment at these times as staff are not available to supervise.  Your child’s safety is paramount at all times.   Please note that riding bikes and scooters on the playgrounds is NOT PERMITTED. This will help to keep our children and families safe. Thank you for your support!
Year 6 PGL
A reminder to Parents/Carers of Year 6 children who are going to PGL: - Please send in your final instalment by Friday, 27th May 2016.  Thank you!  Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if we can help in any way.
Parent Questionnaires
Today you will receive a Parent Questionnaire as part of our annual School Improvement Planning. This information is invaluable to us and is used to inform our planning for the next academic year.  We welcome your support in completing the questionnaire and ask that they be returned by Friday, 13th May 2016. In addition to our Questionnaire, parents may also choose to complete the Ofsted Parent Questionnaire, via the Ofsted Parent View Site. The link for this can be found on the Parent section on our website, in “Useful Links”. 
After the success of last years’ Year 6 Permewan Leaver’s event we are delighted to report that we will be, once again, holding our annual Year 6 Permewan Celebration at Liverpool Hope University on Thursday, 14th July at 6.00p.m. More information to follow!
Children’s University
Reminder, please remember to log your child’s hours onto the Children’s University site by Friday, 20th May 2016 for them to be considered for this year's Graduation ceremony. Hours logged after this date will go towards the calculation for the awards in 2017.  Letters were sent home by your child’s class teacher detailing your child's individual login details.  If you did not receive this or have lost it please see your child’s class teacher.
Governors Learning Walk- Spring 2016
Our Governing Body recently took a Learning Walk around our school. The Governing Body oversees the strategic operation of the school, so it is important that they have a clear, first hand understanding of how school works and how children are learning, and see the progress the children make from Nursery to Year 6.
At the end of the walk, the Governors chat with the Head and the Deputy about what they have seen and can raise any questions and discuss how well the school is doing, particularly in working towards the areas we have outlined in our annual School Improvement Plan.

This half term, the Learning Walk focused on Safeguarding.  Here are some of the Governors’ comments.
‘The focus is very much on working together to make the school environment safe.’
‘School is a very happy and safe place, and safeguarding overall is excellent.’
‘Children’s views and feelings are sought and there is an inclusive Buddy system.’
‘Systems and routines are very effective to keep the children and the adults safe.’
Children are happy and courteous … Rights Respecting School displays and charters show how important their rights are, as well as helping to keep them safe.’

The Leadership Team asked the Governors to reflect on any areas where they felt we could continue to develop. They highlighted some maintenance work on the blinds in the Junior hall which was carried out immediately and asked for First Aid areas to be refurbished. They also suggested that we involve the children in a safeguarding working group particularly to look at creating child friendly posters to remind all the children how they can keep safe.
Celebration Assemblies
To allow additional time for classes to develop their topic work, particularly for the foundation subjects such as music, art and DT, the Celebration Assemblies will now be on a 3-week rota, Year 1&2, Year 3&4, then Year 5&6. Because there will be fewer children in the hall we can now start the assemblies at 2.45 pm to finish in line with the end of the school day. Certificates and awards will be distributed over two years with staff passing up to the next teacher the names of those children who have already won an award.

We have a busy term ahead and will keep you informed of any events and dates in future Newsletters.

A reminder of some important Dates for your Diary
School will be closed for half term Monday, 30th May to Friday, 3rd June 2016
School CLOSED for an INSET day on Monday, 6th June 2016
We will be holding our Annual Summer Music Celebration and Fayre on Friday 8th July 2016. More information to follow!
PLEASE NOTE SCHOOL FINISHES FOR PUPILS ON Wednesday, 20th July 2016 AT 1.30 pm
School will RE-OPEN on Wednesday 7th September 2016 for all pupils in Year 1 – Year 6.
Separate start dates will be given for Nursery and Reception aged pupils.

INSET days
Monday 6th June 2016 (School Closed)
Thursday 21st July 2016 (School Closed)

Thank you for your continued support. 
Kindest regards,

Mrs. Ruth Town
Head Teacher 

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