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St Michael in the Hamlet 
September 2014 News

Welcome Back
A very warm welcome back to school!  We hope you had a wonderful summer holiday.  We are really looking forward to the year ahead and are confident it’s going to be another successful one!  We look forward to working closely with you in the coming months and welcome your support.  The pupils looked so very smart returning to school.  Thank you for supporting our Uniform Policy.

We are delighted to welcome Mrs Karen Askew as our Early Years Lead.  Also, Miss Pauline Bennett will be joining us in her new role as a Class Teacher having being employed at our school as a Learning Support Assistant for 14 years.  Miss Amy Bedford will be joining the Foundation team to cover Miss Laura Moreton’s maternity leave. 
We are thrilled to inform you that Miss Moreton gave birth to her beautiful twin boys (Finley and Isaac) a few weeks earlier than expected and is enjoying life at home with her new family.  We would also like to welcome Ms Carol Shillinglaw who will be working with our children on the Better Reading alongside Carol O’Brien; she is taking over from Cath Dooley who retired in July.
Kathryn Crook will be the Nursery teacher for both morning and afternoon sessions.  Lisa Richards will be leading school assessment and ‘Reading for Pleasure’ throughout school.  There will be a transition time when Nursery starts back to ‘hand over’ Mrs. Richards’ keyworker group.
Gig in the Grounds
A huge thank you! to everyone who came to our ‘Gig in the Grounds’.  It was a highly successful event and we even managed to book the wonderful sunshine!  We raised a staggering £3,708.   Following the success we are looking forward to having a similar event next summer.

School Development
We are continually looking to improve our provision for all our learners to help them become confident, independent, lifelong learners.  A key priority for us this year is “Reading for Pleasure”.  The aim is that our children develop and continue a lifelong love of reading.  We are planning a number of events, clubs, displays and projects around books and reading, and any ideas that families can suggest will be appreciated too.
The first event will be a Book ‘Picnic’ in the junior hall on 25th September, 3.20 – 4.30pm.  Further information will follow shortly.  Other dates for your diary are the Book Fair on 19th November – 26th November (before and after school).  And a ‘Book-Film’ Night after school on 26th and 27th November.  All events are free to enter.  Any avid  Parent readers keen to join a book club in school – Watch this space!
Autumn Parents’ Open Evening
Please make a note Autumn Parents Open Evenings will be Tuesday, 14th October and Wednesday, 15th October; letters will be circulated nearer the time.

We are delighted to now be able to share our fantastic news that we have received a Lottery award of £10,000 towards our playground development.  As you can see our progress with the new development on the Junior Yard has been fantastic with this; more to follow!
Please note: -school staff ensure that pupils are appropriately supervised when using all playground equipment throughout the school day.  However, the school can take no responsibility for pupils using the equipment before and after school hours.  Parents and carers must ensure that they supervise their pupils during these times. 
Family Learning
Due to the success of our sessions last term, Family Learning will be starting again from the beginning of October.  These sessions will be taking place on alternate Tuesday afternoons.  More information about how to book onto the sessions will be sent separately!
After School Clubs
We are currently in the process of preparing the timetable of up-coming After School Clubs – information to follow shortly.
Annual Update Forms
In order to meet your child’s needs, it is vital that we hold up-to-date information for each of our pupils.  Please complete and return the forms to school by Friday, 19th September 2014 so that we may update our records.
School Dinners
As you are aware, from September, schools are required to provide Universal Free School Meals for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  We have absolute confidence in the quality of our school meals and our ability to fulfil this requirement, as we manage our catering service in-house.  From September, all children in Reception will be staying for a school meal.  We also strongly encourage children in Year 1 and Year 2 to also stay for a school meal. Copies of our Menus can be found on the school website.  Paper copies may be obtained from the Office on request.   We can cater for all dietary and medical requirements, please call in if you wish to discuss any needs.
For our Junior aged children, we continue to offer a school meal and despite the rising cost of food stuffs, we have retained the cost of each dinner to £1.80 per day, £9.00 per week. Please note, Dinner money should be paid weekly (each Monday morning in advance), in an envelope with your child’s name and class clearly stated. 
Breakfast Club
Also, just a reminder that we continue to operate our own in-house Breakfast Club.  Children may attend on a ‘drop in’ daily basis (no need to pre-book).  The club is open from 7.45 am – 8.45 am in the Infant Hall. The cost per session is 50p for pupils entitled to FSM (Free School Meals). Other pupils will be a minimum of £1.00, payable on the day.  Alternatively, parents may pay in advance for the half term.
Parking in Neilson Road
Just a reminder NOT TO BRING YOUR CAR into Neilson Road.  It is a HUGE risk to our children’s safety!  Help us to keep your child safe by parking your car responsibly in the public car-park opposite the Neilson Road entrance.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Also, please make sure you DO NOT RIDE your bikes/scooters on any of our school yards.  It is a health and safety risk to the safety of others.  Thank you for your co-operation.
Just a reminder that important information can be found on our website.  It can be found by visiting

Thank you for your support!
Kindest regards,
Ruth Town
Head Teacher

Term dates for school year 2014 – 2015
Monday 1st September to Friday 19th December 2014
Half Term – Monday 27th to Friday 31st October 2014
Inset days
Monday 1st September 2014
Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Monday, 5th January – Thursday, 2nd April 2015
Half term – Monday 16th to Friday 20th February 2015
Monday, 20th April to Tuesday, 21st July 2015
(see INSET DAYS below)

May Day – Monday 4th May 2015
Half Term – Monday 25th to Friday 29th May 2015
Inset days
Friday 19th June 2015
Monday 20th July 2015
Tuesday 21st July 2015

School re-opens on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at the usual time for Year 1 – Year 6 pupils.
Nursery and Reception pupils will be given separate start dates.  

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