WDPS Newsletter - January 2017
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WDPS Newsletter - November 2016
WDPS Newsletter - October 2016
Mick MingStones Head Teacher.
WDPS OCTOBER NEWSLETTER 2016
Dear Parents, Carers and Governors,
It has been a busy, yet enjoyable start to this new academic year. Thank you to the whole WDPS community for making our new staff and families so welcome. We look forward to working with you to give our children the best possible start in life.
I hope that all of our Muslim families have enjoyed a peaceful Eid.
Nursery Open Days – Why WDPS is the best start for your child
We have planned our next Nursery Open Days for Wednesday 12th October (9.30 -11.30 am and 1.00 -3.00pm) so that families can make the best education choice for their young children. This will be a valuable opportunity to meet WDPS staff and find out how we best meet our young children’s needs in their first year at WDPS.
If you have young children or if you have any family or friends with children under the age of 3, please let them know that we would love to meet them at one of our Nursery Open Days.
This is the week commencing Monday 7th November. Make sure you sign up for an appointment with your child’s class teacher for the second week after the half term holiday. This is an important opportunity to see how best we can work together to support our children.
Half Term Holiday
School closes for half term week on Friday 21st October. The children return to school on Tuesday 1st November. Monday 31st October is a Staff Professional Development Day and the teaching team are focusing on developing the whole school curriculum.
The WDPS Uniform
Thank you for supporting us in ensuring that our children are wearing the recommended school uniform which also includes black shoes. It helps all children to take pride in being a member of West Denton Primary School (WDPS) and gives our children a strong feeling of identity. Many people have commented on how smart our children look.
Your Property, not Lost Property
Please ensure your child’s school uniform, sports kit and book bags etc. have their names inside. It is helpful to write names on labels at the beginning of each half term and this can also save you money in the long run. We do encourage children to try to take responsibility for their clothes and equipment. If your child loses anything, get them to look in a lost property box before approaching their class teacher. The WDPS admin office does not hold any lost property.
Mini Bus fundraising
A very big thank you to Sarah Rafferty’s nana, who raised £40 amongst her friends, towards our mini bus fundraising initiative. We have now raised a total of £162 towards our £8000 target, so a good start but a long way still to go. All suggestions welcome.
Nursery additional hours
For the first time, we have offered our current nursery children the opportunity to have additional sessions over and above their 15 hours fully funded places. This will benefit some families who feel their children will benefit from more sessions and allow some of our parents the opportunity to work if they chose to.
This is additional to the 15 hours of funded care and is chargeable. The cost of each session is £10 plus £1.90 for lunch. This must be booked and paid weekly or monthly in advance to the school office.
The early uptake on this is healthy and working well.
Applications forms are now available from the admin office for Nursery for September 2017. Places are not allocated for next year’s Nursery class until Easter 2017.
The closing date for Reception class applications is 15th January 2017. This must be done via the Newcastle Local Authority admissions team – see below.
Y6 Transfers to High Schools 2017
The closing date for transfer applications is 31st October 2016 and National offer day for transfer places is 1st March 2017.
On-Line Applications www.newcastle.gov.uk/admissions
The Local Authority is encouraging parents/carers to apply on line as this is a safe and secure process. Any parents having difficulty with applying on line can get help with this from the Schools Admission Team which is accessed via the Newcastle City Council switchboard: T 0191 2787878.
Safeguarding Our Children
If there is going to be a change from the parent/carer who normally picks up your child, can you please inform the class teacher directly.
Appointments during school hours
Please try to avoid making dental/medical appointments during the school day. It is very disruptive for the children, the class teacher and the office staff. Many children are being collected from 2.30pm and staff are continually interrupting their work and the children’s lessons to take children out. Only on a rare occasion will permission be given to release a child from school before 3.15pm.
Please encourage your child to learn their spellings, practise their times tables, read regularly and complete any set homework. It makes a huge impact on their learning and all children should feel equally supported at home and school.
If your child has a prescription from the doctor could you please ensure they take their medicine at home before school and after returning home from school. In exceptional circumstances where medicine needs to be administered at school, please contact your child’s teacher directly. The Local Authority recommendation is that if your child has vomited, they need to stay at home for 48 hours to ensure the health of themselves and other staff and children at school.
It has been an absolute pleasure to see our children harvesting produce from our school allotments. Children have made vegetable soup and other healthy meals using beetroots, potatoes, carrots and spring onions.
At WDPS we encourage our children to think about the wider world and about our moral responsibilities as Global Citizens. As a school we are planning a celebration assembly with the children focusing on the theme of Harvest. We are asking the children to bring in non-perishable food items e.g. tea, coffee, sugar, tins of food etc. The People’s Kitchen in Newcastle will gladly welcome the food items. We are asking specific classes to bring in different foods to ensure we get a good variety. Mr Gaines is sending out a separate letter detailing items etc.
Our new Reception children have had a visit from our school health team to learn about the importance of proper handwashing to prevent the spread of germs. Our Year 1 children have enjoyed a lesson on dental care and the importance of looking after their teeth and gums.
Phase 1 children (Years 1 & 2) are benefitting from music workshops this half term with specialist teachers from the Newcastle Music Service. The workshops are based on the theme ‘Animal Pageant’ which the children thoroughly enjoy. Our Y3 children are learning to play the penny whistle and we look forward to them performing with their music teacher towards the end of the academic year.
Our Y4 children are enjoying their weekly swimming lesson. A special thank you to the parents who support them each week.
Cinema Treats (November)
As part of our commitment to giving our WDPS children a broad and balanced curriculum, our Key Stage 2 children will go to the cinema to enjoy an age appropriate film.
Christmas Productions 2016
In our November 2016 Newsletter we will provide all dates and timings for our festive shows for children from Nursery to Year 6.
Our Phase 3 children are enjoying learning ‘Street Dance’ with a ‘Fit Liz’ team coach.
This year we have bought into the NUFC Foundation program. This is a three package program. On a Wednesday morning our year 5 & year 6 girls have a two hour session: the first hour doing classroom based team building work followed by an activity hour. The afternoon session is for our Y3 and Y4 children and they are educated about healthy lifestyle choices and working as a team to create success. Our family football session takes place from 3.30 – 4.30 pm and the children and parents are enjoying this time together having lots of fun!
WDPS is an Amazon Associate
When you think about Christmas shopping and you go on-line, please consider shopping on Amazon from the link on our school website home page http://www.outstandingprimaryschoolsnewcastle.co.uk/ as you will generate an income to help our school. Please tell your family and friends as all income generated will be used to support the best learning experiences for our children both inside and outside of school.You +1'd this publicly. Undo
The Amazon link is on our home page to the right of ‘Head Teacher’s Welcome Message’. http://www.outstandingprimaryschoolsnewcastle.co.uk/
SHINE Project = Raising Aspirations
Some of our Y5 and Y6 children have the opportunity to take part in our fourth SHINE Project with Newcastle High School for Girls. The first one for this year started on Saturday 24th September and Miss Torrance and Dot took the children by coach to Newcastle High School for Girls where they have begun to enjoy an exciting new program. These sessions are fun, highly practical and interactive and the children are encouraged to develop creative, problem-solving and thinking skills.
This initiative helps our children to grow in self-confidence and self-esteem and the whole program ties in perfectly with the WDPS Raising Aspirations Programme (RAP) as we want to inspire our children to achieve all that they can in life. There is no cost to families for this 10 session programme.
A special thank you to our teaching staff who are delivering clubs in their own time. Activities on offer range from ‘Science, ‘Film Club’ and ‘School Newspaper’ to ‘Gardening’, ‘Netball and ‘Cycling’. The teaching staff will send out their own letters to children in classes for whom a specific club is targeted.
E-Safety course for parents
As part of our computing curriculum, we are offering a free E-Safety course to our parents to help them to learn how to keep their children safe online.
As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development and we always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent/carer you can play a significant part in ensuring this. Just a few simple steps by you can help keep them safe and give young people the awareness to know what to do if they feel uncomfortable about anything they encounter whilst on the internet.
This raising awareness session is planned for Thursday 3rd November between 2 -3pm so please put this date in your diary. Further details will follow.
Our school council are planning a disco for all children on Wednesday 19th October. Further details with timings etc. will be sent out nearer the time.
Longstone Square Entrance
Springs Roofing are a roofing company who are carrying out the roofing program on behalf of Your Homes Newcastle in the West Denton area. They will be commencing work on the roofs in the Longstone Square area from approximately the 28th of this month and there will be a vast increase in heavy vehicles in that area. We have been asked to advise our parents of this and that access will be required at all times for materials etc. to be dropped off. It may be safer to avoid using this area if at all possible and take extra care if you do use the Longstone Square gate over the next few weeks.
Thank you to all the families who attended our meetings. We look forward to working in partnership with you to give our children the best start possible.
On Wednesday 15th June, Nursery will be closed to our current Nursery children due to an open day for our new Nursery children who will start school in September 2016.
Subject to availability, we may be able to offer additional Nursery sessions for your child at the following rates:
£10.00 per ½ day session, £20.00 per full day session, £1.90 for lunch.
Please contact our admin team now to find out about additional Nursery sessions for your child, as Nursery places have now been allocated.
On Thursday 16th June from 9.30 to 11.30 am, there will be an activity morning for our new Reception children who will start school in September 2016.
Thank you to our families for getting our children in to school on time so that they could achieve their best.
Your generous support has enabled us to sell £575 worth of books for your children to enjoy.
Miss Torrance is delighted that the WDPS Film Club has been rated as one of the most active clubs in the North East of England.
On Wednesday 15th June, Hannah and Bill from West Denton United Reformed Church will share Gospel teachings with our children.
This month our Phase 3 children will enjoy interactive music workshops with the Newcastle Music Service.
On Friday 1st July our Y6 students will attend a careers fair at St. James’ Park in order that they are better prepared to make important career choices later in life.
On Wednesday 22nd June our Y3 and Y4 students will attend a MFL event at Newcastle High School for Girls. At WDPS we believe that all children should develop their Linguistic Intelligence and also an appreciation of other world cultures.
On Friday 24thJune our Y6 leavers will enjoy a trip to Lightwater Valley.
WDPS Sports Day will take place on Thursday 14th July, Am Early Years and Key Stage 1 (R-Y2).
Pm Key Stage 2 (Y3-Y6). Nursery will inform families directly of their own arrangements.
This will take place on Wednesday 13th July.
9.05am for our beginning of the week children and 1.30pm for the end of the week children.
Our Leavers Assembly will take place on Thursday 21st July at 1.30pm in the main hall. Families of all our current Year 6 children are invited to join us.
WDPS is an AmazonAssociate
When you are shopping online, please consider using Amazon from the link below. You will generate an income to help our school. Please tell your family and friends as all income generated will be used to support the best learning experiences for our children both inside and outside of school.
May Half term holidays
The school closes for half term on Friday 27th May.
Children return to school on Wednesday 8th June due to Staff Training.
The school closes on Friday 22nd July 2016.
Staff return to school on Monday 5th September 2016.
Children return to school on Tuesday 6th September 2016.
If you want to check other holiday dates click on the link below.
Calendar of term dates