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Dear Parents / Carers,
The term is speeding by and I can’t quite believe that there is only one week left before it is half term. The children have all been very busy in school and we have been lucky enough to have some glorious weather. Let’s hope it lasts for the half term!!
I was lucky enough to spend the day with Year One on their trip to Birdworld and I was extremely proud of how sensible and well-mannered all of the children were throughout the trip. Well done Year One.
The Year Two children and staff have had a very busy half term completing all of the end of Key Stage assessments. The children have behaved incredibly sensibly, especially when their normal routines have been disrupted and they have made us all feel very proud. The outcomes of the teacher assessment will be shared with you in the school reports later in the summer term.
On Friday we had a lovely time in school celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, with a Royal Banquet. Thank you to all of the staff at HCS3 for preparing a delicious lunch for all of the children.
On Friday 25th May we will be having a ‘Flower Power Day’ at Pinewood Infant School. All of the children are invited to come to school in mufti, in exchange for bringing a flowering bedding plant. Throughout the day, the children will be planting the flowers around the school and in the courtyard. If you are available to help do some planting at any time during the day, please speak to your class teacher or let the school office know.
This week will see the opening of the much awaited new play area. Over the last week, the children have been watching the workmen eagerly. To celebrate the opening each class will have extra time to play on the equipment. Thank you all once again for your contributions towards the new play area and fundraising. The children would like to continue to fundraise for Pinewood Playtimes and would very much like to buy some large construction toys, toy cars, dolls and other equipment to make playtimes more engaging. We will be holding a sponsored event next half term to help raise money for this equipment and I have put more information for the sponsored Golden Mile later in the newsletter. Before we open the new play equipment officially, please can I remind all parents that the play equipment is not to be used before and after school for insurance reasons.
We currently have a vacancy for a Parent Governor at Pinewood Infant School and Mr Dave Hughes the Chair of Governors has written the following to all parents to give you some more information about what the role entails:
Hi, my name is David Hughes and I am the Chair of Governors here at Pinewood Infant School. My thanks go out to Mrs Cook for allowing us space in your newsletter to first of all introduce myself to you all and secondly to give you an overview of the Governing body here at Pinewood.
Pinewood Infant School has a governing body to represent the public in the running of our school. School governors work with the staff and the Local Education Authority to help secure the best possible education for the children in our school. Collectively, we have important responsibilities, like managing the school budget, overseeing the curriculum and appointing staff.
What do school governors do?
Pinewood School governors are a team of people who work closely with Mrs Cook and her leadership team, to make key decisions vital to the successful running of our school. The governors appointed Mrs Cook and make decisions that directly affect the education and well-being of our children. We play an important role in setting a strategic direction for the school, planning for the future, improving standards and agreeing the school's budget. We also act as a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice where needed and of course supporting and challenging Mrs Cook.
In other words, it's a very meaningful role.
How do I become a governor?
If your child attends Pinewood, you can be elected as a parent governor by the parents. We have to hold elections, and inform parents and staff about them. You can also become a governor by approaching the school to see if they will co-opt you or by asking the local authority if they would appoint you.
What do I have to offer?
As a parent governor, you can make a valuable contribution to the running of the school. You will be able to offer your enthusiasm and commitment and as a parent, you'll understand other parents' concerns. Governors with business and management experience, or a host of other skills, can also offer extremely helpful expertise to the school.
What will I get out of it?
Being a school governor can be a rewarding experience. You'll be playing an important part in improving the children's education and supporting the school's staff, and giving a lot to the school and the community usually means you'll get a lot back. Being a governor is also an opportunity to develop new skills or practice existing ones that can help you in your day job, like chairing meetings, putting forward suggestions and asking the right questions, speaking in public, appointing staff, and helping other members who are new to the job or have less experience of committee work.
How much time does it take?
The time that governors are able to give to the role varies but there are certain things they must be in a position to do, so be aware:
- A governor’s main task is to attend meetings of the governing body. These normally take place once a term. In addition, each sub-committee normally meets once a term to consider issues such as finance, personnel, curriculum, safeguarding and premises.
- Committee meetings are held during the evening, normally starting at 7:00pm. We aim to be complete by 9:00!
So in summary, being a Parent governor at Pinewood is an extremely rewarding experience. If you are interested in finding out more about governance, joining us as a school governor or if you would like to talk to a governor, please speak to Mrs Cook. The closing date for enquiries is Friday 8th June.
Mr Dave Hughes
Mr Sanders will be working with all of the staff and children to help the children complete the Golden Mile sponsored challenge. A route for the children to walk around will be marked out on the playground and each class will have as long as they need to complete the challenge. We will be sending a sponsorship form home with each child at the end of the week so that they have time to ask as many members of the family as they can. The children will then receive a special certificate when they complete the challenge.
This year we are hoping to hold Sports Day on the morning of Tuesday, 10th July, or alternatively on Tuesday, 17th July depending on the weather.
It has been brought to my attention that some of our children may have been playing the latest internet game ‘Fortnite’ with their brothers and sisters. There has been much written in the press about this new game so I have asked Mrs Bennett to forward the guidelines for parents. It is worth noting though that the age limit for this game is 12 years.
This year the transition visits for Y2 children will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, 14th June, from 1pm to 3.25pm. Pinewood staff will take the children to Guillemont and Parents should collect them directly from Guillemont at 3.25pm. The second visit will be on the morning of Thursday, 5th July from 9am until 11.45am. Pinewood staff will collect the children from Guillemont at lunchtime but Parents should take them directly to Guillemont.
We are again participating in this Hampshire event. The event will run slightly differently this year in that the children will record their journey to school on a wall chart in class rather than the stickers and cards. This is obviously difficult for the children who come on transport, so please encourage them to walk where possible.
The group runs every Thursday, 9am – 11am during term time in the Community Room. New members are always welcome for tea, toast and a chat!
Lastly, thank you so much to all of the parents who have congratulated me on my new appointment over the last week, I have been overwhelmed by your kind thoughts and best wishes.
Mrs D Cook
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