I am delighted to share with you that the children have had a really positive start to the new academic year. The children have returned to school this week looking refreshed, smart and excited about the year ahead. We would like to warmly welcome all of our new families to Pinewood Infant School and hope that everyone enjoyed a relaxing summer break.
It has been lovely getting to know the parent/carer community within our school during these first few days and I am looking forward to working closely with you over the forthcoming months. If you have any questions about the school please feel free to come and speak to either myself or Mrs Carolyn Burleigh
(Deputy Head teacher). As you know I am the Deputy Headteacher at Guillemont Junior School and I will be continuing to fulfill this role alongside being Acting Headteacher here at Pinewood. I will be based at Pinewood for the majority of the week and am thoroughly looking forward to the term ahead.
The autumn term is always busy and full of lots of activities and events so please take a few minutes to read through this newsletter and familiarize yourself with the key dates and activities.
I look forward to seeing some of you for a cup of tea and a slice of cake on Monday 16th September at the Coffee morning for helpers or on 27th September at the Macmillan coffee afternoon. Warmest regards,
This half term the children will be learning about the following topics:
Year R – Getting to Know You & Nursery Rhymes
KS1 – Into the Woods
I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome Mrs Lucy Cooley to Pinewood Infant School. She is joining the team as the Year 2 class teacher. Year 2 parents will have the opportunity to get to know Mrs Lucy Cooley and find out further information about the Year 2 curriculum at the Curriculum Evening on Wednesday 11th September. Miss Hayley Smith is joining the team as the reception class teacher alongside Mr Matthew Nicholas.
Sunrisers (Breakfast Club)
Breakfast club is held every morning in the hall from 7.45 am until 8.45am and is run by Mrs Fitzpatrick and Mrs Woodward from the school. All children, who arrive at breakfast club before 8.20am, can enjoy a healthy breakfast and take part in a variety of fun activities. Each session costs £3.00 and can be booked on the day or in advance. Forms are available on the display stand in the school entrance.
After School Clubs
Information for all school clubs will be sent out next week and the clubs will start week beginning 16th September. This term we will have the following clubs on offer:
Mondays – Multi Sports (Year 1 & 2)
Tuesdays – Gymnastics (Year 1 & 2)
Thursdays – Dance (Year 1 & 2)
This term, I am delighted to say that the very popular Mr Matt Sanders, our PE sports coach, will continue to offer two lunchtime clubs and an after school multi sports club on a Monday. In order for more children to be able to access the popular football club, Mr Sanders will run this as a lunchtime club in school on a Monday or Wednesday. All of the children will be able to take part at no cost should they wish to. The children will also be able to join his after school multi sports club on a Monday for a small cost, further information can be found on the on the school website.
If your child has a medical condition or food allergy which requires support in school please speak to or contact Mrs Verity Marsland in the school office.
Reception, Year One and Two Curriculum Information Evening
We would like to invite the parents of Reception, Year One and Two children to a workshop to find out how they can help support their child’s learning at school. This is an opportunity to talk to the teachers, find out about the things the children at school each day and to ask any questions that you may have about Reading with your child. The workshop is being held at 3.30pm on Wednesday 11th September. Mr Shakespeare and Mrs Barnett will be running a crèche in the hall to enable parents to
leave younger or older children watching a film so that you are able to focus on the presentations in the classrooms. If you have a child in more than one year group, we suggest you attend the presentation for your eldest child. All presentations will be accessible on the school website following the event.
As a school, we are working very hard to improve the absence rates of our pupils and to encourage a good attendance culture within the school. The guidelines from Hampshire County Council on authorising holiday requests remain the same and the Acting Headteacher can only authorise absence in exceptional circumstances. If you know that you need to request time off school then please come and speak to Mr Shakespeare about your situation and we can provide you with a request form. This year we will be celebrating the children’s attendance in a variety of ways which I will share with you on the next newsletter.
The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) will continue to monitor the children’s attendance on a weekly basis so if you do have any concerns or difficulties please come and speak to us.
Late Arrival/Collecting Children during the School Day – If you arrive after registration or you need to collect your child during the school day, please would you ensure that you come to the school reception to sign them in/out. Please do not take/collect them from the classroom.
Beginning of the year reminders
Nut/Egg Allergies – Please be aware that we have children in school with nut and egg allergies and would ask that you therefore do not include egg sandwiches or items containing nuts in your child’s packed lunch. Also please ensure that your child’s lunch box is clearly marked with his/her name.
Safety on the school site
- Parking – Towards the end of the school year there appeared to be more parents using the teacher’s car park or the turning circle to park when they dropped their child at Breakfast club or when they picked them up from an After school club. I would like to remind all parents that only school staff are allowed to use the car park and turning circle. This is to safeguard everyone and ensure that there are no accidents involving children and vehicles. I would also like to remind parents that the car park outside of the school gate is for the use of residents and their visitors. Please be considerate when parking if it is necessary to use a car for the school run and park in allocated spaces around the estate.
- Driveway – Please take extra care when crossing the driveway at the beginning and end of the school day and be aware of taxis and mini buses arriving and leaving the site. We have pedestrian entrances at either side of the school site, please use these and do not walk up the drive.
- Playground safety- For the continuing safety of the children we do not allow them to play near the gate or the fence which borders the path. If you happen to be passing along the path please do not encourage your child to come over to the fence to talk to you. Also, please be advised that the playground apparatus is for use during school time only and not as an after school facility. Playground and turning circle gates will be locked between the hour of 9am and 3pm. Parents coming in to school during these hours are asked to use the ‘Woodland Walk’ entrance.
- Bikes and Scooters – it is lovely to see so many children (and parents) cycling or ‘scooting’ to school. Bikes and scooters may be left in the cycle storage facility during the day. To avoid accidents along the path and in the playground please dismount bikes and scooters when entering the school premises. Thank you.
- Jewelry- For safety reasons only studs should be worn and all earrings should be removed before school on PE days. Please remember that if your child has earrings, they will need to be removed by child (or a parent/carer) for PE lessons. Thank you
All those who have registered for ‘Parentmail’ are now on the system and should be receiving communications by email. When new messages are sent copies are displayed on the window by each classroom and the notice board in front of the school. Hard copies are always available from the display stand in the school entrance.
The first assembly of the new school year focused on us thinking about the different elements of what makes an effective school. Together we created a ‘Summer Pudding’. The bread represents the school building and the fruit represents the different adults and children. We all get ‘mixed up’ together, just as we need time at school to get to know each other. We have new children, new parents, new staff and lots of people who don’t know each other.
Thank you to Noah Gibbons and Sabrina Bachmann-Ross for their help as ‘chefs’ in assembly.
I am sure the outcome represents the Acting Headteacher’s ‘current’ cooking talents and not theirs!
Coffee Morning for helpers
We are holding a coffee morning on Monday 16th September for parents/carers, Grandparents or anyone from the wider Pinewood community who might be interested in becoming a helper at our school. If any of our existing parent helpers are available to come and share their experience we would love to see you there too!
Learner’s of the Week
Year 2 – Bradley Austin, Nicholas Bazen, Aayaan Gurung and Lucy Browne
Year 1 – Griff Morgan-Pugh and Alex Hatzfeld
Good Neighbour’s of the Week
Year 2 – Sabrina Bachmann-Ross and Cooper Davis
Year 1 – Felix Aistrop