CARTERHATCH INFANT SCHOOL
Issue 1: 15th September 2017
Office email: email@example.com Website: http://www.carterhatchinfants.com/
Tuesday 19th September – Parents Junior Academy Meeting (see below for details) Monday 25th September – Enrol for Functional Skills (see below for details) Monday 25th September – Enrol for ESOL (see below for details) Friday 29th September – Year 2 Macmillan Coffee Morning (invitations to follow) Tuesday 3rd October at 9.00 and 2.45 – Year 2 parents and carers meeting in the school hall Tuesday 10th October from 1.30 - Year 2 parent Consultations Thursday 19th October at 1.45 - Parents and carers joint focus meeting in the Junior School Friday 20th October from 2.45 0 International Food Sale (details to follow) Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October – Half term Monday 30th October – Children return to school Tuesday 21st November at 9.00 – Penguin Phonics Workshop Wednesday 22nd November at 9.00 – Panda Phonics Workshop Thursday 23rd November at 9.00 – Dolphin Phonics Workshop
Welcome Back: Welcome to our first newsletter of the academic year! It has been wonderful to welcome our new children and families to what I hope will be a long and happy association with Carterhatch Infant School. The children have been busy learning routines in their classrooms and year 1 and 2 staff have started their ‘Meet the Teachers’ sessions to share with you their plans for the coming year. We hope that you find these beneficial. Nursery and Reception staff have been busy visiting new families at home and we look forward to the children starting school over the next few weeks. We are delighted to welcome five new members of staff to Carterhatch. Barry Woods is joining our Reception Team as a Class Teacher and Natalia Galczynska as a Learning Assistant, they are looking forward to welcoming all our new Reception children. Rebecca Castle is our new Nurture Class Teacher and will be running our much loved Elephant Class alongside our experienced Learning Assistants Gwen Demicol and Ann Smith. Hayleigh Hudson has joined the Year 2 team and will be responsible for Leopard Class alongside Sonia. Last but not least, Vicky Sivak who used to work here in the role of a Learning Assistant has returned to Carterhatch as a qualified teacher. We are also pleased to announce staff that have taken on the challenge of new roles in the school. Mel Green, who was our Nurture Teacher, has been appointed as our Special Needs Coordinator. Sonia Furneux is now part of the Senior Leadership Team as she has taken over the role as Assistant Headteacher and will also continue to lead Year 2. Ruth Richards, who has had a wide range of experiences across the school, will now be leading Nursery and Reception. Finally, after a successful year last year, Emma Allgrove will continue to lead Year 1. We wish them success and hope that they will all be happy in their roles.
As from the start of this term I will be taking over from Sarah as SENDCo.
I am in school every day apart from Wednesday. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of our families and children over the next few weeks and I will be in touch with some of you soon to arrange a time for us to meet together. But in the meantime if you have any queries, concerns or anything you would like to share with us regarding your child please do not hesitate to get in touch.
It was lovely to see so many parents at the attendance assemblies we held last term. The children tell us that they enjoy achieving, winning and celebrating the successes of their friends. Therefore we will continue to encourage the children to earn their medals through good attendance. We will also reward the children for representing the school ethos – Respect, Trust and High Expectations. This will be discussed with the children through assemblies and circle time.
Please note that if you are late three times in a two week period you will be asked to attend a meeting with Adrienne to discuss ways in which school can support you and your child arriving to school on time. We would like to remind you that although we appreciate that appointments may only be available during school hours your child misses valuable learning time. If you constantly request early collection you may be asked to complete a permission form.
We are replacing Coffee Morning with Drop Ins. Every Thursday morning Jeanette will be available in the Family Room to discuss any issues, concerns or ideas with parents and carers. We will send out texts to remind you. We will continue to hold Focus afternoon meetings jointly with the Junior School. The first will be held on Thursday 19th October at 1.45. This will be an opportunity to catch up with Lynda and Jeanette and to reflect on what has gone well this term and to discuss subjects we would like to focus on in the future. In the past we have shared how to manage behaviour at home, learning to knit and nutrition.
If you purchased a sunflower plant last term please send a photograph of your sunflower with your child’s name and height of the plant to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively bring the information to the school office by Thursday 28th September. The winner will be published in the newsletter and they will receive a prize.
Maths and English - Due to the success of our Maths and English course for adults we have decided to run the course again. The course is FREE and takes place every Monday morning for Maths and Monday afternoon for English. It is held in the Children’s Centre in Autumn Close. You will need a passport and National Insurance Number. To enrol on the course you will need to attend on Monday 25th September.
First Aid - If you are interested in gaining a certificate in Paedatric First Aid please contact Jeanette to add your name to the interest list.
ESOL – starts Monday 25th Setpember in the Junior School (for parents and carers for whom English is not their first languge.)
Keeping Up With the Children – this is a five week course held in the Junior School on Friday morning from the 15th September. It helps parents of primary aged childrn to understand and support their children with learning numeracy and to understand the curriculum. If you are interested in any of the courses email Jeanette at email@example.com call 0208 804 6886 or Text your name to 07572991299
We will be sending home letters regarding payment for school trips for this academic year. If your child is in Year 1 or Year 2 we ask for £10 per term or £30 for the year. If your child is in Reception or Nursery we ask for £5 per term or £15 for the year. This contribution pays for outings such as pantomimes or zoos and also goes towards purchasing additional resources used in class.
Nursery Turtles – Jo Jenkins and Ruth Richards
Reception Penguin Class – Tas Begum Panda Class – Liz Jarvis Dolphin Class – Barry Woods
Foundation Stage Lead – Ruth Richards
Year 1 Giraffe Class – Lily Zekayi Rhino Class – Vicky Sivak Gorilla Class – Emma Allgrove
Year 1 Lead – Emma Allgrove
Year 2 Jaguar Class – Emma Upton Tiger Class – Liz Bronson and Helen Kakouris Leopard Class – Sonia Furneaux and Hayleigh Hudson
Year 2 Lead and Assistant Head - Sonia Furneaux
Complaints and Concerns:
If you are worried or concerned about anything that is happening for your child it is always best to speak to your child’s class teacher first, they can usually help you and will do everything possible to sort your issue out. If you feel that your problem still hasn’t been addressed, then feel free to speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Sarah Clements and Adrienne Barrell – Co Headteachers Sonia Furneaux - Assistant Headteacher Sharon Rowsell - Business Manager We try to make sure that a member of the senior leadership team is available in the playground at the start and end of the day. If you would like to speak to one of the Co Headteachers at any time please ask in the school Office. They will often be able to meet with you straight away, otherwise we can organise an appointment for you as quickly as possible. If you feel that speaking to members of staff, including the Headteacher has not sorted your problem out and you would like to make a complaint, please refer to the school website. The Complaints Procedure can be found in either the Parents or Policy section. http://www.carterhatchinfants.com
Junior School – Academy status:
You are invited to a short meeting for parents and carers on Tuesday 19th September at 2.30 or 5.15 in the Junior School hall, regarding the proposal to change the status of Carterhatch Junior School from a local Authority ‘maintained’ school to an Academy. If anyone can’t make the meeting but would like to know more, please contact the Junior School office. 0208 804 2101.
Special Educational Needs and Disability- SEND
Child’s Statement…Your child’s statement MUST be converted to an Education, Health and Care Plan by 31st March 2018. Please attend one of the following information sessions to find out more about this important change.
Who is this for and what is this about?
These sessions are open to parents, professionals and teaching staff. It’s important to understand what you need to do, to ensure a smooth conversion from a Statement of SEN to an Education, Health and Care Plan.
The aim of the Information Session will be to: Familiarise you with the key principles and why things are changing Learn how and where to get support and how to prepare Look at what your role will be in this new process Familiarise yourself with the process and paperwork
When and where will the sessions be held?
Full Session DATE: Monday 25th September 2017 TIME: 9:45 – 14:30 VENUE: Community House, 311 Fore Street, Edmonton, N9 0PZ
DATE: Monday 2nd October 2017 TIME: 18:30 – 20:30 VENUE: Oaktree School, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4HN
Briefing DATE: Tuesday 10th October 2017 TIME: 9:45 – 12:30 VENUE: Waverley School 105 The Ride, Enfield, EN3 7DL
There is no charge to individual participants. The costs of the event are met by Enfield Council's SEND Development Grant from the Department for Education. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment! To book a place please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Refreshments and lunch (where appropriate) will be available. Please note that there are no crèche facilities