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Issue 1: 13th September 2019                 

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 Diary:                                                                                                    Thursday 19th September at 9.00 – Planet Play for under 3s in the school hall                                                                                    

 Week beginning 23rd September – Recycling Week                                                                                                                              

 Week beginning 14th October – Year 1 Harvest Festival                                                                                                                 

Thursday 31st October – Year 2 Parent Consultations                                                                                                                       

 Monday 21st October to Friday 25th  October – Half Term                                                                                                            

Thursday 14th November at 9.05  – Year 2 Parents Transition Meeting to Year 3 in the Junior School                                         

 Thursday 19th December – Last day of term non-school uniform Day                                                                                               

Monday 20th December to Friday 3rd  January – Christmas Break                                                                                                                      Monday 6th January – Staff training day – School closed for children                                                         

Tuesday 7th January – Children return to school                                                                                                                                                                 

Welcome Back:                                                             

It has been a wonderful two weeks, the children have been busy learning new routines and have settled really well. It is a real pleasure to see them happy and engaged in their learning.                                                                                      

We have welcomed many new families to our school and hope they enjoy a long and happy association with us.  We also have two new Class Teachers. Russell has joined our Year 1 team and is enjoying getting to know the children in his class and Leah has joined Turtle Class. We hope they enjoy being part of our Carterhatch community.   Ruth (Early Years Lead), Rebecca (Elephant Class Teacher) and Tas (Learning Assistant) have returned from maternity leave.  We are so happy they decided to return to work after spending valuable and quality time with their babies.                                                              

Many thanks to our site staff and cleaners who worked hard over the summer getting the school ready for the return of the children.  I also know many staff worked hard in the holidays preparing resources and working on making their classrooms and outdoor environments inviting and stimulating for the children.                                                                             

Late Arrivals – You are considered late if you arrive after 8.55am                                                               

 Late Collections – You are considered late if you collect after 3.20pm  - Class room doors open at 3.10, gates will open at 3.00 to ease congestion                                                                                           

 If you have not arrived at your child’s classroom by 3.30pm you will need to collect your child from the main office and will be asked to sign the late book.                                                                                                    

 Newsletters to parents and carers are sent on a fortnightly basis to share children’s achievements and some of the learning that takes place across the school.  In addition, curriculum letters are sent to Year 1 and 2 at the beginning of each term.  Please speak with staff if you have a skill/talent or interest that could enrich our curriculum. We are always happy to involve the wider community.                                                                                                                                                 

  I am sure you have had the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher.  Year 2 will be holding their termly parents consultations on Thursday 31st October, 1.15pm – 5.00pm.  During this meeting they will discuss your child’s progress and things you could do at home to support your child’s learning. You will receive more information nearer the time.  Nursery, Reception and Year 1 teachers will contact parents during the autumn term to arrange a convenient day and time to meet.

 However, should you have any questions or concerns you can arrange to meet your child’s class teacher at any point throughout the year.                                                                                                            

 Best wishes,                                                                                                                                                           

Adrienne and Sarah, Co Heads


Reminders:                                                                                Leave During Term Time:                                                                                                        

  We are not permitted to authorise holidays during Term Time. Please refer to our Attendance Policy for further information on authorised and unauthorised absences. If you do decide to request a leave of absence please put your request in writing to Adrienne Barrell, Co Headteacher.                                                                                                                                                

Updating information:                                                                                                                

We would like to remind you that if you have moved address or changed telephone number please ensure that you update your information in the school office.                                                                                                                         

If you are moving your child to a new school, please complete a brief exit form which can be obtained from the school office. This will allow us to ensure the new school receives any relevant information about your child’s progress and will aid their transition.                                                                                            

 First Day Calling:                                                                                                                         

 In the past parents have brought to our attention, a news story concerning an incident in another school where emergency contacts were not called  when children were absent from school. We want to reassure parents that our policy is for you to make contact with us on the first day of absence by phone or text. If your child is absent and we haven’t heard from you, our attendance officer, will phone or text you. If we haven’t heard from you we may call your emergency contact to ensure that everyone, including parents are safe. If we still haven’t made contact with the family we may call at your home in person. Our next step would be to call the police. This highlights why it is important that you call us to inform us of what is happening when your child is unable to come to school

Medication in School:                                                                                                                   

We are happy to give your child medication in school but only if the medication has been prescribed by your doctor for your child and if the medication has to be administered four times a day.  If you have to administer it three times per day then you are required to do this before school, after school and one later that evening.  However, we are happy to give your child the second dose if they attend after school club.                                                                                      

 Please advise the office if your child has a medical condition or if you need medication to be administered, as you will need to complete a medical needs form.                                                                                                                               

Bikes and Scooters – at risk of being stolen:                                               

We have noticed that several bikes and scooters have not been secured to the fencing in our entrance. The school cannot be held accountable for any bikes or scooters left in school.  Our gates are open at certain times, particularly at the beginning and end of the school day. If you want to lessen the chance of losing your child’s bike or scooter please purchase and use a bike lock/chain.                                                                                

Confirmation of Attendance Request Form:                                                 

If you wish for a Headteacher to provide a letter to confirm your child’s attendance, please complete a slip in the school office. Letters take five to seven working days from the date the request was made. You will receive a text when your letter is ready to collect.  Please note that we are not required to complete such letters by law and do so at our discretion, we reserve the right to refuse.                                                                                          

Data and Policy Review:                                                                   

Year 1 and Year 2 will be receiving forms to complete containing your child’s information for parents to check. Once checked please return to the school office. Policy Review – We are currently reviewing our Relationships and Health Education Policy. There is a draft copy on our website and welcome parents’ views.


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.                                                                                                                            

Adrienne Barrell and Sarah Clements – 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.

Year 2:                                                                                                 

Welcome back to our Year Two children who are already very busy working on their times tables and spelling.  We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead! We hope that you found the meeting yesterday, helpful, informative and now have a further understanding of expectations in Year Two.                                                 

Year 2 PE                                                                                                                                                                  

 Please remember that children need to ensure they have a separate PE bag to keep their PE kit in rather than their book bag or plastic bag as these tear. Parents/Carers need to provide plimsolls, shorts/tracksuit bottoms, t-shirt and a sweatshirt all labelled in a PE bag in school. Children with long hair need to wear it tied up and children with earrings must not wear them on PE days or the teacher will provide medical tape.                                                                                            

 Please be mindful that jewellery is not permitted during school at any time. During PE or swimming, for safety reasons if a child is seen to be wearing jewellery it will be removed and placed in an envelope this is then the responsibility of your child. The London Borough of Enfield does not accept responsibility for items of jewellery being lost in school.

 Year 1:                                                                                                                                                                                    

Year One children are settling in well to their new indoor and outdoor environments.  Pupils are enjoying exploring new resources and are building positive relationships with staff and the animals! Year 1 enjoy using their outdoor area for Learn and Explore Time and the children are brilliant at looking after their environment. To help children and staff to keep the area tidy, please ensure younger children are supervised as it is not a suitable play area. Thank you for your cooperation.


School Trip Contribution:                                                                  Letters are being sent home regarding payment for school trips for this academic year. If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 we ask for £10 per term or £30 for the year.  If your child is in 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. Please pay promptly to enable us to book events for your children during the coming year.

Parent Courses:                                                                   

There are spaces available, please call the school office to join the interest list.

Monday – ESOL (English as a Second Language) for beginners 9.15 to 12.15     

This course is for parents and carers who speak English as a second language.                                     

Tuesdays – ESOL Writing, Level 1 9.00 to 1.00                                                         

Thursdays – Functional Skills, Maths and English 9.00 to 3.00                                                                 

 We are holding an Anti-Bullying Course in November – please let us know if you are interested.            

Together We Learn ESOL - Coffee Morning                                                                                   

 44 hours free ESOL for parents/carers                                                                                              

Taster: Monday 23rd September 2019                                                                                                                     

Time: 9.15am to 12.15pm                                                                                                                                                      Location: Children’s Centre (Autumn Close)                                                                                                                      

For more information speak to Jeanette                                                                                                                               

 Impreuna invatam ESOL                                                                               

 Demonstratie curs ESOL – curs de engleza pentru incepatori                                                                                  

Cursul este gratis si este alcatuit din  44 de ore de predare                                                                                                       Data de incepere : Monday 23rd September, 2019                                                                                                          

Orar : 9:15am-12:15pm                                                                                                                                                

 Pentru mai multe informatii, va rugam sa contactati Carterhatch Infants School .                                                                   Persoana de contact Jeanette Fuster, telefon 02088046886.                                                                                                    Daca aveti copii prescolari , se ofera servicii gratis de ingrijire a acestora in timpul orelor de curs.                  

Birlikte İngilizce (ESOL Taster) Öğreniyoruz                                                                

Herkese açık ücretsiz 44 saat İngilizce (ESOL) kursu                                                                                                        

 Ders süresince ücretsiz kreş                                                                                                                                                 Baslama Tarihi: 23 Eylul 2019 2019                                                                                                                      

 Saat: 9.15 – 12.15                                                                                                                                                              Jeanette Fuster ile iletişime geçebilirsiniz

For Your Information Government Changes:                                                      

Any pupils, employees and their families who are EU. EEA or Swiss citizens will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 2020.                                                                                                                       

 Non-EU, Non-EEA or non-Swiss family members of EU, EEA or Swiss citizens will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 2020. If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, the EU Settlement Scheme will remain open to those living in the UK on or before 31st December 2020. The deadline to apply will be 30th June 2021.                

 If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the EU Settlement Scheme will remain open to those living in the UK on the date of exit and applications will need to be made by 31st December 2020. 

Please note that if a General Election is called within the next month, school will be used as a Polling Station and we will need to close. Possible dates are either 15th/24th October.