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September Newsletter

Welcome back and a very warm welcome to all new families joining the Plymouth Grove community this September.

It has been a turbulent summer with famine in Somalia, the crisis in Libya and the riots in various cities throughout England. Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected by the events. It also makes us more determined to promote and reinforce the schools values of excellence, inspiration, determination, equality, courage, friendship and respect throughout our school community. It is vital that we work together in order to develop the citizens of the future that will demonstrate and live these values.

Our assemblies this year will follow the theme of heroes/heroines. This is an opportunity to present positive role models to which the children can aspire both within and outside our school community.

School building

There have been many improvements to the school building during the break including redecorating of Miss McBride’s classroom, air conditioning installed in the outside classrooms and replastering of damaged areas. Many thanks to all the premises staff who have worked so hard during the summer break.

Building Learning Power

Over the last year we have also built in an approach to helping children to become better learners, both in school and out, called Building Learning Power. This approach helps children to develop habits and attitudes that enable them to face difficulty and uncertainty calmly, confidently, and creatively. Children who are more confident of their own learning ability learn faster and learn better. They concentrate more, think harder and find learning more enjoyable. They are skills that are needed for lifelong learning. Further information about Building Learning Power will follow later on in the term.

Eid ul Fitr

We would like to wish Eid Mubarak to all our families who celebrated Eid ul Fitr last week.

New staff

A very warm welcome to new staff members Robiah Miah (reception), Katie Graham (Year 1) and Sarah Thompson (Year 4). We also welcome two new lunchtime organisers Ruth Murray and Tahira Hussain.

Curriculum details

Please ensure you receive the curriculum newsletter for your child’s class.

Football

We are extending the opportunities for after school football to Year 4, 5 and 6 children this year. Please look out for further details.

Attendance and punctuality

The school bell is rung at 8.50am in the school playground. Many thanks to those parents who always bring their children on time. Can I please urge all parents to make sure their children are on time as they can miss valuable learning time in the morning.

All schools are currently under a lot of pressure from government to reduce the number of absences requested during term time. I do realise that there are some exceptional circumstances when some days absence is required. Any absence by children has a detrimental effect. Any absence requests during term time will only be authorised if the child’s current attendance is above 98%. Unauthorised absence could lead to a fine.

It is also essential that children are collected promptly at 3.15pm as staff often need to attend staff meetings or run after school clubs.

The school playground is not supervised until 8.40a.m. Children should not be left alone in the playground until this time. Breakfast club is available from 8.00am at a cost of

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