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February Newsletter 2019


Dear Parents, carers and families,

The weather forecast has changed a lot over the last 7 days from predictions of heavy snow to light flurries more recently!

See www.sandwell.gov.uk/schoolclosures  regarding finding out if school is closed. Our school website front page, blue box will also show this as soon as internet traffic allows the update.


Mobile Phones in school

We have recently had more children bringing mobile phones to school to play with before school starts and during break times.

Children should NOT bring phones to school unless they are in Year 6 and walk to school or home by themselves. Children in Year 6 hand their phones to Y6 staff as they enter class in the morning and they are returned at the end of the school day.

If your child is younger than Year 6 but still walking to school or home alone, and you want them to have a mobile phone with them in order to check their safety during their journey, the phone should be handed in at the start of the school day. Please speak to class teachers if this is the case. Phones will be stored in a locked cupboard in the Senior Leadership office. No other children should have phones in school.

School Site Reminders

Our school is a smoke and vape / e-cigarette - free zone. Please do not smoke cigarettes or any form of electronic cigarette or vape on school premises. The council have given all schools new signs for the school gate areas asking adults to avoid smoking around school areas to protect children’s lungs.


New Learning Initiatives

To help children learn in key areas but in a fun way too, children from Year 1 to Year 6 have been given log in names for Times Table Rockstars and by half term will get access to Spelling Shed as well. If you can give your child regular access to these learning sites online and encourage them to visit the sites, their learning and confidence will improve greatly.


Disco week is here! Make sure you purchase a ticket and fill it in before Friday’s Valentine Disco. Remember numbers are restricted due to health and safety capacity regulations.

Children and illness

There are often a lot of children in school a little “under the weather” this term with colds, coughs and runny noses. Sometimes children don’t know how to blow their noses and don’t come to school with tissues to help them manage sneezes and runny noses.

Please teach your children how to manage a cold and the importance of washing their hands.

Please send them to school with a tissue so they can blow when they need to or can catch a sneeze!

If your child is ill during the school day or has an accident, we phone parents/carers to inform them or ask them to attend school to see their child. This becomes difficult if parents have changed phone numbers without telling us.

Got a new phone / changed your number? Let school know ASAP so your child gets medical attention as soon as possible.


Other events:

Children are invited to

Wear a red nose and

Their own clothes for a

£1 donation for Comic Relief.

15th March 2019


29th March –

Parents’ Association

Mad March Hair Day

Wear your own clothes…and your own hair in whatever style you like for a £1 donation to Parents’ Association fund raising. Money raised ultimately comes back to support school events and resources!


Diary Dates

Friday 8th February

Parents’ Association Valentines Disco

Wednesday 13th February

Dental Check for children aged 5 years old on this day

Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Feb

Spring Half term break

Monday 25th February

School closed – teacher training day 3

Friday 12th April

School closes for the Easter holiday

Monday 29th April

School opens for the beginning of the Summer term – no staff training day

Tuesday 30th April

School Theatre Performance: The secret garden (Year 1-Year 6).

Monday 6th May

School closed for May bank holiday

Week beginning 13th May

Year 6 SATs week

Mon 27th to Fri 31st May

Whitsun holiday

Thursday 18th July

School closes for the Summer break. Friday 19th July: staff training day 5

Tuesday 3rd September ‘19

School opens for the new academic year 2019-2020. Monday 2nd Sept: staff training day.
















If you need any further information, please ask at the school office.   Miss Regan                                            

For this letter and other information, check our website: www.greatbridgeprimary.ik.org


January 2019 Newsletter


Dear Parents, carers and families,

Happy New Year and welcome to the start of the Spring term! We have a busy term of learning in store for everyone!

 

As always, we are hoping that the weather stays mild. However, at this time of year there is always the threat of snow. If the weather is particularly bad causing disruption to travel, it might be necessary to close the school. This is only ever done as a last resort and only if I am unable to secure enough staff to run the school safely – many staff live a distance from here.

 

See the information at www.Sandwell.gov.uk/schoolclosures regarding finding out if school is closed. Our school website front page, blue box will also show this as soon as internet traffic allows the update.

 

A huge thank you to all parents, carers, family members and children for supporting our book fair before Christmas. We are delighted this was so well supported and hope everyone has enjoyed reading over the festive period! Keep it up!

 


OFSTED

As you know, an Ofsted inspector visited us before Christmas in order to complete a short inspection of our school. We are delighted to report the inspector agreed with the findings in our previous full inspection report and we are still a good school! The report is attached – being a short inspection, the report is in the format of a letter.

 

 

Children and illness

There are often a lot of children in school a little “under the weather” this term with colds, coughs and runny noses. Sometimes children don’t know how to blow their noses and don’t come to school with tissues to help them manage sneezes and runny noses.

Please teach your children how to manage a cold and the importance of washing their hands.

Please send them to school with a tissue so they can blow when they need to or can catch a sneeze!

 

 

Diary Dates

Mon 7th January 2019

School opens for the beginning of the Spring term – no staff training day

Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Feb

Spring Half term break

Monday 25th February

School closed – teacher training day 3

Friday 12th April

School closes for the Easter holiday

Monday 29th April

School opens for the beginning of the Summer term – no staff training day

Mon 27th to Fri 31st May

Whitsun holiday

Thursday 18th July

School closes for the Summer break. Friday 19th July: staff training day 5

 

Tuesday 3rd September ‘19

School opens for the new academic year 2019-2020. Monday 2nd Sept: staff training day.

 

 










If you need any further information, please ask at the school office.   Miss Regan                                            






December Newsletter


Dear Parents and Families,

A newsletter packed with information for the festive season!



Christmas at Great Bridge Primary

Nursery, Reception, Year 2 and Year 4 are beginning their preparations for the Christmas Nativity performances and many parents are already helping with costumes – this support is invaluable - many thanks! During these performances, children will sing Christian songs.

Again this year, all classes will also take part in a whole school carol service on the last day of term. This will involve singing traditional Christian Christmas carols and listening to teachers tell the story of the Nativity.

Christmas par

ties will be held on Thursday 20th December. Children can wear their own party clothes to school too. As always, we would ask that children bring their own plate of picnic type food to eat – food is not shared between children because of allergies. Parties involve playing a wide range of party games, singing Christmas songs including traditional Christian carols with the final party food eaten at around 2.40pm. Children need to bring a plate of party food when they come to school on the 20th. This should be party / picnic type food!

Children need to have a normal dinner on party day. Please book a school dinner or send sandwiches as normal.

If for any reason you do not want your child to take part in any of the Christmas events as detailed above, please let the class teacher know immediately and we will accommodate them with lessons elsewhere.

Christmas Cards – We are unable to provide parents with lists of names of children in classes due to GDPR regulations. If your child wants to send cards to every child in their class please let your child write their name in each card and the teachers will ensure every child receives one.


OFSTED

Thank you to all the parents and family members who responded to the Ofsted questionnaire when we were inspected on Tuesday. The inspector was most impressed with so many positive comments about our school. As always, the children were wonderfully behaved all day and the inspector was extremely impressed with the quality of work in their books. The inspector spoke to the Senior Leadership Team, Subject Leaders, representatives from the Governing Body and the School Advisor from Sandwell LA as well as hearing some children read! Our safeguarding practices were scrutinised as was our pastoral support. I am extremely proud of the Great Bridge team and all the children for working so hard to show the inspector every facet of our school! The inspection was a “short” inspection and the outcome letter will be available online soon!


Christmas Performances  

Reception – Red & Blue classes with MORNING nursery

Wednesday 12th December starting at approximately 9.15am

Reception – Red & Blue classes with AFTERNOON nursery

Tuesday 11th December start at approximately 2.15pm

Year 2 – classes 2CM and 2S

Monday 17th December starting at approximately 2.15pm

Tuesday 18th December starting at approximately 9.15am

Year 4 – classes 4C and 4RB

Thursday 13th December starting at approximately 2.00pm

Friday 14th December starting at approximately 9.15am

Please note, with all our special assemblies including Christmas performances, we allow parents to take photos or video the performance with the understanding that photos and videos are not placed on social media sites without the permission of everyone in the photo and videos are not sent into programs such as You’ve Been Framed.

    

PLEASE PARK SENSIBLY!!!

Give a little extra time at the beginning and end of the day to ensure you have time to make good parking decisions.

Neighbours to school continue to be frustrated with the thoughtless parking of some parents particularly those that actually block the driveways to homes. This is unacceptable. The CCTV car for Sandwell LA will continue to monitor the area particularly Bramah Way, Jean Drive and Mount Street where parents continue to park across driveways and half on pavements – causing parents, prams/pushchairs and children to walk in the road! This is dangerous!


Park sensibly and safely or risk a fine!


Diary Dates

Wednesday 12th Dec

Christmas Dinner to be served

Friday 14th December

Christmas Disco – Reception to Year 6.  Tickets will go on sale the week of the disco. Numbers are restricted due to the hall capacity and fire regulations.

Friday 21st December

School closes for the Christmas holiday

Mon 7th January 2019

School opens for the beginning of the Spring term – no staff training day

Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Feb

Spring Half term break

Monday 25th February

School closed – teacher training day 3

Friday 12th April

School closes for the Easter holiday

Monday 29th April

School opens for the beginning of the Summer term – no staff training day

Mon 27th to Fri 31st May

Whitsun holiday

Thursday 18th July

School closes for the Summer break. Friday 19th July: staff training day 5

Tuesday 3rd September ‘19

School opens for the new academic year 2019-2020. Monday 2nd Sept: staff training day.