Friday 24th November
Infant's Cinema Trip
Thursday 30th November
Non Uniform Day
Please bring cakes
Friday 1st December
at 1.30 p.m.
Saturday 2nd December
Choir at the Town Hall
Wednesday 6th December
Juniors' Advent Service
at 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday 13th December
at 2.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.
Thursday 14th December
at 12 noon
Monday 18th December
at 10.00 a.m.
Wednesday 20th December
Advent Mass at 9.15 a.m.
Early closing Christmas Holidays
Monday 8th January
Children return 9.00 a.m.
Friends Sponsored Bouncy Castle Day
Thank you also to all the children who have now brought in their sponsor money, at present the total is £2745 this is truly incredible. Thank you to everyone who has supported this. Please remember that all the money goes straight back to the children through subsidising trips, visits and other special events.
Attendance and Holidays during term time
As you will be aware, the rules around holidays in term time have now changed and we are no longer allowed to authorise any holiday requests except in exceptional circumstances. Families, who take holidays in term time, will be contacted by Halton's EWO service, which may result in the issuing of a fixed penalty fine. If your child is off with illness for any length of time, then you must send in medical evidence for their absence. Thanks for your help in this matter. You understand that the best way for children to achieve well at school is for them to have a good attendance and that means 95% +
Helping your child to be fit and ready to learn in school
Many parents ask us how they can help their child to be best ready to learn. We would advise making sure they get a good night's sleep. Infants in bed by 7.00/7.30pm and older Juniors by 8.00/8.30pm. Make sure they calm down, talking to them or reading a story once they are in bed for five to ten minutes. Limit the amount of time they access the internet on phones, tablet computers or PCs and know what they are accessing as it could well be very inappropriate. Have everything ready for school the night before to avoid forgetting book bags/lunch boxes/equipment/kits in the morning.
Our Parent's and Toddler's Group, First Steps, meets every Wednesday morning from 10.00 a.m. until 12 noon and they welcome all new comers. Come and meet the rest of the gang and let your children meet some others of their own age.
Uniform and PE Kit
Thank you for all your efforts with ensuring we have the highest possible standards of uniform. Helping us to ensure this is maintained supports us all. This means no trainers for normal footwear and sensible accessories, please don't have headwear that stops other children being able to see the teacher! Could I ask you to also ensure that your child's name is on all their pieces of uniform, especially jumpers and coats?It is also very important that all children have the correct PE Kit. They are not allowed to wear football shirts. The PE Kit consists of a white t-shirt with logo, black shorts and a pair of pumps. It is advisable that the juniors have a pair of trainers for outdoor PE. It is best for all children to keep their kit in school and to take it home each half term to be cleaned. It needs to be kept in a named drawstring PE bag.
Register for Free School Meals
If you are in receipt of Income Support, your child will be eligible to be registered for free school meals. Even if your infant child is getting a free school meal it is important to register. This is because the school receives additional funding for any children whose parents are on income support. Thank you for your help and support in this matter.
Goodbye to Mrs Reese and
welcome to Mrs Evison
On Friday 10th November, we will be saying goodbye to Mrs Reese. I know she has become a good friend to many of you and she is certainly my right hand lady! All of us will miss her greatly and I am certain that you will wish to say thank you to her as much as I do. Good luck and God bless you Karen as you go back to work with Adrian and good luck with the business.
You will all want to join me in wishing a very warm welcome to Mrs Evison who has already begun to learn the ropes ready to take over solo the week after next, good luck!
Friends of St Martin's Christmas Fair
This year our Friends of St Martin's Christmas Fair will be held on Friday 1st December at 1.30pm. We have decided to change it to the afternoon to give us more time and so that we are not having to rush to set up for dinners straight afterwards. In order to generate items for the fair we are asking for the following:
Week beginning 6th November
Bring in a gift/s (for the gift stall)
Week beginning 13th November
Bring in a selection box (chocolate tombola)
Week beginning 20th November
Bring in toys (toy stall)
Thursday 30th November
Non uniform day for cakes (cake stall)
Thanks for all your help and support with this and we look forward to seeing you on the day at the
St. Martin's Catholic Primary School
St Martin's Lane
Tel 01928 711 207
Headteacher Mr P Hallman
As you are all aware, we are now using the Schoolcomms system for school meals and tuck.
Just a couple of points to remember. If you change your email address or your mobile number, could you please let us know immediately as the system will not work? Also, there are two sections on the system: School Meals and Tuck. As well as crediting the School Meals section, you will need to credit Tuck, if you want your child to have it.
With regard to Universal Free School Meals, if your child is in Year 3, please remember that you will now have to pay for their school dinners, if they are not eligible for Free School Meals. Soon we will put another section on the system so that you can pay for School Trips etc.
Safeguarding – arrival at school
We have been reviewing our safeguarding procedures and safety across the school site. As from Monday 6
th November all children are to come into school via the Infant gate and playground. This ensures that no one should be by the vehicle entrance to school. Could I ask all parents to be aware that they must ensure that they are safely on the school premises and handed over to a member of staff who will be available at the Infant gate? Many thanks for your help and support in this.
Children in Need
Friday 17th November is BBC Children in Need day. This years' theme is 'Everyone's got a thing – what's yours?' The children are able to come dressed up as their own special talent, I was thinking of coming dressed as a golfer but anyone who has seen my play would say that I do not have a talent for that! The children are to bring in £1 donation towards Children in Need if they get dressed up.
Thank you to all of you who attended our Parents' meetings before half term and for all the feedback we have received about these sessions. Teachers will be contacting you in the next few days if you have requested an individual meeting in addition to the informal meetings that were held at the original information evenings.
Years 6 and 5 trips to Robinwood
We have arranged for Years 6 and 5 to go to Robinwood in January and February. The cost is £160 and is being subsidised by the Friends of St Martin's. This includes all activities, transport, food and accommodation. The activities are all outward bound and are great fun for all the children – as well as the staff who go with them!
St Martin's After School Club
Our After School Club continues to go from strength to strength. If you wish to use the facility you MUST contact Karen Hughes on 07757840673. Infant children will be collected from Class and Juniors can make their own way there. It takes place immediately after school until 4.30 p.m. and costs £1.50 per child. For this they are supervised and get a drink and a biscuit. This is tremendous value for money.
Please take note that due to this provision any child not collected at 3.15 pm will automatically be taken to the club and parents will have to pay the fees. All children must be collected and signed out by 4.30 p.m. A few children are unsure of their arrangements at the end of the day and this can cause some upset and distress. Please make sure that your child knows what is happening at the end of the day!
Our Breakfast Club continues its great work. It is open from 7.30 am – 8.45 am and only costs £2 per child which is great value including their breakfast. Please note the children are not allowed into the school or onto the playground before 8.45am as there is no supervision. If your child arrives at school earlier than this, then they need to go to the Breakfast Club
Worries or Concerns
If at anytime you have any worries, concerns or ideas for development,then please do not hesitate to come into school and discuss them with me.
KC's Café and Bingo afternoon
The Parents Café is open every day from 8.50 am until 9.45 am and again in the afternoon from 2.30 pm until 3.15pm. Every Tuesday there is a Bingo afternoon from 1.30 pm and all are very welcome.
Parking Outside School
Cheshire Constabulary are asking everyone to park responsibly. They will be visiting schools to ensure that everyone is kept safe particularly the children. In particular they wish you to take note of the following:
· Do not park on yellow 'zig-zags'
· Do not park in designated bus stops
· Do not obstruct residential driveways or access to property
· Do not park opposite or in close proximity to a junction, the Highway code recommends leaving a distance of 32 ft/10m, anything less than this can be seen as causing an unnecessary obstruction
The best advice is to ask yourself, 'Am I risking a child?' not 'Am I risking a ticket?'
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