|New starter guide for parents - September 2019|
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SATs have come and gone for 2019 with regards Year 6 although Year 2 are still hard at work - so let's keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
As far as Year 6 goes, as usual they all behaved impeccably and showed true St. Martin's tenacity through a trying period in their young lives.
All of Year 6 (myself included) wanted to say a huge thank you to all the staff at St. Martin's for their support, encouragement and most importantly their love throughout the lead up and taking of SATs,
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.
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.
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.