School News Oct 2013
Thank you for all of your hard work at the Work Day last Saturday. We had over 60 people together, which is the largest Work Day party that Park has ever had. We got so much done and I hope that you all got to know each other a little bit more too. Rubbish
We cleared a lot of things at the Work Day – thank you to everyone who has already taken something – there is a bit more by the bins in the staff carpark.
We have our Open Day this Thursday, which includes the wonderful apple press. We have so many apples all carefully packed away in newspaper by the children, in preparation for making some delicious juice. We need lots of cakes and apple yummies for the café, and a team of people to help serve and tidy up. Please see the sign-up sheet (coloured by Dylan) under the covered way. We will have a song with the children at 3pm, followed by the café opening with soup and cake until 4.30pm. Please welcome any visitors you see in a typical jolly Park way!
There is no school on Friday 20th October.
Ofsted used to bring surveys to the school to find out what you thought of the school during their inspection. However, now that schools are given no notice of an inspection, and no time to collect surveys, parents and children are asked to give their views and complete an online “Point In Time” survey. The links for the surveys are:
Paper copies of the pupil survey can be obtained by phoning 0300 123 1231 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
For the last few years the children have made up shoe boxes, filled with small gifts from a carefully prepared list, to send to a girl or boy overseas. The school meeting has said they would like to do this again, so with this News is a leaflet explaining what to do, a label to attach to your box and an “All about Me” activity sheet for your child to complete. Please return filled boxes to school by Tuesday 12th November, or take them direct to Tone Up Totnes, Dartmouth Close, The Plains, Totnes by Monday 18th November. We encourage the children to give some of their things away, instead of just buying new things. It’s a fun half-term project – enjoy!
Assessment and Progress of your child
Although teachers mainly assess children by observation and discussion, there are a couple of assessments done termly for Reading and Maths for children over five years of age. These are carried out in a fun, non-stressful manner, which is beneficial to the child and to the teachers to aid planning. If you would like to see these, please talk to your child’s class teacher.
Updating information – attached is the Parent Phone List, which has been updated as much as possible. If your contact details are incorrect, please let the office know as soon as possible.
Research with Plymouth University
Plymouth University is working on a research project about social justices within a privatised school system. They have chosen Park to be part of this as we have aims and an ethos permeated by a strong commitment to equality. They will be developing a profile of the school from materials found in the public domain and will not be coming into school. We like the fact that Park School not only supports the children and families at the school, but helps educators think about education, which may affect many more families.
Mark’s Class Dance
Mark’s class have been involved in a dance project over in the Dartington Space Studios, with a company called Devon Dance. They are giving a performance on Tuesday 19th November at 10am (location to be confirmed), if you wanted to come across and see them.
Christmas Fair and Fundraising
Stephanie is looking to work out a system for making fundraising continuing to work well when she leaves us in July 2014. Please look out for emails from her – and when you have read it, respond with a short message so she knows you have received it, or with a long message of how you want to help!
The next fundraiser is our Christmas Fair on 13th December. Mark’s class will host the café and everyone helps to create a beautiful space.
Have a wonderful half term!
Teacher in Charge
THIS YEAR’S DIARY DATES TO STICK ON YOUR FRIDGE!
|Nits Week||14th – 17th October|
|Apple Day and Open Day||Thursday 17th October, 3-4.30pm|
|Education Day||Friday 18th October – staff only in school|
|Half Term||19th October to 3rd November inclusive – children return on Monday 4th November|
|CAP||Wednesday 6th November, 2pm|
|Parent/Teacher Meetings||Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th November, 3.30-5pm|
|Christmas Cards||Wednesday 20th November. The children will make cards for Heidi to produce fundraising packs for us – please think of this before buying your normal cards.|
|Carols in the Great Hall||Tuesday 10th December – don’t forget to book your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment (Box Office: 847070)|
|Christmas Fair||Friday 13th December, 3-4.30pm – help from everyone needed on the day please!|
|Class Christmas Parties, Lunch & Special Visitor||see hard copy|
|Early Years’ Nativity||see hard copy|
|Whole School Carols||see hard copy|
|Autumn term ends||Friday 20th December, 3pm|
|SPRING TERMEducation Day||Monday 6th January 2014 – staff only in school|
|Class Presentations||Mark & Amanda’s - Tuesday 14th January, 3.30-4.30pmBen’s – Wednesday 15th January, 3.30-4.30pm|
|Gardening Group meeting||Thursday 16th January, 12 midday|
|Council Meeting||Tuesday 4th February, 5-7pm|
|Nits Week||10th – 13th February|
|Pizza Oven Day||Tuesday 11th February|
|Education Day||Friday 14th February – staff only in school|
|Half Term||17th – 23rd February inclusive – children return to school on Monday 24th February|
|Work Day||see hard copy|
|Open Day||Thursday 27th March, 2.30-4.30pm – to be confirmed nearer the time|
|Pizza Day||Tuesday 1st April|
|Council Meeting||Tuesday 1st April, 5-7pm|
|Easter Egg Hunt||Thursday 3rd April, 2-3pm|
|Easter Holiday||5th – 21st April inclusive|
|SUMMER TERMEducation Day||Tuesday 22nd April – staff only in school|
|Class Presentations||Mark & Amanda’s – Tuesday 29th April, 3.30-4.30pmBen’s – Wednesday 30th April, 3.30-4.30pm|
|Bank Holiday||Monday 5th May|
|Spring Celebration||Thursday 8th May, 2-4.30pm – to be confirmed|
|Pizza Oven Day||Tuesday 20th May|
|Council Meeting||Tuesday 20th May, 5-7pm|
|Nits Week||19th – 22nd May|
|Education Day||Friday 23rd May|
|Half Term||26th May – 1st June inclusive – children return to school on Monday 2nd June|
|Parent & Teacher Meetings||Tuesday 10th June, 3.30-5pm and Wednesday 11th June, 3.30-5pm|
|Sports Day||see hard copy|
|Work Day||see hard copy|
|Overnight Camp||see hard copy|
|Overnight Camp||see hard copy|
|Council Meeting||Tuesday 8th July, 5-7pm (to be confirmed)|
|Strawberry Fair||Saturday 12th July, 11am – 3.30pm|
|Leavers’ Celebration||Thursday 17th July, 11am-midday|