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Junior Newsletter

Friday 22nd September

Headteacher's Update

Thank you to all the parents who have been in school over the past couple of weeks. Our army of volunteers are back in school, supporting in the library and listening to children read. If you have a spare hour in the week to come into school you would be very welcome. Please do let Sarah know, in the office.

Many parents have attended the workshops that we have offered over the last fortnight. Thank you to those parents who attended the 'Meet the Teacher' events, as well as Miss McDonald's Phonics Workshop. It was great to receive such positive feedback about all these events.

Keeping you informed is really important and we have increased the range of parent workshops that we are offering this year. Many of these are already in the diary and you can find out about them here.

You will notice that we have two new types of events listed. The first is the 'Headteacher Surgery'.

Modelled on the idea of an 'MPs' Surgery, this is an opportunity to meet with me without an appointment. You can raise any matter that is concerning you and I will do my best to help.

Next, the 'Parent Forum' is intended to give parents a voice in the Federation's Improvement Journey.

All parents are invited to attend as a group in the Junior School, where we will discuss the work to make our Federation the best it can be. This will provide a chance for parents to share their views, ask questions and give feedback on how we can do even better. I'm really excited to work closely with parents this year and encourage you all to attend.

Governor Update

It has been a pleasure to welcome several new governors to our Federation in the past couple of months, including our new Chair of Governors, Chris McGowan. Chris introduces himself and updates you on other Governor changes in this post.

We still have vacancies for parent governors and there has never been a better time to join us, as we journey to be 'outstanding'. If you would like to join our fantastic team of governors you can find out more here.

Introducing our Family Support Workers

Miss Hawkins and Mrs Fritz have started in their additional roles as our Family Support Workers, across the Federation. They will be able to help you in a number of ways. They can give advice on improving children's behaviour in the home, supporting when children are reluctant to come into school and can also help improve school attendance.

If you have a worry about a barrier to your child's learning, then please do reach out to Miss Hawkins and Mrs Fritz. They will usually be on the gate at the Juniors on a Tuesday after school. Alternatively, you can email either office and ask our Family Support Workers to make contact (you don't need to say why).

Lower School Roman Day

Lower School had a fantastic Roman day on Thursday. They got to meet a Roman centurion and discover what life would be like for a Roman solider. In the morning they looked at what a soldier would carry with them, from a knife and coins to a snail eating spoon. They learnt the names for the pieces of armour and even got to try it on.

They worked hard doing Roman jobs, including writing their names in Latin, using a catapult and polishing armour. In the afternoon, they examined artefacts to discover whether they were Roman or not and then got to eat some delicious Roman food, dry old bread and lentil soup.

The children then took to the playground and with shields tested out the battle formation testudo alongside some impressive marching.

School Photographer

The school photographer will be at the junior school on Thursday 28th September to take year group photo's. They will be back again in November to take individual portraits.

Stubbington Parents Meeting

A creche will be available for school aged pupils.

School Crossing Patrol

Please be aware that the school crossing patrol person will not be on duty from Monday 25th September to Friday 29th September. Normal service will resume on Monday 2nd October.

Pupil Leaders

I would like to congratulate all the children who have been elected or chosen to fill a variety of pupils leader roles. Its great to have new School Councillors, House Captains, Reading Buddies and Librarians. Keep an eye on this page of the website, where photos of our new leaders will appear soon.

Playtime Snacks

Following questions from parents, I can confirm that breadsticks are an acceptable breaktime snack.

Open Mornings

Does your child start junior school in September 2024? Do you know someone who is looking for a Year 3 place for next year? Come along to our open morning to meet staff and children and to see our brilliant school in action.

Weds 27th September @9am

Tues 31st October @9am

Weds 29th November @9am

Register for any of these dates at this link:

Harvest Festival

Star Awards

The following children received Star Awards this week! They should all be really proud, well done!

22nd September: Rosie A, Etta BN, Alex S, Summer I, Holly S, Barnaby W, Finn K, Ellie C, Ollie P, Jack B, Bella K, Charlotte, B, Dominic W & Thomas H.

Life Learning (Respect): Logan BD, Elodie H, Cayden B, Nell W & Niamh PC.

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