Parents Accompanying School Trips
Please find attached to this newsletter a letter regarding the new school policy on parents’ accompanying school trips. In summary we now require all parents accompanying a school visit to have either;
A current CRB check
Clearance from the ISA (a check against the children’s barred list)
This change has been implemented in line with current DCSF guidance regarding the safeguarding of children and it is important that we comply with it. This has implications for the organisation of school trips, especially those which are organised at short notice or when we ask for parents to walk with us to events in the local area. We will now need to confirm which parents will be able to accompany any school trip at least 5 working days before the trip takes place.
The two events that these new regulations will affect most are:
The KS2 visit to the pantomime in Leatherhead on Monday 14th December
Carol Concert at St. Michael’s church in Ashtead on Tuesday 15th December.
Can any parents that are able to walk with Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 to these events please contact their class teacher by Monday 7th December.
We really appreciate the support of our parents in accompanying school trips; we would not be able to offer the range of experiences that we do without your help and I hope that we can count on your continued support.
This year our Nativity ‘The Christmas Story’ will be performed at 2pm on:
Wednesday 9th December for parents and toddlers
Thursday 10th December for parents
Friday 11th December for elderly residents from our community
The Nativity play forms part of our school’s Christmas celebrations and as such parents from all year groups are welcome to join us. There will be a collection after the performances for Mission Together.
So that we have an idea of how many people will be attending each performance please email the school office marking the subject KS1 Nativity and letting us know how many seats you require for each day.
Our Carol Service is at St. Michael’s Church, Ashtead on Tuesday 15th December at 10.30am. Years 3, 4, 5, & 6 will be walking to St Michael’s Church and need parent volunteers to walk with them. (Please see above section for information on the new policy for parent helpers). We will be leaving school at 9.45am and returning at approx 12noon. If you are able to help please contact your class teacher by Monday 7th December.
Years R, 1 and 2 will be travelling to the church by coach. We require parents to give their permission for this. We also ask for a donation of £2 per child towards the cost of the coach. Please can you detach and return the slip below to the school office by Friday 11th December.
The St Peter’s Christmas Post will be opening for business on Monday 7th December with the first delivery later in the week. To ensure that all cards reach their intended destination please address them with the first name/initial, surname of the child and the year group.
SCAMPS concert for parents
There will be a concert for parents of children that learn the guitar with SCAMPS on Thursday 10th December at 9.25am.
Many thanks to all those families that offered to host the travelling crib in their homes over the coming weekends. The crib will visit:
Saturday 5th – The Clegg family
Sunday 6th – The McArthur family
Saturday 12th – The Gamber family
Sunday 13th – The Caprano-Wint family
There will be a Fairtrade Sale in the playground (or in the infant library) after school on Tuesday 8th December. Come and stock up on Fairtrade chocolate and sweets ready for Christmas! There will also be a selection of small gifts on sale priced at under £5 which will make perfect stocking fillers.
Family Masses at St Michael’s, Ashtead
The dates for the forthcoming family Masses at St Michael’s are Sunday 6th December and Sunday 10th January. If you are planning to attend the 10.30am Mass on those dates and your children would like to get involved, please contact Antonietta Caprano-Wint (tel. 270300 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org ). It may not be possible to allocate all of the children specific roles this time but there will be more opportunities for the children to be involved over the coming months. We shall be organising practices at school for children who wish to lead the singing.
Christmas Celebrations at Our Lady & St Pater’s, Leatherhead
There will be a Christmas Carol Service on Friday, 11th December at 7.30 pm followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Hall. The Toy Mass will be on Sunday 13th December at 10.00am. Please bring a present for a boy or girl (up to age 16) in the care of Cabrini Children’s Society. The present should be wrapped, and marked whether it was suitable for a boy or a girl, and their age range, and brought to Mass or left at the Presbytery beforehand.
We have had a recent reoccurrence of head lice and I would ask all parents to check and treat their children’s hair.
A Christmas Carol – A Pantomime
The Woodfield Entertainers invite you to their pantomime ‘A Christmas Carol’ which will be performed on the 10th, 11th and 12th December at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. For Ticket Enquiries please contact the box office on 01372 270553 or email email@example.com
New Parent Governor
As you are aware we have been seeking a new parent governor to fill the vacant post. We are delighted to announce that Mrs Kathryn Casson is to fill this role and we welcome her to our Governing Body.
Parent and Pupil Questionnaires
Today every child has been given parent and pupil questionnaire from the Governors to bring home. Can we please express how important and valuable this information is to us as we develop our strategic vision of St Peter’s. Issues raised from the questionnaire are incorporated into our improvement strategy. Please can you take the time to complete and return this questionnaire before Friday 18th December, as well as assisting your children to complete theirs.
Many thanks, David Gwyther (Chair of Governors).
Lunchtime Supervisor Vacancy
We have a vacancy for a Lunchtime Supervisor on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested in the position, please contact Mrs. Hussey in the school office.
Important Reminder Dates
09.12.09 – Nativity performance for parents and toddlers 2pm
10.12.09 – SCAMPS concert for parents @ 9.25am
10.12.09 – Nativity performance for parents 2pm
11.12.09 – Nativity performance for elderly 2pm
14.12.09 - KS2 visit the pantomime at Leatherhead Theatre
15.12.09 – Carol Service at St Michael’s Church, Ashtead @ 10.30am
17.12.09 – Christmas lunch for children
18.12.09 – Break up for Christmas Holidays, school finishes at 1pm
04.01.10 – INSET DAY
05.01.10 – School re-opens for pupils
Coach Permission Reply Slip
I give permission for my child ………………………………………………………….. in Year …………… to travel to St Michael’s Church by coach on 15th December 2009.