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In line with my continued messages about attendance you will receive two bits of information about your child’s attendance next half term. Shortly after the holiday ALL parents will receive a letter indicating how their child’s attendance is at this mid-point in the year. A green letter will indicate attendance of 96% or more – which is great. An amber letter will indicate attendance of 94%-95.9% – which is around the expected mark. A pink letter will indicate attendance of 90% – 93.9% – this is of concern because it is below the expected attendance levels. A dark pink letter which will indicate attendance below 90% – which is of serious concern. At parent’s evening (which is in the final week of the Spring term) you will receive a breakdown of your child’s attendance at the end of the second term. This will give the exact attendance figure and will show where the absences have occurred. We hope that you will find these two pieces of information useful.
Weekly Class Reporters for the Website
Do check out the year group sections of the school website as our weekly class reporters are doing a fantastic job of reporting back about what they have been learning. There have been some great comments such as:
- Y3: “Another great week of learning!”
- Y3: “We had great fun in the playground pretending to be Roman soldiers with our new shields.”
- Y4: “In swimming I’m improving.”
- Y4: “We really enjoyed doing things in Y4 this week.”
- Y3: “We had a writing workshop, it was very fun.”
- Y2: “I enjoyed maths.”
- Y5: “Our last Forest School was really good.! We got to make bows and arrows, it was really cool.”
- Y5: “This was our class’s fantastic week!”
- Y4: “We all loved weaving.”
- Y2: “The big news in year 2 is that everyone got their parts in the infant show. When you see it you’ll think it’s amaaaazing!”
- Y3: “Learning about magnets was really interesting.”
Outcomes at Holly Park
Parents do sometimes look at schools in the league tables and ask me questions about Holly Park. It has come to my attention that some of our newer parents may have concerns or perhaps not be clear about what they mean. To be honest, as Headteachers and school governors we are not really concerned with league tables and neither are the LA or Ofsted. League tables do NOT compare similar schools or give a clear picture. What we are concerned about is how did that cohort of Y6 children perform in relation to their starting point and MOST importantly how much PROGRESS did they make as individuals. For the last cohort of Y6 children we knew that they would not attain highly as a group because they had low starting points. We also had 10 new children join us at the start of Y6 who were not going to meet the end of year expectations. Results of tests are never a huge surprise to a school as we monitor every child and how they are doing throughout their whole time at school with us. I can tell you that our Y6 writing was externally moderated last year and the moderators felt the teacher judgments were spot on, that spelling was some of the best they had seen and that ALL children were good writers in terms of composition and effect and that the children were given some great opportunities to write covering lots of different genres. I can also tell you that all schools have a challenge visit by a Barnet Network Inspector in the Autumn term. Our visit in December judged our outcomes to be GOOD. Last year we knew attainment of the cohort would be low – in fact it was better than we predicted. However we were very pleased with the progress that the children made. It is progress that is most important.
Can You Help Raise Money For The School Through Match Funding At Your Work Place?
Did you know there are hundreds of organisations which offer their employees the chance to boost their fundraising efforts by ‘matching’ the money they raise for a chosen cause? Is your company one of them? By manning a stall at the Winter Fair for ½ an hour, a Shell employee raised £350. Since the school year started, five donations have raised an impressive £3,500 for PTA funds. Your company may offer a match funding programme so it’s worth speaking with your HR department. It is usually a simple case of filling out a form and then supplying a letter on Headed Notepaper confirming the amount raised at the event and your involvement. Please reach out to the PTA Committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information or help approaching your organisation. Look out for a leaflet about match funding which will be emailed out.
The infant show this week was fabulous. The children spoke, sang and danced beautifully The scenery was superb. We hope that all the infant parents enjoyed it. Every child had a small part to play but together as a team they make up a lovely show. My personal thanks go to the KS1 staff – teachers and teaching assistants for all of their hard work putting it all together. Thank you to Mr Hogan for the singing and a huge thank you and well done to Mrs Fitzpatrick for producing and directing ‘Pictures at Our Exhibition’. There are lots of pictures on the website here.
- Friday 9th February – End of Half term at 3.30pm
- Tuesday 20th February – Instrumental Concert rehearsal all day
- Wednesday 21st February – Year 5 Football Competition
- Thursday 22nd February – Holly Park Maths Day
- Friday 23rd February – Parents in to do Maths
- Friday 23rd February – Holly Park Maths Day 2
- Friday 23rd February – PTA Discos
- Tuesday 27th February – Instrumental Concert
- Wednesday 28th February – Y4 Football Competition
- Thursday 1st March – World Book Day
- Thursday 1st March – House Competition
- Monday 5th March – Barnet Dance Festival
- Tuesday 6th March – Hazel Class Assembly
- Wednesday 7th March – The Holly Park Book Swap
- Friday 9th March – Y3 PTA Cake Sale
- Friday 9th March – Y3 Curriculum Day
- Friday 9th March – Y4 Sleepover
World Book Day – Thursday 1st March
I am writing to give you advance notice that World Book Day is the 1st March and we would like all the children from Nursery up to Year 6 to dress up as their favourite book character. The children also have the option of bringing in a prop that represents their chosen character if they don’t want to dress up. For example: for Jack and the Beanstalk, 5 magic beans or a golden egg; for Cinderella, a glass slipper or feather duster etc. The children will then have to use their questioning skills to work out who the character is! Of course they could do both – dress up and bring a prop! The children will also be taking part is in a variety of activities during the day. All of the class teachers will be sharing their favourite picture books with the children. We hope that the children will make a real effort with their dressing up. Thank you in advance for your support.
The netball team played very well last week in a netball tournament. They won their first two games but unfortunately lost the last two games. They missed the semi-finals by one point. They played very well as a team and were very supportive to each other. The team are doing very well in the league and have won all their matches so far.
- Instrumental Tuition and Ensembles as normal. The annual ‘Instrumental Tuition Concert’ will be held on Tuesday 27th February at 6:30 p.m. Apart from the children who are just starting to learn an instrument with us, we try to include all of the other children who are learning to play a musical instrument at school. A letter has been sent home with ticket arrangements. The deadline for ticket applications is today (Friday 9th February). If there are any spare tickets available we will send a text to parents. We will be having a rehearsal day for the concert. This rehearsal day will be held during school time on Tuesday 20th February. Children involved in the concert will need to bring into school their musical instrument and music on this day.
- Choirs – Assembling the repertoire of songs. It is important that parents put the song sheets we are distributing in a plastic wallet file or ring binder, so that the children can bring these to rehearsals.
- Infant Choir – Thursdays (3:30-4:15 pm in the main hall). Here are this term’s remaining dates. Year 1: 22nd February. Year 2: 8th March.
- FULL CHOIR: 22nd March. Barnabas Choir – Tuesdays (3:30-4:30 pm in the main hall). Here are the dates after half-term. Years 3 & 4: 20th February; 13th March.
- Chamber Choir (Years 5 & 6): March 6th and 27th. If we need another Chamber Choir rehearsal (in preparation for the Barnet Schools’ Music Festival) it will be on 20th March. We will let parents know, nearer the time.
A reminder that Nutella chocolate spread by nature of its title contains nuts. We have had a couple of children bring in the new Nutella ‘B-ready’ snacks in lunch boxes. Please avoid these for packed lunches.
Parents Giving Out Letters
Please can I ask that parents do not give out letters to other children or families via the book bag system. I have had a couple of instances where parents have brought letters to me that were not sanctioned by the school, I had no knowledge of and they had gone home in the book bag.
I am becoming increasingly concerned that many families are arriving at school after or whilst the bell has rung and just sauntering down the path. When the bell rings at 8.55am the children should be in the line by this point ready to go in. From now on I will be ringing the bell and walking down the path to see who the late comers are. We will also be closing the school gate 5 minutes earlier from next week at 9.05am. In order to make this work, so we don’t have parents trapped inside the school grounds, we will be asking those parents who are on time and in the playground to please leave after the bell has rung and before the gate is closed. I will also be writing to parents who have children late more than four times in a half term. A late arrival after the register has closed is marked as unauthorised absence. Pupils with persistent lateness will be referred to the Barnet Educational Welfare Officer.
Born To Move Classes at Holly Park
BORN TO MOVE is a series of classes designed for young people. It uses music, movement and the power of group exercise to boost your energy, increase your skills and leave you feeling amazing. There are five different age groups. Each class is updated regularly with new music and choreography, so there’s always something new to look forward to. Classes are launching at Holly Park School from 20th February 2018. Muneera did a taster session in the summer term during school time.
The classes are:
- Tuesday Morning 8.15-9.00am Year 4
- Wednesday Morning 8.15-9.00am Years 5 & 6
- Wednesday Afternoon 3.30-4.30pm Years 1, 2 & 3
Price: £36 per child for a six week course. There is a maximum of 30 places per year group and it is on a first come first served basis by making payment online to School Money. Payments must be made online to School Money (Please call the office if any problems) For more information contact Muneera Kaleel. Tel: 07906785634 Email: email@example.com. You can find out more here. If your child would like to attend breakfast club (7.45-8.15) and also attend Born to Move (8.15-8.55) then they must pay the £2.50 for breakfast club and the £6 for Born to Move that day.
Holly Park Online Community Noticeboard
We have decided to have a Community Noticeboard on our school website under the ‘Contact’ heading. The purpose of this is for parents and friends of the school to advertise their businesses/events. For example if you make birthday cakes, do nails, are a decorator etc. The following rules will apply: Items will be listed alphabetically to avoid any favouritism eg C for cake making, P for Piano lessons. There is a disclaimer at the top of the page saying that inclusion on the page does not mean the service is endorsed by the school in any way. The cost to advertise will be £10 per term paid to Mrs Hassan. From Easter, we will no longer distribute leaflets for companies advertising holiday clubs, tennis lessons etc as this is not very eco friendly. However the company can e-mail the school office a leaflet and for £10 can advertise on this page. The page is ready and operational now.
I cannot stress how important it is for you to keep the school up to date with any changes that you have for your home phone number, mobile number, emergency contact details, e-mail address or home address. This week Mrs Needham has tried to contact several parents because their child was unwell. She was unsuccessful because the parent had changed their numbers and NOT informed the school.
Here is this week’s newsletter:Newsletter 9.2.18
In the first week of a new year Mrs Pelham wrote a letter to families instead of a newsletter: Introduction letter – September 2017
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