Welcome back to the start of a new academic year. I hope you all had a lovely summer. A very warm welcome to all our new children in the Early Years class (nursery and reception) and to Mrs Marchant, Oliver and William who have re-joined us. We are delighted to welcome you all to our Manifold family.

The children have all been fantastic this week. Well done girls and boys!

Thank you!

Words cannot express my gratitude for your hard work and support over the summer holidays. From the agricultural work, to moving and painting furniture, building resources, sharpening pencils, power washing and carpet cleaning, general tidying, display boards, securing furniture to walls and providing spare clothes (!) thank you so much. You were all fantastic.

Staffing news:

Unfortunately, Mrs Harris has contacted me today to say that she has been back to the Doctor and he has signed her off work until 21st October due to extreme morning sickness. We hope she is feeling better soon and look forward to welcoming her after half term. I have been in touch with Mr Cooper and the Interim Governing Board this morning to discuss cover arrangements. I will be teaching the class next week, supported by Miss Perry and Mrs Marchant on occasions. The following week, an experienced teacher from Bursley, Miss Simpson, will be joining us on Tuesday and Wednesday to cover me as I am attending a course (20th and 21st). I will keep you updated once firm decisions have been made. However, please be assured that the interests of the children are our priority. We will be avoiding using daily supply where at all possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Meet the Teacher

I have decided to postpone our ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions due to Mrs Harris being absent. Please accept my sincere apologies for the change of date. Once a new date has been scheduled, I will be in touch. The meeting will involve meeting your child’s teacher and receiving an information pack, giving key information on the coming year.

Change of Details

It is essential that we have up to date contact numbers especially in the event of an emergency. If you have changed any personal details, especially phone contact numbers, over the summer please notify the Mrs Virani in writing as soon as possible.

Medicines

Asthma Register - it is a requirement of our Asthma Policy that we have a full and up to date register of the children in our school with asthma. If your child suffers with asthma please could you collect a registration form from the school office and return it to Mrs Virani as soon as possible. We will also need to keep an inhaler in school. This will be kept in the child’s class in order to ensure immediate access if necessary. We must have a new form completed at the beginning of each academic year. Alternatively, if your child no longer needs an inhaler please inform Mrs Virani in writing so we can remove their name from the register. If your child is diagnosed with asthma at a later date please ensure you inform Mrs Virani as soon as possible and ensure you complete a registration form. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Medicines in School - our school has a medicine policy in place, a copy of which is available to look at from the school office. The main points however are:

  • Staff are NOT permitted to administer ANY medication that has not been prescribed by a Doctor or Dentist.
  • If you require staff to administer prescribed medication it must be taken by a parent / representative to the school office and the relevant form completed
  • All medication must be collected from the office at the end of the school day by the parent / representative
  • Please do not send medication to school in children’s bags
  • Any child requiring the use of an inhaler or epi-pen please must speak to Mrs Virani so that the necessary form can be completed.

School dinners

Special thanks to Mrs Critchlow and Miss Lipp for their hard work and support in the canteen. Not only do they make the children delicious dinners, but they go over and above to help the staff, children and visitors feel welcome in the school. Please can I ask for your support in paying for school dinners on a Monday morning where possible. I am aware that children might wake up and want a dinner on different days. On these days, cash on the day is ok! Please can you send cash in, in a clearly labelled envelope. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to accept cheques or take payments in advance. We are also unable to allow parents to fall into arrears. We are currently looking into more convenient payment systems for parents so please bear with us. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Uniform

I would like to thank all our parents / carers for supporting our uniform policy - the children looked smart on their return / start days. Please can I remind you that:

  • Trainers and open toed shoes are not part of our school uniform. Shoes should be black and ideal for school purpose (i.e. not canvas or sports shoes).
  • Trousers and skirts (preferably grey. However I am aware that some of you will have bought black trousers over the holidays. Next September – will be moving to just grey colour.) ?Academy jumper/cardigan.
  • Polo shirts (preferably blue and with the school logo on. However, white will be acceptable for this academic year).
  • Socks should be white (girls) and grey or black (boys).
  • PE kits – black shorts, black pumps and school PE T shirt.
  • Hair that is shoulder length or longer MUST be tied back – including boys.
  • Hair accessories should be small and in school colours.
  • Earrings should only be small studs – your child must be able to remove their earrings for PE or you must provide plasters to cover them.
  • Nail varnish and tattoos are not permitted for school

It always amazes me how uniform manages to ‘sprout’ legs and disappear. Therefore, please ensure ALL uniform is named so that it can be returned to you if lost. Thank you for your cooperation.

After School Clubs

Our after school clubs will begin week beginning Monday 19th September and run from 3:15-4:15pm. The clubs are as follows:

Day:

Club/Activity:

Staff members involved:

Monday

Football

Stoke City Football Club

Tuesday

Running club (12-12:30pm)

Choir (3:15pm)

Mrs Marchant and Miss Easter

Miss Perry and Mrs Ackers

Wednesday

Art and Craft club

Mrs Savage and Mrs Goldstraw

Thursday

‘Outrageous Outdoors’

Miss Easter, Miss Lipp and Mrs

Critchlow (alternate weeks)

Friday

Dance

Mrs Ackers

If any parents are interested in supporting at any of these clubs, please speak to the relevant staff member. All clubs are open to children all ages (Nursery – Year 4). If your child is interested in attending any of them, please complete and return the slip at the bottom of the page by Wednesday 14th September. Please note there will be a £2 charge for clubs to help cover building costs. Further details of each club will be provided in next week’s newsletter.

House Teams

We have lots of exciting events planned for this academic year, starting with our ‘Reading in Unusual Places’ competition being judged on Monday 12th September by Alex Wolvers (Christian Distinctiveness Adviser from the Diocese) followed by our Roald Dahl day on Tuesday (13th).

House Teams

We believe all children should be given a sense of belonging within our school community through encouragement to be positive role models and be part of a supportive team. As a result, every child (and each staff member) has been assigned to one of our four ‘houses’. Each house is made of pupils of different ages from Nursery through to Year 4. The house system creates friendly competition, promotes good work and behaviour, encourages teamwork, provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and brings everyone in the school together.

The children held a vote to decide on the team names:

Gryffindor

Red

Mrs Harris and Mrs Savage?

Hufflepuff

Yellow

Miss Perry, Mrs Critchlow and Mrs Goldstraw

Ravenclaw

Blue

Miss Easter and Mrs Virani

Slytherin

Green

Mrs Ackers, Miss Marchant and Miss Lipp

Our Year 3 and 4 pupils have been invited to apply for position of House Captain for each of the four houses. The successful candidates will act as role models to young pupils as well as develop and demonstrate their leadership skills. Throughout this year our House captains will: ? Demonstrate the school’s CORE VALUES and promote these within their house ? Represent our school when visitors attend.

Everybody in the school has been invited to nominate themselves to join our Student Council, Worship Committee, Eco Council or to be a school librarian. Anyone interested in applying for a position (house captain, worship committee, eco council or librarian) should consider how they will ‘sell’ themselves to the rest of the school community. Children will have the opportunity to put their pitch forward on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before we ‘go to the polls’ on Wednesday 14th September. The results will be announced on Thursday 15th during our celebration assembly – to which you are all invited.

Dojo Winners

As part of our new behaviour and rewards system, we have introduced Dojos (online reward system). Each individual can earn Dojos by being good and following our school values of Honesty, Respect, Self belief, determination, passion, teamwork, equality and excellence. These will then be counted and added to their team total with the winners being announced each Thursday.

Certificates

Two children will be selected each Thursday to receive our Christian Values award. This half term, our focus will be on friendship. Anyone displaying acts of friendship across the week will be considered for a certificate (all ages). One child in each class will also be selected to receive our ‘Star of the week’ certificate. This will be awarded to children who have tried their best, shown resilience, produced fantastic work etc. All parents are invited to join us for our Thursday morning Worship and Celebration Assembly (9:00-9:40am approximately.) You are then welcome to stay for a cup of tea/coffee in the dining hall (until 10am when the preschool children enter for their snack).

Attendance

Every week we will publish a chart of individual class attendance. Children in the winning class will be awarded 2 Dojos each. Please try to ensure your child is in school as much as is possible, unless of course they are ill.

PFA News

Don’t forget that ALL our parents are automatically part of our PFA! We will soon be giving details of events we have planned but we are always welcome to suggestions. If you would like us to consider a particular event please let us know. Please be reminded that the next PFA meeting will take place after the Parent Forum meeting on 26th September at 3:15pm. Childcare will be provided if necessary. Coffee/tea and cakes will also be provided so please do try to come along. You will be very welcome.

Up and Coming Events

We have lots of exciting things planned for this half term. Some of these details can be found on the attached attendance newsletter. Don’t forget to send in your Reading in Unusual Places photographs on Monday 12th September. We don’t have many entries yet. In fact, there are more staff entries than pupils! There are 3 prizes available. Get reading and snapping!

Pre-school

I would like to formally thank Sarah and the rest of the pre-school team for their cooperation in amending the preschool pick up/drop off points this week. Although the preschool is a private provider and not officially linked to the school, we are keen to work closely with them to ensure that the children’s transition between settings runs smoothly. If you have children aged 18 months upwards, or know of any in your neighbourhood, please consider using/recommending the setting. We hope to welcome the preschool children and staff to join in with some of our school events over the coming year.

Dates for your diary:

12th September

Reading in Unusual Places Competition Deadline

13th September

Roald Dahl Day (fancy dress)

14th September

Polling day! (House captains, Eco Council, Worship Committee,

Student Council, Librarian)

15th September

Celebration Assembly (announcement of badge winners and certificates)

19th September

After school clubs start

26th September

European Languages Morning

Parent Forum meeting followed by PFA (drinks and cakes provided!)

23rd September

Swimming starts (Y1-4)

20th October (TBC)

Harvest celebration followed by pie and pea supper (PFA event)

21st October

INSET DAY

24th – 28th October

HALF TERM

29th October (TBC)

School photographer (families, individuals and siblings)

1st November

Parents’ Evening (3:30-5:00pm)

2nd November

Parents’ Evening (5:00 – 6:30pm)

7th December (TBC)

Santa Steam Train (approximately £15*)

12th December

Pantomime (approximately £15*)

Other dates will be sent over the next few weeks. Please note – some of the above are subject to change.

*If you wish to start paying small amounts each week/fortnightly towards these trips, please see Mrs Virani who will be happy to help.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. Have a fantastic weekend. See you all on Monday.

J Ackers

Mrs Ackers