Stanmore Post - 6th September 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new school year. The children have already settled back into the routine. I hope that you are all well and had some time to enjoy a summer break.

We welcome five new members of support staff to school; Mrs Johnson is working in Hazel Class with Mr Read; Miss Elkin is working in Aspen with Mrs Ruddick Smith and in Willow Class with Miss Hurley; Miss Bondar is working in Rowan Class with Mrs Jones; Mrs Riches and Mrs Griffiths, who joins us on September 16th, are working across Year 6. We wish them well and look forward to working with them all this year.

There are a couple of improvements to the school environment. The library and Ready to Learn room (R2L) have been brought into the main school building. This means that both these resources are now more easily accessible. From September 16th children will have weekly timetabled access to the library. Each child now has a reading/home school diary. These need to travel to and from school each day, and they will be checked at least once a week by the class teacher. In KS1 we have new reading books as part of an investment in an early reading scheme called Read Write Inc. Please help us to get the best out of this wonderful resource by reading with the children regularly and helping children to be respectful of the books so they remain in good condition. Mrs Jones will be providing further information to KS1 parents. A meeting to find out more is planned for Tuesday 8th October. See the Calendar for further details. Homework will still go home on Thursday to be returned on Wednesday. More information can be found at:

Our Keys for Success are: Confidence, resilience, co-operation, persistence, organisation and respect. This year we will celebrate one key a week in our Friday assembly and children will be awarded ‘Keys for Success’ Certificates’. BEST certificates and trophies will still be awarded termly in recognition of our school values: Belonging, Excellence, Support and Trust.

Best wishes

Sharon Taylor

Online Payments and Communication

Everyone should now have received their unique code to access Scopay. The new banking and communication system is now up and running, and the expectation is that every parent/carer will use this system. If you have any issues, please contact May in the office for help. 

All dinner debt and credit has been moved to the new system. You can easily see if your child’s account is in credit: which is a requirement for ordering a school lunch. If your child is not in credit, they must be sent to school with a packed lunch from home. There is no minimum limit on the new system, so parents can pay for one day at a time if preferred. 

Year 6 Transition

Matthew Leeming will be coming to our school on Wednesday 25th September 2019 to hold the Yr 6 transition talk to parents starting at 6pm. This will be held in the hall. 

After school clubs

Stanmore School’s in-house after school clubs will commence week commencing 23rd September and will run through one full term. A full list of the clubs on offer will be sent out on Monday. These clubs will only be available to book online through ScoPay. The clubs available to your child will show in their account. All clubs will have a maximum number of children allowed, and these places will be given on a first-come first-served basis. Once the club is full, it will be closed. 

Year R

Our new reception children will be joining us on Monday 9th September. Parents of older children entering Catkins class are invited to join their children for lunch on Wednesday 11th September. Younger children will get their opportunity on Wednesday 18th September. This lunch will be free of charge. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate siblings in the hall, but we would like as many parents as possible to join us. If your child has a younger sibling, we are happy to look after them in another classroom over the lunch period. If you wish to join us for lunch, please let the office know so that May can order your meal. Thank you.

Medication in School

Any medication must be brought in to the school office to be registered. Thank you.

Pupil Details

Next week we will be sending home pupil details forms for parents/carers to update. We will also be sending home new ‘image consent’ forms to ask for permission to show your child’s image. With new curriculum requirements we have added another permission request. Staff will be taking photos of children ‘at work’. This might be in pairs or groups, and is necessary to record a child’s development. At the end of the academic year it is a very special keepsake for parents, however, your child’s book may contain images of other children – this can only happen with the consent of that child’s parent, and with the acceptance that this cannot be shared on social media. Thank you.

100% Attendance Last Year

The following children were awarded a certificate for achieving 100% attendance for the academic year 2018 – 2019. That is a fantastic achievement, and we are thrilled that you wanted to come to school every day. We are also hugely grateful to your wonderful parents for supporting you to get here whatever the weather!