Issue 12 - Thursday 19th December
Dear Parents and Carers
We have made it! What a busy term it has been at Parkfield - full of memorable moments and fantastic learning opportunities for our Parkfielders.
It has been a pleasure watching the Christmas nativities over the past week and a huge well done to all the children involved - they performed with confidence. Thanks so much to the hundreds that have joined us over the different performances to share these special moments with the children.
Well done also to the eleven amazing Y5 and 6 pupils that went to Old Trafford last night. They joined nearly 60,000 fans as they watched Man Utd win 3-0 and each and every one of them behaved beautifully and represented the school amazingly. We hope to repeat this fabulous opportunity for others in the near future.
I'd like to wish all our friends and families a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.
PARKFIELD CHARACTER AWARD
During yesterday's Church Service we presented the first ever Parkfield Character award to two of our pupils. This half term's award was for those pupils that demonstrate being 'Respectful'. A large number of pupils were nominated for the award by members of staff demonstrating what fabulous young people we have at the school.
The award is in memory of ex-Parkfielder Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington who was tragically killed in January 2017. When he was a pupil at Parkfield, Scott was as a great 'Character' that was full of life! Huge thanks to Scott's mum for presenting the awards for the first time.
Next half term we're focusing on the Parkfield characteristic of being 'Dedicated'.
HALF TERMLY HOUSE WINNERS
Congratulations all members of the Wood house who won this half terms house award. They ended up with 28 points and have won themselves a non-uniform day. They will have their well deserved non-uniform day on Friday 10th January. The finals scores were as follows: Archers: 19 points, Assheton: 24 points, Bamford: 19 points and Wood: 28 points.
Y6 SATS BOOSTER CLASSES
Throughout the Spring term, we're inviting all Y6 pupils into school from 8.15am every morning to take part in some additional booster classes to help them prepare for the SATs tests in May 2020. The classes are free of charge, are open to all pupils and include breakfast! They begin on Monday 6th January and will continue for the 15 weeks up to SATS. Each day will have a different focus and work will be set appropriately for the pupils that attend. Children have been sent some maths questions home and need to be brought in on the first day as we will be marking and discussing the answers.
Y6 SATS PARENT MEETING
If you have a child in Y6, you're welcome to join us on Monday 13th January at 9am or 3.30pm in the school hall for a quick presentation on the Y6 SATS tests that take place in May. For those unable to attend, we will add a presentation online with the details.
Y4 TIMES TABLES CHECK MEETING
If you have a child in Y4, you're welcome to join us in Year 4 on Wednesday 15th January at 2:15pm where we'll be explaining some ways you help your child learn their times tables and work with them as they do a variety of activities which you could try at home, in readiness for the national Year 4 Times Tables Test in the summer term.
Y5 WHOLE CLASS MUSIC PROJECT
In the new year Y5 are going to be taking part in an exciting music project with Rochdale Music Service. Once a week, for the whole of the Spring term, the whole class will have the opportunity to learn to play a 'brass' musical instrument. This will culminate in a performance where friends and families will be invited.
We said goodbye to Mrs Seddon and Mr Howson in today's assembly. Mrs Seddon has been a dedicated member of staff at at the school for 9 years and we all wished her well in her future career. Mr Howson leaves us after teaching Y4 for the past term and we wish him all the best as he jets off to teach in China.
Mr McGhee, who has recently been teaching in Oldham, will be joining the team in January teaching Year 4. Mrs Naughton will be moving into Y6 for the remainder of the year as she knows the Y6 curriculum and has recently worked with the Y6 children. We will therefore be welcoming the very experienced TA Mr Collins back to Parkfield again to join Mrs Acil in Year 5.
TEACHING ASSISTANT POSITION AVAILABLE
Would you like to join the Parkfield team? Do you know anyone that would be interested? We have a position for somebody to join our talented and experienced SEND team. The details can be found on the link HERE.
NO AFTER SCHOOL 'EXTRA CURRICULAR' CLUBS
Please note, there will be no after school clubs for the first week back in the new year. An electronic form where you can sign up for clubs during Spring will be available from 3pm on Monday 6th January with clubs starting on Monday 13th January.
CHRISTMAS TREE SELFIES
Many thanks to all who sent in photos - we had 80 in total and the children loved looking at them during their Christmas dinner! The slideshow will be tweeted on Christmas Eve for you to enjoy watching at home...
SCHOOL OPENS ON...
A reminder that we re-open on Monday 6th January 2020 at 8.45am. Early Birds Breakfast Club will be open as usual from 7.30am.
PTA RAFFLE TICKETS
Huge thanks to all that entered into the £500 raffle. We made a profit as a school and huge congratulations to our lucky winner that was drawn in church yesterday.
🍴 School Dinners🍴
- Please let the school office know as soon as possible if your child is changing from school meals to packed lunches and vice versa.
- In line with local authority guidance, the price of school meals has increased to £2.20 each day, £11 per week for KS2 children. All monies will be collected using 'School Gateway'. Please note, if school meals are 2 weeks in arrears you will be asked to provide a packed lunch.
- The school provides healthy and nutritious school meals that are cooked onsite. The contents of each school meal is in line with Healthy Eating Guidelines which is a requirement for all schools.
- All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM), irrespective of family income and family circumstances. If your circumstances change in future and you then receive benefits, you will need to apply for a Free School Meal (FSM). The number of children entitled to a FSM affects the funding we receive as a school. Therefore, we kindly ask all parents that believe they may be entitled, to apply for FSM. These forms can be collected from the school office or downloaded online from http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/schools_and_children/free_school_meals.aspx
🔗 Useful Links 🔗
A range of activities are set each half term related to the learning taking place in the classroom.
Payments for dinners, trips and other activities can be made online using the School Gateway.
Would you like the opportunity to win £25,000 each week and support the school? If so, please join the Parkfield school lottery where one person from our school is guaranteed a prize each week. A percentage of the money raised goes towards school funds.
🔔 Reminders 🔔
✅ Please read as much as possible with your child. Just 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.
✅ There is a spelling test each Friday for Y1-6 and new spellings to be learnt are also given out on a Friday.
✅ Library days: Mon – 5/6, Tues – 3/4, Weds – 1/2, Thurs – R.
✅ Mathletics tasks are set online each week to consolidate and extend learning.
✅ ‘Plain black’ shoes or trainers with no other colours on them
✅ Information about school uniform can be found on the school website here.
✅ All after school clubs finish at 4pm. Please let us know if your child doesn’t want to continue as we usually have long waiting lists.
✅ School water bottles are available for £1 from the school office. No other water bottle is allowed.
✅ All equipment is provided by school. Please don’t send pens, pencils, pencil cases…etc.
✅ Remember to check your emails, we like to send plenty!
⏰ Attendance and Punctuality
- School doors are open between 8.45 - 8.50am. Thank you for getting your children to school on time so that they are able to complete the start of day activities.
⚠️ Health and Safety
- Please do not park in front of the school gates at any time. This week we have a had a few complaints because people are parking and the road is being blocked. This is unsafe for both our children and parents.