Issue 41 - Friday 16th July 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Although school was rather subdued on Monday morning following England's defeat, the energy levels soon picked up around school and there was a positive vibe and spring in everyone's step as we approached the end of the week. The fact that there are only two days of the year remaining though is enough to get many children excited.
One reason for excitement levels to rise was the fact that three maths passport finals took place this week. The children competing in the championship were incredible and certainly displayed our values of being positive, ambitious and resilient. Pictures from our finals can be found on our very popular Twitter feed.
On Monday, as the country opens up and covid rules are relaxed for the vast majority, I want to reiterate that our school risk assessment and all our safety measures will remain in place for those last two days. I don't want to ask any more children or staff across the school to isolate in the summer holidays if we have another Parkfielder test positive for coronavirus.
As I explained last week, I will updated you nearer September on the new rules that will be in place. However, it's looking likely that children will not have to isolate if they have been a close contact and the bubble system won't be in place. Other measures, such as isolating if you test positive, enhanced cleaning and hand washing will remain.
Have a wonderful 'football-free' weekend everyone and thank you for your support.
MATHS PASSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP 2021
Congratulations to all our finalists that competed in the three maths passport finals this week for Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6. I was amazed with how positive the children were and I was incredibly proud of how they stood infront of their peers and answered a range of mental maths questions in only 90 seconds. Next year we hope to invite parents back to watch the event that had many pupils and staff at the edge of their seats! Well done to the three champions across the school that had obviously worked so hard and were super quick at working out some tricky problems.
NON-UNIFORM DAY - ON TUESDAY
With all our houses level on points at the end of the year, Tuesday (our last day) will be a non-uniform day for the whole school.
TEACHERS AND TEACHING ASSISTANTS FOR SEPTEMBER
I'm pleased to announce that next year's teachers and teaching assistants in each class will be as follows:
Reception - Mrs Price and Mrs O'Connell
Year 1 - Mrs Hartley and Mrs Bardsley
Year 2 - Miss McCall and Mrs Mullane
Year 3 - Mrs Gooding and Mrs Gully
Year 4 - Miss Cummins (soon to be Mrs Taylor) and Mrs Naughton
Year 5 - Mrs Acil and Miss Dipnall
Year 6 - Mr Barnes and Mrs Jeffrey
GOOD LUCK MISS AYREY AND MISS CHAPMAN
Miss Ayrey, who has been with us for the past two years supporting the children in Y3, leaves us next week. Miss Ayrey is off to Liverpool University to study Educational Psychology. We wish her all the best in her new venture and thank her for all her hard work and effort over the past couple of years.
Miss Chapman also leaves us this week following four years as a dedicated Parkfielder. Miss Chapman has an exciting new role at a local school and will be missed by all at Parkfield. I'm sure you'll join me in wishing her the best of luck in her new role and thank you Miss Chapman for the years of help and support you've provided the pupils of Parkfield.
YEAR 6 END OF SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS
A reminder that on Monday, children in Y6 will be going bowling between 6 and 8pm for their end of year celebrations. The leavers assembly will take place on the same day at 2pm. Unfortunately, parents are unable to attend the end of year assembly because of the continued covid restrictions. However, Mr Barnes and Y6 have been working on something special that will look great on zoom and the whole school community can watch. A link will be sent to your emails over the weekend.
NEW RECEPTION INTAKE MEETING
Thanks to those parents that attended Thursday's zoom meeting lead by Mrs Price. A separate email will be sent with copies of the presentation so that all can see what was presented. If you do have any further questions please contact the school office.
SCHOOL BOOKS RETURNED PLEASE
Please can all books be returned to school before we break for the summer. Children will still be able to access MyON over the summer which has 100's of high quality texts for our pupils to read.
HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY PARKFIELD
The last time England won a trophy, Parkfield school was in a different building - on Cross Street! This week, the current junior building celebrated it's 40th birthday after being opened back in July 1981. On 24th September, 40 years after the official opening, we will be celebrating 40 years of the current Parkfield building by having a 1980's themed celebration day. More info will follow in the new school year but we hope we have given you plenty of time for those 80's themed costumes!
Unfortunately, due to the Reception bubble closure and due to a high number of staff absences, the transition day did not take place as planned today.
END OF YEAR REPORTS
End of year reports have now been sent home and all parents/carers should have recieved a copy. Please contact the office if you would like to discuss the report further with your child's class teacher.
REMINDER: PE KITS FROM SEPTEMBER 2021
We have taken the decision for pupils to continue to wear their PE kits to school from September on their PE day. This will also extend to the new Reception class. We brought this in as a covid measure back in September 2020 but have enjoyed the additional benefits including the additional time pupils get during a PE lesson and fewer items of lost property. PE lessons will begin on the first week back starting with Year 3 and Year 4 needing to wear their PE kits on the first day back. Please see the school uniform page of the school website for further information.
CHANGE TO SCHOOL CALENDAR
It's over a year away but due to the additional bank holiday next year, school will now finish one day earlier for the summer on Thursday 21st July 2022. All school holidays can be found on our calendar page here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/calendar-inc-holiday-lists.html
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CLUB BOOKINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
Bookings for our popular Early Birds and Busy Bees Club are now being taken for September 2021. Please click the following link to let us know that you want a place.. We will then contact you to confirm that you have a place for September 2021. We hope to accommodate all pupils that book. CLICK HERE TO BOOK FOR SEPTEMBER 2021
REMINDERS from previous Newsletters
The current Y4 class didn't complete all their swimming lessons due to school closures earlier on this year. We're writing to let you know that they will be having an additional 10 sessions starting early in January 2022 (whilst in Y5) to ensure that all our pupils are able to swim by the time they leave Parkfield. We will send more details nearer the time.
A reminder that our Covid-19 information page is being regularly updated and includes an up to date risk assessment. If you're unsure about the guidelines that are to be followed, the information will be on this page.
PARKFIELD SCHOOL LOTTERY
If you'd like the opportunity to win £25,000 each week and support the school you can do so by joining the school lottery. There is a winner from our school each week that wins a smaller prize but there is always the chance of winning the national prize of £25,000. More details and how to join can be found here: https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/parkfield-primary-school
Mrs Whalen is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) supported by Miss Steele (Deputy DSL). If you have any concerns about the needs or welfare of a pupil, please don't hesitate to contact the school. We all share a responsibility to our pupils safety and wellbeing.
As a school our promise is: We will listen, we will support and we will take action.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Unfortunately, Parents and Carers are not allowed to drop off and pick up from the school car park at any time.
Children are not allowed on the play equipment before and after school. Please keep them off.