Issue 34 - Friday 10th June 2022
Dear Parents and Carers,
Following the half term break, it has been lovely to see our Parkfielders back in school enjoying their lessons and ready to learn. There is an action-packed couple of months ahead of us so please keep a close eye on the newsletter and emails for up-to-date information.
Yesterday's 'scoot to school' day was a huge success and is something that we will continue in future. The children certainly enjoyed themselves with many claiming that dinner time was their 'best ever'!
Our busy calendar continues to be updated - please ensure you visit it regularly to see what events are due to take place in the coming weeks. We have class assemblies, spelling bees, maths passport championships, school trips, choir competitions, residentials, sports days, summer fair, Parkfield's Got Talent, leavers' party and a leavers' service all to fit into the last 6 weeks.
Thanks for your continued support - have a wonderful weekend,
RESPONSIBLE AND HONEST
Our Parkfield Character focus for the next haf-term is being responsible and honest. Mrs Gooding introduced the focus in an assembly this week and we will be working on these traits over the next half term.
SHOW OFF YOUR TALENTS
Please keep sending in emails with your child's achievements out of school. We love sharing these on our Twitter feed and displaying them on our display in the school entrance.
SPELLING BEE FINALS
Good luck to those taking part in the annual Parkfield Spelling Bee competitions next week. If your child has been selected, two members of the family are invited to join on the day they are competing.
REMINDER - ASPIRATIONAL CAREERS DAY - WE NEED YOUR HELP
Year 6 are having a careers day on Wednesday 29th June. The morning will include our Year 6s interviewing members of the Parkfield community about their jobs and how they got to where they are today. The aim of the day is for our pupils to realise that there are many different employment opportunities and through hard work, a good education and training they can achieve great things.
Please complete this form if you are able to spend up to 30 minutes in the morning speaking to our Y6s about your role, how you got to where you are today and don't mind answering questions. Hopefully, you'll inspire one of our pupils to follow in your footsteps!
PARKFIELD'S GOT TALENT
Auditions were held this week for our talent show that will take place later on this year. There were many wonderful auditions ranging from singers to magicians to acrobats and those that have been successfully selected to take part will soon find out. Many will be disappointed that they didn't make it through the audition stage but please let them know we're very proud that they tried their best and unfortunately we are unable to fit everyone into a one hour long show.
YEAR 5 & 6 BREAKFAST BOOSTER
What a great response we have had to our breakfast club - thank you. Pupils can attend for FREE from 8.15am and in addition to breakfast, they will be accessing a range of online resources to support their learning in maths and reading. The club will help prepare our Y6's for high school and our Y5's for the Y6 curriculum.
Mrs Whalen is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) supported by Mr Kemp and 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.
ATTENDANCE and PUNCTUALITY
As you are all aware, school attendance and punctuality is one of Parkfields priorities and I have been thrilled with the support that parents have been giving with regards to improving their children’s attendance.
Our school target is 96%. We are currently below this target and we need your continued support to ensure that we meet this mark.
Persistent absence is defined by the Government as attendance below 90%. This equates to 19 days or more of absence a year or 100+ lessons missed. If a child’s attendance drops below 90% this could lead to them becoming a safeguarding concern. This could also result in the authority taking legal action against parents, resulting in a fine or court appearance. Over the next few weeks I will be making contact by letter with the families of children whose attendance is below 90% to invite you into school for a discussion about how we can support you to improve your child’s attendance.
Thank you so much to all the families who have been working hard to ensure children’s attendance and punctuality is high. Establishing early good habits really will make a positive difference to their lives. The link between attendance and achievement cannot be over stated. Your child will achieve better if they are in school every day. Only in very exceptional circumstances should a child be absent from school.
Please get your child to school on time. Poor punctuality can lead to your child…
Feeling embarrassed in front of their friends
Missing the beginning of vital lessons making them fall behind
Missing important instructions for the rest of the school day
At Parkfield children are to line up before school and doors open at 8.45am. They close at 8.50am.
If you arrive after 8.50am you will have to come through the school office.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Dogs are not permitted in the school playground.
If driving, park further away from the school and walk to reduce congestion and the possiblity of any serious accidents.
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.