Issue 38 - Friday 8th July 2022
Dear Parents and Carers,
We like to be ambitious at Parkfield and give our pupils as many wonderful experiences and opportunities as possible. This week has really highlighted what the school is about with a number of events.
Twenty five Parkfielders had the opportunity to watch England on Wednesday night play at Old Trafford in the Women's European Championships. It was a fantastic evening - one that will be remembered for a long time. Photos can be found here.
Year 1 performed wonderfully to their friends and families on Thursday during their class assembly all about the Victorians. Thanks to those that came along and gave the opportunity for our Y1 children to perform in front of an audience.
Finally, the choir performed today at the Rochdale Music Festival in a competition against other local primaries. They did brilliantly following weeks of rehearsals with Miss Astley. They are performing again this Sunday at the Bridgewater Hall infront of thousands - good luck to all involved - I'm sure it will be an experience that they will remember for years.
We are hosting a number of events over the next week so please read below for more details.
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your support.
SPORTS DAY RE-ARRANGED DATE - 13TH JULY AT 1.30PM
We hope, weather permitting, that Sports Day will take place next Wednesday 13th July at 1.30pm. All families are invited to attend the event.
Children should come to school dressed in their house colours: red for Assheton, blue for Archers, yellow for Bamford and green for Wood.
They will be racing for points for their house, with the final winner being announced at the end after the parent/teacher race which we encourage people to join in with. See the diagram below for the layout of the school field and KS2 playground.
We'll put chairs out for parents to sit and watch on, although you're welcome to bring along your own as we only have a limited number.
The usual photography rule applies - you're welcome to take photos for your own personal use but please don't share them on social media.
At the end of the day, all children will be taken back inside school then dismissed from their usual door.
SUMMER FAIR - FRIDAY 15th JULY - 3.15PM
Please join us next Friday from 3.15pm for the Summer Fair. Don't forget to bring plenty of change so that you can take part in a range of fun games and activities including: tombola, 50/50 draw, hook-a-duck, soak the teacher, wheel of fortune, penalty shootout...etc. Weather permitting, the event will take place in the school hall, playground and fields.
FORFEIT DAY - CHOCOLATE - NEXT FRIDAY 15TH JULY
In exchange for a 'chocolate' children can come to school dressed in non-uniform next Friday. All chocolate donated will be used as prizes at the Summer Fair which is due to take place later that day. Thanks in advance for your support with this.
SUMMER FAIR HELP
If any family or friends are able to support at the Summer Fair on Friday 15th July please contact the school office. We will need help setting up and running the various stalls on the day and any help would be appreciated.
STALLS FOR THE SUMMER FAIR
If you are a stall holder and would like to join our summer fair please contact the school office.
Please note that reports for all pupils are due to be sent out on Monday 18th July. In addition to comments from the class teacher, the reports will include Y6 SATS results, Y4 multiplication check results and Y1 Phonics scores.
Y3 TRANSITION DAY - WITH MISS MILOVANOVIC
This week we successfully appointed a teacher for Y4. Miss Milovanovic will be joining the Parkfield staff in September but will also be having a few days with us before we break up for the Summer. As a result, Year 3 will get to have plenty of transition time with their new teacher before the new school year arrives.
CLASS TEACHING STAFF FOR SEPTEMBER 2022 - REMINDER
There are very few changes to staffing next year and the staffing will be as follows:
Reception: Miss Iqbal and Miss O'Connell (Mrs Price on maternity leave)
Year 1: Mrs Hartley and Mrs Gully
Year 2: Miss McCall and Mrs Mullane
Year 3: Mrs Gooding and Mrs Bardsley
Year 4: Miss Milovanovic and Mrs Naughton (Mrs Taylor on maternity leave)
Year 5: Mrs Acil and Miss Dipnall
Year 6: Mrs Howard and Mrs Jeffrey
Members of our excellent SEND team will be confirmed later in the term as we are currently in the process of recruiting additional staff.
MATHS PASSPORT FINALS
Finals for the maths passport championship take place next week. Invites and practice questions have been sent out to those pupils that scored the most points in the qualifying round.
ROBINWOOD PARENT'S MEETING - TUESDAY 12TH JULY
An information meeting for parents of current Year 4 children who will be attending Robinwood in September at the start of Year 5 will be held in the hall at 3:30pm on Tuesday evening. (Copies of the information booklet and souvenir order form will be sent home to anybody unable to attend.)
PARKFIELD'S GOT TALENT
We hope that rehearsals are going well for the children that will be performing at this year's Parkfield's Got Talent show. A reminder that friends and family of those in the show are invited to join us for the main performance on Wednesday 20th July at 1.45pm.
REMINDER - PARENTS AND CARERS OBSERVING AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
Thanks so much for your support with the new safeguarding measures we brought in a few weeks ago where we decided that it would be better for both pupils and staff if parents and carers no longer observed the after school extra curricular clubs. A reminder that parents and carers will still be more than welcome to attend matches as your support at these events is very much appreciated.
EARLY BIRDS AND BUSY BEES - SEPTEMBER BOOKINGS
You will have received an email with information regarding booking for Early Birds and Busy Bees for September onwards. You'll be pleased to know that the governors have agreed to simplify the pricing structure and reduce the cost of Early Birds to £1.50 per session for all pupils (7.30am - 8.45am). Busy Bees will continue to cost £8 per session (3.15 - 5.30pm). To access the booking form you can also click here: https://forms.gle/uakBD8oUrJTweFfN7
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 ring the school office no later than 8.30am to report an absence.
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.