Issue 8 - 21st October 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
Although the weather has been miserable this week, at Parkfield we have finished on a high with two fantastic trips and a plethora of awards in our final achievement assembly of the half term.
Year 6 enjoyed a 'Democracy Day' earlier this week with a visit to Manchester police museum to learn about our justice system. Members of the class had different roles to play during the day and it was enjoyed by all.
Year 1's week included a trip to Eureka where they took part in a science workshop all about the human body. The photos are available on our new photo albums page.
During today's achievement assembly, the Scott Hetherington Character Award was handed to two of our Parkfielders that always demonstrate brilliant 'listening' skills. This has been our focus for the half term in and around school. Our two winners are selected by our school councillors from the seven nominees put forward across the school. Congratulations to all the nominees for this special award.
Children return to school on Monday 1st November with Friday 5th being a special history theme day where classes will be learning about Guy Fawkes.
Have a lovely half term
REMINDER: SCHOOL CLOSED TOMORROW FOR INSET
A quick reminder that we're closed tomorrow for staff INSET. For all calendar dates - including future INSET days, please find them on our website here.
HOUSE REWARD DAY - NON - UNIFORM DAY - Archers (Blue)
This half term's house winner with the most points is Archers (Blue). As a result, all members of Archers house have been awarded a non-uniform day on Friday 5th November.
OUT OF SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS
If your child achieves something out of school that you're proud of - please let us know by emailing email@example.com. Particularly if they've demonstrated the Parkfield qualities of being Positive, Ambitious, Resilient or Kind. This may include winning a trophy, competing in an event, raising money for charity or even completing a really long bike ride! We're creating a display to celebrate the achievements of all our Parkfielders.
Well done to the football team for representing the school brilliantly this afternoon. Although they lost the match against Hollin they never gave up and tried their best.
SCHOOL COUNCIL FUNDRAISING
The school councillors are organising an activity where you can have personalised christmas cards, wrapping paper or tags made out of your child's work. Orders that are sent back into school help us make a small profit. Keep an eye out for a Christmas picture that will be taken home by all pupils before we finish for half term.
We are holding one more open day this year for prospective pupils that may join us in September 2022. The date is Thursday 18th November 9-10am. Please contact the school office to book.
REMINDERS from previous Newsletters
From Monday, all Parkfielders will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit on their PE day. For those that don't have a royal blue hoody, a school jumper must be worn. No other hoodies are allowed. Click here for information on uniform and PE kit.
Monday - Year 3/4
Tuesday - Year 5/6
Wednesday - Reception
Thursday - Year 1/2
CAR PARKING AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE DAY - KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE
We have been made aware of a number of incidents where children have nearly been hit by a car in and around the main school gates and along Harold street at the beginning and end of the school day. Please help keep everyone safe by parking away from the school gates and walking up to the playground. The safety of our children is paramount and only with your support on this matter can we keep our pupils as safe as possible.
Parent's Evening is going to take place on Wednesday 13th October between 3.30 and 7.00pm. We are going to continue, like the summer term, to carry out the evening virtually where you will be able to sign up to a video call with your child's class teacher. The virtual approach worked well in the summer with the majority of parents and carers saying they'd be happy to continue in future. It's also the safest way for all of the community. Please keep an eye on your emails for signing up and for details about how the video class function works.
TERM TIME HOLIDAYS
A reminder, now that we are able to travel abroad, that any holiday during term time will result in a fine being issued as detailed in our attendance policy. All term time holidays are classed as an unauthorised absence unless there are exceptional circumstances. Fines are issued by the local authority when 5 consecutive days (10 sessions) have been missed. Currently, a £60 fine is issued to each parent/carer with parental responsibility for each child. For example, 2 siblings and both parents going on holiday could result in a fine totalling £240 .
DATES FOR THE DIARY 2021-22
An updated list of events and holiday dates can be found here: https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/calendar-inc-holiday-lists.html . This is updated regularly and gives upto date information about what's happening at the school. Please note that the school will be closed to pupils for INSET on Friday 22nd October.
Our exciting, new school menu is now available. https://www.parkfieldprimary.com/website/dinner-menus.html . Please note that school dinners have increased in price in line with local authority guidelines and will cost £2.40 per day or £12.00 per week.
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 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.
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.
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.
Today we celebrated our 100% pupils, the 87 children with 100% were placed in a draw and 5 pupils were pulled out to win £5 voucher. We also celebrated the class this half term with the highest attendance of 96.6% which was our new Reception class. Well done Reception - great start!
HEALTH AND SAFETY
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.