Issue 36 - Friday 23rd June 2023
Dear Parents and Carers,
I have loved spending time with Y6 on their residential this week where they have enjoyed a memorable 3 days and 2 nights away in Blackpool. They demonstrated true Parkfield resilience tackling the rides on Blackpool Pleasure Beach on Thursday and have enjoyed going up the tower, visiting the Sea Life Centre and meeting celebrities at Madame Tussaud's. As always, our popular Twitter feed and photo albums page includes some of the highlights of the trip.
Another memorable moment this week included the whole school watching a performance by the brilliant M6 Theatre Company. The stage filled the hall and all our Parkfielders watched a show called the 'Nest' about two crows that had to look after their soon-to-hatch eggs.
Edventure Day in Year 1 was another highlight of the week where the children were learning all about Castles. You can find details of all our wonderful Edventure days on our curriculum site here.
Teacher strikes were announced for the 5th and 7th of July last weekend. I will let you know how this will impact each class across the school as soon as possible.
Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for your continued support.
STAFFING FOR SEPTEMBER 2023
We are now in a position where we can announce which class all our staff, including our brilliant SEND team, will be working in from September.
Reception: Mrs Taylor, Miss Dippnall and Miss Shepherdson
Year 1: Mrs Hartley, Mrs Gully, Mrs Langan and Mrs Balfe
Year 2: Mrs Price, Mrs Mullane, Mrs Hamilton and Miss Tarasova
Year 3: Mrs Gooding, Mrs Bardsley and Miss Wild
Year 4: Miss McCall, Mrs Naughton, Miss Rigby and Miss Bradshaw
Year 5: Mrs Acil, Mrs Roworth, Miss Hall and Mrs Heyes
Year 6: Mr Robinson, Mrs Jeffrey and Mr Shearman
Please note that pupils with SEND will be supported by a number of members of staff within the class and for those pupils where there have been changes, work will take place to ensure the transition runs as smoothly as possible.
Mrs Howard will be our Deputy Headteacher and one of her roles will be SENCO.
SPORTS DAY - NEXT FRIDAY 30TH JUNE @ 1pm
A reminder that Sports Day will take place at 1pm on Friday 30th June, weather permitting. Families are welcome to come along and join us for what is always a highlight of the school year. Children are to come to school dressed in their team colours (Assheton - Red, Archers - Blue, Bamford - Yellow, Wood - Green).
This year's event will start with a special opening ceremony, followed by all Parkfielders competing in numerous events throughout the afternoon. We plan to finish our sports day with the usual family race - so please bring your trainers!
SCHOOL GAMES GOLD AWARD
Congratulations to Mrs Banks who has worked hard to ensure the school achieve a 'Gold' School Games award. This is awarded to schools that demonstrate a commitment to sport and PE both within the curriculum and through extra curricular activities.
YEAR 3 CLASS ASSEMBLY
Families of our Y3 Parkfielders are welcome to join us next Thursday 29th June from 9am in the hall to watch the Year 3 class assembly. This provides a great opportunity for our Year 3's to share what they have been learning with the whole school community. We look forward to seeing you there.
You may find your child talking about 'Dojo's' over the next few weeks. It is an online system that allows school staff to award our Parkfielders for their wonderful behaviour in and around school. Many classes are trialling this new and exciting way of awarding 'house points' before we launch it fully in September. More information will follow in future.
TIME TABLES ROCK STARS (TTRS)
After months of successfully trialling Time Tables Rock Stars in Y4 we are going to open this brilliant app to the rest of the school over the next few weeks. Time Tables Rock Stars is an app or website that can be accessed by your child and it helps them practice and improve their multiplication recall skills. Children in Years 1 to 6 can login using link on the school website with their Showbie username and password.
SUMMER FAIR - WE NEED YOUR HELP
To ensure it is a huge success , we need help setting up and running the Summer Fair on 14th July 2023. If any individual from families across the school would like to support the school in raising lots of much needed money at the Summer Fair on Friday 14th July, please contact the school office and let us know. Help will be needed from 1pm on the 14th to set stalls up and then to help out after school. The fair usually finishes around 5pm. Thanks in advance - any help will be much appreciated.
BREAKFAST BOOSTER CLUB - YEAR 5 AND 6
A reminder that our morning booster club is for children in Year 5 and 6. The club, which starts at 8.15am every morning, will help our Parkfielders prepare for Year 6 and high school and focuses on maths and reading skills. The club is FREE for all that attend, which also includes a free breakfast! Entrance is through the main hall doors.
EARLY BIRDS AND BUSY BEES BOOKING FOR SEPTEMBER 2023
If you would like to book a place for before and after school club from September please click here: https://forms.gle/WtbQ36wky2iB8XJh8
EXTRA CURRICULAR CLUBS - Next Week
Monday - Year 3 & 4 Cricket, Rounders and Athletics
Tuesday - Year 5 & 6 Football
Wednesday - Year 5 & 6 Cricket, Rounders and Athletics
Thursday - Year 5 & 6 Netball
*Please note that if an after school club is cancelled, children are welcome to join the Busy Bees after school club until 4pm OR be picked up at the usual time. We sometimes have to cancel clubs because of fixtures and tournaments that take place where Mrs Banks accompanies the team.
'SECRET READER' SIGN UP - REMINDER
To promote our love to read initiative we are continuing with our 'Secret Reader' events where somebody comes into a class at the end of the day and reads to the class - please don't let them know beforehand as we want to keep it a secret! If you're interested please click here to suggest which days that would suit you best and the class teacher or office will contact you.
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% this year. 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
STAY SAFE EARLY BIRDS - REMINDER
If your child is attending Early Birds, please walk down the path and through the KS1 yard - it may take a few more seconds but it's much safer than walking through the busy car park. If the hall door is ever closed as we now get into the colder months, simply ring the bell for assistance.
Dogs are not permitted in the school playground.
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
5 WAYS TO WELLBEING
At Parkfield we promote the 5 ways to Wellbeing which can help children and adults to achieve a more positive lifestyle.
#THRIVE offer a local service for children and young people aged up to 19 years who are experiencing health and wellbeing issues such as feeling stressed, worried or not enjoying things. #Thrive can also provide advice and support to parents, carers and anyone that works with a child or young person. You can find out more information about the service by clicking here: https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/thrive