Issue 12- Friday 24th November 2023

Headteacher's Welcome

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been another week of memorable learning opportunities at Parkfield. Y5 enjoyed a trip out to Ordsall Hall in Salford linked to their work on the Tudors. Y6 had a trip to Cardinal Langley to rehearse for the show Matilda that they're due to perform in early next year. Our Technology Team had an afternoon learning with other primary schools at Alkrington Primary. Our Y4 class linked up with pupils at Marland Hill via zoom whilst also enjoying an Edventure day today with Mr Haughton learning all about 'Incredible Inventions'. 

Further down the school it has been lovely to hear some festive singing during rehearsals for the upcoming Christmas performances for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Please see the calendar and details below for the dates and times of the performances.

Please make sure you visit our calendar on the school website which details all the events taking place in the run up to Christmas. 

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your continued support.

Mr Kemp



We are raising money this Christmas for Springhill Hospice  by taking part in the annual Reindeer Run that they organise with schools and groups across the borough. Parkfielders will be taking part in the run, wearing some lovely antlers that have been provided for them, during one of their PE lessons in the final weeks of the term. The actual date for each class will be weather dependant. As a school community we will walk, run, prance or dance around school, all whilst raising money for a very important local cause.

The need to fundraise on behalf of the local people Springhill Hospice supports has never been greater. The Hospice cares and supports people in our community with life limiting illnesses, from the start of their diagnosis right up until the end of their lives. This can be through medical support, emotional support and psychological support. All of their services are completely free of charge.

Being sent home today is your child’s Reindeer Run sponsorship envelope, provided by Springhill Hospice, so that your friends and family can add their support to your child. I would be grateful if you could arrange to bring their sealed envelope, with money that has been donated inside, back into school on or before Monday the 18th December. Please make sure your child’s name and the school name is written on the front of the envelope.

Springhill Hospice created the Reindeer Run as a way to unite Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton schools and to help make a real difference to a cause close to so many our hearts – as well as adding something special to our school festivities this year.

Thank you in advance for your support.


Family members of children in Year 2 are welcome to join us in the hall this Tuesday 28th November from  9 - 10am. There will be an opportunity to work alongside your child and support them with their maths.


A maximum of three family members for each child are able to attend the Christmas shows taking place in school and there is no cost for attending. Please put the dates and times in your diaries and we hope you can make it.

Reception: Tuesday 19th December 2023 at 2.15pm

Year 1: Monday 18th December 2023 at 2.15pm

Year 2: Thursday 14th December 2023 at 2.15pm


Great #kindness was shown last week as Parkfield raised £200.42 last week for Children in Need. Thank you so much for your support.


Thank you to those family members of children in Year 3 that were able to join us earlier on this week for the maths lesson. We hope you enjoyed the session and found it useful.



We are going to be holding our Christmas Raffle for the fourth year in a row later this term to raise money for the school.  This has been a great fundraising event for us. If you are a local business holder that is able to help out and donate a prize please contact the school office and let us know how you can help. Thanks in advance.


A reminder that the whole school Pantomime trip can now be paid for using School Gateway. The trip has been subsidised by the school meaning that the cost of each ticket is only £7. The trip is going to take place on Friday 15th December.


A reminder that our Christmas Movie night is on the 7th December. If you would like your child to attend, please send in your £4 as soon as possible or pay on School Gateway.


Our School Council would like to put on a Christmas movie night on Thursday 7th December from 3 - 5pm. However, we need some help from parents/carers to make sure we have enough supervision across the school and to ensure we can include all Parkfielders. If you are able to support on the evening, please contact the school office - any help would be much appreciated. 


We have now over 140 parents signed up! Click this link to set up a parent account which we will then approve. This will provide you with the opportunity to see how many Dojo points your child has earnt and what for. Please note that we are only using the app for Dojo points, not messages or photos, therefore you do not need any of the subscription options you might be offered. 


The vast majority of Parkfielders are logging in on a weekly basis to TTRS to help develop their quick recall of multiplication facts. More information about this great resource can be found here: 


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Mr Kemp is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) supported by Mrs Clawson and Mrs Smith (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.

More information can be found on the school website here: 


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 and we need your continued support to ensure that we meet this mark.


Please note that, in line with the school policy, fines will be issued to families that go on a term time holiday where children miss 5 consecutive full days. Currently the fine is £60 per child per parent which equates to a £240 fine for a two parent family with two children. If you are going on holiday due to exceptional circumstances, please speak to the headteacher as a fine may not have to be issued. More information an be found on our attendance policy found here.

Persistent Absence 

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…  

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.






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: 

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