Issue 15 - Friday 15th December 2023

Headteacher's Welcome

Dear Parkfield families

Our school is buzzing with the enchantment of the season, and today was no exception. The entire school embarked on a magical journey to Middleton Arena for a spellbinding performance of 'Jack and the Beanstalk. Laughter, cheers, and festive joy filled the air as our Parkfielders experienced the magic of live theatre, creating lasting memories for each and every one of them. 

Yesterday, our talented Year 2 Parkfielders stole the spotlight with their brilliant rendition of "Cinderella." The air was filled with excitement as they showcased their creativity and dedication in a spectacular performance. The culmination of hours of rehearsals, learning songs, and mastering lines was evident in the smiles on the faces of our young stars. Hats off to Year 2 and our committed team of staff for seamlessly choreographing an exceptionally delightful and heartening performance. 

As we count down to the much-anticipated Christmas break, please stay informed about the festive events lined up in the coming days. The school website's calendar provides a comprehensive list of all the activities over the next four days leading up to the holidays. 

A friendly reminder that our final day before the Christmas break is next Thursday, December 21st—a day earlier than many other schools. We appreciate your understanding as we wrap up the term with enthusiasm and holiday cheer.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your continued support.

Mr Kemp



Thank you so much to all the families that have sponsored their children for taking part in the reindeer run over the past week. We are still collecting any sponsor money over the next week and we look forward to sharing with you the grand total collected by the school.


Reception and Year 1 have been rehearsing for the past couple of weeks and are looking forward to sharing their performances next week with the rest of the school and families on the following days and times:

Year 1: Monday 18th December. Performance at 2.30pm. Doors open at 2.15pm.

Reception: Tuesday 19th December. Performance at 2.30pm. Doors open at 2.15pm.

Family members are invited for the main performance which will start promptly at 2.30pm in the school hall. Please note that the timings are a little later than originally planned so that the end of the performance is in line with the end of the school day.

Please remember that we have to limit attendance to 3 family members per child. We look forward to seeing you.


Wednesday 20th is going to busy with: Christmas Parties, Christmas Dinner, Parkfield Raffle Draw and Non-Uniform for all.


All children are invited to enjoy Christmas Dinner on Wednesday 20th December. If your child usually has a packed lunch, please contact the school office if you would like them to have a traditional turkey dinner on that day.


All classes will also be having their Christmas party on Wednesday 20th December. They are able to wear non-uniform that day giving children the opportunity to come to school wearing Christmas jumpers or party clothes if they wish.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE - huge prizes to be won....including a 32" Smart TV!

Keep an eye out for an email detailing how you can have a chance to win in PARKFIELD'S BIG CHRISTMAS RAFFLE! There are some fantastic prizes to be won - thanks to those that have donated - it is really appreciated. The raffle will be drawn live via zoom on Wednesday 20th December. We are hoping to raise over £1,000 like we have done so over the past couple of years.


We're inviting all our families to come along and join us at All Saint's and Martyr's Church at 9.30am on Thursday 21st December. Year 6 will be delivering the service with contributions from other classes and the Parkfield choir will also be performing . We are certain that this annual Parkfield tradition will help everyone get in the festive spirit. 


Will not be on Monday 18th December, but will be on the first day back in January, Monday 8th January.



Our much loved caretaker, Mr Henson, who has been at Parkfield for well over 20 years, is retiring at Christmas. As a result, we are recruiting for his post and an advert is out on the GreaterJobs page - if you know anyone that would love the job - please let them know.


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 dependent. 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.

Your child should, by now, have received their 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.


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. Please note that tickets will not be sent out for the performances.

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


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.


We have now over 150 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.






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