Issue 33 - Thursday 26th May 2022
Dear Parents and Carers,
What a fantastic final week of the half term it has been at Parkfield!
Sunday's well deserved Premier League win meant that many of our pupils that are Man City fans walked into school at the beginning of the week with huge smiles on their faces and a spring in their step!
Poet Ian Bland entertained the school on Monday with some great performance poetry which was followed by every class in the school writing their own poem and contributing to a whole school celebration. The event was a great opportunity for our Parkfielders to be inspired and the queue at the end of the day waiting for a signed book proved how much our pupils enjoyed the experience.
Yesterday, Year 3 had a memorable trip to Murton Park in Yorkshire where the children learnt even more information about the Roman invasion of Britain. The photos of the day prove what a wonderful opportunity the trip was and how these visits provide such a valuable experience to our pupils. A reminder that you can view albums with hundreds of photos of these memorable moments on our school website by clicking here.
Finally, today has been an eventful and POSITIVE celebration of the Queen's Jubilee year with a picnic, art exhibition and a range of learning taking place across the school. Thanks to those that were able to attend the art gallery - I'm sure you enjoyed the art work created by our Parkfielders. A special thanks to Mrs Acil for co-ordinating the event.
Thanks for your support this week with all our events - particularly to those that purchased art or poetry books.
Have a wonderful half term. We look forward to seeing you all back in school on Monday June 6th.
SCHOOL CLOSED TOMORROW
A reminder that school is closed to all pupils tomorrow because it is a staff training day.
SCOOT TO SCHOOL DAY - THURSDAY 9th JUNE
We are inviting any pupils with a scooter to bring them to school on Thursday 9th June. Travelling to school on a scooter helps keep children healthy and the plan is that a circuit will be set up for pupils to ride around at dinner time on that day. If successful, we may introduce it more regularly and even purchase a school set!
Congratulations to Wood for being this half term's house point winners. All members of these houses will be able to come to school in non-uniform on Friday 10th June.
SPELLING BEE FINALS
Many of our pupils have been selected to take part in the annual Parkfield Spelling Bee competitions after half term. If your child has been selected they will have an invite for two family members to attend and a range of words that they can practise over the next few weeks.
ASPIRATIONAL CAREERS DAY - WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Year 6 are having a careers day on Wednesday 29th June. The morning will include our Year 6s interviewing members of the Parkfield community about their jobs and how they got to where they are today. The aim of the day is for our pupils to realise that there are many different employment opportunities and through hard work, a good education and training they can achieve great things.
Please complete this form if you are able to spend up to 30 minutes in the morning speaking to our Y6s about your role, how you got to where you are today and don't mind answering questions. Hopefully, you'll inspire one of our pupils to follow in your footsteps!
PARKFIELD'S GOT TALENT
We are hosting a show later on this term where our Parkfielders can demonstrate a range of their skills and talents. Auditions, for both groups and individuals, are being held after half term and an email with further information has been sent out. Auditions will take place on Monday 6th for y1/2, Tuesday 7th for Y3/4 and Wednesday 8th for Y5/6.
EDSTART HOLIDAY CLUB
Keep an eye out for the EdStart adverts and emails about the holiday club running at Parkfield for 3 days during May half term.
YEAR 5 & 6 BREAKFAST BOOSTER
What a great response we have had to our breakfast club - thank you. Pupils can attend for FREE from 8.15am and in addition to breakfast, they will be accessing a range of online resources to support their learning in maths and reading. The club will help prepare our Y6's for high school and our Y5's for the Y6 curriculum.
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 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.