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January Spring Term 1 Newsletter 2016

Barrowcliff School

Newsletter – January 2016


Dear Reader 

Happy New Year and welcome back!  I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. 

On behalf of the staff I would like to thank you all for the cards and gifts that were sent in for members of staff at the end of last term.  We very much appreciate your generosity. 

Following a meeting with the School Council it was decided that our school charity for this year would be Macmillan.  We will obviously keep you informed of any fund raising projects. 

As you may have already heard, we are busy looking at Dinosaurs.  Reception to Year 4 are franticly helping Katie escape from the Volcanic Island, hopefully rescuing the dinosaurs in the process!  Years 5 & 6  are engrossed in the novel “The Lost World” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  As the term moves on the children will extend their knowledge of pre-historic Earth before moving on to the Stone and Iron Ages.


World Book Day 

Thursday 3rd March 2016 – Further details to follow



All Year 5 children have commenced swimming on Tuesday mornings at Scarborough Indoor Pool for this term. 

It is a legal requirement that all primary age children receive swimming lessons and it is our aim that by Year 6 ALL children can swim at least 25 metres. 

If you have any spare towels and boys’/ girls’ swimwear we would be very grateful if it could be donated to school.


Number Day – Friday 5th February 2016 

On Friday 5th February we are planning to hold a Number Day throughout the school.  Children can come to school dressed in clothes with numbers on them.  We would request a donation of 50p which will be donated to the NSPCC. 

The children will also be reading a book entitled 365 Penguins and taking part in Maths related activities.


KS2 SATs Tests 

Please be aware that Y6 children will be involved in KS2 SATs Tests from 9th – 13th May 2016


Old Fabric 

We are currently making a range of costumes for future themes.  If anyone has any old curtains or fabrics could you please bring them into school for us to use.


School Start Times 

Can we remind all parents of the school start times? 

KS1 – Classes start at 8.55 a.m. 

KS2 – Classes start at 8.50 a.m. 

Can you please ensure that your child/children arrive at school promptly? 

This is one of the areas that will be examined during an OfSted Inspection and we obviously want to display as positive a situation as possible. 

We would remind parents that children SHOULD NOT be in school grounds BEFORE 8.40a.m.



We would remind parents that small stud earrings are the only items of jewellery allowed to be worn in school.  These must be removed for sport or covered with tape.  Please ensure that tape is provided.


Parents’ Consultation Evenings 

These will take place on Monday 7th March 5.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. and Wednesday 9th March 3.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.  Further details will be sent out nearer the time, together with appointment arrangements.


PE Kit 

We are always short of sports kit in school.  If you have any old football boots, shin pads, trainers, shorts etc. we would be very grateful if you could bring them into school. 

Please ensure that your child has kit appropriate to this time of year.  We go outside whenever possible so tracksuit bottom and warm jumpers are essential. 

We would also be grateful for swimwear, towels etc. now that we are regularly taking the pupils swimming. 

Thank you.


Absence for Vomiting 

Please be aware that if your child is absent because of vomiting, he/she must have been clear for 48 hours before returning to school.



Can we ask parents to check their child/children on a regular basis for headlice? 

Please help us to stop headlice becoming a major problem in school.


Bagel Bar 

We would like to make you aware that because of a lack of interest we will no longer be operating the Bagel Bar.  Breakfast Club will continue to operate from 8.15 a.m. – 8.40 a.m.  This is a strict deadline to allow the staff to clear the hall ready for school assemblies etc.



Following a review by the school Governors of our Parents & Carers Behaviour Policy, we are asking parents/carers to ensure that they do not use e-cigarettes whilst on the school site. 

The updated policy is on the school website.



When parking in the vicinity of the school please be respectful of our neighbours by ensuring that you do not park on double yellow lines or the grass on Ash Grove.  This will also help to keep our children safe. 

By parking a little further away from school and walking a short distance, the traffic would be reduced and make it an even safer environment for our children.  Please consider doing this if possible.



The situation regarding pupils arriving late to school is becoming a major issue.  Your child needs to be in school for the start of each school day – Juniors start school at 8.50 a.m. and Infants at 8.55 a.m. 

With effect from next week we will be notifying parents when children are late in an effort to see how we can assist in helping to change this situation. 

Being late means that your child can miss important information at the start of the day.  Children have also informed me that they are embarrassed about being late when walking into class.


Krashcoding with Krashlabs 

When school re-opens after half term there will be a new afterschool club starting on Tuesdays from 3.15 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. 

There will be 20 places available for Y6 for a 10 week programme.  

Further details will be sent out in an information letter.  If your child would like to attend please return the letter as soon as possible as we expect the places to be taken quickly.  Places will be allocated on a first come/first served basis. 


End of Term 

School closes for Half Term at 3.15 p.m. on Friday 12th February 2016. – Casual Clothes day 

School re-opens at 8.50 a.m. on Monday 22nd February 2016.