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May Summer Term 1 2014 Newsletter

Dear Reader 

We are in the final term of the year.  How quickly it has come around! 

As you may be aware from the children our school theme for this term is “Planet Ocean”. 

Year 2 has already visited the lighthouse, the lifeboat and the harbour. 

Expect many excited children talking about the seas of the world. 

Although it seems a long time ago, I hope all those who were able to join us on our Museum Day enjoyed the experience.  We received very favourable comments from all the adults who visited.


Summer Fete 

Our school Summer Fete will be held on Thursday 10th July. Please start having a sort out and bring in any unwanted items.


Year Group Newsletters 

You will have already received your copy of the re-introduced Year Group Newsletter.  These have been re-introduced as a result of comments made on the Parents’ Evening Questionnaires. 

I hope you have found them useful. 

As you will have seen, your child’s KIRF (Key Instant Recall Facts) is printed on the back page.  Please try and practice these daily with your children by hearing them read and going over spellings.


School Grounds 

You will have noticed that the school grounds are a focus for development at the moment, with a new vegetable area in KS1 and a new sand and water area in KS2.  We are also planning the development of a World War 1 trench area on the school field.  This is in preparation for the Autumn theme to mark the centenary of the Great War. 

In preparation for this, Years 5 & 6 will be visiting the Imperial War Museum in Manchester on 6th June.  More details to follow. 

As you are aware, we have the Royal British Legion as our charity of the year, so far raising the sum of £610.  As a result our school has been chosen to represent Scarborough schools during Armed Forces Week.  Selected children will attend various events that week, as well as the school being awarded the Festival Flag to fly in the school grounds.  This is a great honour.


Barrowcliff Nursery 

We are extremely proud of our Nursery facility, which provides a fun, stimulating and creative environment. 

Places are available from September 2014 onwards and we would encourage you and your friends to obtain an admission form from the school office.


PE Kit/Uniform 

Can we remind all parents that PE kit should be brought into school EVERY Monday and taken home on Friday? 

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. 

We would also be grateful for swimwear, towels etc. now that we are regularly taking the Y5 pupils swimming. 

We would ask that all pupils wear the correct items of school uniform.  

School jumpers/cardigans are available to purchase from the school office.

Long hair should be tied up/back.

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.


Emergency Contact Details 

Can we please remind all parents to inform the school office of any changes to Emergency Contact Information as soon as possible? 

It is very important that we are able to contact parents quickly in the case of an emergency.


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?  

The class with the best attendance for the week is presented with the Attendance Cup in the Award Assembly every Friday. 

Thank you for your help.



We are aiming for 96% attendance in school.  Currently the whole school attendance is 94.25% 

Thank you to all parents and children whose attendance and punctuality has improved.  We hope you will continue to suppport us in making further improvements. 

If your child is absent, please contact the school before 9.00 a.m. if possible. 

Don’t forget to look at our Attendance Board in the main reception to see your child’s class attendance each week.  We will also show details each week of which class has won the Attendance Cup. 

If you need to speak to someone regarding attendance or punctuality, please contact Helen Fewtrell, our Parent Support Advisor, in the school office.


Box Tops 

Please be aware that we are still collecting the Box Top vouchers from Nestle cereal boxes. A collection box will be available on the main Reception Desk. 

Thank you. 



Can we ask parents to check their child/children on a regular basis for headlice. Please help us to stop head lice becoming a major problem in school.



All pupil reports will be sent out to parents on Monday 14th July.


Y6 Production

Wednesday 16th July 

There will be 2 performances of this year’s Y6 production of “Move It”. 

Performances will take place at 2.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. 

Further information will be sent out nearer the time.


Y6 Leavers’ Barn Dance 

Date to be arranged. Further information will be sent out as soon as arrangements are made.


School Website 

We would remind all parents that the school website is updated on a regular basis with information relating to all aspects of school life. This includes photographs taken during school trips, performances and in-school activities.



Can I please ask all parents to park responsibly when collecting children from school. Please respect the residents who live in close proximity to the school and try not to inconvenience them. 

Thank you.


Dogs on Site 

May I remind all parents that dogs ARE NOT allowed on site under any circumstances.


End of Term 

School closes for Summer holidays at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday 22nd  July. 

School re-opens at 8.50 a.m. and 8.55a.m. on Wednesday 3rd September 2014 for children in Reception and Y1 – Y6.

Nursery will start on Wednesday 10th September.



Thursday 26.6.14                        Reception               9.30 a.m.

                                             Y1/2                    1.30 p.m.


Tuesday 1.7.14                           Y5/6                    1.30 p.m.


Wednesday 2.7.14                        Y3/4                    1.30 p.m.



Diary Dates


Monday 12th May                                Y6 SATs week

                                                            Y4 East Barnby

 Friday 23rd May                                 Non-uniform day – donation of 50p for Charity of the Year

                                                            School closes for Half-Term at 3.15 p.m.                                                                              


Monday 2nd June                                 School re-opens 

Friday 6th June                                   Y5 & Y6 to Imperial War Museum, Manchester 

Monday 16th June                                KS2 Test Week 

Monday 23rd June                               Armed Forces Week, Scarborough




Thursday 3rd July                                 Induction Day – New Class Day

                                                              Y6 to Secondary Schools 

Thursday 10th July                               Summer Fair 

Wednesday 16th July                           Y6 Performance – “Move It” – 2.00 p.m. & 6.00 p.m. 

Tuesday 22nd July                                Casual Clothes Day – 50p

                                                            School closes at 2.30 p.m. for Summer holidays