This year’s Heatree residential proved yet again to be an excellent opportunity for the children, and adults, to take part in a wide range of adventurous activities and learn new skills, whilst developing friendships. Click here to see a gallery of the photos.
It’s been an excellent start to term with some many children displaying the value of Generosity in school. Congratulations to our Stars of the Week who have displayed an outstanding approach to learning too – what role models you all are!
The children were treated to a performance of Table Matters by Theatre Alibi which told the story of 3 friends who live together, cook together and share meals together. They are called Nibbles, Starter, Main and Pudding. Four more different people you could not imagine and yet, magically, come dinner time, they work together like pineapple on pizza or chilli in chocolate. As ever, Theatre Alibi provide a wonderful experience for all. Here’s what some of the children and adults thought:
Jake-My favourite part was they showed the presentation because it told the story of his life.
Oliver-I liked how funny it was and the ending because it made me think.
Ella-I liked the funny parts, like when the man didn’t like the fish!
Lily-I liked when they put up the video about Pudding’s life.
Mrs Pearson-It was fantastic! I loved the idea of all the characters being different parts of the meal.
Our Year 6 children are all set for their Heatree residential and, with a wide range of adventurous activities planned, no wonder they’re excited! Heatree is an established and highly regarded outdoor education centre and we’re sure that this year’s residential will prove to be a successful as ever. More updates to follow…
Class 2 had a lovely first week at forest school enjoying the last of the summer sunshine. Some the children enjoyed the space to create their own games and looking for bugs whilst others were busy decorating our cross ready for ethos day to celebrate our outside prayer space. They also talked about what we want our forest school to be and started to make signs to hang up.
Class 3 felt really lucky at forest school to come back and discover a hedge full of blackberries, so all the children picked a handful and we put them into a pot to cook over the fire pit and ate them with biscuits! They loved it! The children also enjoyed playing in the field and busy creating in our new mud kitchen kindly donated by Woodbury Council.
We believe that in order for children to fully benefit from their education, good attendance is crucial. As a school we appreciate how hard many of you work to ensure your child/ren’s good attendance and punctuality. It is the policy of our school to celebrate achievement and full attendance is a critical factor to a productive and successful school career and it was wonderful to have so many children receiving excellent attendance certificates at the end of last term. Quite simply, good attendance is crucial, without it the children miss lessons and crucial information, and will fall behind with their learning.
At school, we encourage regular attendance by providing a caring and welcoming learning environment and learning that is so enjoyable that your child will not want to miss it. In addition, we aim to respond promptly to any concerns about the school or other pupils.
The Local Authority has set a target of 97% or above attendance for all children and to ensure that we all work together to reach this target we are taking the following action:
- marking registers accurately and punctually during morning and afternoon registration and following up any absence with a text or phone call
- celebrating good and improved attendance – we award a Class Award to the highest achieving class each half term and have an overall Attendance Certificate. In addition, the school works closely with the Education Welfare Officer, Mrs Nicky Archard, to ensure that the school monitors pupils’ patterns of attendance, informing parents/carers in writing of irregular attendance, arranging meetings with them if necessary. Each half term, we will publish and display attendance statistics and inform parents of their child’s current attendance. As a school, we expect that parents/carers will
- ALWAYS encourage regular school attendance and be aware of your legal responsibilities
- ALWAYS ensure that your child arrives at the school punctually and fully prepared for the day
- Ensure that you contact the school whenever your child is unwell and unable to attend school
- Contact the school by 9.15 am on the first day of your child’s absence and telephone every day thereafter unless your child has a doctor’s certificate
- Contact us promptly whenever any problem occurs that may keep your child away from school. Schools are also required to notify the Local Authority if a child has a number of unauthorised absences. Unauthorised absences can be acquired when:
- A family holiday is not normally considered by the Government to be an ‘exceptional circumstance’ and therefore will not be authorised by the school. We must take this opportunity to remind you, that should you chose to take your child out of school without the authorisation of the school, then Parental Responsibility Measure could be instigated. This could mean receiving a Penalty Notice or summons to court proceedings which could result in a fine of up to £2500 and/or a term of imprisonment up to 3 months.
- Leave has been requested, but the circumstances are such that the school cannot authorise the leave and it is taken anyway
- Leave is not requested and the school has grounds to believe that the child has been taken out of school for an avoidable reason
- A child continually arrives late after registration closes, i.e. after 9.10am
- A child is ill for 5 or more consecutive days without medical evidence the school is required to notify the Local Authority in all of the circumstances listed above. With your continued support in this area, we look forward to maintaining your child’s good attendance this year in school.
Do you have an interest to work as part of a team? Do you have a background or skills in either finance or property/ health and safety ? Are you interested in supporting a local Federation of schools in a role as a governor?
Pebblebed Heath Federation is a partnership of two primary schools in the Exmouth area. Both schools have links with Exeter Diocese and their local churches. Pebblebed Heath Federation is governed by a group of volunteers who support the schools’ senior leadership team. Both have been recently inspected by OFSTED and judged as being good schools.
Two vacancies have arisen for Governor portfolio leads in the areas of finance and health safety/premises. If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer, developing your skill set in governance and making a difference to local children please get in touch with the chair of governors, Clare Rooke who would be happy to talk to you about these roles.
You do not need prior experience to be a governor, both induction training and ongoing CPD is available.
The governing body meets approximately 6 times a year in the evening for two hours. Governors are required to make portfolio visits at least half termly each school year.
For a conversation or to find out more please email email@example.com
We would like to take the opportunity to you introduce you to the School Nursing team now that your child has joined the school.
Your School Nurse team works within schools and the wider community to:
– Provide health advice to help children and young people make the best of their education
– Provide advice and support to parent/carers and schools
– Support young people to look after their own health
– Direct children and their families to the right services.
– Undertake review of growth as part of National Child Measurement programme (Reception and Y6).
– Identify health needs and trends
This is provided via:
– A referral system so parents, carers, young people and professionals can request
support from the School Nurse team/service
– Confidential clinic appointments (book via PHN hub)
– Phone advice and support (PHN hub contact details below)
– Text advice and support (via ChatHealth, details below)
As a parent/carer you can talk to the School Nurse about any health concerns for your child which may include:
– Healthy lifestyle choices – including healthy eating and physical activity
– Worries about your child’s physical and mental health
– Body shape or size
– Stress at school or at home
– Management of a health condition
– Keeping safe
– Friendships and bullying
– Bladder and bowel issues (toileting advice)
When they work with families, confidentiality and information sharing will be discussed with you. If there is a concern that someone may be suffering, or is at risk of significant harm information is shared following safeguarding procedures.
Your school nurse team can be contacted at:
East Devon Public Health Nursing HUB – 0333 234 1903
If you would like advice from a School Nurse, want to make or change an appointment, or would like to make a referral for your child to the School Nursing Team – please contact the HUB on the number above. You can also text for information or advice via ChatHealth on 07520 631 721 or find out more information online at http://devon.integratedchildrensservices.co.uk/public-health-nursing/
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After school clubs are back this week and we’re delighted to be offering a range of clubs once again this term! Be sure to check the website or school office for details of what’s on and book a place.
Places are limited but we will do our best to accommodate all those that wish to attend. Early response is appreciated. At the end of each afterschool club the children should be collected from the playground.
After-School Clubs (Autumn Term 2018). Clubs run from 3.30-4.30pm.
Monday – Gymnastics Premier Sport
Tuesday – Games WS staff
Wednesday – Football Premier Sport
Lego WS staff
Thursday – Film WS staff
Friday – Street Surfing Premier Sport
Please contact the office for more information.
Welcome back! We hope you had a good summer break and are ready for a new term. Class letters are going home tonight, detailing the arrangements and useful information for this academic year. This will also include your child’s home learning grids, outlining the home learning activities which can really support your child’s learning at school. We hope you find them useful; parental engagement in learning can make such a massive difference to your child’s progress.
As a minimum would encourage everyone to:
- Read daily with your child (10 minutes).
- Support multiplication tables practice including related division facts.
- Practice spellings including their meanings and creating word families of related words.
- Complete at least one activity per week from the home learning grid or a piece of interest to them that may or may not be linked to our learning in school.
As you know, we have an open door policy, so please do come and talk to us if you are worried or have any queries about any aspect of the home learning and/or arrangements for this academic year. Mornings are a little busy, but staff will always see parents/carers after school.