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School News - 22nd March 2024

Updated: Apr 7

Spring Term 2024








 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the last newsletter of the Spring Term - a bumper edition today with lots of information about events in school over the last couple of weeks as well as events in the community over the coming Easter break.

It has been lovely to see so many parents and carers supporting school events recently including the Year 3 Easter Service, Early Years Easter Bonnet Parade and Nursery Easter Presentation. It was also lovely seeing children enjoy themselves at the School Discos.

We hope you all enjoy the break from school over the next two weeks and on behalf of all our staff, we wish you and your families a very happy, relaxing Easter.



Mrs Arnold

 

Year 3 Easter Service at Beacon Church

On Wednesday, our Year 3 pupils and our School Choir gave a splendid Easter service at Beacon Church. It was very well attended by family and friends and the children sang beautifully and spoke confidently. Thank you to all the children for this lovely presentation and for Rev Chris Lane for supporting this. Rev Chris has said, 'Thanks again for the amazing service this morning - it really is a pleasure to have the kids, parents and staff at the church and I know loads of effort has gone into it. '









As a reminder, there is an Easter Egg hunt at the church on Saturday 30th March from 1pm - 4pm.

We also had this lovely message from a member of the audience...


To all children and staff

I just want to say how wonderful this mornings Easter service was by year 3 and the school choir

I was blown away by the beautiful singing and enthusiasm by all the children. 

All their hard work has paid off and it was amazing to see them all perform.

It took me back to my childhood when I sang at primary school.

They are a credit to themselves and their school. 

Well done all involved.

 

Nursery - Easter presentation

On Friday, our morning and afternoon Nursery children treated their parents, family and friends to a lovely Easter presentation. They spoke about the history of Easter eggs, hot cross buns and Easter bonnets and they sang some familiar songs such as Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick chicken... accompanied by some lovely moves!


Well done Nursery - we are very proud of you all.


Thank you to our Year 1 Narrators who had practised their words, spoke well and were excellent role models for the younger children.



 

Easter Bonnet Parade

Our Nursery and Reception pupils were busy on Tuesday - it was the day of the Easter Bonnet parade!.

We saw some wonderful creations - some hats were bigger than the children - and it was colourful, happy and vibrant. Thank you to parents for supporting this event and efforts you have gone to at home - amazing! We all thoroughly enjoyed it and hope you did too!


 

A*Stars Pedestrian Walks - Year 3

Year 3 went on their A Stars Pedestrian walk last week where they learned about road safety.

Children crossed the road safely, looked at any hazards there might be on the road and discussed how they could stay safe outside.



 

Swimming Lessons

Year 6

After Easter, Year 6 pupils will no longer swim at school every week. Booster sessions for Year 6 will remain in place to ensure all pupils can swim 25m before they leave our school.


Reception

After Easter, we will introduce swimming lessons for Reception pupils and further details about this will be sent to parents. Reception pupils will swim on a rota basis - with 2 classes swimming each week - to ensure there is sufficient time for pupils to change. The first week back, all pupils will visit the pool/changing areas to introduce them to their surroundings and a swimming kit will not be required that week. Please look out for a separate letter about this.


Paid swimming lessons

If parents/carers are interested in additional swimming lessons for their children through our Early Years Centre, they can fill out the electronic registration form by completing the link below. There are lessons available for all ages and these are detailed on the electronic form. Little Ducklings are for babies - 3 yrs, Nursery swim is for Nursery age children, Beginners is for less confident school age children and Advanced is for more confident swimmers. Swimming Lessons Electronic Registration form link: 


 

School Uniform

Summer Uniform

After Easter, our Summer uniform may be worn in school:

- Sky blue polo shirt with grey skirt, trousers or shorts

- Plain grey skirt, pinafore or tailored shorts

- Knee length pale blue and white striped or gingham summer dress

(Please note - playsuits are not permitted)

- Sandals may be worn in dry weather with socks. Sandals must be black or navy and flat


Uniform reminders about Jewellery and hairstyles

Expectations for jewellery and hairstyles (taking into account the requirement described in our policy to avoid discrimination in line with the Equality Act 2010)

- Only one pair of plain, small studs to be worn and removed for PE and swimming

- No large hair accessories/ornaments such as JoJo bows

- Long hair (shoulder length or longer) must be tied back

- Tramlines or shaved eyebrows are not permitted

- Hair styles which are extreme/detract from learning or impact health and safety are not allowed


Please see our policy for further details. This can be found on our website.

 

Parking around the site

We have been contacted by a number of residents about the parking around the school. We know it gets busy - especially when there are performances going on - however please could you remain mindful about blocking residents driveways. There have been times when residents have been prevented from driving off their property for considerable lengths of time.


If you are affected by inconsiderate parking or dangerous parking - e.g. 5 point turns on Raeburn Road or 3 point turns into our school entrance whilst children are crossing or when staff are trying to get in/out of school, you can report any issues to Walsall Council or the Police so they are aware of the extent of the issues.  Please see below contact details below:


Walsall Council Parking Enforcement Team

01922652433


 

Photos on Social Media

It has come to our attention this week that some family members are uploading photographs of children onto social media platforms such as Facebook. We know that the intention is to share proud moments, however these photos have sometimes included other children and therefore should not be shared on any public forum. This is part of our safeguarding procedures.

Thank you for your co-operation on this matter.

 

Fundraising and Charities

We thought parents may like to know that the sponsored event for the visit by Joe Roebuck, the Olympic Swimmer, raised £2,848.90!! This will all be spent on sports resources for the children here at Pheasey and we would like to say a massive thank you for supporting the event!


In addition to this -

404.92  was raised through TT Rockstars/Numbers Day which will go towards the NSPCC and maths resources in school.

£388.70 from Book Fair Sales which will go towards purchasing books for our library.

£401.45 from World Book Day which will also go towards reading resources.

£487.47 from Red Nose Day which will be donated to Comic Relief.

 

School Discos for KS2

Discos were held for our Key Stage 2 pupils on Thursday evening. The children had a lovely time and it was noted by staff that their behaviour was excellent! Thank you to staff for giving up their own time to provide these kind of opportunities for children.


We raised £1205.22 and this will go towards school fund which pays for things such as visitors/visiting companies to support the wider curriculum.

 

Skibidi toilet

We have been made aware of a YouTube video series which is upsetting some of our pupils, particularly in younger years who are stumbling across this whilst innocently using YouTube. We are not speaking to children directly about this, as we know from experience that this can have the opposite effect of children seeking it out, but please check settings and reassure children if they do come across this series or similar.

 

Security of the site

As you will know, our site is very secure for the pupils. Please could you help us with this by making sure any pedestrian gates you use - for example when you are buzzed through - are closed firmly behind you once you have walked through.

 

Year 4 Residential to Whitemoor Lakes

Thank you for attending the parents meeting for our Y4 Residential on Monday. The PowerPoint presentation has been uploaded onto our website and can be found through this link Y4 Residential Meeting (pheaseyparkfarmprimary.co.uk) and on the blog at the bottom of the Year 4 page on the website.




 

Achievement Prize Draw

The winners of our Achievement Prize draw this half term are:


Reception - Ella-Rai E

Year 1 - Alfie H

Year 2 - Emily G

Year 3 - William B

Year 4 - Ginny F

Year 5 - Lilia S

Year 6 - Ethan A


Well done for being 'spotted' doing the right things, at the right times and showing an excellent attitude to learning!! Each winner has received a £10 All4One voucher to spend and a postcard home.

 

Easter Egg competition

EY, KS1 and KS2 children were invited to enter an Easter competition. They could either decorate an egg or create an Easter poster. School councillors judged the Easter competition and prizes were awarded to the winners at our End of Term achievement Assembly. Well done to all - it was a tough job! Some great entries!


Nursery- 1st place- Arianna B, 2nd place- George W

Reception- 1st place- Maria R, 2nd Place- Jimmy- Lee H

Year 1- 1st place- Rosie S, 2nd place- Reve K-C

Year 2- 1st place- Rosie- Rae J, 2nd place- Sienna B

Year 3- 1st Place- Isabella W, 2nd place- Ella S

Year 4- 1st place- Sydney F, 2nd place- Paige J

Year 5- 1st place- Hanna O

Year 6- 1st place- Aarav S, 2nd place- Kaysen F

 


Children's Mental Health Week competition

We also launched a poster competition for Children's Mental Health week and again had some lovely entries. Here are some photos of some of our winning entries -



 

Dates for next half term

 

Monday 8 April -               School reopens for pupils

                                  Stress Awareness Month

Wednesday 10 April -      History Workshop for Y1

                                  Reception visits from the Police

Thursday 11 April -            History Workshop for Y3

Tuesday 16 April -              History Workshop for Y2

                                  9:00 - Wellbeing Coffee Morning for parents

Tuesday 30 April -                Year 3 trip to Dudley Zoo

Monday 6 May-                    Bank Holiday – school closed

Tuesday 7 May -                   Y4 Residential to Whitemoor Lakes (2 days)

                                  Reception visits from Fire Service

Monday 13 May -                 Year 6 SATs week

                                Photographer in for Y6 Photo – full winter uniform for all children

Tuesday 14 May -              2:45pm – Y1 Phonics screening meeting for Y1 parents

Monday 20 May -              Y2 End of KS1 Assessment week

Tuesday 21 May -                 1:45pm – Y4 Production

Wednesday 22 May -           6:30pm – Y4 Production

Friday 24 May -  Rags2Riches collection

                                  Break up for Whitsun

                                 

Whitsun Half Term: Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2024

School starts back after Whitsun on Monday 3 June 2024

 

Community Events and Family Support

We have been asked to share the following information from ComputerXplorers. They are running a special Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) program tailored to engage and inspire students in the world of technology.

They would like to extend a warm invitation to our pupils to participate in their Easter HAF Tech Activity. This program will offer hands-on experiences, engaging challenges, and exciting projects designed to foster creativity, problem-solving skills, and a passion for technology.

Details of the Tech Activity:

  • Date: 2nd – 5th April 2024

  • Time: 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

  • Location: St. Peters Primary School, B90 1HR

  • Age: 7 – 15

  • £25/ day

Participation in our Easter HAF Tech Activity is free of charge to children with Birmingham HAF codes (which are sent to households from the Council), and they will provide all necessary equipment and materials. It promises to be a fun and educational experience for children during the holiday break.

To confirm attendance or for any inquiries, please contact then at 0121 798 1391 or register here: https://birminghamsoutheast.computerxplorers.co.uk/list . Please see flier below for more details.




















Walsall HAF programme

Please follow the link for further information about opportunities over Easter - Holiday Activities Programme (HAF) | Walsall Council








































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