Dear Parents/Carers,

Jeans for Genes – a thank you in advance for the donations received today for the children being able to wear jeans to school.  I will be able to confirm in the next newsletter, how much we raised for the ‘Genetic Disorders UK’ charity.

Y6 Transfer to Secondary School – a reminder that all secondary school applications need to be received by WSCC Admissions by 31st October. To apply online, simply log on to www.westsussex.gov.uk/admission with your three preferences or telephone 03330 142903 to request a paper form.

Y6 Steyning Grammar School Open Morning – SGS have confirmed that Y6 and Parents are invited to an open morning on Thursday 28th September. If you haven’t yet confirmed if you will be taking your child, please let us know so that we don’t interrupt your morning by asking where your child is.

Permission – Every year we are required to give Parents / Carers an opportunity to change consent on us taking/using photographs of your child within school and sometimes in local external publications e.g. Parish Magazine, BN5 etc. Also for taking your child, with their class, to visit places in and around Henfield. Please speak to the School Office if you wish to change the consent you gave when your child started at St. Peter’s.  We shall assume that if we do not hear from you, that the consent given, or not, remains unchanged.

Staff News – some wonderful news, Mrs Roberts has confirmed that she and her husband are expecting their second child, due in March. We wish her all the very best for her coming new member of the family. I shall confirm Mrs. Roberts’ maternity cover as Deputy Headteacher closer to her leaving date.

Class Reps – Thank you to those Parents who have already offered to be Class Reps. We are still in need of Class Reps for: Starfish, Octopus, Puffins, Dolphins, Stingray, Penguins & Pelicans though. Please contact Alice in the School Office if you are interested and able to spare 45 minutes each half-term. The first meeting is next Friday 29th September, at 2.15pm. 

House Ambassadors – Congratulations to the following children who have been nominated by the rest of the school, as House Ambassadors for this academic year.

Eagles:

Boy – Alex Carter

Girl – Imogen Cork

Vice – Ruby Lee

Hawk

Boy – Otto Juretic

Girl  - Fraisie Ellis

Vice – Florrie Drew

Kestrel

Boy - Felix Minchell

Girl – Ashtyn Roworth

Vice – Hugo Cina

Phoenix

Boy – Henry Christie

Girl – Isabella Pope

Vice – Adam Butter

Charity Reps – Congratulations to our Charity Reps:

Y1:      Phoebe Sainsbury-Browne / Alice Nicholson

Y2:      Joseph Smith-Barry / Rory Newlyn

Y3:      Elka Christie / Elsie Fenwick

Y4:      Darcey Martin / Jocelyn Ridgley-West

Y5:      Victor Lucy-Fernandez / Reuben Green

Y6:      George Williams / Lily Woodley

Finally congratulations to our School Council –:

Y1:      Bella Stott / Ted Emery

Y2:      Harrison Clowe / Jessica Stephenson

Y3:      William Clark / Phoenix Modarres

Y4:      Henry Newland / Julian Nakazawa-Cowie

Y5:      Felix Stott / Lili Allwood

Y6:      Olivia Long / Sophie Ray

Parent Volunteers - we are looking for Parents/Carers to volunteer in class from YR - Y6 to support with tasks such as reading. Ideally we would ask that parents do not support in their own child's class as this can make it difficult for them to settle. Please see Miss Watkins if you would be able to help. DBS checks will need to be carried out, before you are able to start.

Allergies – with more allergies becoming known, especially nuts, we are unable to allow any kind of cakes, sweets, crisps etc that come in to school to share within class as a birthday celebration. We also ask that packed lunches do not contain nuts to reduce any health risk to other children that could be avoided. 

Musical Instrument Tuition – Would your child like to learn to play the drums?. Stuart, our visiting drum teacher has spaces available with lessons taking place during school time on a Monday. For further information on drumming lessons, and all the other instruments that are available to learn, please visit www.westsussexmusic.co.uk. 

     

Kind regards,

S. McCulley

Headteacher

Back to Work Support for parents

Are you looking to return to work but feel that you would like some support? This might include help with accessibility training, rebuilding confidence, gaining relevant work experience to your chosen career, help looking for jobs, support with application forms or preparing for interviews.  If so, then there is free help available through the Volunteering and Employment Coordinators at WSCC.  Contact Julie Dutton (Julie.dutton@westsussex.gov.uk) or Maria Maloney (maria.maloney@westsussex.gov.uk) for an informal chat.

Volunteering

Do you have some spare time?, want to make a difference to the local community?  We have opportunities for volunteers at our Children and Family Centres and Youth Services across the local area eg administration, operating the toy library, assisting at Play and Learn sessions, Baby Rhyme Time groups, Youth services, Music and Movement groups. The time commitment is usually 2-3 hours per week/fortnight. We offer access to free training and pay travel expenses. References are required and a DBS check will be obtained at no charge to volunteers.  To arrange an informal meeting to discuss our opportunities and what you are looking for, please email Julie Dutton (Julie.dutton@westsussex.gov.uk) or Maria Maloney (maria.maloney@westsussex.gov.uk)

CALENDAR DATES – 2017/18

September

Mon 25th:   Y2 visit Tilgate Park

Tues 26th:   YR Welcome Meeting, 6.00pm

Fri 29th:        Class Reps Meeting, 2.15pm

 

October

Thur 5th:      School Census Day

Fri 6th:          Harvest Festival Service, 9.30am

                   Y6 Harvest Tea

Thur 12th:    J.P.Photographic visiting – Individual photos

Mon 16th:   Open Afternoon, from 2.00pm (not YR)

Tues 17th:   Parent/Teacher Consultations, 3.30 – 5.30pm

Wed 18th:   Y5 visit Chichester Planetarium

Thur 19th:    Parent/Teacher Consultation, 4.00 – 7.00pm

Fri 20th:        INSET Day

w/b 23rd:   Half-Term

 

November

Thur 2nd:     YR Firm Foundations Meeting, 9.00am

Fri 3rd:         PTA Firework Night

w/b 6th:     Admission 2018/19 Open Week

Wed 8th:     YR,Y1,Y2,Y3,Y4 Flu Vaccination Programme

Fri 10th:        Y6 Poppy Laying Ceremony

Thurs 23rd:  YR Phonics Workshop

 

December

Mon 4th:     KS1 Nativity to Playgroups

Tues 5th:     KS1 Nativity to Whole School

Wed 6th:     KS1 Nativity to Starfish/Seahorses/Turtles Parents

Thur 7th:      KS1 Nativity to Octopus/Puffins/Dolphins Parents

Fri 8th:          After School Clubs finish (except Karate)

Wed 13th:   Chartwells Christmas dinner

Thur 14th:    Pantomime Performance to Whole School

Wed 20th:   Last day of Autumn Term