Dear Parents/Carers,

A belated welcome back! I trust that Parents/Carers, children and staff all had an enjoyable Christmas.

Author Visit - In December, the author Matt Haig, came to talk to Y4, 5 and 6 about his latest children’s book, ‘Father Christmas and Me.’ The children enjoyed an entertaining talk, especially when Hugo and Melissa got to dress up as elves! We would like to thank Matt for visiting us, with special thanks to Gudrun Iida-Bowers and Steyning Book shop for arranging the visit.

Children’s Society – Revd Paul Doick has asked me to offer his sincere thanks, on behalf of the Children’s Society, for the £835.06 raised through the candle shaped collection boxes. This is a fantastic amount, topping last year of about £100 and with still more monies to count, could rise even further.

Staff News – We welcome to our staff Mrs Hill who has joined Mrs Jones in sharing the teaching responsibility for Stingray and Mr Frankel for continuing with teaching in Seals with Mrs Tickel. Both Mrs Hill and Mr Frankel will be in class on a Thursday and Friday.

Sadly, over the Christmas holidays, Anthony our Premises Officer, was offered a new job at a school in Horsham, so has not returned to us. We are currently advertising, with the application closing date being next Monday, 22nd January. If you are interested, or know someone who may be please visit our website for further details.

Parking - this continues to be a major problem at St. Peter’s with local residents making complaints regularly. Please could we strongly ask that if you drive your child to and from school that you park sensibly using Henfield Leisure Centre’s car park when possible. In particular, while it is well known that cars cannot be parked on yellow zig zag lines, cars also cannot wait or even stop momentarily to drop off or pick up passengers – this is according to the UK Highway Code.

Y6 Assessment Evening – In preparation for the Y6 assessments in May, we shall be holding an information meeting this Thursday (18th January) at 6.00pm. This evening will be different to previous years, to enable us to support and provide resources for the children to assist with their revision. This is an important event and would encourage all Parents/Carers to attend.

Core Values - Congratulations to the following children for being ‘Animal of the Week’:
Week Ending: 5th January 2018
Y1 Bella Tuesley – Aiming High / Oliver Harrington – Aiming High
Y2 Charlie Tingey – Aiming High / Alec Ballard – Aiming High
Y3 Theo Neale-Stevens – Aiming High / Ronnie Johnstone – Resourceful
Y4 Hannah Draper – Resilient / Jude Hedderman – Aiming High
Y5 Hannah Butter – Aiming High / Harry Neville – Resilient
Y6 Otto Juretic – Resourceful / Henry Morley – Aiming High
Week Ending: Friday 12th January 2018
Y1 Pippa Rowley – Respectful / Demi Lee Furner – Aiming High
Y2 Archie Gorman – Resilient / Samuel Briscoe – Aiming High
Y3 William Briscoe – Respectful / Ayla Milward – All 4 Core Values!
Y4 Olive Willis – Respectful / Bradley Martin – Aiming High
Y5 Albert Martin – Resilient / Harry O’Neill – Aiming High
Y6 Faith Streeton – Resilient / Imogen Cork – Resourceful

Y1 Phonics Workshop – Y1Parents/Carers are invited to join the Y1 team for an insight in to how phonics, early writing & reading in Y1is taught. Strategies will be given to support at home plus a practical session with your child. Taking place this Friday, Parents of Puffins are invited for 9.00am, and Seahorses’ Parents at 10.00am. Please telephone the School Office or return the reply slip at the bottom of the letter sent home last week if you are able to come.

Eco at St. Peter’s – In a bid to raise our eco sustainability, we are in need of water butts with lids. If you have one, or two that you no longer use and would be happy to donate to us, we really would appreciate it – please just contact the school office.

E-Safety Coffee Afternoon – Hopefully you received our letter last Friday inviting you to our e-safety coffee afternoon which will be dedicated to providing information on how we teach e-safety and showing how you can support your child at home. Please join Miss Watkins, our Inclusion Manager and Miss Crouch, our ICT Subject Leader on 1st February at 2.15pm in our school hall. The teaching of e-safety to the children will begin on the 6th February.

Parent/Teacher Consultations – There is a change to the Parent/Teacher appointment times. For the consultations taking place on Tuesday 6th February, appointments will be between 3.30pm and 6.00pm, and on Thursday 8th February, between 5.00pm and 7.30pm. Further details will come home next week.

PTA Update – Firstly a very Happy New Year from the PTA. We hope you had an amazing Christmas and are raring to go for everything 2018 has to bring. Speaking of which let us update you on all that we're currently working on at PTA HQ. We are very excited to say we'll be holding the annual Quiz Night in March so are deep in planning for that at the moment. The final date is still to be confirmed so watch this space but needless to say it is set to be another fun filled evening of fundraising. We are also putting the final touches to the rest of the school year's events calendar and as ever need lots of help to make sure things run smoothly. If you'd like to find out more and get involved our next meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday 17th January at 8pm at The White Hart. Please come along and say Hi....we'd love to see you there!

Census Day – Thursday 18th January – A reminder that ‘The Great British Brunch’ is the menu theme for the second census day of this academic year:
Chipolata Sausages, Omelette, Baked Beans, Mini Potato Squares & Bread OR Quorn Pattie, Omelette, Baked Beans, Mini Potato Squares & Bread
Blueberry Muffin OR Cherry Yoghurt & Granola
Children in EYFS/KS1 will be served this meal as part of the UiFSM scheme. It is now too late to book for KS2.

Kind regards,
Laura Roberts
Acting Headteacher

January 2018
Wed 17th: PTA Meeting, 8.00pm, The White Hart
Thurs 18th: Y6 SATs Evening, 6.00pm
Fri 19th: Y1 Phonics Workshop
Fri 26th: Y3 Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
Thurs 1st: E-Safety Coffee Afternoon, 2.15pm
Fri 2nd: Y6 Young Voices Concert, O2
Y2 Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
Mon 5th: YR visiting Henfield Library
Open Afternoon, 2.00 – 4.00pm
Tue 6th: Parent/Teacher Consultations, 3.30 – 6.00pm
Thur 8th: Parent/Teacher Consultations, 5.00 – 7.30pm
Fri 9th: INSET Day
w/b 12th: Half-term
Tues 20th: Y6 Swimming Lesson (details to follow)
Thurs 22nd: YR visiting St. Peter’s Church, Henfield
Fri 23rd: Y5 Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
Fri 2nd: Y4 Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
Tue 6th: Y3 Swimming lessons start (details to follow)
Fri 9th: YR Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
Wed 14th: Spring Music Concert (details to follow), 6.00pm
Fri 16th: Y1 Assembly for Parents, 9.00am
Class Reps Meeting, 2.15pm
After School Clubs finish
Thur 29th: End of Term
Mon 16th: Summer Term starts
Tues 24th: Y5 Music Festival
w/b 14th: KS2 SATs Week
w/b 21st: Y6 Isle of Wight week
w/b 28th: Half-Term
Tues 5th: Class Photographs
Mon 25th: Henfield Cricket Tournament

Premises Officer
We are looking for an outstanding Premises Officer to be responsible for maintaining the school environment to a high standard, ensuring health & safety, fire and safeguarding regulations are adhered to. Required as soon as possible, this is a permanent position working 37 hours a week. For further details please refer to our website or contact the School Office:
Henfield Leisure Centre are looking for 2 new members of staff to join their friendly team. The working hours will be 3-6 pm, Monday to Friday. (Additional hours may be available on Inset days, half-terms and school holidays). The job role is to assist in our after-school children's club. Due to the club expanding, we need the candidate to be self-sufficient, enthusiastic and motivated. If you feel this could be suitable for you, please get in contact on 01273 494984 ask to speak to Simon.