Robins are this week's house champions!
Dates for your diary
Mon 24th Apr: swimming starts this week Y1 – 6
INSET days for 2016/2017: Fri 26 May; Fri 21st Jul.
INSET days for 2017/2018: Fri 1st Sep, Mon 4th Sep,Tue 5th Sep, Mon 30th Oct, Mon 19th Feb, Fri 25th May & Mon 23rd Jul.
Please see the full school calendar online here.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE B&NES TERM DATES.
Message from the Co-chairs of Governors; funding crisis in education
The financial forecast for schools is looking grim despite the government's assurances that schools are receiving more money than ever. This may be true, but the increases in funding have not kept pace with the costs of running and staffing the school. Miss Elliott and the finance team do a wonderful job of managing the school budget and keep the school in a stable financial position. Unfortunately in the near future we will now find ourselves having to make more significant sacrifices to save money but it has got to the point where no further savings can be made without significantly compromising the quality of our children's education. With this in mind, we would urge you to contact our local MP, Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg to express your concerns. A letter has been sent home from the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust outlining the Trust's concerns and giving details of how to lobby for better funding. Please see a copy of this letter here.
Megan Jackson and Richard Rowland 31.03.17.
Message from the Headteacher
This letter has been sent out to parents of all the WMAT schools and a number of other Bath schools today. We believe that staff, parents and carers have a powerful voice and can make a real difference in this current situation.
For many years, schools around the country have been funded at different levels. This has resulted in some schools receiving more money and some schools receiving less money. Therefore, the Government is planning a move towards a National Funding Formula which means that funds are spread evenly regardless of where you are based in the country. What is clear is that the Government does not have enough money in the system for this to happen without schools losing out. Education is an investment in our future. The lack of specific investment in our schools and the impact of rising costs are a huge concern.
We have been meeting with our Governors and the WMAT team to make sure we approach these challenges proactively and plan our next steps. We will do our utmost to mitigate the effect of any savings that we make. We will also continue to work together to ensure that our school continues to have the best provision we can provide. This will also mean continuing to support our fantastic PTA with their fund raising events also. I will keep you fully informed with regards to this matter. If you would like to talk this through further, please do not hesitate to contact me. We will also follow this up in Term 5 at a Parents' Forum event – more details to follow. Miss Elliott 31.03.17.
Healthy schools award
Mrs Spincer and Mr Jenkins attended an event at the Hilton Hotel in Bath at which Mr Jenkins received our Healthy Schools Certificate. This means that the school maintains the Healthy Schools Award for a further two years. Thank you to Mr Jenkins for all his hard work in this area.
Keep Saltford swimming
The governors of Saltford school are committed to a transparent, fair and consistent approach to swimming at Saltford. As you are aware, Saltford converted to Academy status and joined the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust last September. Academies are not required to follow the National Curriculum, which refers to swimming lessons, but rather to decide whether swimming should be included in their own curriculum. The WMAT has made the decision to follow the National Curriculum. This, however, does not mean that we offer swimming to all year groups. Without voluntary contributions from parents, we simply cannot afford to keep the swimming pool open. Your support in this matter would be appreciated. Please see the letter to parents about keeping Saltford swimming. 07.04.17.
Play worker vacancy; closing date Friday 28th April
We are seeking to appoint a permanent member to join our lunchtime team, supervising children during the midday break, Monday to Friday. This role requires someone who will promote and support a range of active play opportunities. Also someone who will ably assist in the preparation, serving and clearing up of refreshments with due regard to health and safety in food preparation and an awareness of school's healthy school status policy. For full details and an application pack, please contact the school office on 01225 872185.
Bath & North East Somerset Music Hub
If your child is learning to play a musical instrument in or out of school, they may wish to join one of the many musical groups on offer in the area.They are run by The Arts Council through Bath and North East Somerset Music Hub.
The following are on offer locally:
Tuesday: Keynsham Music Centre @ Wellsway School, Keynsham
Wind Band and String and Guitar Ensemble
Wednesday: Orchestral Centre @ West Wing, Hayesfield School, Bath
Junior Strings and Intermediate Strings
Saturday Centre @ West Wing, Hayesfield School, Bath
Training and Intermediate Wind Band,
Two Brass Bands
Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet and Guitar Ensembles,
KS1 Music Class
Oboe and Bassoon lessons
If you are interested in any of the above, please contact BANES Music Hub by email: email@example.com or phone: 01225 395388
A group of children from Year Two and Year Six took part in The Dance Umbrella at The Forum in Bath. Year Two wowed the audience with their 'All Creature's Great and Small' Beatrix Potter dance and Year Six opened the second half of the show with their incredible 'Open Sesame' dance, whisking the audience to the market streets of Agrabaa. See the full report and pictures in newsletter no 26. 31.03.17.
Year 3 & 4 bike check
On Tuesday 21st and Tuesday 28th March our Year 3 & 4 children who expressed an interest in this B&NES initiative took part in a single day playground session which provided fun and games to encourage children to improve their bike handling skills. Both sessions were full and all the children enjoyed the training. Thank you to The Cycling Instructor for providing this important training for our children and to Mrs Evans for organising these sessions.
Year 4 camp
On Thursday and Friday our Year 4s got to experience their first school camp. We spent a most enjoyable time at Barton Camp in Winscombe. The children were able to take advantage of the many facilities which included: an adventure playground, zip wires, an indoor sports hall and a film room. See the full report and pictures in newsletter no 26. 31.03.17.
Consultation evening and access mornings
The consultation evening on Monday was the final one for this academic year and I would like to thank all the staff who work so hard to ensure that they are fully prepared to speak with all parents of the children in their class across these evenings. I do hope you have found the consultations informative. Our next Access Mornings are Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th May for Years 1 – 6 – this is an opportunity for your child to share their work with you and discuss their next steps. WOW Workshops for Reception children will take place from Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th May – more information to follow. Miss Elliott 31.03.17.
The next PTA meeting will take place on Monday 1st May at 7.30pm. Please come along and support the preparation for the summer fair.
Follow the PTA on Facebook – Saltford School PTA. This is a closed group and you will be asked for details of your child/ren's class before you can join. You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Community news 31.03.17
Junior golf: have you ever thought of playing golf? Saltford Golf Club has a very active junior section and re-starts their fortnightly junior club nights on Sunday 2nd April. Full details in newsletter no 26.
Saltford theatre arts summer school 2017: Jo Browne and Lucy Ratnett invite children between the ages of 4 and 16 to join them for a week during the summer holidays to act, sing, dance, enjoy craft and put on a show at the end of the week. Details and contact information in newsletter no 26.
Bath city farm enchanted world Easter holiday club: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11th – 13th & 18th – 20th April 2017. Full details in newsletter no 26.
Saltford Community Association: see the website for latest news and events.
Naturific cards raising money for the secret garden
Some of our pupils have created a stunning new enterprise to raise money for the secret garden. Please support this project by buying packs of these colourful, handmade photographic cards at £4.50 for a mixed pack of six designs, shown below. Cards are individually wrapped, presented with a raffia tie and are blank for your own message.
The Valley Added Project has enabled the children to grow a Greetings Card Business from its roots. Last autumn the Green Team sowed the seeds during a wet walk to Manor Woods where they took photos to turn into unique Greetings Cards. Since then, three other groups of children have contributed to the scheme. An intrepid team of Roving Reporters from Year 5 have blogged, interviewed, reported, and advertised the business which was launched last Friday during Arts Week. A hardworking group of Year 6 girls chose a name for the business, drew up a business and sales plan and designed the Naturific Cards logo. Last but not least a “Design Team” made laminated collage decorations for the sales display using the nature photos as inspiration.
The children have been backed by a number of local businesses: Sarah Fox, Professional Nature Photographer, Sally Turner of Tiddlers Day Nursery and The Little Coffee Shop, Elaine Abbott of The Wordy House and Saltford Building Services. Thanks also go to Paul Nicholson, Governor, Neil Vincent and Natalie Elias, final year students from Southampton Solent University and Rachel Elias, A Level Art & Photography Student, for their support.
Luke B commented, “Everyone has worked happily in their groups and we felt like a big family.” Stanley B added, “It was a pleasure to work with the business partners and we have had a lot of fun.” 24.03.17.
As a Church school, our celebration of the major Christian festivals is an important part of our community life. Therefore we would like as many children as possible to make an Easter Garden to display at our Easter service on Friday 7th April. Children can use a plastic tray or dish, seed tray etc to make it in. Soil, card, paper, sand etc can be used for the base of the garden. There needs to be a little hill with three crosses, a cave beneath for the tomb and something to represent the stone that was rolled away. The display of these Easter gardens at the front of the hall helps the children to focus upon the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and Resurrection. Children should bring their Easter gardens to the hall from Wednesday 5th April. Please ensure the garden is named. The pictures show examples of Easter Gardens from previous years.
A special Easter menu will be served at school on Wednesday 5th April instead of the stated menu choice. See newsletter no 25 for details. The cost of the meal is £2.40. If your child is in FS/KS1, this special lunch is free. If your child is in KS2, payment will be required, but this can be taken from your child’s dinner money account – there is no need to make separate payment for this lunch. If your child is in KS2, does not usually have a school dinner, but would like this special lunch, payment must be made via School Gateway. There is a Payment Request set up to receive a one time payment of £2.40.
Play worker vacancy
Salary: Grade R9
£14,975 full time equivalent / £2,538 actual salary
Contract: Full time, term time only
7.5 hours per week (12:00 to 13:30 Monday to Friday).
We are seeking to appoint a permanent member to join our lunchtime team, supervising children during the midday break, Monday to Friday. This role requires someone who will promote and support a range of active play opportunities. Also someone who will ably assist in the preparation, serving and clearing up of refreshments with due regard to health & safety in food preparation and an awareness of school’s healthy school status and policy.
The person will need to work collaboratively and respond sensitively and confidently to the needs of the children. Most of all they will need to maintain a positive attitude and enjoy being with children … even at wet playtimes! The successful candidate will share the school’s vision and values and join a caring and supportive team.
For further details and an application pack please contact the Office on 01225 872185. Closing date Friday 28th April
Years 3 & 4 gymnastics competition: on Monday afternoon this week, 20 gymnasts from Y3 & 4 represented the school at a Baskervilles Gymnastics School's Competition. There were two entries: Level One - pupils who did not belong to a gymnastics club and Level Two- pupils who did belong to a gymnastics club outside of school.
Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm to trial for this event, we were allowed to enter an extra team for Level One and Level Two.
Each team was awarded individual marks in addition to their team marks. Our four teams performed with much elegance and finesse and were awarded a 7th, 5th, 4th and a 1st place position! The winning team will now represent the school at a county event in July.
Many congratulations to all the children who participated.
Thank you very much to our parent helpers who transported the gymnasts from school and back. Thank you to Mrs Saunders, Mrs Parfrey and Mrs Condon who were the Team Managers; to Dave Burston and Beth Jones for organising such an exciting opportunity for our children; also to Mrs Brooke for co-ordinating this event. 03.03.17.
Year 5 & 6 girls' football: on Thursday afternoon our Year 5 & 6 Girls football team played a cup match (knockout) against Moorlands. The Moorlands goalkeeper was very tall and very good, making it difficult for Saltford to score despite some excellent moves. At half time, thanks to goals from Mindy and Gracie, Saltford were 0 - 2 up. A strong team talk by Manager/Coach Mr Boyle at half time, changing tactics in order to score against such a good goalkeeper, made all the difference in the second half, with Rosie scoring a hat-trick and Mindy adding to her first half goal. Moorlands did manage to pull 1 goal back to make the final score 1 – 6. Well done Saltford! Mindy said, “I really enjoyed playing for the team, and I particularly enjoyed scoring two goals! I am looking forward to playing in the next round.” Molly added, “As Captain, I was very proud of the team, who played really well. Mr Boyle’s change of tactics at half time really paid off. Thank you coach!” Thanks to the whole team – Molly, Mindy, Rosie, Gracie, Lilia, Katy, Sophie, Macey and Lucy. Thank you to Mr Boyle, Manager and Coach, and to the parents who provided transport and came along to support the team. 03.03.17.
General school news
Modeshift silver award: to support our whole school travel plan, we need to consult with our community about their travelling habits so we can look at any improvement where necessary. There is a Travel Questionnaire for parents, members of the community and pupils which has been prepared by our School Travel Plan Officer. We would appreciate if you could complete the parent survey by clicking on this link by 10th March. Pupils are completing their questionnaire in their ICT lessons this week. Please help the school to achieve this award by completing the parent survey using the link in this article.
We are planning an Active Breakfast on Friday 24th March which is on Red Nose Day – more details to follow. Children have been asked to design a poster to advertise this - A4 paper either hand drawn or designed on a computer. It will need to link with Active Travel to school and the Active Breakfast. The closing date for this competition will be Friday 17th March at 9 am. Good Luck everyone
Consultation evenings: the online booking system will close at 6 pm on Friday 17th March to allow teachers time to prepare prior to the appointments. Should you wish to make any changes after this date please contact the school office. Please click here to book your appointments.
Dogs on the school site: we have recently noticed that some parents are bringing dogs onto the school site. Dogs are not allowed on the school site. If you walk your child to school and bring the dog, please do not tie up your dog close to either the front or back gates. We have a number of children in the school who are afraid of dogs. Thank you.
Dorothy House cake sale: Dorothy House offers a wide range of services across the hospice service, ensuring that patients have the right care at the right time. Please see their website for further information. Heather M and Annabelle P in year 6 will be holding a cake sale after school on Friday 10th March after school outside Class RH. Cake donations to the Library would be appreciated. All proceeds will be donated to Dorothy House.
Music tuition KS2: all children in KS2 were sent a letter last week about music tuition in terms 5 & 6. If your child wishes to continue, stop or start music lessons, please complete the form and return it to the school office by Friday 10th March at the very latest, as music time has to be booked with the B&NES music service. 03.03.17.
Improved and moneysaving text messaging from school
With immediate effect, we are moving to School Gateway for texting and e-mail parents and carers. This is the system we use for payments and should be familiar to you.
A new, free, smartphone app for parents is now available for download called ‘School Gateway’ for Apple (iPhone 3GS or later, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android (2.3 / Gingerbread or later) devices.
Please could you download this new app to your phone (it’s free) as it will help us improve communication with parents – and save the school money. This would be a huge support to us as we will not be charged for text messages to our parents who are using the App. Please follow this link for full information and further links. 13.01.17.
British values at Saltford School
The DfE requires schools “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At Saltford, we are very proud of the diverse range of activities we provide for the children and those of you who follow our Twitter feed will be familiar with many of them. Here is a summary of some of the ways we have demonstrated these values at School over the past year or so.
If you feel you may have something to offer the school linked with British Values (or know someone else who might be keen to), we would love to hear from you. 13.01.17.
UNICEF's Rights Respecting School Award
We are delighted to announce that we are working towards UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award.
What is the RRSA? It is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into practice within the school and beyond. Children have the right to participate, so meaningful involvement of children and young people is fundamental to every stage of your RRSA journey.
Please have a look at this short video about the impact of the award in schools and see a summary of the Rights here.
Our UNICEF Rights focus for January is Article 29, allowing children the opportunity to be "the best they can be". In the assembly we focussed on New Year's resolutions to that end.
Saltford school blog
Saltford digital leaders have started a school blog which is regularly updated with events and things happening around the school. It is a chance to showcase any excellent work and also a place for parents to see photos of the children learning at school. It would be wonderful if we could get some parents regularly commenting on the blog posts, so our team of digital experts can write back. Please just have a look at it and save the link in your mobile, laptop or computer so you can access it again easily. You could even write a reply with your child. Just remember not to write any children’s surnames in your blog comment. We look forward to reading your comments and thank you. The digital leaders 02.12.16
The pupil premium
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. At Saltford CofE Primary School we are committed to providing an education full of opportunities that will prepare all pupils for their future with a positive attitude and an ambition to be the best they can be. We aim to encourage and develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full and strong consideration is given to the allocation of resources to support this vision.
Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools based on the number of children from families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals entitlement (FSM) now or within the last 6 years. For the academic year 2016/17, based on the January Census, we received an allocation of £23480.For details on how the pupil premium is uitlised at Satlford School please click here. If you think you might be entitled to Free School Meals please collect a form from the Office.
Trade roots project KS2
On Tuesday,Class HR welcomed Jacqui Grainger into school to introduce a Trade Roots project that we are taking part in this term. The project works with schools to look at the local history of the area with a specific focus on trades and industries, both past and present. The project is being run by Wiltshire Global Education Centre in partnership with the locally based WISE (We Inspire Sustainability Education). We have decided to focus on the history of brass and its uses to link with the Brassmill in Saltford. The children were all very interested to learn about what life may have been like for children living in Saltford during both World Wars and thought about what they would take with them in their backpack if they had to be evacuated. We look forward to working with Jacqui in the coming weeks and welcome anyone into school who has a story to share or who would like to get involved. Thank you to Miss Rudd for leading this interesting project. 13.01.17.
Get your children active at home!
Hopefully your child/ren have been telling you about 'GoNoodle'? This is an amazing free resource that can be accessed on a computer or laptop. I have received lots of requests from the children about how they can access GoNoodle at home. If you would like to do this, have a look at gonoodle.com and you can create an account for free. Once you have logged on with your email address, you will have access to a plethora of short video clips which aim to get you moving! At school, we have set up a mini competition amongst the classes. The current leaders are Butterflies, closely followed by Class ESPN! 13.01.17..
General school news
Health and Safety – Please help us to keep our site safe by using the pedestrian gate at the front of the school if you are walking. Walking through the vehicular gate when it is in the process of closing confuses the sensors and causes the gate to jam open. This means that the school site is unsecured until an engineer can reach the site. It also causes unnecessary and costly repairs. Thank you.
School Letter Box – The School Letter Box (located to the right of the front door) has been brought into use. Please post forms, letters and reply slips in the box, which now has a cage fitted to collect the post. This will save you time queuing in the Reception area, which is always a busy place in the morning after drop off and in the afternoon before and after pick up. Please do make use of this facility. Thank you.
Winter sickness bug - The symptoms are similar to the Norovirus also known as the ‘winter sickness bug’. We have consulted Public Health, England for guidance; please follow this link below for their advice. Please be aware of the following points as whilst it is not always possible to avoid getting norovirus, the advice below can help stop the virus spreading;
Stay off school until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed.
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food. Don't rely on alcohol hand gels, as they do not kill the virus.
Our school Absence and Illness policy is contained within our Prospectus under Section 4 – please click here to read the full document.
Free School Meals - Even if your child is in receipt of Universal Free School Meals it is important that you register if you receive any of the eligible benefits. Registering for Free School Meals attracts additional funding for your school. Although it is recommended your child eats the meal, this is optional and you should register regardless of whether or not your child wants a meal.
It is no longer necessary to prove receipt of benefits as the Local Authority will check eligible benefits on your behalf. You can check if you are eligible for Free School Meals here.
School closure in the event of severe weather
In the event of severe weather, a decision will be reached if the school is to close as soon after 7.00am as possible. All reasonable efforts will be made to ensure the school opens. The decision to close the school will be taken on the basis of the Health and Safety of the children and staff. The closure of the school will be logged on the B&NES school closures website.
A text will be sent to all parents, and details of the closure will be posted on this page of the school website. Please ensure the school has the current mobile number for the main contact. Please ensure you collect your child, or make arrangements for another adult to collect your child, as soon as possible after receiving the text message.
Children can only be sent home if they are accompanied by an adult. Staff must be sure that parents of older children who come to school on their own are at home before they are allowed to leave school. Please do not attempt to telephone the school. 25.11.16.
Saltford Environment Group: this is your community group championing all that's great about Saltford for a better future. Please see the website for full information.
This week the children were involved in a number of lesson activities to raise awareness of bullying. This included anti-bullying themed circle time lessons, role play/drama activities in literacy, E-safety in computing, and making anti-bullying posters.
The week has ended today with the children wearing something blue for the ‘Wear Blue Campaign’ to show their support for Anti-bullying. Some of our children combined Spots to Support with Wear Blue Campaign! In addition, the Playground Buddy system has now been introduced to KS2 and has been well received by the children. It is hoped that the scheme will help prevent children being upset or feeling left out by other children.
Mr Jenkins said, “The children really enjoyed the various activities to help raise awareness of anti-bullying this week. However, anti-bullying is an on-going process that we will continue to raise with the children throughout the school year in order to ensure that the children: treat each other with respect, are inclusive with other children and that we celebrate diversity.”
Please see our guide, Behaviour for Learning – a guide for staff and parents. 18.11.16.
Healthy Eating Week
We had a fabulously busy week with our Food Project. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes that were submitted for our recipe competition and for supporting your child in taking part. All the recipes, plus photos and work that children did during the week were on display in the hall on Friday afternoon for parents, carers and visitors to see. 14.10.16.
Thank you to the many parents who attended the Maths meeting at school on Thursday evening. During this session, we went through the methods that we use to teach addition, subtraction, division and multiplication in the school, and the way that skills are developed through your child's time at the school. We see parental support as vital in helping your child achieve their mathematical potential.Please find a copy of the presentation here and a copy of the handout here. There are lots of additional resourses here on the maths page of this website. 14.10.16.
Some more good news came at the end of July when our planning permission for a new six classroom block was approved by the Local Authority. The build work will start on 1st October and the school will keep everyone updated on the website, by blog and regular newsletter items. More details will follow shortly. Close neighbours will receive a letter directly from the builders in the near future. All the children will be kept up to date with the work going on on-site and the build team have lots of ideas to involve them in the project. 09.09.16.
Food for life catering award
On 23rd June Bath & North East Somerset catering, who run the kitchen at Saltford School, received a silver food for life award. The inspector was particularly impressed with the amount of money spent on freedom food.
Our catering manager Lynne and her team went above and beyond to make sure the inspection was a huge success; putting on a delicious lunch. Well done to Lynne and her team. 09.09.16.
Whole School Questionnaire Feedback
Mr Whittle, one of our Parent Governors, writes:- We would like to thank you all for the valuable feedback that you provided in the parent questionnaire that was distributed via Survey Monkey in April and May in the last academic year. There were 116 responses which is 50% more than the previous year. Along with the agree/disagree responses more than 500 individual comments were submitted. We are grateful for the data that we were able to analyse and even more grateful for the thoughtful comments because these really help us to appreciate the perspectives held by you; our parents and carers. We have read every single response and have attempted to map the patterns in the data with the detail provided by the comments.
All of this information has helped us to see the strengths on which we should build as well as the opportunities for us to improve. We were very pleased to see the supportive atmosphere and the approachability of staff being recognised as being amongst the school’s most prominent strengths. These two areas attracted more than 90 positive comments and the quantitative scores were the highest and fourth highest ranked. It was also clear, however, that not every parent and child shares this positive experience and so there is and will always be more that could be done. Educational Visits and clubs were also highlighted as strengths. Communication with parents was highlighted as both a strength (4th highest number of positive comments) and an area for improvement (2nd highest number of negative comments), which demonstrates the fine balance that we should strive to achieve.
We will be formulating actions and picking up workable suggestions based on the opportunities for improvement raised and on the perspectives of our strengths, with which we should do more.
Some of the areas for improvement will be specific items on the agenda for the next Parent Forum – more information on date and time will follow in due course. 16.09.16.
Many thanks to our outgoing School Councillors who led an assembly last week about their achievements over the past year and the qualities needed for the new team. This week each class from Years 1-6 has carried out elections for their new School Councillors. It was great to see so many children put their names forward and be prepared to speak in front of their classes about why they'd like to do the job. Well done to all of them. Welcome to the new team - we look forward to you helping make our school an even better place!
Tom E from Class NB said, “I was pleased I was chosen to represent Class NB on the School Council. I had to speak in front of my friends in class – I was very nervous when it was my time to speak. I am really looking forward to working with the Council this year. It is a very exciting job and I have lots of ideas and I think I will be good at representing the views of other children - and I will make a difference to the school.” 16.06.16.
80 by 18 passports project
School council representatives from schools in the Keynsham cluster of schools developed the 80 x 18 passport, these we launched last academic year. Together with other pupils from the area, they've created a list of 80 things to do by the time they are 18. School council representatives from Saltford, Chandag Infants, Chandag Juniors, Marksbury, St Keyna, Castle, Broadlands and Wellsway schools worked together on the list.
The idea was to create a list of 80 interesting, exciting and perhaps challenging activities that the children could achieve by the time they were 18. Children from eight schools worked together to create the list and then split it up into three "key stages" of primary, junior and secondary.
The stage one list for primary school pupils includes activities such as visiting a farm, making a den, and performing a show. When the children complete each stage of the passport they will get a certificate of achievement and recognition in front of the whole school.
The children should have their passports at home and we would appreciate if they could be kept in a safe place. They have plenty of time to complete them. We will provide opportunities at school over the forthcoming year to carry out some of the passport ideas. There is also the possibility of cooperating with other schools in the Keynsham cluster to complete some of the activities together. We will keep you informed when the activities are completed in school.
We will let you know when we would like the passports bringing into school through the newsletter and text – we are planning to do this each half term. At which point the staff will stamp the passports for the completed activities and fill in the passport linked to activities at school too. We will give you plenty of notice.
If your child has moved into Year 1 or is new to the school, a new KS1 passport will be handed to them. If your child has moved into Year 3 or is new to the school, a new KS2 passport will be handed to them.
If the passport has been mislaid, you can print a further copy from the following links:
There will be an opportunity very shortly for the stamping of the passports in school upon completion of further activities.
Do you have a child with ADHD? Would you like some support?
There is a new group starting on the second Wednesday of every month in Keynsham, from 12th October 2016. It is a support group for families with activities for the children to do while parents talk and support each other. For full details, please see the flyer here.
New build update
Thank you to everyone who came to our open evening session on Wednesday to view and discuss plans for the adjoining field. The full planning application for the 6 new classrooms and the adjoining field can now be viewed on the Bath & North East Somerset website.
You can find all relevant news and links on our New build project page.
Parents' questionnaire — we need your help
Thank you to all parents who have filled in the questionnaire so far. It covers a whole range of areas and gives the opportunity to be specific about the areas we do well and where you would like to make suggestions and improvements. You will know that we have had considerable staffing change at Saltford school. Mrs Spincer and I have just completed our first year of permanent Head/ Headship. Our Leadership team are in the second year of their roles and we have a number of staff in their first or second year of teaching. We need your support in making our school the best it can be! Every parent/carer who takes the time to complete this questionnaire is supporting the school moving forwards.
Please follow the link to the questionnaire: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WS69M3N
Please also see in conjunction the summary of the School Development Plan which we are in the process of reviewing.
Calling all greenfingered parents, grandparents and friends of the school – if anyone is gardening over the next few weeks and digging out shrubs, the school would be very interested in acquiring these for our Reflective Garden. Any additional propagated plants would also be very much appreciated. Please advise the School Office and we will make any arrangements necessary.
Life-threatening nut and seed allergy awareness
We have several children with severe life-threatening nut and sesame seed allergies. For safety reasons, we must insist that parent/guardians do not send children to school with peanut butter sandwiches, Nutella, cereal bars containing nuts etc. or indeed anything containing nuts or Sesame Seeds (i.e. on buns or snack bars.) Thank you for your co-operation and understanding. 12.02.16.
Thank you to our school supporters
Thank you to all parents and friends of the school who have given their time to support in class during the past school year. Your help is much appreciated and is of great benefit to our children. We always welcome any help that is offered, so if you would be interested in joining our valued helpers next term, please see this letter and form.
Library Helpers – thank you to Mrs Ng, Mrs Whittle, Ms Burnell and Ms Moore for all their hard work on the displays, overseeing the organisation of new books and general tidiness in the Library on a Friday morning.
Fundraising is easy
Please help us to keep fundraising by using our school links to Amazon and The Giving Machine (a gateway to most popular online shopping sites) on our fundraising page. It costs nothing and raises valuable funds for school. 27.11.15.
The school places great importance on its close relationships with parents, extended family and friends of the children. Over the years you have offered assistance and valuable support in many ways, both during the school day in the classroom, and also outside school hours. Some examples are support in reading, changing children’s books or preparing and making resources at home. If you feel you could offer help during the forthcoming year, please could you complete the form in this parental help letter and return it to Mrs Evans. The staff and children really do appreciate any time that you can give to support activities at school.
Please do not feel that your help is not needed unless it is offered as a weekly commitment, as both regular and more occasional assistance is of great value even if you just have an hour to spare. Parents do not normally work in the same classroom as their child.
Keep Saltford swimming
As you know, at Saltford we are lucky to have a swimming pool on site, enabling our children to swim once a week from April to October. Recent repairs to the pool have cost the school £10,000, which the PTA helped generously to fund.
With the current budgetary constraints it is not possible for the school to fund all the works required or to meet the ongoing maintenance costs in full. The money that the PTA has available was raised to support other projects for the school, so it would be to our advantage if we could meet some of the pool costs by other means.
We therefore respectfully ask parents for a voluntary contribution towards the repairs, running costs and any lessons for this school year. The suggested contribution is £20.00 per pupil (£30.00 per family). However, if you feel that you are able to contribute more, or less, we would be very grateful for any donations. Please see this letter for full details and how to make a contribution online via the School Gateway.
Physical education at Saltford school
Physical Education continues to be a key curriculum subject. The main purpose of Physical Education is to provide every pupil with the opportunity to develop his/her capabilities to the full, which in turn leads to the development of positive attitudes to taking part in physical activity. This has implications on their feelings, attitudes and learning throughout the curriculum and proving the opportunity for cross-curricular work. Through the medium of Physical Education, children gain knowledge about the body and how it works and responds to exercise. They learn principles of movement and understand about how and why activity is undertaken. Please find our plan for PE 2015/2016 here.
Sports news; the Sainsbury's School Games Mark
Exciting Sports news! We have been awarded a Silver Level for The Sainsbury's School Games Mark! This is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of PE in their school. We would like to thank all of the staff for their continued hard work and dedication to Physical Education. Also a special thanks to Beth Jones, Dave and Cath Burston for all of their support with helping us to achieve this special award. 02.10.15.
Behaviour guidance policy
A number of parents have been chatting to me about our Behaviour Policy and systems in the school – especially understanding the way the cloud system works in Foundation/Key Stage One and Golden Time in Key Stage Two. With this in mind I attach a ‘Behaviour for Learning’ Guide which I hope will explain in more detail the procedures we follow at Saltford. Our aim is to ensure consistent high standards of behaviour. We are a happy caring school and that is because we have high expectations of the children in this area. If you would like to talk to me about any aspect of this guide do drop in and see me – we always welcome parental feedback on any aspect of school life. Click here for a copy of the document.
School reading dog visit
We were delighted to welcome Echo, our very own school reading dog, and his owner Melanie who worked with some of the children from class ED and NS. Echo and Melanie are part of the READ2DOGS scheme provided by the charity Pets As Therapy and will be coming in to school on a weekly basis to hear children from across the school read. This is such an exciting opportunity for the children and they were delighted to meet and entertain Echo. Amelie R and Talya W told me after school that they cannot wait to read to him when it is their class's turn! Thank you so much to Melanie and Echo for giving up their time. Thank you also to Miss Davis for organising such a wonderful visitor to the school and we look forward to seeing Echo and Melanie in the coming weeks. September 2015.
Facebook and Instagram
The school is very concerned about the very serious matter of some children in Key Stage 2 having Instagram and Facebook accounts. I am writing to remind you that children under 13 years of age should not have a Facebook or Instagram account. Please note that the terms and conditions of Instagram and Facebook require individuals to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account.
At Saltford Primary School we take the safety of children online very seriously - please make sure your children stay safe online by following some simple rules:
Never give out any personal information
Never agree to meet someone whom you've met through the Internet
Never send pictures of yourself
Always tell your parents/teachers if you come across content on the internet that makes you feel uncomfortable
Miss Elliott 17.07.15
General school news
Online payments from September 2015
In September, payment for all trips, activities, instrumental tuition and school dinners must be made on-line. THE SCHOOL WILL NOT ACCEPT CASH OR CHEQUES FROM SEPTEMBER. Parents will receive a trip/activity letter via e-mail and will be advised to pay online. Consent for the child to attend/take part in the activity will be given on-line. There will be no requirement to print the letter unless parent helpers are required and you would like to volunteer.
Thank you to those parents who have either signed up to School Gateway on-line or downloaded the School Gateway App. If you have not tried the system, please activate your School Gateway account in time for the new term. It is quick and easy to do by following the steps below. All you need is your email address and the mobile phone number that school holds on record for you.
Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and Apple ). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS it saves the school money when we send you a text message. If you have an i-pad, go to the App Store and type School Gateway into the search bar. This should bring up 5 options, none of which are correct. On the top line, at the same level as the search bar, there will be a filter. Click on i-pad only and there should be an option to click on iphone only. Click on i-phone only and it should appear. OR, you can visit the website: www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log into School Gateway. Please note you can only be signed into one device at a time. If you are having trouble logging in, it may be because the school does not have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please call the school and we will update the details on our system. Parents of children currently in Year 2, who will be in Year 3 from September will now have to pay £2 per school dinner. Payment for dinners must be made in advance and must be paid for on-line. You will be able to view your child’s dinner money account from 3rd September 2015.
To promote high attendance with the children, we will be presenting Headteacher Achievement Certificates and associated house points to children, three times a year, at the end of terms 2, 4 and 6. Certificates are gold (100%), silver (98%) and bronze (97%). All percentages will be calculated from September. Attendance achievements will be celebrated in assemblies.
Key stage two news
KS2 assessment results: Well done to our Y6 children for working so hard and making so much progress this year. We wish you all the very best in your new schools and will miss you for being such a great group of pupils.
Here are our 2015 end of KS2 Test Results. They show the percentage of results at each level compared with last year’s National results:
Grammar, punctuation and spelling
The numbers in brackets are last year's school results.
The school places great importance on its close relationships with parents, extended family and friends of the children. Over the years you have offered assistance and valuable support in many ways, both during the school day in the classroom, and also outside school hours. Some examples are support in reading, changing children’s books or preparing and making resources at home.
If you feel you could offer help during the forthcoming year, please could you complete the relevant form and return it to Mrs Evans. The staff and children really do appreciate any time that you can give to support activities at school. Please do not feel that your help is not needed unless it is offered as a weekly commitment, as both regular and more occasional assistance is of great value even if you just have an hour to spare.
It is the school’s policy that parents do not normally work in the same classroom as their child. Thank you for your support
School clothes recycling project...
...with a little bit of added magic! Thank you from the PTA to all of you who have donated clothes to the recycling project. As the project continues and Spring is almost here, we would urge even more of you to dig deep into those wardrobes and drawers to find unwanted school clothes. The scheme encourages parents to recycle their children’s outgrown items. This initiative has been set up so that you can donate clothes which are still in good condition and which will be sold in the school hall at the end of each term. The purpose of the project is to raise money for the school, reduce waste and save money in our community. There will be a large recycling bin where you can deposit the clothes in the entrance to the school’s Main Reception. It will be there throughout the week and emptied every Friday. The additional, ‘little bit of magic’ part of the project is the recycling of your children’s outgrown or unwanted dressing-up clothes. We thought it would be fun if you wanted to donate those also! Perhaps those scary Hallowe’en costumes, that big, fairy frock which was only worn a couple of times and has been gathering dust in the wardrobe. Why not dig them out and donate them to the school? For further information you can email email@example.com 06.03.15.
PTA general recycling bin
A new recycling bin has been delivered to the school this week. It is in the same position as the previous bin by the Cycle Racks. If you have any of the following items to recycle, please pop in bags and then into the bin:
Clean and dry clothing, paired shoes, handbags, wallets, ties, belts & hats.
All money raised from this recycling bank will go to the PTA.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A DIFFERENT RECYCLING BIN FROM THE ONE OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL OFFICE, WHICH IS ONLY FOR UNWANTED SCHOOL UNIFORM AND DRESSING UP CLOTHES. 06.03.15
Piano and Singing Lessons: would your child like to learn piano or have singing tuition? Diane Hammond is a very experienced teacher, offering piano or singing lessons, covering music theory and preparation for music exams. She is based in Keynsham near Wellsway School. Call Diane Hammond on 01179861881 if interested.
Up & Under Sports: we are pleased to announce our new partnership with local PE & sports coaching providers Up & Under Sports.
Tennis coaching: there is tennis coaching available through Saltford Tennis Club (please see the schedule here) or through Wellsway School, copies of which flyer are available in school Reception.
Sticker & stamps – labelling clothes and lunchboxes made easy
The PTA has signed up on cashback schemes with two labelling companies. If you wish to purchase any items from www.MyNametags.com please use the School ID 59657. They sell labels that do not require ironing, perfect for that last minute labelling crisis as you are about to walk out the door. The PTA will receive 20% on each order so please do use the School ID when ordering.
The other cash back company is www.stamptastic.co.uk. This company will provide you with a personalised stamp and ink pad that can be used on clothing and some plastics (see disclaimer). It can easily be stamped onto jumpers and polo tops as well as pencil cases and many more items. Use the code SALTFORD, online to earn up to 25% commission for Saltford C of E Primary School. See their Facebook page for reviews on the product.
Facebook: Saltford School PTA has a facebook page where upcoming events and PTA information will be advertised. It is a closed group so you will need to request to join. The page is for PTA/School information only and is for parents/carers with children attending Saltford School.
The Local Authority guidance is that medicines can only be administered at School with medical approval. In the case of prescription medicine parents are required to sign the Local Authority form. Click here for a copy. For all other medication a letter from the doctor is required, and should be bought to the school office. For asthma, the issue of inhalers is very important. All medication, including inhalers are kept in the school office.
Please note that we are no longer able to make amendments to our termly milk order once the term is underway. Please also note that children do not pay for milk until they reach their fifth birthday. Thank you
Support for parents of children under 11
Keynsham Children’s Centre have published a leaflet outlining the services they offer to families of children under 11. As well as different groups meeting at the centre, they also offer outreach family support. The centre can be contacted through their website or by telephone on 01225 395400. Copies of their leaflet are available in the school’s entrance lobby. 16.01.14.
Parking around school
We have been receiving complaints from residents regarding parking issues on the roads surrounding school, and also in the cul de sacs close to school. Some of our neighbours have had their driveways blocked on several occasions, and it has been noted that some parents are parking on the corners of the junctions, making access unsafe.
May we ask you to please be considerate to our neighbours when bringing and collecting your child from school.
It is our policy to let parents know the levels that their children are working at for reading, writing and maths from Year 1 onwards. However, we know this can be a confusing area for parents. There is a guide to levels and progress on our Assessment page.
We have introduced an online booking system for consultation evenings at saltford.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/. Parents are notified when bookings are open for the next consultation evenings. Please click here for the guide to using the online booking system.
Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools
As you will have been aware, last academic year we were visited by the Diocesan inspector Ruth Newton in order for her to carry out our Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools. We are delighted to report that she found us to be outstanding in all areas.
Highlights include ‘The ethos is firmly founded on Christian values and permeates the school and all that happens there. There is a very strong, inclusive ‘family feel’ and a tangible Christian distinctiveness which is understood and used by all stakeholders, including parents and the local church’ and “The Worship co-ordinator Mr Baker ensures the cohesiveness of worship, which is planned and led by a variety of leaders including the Rector”. It is a report that everyone in the team contributed to and we would like to thank everyone for their hard work. We are especially grateful to the foundation Governors, our Rector Rev Hall and Mr Baker for his leadership of RE and Collective Worship. Click here for the full report.