World Book Day Friday 8th March 2024

World Book Day is taking place on Friday 8th March. As a school we are going to be celebrating this day and have chosen the theme “Snuggle up with a good book!” On this day, we are asking pupils to come into school wearing their favourite pyjamas and snuggly clothes. This is so we can all snuggle up with a good book and immerse ourselves in the world of literature. Children are invited to bring their favourite book from home.

Throughout the day, pupils will take part in a range of exciting hands on and virtual activities to enhance their reading and ensure they are continuing to grow their love of reading. There will also be some challenges such as guess which staff member is snuggled up with a good book.  

 

Parents are invited into school to share a book with their child on Friday 8th March, from 2:50pm. Please enter via the main office where you will be shown to your child’s class. At the end of the shared reading session, please leave the school via the office to sign out.  

 

Children will be given a £1 book token to be spent at our school Book Fair or in a local bookstore on a range of identified World Book Day texts. You can find your local bookstore and have a look at the books available by visiting: https://www.worldbookday.com/books/  

 

From Friday 8th March – Wednesday 13th March we will have our annual book fair. The book fair will be held in the South Hall on these dates from 3:30-4:00pm. This an opportunity for you and your child to browse a range of exciting books from a range of genres and purchase one or maybe more. Further information regarding the book fair will be sent nearer the time. 

Newsletter – Friends (PTA) 26.01.2024

Friends Association (PTA) Newsletter – 26.01.2024

Dates for the diary:

Wear What You Love Disco 09.02.2024.

We are holding a Spring Disco, children are invited to join us Friday 9th February for a “Wear What You Love” Disco, children are welcome to come to school in their disco clothes, spending they day in what they love to wear.

Disco times will be as follows:

  • Reception, Years 1 & 2 – 3:15pm to 4:00pm
  • Years 3 & 4 – 4:15pm to 5:15pm
  • Years 5 & 6 – 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Disco tickets are £3.00 – Payable beforehand on ParentPayby Tuesday 6th February, this is to ensure safeguarding ratios are met and sufficient supplies. Entry fee includes Chocolate buttons/ Haribo (vegan options available). For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, we must abide by a “no ticket, no entry” policy. Please have your ParentPay receipt handy at drop off (KS2).  KS1 staff will have a list of who is attending, if your child is not attending the disco, please collect as normal.

Drop off:

  • KS1, staff will deliver children with tickets to the South Hall.
  • KS2, queue at the South Hall doors at allotted time, please have ParentPay receipt handy, tickets cannot be purchased on the day, entry will be refused.

Collection – all children must be collected; no child will be permitted to walk home alone:

  • KS1 usual pick-up points.
  • KS2, enter through South Hall doors, collect child (they will be lined up ready), then exit via Year 5 doors, rejoin South Hall queue for next Disco if required.

PLEASE NOTE – When dropping off & collecting children – please collect your child and then leave the hall (via Year 5 exit). DO NOT drop older children in the hall at the same time, we need to register their attendance. Please go back round and wait for the hall to be empty and us to call for the next disco before dropping off older children. This is to reduce congestion and make it easier for staff and volunteers to ensure that the right child is with the right parents/guardians, that all children have been. Thank You for your help with this..!

Volunteers:

We are appealing for volunteers to come along and help supervise the discos and make sure the children are safe and have fun. We need helpers at all 3 discos to ensure they run successfully. Please contact Friends (PTA) johnfletcher.friends@taw.org.uk, if you can help,  if we do not have enough helpers we may have to cancel, please help make this a wonderful event for the children.

Thank you for reading.

Friends (PTA)

A huge thankyou!!!!!

Today we have had our last school trip of 2023 and so I just wanted to say a very big thankyou to my amazing volunteers who have helped support our educational school visits this year. Thankyou so much for giving up your free time to help support our fantastic children and teachers, we really do appreciate all that you do.

If you would like to become a volunteer, please pop and see me in the office and I can give you more information.

Best wishes

Miss Harrison

 

Christmas Dinner and Jumper Day 2023

The children should have received letters regarding our upcoming Christmas Dinner celebrations which will take place on the 20th December 2023. The children are welcome to wear Christmas jumpers on this day.
Please complete and return the form attached at the earliest opportunity.
If you require another letter please pop to see me (Miss Harrison) in the office 🙂
Here is another copy of the menu
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Children in Need 17.11.23

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may already know, this week is this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal Week. John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School is excited to be joining with many others around the UK to help raise awareness.

Children are welcome to come to school on Friday 17th November in their own clothes.

Due to the cost-of-living crisis, parents are not expected to contribute but if you would like to donate, you can do so here;

Donate using the ‘70701’ shortcode (Campaign dates: 31st Oct 2023 to 30th Nov 2024) –

Text the word ‘FIVE’ to 70701 to donate £5

Text the word ‘TEN’ to 70701 to donate £10

If children have PE on Friday (Y3 and Year 1) they will need to wear sensible footwear.

For further information please see https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/donate/

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Miss E Harrison

General reminders

Contact Details

It is extremely important that we as a school are able to make contact with you not only by phone but also email. If you or any of your contacts on our system have changed your telephone numbers or emails please ensure that we are aware of the new numbers. This includes a change of address. These changes can easily be made by getting in touch with the school office.

Sandwich/Jacket Potato Bar

On our school menu we do offer the option of having either Sandwich Bar or Jacket Potato Bar. These needed to be ordered a week in advance and we ask that orders are placed by the end of the school day on a Thursday in readiness for the following week. Order forms can be found in the main school office.

Appointments

Whenever possible, please make every effort to book children’s medical appointments outside of school hours. However, if it is that you do have to collect your child during the school day or bring them in at a later start time, you will need to let the office know and also provide us with evidence of their appointment. A letter, text message or appointment card will suffice. Thank you.

Pick-ups

If you have arranged for somebody different to collect your child from school please let the office know prior to 2.30pm whenever possible so that the appropriate message can be sent to class teacher regarding who to dismiss your child to.

Absence Reporting

If your child is absent from school it is vital that you call the school office prior to 9.30am each day of their absence with a reason and brief explanation. This is important for safeguarding reasons as well as keeping our school attendance records accurate and up to date. We are still experiencing a number of absences without receiving a call and the administration team are having to make follow up calls to parents which is very time consuming at what is a very busy time of day. For sickness and diarrhoea please note the absence period is 48 hours from the last episode before your child is able to return to school.

Also, please do not email class teachers directly with information about your child’s absence or with any other details regarding collection etc, the school office must be informed of this information.

Site Safety

Please can we again remind parents that, for the safety of all, parking is not allowed on school premises. This also includes taxis that have been booked to bring parents to collect their children. If you arrive in a taxi, you must instruct the driver to let you out on the road and tell them that they are not allowed on site. We have a limited number of disabled spaces for which we can issue parking permits if you could show the office staff a disability parking badge.  We would ask that if you do use these spaces you wait until the drives have cleared before moving your vehicle. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the children safe.

Parking

Please remember to park safely and considerately on the roads around school. Tesco are willing for parents to park on their car park and walk the short distance to school. When parking near school please do not park on the pavements causing obstructions for driveways and pedestrians. Thank you for your co-operation.

Bikes and Scooters

Please remember that whilst on school grounds children are not allowed to ride their bikes and scooters. These must be pushed or carried until off the premises. This includes children not of school-age. Thank you.

Thankyou for your co-operation

Best wishes

Miss Harrison

NSPCC Speak Out. Stay Safe.

16th October 2023

Dear Parent/Carer

NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme

I am pleased to inform you that we are participating in the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. Programme this term. Speak out. Stay safe. is a programme for children aged 5-11 which aims to help children understand abuse in all its forms and to recognise the signs of abuse. Children are taught to speak out if they are worried, either to a safe adult or Childline.

This child friendly programme is aligned with the curriculum and consists of age appropriate virtual assemblies and supporting classroom based activities which we have reviewed.  The content is delivered in an engaging and interactive way with the help of the NSPCC mascot Buddy. If you would like to know more about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme visit www.nspcc.org.uk/speakout.

Feedback survey for pupils aged 7-11

The NSPCC would like to gather feedback from pupils aged between 7-11 about the Speak out. Stay safe. programme to gauge their learning. This will be voluntary and children can still take part in the programme if they don’t take part in the survey.

  • All survey questions are multiple choice and focussed on the programme.
  • The survey is anonymous and confidential.  However, if in the process of completing the survey, a teacher becomes concerned for a pupil’s welfare (e.g., through something a pupil says) we will follow our school’s safeguarding procedures.
  • If you do not want your child to take part in the survey, sign and return the slip on the letter given to your child to their class teacher.
  • If you have agreed that your child can take part in the survey but your child changes their mind on the day, that is also okay.

Additional NSPCC resources for families to help keep children safe

The NSPCC have shared some important information below on wider NSPCC resources and support to help keep children safe.

 

Parent/Carer support

Take a look at information, support, advice and activities from NSPCC for parent and carers.

www.nspcc.org.uk/parents

Activities to extend learning at home

Take part in games and activities at home to help children learn about speaking out and staying safe.

www.nspcc.org.uk/activities

 

 

Online Safety Hub

For information on a range of different online safety topics including gaming, social media, sharing images, parental controls and more.

www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety

 

Childline – under 12’s

Childline have an accessible website with advice, support, games and activities. Children can change the language, enlarge text and also listen to the content.

www.childline.org.uk/buddy (5-7)

www.childline.org.uk/kids (7-11)

 

Talk PANTS with your children

Talk PANTS is a simple conversation to help keep children safe from sexual abuse. From P through to S, each letter of PANTS provides simple but important messages. Download the free resources at www.nspcc.org.uk/pants.

 

 I hope you find this information about the NSPCC and the Speak out. Stay safe. programme helpful. Please do contact your child’s class teacher or myself if you have any further questions.

 Yours sincerely,

Sarah Wust

Assistant Head teacher and SENDCO

Lead teacher for Vulnerable Pupils

 

Harvest

 

I wanted to say a huge thankyou to our families for all of their kind donations towards our Harvest collections this year. Your generosity will go on to help so many families in our community.
A big big thankyou to my brilliant helpers who did a fantastic job of organising and packing away the donations ready to be collected.
If you would like to contribute further or require support you can do by visiting https://telfordcrisissupport.org.uk/

2023/2024 Nasal Influenza Immunisation (Flu Spray)

Your child’s annual 2023/2024 LAIV Nasal Influenza Immunisation (Flu Spray) is now due. All children in school should have come home with consent forms earlier this week. If you have not received one, please come and see me (Miss Harrison) in the office.

All Primary school-aged children, including children in Specialist Schools, in Reception Year to Year 6 (aged 4 to 10 years old on 31st August 2023) will be offered the vaccine.

This vaccination programme is in place to help protect your child against flu. Flu can be an unpleasant illness and sometimes causes serious complications. Vaccinating your child will also help protect more vulnerable friends and family by preventing flu from spreading. The vaccination is free and recommended for young children and will be given by a quick and simple spray up the nose.
If your child becomes wheezy or has their asthma medication increased after you return the consent form handed out earlier in the week, please contact the Immunisation Team via school on the day.

If you decide you do not want to vaccinate your child against flu,  please return the form indicating no consent. 

Thankyou ☺️ 😊

Harvest Festival

Harvest Celebration – Friday 6th October 2023

Dear families

We will be holding our Harvest Celebration on Friday 6th October 2023. As part of our service, we will be giving thanks for donations which will be passed on to our local food bank.

To ensure that the food bank receives a wide variety of items pleased could you try to send a donation in line with each child’s year group on the table below. However, all donations are gratefully received and will provide much needed help to the most vulnerable people in our local community.

 

Reception Pasta, rice, instant noodles, pot snacks
Year 1 / 2 Tinned goods (beans, spaghetti, soup, tuna, fruit, veg, rice pudding, custard)
Year 3 Jams, spreads, long life puddings, UHT milk, squash or cordial
Year 4 Sugar, crackers, boxed cereal
Year 5 Nappies, wipes, baby food, baby shampoo, baby wash
Year 6 Shampoo, deodorant, shaving foam, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush packs
Via the office Razors, feminine hygiene products (these are much needed items)

 

Please begin sending in your donations from tomorrow so that the children can experience the magic of watching the food store grow over the course of the following week. We are aware that everyone needs a little help from time to time and therefore all parents are invited to view our harvest donations on Friday 6th October at 3:30pm in the South Hall where you may use this as an opportunity to take whatever is needed to make things a little easier during our current times where we’re all feeling the pinch. Any surplus will be sent to our local foodbank.

We are very lucky to have such supportive families and we know that you will donate as much as you can within our current financial climate to this very important cause.

Spare Clothes

Dear families

We would appreciate any donations of old socks, underwear, trousers, etc.

All ages and sizes will be greatly received, especially with the colder weather approaching and little accidents more likely to occur.

Thankyou so much!

PTA Meeting

Dear Parents,
You are all invited to attend a PTA meeting at school on Tuesday September 12th at 3:30pm.

Our PTA is very much at the heart of our school community. A PTA is a Parent Teacher Association, an organisation with a mission to make the school a better place for children to learn. Our PTA brings together parents, teachers and children to raise funds and strengthen the school community. Money raised is usually spent on things that the school budget does not cover.

There are many reasons why you should join your PTA. From making new friends and getting to know the school environment, through to helping raise much needed funds and making a difference to the children and school community. All of these things help you grow in confidence as a parent and it feels good to know you are making a difference for your children and for generations to come.

There is no expectation on any parent volunteer, any amount of time you can give to the PTA will always be well received. There are a variety of ways you can get involved, from attending PTA Meetings through to volunteering at events or coordinating events. Even donating preloved items, raffle prizes or suggesting brilliant ideas are ways of getting involved.

We would love to see you there 🙂

Sandwich Bar

Unfortunately, the kitchen can only provide sandwiches, (no wraps or baguettes) until further notice. If you have requested sandwich bar for next week and chosen a baguette or wrap this will automatically be changed to a sandwich unless you inform the office otherwise.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thankyou for your understanding
Kind regards

Malinsgate Police Station Open Day

Sunday 10 September, between 12pm and 4pm.
Malinsgate Police Station in Telford will be open to the public for a unique look behind the scenes of West Mercia Police.
The public are invited to come along on Sunday 10 September, between 12pm and 4pm, to meet their local policing teams, as well as explore the station’s custody suite.
People will get the chance investigate a crime scene, meet our police dogs, speak to their local officers and even find out how they could join West Mercia Police.
The event is open to all ages, and entertainment for children will also be provided.
Inspector Richard Jones, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the public to come along and meet some of their local officers and share any concerns or thoughts they may have with us.
“The day will offer members of the public a unique look at what a working police station looks like, as well being able to sit in a police car and visit custody. There will also be lots of entertainment in place for children, including a guest appearance by our force’s mascot PC Peeler. The event is completely free, and I would encourage anyone interested in policing, or anyone who wants to experience first hand what our job looks like, to come along on the day.”
A number of external exhibitors are also expected to be there on the day, including other emergency services.
If you have family and friends who would love to have an insight into policing, or to have a fun day out then tell them about our police open day at Malinsgate.

Medication and Inhalers

If your child has an inhaler or any medication in school, it needs to be collected today please.
Inhalers can be collected at the end of the day from your child’s class.
Medications can be collected from the school office.
If your child came home with asthma forms last week, please return them the first day we return to school. Thankyou to those who have already returned them.
Thankyou 🙂
 

Bags

Dear families
Please can children bring a bag to school with them tomorrow (can be a plastic carrier bag) in order for them to bring home all of their belongings.
Thankyou.
🙂 🙂