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  • NEW SITE NEW SITE NEW SITE NEW SITE

    Dear everyone, The time has come when we have to say goodbye to our old website and move on to new things.  This website has served us very well over the years, attracting more than 50,000 visits; helping us keep in touch with you all; and acting as a tool for all kinds of communication.  In doing such a good job however, it has become perhaps a little too big, too cluttered and too much of an archive for the needs of our busy school community.  So if you're wanting to catch up with Low Mill 2014, check the diary, or just see what we're all about, please redirect your browser to our NEW WEBSITE!  Please bear in mind that the new site is in it's infancy and lots will be added in the next few weeks.  The new site will soon take the place of this site, although we will keep this one as an archive so you can check back when you feel like a trip down memory lane. Our new website - CLICK HERE
  • Newsletter 6 - 7th November 2014

      Newsletter 6 - Wrap up Warm! Welcome back everyone to a rather grey, cold and wet November.  I really hope you’ve had a good half-term rest and that all the children have recharged their batteries and are ready, for what is always a busy half-term in the run up to Christmas.  As the weather has now taken a rather significant turn for the worst,  please ensure your children are suitably dressed for the season ahead. Many children are coming to school without a proper coat - a zip up hoody is not appropriate for the colder weather and will not keep children dry.  We also have a number of children who are not wearing the correct uniform - our policy and Home School Agreement states that black shoes or plain black trainers should be worn. Unfortunately, children who do not have the correct uniform or suitable clothing will not be able to take part in outside breaks and activities. Children in Need Children in Need is fast approaching us again and this year the theme is Superheroes and Villains. If this is not an option your child may wear something yellow/spotty. The children should come to school in their outfit on Friday 14th November. To raise money for this we would appreciate a donation of £1 if your child wishes to dress up. Please be aware with the weather turning colder that your child will still need to bring something warm to wear. P.E. As the weather is turning colder, it is important that the children bring with them a warm P.E. kit. It is essential that they have full length warm trousers, which are dark in colour (for example jogging bottoms), a warm, dark coloured, jumper style top (for example a fleece/hoody) and trainers. Please can I remind you that we do sell Filey Junior School P.E. Hoodies in the School Office for £10.   Due to having no hall available to us at the moment the children will continue to undertake P.E. outside. It is essential that your child is able to keep warm during these session. Harvest Thank you to everyone who turned out for our Harvest Festival at the end of last term.  We had a packed church and everyone enjoyed sharing our harvest songs and messages.  We collected an excellent range and quantity of produce and I would like to thank you all very much for your donations.  The food we collected was donated to Saint Catherine’s Hospice and they were extremely grateful for the generosity shown. Lingotastic French Pupils are warmly invited to come and enjoy some fun French learning at 'LinGOtastics!' French Club - Two free taster sessions will be held over lunchtime at 12:30pm on Tuesday 25th November (for years 3 & 4) and Wednesday 26th November (for years 5 & 6) in Miss S Robson’s classroom. Children just need to simply turn up! 'LinGOtastics!' is a paid for fun filled extra-curricular activity which promotes French language learning using songs, books, games, puppets, rhymes, stories and craft activities.  Subject to demand, classes will resume in January 2015. Sports Girls' football: A huge well done to the girls' football team for their performance against Seamer this week. We won the match 2 - 0 thanks to some excellent goals from Amber Colling and Bethany Barnes. The girls played brilliantly as a team, and behaviour was excellent. Miss Robson would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the girls for their hard work and commitment on a Friday lunch time and after school. Due to other commitments, she is unable to continue girls' football, but Miss Atkinson has kindly offered to continue the club.   And we finally have the results of the cross-country races!  After 2 events our year 3/4 girls are in 2nd place, year 5/6 girls 2nd place and year 5/6 boys 3rd places.  It’s very close so we must make sure we enter a team in the remaining 3 races! Well done to you all and a big thank you to Mrs Mills, Mrs Richardson and Mrs Bosomworth. Poppies As part of our work around Remembrance Day, every child in school has produced a clay poppy.  These poppies have now been glazed and fired and we are now producing a permanent display on the front of the outside of the the school.  Please take time to have a look - hopefully your child’s poppy will still be there in 100 years time! As always, let us know if you need any help or advice, or if there is anything you want to discuss. Mr H McCarthey & Staff.
  • Class 11

    Welcome to class 11!  Important days to remember: Mondays we are given spellings and times-tables to learn for tests on Fridays. Tuesday and Wednesday we need our P.E. kit (indoor and outdoor please). Fridays we are given a piece of literacy and numeracy homework to complete for the following Monday.  We all need to make sure we bring our spelling books, reading books and reading record every day!!! 
  • Filey Junior School Calculation Policy.

    The following calculation policy has been devised to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 for the teaching and learning of mathematics. It is designed to: Ensure a commonality of approach across the school. Aid transition between stages as understanding develops. Enable children to progress onto formal written methods as understanding develops. Clarify the layout of calculations (and the exact recording of these) across the school. Enable children to appropriately record for understanding using the most efficient written method. The calculation policy is organised into stages which children progress through as their understanding develops. This enables children to be moved onto the next stage as soon as they are ready, or work at a lower stage until they are secure enough to move on. 
  • Newsletter 5 - 17.10.14

    Newsletter 5 - Green Cross Code   I know I have mentioned this several times already this year, but I do need to remind everyone again to please reinforce the message of road safety at home.  We have once again had reports of children not using the crossing facilities appropriately and of children taking risks on the roads.  Next week Mr Kenny, our crossing patrol officer, will be absent on Monday & Tuesday and unfortunately the local authority have not been able to arrange any cover.  I know this may sound very bureaucratic, but unfortunately we are not able to supervise the children crossing ourselves due to matters arising from insurance and appropriate training.  Please ensure you are taking appropriate measures to ensure your child’s safety on the journey to and from school.  Another issue which I need to make you aware of, is that we suspect some children are being dropped off in a morning at school, but they are then walking back into town, perhaps to visit the shops or meet friends, rather than coming directly into school.  If we are aware of specific children doing this, we will of course inform parents, but at the moment I would ask that you ensure your child comes directly into school once they are dropped off.   Parents Evening You will, by now, have received your appointments for Parents Evening (or afternoon if you are attending one of the other times).  As mentioned previously, I will be available in the ICT suite to discuss the technology we are using in school.  I will also be joined by members of Filey Library who would like to demonstrate some of the online resources our children are now able to access both at school and at home.   Harvest Apologies first of all for the short notice, but we are going to hold a last minute Harvest Festival at Filey Methodist Church next Thursday from 1:30pm.  We didn’t think we would be able to hold a service this year as we have not had a hall in school due to the building work for the new canteen.  Children and teachers were keen to put something together however and we have managed to book the church for Thursday afternoon.  This will be a little different to the usual service as we are hoping to take all the children at once to celebrate Harvest; sing some songs and hymns; and announce our Merit Award winners for the term.  You are welcome to join us for this celebration.   Book Fair The Travelling Book Fair will be open in school on Monday and Tuesday evening, straight after school in the main corridor until about 4:30pm.  It will also be open on Tuesday break time.   Sports A big well done this week to our two tag rugby teams on an excellent performance in the Year 5/6 Scarborough area tournament on Tuesday where they finished second!  Also, the Year 5/6 girls' football team were in action against Lindhead and Northstead. Although the girls were beaten in both fixtures, their team spirit and sportsmanship was a credit to them.  And finally, a big thank you to the parents and staff who transported children and came to watch - we couldn't have got there without them so they need a thank you!   Low Mill 2014 Our intrepid Year 6 children will be returning from their adventures at Low Mill today.  The children have been away for the week and have enjoyed a range of activities ranging from getting wet in a river, to getting cold up a mountain, to getting wet and cold in caves.  Due to some issues with YouTube, we had to take some of the video footage down earlier in the week, but you can now catch up with all of their adventures via our website.  Once again, if you have any ideas or suggestions for the new website, please let us know.   Shoe Box Appeal Once again this year we are hoping to fill shoeboxes to send to needy children around the world with "Operation Christmas Child". All the children have seen a DVD of last year's shoeboxes being opened by needy children in Romania. What joy on their faces!  We are encouraging each class to fill 2 boxes, one for a boy and another for a girl. It would be great if children were encouraged to bring just one thing for their class boxes, for example a small toy, a cuddly toy, ball, pens, pencils, crayons, felt pens, notebook, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, soap, woolly hat, gloves, or any other suggestion your child may have (no glass bottles please).  If as a family you would like to fill your own shoebox, Mrs Bosomworth can let you have a box and an information leaflet with all the details. Please return completed boxes to Mrs Bosomworth by 7th November. Thank you in anticipation.   As always, let us know if you need any help or advice, or if there is anything you want to discuss. Mr H McCarthey & Staff.
  • Low Mill III - Getting Tired....

    Another day, another dunking! Breakfast was cereal, waffles, tomato, sausage, bacon and poached egg. Archery, canoeing, bushcraft, abseiling were the daytime activities. Chicken cobbler with vegetables and rice pudding for tea. A village quiz and packing before bed. The children have been a delight to be with all week. True superstars. See you tomorrow, folks. Zzzzzzz.
  • Low Mill III - Soggy Doesn't Cover It!

    Bacon, sausage, hash browns and boiled egg followed cereal to fill our stomachs before Day Three's adventures. Group 3 had the pleasure of Barney's company venturing up Pen-y-Ghent while the others swapped between caving and climbing.  All groups got WET. Great fun though! Massive slabs of pizza, chips, potato salad and coleslaw awaited our return. Chocolate orange trifle followed. The children used their brains for quiz night and have written messages to you! Enjoy. Dear Mum, Col, Marc, Toby and Guppy, Having a lovely time I’m still alive been up massive mountains and had fun. Love from Alix.   Dear mum, dad, caleb, phoebe, grandma and anita, Having an absolute mint time. Done all the stuff I thought I would never be able to do Having lots of fun. Love from Jake J   Dear mum,dad I am having a good time see you when I get back I will tell you the things when I get back Love from Theo       Dear Mum, Dad and Sam, I miss you llooooaaadddss!! But, I am having a great time, and I’ve proved to myself that caving is probably one of the best activities YET and climbing was good because I didn’t even know we were doing it, like bush craft. We’re doing archery and then canoeing tomorrow (to me) and I’m looking forward to coming back but I’m having a good time! JJJ Loads of love, Kian xxxx J                   Dear Mum, Dad and Evie, I am missing you terribly but don’t worry about me I am having a epic time and the best thing so far is caving which is the best thing however I think I will have a even better time doing ab-sailing , hope you are having a great time! LOTS and LOTS of love, Paige xxxxx   Dear, mum , dad, Aaron and Jordan , I am enjoying myself very much, but I am missing all of you very much and I can’t wait to come home, and I went caving and I started crying because I am crossathorpek but after a bit I was fine also I am fine I haven’t hurt myself (yet) xxx lots of lovee Morgan xxxxxxxx Dear Mum and Dad, I am having a great time at low mill. On Monday we did boosh craft and we made our own den and made a fire and with it made bred and roasted marshmallows. Today we did caving and it was amazing, some of the spaces were really small and we just about made it through. Hope youre having a good time in Filey. From Jake C   Dear Mum and Dad,   I am enjoying my time at Low Mill, On Monday we went to a forest and did a activity called Bush Crafting, we made a tent from wooden sticks and we also made a fire, we roasted marshmallows and made bread, fruit bread and plain. I did caving and got wet in the streams and rapids. Iv having a good time and hope you are too. Love From Nia xx   Dear dad and Anna, At the moment I am enjoying everything we have done so far. The first day we got to low mill we unpacked our things and went on a night walk. We also went up the tallest mountain in Yorkshire. Today we went climbing and I was the first person to go up to the top first. Then we went down caves and some of the part of the cave was very hard to get throw. Love you lots Holly xxx Dear mum and dad At the moment I am am having fun Toddy we went caving and we went down a muddy silde and there were a maser puddle at the bottom and got wet. Lots of love from Jessicaxx   Dear mum  Yesterday we went climbing up a mountain it was quite hard but when we got to the top I was relived. Lots of love lizzie xxx   Dear: Mum, Dad, Dermot, Mia, Tadhg, Pippa, Lori, I’ve had a wonderful time and I loved the caving  however, I’ve been missing you – a lot! From Eoin.   To Mum, Dad, Ellie, I’m having a great time at Low Mill and I’m getting a Low Mill cooking book for you Mum. At caving today I was a bit nervous but it turned out okay. I hope your alright and I’ll see you on Friday. From Sam S   Dear Mum, Dad, Sid Having a great time it was a few hours to get up pennygent mountain I am having a great time at Low Mill it is really good hope your having a good time at home. From Sam H Dear Mum, Dad, Violet I’m having a great time at low mill. Today me and the rest of the group went caving and climbing. I’m really missing you a lot and I hope your having fun at home. From Saxon D Dear mum and dad Miss you lots I am having an amazing  time at low as we climbed the amazing penny gent yesterday. From Chloe   Dear Mum, Dad and Sophie, I am missing you lots but having a great time. Looking forward to seeing you on Friday. Is Sophie lonely? From Hannah   Dear Cows, I am missing you so much! Say hi to mum and dad for me. Love from Lara xxxx   Dear family , Had a head ace in the cave alright still Lots of love Kaine xxxx   Dear family Having a great time in low mill From Harrison   Dear Mum, Dad, Kell and Max, I hope you are all okay and well. I am having a great time in Low Mill, still alive and having fun. We have climbed a mountain and we have abseiled, gone caving and climbed.  I love you all loads, from Kai J     Dear Mum and taryn  I am having a great time at low mill, I hope your all ok(including Alfie and jax). I am exhausted from climbing  pen-y-eghent . Love you loads from megan   Dear Daddy and Natalie, I’m having a great time. Today, I climbed Pen-Y-Ghent. Happy B day Lewis, see you on Friday, don’t be jealous daddy I’ve only done caving, climbing, hiking, a night walk and abseiling,  bushcraft tomorrow and canoeing on Friday, Izzy xxx <3    8-B. Dear Mum and Dad, Today we climbed mount Pen-y-Ghent we had great fun fortunately I am still in one peace. Yesterday we were caving it was astonishing because there was a slide. The day before we absailed down a bridge. Lots of love Owen.   Dear mum, having fun love skye.   Dear dad  cant wait to see you love jessi   Dear  mum,dad,lexi and kylie. Missing you lots, Love Shakira.   Dear mum, Miss you lots Pen-y-Ghent was very wet. From Sam K   Dear family of long away, I’m enjoying my stay hope you’re ok From Tom   Dear family hope your all okay From Josh   Dear mum and dad   I hope you are okay love from Brooklyn 
  • Low Mill III - Highs and Lows!

    After a hearty breakfast of cereal, fried eggs, bacon, potato smiles and toast, the group split into two. One section climbed the heady heights of Pen-y-Ghent (694m above sea level) whilst the other group climbed the wall before being plunged deep underground! We enjoyed a roast beef dinner and strawberry mousse after which we enjoyed the egg challenge. Using limited materials we designed and made a device to (hopefully) protect an egg from a fall. We are so proud of our children who are incredibly brave and adventurous. Tomorrow we will be swapping activities. Bring it on!  
  • Low Mill III - This Time It's Windier!

    Day One - A great journey (only two sick bags filled) found a good chunk of Year Six arrive safely at Low Mill. After the annual wrestle with duvet covers, lunch was eaten. Massive thanks for the Low Mill team for rustling up lunches for the four who forgot theirs!     We split into our groups: abseiling, bushcraft and archery for a fun-packed afternoon. Fish, chips and peas, followed by treacle sponge and custard warmed us up before our spooky night walk.    Tiredness and a competitive streak meant that all children were desperate to get to sleep after drinking their hot chocolate! Mountain climbing, caving and rock climbing await us tomorrow!      
  • Newsletter 04 - 3rd October

    Newsletter 4 - A Big Thank You   I was very pleased to receive a letter from our Chair of Governors earlier this week.  The letter detailed a meeting between the Chair and a parent, held at the parent’s request, in which the parent thanked and praised the school and a number of teachers and staff for the hard work, care and attention given towards her children.  I have to say that this meeting and the letter we received has given the whole staff a real lift.  I know that many of our staff work very long hours and I’m often discussing school with them (via emails, text etc.) late into the evening.  This is a reflection of the commitment and work  which they put into providing an excellent quality of education and care to your children.  Obviously, we don’t get everything right every time, but everyone in school does give 100%.  I think it’s very important that we acknowledge this every once in a while and say thank you to everyone in school and thank you to those who support us.   Parent’s Evening You should be receiving slips to book appointments with your child’s class teacher in the next few days.  Parents’ Evening will be on Monday 20th October with other slots available throughout that week.  The Parents’ Evening will be a good opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, their targets, and how they have settled in to the new school year.   I will be available in the ICT suite, throughout the evening of the Monday to demonstrate some of the IT services which children are now accessing in school and, of course, to answer any questions you may have.   Jewellery & Nail Varnish Just a brief reminder that children should not wear any jewellery, makeup or nail varnish for school.  We do make an exception for watches and ‘stud’ earrings, but children must remove these for PE and it is the child’s responsibility to look after them.  Please do not allow children to wear any hoop, dangling or large stud earrings as these pose a health and safety risk and we would need to ask children to remove these.     We don’t have many children around school using makeup, but we do, quite often, need to speak to children regarding nail varnish.  Please ensure that if your child is using nail varnish that it is fully removed for school. Website We are currently in the process of redesigning our Website.  I’d like your ideas and thoughts about this and how we can provide you with a useable web presence.  If you have any ideas or thoughts, please let me know - phone, in person or email. Building Update Our canteen is moving at a pace now and every week we see another phase completed.  This week we have a roof!  The builders have been working long hours and have erected the timber roof structure which will be tiled next week.  I am reliably informed that we are on target for our October 31st completion date and we’re now wanting to involve the children a little more in the interior design of the canteen.   Maths A big thank you to Miss Randell who invited parents along to a Maths evening last night.  She has asked me to pass on this message: “A huge thank you to the parents and children (especially our invaluable staff and volunteers) who attended the Calculation Drop-in yesterday. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet some new parents and discuss opportunities to become more involved in your child's mathematical learning. If you were unable to attend and you have any questions, or would just like to be more involved, feel free to get in touch; we're always happy to have parents on board! In light of discussions from the Open Evening, I feel it is important to point out the use of Mathletics and Sumdog. These are fantastic internet based resources which the school pay for so children can access them both in school and at home. Each child has a login and password which enables them to use the service. All Teachers set weekly Mathletics tasks to extend and support children's learning. We hope you will support us by helping your child access these websites to complete these tasks. Children who don't have access to the Internet are welcome to attend lunchtime Mathletics clubs so they can still access the resource            www.mathletics.com       www.sumdog.co.uk   Miss A.Randell”   As always, let us know if you need any help or advice, or if there is anything you want to discuss. Mr H McCarthey & Staff.
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Newsletter 6 - 7th November 2014

 

Newsletter 6 - Wrap up Warm!

Welcome back everyone to a rather grey, cold and wet November.  I really hope you’ve had a good half-term rest and that all the children have recharged their batteries and are ready, for what is always a busy half-term in the run up to Christmas.  As the weather has now taken a rather significant turn for the worst,  please ensure your children are suitably dressed for the season ahead. Many children are coming to school without a proper coat - a zip up hoody is not appropriate for the colder weather and will not keep children dry.  We also have a number of children who are not wearing the correct uniform - our policy and Home School Agreement states that black shoes or plain black trainers should be worn. Unfortunately, children who do not have the correct uniform or suitable clothing will not be able to take part in outside breaks and activities.

Children in Need

Children in Need is fast approaching us again and this year the theme is Superheroes and Villains. If this is not an option your child may wear something yellow/spotty. The children should come to school in their outfit on Friday 14th November. To raise money for this we would appreciate a donation of £1 if your child wishes to dress up. Please be aware with the weather turning colder that your child will still need to bring something warm to wear.

P.E.

As the weather is turning colder, it is important that the children bring with them a warm P.E. kit. It is essential that they have full length warm trousers, which are dark in colour (for example jogging bottoms), a warm, dark coloured, jumper style top (for example a fleece/hoody) and trainers. Please can I remind you that we do sell Filey Junior School P.E. Hoodies in the School Office for £10.   Due to having no hall available to us at the moment the children will continue to undertake P.E. outside. It is essential that your child is able to keep warm during these session.

Harvest

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our Harvest Festival at the end of last term.  We had a packed church and everyone enjoyed sharing our harvest songs and messages.  We collected an excellent range and quantity of produce and I would like to thank you all very much for your donations.  The food we collected was donated to Saint Catherine’s Hospice and they were extremely grateful for the generosity shown.

Lingotastic French

Pupils are warmly invited to come and enjoy some fun French learning at 'LinGOtastics!' French Club - Two free taster sessions will be held over lunchtime at 12:30pm on Tuesday 25th November (for years 3 & 4) and Wednesday 26th November (for years 5 & 6) in Miss S Robson’s classroom. Children just need to simply turn up! 'LinGOtastics!' is a paid for fun filled extra-curricular activity which promotes French language learning using songs, books, games, puppets, rhymes, stories and craft activities.  Subject to demand, classes will resume in January 2015.

Sports

Girls' football: A huge well done to the girls' football team for their performance against Seamer this week. We won the match 2 - 0 thanks to some excellent goals from Amber Colling and Bethany Barnes. The girls played brilliantly as a team, and behaviour was excellent. Miss Robson would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the girls for their hard work and commitment on a Friday lunch time and after school. Due to other commitments, she is unable to continue girls' football, but Miss Atkinson has kindly offered to continue the club.

 

And we finally have the results of the cross-country races!  After 2 events our year 3/4 girls are in 2nd place, year 5/6 girls 2nd place and year 5/6 boys 3rd places.  It’s very close so we must make sure we enter a team in the remaining 3 races!

Well done to you all and a big thank you to Mrs Mills, Mrs Richardson and Mrs Bosomworth.

Poppies

As part of our work around Remembrance Day, every child in school has produced a clay poppy.  These poppies have now been glazed and fired and we are now producing a permanent display on the front of the outside of the the school.  Please take time to have a look - hopefully your child’s poppy will still be there in 100 years time!

As always, let us know if you need any help or advice, or if there is anything you want to discuss.

Mr H McCarthey & Staff.

Newsletter 5 - 17.10.14

Newsletter 5 - Green Cross Code

 

I know I have mentioned this several times already this year, but I do need to remind everyone again to please reinforce the message of road safety at home.  We have once again had reports of children not using the crossing facilities appropriately and of children taking risks on the roads.  Next week Mr Kenny, our crossing patrol officer, will be absent on Monday & Tuesday and unfortunately the local authority have not been able to arrange any cover.  I know this may sound very bureaucratic, but unfortunately we are not able to supervise the children crossing ourselves due to matters arising from insurance and appropriate training.  Please ensure you are taking appropriate measures to ensure your child’s safety on the journey to and from school.  Another issue which I need to make you aware of, is that we suspect some children are being dropped off in a morning at school, but they are then walking back into town, perhaps to visit the shops or meet friends, rather than coming directly into school.  If we are aware of specific children doing this, we will of course inform parents, but at the moment I would ask that you ensure your child comes directly into school once they are dropped off.

 

Parents Evening

You will, by now, have received your appointments for Parents Evening (or afternoon if you are attending one of the other times).  As mentioned previously, I will be available in the ICT suite to discuss the technology we are using in school.  I will also be joined by members of Filey Library who would like to demonstrate some of the online resources our children are now able to access both at school and at home.

 

Harvest

Apologies first of all for the short notice, but we are going to hold a last minute Harvest Festival at Filey Methodist Church next Thursday from 1:30pm.  We didn’t think we would be able to hold a service this year as we have not had a hall in school due to the building work for the new canteen.  Children and teachers were keen to put something together however and we have managed to book the church for Thursday afternoon.  This will be a little different to the usual service as we are hoping to take all the children at once to celebrate Harvest; sing some songs and hymns; and announce our Merit Award winners for the term.  You are welcome to join us for this celebration.

 

Book Fair

The Travelling Book Fair will be open in school on Monday and Tuesday evening, straight after school in the main corridor until about 4:30pm.  It will also be open on Tuesday break time.

 

Sports

A big well done this week to our two tag rugby teams on an excellent performance in the Year 5/6 Scarborough area tournament on Tuesday where they finished second!  Also, the Year 5/6 girls' football team were in action against Lindhead and Northstead. Although the girls were beaten in both fixtures, their team spirit and sportsmanship was a credit to them.  And finally, a big thank you to the parents and staff who transported children and came to watch - we couldn't have got there without them so they need a thank you!

 

Low Mill 2014

Our intrepid Year 6 children will be returning from their adventures at Low Mill today.  The children have been away for the week and have enjoyed a range of activities ranging from getting wet in a river, to getting cold up a mountain, to getting wet and cold in caves.  Due to some issues with YouTube, we had to take some of the video footage down earlier in the week, but you can now catch up with all of their adventures via our website.  Once again, if you have any ideas or suggestions for the new website, please let us know.

 

Shoe Box Appeal

Once again this year we are hoping to fill shoeboxes to send to needy children around the world with "Operation Christmas Child". All the children have seen a DVD of last year's shoeboxes being opened by needy children in Romania. What joy on their faces!  We are encouraging each class to fill 2 boxes, one for a boy and another for a girl. It would be great if children were encouraged to bring just one thing for their class boxes, for example a small toy, a cuddly toy, ball, pens, pencils, crayons, felt pens, notebook, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, soap, woolly hat, gloves, or any other suggestion your child may have (no glass bottles please).  If as a family you would like to fill your own shoebox, Mrs Bosomworth can let you have a box and an information leaflet with all the details. Please return completed boxes to Mrs Bosomworth by 7th November. Thank you in anticipation.

 

As always, let us know if you need any help or advice, or if there is anything you want to discuss.

Mr H McCarthey & Staff.

Newsletter 04 - 3rd October

Newsletter 4 - A Big Thank You

 

I was very pleased to receive a letter from our Chair of Governors earlier this week.  The letter detailed a meeting between the Chair and a parent, held at the parent’s request, in which the parent thanked and praised the school and a number of teachers and staff for the hard work, care and attention given towards her children.  I have to say that this meeting and the letter we received has given the whole staff a real lift.  I know that many of our staff work very long hours and I’m often discussing school with them (via emails, text etc.) late into the evening.  This is a reflection of the commitment and work  which they put into providing an excellent quality of education and care to your children.  Obviously, we don’t get everything right every time, but everyone in school does give 100%.  I think it’s very important that we acknowledge this every once in a while and say thank you to everyone in school and thank you to those who support us.

 

Parent’s Evening

You should be receiving slips to book appointments with your child’s class teacher in the next few days.  Parents’ Evening will be on Monday 20th October with other slots available throughout that week.  The Parents’ Evening will be a good opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, their targets, and how they have settled in to the new school year.

 

I will be available in the ICT suite, throughout the evening of the Monday to demonstrate some of the IT services which children are now accessing in school and, of course, to answer any questions you may have.  

Jewellery & Nail Varnish

Just a brief reminder that children should not wear any jewellery, makeup or nail varnish for school.  We do make an exception for watches and ‘stud’ earrings, but children must remove these for PE and it is the child’s responsibility to look after them.  Please do not allow children to wear any hoop, dangling or large stud earrings as these pose a health and safety risk and we would need to ask children to remove these.  

 

We don’t have many children around school using makeup, but we do, quite often, need to speak to children regarding nail varnish.  Please ensure that if your child is using nail varnish that it is fully removed for school.

Website

We are currently in the process of redesigning our Website.  I’d like your ideas and thoughts about this and how we can provide you with a useable web presence.  If you have any ideas or thoughts, please let me know - phone, in person or email.

Building Update

Our canteen is moving at a pace now and every week we see another phase completed.  This week we have a roof!  The builders have been working long hours and have erected the timber roof structure which will be tiled next week.  I am reliably informed that we are on target for our October 31st completion date and we’re now wanting to involve the children a little more in the interior design of the canteen.  

Maths

A big thank you to Miss Randell who invited parents along to a Maths evening last night.  She has asked me to pass on this message:

“A huge thank you to the parents and children (especially our invaluable staff and volunteers) who attended the Calculation Drop-in yesterday. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet some new parents and discuss opportunities to become more involved in your child's mathematical learning. If you were unable to attend and you have any questions, or would just like to be more involved, feel free to get in touch; we're always happy to have parents on board!

In light of discussions from the Open Evening, I feel it is important to point out the use of Mathletics and Sumdog. These are fantastic internet based resources which the school pay for so children can access them both in school and at home. Each child has a login and password which enables them to use the service. All Teachers set weekly Mathletics tasks to extend and support children's learning. We hope you will support us by helping your child access these websites to complete these tasks. Children who don't have access to the Internet are welcome to attend lunchtime Mathletics clubs so they can still access the resource            www.mathletics.com       www.sumdog.co.uk  

Miss A.Randell”

 

As always, let us know if you need any help or advice, or if there is anything you want to discuss.

Mr H McCarthey & Staff.

Newsletter 3 - 26th September

Newsletter 3 - A Library Of Resources



I am really pleased to inform you that, as part of our move towards a more ‘digital’ learning experience for our children, we have managed to team up with Filey Library to give access to a range of both traditional and online learning resources for use by our pupils.  In order to access these resources we are planning to let every class visit Filey Library to receive a library card and arrange for them to access the library’s wi-fi network.  Please complete the form on the reverse of this newsletter to ensure your child receives their card and gains access to the range of online books and resources which are available via the library.  Once the children are registered, we will be using the library’s resources in school but the children will also be free to continue enjoying these benefits outside of school time.



School Sports

Our football teams have been experiencing a much better level of success this week than Sheffield Wednesday have enjoyed(!).  Our Girls’ Y5 / Y6 Team played at the Scarborough School’s Tournament and managed 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat (to our rivals Gladstone Road).  Whilst our Boys’ Y5 / Y6 returned undefeated from their tournament with 2 wins and 2 draws.  Well done to all of those involved!

Cross Country

The first of 5 cross country events will be held at  Seamer School Playing Fields on Tuesday 30th September 2014 - 1st race starts at 4.10pm - then every 5 mins until approx 4:45pm.  



PLEASE NOTE: there will be NO Running Club that evening.  



All children are welcome to enter - you do not have to be a Running Club member to attend but we do need parents to arrange transport to take children to the events.  Hopefully we can see a good turnout for this event and replicate the phenomenal success that we enjoyed last year when we went on to compete in the County events.



Maths Drop-in

We are holding a drop-in session for parents and carers to come along and see how to be more involved in their children’s maths. The session will be held on Thursday 2nd October 3.30pm-4.30pm. This will be a great opportunity for you to get familiar with our calculation strategies, gather some ideas for games and activities to do at home and discuss websites and I.C.T. to help your child’s learning. Feel free to pop along and join in our workshop. Everyone’s welcome!   



School Trips – Help Wanted!

Everyone loves a school trip and we very much value educational visits as a way of delivering meaningful and exciting learning to our children.  We do rely on help from parents and volunteers to help us supervise these activities.  We are, once again, looking to put together a list of parents / carers / grandparents / friends etc. who would be willing to give some time to help out on these type of activities.  By ‘signing-up’ you are not committing yourself to attending every trip, simply giving us a starting point of where to ask for help, either with trips involving your own children or with other classes in school.  We will also provide some basic training, a CRB and information on what to expect when attending a school visit.  If you think you would be able to offer some time occasionally, please complete and return the slip below.



As always, please let us now if you have any questions or comments.



Mr McCarthey & Staff.

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SCHOOL TRIPS

Yes, I would be interested in helping out on school trips.

Name:_____________________________________________  



Contact Number:_____________________



Child’s name:__________________________________________  

Class:_________________

Please complete this slip and return to school.  We will contact you for further information.


Newsletter 2 - 19th September

Newsletter 2 - Autumn Days

 

The Summer certainly seems a long time ago doesn’t it? As the weather begins to get cooler and rather damp, please could you all ensure children have a coat and that all clothes (coats, jumpers PE kits etc) are labelled.  We already have several jumpers and other items that have gone missing, but without names it is very difficult to locate these items.

Parents’ Evening

Please have Monday 20th October in your diaries for Parent Evening (4pm - 6pm).  In addition to this date, there will be slots available during the daytime throughout that week.  This will be a good opportunity to discuss how your child has settled into their new class and share initial targets and progress.

Behaviour

We have had several incidents of poor behaviour outside of school reported to us recently.  Our behaviour Policy does state that children’s behaviour on the way to and from school will still be dealt with by the school and Red Cards and other sanctions will be applied for incidents of poor behaviour.  Please take the time to reinforce this message with your children (as we do at school).  

Road Safety

Please take the time to remind your children of the dangers connected with crossing the road - particularly if they are walking home on their own.  Once again, we have had incidents of children running across roads without looking reported to us by members of the public.

Holidays

I realise that many of you must be fed up of hearing this message, but we want to make sure that everyone is aware of the legislation to avoid parents being fined.  Due to legislation introduced in September 2013, we can no longer authorise any holidays in term time.  Please avoid booking term time holidays as the Local Authority (not the school) issues fines for unauthorised absences.

Canteen and Chromebook Updates

It has been one of the most exciting few weeks in school that I can remember.  We have had had our new canteen delivered and installed, which was quite a spectacle as the builders craned whole chunks of building into our playground.  There’s still a way to go, but the actual building is really taking shape now.  We hope to be able to open the new building from the beginning of next half-term.  

 

And as if that wasn’t enough… our Chromebook laptop roll out is nearly complete with all the YEar 4, 5 and 6 children now having their own, personal computer to help with their learning (sorry Year 3, you get yours next week).  Despite putting a rather heavy load on our internet connection, we now have most of the initial bugs ironed out and teachers and pupils are beginning to use the computers more and more to support learning.  As part of this initiative, we have asked every child to sign an agreement regarding their use of the computers.  We have attached a copy to the reverse of this newsletter for your information.  We shall also be inviting you to a meeting next half-term to discuss how this technology can be used to extend children’s learning into the home and strengthen your involvement with your child’s education.

Mountain Bike Racing

The Scarborough Youth MTB “Go Ride” Race Series continues at Dalby Forest on 21st September - 9.30am start and finished by 1pm.  There are a variety of age groups for children plus a new women’s race.  There will be three races per age group and riders MUST wear helmets.  For more info please contact Bryden Simpson email info@bshygiene.co.uk (tel 01723 513773)

Headlice – A Friendly Warning!

It seems we have little visitors in school at the moment in the form of Headlice.  Please can families check over this weekend, it is only by all of us doing this at the same time, that we can hopefully eradicate the problem.

 

Please let us know if you have anything you would like to question or raise with us.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

 

 

 

 

Chromebook and Computing - Pupil Agreement

Pupils at Filey Junior School will be given a personal Chromebook to use throughout their time at school.  This is to be used as a tool to enhance learning, collaboration and communication.  Pupil use of this provision may be both directed, during class time, and independent.  Pupils must, however, agree to use this provision under the following set of guidelines and rules.  Pupils who do not follow these rules will have their use of this provision removed other than when under close supervision and direction of a member of staff.  More serious offences, including any issues of ‘cyber-bullying’ or deliberate attempts to harm the school or others’ work, will be reported to parents and, if appropriate, outside agencies.  All pupils’ use of email; saving and creation of documents; photo and video use; and web access will be logged and saved using Google Vault services.  

 

1. Pupils should only use their own Chromebooks and not log on to or interfere with other pupils’ computers.

 

2. Pupils must take responsibility for looking after their own Chromebooks - this includes: ensuring that they are stored correctly; charged safely using their own chargers and that they are only used with clean hands.

 

3. Pupils will never use email or other communication tools to offend, intimidate, exclude or in any direct or indirect way ‘bully’ others.

 

4. Pupils should ensure that when the teacher is addressing the class that the Chromebook lid should be lowered so as not to be distracted.

 

5. Pupils must seek the approval of their class teacher or other designated member of staff before installing any software or ‘apps’ to their device.

 

6. Pupils must ensure that any water bottles are placed in a designated place within the classroom so as not to inadvertently cause damage to their Chromebook.

 

7. Pupils must ensure that when carrying their chromebook they use two hands and walk carefully.

 

8. When working collaboratively, pupils must ensure they do not interfere with, delete or alter

others’ work unless they are offering constructive feedback.  This includes deliberately deleting, amending or editing others’ saved work without their, or their teacher’s, explicit permission.

 

9. Pupils must not change any setting on their chromebook without permission from their class teacher or other designated member of staff.

 

10. Pupils must report any problem, concern or incidents which they feel uncomfortable about, to their class teacher or other member of staff and refrain from sharing personal information about themselves whilst online, as detailed in the school’s e-safety input.

 

11. Pupils must ensure that any ‘chats’ or comments are school appropriate and relevant to their current task.

 

12. Pupils must ensure they keep their logon details and passwords a secret and report any concerns regarding others accessing their accounts immediately.  Pupils must never try to gain access to others’ accounts by attempting to guess or steal their passwords.

 

13. Pupils must ensure that any work they submit is their own and refrain from copying another pupil’s work or files.  Text and images taken directly from another source should credit or reference the original author and adhere to copyright law where appropriate.

 

14. Pupils must ensure they only ever use appropriate images, videos, text and other media in all their work and use of this technology.

 

15. Pupils must ensure that the camera on the device is only used to record another individual, or group of people, with their expressed permission.

We want every child at school to enjoy and have a positive experience using the latest technologies to enhance their learning.  Following the above rules and guidance will help us to achieve these goals.

Newsletter 1 - 5th September

Newsletter 1 - Welcome Back

 

The beginning of a new school year always brings lots of excitement, opportunities and, at times, the odd problem.  This year is no different.  In fact, I think we probably have more, or at least more substantial ones than usual!  It’s a really exciting time to be involved with Filey Junior School and I am sure this will be a very important and influential year in the life of our school as you will see below.  

 

But before any of that, let me take this opportunity to say a big ‘Hello and Welcome!’ to all our new children, friends, parents and carers.  I hope you will take the opportunity to become involved and play an active part in the life of our school and please be assured that we will work relentlessly to ensure that your children will be very happy and successful with us.

 

ICT or computers

Next week will see the start of a year long project finally begin to bear fruit.  Over the last 12 months we have been working on an initiative to greatly increase the children’s access to ICT (or computers) within school.  There has been a great deal of work involved to ensure that our internet, wi-fi infrastructure, budget and skills are able to cope with the demand but I think we are finally there and I am very pleased and excited to inform you that from next week, every child in Filey Junior School will have access to their very own laptop (or Chromebook as they are known)!  As far as I am aware, this will make us the first primary school, if not the first school, in North Yorkshire to offer this provision!

 

These machines will be used throughout the curriculum to allow children to make use of the very latest technology to enhance and develop their learning.  It’s early days, but before long, your children will be using these machines to produce their written work, send and receive emails, work on their maths skills, research their projects, create websites and maybe even have some fun along the way.  

 

This is still only the beginning of this project and soon we will be inviting parents to get involved by holding parent training events and giving you greater access to your child’s education through our computer network.  

 

In the meantime, I would like to say a big thank you to our staff and governors who have supported this project and helped to make the vision become a reality.

 

The Big Build

I am pretty sure that you will have noticed that we have a rather large building site within our school at the moment.  Again, this is in the final stages of a long (three year) project to see our canteen, kitchen and Mr Grice’s classroom be replaced.  Unfortunately, the build hasn’t got off to the flying start that we were hoping for, and as a result, we still have a lot of machinery and builders on site.  We’re making the most of it though and the children have been magnificent in following safety advice and ‘ignoring’ the work going on around them.  

 

Unfortunately, as a school, we have very little control over the build as it is being managed by North Yorkshire County Council and we do not have any direct control over who does what and when.  I know there have been some concerns and frustrations, particularly from local residents, regarding the build and I have passed these on to the relevant people who, I am pleased to report, have been very efficient and proactive in dealing with these.  The build should be completed by early November and I am sure, when we are finally given the keys and move in, that the inconvenience will have been worth it.  In the meantime however, please note the following points:

 

Road Safety

Whilst the build is developing, could I ask you all - parents and children - to be particularly careful about road safety?  Unfortunately, the build has meant there is even less parking around school and the volume of traffic has increased due to contractors and deliveries.  Please avoid parking cars, or even dropping off children, directly in front of school (on the zig-zags) and near the crossing patrol.  I would also ask that you remind children to ensure that they use the crossing patrol and always wait until they are asked to cross before stepping into the road.

 

Breakfast Club and Tuck

Whilst our canteen and kitchens are being built we are only able to offer a limited selection of Breakfast and Tuck Shop provision.  This has given us the opportunity to review this provision however and I am pleased to inform you that we now have a very healthy and reasonably priced selection of snacks for children.  From next week, children will be able to purchase a drink (water or fruit juice), fresh fruit and cereal bars from our Breakfast Bar and Tuck Shop at break time.  Everything is priced at 25p per item and we limit children to 3 items at breakfast and 2 at break times (a drink and something to eat).  We will also be offering Breakfast Passes to children who receive the Pupil Premium funding, meaning they can get a healthy start to the day without charge.  Children who wish to access the Breakfast Bar can come to school at 8:30am but please remember that other children should not arrive at school before 8:45am.

 

I really hope that you share our excitement about the initiatives and the year ahead, and that your children have had a really enjoyable and positive start to the new year.  As always, we welcome your comments, ideas and suggestions so please make sure you let us know if you have something to bring to our attention.

 

Here’s to a great year ahead!

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

 

Newsletter - 11th July 2014

NEWSLETTER 26

 11th July 2014 Moving On Up!

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

It has been a busy couple of weeks and an even busier couple of days.  As I’m sure you are aware, we have given a lot more time to transition this year with our Year 4, 5, 6 & 7 children having lots of opportunity to visit their new classes and try out a secondary timetable.  I hope that you feel this has been a positive initiative – the children certainly seem to have enjoyed it!  And of course, we’ve been joined by our new Year 3 children for the past couple of days and they’ve made a super first impression.  We’ve had lots of smiles and they all seem to have enjoyed their time with us! We’re now looking forward to seeing everyone full time in September. 

Diary

Mon 14th July – Open Evening (4pm – 6pm).  A chance to meet your child’s new teacher and to purchase uniform for September.  Everybody welcome but please can I remind you all that children must be supervised around school during this event?

Wed 16th July – Year 3 & 4 Parent Assembly

Thurs 17th July – Year 5 & 6 Parent Assembly.  Wave the Year 6 a final farewell as they set sail to pastures new.

Tues 22nd July – School breaks up for summer.  Please note school IS OPEN on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd and children are expected to attend as normal

2014 – 2015 DATES

Autumn Term

School Opens                                                            Tuesday            2nd September 2014

Half Term (School Closes)                                           Friday               24th October 2014  

School Opens                                                            Monday            3rd November 2014

School Finishes                                                         Friday               19th December 2014

Spring Term

School Opens                                                            Tuesday            6th January 2015

Half Term (School Closes)                                           Friday               13th February 2015

School Opens                                                            Monday            23rd February 2015

School Finishes                                                         Friday               27th March 2015

Summer Term

School Opens                                                            Tuesday            14th April 2015

The School will be closed for a Training Day                 Friday               1st May 2015

May Day Bank Holiday                                               Monday            4th May 2015         

Half Term (School Closes)                                           Friday               22nd May 2015

School Opens                                                            Tuesday            2nd June 2015

School Finishes                                                         Monday            20th July 2015

Holidays in Term Time

Legislation, introduced in September 2013, has removed the ability for schools to agree their own policy on holidays in term time.  This means the school cannot authorise leave during term time and fines will be issued to families who do not follow this guidance.  Please support us in this matter.

Uniform and Shoes

We realise it is approaching the end of term but I would like to remind everyone that we do have a uniform policy and we would expect everyone to adhere to this throughout the year.  Please do not allow children to wear trainers for school – thank you.

School Dinners

Work on our new canteen and kitchen will begin next week – we can’t wait!  Unfortunately, this means that our usual menu for school dinners will not be available.  We will of course, still be able to cater for children requiring a lunch but as of next week, and continuing into September, there will only be a packed lunch option.  This will consist of a lunch bag containing a sandwich (choice of cheese, ham, tuna, egg or turkey), a sausage roll or pizza slice, a drink (bottled water or fruit juice), a piece of fruit and a tray bake pudding (flapjack, bun, chocolate crunch).  The cost of the lunch will remain at £2.10 payable by ParentPay.

Breakfast Bar and Tuck

Following on from the above, next week we will only be offering a reduced service for our Breakfast Bar and Tuck shop.  Drinks, fresh fruit and cereals bars will still be available, but we will not have and any cereal or hot food.  Apologies for the inconvenience – it will be worth it!

School Crossings

Unfortunately, we have been without a crossing patrol over the last few days.  Whilst we make every effort to ensure children are supervised directly outside school, this is not an area which school is able to take responsibility for.  Additionally, we have had a couple of calls expressing concern about children crossing roads further away from school.  In school, we do remind the children and give them input on road safety but could I ask that you reinforce this message at home please? 

 

If I do not get the opportunity to do so before the end of term, I wish you all a very happy summer and I look forward to seeing you in September.

 

Mr H McCarthey and staff.

Newsletters - 27th June 2014

Please note that 2 Newsletters were issued on Friday 27th June, one for Years 3, 4 and 5, and a separate Newsletter for Year 6.  Both Newsletters can be found below.

Thank you.

Newsletter 27th June - Year 6 only

NEWSLETTER 25 - 27th July 2014 – Transition.

 

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

 

It’s that time of year when everyone starts to think about whose class they will be going into next year and the thought of new teachers, routines and challenges starts to excite, and worry, some of us.  This year, we’re giving all the children the opportunity to spend a lot more time in their new classes before September. 

 

For Year 6 children however, we cannot arrange this as they will obviously be working in a different school next year.  We are however, going to give the Year 6 children more of a secondary school experience over the next couple of weeks by giving them a new timetable.  On days when the rest of the school visit their new classes, we will be asking Y6 to follow an individual timetable which will see them move from teacher to teacher, classroom to classroom, throughout the day.  We will expect the Y6 children to take more responsibility for their own equipment, books and being on time and sanctions will be in place for children who do not have the correct equipment, uniform or are late arriving to their classroom.  This is not because we want to punish the children in any way!  Far from it!  We are simply helping to prepare them for secondary school where this type of change can often lead to a lot of anguish and stress.  We hope that this will prepare them for the extra responsibility and help make their transition smoother.

 

From next week, we therefore expect children to have a pen, pencil and ruler with them at all times.  They will also need a bag to carry their books and resources around school. 

 

 

Mon’

Tue’

Wed’

Thur’

Fri’

WB 30th Jun

 

Classes move to new teachers for the   afternoon.

 

Y6 to Filey Secondary

Classes move to new teachers for the   afternoon

 

Y6 new timetable

Classes move to new teachers for the   afternoon

 

Y6 new timetable

 

 

WB 7th July

 

Classes move to new teachers for the   morning

(Literacy & Numeracy)

 

Y6 new timetable

Classes move to new teachers for the   morning

(Literacy & Numeracy)

 

Y6 new timetable

Classes move to new teachers for the   morning

(Literacy & Numeracy)

 

Y6 new timetable

Classes move to new teachers for the full   day.

 

 

Y6 to Secondary schools

Classes move to new teachers for the full   day

 

 

Y6 to Secondary schools

 

Please be aware that teachers’ and support staff’s unions are planning a day of industrial action on Thursday 10th July and this may impact on the ability of the school to open on that day.  As Year 6 children are to visit their new schools, please take advice from your child’s new school as to their arrangements for the day.  If your child’s secondary school is closing, we will not, unfortunately, be able to cater for your child as we have our new Year 3 children joining us from the infant school.  We are currently speaking with the secondary schools about this issue and will inform you of their decisions as soon as we know.

 

We hope you feel the move to a longer transition period is a positive one and we hope you’re all excited about what I’m sure will be a very successful 2014 – 2015 academic year.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr H McCarthey and staff.

Newsletter - 27th June 2014

NEWSLETTER 25 - 27th July 2014 – Transition.

 

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,

 

It’s that time of year when everyone starts to think about whose class they will be going into next year and the thought of new teachers, routines and challenges starts to excite, and worry, some of us.  This year, we’re giving all the children the opportunity to spend a lot more time in their new classes before September so we wanted to inform you of who will be with who next year.

 

Year 6:

Mrs Butler’s class will move to Mr Grice

Miss Atkinson’s class will move to Mrs Roberts

Miss Robson’s class will move to Miss Randell

 

Year 5:

Mrs Baker / Miss Ridsdale’s class will move to Mrs Butler

Miss Firth’s class will move to Miss Atkinson

Mrs Fenby’s class will move to Miss E Robson

 

Year 4:

Miss S Robson’s class will move to Miss Firth

Miss Dolan’s class will move to Miss Bonnett

 

I hope you’re all excited and ready for the move!  In order to get to know new teachers and children we have introduced a new transition timetable for this year:

 

 

Mon’

Tue’

Wed’

Thur’

Fri’

WB 30th Jun

 

Classes move to new teachers for the   afternoon

Classes move to new teachers for the   afternoon

Classes move to new teachers for the   afternoon

 

 

WB 7th July

 

Classes move to new teachers for the   morning

(Literacy & Numeracy)

Classes move to new teachers for the   morning

(Literacy & Numeracy)

Classes move to new teachers for the   morning

(Literacy & Numeracy)

Classes move to new teachers for the full   day.

 

Classes move to new teachers for the full   day

 

 

Please be aware that teachers’ and support staff’s unions are planning a day of industrial action on Thursday 10th July and this may impact on the ability of the school to open on that day.  As it is a very important day for the children, we will do our best to remain open, but please be aware that this may only be possible if we implement a partial closure (for those classes effected).  We will, of course, update you as soon as we have clarification on this matter.

 

On Thursday 10th and Friday 11th of July we will also be welcoming our new Year 3 children from the infant school and wishing our Year 6 children the very best as they visit their secondary schools.

 

We hope you feel the move to a longer Transition period is a positive one and we hope you’re all excited about your new classes for what I’m sure will be a very successful 2014 – 2015 academic year.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr H McCarthey and staff.

Newsletter 24 - 13th June 2014

Newsletter 24 – 13th June 2014

 

Hopefully the sun is going to stay with us and keep the rain away from now until the end of term (and beyond).  Don’t forget to ensure children have suitable sun protection and water bottles (water only please, no pop or juice) during the summer months.  Unfortunately, we do not allow children to wear sunglasses within school to avoid potential injuries.  Don’t forget we have our Summer Fair coming up and donations for prizes and offers for help in running stalls is much needed!

 

Dates

 

Y4 Sports Day – Tuesday 24th June (1:30pm)

Y5 Sports Day – Wednesday 25th June (1:30pm)

Y3 Sports Day – Thursday 26th June (1:30pm)

Y6 Sports Day – Wed 9th July (1:30pm)

Summer Fair – Friday 27th June (2:30pm – 4:30pm)

Transition Days – 10th & 11th July

Open Evening – Monday 14th July (4pm – 6pm)

School finishes for summer – Tuesday 22nd July

School opens – Tuesday 2nd September

Transition

As in previous years, your children will have the opportunity to visit their new classrooms and teachers for two transition days on 10th & 11th July.  This is always an exciting but quite stressful time for children (and teachers!) getting to know their new teacher for next year and, for Year 2 and Year 6 children, getting to know their new school – please note, children going to Norton College will also be able to visit their new school on these days. 

 

As a result, we are giving a lot more time to transition this year and will be spreading transition for our Year 3, 4 & 5 children over two weeks.  In addition, we will be asking our Year 6 children to adopt a new timetable for these days and moving to different lessons and being responsible for their equipment, books etc.  We feel that this is a very positive step in preparing children for next year and should ensure children are working at their very best from the first day of school in September.

 

Tour De France

With the Tour De France coming to Yorkshire this year we will be having a range of French themed lessons and a French Day on Monday 7th July.  We would also like to remind everyone that children are welcome to bring their bikes to school at anytime but MUST apply for a bike pass first and have suitable safety equipment and a well maintained bike (this applies to scooters too).  We also have news of the latest round in the Scarborough Youth Mountain Biking Competition:

 

The third round of our 2014 Championship! 15th June at Scarborough College, Filey Road, Scarborough on the sports field off Deepdale Avenue.  Great event for Beginners/ novices.  Classes for U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/U16 plus new for 2014  Women/ ladies races on the same track.

Arrive to sign on 9.30   First Run 10:15 all finished by 1pm.  Three Races for each age group / course on grass and mud  track (all rollable/ no drops).  Any bike suitable but must have working brakes and rider must wear helmet.  Entry fee £4 (covers insurance etc).  For any info call Bryden Simpson on 01723 513 773 (evening)  or email info@bshygiene.co.uk - great if you email to say you’re coming! I will email you a rider entry form.

 

I hope you and your families all have a great weekend.  As always, please get in touch if you have any comments.

 

Mr H McCarthey and staff.

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Newsletter - 23rd May 2014

Newsletter 23 – 23rd May 2014

It’s been a very short half-term but a very busy and productive one in school.  Hopefully the children can get outside over the break and enjoy some early summer sunshine to help recharge their batteries.  They’ll need it, as next half-term promises to be even busier than this one!

 

Dates

Our diaries are starting to fill up already so we thought we’d share some key dates for next half term:

 

Y4 Sports Day – Tuesday 24th June (1:30pm)

Y5 Sports Day – Wednesday 25th June (1:30pm)

Y3 Sports Day – Thursday 26th June (1:30pm)

Y6 Sports Day – Wed 9th July (1:30pm)

Summer Fair – Friday 27th June (2:30pm – 4:30pm)

Transition Days – 10th & 11th July

 

Staffing

It is with mixed emotions that we bring you the news that Miss Ridsdale will be leaving us at the end of this academic year.  After 12 years of service to the school Miss Ridsdale has secured a full-time teaching post at Gladstone Road Juniors.  During her time at the school Miss Ridsdale has brought a huge amount of knowledge and skill to the school including, most recently, clear and ambitious leadership of the PE curriculum and our sports teams.  I’m sure Miss Ridsdale will have great success at Gladstone Road but we will all miss the excellent job she has done in serving the school and its community.  Good luck Miss Ridsdale.

 

We are really pleased to be welcoming back Miss Bonnett after the half-term break following her maternity leave.  Miss Bonnett will return to Class 1 next half-term which unfortunately means we have to say goodbye to Miss Dolan who has done an excellent job in teaching Class 1.  Good Luck Miss Dolan.

 

And finally, we have recently welcomed Miss Batty and Miss Clegg to our support team.  They have both made a great start and are working alongside teaching staff to ensure the children receive additional support and guidance where needed. 

SATs

Finally, the Year 6 SAT tests are out of the way and have been sent away for marking.  As part of the test week our school received an external moderation visit from the Local Authority who were very complimentary about how the tests were administered and the attitude of our children at a very stressful time of year.  Well done to all the children involved and a big thank you to the teachers, support staff and even Governors who have put in such a big effort to ensure the children had the best possible support and guidance during this period.  There’s no time to put our feet up however as the Year 3, 4 and 5 children will be taking their end of year assessments in the next half-term!

School Sports

Yet more success for our sports teams!  Our cricket team made the finals of the Scarborough Schools’ Competition, finishing 3rd after a full afternoon at Wykeham Cricket Ground.  We’re still waiting to find out if our golf team has made the finals of the North Yorkshire Schools’ Games

 

School Bus

We are aware of ongoing issues with the school bus service.  Please be assured both ourselves and Filey Infant School are doing our best to rectify this situation.  If you continue to experience issues with the service please let us know at school.  You may also consider contacting the council’s Transport Services who may like to hear some of your views first hand.

 

 

Have a lovely half-term break,

 

Mr H McCarthey and staff.

Newsletter 22 - 9th May

Newsletter 22 – 9th May 2014

This time of year is always a little busy around school as our older children make final preparations for their tests and we start to look towards the summer term and the range of activities and events we will be offering.  Although children in Years 3 – 5 do not have SATs, they will be sitting some end of year assessments next half-term, so it is an important time for everyone. 

SATs!

As I’m sure many of you are aware, next week is a very important week for our Year 6 children who will be sitting their end of Keystage assessments (SATs).  We are giving all Year 6 children the opportunity to have a good start to the day by offering a FREE breakfast throughout the test week.  Children in Year 6 can just turn up at our Breakfast Bar (8:30am – 8:45am) to have a good, nutritious and social start to the day.  If your child is in Year 6, please ensure they have a restful week and have the opportunity for a few early nights to ensure they perform to their best.

 

The timetable for the tests is:

  
  
  

Date

  
  

Tests

  

Monday 12 May

Levels 3-5 English reading test   - 10:45am

Level 6 English reading   test – 1:10pm

Tuesday 13 May

Levels 3-5 English grammar,   punctuation and spelling test - 10:45am

Level 6 English grammar,   punctuation and spelling test

Wednesday 14 May

Levels 3-5 mental mathematics   test – 9:45am

Levels 3-5   mathematics Paper 1- 10:45am

No level 6 tests timetabled for this day

Thursday 15 May

Levels 3-5 mathematics Paper 2   - 9:20am

Level 6 mathematics Paper 1 -   10:45am

Level 6 mathematics Paper 2 -   1:10pm

School Sports

It’s been a very busy, and very successful, couple of weeks at school with our sports boys and girls out in force.  Firstly, the girls’ football team reached the final of the Scarborough School’s Cup and narrowly missed out on the silverware to Gladstone Road Junior School.  Still a fantastic achievement I’m sure you’ll agree.  Next was the boys’ turn, who reached the final of the Scarborough School’s Plate Competition and beat Bramcote 7-0 to bring the silverware home to Filey!  Well done lads!  Next, to golf where our Year 3 & 4 children played against six other Scarborough schools and finished in 1st place – green jackets all around!  We’re now just waiting to see if we will be invited to the North Yorkshire Games next month!  And finally… the final standings of the Cross Country season have now been announced:  Filey Year 3 – 4 Girls in 1st place!  And individual mentions to Golda (2nd overall); Bethany (3rd overall); and James (2nd overall) out of over 100 runners in each category. 

Our sporting achievements are certainly going from strength to strength – well done and thanks to all the children, staff and helpers who make this happen and to Filey Lions who frequently transport us to the events!

Forgetfulness

Could I ask all parents and carers to remind children about being organised with regard to equipment, lunches, pe kits, homework etc.  We have an increasing number of children coming to the office to ask for phone calls home because they have forgotten something.  Obviously, we do not want children to miss out on activities in school, but we also want to encourage independence and we don’t like (and we’re sure you don’t either) having to disturb you to bring in forgotten items.

Road Safety and Drop Offs

I would like to ask parents to re-enforce road safety messages at home please as there have been instances recently (mainly away from school) of children not taking the correct precautions when crossing roads – including running across the pelican crossing before the lights change.  We have also had some reports of children being dropped off outside school and then walking to the shops (Heron particularly) rather than coming into school.  Obviously, if we hear of individual cases we will inform you, but please try to ensure that if you are dropping children near school that they enter the school playground – once they are inside the gates we do not allow them to leave without supervision.

 

Please do get in touch with us if you have any concerns or points to raise.

 

Mr H McCarthey and staff.

SATs Week

The big day(s) is almost here for our Year 6 children (and staff) who have been working so hard in the run up to their SATs tests.  In order to get a good start to the day, we would like to invite all of our Year 6 children to join us for breakfast from 8:30am during their test week.  

Please note the timetable for next week:

Date

Tests

Monday 12 May

Levels 3-5 English reading test - 10:45am

Level 6 English reading test – 1:10pm (D.Roberts’ Room)

Tuesday 13 May

Levels 3-5 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test - 10:45am

Level 6 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test – 1:10pm (I Grices’ Room)

Wednesday 14 May

Levels 3-5 mental mathematics test – 9:45am

Levels 3-5 mathematics Paper 1- 10:45am

No level 6 tests timetabled for this day

Thursday 15 May

Levels 3-5 mathematics Paper 2 - 9:20am

Level 6 mathematics Paper 1 - 10:45am (I Grices’ Room)

Level 6 mathematics Paper 2 - 1:10pm (I Grices’ Room)

Newsletter 21

Newsletter 21 – 25th April 2014

Welcome back everyone.  I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break and the bright and sunny weather.  It’s a very important term in school, particularly for our Year 6 children who will be sitting their end of Keystage tests (SATs) later this term.  Although it is only the Year 6 children who will be sitting statutory assessments, all children in school will be assessed during the Summer Term and this information used to inform their end of year reports and provide valuable information for their next teacher.  Summer Term is also a time when we try to make the most of the (hopefully) sunny weather and spend a little more time outside and visiting local attraction.  As always, we welcome your help and involvement with these types of activities. 

Holidays In Term Time

As I know you are all very much aware, we are no longer able to authorise leave of absence during term time for holidays or other events.  The new, statutory framework also means fines of £60 per child, per parent, are issued to families who do take their children out of school and a number of these fines have now been issued to families within our school community.  

It has also come to my attention that, in a small number of cases, further charges, significantly higher fines and court summons have been issued where the original fine has not been paid.  I thought I should update you on this as we do not want to see any of our families penalised in this way.  We are in a position however, where we are unable to authorise leave during term time.  I think it important that I relay this information to you as I know there has been a period of re-adjustment around this issue.

School Buses

It has come to my attention that there have been a number of issues with school buses and transport recently.  Unbeknown to us, the Local Authority has changed the service provider for school transport and this had led to a number of issues regarding the school bus times and locations.  Please be assured that we are working on your behalf to raise these issues with the transport providers and I hope to have any issues resolved as soon as possible. 

Sport Relief

Hopefully everyone’s blisters and toe nails have recovered following our marathon(ish) efforts for Sports Relief.  Our total to date is an incredible £1781.41!  An amazing effort by everyone involved.  Could we please ask that any outstanding money is returned to school by the end of next week so we can present the cheque.  Well done again to everyone!

School Dinners

In order to respond to the, hopefully, warmer weather, our catering team has put together a new menu for the Summer Term: 

Weeks commencing – 23rd April, 6th May, 19th May

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Catherine   Wheels

Jacket Wedges

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

*****

Australian Crunch

Yoghurt or Fruit

Chicken Korma 

Rice

Peas &   Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Ice Cream or   Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Shepherd’s Pie

Carrots, Broccoli   and  Gravy

Bread

*****

Iced Sponge or   fruit or Yoghurt

Chicken Wraps

Diced Potatoes

Mixed Veg

*****

Chocolate Sponge   and Choc Sauce or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Hot Dogs

Chips

Peas

*****

Flapjack or Yoghurt   or Fresh Fruit

Weeks Commencing – 28th April, 12th May

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Jacket Wedges

Baked Beans

*****

Choc Crunch or   Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Chicken Tikka

Rice

Peas &   Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Ice Cream or   Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Sausage and   Yorkshire Pudding

Mashed Potatoes

Mixed Veg

Bread

*****

Chocolate Muffin or   Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Chicken Pie 

Roast Potatoes

Carrots and Cabbage

Bread

*****

Treacle Sponge and   Custard or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Battered Fish

Chips

Peas

*****

Shortbread or   Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

If your child would like to stay for school dinners (or just try them out) they just need to inform their teachers.  Meals are £2.10 per day but we can only accept payment using Parent Pay (please just contact the school office if you’re unsure about this).  If you feel your child may be eligible for free school meals, again let us know and we will give you help and advice regarding this.

All meals come with a selection from our salad bar.  Sandwiches or Jacket Potato (with either cheese, beans or tuna) are also available each day.  Vegetarian options are available upon request.

 

As always, do let us know if you would like to comment on any aspect of school.

 

Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

Newsletter 20 – 28th March 2014

Newsletter 20 – 28th March 2014

 

Spring is here and with it comes the daffodils, April showers, Easter celebrations and of course, the thought of SATs!  Our Year 6 children, along with everyone else in school, are working incredibly hard in the run up to the exam season.  Please be aware that Year 6 children will be sitting their end of Keystage test from Monday 12th May to Friday 16th May and avoid making any appointments which may involve Year 6 children being away from school during this period.

 

London

We are going to miss our Year 4 children next week as they set off for their annual trip to the nation’s capital city for a couple of days of travel, shows, museums and having fun.  Keep an eye on the school website where we will post regular updates and messages from our brave adventurers. 

   

Easter Service and Assemblies

We shall be celebrating Easter and the work done by our children over the course of the term next week.  Join us at Filey Methodist Church on Wednesday 2nd April, 1:30pm (Year 3 & 4) and on Thursday 3rd April, 1:30pm (Year 5 & 6).  Don’t forget, the Year 5 children will also be presenting the Pantomime in school next week.

 

Uniform and Shoes

I have sent a number of letters to parents this week concerning school shoes.  Please support us in ensuring all children wear the correct uniform (including shoes and PE kits).  It really does make a huge difference to the children’s behaviour and attitude, and also sets an excellent first impression to visitors.  I look forward to your help and co-operation in this matter.

Sport Relief

Well done to everyone who completed our Sport Relief Sponsored Walk last week.  It was a really enjoyable (if tiring) day and it was lovely to see how many parents and friends joined us along the way.  I feel very proud to be part of such a lovely community.  I’d also like to say thank you to Mr Wales and the Coastguard for their help and support in organising and attending the event.

 

The other amazing news is we have raised over £1000 for the Sports Relief charity.  Money is still coming in and I will give you an exact figure when we have it.  For now though, well done everyone and thank you for your generosity and efforts in helping to change people’s lives.

 

Cross Country

We have a very active and successful group of cross-country runners in school.  Led by Mrs Mills with Mrs Richardson and Mrs Walker the children meet weekly and have attended, and won, several events throughout the year.  Our runners are so successful that they earned a place at the County Championships, held at Catterick last week. 

 

So it will come as no surprise, I am sure, to learn that our Year 4 girls came back to Filey as

 

COUNTY CHAMPIONS!

 

Well done girls and to all our runners, and especially to Mrs Mills with Mrs Richardson and Mrs Walker for their hard work and enthusiasm.

 

As always, do let us know if you would like to comment on any aspect of school.

 

Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

Newsletter 19 - Sport Relief 2014

Newsletter 19 - Sport Relief 2014

This Newsletter is almost entirely devoted to Sports Relief.  I do have one important message however regarding possible industrial action on March 26th.  Unfortunately we are unsure as to whether the proposed strike action will actually go ahead as negotiations between unions and government are still ongoing.  Should a day of action be called however, there will be a strong possibility that the school will not be able to open.  As soon as we have a definite decision on this I will ensure you are made aware.

Filey Junior School Sport Relief 2014 Sponsored Walk!

Over the past few weeks our School Council has been working hard to organise a Sport Relief event for the children of our school.  After many meetings and a range of ideas they have now reached a decision on an activity for the day.  The idea is to walk from Filey Coble Landing along the beach to Hunmanby Gap on Friday 21st March 2014.  When we reach Hunmanby we will have a drink, eat our lunch, play some games and perhaps have a quick sit down, before turning around and walking all the way back again!  We estimate the total distance, including the walk to and from school, to be approximately 6 miles. 

 

If you’re feeling sporty, or just fancy a bit of a stroll, you can join us too!  We’d love to make this something of a community event so please feel free to join us if you can.  We aim to leave school at 10:15am and be at Coble Landing for 10:30am.  We will return to school for approximately 2:45pm.

 

Children may bring their own packed lunch or purchase a special, themed Sports Relief pack up (ham or cheese baguette, fruit, carrot sticks, flapjack, tray-bake, bottle of water and fresh orange juice – please use the slip below to order).

 

We’ve checked the tide times and it couldn’t be better, with high tide being at approximately 7am and 7pm; we should have a big beach to walk along.  The Coastguard have kindly offered their help and will be joining us on the walk.  The only remaining factor will be the weather of course, but we can’t have everything.

 

In addition to the walk, we are asking all the children to come in Sporty Dress for the day (which is a bit like fancy dress but with a sporting theme).  Anything goes, from football kits to ice skating outfits, as long as it has a sporty theme.

 

We are sure this is going to be a great event and that everyone will have a lot of fun along the way.  Sport Relief does have a serious message however and we will be looking in school at how the money raised through Sport Relief helps those less fortunate than ourselves. 

 

In order to help out, we are asking children to collect as many sponsors as possible for the event using the attached sponsorship form.  In addition, we will be selling the official Sport Relief wrist bands in school at a cost of £1. 

 


As this is quite an adventurous and physical activity, we are asking all parents to complete a permission slip to allow children to take part.  Please also indicate if you would like to join us for the event. If you have any questions regarding the activity, please feel free to contact us (email, phone or in person). 

 


                       

Filey Junior School Sport Relief 2014 Sponsored Walk!

   

 

Child’s Name:_____________________________   Class: ________________

 

I give permission for my child to attend the Sport Relief Sponsored Walk along Filey beach on Friday 21st March.

 

I would like to join the walk:              Yes / No                 (please delete)

 

Signed:________________________________

 

 


I would like to order a Sports Relief picnic lunch: Yes                 No

 


I would like Ham baguette                      Cheese baguette

 


Please select payment option: Cash enclosed                Parent Pay                    Free School Meal

 

Please return this slip by Wednesday 19th March

NEWSLETTER 18 - 28th February 2014

A short(ish) Newsletter this week to update you on a few special events happening over the next week or two.

 

Parent Consultation Meetings

Don’t forget next week we will be holding our Parent Evenings for this term.  You should have received an appointment time already but if not please let us know.

   

World Book Day

As you may already know, World Book Day is celebrated in March each year, to commemorate the wonderful contribution books make to the lives of children. In order to celebrate World Book Day on March 6th (next Thursday), we would like the pupils to dress as their favourite character. This can be any fictional character from a book of their choice, but must not include a football strip.  We would also like children to bring in their favourite book so they can share it with the class and tell us all about it and why it’s such a favourite. Please note, this is not a non-uniform day, so any pupils not dressing up as a character should come to school dressed as normal.

We look forward to seeing Gruffalos, Demon Dentists, Gansta Grannies and Horrid Henries.

 

Pancakes and Skipping

To celebrate Shrove Tuesday next week (Tuesday 4th March), we shall be selling pancakes and a choice of fillings during the day.  Children can buy a pancake and help themselves to a range of fillings for 50p.  We would also like to invite children to bring in a skipping rope and have a skip throughout the day.

 

Sports Relief

Our School Council have been busy organising a Sports Relief venture for the year.  Sports Relief is on Friday March 21st.  What we know for sure is we will be inviting children to dress in sports gear (football kits included) for the day and whatever the activity, we will be inviting you to take part with us!  Top of the list so far is a sponsored walk.  More news next week.

 

Mountain Bike Events

And staying on the sporty theme, I have been asked to pass the following information to you:

 

Richardsons’ Cycle Club event: British Cycling go Ride format

Scarborough Youth Mountainbike Series 2014

The first of our 2014 Championship! Go Ride Kids Bike race is 30th March.  Venue:  Filey Country Park

 

Great event for Beginners/ novices Classes for U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/U16 plus new for 2014  Women/ ladies races on the same track

 

Arrive to sign on 9:30am with first race 10:15.  All finished by 1pm

Any bike suitable, rider must wear helmet (gloves and warm clothing advised).

Entry fee £4 (Covers insurance etc).  For any info call Brydon Simpson on 01723 513 773 (evening)  or email info@bshygiene.co.uk  .  Great if you email me to say you’re coming! I will email you a rider entry form.  Cafe should be open for Coffee/ Snacks

 

Newsletter 17 - 14th February 2014

 

Newsletter 17 – 14th February 2014

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!   Hope you’ve had chance to come into school and share some of the events and activities over the half-term (including this week’s Celebration Assemblies). 

 

School Trips

I had a rare opportunity to join the children on an educational visit this week as the Year 5 children stepped back in time to visit Victorian Hornsey.  I would like to congratulate the children on their exemplary behaviour and parents for the great effort they went to in dressing the children in suitably period costume – the children looked fantastic!  I would also like to take this opportunity to both welcome you and also plead for your help in supporting the school’s educational visits.  A great deal of time, effort and funding goes into every educational visit and I strongly believe the children gain a great deal of learning and enjoyment from them.  Unfortunately however, we are unable to provide these activities without the help of parent’s voluntary contributions towards the cost of the events and your help in accompanying the children on these visits.  Ensuring we have adequate adult supervision for the visits is always difficult and to use support staff from school leaves us short of cover within the school and has a big impact on children’s intervention sessions.  If you are able to help out in anyway, please let us know – I can almost guarantee that you will have a super time and no doubt learn a few things in the process – I know I did!  I will send out further information after the half-term break.

   

Parent Evenings and Parent Updates

Don’t forget we will be holding our Parent Consultation Evenings the week beginning Monday 3rd March.  This is a good opportunity for you to discuss your children’s progress and targets at the mid-point in the year.  Parents’ meetings will be held on the evening of the 3rd and also during the day throughout that week.  We will send more information and appointment slips as soon as we return after the half-term break.  I am also going to be holding a Parent Update in the new half-term.  This is an opportunity to hear about, and discuss, initiatives and developments in school.  More info after the half-term.

 

Uniform and PE Kit

Can I remind you all the school does have a uniform policy which I know many of you, and children, feel is a very important part of what we do in school.  A number of children have recently spoken to me about other children not having the correct uniform – particularly trainers rather than shoes; patterned or brightly coloured tights; and no PE kit.  Please can you ensure that your child(ren) have the correct uniform after the half-term break.

 

Have a great half-term everyone.  We look forward to seeing you after the break.

 

 

 

A Message From the Governing Body

Unfortunately, during recent weeks, there have been several unpleasant incidents of parents being verbally abusive and threatening towards members of staff.  We do appreciate that some issues involving your child either at school or home may be emotional and stressful, however, all of our staff have the right to be treated with consideration, courtesy and respect.  Any parent or guardian being rude, threatening, abusive or aggressive towards any member of staff will be asked to leave the premises.  In addition, members of staff receiving phone calls which are threatening or abusive in any way, including the use of inappropriate language, have been advised to disconnect the call. 

 

As a governing body we take the wellbeing of our staff very seriously and as a direct result of recent instances please be aware that, under guidance from North Yorkshire County Council, next half term the Governing Body will be consulting parents on two new policies relating to the protection of staff and advising on the installation of CCTV and telephone recording devices at locations within the school.

 

Mrs Jane Bozeat

(Chair of Governors)

 

 

 

Newsletter 8 - 8th November 2013

Newsletter 8 - 8th November 2013

 

It’s been a very busy return to school after the half-term break!  During our staff training day on Monday our staff worked together on a number of issues relating to slight improvements we can make to improve the quality of education offered to your children.  The day was very productive and there are a number of initiatives which we will be informing you about as a result of this day.  On Tuesday, as I am sure you are aware, we were informed that OFSTED would be inspecting our school throughout the course of Wednesday and Thursday.  Despite all of the additional pressure and work which such a visit entails, the staff and children of the school have all done an excellent job and generally got on with business as usual.  Well done everyone!

 

Diary

Monday 11th Nov -                     Parent Evenings (4pm – 6pm)

                                                Other times available during the week

 

 

OFSTED

As mentioned above, we have just completed an OFSTED inspection which has highlighted a great number of very positive and pleasing aspects of our school.  Although we are unable to comment on the final outcomes of the inspection, we have been very pleased with the way in which the inspection team worked with the school and the praise which they gave to both staff and children.  I would like to thank those parents who offered their support and gave their views to the OFSTED team – as always, we value your contributions greatly.  I would also like to mention the amount of positive comments which were made about the children’s behaviour, manners and eagerness in and around school.  The children were a credit to you as parents and to us as a school.  I look forward to sharing the details of the report with you in the very near future.

 

School Meals

Thank you to everyone who has now registered with ParentPay in order to pay for school meals.  Please be aware that as of next week, we will no longer be able to accept payments by cheque or cash.  If you are experiencing any difficulties in using ParentPay, please let us know.

 

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

A big thank you to everyone who has made donations for the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.  The Shoe Boxes are leaving us today and will be making their way to children who do not benefit from some of the luxuries we enjoy.  I am sure your generosity will be very much appreciated.

 

Parent Interviews

You should have received appointments for Parent Interviews which will be taking place next week.  If you are unable to make an appointment, or you have not received a time for an appointment, please let us know so that we can make other arrangements. 

 

As always, please let us know if there are any concerns, ideas or suggestions you would like to inform us about.

18th October 2013 - Newsletter 7

Newsletter 7

There’s an excitement in the air at the moment as the children gear up for the Spooky-Doo next week.  This is always a highlight of the Autumn term and the children, and staff, always make a really special effort in the make-up department!  There is also a serious message to go with the Halloween celebrations however.  Please see the reverse of this letter for information from PC Tony Bates.

Diary

Wednesday 23rd Oct -                Harvest Festival for Year 5 / 6 at Filey Methodist Church (1:30pm)

                                                Halloween Disco – Spooky Doo!

Thursday 24th Oct -                    Harvest Festival for Year 3 / 4 at Filey Methodist Church (1:30pm)

Friday 25th Oct -                         Open Afternoon – Come and join your child’s class from 2:30pm

Friday 25th Oct -                         School Finishes for half-term

Monday 4th Nov -                       Staff Training day

Tuesday 5th Nov -                      Return to school

Monday 11th Nov -                     Parent Evenings (4pm – 6pm)

                                                Other times available during the week

School Meals

As mentioned in a previous Newsletter, we will be moving to a new cashless payment system for school meals after the half-term break.  Parent Pay is a system introduced by the Local Authority which allows parents to pay for school meals either using an online payment or by using a top up card and one of the Pay Point machines situated in shops and businesses around time.  This system will be launched after half-term and you will receive important details regarding this next week.  There will be a short change over period for both you and us to get to grips with the new system, but we will be phasing out cash and cheque payments shortly after half-term. 

Cross Country

Thursday 7th of November is the next round of the Scarborough area cross country competition.  The venue is yet to be confirmed but all children are welcome to attend and have a go.  We have a really enthusiastic running club at the moment and we were very successful at the last event. 

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Please help support this very good cause by donating new toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, notepad, pens, pencils, crayons, small balls, small toys, sweets, etc. or something small that your own child would like to receive, these will be put towards our collection of school shoeboxes.  Alternatively, if you and your child(ren) would like to donate a complete shoebox, it would, of course, be gratefully received.

See You Soon

Next week there will be plenty of opportunity to share some of your children’s work and experiences in school.  We have our Harvest Festivals on Wednesday and Thursday of next week – if you would like to donate a tin or dried food to the festival please send this in before Wednesday.  All gifts will be donated to the Salvation Army. 

 

Friday of next week, we are launching a new ‘open afternoon’ where you will have the opportunity to come in to class and have a look at some of your children’s work, see what they’ve been doing and have an informal chat with the class teacher. 

 

Finally, we are holding the Autumn Term Parents’ Evenings on Monday 11th November from 4pm (alternatives will be available throughout the week).  This is a formal opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and targets.

 

We hope you can join us and as always, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone, email or in person if you would like to raise any points.

4th October 2014 - Newsletter 5

Newsletter 5

Autumn has definitely arrived bringing with it the usual damp and cold conditions along with the usual breakdowns of boilers and heating within school.  Fortunately, we’ve managed to have the problem resolved quickly so we’ve not been too disturbed.  Do remember to provide warm, waterproof coats and shoes for children in the unpredictable weather conditions (for outdoor use not indoor!).  I am also pleased to say we have taken delivery of the PE hoodies (I know a lot of you have ordered these already) and they are now available at the office.

Diary

Wednesday 23rd Oct -                Harvest Festival for Year 5 / 6 at Filey Methodist Church (1:30pm)

                                                Halloween Disco – Spooky Doo 3!

Thursday 24th Oct -                    Harvest Festival for Year 3 / 4 at Filey Methodist Church (1:30pm)

Friday 25th Oct -                         Open Afternoon – Come and join your child’s class from 2:30pm

Friday 25th Oct -                         School Finishes for half-term

Monday 4th Nov -                       Staff Training day

Tuesday 5th Nov -                      Return to school

Staffing

Welcome to Miss Atkinson who has joined us as full-time teacher for Class 6.  Miss Atkinson was appointed last Friday after impressing both the children of Class 6 and the panel of staff and Governors at interview.  I hope you will take the opportunity to welcome Miss Atkinson to our school community.

Sports

It was our tag rugby team who were in action this week, playing a very cold and wet series of matches in Scarborough.  Although this was our first competitive outing in the tag rugby world, the children did really well showing great team spirit and smiling their way through every game despite the testing conditions. 

Parking & Road Safety

I have had several reports of hazardous parking and road safety issues around the school at busy drop-off and pick-up times.  Please be responsible and considerate to everyone around school if using the car to make the journey to and from school.  Avoid stopping (even to just drop off) directly outside the school as this causes visibility problems for children attempting to cross the road.  Please use a safer drop off area a little further away from school in order to alleviate this issue.  I am also aware that local police and traffic wardens have been informed of this issue and will be patrolling the area in the coming weeks.

Governors

We have a vacancy on the Governing Body for a Parent Governor.  You must be the parent or guardian of a child at Filey Junior School but you don’t need any previous experience, just an interest in the education of the children and a commitment to the school.  There are many aspects to the role and you can pick and choose the areas that you have a particular interest or expertise in.  This could be anything from staffing, health and safety, premises and buildings, curriculum, Special Needs or finance.  We have a full Governors meeting every half term and a rolling rota of committee meetings throughout the year.  If you’re interested, please ask Mrs Hall in reception for details or if you’d like to speak to an existing member of the Governing Body she’ll get one of us to contact you.  Jane Bozeat (Chair)

 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us via phone, email or in person if you would like to raise any points.

 

Mr Harvey McCarthey

(Headteacher)

20th September 2013 - Newsletter 3

Newsletter 3

Our children have been very busy this week completing some assessments to provide a starting point for the new academic year.  I’m sure your children are now settling into their new class and I’ve certainly been very impressed by how well all of the children are getting on this year.  It’s not been all work however, as the children were treated to a ‘rock’ concert provided by Innovation Music earlier in the week and I know everyone’s excited about their new enrichment classes which are starting this week.

MSAs Required

Don’t forget, we are still looking to recruit some new Midday Supervisory Assistants (dinner ladies / gents) to our school.  If you are interested, or perhaps know someone who may be, please call into school or look on the school website for an application pack.

Sports

A big well done to our boys’ football team who played their first competitive games this week.  Managing a win, a loss and three draws, this was a good start to the season for our boys. It is the first round of the Scarborough Area Cross-Country next Thursday at Seamer Primary School.  Interested runners should see Mrs Mills.

Swimming

I am very pleased to inform you that we have now secured swimming lessons for our children following the uncertainty around Filey Pool.  Thanks to some creative thinking from Mrs Mills and the generosity of Filey Lions in providing transport, we are now able to take our children swimming at The Bay.  This actually proves to be excellent provision as the children are taught in very small groups, using the full pool, at their own ability level.

The Lions

A very big thank you to the Filey Lions who have generously donated £1000 to the school to help provide additional outdoor equipment for our children.  This money is to be put with the Friends of Filey Juniors’ fund to purchase a trim trail for the children.

School Trips – Help Wanted!


Everyone loves a school trip and we very much value educational visits as a way of delivering meaningful and exciting learning to our children.  We do rely on help from parents and volunteers however to help us supervise these activities.  We are looking to put together a list of parents / carers / grandparents / friends etc. who would be willing to give some time to help out on these type of activities.  By ‘signing-up’ you are not committing yourself to attending every trip, simply giving us a starting point of where to ask for help, either with trips involving your own children or with other classes in school.  We will also provide some basic training, a CRB and information on what to expect when attending a school visit.  If you think you would be able to offer some time occasionally, please complete and return the slip below.


 

SCHOOL TRIPS

Yes, I would be interested in helping out on school trips. 

 

Name:_____________________________________________  Contact Number:_____________________

 

Child’s name:__________________________________________  Class:_________________

 

Please complete this slip and return to school.  We will contact you for further information.

13 September 2013 - Newsletter 2 - Autumn Days

Newsletter 2

It’s the end of the second week already and we’re getting ourselves very much back into the routine.  Clubs are starting around school and work is beginning to appear on walls.  We’ve noticed the weather is starting to get rather Autumnal however so please ensure children have coats over the coming weeks.  You will have received a number of letters / slips / documents over the past week.  I apologise for the amount of paperwork, but it is very important we have up to date information available.  Please return all slips etc. as soon as possible so we can update all of our systems for the year ahead.

Staff

I’m sure you will all join me in welcoming two new members of staff to the school: Mrs Harness whom you may have already met on the reception desk at school.  Mrs Harness is a first point of call for making appointments, general enquiries and purchasing uniform.  We also welcome Mr Kenny to school as the new caretaker.  Mr Kenny takes over from Mr Hadden and will be ensuring the school buildings are kept in good order.  

MSAs Required

We are looking to recruit some new Midday Supervisory Assistants (dinner ladies / gents) to our school.  We are always looking for ways to improve the provision school provides and additional lunch staff would allow us to have more activities and clubs for the children over lunch breaks.  If you are interested in the post or would simply like more information, please call into school or look on the school website for an application pack.

On Yer Bike!

I am pleased to inform you that the Year 6 children will soon begin their Bikeability training in school.  If children (of any age) wish to come to school on bikes / scooters we do encourage this but they must have a bike permit (please ask for an application at the office). 

 

The sixth (and final) round of Scarborough Youth MTB series 2013 is to be held on 22nd September at Adderstone Field, Dalby Forest from 9:30am.  This is a great event for beginners/ novices with classes for U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/U16.  There are three races for each age group with courses on grass and forest single track (no drops).  Any bike is suitable but riders must wear a helmet (gloves and warm clothing advised).  Entry fee £4 (Covers insurance - please note there may be a forest toll).  For any info call 01723 513 773 (evening) or email info@bshygiene.co.uk

School Trips – Help Wanted!

Everyone loves a school trip and we very much value educational visits as a way of delivering meaningful and exciting learning to our children.  We do rely on help from parents and volunteers however to help us supervise these activities.  We are looking to put together a list of parents / carers who would be willing to give some time to help out on these type of activities.  By ‘signing-up’ you are not committing yourself to attending every trip, simply giving us a starting point of where to ask for help, either with trips involving your own children or with other classes in school.  We will also provide some basic training and information on what to expect when attending a school visit.  If you think you would be able to offer some time occasionally, please complete and return the slip below.

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

 

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Week commencing 16th September 2013

 

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

 

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hot Dog Sausage

Potato  Wedges

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Tikka 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

Or  a selection from Salad Bar

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Bolognaise Wraps 

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Minced Beef &

Yorkshire Pudding

Creamed Potato

& Veg

Crusty Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Battered Fish or Salmon Nibbles

Chips

Peas & Beetroot

Brown Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

There is also jacket potato with a range of fillings, sandwiches and a salad bar available.

6th September 2013 - Newsletter 1

Newsletter 1 – Welcome Back!

 

Happy New Year!  Well, maybe not officially but certainly academically.  I really hope you’ve enjoyed a long and sunny summer and that your children have returned to school refreshed, recharged and ready for the year ahead.  Looking around the school our children are certainly looking very smart – they are a credit to you all and thank you for your support with our uniform policy.

 

A big “Well Done!” to all our new Year 3 children who have made a good start to their junior school career.  It’s a big step moving schools and generally our new starters have made the transition very well.  If parents of new starters have any questions at all, please let us know – we are more than happy to help.

 

Newsletters will be distributed every Friday as a rule, although we do miss the odd one.  Please be aware that we will be giving you lots of important information and messages via the Newsletter and it is important that you read them carefully.  Please ask your child if they have a newsletter every week and if you think you may have missed one, or perhaps it’s got lost at the bottom of a bag, have a look on our website as we publish them on the internet each week.

 

School Clubs

We have a very busy and exciting range of clubs in school.  Some of our clubs rotate throughout the school year to allow specific year groups to access them or to accommodate weather conditions.  If your child is interested in any of the clubs below you will need to complete a permission slip which will be distributed to children next week.  As many of our clubs rely on external providers, there may be a charge for some of the activities.  We do try to keep these charges to a minimum and we subsidise the clubs whenever possible.  Please note, there is no charge for children who receive Free School Meals.

 

  • Choir.  Our choir is always very popular and they make a variety of appearances at events such as the Filey Festival and Scarborough Spa concerts.  It’s a fun filled blend of old and new songs featuring actions and live music, led by Pete from Innovation Music in Scarborough – Mondays (3:30pm – 4:30pm), starting 19th September.
  • Drama Club, run by Stephen Joseph Theatre.  This has been a really popular club.  There is a small half-termly charge for this club and it runs each Tuesday from 3:30pm – 4:30pm for Year 3 & 4; 4:30pm – 6:00pm for Year 5 & 6.  Start date Tuesday 17th September.
  • Mark Barbar Football.  Football for all year groups, boys and girls mixed.  Weekly charge starting Thurs 12th (3:30pm – 4:30pm)
  • Girls’ Football.  We really like to promote girls’ football in school and we have our very own FA approved coach to train the girls.   – Wed 11th (3:30pm – 4:30pm)
  • Zumba.  Zoe, our bubbly Zumba queen joins us every week to deliver a fun mix of dance, zumba and keep fit.  Parents are welcome to attend this club but must join in!  Why not keep fit with your children? – Wed 11th (3:30pm – 4:30pm)
  • Cross Country.  Join Mrs Mills and Mrs Bossomworth as they train for next year’s marathon (maybe) – Tuesdays and Fridays starting Friday 13th
  • Cookery Club (limited to one class on a rotation).  Mrs Clarke will be cooking something up every Wednesday (3:30pm – 4:30pm)
  • Boys’ Football – Join Miss Robson on the field during lunch times (day to be arranged)
  • Maths’ Challenge – Mr Grice will be putting on his Mathemagician’s hat every Monday Lunch
  • Recorder Club – Miss S Robson will be teaching recorders over lunchtime this year.
  • Year 6 Table tennis – Join Mr Grice on a Thursday Lunch for some ping pong.

 

Homework

We have also put a Homework Policy in place which will ensure all children, across the school, receive similar amounts of homework and on the same days each week.  Homework for spellings / maths will be given out each Monday and will be collected in / tested on the Friday.  Children will also be given a reading task every week, although we expect children to read every night with parents.  In addition, there will be a maths homework task set every Friday which will be a review of the week’s work in Maths.  Please be aware that in order for homework to be effective, we will ask children who do not complete homework to catch up during their break times.  Please support and offer advice to your children with their homework. 

 

 

Holidays in Term Time

As I know you are aware from messages from school and the national press, schools are no longer in a position to authorise any holidays in term times.  Families who do take children out of school in term time will be subject to fines issued from the Local Authority.  As a school serving a community which relies on the holiday trade for a lot of its business, we do sympathise greatly with parents and families who find taking holidays during the school breaks difficult.  We do have to follow statutory rules however and we are simply unable to authorise these.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Communications & Reading Records

One of the key areas which you identified for improvement in our recent parent questionnaire was that of communication between the classroom and home.  We have several ideas for how we would like to improve this and to start off we would like to encourage you all to use your child’s Reading Record as a way of communicating messages and notes to your child’s class teacher.  Although these booklets are ‘Reading Records’ please feel free to use them to pass information about any subject / ask questions / update us etc.  Teachers will sign and update the Reading Records at least weekly, but please encourage your children to pass them to their teacher if there is something of a more urgent nature you need them to be aware of.  Obviously, we still encourage you to call in or pick up the phone if you would like to speak to a teacher directly.

 

At the end of last term we also had the first of what we hope will become regular and popular Parent Forum Meetings.  These will become two-way meetings which help school and home get the very best for our children by identifying issues early, adopting new initiatives and building upon the communication between home and school.

 

You will also be receiving a Curriculum Map which identifies the topics and subjects your child will be covering over the coming term.  Please be aware that this is an overview and more specific information is available from teachers.

 

Whilst we will do everything we can to address any issues or concerns you may have, it is very difficult for us to do so if we are unaware of them.  Communication needs to be a two-way process and we rely on you to let us know if there is something which you feel needs to be addressed.  Please do let us know, at an early stage, if there is anything you feel needs clarification in order to avoid small issues becoming major concerns.

 

School Dinners & Breakfast Bar

A reminder that children are able to come to school from 8:30am if they would like to get a good breakfast at our Breakfast Bar.  We have cereals, toast, fruit and drinks available at a very reasonable cost.  There is always a good atmosphere at The Breakfast Bar and a great choice of healthy starts to the day.  Please note, only children who are going to Breakfast Bar are able to access school at 8:30am. 

 

School dinners are a great alternative to pack-ups offering a good range of hot meals, jacket potatoes, sandwiches and salad bars.  If your child would like to try hot dinners, please complete the slip below and return it, with payment, on Monday morning please.  Please be aware that we cannot accept orders for food / payment on days other than Monday.  During the course of the this term we hope to move to a cashless system for making dinner payments – watch out for more news soon.

 

I hope your child(ren) has had a great first week back.  As always, please come and see us if there is anything you would like to let us know. 

  

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Newsletter 33 - Summer Time

Newsletter 33

A big thank you to all the parents who attended the Open Evening last night.  It was really good to speak with you all and I know all the staff have really appreciated all the positive comments and support which was given.

 

Diary

Wed 17th July:                Year 3 & 4 Assembly (1:30pm)  Filey Methodist Church

Thurs 18th July:              Year 5 & 6 Assembly (1:30pm)  In School

Tues 23rd July:               School Finishes for Summer

Tues 3rd Sept:                School Opens

 

Staffing

I am sorry to inform you that Miss Jaques will be leaving us at the end of this academic year.  Miss Jaques has been at the school for six years and in that time has taken responsibility for much of the budgeting, buildings maintenance and day to day administration within school.  Miss Jaques will be missed by parents, staff and children and we all wish her the very best for the future as she moves to new and exciting challenges.

 

Parents’ Assemblies

We will be holding our Parents’ Assemblies on Wednesday and Thursday at 1:30pm.  Please note the venues:

 

Wednesday – Year 3 & 4 at Filey Methodist Church

 

Thursday – Year 5 & 6 in school

 

This will be the Year 6 children’s final assembly and a farewell as they move to secondary education – bring a tissue!

 

School Uniform

Please support us in providing your child with the correct uniform for September.  The school uniform does an excellent job of ensuring children are smart, feel included and supporting behaviour.  Please remember to ensure children have black shoes for September and the correct PE kit.

 

End of Term

Please remember that our school does not finish for the summer until Tuesday 23rd July.  We are aware that Filey School finishes this Friday but our school, and the infant school, are open on Monday and Tuesday of next week. 

 

School Reports

I hope you and your children were pleased with their end of year reports.  We are aware that were a couple of issues with the reports, particularly relating to attendance.  Although the reports may look the same as in previous years, we are actually using a new, online system.  This system brings many advantages, particularly relating to how teachers use their assessments to inform the content of the report.  Unfortunately, the way in which attendance is calculated has an error and this has led to some children having an absence recorded for periods when they have been on a residential trip or at a sporting event.  This will not affect their actual attendance and children will still receive their 100% certificates etc.  We apologise for any misunderstanding this may have caused.

 

We are hoping that over the course of the next academic year we will be able to provide you with online reporting throughout the course of the year.  This will keep you very up to date with your child’s progress and the targets they need to achieve.

 

 

 

As this will no doubt be the last Newsletter of the year I would like to wish you all a very happy, sunny summer and to thank you for all your support.

 

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Newsletter 32 - Important Information

Newsletter 32

As always, the end of the school year is a very busy time and one which takes a lot of thought and hard work.  This year is no different, and wherever you look around school, there are rehearsals, sports days, tests and a wide range of other activities taking place.  Unfortunately, we are unable to get children’s reports to you tonight, but they will be with you in the next few days.  Your children have been informed however, of which classes they will be in next year.

 

Thank you to the parents who attended the Parent Update Meeting last week.  There was some good discussion and debate and some positive ideas and solutions came from the meeting.  I have given the rest of this Newsletter over to the points discussed in the meeting – please read through carefully and we would like to give you opportunity to give your input on some of these initiatives when we send out our end of year questionnaire.

Diary

Tues 9th Jul:                   Year 3 & 4 Sports Day – 1.30pm

Wed 10th Jul:                 Year 5 & 6 Sports Day – 1.30pm

Thurs 11th & Fri 12th:       Transition Days

Mon 15th July:                Open Evening (5pm – 7pm)

Wed 17th July:                Year 3 & 4 Assembly (1:30pm)

Thurs 18th July:              Year 5 & 6 Assembly (1:30pm)

Tues 23rd July:               School Finishes for Summer

Tues 3rd Sept:                School Opens

Staffing

I am very pleased to inform you that we have appointed two new teachers for next year.  Mrs Butler, whom some of you will already know, will be teaching Year 5 next year, and Miss Dolan will be covering Miss Bonnett’s maternity leave in Year 3.  I’m sure you will join me in welcoming them to the school.

 

Maths Setting

After very careful and considered discussion, we have taken the decision to ‘set’ our Year 4, 5 and 6 children for mathematics next year.  This will mean that for one session each day, children will move to maths sets to work with children who are working at the same, or similar, ability to each other.  There are many points which can be raised in favour and against the use of setting.  At the moment however, we feel that this is the best solution in order to provide the support for the less able children whilst really stretching the more able children.  Children will still have work differentiated within each set and there will be movement between sets as children move through the year.  I hope you see this as a positive initiative.

 

Affiliation with The Diocese of York (Church of England)

Although not a church school, we do feel that children need to be well informed about religion and the part it plays in society.  We also want our children to be given clear direction regarding spiritual, moral and cultural development.  Affiliation with the Diocese of York will provide us with much better resourcing, training and direction in this area, whilst making our intentions to promote Christian values explicit to everyone involved in school.  Affiliation does NOT however make us a Church school, nor does it give the diocese any power or influence over the school.

 

School Vision

For the past four years we have had a shared vision in school :

 

Widening horizons and reaching our potential whilst respecting the world and each other,

within a happy, healthy and positive learning community

 

Whilst we still feel this is a very worthwhile and important statement, we recognise that times change and there is always a need to revisit what it is we stand for and what we are aiming to achieve.  It is with this in mind that we are looking to now review our Vision statement.  Please spend a little time thinking about this and we will give you the opportunity to respond in our end of year questionnaires.

 

I know this is a lot of information at one time, but please take the time to think these points over.  Don’t forget to call in or telephone if there is anything you would like to bring to our attention.

Newsletter 30 - Road Safety

Newsletter 30 – Road Safety

It’s the return of a more detailed Newsletter this week.  Summer Term is always a very busy time in school and I apologise for the lack of a Newsletter last week – I hope you will find this return useful and informative.

Diary

Thurs 27th June: Y5 Taster Day (Filey School)

Wk Begin 1st Jul:           Assessment Week

Filey Festival Week – Choir and Drum Club performing on the afternoon of Wed 3rd

Tues 9th Jul:                   Year 3 & 4 Sports Day – 1.30pm

Wed 10th Jul:                 Year 5 & 6 Sports Day – 1.30pm

Thurs 11th & Fri 12th:       Transition Days

Tues 23rd July:               School Finishes for Summer

 

Mr Hadden

I am sure you will all join me in wishing Mr Hadden, our caretaker and crossing patrol officer (lollipop man) a fond farewell.  You will no doubt still Mr Hadden, especially our Year 6 children, as he is moving to a new post at Filey Secondary School.  Mr Hadden has a done great job of keeping the children safe on the roads and keeping the school safe and secure over his time here.  Make sure you give him a wave if you see him!  Good luck Mr Hadden!

 

Unfortunately, the departure of Mr Hadden leaves us without a crossing patrol officer for the foreseeable future.  This post is provided by North Yorkshire County Council, not the school, and as such we do not play a direct role in the recruiting a replacement.  We have recently been asked however to advertise this post amongst parents – please see our notice board or call 07808058737 for more details.

 

In addition, there is also a vacancy for a caretaker at the school.  Again, the school does not directly employ the caretaker, it is an NYCC appointment, but we are very keen to ensure we have good applicants.  If you are interested in the post of caretaker, please let us know and we can give you additional details of the post and how to apply.

Important Safety Information Please Read Carefully

In the absence of a crossing patrol officer, I have been asked to remind parents and carers that it is your responsibility to ensure children’s safety on their way to and from school, including the crossing of roads.  As a school, we will be raising children’s awareness of road safety in the coming weeks, but could I ask you all to please do the same and re-enforce the dangers of crossing roads and the need to be careful and safe at all times.

 

Summer Fair

Despite the unpredictable weather and some last minute problems, the Summer Fair was a great success – thank you to everyone who came and gave their support.  Although we’ve not got a definite final figure, we estimate to have raised over £1000 which will be used to help purchase additional resources and equipment for the children of the school – we’ll update you as soon as the money is spent.  A big thank you to all the FoFJS and particularly Mrs Clarke for organising such a great day.

Parent Update Meeting

I would like to invite you to a ‘Parent Update’ meeting on Tuesday 4th July from 4pm.  There are a number of issues I would like to inform you about and give you the opportunity to give feedback on before next academic year.  I shall send more details next week, but please try to keep this time free if possible.

 

Thank you once again for your support and as always, please let us know if there is anything you wish to bring to our attention.  Mr McCarthey & Staff.

 

Week commencing 24th June 2013

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hot Dog Sausage

Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread or   Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Chicken Tikka

Brown Rice

Green Beans &   Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Artic Roll &   Peaches or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Bolognaise Wraps

Carrots &   Broccoli

Sauté Potatoes

Garlic Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Chocolate Muffin or   Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Minced Beef &   Yorkshire Pudding

Creamed Potato

Mixed Vegetables   & Cauliflower

Crusty Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Jam Sponge &   Custard or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Battered Fish or   Salmon Nibbles

Chips

Peas & Beetroot

Brown Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Cookie & Grapes   or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection salad bar with Sandwich or Jacket Potato (with either cheese, beans or tuna.)

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 28

As always, it’s amazing how quickly the time in school passes and here we are at the end of another half-term.  What is even more unbelievable however is the thought that we’re only a few weeks away from the end of the school year!  It’s quite remarkable to think of the Year 3 children, who always seem so young at the beginning of the year, will soon be moving into Year 4 and welcoming a new group of Year 3 children from Filey Infants.  It will certainly be a busy final half-term as we have loads of activities planned and plenty of opportunity for you to join in.  Thank you to everyone who attended the Parents’ Assemblies earlier this week – it was lovely to see so many of you in school for these events.

Diary

Fri 24th May                               Year 3 & Year 4 Bible Exhibition (in school)

Fri 24th May                               School closes for half-term

TUES 4th June                          School Opens

Tues 4th, Wed 5th                        Y5 & Y6 Hit the Surf!

Wed 5th June                              Y6 Photos

Fri 7th June                                Y5 Taster Day @ Filey School

Sat 15th June                             Summer Fair

Mr Logue

Some of you may have noticed that Mr Logue was not in school on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  Mr Logue  was actually attending interviews at Wheatcroft Primary School during this period and as a result, has been offered the post of Deputy Headteacher at that school.  A massive well done to Mr Logue!  Mr Logue has been at Filey Junior School for nearly 15 years and is a very valued and well thought of member of staff.  I am sure you will join me in wishing him every success in his new post which will begin September 2013.

Holidays in Term Time

I know you are all aware of the increased pressure we have had in recent years to reduce holidays in term time.  As a school we have taken every step possible to try to meet our targets whilst being sympathetic to the needs of our families and the pressures of living in a seaside community which relies upon holiday trade for much of its business.  From September 2013 however, due to new legislation, the school will no longer be in a position to agree its own policy on holidays in term time.  This means the school will no longer be able to authorise leave during term time and fines will be issued to families who do not follow this guidance.  Mrs Crozier (headteacher Filey Infants) and I have agreed a joint letter to inform you further of the new legislation – please see the reverse of this letter.  I hope you will understand that this is a decision which is beyond our control and appreciate that we have tried our best to work with you regarding this issue.

Bibles

Our Year 3 and Year 4 children were treated to an exciting and interactive Bible presentation today, delivered by our friends from local Churches.  This type of experience is a valuable part of the children’s RE curriculum and helps to give them a knowledge, understanding and interest in religion and the Bible.  I am very pleased to tell you that we have also applied for and been granted a donation of Children’s Illustrated Bibles from the charity Bibles for Schools.  This  donation will allow us to give every child their own Bible which they will keep in school and take with them as they move to Year 7.  We feel this is an excellent initiative and will allow children to read, enjoy and develop their understanding of religion, faith and spirituality.  If you do not wish your child to receive this gift, please complete the slip at the bottom of the letter and we will ensure they are not part of the presentation which will take place in school on Thursday 6th June.

Music

Don’t forget, you and your children can try out members of the brass family this half-term as  members of the Hunmanby Silver Band will be providing taster sessions and lessons at  Filey Methodist Church between 10.30 and 11.30am each morning from Monday to Saturday.

 

 

Thank you once again for your support and always, please let us know if there is anything you wish to bring to our attention.  Have a lovely Bank Holiday and half-term break.  Don’t forget, school opens on TUESDAY 4th June.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.


 

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Bible Presentation

I do NOT wish for my child to be presented with a free Children’s Illustrated Bible on Thursday 6th June

 

 

Name of Child:______________________________    Class:_______________


                        Filey CEVC Nursery & Infant School

and

Filey Junior School

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents

 

With effect from 1st September 2013 the Government will be implementing amendments to the regulations for school attendance.

 

The amendment will remove references to family holidays and extended leave as the statutory threshold of ten school days. This means that when the new regulations come into force on 1st September 2013 headteachers MAY NOT grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances and the headteacher will determine the number of school days a child can be away if leave is granted. Exceptional circumstances would reflect unfortunate events such as the death of a parent or sibling.

 

The 2007 regulations set out procedures for issuing penalty notices (fines) to EACH parent who fails to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school.

 

Further amendments to the 2007 regulations will reduce the timescales for paying a penalty notice. From 1st September 2013 parents must pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days and will be subject to faster prosecutions by local authorities.

 

As local headteachers we fully understand the seasonal work of our locality but as we will be bound by such stringent rules for September 1st 2013, we ask you to ensure holidays are not booked within term time and hope we can work together to comply with the new regulations that have been placed upon us all.

 

In anticipation, we thank you for your co-operation.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Mr H McCarthey

Headteacher

 

Newsletter 27 – SPaG SAT

It’s been a very important and busy week in school with our Year 6 children sitting their SATs tests.  As you will have seen in the news, this year has seen many changes in these tests with children now being asked to sit a discrete Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test (SPaG).  This is an element of the Literacy curriculum with which all children throughout the school are now becoming more familiar – don’t be surprised to find your children talking about adverbial phrases and embedded clauses!  Both children and teachers in Year 6 deserve a big ‘Well Done!’ having worked so hard throughout the week and it’s surprising how many children actually say they have enjoyed the test period.

Diary

Wed 22nd May                            Year 3 & 4 Parent Assembly

Thur 23rd May                            Year 5 & 6 Parent Assembly

Fri 24th May                               Year 3 & Year 4 Bible Exhibition (in school)

Fri 24th May                               School closes for half-term

Tues 4th June                             School Opens

Tues 4th  , Wed 5th June               Y5 Hit the Surf! (Tues-Class 7, Wed-Class 8)

Wed 5th June                              Y6 Photos

Fri 7th June                                Y5 Taster Day @ Filey School

Sat 15th June                            SUMMER FAIR!

SUMMER FAIR

Please remember to keep Saturday 15th June free for our Summer Fair!  Last year was a great success and we hope to make this year even better.  We are in need of donations however - tombola, books, jewellery, uniform etc.  Please drop any items in at reception or ask your child to bring them in.  We also NEED HELP!  It’s great fun getting involved and we can use any amount of time you have to offer – from running a stall to helping to set up / tidy away.  Please let us know if you can help in anyway.  As always, all profits will be used to provide the children with extra treats and resources (from Christmas presents to playground equipment).

Filey Methodist Church Music Festival

Do you want something to do during the Half Term break? Are you interested in learning to play a brass instrument? Then go along to Filey Methodist Church between 10.30am and 11.30am from Monday to Saturday where members of the Hunmanby Silver Band will be on hand to show you the basics of playing all kinds of instruments from the brass family. These sessions are open to parents as well as children. There will be a daily charge of £1 for those wishing to take part. Why not learn a new skill this Bank Holiday and be part of the Filey Festival of Music? Places are limited, so if you are interested please contact Mr Hazledine on (01723)512969 to book a place or to get further information

Walk To School Week

Next week is Walk To School Week.  We would like to ask everyone to consider leaving the car at home, or if that is not possible, consider parking at Tesco or another car park which is not around the school’s immediate vacinity.  We will be asking children about how they travel to school each day next week and we will be rewarding some of our more active children.

Mountain Biking

The third of the 2013 Go Ride Championships will be held 19th May at Adderstone Field , Dalby Forest, near ThorntonDale.  Great event for Beginners/ novices Classes for U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/U16.  Arrive to sign on 9:30am with first race at 10:15 - all finished by 1pm.  Three races for each age group with courses on grass and forest single track.  Any bike suitable but must have working brakes and riders must wear helmet (gloves and warm clothing advised).  Entry fee £4 (covers insurance etc. Please note there may be a forest toll fee).  For info call 01723 513 773   or email info@bshygiene.co.uk

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

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Week commencing 20th May 2013

 

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hot Dog Sausage

Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread or   Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Chicken Tikka

Brown Rice

Green Beans &   Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Artic Roll &   Peaches or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Bolognaise Wraps

Carrots &   Broccoli

Sauté Potatoes

Garlic Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Chocolate Muffin or   Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Minced Beef &   Yorkshire Pudding

Creamed Potato

Mixed Vegetables   & Cauliflower

Crusty Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Jam Sponge & Custard   or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Battered Fish or   Salmon Nibbles

Chips

Peas & Beetroot

Brown Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Cookie & Grapes   or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection salad bar with Sandwich or Jacket Potato (with either cheese, beans or tuna.)

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 26 – Exam Time

It’s going to be an important week for our year 6 children next week as they enter SATs week.  I noticed on the news this morning there was a debate about how children cope with tests and whether they are introduced to children at too young an age.  Whilst we cannot change the fact that our children do need to sit these tests, I hope the majority of our children do not feel too much pressure at this time of year and we do try our best to balance the revision and test preparation with a certain amount of fun and enjoyment – I noticed one of our year 6 classes enjoying a game of cricket yesterday morning and the children were all very happy and participating well.  Having said that, please ensure children get a good night’s rest over the next week, so they are refreshed and able to give their best.  In order to give children a good start, we will also be offering our year 6 children a free breakfast (drink and cereal, fruit or toast) over next week to ensure they have the energy to do well and also have a little time to get together to socialise and relax before their tests.  Good luck to everyone involved!

Diary

Wed 22nd May                            Year 3 & 4 Parent Assembly

Thur 23rd May                            Year 5 & 6 Parent Assembly

Fri 24th May                               Year 3 & Year 4 Bible Exhibition (in school)

Fri 24th May                               School closes for half-term

Tues 4th June                             School Opens

Wed 5th, Thurs 6th June               Y5 & Y6 Hit the Surf!

Wed 5th June                              Y6 Photos

Fri 7th June                                Y5 Taster Day @ Filey School

 

In addition to this week’s diary, we would like to remind you of the following holiday dates for the rest of this, and next, academic year.  Please remember to avoid booking any holidays in term time.  If these are absolutely unavoidable, please ensure you have written authorisation from school before booking.  We are only able to authorise a maximum of five days holiday and this will only be granted if a child’s attendance is already good (above 95%) and there is an agreement to do some work and complete a holiday diary whilst away.  Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

 

SUMMER TERM 2013                                                               SUMMER TERM 2014

School Finishes                                    Tues 23rd July 2013                    School Opens               Wed 23rd April 2014

AUTUMN TERM 2013                                                                May Day Holiday           Mon 5th May 2014

School Opens                           Tues 3rd September 2013           Half Term – School Closes  Fri 23rd May 2014

Half Term – School Closes        Fri 25th October 2013                 School Opens               Tues 3rd June 2014

School Re-Opens                      Tues 5th November 2013 School Closes              Tues 22nd July 2014

School Closes                          Fri 20th December 2013

SPRING TERM 2013                

School Opens                           Tuesday 7th January 2014

Half Term – School Closes        Fri 14th February 2014

School Opens                           Mon 24th February 2014

School Closes                          Fri 4th April 2014

Low Mill

We have had an amazing response to next year’s Year 6 residential trip – so much so that we have now booked a second week to accommodate all the children wishing to attend.  Please remember, we do need to have a deposit paid and slip returned by Friday 24th May in order to secure a place.  If you have any questions regarding the trip, please come and ask.

 

Thank you and as always, please let us know if there is anything you wish to bring to our attention.


Mr McCarthey & Staff.

 


Week commencing 13 May 2013

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato   Wedges

Baked Beans

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Krispi cereal bar or

Yoghurt or Fruit

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Peas & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Ice Cream &   Mandarins or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Fish Fingers

Spaghetti Hoops

Roast Potatoes

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Orange Brownie or   Yoghurt or  Fresh Fruit

Chicken Pie 

Mashed Potato

Carrot &   Broccoli

Bread Bun

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Eve’s Pudding &   Custard or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Homemade Beef Burger   in a Bun

Chips

Peas / Coleslaw

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack or Yoghurt   or Fresh Fruit

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection salad bar with Sandwich or Jacket Potato (with either cheese, beans or tuna.)

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week

Newsletter 25 – Road Safety

                      Filey Junior School

Widening horizons and reaching our potential whilst respecting the world and each other,

within a happy, healthy and positive learning community

Newsletter 25 – Road Safety

 

Just a short Newsletter this week as I wanted to include some very important information I have received regarding road safety around the school.  This is a very real issue and one which we must all take our part in addressing if accidents are to be avoided.  Please take the time to read the attached report, prepared by the Rydale Road Safety Task Group.  The information contained in the report is specific to our school and does highlight a number of very important and serious concerns.

 

I do want to briefly mention our boys and girls who took part in recent football competition.  Our boys were narrowly beaten 3 – 2 by Hackness boys.  The girls were in action too in the Semi-Finals of the Scarborough Plate.  Unfortunately the game was cut short at 0-0 and a reply is yet to be played (good luck girls!).  Well done to everyone involved.  Mr McCarthey & Staff.

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Week commencing 6th May 2013

 

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

Chicken Tikka

Brown Rice

Green Beans &   Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Artic Roll &   Peaches or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Bolognaise Wraps

Carrots & Broccoli

Sauté Potatoes

Garlic Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Chocolate Muffin or   Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Minced Beef &   Yorkshire Pudding

Creamed Potato

Mixed Vegetables   & Cauliflower

Crusty Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Jam Sponge &   Custard or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Battered Fish or   Salmon Nibbles

Chips

Peas & Beetroot

Brown Bread

or a selection from   the Salad Bar

*****

Cookie & Grapes   or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection salad bar with Sandwich or Jacket Potato (with either cheese, beans or tuna.)

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 23 - Here Comes The Sun!

Welcome back everyone!  I hope you’ve all had a really good Easter break and that your children are all pleased to be back at school.  We’ve got a couple of important reminders to give you this week and news of an exciting update to our curriculum which I am sure your children will very much enjoy.  Exciting news too for our Year 5 pupils – we are pleased to confirm we will once again be visiting Low Mill for a week in the sun next November!

 

Curriculum Enrichment Time

From next week, we will begin a new Friday afternoon Enrichment Time in school.  This will allow children to have an option of what they would like to study on the last session of the week.  Activities will include arts and crafts, music, cookery and sporting activities.  Children will be given the chance to choose an ‘option’ for which they sign up during the half-term.  Classes will be of mixed ages and we see this as a really exciting and innovative way to reward the children for good behaviour and also allow a broader curriculum for the children in the school. 

Uniform, Jewellery and Hair

Quite a significant minority of children are currently coming to school in clothing, footwear, and jewellery which does not conform to our uniform policy.  Please ensure children have plain black footwear, plain tights (girls), no jewellery other than small stud earrings and red jumpers or sweatshirts.  A number of boys are now sporting some rather ‘tall’ hair styles which is again unacceptable for school.  Could I also remind you that children need a white t-shirt and black shorts for PE?  For health and hygiene reasons, this must be a change from their regular school shirt.  Please support us in this matter as quite often just a small allowance for something like this sends the wrong message to children about what is acceptable in school and can lead to further issues regarding other school rules and behaviour.

The Head Lice Challenge

Well done to everyone who entered our extreme combing photo competition.  Some really creative shots were rewarded with some very tasty Easter eggs.  Please remember to keep on combing – it is by far the best way to detect and remove head lice at an early stage.

Holidays in Term Time

Can I remind you all, now the weather is turning warmer, that we are unable to authorise more than 5 days holiday during term time per year, and this will only be granted under special circumstances where children have a good attendance level and where parents can demonstrate a need to take a holiday during school time, with an agreement to complete work whilst away.  Schools are under increasing pressure to not allow any holidays in term time, but as we serve a community which relies upon tourism, we have made this allowance as a way to continue to meet the needs of our families.  Please do not book any holiday dates however until you have received confirmation that dates will be granted. 

Bikes and Scooters

Now the weather is turning warmer, please remember children are welcome to ride (or scoot) to school but must have a Bike Pass (even if on a scooter) signed by a parent / carer and agree to wear helmets and high vis’ jackets.  For all the budding Olympic cyclists out there, the second event of the 2013 Go Ride Championship is on 21st April at Gallows Close, Endcliffe Crescent, Scarborough, YO12 6HZ.  A great event for beginners/ novices with classes for U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/U16.  Arrive to sign on at 9.30am with the first race at 10:15am and all finished by 1pm with three races for each age group. Any bike is suitable but must have working brakes and rider must wear a helmet.  Entry fee £4 (Covers insurance etc).  For any info call 01723 513773 or email info@bshygiene.co.uk

 

Thank you and as always, please let us know if there is anything you wish to bring to our attention.


Mr McCarthey & Staff.

 


Week commencing 22nd April 2013

 

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hot Dog Sausage

Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Chicken Tikka

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Artic Roll & Peaches or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Bolognaise Wraps

Carrots & Broccoli

Sauté Potatoes

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Chocolate Muffin or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Minced Beef & Yorkshire Pudding

Creamed Potato

Mixed Vegetables & Cauliflower

Crusty Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Jam Sponge & Custard or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Battered Fish or Salmon Nibbles

Chips

Peas & Beetroot

Brown Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Cookie & Grapes or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection salad bar with Sandwich or Jacket Potato (with either cheese, beans or tuna.)

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

 

Newsletter 22 - Spring Chickens! 15/03/2013

Newsletter 22 – Spring Chickens!

It’s officially Spring time and I’m sure those of you who attended our Easter Services at the Methodist Church have still got a certain song buzzing around your heads!  Many thanks to everyone who did attend the service – it’s always lovely to see the support and encouragement we receive from parents, carers, family and friends.  And I think you’ll agree, the children did a wonderful job of brightening up a rather cold and grey start to Spring.

 

Diary

Wed 27th Mar                             A Taste of History – Class 8 & Class 10 (Wartime Rationing)      

Thurs 28th Mar                          Easter Lunch & School Finishes for Easter

 

Mon 15th Apr                             School Re-opens

Mon 22nd – Tues 23rd Apr            Tear 4 Trip to London

 

The Head Lice Challenge

Please remember to support us in our battle against the bugs over the next week!  Children have been telling us all about their photo’s (or plans for photo’s) and we can’t wait to see the results.  Digital photo editing is perfectly allowable (children are currently using Photoshop in their ICT lessons), just be as creative and imaginative as possible.  But most importantly!!!  Please remember to wet comb the children’s hair regularly even if you do not suspect them of having head lice.   

 

Email

Would you like to receive Newsletters and other correspondence from school via email?  You can avoid the forgotten letters at the bottom of school bags and eventually, we hope to help reduce our printing and paper costs (not to mention being good for the environment!).  Initially you will still receive paper copies, but we hope to eventually go electronic if enough people show an interest.  Newsletters and other important information is always available on our website too.  Please complete and return the slip below if you would like to receive email correspondence. 

 

Thank you and as always, please let us know if there is anything you wish to bring to our attention.


Mr McCarthey & Staff.


 


School Email

 

Yes please!  I would like to receive email communications from school.  I understand paper copies will still be sent and I will be informed if this changes.

 

Child’s Name:________________________          Class:__________________

 

Email address(es):___________________________________________________________________

 

Please return this form to your child’s class teacher of the school office.

 

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Week commencing 25th March 2013

 

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hot Dog Sausage

Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Chicken Tikka

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Artic Roll & Peaches or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Bolognaise Wraps

Carrots & Broccoli

Sauté Potatoes

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Chocolate Muffin or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

EASTER MENU

 

Roast Pork Loin

Roast Potatoes

Broccoli & Carrots

 

******

Krispie Easter Nest

Fruit or Yoghurt

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

A selection of cold sandwiches, salad bar or Jacket Potato with a choice of fillings is available every day.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £8.40 per week.

 

Newsletter 21 - Free Gift

Filey Junior School

Widening horizons and reaching our potential whilst respecting the world and each other,

within a happy, healthy and positive learning community

 

Newsletter 21 – FREE GIFT!

If you’re reading this side of the Newsletter, please remember to turn over for a really important initiative we are launching today.  Whilst you’re on this side however, we do have some news and messages to tell you.  Make sure you’ve also got your free gift, given with every copy of this newsletter!

Diary

Thur 14th Mar                             Bernard the Poet – Road Safety Day

Fri 15th Mar                                Red Nose Day

Wed 20th Mar                             Year 5 & 6 Easter Service (Methodist Church 2pm)

Thurs 21st  Mar                           Year 3 & 4 Easter Service (Methodist Church 2pm)

Thurs 21st Mar                            Year 5 & 6 Trip to Eden Camp

Thurs 28th Mar                            School finishes for Easter

Mon 15th April                            School Opens

Road Safety Day

Our children all had a road safety message delivered yesterday, in the form of music and poetry form Bernard the Poet!  Our Year 3 children worked with Bernard throughout the day to produce their own poems with a serious road safety message.  Please reinforce this message by discussing road safety with your children and ensuring you and your children use good road safety when you’re out and about.

Red Nose Day

Comic Relief has definitely come to Filey this week as all I can see as I look out of the window is a sea of Red Noses and some very strange hair styles (and that’s just the teachers!).  Red Nose Day does of course have a serious side to it, and we will be collecting your children’s jokes for a compilation Comic Relief Joke Book which we hope to be available for the end of term.  The joke book will be on sale at school with the profits donated to Comic Relief.

Water

As part of promoting healthy lifestyles at our school, we encourage all children to bring water bottles to school which they can have with them in classrooms and refill at our water coolers.  Can I remind everyone, however, children should only bring water for drinking in class – no fruit juice, pop or other flavoured drinks please?  Children may bring a flavoured drink with their packed lunch, but this is only for lunch times only.  Filey Junior School water bottles are available at reception, but children may bring their own bottles.

Sports

Cross Country – Our children did an excellent job at Scarborough College last week, braving the cold and wet to run in the cross-country event.  All of our children finished within the top 30, and Golda won the Year 3-4 girls race with ease (a star for the future we’re sure!).  Well done everyone and get training for the next event.

Football – Our Year 5 & 6 boys were in action this week. Playing 6 games in the Scarborough Tournament, our boys played with enthusiasm and great sportsmanship.  They were very unlucky not to win a couple of games, but came home having drawn 4 and lost 2 games.

SUMDOG!

Finally, A big well done to all our children for their super efforts in entering the online math’s competition run on Sumdog this week.  Our children put Filey Junior School 2nd in the whole of North Yorkshire for the amount of maths questions answered online.  All your chidren have Sumdog and Mathletics usernames and passwords.  If you haven’t already done so, please ask your children, or their teachers, about this excellent resource which our school provides for your children.

 

As always, please let us know if there is anything you wish to bring to our attention.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

 

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Weeks commencing 18 March 2013

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

 

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Fish Fingers 

Spaghetti Hoops

Roast Potatoes

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Pie 

Mashed Potato

& Veg

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Easter Lunch

Roast Pork Loin

Roast Potatoes

Broccoli & Carrots

 

*******

Krispie Easter Nest

Fruit or Yoghurt

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

 

A selection of cold sandwiches, salad bar or Jacket Potato with a choice of fillings is available every day.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.


 


Filey Junior School

Widening horizons and reaching our potential whilst respecting the world and each other,

within a happy, healthy and positive learning community

 


Beat the Bug Challenge!

As promised last week, we are now launching an attack on head lice!  To make this a more enjoyable and fun experience, we’re asking families to do some Extreme Combing!  We want all the children in school to ensure they wet comb their hair at least four times in the next two weeks and take the silliest, most extreme, funniest and most creative photograph of them having their hair wet combed in a battle against the bugs!  There will be prizes for the best photographs in each class and a special grand prize for the overall winner!  Please note, photo’s can be handed in using the slip below or emailed to: admin@filey-jun.n-yorks.sch.uk

 

As it’s Red Nose Day today, we thought this would be a good day to launch the challenge which will run until the end of the term (Thursday 28th March).  And to get everyone of to a flying start, the Friends of Filey Junior School (FoFs) have kindly purchased a fine-toothed comb (nit comb) for every child in the school.  It is vitally important that all children (and parents/ carers too) take part in the challenge and keeps it up if we’re to beat the bugs once and for all.  Please read the information below carefully and follow the instructions given so we can make Filey a bug free zone.

Facts

  • Head lice are tiny wingless insects that live in human hair.  They are common, particularly in children.
  • Head lice are grey-brown in colour, the size of a pinhead when hatched and of a sesame seed when fully grown.
  • They cannot fly, jump or swim and are spread by head-to-head contact, climbing from the hair of an infected person to the hair of someone else.
  • A head lice infestation is not the result of dirty hair or poor hygiene. Head lice can affect all types of hair irrespective of its condition and length.
  • Head lice only affect humans and cannot be passed on to animals or be caught from them.
  • Head lice are a common problem, particularly in school children who are 4-11 years of age.
  • It is not easy to tell exactly how common head lice are, however, it is thought that more than 1 in 3 children in the UK are likely to get head lice at some time during the year!

 

Wet Combing

The use of medicated products is not necessary for wet combing. This is advantageous because head lice are becoming more resistant to the insecticides commonly used to remove them. However, for wet combing to be effective, it involves regular and thorough combing which is time consuming:

  • Wash the hair using ordinary shampoo and apply plenty of conditioner – do not rinse the conditioner out.  Use a normal comb or brush to untangle the hair.
  • Once the comb moves freely through the hair without dragging, switch to the louse detection comb. Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots with the bevel-edge of the teeth lightly touching the scalp.
  • Draw the comb down to the ends of the hair with every stroke and check the comb for lice.
  • Remove lice by wiping or rinsing the comb.
  • Work methodically through the hair, section by section, so that the whole head of hair is combed through.
  • Rinse out conditioner and repeat the combing procedure in the wet hair.
  • Repeat the procedure every 3-4 days so that you clear young lice as they hatch, before they have time to reach maturity.

The length of time it will take to comb your child’s hair will depend on the type of hair your child has and how long it is. For example, short, straight hair can be quickly prepared and can be fine-toothed combed in a few minutes, whereas longer, curlier hair will take longer to comb.  Even if you do not think your child has head lice, using this method regularly (at least once a week) is the best form of prevention and early detection.  Get in the habit!

PLEASE help us in the battle against head lice!  If we all take part, we can defeat these unwanted guests.  Please remember to wet comb your child’s hair every 3-4 days and take a photo to be brought into school, together with the slip below, by Thursday 28th March.  Remember you can email us your photo’s if this is easier.


 


Beat the Bug Challenge!

 

NAME:_________________________________________              CLASS:______________________

 

Please add the dates your child’s hair was wet combed:

 

  1. _______________          2.______________         3.________________     4.__________________

 

 

Signed____________________________ 

Please return to school with your child’s silly / extreme combing photo by Thursday 28th March.  Alternatively, you can email us: admin@filey-jun.n-yorks.sch.uk  Thank you!

Newsletter 20 - Books, Noses and Head Lice (Again)! 04.03.13

Filey Junior School

Widening horizons and reaching our potential whilst respecting the world and each other,

within a happy, healthy and positive learning community

 

Newsletter 20 – Books, Noses and Head Lice (Again)!

Already this half-term is nearly half over and we continue to have a very busy and hectic schedule.  We’ve got loads to fit in over the next few weeks as you’ll see below.  Amongst all the fun and activities there are a couple of serious messages as well, which I would ask us all to take time to look at and think about.    

Diary

Mon 4th Mar                               Parent Interviews (4pm – 6pm) – Other times will be available during the week.

Thur 7th Mar                               World Book Day

Thur 14th Mar                             Bernard the Poet – Road Safety Day

Fri 15th Mar                                Red Nose Day

Wed 20th Mar                             Year 5 & 6 Easter Service (Methodist Church 2pm)

Thurs 21st  Mar                           Year 3 & 4 Easter Service (Methodist Church 2pm)

World Book Day

World Book Day was a great success with some lovely costumes and some very good reading – thanks to everyone for all the effort you’d obviously put in to making the children look so colourful!  Remember, the Challenging Book Challenge continues until Next Friday!

Red Nose Day

Arrangements for Red Nose Day have now been finalised.  Please see the reverse of this letter for details from our School Council.

Head Lice

As mentioned last week, we are wanting to raise awareness of these uninvited guests and help everyone in the school (and the infant school) wave them goodbye for ever.  From Next Friday (Red Nose Day) we are launching a Head lice Awareness Week.  This event will be aimed at helping everyone detect and remove head lice, but we are also wanting to add a bit of fun and competition to proceedings.  Hopefully, we can get the children fired up to help solve the problem (we know children are not always very keen on having their hair conditioned and combed!).  Look out for more info next week!

Language and Attitudes

Unfortunately we have had a couple of incidents of children using inappropriate, racist or homophobic language recently.  This type of language and these attitudes are clearly not acceptable within our community and we would like to ask for your help in ensuring your children are not using or being exposed to this type of behaviour.  We have already begun to address this in school by raising children’s awareness of this type of behaviour in assemblies, and we will continue to educate the children about tolerance and understanding.  Children who use this type of language, together with swearing, will be given Red Cards and parents will be informed.  Continued use of this type of language could ultimately lead to exclusion.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

Road Safety

We have had a couple of incidents reported to us recently of children from our school not using the pelican crossings correctly when walking home.  We already have a Road Safety Day planned in school for next week, but we thought we should ask for your support in reinforcing the road safety message, particularly if your children walk home unaccompanied.  This also applies to children who need to use the level crossing to cross the railway line of course.

 

 

As always, please let us know if there is anything you wish to bring to our attention.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

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Weeks commencing 11 March 2013

 

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hot Dog Sausage

Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Chicken Tikka

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Artic Roll & Peaches or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Bolognaise Wraps

Carrots & Broccoli

Sauté Potatoes

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Chocolate Muffin or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Minced Beef & Yorkshire Pudding

Creamed Potato

Mixed Vegetables & Cauliflower

Crusty Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Jam Sponge & Custard or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Battered Fish or Salmon Nibbles

Chips

Peas & Beetroot

Brown Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Cookie & Grapes or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

A selection of cold sandwiches, salad bar or Jacket Potato with a choice of fillings is available every day.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

 

 

 

Newsletter 19 - Here Comes The Sun (01 March 2013)

Newsletter 19 – Here Comes The Sun

Welcome back everyone!  Well the sun is out and the colour seems to have returned to the world, but although it may seem bright and sunny, it is still bitterly cold out there.  Please remember to ensure children have their coats and warm clothing as we want children to enjoy being out in the fresh air.  This half-term is a fairly short one, but we will be just as busy and have plenty of activities and events taking place for the children and you to enjoy.

Diary

Mon 4th Mar                               Parent Interviews (4pm – 6pm) – Other times will be available during the week.

Thur 7th Mar                               World Book Day

Thur 14th Mar                             Bernard the Poet – Road Safety Day

Fri 15th Mar                                Red Nose Day

World Book Day

This year’s World Book Day will take place on Thursday 7th March.  To mark the event we are asking the children to come dressed as a character from a book!  We are also going to ask all the children (and adults) to start reading a challenging book on this day and to aim to complete it by Red Nose Day of the following week.  We really hope you can join in and enjoy getting into a good book!

Red Nose Day

Our School Council have been busy organising Red Nose Day this year.  We will have noses for sale on the day (priced at £1.00 each) and we are asking all the children and teachers to think of their best jokes for a Comic Relief Assembly and Joke Book.  It’s also going to be a ‘Back to Front Day!’

Head Lice

Once again, we appear to have a number of cases of head lice within the school.  Please check your children’s hair carefully and treat them to ensure the removal of both lice and eggs.  The best way to deal with the problem is to regularly use conditioner and a fine tooth comb (even when you don’t suspect your child, or you, of having head lice).  This method ensures early detection and avoids the head lice having time to lay eggs.  We are planning a special ‘Head Lice Awareness Week’, but please start now by checking your whole family for these pesky pests.

On Yer Bike!

The Scarborough Youth Mountain Bike series 2013 kicks off at Filey Country Park on Sunday 17th March.  This is a great event for beginner Bradley Wiggins/ Victora Pendletons with novices Classes for U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/U16.  Arrive to sign in at 9.30am with the first race at 10:15am and all finished by 1pm.  There will be three races for each age group / course on grass and tracks.  Any bike is suitable but must have working brakes and the riders must wear a helmet (gloves and warm clothing advised).  Entry fee £4 (covers insurance etc).  For any info call Bryden Simpson on 513773 or email bryden@go-ride.info

Filey Police Safer Neighbourhood Team

The local Police made a very informative and entertaining visit to our school assembly this week.  They want to meet you and get your views too!  If you are able to attend one of the following events, they would be pleased to speak with you and get your views and ideas on policing around the area:

04 March 2013 - Meet The Team Initiative &  Security Coding,  Age UK, 17 Belle Vue St, Filey,11am-Noon with PCSO 4862 Tony Bate

13 March 2013 - Meet The Team Initiative, Filey Senior School 12:45pm-1:30pm with PCSO 4862 Tony Bate

20 March 2013 - Meet The Team Initiative, Filey Library 5pm-6pm with PCSO 4869 Caroline Richman FURTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM PCSO 4862 TONY BATE OR PCSO 4869 CAROLINE RICHMAN AT FILEY POLICE STATION

 

As always, please let us know if there is anything you wish to bring to our attention.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

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Weeks commencing 11 February 2013

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

 

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Fish Fingers 

Spaghetti Hoops

Roast Potatoes

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Pie 

Mashed Potato

& Veg

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Homemade Beef Burger in a Bun Chips

Peas/Coleslaw

Or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

 

A selection of cold sandwiches, salad bar or Jacket Potato with a choice of fillings is available every day.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 18 FEB 2013

Due to the increasing news coverage regarding school meals.  Please find attached North Yorkshire County Councils school meals information letter.  We use County Caterers in school and attached is the food policy which is used.

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Newsletter 18 - Internet Safety - 08/02/2013

Newsletter 18 – Internet Safety

Happy Chinese New Year!  This year it is the year of the snake and our canteen staff have been busy decorating the dining area and preparing a special lunch to mark the occasion.  I really hope your children enjoy it.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, due to an on-going problem with the heating in school, next week’s Parents’ Assemblies have been cancelled.  Whilst we’re managing to keep the temperature in school up to a reasonable temperature in classrooms, the hall has been out of action for the last few weeks as it is bitterly cold.  Hopefully, the problem will be resolved during half-term when engineers are able to get in to school and investigate the problem more thoroughly.  We do apologise for the inconvenience.

 

Diary

Wed 13th Feb                             Year 3 & 4 visit to Eden Camp

Wed 13th Feb                             Year 5 & 6 Parent Assemblies (CANCELLED)

Thur 14th Feb                             Year 3 & 4 Parent Assemblies (CANCELLED)

Fri 15th Feb                                School Closes For Half-Term – 3:30pm

Mon 25th Feb                             School Opens

Mon 4th Mar                               Parent Interviews (4pm – 6pm) – Other times will be available during the week.

 

Internet Safety

This week and next, your children will be doing a number activities to promote online safety and security.  It’s important to speak to your children and promote online safety in the home as well as in school.  In school we have a number of safe guards and filters which help prevent children getting into danger whilst online.  At home, you may find it helpful to look at the following points:

  • Encourage your children to keep their personal information private.
  • Don't give your children free reign. Limit the number of hours they spend online by allocating a set time when they can browse the web and social networks. 
  • Don't allow your pre-teen to have a social profile unless you have access to all usernames and passwords. Remember that Facebook has a minimum age requirement of 13 should you wish to have a profile. 
  • Communicate the dangers of the internet with your children. Explain the risks of meeting strangers who have made contact online and encourage open communication, making them feel comfortable enough to come to you with any concerns they may have.
  • Do insist that all downloads and software installations be cleared with you first so as to avoid your personal information being hacked or put at risk. 
  • Ensure that your children do not send photos or give out address details about themselves or the family to anyone, or post such information on any online forum.

 

There are more tips and advice available on our website and we hope to have an internet awareness evening for parents in the near future.  If you would like any advice or would like to bring anything to our attention, please do not hesitate to call in.

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

 

 

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Weeks commencing 11 February 2013

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

 

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Fish Fingers 

Spaghetti Hoops

Roast Potatoes

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Pie 

Mashed Potato

& Veg

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Homemade Beef Burger in a Bun Chips

Peas/Coleslaw

Or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

 

A selection of cold sandwiches, salad bar or Jacket Potato with a choice of fillings is available every day.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 17 - February 01.02.2013

Filey Junior School

Widening horizons and reaching our potential whilst respecting the world and each other,

within a happy, healthy and positive learning community

 

Newsletter 17 – February

Well January is now behind us and it looks like February is going to turn out nice – well it is clear skies and dry today at least!  It’s very nice to see the children able to get outside again after the long wet, snowy spell.  The children have behaved very well throughout their time being stuck indoors and are a credit to everyone.

 

Apologies for my premature advertisement of the Chinese New Year menu in the last Newsletter.  The celebration lunch is actually this Friday.

 

Diary

Wed 13th Feb                             Year 3 & 4 visit to Eden Camp

Wed 13th Feb                             Year 5 & 6 Parent Assemblies (2:00pm in school)

Thur 14th Feb                             Year 3 & 4 Parent Assemblies (2:00pm in school)

Fri 15th Feb                                School Closes For Half-Term – 3:30pm

Mon 25th Feb                             School Opens

Mon 4th Mar                               Parent Interviews (4pm – 6pm) – Other times will be available during the week.

 

Governor Update

As I’m sure you are aware, the School Governors make a lot of important decisions about the school and the direction it takes in improving the education for our children.  After each meeting either myself, or Mrs Bozeat the Chairperson, will give you some brief notes about what was discussed in each meeting and any decisions made.

 

In our January meeting it was agreed that the school should look to improve the security of the buildings and the field by replacing the existing wooden fence with a steel mesh one – the same as already fitted around the playground.  It was also agreed to replace the existing front doors, which are in a poor state at the moment. 

 

We discussed the additional support which is currently given to our children in the form of intervention classes, and it was agreed to continue with these as they are having a very positive impact on the children who need a little extra support.  It was also agreed to add some additional support for Year 6 children in the run up to their end of year SATs test.

 

Finally, we still have a place on the Governing Body for a Parent Governor and we will be inviting anyone who has an interest to sit in on a meeting to get a feel for what the Governor role entails – look out for more info’ soon.

 

Clubs

Many of you will know I have an interest in developing girl’s football within school and we have a very keen and able set of lady footballers.  I am really pleased to tell you we have just managed to appoint an F.A. trained football coach who will be coming in to school on a Wednesday evening after half-term.  These sessions are open to all of our girls and will run outside whatever the weather!  Permission slips will be coming out next week.

 

A reminder to all you keep fit fans!  We run a fun and very active Zumbatonic Club for parents and children every Wednesday evening from 3:30pm.  Everyone is welcome although children must bring along an adult.  If you’re interested in re-igniting your keep-fit resolution, come and join in,  The sessions are free and run until 4:30pm.

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

 

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Weeks commencing 4 February 2013

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hot Dog Sausage

Potato  Wedges

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Tikka 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

Or  a selection from Salad Bar

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Bolognaise Wraps 

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Minced Beef &

Yorkshire Pudding

Creamed Potato

& Veg

Crusty Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Chinese Chicken Curry with Prawn Crackers

*****

Chocolate Muffin and a Fortune Cookie!

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection from the salad bar.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 16 - Keeping Going - 25.01.13

Newsletter 16 – Keeping Going

Thankfully, we’ve made it to the end of the week in one piece.  It’s been one of those weeks that are sent to try everyone in and around school, but thanks to the hard work and great efforts of staff and children, we’ve made a good job of it and managed a successful week.  From staff absences, to ice and snow; from boiler breakdowns, to unannounced fire alarms and leaks in the ceiling; we’ve had an eventful time in school and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work in ensuring we’ve managed to keep going without any interruptions to the children’s education.

 

Unfortunately we did need to close the school early last Friday – these decisions are never made lightly and we do our very best to keep going.  Please be assured however, if the school does need to close early, for any reason, we will never leave children unsupervised or send them home without your instruction.  In these circumstances, whilst we may give a time to pick your child up, if you are unable to make it to school for that time, let us know and we will ensure your children are kept safe and busy.  Remember to keep us updated with mobile phone numbers so we can contact you in emergencies and watch the school website if you’re unsure about the school being open.

Diary

Wed 13th Feb                             Year 3 & 4 visit to Eden Camp

                                                Year 5 & 6 Parent Assemblies (2:00pm in school)

Thur 14th Feb                             Year 3 & 4 Parent Assemblies (2:00pm in school)

Fri 15th Feb                                School Closes For Half-Term – 3:30pm

Mon 25th Feb                             School Opens

Mon 4th Mar                               Parent Interviews (4pm – 6pm) – Other times will be available during the week.

History

Our children are currently studying Britain from 1930.  This is a wonderful topic covering the periods from World War II right up to the present day.  Believe it or not, the children will be studying YOUR childhood as part of their History work (1960s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s).  We don’t set out to deliberately make you feel old, but your childhood is now our children’s history.  As such, we’d like any information, photo’s, toys, games, clothes, posters, music, anything from your childhood which we could use as discussion points and resources within class.  Even better, if you’d be willing to give up a little time to talk about your experiences and the differences between your childhood and today, we’d love to hear from you.  It’s a great way to get in to school and make a difference to the children’s learning.  If you have anything to offer, please see your child’s class teacher or give us a call.

Sports

Despite the poor weather, it’s been a week of sports which has kept Mrs Mills very busy every evening!  First up, the girl’s football team did a wonderful job, finishing top of their league in the indoor tournament held this week.  Next up, our table tennis squad made the trip to Gladstone Road for a tournament where they performed exceeding well, narrowly missing out on the silverware.  And finally, for this week at least, despite it being winter our athletes were in action at the Scarborough Indoor Athletics Meeting.  They ran exceptionally well finishing high up the table in all their races, but were beaten in throwing and jumping events – we know what we need to work on now!  Well done everyone and big thanks to Mrs Mills for organising these events and supervising children, and also to Filey Lions who provide transport for us.

 

Finally, can I remind everyone to ensure you have completed and returned the form regarding Free School Meals if you think you may be eligible?  Next Friday we will be celebrating the Chinese New Year with a special Chinese menu at lunchtime.  As always, let us know if there is anything you would like to bring to our attention.

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

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Weeks commencing 28th Jan 2013

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Lasagne 

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Pie 

Mashed Potato

& Veg

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Chinese Chicken Curry with Prawn Crackers

*****

Chocolate Muffin and a Fortune Cookie!

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection from the salad bar.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 15 - 11th January 2013

Newsletter 15 – Happy New Year

Welcome back everyone and may I wish you all a very Happy New Year?  I hope you all had an enjoyable and peaceful festive season and that your children have returned to school ready for the challenges of a new term.  The forecast for the next few weeks is not particularly favourable, so may I remind you that should the school need to close because of poor weather, which we will make every effort to avoid, we will post this on the school website, local radio on the school’s answer phone.  We will also make every attempt to use our texting service to keep you up to date with school news – please ensure we have your latest contact details, particularly if you’ve had a new mobile phone over the Christmas period.  Finally, as the weather looks to be getting colder, could I remind everyone to ensure children are wrapped up warm and please make sure your child has an inhaler in school if they suffer from asthma – we have had several cases recently of children needing inhalers due to the cold weather.

School Clubs

Our Drama Club, run in collaboration with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, begins again next week.  Children should have had a letter and permission slip with details earlier this week.  If your child wishes to attend and you haven’t received these details, please ask for another letter from the office.

 

Our fun filled French Club - LinGOtastics! is offering a FREE taster session for all children to come and try out. These will initially take place on Tuesday 15th January 2013 8:15am-8:55am (Years 5 & 6) and 3:30pm-4:15pm (Year 3 & 4) in the ICT suite. If you would like your child to attend, please book your place by emailing lingotastics@gmail.com or tel: 07921 826778. Places are on a first come first served basis. LinGOtastics! is delivered under licence of award winning language specialists La Jolie Ronde, through fun and exciting activities such as songs, role plays, games & stories. Learning is supported using an age appropriate Activity Book & CD (£14.50). Classes are £3.50 per pupil, per class paid termly in advance.

 

Both Choir and SUPA Club will be starting again next Monday (14th Jan) and we should also see a return of some old favourites this term (clubs that is), with Ukuleles, Drum Club, Recorders, Girls & Boys Football, Choir, Sewing and more all making a return.  Watch out for new about some exciting new clubs too – more details soon.

Scarborough College Open Mornings

Scarborough College have asked me to draw your attention to a range of Saturday morning activities which they will be running over the Spring Term.  Ranging from pottery to dance, music to sculpture, the activities begin at 9:30am and run to 12:30pm at a charge of £20 per session.  More details on the school Noticeboard.

Staffing

I’m sure you are aware, Mrs Pratt and Mrs Booth both left Filey Junior School at the end of last term to take positions elsewhere – we wish them both the very best in their new roles.  Mrs Hall will now be working in the office and is a first point of contact for parents, I’m sure you will help in making her feel very welcome.  We are also welcoming Mrs Hugill who has joined the school as a Teaching Assistant and will be focusing on helping children with their mathematics over the course of the coming year.

Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

As it’s the start of a new year, I would like to remind you to ensure you have applied for free school meals if you feel you may be eligible – please see the information sheet and application form attached to this Newsletter.  In addition to giving your child a free meal (which they may not wish to take), eligibility to free school meals also means your child may be eligible for help in funding trips and activities and also impacts on the funding which school receives – we gain approximately £600 each year for every child eligible.  It therefore helps with your child’s education as a whole.  Funding received for Free School Meal children is now termed Pupil Premium.  I have included a report which gives details on how this money is used on the reverse of this Newsletter.

 

If you would like to ask any questions regarding eligibility for free school meals, require assistance in completing an application, or have any other comments or questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

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Weeks commencing 14th Jan 2013

Child’s Name ______________________________                       Class ________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Lasagne 

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Chicken Pie 

Mashed Potato

& Veg

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Homemade Burger in a Bun

Chips

Peas / Coleslaw

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Sweet selection / Fruit / Yogurt

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection from the salad bar.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

 

 

Pupil Premium: 2012 - 2013

Principles

  • • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
  • • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupil we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
  • • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.

 

Provision

The range of provision the Governors may consider include:

  • • Reducing class sizes thus improving opportunities for effective Assessment for Learning (AfL) and accelerating progress.
  • • Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning.
  • • One to one support.
  • • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained Teaching Assistants (TAs) or external agencies.

 

All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in Literacy and Numeracy.

 

Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on free school meals (FMSs) to achieve above the National Expectation at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2).

 

The Governors of the school will publish information on how they have used their Pupil Premium Grant to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’ for socially disadvantaged pupils.

 

Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) Allocation for 2012/13 is: £53,000

 

The school has targeted the PPG to:

a) Keep class sizes to a minimum (below 30 where possible).

b) To fund additional TAs to deliver targeted interventions.

c) Fund additional teaching for a Nurture Class (am) aimed at helping children with transition to KS2 and mainstream education.

d) Employ and train a TA to support pupils with social / emotional needs.

e) Purchase additional intervention resources to ensure high quality of learning opportunities for vulnerable children.

f) Employ additional teacher(s) for 1:1 / small group intervention in preparation for end of Key Stage assessments.

g) Employ additional Parent Support Adviser time to support vulnerable families with attendance / punctuality / parenting skills.

h) Contribute to educational visits and extra-curricular activities for vulnerable groups.

 

The impact of the use of the PPG will be monitored, evaluated and reviewed on a termly basis by the schools Senior Leadership Team.

 

Newsletter 14 - 21st December 2012

Newsletter 14 – Merry Christmas Everyone

We’ve had a tremendously busy and productive year and none of the things we do here would be possible without the hard work and support of all our staff, children, parents, carers and friends.  It’s been a long term and many of the children and staff are now running on reserve energy after giving so much throughout the year.  I’m a great believer in ‘getting out, what you put in’ and this is a philosophy which I feel sums up the work which goes on around school. 

 

Looking forward to 2013 and the New Year, I hope we can be even more successful and find even more ways to work together for the benefit of our children.  As I mentioned in the recent Carol Service / Parent’ Assemblies, the amount of support we have from our community has grown and grown over the years and I really hope we can continue to build upon this and bring even bigger and better opportunities for you to share in your children’s education. 

 

One thing I would like to ask for your support with in January, is to ensure children arrive at school no later than 8:55am and they have the correct uniform, including footwear (black shoes) and hair styles which are suitable for school – no shaved patterns, tramlines or mohicans please.  And one final reminder, school will be open for children on Tuesday 8th January, following a teacher training day on the 7th

 

We wish you all a very peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.  Enjoy the time with your children.

 

Mr McCarthey & staff

Newsletter 13 - 14th December 2012

Newsletter 13 – Festive Filey Juniors

Well Christmas has definitely arrived hasn’t it!  All around school there are decorations, cards, baubles, the smell of mince pies and the sound of carols being rehearsed.   I hope you enjoyed our Christmas Fair on Wednesday evening – the proceeds of the fair will be used to help Santa in providing each of our children with a gift from the school!  It was a really enjoyable evening and I was particularly pleased with all the effort children and staff had put in to creating their own stalls and activities.  Well done everyone!  

 

And I know many of you (the hall was packed) enjoyed the Year 3 production of Baboushka this week.  What a wonderful performance by everyone involved.  We obviously have some stars in the making and many of you who I talked to commented on how mature the children were and the excellent progress they have made this term.  Well done to all the Year 3 children and to the teachers, staff and helpers whose hard work makes this type of production possible and so memorable.

 

Finally, there will be an opportunity to catch our children performing some carols and celebrating their good work in a combined Parent’s Assembly & Carol Service on Wednesday (Year 3 / 4) and Thursday (Year 5 / 6) at the Methodist Church from 2pm.  We hope to see you there.

Diary

Wed 19th Dec                            Year 3 & 4 Parent Assemblies – 2pm in the Methodist Church

Thur 20th Dec                             Year 5 & 6 Parent Assemblies – 2pm in the Methodist Church

Wed 19th Dec                            Christmas Lunch

Fri 21st Dec                               School Closes for Christmas

Tues 8th Jan 2013                       School Opens


Attendance

You should have received a letter updating you all on attendance this week – if not, please let us know.  Can I draw everyone’s attention to the new policy regarding holidays and the issue of lateness in school please?  This is important information which we cannot afford to ignore.  We will be awarding our 100% attenders next week and also sending you letters regarding your child’s attendance for the year so far.

Uniform

Whilst the snow and ice is around, we obviously make exceptions regarding footwear and clothing – we want everyone to stay warm, dry and safe.  However, there are a few children in school wearing very bright trainers and other non-uniform items.  Can I ask you all to ensure children return in January with correct uniform?  Whilst it may seem a minor point, it has a dramatic effect on the school as a whole.

Christmas Dinner

Wednesday is School Christmas Dinner Day.  We will be serving a traditional Christmas Dinner (vegetarian option available) priced at £2.10.  Please ensure you return the slip below, with payment, by MONDAY if your child wishes to have a dinner.  Unfortunately we cannot accept orders after Monday as our caterers are unable to order additional supplies.

 

Many thanks for all your support.

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Newsletter 12

Newsletter 12 – It’s Snowing!

It’s gone and happened again hasn’t it?  It seems that every time we have a Christmas Fair and sing our winter anthem ‘It’s Snowing’, the white stuff begins to fall and we end up with a cancelled fair!  It was a great disappointment to everyone that we had to postpone this year’s fair until next Wednesday (12th), especially after all the work that Mrs Clarke, the FoF Juniors, staff and of course the children, had put in to it.  We’re not going to be defeated however, and we are looking forward to bringing you for some Christmas cheer at the earlier time of 3:30pm next Wednesday.  Even Santa has managed to find room in his diary for the new date!

 

Diary

Wed 12th Dec                            Christmas Fair (3:30pm)

Year 6 Visit to Hull University

Thur 13th Dec                             Year 3 Present Baboushka – 1:30pm in school

Wed 19th Dec                            Year 3 & 4 Parent Assemblies – 2pm in the Methodist Church

Thur 20th Dec                             Year 5 & 6 Parent Assemblies – 2pm in the Methodist Church

Wed 19th Dec                            Christmas Lunch

Fri 21st Dec                               School Closes for Christmas

Tues 8th Jan 2013                       School Opens

IMPORTANT INFO – School Closure

Hopefully there will be no need for school closure this year and we will do everything we can to avoid this situation.  If the closure of school is unavoidable however, we will communicate this news to you via the following methods: 1. School Website (this will be the first place we post the news); 2. Text message using the mobile numbers we currently have for you (please ensure these are up to date); 3. Radio – Yorkshire Coast and Radio York will broadcast any news regarding school closures, but this can often take a while to be broadcast.

 

Charity

Just to say a great big thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent charities.  We raised £250 for Children In Need last month and a great big, hairy £100 for men’s cancer charities with our Movember Moustache Day.  Well done everyone – your generosity and efforts will be appreciated by many.

 

Keeping Warm

No one can deny it has been rather chilly lately!  Please remember to send children with sensible footwear and warm coats during this icy spell. 

 

On a slightly larger scale, Yorkshire Energy Partnership are currently offering free loft and cavity wall insulation to all of our parents!  You can be a home owner or be rented accommodation and there are no qualifying benefits necessary.  Tel 01904 55 44 06 or email advice@enerypartnership.org.uk and quote “NYCC SCHOOLS”

 

Santa Dash

Don’t forget this Sunday’s Santa Dash – meet at Country Park from 11am – with all proceeds going to St. Catherine’s Hospice.  Registration forms are available from school or www.stcatherineshospice-n-yorks.org.


 

Don’t forget Wednesday 3:30pm for the Christmas Fair!  Santa, mulled wine, tombola, gifts and crafts and much, much more.  Anyone got a feeling of Déjà vu.

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Newsletter 11

Newsletter 11 – December!!!!

Is it really December tomorrow?  Time really does fly by and never more so than when you’re working with children.  It’s been quite a grey and wet week, but as always the children have done everyone proud and despite the weather, managed to keep smiling and working hard.  As of next week, I can see school will be turning rather festive, and this will be evident on Wednesday evening when our Christmas Fair will be taking over the school from 6pm – please keep any donations coming in!

Diary

Wed 5th & 12th Dec                     Year 6 Visit to Hull University

Thur 13th Dec                             Year 3 Present Baboushka – 1:30pm in school

Wed 19th Dec                            Year 3 & 4 Parent Assemblies – 2pm in the Methodist Church

Thur 20th Dec                             Year 5 & 6 Parent Assemblies – 2pm in the Methodist Church

Wed 19th Dec                            Christmas Lunch

Fri 21st Dec                               School Closes for Christmas

Tues 8th Jan 2013                       School Opens

Attendance

I’m sure you are all very aware of how hard everyone in school works and the targets we all have to meet in order to move our school forward.  One of our main areas for improvement during the last Ofsted inspection was that of attendance and I’m very pleased to say we improved this dramatically over the course of last year.  We have put an awful lot of work into improving attendance over the course of the year and I want to say a really big thank you to all of you and your children for all your efforts in helping us with this.   We will be sending home an attendance update letter next week which will detail some of the new, and existing, initiatives we are putting into place to help address this issue.  Please look out for this as it does contain some important information.

School Start Times

Please be aware, particularly in the cold, wet weather, that school is not open before 8:30am when children can come in to school for the Breakfast Bar, and the main school gates open at 8:40am.  There have been instances recently where we have been put in the tricky situation of having children waiting to come in to school before the gates open when the weather has been particularly poor.  Unfortunately, we are unable to allow this as there is not adequate supervision for the children at this point.  Please ensure that whilst children arrive on time, they are not too early and unable to gain access to school.

Santa Dash

This year, St. Catherine’s Hospice is holding its Santa Dash fun run in Filey on Sunday December 9th from 11am.  Come and join in the family fun and help to paint the town red, as in exchange for your registration fee, you will receive a sponsor form and a Santa Suit or Reindeer antlers and a red flashing nose , to be worn at all times during the Dash!!!  Participants will be meeting at Country Park, Filey and will “dash”, at their own pace, to the finish post at the Royal Parade Cafe, a distance of approximately 1.5 miles.  Following refreshments at the Royal Parade Cafe, a free “Christmas Special” bus service will be available to transport all participants back to the starting point.  Registration forms are available from school or www.stcatherineshospice-n-yorks.org.


 

Finally, don’t forget Wednesday 6pm for the Christmas Fair!  Santa, mulled wine, tombola, gifts and crafts and much, much more,

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.


Dinner Menu and order form

Name_____________________________  Class ____________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hot Dog Sausage

Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Chicken Tikka

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Artic Roll & Peaches or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Bolognaise Wraps

Carrots & Broccoli

Sauté Potatoes

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Chocolate Muffin or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Minced Beef & Yorkshire Pudding

Creamed Potato

Mixed Vegetables & Cauliflower

Crusty Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Jam Sponge & Custard or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Battered Fish or Salmon Nibbles

Chips

Peas & Beetroot

Brown Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Cookie & Grapes or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection salad bar with Sandwich or Jacket Potato (with either cheese, beans or tuna.)

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

 

Newsletter 10

Newsletter 10

Apologies for the lack of a Newsletter last week.  This was not due to a lack of news, but a lack of toner in our photocopier meant we were on printing rations!  Fortunately, we’ve now got this resolved and just as well as we have lots to tell you about!

Diary

Tue 27th Nov’                             Year 4 Theatre Trip

Wed 5th & 12th Dec                     Year 6 Visit to Hull University

Thur 13th Dec                             Year 3 Present Baboushka – 1:30pm in school

Wed 19th Dec                            Year 3 & 4 Parent Assemblies – 2pm in the Methodist Church

Thur 20th Dec                             Year 5 & 6 Parent Assemblies – 2pm in the Methodist Church

Wed 19th Dec                            Christmas Lunch – see reverse

Fri 21st Dec                               School Closes for Christmas

Tues 8th Jan 2013                       School Opens

Christmas Productions and Assemblies

Children are now beginning work on rehearsals and preparations for Christmas!  To begin with, our Year 3 children will be performing Baboushka for parents on Thursday 13th December at 1.30pm in school – everyone is welcome and there is no need for tickets.  Please also put Wednesday 19th (Year 3 & 4) and Thursday 20th December (Year 5 & 6) in your diaries, for our Parent Assemblies - 2pm at the Methodist Church. 

Christmas Fayre

Remember, remember the 5th of December…  Filey Junior School’s Christmas Fayre will spread joy and festive fun to everyone in our community.  Come along from 6pm to enjoy tombola, cakes, classroom crafts, mulled wine and select from many more Christmas themed stalls and activities.  We’ve even heard that Santa may be making an appearance!  Please send any donations for our chocolate and bottle tombola into school as soon as possible.

Shoebox Appeal

A message from Mrs Ann Kirkman: Thank you to all parents who encouraged children to bring Christmas shoe boxes for the 'Operation Christmas Child' appeal, and also to those who sent gifts for the class shoe boxes. 48 boxes have been sent from school along with the other 310 from the community in Filey. Brilliant. Thank you. We believe our boxes will be sent to Romania.

Any Old Glasses?

Do you have unwanted pairs of spectacles tucked away in drawers and cupboards?  Filey Lions can make use of these and send them to a good cause.  Please send any spares in to school with your child who can place them in the box in the corridor.  The spectacles will be sorted and used to help people in poorer countries.

Friday 30th Movember – The BIG Shave

Our male staff are all looking forward to next Friday, when we can finally have a shave and lose our 70’s facial hair.  To mark the event – and raise some funds for the cause – we are having a moustache day in school.  For a 50p donation, children can either grow their own moustache; wear a false one; or visit our moustache booth in school, where they can have a face painted moustache in a style of their choice.  All proceed will be donated to the Movember charity to support male cancer charities.


Thank you as always for your support,

Mr McCarthey & Staff.


Dinner Menu and order form

Name_____________________________  Class ____________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hot Dog Sausage

Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Chicken Tikka

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Artic Roll & Peaches or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Bolognaise Wraps

Carrots & Broccoli

Sauté Potatoes

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Chocolate Muffin or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Minced Beef & Yorkshire Pudding

Creamed Potato

Mixed Vegetables & Cauliflower

Crusty Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Jam Sponge & Custard or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Battered Fish or Salmon Nibbles

Chips

Peas & Beetroot

Brown Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Cookie & Grapes or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection salad bar with Sandwich or Jacket Potato (with either cheese, beans or tuna.)

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 9 - We're Back

Newsletter 09 – We’re Back

Welcome back everyone!  I hope you’ve had a great half-term break and that your children are all ready for the second half of Autumn Term.  As the nights begin to get dark and the days are getting much colder and rather damp, please ensure you have made adequate provision for your child’s safe journey to and from school and make sure they have suitable coats and footwear at all time. 

Rewards!

We are always looking for new and exciting ways to recognise your child’s efforts in school.  Part of the feedback we received from you during our last questionnaire was that children can sometimes feel overlooked for their efforts in school.  With this in mind, we are very pleased to inform you of our new rewards system (Vivo Stars) which recognises children’s efforts and allows them to use an Avater (online character) to show off how well they have been doing as well as being able to print off certificates and stickers.  Your child will be receiving details of how to access their account with this newsletter.  We hope your child (and you) enjoys using this new facility.

Movember

You may have noticed a sudden trend amongst our male staff to grow some rather suspicious facial hair.  I have noticed one or two of our parents joining in too.  It is of course Movember and we have taken to growing moustaches to raise awareness of prostate cancer and to raise money for this cause.  If you, or you children, would like to sponsor us, we would be delighted to hear from you!  Please complete the form on the reverse of this letter with any donations.  Hopefully, we will have a group photo on the website at the end of the month where you will be able to judge out efforts.

Respect

I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that all of our staff do an excellent job and go above and beyond what we might expect from them in their roles.  I know the vast majority of our parents and children very much respect this aspect and support everyone within the school.  Unfortunately, there have been a couple of occasions recently when parents have been very rude and at times quite aggressive towards staff.  We do not tolerate this type of behaviour within school and it ultimately achieves nothing.  Whilst we make every effort to accommodate all of our pupils and parents, there will be times when we are not available or have to make a decision which is not agreeable to some individuals.  Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Health

We have recently had one or two cases of warts reported within the school.  This is generally a harmless virus which can be easily treated, but which can also spread if not treated.  Please be aware of this and check your children for any signs of warts so we can ensure the problem does not spread any further.

Dinners


As the days are getting colder, I am pleased to inform you that our caterers are now able to offer children a jacket potato, with a choice of fillings, as a lunch time option.  Children are now able to choose between the hot dinner, sandwich and salad bar or jacket potato with filling and salad.  Please help us to continue to improve our school dinners by ensuring you order and pay for school dinners every Monday morning – even if your child is only staying for dinner later in the week.

Thank you as always for your support,

Mr McCarthey & Staff.


Dinner Menu and order form

Name ______________________________  Class ________________ 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Jam Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Ice Cream & Mandarins / Fresh Fruit

Lasagne 

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Pie 

Mashed Potato

Swede & Cauliflower

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Marble Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Homemade Burger in a Bun

Chips

Peas / Coleslaw

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack / Fresh Fruit

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection from the salad bar.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 8 - Happy Holidays

Newsletter 08 – Happy Holidays!

Well, Half Term is here! Well done to all of the children (and staff!) for a hardworking eight weeks. The Year 3 children have well and truly settled in and are becoming really grown up. It was lovely to see so many parents at our celebration assemblies at church this week. Thanks for all those who came and to those who have donated items for our Harvest Festival collection.

We are also grateful to those who have donated items for our Christmas Shoebox appeal to provide gifts for unfortunate children around the world. We are still accepting contributions at the start of next half-term if you still wish to help. Items needed are: small toys, stationery, hygiene items and other items such as gloves or hats. See www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk for details.

Headlice

Please use the holiday to take the opportunity of checking your child’s hair for little visitors! We are so grateful to those who check on a regular basis but if we all ensure that we are lice free when we come back in November, then hopefully we can get rid of our unwanted pets.  We have included a leaflet for your information.

School Website

Please use our school website! As well as being able to read newsletters and check the events diary, you can get a taste of what is happening in school and access useful materials to help your child. For example, in the Curriculum Resources section there are links to activities that help your children practise their Maths KIRF targets. Also, you can download materials such as 100 squares for them to use when completing homework. We are constantly developing the site and adding new materials so keep visiting!

Maths at Home

Please encourage your child to use Mathletics at home at www.mathletics.co.uk . Mathletics is a fun, online maths site that your teacher will use to set homework. It has lots of activities linked to school work and pupils can also play games to help their skills to develop. They earn certificates and team points by gaining 1000 points each week. That sounds like a high number but the children can earn them quite quickly. We are looking to start an after-school or dinner time club for those without internet access and for keen Mathletes!

Next half term I will be hosting another session for parents to help you understand modern calculation methods that children use at school. The session will also include a demonstration of Mathletics. A letter giving further details will be issued after the holiday.

Diary

Mon 5th Nov’                           Staff Training Day

Tues 6th Nov’                          School Opens. Bonfire Lunch (SEE MENU BELOW)

Thur 8th Nov’                           Parent Update Meeting (3:30pm) – all welcome; crèche available.

Finally, welcome home to all Year 6 pupils who have been enjoying their residential visit. It’s been very quiet without you! Videos of their adventures are available to view on the school website.


 

 

Mr Grice & Staff.


Dinner Menu and order form

Name ______________________________  Class ________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

 

 

 

Training

Day

Hot Dog in a Bun

Potato Wedges

Beans

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Fish Fingers

Spaghetti Hoops

Roast Potatoes

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Orange Brownie or Yoghurt or  Fresh Fruit

Chicken Pie 

Mashed Potato

Carrot & Broccoli

Bread Bun

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Eve’s Pudding & Custard or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

Homemade Beef Burger in a Bun

Chips

Peas / Coleslaw

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack or Yoghurt or Fresh Fruit

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection salad bar with Sandwich or Jacket Potato (with either cheese, beans or tuna.)

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 07 – We Want You!

Newsletter 07 – We Want You!

It’s amazing how many people are involved with the children in school at the moment.  From parent volunteers, to ukulele tutors; drama teachers to cyclists.  It certainly makes the place very busy and offers a wide range of activities for your children.  We currently have a number of interesting opportunities to join our team – see below.  If you’d like to get involved voluntarily with school life in anyway, please let us know.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to get experience, help out and make a difference!

Diary

Oct’ 22nd – 26th                                   Residential trip to Low Mill

Mon Oct’ 22nd                                     Parents’ Evening (plus interviews throughout the week)

Wed 24th                                 Year 3 & 4 Harvest Festival Assembly (2pm at Methodist Church)

Thurs 25th                                Year 5 & 6 Harvest Festival Assembly (2pm at Methodist Church)             

Fri 26th Oct’                             Halloween Disco – Spooky Doo 3! 6pm - 7.45pm

School Closes – Half term

Mon 5th Nov’                           Staff Training Day

Tues 6th Nov’                          School Opens

Thur 8th Nov’                           Parent Update Meeting (3:30pm) – all welcome

* PLEASE NOTE NO DRAMA, ART OR GIRL’S FOOTBALL CLUBS NEXT WEEK.

 

Staff Wanted

We have a number of really exciting and really interesting vacancies available at the moment.  These vacancies further reflect our commitment and drive towards providing the very best for the children of our school.  We want to ensure all our children are challenged and supported with their learning, regardless of their current stage of development or additional needs.  We are, therefore, looking to appoint an Advanced Teaching Assistant (SEN intervention); a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Gifted & Talented Provision); and we also require a Clerk to the Governing Body.  Further details and application packs for these posts can be found on our website or by calling into school.

 

Governor Update


There have been quite a few changes and additions to our Governing Body recently and the first meeting of the year was held last week.  After many years of work and dedication our chair, Mr David Wilson, has stood down from the Governing Body, along with Mr John Haxby.  On behalf of the children, parents and staff of the school, both past and present, I would like to take this opportunity to thank both David and John for their contributions and hard work.

 

At the meeting we elected a new Chairperson – Mrs Jane Bozeat; a new Vice-Chair – Mrs Maggie Hebden and we were joined by Mr Nigel Wales and Mr Eddie Head who are new to the Governing Body.  If you would like to be involved with the school’s Governing Body, there are vacancies for Parent Governors – please see the reverse of this Newsletter for more details.

 

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.


Dinner Menu and order form

Name ______________________________  Class ________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Jam Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Ice Cream & Mandarins / Fresh Fruit

Lasagne 

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Pie 

Mashed Potato

Swede & Cauliflower

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Marble Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Homemade Burger in a Bun

Chips

Peas / Coleslaw

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack / Fresh Fruit

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection from the salad bar.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 06 – What Do You Think?

Newsletter 06 – What Do You Think?

Not much space for an introduction this week – that means we must be busy at the moment! However, please ensure that your child’s data forms are returned. This is crucial for contact and medical information in addition to general permission for things like appearing on the school website. Thank you.

Diary

Oct 22nd – 26th                            Residential trip to Low Mill

Oct 22nd                                    Parents’ Evening (plus interviews throughout the week)

Wed 24th                                   Year 3 & 4 Harvest Festival Assembly (2pm at Methodist Church)

Thurs 25th                                  Year 5 & 6 Harvest Festival Assembly (2pm at Methodist Church)                       

Fri 26th Oct’                               Halloween Disco – Spooky Doo 3! 6pm - 7.45pm

School Closes – Half term

Mon 5th Nov’                              Staff Training Day

Tues 6th Nov’                             School Opens

Midday Supervisory Assistants (MSA) Wanted

Don’t forget to check the website if you’re interested in joining our staff.  Closing date for applications is next Friday (19th October).  

Parent Questionnaires

You may remember, at the end of last term, we sent out parent questionnaires in order to gain an insight into your views on aspects of school life and help us plan future developments.  Below you will find a table which show the results of the questionnaires.  It’s wonderful to see how many of you feel we are doing a good job, but as always, there’s always room for improvement and we’re keen to ensure we move forward and address any issues you may have.  I would therefore like to invite you to a Parents’ Update Meeting on Thursday 8th November.  At the meeting, I would like to discuss the results of the questionnaire and get ideas and opinions on how we can move forward as a school.  I am particularly interested in gaining the views of Year 3 parents on the issue of transition.  We’ve already looked at the issue of behaviour – which I know some of you feel does not reward good behaviour enough – watch this space for some exciting news coming soon!  Please try to come along if at all possible – if you don’t tell us, we don’t know.

 

I am happy with the education

My child enjoys school

My child feels safe

I feel welcomed

Good Communication

Well managed / led

Dealing with good / bad behaviour

SEN Provision

Strongly Agree

25

32

26

26

15

19

16

3

Agree

19

9

18

18

26

23

22

4

Disagree

0

3

0

0

1

1

5

0

Strongly Disagree

0

0

0

0

2

1

1

0


Sports

Well done to the boys’ Year 5 & 6 team who managed to win, lose and draw in their opening games this week.  Good luck on Saturday boys!

Child Protection

We’ve had a number of inputs regarding child safety recently.  Attached to this Newsletter you should find some helpful information regarding online safety – please take the time to share this with your children.  There are a number of resources available on our website too!

As always, please call in if you have any comments or concerns.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.


Name_____________________________  Class ____________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Sausage

Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Tikka

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Artic Roll & Peaches / Fresh Fruit

 

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Chocolate Muffin / Fresh Fruit

Meat Pie

Creamed Potato

Swede & Cauliflower

Crusty Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Syrup Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Battered Fish or Salmon Nibbles

Chips

Peas & Beetroot

Brown Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Cookie & Grapes / Fresh Fruit

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection from the salad bar.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 05 – Taking Pride

Newsletter 05 – Taking Pride

It’s always nice when you can share some good news and celebrate achievements.  This week has been a very positive and rewarding week for me.  Walking around school, there is so much happening and so many happy faces and good work going on, one cannot help but feel a sense of pride and happiness.  Senior members of staff and I often monitor the quality of work around the school, and we have to report that what we are seeing is of an excellent standard, with everyone – teachers, support staff and children - putting in such a lot of effort and enthusiasm.  We’ve also had ukulele lessons, late night drama clubs, parent and children Zumba sessions and football teams in action, to name but a few of the wonderful things happening around school. The weather may be a little cold and grey, but I think our school is very bright at the moment. 

Diary

Oct 22nd – 26th                                    Residential trip to Low Mill (meeting Thursday 11th 3:30pm)

Oct 22nd                                  Parents’ Evening (plus interviews throughout the week)

Wed 24th & Thurs 25th                        Harvest Festival Assemblies (2pm)                           

Fri 26th Oct’                             Halloween Disco – Spooky Doo 3! 6pm - 7.45pm

School Closes – Half term

Mon 5th Nov’                           Staff Training Day

Tues 6th Nov’                          School Opens

Midday Supervisory Assistants (MSA) Wanted

How would you like to become a member of our school staff?  We currently have vacancies for Midday Supervisory Assistants (MSAs) in our school.  The role of the MSA has come a long way in recent years and now involves a wide range of interactions with staff and children and the opportunity for training and to lead lunchtime activities and clubs.  If you would like more information or an application form, call in at school or see our website. As always, all applicants are subject to  an enhanced CRB check.

Jewellery

Could I remind all parents, and children, that pupils should not wear jewellery for school other than a watch and a small pair of studs.  During PE sessions children must not wear any jewellery at all and parents should ensure that if their children cannot remove their own earrings for PE sessions, they should not wear them on PE days.


Sports

An excellent start for our Year 3 / 4 boys’ football team this week. Making their first ever appearance with two wins, two draws and one defeat.  Well done boys and a big thank you to Mr Robson and Mrs Mills for organising the event.

Drama

Our new Drama Club got off to a theatrical start this week with large numbers of children attending the taster session.  If your child would like to continue with Drama Club, there will be a £1 charge per session from next week and all children MUST have returned a permission slip.

 

As always, please call in if you have any comments or concerns.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.


Dinner Menu and order form

Name ______________________________  Class ________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Jam Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Ice Cream & Mandarins / Fresh Fruit

Lasagne 

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Pie 

Mashed Potato

Swede & Cauliflower

Wholemeal Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Marble Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Homemade Burger in a Bun

Chips

Peas / Coleslaw

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack / Fresh Fruit

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Or a cold selection from the salad bar.

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 04 – What a Performance!

Newsletter 04 – What a Performance!

Well, no actual performance as yet… but.  I am really pleased to announce that next week will see the start of a brand new Dram Club in school.  This has been something of a personal mission of mine for some time as we have such wonderful resources in school and I feel drama offers such a lot of opportunities to all of our children.  Please see the reverse of the newsletter for more info’.

 

Diary

Oct 2nd – 5th                            Y6 Cycle Awareness Training

Oct 22nd – 26th                                    Residential trip to Low Mill

Wed 24th & Thurs 25th                        Harvest Festival Assemblies (2pm)                           

Fri 26th Oct’                             School Closes – Half term

Mon 5th Nov’                           Staff Training Day

Tues 6th Nov’                          School Opens

Parent Governor

A vacancy currently exists on our Governing Body for a Parent Governor.  This is a great opportunity to join the leadership team of the school and take a part in the decision making and running of the school.  Please call in or telephone either Mrs Fenton (Clerk) or myself on Tel: (01723) 513076 if you would like further information on how to apply for this position.  Please ensure you have made any enquiries by next Friday (5th October).

PE Kits

Can I remind everyone that we do have a set PE kit in school which consists of black shorts, white t-shirt, pumps (indoor) and trainers (outdoor).  We also suggest that children have a tracksuit top or fleece for outdoor use in colder weather.  Although a set PE kit may seem trivial to some, it really helps to promote a team spirit – one of the goals of our PE curriculum.

Friends of Filey Junior School (FoFS)

Our FoFS are a very friendly and active group who organise a wide range of social and fund raising events in and around school.  You don’t need to be an expert, or have bags of time to help out.  Why not join us for a chat at our informal Cheese and Wine event on Tuesday 16th Oct. at 3.45.  An ideal opportunity to welcome potential new members to the committee or just call in for a chat and meet some new faces. Hope you are able to attend.
 
And a date for the children’s diary: Friday 26th Oct. Spooky Doo Three Disco. 6pm - 7.45pm. Our annual Halloween disco is one of the children’s favourite events of the year.  See you there!


Keep Fit & Running!

Unfortunately, Mrs Fenby’s Keep Fit club will be cancelled from next week due to the Drama Club.  Please watch out for the club continuing when the weather gets a little better.  Our children are obviously very fit however, as they put in a great performance at the Cross-Country event held at Filey School this week.  Well done all the runners.

 

As always, please call in if you have any comments or concerns.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.


Dinner Menu and order form

 

NAME:________________________   CLASS:___________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or Salad Bar

*****

Sticky Toffee Pudding & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Ice Cream & Mandarins / Fresh Fruit

Lasagne  served with

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Banana Brownie / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Pie

Mashed Potato

Swede & Cauliflower

Wholemeal Bread

or Salad Bar

*****

Marble Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Homemade Burger in a Bun

Chips

Peas / Coleslaw

or the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack / Fresh Fruit

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Choice or sandwich and salad bar

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 3 - Autumn Days

Newsletter 03 – Autumn Days…

So Autumn has arrived then!  It’s certainly getting a little damp and cold, so I’d like to remind everyone to ensure children have a warm coat and sensible shoes.  We do try to ensure children get some fresh air, even if there is a slight drizzle.  We have most of our clubs up and running now, and again, we will go outside in most weathers, so please make sure gardeners and footballers have something warm to wear. 

Diary

Oct 2nd – 5th                               Y6 Cycle Awareness Training

Oct 22nd – 26th                            Residential trip to Low Mill

Wed 24th & Thurs 25th                 Harvest Festival Assemblies (2pm)                                

Fri 26th Oct’                               School Closes – Half term

Mon 5th Nov’                              Staff Training Day

Tues 6th Nov’                             School Opens

Important Info’ & Medication

Could I ask all parents to ensure they have returned the Data Collection Sheets and related info’ sent out last week by next Wednesday (26th September) please?  We have already had a couple of occasions where we have had difficulties reaching parents as we have not had up to date contact details.  Additionally, if your child has an inhaler for asthma, anti-histamines or any other medication in school, please ensure these are in date and are not empty.  We do our best to remind children and parents when to replace these medicines, but it is the parental responsibility to ensure these are available in school.

Music & Sports

I am sure your children will have mentioned the Innovations Road Show we had in school this week.  The children enjoyed rockin’ away and now have the opportunity to try out some lessons at Innovations.  Additionally, Peter from Innovations comes into school to run a free choir every Monday evening (3:30pm to 4:30pm).  If your child would like to attend, please return the slip below – the choir will be on next Monday (24th September).  We also have a number of children learning Ukulele at the moment.  We hope to make this provision available to more children throughout the year.

Our girl’s football team had their first victory on Thursday evening (and the odd draw and loss).  A great start to the new season – especially when you consider we haven’t trained yet this season!  And don’t forget our free Parent and Child Zumba class on a Wednesday evening (3:30 – 4:30).  I know lots of you are already enjoying this but there’s room for more.  Just show up on a Wednesday after school (don’t forget the leg warmers!).

School Dinners

A friendly reminder to please, please, please bring lunch money (in a labelled envelope) on a Monday morning.  We have had a number of children bringing money throughout the week which makes the job of catering almost impossible.  This ultimately costs us money in catering and administration, which would obviously be better spent on your children’s education.


Mr McCarthey & Staff.

 


 

Peter’s Choir

 

I give permission for my child to attend Choir on a Monday evening.  I have made arrangements for them to return home at 4:30pm.

 

Name of Child___________________________       Signed_____________________________

 

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Dinner Menu and order form

 

NAME:________________________   CLASS:___________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or Salad Bar

*****

Sticky Toffee Pudding & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Ice Cream & Mandarins / Fresh Fruit

Lasagne  served with

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Banana Brownie / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Pie

Mashed Potato

Swede & Cauliflower

Wholemeal Bread

or Salad Bar

*****

Marble Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Homemade Burger in a Bun

Chips

Peas / Coleslaw

or the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack / Fresh Fruit

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Hot choice or sandwich and salad bar

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 02 – Clubs, Dates and Lots of Forms

Newsletter 02 – Clubs, Dates and Lots of Forms

The new academic year is certainly moving at a pace now and I’m very pleased to say our children have all settled very well and are doing an excellent job.  There’s a very nice atmosphere around school at the moment and despite the recent drop in temperatures, everyone seems very happy and positive.  We’ve got lots of information and important notices we need to share with you this week, but as always, please call in if there is anything you are unsure of.

Diary

Mon 17th Sept’                           Innovations Music Road Show – all children

Fri 26th Oct’                               School Closes – Half term

Mon 5th Nov’                              Staff Training Day

Tues 6th Nov’                             School Opens

Important Info’

You should receive an envelope containing a number of very important documents with this Newsletter.  Please take the time to read, complete and return these documents as it takes our admin’ staff a very large amount of time (and ultimately money which would be better spent on the children) to chase up missing or unreturned documents:

  • Data Collection – Please check this form and make any amendment to contact details.  It is vitally important that we have up to date contact details for you, now and throughout the year as without them we are unable to contact you in an emergency.
  • Home School Agreement – Please take the time to read through this with your child.  Both you and your child will need to sign this too.  There is a copy of the agreement on the reverse of the data collection sheet – please return this copy.  There is an additional copy for you to keep.
  • Continuing Parental Consent – This form allows you to give consent for the majority of events and activities we do in school.  Please indicate which activities you do / do not consent to and return to us.
  • Free School Meal Application – Even if your child does not wish to have a meal, please take the time to complete this form if you feel you may be entitled.  The school receives over £500 additional funding for every child who is eligible for free school meals – this can make a difference to their education.
  • Privacy Notice – This form is to give you information on the data we hold about you and your child, and how we use it.  This is information for you to keep.

 

I do apologise for what must seem like ‘information overload’ but these are important, statutory documents which we need to have in place for every child in school.

Holiday Dates

As you are no-doubt aware, we are put under increasing pressure to decrease the amount of holiday which our pupils take during term time.  I do know that many of you do everything you can to avoid taking children out of school during term time and I thank you for your efforts.  Please see the list on the reverse of this sheet which gives a full list of term and holiday dates for the academic year.  Please use this to plan holidays and visits to avoid term time dates.

School Clubs

Again, on the reverse of this Newsletter, you will find a list of the extra-curricular clubs we currently offer in school.  This list will change as time goes on and we are always looking to add to the range of activities we offer.  I am very keen to have a drama club this year, but we need some expert help in setting this up – if you know of anyone, please let us know.  If your child wants to attend a club, they need to see the member of staff responsible to obtain a permission slip.  Our staff give up lots of their time to help run these clubs, as a show of respect for this, please ensure your child is committed to attending clubs and lets the member of staff know if they are going to be absent.

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

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NAME:________________________   CLASS:___________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or Salad Bar

*****

Sticky Toffee Pudding & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Ice Cream & Mandarins / Fresh Fruit

Lasagne  served with

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Banana Brownie / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Pie

Mashed Potato

Swede & Cauliflower

Wholemeal Bread

or Salad Bar

*****

Marble Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Homemade Burger in a Bun

Chips

Peas / Coleslaw

or the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack / Fresh Fruit

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

 

 

FileyJuniorSchool

Widening horizons and reaching our potential whilst respecting the world and each other,

within a happy, healthy and positive learning community

 

School Holidays 2012 - 2013

 

Autumn Term

School opens:             4th September 2012

Half Term:                   29th October 2012

School opens:             6th November 2012

School finishes:                       21st December 2012

 

Spring Term

School opens:             8th January 2013

Half Term:                   18th February 2013

School opens:             25th February 2013

School finishes:                       28th March 2013

 

Summer Term

School opens:             15th April 2013

Training Day:              3rd May 2013

Bank Holiday:             6th May 2013

Half Term:                   27th May 2013

School opens:             4th June 2013

School finishes:                       23rd July 2013

 

 

School Clubs

 

Monday

Choir                                      All Children               3:30pm – 4:30pm

SUPA Club                           All Children               4:30pm – 5:30pm

Tuesday

Football                                  Y5/6 boys                  3:30pm – 4:30pm

Sewing                                  Y6                               3:30pm – 4:30pm

LinGotastic French              All Children               8.15am – 8.55am

                                                                                    3:30pm – 4:10pm

Wednesday                         

Cooking                                 Class 4                       3:30pm – 4:30pm

Netball                                   Y5/6 Girls                   12:30pm – 1:00pm

Zumba                                   All Children               3:30pm – 4:30pm

Thursday

Mark Barber Football (£2)   All Children               3:30pm – 4:30pm

Fitness                                   All Children               3:30pm – 4:15pm

Friday

Girls football                          All Girls                      3:30pm – 4:30pm

Art Club                                 Y6                               3:30pm – 4:30pm

Newsletter 01 – Welcome Back

Newsletter 01 – Welcome Back

As the title says – Welcome back everyone!  I hope you’ve all had a really wonderful summer and your children have taken the opportunity to recharge and refresh, ready for the new academic year.  I’d like to say a big hello to all of our new children and parents and take the opportunity to say please do let us know if there is anything which you are unsure or concerned about.  Over the next week or two we will be providing you with information regarding the school and asking you complete and return several forms for our records.  In the meantime however, please ask if you need any help or advice

Diary

Thur 6th Sept’                          School Photographs

Mon 10th Sept’                                    Innovations Music Road Show – all children

 

Fri 26th Oct’                             School Closes – Half term

Mon 5th Nov’                           Staff Training Day

Tues 6th Nov’                          School Opens

School Photographs

Our school photographer is in school tomorrow.  All children will be photographed but there is no obligation to purchase.  If your child has siblings at another school and you would like them to be photographed together, please arrive at school for 8:30am and we will arrange for group shots.  There is no need to arrive early if siblings are in a different class within our school as we will arrange these photographs.

School Meals & Breakfast Bar

Just a reminder that our Breakfast Bar opens at 8:30am each morning, serving toast, cereals, fruit and drinks.  All children are welcome to attend, but children who are not eating must not enter school until 8:40am as there is no supervision on the playground.

Could I ask you all to remember to please send dinner money to school on a Monday morning together with the reply slip at the foot of each Newsletter, even if your child is only staying for dinner on one or two days later in the week.  Money and orders received after Monday cause considerable problems for our catering and admin’ staff who need to prepare food orders in advance. 

Holidays and Attendance

Could I ask you all to please avoid booking holidays in term-time throughout the year?  Our last Ofsted inspection raised this as a priority area for improvement and as such, we need to address this as a school whilst maintaining a good relationship with our families.  This year we are setting an overall attendance target of 96% which is very high, but we feel we can attain with your help and support.  If you need any advice or support regarding your child’s attendance, please let us know as soon as possible.

Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to you all for supporting us with our uniform policy.  Our children all look very smart in their uniform – and particularly their black shoes.  Whilst I realise it sometimes seems a petty thing to worry about, having all the children in the correct uniform does have a very positive effect on the feeling of community and on the children’s behaviour in and around school.

As always, please come in to school if there is anything you would like to raise with us and here’s to what I am sure will be a really good year for our children, staff and parents.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

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NAME:________________________   CLASS:___________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or Salad Bar

*****

Sticky Toffee Pudding & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Ice Cream & Mandarins / Fresh Fruit

Lasagne  served with

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Banana Brownie / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Pie

Mashed Potato

Swede & Cauliflower

Wholemeal Bread

or Salad Bar

*****

Marble Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Homemade Burger in a Bun

Chips

Peas / Coleslaw

or the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack / Fresh Fruit

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 33 – Fingers Crossed

Newsletter 33 – Fingers Crossed

We’re all hoping the current dry spell continues to allow us to hold our Sports Days over the next couple of weeks.  The field is beginning to dry out now and the grounds maintenance people have managed to mow the grass back down to below knee height!  We’ve also managed to locate and fix the burst water main so it looks like we should have a relatively dry future.  

 

Diary

Fri 29th July                             Science Workshop Day

                                                School Disco (6pm)

Mon 2nd July                           Y5 Scarborough Hospital Trip

Tues 3rd July                           Y5 Scarborough Hospital Trip

                                                Year 4 Sports Day (1:30pm)

Thur 5th July                            Year 5 Sports Day (1:30pm)

Mon 9th July                            Open Evening (6pm – 8pm)

Wed 11th July                          Year 6 Sports Day (10:00am) – NEW DATE AND TIME

                                                Year 3 Sports Day (1:30pm) – NEW DATE AND TIME

Thurs 12th July                                    Transition Day

 

Filey Festival

As I write this letter, we are just preparing for our final performances at Filey Festival.  Singing, dancing, ‘recordering’, drumming and a debut appearance from the orchestra – it’s been a very busy week.  As always, the children have been a credit to you and the school and the feedback we have received for their performances has been incredible – well done everyone who performed and thank you Miss Firth and Mrs Baker for your time and effort in preparing the children for these events.

Sports News

Our sports teams have been out in force recently.  We won a range of medals at the Scarborough Olympics Festival last week, including a number of golds!  In swimming, our team came fourth in the Scarborough Swimming Gala, competing against many other schools.  And in football, the girls’ team finished fourth in the Euro’ event at Braeburn, managing wins, draws and losses along the way; whilst our boys WON their event, returning home undefeated in all their games!  Well done to everyone who took part in these events.

Open Evening

Next Monday (9th July 6pm – 8pm) is our annual Open Evening and a chance for you to meet your children’s teachers in a more informal manner.  Children will know which class they are going to be in by this date, so it is also an opportunity to meet their new teacher and visit new classrooms.  Uniform will be available to buy for next year and I would like to give a short presentation for new parents (and those already with us if you would like to come) to outline the schools aims and values and give you some information regarding the school.  If you would like to speak with a member of staff more formally, or confidentially, please let the school know so we can make an appointment for you.

 

As always, if you would like to make any comment or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of staff.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

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NAME:________________________   CLASS:___________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pizza

Homemade Potato Wedges

Baked Beans

or Salad Bar

*****

Sticky Toffee Pudding & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Korma 

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Ice Cream & Mandarins / Fresh Fruit

Lasagne  served with

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Banana Brownie / Fresh Fruit

Chicken Pie

Mashed Potato

Swede & Cauliflower

Wholemeal Bread

or Salad Bar

*****

Marble Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Homemade Burger in a Bun

Chips

Peas / Coleslaw

or the Salad Bar

*****

Flapjack / Fresh Fruit

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Please return this slip, with payment, in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 32 – Olympics, Festivals and Days Out

Newsletter 32 – Olympics, Festivals and Days Out

 

It’s another wet Friday in school, in more ways than one.  As the rain pours down from above, we’ve also got water coming in from below as crack team of workmen attempt to find a burst water main somewhere on the playground!  Despite wet plays and interruptions to break times, our children have been incredibly sensible and extremely responsible – well done everyone!  And despite the poor weather, we’ve been out and about, celebrating the Olympic torch and performing in a variety of settings and scenarios, with more to come over the next couple of weeks.

 

Diary

Mon 25th June                         Science Week begins

                                                Year 3 Sports Day (1:30pm) - POSTPONED

                                                Y6 Trip to Bridlington – building and joinery

Tues 26th June                        The NED Show

Mon 2nd July                           Y5 Scarborough Hospital Trip

Tues 3rd July                           Y5 Scarborough Hospital Trip

                                                Year 4 Sports Day (1:30pm)

Wed 4th July                            Year 6 Sports Day (1:30pm)

Thur 5th July                            Year 5 Sports Day (1:30pm)

 

Filey Festival

Our children will once again be making a number of appearances as part of Filey Festival next week.  Come and support them if you get the chance.

Mon 25th June:                        Country Dancing (10:30)

Peter’s Choir, Drumming & Recorders (13:30)

Wed 27th June:                       Peter’s Choir, Drumming & Recorders (10:30)

                                                Country Dancing (13:30)

Fri 29th June:                           Country Dancing (10:30)

                                                Orchestra (13:30)

Sports Days

We are really hoping to give you, and the children, a full programme of Sporting Events over the coming weeks.  Unfortunately however, the wet conditions mean our field is currently unusable and we will have to make decisions nearer the time regarding each of our Sports Days.  For now, we regret to say we have cancelled Monday and Tuesday’s events as the current conditions and the forecast will not make it possible to hold them.  We will let you know new dates for these as soon as possible and in the meantime, look out for texts on your phones regarding other changes due to the weather.

Staffing

I am very pleased to inform you of some additions we have made to our staffing for next year.  Miss Randell will be teaching full-time from September and we will have a new member of teaching staff joining us – Miss Emma Robson.  In addition, we have now appointed a new Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator – Mrs Charlotte Goode will be joining us on a part-time (0.5) basis.  Mrs Goode is currently the SENCo at Filey Infant School and will continue with that role whilst also working with the junior children.  We feel this will provide excellent continuity and transition between the two schools.  I am sure you will join me in wishing them well and giving them a very warm welcome.  We will soon be appointing additional Teaching Assistants and I will bring you news of these as soon as they are appointed.

Biking:

The next round of the Scarborough Youth Mountain Bike series is on 1st July at Oliver’s Mount (Top Field), Scarborough.  Arrive 9.30 first race 10.15.  Age categories U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/ U16 cost £4.  Any queries contact Bryden Simpson Tel: 01723 513773

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Pork Sausage served with

Jacket Potato ( ½ )

Baked Beans

Bread Bun

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Shortbread / Fresh Fruit

Turkey Balti

Brown Rice

Green Beans & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

*****

Artic Roll & Peaches / Fresh Fruit

 

Spaghetti Bolognaise served with

Carrots & Broccoli

Garlic Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Chocolate Muffin / Fresh Fruit

Minced Meat Pie served with

Creamed Potato

Swede & Cauliflower

Crusty Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Syrup Sponge & Custard / Fresh Fruit

Battered Fish or Salmon Nibbles served with

Chips

Peas & Beetroot

Brown Bread

or a selection from the Salad Bar

*****

Cookie & Grapes / Fresh Fruit

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Please pay in a named envelope on Monday - £2.10 per day £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 31

Newsletter 31

Looking around school there is a sea of red, white and blue, with a few cucumber sandwiches and quite a number of crowns.  We’re all really enjoying our Diamond Jubilee celebrations today and despite a fairly grey day, the children have been very well-behaved and have joined in the celebrations with enthusiasm and enjoyment.

As it’s the half-term break I am devoting this Newsletter to dates for next half-term.  Please note: there are a number of changes to previous dates (particularly sports days), so please check your calendars and ensure you have the updated versions in place.

 

I would like to wish you and the children a very enjoyable break and look forward to a sunny second half of the summer term.  Don’t forget, school opens on Tuesday 12th June.

Diary

Friday 1st June:                    Jubilee Celebrations

School finishes for Half-Term

TUESDAY 12th June:          School re-opens

Wed 13th June:                     Year 6 Photographs

Friday 15th June:                  Skipping Workshop Day

Sat 16th June                        Filey Junior School Orchestra Concert 7pm

Mon 18th June                      Y6 Olympic Torch Event at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

                                                Olympic Torch Celebrations

Fri 22nd  June                        Y6 Crucial Crew

Mon 25th June                      BUSY DAY:

                                                            Science Week begins

                                                            Filey Festival begins – look out for further details

                                                            Year 3 Sports Day (1:30pm)

                                                            Y6 Trip to Bridlington – building and joinery

Tues 26th June                     The NED Show

Mon 2nd July                                     Y5 Scarborough Hospital Trip

Tues 3rd July                         Y5 Scarborough Hospital Trip

                                                Year 4 Sports Day (1:30pm)

Wed 4th July                          Year 6 Sports Day (1:30pm)

Thur 5th July                          Year 5 Sports Day (1:30pm)

Fri 6th July                             Reports go out

Mon 9th July                          Open Evening

Thurs 12th July                     Transition Day

Sat 14th July                          Summer Fair

Wed 18th July                        Scarborough Art Gallery Trip - Class 4

                                                Parents’ Assembly (Y5 & Y6)

Thur 19th July                       Parents’ Assembly (Y3 & Y4)

Fri 20th July                           School Finishes

Tues 4th Sept                         School opens

Thurs 6th Sept                       School Photographer

If I had more time and space, I would have said a big WELL DONE to our rounders team who won ALL of their games in the competition they played this week.  I would also have mentioned how successful our Sunrise Diner re-launch has been, with all the children really enjoying the increased choice and variety available for school dinners.

More news next half-term.

Mr McCarthey and Staff

Newsletter 30 – Sun and Surf

Newsletter 30 – Sun and Surf

It’s here!  A mysterious yellow object has been seen floating in the sky above Filey!  Finally, it would appear the Sun is making an appearance.  Hopefully this will last and as we have all manner of school trips and activities planned for the final part of the school year, it’s perfectly timed.  Already we have had some of our children surfing in Scarborough, and we have hospital visits, building sites, health & safety events, Olympic events, skipping workshops and Jubilee celebrations planned in the coming weeks.  As always, it’s going to be very busy and we hope you can join us for some of the events.

Diary

Wednesday 30th May:                Year 5 & 6 Parents’ Assemblies

Thursday 31st May:                    Year 3 & 4 Parents’ Assemblies

Friday 1st June:                          Jubilee Celebrations

School finishes for Half-Term

TUESDAY 12th June:                  School re-opens

Friday 15th June:                        Skipping Workshop Day

Jubilee Celebrations

Next Friday (1st June) is the last day of term and to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, we will be holding some celebrations within school.  Children may dress in red, white and blue for the day, we will be holding a street party picnic and be playing some traditional games.  More details to follow.

Sunrise Diner

On the reverse of this Newsletter you will see a revised menu for the Sunrise Diner.  After listening to suggestions from parents and children, we have redesigned the school lunch system.  Children have given us a wide range of suggestions for menus and there will also be a choice of sandwiches and a self-service salad bar available from next Monday.  We expect the new cafeteria style system to be very popular, but in order to make this a success we do ask that dinner money for the week is brought to school on Monday morning to allow us to cater for the week.

Tracker Packs

We were visited this week by an officer from the National Trails.  Filey is ideally suited for access to the Cleveland Way and the Wolds Way.  A ‘Tracker Pack’ is available from the Filey Tourist Information Centre which has a variety of resources and activities which you may wish to use if you fancy heading out for a walk over the half-term break or in the Summer.  An information leaflet is attached.

Please note, we will be returning to school on Tuesday 12th June after the half-term break due to staff training.

As always, please call into school if there is anything you wish to discuss.

Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

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Please return on Monday morning with payment in a named envelope: £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Name:__________________________________      Class:______________________________ 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 

Please see the menu on the reverse of this newsletter for next week’s Sunrise Diner options.

  

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Newsletter 29 – No More Tests (Well not for a week or two)

Newsletter 29 – No More Tests (Well not for a week or two)

Let’s begin by saying “Well Done” to all our Year 6 pupils who have done a wonderful job of sitting their end of Keystage SATs this week.  The children have been really focused and mature in the way they have approached the tests and I’m sure they’ll do very well as a result.  We should also say thank you to all the other children who have been very sensible and understanding in the way they have moved around school and adjusted to late playtimes because of the tests.  Thankfully, we can take a breather for a week or two now and enjoy the early Summer sunshine (!).

Diary

Wednesday 30th May:                Year 5 & 6 Parents’ Assemblies

Thursday 31st May:                    Year 3 & 4 Parents’ Assemblies

Friday 1st June:                          School finishes for Half-Term

TUESDAY 12th June:                  School re-opens

Jack’s Triathlon

You will find some information with this letter detailing one of our pupil’s very courageous and worthy fundraising events.  Jack is in Year 5 at our school and is giving up a huge amount of his time to help a young girl from Scarborough.  If you are able to help Jack in this excellent and worthy cause, please complete the sponsor form and return it to school, or alternatively make a donation directly to the school office or Jack’s home.

Cycle Coding

There is free (yes FREE) cycle coding available at Filey Police Station this Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 2pm.  Cycle coding is an excellent way to deter thieves and protect your property.  Further information is available from PCSO Tony Bate or PCSO Caroline Richman at the Police Station. 

Safety at the Gates

We were contacted this week by North Yorkshire Transport Service who had a serious incident reported to them concerning a child crawling under the school bus.  As we understand, the child was not one of the Junior School children, but may have been at the infant school.  Could I remind all parents to supervise their children, of all ages, very carefully around the school gates and to ensure their behaviour is safe and acceptable.  I have also been asked to remind everyone about parking around school as once again, this can cause serious health and safety issues for our children.

School Uniform

Although I have mentioned this in previous newsletters, we still have a significant number of children coming to school in brightly coloured trainers and other ‘non-uniform’ clothing.  We fully understand that shoes and clothing can get broken, ripped or wet and a short note to explain this will of course excuse a temporary lack of uniform.  If children are not in uniform and do not have a note however, we will ask them to miss their outside break time as we feel it gives the wrong message to those children who do wear uniform.  Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

 

As always, please call into school if there is anything you wish to discuss.

Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

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Please return on Monday with money in a named envelope. £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Name:__________________________________      Class:______________________________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Pizza

Sweetcorn & Peas.

Roast Potatoes.

-

Grannies Crunch.

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Battered Fish.

Carrots & Green Beans.

Chips.

Wholemeal Bread.

-

Sponge & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Green Salad.

Garlic Bread.

-

Iced Sponge.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Sausage in Bread Roll

Mixed Vegetables.

Potato Wedges.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Brownie.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Chicken Korma & Rice.

Carrots & Broccoli.

Naan Bread.

-

Arctic Roll & Peaches.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Newsletter 28 – Testing Times

Newsletter 28 – Testing Times

Next week is a very important week for our Year 6 children as they sit their end of Keystage tests (SATs).  It can obviously be a stressful time for our children and we will be doing everything we can to help them do their best and relax during the test period.  Please help out at home by ensuring your children get early nights and eat plenty of healthy foods.  A bit of last minute revision won’t do any harm, but discourage children from ‘over doing it’.  We’re sure the children will do their best and be proud of their achievements.  Although other year groups won’t be having the formal tests given to Year 6 children, we will be asking them to complete some end of year assessments over the coming weeks.

Could I also ask all parents to ensure children have a coat at school during the rather cold and wet period we have at the moment.  We obviously do not expect children to be outside during heavy rain, but we do try to get the children outside if there is drizzle, to ensure they have opportunity to run around and get fresh air.

Diary

Week begin 14th May:                 Year 6 SATs Tests

Wednesday 30th May:                Year 5 & 6 Parent’s Assemblies

Thursday 31st May:                    Year 3 & 4 Parent’s Assemblies

Friday 1st June:                          School finishes for Half-Term

TUESDAY 12th June:                  School re-opens

Private Tuition

We have had several parents recently reporting they have been approached by a private company offering extra tuition to their children.  The company claim the school has passed details to them and that we endorse the service.  This is NOT true.  I would like to reassure you all we would never pass your contact details to any third party.  We would also never discuss your child’s progress or achievement with anyone without your permission to do so.  Whilst we acknowledge that some children can benefit from additional tuition, we would urge all parents to ensure the school is informed of this and that there is close liaison between the school and tutor, as children can become confused if they are not given a consistent approach.

Please let us know if you are approached by anyone who claims the school has given them your details so we can report these claims to the relevant authorities.

Bingo Night

Last Thursday evening saw a ‘full house’ in the school hall for our Bingo Evening.  It was a great success, with some very professional bingo calling!  The majority of the money raised at the event was given out in prizes as this was more of a social event than a fund raiser.  Nevertheless, the FOFs raised £99 which will be put towards providing our Year 6 children with something special to remember the school by.  A big thank you to all of those who attended and to the FOFs for organising the event. 

Mountain Biking

The next Go Ride Kids Bike race is 20th May at St Augustine’s School, Sandybed Lane, Scarborough.  This is a great event for beginners/ novices Classes for U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/U16.  Arrive to sign on 9.30 with first race at 10:15 (all finished by 1pm.)  There are three races for each age group.  Riders must wear helmet (gloves and warm clothing advised).

Entry fee £4 (covers insurance etc.).  For more info call 01723 513773 or email info@bshygiene.co.uk

If you would like any information or help regarding anything in this letter, or any other matter relating to school, please let us know.

Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

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Please return on Monday with money in a named envelope. £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

 

Name:__________________________________      Class:______________________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Fish Fingers.

Saute Potatoes.

Mixed Salad.

Bread Buns.

-

Scones & Jam.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Minced Beef Pie.

Mixed Vegetables.

Mashed Potato.

Wholemeal Bread.

-

Chocolate Museli Krispie.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Cheese & Tomato Pizza.

Chips & Beans.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Orange Sponge & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Chicken Curry & Rice.

Peas & Sweetcorn.

Naan Bread.

-

Muffin.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Sausages.

Gravy.

Broccoli & Carrots.

Potato Wedges.

Tomato Sauce.

Bread.

-

Oaty Biscuit.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Newsletter 27 – Just a Short One

Newsletter 27 – Just a Short One

Is it really the end of another week?  We have all been very busy in school and the children are definitely back into the swing of things after the Easter break.  Please remember we are not in school next Friday (4th May) and Monday 7th May is Bank Holiday.

Diary

Thursday 3rd May:                      BINGO Night! (from 23rd March)

Friday 4th May:                          School Closed – Staff Training

Monday 7th May:                        School Closed – Bank Holiday

Week begin 14th May:                 Year 6 SATs Tests

Wednesday 30th May:                Year 5 & 6 Parent’s Assemblies

Thursday 31st May:                    Year 3 & 4 Parent’s Assemblies

Friday 1st June:                          School finishes for Half-Term

TUESDAY 12th June:                  School re-opens

Mrs England

We will be wishing Mrs England a fond farewell at the end of this term as she will be leaving Filey Junior School.  Mrs England has worked with us since 1993. She has been a valued member of our school team in her roles of class teacher and co-ordinator of children with special educational needs. We hope you will be able to join us in wishing her a special goodbye later this term.

Bingo Night!

Next Thursday (3rd May) is our Bingo Night.  Organised by the FoF Juniors, this will be a night of fun and games with prizes a plenty.  All proceeds will go towards providing extra equipment and resources for your children.  Please support us by purchasing a ticket from the school office.  Fun and laughter for all the family! 

Mountain Biking

As mentioned last week, the next round of the Scarborough Youth Mountain Bike series will be held on 29th April at McCain’s Sports ground, Osgodby Lane.  Arrive 9.30am with first bike race 10.15am.  The course is on grass (or mud we imagine) and riders must wear a helmet.  Age categories are U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/ U16 (Ok for novices/ first time racers). Cost £4.

School Dinners

The kitchen staff are busy planning some exciting developments in the Sunshine Café.  A special range of lunches and choices of menus is about to be launched (or should that be lunched).  Watch this space for news very soon.

Get Gardening

A special plea from our Gardening club!  Can you spare an hour next Thursday to help us get our gardens weed free and ready to plant?  No experience or expertise needed – just a pair of wellies and the ability to hold a trowel.  Come along next Thursday (3nd May) from 3:30pm to help us banish the weeds in preparation for Filey in Bloom.

If you would like any information or help regarding anything in this letter, or any other matter relating to school, please let us know.

 

Please pay on Monday in a named envelope. £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week

Name:__________________________________      Class:______________________________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Pizza

Sweetcorn & Peas.

Roast Potatoes.

-

Grannies Crunch.

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Battered Fish.

Carrots & Green Beans.

Chips.

Wholemeal Bread.

-

Sponge & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Green Salad.

Garlic Bread.

-

Iced Sponge.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Sausage in Bread Roll

Mixed Vegetables.

Potato Wedges.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Brownie.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Chicken Korma & Rice.

Carrots & Broccoli.

Naan Bread.

-

Arctic Roll & Peaches.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Newsletter 25 – Happy Easter

Newsletter 25 – Happy Easter

It’s been a busy and eventful term, and as always the time has flown by – it can’t be Easter already can it?  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents for the support and help you all give in and around school.  It’s particularly nice to see how many parents we have coming in to school to get involved and help out with the daily life of school at  the moment.  If any one feels they have any time or expertise they could offer, please let us know – you’ll be made very welcome.

 I hope you had an opportunity to join us for one of the Easter Services in Church earlier this week.  The children did a wonderful job of celebrating the meaning of Easter and sharing the work they and the staff have been doing this term.  Well done everyone! 

 

And finally, may I wish you all a very Happy Easter?  I hope you and your family have a peaceful break and I look forward to seeing you all in the summer term.

 

Diary

Friday 30th March:                      School Finishes for Easter

Monday 16th April:                     School Re-opens

Thursday 3rd May:                      BINGO Night! (from 23rd March)

Friday 4th May:                          School Closed – Staff Training

Monday 7th May:                        School Closed – Bank Holiday

 

Vouchers

Don’t forget to save those Tesco and Sainsbury vouchers over the Easter break.  Every little helps!

Sports

It was the girls in action this week, representing the school in the Premiership of the Scarborough Girls Football League.  Our team played extremely well in all their games and got off to a wonderful start beating Lindhead in their opening match.  They continued to work hard but found the goals difficult to come by.  This didn’t dishearten them however, and they played with a wonderful attitude at all times.  So much so in fact, they were voted as the team with the best attitude and as a result brought home the ‘Respect’ trophy – well done ladies!

Sun Cream

As the Spring sunshine continues (hopefully) to shine, I thought it worth updating you on our guidelines for sun cream and shade.  We would encourage all children to have sun cream applied before school on sunny days and to bring a sun cap (school caps available at the office).  Children can bring sun cream to school, but should ensure they give this to their teacher at the start of the day and they must apply this themselves and not share it with other children.  Unfortunately, we do not allow children to wear sun glasses in school as these can easily be damaged and may cause injury in a busy playground.

School Uniform

Could I remind everyone that we do ask our children to wear the correct uniform at all times.  Now the warm weather is here (don’t quote me), boys are welcome to wear school shorts and girls can wear a pinafore dress.  We do still ask that children wear the correct shoes for school (no white or bright trainers please).  Please support us in this matter – it really does make a difference to behaviour and ‘team spirit’ within school.

 

Age UK

Age UK are currently running a free 12 week pre-apprenticeship course in a career in the health and care sector, which could lead to NVQ level 1 & 2 and an apprenticeship.   If any parents are interested call in for a leaflet or ring 01723 360548

Have a great Easter everyone and don’t forget to let us have any feedback.  See you in the Summer Term!


Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

Newsletter 24 – Did You Miss It?

Newsletter 24 – Did You Miss It?

It’s a welcome return to our weekly newsletter!  Apologies for the newsletter’s absence last week.  Like buses, meetings and events which call me away from school often don’t happen for a long time and then come in twos and threes.  Last week was one such example and as a result, I was unable to gather enough information (or time) to put a newsletter together last week.  I hope this didn’t spoil your weekend too much! 

Diary

Friday 23rd March:                      BINGO Night! – POSTPONED (See below)

                                                Sports Relief! – Fun Run on the Beach

Wednesday 28th March:              Year 5 & 6 AND Class 1 Easter Service at Filey Methodist Church (2pm)

Thursday 29th March:                  Year 3 & 4 (Not Class 1) Easter Service at Filey Methodist Church (2pm)

Friday 30th March:                      School Finishes for Easter

Monday 16th April:                     School Re-opens

Thursday 3rd May:                      BINGO Night! (from 23rd March)

Friday 4th May:                          School Closed – Staff Training

Monday 7th May:                        School Closed – Bank Holiday

NOTE: As Class 1 are in York on Thursday 29th March, they will be at church on Wednesday 28th March.

Vouchers

Keep them coming!  Tesco vouchers, Sainsbury vouchers, Nestle Box Tops and old mobile phones are all welcome and help to provide lots of exciting resources for the school.

Texts to Parents

Just a reminder – if you did NOT receive our test message on your mobile phone, please let us know.  We are committed to using this facility as an aid to communication with parents, but it is only effective if we can be confident that you are receiving our texts.

Sports

Boys football, Year 3 & 4 swimmers and the girls netball team have all been out and about representing the school in competitions around the area.  The boys were unlucky not to win more than one match in their tournament; the swimmers managed a top-half finish against 8 other schools; and our netballers made the semi-finals in their competition.  Well done everyone on great team work and sportsmanship!

Holiday Activities

Due to the on-going maintenance in the school hall, we have been unable to arrange any holiday activities for the Easter break.  Thank you again for your feedback on this subject and we will be making every effort to ensure there is a range of activities for the summer half-term. 

Free Stuff!

Now I’ve got your attention, Scarborough Borough Council are offering free soil improver on Tuesday 23rd April from 4pm to 6pm at Country Park car park in Filey.  Just take along some containers and they will fill them for you.  Let’s get Filey blooming for the summer!

Learn to Swim!

Starting on April 25th 2012 Filey Swimming Club shall be holding children’s (5+) learn to swim sessions. These will be held on a Wednesday 4pm – 5pm at Filey School Pool.  These sessions are intended for non-swimmers and improver swimmers to try swimming lessons.  More information is available from the pool weekday evenings only Tel No 518120

Children’s Storytelling Festival

Let your imagination run wild at Scarborough’s first every children’s storytelling festival.  Experience the wonder of story through music, puppetry, films and storytelling performances. Saturday 31 March 2012 at Scarborough Library & Information Centre (Tickets £3)

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know,


Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.


Please return, with payment, on Monday morning. £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Child’s Name _______________________    Class ___________    I enclose £__________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Battered Salmon.

Peas & Sweetcorn.

Saute Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Lemon Cake.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Cheese Pizza.

Mixed Salad.

Potato Wedges.

Crusty Bread.

-

Chocolate Crunch.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Roast Chicken & Gravy.

Mashed Potatoes.

Broccoli & Carrots.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Krispie Nest with Mini egg

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Sweetcorn & Green Beans.

Garlic Bread.

-

Jam Roly Poly & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Sausages.

Gravy.

Broccoli & Carrots.

Roast Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Biscuits & Grapes.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Newsletter 23 – What’s Happening in the Hall?!?

Newsletter 23 – What’s Happening in the Hall?!?

As mentioned last week, we are currently experiencing some issues with our hall floor.  A strange and mysterious hill appeared in the floor last week during a PE session!  What could it be? Giant moles? Undiscovered oil deposits?  Ambitious Australian miners?  Whatever it is, it means our school hall is currently out of bounds and as a result our PE sessions, assemblies and school clubs are being affected.  We are working hard to resolve the issue and we’ll let you know as soon as things ‘settle down’.  Now where’s that shovel?

Diary

Friday 23rd March:                      BINGO Night! – POSTPONED (See below)

                                                Sports Relief! – Fun Run on the Beach

Wednesday 28th March:              Year 5 & 6 Easter Service at FileyMethodistChurch (2pm)

Thursday 29th March:                  Year 3 & 4 Easter Service at FileyMethodistChurch (2pm)

Friday 30th March:                      School Finishes for Easter

Monday 16th April:                     School Re-opens

Thursday 3rd May:                      BINGO Night! (from 23rd March)

Friday 4th May:                          School Closed – Staff Training

Monday 7th May:                        School Closed – Bank Holiday

Look out for information about class trips in the coming weeks.  Many of our children will be discovering Viking York at Jorvik and The Dig.

Vouchers

It’s that time of year again!  Please get everyone you know on board with collecting vouchers in the coming weeks.  We are currently collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and Tesco will be starting their School voucher scheme next week.  Please remember to ask for your vouchers in store and send them to school where there is a collection point on the main corridor.  In addition, we are about to send off the Nestle Box Tops vouchers – please have a look in your cupboards to see if there are any of these on your cereal packets.  And finally, the Friends of Filey Juniors are collecting old mobile phones for recycling (which the school receives funding for).  Again, send these into school (you should be receiving a bag to put these in within the next few days).  You always do a great job of supporting us with these types of initiatives – please keep them coming in as they do provide the children with some excellent (and fun) resources.  Thank you.

Texts to Parents

You should have received our test message this week.  If you have not had a text from us on your mobile, please call into the office or give us a call to let us know.

Year 6 Height and Weight

If your child is in Year 6 and you do NOT wish for them to have their height and weight measured, please return the form to the office by Friday 16th March.

Holiday Activities

Thank you to everyone who returned ideas and opinions for holiday activities.  We have now collected your views and are looking to appoint suitable provision to meet these requests.  We will probably have a fairly slow start, offering just a few activities to gauge popularity and feasibility.  Unfortunately, on-going issues with the hall floor mean we are a little limited space wise.  Watch this space however, as we will bring you news on this initiative in the next couple of weeks.

As always, please let us know by phone, letter, email, or in person, if there is anything you would like to bring to our attention.


Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

 


Please return, with payment, on Monday morning. £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Child’s Name _______________________    Class ___________    I enclose £__________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Pizza

Beans.

Potato Wedges.

-

Sponge & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Savoury Minced Beef

Yorkshire Pudding.

Mixed Vegetables.

Mashed Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Museli Krispie.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Chicken Pie.

Gravy.

Sweetcorn and Cabbage.

Roast Potatoes.

Crusty Bread

-

Shortbread.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Battered Fish.

Carrots & Broccoli.

Potato Wedges.

Bread.

-

Fruit Sponge &

Custard

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Pork Burger In a Bun.

Tomato Ketchup.

Mixed Salad.

Chips.

-

Arctic Roll & Peaches.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Newsletter 23 - It's Springtime!

Newsletter 23 – It’s Springtime!

Well that’s Winter out of the way then!  Don’t quote me on that if it starts snowing next week, but we’re warming up for Spring with some Springtime songs in school and our gardening club is about to ‘spring’ into action again.  If you’d like to help out with a trowel and a spade, please let us know – all help (and plants) gratefully received.

Diary

Friday 23rd March:                      BINGO Night!

                                                Sports Relief! – Look out for more news next week (keep your afternoon free)

Wednesday 28th March:              Year 5 & 6 Easter Service at FileyMethodistChurch (2pm)

Thursday 29th March:                  Year 3 & 4 Easter Service at FileyMethodistChurch (2pm)

Friday 30th March:                      School Finishes for Easter

Monday 16th April:                     School Re-opens

Look out for information about class trips in the coming weeks.  Many of our children will be discovering Viking York at Jorvik and The Dig.

School Uniform

We are always very proud of how smart our children look in their uniform and I really appreciate the support you show us regarding school uniform.  There does appear to be a recent trend of children coming to school in trainers however, and one or two children wearing jeans and tracksuit bottoms.  Please continue with your excellent work in supporting this important aspect of school life.  Studies do show that an effective uniform policy can have a very positive impact on behaviour and children’s achievement within school.  If your child is unable to wear the correct uniform or footwear for a period of time, please write a short note to let us know.

Texts to Parents

Over the following couple of weeks we will be trialling a new texting service which allows us to send you a message to your mobile phone.  This system should help us to keep you informed of any important changes to the school day / cancelled clubs / reminders of events etc.  You may be familiar with similar systems used by both the infant and secondary schools in Filey.  In the past we have been a little reluctant to adopt such a system as it relies heavily on us having up to date contact details.  Please help us to make this system work by ensuring we have your most recent contact numbers.  We will be sending you a ‘test message’ next Monday.  If you do not receive this, please let us know so we can resolve any ‘teething’ problems.

School Clubs

Please note, due to work being undertaken on the hall floor, we are unable to run after school clubs which rely on the use of the hall.  We will do everything we can to resolve this issue as quickly as possible, but in the mean-time, please check with school (and your children) if you are unsure about a club being held.

Scarborough Literature Festival

Your child should have received a book token this week as part of World Book Day.  Why not take them to Scarborough to spend it and join in the Scarborough Literature Festival which includes a Children’s Storytelling Festival on 31st March, 10am – 4pm and Nick Arnold presenting the Horrible Science Best Bits Show on Saturday 14th April!  More information is available at Scarborough Library.

As always, please let us know by phone, letter, email, or in person, if there is anything you would like to bring to our attention.

 


Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.


Please return, with payment, on Monday morning. £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Child’s Name _______________________    Class ___________    I enclose £__________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Battered Salmon.

Peas & Sweetcorn.

Saute Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Lemon Cake.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Cheese Pizza.

Mixed Salad.

Potato Wedges.

Crusty Bread.

-

Chocolate Crunch.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Roast Chicken & Gravy.

Mashed Potatoes.

Broccoli & Carrots.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Muffin.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Sweetcorn & Green Beans.

Garlic Bread.

-

Jam Roly Poly & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Sausages.

Gravy.

Broccoli & Carrots.

Roast Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Biscuits & Grapes.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Newsletter 21 - We're back

Newsletter 21 – We’re Back

Welcome back everyone.  I hope you all had a good half-term break and your children are happy to be back in school.  At the end of last half-term you should have received some information, including a Digital Parenting magazine, regarding keeping your children safe when ‘online’.  Please remember the importance of this and if you have any questions or you are unsure of any issue, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Diary

Friday 23rd March:                      BINGO Night!

Wednesday 28th March:              Year 5 & 6 Easter Service at Filey Methodist Church (2pm)

Thursday 29th March:                  Year 3 & 4 Easter Service at Filey Methodist Church (2pm)

Friday 31st March:                      School Finishes for Easter

Monday 16th April:                     School Re-opens

Look out for information about class trips in the coming weeks.  Many of our children will be discovering Viking York at Jorvik and The Dig.

Holiday Activities

At the end of last half-term I mentioned the possibility of providing more activities during the holiday periods, which I know can be a busy time for working parents.  Please spend a little time with your children having a think about this and complete the slip at the bottom of the page so we can begin to plan for this type of activity.  If you have any ideas which we have not listed, please feel free to add these.

Bingo Night

Following from the great success of the Family Quiz Night, we will be holding a Bingo Night on Friday 23rd March.  Once again, expect something just a little bit different from your average Bingo evening.  Tickets on sale soon.

It’s good to see everyone back and looking forward to Spring and the new term.  Don’t forget to let us know if there is anything you would like to bring to our attention.


Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.


Please return, with payment, on Monday morning. £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Child’s Name _______________________    Class ___________    I enclose £__________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Battered Salmon.

Peas & Sweetcorn.

Saute Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Lemon Cake.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Cheese Pizza.

Mixed Salad.

Potato Wedges.

Crusty Bread.

-

Chocolate Crunch.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Roast Chicken & Gravy.

Mashed Potatoes.

Broccoli & Carrots.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Muffin.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Sweetcorn & Green Beans.

Garlic Bread.

-

Jam Roly Poly & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Sausages.

Gravy.

Broccoli & Carrots.

Roast Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Biscuits & Grapes.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨


 


Holiday Activities:

Please consider the following activities we are considering providing at the school and if you would like your child to access them during school holidays, tick the appropriate boxes and return to school by Friday 2nd March.

Activities:

            Activity

Tick

            Activity

Tick

Football

 

Cookery

 

Tennis

 

Arts & Crafts

 

Golf

 

Drama

 

Gymnastics

 

Creative Writing

 

Dance

 

Music / choir

 

Multi-sports

 

Other (please state below or overleaf)

 

How much would you be willing to pay for such activities?

Only if free (   )              Upto £5 per day  (   )                 Upto £10 per day  (   )   Upto £20 per day (    )

 

We will make every effort to ensure activities are suitably priced and help will be available for families eligible for free school meals.  Please make every effort to return this form to school by Friday 2nd March to allow us to begin putting this service into action. If you have any other suggestions or comments to make, please continue overleaf, on a separate sheet or contact school in person or by telephone.

Newsletter 20 - It's Half Term

Newsletter 20 – It’s Half-Term

I am writing you this newsletter from the other side of the country as I have unfortunately been pulled away from school for a couple of days due to family circumstance.  From where I am the weather is cold and wet, but I am hearing reports that a second wave of snow has now arrived in the East.  As mentioned last week, we will make every effort to keep the school open in snowy conditions, but if you are in any doubt, please remember to listen to Radio York, Yorkshire Coast Radio and check the school’s web site where we will post any news if needed.  I would just like to say the children were very sensible and a credit to you all with their behaviour during the recent wintry condition, despite not being able to get outside very much.  If the snow does continue, we would like to give children the opportunity to go outside, but we will only allow this if they have a pair of wellies (or similar water proof footwear) AND a change of shoes for use indoors.  If you have anything of an urgent nature which you need to speak about in my absence, please make an appointment to see Mr Grice or another member of staff.

Diary

Friday 10th Feb’             School Closes (Half-term)

Monday 20th Feb’           School opens

Friday 23rd Mar’             FoFJ’s Bingo Night – Details to follow.

Holiday Activities

As part of our school’s development, and to support parents during holiday periods, I am eager to explore the possibilities of offering holiday activities at the school – with an aim to introduce these during the Easter holiday.  Would you be interested in this type of provision?  Please have a talk with your children over half-term to get an idea of the type of activities they would like to attend and have a think about how often you would use this so we can begin to plan ahead.  I will invite your thoughts and comments next half-term.

If you happen to be out and about over half-term, the 27th Jorvik Viking Festival is taking place in York over the holiday with loads of exciting and interactive events.  As you may know already, our children are currently looking at Vikings as part of their curriculum so it’s a great opportunity to support them. For more info take a look at:    http://www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/viking-festival/  

Get Your Bikes Out

Well it’s a bit cold at the moment, but it’s time to start training for the Youth Mountain Bike Race on 18 March at Filey Country Park (arrive 9.30am; first race 10:15am.).  There are events for under 8/u10/u12/u14 age groups. Children must have bikes with working brakes and helmet/gloves.  For an entry form contact Bryden Simpson on 01723 513773 or email info@bshygiene.co.uk

We are also looking to start some biking activities for children in the near future, including a pupils and parents bike club and a ‘learn to ride a bike’ activity for the absolute beginners!  Watch this space.

Shrove Tuesday

On 21st February the school will be celebrating by selling pancakes in the hall. There will be a selection of toppings including fresh fruit, lemon and sugar and of course chocolate sauce!! As well as eating pancakes there will be the tradition of skipping. All for the bargain price of 50p.

Have a great half-term break, and as always, let us know if there is anything you wish to bring to our attention.


Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.


Please return, with payment, on Monday morning. £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Child’s Name _______________________    Class ___________    I enclose £__________

Newsletter 19 – No Snow Please!

Newsletter 19 – No Snow Please!

After a very mild winter so far, it looks like the threat of snow is starting to gain momentum.  Hopefully this will not cause any disruption to school and we will do our very best to ensure school remains open if the weather does take a turn for the worse.  If you are in any doubt however, please remember to listen to Radio York, Yorkshire Coast Radio and check the school’s web site where we will post any news if needed.  Please assume school is open however if you have not heard any definite news to the contrary. 

 

Diary

Monday 6th Feb’                        Parents’ Evening (4pm – 6pm)

Wednesday 8th Feb’       Parent’s Assembly Year 3 & 4 (2:30pm) - CANCELLED

Thursday 9th Feb’           Parent’s Assembly Year 5 & 6 (2:30pm) - CANCELLED

Friday 10th Feb’             School Closes (Half-term)

Monday 20th Feb’           School opens

Parent’s Assemblies

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel next week’s Parent Assemblies as a result of staff training and parent teacher interviews taking place at the same time.  I am really sorry about this and we will look to find an opportunity to celebrate your children’s work with you in the following half-term.  My sincere apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment.

Internet Safety

Next week, we will be holding an Internet Safety Week.  This is part of a National Internet Safety initiative aimed at raising children and parent’s awareness of how to stay safe online.  You will find some further information on the reverse of this newsletter and we will be posting more info’ on our website.

Mathematics Awareness Evening

Thank-you to all those who came along for the Maths Awareness Evening with Mr Grice.  The evening was very well received by parents and we are now looking to book a ‘Day 2’ to explore some of the concepts in more detail.  If you have any questions about this or any other area of the curriculum, please ask a member of staff.

Craft Club

Miss Bonnett and Miss Randell will be starting a new ‘Craft Club’ after half-term.  The club is for Year 3 & 4 children on a Wednesday evening until 4:30pm.  Please ask your child to see Miss Bonnett or Miss Randell for a permission slip if they wish to join.

Valentines Lunch

We will be serving a Valentines Lunch on Friday 10th February.  The menu is Sausages & Roast Potatoes with Broccoli & Carrots followed by a Valentine Heart Biscuit.  Our Chinese New Year lunch was a great success, but we were a little caught out by the sudden increase in numbers.  For this reason, could I ask that all orders and payment for the Valentines Lunch are received on Monday morning please?

Sports

It was the Year 6 boys in action this week at Pindar for the indoor 5-a-side football event.  There were some great performances by the team who were unlucky not to win all of their games.

Please do not hesitate to call us if there is anything you wish to comment upon or bring to our attention.


Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.


Please return, with payment, on Monday morning. £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week. 

Child’s Name _______________________    Class ___________    I enclose £__________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Battered Salmon.

Peas & Sweetcorn.

Saute Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Lemon Cake.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Cheese Pizza.

Mixed Salad.

Potato Wedges.

Crusty Bread.

-

Chocolate Crunch.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Pork Steak & Gravy.

Mashed Potatoes.

Broccoli & Carrots.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Muffin.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Sweetcorn & Green Beans.

Garlic Bread.

-

Jam Roly Poly & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Sausages.

Gravy.

Broccoli & Carrots.

Roast Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Valentine Heart Biscuit.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

 

Filey Junior School

Widening horizons and reaching our potential whilst respecting the world and each other, within a happy, healthy and positive learning community

Dear Parent/Carer,

Do you ever feel that your children know more about online technologies than you do?

You’re not alone. The Internet and online technologies are an important part of children’s lives at home and school, providing great opportunities for learning, communicating, playing and creating. As we know, these technologies create huge opportunities for us all; however, they can sometimes be a bit overwhelming, and present challenges to keeping your family safe online.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an annual event to promote the safe and responsible use of technology among children and young people. The focus of SID 2012 is ‘connecting generations’. It aims to encourage families to explore online technologies together. SID 2012 will be taking place on Tuesday 7th February with activities across the UK and beyond which we would like you to be a part of.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is the UK’s national centre dedicated to protecting children from harm both online and offline. CEOP’s Thinkuknow education initiative aims to empower children and young people to enjoy online technologies safely. Each year CEOP celebrates SID to highlight the importance of educating children and young people about their online safety.

It is just as important to be involved in your children’s’ life online, than it is offline. Just as you would ask about their friends at school or the clubs they go to, you should use this approach with the people they meet online – ask the same questions and show the same interest. 

To help get you started, CEOP are releasing the ‘Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’ - a short, entertaining TV-style programme looking at what it’s like to bring up children in the online world. The programme will help you to:

  • stay up-to-date with the technology your children are using;
  • understand steps you can take to keep your children safe online; and
  • know what action to take and where to seek further support if things go wrong.

Visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents on Tuesday 7th February. From this day, you will be able to view the ‘Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’ and have access to information and guidance on how to keep your family safe online.

 

Newsletter 18 – What to say?

Newsletter 18 – What to say?

I’m sure many of you will agree that it’s very rare that I’m lost for words!  However, I feel that things are very quiet at the moment and there seems little to say in this Newsletter.  Nevertheless, there are a number of events and things happening around school which I am sure you will find of interest.

 

Diary

Wednesday 1st Feb’      Mathematics Calculations Evening for Parents (3:45pm)

Thursday 2nd Feb’          FoF Jnrs meeting (3:45pm)

Monday 6th Feb’                        Parents’ Evening (4pm – 6pm)

Wednesday 8th Feb’       Parent’s Assembly Year 3 & 4 (2:30pm)

Thursday 9th Feb’           Parent’s Assembly Year 5 & 6 (2:30pm)

Friday 10th Feb’             School Closes (Half-term)

Monday 20th Feb’           School opens

 

Mathematics Awareness Evening

Don’t forget to keep next Wednesday evening free to ‘come back to school’ to update on how your children are using mathematics.  This will be a fun, interactive evening giving you a chance to gain a greater understanding in to how your children are taught mathematics and how you can help them at home.  Everyone welcome!

 

Friends of Filey Juniors

A reminder for our regular members, and a plea to anyone who hasn’t come along before!  The next FOF Juniors’ meeting will be held in the school on Thursday 2nd February.  If you’ve not attended before, the FOFs are a group of hard working, fun loving friends and parents who look to enhance the work of the school by providing social and fund-raising events.  Our Family Quiz Night was a great success just before Christmas, as was the Christmas Fair.  These events have helped to fund a kiln and a soon to be purchased PA system within school.  Please come along if you have any ideas, time to help, or just fancy a coffee and a chat.  Everyone welcome!

Parents Evenings

You will find an invitation to this term’s parents’ evening attached to this Newsletter.  Please complete the reply slip so we can make you an appointment.  This is a good opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress and their targets as they move in to the second half of the year.

Please do not hesitate to call us if there is anything you wish to comment upon or bring to our attention.


Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.


Please return, with payment, on Monday morning. £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week. 

Child’s Name _______________________    Class ___________    I enclose £__________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Pizza

Peas & Sweetcorn

Diced potatoes

 Bread Bun.

-

Chocolate Pudding. Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Fish Fingers

Beans.

Wedges.

 Wholemeal Bread.

-

Rice Pudding & Peaches

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Minced Beef & Gravy.

Broccoli & Carrots. Mashed Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Chelsea Bun.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Sausages.

Cauliflower & Peas.

 Roast Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Flapjack

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Chicken Curry.

Mixed Veg

Rice.

Naan Bread.

-

Ice Cream Tub.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

 

Please call into school if you require another copy of the parent teacher interveiw letter.

Newsletter 17 – Back In The Swing


Newsletter 17 – Back In The Swing

Well it feels as though we’ve been back for some time already.  The school has certainly got straight back down to business and I know the children have been very busy with their work.  We’ve been very fortunate with the weather so far this winter, but please continue to send your child well equipped for cold and wet condition.

 

Diary

Wednesday 1st Feb’       Mathematics Session for Parents

Monday 6th Feb’                        Parents’ Evening (4pm – 6pm)

Wednesday 8th Feb’       Parent’s Assembly (2:30pm)

Thursday 9th Feb’           Parent’s Assembly (2:30pm)

 

Contact Details

I’m sure many of you (and your family) will have received new mobile phones over the Christmas period.  Please could I urge you all to ensure we have your most up to date telephone and contact details, including those of grandparents, doctors etc.?   Should we need to contact you in an emergency, we rely upon these details to ensure a fast response.

 

Sports

The football season is under way once more, and our girls did a fantastic job on Wednesday evening.  Playing in the Premiership, our Year 5 / 6 children came up against very stiff opposition, but managed to finish in 3rd place in the 6 a-side, indoor competition.  And were it not for some very unfortunate free-kicks, they may well have gone even further.  Well done girls!

Maths Evening

Mr Grice will be holding a Parent’s Update on Calculation Strategies on Wednesday 1st February.  Further details will be available soon.  This is an excellent opportunity to get up to date with how your children will be taught calculations within school and how you can help them at home.  Everyone welcome!

 

Chinese New Year

As I am sure you are aware, Wednesday 25th January is Chinese New Year, and to celebrate we will be serving a special Chinese meal:

Chinese Chicken Curry with Rice

Prawn Crackers

Ice Cream and Fortune Cookie

Please ensure you return the slip below, together with payment, on Monday morning if your child wishes to stay for this special lunch.

 

Discover Filey

A new project by local volunteers, aimed at interpreting Filey’s natural environment and heritage, launches on Friday 27th January.  Call in at the Evron Centre Concert Hall between 11am and 2pm for more details and to get involved.

As always, please let us know if there is anything you would like to comment upon or bring to our attention.


Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.


Please return, with payment, on Monday morning. £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Child’s name _________________________ Class ________________ I enclose £________ 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Pizza

Beans.

Potato Wedges.

-

Sponge & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Savoury Minced Beef

Yorkshire Pudding.

Mixed Vegetables.

Mashed Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Museli Krispie.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Chinese Chicken Curry.

Rice.

Peas & Sweetcorn.

Prawn Crackers.

-

Ice Cream.

Chinese Fortune Cookie.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Battered Fish.

Carrots & Broccoli.

Potato Wedges.

Bread.

-

Fruit Sponge &

Custard

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Pork Burger In a Bun.

Tomato Ketchup.

Mixed Salad.

Chips.

-

Arctic Roll & Peaches.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Newsletter 16 – ...And A Happy New Year!

Newsletter 16 – ...And A Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I would like to wish all of our pupils, families and friends a very happy, healthy and successful 2012!  It’s been a good start to the New Year in school, with our pupils returning to school with a great attitude and enthusiasm.  It’s going to be a busy, if rather short term and I hope there will be plenty of opportunity for you to come along and get involved in the life of the school.  We are hoping to take all the children on an archaeological tour of York in the coming weeks, which sounds very exciting!  More news soon.

Diary

Monday 6th Feb’                        Parents’ Evening (4pm – 6pm)

Wednesday 7th Feb’       Parent’s Assembly (2:30pm)

Thursday 8th Feb’           Parent’s Assembly (2:30pm)

Attendance and Absence

As you are no-doubt aware, attendance was raised as an issue for the school to improve upon in our recent Ofsted inspection.  In order to raise everyone’s awareness of attendance, and as an opportunity to say ‘well-done’ to all of those families who’s attendance is very good, you will receive a letter today which will inform you of your child’s attendance for the whole of last term (not the half-term as stated in the letter).

 

A second point, related to attendance but more to do with ensuring your children’s safety, is that of informing the school when your child is absent.  Please ensure you call school if your child is ill or unable to attend school so we know they are safe.  If we have not heard from you regarding your child’s absence, we will try to contact home.  Please note however, if we have not received a message regarding an absence and we are unable to reach you via telephone, we will inform the Social Services and the Police in order for them to make a home visit and attempt to trace you and your child.  This is a precaution we are taking to ensure your child’s safety, as we must assume a child is missing if we are not 100% sure of their where they are.  I am sure you will support us in this matter.  As always, if you have anything you wish to discuss relating to this point, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Jewellery and Uniform

Could I remind all parents / carers (and children) that it is the policy of North Yorkshire Local Authority, that children should not wear jewellery within school?  I think there are a number of children wanting to wear new Christmas jewellery, but in the interests of health & safety, and to avoid any breakages or missing items, please do not allow your child to wear jewellery for school.  We do make exceptions for watches and for small studs if children are unable to remove ear-rings.  Our children always look very smart in their school uniform and I would like to thank everyone for your efforts in supporting us in this.  There are a number of children wearing bright trainers at the moment and I would remind you all that these are not appropriate for school.  Please remember the weather is unpredictable at the moment so always send your children to school with sensible shoes and coat; and with a hat, gloves and scarf if required.

School Clubs

Our after school clubs will begin again next week: Monday – Innovations Choir (Y3, 4, 5) & SUPA club (Y3, & 4); Tuesday: Mrs Lawson’s Choir (Y4, 5, 6); Wednesday: Zumbatonic Children & Parents; Thursday: Fitness Club; Friday: Drum Club (Y5), Art lub (Y5, 6).  If you have any ideas or questions regarding after school clubs, please let us know.

School Dinners and Breakfast Bar

Our new Breakfast Bar was a huge hit last term and will continue this term.  Apple juice is back in stock along with a range of fruit, cereal and breads – give it a go!  Please remember to return the menu slip below, with payment, at the beginning of each week to book your child’s school dinner.  Wednesday 25th January is Chinese New Year, and to celebrate we will be serving a special Chinese meal on this day – look out for the menu next week.

 

I hope your children have enjoyed their first week back at school.  As always, please let us know if there is anything you would like to know, suggest or comment upon.

 


Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

Newsletter 15 – Wishing You A Wonderful Christmas

Newsletter 15 – Wishing You A Wonderful Christmas

We’re coming to the end of our Christmas celebrations in school and I’m sure you’ll agree, the children (and staff) have all done a wonderful job of their performances, Christmas Fairs, carol concerts and parties!  Next week is only a short week and we will be giving the children a few opportunities for Christmas activities and finishing off the odd card and mince pie.  Although it is a short week, please ensure your children do attend for these last two days – there’s been the odd whisper from children of having these days off.  As I’m sure you are all aware, attendance in school is a very important aspect of how our school is judged and just the odd couple of days can make all the difference when it comes to completing attendance figures.

Diary

Mon’ 19th December 2011 -         Year 6 Party

Tue’ 20th December 2011 -          School Closes – Christmas Holidays

Mon’ 9th January 2012 -              School Opens

Christmas Fair

The Friends of Filey Junior School would like to thank all the parents and carers for their tremendous support at the Christmas Fair.  It was an excellent evening which got Christmas off to a fabulous start!  We raised a magnificent £662.00 as well as having a very enjoyable evening. Fundraising efforts this year have enabled The FoFs to help purchase a kiln and a PA / sound system for the school. We thank you for your interest in our activities and as always, welcome any suggestions, help or comments.


Calendars and CD’s

Our Pupil Led Company have done a great job of compiling, marketing and selling this year’s calendar and CD.  Unfortunately, there were a small number of ‘blank’ CDs which slipped through the children’s Quality Control Dept’.  Please check any CDs you have bought as presents and we will obviously be happy to exchange any blanks. 

There are still a few CDs and calendars available if you’re looking to get an extra gift for one of the family, and they make wonderful keep-sakes of your children’s time at the school.  The calendars and CDs are available for £3 each or two for £5 and all the money raised will be given to the children to buy something which they feel the school needs.

2011 has been a wonderful year at school, and many of the things we set off to achieve have been very successful – particularly I feel, our relationship with you, the parents and carers of our children.  I would like to say a big thank you to you for your support this year and to all our staff and children for their continuing efforts.  Let’s make 2012 an even better year and let me wish you all a very merry and peaceful Christmas.

Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

Newsletter 14 – Nativity News…

Newsletter 14 – Nativity News…

Well we’ve gone from feeling as though Christmas is just beginning last week, to being well and truly festive this week!  I know many of you will have enjoyed sharing the Year 3 children’s Christmas Production of Christmas Around the World, and on your behalf, I’d like to say thank you and well done to all the children and staff involved.  We’ve also visited Filey Infant School to see their production, and returned the favour when they came to us just this morning.  We’re busy rehearsing our carols for next week’s Parent Assemblies, and our Year 5 and 6 children are still in the middle of rehearsing for their production of Nativity Nightmares!  And this is meant to be a peaceful time of year!

Diary

Tues 13th December 2011 -         Y5&6 Production – Nativity Nightmares! (1:30pm)

Wed 14th December 2011 -         Y5&6 Production – Nativity Nightmares! (6:00pm)

Thur 15th December 2011 -          Y3 & Y4 Parent Assemblies (2:00pm Methodist Church)

                                                Year 5 Party

Fri 16th December 2011 -            Y5 & Y6 Parent Assemblies (2:00pm Methodist Church)

                                                Year 3 & Year 4 Party

Mon’ 19th January 2011 -            Year 6 Party

Tue’ 20th December 2011 -          School Closes – Christmas Holidays

Mon’ 9th January 2012 -              School Opens

Ofsted

As I am sure you are aware, an Ofsted team came into school two weeks ago and using our own self-evaluation, published data and their own observation, produced a report which highlights the strengths and areas for development within our school - you will receive a copy of their report with this Newsletter (please see the Prospectus section of our website)

 

Although there are more satisfactory judgements within the report than we would like, I would like to assure you that these are areas which we, as a school, had already identified as areas for improvement and in most cases, the inspection team agreed with our own judgements.  Plans and actions are already in place to address areas which need to be developed and in the majority of cases, the inspection team agreed with the actions we had taken, but recognised that more time was required in order for these aspects to be fully embedded and show their potential impact.  I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who returned questionnaires during the inspection – your comments were overwhelmingly positive and a great indication of how the school and home work together.  Thank you!

Attendance

You will see from our Ofsted report, a key area which has been identified for improvement is pupil attendance.  Our school, with your help and support, has in fact made quite outstanding improvements to overall attendance in the past few years.  There is however, still room for improvement.  Before our inspection had even been announced, we had been working very closely with the other schools in the local area, and had begun to agree a policy for parents wishing to take holidays in term time.  I have attached a copy of our agreed reply to application for holidays in term time which will be issued by all schools within the area.  I hope you will support us in this initiative and help to further improve our school’s attendance figures.

 

Although holidays are a major factor within our attendance figures, I would like to ask all parents to consider carefully the times when children are fit to come to school or not.  Obviously, we do not expect you to send your child to school if they are genuinely unwell or have a contagious illness, but please consider their illness carefully – usually a cold or cough is not enough to warrant being off school.  If you are in any doubt, please give us a call to discuss this, particularly if you are concerned about children with asthma being outside during breaks.

Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

Newsletter 13 – There’s A Christmas Feeling In The Air

Newsletter 13 – There’s A Christmas Feeling In The Air

As it’s now December, we can begin to mention Christmas can’t we?  And what a great start to the festive season our Christmas Fair provided.  From Carols to crafts, mince pies to Santa, the fair had festive cheer to please everyone.  A special mention and thanks must go to all the FoF Juniors who organised the event; to the staff who had yet another late evening; to Mrs Lawson and the Carol Singers; Filey Lions for the wonderful tree; and of course to Santa, who made a very special appearance.

 

As the cold weather becomes more of a long-term feature, please try to ensure your children are suitably dressed for the temperature outside, including sensible footwear (black shoes or boots) and a warm coat.  Should the snow arrive, children are welcome to come to school in wellington boots or similar, but please ensure they have a change of footwear for in school.

Diary

Thurs 8th December 2011 -          Y3 Production – Christmas Around The World (1:30pm)

Tues 13th December 2011 -         Y5&6 Production – Nativity Nightmares! (1:30pm)

Wed 14th December 2011 -         Y5&6 Production – Nativity Nightmares! (6:00pm)

Thur 15th December 2011 -          Y3 & Y4 Parent Assemblies (2:00pm Methodist Church)

                                                Year 5 Party

Fri 16th December 2011 -            Y5 & Y6 Parent Assemblies (2:00pm Methodist Church)

                                                Year 3 & Year 4 Party

Mon’ 19th January 2011 -            Year 6 Party

Tue’ 20th December 2011 -          School Closes – Christmas Holidays

Mon’ 9th January 2012 -              School Opens

Wool

Our sewing club, run by Mrs Price and Mrs Birkin, has been very successful and a great addition to our curriculum.  Their next project involves the use of pom-poms!  As a result, they would like to ask for any spare wool you may have around the house.  All donations welcome.

Christmas Dinner

Our catering staff will be preparing a special Christmas Dinner on Wednesday 14th December 2011.  The menu consists of roast turkey and stuffing, roast potatoes, peas and carrots with ice cream log.  Vegetarian options are also available.  Please ensure you order your child’s lunch by Wednesday 7th December.

Sporting Events

There have been a wide array of sporting events and fixtures in the past couple of weeks.  Starting with table tennis, this was our school’s first appearance at a competitive table tennis event and the team did extremely well.  Their sportsmanship and attitude were congratulated by many at the event.  In cross-country, our runners braved the elements and the journey to Scarborough on a Saturday morning(!) to not only compete, but to actually win some of their events.  Well done to all the runners!  Our ladies football team narrowly avoided freezing on an extremely cold evening at Pindar.  Playing the best football we have ever seen from them, the girls did an excellent job, retaining their place in the Premiership league!  And finally, our swimming squad made a long journey to Scarborough and were placed very well in the recent swimming gala.  Narrowly missing a top 3 position, the squad did a fantastic job against 16 other schools.  Well done to all the teams, the parents and the staff who support our sporting events and a big thank you to Filey Lions for providing transport to so many of these events.

 

Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

Newsletter 12 - Thank you for everything you do!

 

Newsletter 12 – Thank you for everything you do!

What a week!  As you will know, our school was inspected by an Ofsted team earlier this week and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff in the school for the very hard work, the extra effort and the energy which was displayed throughout the inspection.  The findings of the inspection will be written in a report which will be distributed to all parents before the end of term.  One very pleasing feature of the inspection was the amount of support we received from parents.  Although the details of the parent questionnaires remain confidential, the inspectors did comment on the high rate of return and how the great majority of these were very positive.  A big thank you to you all for your support! 

Please check your diaries and make a space for our Christmas Productions and Parent Assemblies

Diary

Wed’ 30th November 2011 -       School Closed – Industrial Action.

Thurs 1st December 2011 -          Christmas Fair (6pm – 8pm)

Thurs 8th December 2011 -          Y3 Production – Christmas Around The World (1:30pm)

Tues 13th December 2011 -         Y5&6 Production – Nativity Nightmares! (1:30pm)

Wed 14th December 2011 -         Y5&6 Production – Nativity Nightmares! (6:00pm)

Thur 15th December 2011 -          Y3 & Y4 Parent Assemblies (2:00pm Methodist Church)

Fri 16th December 2011 -            Y5 & Y6 Parent Assemblies (2:00pm Methodist Church)

Tue’ 20th December 2011 -          School Closes – Christmas Holidays

Mon’ 9th January 2012 -              School Opens

Strike Action

Perhaps the most important aspect of our newsletter this week, is that I need to inform you our school will be closed due to Industrial Action on Wednesday 30th November.  The decision to close the school or send pupils home is never taken lightly.  However, in this instance, where staff have elected to take lawful industrial action, we have no choice but to take appropriate steps to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all pupils.  Please be aware school will be open as usual on Thursday 1st December.

Parent Governor

As mentioned in our last newsletter, a vacancy currently exists on our Governing Body for a parent governor.  If you are at all interested in this post, please call at school to discuss this with either myself or a member of the Governing Body.  Closing date for applications is next Friday (2nd December).

Poor Weather

It’s that time of year again when we must consider arrangements for extreme weather conditions.  We will make every effort to ensure our school remains open throughout the winter period and will only consider closure if we feel the conditions make getting to or being at school pose a significant risk to children, parents or staff.  In the event of closure, we will notify local radio (Yorkshire Coast and BBC Radio York) and post an update on the school website by 7:30am.  Please assume our school is open unless you have confirmation from one of these two sources.

Poppy Appeal and Children In Need

Finally, may I once again say well done to everyone who supported the Poppy Appeal and Children in Need within school.  Thanks to your generous donations and support, the school raised over £75 in poppy sales and over £150 from the sale of buns and cakes – a real achievement and an excellent example of how our community considers the needs of others.

Mr Harvey McCartey and Staff.

Newsletter 11 – It’s Good To Be Back

Newsletter 11 – It’s Good To Be Back

It’s certainly nice to be back in school (not to mention busy) after a week away on the Year 6 residential trip.  Christmas is now beginning to take a front seat in all of our minds as we begin preparations for productions, concerts and fairs.  We will give you more news of dates and times for these next week.

 Sunshine Diner – Breakfast Bar

The Breakfast Bar has been a great success so far and there has been an excellent atmosphere as children sit and chat over a healthy breakfast.  The Breakfast Bar will now operate every day from 8:30am and we hope to develop it into a positive and valuable part of school as it becomes more established.  Your comments and suggestions are of course welcome.

 Parent Governor

A vacancy currently exists on our Governing Body for a Parent Governor.  This a great opportunity to join the leadership team of the school and take a part in the decision making and running of the school.  Please call in or telephone either Mrs Fenton (Clerk) or myself on Tel: (01723) 513076 if you would like further information on how to apply for this position.

 

School Website

Just a reminder for everyone to take a look at the school’s website if you get a chance.  All staff have recently updated their class pages to celebrate and demonstrate some of the exciting work which goes on in school.  If there are any additions which you feel would further enhance this, please do not hesitate to let us know.

 Head Lice

Unfortunately, we have had several reports of these unwanted visitors in school recently.  Please read the reverse of this letter carefully which gives some good advice on how to help detect and prevent head lice.  Could I ask that all families act upon this advice over the weekend and throughout the course of next week in a push to remove these pests from our school?  Thank you.

 

Parental Involvement

I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in school recently.  From Quiz Night to BIG Draw; school trips to helpers in classrooms, the involvement of so many parents is a wonderful thing to see around school and one which I hope will continue and develop in the future.  If there is anyone who would like to get involved but hasn’t had opportunity recently, please let us know.

 

Ofsted Inspection

We have just been notified of an Inspection which will take place next week in school.  You should have received today from the Ofsted team a letter and questionnaire.   Please take the time to read this carefully, complete and return by the 22 November 2011 before 1pm.   As always, your views are well valued and help us to improve and develop our school and your child’s education.

 

Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

Head Lice and Nits

What are lice?

The head louse is a tiny greyish-brown insect, about 2.5mm long.  Head lice cling to hair and are usually found on the scalp. They live on blood from the host, which they get by biting through the scalp.  Adult lice mate. The female then lays eggs that are firmly attached to hair close to the scalp and can be very difficult to remove.  After seven or eight days the baby louse hatches out of the egg, leaving a shiny white empty eggshell (nit), which may be found anywhere along a strand of hair.

What causes an infection of head lice?

Infection with head lice is a very common problem in the UK, especially among school children.

Lice pass from one person to another during direct head-to-head contact. This is because lice cannot jump, fly or hop; they can only transfer to another head by walking along strands of hair.

Children whispering secrets at school or families enjoying a cuddle at home provide head lice with the ideal opportunity to travel from one head to the next. Lice seen on pillows, hats or chair backs are not capable of transferring to another person. The belief that head lice are associated with poor hygiene is common but misfounded. Lice are equally likely to be found on clean or dirty hair.  Head lice should be seen as nothing more than an unpleasant inconvenience that can be treated.

What symptoms do head lice cause?

Bites from head lice can cause intense itching and irritation on the scalp, but these symptoms may not appear until at least two months after the lice move in. A rash at the nape of the neck may also develop.

How are head lice detected and treated?

Current clinical advice is NOT to recommend shampoo and mousse forms of insecticides because their short contact time is not enough to be effective.

Wet combing

We would recommend combing as the best way to detect, remove and prevent head lice.  Combing removes lice without using chemicals.

  1. Use a brush or an ordinary comb to first detangle hair.
  2. Wash hair and apply plenty of conditioner.
  3. Start at the middle of the front of the scalp.
  4. Comb the hair from the roots to the very end of the hair.
  5. After each stroke, examine the teeth of the comb for living lice.
  6. Rinse the comb if you find any lice.
  7. Continue combing section by section until you've done the whole head of hair.
  8. Make sure you cover every inch of the scalp, particularly the area just behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.
  9. Rinse and dry hair.
  10. Repeat this process on alternate days until all the lice / nits are removed
  11. Repeat this weekly to avoid re-infection.

Please note, if you do find lice you MUST check every other member of the family, including adults.  If you have curly hair you may find that oiling rather than wetting hair makes it easier to use the nit comb effectively. You can do this with one tablespoonful of olive oil.  Studies have found wet combing more effective than insecticides at curing head lice infestations. The Bug Busting kit used in the study is available on prescription, or a fine tooth comb is very cheap from the local chemist.

 

Please check your child / family over the next week, even if you do not suspect them of having head lice.  With everyone’s co-operation we can halt the spread of this unpleasant visitor.

Newsletter 10 - While The Cat's Away

Newsletter 10 – While the cat’s away…

It has been strangely quiet this week without some of our Year Six pupils (not to mention Mr McCarthey, Mrs Mills and Mrs Bosomworth!) who were away in Lincolnshire on the residential trip. If you have not done so already, feel free to read their blog on our website to see some of their exciting exploits.

 

The rest of us have been working hard and having fun. Thanks to all those who got involved with today’s toy and clothing sale. A huge thank you to all those who provided gifts to help with our Shoe Box appeal, helping less fortunate children around the world to receive Christmas presents. Congratulations to all Year Six pupils who passed their Bikeability course last week (the new style cycling proficiency course).

Diary

Fri’ 11th November 2011 -           FoFS Toy and Clothing Sale (2.45p.m.)

Wed’ 16th November 2011 -        Breakfast Bar Opens

Wed’ 16th November 2011 -        Class 9 and 10 – Whitby Trip

Wed’ 16th November 2011 -        Family Quiz Night!

Wed’ 23rd November 2011 -       Friends of Filey Juniors (FoFS) Annual General Meeting – All welcome.

 

Sunshine Diner – Breakfast Bar

As mentioned in our last newsletter, next week we will be trialling a ‘Breakfast Bar’ starting on Wednesday 16th November.  The Breakfast Bar will have a range of foods available – fresh fruit, crumpets, toast and cereals – which will help get your children off to a good start.  The Breakfast Bar will open at 8:30am, giving children time to eat before school starts. Here is the menu:

Cereal                                       40p

Toast                                        15p

Tea Cake                                  35p

Crumpet                                    20p

Fruit                                          30p

Orange / Apple Juice                 25p

PLEASE NOTE:  Although Breakfast Bar will be open from 8:30am, The usual time of 8:40am is the time children will be able to come into school if they are not attending the Breakfast Bar.

 

Family Quiz Night

Another reminder that Wednesday 16th November is the date for our Family Quiz Night (7pm – 8:30pm).  There will be several themes for the quiz night, ranging from Bingo to well-known television shows – maybe with a few special guests!  There will be a bar available, selling both adult and children’s drinks, and a pasty and peas supper is included in the entry fee of £1.50 per person. There are some tickets remaining so please call in to the office to book your places.

 

Mr Ian Grice and Staff.

Newsletter 09 – Autumn Days

Newsletter 09 – Autumn Days

I hope you all had a very enjoyable half-term and your children are now fully recharged for the term ahead.  As the weather seems to be taking a turn, please ensure your children have coats and winter shoes for school as we do try to let children play outside unless the weather is particularly wet.  If you and your children are attending a bonfire this weekend have a great time, but please remind your children of how to enjoy fireworks safely – a message we have been giving at school.

Diary

Sat’ 5th November 2011 -            Filey In Bloom Autumn Fair (Evron Centre)

Mon 7th - Fri’ 11th November -      Year 6 Residential Trip

Fri’ 11th November 2011 -           Toy and clothing sale (2:45pm)

Wed’ 16th November 2011 -        Breakfast Bar Opens

Wed’ 16th November 2011 -        Family Quiz Night!

 

Sunshine Diner – Breakfast Bar

Thank you to all of you who completed our questionnaire regarding provision at the Sunrise Diner.  As a result of your feedback, we will be trialling a ‘Breakfast Bar’ starting Wednesday 16th November.  The Breakfast Bar will have a range of foods available –fresh fruit, crumpets, toast and cereals – which will help get your children off to a good start.  The Breakfast Bar will open at 8:30am, giving children time to eat before school starts.  We will send further details next week.

Autumn Fair

If you’re in town this Saturday, don’t forget to call in at the Filey In Bloom Autumn Fair in the Evron Centre.  Our children have entered some wonderful ‘Autumn in a Box’ creations which will be on show at the fair with prizes for the best entries.

Shoe Box Appeal

We are once again supporting the Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child, which looks to give children in other countries a gift at Christmas.  If you would like to donate a small gift, toiletries or even a complete shoe box of gifts to this very good cause, please send them in to school with your child and help make a less fortunate child’s Christmas a happy one.

Toy and Clothing Sale

Next Friday, the Friends of Filey Junior School are holding a toy and clothing sale to give parents the opportunity to sell and buy unwanted toys and clothes.  If you would like to sell anything, just come along on the day at 2:30pm.  Parents are then invited to buy from 2:45pm.  Please note, this is an event for parents only - children will remain in class until 3:30pm.

Family Quiz Night

Wednesday 16th November is the date for our Family Quiz Night (7pm – 8:30pm).  There will be several themes for the quiz night, ranging from Bingo to well-known television shows – maybe with a few special guests!  There will be a bar available, selling both adult and children’s drinks, and a pasty and peas supper is included in the entry fee of £1.50 per person.  Please see the latest FoFS newsletter or call in to the office for your tickets.

Vouchers and Tokens

Both the Scarborough Evening News and Morrisons’ voucher schemes have now come to an end.  We’ve had a wonderful response to both of these and we thank you all for your support.  If you do have any vouchers still at home, please bring them in next week to ensure they are counted before being submitted.  We’ll let you know what the vouchers were used for as soon as we can.

 

I hope you and your children enjoy what is always a very busy term in the run-up to ‘you know when’.  We will have lots of events and activities coming up, so please come along and get involved.

Mr Harvey McCarthey and Staff.

Newsletter 08 – Happy Half-Term

Newsletter 08 – Happy Half-Term

It has certainly been a very busy and very enjoyable last week of term.  From Harvest Festivals to Spooky-Doo discos to Wear Pink days, there has been something happening every day!  I hope you and your children have enjoyed these and the other activities offered in school over the half-term.  And I hope you agree, the number and range of activities offered shows a real commitment from everyone involved in the school.  Well done to everyone on a great half-term!

 

Diary

Friday 21st October 2011 -          Half-term, school closes

Wear Something Pink Day! (see below)

Monday 31st October 2011 -       School opens

Wed’ 2nd November 2011-           Parents’ Evening (4pm – 6pm)

Sat’ 5th November 2011 -            Filey In Bloom Autumn Fair (Evron Centre)

Mon 7th - Fri’ 11th November -      Year 6 Residential Trip

Fri’ 11th November 2011 -           Toy and clothing sale (2:45pm)

Wed’ 16th November 2011 -        Family Quiz Night!

 

Autum Fair

Our friends at Filey In Bloom are holding an Autumn Fair on Saturday 5th November and would like to invite you all along.  As part of the fair, they have asked children of Filey Junior School to enter an Autumn In A Box competition.  Children need to use an old shoe box or similar, and use this to house an ‘Autumn Scene’.  This can be anything from leaves and tree, to bonfires and Halloween.  Use your imaginations and let your creativity flow!  This would make a great project for half-term, and there are prizes for the winners!

School Council

I am very pleased to tell you all that our School Council are now up and running and have already made a start on their first project.  Back in September you may have filled in a questionnaire to give your views on the school.  One of the areas you identified as a possible target for us was how children were rewarded for good behaviour.  Our School Council have now taken this idea and are looking at the rewards and recognition children get for receiving Team Points within school.  More news soon!

www.Filey-jun.n-yorks.sch.uk

Just a note to raise your awareness of the school website.  The website is an excellent way to keep in touch with school and keep ahead of news and plans (including our weekly Newsletters - just in case you suspect they get lost at the bottom of a bag!).  Please have a look if you haven’t already and please use the feedback form or email to let us know if there is anything you would like to suggest.  The website has been very successful in the past and we are all very proud of it.

Vouchers and Tokens

This is the last week of the Cash for Schools (Scarborough Evening News) tokens and the Morrisons vouchers are also coming to an end soon.  Please have one last look around / ask friends and family and bring in any vouchers as soon as we return to school.

Uniform and PE Kit

We are all very proud of how smart our children look in and around school.  Please do support us with this and use the half-term to check that you child has an appropriate PE kit (white shirt and black shorts) and school shoes (black shoes, plain black trainers or black boots).  Thank you.

 

Have a great half-term everyone and please remember to let us know if you would like to suggest or contribute anything.

Mr Harvey McCarthey and staff.

Newsletter 07 – Your Views

Newsletter 07 – Your Views

Amazing to think we are now just one week away from half-term isn’t it?  Our choirs will be back in action next week and we hope to bring you some news of a performance soon.  Please read the reverse of this Newsletter carefully regarding an important message from our Road Safety Officer, concerning the wearing of seat belts around school.

Diary

Wednesday 19th October -          Year 3 & 4 Harvest Festival – Methodist Church (2pm)

Thursday 20th October - Year 5 & 6 Harvest Festival – Methodist Church (2pm)

Spooky-Doo Two Halloween Disco

Friday 21st October 2011 -          Half-term, school closes

Wear Something Pink Day! (see below)

Monday 31st October 2011 -       School opens

Wed’ 2nd November 2011-           Parents’ Evening (4pm – 6pm)

Parents’ Evenings – Autumn 2011

We will be holding parent consultation meetings to discuss your child’s progress and targets in the first week after half-term.  Please complete the attached form to make an appointment with our child’s class teacher.

Harvest Festival

We would love to see you all at our Harvest Festivals next week – everyone welcome.  We will be singing you some Harvest songs and hymns and awarding our Merit Awards for the half-term.  If you would like to make a donation of fresh fruit, vegetables or canned goods, please send these to school with your children on Tuesday 18th October so they can be transported to the Church for the services.

Pink Day

Next Friday (21st October), we are going pink in order to support the Breast Cancer Campaign.  We would like to ask all children to wear pink for the day and to donate £1 to support this charity which supports those people, including some from our own school community, who are affected by breast cancer.

Your Feedback Is Important

Thank you to all the parents who completed the feedback forms at the end of last year.  We do take your comments seriously and this data provides us with valuable information regarding our strengths and areas for development.   The following table gives a summary of your views and these have now been discussed with Governors and will feed in to our development priorities for the coming year.  Although 12 people disagreed with behaviour being a strength of the school, the majority of these comments regarded the reward of good behaviour, rather than incidents of bad behaviour.  As always, we welcome your comments and views and I would like to stress that communication needs to be a two way system – please let us know your thoughts at any time.

 

 

Good education and progress

My child enjoys school

My child feels safe

I feel welcomed

Good Communication

Well managed / led

Dealing with good / bad behaviour

SEN Provision

Strongly Agree

27

28

33

33

21

23

18

6

Agree

22

28

22

20

28

26

23

0

Disagree

6

0

1

3

4

3

10

2

Strongly Disagree

1

0

0

0

2

2

2

1

Mr Harvey McCarthey and staff.

Newsletter 06 – Parents’ Evenings and Assemblies

Newsletter 06 – Parents’ Evenings and Assemblies

We thought you might like some very advanced warnings of some of the events you may like to join us for over the coming year.  Please see the Diary for information about Parents’ Evenings, Assemblies and Sports Days.

Diary

Tuesday 11th October 2011 -       Filey Secondary School Open Evening (Years 5 & 6)

Wednesday 19th October -          Year 3 & 4 Harvest Festival – Methodist Church (2pm)

Thursday 20th October - Year 5 & 6 Harvest Festival – Methodist Church (2pm)

Friday 21st October 2011 -          Half-term, school closes

Monday 31st October 2011 -       School opens

Wed’ 2nd November 2011-           Parents’ Evening (4pm – 6pm)

Thu 15th & Fri 16th Dec –             Parents’ Assemblies (Methodist Church)

Mon 6th Feb -                             Parents’ Evening

Wed 8th & Thur 9th Feb’ –            Parents’ Assemblies

Wed 28th & Thur 29th Mar’ –         Parents’ Assemblies (Methodist Church)

Wed 30th & Thur 31st May –        Parents’ Assemblies

Wed 20th & Thur 21st June –        Sports Days

Mon 9th July –                            Open Evening

Wed 18th & Thur 19th July –         Parents’ Assemblies

Parents’ Evenings – Autumn 2011

We will be holding parent consultation meetings to discuss your child’s progress and targets in the first week after half-term.  In addition to the evening appointments on Wednesday 2nd November, we will have appointments available during the day throughout that week.  Look out for more information and appointment times next week.

Sports

This week saw the first competitive tournament of the new season for our Year 5 & 6 Girls’ Football Team.  After a polite start, the girls soon moved up a gear and managed a win, two draws and two defeats against teams who were generally older and more experienced.  We did, of course, win the best dressed team award!  Well done!

Harvest Festival

Don’t forget to join us for our Harvest Festivals at the Methodist Church in Filey on the last week of term.  This is the first time we’ve had a Harvest Festival and these celebrations are being held as our parents’ assemblies for this half-term.  We will be encouraging children to bring some produce to the events which will be donated to The Rainbow Centre in Scarborough – a charity which provides accommodation, food and help to those in need.

No Choir

Please note that both Peter and Mrs Lawson are away next week and, as such, there will be no choir practice after school on either Monday 10th or Tuesday 11th October.  They will return the following week.

Soil Improver giveaway – back by popular demand!

If you’re looking to add some nutrients to your garden, SBC will be giving away soil improver at Filey Country Park car park, Tuesday 18th October, 3.30 - 6pm.

Supa Club

Our friends from the Filey clergy will be starting a new after school club on a Monday evening from 4:30pm – 5:15pm starting Monday 17th October.  The Supa Club will be a fun activity club with songs and games that encourage children’s spirituality and reflection.  Initially, the club will be open to children in Year 3 and 4.  Please complete and return the attached flier and ensure you have made arrangements for your child to return home safely if they wish to attend.

I say this every week, but please do let us know if there is anything you wish to bring to our attention.

Mr Harvey McCarthey and staff.

Newsletter 5

Newsletter 05 – Who’s coming to dinner?

I hope you’ve been enjoying the warm spell we’re having at the moment.  It has certainly made our playtimes very pleasant, there is a lovely atmosphere and the children have had great opportunities to enjoy the sun.  This week’s double sided Newsletter has a lot of information regarding School Dinners.  Please take the time to read and ‘digest’, and please return the form if you have any feedback to give us.

Diary

Tuesday 4th October 2011 -        Girls Football Competition

Friday 7th October 2011 -            Year 3 Family Lunch

Tuesday 11th October 2011 -       Filey Secondary School Open Evening (Years 5 & 6)

Wednesday 19th October -          Year 3 & 4 Harvest Festival – Methodist Church (2pm)

Thursday 20th October - Year 5 & 6 Harvest Festival – Methodist Church (2pm)

Friday 21st October 2011 -          Half-term, school closes

Monday 31st October 2011 -       School opens

Year 3 Family Lunch

Next Friday we would like to invite our Year 3 parents to have lunch with us.  There are more details on the reverse of this sheet.  Please return the attached slip by Wednesday of next week (5th Oct) if you would like to join us – we hope to see you there.  If you do not have a child in Year 3 don’t worry as we will be inviting other year groups over the coming weeks.

Sports

It’s been a very impressive week in sports here at Filey Juniors.  Our runners did an excellent job this Tuesday, at the cross country fun run.  Our children represented the school exceptionally well in all categories - we had a winner in the Year 3 / 4 boy’s race, and excellent finishing places in all the other events.  Well done to all the runners!

And in football, it was the Year 5 & 6 boys on display at Bramcote School.  A couple of draws and a couple of loses, but a great team spirit and some memorable moments for everyone.

Uniform & Lost Property

Can I remind everyone to label school uniform please?  We have had several jumpers, trousers, pe kits etc. handed to the office, but without names it makes it very difficult to return these to their owners.

 

We also have a pair of Osiris glasses handed to the office.  If you know anything about these, please let us know.

Harvest Festival

Please put Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th October in your diary for our Harvest Festival at the Methodist Church.  We will be singing some hymns and showing you our work, whilst celebrating the Harvest.  Everyone welcome!

As always, please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.

Mr Harvey McCarthey and staff.

Newsletter 04 – Congratulations

Newsletter 04 – Congratulations

This week has seen all of our children and staff working particularly hard at producing some fabulous art work and decorating the school’s display boards – well done everybody.  I am very pleased to announce that our school has also been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark this week.  This award recognises the standard of education and equal opportunities offered to all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background.  Well done to all our staff and in particular Mrs England and Mrs Westmoreland who have led on this project.  And finally, well done to Mr Hadden and the cleaning staff who achieved a 5 Star rating (the highest possible grade) for their work over the past 12 months.  I think these achievements clearly demonstrate the commitment shown by everyone connected to the school.  Well Done!

Diary

Tuesday 27th September -          Cross Country at Filey Secondary School

Thursday 29th September -         Year 5 & 6 Football Competition

Tuesday 4th October 2011 -        Girls Football Competition

Friday 7th October 2011 -            Year 3 Family Lunch

Wednesday 19th October -          Year 3 & 4 Parent’s Assembly

Thursday 20th October - Year 5 & 6 Parent’s Assembly

Friday 21st October 2011 -          Half-term, school closes

Monday 31st October 2011 -       School opens

School Clubs

I do apologise if last week’s list of clubs and activities caused any confusion.  The list of clubs was sent out to inform you of the range of activities we offer, rather than as a means of ‘signing up’ for the clubs.  As each club begins we will send out extra information and permission slips to the children who are able to join.  Unfortunately, we cannot open every club to every child as we would be over subscribed in many of the activities.  We do try to ensure there is a rotation of clubs for different age groups throughout the year.  If you have ideas / contacts / offers of help with running a club, please let us know.

Bikes

Just a reminder, before the weather turns too cold and dark, we encourage children to bring their cycles or scooters to school as part of our Healthy School initiative.  Please ensure however, that both you and your child have signed and agreed the cycle pass form (available at the office) and have the necessary safety equipment.

Speaking of bikes, the next Go Ride kid’s mountain bike race is on the 16th October at St Augustine’s School, Sandy Bed Lane, Scarborough.  Children wishing to participate should arrive at 9:45am for signing on.  There is an entry fee of £4 for the event which goes to the British Cycling organisation for insurance and organisation.  In the past our school has been well represented and has done very well at these events.

Vouchers

Calling all Scarborough Evening News readers!  From Monday 26th September to Saturday 22nd October we will be collecting the ‘bank notes’ printed within the pages of the newspaper.  This is a local competition and the school which collects the most tokens will receive a cash prize of £3000!  The competition is judged on average vouchers per child at the school, so it doesn’t mean the largest school will necessarily win.  Please look out for the tokens and ask family and friends to do the same.  Additionally, don’t forget to ask for your Morrisons’ vouchers when you do your weekly shop.

Footwear & Drinks

Please support us by ensuring your chid has the correct footwear for school – black shoes or plain black trainers, not coloured trainers or shoes.  Children are welcome to wear pumps for PE and whilst this is not essential for indoor PE sessions, when the children are outside a change of footwear is required.  We also encourage all children to bring a water bottle to school which they can use throughout the day but these must be for water only (no juice, milk or pop please).  We have water coolers in school which children are free to use to fill their bottles.

As always, please call in if you have any comments or suggestions.

Mr Harvey McCarthey and staff.

Newsletter 03 – Join The Club(s)

Newsletter 03 – Join The Club(s)

 

Everyone is well and truly back into the swing of things at school again and there’s a really nice atmosphere and ‘buzz’ around the place as we begin to plan activities and events for the coming year.  I’ve included a list of clubs which we will be offering this term in this Newsletter.  Some of these clubs are already up and running whilst others will begin over the next few weeks.  If you would like any information regarding any of these, or if you would like to offer any help with these or in setting up a new club, please get in touch.  I am very excited about our new Zumba club, which will be open for children and parents (and staff) to attend!

 

Diary

Tuesday 27th September -          Cross Country at Filey Secondary School

Thursday 29th September -         Year 5 & 6 Football Competition

Tuesday 4th October 2011 -        Girls Football Competition

Wednesday 19th October -          Year 3 & 4 Parent’s Assembly

Thursday 20th October - Year 5 & 6 Parent’s Assembly

Friday 21st October 2011 -          Half-term, school closes

Monday 31st October 2011 -       School opens

Data Collection

Please ensure all the information sent out in the last Newsletter is returned to school as soon as possible so we can update our files and ensure you are contactable in case of emergency.  If you did not receive this information, please contact school and we will arrange for additional copies to be forwarded to you.

School Gates

Following an incident this week, I must remind all parents and carers that we expect both children and adults to conduct themselves in a responsible manner when waiting outside the school.  We cannot tolerate bad language or irresponsible behaviour around the school and we will inform the appropriate authorities if we feel there has been any threat made towards members of our school community.  If you have any concerns or issues which you wish to raise, please inform the school and we will ensure these are addressed in the correct fashion.

 

Could I also remind you that parking around the school is only permitted in the non restricted areas and dropping off on the yellow zig-zags and on double yellow lines posses a real threat to our children and other road users.  We have been contacted this week by members of the road safety team who have advised me that traffic police will be in the area in the coming weeks.

Morrisons Vouchers

Morrisons are once again running their school vouchers programme.  Please collect these vouchers and ask friends and family to do the same.  In the past, we have been very successful in these collections and have purchased a wide range of gardening and cookery equipment with the vouchers collected.  Thank you for your support.

 

 

I have been very pleased with the number of parents who have been in touch and visited school to discuss their children’s education and any queries which they may have had over the last couple of weeks.  Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything you are unsure of and we will be happy to help.

 

Mr Harvey McCarthey and staff.

 

School Clubs – Autumn Term 2011

Please note, the clubs below will change throughout the school year and will be open to different age groups at different times.  If your child has ‘signed up’ for a club but is unable to attend for any reason, please ensure the school is contacted.

Mondays

 

Year 3, 4 & 5 Choir : 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Innovations Music)

 

Tuesdays

 

Cookery Club : 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Mrs Taylor & Mrs Clarke)

Sewing Club : 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Mrs Birkin & Mrs Price)

Year 4, 5 & 6 Choir: 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Mrs Lawson)

Drum Club: 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Mr McCarthey)

Maths Club – 12:30pm (Mr Grice)

 

Wednesdays

 

Zumba Class (parents and children) – 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Year 6 Boys Football : 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Mr Logue)

Netball (Y5/Y6) : 12:30pm – 1:00pm (Miss Ridsdale & Mrs Baker)

Beginner Recorder (Y4) : 12:30pm (Miss Firth)

 

Thursdays

 

Gardening: 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Mrs Bosomworth)

Thursday Fitness: 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Mrs Fenby & Mrs Mills)

Football: 3:30pm – 4:30pm (£2 per session)

 

Fridays

 

Girls Football: 3:30pm – 4:30pm (Mr McCarthey)

Art Club: 3:30pm – 4:00pm (Mr Drewell)

Newsletter 02 - A Good Start

Newsletter 02 – A Good Start

 

We’ve all settled in to the new school year very well here at school.  Our elder children have taken on the responsibilities which come with moving up the school in a very sensible and mature fashion.  And our new starters in Year 3 have made an excellent start to their junior school career - they seem to be enjoying their new school and impressing everybody with their hard work and happy attitude.  As it is the beginning of the new school year, there are a number of important documents which we need you to complete and return to school.  Your child will have a sealed envelope containing this information – if you do not receive this, please contact school.

 

Diary

This week’s diary is devoted to school holiday dates for the 2011_2012 school year.  Please keep these for reference or refer to the school website.

 

AUTUMN TERM:

Half-term school closes -                Friday 21st October 2011

School opens -                                 Monday 31st October 2011

End of term, school closes -           Tuesday 20th December 2011

SPRING TERM:

School opens -                                 Monday 9th January 2012

Half-term school closes -                Friday 10th February 2012

School opens -                                 Monday 20th February 2012

End of term, school closes -           Friday 30th March 2012

SUMMER TERM:

School opens -                                 Monday 16th April 2012

Training day -                                   Friday 4th May 2012

Bank holiday -                                  Monday 7th May 2012

Half-term school closes -                Friday 1st June 2012

School opens -                                 Monday 12th June 2012

End of term, school closes -           Friday 20th July 2012

 

Data Collection

Attached to this newsletter you should find an envelope containing several very important forms and pieces of information.  Please ensure you read these carefully and return them to school by Friday 16th September so that we can update our records:

Data Collection Sheet:

This form holds information regarding your contact details, children’s medical information and emergency contact details.  Please check this information thoroughly and amend where necessary (please pay particular attention to mobile phone numbers).  Although we ask for this information on an annual basis, please ensure you inform us if any of these details change as we rely on this information in emergency situations.

Continuing Parental Consent Form:

This form provides us with your consent to allow your child out of school on trips and sporting activities; photographic material to be taken, displayed and published; and for us to administer basic first-aid in the event of an accident.  If you would like further details of any of the issues on this form, please contact either myself or a member of the admin’ staff at school.

Home School Agreement:

A really important part of your child’s education is the partnership between home and school.  In order to get the best from this partnership, it is vital that pupil, parent and school are very clear about what is expect of them and agree to this partnership.  As a result, we ask that all parents and carers take some time to read through the agreement and discuss it with your children.  If there are any points which you then wish to discuss with school, we would be more than happy to do so.  Please sign and return the agreement (including your child’s signature) with the above forms.

Please Help!

The Friends of Filey Junior School (or FoF Juniors) met last night to discuss plans and events for the coming year.  In the past the FoFs have organised and helped with school disco’s, social events, summer fairs and a wide variety of jobs in around school.  With your support, they have raised thousands of pounds for the school which has help to provide playground equipment, stage curtains, resources for the school and gifts and experiences for your children.  This term, there are plans for children’s discos, family games nights, bring and buy sales and a Christmas Fair.  At the meeting, it was also agreed to donate £1500 to the school to provide a kiln for children’s clay and pottery work – a BIG thank you to all of those involved!

 

As you can see, the Friends really do provide a valuable service and support to our school and your children, but they NEED your support.  Please try to take some time to attend the next meeting – they are very informal, a great way to meet people and good fun (it’s not all business and hard work!).  There is no need to make any commitment to attend every meeting, be at every event, or have any particular specialism or skill.  All we ask, is that you spare a little bit of time.

 

Without new members, the Friends of Filey Junior School can not continue and this would be a severe loss to our school, your children and the community of Filey.  If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to call in and ask.

Free School Meal Eligibility

I would like to ask all parents and carers to consider their eligibility for free school meals, even if your child does not wish to have a hot lunch in school.  In addition to the funding available to provide a school meal, the school also receives additional funding to provide staffing and resources for children and families who are eligible.  If you are in receipt of a government benefit or credit; you receive a low income for your work; or you work less than 16 hours per week, you may be eligible.  Please call in to school to receive further information and collect an application form.

 

School Dinners

In the near future, we will be inviting parents and carers into school to have lunch with their children and sample the excellent food available as school meals.  We hope you take the opportunity to join us.

 

Each week we send out a menu for you to look through with your children.  In order for us to plan for our catering needs, we ask that you return the menu, with payment (£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week), indicating which days your child would like to stay for dinner.  You cooperation in this is greatly appreciated as the administration of school meals takes a huge amount of time and money which could be more profitably spent on your child’s education.

 

 

 

I hope your children have enjoyed the first week back at school and that you feel everything has gone smoothly.  As always, if there is anything you would like to bring to our attention, please call in and let us know.

 

Mr Harvey McCarthey and staff.

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Child’s name _____________________ Class _________________ Amount_______

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Jacket Potato & Beans.

Mixed Salad.

Bread.

-

Iced Carrot Cake.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Turkey Pie & Gravy.

Mashed Potato.

Carrots & Broccoli.

Crusty White Bread.

-

Yoghurt & Fruit Salad.

 

Minced Beef Wraps.

Carrot & Cauliflower.

Chips.

-

Iced Sponge.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Pork Meatballs in Tomato Sauce.

Rice.

Mixed Vegetables.

Bread.

-

Ginger Sponge & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Chicken Curry & Rice.

Peas & Sweetcorn.

Naan Bread.

-

Chocolate Crunch.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week. Please return with payment on Monday. Thank you.

Newsletter 01 – Welcome Back

Newsletter 01 – Welcome Back

 

Not so much a newsletter as just a short note to say welcome back and a big ‘hello’ to all our new children and parents.  I would also like to say how smart the children all looked this morning and thank you for supporting us with our uniform policy.  All of the new children in school appear to have settled in well and initial nerves and worries appeared to be forgotten by play-time. If new parents would like to continue to escort their children into school for this initial week, you are more than welcome, but feel free to drop your children off at the gate if this is easier for you and your children.  Please do come and talk to us however, if you have any concerns, suggestions or praise.

Diary

Wed 7th Sept                 -           School photograph

Thur 8th Sept                  -           Friends of Filey Junior School Meeting (3:45pm in school)

 

Staffing

As you may already be aware, we have been joined by Miss Bonnett (Year 5), Miss Randell (Year 3) and Mrs McCarthey (Morning Class) this year.  I am sure everyone will make them feel very welcome.

 

School Photographer

Children, and staff, will be having their annual photograph on Wednesday 7th September.  If you would like your child to have a photograph with a sibling from another school, please come to school at 8:40am.

 

Friends of Filey Junior School

The FoF Juniors will be holding their first meeting of the year on Thursday, after school.  If you would like to come along and help out, meet new people, or just have a cup of tea and a biscuit, you’ll be made most welcome – I hope to see you there.

Newsletter 31 – Moving up

Newsletter 31 – Moving up

We’ve just had our Transition Day and I’m very pleased to say that all the children, and staff, seemed to be very happy in their new classes.  There was a lovely atmosphere around school and our new Year 3 children made themselves at home very quickly and were definitely smiling throughout the day.  We did, of course, miss our eldest children as they had a taste of Filey Secondary School, but they have returned today having had an excellent time at their new school.

Diary

Wed 20th July                 -           Celebration Assembly Year 3 & 4 (2:30pm)

Thur 21st July                 -           Celebration Assembly Year 5 & 6 (2:30pm)

Fri 22nd July                   -           School Closes (Summer)

Mon 5th Sept                  -           School Opens

Wed 7th Sept                 -           School photograph

Staffing

I am very pleased to inform you that we have appointed two new members of teaching staff this week.  Miss Bonnett will be joining the Year 5 team as a full-time member of staff, whilst Miss Randell will be teaching with Mrs Fleming in Year 3.  Both Miss Bonnett and Miss Randell are newly qualified teachers and join us with a wealth of experience in special educational needs, art and dance.  I am sure you will join us in giving them a really warm welcome.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Logue who has recently been accepted on the National Professional Qualification for Headship course.  This course is aimed at giving teachers who show excellent leadership skills, the qualification to allow them to apply for headship.  Mr Logue would also like to mention that, as he was unable to attend the Open Evening on Monday night, he will be available on Tuesday evening from 3:30pm – 6:00pm for any parents who would like to see him.

Recycling

Help us to Go Green!  You can now recycle your batteries at school and we are also recycling mobile telephones.  The mobile telephone recycling has been introduced by the FoF Juniors and will help to raise funds for our children.

Vouchers

A final thank you to everyone who did such a great job of collecting the various supermarket vouchers throughout the year.  We are currently taking delivery of gardening, cookery, sports and games equipment which really help to add to your child’s curriculum.  Well done everyone!

Celebration Assemblies

Just a reminder that our end of term assemblies will be held on the Wednesday and Thursday of next week.   Everyone welcome to share and celebrate some good work and to say farewell to our Year 6 children.

Sports

Well done to the Year 4 Rounders Team who did a great job representing the school this week.  Although the team didn’t win their matches, they played with excellent team spirit and took some tough decisions very maturely.  A big thank you to Miss Ridsdale and all the parents who helped with this event.

Theatre Workshop

The OutReach department at the Stephen Joseph Theatre are running a project designed for youngsters aged 7 to 15. Workshops will include Rap, Magic, drama and Stage Combat.  The course runs from Wednesday 24th August to Friday 26th  August at Filey school and is open to anyone with an interest in theatre.  Prices are £30 for 3 days with a free presentation on the Friday afternoon at 3pm.

Don’t hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can help with.

Mr McCarthey & Staff

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Child’s name _______________________ Class _______________ I enclose £_________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese & Tomato Pizza

Baked Beans

Roast Potatoes

-

Australian Crunch

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Battered Fish Portion

Carrots & Peas

Chips

Bread Bun.

-

Apple Sponge & Custard

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Chicken Curry

Rice.

Peas & Sweetcorn

Naan Bread

-

Chocolate Crunch

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Pigs in Blankets (Sausage in bacon)

Mixed Vegetables

Potato Wedges

Herbie Bread

-

Oaty Biscuit with Cheese

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Picnic Day

Cheese or Tuna Sandwich.

Chips.

Mixed Salad.

-

Arctic Roll and Peaches.

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

£2.10 per day or £10.50 per week

Newsletter 30 – More Rain?

Newsletter 30 – More Rain?

Dear Parents & Carers,

It would appear that we have the power to influence the weather here at Filey Junior School!  We hold a Christmas Fair – we get a blizzard.  We hold a Summer Fair – it rains.  We hold a Sports Day – it rains!  We’re very sorry about having to cancel our Sports Days for a second time, but we couldn’t risk holding them when the ground is wet.  Hopefully (if we all cross our fingers), we will be third time lucky on Wednesday!

Diary

Mon Fri 8th July              -           Open Evening (6pm – 8pm)

Wed 13th July                 -           Sports Day Year 5 & 6 (10am); Year 3 & 4 (1:30pm)

Thurs 14th July               -           Transition Day

Wed 20th July                 -           Celebration Assembly Year 3 & 4 (2:30pm)

Thur 21st July                 -           Celebration Assembly Year 5 & 6 (2:30pm)

Fri 22nd July                   -           School Closes (Summer)

School Photo

You will find a whole school photograph attached to this Newsletter.  This is a new idea which we have introduced this year – we hope you like it.  Please return slips for photos by Tuesday 12th July.

Open Evening

Don’t forget Open Evening is this Monday.  If you would like to come in and have a look around school, chat to your child’s teacher or another member of staff, you are very welcome.  I shall be giving a short presentation from 6:30pm in the school hall.  This is primarily for new parents, but you are all welcome to come along.

Transition Day

You will be receiving your children’s report this evening.  As well as reporting on their work this year, you will also find a slip informing your child of their new class / teacher.  Children will have the chance to spend the day with their new classes on Thursday and we will be joined by the Year 2 infant children.  Year 6 children will need to go straight to their secondary school on this day.

Celebration Assemblies

Our end of term (or should that be year?) assemblies will be held on the Wednesday and Thursday of the last week of school.  Come along and share the good work.  It’s also a chance to say goodbye and good luck to our Year 6 children.

Sports

Well done to the year 3 & 4 swimmers who managed 3rd place this week at the Scarborough Area Swimming Gala.  A fine display by everyone involved!

There is a Kids Mountain Bike "Go Ride" event on Sunday 17th July.  Venue St Augustines School Sandy Bed Lane Scarborough First Race 10am.  First Race 10am.  Classess for Under 8/ U10/ U12/ U14.  More details www.richardsonscc.co.uk  or Bryden simpson on 01723 513773.  Races are on the grass playing fields all you need is Bike/ Gloves/ Helmet (entry fee £4)

 As always, let us know your thoughts.

Mr McCarthey & Staff

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Child’s name _______________________ Class _______________ I enclose £_________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese and Tomato Pizza

Carrots & Broccoli

Roast Potatoes.

Bread Bun.

-

Chocolate Orange Sponge

Chocolate Sauce.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Pork Meatballs in Tomatoes

Green Beans & Cauliflower

Rice

Sunflower Bread.

-

Jam & Cream Scone with Orange Slice

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Minced Beef Pie

Mixed Vegetables

Mashed Potatoes

Wholemeal Bread

-

Flapjack

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Chicken Fajitas

Coleslaw & Green Salad

Potato Wedges.

-

Yoghurt Ice Cream

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Fish Fingers

Peas & Carrots.

Saute Potatoes.

Herbie Bread.

-

Fruit Salad & Yoghurt

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 29 – Next Year…

Newsletter 29 – Next Year…

Dear Parents & Carers,

As I write this, our children have just finished their performances at the Filey Festival.  From dancing to drumming to singing, the children have done an excellent job and have been very well supported by parents and the community – thank you for your help and support.  Thank you also to those parents who attended the Update Meeting on Wednesday evening, your thoughts and views are always welcome.  I am including information regarding classes for next year in this newsletter, as discussed at the meeting. 

Diary

Wed 6th July                  -           Year 5 & 6 Sports Day

Thur 7th July                   -           Year 3 & 4 Sports Day

Fri 8th July                     -           Reports to Parents

Mon 11th July                 -           Open Evening (6pm – 8pm)

Thurs 14th July               -           Transition Day

Fri 22nd July                   -           School Closes (Summer)

Classes for 2011 - 2012

As discussed in the Parents Update Meeting last Wednesday, next year we will be introducing a 10th class in school.  This will mean we have three Year 3 classes (Mrs Fenby, Mrs Fleming and Mr Drewell); three Year 4 classes (Miss Firth, Mrs England and Mr Logue); two Year 5 classes (Miss Ridsdale / Mrs Baker and a new member of staff); and two Year 6 classes (Mr Grice and Mrs Roberts).  This is exciting news, especially as it brings our Year 3 & 4 class size down to a very low number.  In addition to these classes, we will also be running our ‘Morning Class’ which provides support for children in the transition from infant to junior school, and some new provision for children who are achieving a level which is significantly above that expected for their age group.  If you have any questions or comments, I shall be available to present this in more detail at our Open Evening on Monday 11th July.

Sports Days (Part 2)

Unfortunately, our Sports Days were cancelled last week due to the wet conditions.  We are now hoping for a dry week next week as we have rearranged the events for Wednesday 6th July (Year 5 & 6) and Thursday 7th July (Year 3 & 4).  Events will begin at 1:30pm on both days and you are very welcome to come along and cheer the children on!  See you there (assuming it doesn’t rain).

Dropping Off and Picking Up

I hope you feel that you are welcomed in school and we encourage all of you to come in, help out and make suggestions and comments.  Could I ask however, that you respect security and health and safety within school by always entering through the reception area where you will be given a visitors badge and asked to sign in so we have a register in case of fire.  Please respect our staff at drop-off and pick-up times who are at the gate and avoid embarrassment by trying to enter the school via this means.  

Please remember to return the dinner slip below at the beginning of the week if your child requires a hot dinner.

As always, please let us know if you have any ideas / suggestions / comments.

Mr McCarthey & Staff

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Child’s name _______________________ Class _______________ I enclose £_________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Fish Portions

Baked Beans

Chips

 Wholemeal Bread

-

Ice Cream

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Pork Burgers

Broccoli & Sweetcorn Jacket Wedges

Bread Bun

-

Lemon sponge

Custard

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

 

Chicken Korma

Rice

Peas

 Green Beans

Naan Bread

-

Chocolate Crunch

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Tuna or Cheese Sandwich

Mixed Salad

Chips

-

Choc Sponge

Choc Sauce

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Cheese and Tomato Pizza

Mixed Salad

Roast Potatoes

Naan Bread

-

Arctic Roll & Oranges

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 28

Newsletter 28

Dear Parents & Carers,

An earlier than usual Newsletter this week to give you all plenty of prior notice about a couple of events which are planned for next week – namely the teacher’s industrial action and a Parent’s Update meeting. 

Diary

Thur 23rd Jun                 -           Y3 & Y4 Sports Day     

27th Jun – 1st July           -           Filey Festival

Wed 29th June               -           Parent’s Update Meeting (5pm)

Fri 8th July                     -           Reports to Parents

Mon 11th July                 -           Open Evening (6pm – 8pm)

Thurs 14th July               -           Transition Day

Fri 22nd July                   -           School Closes (Summer)

Industrial Action – Thursday 30th June

You will no doubt be aware that some Teacher’s Unions have elected to call a strike on Thursday 30th June.  Please be aware that our school will remain open on this day.   Members of the affected unions met to discuss the action, and whilst very much opposed to the proposed changes, voted not to strike at this time.  I hope you can support us with this decision.

Parents Update Meeting – Wednesday 29th June @ 5pm

Every year we look at the number of children within the school and the budget available to us in meeting the needs of those children.  We have now reached a decision as to how the school will be structured next academic year and I would welcome you to attend an informal meeting to present this to you.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, we will of course inform you of any changes in the next school Newsletter.

Summer Fair

A big thank you to all of the children, parents and friends who attended this year’s Summer Fair.  Despite the damp conditions, it was a great success and everyone appeared to have a really enjoyable time.  A special mention to the Friends of Filey Juniors, who planned, organised and ran the event so well, and to the staff and parents who gave up their time to help on the day.  In total, the fair raised over £1,300 for the school!  Well done everyone! 

If you would like to become involved with the FoF Juniors, please speak to me or a member of the Friends (who will be at the Open Evening) – we’d love to have you onboard. 

Please remember to return the dinner slip below at the beginning of the week if your child requires a hot dinner.

As always, please let us know if you have any ideas / suggestions / comments.

Mr McCarthey & Staff

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Child’s name _______________________ Class _______________ I enclose £_________

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese & Tomato Pizza

Baked Beans

Roast Potatoes

-

Australian Crunch

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Battered Fish Portion

Carrots & Peas

Chips

Bread Bun.

-

Apple Sponge & Custard

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Mince Beef Wraps

Green Salad

-

Carrot Cake

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Chicken Korma

Rice.

Peas & Cauliflower

Naan Bread

-

Chocolate Crunch

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Pigs in Blankets (Sausage in bacon)

Mixed Vegetables

Potato Wedges

Herbie Bread

-

Oaty Biscuit with Cheese

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 26 - Welcome Back

Newsletter 26 – Welcome Back

Dear Parents & Carers,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term break.  We have a very busy, exciting half term ahead of us and we hope that your children will love every minute. 

May I take this opportunity to remind you of ‘sun safety’ sending your child to school with sun cream applied and with water bottles and hats on these (hopefully) glorious summer days, especially on Sports Days!

Diary

Fri 10th Jun                    -           Y6 Crucial Crew

13th – 17th Jun                -           Y3 – Y5 Assessment Week

14th / 15th Jun                 -           Y5 & Y6 Hit the Surf!

16th – 24th Jun                -           Spectacular Science!  Science focus in school.

Sat 18th Jun                   -           **** SUMMER FAIR ****

20th / 21st Jun                 -           Y5 Hospital Visits

Wed 22nd Jun                 -           Y5 & Y6 Sports Day      Start approx 1:30pm

Thur 23rd Jun                 -           Y3 & Y4 Sports Day      Start approx 1:30pm

27th Jun – 1st July           -           Filey Festival

Fri 8th July                     -           Reports to Parents

Mon 11th July                 -           Open Evening (6pm – 8pm)

Thurs 14th July               -           Transition Day

Fri 22nd July                   -           School Closes (Summer)

If any of our parents / friends would like to offer any help with any of the activities, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Y6 Crucial Crew

Y6 have been learning some vital lessons today at Crucial Crew.  Please ask them about the important safety tips they have learned.

Summer Fair

Any Tombola prizes will be gratefully received.  Please can these be brought into school next week.  If you can give up an hour or two on Saturday 18th June to help run a stall, please let us know or contact one of our Friends of Filey Junior School members.  We are hoping to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever!

As always, please contact us if there is anything you would like to ask us or suggest.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Child’s name _________________________ Class ________________ I enclose £_________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Fish Portions

Baked Beans

Chips

 Wholemeal Bread

-

Ice Cream

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Pork Burgers

Broccoli & Sweetcorn Jacket Wedges

Bread Bun

-

Lemon sponge

Custard

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

 

Chicken Korma

Rice

Peas

 Green Beans

Naan Bread

-

Chocolate Crunch

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Cheese and Egg Flan

Carrots

Broccoli

Saute Potatoes

Crusty Bread

-

Shortcake

Custard

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Cheese and Tomato Pizza

Mixed Salad

Roast Potatoes

Naan Bread

-

Arctic Roll & Oranges

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Please make payment on Monday - £2.10 per day, £10.50 per week, Thank you.

Newsletter 25 – Out & About

Newsletter 25 – Out & About

Dear Parents & Carers,

School has been very quiet recently - we seem to have children out on visits everyday at the moment.  I hope your children have enjoyed the opportunity to go on their visits and there are many more exciting opportunities planned over the summer months.  So many in fact, I am devoting this newsletter to dates for your diary.  This is by no means a complete list, as I’m sure we will be adding additional events as we move towards summer.  Please take note of our Sports Days and Summer Fair – we hope to see you all there!

Diary

Thur 26th May                 -           Year 5 & 6 Athletics Day (Filey Secondary School)

Fri 27th May                   -           School Closes (Half-term)

Tues 7th Jun                   -           School Re-opens

Fri 10th Jun                    -           Y6 Crucial Crew

13th – 17th Jun                -           Y3 – Y5 Assessment Week

14th / 15th Jun                 -           Y5 & Y6 Hit the Surf!

16th – 24th Jun                -           Spectacular Science!  Science focus in school.

Sat 18th Jun                   -           **** SUMMER FAIR ****

20th / 21st Jun                 -           Y5 Hospital Visits

Wed 22nd Jun                 -           Y5 & Y6 Sports Day

Thur 23rd Jun                 -           Y3 & Y4 Sports Day

27th Jun – 1st July           -           Filey Festival

Fri 8th July                     -           Reports to Parents

Mon 11th July                 -           Open Evening (6pm – 8pm)

Thurs 14th July               -           Transition Day

Fri 22nd July                   -           School Closes (Summer)

As you can see, we have a very busy time ahead of us.  We will, of course, send you additional information as we move closer to each event.  In the meantime, if any of our parents / friends would like to offer any help with any of the activities, please do not hesitate to let us know.

We are particularly looking for some help with our Summer Fair.  If you can give up an hour or two to help run a stall, please let us know or contact one of our Friends of Filey Junior School members.  We are hoping to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever!

As always, please contact us if there is anything you would like to ask us or suggest.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Child’s name _________________________ Class ________________ I enclose £_________

               Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese and Tomato Pizza

Carrots & Broccoli

Roast Potatoes.

Bread Bun.

-

Chocolate Orange Sponge

Chocolate Sauce.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Pork Meatballs in Tomatoes

Green Beans & Cauliflower

Rice

Sunflower Bread.

-

Jam & Cream Scone with Orange Slice

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Minced Beef Pie

Mixed Vegetables

Mashed Potatoes

Wholemeal Bread

-

Flapjack

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Chicken Fajitas

Coleslaw & Green Salad

Potato Wedges.

-

Fruit Salad & Yoghurt

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Fish Fingers

Peas & Carrots.

Saute Potatoes.

Herbie Bread.

-

Yoghurt Ice Cream

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 24 – Looking Forward

Newsletter 24 – Looking Forward

Dear Parents & Carers,

A big well done to all of our Year 6 children and teacher for all the hard work that has gone into this week’s SATs tests.  The children have been a credit to both you and the school, showing an excellent attitude towards their work.  Now we can look forward to lots of fun and interesting activities throughout the summer.

Diary

Fri 13th May                   -           End of SATs Disco – open to all year groups!

Mon 16th May                 -           RNLI Coastal Safety Day

Tue 17th May                  -           Class 3 trip to Sewerby

Fri 27th May                   -           School Closes (Half-term)

Tues 7th Jun                   -           School Re-opens

Choir

As mentioned last week, Mrs. Lawson is once again taking the school choir on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – this choir is aimed at children in Years 4, 5 and 6.  We also have a Year 3 & 4 Choir who are working towards an end of year concert.  If your child would like to attend this, please let us know. 

Bikes

Some of our older children will soon have the opportunity to take part in a cycling course, aimed at helping to ensure children are safe and sensible whilst cycling.  We do allow children to come to school on their bikes if they wish, but please ensure you have filled out our permission slips and your child has a ‘Cycle Pass’ before allowing them to do so.  You may also like to know of a forthcoming mountain bike event. The race will take place on Sunday 15th May 2011 - 2.30m-4.15pm  at St Augustines School, Sandybed, Scarborough  Cost is just £4.00 per rider. 

Boys Football

Another fine performance from the boys football team yesterday. Narrowly losing their cup semi-final to Wheatcroft (4-3) and then drawing the third place play off against St Peters (3-3). All the boys involved played an important part and played with a great team spirit. Well done to them.

Athletics Days

Next week, on Thursday 19th May, Classes 1, 3, 4 & 5 will be visiting Filey Secondary School for a day of athletics.  Children will stay at the school for the whole day so will require a packed lunch, an extra drink, athletic clothing and footwear and a coat.  The day will give all the children an opportunity to experience a range of athletic activities from throwing to jumping events.  Class 2, are visiting Filey Dams on the morning, but will return to the Junior School for some athletic competitions in the afternoon.

Walk Once A Week

Our Walk to School initiative has got off to an excellent start – thank you to all the parents that have supported us with this.  Please continue to ‘leave the car’ or park up a little further away if it is unavoidable.  Children are very excited and motivated about this scheme.  

As always, do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you would like to ask us or suggest.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Child’s name _________________________ Class ________________ I enclose £_________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Fish Portions

Baked Beans

Chips

 Wholemeal Bread

-

Fruit Fool

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Pork Burgers

Broccoli & Sweetcorn Jacket Wedges

Bread Bun

-

Lemon sponge

Custard

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

 

Chicken Korma

Rice

Peas

 Green Beans

Naan Bread

-

Chocolate Crunch

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Cheese and Egg Flan

Carrots

Broccoli

Saute Potatoes

Crusty Bread

-

Shortcake

Custard

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Cheese and Tomato Pizza

Mixed Salad

Roast Potatoes

Naan Bread

-

Arctic Roll & Oranges

Fresh Fruit

Mixed Yoghurt

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 23 – It’s SAT Time of Year

Newsletter 23 – It’s SAT Time of Year

Dear Parents & Carers,

It’s nice to be back to a regular week, following all the Bank Holidays and breaks.  Hopefully the weather will stay fine between now and the Summer holidays (we can hope!).  As the weather does get sunnier, please remember to provide your children with water, sun hats and sun cream.   Good luck to all our Year 6 children who have a very important SATs week ahead of them – you can do it!

Diary

Mon 9th May                  -           SATs Week

Fri 13th May                   -           End of SATs Disco – open to all year groups!

Mon 16th May                -           RNLI Coastal Safety Day

Tue 17th May                  -           Class 3 trip to Sewerby

Fri 27th May                   -           School Closes (Half-term)

Tues 7th Jun                   -           School Re-opens

Choir and Filey Festival

Mrs. Lawson is kindly once again taking the school choir on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The choir are excitedly preparing for some performances in the Filey Festival but Mrs. Lawson will still welcome new members on Tuesday. If your child is in Year 4, 5 or 6 and they wish to join the choir, please send them on Tuesday with a note giving them permission to stay after school.

Year 6 SATs

Next week our Year 6 children will be sitting their end of Keystage SATs tests.  This is a really important time for the children and opportunity for them to show just how well they’ve done during their time at school.  If your child is in Year 6, please encourage them to have early nights and to not get stressed during the next week.  Could also ensure that children are in school promptly as we can not allow children to sit the tests if they are late?  Please note, that our Year 3, 4 & 5 children are not part of these tests, but will be assessed later in the year. Good luck to all our Year 6s!

Head Lice

This was mentioned before the Easter break, but we continue to have an issue with headlice around school.  Please check your child’s hair carefully, using a fine toothed comb and plenty of conditioner, over the weekend.  We will send additional information regarding the treatment of headlice next week.

Walk Once A Week

As part of a new ‘Walk to School’ initiative, we are launching a Walk Once a Week scheme which encourages children to walk to school.  If children manage to walk to school at least once each week, they will be rewarded with a special badge at the end of each month between now and July.  Please support us by leaving the car at home – especially now the good weather has arrived.

As always, do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you would like to ask us or suggest.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Child’s name _________________________ Class ________________ I enclose £_________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese & Tomato Pizza

Sweetcorn & Green Beans

Roast Potatoes

-

Australian Crunch

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Battered Fish Portion

Carrots & Peas

Chips

Bread Bun.

-

Apple Sponge & Custard

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Mixed Salad

Garlic Bread

-

Carrot Cake

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Chicken Korma

Rice.

Peas & Cauliflower

Naan Bread

-

Chocolate Crunch

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Pigs in Blankets (Sausage in bacon)

Mixed Vegetables

Potato Wedges

Herbie Bread

-

Oaty Biscuit with Cheese

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Newsletter 22 – Royal Wedding

Newsletter 22 – Royal Wedding

Dear Parents & Carers,

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter and found some time to enjoy the sun and time with your children and families.  It’s the start of a new school term, albeit a rather stuttering start, and we have lots of activities and events planned which we are sure both you and your children will enjoy. 

Can we remind you that school will close at the usual time of 3.30pm on Thursday 28th April and reopen on Tuesday 3rd May 2011 after the Royal Wedding and the May Day Bank Holiday

Diary

Thur 28th April                -           Red, White and Blue Day

                                                Year 6 Visit Hull University (Scarborough Campus)

Fri’ 29th April                  -           Bank Holiday (Royal Wedding)

Mon 2nd May                  -           Bank Holiday

Mon 9th May                  -           Sats Week

ROYAL WEDDING CELEBRATIONS

Thursday 28th April 2011 

We will be having a non uniform day, when children are asked to wear red, white and blue on Thursday 28th April.  We are hoping this will provide a colourful way to celebrate the Royal Wedding and children will be given some Royal Wedding activities throughout the day.  The Friends of Filey Junior School have organized the event and would like to ask for a donation of 50p in order to take part in this.  All money raised will go towards providing equipment and activities for the children.

Year 6 Aim Higher

Thursday 28th April is also the day for our Year 6 children to have a taste of University life when they visit Hull University (Scarborough Campus) for the day.  Unfortunately, this does clash with our Royal Wedding Celebration, but we do ask that Year 6 children wear a FULL school uniform for the day. 

Gardening

Gardening Club will begin tomorrow evening (Thursday) and will then be running twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday).  Children, parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, in fact anyone who can hold a trowel, is welcome to join in.  We’re really hoping to make our school a very green and attractive place to be this Summer.  We hope you can join in!

SATs Week

As mentioned last time, children in Year 6 will be sitting their end of Keystage tests (STAs or SATs) the week beginning Monday 9th May.  It is extremely important that all year 6 children attend school during this week as there is no other opportunity for children to sit these tests if they miss the day of each test.  Please ensure you have not arranged any medical or holiday dates for this period – thank you.

As always, do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you would like to ask us or suggest..

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Newsletter 21 - 8th April 2011

Newsletter 21 – 8th April 2011

Dear Parents & Carers,

It’s been a lovely end to the half-term, with the sun shining, Celebration Assemblies in church and a host of activities happening in and around school.  We all hope you have a very happy and peaceful Easter and the children enjoy a well earned break.  Please note, that school has something of an interrupted start to next term, due to bank holidays and staff training days.    

Diary

Fri 8th April                    -           Class 9 visit to India!

School closes (Easter)

Wed’ 27th April               -           School Opens

Thur 28th April                -           Red, White and Blue Day

                                                Year 6 Visit Hull University (Scarborough Campus)

Fri’ 29th April                  -           Bank Holiday (Royal Wedding)

Mon 2nd May                  -           Bank Holiday

Mon 9th May                  -           Sats Week

Headlice

Unfortunately, we have had several reports of headlice across the school.  The Easter holidays would provide an excellent opportunity for us all to make an effort to stamp out this problem.  We would like to ask everyone involved in the school to use a fine-toothed comb over the Easter period, to check everyone’s hair in the family.

Wet combing removes lice without using chemicals.  It involves wetting the hair, applying conditioner, then combing it with a fine-toothed comb every third or fourth day over a two-week period. The aim is to remove any live lice and eggs until none are left.  A study found wet combing more effective than insecticides at curing head lice infestations.

If we ALL adopt this approach over the Easter period, we can beat the bugs!

Gardening

We are hoping to have a real push on gardening when we return after Easter.  If you have any time (even if you don’t have any expertise), to help out with some weeding and digging, please let us know – all help greatly appreciated.

SATs Week

As mentioned last week, children in Year 6 will be sitting their end of Keystage tests (STAs or SATs) the week beginning Monday 9th May.  It is extremely important that all year 6 children attend school during this week as there is no other opportunity for children to sit these tests if they miss the day of each test.  Please ensure you have not arranged any medical or holiday dates for this period – thank you.

Have a lovely Easter break, and enjoy the warm weather.  As always, do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you feel we can do to help.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Newsletter 20 - 1st April 2011

Newsletter 20 - 1st April 2011

Dear Parents & Carers,

It’s been a very sunny and warm week in school this week, which has given everyone a lift and helped to create a nice atmosphere which many visitors have commented upon.  The mixture of sun and April showers will ensure our gardens begin to spring back into life and we’re hoping to make an even bigger gardening impact this year than last.  If you are able to lend a hand in the garden, either after school or at dinner times, we would love to hear from you.

Diary

Wed 6th April                 -           Year 5, Filey Secondary School ‘taster day’

Wed 6th April                 -           Year 3 & 4 Celebration Assembly (2pm Filey Methodist Church)

Thurs 7th April                -           Year 5 & 6 Celebration Assembly (2pm Filey Methodist Church)

Fri 8th April                    -           Class 9 visit to India!

School closes (Easter)

Wed’ 27th April               -           School Opens

Mon 9th May                  -           SATs week

Healthy Schools Award

I am very pleased to be able to inform you that our school has just been awarded the Healthy Schools Award! This national award, recognises schools which promote and inform the school community of all aspects of healthy lifestyles, including diet, exercise and citizenship.  A big thanks to everyone involved in school for their work in achieving this award, and a special mention to Miss Ridsdale who has put in a huge amount of work to apply and collect together the evidence need for this award – well done everyone!

Celebration Assemblies

Please try to join us for our Celebration Assemblies which will be held at Filey Methodist Church at 2pm on Wednesday 6th April for Year 3 & 4 children, and Thursday 7th April for Year 5 & 6 children.  This is an opportunity to see some of the children’s work, celebrate achievements and share an Easter message.  We hope to see you there.

SATs Week

Children in Year 6 will be sitting their end of Keystage tests (STAs or SATs) the week beginning Monday 9th May.  It is extremely important that all year 6 children attend school during this week as there is no other opportunity for children to sit these tests if they miss the day of each test.  Please ensure you have not arranged any medical or holiday dates for this period – thank you.

Sports

The school netball team were in action this week at the Swalwell and Geraghty tournament held at Scarborough College. They won two matches and lost one to get to the semi-finals where they were unfortunately beaten by Scarborough College. Well done to the team and thanks to all the parents for their help and support.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to make a suggestion or comment.

School Dinners Order Form

Child’s name ___________________ Class ______________ I enclose £__________£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Pizza

Baked Beans

Wedges

 Bread.

-

Chocolate Pudding. Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Mince and Dumpling.

Broccoli & Carrots. Mashed Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Ice Cream & Fruit.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Fish Fingers

Peas.

Chips.

 Bread.

-

Shortcake.

Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Mince.

Mixed Vegetables. Roast Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Flapjack

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Chicken Curry.

Carrots.

Broccoli.

Rice.

Naan Bread.

-

Fruit Salad.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Please pay in a named envelope on Monday, thankyou.

Newsletter 19 - 25th March 2011

Newsletter 19 -  25th March 2011

Dear Parents & Carers,

Well done to everyone who took part and supported our Red Nose Day appeal.  The children, and staff, looked fantastic in their silly dress, and those who took part in the talent show were indeed very talented.  We all enjoyed seeing the dancers, singers, comedians and tennis players!  There’s some more news about Comic Relief further down the page.

Diary

Thurs 31st March            -          Class 1 – York Trip

Wed 6th April                 -           Year 5, Filey Secondary School ‘taster day’

Wed 6th April                 -           Year 3 & 4 Celebration Assembly

Thurs 7th April                -           Year 5 & 6 Celebration Assembly

Fri 8th April                    -           School closes (Easter)

Wed’ 27th April               -           School Opens

School Uniform

We have a number of children who are not wearing the correct school uniform at the moment - this mainly concerns jeans, tracksuit bottoms and trainers.  The decision to have a school uniform has been taken in consultation with children and parents and is seen as a very positive approach to building a school community where everyone is equal.  Please support us in this by ensuring your child has the correct uniform – thank you for your cooperation.

Open Door Policy

As a school, we are always happy to discuss your child’s progress and any concerns or issues you may have.  If you need to see your child’s teacher for any reason, please come to the office and we will do our very best to accommodate you.  If this is not possible, particularly first thing in a morning, we will always be happy to make an appointment for the end of the day.

Water Bottles

Now the hot, sunny weather has arrived (well it’s been quite nice), don’t forget to send your child(ren) to school with a water bottle so they can make use of our water fountains.  Filey Junior School bottles are available from the office, but you are welcome to provide your own bottles.  Children are welcome to use their water bottles during lesson time, but we do ask that they only drink water – no pop or juices please.

Sports

The boys football team enjoyed a tournament at Bramcote School in Scarborough. They won two games, lost two (both by a single goal!) and drew one

Mr Logue was impressed by their teamwork and determination. We are now looking forward to the knock-out draw to be made.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to make a suggestion or comment.

School Dinners Order Form

Child’s name ___________________ Class ______________ I enclose £__________£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Pizza

Mixed Salad.

Potato Wedges.

-

Treacle Sponge.

Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Savoury Minced Beef

Yorkshire Pudding.

Mixed Vegetables.

Mashed Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Krispie.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Chicken Pie.

Gravy.

Sweetcorn and Cabbage.

Roast Potatoes.

Crusty Bread

-

Fruit Salad and Yoghurt.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Turkey Curry.

Rice.

Carrots.

Broccoli.

Naan Bread

-

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Custard

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Burger In a Bun

Beans.

Chips.

-

Ice Cream & Fruit.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

 

Please complete and return with payment on Monday morning – Thank you.

Newsletter 18 – 11th March 2011

Newsletter 18 – 11th March 2011

Dear Parents & Carers,

Our year 5 and 6 trips to York to undertake our Tudor detective work and take part in the Science Workshop at the National Railway Museum have been an experience for everybody.

Diary

Tues 15th March -          Afterschool Cookery Club CANCELLED

Thurs 17th March            -          Afterschool Cookery Club

Fri 18th March                -          Red Nose Day (Dress silly day!)

Thurs 31st March            -          Class 1 – York Trip

Shrove Tuesday

Everyone enjoyed their skipping experience at school but especially the pancakes. Thank you to all involved.

Choir

The Tuesday choir run by Mrs Lawson will not be on now until after the Easter holidays, when Mrs Lawson would be happy to accept any new members who wish to join. More news will follow nearer the time.

Red Nose Day

Friday 18th March is Red Nose Day and we will be marking the event by holding a Silly Dress day, having a talent competition and producing a school joke book.  As this is a charity event, we will be asking children to donate 50p to Red Nose Day in order to wear something silly for the day – this could be anything from pyjamas to an inside out / back to front school uniform.  All of the ideas for Red Nose Day have come from the School Council who meet every Friday.  I’m sure this will be a fun and very worthwhile day which will help to raise money for those less fortunate than us.  Look out for more info’ from the School Council soon.

The afterschool cookery club will be preparing buns on Thursday 17th March for sale on Red Nose Day; Friday 18th March.  The buns will be on sale for 20p each.

Easter Bonnet Parade

During celebration assemblies at the end of this term we shall be holding our first Easter Bonnet Parade.  This event will be sponsored by Tesco who will be judging and awarding prizes for each class.  Bonnets are to be made at home and should be designed by the children.  A reminder will be sent out a bit nearer the time.

As I always mention, please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to make a suggestion or have any comments to make.

School Dinners Order Form

Child’s name ___________________ Class ______________ I enclose £__________£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Pizza

Baked Beans

Wedges

 Bread.

-

Chocolate Pudding. Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Mince and Dumplings.

Broccoli & Carrots. Mashed Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Ice Cream & Fruit.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Fish Fingers

Peas.

Chips.

 Bread.

-

Shortcake.

Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Mince.

Mixed Vegetables. Roast Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Flapjack

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Chicken Curry.

Carrots.

Broccoli.

Rice.

Naan Bread.

-

Fruit Salad.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Please complete and return with payment on Monday morning – Thank you.

Newsletter 17 - 4th March 2011

Newsletter 17 – 4th March 2011

Dear Parents & Carers,

I hope you all had a really good break over half-term and that all of our children have had time to recharge their batteries.  The staff training day on Monday gave all staff the opportunity to update their first-aid training, but please remember to inform school if your child requires any medication or has any specific medical needs, including asthma and inhalers.  The run up to Easter is always a busy time in school as we prepare for spring and the inevitable assessments in May.  Hopefully, we can also find time to get out in the garden and do some preparation and planting for the Summer to ensure our school grounds continue to develop, both in appearance and in the produce we grow.  If you have any ‘green fingers’ please let us know!

Diary

10th & 11th Mar’ – Year 5 & 6 Trip to York (Tudors and Science)

Fri 18th Mar’ -     Red Nose Day (dress silly day!)

Stranger Danger!

Despite a quiet period at the end of last term and over the half-term period, we have again had a report of some suspicious behaviour directed towards children at our school.  Please ensure you continue to re-enforce the message of ‘stranger danger’ to your children, and ensure your child is accompanied to and from school.  As always, we will update you with any information we receive, but please make sure you inform us if you, or your child, witness anything regarding this matter.

Pancake Day

Next Tuesday, our School Cookery Club are going flipping crazy by making pancakes in school!  Pancakes will be priced at 20p each with a choice of toppings available.  The pancakes will be available for all children, not just those in the Cookery Club.  So bring a 20p coin, add a topping and enjoy a fresh, warm pancake!  

School Trips

We have a number of visits planned for this half-term and we hope your children enjoy these opportunities to experience learning out of the classroom.  I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that as a school we do everything we can to help subsidise the cost of these visits, but without your contributions, we would be unable to offer these valuable learning experiences.  Thank you for your help in this.

Red Nose Day

Friday 18th March is Red Nose Day and we will be marking the event by holding a Silly Dress day; having a talent competition; and producing a school joke book.  As this is a charity event, we will be asking children to donate 50p to Red Nose Day in order to wear something silly for the day – this could be anything from pyjamas to an inside out / back to front school uniform.  All of the ideas for Red Nose Day have come from the School Council who meet every Friday.  I’m sure this will be a fun and very worth while day which will help to raise money for those less fortunate than us.  Look out for more info’ from the School Council soon.

As I always mention, please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to make a suggestion or have any comments to make.

School Dinners Order Form

Child’s name ___________________ Class ______________ I enclose £__________£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Pizza

Mixed Salad.

Potato Wedges.

-

Treacle Sponge.

Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Savoury Minced Beef

Yorkshire Pudding.

Mixed Vegetables.

Mashed Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Krispie.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Chicken Pie.

Gravy.

Sweetcorn and Cabbage.

Roast Potatoes.

Crusty Bread

-

Fruit Salad and Yoghurt.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Turkey Curry.

Rice.

Carrots.

Broccoli.

Naan Bread

-

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Custard

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Burger In a Bun

Beans.

Chips.

-

Ice Cream & Fruit.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

 

Please complete and return with payment on Monday morning – Thank you.

Newsletter 16 18th February 2011

Newsletter 16 - 18th February 2011

Dear Parents & Carers,

It’s hard to believe that it’s half-term already.  Where did the time go?  Over the half-term break, we are hoping to have a sheltered seating area constructed on the school playground.  This will provide a quiet area for children to socialise in during playtimes and also provide an outdoor classroom for lesson times.  The idea for this area came from the children, who requested this as an alternative to the games and activities we currently provide.  Let’s hope March is warm so we can get outside and enjoy it.  Don’t forget, school reopens on Tuesday 1st March.  Monday 28th February is a training day, when everyone involved in school will be receiving training in first aid.

Diary

Fri 18th Feb’ -     School Closes

Tues 1st Mar’ -    School Opens

10th & 11th Mar’ – Year 5 & 6 Trip to York (Tudors and Science)

Stranger Danger!

I am very pleased to inform you that there have been no further incidents of children being approached by strangers. Please do be on your guard over the half term break however and remind your children of the dangers of talking to anyone they do not know. We would suggest you consider the children’s safety carefully if allowing your children to play out over the half-term. If you or your children have any concerns regarding this issue, do not hesitate to contact the local police who are aware of the situation.

Sports

This week it has been the boy’s turn to put on their football kits and make an impression at the Year 5 & 6 tournament at Pindar.  It was a hard fought competition and the boys came away with 2 wins, a draw and 2 loses.  Well done to all the boys who took part.

Vouchers for school

Collection boxes are now available for the Sainsburys and Tescos vouchers.  Please remember to ask family and friends.

I hope you and the children all have a great half-term break and we look forward to seeing you in March! As always, if you have any suggestions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

School Dinners Order Form

Child’s name ___________________ Class ______________ I enclose £__________£2.10 per day, £8.40 this week.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Salmon Nuggets.

Peas & Sweetcorn.

Saute Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Berry Sponge

Chocolate Sauce.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Pork Steak with Gravy

Broccoli & Carrots.

Parsley Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Crunch.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Mixed Salad.

Garlic Bread.

-

Jam Roly Poly.

Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Cheese Pastie.

Cauliflower & Carrots.

Potato Wedges.

Crusty White Bread.

-

Rice Pudding.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Sausages.

Gravy.

Broccoli & Carrots.

Roast Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Iced Bun.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Please complete and return with payment on Tuesday morning – Thank you.

 

Newsletter 14

Newsletter 14 - 4th February 2011

Dear Parents & Carers,

Could this be an end to the bad weather?  Well, probably not, but the bright skies and warmer temperatures have certainly helped to make school a brighter place in the last week.  And we’ve had some excellent news from our swimming team!

Diary

Mon 7th Feb’ –   Parent’s Evening

Thur 10th Feb – Year 6 Aim Higher Day (in school)

17th & 18th Feb’ – Celebration Assemblies

Fri 18th Feb’ -     School Closes

Tues 1st Mar’ -    School Opens

10th & 11th Mar’ – Year 5 & 6 Trip to York (Tudors and Science)

Sports

Excellent news this week, as our swimmers won the League 2 Swimming Gala.  The children put in a great performance beating Gladstone Road, Wheatcroft, Hertfordvale, Barrowcliffe and St. George’s schools to win a place in League 1 at the next event.  Well done to the swimmers!

Mathletics

We are very pleased to tell you that school has purchased a Mathletics licence for every child in school.  Mathletics allows children to practice their maths skills and compete online with other children around the world and within our school.  All children have now been given usernames and passwords for Mathletics which they can use to logon at www.mathletics.co.uk . Give it a go!

Vouchers for school

Please look out for Tesco and Sainsburys vouchers which are beginning over the next few weeks.  Please spread the word around family and friends.  We have just taken delivery of a green house, thanks to your efforts with the latest Morrisons vouchers.

Reminders

Sorry if this section seems a little negative, but… Firstly, could I ask you to ensure your children do not arrive at school before 8:40am.  We are experiencing an ever greater number of children meeting at the school gates before this time, and this is now becoming an issue with regard to behaviour and Health & Safety, as the children are not supervised at this time.  

We have a number of children bringing fizzy drinks to school as part of their packed lunch.  Could I ask everyone to ensure that children only bring a still drink – preferably water or fruit juice? 

Dropping off and picking up times are always busy around school and I appreciate parking does become a problem.  There has been an increase in the number of cars parked on the yellow lines and zig-zags recently which poses a threat to children using the crossing and to other road users.  Please park responsibly.

Finally, there are a number of children bringing phones, ipods, games and other valuables to school.  We appreciate some children may need these for after school activities but we do not encourage this and cannot take responsibility for them whilst in school. 

Insulation

Scarborough District Council is currently working with Yorkshire Energy Partnership to offer grants for FREE loft and cavity wall insulation to people with children under the age of 16, or over the age of 60, who live in their own property in tax bands A, B or C, meet certain qualifying criteria and subject to survey.  If you feel you may qualify for this, call the Energy Savings Trust on 0800 512012 as funding is limited and only available until the end of March 2011.

School Dinners Order Form

Child’s Name ____________________    Class _____________    I enclose £_________ (£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week.)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Pizza

Mixed Salad.

Potato Wedges.

-

Treacle Sponge.

Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Savoury Minced Beef

Yorkshire Pudding.

Mixed Vegetables.

Mashed Potatoes.

Bread.

-

Chocolate Krispie.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Chicken Pie.

Gravy.

Sweetcorn and Cabbage.

Roast Potatoes.

Crusty Bread

-

Fruit Salad and Yoghurt.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Turkey Curry.

Rice.

Carrots.

Broccoli.

Naan Bread

-

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Custard

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Burger In a Bun

Beans.

Chips.

-

Ice Cream & Fruit.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Please complete and return with payment on Monday morning – Thank you.

Newsletter 13 - 28th January 2011

Newsletter 13 - 28th January 2011

Dear Parents & Carers,

Everyone’s getting back to normal following our final pantomime performance on Monday night.  It was an excellent evening and I’d like to thank all the parents who came to offer their support, and all the children who stayed behind for the evening.  Your donations raised over £100 which we will be putting towards further enhance the stage by providing ‘wings’ and hopefully some new stairs leading to the stage.  I look forward to seeing you at the next production!

Diary

Mon 7th Feb’ –   Parent’s Evening - please see reverse

Fri 18th Feb’ -     School Closes

Tues 1st Mar’ -    School Opens

10th & 11th Mar’ – Year 5 & 6 Trip to York (Tudors and Science)

Parent Evenings

Please see the reverse of this Newsletter for information regarding Parent Evenings.

Email Correspondence

Would you prefer us to contact you via email?  We would like to have a list of email addresses for parents who would prefer to receive Newsletters and updates via email.  This would greatly help to reduce our paper consumption and would ensure you always received notices, with nothing going missing at the bottom of bags.  Initially, we would send both electronic and paper copies to you, but would look to go ‘paperless’ in the future.  Obviously, this would not replace telephone communication in the case of emergencies.  If you feel you can support us with this, please complete and return the slip at the bottom of the page.  Alternatively, email: admin@filey-jun.n-yorks.sch.uk and we will add you to our list. 

Sports

This week it was our year 4 girl’s turn to take to the field, or sports hall, for a Scarborough area football competition.  After a cautious start, the girls moved up a gear and managed a win, a draw and 2 loses in their games against other local schools at the Scarborough Rugby Club.  They finished 4th overall, but our girls had the biggest cheers, the smartest kits and the biggest crowd of supporters!

Please do not hesitate to contact school if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

School Dinners Order Form

Child’s Name ____________________    Class _____________    I enclose £_________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Salmon Nibbles.

Tomato Sauce.

Peas & Beetroot.

Saute Potatoes.

Cheese & Onion Flatbread.

-

Chocolate Berry Sponge

Chocolate Sauce.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Pork Steak with Gravy

Broccoli.

Mashed Carrot & Swede.

Parsley Potatoes.

Poppy Seed Bread.

-

Krispie Cereal Bar.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Carrots.

Green Beans.

Herbie Bread.

-

Forest Fruits Roly Poly.

Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Leek & Cheese Roll.

Mixed Salad.

Potato Wedges.

Crusty White Bread.

-

Rice Pudding with Peaches.

Fresh Fruit.

 Mixed Yoghurt.

Sausages.

Gravy.

Broccoli & Carrots.

Roast Potatoes.

Herbie Bread.

-

Chocolate Banana Muffin.

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Please complete and return with payment on Monday morning – thank you. 

Email Correspondence

Yes please!  I would like to receive email correspondence in the future and help to reduce the school’s carbon footprint.

Name of child(ren):______________________________________________  Class(es):___________________

Email Address: ____________________________________

Newsletter 11 – Happy New Year!

Newsletter 11 – Happy New Year!

14th January 2011

Dear Parents & Carers,

As this is the first Newsletter of 2011, let me begin by saying a very Happy New Year to all of you and thank you for the fantastic support you continue to give the school. We have much to be proud of at Filey Junior School and I look forward to another exciting year.  We already have a number of interesting and exciting events planned for the new term and I’m sure everyone involved in the school will enjoy being a part of these.

I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for any confusion caused by the article in the newspaper, regarding the school being closed due to burst pipes.  This article came from a press release from North Yorkshire County Council, but our school had been mentioned on this by mistake.  Whilst the school has suffered from broken boilers and the odd leak over winter, all staff and particularly our caretaker, Mr Hadden, have worked very hard to ensure we remain open.

Diary

Thur 20th Jan -    Year 5 & 6 Present ‘Panto Pandemonium’ (2:00pm)

Fri 21st Jan -      Riding Lights Theatre Company present ‘Nearly The Goat’ (Filey Methodist Church)

Mon 24th Jan -    Year 5 & 6 Present ‘Panto Pandemonium’ (6:00pm)

Mon 7th Feb’ –    Parent’s Evening

Fri 18th Feb’ -     School Closes

Tues 1st Mar’ -    School Opens

Year 6 residential trip – November 2011

As mentioned before Christmas, this trip is definitely going ahead.  If you haven’t ‘signed-up’ yet there are still places available.  If you would like further details, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  This will be an excellent opportunity for your children to experience outdoor adventure activities; develop teambuilding skills; and improve their independence.  

Year 5 / 6 Pantomime

We are pleased to inform you that our Year 5 & 6 children will be performing their Pantomime over the next couple of weeks.  The children will be attempting to save Panto Land from the Wicked Witch by enlisting the help of Cinderella, Aladdin and Jack and his Beanstalk.  There will be an afternoon production from 2:00pm on Thursday 20th January, and an evening production on Monday 24th January starting at 6:00pm. 

Mobile Phones and Contact Details

Please let school know of any changes in your contact details, particularly if you have changed your mobile phone over the Christmas period.  It is vitally important that we can contact you in case of emergency.  If you are unsure, please contact the office in person or by telephone.

Road Safety

There have been a number of incidents reported to us of children being careless on the roads and pavements around the school.  Please reinforce our message to children that they must be very careful and sensible when walking to and from school.  High vis’ jackets are available from the school office and do help to make your child more visible to road user, particularly on these dark winter days.

Careers Advice – A Message From Claire Garton, Next Step Advisor

Are you looking to change careers? Do you want to re-train or gain new skills? Would you be interested in further education? Do you need a CV?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, please come along and see me. I work for Next Step which is an independent Information, Advice and Guidance service that is completely free. We offer advice to any adult over the age of 19 regardless of employment status or age

I will be based at the Filey Children’s Centre adjacent to the Infant School – on Tuesday18th January between 9am and 12noon. Call in for an informal chat and discuss your requirements.  Please make the most of this service – if demand is good we can offer this service on a monthly basis.

School Dinners

Our new menus have now arrived.  Please complete the slip below and return it to school with payment for the week on Monday please.  Thank you to everyone who has taken this new system on board already – your efforts are greatly appreciated!

School Uniform

Now the ice and snow are hopefully behind us, could I remind everyone that school uniform should be worn by all children.  This includes black shoes (or plain black trainers) and trousers.  We are very proud of how smart our children look and it really does help to promote unity and good behaviour. 

Dog Fouling

I am sure you will have noticed the amount of dog fouling around the school recently.  Mr Hadden does his best to ensure this is cleaned up each morning, but it is a job which he does out of good will and should not be asked to perform.  Please join us in trying to stop the mess by looking out for anyone not cleaning up after their dog and informing the council if you notice anything.

As always, please do not hesitate to call in or telephone if you have anything you would like to discuss.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

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Child’s name _________________________ Class ________________ I enclose £_________

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese and Tomato Pizza

Baked Beans

Sweetcorn

Potato Wedges

Garlic Bread

-

Peach Crumble

Custard

Fresh Fruit

Yoghurt

Savoury Minced Beef

Yorkshire Pudding

Medley of Vegetables

Creamed Potatoes

Tomato Bread

-

Chocolate Muesli Krispie

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

 

Chicken Pie

Gravy

Sweetcorn and Savoy Cabbage

Parsley Potatoes

Crusty White Bread

-

Fruit Salad and Yoghurt

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt

Tuna Pasta Bake

Carrots

Broccoli

Wholemeal Bread

-

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Custard

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Pork Burger In a Bun

Tomato Ketchup

Vegetable Sticks

Chipped Potatoes

-

Arctic Roll and Pears

Fresh Fruit.

Mixed Yoghurt.

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Newsletter - It's Christmas!

Newsletter 9 – It’s Christmas!

16th December 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

Christmas is here and with it comes another spell of cold weather, ice and snow - please take care if you are travelling over the Christmas period.  It’s been a busy and eventful run up to Christmas with productions, parties and assemblies all adding to the Christmas atmosphere.  I hope you’ve had the chance to call in to school and share some of the festivities with us and the children, but if not, look out for a special panto’ performance in the New Year. 

Diary

Fri 17th Dec’ -     School Closes

Wed 5th Jan’ -    School Opens

Mon 7th Feb’ –    Parent’s Evening

Fri 18th Feb’ -     School Closes

Tues 1st Mar’ -    School Opens

Yorkshire Coast Radio

As you may already be aware, Yorkshire Coast Radio came to school last week to record our children singing some Christmas Carols.  We have just heard that these will be ‘aired’ at the following approximate times:

Christmas Eve 5pm – 6pm

Christmas Day 1pm – 2 pm

All the children (and staff), joined in the singing, so this is a chance to catch your child making an appearance on radio.  We hope you enjoy it!

Mountain Biking Anyone? 

Just a quick note to let you know of a children’s mountain bike event to be held on 15th January at St Augustines School.  If Santa managed to fit a new mountain bike down the chimney this year, this could be the perfect opportunity to get it muddy!  The event is open to all age groups: Under 8s, under 9s, under 12s, under 14s and under 16s.  Please arrive by 9.00 am to sign-up on the day.  Medals and certificates will be awarded for the top three riders from each age category.  Cost per rider is £3.00.

For further information:  www.richardsonscc.co.uk&nbsp; or

Tel Mark Grange: 01262 470671

All riders must have a helmet and bike.

Year 3 and Year 4 Choir

Apologies for the somewhat belated start to the Year 3 / 4 choir – yet another victim of the arctic conditions.  The Choir will now begin on Monday 10th January 2011.  We will send out reminders / permission slips in the first week back.

Year 6 residential trip – November 2011

I am very pleased to inform you the Year 6 residential trip, planned for November 2011, will be going ahead.  If your child is interested in this but you have not paid a deposit, there are plenty of places available.  We will send out additional information in the New Year. 

Thank You

Finally, a big thank you for all your support and encouragement around school during the year.  We do value your support and you are always welcome to come in and lend a hand or pass on suggestions or comments.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Filey Lions who have been very supportive throughout the year, including donations made for football kits, Christmas trees and treats for the children.

Have a very happy and peaceful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in 2011!

Newsletter 5 - Children in Need

Newsletter 5 – Children in Need

19th November 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

It was wonderful to see how many children had made the effort to go yellow and spotty today.  Thank you for all your support with our Children In Need day – we’ll let you know how much we raised as soon as we’ve counted up!  We are hoping to give you a weekly newsletter from now on.  This should ensure you hear about everything which is happening in plenty of time and keep dinner menus and Talk Homework, all in one place.

Diary

Fri 19th Nov’ -     Children in Need

Sat 20th Nov’ -   Cross Country (Scarborough College)

Wed 1st Dec’ -   Christmas Fair

Thur 9th Dec’ -    Parent Assembly (Y3 & Y4) at Methodist Church

Fri 10th Dec’ -     Parent Assembly (Y5 & Y6) at Methodist Church

Fri 17th Dec’ -     School Finishes

Talk Homework

This week our Talk Homework is connected with Charity.  Please find sometime to talk with your children about:

“Why are Charities Important?” 

Try to explore the subject a little by giving details and examples of specific charities, or sharing your experience where appropriate.

Christmas Fair, Assemblies and Production

Following the success of the Summer, we are holding a Christmas Fair on Wednesday 1st December at 6pm.  This a chance to hear some Carols, try some mulled wine and get your hands on some Christmas gift ideas.  There’s even a rumour that Santa will be appearing!  If you have any donations to make towards the raffle / tombola, these would be gratefully received.  We ho, ho, hope to see you there!

We will be holding a Christmas Assembly at Filey Methodist Church on the 9th & 10th December from 2pm.  This is you chance to see some of the children’s work and share some carols.

Finally, we are hoping to stage a Christmas production during the last week of term.  We’re gathering up our shepherds and angels – more news soon.

Newsletter 4 - It's Good To Talk!

Newsletter 4 – It’s Good To Talk!

4th November 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

I hope you all enjoyed the half-term break and your children had chance to ‘re-charge’ their batteries, ready for what is always, a very busy half-term.  Thankfully, the weather hasn’t been too wet or cold yet, but please try to ensure your children have coats, labelled with their names, as we approach the winter months.  This month we will see the welcome return of a school choir, thanks to Mrs Lawson, and later in the year, there will be a chance for the younger children to get involved in some singing too – more news soon. 

Diary

Wed 10th Nov’ -         Girl’s Football at Pindar

Thur 11th Nov  -        Remembrance Day

Fri 19th Nov’ -            Children in Need

Sat 20th Nov’ -           Cross Country (Scarborough Rugby Club)

Wed 1st Dec’ -           Christmas Fair

Poppies 

We shall be selling poppies, on behalf of The Royal British Legion, from Monday 7th November.  The suggested minimum donation is twenty pence.  If your child would like to buy a poppy, they will be available in school during playtimes.  On Thursday 11th November, we shall be observing the 2 minutes silence from 11am.

School Sports 

Well done to all our runners who took part in the School’s Fun Run this week.  We had a great turn out and everyone had a super time.  This will be good training for the annual Schools Cross Country event which takes place on Saturday 20th November.  Thank you to all the parents who came along and supported us and to Mrs Mills for organising the runners. 

We currently have a football coach coming in to school to give the children some additional support during school time.  Each class will receive coaching sessions between now and Christmas.  In addition, the children will be having some golf tuition in the near future! 

School Website 

Just a reminder to everyone to check the school website regularly, as we are constantly adding pictures, news, homework tasks and general information to the site.  If you have any suggestion for anything which is not currently covered, please let us know!

School Council

Our new School Council met for their first meeting just before half-term.  This year’s Council Representatives are: Liam, Jane, Sam, Lottie, Ellie-Jo, Bethany, Joshua, Taryn, Kacey, Millie, Victoria, James, Nicole, Maddison, Natasha, Freya, Dominic and Christian.

Last year the School Council were instrumental in making many decisions around the school and I’m sure they will continue to be just as valuable this year.  Their first task is to decide which charities our school should support.  Children in need has already been agreed and the council are now looking at two others.

Talk Homework

As part of our commitment to raising standards in Literacy, we are starting a weekly ‘Talk Homework’ task for all pupils. This is based on the principle that ‘If the children can’t say it, they can’t write it’. We need to encourage the development of language and listening skills in order to develop children’s writing ability.  This is not a piece of homework your child can do on their own!

Every week, your child will be given a Talk Homework task to talk about.  This is a ‘whole school’ homework – every child will be given the same task. At a convenient time, the Talk Homework task should be discussed at home. No writing is necessary, but if your child(ren) wishes to make some notes, this is perfectly acceptable.

To help your child get the most out of their talk homework task, we suggest that you try to do the following:

  • Encourage as many family members as possible to be involved in Talk Homework - possibly around a table.
  • Switch off the T.V.!  Try to ensure this is dedicated talking and listening time.
  • When giving your opinion, use the ‘because’ word to explain why you think that.
  • Encourage everyone involved to give their opinions and to use the ‘because’ word.
  • Try to ensure everyone has a chance to give an opinion and ask questions.

The Talk Homework topic will be discussed back at school.  It may be part of a class discussion, a whole school assembly or used as a starting point for some written work.  It is hoped that every child will be able to contribute an idea or opinion as well as listen to others’ ideas.

We really hope that you will support us in developing your child’s literacy skills by finding the short time needed to carry out this activity each week. We also hope that it will be a fun family activity which you all find interesting. Please come in and talk to your child’s teacher if you are unsure or have any questions.

I hope you find the Newsletters are useful and informative.  We are always happy to hear your suggestions and comments.  If there is anything you would like to raise, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Newsletter 3 - Your feedback

Newsletter 3 – Your feedback

18th October 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

 

It’s amazing how quickly the time goes in school and already we’re at the end of the first half-term.  I’d like to give some time in this Newsletter to your feedback following the parent questionnaires we sent out last year.  We always listen to your comments and follow up your suggestions wherever possible.  Please do not feel you need to wait to be asked – we are always ready to listen. 

 

As the weather becomes a little cooler and damper, please try to ensure your children have coats with them each day - we want the children to enjoy being outside both at play and during class time.  As always, we have a number of items of uniform which have been left in school without names.  Please remember to clearly label your child’s uniform and kit as it makes it much easier to return it to them if it gets lost.

 

As it’s the end of the half-term, we’d like to invite you to join us on Thursday and Friday afternoon, to celebrate some of the work we’ve been doing in school.  Parents’ Assemblies begin at 2:30pm and finish by 3:30pm.

 

Diary

 

Thur’ 21st Oct                                         Year 3 & 4 Parent Assembly (2:30pm)

                                                            “Spooky Doo” School disco

Fri’ 22nd Oct                                           Year 5 & 6 Parent Assembly (2:30pm)

                                                            School closes for half-term

Tues 2nd Nov                                         School re-opens (please note, school closed Monday)

Wed’ 3rd Nov                                         Cross Country

Fri’ 5th Nov                                            Fire Safety talks for all children

Sat’ 20th Nov                                         Cross Country

 

Sports

 

Over the past week, we have had many of our sports teams in action.  Firstly, our boys made an early appearance on a Saturday morning, playing in the Scarborough Areas Boys Football.  The children had a mixed set of results, winning losing and drawing games over the course of the morning.  Our girls then took the field and managed to come home undefeated (although they did draw two games) in the Girls League Tournament.  Finally, our netballers managed two wins and two loses when they attended the Netball Tournament for Scarborough Schools. 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Filey Lions, for their kind sponsorship of our football kits.  Both the boys and girls looked particularly smart in their new kits which will be worn in many competitions in the future

 

 

Parent Questionnaires

 

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who returned the questionnaires.  We have now had time to read and analyse your feedback and it is very pleasing to note that the large majority of you feel happy with the school and everything we do to support your children.  The following graph shows your responses:

 

Some questions were not answered by every parent, which led to some questions having more responses than others. 

  

Some of the comments we received on the questionnaires, raise points which both myself and the Governors feel we should respond to.  These comments were only made by one or two parents, but we feel they need to be acknowledged as it is useful for everyone to hear how we plan to improve the provision we make for your children:

 

Should children be set by ability?” – We feel that whilst setting does have advantages for some children, there are also disadvantages regarding children’s self esteem and their role models.  As a result, whilst we do not set or stream children, this year has seen the introduction of a separate class for younger children who are struggling with Literacy and Numeracy.  In addition, we have provided opportunity for our more able children to work with older children or children who share a similar interest at a similar level.

 

The school doesn’t listen to parents’ views” – We do listen, but there are times when a decision needs to be made which can not please everyone involved in the school.  As some of you will know, we do discuss many issues with parents and always welcome your views and ideas, particularly in the termly Parent Update meetings.  Parents have influenced many of the decisions we have made in school and we always welcome your input.

 

Who are Governors and what do they do?” – The School Governing Body are accountable for the development and leadership of the school.  They are a voluntary body, made up from parents and people within the community, who give up their own time to meet twice each term and make decisions regarding finance, staffing, buildings and many other matters relating to the school.  School Governors do attend the Parent Update Meetings and this would be an excellent opportunity to meet them and ask questions. 

 

Badly behaved children are rewarded more readily than those who are good” – Every child has their own targets and areas they are working on.  For some, this is academic – reading and writing.  For others, this is related to behaviour and social skills.  Whenever a child makes a positive step towards reaching a target, we look to encourage and reward them, be it with their work or with behaviour.  I appreciate it may look as though some children are rewarded for ‘small’ achievements, but this is reflected in academic areas too, and it has resulted in the behaviour of our children being generally very good.

 

I hope you and your children enjoy the half-term break.  As always, if there is anything you would like to suggest or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or your child’s class teacher.

 Mr H. McCarthey & Staff.

Your Feedback
Your Feedback

Newsletter 2 - That was quick

Newsletter 2 – That was quick

8th September 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

 

We don’t usually have two newsletters in such a short amount of time, but school is so busy there are a few things we needed to tell you about.

 

School Photographs

Just to remind you, the school photographer will be in school tomorrow.  You will be sent ‘proofs’ of the photographs which you can then order.  If you would like a family photograph, with younger / older siblings, please come to school for 8:30am.  The photographer will be in the hall.

 

Parent Governor Elections

Our current Parent Governors have now come to the end of their term of office.  As a result, we are looking to appoint four Parent Governors for the coming academic year.  This is an exciting opportunity to become involved with the running and leadership of the school and we would welcome your help and ideas.  If you would like any further information, please contact a member of the governing body (via school) or myself.  If you would like a nomination form, please ask at the office.   

 

Clerk to the Governors

Due to the retirement of Mrs Cockerill, we now have a vacancy for a Clerk to the Governors.  This post involves attending and minuting Governing Body Meetings and the distribution of agendas and other correspondence.  Again, if you would like any further information, please contact a member of the governing body (via school) or myself.  An application pack is available on the school website or via the office.

 

School Trips

I am very pleased to inform you we have organised trips for all of the children to visit Flamborough Head and the Lighthouse as part of our study of coastal erosion.  Unfortunately, the lighthouse closes soon so this has been at quite short notice – please accept our apologies for this.  In addition, the children will also be visiting Filey Museum to research the history of Filey.   The trip to Flamborough will be a full day and children will require packed lunches.

 

As always, the school subsidises these trips from its own budget, but we do need to ask for a contribution to cover transport and admission costs.  Without your help, we can not afford to fund these visits. 

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Newsletter 1 – Welcome Back

1st September 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

Was that really five and a half weeks?  Summer seems to go quicker ever year!  I hope you and your children all had a lovely time this summer and enjoyed the holiday.  It’s good to be back and the school and children are looking very smart.  The year 3 children have already settled in well and they are making a very positive impact on the school.  If parents wish, you may continue to bring your children on to the playground next week but we would ask you to ‘drop off’ after that please. 

Diary

Thur’ 9th Sept’                                        School Photographer

14th, 15th, 16th, 27th, 29th Sept’                  Trips to Flamborough Lighthouse

School Photographs

The school photographer will be in school on Thursday 9th September.  If you would like family photographs with younger siblings, please come to the school hall from 8:30am.

School Dinners

As you may already be aware, we are now running a ‘family service’ for school dinners.  This allows the children to serve each other and sit in a more sociable atmosphere for their lunches.  Unfortunately, the price of a school meal has increased to £2.10 this year.  This is not a school decision or part of the ‘family service’, it is an increase which North Yorkshire Catering has introduced.

We do need to ask that orders and payment for school dinners are received on a Monday morning from now on.  In order to simplify this, please return the attached slip on Monday morning, with payment, for any dinners your child would like to stay for next week (please tick each day your child would like).  We will send slips each Friday.

Just a short letter this time – I’m sure we will have more to tell you soon.  If you have any questions or you are unsure of anything to do with school, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Mr McCarthey & Staff

School Dinners Week 2. 

£2.10 per day, £10.50 per week. 

Name of Child________________________                Class________ I enclose £_______       

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Cheese Catherine Wheel.

Tomato Sauce.

Jacket Wedges.

Garlic Bread.

-

Rice Pudding with Mandarins

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt

Turkey & Sweetcorn pie & Gravy.

Carrots & Green Beans.

Sweet Potato Mash.

Bread.

-

Pineapple Upside Down & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

 

Minced Beef Hotpot.

Mixed Vegetables.

Sunflower Seed Bread.

-

Iced Berry Sponge.

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt

Roast Chicken.

Parsnips & Broccoli.

Roast Potatoes.

Gravy.

-

Peach Crisp & Custard.

Fresh Fruit.

Yoghurt.

Battered Fish

Tomato Ketchup.

Peas & Carrots.

Chipped Potatoes.

Wholemeal Bread.

-

Mixed Yoghurt.

Fruit Platter.

 

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Yes ¨

Newsletter 15 - Just a Short One.

Newsletter 15 – Just a short one

19July 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

The last few weeks have flown by and have been perhaps the busiest weeks of the year.  It’s really good to report however, that all the children have been busy, happy and have been getting along very well.  It was very good to see the children from the infants join us on Thursday and everyone went away with a happy face. 

This is just a short notice to remind you of the end of term arrangements and, thinking ahead, the plans for September.

Diary

Wed 21st July -                                      Parents’ Assembly (Year 3 / 4) – 2:30pm

Thur 22nd July  -                                     Parents’ Assembly (Year 5 / 6) – 2:15pm

Fri 23rd July -                                         School Closes for Summer

Thur’ 2nd Sept’ -                                      School Opens!

Parent’s Assemblies

You are all invited to attend our Assemblies on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.  Please note there has been a slight change to the start time for the Year 5 / 6 assembly – this will now start at 2:15pm as the children would like to share their performance of Romeo and Juliet with you all!

Year 6 Signatures

Many of the Year 6 children have been asking if they can have their shirts signed at the end of term.  The answer to this is yes, but we do ask that children bring in a spare shirt to be signed (not the one they are wearing), and they also bring a pen from home to use (not a school pen).  We hope the children enjoy this and will look back at the shirt, and school, with fond memories.

Parent’s Questionnaires

On behalf of the Governors, I would like to say a very big thank you to all the parents who returned the end of year questionnaires.  We are currently analysing these and will present the results to you at the beginning of next year.  We are already building a good picture of the things which you feel we are doing well and the areas you would like to see improved.  We do value your feedback and we will do everything we can to ensure your suggestions are acted upon.

School Uniform & School Dinners

If buying new school shoes over the summer holiday, please remember black shoes or plain black trainers are required as part of the school uniform.  We also need every child to have a change of clothes for PE – white t-shirt and black shorts please.  Please note, the shirt children wear as part of their uniform should not be used for PE.

As from September we will also be asking you to pay in advance (Monday morning) for school dinners.  More information will be given to the children on the first day back regarding this change which will be part of the new ‘family service’ arrangements.  We will also be inviting you to come and sample school dinner in the new school year.

Have a very happy and restful Summer and we look forward to seeing you in September (Thursday 2nd September).  As always, please let us know if you have any concerns or suggestions.

Mr McCarthey & Staff.

Newsletter 14 End of the Year

Newsletter 14 – End of the Year

7th July 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

Is there really only a couple of weeks of school left?  Time seems to have been put on fast forward over the last few weeks with so much going on in and around school.  Let’s hope the lovely weather continues until the end of term and throughout the holidays, but remember to apply sun cream and give your child a sun hat when the days are hot. 

 

Diary

Fri 9th July -                                           Dog’s Trust Animal Day

Mon 12th July -                                       Open Evening (6pm – 8pm)

Wed 14th July -                                      Filey Secondary School open evening for parents of Y6 children

Thur 15th July -                                       Transition Day (Children move to new school or class)

 Wed 21st July -                                      Parents’ Assembly (Year 3 / 4) – 2:30pm

 Thur 22nd July  -                                     Parents’ Assembly (Year 5 / 6) – 2:15pm

Fri 23rd July -                                         School Closes for Summer

Thur’ 2nd Sept’ -                                      School Opens!

 

Summer Fair

A big thank you to everyone who contributed, helped out or attended the Summer Fair last week.  The day was a great success and there was a fantastic atmosphere.  In total, over £1200 was raised and this will be used to help fund some play equipment for the children to use.  A special mention to the children, staff and FoF’s who put so much work in to ensuring the day was a success – well done everyone!

 

School Uniform

I have had several enquiries about children wearing sandals for school in the summer.  This is perfectly acceptable if they are flat and plain coloured, but please bear in mind the risk to children’s toes.  There have been several children wearing trainers to school recently and I appreciate that if school shoes have worn out you may wish to wait until September to buy new ones.  Please bear in mind when buying new uniform that we do ask all children to wear black shoes and that white or colourful trainers are not allowed (plain black trainers without stripes and logos are fine).  Although this may seem trivial, we have noticed a marked improvement in children’s behaviour and attitude since introducing this.  Could I also ask you to ensure your child has the correct PE kit for September (black shorts and white t-shirt)?   Thank you for your support in this matter.

 

Staffing

I hope you will join us in welcoming Mrs Fenby as a permanent member of the teaching staff.  Mrs Fenby has done a fantastic job in covering Mrs Fleming’s class this year and will join us on a permanent basis from September.  Welcome on board.

Reports and Open Evening

Your child will be receiving their annually report on Friday (9th July).  As discussed at the recent Parents Update Meeting, we have made a few changes to the format this year and this should allow you to get a much better understanding of how well your child is achieving at school.  If you would like to join us on the evening of Monday 12th July, you will have an informal opportunity to talk with your child’s teachers, have a look around school and purchase uniform for next year.  We hope to see you there.

Parents Assemblies

We would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the work the children have done this year and wishing our Year 6 children good luck as they move to their new school.  We will be holding Parents Assemblies from 2:30pm in the School Hall on Wednesday 21st July (Year 3 & Year 4) and 2:15pm Thursday 22nd July (Year 5 & Year 6).  We hope you can join us.

 

As always, if you have anything you would like to comment upon or suggest, we always welcome your views.  Have a good end of term and a very good summer.

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Newsletter 14 – A Busy Time

15th June 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

 

I hope you all enjoyed the half-term break and the lovely weather we had.  It’s amazing to think we are now only a few weeks away from the end of the academic year (time certainly does fly).  It’s also amazing to think of all the things we’ve got planned between now and then – it’s certainly going to be a busy last few weeks!  There will plenty of opportunity for you to visit school over this term and I hope you will take the opportunity to  join in with some of the fun activities we have planned.

Diary:

Fri 18th Jun -                                          Year 6 visit Crucial Crew

Mon 21st Jun -                                       Year 6 ‘Aim Higher’ – Project with Hull University;

                                                            World Cup Week Begins

Tues 22nd Jun -                                      Parent Update Meeting (3:30pm crèche available)

Wed 23rd Jun -                                       Year 3 & 4 Sports Day;

                                                            World Cup Lunch;

                                                            England vs Slovenia (3pm)

Thur 24th Jun -                                        Year 5 & 6 Sports Day

Fri 25th Jun -                                          Filey Town Festival – Choir and Dancing

Mon 28th Jun -                                       Year 5 IMPS – Visit to Scarborough Hospital

Tues 29th Jun -                                       Year 2 Multi-skills Sports

Thur 1st July -                                         Summer Fair

Fri 2nd July -                                           Filey Town Festival – Choir and Dancing

Fri 9th July -                                           Dog’s Trust Animal Day

Wed 14th July -                                      Filey Secondary School open evening for parents of Y6 children

Thur 15th July -                                       Transition Day (Children move to new school or class)

 

Mr Mirfin & Mrs Cockerill

As you may already be aware, Mr Mirfin will be retiring at the end of this term.  In 23 years of helping the children of Filey, Mr Mirfin has shown an outstanding dedication to the school and has been a leading light in the development of sports, particularly rugby and cricket, across the Scarborough region. 

 

Mrs Cockerill will also be leaving us at the end of this year.  Mrs Cockerill has been at the Junior school for 10 years but has served the schools in the local area for the past 29 years.  She provides a huge amount of support and advice to governors, staff and children alike and is a vital member of our admin’ team.

 

I’m sure you will all wish Mr Mirfin & Mrs Cockerill well in the future and I’m sure we will be seeing them around school in the future.  On behalf of parents, children and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work and commitment to the school.

 

Bikes in School

We are making the final arrangements for children to bring their bikes in to school.  If your child is wanting to bring their bike, please take the next few days to ensure they have helmet and high vis’ jacket (Filey Junior School high vis’ jackets will be available from the school office in the next few days, priced at £3), and to ensure their bikes are well serviced and maintained.  We will be sending permission slips within the next week.

 

Summer Fayre

Thursday July the 1st is the date for our Summer Fayre, which are hoping to make bigger and even more of a success than last year!  Thank you to everyone who has already donated prizes – please keep them coming in as we need as many as possible.  We are also desperate for helpers on stalls.  If you can spare even a small amount of time to help run a stall on the day, please contact either a member of the FOF’s, a member of staff or myself.  Your help is vital to making this a success and any amount of time would be greatly appreciated.

 

Sports Day(s)

It’s that time of year again!  Sports Day(s) this year will be Wednesday 23rd June for Year 3 & 4 children and Thursday 24th June for Year 5 & 6.  Both days will begin at 1:30pm and we would love to see you there to cheer the children on.  Children will need a PE kit for the sports days and please ensure all jewellery is removed (including studs).

 

Parents’ Update Meeting

We will be holding a parents update meeting on Tuesday 22nd June from 3:30pm until 4:30pm.  This is a termly opportunity for you to hear about plans for the school and to raise any questions you may have.  Previously, we have discussed curriculum, security, bikes and uniform in these meetings.  This term, amongst other areas, we will be looking at Class Structures for next year and the Annual Report you will be receiving about your child’s progress in school.  If you are able to attend, please come along – a crèche will be available if you need child care. 

 

World Cup Week

To celebrate England progressing through to the knock out stages of the World Cup (we hope), Next week will be World Cup week in school.  Children will spend the week finding out about the Countries who have entered the cup and doing some football themed work.  On Wednesday 23rd June, children are invited to stay for a special World Cup Lunch which you will have already had details of.  Please return your slips if your child is staying for this.  Following the lunch, we will be holding a special England vs Slovenia event where children can stay in school to watch the England game with their friends and teachers.  Kick off is at 3:00pm and the game should finish by 4:45pm.  The Friends of Filey Juniors will be running a half-time tuck shop and there will also be a raffle for some World Cup prizes.  The event is free to attend, but we will need your permission for your child to stay (please return the slip at the bottom of the Newsletter).  Children are welcome to dress in a football kit / shirt for the day, but no jeans please.

 

Animal Day

At the beginning of the year, our School Council elected to support 3 charities throughout the year – Children in Need, Comic / Sports Relief and Dog’s Trust.  Our previous charity events have been very successful and we are now hoping to have a fun animal day in school on Friday 9th July.  On the day, children can dress-up as an animal of their choice (including face paint / masks) and bring a soft animal toy to school (no living animals please – the crocodiles are too noisy).  Children will be asked to donate £1 with all donations being given to the Dog’s Trust.  More info’ soon.

 

School Dinners

Just a reminder - please try to ensure all lunch money is paid at the beginning of the week as this greatly reduces the amount of time spent collecting and counting dinner money and helps to ensure we cater for the correct number of children each day.  From September 2010, all dinner money will have to be paid in advance, on the Monday of each week.

 

As always, if you would like any further information or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call in, telephone or email. 

 

Mr McCarthey and School Staff.

 

 

 

 

England vs Slovenia

 

I give permission for ____________________ to stay at school on Wednesday 23rd June and have made arrangement for them to get home / be picked up at 4:45pm. 

 

Class___________

 

Signed_________________________

Newsletter 13 - Summer Sun

Newsletter 13 – Summer Sun

25th May 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

If the last few days are anything to go by, it would appear that summer has arrived (no doubt it will rain tomorrow) and this has given the children (and staff) plenty of opportunity to get out on the field and enjoy being outside.  We recently had a number of children go to the Royal Opening of the Scarborough Open Air Theatre and the children were congratulated for their excellent behaviour. 

The school is beginning to bloom thanks to the amount of gardening going on at the moment – thanks to all the staff and particularly the parents who have been involved in this.  As the weather warms up, we’ve got quite a few events planned which we hope you will be able to share with us. 

Unfortunately, there is no parent’s assembly this half-term as we need the hall space for some of our visitors who are working with the children.  There will be plenty of opportunity to come and see the children’s work throughout the next half-term however.

Diary:

Tues 25th May -                                      Class 4 trip to Burton Agnes Hall

Thur 27th May -                                       Year 6 ‘Aim Higher’ – Project with Hull University

Tues 8th Jun -                                         Year 3 Multi-skills Sports

Fri’ 11th Jun -                                         Year 6 visit Crucial Crew

Mon 21st Jun -                                       Year 6 ‘Aim Higher’ – Project with Hull University

                                                            World Cup Week Begins

Tues 22nd Jun -                                      Parent Update Meeting (3:30pm crèche available)

Wed 23rd Jun -                                       Year 3 & 4 Sports Day

Thur 24th Jun -                                        Year 5 & 6 Sports Day

Mon 28th Jun -                                       Year 5 IMPS – Visit to Scarborough Hospital

Tues 29th Jun -                                       Year 2 Multi-skills Sports

Wed 30th Jun -                                       Pupils planting flower beds in Glenn Gardens (Filey in Bloom)

Thur 1st July -                                         Summer Fair

Questionnaires

 As part of our ongoing evaluation and review, we will soon be asking all parents to complete a questionnaire in order to gain your views and ideas about the school.  This should not take more than a few minutes and does give us some feedback and areas for action.  The questionnaire will be based around your thoughts and experience of school over the past academic year and will be used by Governors to help set targets for the coming year.  You are of course, more than welcome to call into school at any time to discuss any aspect of your child’s education.

Bikes in School

Due to requests from children and parents, next half-term we will be allowing children to cycle to school.  We have recently had some new cycle stands installed and there is a designated area where children’s cycles will be secure throughout the day.  The School Council have discussed this with their classes and have agreed on a set of rules and requirements for children who wish to bring their cycles to school.  These include children wearing helmets, high visibility jackets and having their parent permission.  We will be launching this initiative when we return after half-term – look out for further details and permission slips. 

Vouchers for Schools

Tesco vouchers have now finished in the Tesco stores, but if you have any that have not come into school yet, please send them in as we will be having a final count in the next couple of weeks.  Sainsbury’s vouchers are still available if you shop there.

Sun Protection

As the warm weather is becoming a more regular feature, we have been reminding all the children of the importance of sun protection.  Attached to this letter you will find a leaflet with a number of hints and tips.  In school, we would advise children to have a sun cap (Filey Junior School ones will soon be available at the school office) and to have sun cream applied each morning, particularly if they have fair skin.  Children may use sun cream in school, but they must be responsible with this, apply it themselves, and not share it with other children.  Additionally, we are encouraging all children to have access to water throughout the day.  We do have water coolers in school but children need to provide a suitable plastic bottle - Filey Junior School ones are available at the office.  Please do not give children fruit juice or pop in their water bottles.

A Message From Filey In Bloom

“Calling all green fingered people (or even non-green fingered people).  Can you spare the time to help plant some plants at Filey Railway Station?  The Filey in Bloom group are hoping to brighten up our railway station.  We have the equipment, do you have approximately 1 hour to spare on 8th June at 2pm?  If so, please return the slip below so that your child can be a part of this event.  All children need to be accompanied by an adult.  Please support us then the children will feel proud and can go to weed the area whenever they like.”

Thanks from Marion Wright (Chairman, Filey in Bloom)

School Dinners

Dinner money is currently collected every day within school and children have the opportunity to pick from day to day whether they would like a dinner or not.  Unfortunately, this causes a huge amount of work within the school office as every day, dinner money has to be collected, counted and balanced.  In order to reduce the amount of time taken in this process, as of September we will be asking children and parents to make a decision on which days they will be staying for a school dinner at the beginning of the week.  Payment will then need to be made on the Monday morning in order to secure these meals.  In the mean time, we would like to ask all parents to consider this and try to send all dinner money for the week into school on the Monday morning.  For example, if your child would like to have a school dinner on Tuesday and Thursday, please try to pay for both days on Monday morning. Thank you for your help in this.

Friends of Filey Junior School (or FoF Jnrs)

It’s been another busy month for the FoF Juniors, organising and running a very enjoyable Barn Dance earlier this month.  It was a fantastic evening and it was great to see parents and children enjoying the evening together.  Watch out for the Summer Fair coming on July 1st and a Car Boot Sale at the end of the Summer Term. 

Mr McCarthey and School Staff.

Filey in Bloom

I will be able to help out and supervise my child _________________________ at the Filey in Bloom planting day on Tuesday 8th June at 2pm. 

Class______________________

 

Sugned_________________________

Newsletter 12 – It's Good To Be Back

Newsletter 12 – It's Good To Be Back

26th April 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break and had plenty of opportunity to eat the odd Easter Egg.  Apologies for the late arrival of this Newsletter, as many of you will be aware, I managed to get stranded in Italy over the holiday period and I can honestly say that I was really happy to get back to school at the end of a very long coach journey.  It’s great to see how well the gardens around the school are now developing and this is something we will be having a real push on, in the coming months.  At this time of year teachers always turn their thoughts to SATs tests and assessments and you will have no doubt seen coverage in the National Press about school’s boycotting this year’s tests.  Whilst the staff, governors and myself do not necessarily agree with the way tests are sometimes used to judge the capability of schools, we do not feel that boycotting the tests is the correct action for our school and as such, our children will be sitting these tests in the week beginning 10th May 2010.  Please ensure your child does not have any appointments or other arrangements which will take them out of school on these dates – thank you.

Diary:

Mon 3rd May -                                       School Closed (Bank Holiday)

Tues 4th – Thur 6th May -                         Red Cross First Aid training for children in School

Mon 10th – Fri 14th May -                         Assessment Week (SATs)

Thur 20th May -                                       Scarborough Open Air Theatre – Royal Opening

Tues 25th May -                                      Class 4 trip to Burton Agnes Hall

Thur 27th May -                                       Year 6 ‘Aim Higher’ at Hull University

School Security

At the last Parent’s Update Meeting, we discussed the matter of school security in the morning and at home times.  These times have been identified as periods when the school, and its pupils, are most vulnerable.  We are therefore making some minor alterations to how children and parents enter and exit the school.  From Tuesday 4th May, the school gate will open at 8:35am (please note that only the bottom gate, next to the main entrance will be open).  This gate will be staffed by Mrs Fenton and is for children to use.  At 3:30pm, both gates will be opened and be staffed by Mrs Fenton, Mrs Price and Mrs Taylor.  If a parent or visitor wishes to come in to the school at anytime, please use the reception so you can be given a visitors badge and sign in.  Please do not see this measure as the school ‘closing the door’ to parents.  This is not the case and we will always welcome parents and visitors in school.  We are however, coming under increasing scrutiny from Ofsted and other agencies regarding our security and safeguarding of children.  I hope you will support us in this matter.

Food In School

As you are no doubt aware, we run a successful (and healthy) tuck shop in school where children can buy drinks and fruit.  There have been a number of children bringing quite substantial amounts of money to school to buy tuck recently and we do not wish this to put financial pressure on any of our parents.  Our tuck shop is very reasonably priced and children should not need more than 50p per day for the tuck shop.  Could I also ask you to support our work towards Healthy School status by not allowing children to bring sweets into school as snacks or as part of their packed lunch?  Thank you.

Sports Relief

It seems a long time ago now, but the Sports Relief run a mile along Filey beach was a great success.  It was really good to see so many parents / friends come along – thank you for your support.  In total the day raised over £250 for Sports Relief.  Well done everyone!

School Sports

Our Girls football team have been back in action and have now reached the Semi-Finals of the Scarborough and district cup having beaten Newby and Scalby girls last Thursday.  It was a hard fought game but our girls managed to score the winning goal in the last few minutes and now face Scarborough College.  There are also a number of fixtures coming up from football to cricket, swimming to rounders.

If you, or someone you know, owns a local business and would like to sponsor one of our teams, we are currently looking to purchase new football kits for both our boys and girls teams.  A full set of kits costs approximately £300, although this could be split across more than one sponsor.  As you can see, we are becoming more and more involved with the local sporting calendar and this would be good exposure for a business and would help to further promote sport within school.

Vouchers for Schools

Please remember to ask for Tesco and Sainsbury’s vouchers when you go shopping.  We are collecting both of these at the moment and with your help we can access lots of musical and sporting resources for the school.  In addition, we are collecting the Nestle Box Top vouchers.  Don’t forget to ask family and friends too!

Gardening In School

I hope you have noticed how well the school’s gardens are beginning to look and with Spring now well underway, we are really starting to get our green fingers into gear.  During school time every class will have the opportunity to do some gardening and care for an area of the school grounds.  In order to further develop the gardens however, Mrs Taylor will be starting a ‘Gardening Club’ next week for Year 3 / 4 on a Tuesday (3:30 – 4:30) and for Year 5 / 6 on a Thursday (3:30 – 4:30).  We would love to see some parents / friends / grandparents helping out.  If you and / or your child would like to do some extra gardening, please complete and return the slip at the bottom of this letter.

Friends of Filey Junior School (or FoF Jnrs)

The April Fool’s Silly Dress Disco was an absolutely fabulous event and a wonderful way to end the school term.  There were some very interesting costumes and everyone went home with a big smile on their faces.  The event raised over £400 for the school which will be spent on cookery equipment to allow the children more opportunity to create some culinary delights!  A big thank you needs to be said to all the FoF members, and in particular to Adam and Mark (Frankies Disco) for providing the music and lighting for the evening. 

This was a great success for the FoF Juniors and they have more events planned (look out for the yellow newsletter coming soon).  If you would like to know a little more about what the FoF Juniors do, there is a meeting at 3:30pm on Thursday 29th April in school – everyone welcome. 

Finally, can I just remark on how well behaved and polite the children have been since returning to school.  There is a very happy and positive feeling around the school and the children have been working very well together.  As always, if you would like to discuss anything relating to the school or your child’s education, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of staff.

Mr McCarthey and School Staff.

Gardening Club

 

I give permission for _________________________ to attend Gardening Club.

 

Class______________________

 

I will / will not be able to help out (please delete as appropriate).

 

Signed_____________________________

Newsletter 11 - Here Comes The Sun!

Newsletter 11 – Here Comes The Sun!

12th March 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

I told you the weather was going to get better didn’t I?  It’s certainly good to see a change in the weather and it has been commented upon by many staff and visitors how well the children have been getting on since the brighter days arrived.  There’s a really good atmosphere on the playground at the moment and it’s really nice to see some of the older children playing alongside the younger children of the school.  Most of the classes have now been on their trip to York, and I’m glad to report that the Victorian Schoolmaster didn’t use his cane too often!  The children have all enjoyed their trips and I’m sure they’ve had a lot to tell you at home.

Diary:

Tues 16th Mar -                                       Parent’s Update Meeting 3:30pm

Wed 17th Mar -                                       Poetry Day for Y5/6 – road safety

Thur 25th Mar -                                       Y3 / Y4 Swimming Gala

Fri 19th Mar -                                          Sports Relief – Run a mile on Filey Beach

Tues 30th Mar -                                       Y3 / Y4 Easter Celebration Assembly (Filey Methodist Church)

Wed 31st Mar -                                       Y5 / Y6 Easter Celebration Assembly (Filey Methodist Church)

Thur 1st Apr -                                         April Fool’s ‘Silly Dress’ Disco

                                                            School Closes for Easter

Mon 19th Apr -                                       School Re-opens

Parent’s Update Meeting

Please try to find the time to attend our termly Parent’s Update Meeting next Tuesday (16th March).  We will be serving teas / coffees from 3:30pm and the meeting will begin at 4pm (crèche available).  Many of you have expressed an interest in these meetings but have been a little unsure of the content.  The purpose of the meetings is simply to keep you up to date with what is happening in the school and to get your opinions and suggestions on current issues and decisions.  The main areas for discussion this term are: School security; sex and relationships education; and classing structures, including the possibility of setting children in some subjects.

Easter Celebration Assemblies

I am very pleased to be able to invite you all to our Easter Celebration Assemblies which we will be holding in Filey Methodist Church on Tuesday 30th (Year 3 & 4) and Wednesday 31st (Year 5 & 6).  This is an opportunity to celebrate the children’s achievements and work from this half-term, and share the meaning of Easter.  The services will begin at 2pm – everyone welcome.

Vouchers for Schools

Please remember to ask for Tesco and Sainsbury’s vouchers when you go shopping.  We are collecting both of these at the moment and with your help we can access lots of musical and sporting resources for the school.  Don’t forget to ask family and friends too!

Sports Relief.

I am sure you will have already received the letter from the School Council giving details of the Run A Mile for Sports Relief day on Friday 19th March.  At the beginning of the year, the children of the school voted to support Children in Need, Sports Relief, St. Catherine’s Hospice and an animal charity (to be decided) throughout the course of this year.  In order to support Sports Relief the children will be skipping all morning then running (or walking) a mile along Filey beach in the afternoon.  In order to raise money, children are asked to make a donation (suggested amount of 50p) and should come to school in shorts / tracksuit bottoms, trainers and their school sweatshirt.  If any parents, carers, friends or family would like to join us for this event, it would be wonderful to have a big turn out and make it a community event.  We will send further details regarding meeting points etc. next week (when we’ve measured a mile).  Get training!

Friends of Filey Junior School (or FoF Jnrs)

Minutes of the last meeting are available on the school website and there are lots of activities being planned.  Briefly, watch out for details of a Barn Dance, Silly Dress Disco, Easter Raffle and Clothes Swap (see FoF Juniors link on the left).  All of these events will give you and the children the opportunity to have some fun whilst supporting the school.  Look out for the special yellow FoF Jnrs Newsletter coming soon.

Don’t forget, you can check the website for all the latest news and events from school (www.filey-jun.n-yorks.sch.uk).  If you are able to receive email, please consider informing us of your email address so we can send future newsletters electronically and save some paper, photocopying and the odd tree (not to mention ensuring letters don’t get lost in the bottom of the school bag!).

As always, please call in if you have anything you would like to discuss or have any suggestions to make.

Mr McCarthey and School Staff.

Newsletter 10 - Spring!

Newsletter 10 – Spring!

26th February 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

It’s the beginning of March next week so I’m sure we will see a sudden change in the weather and we will be able to put the cold wet days behind us (well I live in hope anyway!).  This half-term has got off to a busy start and as always, we have some exciting activities planned. 

Diary

Mon 1st Mar -                                         Parent’s Evening 4pm – 6pm (other times available throughout the week)

Mon 8th – Fri 12th                                    York Trips

Tues 16th Mar -                                       Parent’s Update Meeting 4pm

Wed 17th Mar -                                       Poetry Day for Y5/6 – road safety

Thur 25th Mar -                                       Y3 / Y4 Swimming Gala

Thur 1st Apr -                                         April Fool’s ‘Silly Dress’ Disco

                                                            School Closes for Easter

Mon 19th Apr -                                       School Re-opens

Attendance / Punctuality

We are currently working with all of the children to improve punctuality and attendance in school.  We now have weekly class awards and termly certificates for children with good attendance.  I am very pleased to say that the work we have done so far has shown a marked improvement in attendance and we now need your support in this matter to make it even more successful.  If   a child misses just one day each week, over the course of their school career they will miss two whole years of schooling.  Your child only has one chance at school. Help them to make the most of it!

Good regular attendance often means doing well academically, better relationships with other children and better overall behaviour in school.  Good school attendance includes arriving in school on time.  Punctuality is very important as children miss the input of the lesson if they are late.   It also sets standards for later in life.  A good attendance record is something to be proud of.

Please help us and your children by ensuring children arrive at school on time – early nights for children can help with this. Try to make hospital, doctor and dentist visits after school hours or in the holidays.  If you are having problems getting your child to school, please let us know as soon as possible.  If an absence is unavoidable, please let the school know as soon as possible.

Jewellery in School

Could I remind all children and parents that jewellery is not permitted in school.  We have seen a lot of children wearing ‘big’ earrings, necklaces and rings in school recently.  This is part of a North Yorkshire policy which applies to all schools in North Yorkshire and is there to avoid accidents and injury.  We have also had incident of jewellery being broken or lost in school which is upsetting for the children involved.  If your child has their ears pierced, please ensure they only wear small studs and they are able to remove these for PE.  Thank you.

Vouchers and Batteries

Please be on the look out for Sainsbury’s ‘Active Kids’ vouchers.  We are now collecting these and will use the vouchers to buy play equipment for the children.  Please ask family and friends to collect these and send them to school with your child.

Our school has recently won a Bronze Award for recycling paper.  We are now looking to extend this and aim for a silver or gold award by recycling batteries.  Please send your old batteries to school where the children can put them in our ‘battery bank’.

Vacancies

We currently have two Teaching Assistant vacancies available at our school.  The first post is for a General Teaching Assistant (32hpw term time) to provide classroom support and complete general admin' duties. 

The second post is for an Advanced Teaching Assistant (12hpw over 4 afternoons).  This post will involve planning and delivering intervention programmes for individuals and small groups of children.  Relevant qualifications and experience are required.

Additional information and application packs can be downloaded from the school website or call in to school for more details.  Please note, applicants will be subject to enhanced CRB checks.

Trips to York 

As part of the children’s work on the Victorians, we will be going on school trips to Castle Museum in York where the children will get to experience life in Victorian times.  The day will include a tour of the museum including the recreated Victorian street, including shops, houses and a jail!  Children will also visit the school for an hour of Victorian school life with a Victorian School Master.

We have arranged for every class to visit the museum over the course of a week.   The dates are:

Monday 8th March -        Class 1 (Mrs Fenby) & Class 2 (Mr Drewell)

Tuesday 9th March -       Class 9 (Mr Mirfin) & Class 6 (Miss Firth)

Wednesday 10th March – Class 7 (Mrs Roberts) & Class 8 (Mr Grice)

Thursday 11th March -     Class 3 (Mrs England) & Class 4 (Miss Ridsdale)

Friday 9th March -           Class 9 (Mr Logue)

As with all trips and additional activities, there is a cost involved and we need to ask for a voluntary contribution of £10 to cover transport and the cost of entry.  Please complete and return the consent form below and if you would like to come along as a parent helper, please indicate this.

As always, if you have anything you would like to bring to our attention, please do not hesitate to contact us at school.  The new website has become a great hit – please check regularly as we are constantly updating this.  We have had over 2000 visits since it was launched in January!

Trip to York 

I give permission for ________________________ to attend the York trip.

I enclose a contribution of _____________ towards the cost of the trip.

I would like to offer my help on the trip   ____   (please tick if you are available)

Signed __________________________________________

Newsletter 9

Newsletter 9 – Half-term Already?

8th February 2010

Dear Parents & Carers,

 

Half-term has suddenly crept up on us (I thought we had another week), and hopefully we can begin to put the cold and dark behind us.  Despite the cold, we have given the children every opportunity to get outside, although the addition of an ‘indoor area’ at lunchtimes has proved to be popular.  Hopefully we will soon have much warmer weather and we are looking forward to putting more activities and resources out for the children.

 

Diary:

Tue 5th Jan -                                          School Opens

Sat 16th Jan -                                         Cross Country (Scarborough College)

Tue 26th Jan –                                        Year 5 & 6 Swimming Gala (Scarborough Pool)

Thur 28th Jan -                                        Friends of Filey Junior School Meeting (3:30pm)

Thur 4th Feb -                                         Road Safety - Year 3 Children (outside for the following two weeks)

Thurs 11th Feb -                                    Year 3 /4 - Celebration Assembly

Fri 12th Feb -                                        Year 5 /6 Celebration Assembly

School Closes for half-term

Mon 22nd Feb -                                     School Opens

Mon 1st Mar -                                        Parent’s Evening 4pm – 6pm (other times available throughout the week)

Tues 16th Mar -                                     Parent’s Update Meeting 4pm

Wed 17th Mar -                                      Poetry Day for Y5/6 – road safety

 

Celebration Assemblies

Come and join us for an end of half-term celebration of the work (and play) the children have done over the half-term.  Year 3 / 4 Celebration Assembly will be on Thursday 11th Feb’ from 2:30pm and Year 5 / 6 on Friday 12th Feb’, again from 2:30pm.  Everyone welcome.

 

Adult Computing Courses

Following on from the last Newsletter, we are wanting to hold computer classes for adults at school.  The first of these courses will begin on Thursday 25th February and is aimed at internet and email use.  Please let us know if you, or a friend, would like to attend – we need a few more people to allow the course to run.  The course is open to anyone around the Filey area so please spread the word.

 

Parent Evenings

Teachers will be inviting you to come into school to discuss your child’s progress next month.  These meeting are a good opportunity for you to discuss any aspect of your child’s education.  In addition to the evening times, there will be appointments available during the day throughout that week.  I will also be holding a parent’s update meeting the following week.  This is a good opportunity for you to hear about new initiatives and projects in school and to raise any questions you would like to discuss.  Areas for discussion this term will include: outdoor provision and play; sex and relationships education; class structure for 2010 – 2011; and school security.  This is only an outline of topics and I will send further information nearer the time.  In the meantime, if there is anything you would like to discuss, please let me or a member of staff know.

 

PE Kit

It is wonderful to see the amount of dance, games and sports going on around school at the moment.  We are very lucky to have had a number of sports coaches in school recently and we have been getting involved (and winning) a number of sporting events around the area.   Could I remind you that having the correct ‘kit’ really makes a difference to how well the children perform and the sense of belonging and teamwork.  All children need and indoor kit (white shirt, black shorts and plimsolls) and an outdoor kit (as indoor plus trainers and tracksuit) to ensure they are able to participate and do their very best – thank you.

 

Internet Safety

Following on from the last newsletter, Tuesday 8th February is International Internet Safety Week.  All the children will be involved in this and we thought it would be appropriate to give you some further information: 

 

Parent and Carers’ Fact Sheet: Online safety

Tuesday 9th February is European Safer Internet Day. We will be looking at keeping safe ‘online’ at school but it is important that the children know how to keep safe at home.

 

These are some of the recommended websites where you, as parent and carers, can get further information. This year the main idea is that children need to think very carefully before they ‘post’ anything onto the web.

 

Websites:

www.ceop.gov.uk

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.getnetwise.org

 

The messages these websites are trying to convey are:

 

·         Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to.

·         Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.

 

Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to become involved with things that are inappropriate.

 

Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it.

 

If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe it, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or an inappropriate image or film.

 

Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore they should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.

 

Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.

 

There are some real advantages and opportunities available with online communication, but there are also many dangers.  Sites such as Facebook and MSN are not intended for children and often lead to problems, fallouts and misunderstandings.  Please help your child to stay safe and secure online.  If you would like any additional information or help on a specific issue, please call in to school.

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to visit the school website – it’s growing all the time and is a great place to find out about what is happening in school.  You can also receive information from school via email – let us know if you want to be added to the list.

 

Finally, I hope you all have a great half-term break and let’s hope for warmer, brighter weather when we return.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me, or any member of staff, if you have any comments or suggestions.

 

Mr H McCarthey and Staff.

Newsletter 6

Newsletter 6 – Merry Christmas

14th December 2009

Dear Parents & Carers,

 

I hope your preparations for Christmas are going well and you enjoyed the opportunity to see the children’s Christmas production.  This is the final week of term and the children are all in a very festive spirit – there’s a great Christmas atmosphere around school.  Don’t forget, you can join us and share some Christmas cheer by coming along to the Carol Services at Filey Methodist Church on Tuesday (Year 3 & 4) and Thursday (Year 5 & 6).  We hope to see you there.

 

Diary:

Tue 15th Dec -                                        Christmas Lunch           

Tue 15th Dec -                                        Year 3 & 4 Carol Service (Filey Methodist Church 2pm)

Thur 17th Dec -                                       Year 5 & 6 Carol Service (Filey Methodist Church 2pm)  

Fri 18th Dec -                                         School Closes for Christmas

Mon 4th Jan -                                         Training Day (school closed)

Tue 5th Jan -                                          School Opens

Sat 16th Jan -                                         Cross Country (Scarborough College)

Tue 26th Jan -                                         Year 5&6 Swimming Gala (Scarborough Pool)

Fri 12th Feb -                                          School Closes for half-term

Mon 22nd Feb -                                      School Opens

 

Mrs Fleming’s Class

As you are aware, Mrs Fleming is not at school at the moment due to illness.  She has visited school and is making a very good recovery, but will not be back in class in January.  Mrs Roebuck, who has been teaching the class in Mrs Fleming’s absence, has successfully applied for a full-time post at Burlington Primary School in Bridlington and will begin in January.  Mrs Fenby, who has been teaching the class on a weekly basis, will now take full responsibility for the class from January 2009. 

 

We all wish Mrs Roebuck well in her new post and thank her for time and commitment to the school.

 

Scrooge and the Friends of Filey Junior School

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Christmas productions so successful, especially the children and staff.  All three productions were very special and each one had a lovely atmosphere.  It was particularly nice to see so many parents in school, socialising and enjoying the children’s work. 

 

A very big thank you has to go to the newly formed Friends of Filey Junior School who provided refreshments, mince pies, raffles and programmes.  In total, this event raised almost £1000 to go towards new stage curtains for the hall, ensuring our future productions will be even more professional.  Look out in the New Year for the next Friends meeting – your help would be gratefully received.

 

Carol Services

Finally, what better way to finish the term than by joining us at Filey Methodist Church form 2pm on Tuesday and Thursday, to share some Carols and celebrate the work the children have been doing throughout the term?  I do hope you can attend this service, but if not, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

 

Mr McCarthey & Staff.