No 19 Jan 31st

Our Current Value is: Respect

Dear Parents and Carers

Lower Key Stage 2 had a wonderful time at Cadbury’s World on Monday. “Best school trip ever,” was heard many times!
Bake Sale
Many thanks to the School Council for organising our Bake Sale this week for the Australian bush fire appeal. They raised over £220. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this charity event.
Parents’ Evenings
We will be holding Parents’ Evenings in the week after half term, 24th February for Years 1 to 6. As usual we will have an online booking system which will go live from your Parent Mail account at 9am on Wednesday 5th February.
Parents of children with special educational needs will need to ring the office on Monday or Tuesday next week to book a double appointment. Parents of children who do not live together and require two separate appointments should also ring once the appointments go live next Wednesday as the system will not allow more than one appointment to be booked for one child and we have to do this manually at our end.
Calling all scientists! The Big Science judging is in two weeks’ time and we are still looking for some scientists or people with a scientific background to help us make this day a success. There are three judging sessions throughout the day and we are desperate for help with LKS2 and KS1 sessions (10.45-12 and 1-2.15). If you are able to help just for one of these sessions, it would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Wakeling for further information.
The choir are ready for their concert at the O2 in London next Tuesday and we are very much looking forward to this event. Just a reminder that children and their siblings attending the concert may have a sleep in on Wednesday morning if they need it and if they arrive at school before midday will get their mark.
Car Park Reminder
I am sure you are all aware that the car park is not for parent / carer use during the morning drop off or the afternoon pick up. We simply do not have enough space for everyone and we respectfully ask all parents and carers to be considerate of this at all times.
Tuck Shop
Please note that we do not take cash at our weekly Tuck Shop on a Friday. If children wish to purchase any items then they must have a Tuck Shop card available from the school office for £5. We will let you know when the card is running low so you can renew it. Please do not send your child to school with cash to buy off the trolley as they will be disappointed.
Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
You may be aware that there is new guidance from the government about the teaching of RSE in schools that will be statutory in September 2020. We are starting to review our current policy and will be
looking at the guidance carefully to revamp our PSHE curriculum, in particular how we teach relationships. As part of that process, we will be consulting with parents and carers to gain an understanding of your views. This will be happening during the summer term. In the meantime, I have attached a useful document for your information.
From the Governors
Like most schools across the UK Madley Brook is experiencing the same challenges when it comes to managing our budget. There is never quite enough funding for all of the things we would like to do at the school. The staff and governors have had to make some very difficult decisions recently on how best to use the funds we are allocated whilst continuing to provide the very best education for our children and there is every expectation that these challenges will continue.
The government has recently committed an extra £14bn to primary and secondary schools and this will of course be welcome but it is worth noting that this takes us back to funding levels of 2009/10.
The Governors are now looking at new ways of generating additional funds which have the potential to help with some of our challenges. I am hoping to share more details of this in the coming weeks.
The governors would also like to express their thanks and appreciation for all of the hard work by the staff at Madley Brook in managing what is a very difficult and often stressful set of circumstances brought about by our lack of funds. Their support has been invaluable.
Ali Honeyford Community Governor
Governor Vacancy
We have a vacancy for a Parent Governor as sadly, Catherine Frampton is stepping down from her role in March. Catherine has been an invaluable governor for four years and has helped shape policy and strategy for the school during some tricky financial times. Her challenge and analysis of data has been excellent and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with her. We wish her all the very best and thank her for everything she has contributed to our school as a volunteer.
I have attached some information about what the role of the governor is together with a nomination form (you can nominate yourself). Please feel free to pop in for chat next week if you would like to know more about the role or ask some of our governors who are parents what is involved: Ed Kay, Linda Cowmeadow, Richard Tilley, Dan Wilson.
The closing date for nominations is Friday 14th February at midday.
Via Pupil Post
Via Parent Mail
School Nurse Newsletter
RSE Guidance
Parent Governor Information Leaflet
Parent Governor Nomination Form
And Sadly…
After 15 years at our school Mrs Gill Hamblin is leaving us at half term. Mrs Hamblin probably knows most children in the school as she has worked in our Nursery as a Nursery Nurse since she started. Children, staff and parents will sadly miss her great sense of humour, her amazing calming nature with the children and her vast experience of children in the early years. We wish her all the very best for the future and thank her with all sincerity for everything she has done for our school.
Next Week
Friday Lime Class Assembly
Have a great weekend and here’s to a great Six Nations (for those interested!)
Yours sincerely
Katherine Spencer