Friday, 1 November 2019

Weekly Newsletter-1st November 2019

Dear Parents,
I hope you have all had a good week’s break, spending time with family and friends, and that everyone is ready for what promises to be a very busy time as we approach the Christmas period.

On behalf of school and The Harold Hill food bank I would like to thank you all for your generous donations for our Harvest Festival, held earlier this week. It is gratifying to know that we are helping members of our local community.

It was really pleasing to see in the surveys, completed at the recent parent meetings, that the overwhelming majority of you indicated that you 'strongly agree' we deal well with bullying.

Week beginning 11th November is anti-bullying week and the theme is 'Change starts with us’

This year the goal is to inform schools and settings, children and young people, parents and carers to know that it takes a collective responsibility to stop bullying. Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well into adulthood. By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. Because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with working together.

Pupils are invited to show solidarity with other schools across the country on 12th November by wearing odd socks to school and we will be planning activities across all year groups on this day.

We now know that there will be a General election on December 12th. I have been notified that the school will be used as a polling station and therefore, for safeguarding reasons, we’ve decided to close. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause working parents but trust there is sufficient time for you to make child care arrangements. Please be aware that Christmas concerts scheduled for this day have now been moved to Monday December 16th.

Sadly, Mrs Colak has had to resign from her role as Parent Governor due to work commitments. I would like to thank her for the time and support she has given us and wish her well in her new venture. We have had 2 nominations for Parent Governor and so are holding an election. You are able to vote for your chosen candidate by following the link on the blog/facebook. Alternatively you can come into school to cast your vote. The election closes next Friday 8th November at 12:00.


Diary Dates
Monday 4th November-Swimming starts this week

Tuesday 5th November- Some of our year 5/6 pupils will be representing Mead in a tag rugby competition at May and Baker RUFC.-Good luck to them! Italy class will be spending the day visiting The British Museum.

Wednesday 6th November -Germany class will be spending the day visiting The British Museum and Pudsey Bear will be in school all day selling ‘Children in Need’ merchandise.

Thursday 7th November-Parents of reception pupils are invited into school between 8:30 and 9:30am for a stay and read session-This is followed by a reading meeting with the teachers between 9:00 and 10:00.

Friday 8th November-Greece class are spending the day visiting The British Museum


Week beginning Monday 4th November swimming starts for year 4 pupils

Monday 11th November-Armistice day-Parents are invited to join us for a short service in the KS2 playground at 10:40am
Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November-Anti-bullying week

Tuesday 12th November-Odd sock day

Thursday 21st November -Year 5 Showcase

Friday 22nd November -Year 1 Showcase

Wednesday 27th November - Flu immunisation

Friday 29th November -Year 2 Showcase

Tuesday 3rd December-Year 3 Showcase

Wednesday 4th November -Year 4 Showcase

Thursday 5th December -Year 6 Showcase

As we now know we have use of the KS2 hall in December I can confirm the planned Christmas events for the end of term

Monday 9th December 2:15pm Reception Christmas production

Tuesday 10th December 9:30-Reception Christmas production 10:30 Nursery Xmas production

2:15- KS1 Christmas production

Wednesday 11th December 9:30-KSI Christmas production 2:15-YRS 3/4 Christmas production

Thursday 12th December- POLLING DAY-SCHOOL CLOSED

Friday 13th December 9:30-YRS 5/6YRS Christmas production-CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY

Monday 16th December 9:30-YRS 3/4 Christmas production 2:15- YRS 5/6 Christmas production

Week beginning Monday 16th December -Christmas party week

Thursday 19th December-2:30 pm Carols in the playground

INSET Dates for 2019-20

Please note the school closure dates for this academic year.
INSET day 1- 4th September
INSET day 2- 3rd April
INSET day 3- 20th July
INSET day 4-21st July
INSET day 5- 22nd July

Please note that the final day of the summer term for pupils will be on Friday 17th July, 2020.

Term Dates 2019-20

Havering Catering Services
Week beginning Monday 4th November is week 2 on the Havering catering services menu. All meals are served with unlimited salad and vegetables and cost £2.25.

Please be reminded to top up your child’s catering account as we cannot provide dinners for pupils whose accounts exceed a debt of £10.

Havering catering Service now provide a breakfast club for Mead pupils. For £1.50 your child can have a bacon or sausage sandwich or beans on toast with cereal or toast or fresh fruit or yoghurt plus a drink.

We will also have speciality days when other items such as pancakes and muffins will be available.

In order for you to book a place you will need to deposit the money in advance in your Squid account.

Please do not send your child to school to attend breakfast club if there are no funds in your account as they will not be admitted.

Attendance Update
Well done to Mexico class who had the highest attendance in Y5&6 at 97.3% . Italy had the highest attendance in LKS2 and overall at a very commendable 99% and Kenya had the highest attendance in KS1 at 96.4%. Well done to them! The overall attendance was an improvement at 95.2% and much closer to our 96% target.

Have a fabulous weekend

Mrs L. Smith