Friday, 15 September 2023

Weekly Newsletter - 15/9/23

Friday 15th September 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been a great week at Mead! A huge welcome to our new Reception children who have started with us this week. They have settled extremely well and had a great start to their school journey. The children in KS1 have started their Read Write Inc groups this week. They have been very good role models of the Mead Creed by showing that they are READY to learn. In KS2 the children have been working on their handwriting and presentation and they have got off to a flying start! Well done to you all. Don’t forget to look at our blog or Facebook page to see more of what has been going on in school this week.

It has been incredible to see how many children have completed the Summer Reading Challenge and how proud they are. Reading is such a vital part of learning which is why we ask every child to read for 15-20 minutes every single day. It really does make a difference. Please make sure that you write in the Reading Record Book each time you read with your child so that they can earn their achievement points.


Children should only wear stud earrings to school. Any other earrings are not allowed due to the health and safety dangers, particularly when in the playground. Please replace earrings with studs. From next week, we will ask the children to remove their earrings and they will be handed back at the end of the day.

Scooters and bikes

We are really pleased to see so many children travelling to and from school on bikes and scooters. However, we need to make sure that everyone is safe so please do not ride around on bikes or scooters in the playground. Please also make sure that all bikes and scooters are stored safely in the designated bike and scooter racks.

Snacks and Packed Lunches- Nut free school.

All children have access to a healthy snack at breaktime. Please be reminded that we are a nut free school. We have children and staff in school who suffer from nut allergies that can develop a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. If someone has a nut allergy it is not just eating nuts that can cause a severe reaction, just being touched on the skin or smelling the breath of someone who has had nuts or a product containing nuts can trigger anaphylactic shock (which can cause breathing and swallowing difficulties). Therefore, we cannot have nuts in school in any form. So please can we ask that you have no nut products in the lunch boxes or brought into the school as treats or snacks. Children will not be allowed to eat any products containing nuts and will be given an alternative lunch or snack. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.

Holiday Requests

We have seen an increase in Leave of Absence requests for holidays.The DfE and Local Authority have made it clear that we are no longer able to grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Mead Primary School will consider each request for leave of absence carefully and individually to determine its authorisation, but please remember leave is not an entitlement. Requests should be made by the parent/carer and forwarded to the Headteacher before the period of absence. Please note that all absences of 4 days or more may require medical evidence (eg copies of prescription, hospital letters, medication, etc.). Any unauthorised periods of absence may result in a penalty notice of £60 (which will increase to £120 if not paid within 21 days) for each child and imposed on each parent.

Key Information and dates

School Ping

Squid login

Havering Catering Lunch Menu

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 21st September FOMS Coffee Morning

Monday 30th October INSET DAY

Monday 15th April INSET DAY

Wednesday 24th July INSET DAY

Yours sincerely,

Ms A Holmes