Newsletter 1st April 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are now at the end of the Spring Term and the Easter holidays are about to start.  Children and staff are tired but with so many happy memories to take with them into the holidays. The learning has been fun, outdoors, indoors and memorable. We look forward to hopefully hosting Sports Days in the Summer Term, when parents can attend and we would love to start our learning cafes again very soon.

Partnership News

We have a lot to celebrate this term. The partnership working really enables a smooth transition across the primary age range for all children who attend both schools.  It upskills teachers and leaders and gives an insight into different key stages for all staff.  I have been Headteacher of both schools this term and Sam Petchey starts as Head of School after Easter. I will go back to being Headteacher of Mousehold and Partnership Head of both schools, in a strategic role. Being Head of George White this term has enabled me to get to know the staff and children. However I already know the children who attended Mousehold. It has been incredibly rewarding seeing how the children have gone from Nursery to Year 6 in what seems like a flash. Thank you for all of your support.

Goodbye and thank you to Miss Allman-Briggs

Tianna, one of our lovely MSAs, is leaving us today. We wish Tianna all the best and thank her for working hard every day. Tianna will be missed by children and staff.

Thank you to the staff

This term hasn’t been easy as we have continued to manage with fewer staff than we would like due to Covid, illness and other reasons. Staff have stepped up and been very adaptable covering classes and responding to where the need is within school. The staff at Mousehold always go the extra mile for your children. I wish them a well deserved break over Easter.

Open Classrooms

This is after school, every Friday, and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Absence from School

Please may we ask you to follow our guide lines, if your child is absent from school because they are suffering from diarrhoea and/or sickness they should not return to school for 48 hours following the last episode of sickness/diarrhoea that they experience. Thank you for your cooperation.

Safeguarding

Please remember over the holidays, if you are worried about the safety of a child then please contact the number below at CADS

Please see our website for all of our policies and more information about safeguarding

Designated Safeguarding Leads Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre These members of staff monitor and manage all safeguarding practices and ensure staff are supported and have the training they need. Please ask to see one of these adults if you are worried about the safety of a child at school.
If you have a safeguarding concern about a child out of school hours then the number to ring is:   CADS – Children’s Advice and Duty Service – 0344 800 8020.

Mental Health Support

Qwell: Alongside you when you need us. Free, Safe and Anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults in Norfolk and Waveney

Please see the link below for more information

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13gBYsHHLh0KkkGimCteDZX9U8J5sZ5qD/edit

Friends Association

We are pleased to announce that The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery have organised a clothes & shoe collection with Bag2School in order to raise funds for the children.

Bag2School is the UK’s leading textile recycler and fundraiser working with schools and since its inception in 2001 it has now paid out over £36 million.

As well as raising vitally needed funds for the school, it also helps the environment by helping to divert unwanted textiles away from landfill. A recent DEFRA report has shown that textile collection schemes are helping to reduce the volume of textiles discarded as municipal solid waste. However it is a fact that as a nation we still send 350,000 tonnes of textiles to landfill every year.

By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles in the bag provided – this can include adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys, (please refer to http://uk.bag2school.com/ for full details). In addition to raising much needed funds it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.

You can use any bag to donate your items and don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!

Bag2School will be collecting from Mousehold School on Wednesday 4th May. Please bring your bag (or bags!) to the school con that day and help us have a really good collection. Please do not bring bags before that date as we do not have any storage facilities for them.

Many thanks indeed for helping us with this unique fundraising opportunity.

Litter Pick

The Pockthorpe Community Group are working with LUMi, the community enabling team at Norwich City Council, and Edible East, and have arranged a litter pick and workshop at Ketts Cave park on Sunday 3rd April at 10am.

The workshop is suitable for all ages and is about exploring local green spaces and capturing what’s there. Could they be better for hedgehogs and other wildlife – and for people? Work with horticulturalist Nik Thomson, and other artists and gardeners, to discover and create. Draw on maps to make your own artworks (all materials provided).

Booking is preferred, which can be done by following this link: https://bit.ly/3IMA04G This will help plan what materials to bring, but some drop-in places are available.

More information about Lumi, Eadible East and the Pockthorpe Community Group can be found here: 

lumi.org.uk

edibleeast.org.uk

pockthorpecommunity.org

Dates for your diary

Friday 1st April – Last day of term

School reopens to children on Thursday 21st April (our extra day due to the Jubilee means we have one more day of the Easter holidays compared to most other schools.)

I hope you have a wonderful break over Easter.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust