Newsletter 6th May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

The school community has really made me smile this week. There has been a lovely, happy atmosphere in the classrooms and at lunchtimes and break times as well as before and after school on the playground. My favourite part of my job is welcoming families to school each day. So many children come into the playground skipping, excited to see their friends. What a wonderful community we are all part of.

Annual Parent Survey

You will see a link on Parentmail to our Annual Parent Survey. This is important to help us with school improvement and to give you a voice as parents and carers. We like to hear what you feel is working well in school as well as areas you feel we can improve. Please complete within the next 2 weeks. The deadline is Friday 20th May.

Bags2School Collection

Thank you to Friends of School for organising this collection. And thank you to families for your very generous donations. The photo on our school Facebook page shows how much we could give to charity. The school receives some money from each bag too and this goes directly to support your children in school.

Partnership News

We had an excellent partnership teacher staff meeting on Wednesday this week. Teachers from both schools met together and we reflected on the past term as well as talking openly about what makes our schools special and unique. Teachers from both schools highlighted the strength of ‘team’ and support and nurture for all. Staff enjoy coming to work, and because of this they are motivated to teach your children and give them the very best.

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

At Mousehold we will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee this year on the Friday the 27th of May. 

Our pupils will be learning all about the Queen the week of the Jubilee and will finish the week by celebrating with a Jubilee party in classes.  

The celebration will include a non-uniform day. Children are encouraged to wear a Jubilee theme of red, white, or blue. If your child would like to wear any ‘royal costumes’ this will be allowed. 

We look forward to sharing our Jubilee party with the children.

Look out for photos on Facebook

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.

Safeguarding   – Privates are Private – TALK PANTS

As part of our RSHE and PSHE curriculum we teach children how to keep themselves and others safe with the help of a friendly animated dinosaur called, ‘Pantosaurus.’ The link below shows you the song and what we teach the children:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember your body belongs to you
  • No means no
  • Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up, someone can help

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.

A message from the Mental Health Champions

Finding Joy in the Mundane…


We all have things to be happy about, even when things aren’t going quite how we expected them to. There is joy all around us but the challenge is finding the time to see it!  All of us know that life as a parent is not always a ‘walk in the park’ and you may so often find yourself so stretched.  Know that you are not alone.  Breathe.  Find happiness and contentment in the things that are often the everyday, we can get through each day.  It may be something as simple as watching a tree on the route you walk to school change through the seasons, it could be saying hi to the dog walker who you pass on the way home from the school run.  Enjoying the feeling of seeing your child run toward you after you’ve had a long day.  Whatever it may be, take the time to enjoy it. Life is meant to have joy.  Some of us may have reflected in recent days of the sadness that is in the news at the moment, we truly do have things to be thankful for.  We live generally speaking in a peaceful world, where our children are able to go to school, receive an education, there are many places where this isn’t the case at the moment…

When you find yourself feeling down and wondering how you are going to make it one more day, turn your thoughts to the simple things in life that make you smile. They don’t have to be big. They don’t have to mean something to anyone else; the important thing is that they have meaning to you.  Chose to invest in others even if it is just a friendly hello, it can often make you feel better.

Please reach out if you are finding things difficult.  Take the time to check in on your friends and family.  If you notice a difference in their character, care enough to ask how they are doing.  Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help, many mental health issues can be debilitating and make simple everyday task so difficult.  You may be able to help your loved ones.  

To help you remember the number to contact urgent mental health support 24/7, you can now call 111 and select option 2.

You can also still use the First response number found here:

0808 196 3494

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 17th May – Year 1 Cathedral trip

Wednesday 18th May – Year 2 Cathedral trip

Friday 27th May – Last day of this half-term.

Friday 27th May – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in school

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June –Half-term holiday – school closed

Thursday 26th May – Nursery Sports Day (reserve 9th June) 11am and 2pm

Friday 10th June – Reception Sports Day (reserve 15th June) 9.15am

Friday 17th June – Year 1 and 2 Sports Day (reserve 24th June) 9.15am

Thursday 23rd June – ReceptionGressenhall trip

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust