Newsletter 10th June 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you all had a wonderful half-term week. The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations made the week extra special for many. The children have come back with stories to tell about what they saw on the television, parties they attended, how they dressed up and the houses and gardens they saw decorated with flags and bunting. This is a moment in history the children of this generation are able to be part of and will remember when older. Children from Nursery to Year 2 learnt about the Queen and the significance of the Platinum Jubilee, in the few weeks leading up to half-term. They produced some excellent art work and writing.

Partnership News

We would like to send our many congratulations to Miss Balachandre and her family on the birth of her baby daughter Leela Jennifer, born on Sunday. All is well and we can’t wait to meet Leela. Many children at George White Junior will have been taught by Miss Balachandre so please share this good news.

With Miss Balachandre on maternity leave we have asked Mr Smith, current Interim Deputy at GWJS, to come and be Assistant Head, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Year 1 teacher at Mousehold in September until Miss Balachandre returns. Mr Smith is spending 2 days a week at Mousehold this term and will get to know the staff, children, families and routines. We are excited to have Mr Smith continuing to work as a school leader within the Partnership.

The importance of good attendance and punctuality

The reasons for children to attend regularly at school are to support their learning and development, to make sure that children are kept safe, their wellbeing is promoted and they do not miss out on their entitlements and opportunities. Good attendance promotes good outcomes for children.

Research commissioned by the Department for Education shows missing school for even a day can mean a child is less likely to achieve good grades, which can have a damaging effect on their life chances. We are noticing an increasing number of late arrivals; being late also has a detrimental effect on a child’s progress. At Mousehold Infant and Nursery School our aim is to work with parents to ensure that all our pupils receive the most from their education and reach their full potential.

The government target for attendance is 96.1% and an attendance level below 90% will have a major impact on progress made in school.

We understand that children are sometimes too ill to come to school. When children are well or they have coughs or colds then they should be in school. We will always call you if we feel your child is too unwell to stay in school.

Thank you for your cooperation in improving our school attendance and your child’s life chances.

Reception Sports Day

Thank you to parents, carers and other family members for attending our Reception Sports Day.  Thank you to Mrs Greenwood and team for organising the event. It was such a wonderful, happy atmosphere.  The event was very inclusive, fun and sunny. This is our first Reception Sports Day in 3 years and was a special moment for us all. 

Parent Survey feedback

Many thanks again for completing the parent/carer survey. The link to find this is:

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Annual-Parent-Survey-May-2022.pdf

Some responses to some of the feedback on how we can improve our school:

More opportunities for parents and carers to come into school.

More in person contact as before Covid (maths cafes, assemblies etc)

I would love to see my child in activities like sports days and nativity where I can see my child in the school environment for myself.

This half-term we have many social events that parents can attend:

Sports Days

Year 1 Capoeira performance

Year 2 Samba drumming performance

Summer Fayre

Open Classrooms after school every Friday

In the Autumn term we will have class assemblies and learning cafes.

It is great that we can invite parents into school again.

More regular updates on progress A bit more feedback re how children are progressing/getting on other than just parents evenings. I know we now have open classroom but would be nice to know or be updated more than parents evening on their progress.

Currently we have open classrooms every Friday when all parents are invited in to look at their child’s learning in their books and on display. We have 2 parents evenings and an end of school year report. We will look at ways to extend this next academic year.

A message from our Mental Health Champions

Wellbeing can come in the form of two wheels…Can you help?

This week we want to highlight a local initiative.  Norwich Refugee Week is from Monday 20th until Friday 26th June.  One of the projects that is being supported this year is Welcome Wheels.  It is a collaboration of three charities and one non-profit bike shop working together to support refugees with bikes.  Since 2018 they have provided over 350 bikes to asylum seekers from the ages of 6-60.

The aim is to get as many new citizens of Norwich on two wheels.  The charity welcomes monetary support but is also asking people to donate to their project with a bike, or a bike accessory such as a lock/helmet/bike-lights. Here’s what they have to say:


“Getting to English classes, picking up the kids from school, or volunteering, all require transport. Daily tasks that we might take for granted, such a nipping to the shops or meeting up with friends, can be almost impossible for someone who has arrived in a new country, with such limited resources to even pay for bus fares.

Asylum seekers are not allowed to work and receive just £40.85 per week for food, clothing, hygiene products and travel. When pe​ople seeking asylum arrive in Norwich they often find themselves alone, with little or no support, and with only the most basic government provision; many children and young people seeking asylum have arrived in the UK without their families. While building lives in Norwich the people we support must adapt to a new culture and learn English, as well as often managing mental and physical health issues.”

For more information about Welcome wheels watch this short clip: https://youtu.be/2fWwv-wTB08 

Welcome Wheels – bikes for refugees 2022 – a Community crowdfunding project in Norwich by Welcome Wheels Project Team (crowdfunder.co.uk)

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 24th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 24th June after school. All are welcome. The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School are working hard preparing for the event. It is great that we are able to run this again, after a break of 2 years. Lots of money is raised for your children and it is always a lovely atmosphere.

Thank you to The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

Our lovely friends of school hosted a very successful cake and book sale on 27th May. Thank you to everyone for either donating items when asked, for being part of the planning team and for being at the events.

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

Young Carers

If you feel your child might be a young carer or you know a child who is and you feel support is needed – please talk to a member of staff and we will help you with next steps. A Young Carer is a child who cares for a person who has any type of physical or mental illness, physical or mental disability or misuses substances such as alcohol or drugs.

A good website for advice is:

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, and Miss Wood.

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.

Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

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Books and Bakes sale 

Thank you so much to all who kindly donated to the Books and Bakes sale on Friday 27th May. I think you would agree it was a great end to the half- term and I’m sure a lot of you got some lovely treats to take home along with a variety of reading material! We are going to have a cake stall at our summer fayre on the Friday 24th June which we would be so grateful for donations to the stall and someone to run it! Please get in touch if you can help admin@thefriendsofmousehold.org. As we have children in school with various allergies and some with religious dietary requirements please would you label your bakes with a list the ingredients.

Summer Fayre on Friday the 24th June 3-5pm. 

We want to make the summer fayre a really fun family event. We have variety of stalls planned for the day including games, a raffle, tombola, cakes, ice cream, face painting, temporary tattoos, bric a brac and more!

We are asking for donations of unwanted toys, books, clothes, school uniform, housewares, unused wrapping paper, carrier bags. These can be brought in on the morning of the Summer Fayre.

If you know anyone who would like to provide music, perform and busk at our fair we would be very interested to hear more! 

We are also asking for volunteers to help run stalls on the day, if you can help we would be so grateful please contact us: admin@thefriendsofmousehold.org

Non- uniform day for raffle prizes

There will be a non-uniform day on Wednesday 15th June when we are asking families to donate a prize for the Summer Fair Raffle. This worked so well at the Christmas raffle so we thought we would do it again! 

Friends of Mousehold 50/50 LOTTO

If you would like the chance of winning up to £125*why not try your luck on picking a lucky number on our blackboard, with £2 entry per number (£1 donation goes to the school and the other £1 goes towards the

cash prize). The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School representatives will be stationed near the exit gate of the playground after school most days otherwise alternatively you can purchase at reception.

The lucky numbers will be drawn on Friday 24th June– Good luck!

The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School charity are a small group of mums from the school who help raise money for the school to fund school trips, equipment, book bags amongst other things!

We are always looking for help so please get in touch if you would like to get involved. 

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 15th June – Non-uniform day for Summer Fayre raffle prize donations

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

Thursday 23rd June – Reception Gressenhall trip

Friday 24th June – Summer Fayre after school

Thursday 7th July – Year 1 and 2 Bewilderwood trip

Friday 22nd July – last day of term

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust