Newsletter 1st July 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

A very exciting part of this week is that our contribution to the Inclusive Schools Trust ‘Kindness’ display in The Forum is now ready for families and staff to go and visit over the weekend. It’s a busy weekend in Norwich with the Lord Mayors Procession Saturday, so I’m sure our school and the other schools in the Trust will be recognised by many of the wider community.

“At Mousehold, kindness is a way of being that is built in to everything we do. We are: respectful, tolerant, accepting and diverse and underpinning all of those things, is Kindness. 

We created our Kindness Tree to represent how diverse we are at Mousehold and the rainbow colours we chose represent a sign of hope.  We hope you enjoy reading all of our interpretations of what kindness means to us, from Nursery through to Year 2.  It really has made us aware of how kindness is so much more than just being nice; it is a way of life.”

We are also very excited about the swifts that are visiting our school. Caroline Spinks from the Norwich Swift Network came to do an assembly on Wednesday. We learnt some fascinating facts about swifts.  Did you know that when swifts are migrating to Africa, they hitch a ride on rising air currents and then switch off half their brains, so that they can nap on the wing! At playtime we called the swifts using a recording of their calls. There were so many that swooped in low. The children were very excited to see them. The RSPB has a lovely fact sheet about swifts if you want to find out more. We will carry on calling the swifts every morning using the recording, and hopefully we will soon have new residents in our swift nesting boxes.

A reminder of our new class names and structure:

NurseryKingfisherMiss Wood  
ReceptionChaffinchMrs Jenkins  
ReceptionGoldfinchMrs Jennings and Mrs Allen
Reception/Year 1WagtailMrs Graham and Mrs Allen
Year 1SwiftMr Smith and Ms Brown (Miss Balachandre on her return from maternity leave. )
Year 1SkylarkMrs Greenwood  
Year 1 / 2RobinMrs Coathup and Mrs Woodward  
Year 2RavenMiss Jay
Year 2Barn OwlMiss Parke

Children who are in our current Reception and Year 1 classes will be informed about their new class and new teacher on their school report which we will be sending home with them next Friday 8th July.

Partnership News

Mrs Petchey has visited the Year 2 children who will be attending George White Junior in September. It was wonderful for the children to be reassured that George White Junior is only down the road and we work so closely together.

Well done Year 6 staff team for organising a fantastic residential to Wales. It’s something for the Mousehold children to look forward to!

Thank you for the shoes

We will be setting up our shoe bank next week. Thank you for all of the donations. There are school shoes, trainers, sandals, slippers, walking boots and wellies.

These can be taken by any family, no matter what your income or circumstances.  We are all having to make small changes because of the rising cost of living. The shoe bank is for everyone. Once it is set up, please add to it yourself with any spare shoes.

Open Classrooms – slight change of arrangements

There will be one more Open Classrooms this term on Friday 8th July. From September Open Classrooms will be the first Friday of every month.  

Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

We would like to thank everyone who supported the Summer Fayre in any way at all.

We raised £814.31 profit at the fayre and £128 for the 50/50 lotto, making a grand total of £942.53

It was lovely to see everyone joining in and having fun after not being able to hold this type of event for so long.

Thank you to the Friends for organising it and to everyone who supported it.

Safeguarding   – in case you missed this last week – support for Domestic Abuse victims.

We are highlighting a new service for Norfolk that launched this year: https://nidasnorfolk.co.uk

Domestic abuse, the variety of forms it can take and the devastating impacts it has on survivors are not always physical. Research shows that incidents of domestic abuse increased during the recent COVID lockdowns. Children are considered to have been victims by witnessing incidents.

If you would like to talk to a safeguarding lead or another member of staff if something is worrying you please ask and we will find the right person to talk to you immediately.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Mr Smith 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.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 4th July – Year 1 ukulele performance for parents

Friday 8th July – Annual reports go home to parents and carers

Friday 8th July – Open Classrooms

Monday 11th July AM – Year 2 Samba Drumming performance for parents

Tuesday 12th July AM – Year 1 Capoeira performance for parents

Tuesday 19th 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