Newsletter 21st October 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have reached the end of the first half of the Autumn Term. Next week is half-term and school is closed. We have really seen the children thrive this term and so much progress can be seen in all aspects of learning. We have seen children grow in confidence and self-esteem and really strong friendships are now established. The progress in writing, reading, phonics and maths is really evident and the learning in all subjects is becoming embedded. We look forward to the second half of this term.

Thank you to staff

Behind the scenes at Mousehold this term has been very challenging at times. The staff have gone the extra mile and been very adaptable, moved between classes and always without complaint. The children have continued to have the support they need and deserve. We have a very resilient, strong staff team and I’m very grateful and proud of all of them. Thank you to all of the wonderful staff at Mousehold.

Miss Bale

Miss Bale, a Teaching Assistant in Kingfisher Class, is leaving on Friday as she has secured another job in another school, working with children with special educational needs, including complex needs. She will be excellent, but we will miss her. We wish you the very best Miss Bale!

Keep Warm and Well with Norfolk Libraries

From Monday 10 October 2022 until the end of March 2023, Norfolk libraries will be offering free bags of essential items and hot drinks.  Below are the things on offer:

Warm and Well bags

  • Warm and Well bags contain a scarf, hat, gloves, blanket, socks and a hot water bottle. Adult and child bags are available.
  • Vests are available on request in a range of adult and child sizes.
  • Tea, coffee, instant soup, hot chocolate and biscuits will be available during staffed hours. 

Toiletries To Go

Toiletries To Go (Adults)

Grab and Go bags of toiletries which contain shampoo, bodywash, deodorant and toothpaste.

Toiletries To Go (Children)

Grab and Go bags of toiletries which contain shampoo, bodywash, bubble bath and toothpaste.

Toothbrushes will also be available to request from libraries.  

Tricky Period

Norfolk Libraries have free bags of sanitary products available to grab and go. If you’re struggling to afford these necessities, please help yourself to a bag. There is no need to ask.

  • Tricky Period To Go – 2 packs of sanitary pads (1 normal, 1 super or night)

These are available from all Norfolk libraries.

Donate – All libraries accept donations of regular and super/night sanitary pads

Drop in to one the local libraries for one of these bags.  The libraries nearest to our school are:

The Forum, City centre – NR2 1TF, Plumstead Road Library  – NR1 4JS (off Ketts Hill), and Sprowston Library-NR7 8EW, Recreation Ground Road.

Safeguarding and Support

Keeping all of our children safe when arriving and leaving school

I sent a message out earlier in the week to parents asking for all to be careful and considerate when driving and parking outside school. Hopefully we can continue to work together to make the outside of the school gates safer. Thank you

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.

Diary Dates

Half-term – Monday 24th October – Friday 28th October

4th November – Open classrooms 

Week beginning 7th November – Parents Evenings – meetings with class teachers

9th November – KS1 Cathedral visit

18h November – Children in Need

2nd December –Open Classrooms 

7th December – Reception Christmas songs (9 – 9.30am)

13th December – KS1 Christmas Carols (9 – 9.30am)

15th December – KS1 Christmas Carols (9 – 9.30am)

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Deputy Headteacher

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust