Newsletter 10th March 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

The school is really buzzing with creativity this week. The Year 2 recorder club are making good progress and playing some catchy tunes. Year 1s are enjoying learning how to play the ukulele in their weekly lessons with Anna. The Samba is sounding fantastic. We also celebrated World Book Day last Thursday. Please see photos on WEDUC, our school Facebook page or at the bottom of the home page on our website.

Upcoming strike action

As communicated previously, the NEU are planning the following teacher strike days:

Wednesday 15th March and Thursday 16th March

The strike is happening because of a national dispute between the unions and the Government over teachers’ pay and not because of any issues with the school. Having spoken with all teachers and looking at the capacity available at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School, I am writing to inform you that the school will not be open to any pupils on Wednesday 15th March or Thursday 16th March 2023 and we are asking that you do not send your child into school on these days. 

We have not taken this decision lightly. We remain committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our pupils, and feel that we would be unable to provide this with the limited teaching staff we have available.  I would like to reassure you that all our teachers care very much about all children in their class. I understand that this could cause issues for some parents and carers, but we appreciate your understanding and support, just as we support the teachers right to strike while maintaining our commitment to doing the very best for our children.

Junior School Open Day
On Monday 27th March, at 10:45am, there will be a catch-up Open Day at George White Junior School, for parents of prospective year 3 children. Please contact the office at George White on 01603 425515 if you missed out on the last Open Day held and would like to now attend.

Being creative can boost Mental Health…

Many of us as parents often wish there were more than 24 hours in a day as we struggle to fit everything in.  So it might be that the idea of squeezing something else into your day may seem like an impossibility!  However, did you know that being creative can have huge benefits to your mental health?

How can being creative help?

Taking part in a creative activity can improve your mood and lower stress hormones.  The activity itself can distract you from the emotions/thought cycles you may be focussing on in that particular moment.  Socialising can also be easier if you are ‘doing’ something.  Not all of us find it easy having a conversation face to face, but if we are engrossed in an activity, it can help to ease anxiety.  Meeting other like-minded people can promote a sense of community and belonging and help with loneliness and isolation.

What can I do to be creative?

There are lots of ways you can use your creativity – Painting, upcycling, wood work, writing poetry, knitting, journalling, crochet, gardening (including growing veg in an allotment), lego modelling, baking, colouring, dancing, learning a musical instrument, to name but a few.  Many of us may want to be creative on our own as we may find it more calming.  But some of us may prefer being in a group or with another person.  We’re all different – it’s about finding what works for you.

Consider giving yourself a slot of time once a week to invest in yourself, it’s likely you will notice the difference in your general wellbeing.

Some local groups and websites you may be interested in:

https://norwichmensshed.org.uk/ – Norwich Men’s Shed – A friendly community woodwork workshop for any men 18+ to connect, chat and create. 

Knit and Natter groups – Various around the city – The Forum library – The ground floor -Thursdays 2-4pm,

Sprowston Library – Fridays 10am-12noon.

Mindfulness colouring – https://www.simplifycreateinspire.com/printable-mindfulness-colouring-pages-for-adults-kids/

Upcycling – https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/renovate/upcycle/a1911/upcycling-beginners/

Baking – https://www.bakingmad.com/recipes/collections/easy-bakes

Safeguarding – Online Safety

It’s never too early to start taking action to keep your child safe online.

As soon as your child starts talking about or exploring the online world, you should start conversations with them about their online activity and put support in place.

Research has found that children form ‘digital habits’ during early development (such as using devices after bedtime). Therefore it is important for parents to support children to develop positive – and lasting – digital habits from an early age.

Jessie & Friends is a series of three animations that follow the adventures of Jessie, Tia and Mo as they begin to navigate the online world, watching videos, sharing pictures and playing games. There’s also a storybook for each episode to help you and your child keep the conversation going.

We use these resources with the children at school too.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends/

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

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

Monday 13th March – “Hoot With Me” to come to school to visit the Reception Children

Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March – School closed due to Teacher Strikes

Friday 17th March – Red Nose Day – Dress in Red, or clothes that make you smile!

Friday 24th March – Books and Bake Sale – on the playground after school – see WEDUC Newsfeed and our Facebook page for full details of this Friends’ event.

Monday 27th March – Catch-up Open Day at GWJS for prospective year 3 parents

Wednesday 29th March – Bag2School – see WEDUC Newsfeed and our Facebook page for full details of this Friends’ event.

Friday 31st March – Classical Music Performance in School

Friday 31st March – Last Day of Spring Term

Tuesday 18th April – First Day of Summer Term

Thank you for your continued support.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust