Newsletter 23rd June 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Teachers and leaders are busy sorting the new classes for September. The classes will be mixed as they move up to the next year group. We feel this is good for many different reasons. We always ensure your child is with some of their friends. Please trust us to get this right as the teachers look at the mixes of children to ensure it is balanced and right for every child.

The new class names and structure will be:

NurseryKingfisherMiss Wood
ReceptionChaffinchMrs Jenkins
ReceptionGoldfinchMrs Jennings and Miss Balachandre
ReceptionGreenfinchMrs Graham and Ms Brown
Year 1SwiftMrs Allen and Mrs Breakenridge
Year 1RobinMrs Greenwood
Year 1SkylarkMiss Ahmed
Year 2KestrelMrs Coathup and Mr Smith
Year2 Raven Miss Barkshire
Year 2Barn OwlMrs Parke

Miss Jay

Miss Jay will be leaving us at the end of the term as she we be continuing her teaching career at another school. Thank you for everything you have done for the children at Mousehold. We know she will be excellent in her new role, but we will miss her. We wish you the very best Miss Jay!

New Staff

We would like to welcome Miss Ahmed into Year 1 for next year. Some of you may know that Miss Ahmed has been working in Chaffinch class this year as part of her teacher training. She has had a very successful year we are very pleased she will be joining us.

Miss Barkshire will also be joining us in September as a newly qualified teacher and comes with wealth of experience from working in various roles in Infant school settings. We welcome her to Mousehold and look forward to working with her.

We are also pleased that Mrs Breakenridge will be teaching in Swift with Mrs Allen. Some of you will know her from George White Junior and we are very excited to have her join our team.

The Friends of Mousehold School

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 30th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 30th June after school. All are welcome. The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School are working hard preparing for the event. Lots of money is raised for your children and it is always a lovely atmosphere. All proceeds raised will go towards purchasing new outdoor play equipment as our current equipment has unfortunately got to the point where it needs to be replaced. Here is a picture of the equipment we are looking to purchase with the help of the friends. Work on this should start in the first week of the holidays.

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Safeguarding Support for Domestic Abuse


We are highlighting a service for Norfolk that launched this year:

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

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Mrs Greenwood 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.

A message from our Mental Health Champions

Colouring and Wellbeing…

There’s not many of us even as grown- ups who don’t like to get some colouring pens out and doodle or colour.  It’s a great mindfulness activity, is calming and a great way to come alongside your children and chat about the day.  Many children find it hard to express what they feel face to face.  If a child is doing an activity with you, conversation can often flow a little easier!  Mindfulness is the process of keeping your attention and thoughts on the present moment and can help improve mood, concentration and focus.  It can also help to strengthen children’s fine motor skills too. 

There are many affordable colouring books in the shops at the moment that can be bought quite cheaply. If you like to download things and have a printer, there’s a link below.  As an eco-school we love to encourage recycling. You could open a cereal box you’ve finished with and colour on the inside.  Don’t forget you can also recycle paper by using both sides or colour on old envelopes.  Someone in your family may well have some wall paper they’ve finished with or you could take some chalks and enjoy colouring on the pavement outside.  Your drawings will no doubt spread a smile on people who walk past and see them.

Mindful Colouring Images (Animals):

Diary Dates

Friday 30th June – Summer Fayre – after School. Please contact the Friends of Mousehold School if you can offer any help here.

Monday 3rd July – Ukulele lesson – for Yr1 parents to attend:

09:00 Swift, 09:30 Skylark and 10:00 Robin (Yr1 only)

Tuesday 4th July – Day Trip to Pensthorpe for Barn Owl, Raven, Robin, Skylark and Swift.

Friday 7th July – Open Classrooms – 3pm.

Week commencing Monday 10th July – Transition Week.

Tuesday 11th July – Capoeira Performance for Yr1 parents to attend:

09:30 Swift, 10:15 Robin (Yr 1 only) and 11:00 Skylark.

Monday 17th July – Samba Performance – 09:15am, for parents to attend (Yr 2 only).

Friday 21st July – Last day of Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust