Newsletter 13th October 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a lovely week in school with capoeira lessons, as well as forest school and school photos.

Please take a look at our website and in particular the section on Curriculum. We have updated this recently and you will see lots of information and photos explaining what we teach, how we teach and why we teach certain lessons, and how each lesson forms part of a sequence of lessons.

Introduction to your Link Trustee

Hi, I would like to introduce myself as the Trustee who is linked with Mousehold Infant and Nursery School and George White Junior School.

My name is Neil Park and I have been a Trustee at Inclusive Schools Trust (IST) since 2020.  IST is the multi academy trust which also includes both Lionwood schools and Drayton and Taverham infant schools.  Our aim is to support the schools to be the best they can be and our vision is to improve outcomes and increase life chances for children.  We have a CEO, Mrs Sawyer who works closely with the Heads and there are 8 Trustees who provide oversight, challenge and support.  It is the Trust’s responsibility to ensure that the CEO is held to account, sets the strategic direction for the Trust and oversee the trust’s financial performance.

As Link Trustee for GWJS and MIANS it is my role to champion our schools at Trust meetings and provide challenge and support to Mr Tolson and Mrs Petchey.  I regularly visit the school and I am also a parent of two children who have been through Mousehold and are now at George White.  I have enjoyed being a Trustee as I feel that I am giving back to the schools, helping the children and our amazing staff and learning new skills which help me in my job.

I proudly live in NR3, work at Jarrold, love to keep fit and I also play guitar.  If you would like to get in touch please email npark@istnorfolk.co.uk.  I would also recommend that you visit www.inclusiveschoolstrust.co.uk to learn more about the Trust.

A reminder about collection from school

If someone else is collecting your child can you please let your child’s class teacher know that morning.

If you need to change your plans during the school day and someone else will be collecting your child at short notice, please ring the office and they will pass the message on. This is really important to ensure we send children home safely.

Attendance at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

We have a celebration assembly each Friday afternoon where we share children’s achievements with everyone. As part of this assembly, we congratulate the class with the highest overall attendance for that week. The class with the highest attendance in Key Stage 1 receives ‘Top Dog’ to take to their classroom for the week. The class with the highest attendance in Reception receives ‘Top Cat’.

Our whole school attendance target is 96%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Sparrow class with 98.7%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 98.33%.      

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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.

Dates for your Diary

Week commencing 16th October – Teacher Parent meetings

Week commencing 16th October – Stay and Play sessions in Nursery from 08:30 to 09:00 and from 12:00 to 12:30 – You should have been asked to book a session with the Nursery teachers.

Thursday 19th October at 08:50am and 2:45pm (Repeat) – Phonics Talk for parents in the school hall

Week commencing 23rd October – Half Term Holiday

Thank you for your continued support

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