Newsletter 6th October 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been great getting to know more of you when I’ve been on the playground before and after school. I am always happy to talk to you if you have any questions and I’ll try and answer them for you. I have noticed how settled the children are when coming into school. The children who found this difficult at the start of term have really grown in confidence and have done a brilliant job in separating from parents and carers.

A reminder

Your child should have brought home this week, a sheet of paper on which they can design a Christmas Card. These designs need to be back in school by Monday 9th October at the latest please, so get your child designing this weekend!

Message from our Mental Health Champions:

Autumn reflections…

As the leaves begin to fall and the weather changes, it can be a time for us all to reflect. Our wellbeing is so important, is there anything we need to change to support our own wellbeing? 

A few things to ponder…

  • Do you take short periods every day to do the things you love to do? Make a list of things that you love to do and work through them – it doesn’t have to be expensive – take a bubble bath, ring a friend, watch a favourite programme, make a cup of tea and sit down, read a chapter of your favourite book.  When you do something for yourself it can help you feel less resentful about the things you need to do each day.
  • Take time to exercise everyday – exercise doesn’t have to cost, consider taking a 5 minute brisk walk daily, try it for a week and see if you feel any different.   Walking releases happy feelings called endorphins.
  • Consider letting other people help you do things.  Many of us want things done our way or not at all.  It can mean we are constantly in a state of feeling overwhelmed.  
  • Do you get enough sleep every night?  It may be difficult due to young children’s sleep routines.  Try getting an early night, it may sound very obvious, but it helps make us feel more energised, helps our immune system and helps positive mood.  If you have a young baby try to take a nap when you can or some time for yourself when you can. 
  • Make sure you are staying hydrated and eating the right foods.  We can all be tempted to eat on the run or eat sugary snacks to keep ourselves going.  Try to eat food from all of the food groups, it will help maintain a positive mood and prevent a crash in energy.

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 99.13%.

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

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Safeguarding Hands

Your children will all have made a safeguarding hand in school. Ask them to tell you about it. On that hand there are 5 people who they have named who they know and trust to talk to. This might include school staff, family, friends and sometimes pets. We encourage children to use the safeguarding hand as a prompt for talking to someone if they are worried, upset or feel unsafe at any point.

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

Thursday 12th October – School Photographer here

Week commencing 16th October – Teacher Parent meetings Please book your appointment using the link on WEDUC

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

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Head of School

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust