Newsletter 3rd November 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you all had an enjoyable half-term. We have had a busy first week back at school, the children have particularly enjoyed the clubs such as Capoeira, Samba and ukulele. The teachers enjoyed meeting with you for parents evenings. You should all be very proud of how your children have settled into the new academic year. It has been wonderful seeing new friendships forming and more established friendships between children in different classes still strong.

Open Days for September 2024 intake for Nursery and Reception

We have open days next week. Please contact the school office if you would like to attend:

Tuesday 7th November 9.15am and 2.15pm

Thursday 9th November 9.15am and 2.15pm

Open Day for Parents of (current) Year 2 pupils

George White Junior School are holding an Open Morning for parents of (current) Year 2 children, preparing for Year 3 in September 2024.

Thursday 9th November at 9am.

Please call the office at GWJS on 01603 425515 to let them know you will be attending.

 Friendship Week: W/b 13/11/23

To start off Friendship Week, we would like the children to wear odd socks for Odd Socks Day on Monday 13th November.

A couple of Reminders

Special Bonfire Lunch on Monday 6th November. Standard Pizza meal to be replaced with “Catherine Wheel” – Cheese and Tomato Pizza Pinwheel, served with chips, beans and tomato sauce. Order the main meal option, as usual, via the APP (Lunch ordering is now available – Please use this to pre-book lunches. Thanks)

Please make sure you have ordered any school photos by Tuesday 7th November, in order to receive free delivery to school.

Next week, sample Christmas cards, (if a design was submitted prior to the deadline set), will be coming home in book bags. Again, for delivery in time for Christmas, you will need to order these promptly please, so that the Friends of Mousehold School can process these. Please make sure that orders and correct monies are in a secure envelope. Cheques must be made payable to The Friends of Mousehold School.

Food vouchers

Changes in the price of fuel, food and paid employment may have left many of us feeling like our money isn’t stretching as far as it used to.  If you are finding things challenging in this area, we do have Foodbank vouchers available.  Please see the School office or chat with our Parent Support Advisor, Mrs Derer.  In Norwich, we also have a number of social supermarkets that have been set up where affordable good quality groceries are offered enabling people to continue to eat well at a lower cost than many other supermarkets.  Foodbank vouchers are not needed for these supermarkets, and you can purchase food as often as is necessary.  Follow the links and find out more.

Social Supermarket

You can experience a new, more affordable, way of grocery shopping thanks to the introduction of social supermarkets in the city.

Social supermarkets are run by voluntary organisations, working with local food producers and suppliers to provide products at a lower cost than traditional supermarkets. These shops are aimed at anyone who is struggling to afford food, but there are no specific criteria for who can become a member.

Find a social supermarket:

  • ENYP – Russell Street Community Centre, 53 Russell Street, NR2 4QT 
  • The Feed – 65 Hall Road, NR1 3HL 
  • SOUL Foundation – 4 Mason Road, Norwich NR6 6RF

Each supermarket has its own approach to pricing and membership, and may stock a different range of goods, but share the same aim – communities working together to tackle food poverty.

The need for social supermarkets was first identified through an action plan developed by the Food Alliance and members of The Norwich Food Network, community groups working together to alleviate food insecurity. This network was originally set up by the city council who continue to facilitate its vital work.

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%. Current whole school attendance is 95.9%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Barn Owl class with 96%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 97%.      

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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

Monday 6th November – Bonfire Lunch in school

Tuesday 7th November – Open Morning (9:15am) and Open Afternoon (2:15pm) for prospective parents of 2024 intake – Nursery and Reception

Thursday 9th November – Open Morning (9:15am) and Open Afternoon (2:15pm) for prospective parents of 2024 intake – Nursery and Reception

Thursday 9th November – Open Morning (9:00am) at George White Junior School for prospective parents of next September’s Year 3

Monday 13th November – Wear Odd Socks to school for the beginning of Friendship Week

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