Newsletter 5th January 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy new year to you all. I really hope you enjoyed Christmas and had a good rest too. It was wonderful welcoming the children back to school this week where there was such a positive atmosphere around school. The children have come back settled and ready to learn. They have quickly got back into their usual classroom and school routines. It has been lovely seeing the excitement of being back.

Timekeeping

Timekeeping is important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late, then they are missing out on important learning opportunities at the start of the lesson.

Children go straight to class from 08:40 and lessons start at 08:50.

Gates will be closed at 08:50.

If your child arrives after 09:20, this will be marked as an unauthorised absence and will reduce their overall attendance percentage.

The school day ends at 15:10.

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Attendance at Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

Attendance continues to be a priority this term with our overall whole school attendance target remaining at 96%.

Why is school attendance so important?

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School works closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age (five to sixteen) must receive a suitable full-time education. Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly and on time.  If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You should also consider the negative impact upon the following:

  • their learning
  • their friendships
  • their self-esteem and confidence

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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 94.47%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 98.72%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 93.94%.

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Sickness

Children do get ill which does mean they may need to have a day off school. However, I am aware that sometimes children are missing school when they could be in school learning. The traffic light guidance below may help you decide if your child is well enough to come into school.

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Holiday in term time

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, we cannot as a school, authorise holidays in term time. If you are planning a holiday in term time please fill in a ‘Leave of Absence from School’ form to request permission. Our attendance officer and headteacher will then discuss the request and write to you with their decision. Please remember that unless there are EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES it is very unlikely that we can authorise the absence from school during term time.

If the request for absence during term time has been declined and you still decide to take your child out of school then you may receive a fixed penalty notice from Norfolk County Council.

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We look forward to a positive and exciting term ahead and as always, thank you for your continued support.

Safeguarding 

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

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/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 8th January – After School Clubs begin – You will have received an email to confirm clubs if your application was successful.

Thursday 11th January – First Forest School Session for Chaffinch Class (in the Secret Garden)

Monday 15th January – “Hoot With Me” visiting Reception Classes

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