Newsletter 16th February 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have reached the end of the first half of Spring Term. Next week is half-term and school is closed. We have really seen the children thrive this term and so much progress can be seen in all aspects of learning. We have seen children grow in confidence and self-esteem and really strong friendships are now established. The progress in writing, reading, phonics and maths is really evident and the learning in all subjects is becoming embedded in the children’s long- term memory. Children can link the learning from a previous unit of work to their current learning. This is encouraging and rewarding for leaders, teachers and support staff.  We look forward to the second half of this term when we see longer, brighter days and can plan school trips and even more enrichment opportunities for your children.

Thank you to staff

Behind the scenes at Mousehold this term has been very challenging at times with staff absence. The staff have gone the extra mile and been very adaptable, moved between classes and always without complaint. The children have continued to have the support they need and deserve. We have a very resilient, strong staff team and I’m very grateful and proud of all of them. Thank you to all of the wonderful staff at Mousehold.

World Book Day

World Book Day will be celebrated on March 7th, 2024, highlighting the significance of books and literature. At Mousehold School, we observe a strong passion for reading among our students. Each day, we dedicate protected time for sharing stories and discussing books, fostering a love for literature. This year, in honour of World Book Day, we’re organising a special event called ‘Bedtime Story Day.’

On this day, children are invited to come to school wearing their pyjamas. They will be treated to hot chocolate while enjoying storytelling sessions, emphasising how reading not only stimulates the mind but also promotes wellbeing. Parents are warmly welcomed to join us from 8:40 to 9:15am to share stories with their children.

To ensure smooth operations, we kindly request parents to confirm their children’s lunches through WEDUC prior to the event.

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Pokemon Cards

Please can children NOT bring Pokemon cards into school as they are becoming an issue.

Bag2School


Here is a message from The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

Bag2School will be collecting from Mousehold School on Tuesday 12th March. Please bring your bag (or bags!) to the school on that day and help us have a really good collection.

By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles. This can include adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys, (please refer to http://uk.bag2school.com/for full details). In addition to raising funds for the school it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.

You can use any bag to donate your items and don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!

Too Good to Go

Please find below a link to the app ‘Too Good to Go’ 

https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb/

Taken from the Too Good To Go website:

Our mission? To make sure good food gets eaten, not wasted. Every day, delicious, fresh food goes to waste at cafes, restaurants, hotels, shops and manufacturers – just because it hasn’t sold in time. The Too Good To Go app lets customers buy and collect Magic Bags of this food – at a great price – directly from businesses.

Please see below more information where Aldi have teamed up with Too Good To Go.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-11706585/Aldi-launches-partnership-Good-Go.html

https://www.aldi.co.uk/too-good-to-go

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 93.01%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 99.23%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 97.27%.   

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Safeguarding 

The Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership is an excellent website to help families as well as staff in schools. There is a particularly good section on sources of information and services available to parents who have separated or divorced and are having difficulty agreeing arrangements for their children. There is a document that lists web-sites and agencies that parents can approach for advice, support and guidance. Click on the link for more information.

https://norfolklscp.org.uk/

Free Safeguarding training

The NSPCC is running this training campaign. Sign up before 19th February to take part and support your child.

Listen up, Speak up

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/support-us/listen-up-speak-up/

With our free 10-minute digital training, we’re empowering every adult to know what to do if a child needs help, and where to go if you need support yourself.

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 19th February. Half-term and school will be closed

Monday 26th February – Start of second half-term

Week commencing Monday 4th March – Parent/teacher meetings. Please book an appointment via the Parents Evening link on WEDUC

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day – please see above for details

Wednesday 27th March – Last Day of Spring Term

Monday 15th April – Start of the 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