Newsletter 9th February 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have written several High Five letters this week. The High Five letters recognise children who have demonstrated something amazing at home or at school under these headings, ‘RESPECT, HELP, LEARN, ENJOY, ACHIEVE.’ We celebrate every small or big achievement, so please do let us know if you notice something at home that you would like your child to be recognised for. You can talk to a senior leader on the playground, a class teacher or email the school office. We always love to hear from you.

As many of you will know, much of our behaviour management is focused on Restorative Practices. All staff have received training on this. The main focus is around relationships between children and between children and adults. We talk children through any incidents that might have occurred and coach them into being able to talk about how their actions make others feel and how they can improve a situation to enable all involved to move forward positively. Our High Five is a big part of ensuring children are praised for good choices and it gives all children a chance to shine.

Aspirations Week

We are delighted to announce Aspirations Week, scheduled for the week beginning February 12th. Throughout this week, professionals from various fields, including scientists, police officers, musicians, a vicar, and former students, will visit our school to share insights and experiences about their jobs.

As part of Aspirations Week, we invite interested parents and carers to discuss their own professions or careers in a brief 10-minute session with their child’s class. This involves talking about their job and answering some questions. 

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 6th February, we celebrated Safer Internet Day. Throughout the week, children participated in activities and discussions focused on internet safety. This year’s theme for Safer Internet Day was “Inspiring Change? Making a Difference, Managing Influence, and Navigating Change Online.”

Norfolk Constabulary’s Children and Young People Team would like to share a message for Safer Internet Day 2024. They have produced a newsletter specifically designed to provide valuable information to our parents and carers. It addresses various topics related to online safety, including cyberbullying, social media privacy, and responsible use of online platforms.

The rapid growth and ever-evolving nature of the internet make it essential for us to stay informed and educated about online safety. By doing so, we can protect our children from potential online dangers and ensure they have a positive and enriching online experience.

Please find below the links to view the message from Norfolk Constabulary, as well as various useful websites:

If you have any questions or concerns about safe internet use, feel free to discuss them with your child’s class teacher or a designated safeguarding lead.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Miss Balachandre

Nursery Applications – a reminder

Completed applications need to be back with the school office by the 29th February 2024 please, for nursery places in September 2024. Please pass this information on to friends and family members who may be interested in our Nursery.

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 94.1%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Sparrow class with 97.39%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Greenfinch class with 97.14%.   

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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.

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 12th February – Aspirations Week in school

Friday 16th February – Height and Weight screening checks (reception children only)

Week commencing 19th February – Half Term Week – school is closed

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