Newsletter 8th March 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

The highlight of the week has definitely been World Book Day. It was fantastic to see so many parents and carers coming into school to share books with the children. There were lots of great activities for the children to take part in and the children loved the ‘Bedtime story day’ in the hall. This enrichment will help children remember their learning at Mousehold. It was a very happy day and a day to celebrate the joy of books and reading. Thank you for supporting us!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 12th March is Bag2School collection, so please bring these to school on Tuesday morning, ready for collection.

This Friday (15th March) is Comic Relief or Red Nose Day. Please see the post on Newsfeed on WEDUC for full details, but children can come to school dressed in clothes that make them smile, or dressed in red. Please bring in a donation for the charity, if you are able to. Thanks

Friends of Mousehold School are also organising a Book and Bake Sale for after school on Friday 15th March. If you are able to donate books in good condition, or baked goods (if home-baked, please provide a list of the ingredients), please bring these to the office ON THE DAY ONLY.

Important Reminder

We aim to be a Nut-Free School. Please do not send your child to school with lunch or any food item which contains nuts at all. No peanut butter, no Nutella spread and no chocolate bars containing nuts. Thanks for your co-operation in this matter.

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 94.6%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Raven class with 99.2%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Goldfinch class with 99.09%.   

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Safeguarding – Online Safety

How can going online affect our wellbeing?

There are lots of positives for children being online, however there can be negatives too. For some it can become overwhelming trying to keep up with friends, and the pressure can mount. 

Many things can impact our online wellbeing, and you can take control of the choices made to reduce any negativity. Being aware of the impact of being online, just like you would be aware of the impact of offline activities, is the first step to managing your children’s online wellbeing.

We can:

  • manage the content that our children see,
  • ensure interactions are suitable
  • and manage how long they’re online, in balance with other activities. 

There are several things you can do to help support a child with their wellbeing online, including specific apps, and looking at settings.

Here are some suggestions of some well- being apps:

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.

Parking Outside School

Unfortunately, we have had some complaints from residents regarding cars parked across their driveways. This has happened a few times recently resulting in the resident being late to pick up their own children from school. Please may we remind you to show care and consideration when parking your vehicle outside school. Thank you to the majority of parents who continue to drive and park carefully outside the school gates.

Bikes and scooters on the playground

It is brilliant that so many children are now using bikes and scooters to come to school. Please can we all dismount when on the playground due to there being so many small children around.

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 12th March – Bag2School collection –

Friday 15th March – Red Nose Day

Friday 15th March – Book and Bake Sale at 3pm

Thursday 21st March – KS1 visit to the local church

Monday 25th March – Robin and Skylark Classes – Spring Walk on Mousehold Heath

Tuesday 26th March – Barn Owl and Sparrow Class – Spring Walk on Mousehold Heath

Wednesday 27th March – Raven and Swift Class – Spring Walk on Mousehold Heath

Wednesday 27th March – Last day of Spring Term

Thursday 28th March to Friday 12th April – School closed for Easter Break

Monday 15th April – Start of 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