Newsletter 3rd May 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

The sunshine this week seems to have put a smile on everyone’s face. There has been a lovely, happy atmosphere in the classrooms, at lunchtimes and break times as well as before and after school on the playground. A favourite part of my job is welcoming families to school each day. So many children come into the playground skipping, excited to see their friends. What a wonderful community we are all part of.

Job Vacancy

We are looking to appoint a Midday Supervisor to join our team and support the children during lunchtime. If this is something you may be interested in, please speak to Mrs Holmes in the school office for further details.

Annual Parent Survey

We would really appreciate if all parents and carers could take the time to complete the parent/carer survey on the link below. We really appreciate your input on how we can better support your children and the local community.

https://forms.office.com/e/FpVTwCALcE

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 94.02%.

Top Dog – this week the highest attendance for Key Stage 1 goes to Swift class with 100%.

Top Cat – this week the highest attendance for Reception goes to Chaffinch class with 98.33%.

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A message from the Mental Health Champions

Finding Joy in the Mundane…

We all have things to be happy about, even when things aren’t going quite how we expected them to. There is joy all around us but the challenge is finding the time to see it!  All of us know that life as a parent is not always a ‘walk in the park’ and you may so often find yourself so stretched.  Know that you are not alone.  Breathe.  Find happiness and contentment in the things that are often the everyday, we can get through each day.  It may be something as simple as watching a tree on the route you walk to school change through the seasons, it could be saying hi to the dog walker who you pass on the way home from the school run.  Enjoying the feeling of seeing your child run toward you after you’ve had a long day.  Whatever it may be, take the time to enjoy it. Life is meant to have joy.  Some of us may have reflected in recent days of the sadness that is in the news at the moment, we truly do have things to be thankful for.  We live generally speaking in a peaceful world, where our children are able to go to school, receive an education, there are many places where this isn’t the case at the moment…

When you find yourself feeling down and wondering how you are going to make it one more day, turn your thoughts to the simple things in life that make you smile. They don’t have to be big. They don’t have to mean something to anyone else; the important thing is that they have meaning to you.  Choose to invest in others even if it is just a friendly hello, it can often make you feel better.

Please reach out if you are finding things difficult.  Take the time to check in on your friends and family.  If you notice a difference in their character, care enough to ask how they are doing.  Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help, many mental health issues can be debilitating and make simple everyday task so difficult.  You may be able to help your loved ones.

To help you remember the number to contact urgent mental health support 24/7, you can now call 111 and select option 2.

You can also still use the First response number found here:

0808 196 3494

Safeguarding

Privates are Private – TALK PANTS

As part of our RSHE and PSHE curriculum we teach children how to keep themselves and others safe with the help of a friendly animated dinosaur called, ‘Pantosaurus.’ The link below shows you the song and what we teach the children:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember your body belongs to you
  • No means no
  • Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up, someone can help

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mr Tolson, Mr Smith, Miss Balachandre, Miss 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.

Diary Dates

Monday 6th May – Bank Holiday – School is closed

Week commencing Monday 27th May – Half Term Holiday – School is closed

Friday 7th June @ 9am – Reception Sports Day

Friday 14th June – Nursery Sports Day @ 10:45am AND 2:15pm

Friday 21st June @ 9am – KS1 Sports Day

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