Newsletter 22nd July 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have made it to the end of term and to the end of the academic year, with no school closures. You should be so proud of your children and all they have achieved. They have shown such stamina and resilience. The children have met their new teachers and teaching assistants this week and have enjoyed time in their new classrooms. Enjoy the summer holiday and we will see you back at school on Tuesday 6th September. We wish all of the Year 2s every success as they move onto Year 3 in a different school. They have all come home with a book this week, as a gift from school.

Partnership News

We started the Partnership officially at the start of January this year. I am extremely proud of the staff and children for helping this be so successful. We feel many aspects of working together are becoming embedded and we have exciting plans for next year. It feels just right and a natural way forward for both schools. Thank you for your feedback and support in helping to make this happen.

Thank you to the staff

Thank you to all of the staff for working so hard, for being fully committed to the children of Mousehold and for always going the extra mile. Mousehold is a special place to work and the strong supportive team makes all the difference. The staff deserve a restful break with their families and we look forward to all being together again in September.

Mrs Hamling

We wish Mrs Hamling all the best as she begins her maternity leave today. We are looking forward to meeting the new addition to her family.

Miss Oliver

Miss Oliver, a Teaching Assistant in Greenfinch Class, is leaving today as she has secured another job in another school, working with children with special educational needs, including complex needs. She will be excellent, but we will miss her. We wish you the very best Miss Oliver!

Mrs Seaman

As you know, Mrs Seaman is retiring today. Having been connected with the school since 1959, Mousehold is a huge part of her life. She attended school here herself and her younger son, Jonny, attended the school too. Mrs Seaman has worn many hats over the years and her current role is Secretarial Assistant. She has been excellent in that role and is loved by so many. We will miss you Mrs Seaman.

Pop up shoe bank thanks

Many thanks for the donations of shoes. We are halting donations now until our next shoe bank in October. We aim to do this once a half-term and will ask again nearer the time. We don’t have the space to store shoes and clothes between times. We very much appreciate your generosity and we hope it has helped many of our families.

Safeguarding

As the weather warms up and summer holidays are on the horizon please look after each other. Some simple things to remember:

  • Wear sunhats and use sun cream in hot weather, even if cloudy.
  • Wear helmets when riding a bike.
  • Remind your children to take care when crossing the road or walking along the path next to a busy road.
  • Wear seatbelts in cars.

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

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/safeguarding/

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Mr Smith 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

Tuesday 6th September: First day back to school for the children

Thank you for your continued support and we wish you a very happy summer holiday.

Yours faithfully
Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Newsletter 15th July 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

Well done to our Year 2 children for their excellent Samba Drumming performance and to the Year 1 children for their excellent capoeira performances. I always feel extremely proud seeing the children perform with such confidence and enjoyment.

We look forward to more summer fun next week, with our KS1 children going on their school trip to Bewilderwood. All 5 classes are going on the same day. It will be very quiet in school!

Enjoy the weekend and stay safe in the hot sun.

Partnership News

Some quotes from the Year 6 children when they came to watch the Year 2 children perform their Samba Drumming (and then they were allowed to play on our playground!):

‘It was a very impressive performance and I loved playing football.’

‘I loved how everyone worked as a team.’

“I loved the performances. We watched 2 classes and both did really well and both were really different.’

‘I liked going back to my old school and seeing my brother play a musical instrument.’

‘I remember when I was there and we learnt Samba. All the memories came flooding back.’

Miss Oliver

Miss Oliver, a Teaching Assistant in Greenfinch Class, is leaving next Friday as she has secured another job in another school, working with children with special educational needs, including complex needs. She will be excellent, but we will miss her. We wish you the very best Miss Oliver!

Mrs Seaman

As you know, Mrs Seaman is retiring next Friday. Having been connected with the school since 1959, Mousehold is a huge part of her life. She attended school here herself and her younger son attended the school too. Mrs Seaman has worn many hats over the years and her current role is Secretarial Assistant. She has been excellent in that role and is loved by so many. We will miss you Mrs Seaman.

Safeguarding

As the weather warms up and summer holidays are on the horizon please look after each other. Some simple things to remember:

  • Wear sunhats and wear sun-cream in hot weather, even if cloudy.
  • Wear helmets when riding a bike.
  • Remind your children to take care when crossing the road or walking along the path next to a busy road.
  • Wear seatbelts in cars.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Mr Smith 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.

A message from our Mental Health Champions

Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today…

Picking up the phone and making the time to have a conversation with a loved one,

A simple smile in the supermarket checkout queue to a parent who is looking overwhelmed.

Letting your child choose a game, and giving them your undivided attention,

Calling in on a friend who you know is finding daily life challenging,

An encouraging text to someone you care about,

A conversation at the bus stop with an elderly person,

Taking time to acknowledge the waitress who serves your table with a simple thank you.

There are many people in our world, who walk into each day wondering if anyone even notices them, you may feel like this yourself at times.

Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today… 

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 19th July – Year 1 and 2 Bewilderwood trip

Friday 22nd July – last day of term

Tuesday 6th September: First day back to school for the children

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully
Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Newsletter 8th July 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

Well done to our Year 1 children for their excellent ukulele performances to parents and carers. It was a wonderful moment to see the children play as a class team, with such confidence and great ability. They will be great when they learn to play in a Samba band in Year 2.

Our Year 2 children have enjoyed their transition visits to George White Junior School. They have met their teachers and spent time in their new classrooms.

You will all receive your child’s annual report today. On that report you will see your child’s new class and teacher for September. Please trust us that we have put a lot of thought into placing your child. The teachers are excited to meet their new class very soon.

A reminder of our new class names and structure:

Nursery

Kingfisher

Miss Wood

Reception

Chaffinch

Mrs Jenkins

Reception

Goldfinch

Mrs Jennings and Mrs Allen

Reception/Year 1

Wagtail

Mrs Graham and Mrs Allen

Year 1

Swift

Mr Smith and Ms Brown

(Miss Balachandre on her return from maternity leave. )

Year 1

Skylark

Mrs Greenwood

Year 1 / 2

Robin

Mrs Coathup and Mrs Woodward

Year 2

Raven

Miss Jay

Year 2

Barn Owl

Miss Parke

Partnership News

Well done to the children on George White Junior for their production of Oliver! I was lucky enough to see this on Monday, with the Year 2 children from Mousehold. It was great to see the children who used to attend Mousehold, perform, sing and act with such confidence. It is a great thing for the children at Mousehold to aspire to. Thank you George White!

New School App

As you will have seen in previous newsletters, we are launching a new school app. It is called Weduc. On Monday you will receive invitations to create an account and download the app. George White Junior School will also be using the same app, and you will be able to use the same app for all your children. Weduc will replace Parentmail with effect from September.

For the rest of this term we will be posting a few items such as notices and calendar items to help you start getting used to the system.

From September the app can be used to pre-order lunches, book Early Club, report absences, complete forms and do all of the rest of things that we have been using Parentmail for. It will be our one-stop shop for communication, so everything will be in one place. You should no longer receive emails or texts from other systems.

Weduc offer support to parents as well as the school, if you have any with the system.

Mousehold Shoe Bank

It has taken a bit longer to set this up than planned. If any parents can help me I will be very grateful. Please let the office know and I’ll then get in touch. I think it is best to be displayed on a couple of large tables that we can take onto the playground at the end of the school day for as many days as we can manage.

Thank you for all of the donations – there are so many!

The shoes can be taken by any family, no matter what your income or circumstances. We are all having to make small changes because of the rising cost of living. The shoe bank is for everyone.

Safeguarding

You will have seen Mr Smith in school and on the playground on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He will be covering Miss Balachandre’s Assistant Head role from September and will be a safeguarding lead for the school, in addition to Mrs Westall, Miss Wood and Mr Tolson.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Mr Smith 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

Monday 11th July AM – Year 2 Samba Drumming performance for parents

Tuesday 12th July AM – Year 1 Capoeira performance for parents

Tuesday 19th July – Year 1 and 2 Bewilderwood trip

Friday 22nd July – last day of term

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Newsletter 1st July 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

A very exciting part of this week is that our contribution to the Inclusive Schools Trust ‘Kindness’ display in The Forum is now ready for families and staff to go and visit over the weekend. It’s a busy weekend in Norwich with the Lord Mayors Procession Saturday, so I’m sure our school and the other schools in the Trust will be recognised by many of the wider community.

“At Mousehold, kindness is a way of being that is built in to everything we do. We are: respectful, tolerant, accepting and diverse and underpinning all of those things, is Kindness. 

We created our Kindness Tree to represent how diverse we are at Mousehold and the rainbow colours we chose represent a sign of hope.  We hope you enjoy reading all of our interpretations of what kindness means to us, from Nursery through to Year 2.  It really has made us aware of how kindness is so much more than just being nice; it is a way of life.”

We are also very excited about the swifts that are visiting our school. Caroline Spinks from the Norwich Swift Network came to do an assembly on Wednesday. We learnt some fascinating facts about swifts.  Did you know that when swifts are migrating to Africa, they hitch a ride on rising air currents and then switch off half their brains, so that they can nap on the wing! At playtime we called the swifts using a recording of their calls. There were so many that swooped in low. The children were very excited to see them. The RSPB has a lovely fact sheet about swifts if you want to find out more. We will carry on calling the swifts every morning using the recording, and hopefully we will soon have new residents in our swift nesting boxes.

A reminder of our new class names and structure:

NurseryKingfisherMiss Wood  
ReceptionChaffinchMrs Jenkins  
ReceptionGoldfinchMrs Jennings and Mrs Allen
Reception/Year 1WagtailMrs Graham and Mrs Allen
Year 1SwiftMr Smith and Ms Brown (Miss Balachandre on her return from maternity leave. )
Year 1SkylarkMrs Greenwood  
Year 1 / 2RobinMrs Coathup and Mrs Woodward  
Year 2RavenMiss Jay
Year 2Barn OwlMiss Parke

Children who are in our current Reception and Year 1 classes will be informed about their new class and new teacher on their school report which we will be sending home with them next Friday 8th July.

Partnership News

Mrs Petchey has visited the Year 2 children who will be attending George White Junior in September. It was wonderful for the children to be reassured that George White Junior is only down the road and we work so closely together.

Well done Year 6 staff team for organising a fantastic residential to Wales. It’s something for the Mousehold children to look forward to!

Thank you for the shoes

We will be setting up our shoe bank next week. Thank you for all of the donations. There are school shoes, trainers, sandals, slippers, walking boots and wellies.

These can be taken by any family, no matter what your income or circumstances.  We are all having to make small changes because of the rising cost of living. The shoe bank is for everyone. Once it is set up, please add to it yourself with any spare shoes.

Open Classrooms – slight change of arrangements

There will be one more Open Classrooms this term on Friday 8th July. From September Open Classrooms will be the first Friday of every month.  

Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

We would like to thank everyone who supported the Summer Fayre in any way at all.

We raised £814.31 profit at the fayre and £128 for the 50/50 lotto, making a grand total of £942.53

It was lovely to see everyone joining in and having fun after not being able to hold this type of event for so long.

Thank you to the Friends for organising it and to everyone who supported it.

Safeguarding   – in case you missed this last week – support for Domestic Abuse victims.

We are highlighting a new service for Norfolk that launched this year: https://nidasnorfolk.co.uk

Domestic abuse, the variety of forms it can take and the devastating impacts it has on survivors are not always physical. Research shows that incidents of domestic abuse increased during the recent COVID lockdowns. Children are considered to have been victims by witnessing incidents.

If you would like to talk to a safeguarding lead or another member of staff if something is worrying you please ask and we will find the right person to talk to you immediately.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Mr Smith 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

Monday 4th July – Year 1 ukulele performance for parents

Friday 8th July – Annual reports go home to parents and carers

Friday 8th July – Open Classrooms

Monday 11th July AM – Year 2 Samba Drumming performance for parents

Tuesday 12th July AM – Year 1 Capoeira performance for parents

Tuesday 19th July – Year 1 and 2 Bewilderwood trip

Friday 22nd July – last day of term

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall Headteacher

Newsletter 24th June 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

At the time of writing, the Reception children are preparing for their first school trip to Gressenhall. This is very exciting and quite a trip to organise with so many young children. Well done and thank you to staff.

You will have noticed in the planters outside the main reception office that there are sunflowers and runner beans that the children have grown from seed. This is always exciting for children to see the seed germinate and grow into a beautiful plant. We hope we see the flowers before the end of term.

Teachers and leaders are busy sorting the new classes for September. The classes will be mixed as they move up to the next year group. We feel this is good for many different reasons. We always ensure your child is with some of their friends. Please trust us to get this right as the teachers look at the mixes of children to ensure it is balanced and right for every child.

The new class names and structure will be:

Nursery

Kingfisher

Miss Wood

Reception

Chaffinch

Mrs Jenkins

Reception

Goldfinch

Mrs Jennings and Mrs Allen

Reception/Year 1

Wagtail

Mrs Graham and Mrs Allen

Year 1

Swift

Mr Smith and Ms Brown

(Miss Balachandre on her return from maternity leave. )

Year 1

Skylark

Mrs Greenwood

Year 1 / 2

Robin

Mrs Coathup and Mrs Woodward

Year 2

Raven

Miss Jay

Year 2

Barn Owl

Miss Parke

Partnership News

I enjoyed a learning walk with Mrs Petchey at George White Junior on Tuesday this week. We experienced many wonderful moments and it is always an absolute pleasure to see the children I remember from Nursery and Reception at Mousehold thriving in their Junior School setting. Mrs Petchey is going to come and walk around Mousehold next week so she can see what the children experience before they get to Junior School.

 

Kindness Exhibition at The Forum – From 30th June for 3 days.

There is a Trust exhibition at the Forum for 3 days from Thursday 30th June. The theme of this is ‘Kindness’ and each school is representing that in a way guided by the children of each school. Every child has contributed to this. Please take time to go and see the exhibition. It is the main stand in the entrance to The Forum.

Can you help us please – with shoes?

We would like to start a shoe bank at Mousehold. If you have any school shoes with plenty of wear left please bring them to school. We will set it up in the dinner hall and will let you know when it’s up and running. This will help families in need.

Open Classrooms – slight change of arrangements

There will be one more ‘Open Classrooms’ this term on Friday 8th July. From September Open Classrooms will be the first Friday of every month.

Safeguarding – Support for Domestic Abuse

We are highlighting a new service for Norfolk that launched this year:

https://nidasnorfolk.co.uk

Domestic abuse, the variety of forms it can take and the devastating impacts it has on survivors are not always physical. Research shows that incidents of domestic abuse increased during the recent COVID lockdowns. Children are considered to have been victims by witnessing incidents.

If you would like to talk to a safeguarding lead or another member of staff if something is worrying you please ask and we will find the right person to talk to you immediately.

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

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/safeguarding/

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, 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.

A message from our Mental Health Champions

Colouring and Wellbeing…

There’s not many of us even as grown- ups who don’t like to get some colouring pens out and doodle or colour.  It’s a great mindfulness activity, is calming and a great way to come alongside your children and chat about the day.  Many children find it hard to express what they feel face to face.  If a child is doing an activity with you, conversation can often flow a little easier!  Mindfulness is the process of keeping your attention and thoughts on the present moment and can help improve mood, concentration and focus.  It can also help to strengthen children’s fine motor skills too. 


There are many affordable colouring books in the shops at the moment that can be bought quite cheaply. If you like to download things and have a printer, there’s a link below.  As an eco-school we love to encourage recycling. You could open a cereal box you’ve finished with and colour on the inside.  Don’t forget you can also recycle paper by using both sides or colour on old envelopes.  Someone in your family may well have some wall paper they’ve finished with or you could take some chalks and enjoy colouring on the pavement outside.  Your drawings will no doubt spread a smile on people who walk past and see them.


Mindfulness Colouring Images (Animals) | Teaching Ideas

Dates for your Diary

Friday 1st July – non-uniform day for GoGo Dinosaur launch

Monday 4th July – Year 1 Ukulele performance for parents

Thursday 7th July – Year 1 and 2 Bewilderwood trip

Friday 8th July – Annual reports go home to parents and carers

Friday 8th July – Open Classrooms

Monday 11th July AM – Year 2 Samba Drumming performance for parents

Tuesday 12th July AM – Year 1 Capoeira performance for parents (times to follow)

Friday 22nd July – last day of term

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

 

 

Newsletter 17th June 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had such a busy few weeks at Mousehold and we can’t quite believe we are in the middle of June already. Last week’s Reception Sports day was just such a special moment for us all. The first event we have held with parents since pre- Covid. We have really missed inviting parents to events and it felt like a real community occasion. Today’s KS1 Sports Day was also really special, and we managed it with such warm weather. We appreciate the time families have given in coming to support your children. We have the EYFS Open Evening next Wednesday evening. It is always exciting when new children join as start their educational journey at Mousehold.

Partnership News

We’ve had a great week with partnership activity:

Y3 children visited Mousehold on Monday for a Maths afternoon. The children from MIANS and GWJS loved doing this and it was a great atmosphere. We saw some Y3 children who have grown in confidence in Y3, supporting Nursery children, we saw Y2 children asking Y3s about life at GWJS, we saw children of all ages at MIANS interacting well with Y3s. It was good to hear the comments from the Y3 children about how excited they were to be back at their old school. It was a really special moment.

We enjoyed a teacher staff meeting together on Monday. We talked about the impact of the Maths afternoon as well as how we gather evidence to show the impact of our curriculum. Subject leaders then had time to meet together.

GoGo Dinosaur Trail

It is just 2 weeks until the GoGo Dinosaur Trail ‘goes live’ and from today we will start to see the GoGo Dinosaurs around the city! We can now announce that the Mousehold Dinosaur, ‘Crunch Munch’, will be displayed in: Norwich City Centre: Chantry Place – Inside T-Wrecks Box! This is very exciting as our school dinosaur will be in the city centre for all to see! To celebrate the launch of the GoGo Discover Dinosaur Trail, Friday 1st July will be non-school-uniform day. Children can come to school in non-uniform and could even dress up dinosaur themed if they want to!

We are also setting you a Dinosaur Challenge – can you find out a fascinating fact about a dinosaur and share it with us on Friday 1st July? It could be a fact about a well-known dinosaur or some information about a rare dinosaur – we’d love to hear what you can find out. If you would like to bring in any dinosaur related books, pictures you’ve drawn or stories you’ve written about dinosaurs, that would be wonderful too.

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We would also love to see any photos of you visiting ‘Crunch Munch’ and any of the dinosaurs so we can share them on our social media please do email us any pictures of you on the Dinosaur Trail. We hope you have a roarsome time!

Support for clothes and shoes –   Info provided by Liz Fredericks our Community Focus Officer

Here is a list of places that clothes and shoes can be accessed free of charge during term time, and a few clothing grants available:

Growkids – drop in sessions every Wednesday between 10.30am and 12.30pm for free clothing, school uniforms and shoes for children ages 0-12

 

Silver Rooms – free uniforms Saturdays 10.30 – 12.30pm

 

New-U (in Castle Mall shopping Centre) – offer free clothing for adults and children (although children’s clothes are kept in the store room and not on show in store) so you’ll need to call or email ahead of your visit, outlining what you need and they can get a free bag of things ready for you to collect. Call: 01603 927936 or email: hello@new-ultd.co.uk

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm

 

Norfolk Polonia run a drop-in session for Ukranian families and their supporters at West Earlham Community Centre every Friday from 10am – 2pm and most weeks there is free clothing available to take away.

 

Dawn’s New Horizon – If DVA is involved, DNH can sometimes help with uniforms, shoes etc. Probably best to go via myself or Tanya for this.

 

Joanna Scott Foundation –  For help with grants to cover school uniforms, music, nursery fees to degrees, trips, dance and gym tuition: http://www.foundationofjoannascott.org.uk/

 

Thomas Anguish Foundation – for help with education, school clothing, footwear, special glasses, personal tuition etc

http://www.anguishseducationalfoundation.org.uk/about-our-grants/

 

Norwich Town Close Charity – makes grants to individuals as a contribution towards the cost of:

School clothing and footwear, university and school fees, residentials, vocational training, educational equipment, tuition etc.

TV licence fee for people under 75, regular monthly “pension” for those in need and of pension age

http://www.norwichtowncloseestatecharity.org.uk/about-our-grants/

 

Talisman Charitable Trust – assists individuals who may be described as “going short”, accepting applications from registered authorities, organisations and schools.

http://www.talismancharity.org/

 

Buttle/Chances for Children grant – https://buttleuk.org/apply-for-a-grant/chances-for-children-grants/

 

Smallwood Trust – Provide grants and support for women on low incomes who have specific needs and are struggling to make ends meet or trying to overcome financial problems. https://www.smallwoodtrust.org.uk/grants-individuals

Can you help us please – with shoes?

We would like to start a shoe bank at Mousehold. If you have any school shoes with plenty of wear left please bring them to school. We will set it up in the dinner hall and will let you know when it’s up and running. This will help families in need.

Parent Survey feedback

Many thanks again for completing the parent/carer survey. The link to find this is:

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Annual-Parent-Survey-May-2022.pdf

Some responses to how we can improve our school:

Ideally, smaller class sizes and greater adult to child ratio, however I understand this isn’t easy to implement.

We have to work within the budget we have as a school, and that is determined by the number of children in school. The bulk of our budget at Mousehold goes on staffing and we prioritise extra support in every class with extra Teaching Assistant support. Our adult:child ratio is higher than many other schools. We too would love smaller class sizes, but we have to work with the money we have.

With additional funding the school could include group therapy for children with additional needs, e.g, theraplay, sensory integration therapy etc.

We fund what we can to support children and termly we apply for additional funding to support individual children. Currently we fund The Benjamin Foundation to come in weekly to support children who might need some 1:1 time for various reasons. We also work closely with Children’s Services and we have had play therapists visit the school to work with children. Our Nurture Space is in its early days and we have done really well this year resourcing it. That is a sensory space that all children benefit from. We would of course always welcome more funding and are always on the look-out for more funding streams.

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 24th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 24th June after school. All are welcome. The Friends of School are working hard preparing for the event. It is great that we are able to run this again, after a break of 2 years. Lots of money is raised for your children and it is always a lovely atmosphere.

Please see the end of the newsletter for more information about the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School Association

Open Classrooms

This is after school, every Friday, and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Safeguarding

Please continue to talk to a member of staff on the playground before or after school if you are worried about something. If you feel you would like a more private conversation, then an appointment can always be made and we will arrange it for as soon as we can with the right person who can help you.

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

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/safeguarding/

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, 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

Monday 20th June – non-uniform day for Summer Fayre raffle prize donations

Thursday 23rd June – Reception Gressenhall trip

Friday 24th June – Summer Fayre after school

Friday 1st July – non-uniform day for GoGo Dinosaur launch

Monday 4th July – Year 1 ukulele performance for parents

Thursday 7th July – Year 1 and 2 Bewilderwood trip

Friday 8th July – Annual reports go home to parents and carers

Monday 11th July AM – Year 2 Samba Drumming performance for parents

Friday 22nd July – last day of term

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School Association

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We are really excited about the School Summer Fayre fair on Friday 24th June (3-5pm). 

We have variety of stalls planned for the day including BBQ, games, a raffle, tombola, cakes, ice cream, face painting, temporary tattoos, bric a brac and more!

We are going to have a cake stall at our summer fayre, we would be so grateful for donations to the stall and someone to run it! Please get in touch if you can help,  admin@thefriendsofmousehold.org. As we have children in school with various allergies and some with religious dietary requirements please would you label your bakes with a list of the ingredients.

We are asking for donations of unwanted toys, books, clothes, school uniform, housewares, unused wrapping paper, carrier bags. If you would like to donate there will be a Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School cardboard box in reception where you can drop off items. 

Equally if there any small business wanting a stall at the fayre please get in touch, admin@thefriendsofmousehold.org

 If you know anyone who would like to provide music, perform and busk at our fair we would be very interested to hear more! 

We are also asking for volunteers to help run stalls on the day, if you can help we would be so grateful please contact us: admin@thefriendsofmousehold.org

 Non- uniform day for raffle prizes

There will be a non-uniform day on Monday 20th June when we are asking families to donate a prize for the Summer Fayre Raffle. This worked so well at the Christmas raffle so we thought we would do it again! 

Friends of Mousehold 50/50 LOTTO

If you would like the chance of winning up to £125*why not try your luck by picking a lucky number on our blackboard, with £2 entry per number (£1 donation goes to the school and the other £1 goes towards the cash prize). The Friends of Mousehold representatives will be stationed near the exit gate of the playground after school most days otherwise alternatively you can purchase at reception.

The lucky numbers will be drawn on Friday 24th June– Good luck!

The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School Association are a small group of mums from the school who help raise money to fund school trips, equipment and book bags amongst other things!

We are always looking for help so please get in touch if you would like to get involved. 

 

Newsletter 10th June 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you all had a wonderful half-term week. The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations made the week extra special for many. The children have come back with stories to tell about what they saw on the television, parties they attended, how they dressed up and the houses and gardens they saw decorated with flags and bunting. This is a moment in history the children of this generation are able to be part of and will remember when older. Children from Nursery to Year 2 learnt about the Queen and the significance of the Platinum Jubilee, in the few weeks leading up to half-term. They produced some excellent art work and writing.

Partnership News

We would like to send our many congratulations to Miss Balachandre and her family on the birth of her baby daughter Leela Jennifer, born on Sunday. All is well and we can’t wait to meet Leela. Many children at George White Junior will have been taught by Miss Balachandre so please share this good news.

With Miss Balachandre on maternity leave we have asked Mr Smith, current Interim Deputy at GWJS, to come and be Assistant Head, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Year 1 teacher at Mousehold in September until Miss Balachandre returns. Mr Smith is spending 2 days a week at Mousehold this term and will get to know the staff, children, families and routines. We are excited to have Mr Smith continuing to work as a school leader within the Partnership.

The importance of good attendance and punctuality

The reasons for children to attend regularly at school are to support their learning and development, to make sure that children are kept safe, their wellbeing is promoted and they do not miss out on their entitlements and opportunities. Good attendance promotes good outcomes for children.

Research commissioned by the Department for Education shows missing school for even a day can mean a child is less likely to achieve good grades, which can have a damaging effect on their life chances. We are noticing an increasing number of late arrivals; being late also has a detrimental effect on a child’s progress. At Mousehold Infant and Nursery School our aim is to work with parents to ensure that all our pupils receive the most from their education and reach their full potential.

The government target for attendance is 96.1% and an attendance level below 90% will have a major impact on progress made in school.

We understand that children are sometimes too ill to come to school. When children are well or they have coughs or colds then they should be in school. We will always call you if we feel your child is too unwell to stay in school.

Thank you for your cooperation in improving our school attendance and your child’s life chances.

Reception Sports Day

Thank you to parents, carers and other family members for attending our Reception Sports Day.  Thank you to Mrs Greenwood and team for organising the event. It was such a wonderful, happy atmosphere.  The event was very inclusive, fun and sunny. This is our first Reception Sports Day in 3 years and was a special moment for us all. 

Parent Survey feedback

Many thanks again for completing the parent/carer survey. The link to find this is:

https://www.mouseholdinfants.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Annual-Parent-Survey-May-2022.pdf

Some responses to some of the feedback on how we can improve our school:

More opportunities for parents and carers to come into school.

More in person contact as before Covid (maths cafes, assemblies etc)

I would love to see my child in activities like sports days and nativity where I can see my child in the school environment for myself.

This half-term we have many social events that parents can attend:

Sports Days

Year 1 Capoeira performance

Year 2 Samba drumming performance

Summer Fayre

Open Classrooms after school every Friday

In the Autumn term we will have class assemblies and learning cafes.

It is great that we can invite parents into school again.

More regular updates on progress A bit more feedback re how children are progressing/getting on other than just parents evenings. I know we now have open classroom but would be nice to know or be updated more than parents evening on their progress.

Currently we have open classrooms every Friday when all parents are invited in to look at their child’s learning in their books and on display. We have 2 parents evenings and an end of school year report. We will look at ways to extend this next academic year.

A message from our Mental Health Champions

Wellbeing can come in the form of two wheels…Can you help?

This week we want to highlight a local initiative.  Norwich Refugee Week is from Monday 20th until Friday 26th June.  One of the projects that is being supported this year is Welcome Wheels.  It is a collaboration of three charities and one non-profit bike shop working together to support refugees with bikes.  Since 2018 they have provided over 350 bikes to asylum seekers from the ages of 6-60.

The aim is to get as many new citizens of Norwich on two wheels.  The charity welcomes monetary support but is also asking people to donate to their project with a bike, or a bike accessory such as a lock/helmet/bike-lights. Here’s what they have to say:


“Getting to English classes, picking up the kids from school, or volunteering, all require transport. Daily tasks that we might take for granted, such a nipping to the shops or meeting up with friends, can be almost impossible for someone who has arrived in a new country, with such limited resources to even pay for bus fares.

Asylum seekers are not allowed to work and receive just £40.85 per week for food, clothing, hygiene products and travel. When pe​ople seeking asylum arrive in Norwich they often find themselves alone, with little or no support, and with only the most basic government provision; many children and young people seeking asylum have arrived in the UK without their families. While building lives in Norwich the people we support must adapt to a new culture and learn English, as well as often managing mental and physical health issues.”

For more information about Welcome wheels watch this short clip: https://youtu.be/2fWwv-wTB08 

Welcome Wheels – bikes for refugees 2022 – a Community crowdfunding project in Norwich by Welcome Wheels Project Team (crowdfunder.co.uk)

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 24th JUNE

Our school summer fayre is on Friday 24th June after school. All are welcome. The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School are working hard preparing for the event. It is great that we are able to run this again, after a break of 2 years. Lots of money is raised for your children and it is always a lovely atmosphere.

Thank you to The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

Our lovely friends of school hosted a very successful cake and book sale on 27th May. Thank you to everyone for either donating items when asked, for being part of the planning team and for being at the events.

Open Classrooms

This is after school, every Friday, and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Safeguarding

Young Carers

If you feel your child might be a young carer or you know a child who is and you feel support is needed – please talk to a member of staff and we will help you with next steps. A Young Carer is a child who cares for a person who has any type of physical or mental illness, physical or mental disability or misuses substances such as alcohol or drugs.

A good website for advice is:

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, 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.

Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

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Books and Bakes sale 

Thank you so much to all who kindly donated to the Books and Bakes sale on Friday 27th May. I think you would agree it was a great end to the half- term and I’m sure a lot of you got some lovely treats to take home along with a variety of reading material! We are going to have a cake stall at our summer fayre on the Friday 24th June which we would be so grateful for donations to the stall and someone to run it! Please get in touch if you can help admin@thefriendsofmousehold.org. As we have children in school with various allergies and some with religious dietary requirements please would you label your bakes with a list the ingredients.

Summer Fayre on Friday the 24th June 3-5pm. 

We want to make the summer fayre a really fun family event. We have variety of stalls planned for the day including games, a raffle, tombola, cakes, ice cream, face painting, temporary tattoos, bric a brac and more!

We are asking for donations of unwanted toys, books, clothes, school uniform, housewares, unused wrapping paper, carrier bags. These can be brought in on the morning of the Summer Fayre.

If you know anyone who would like to provide music, perform and busk at our fair we would be very interested to hear more! 

We are also asking for volunteers to help run stalls on the day, if you can help we would be so grateful please contact us: admin@thefriendsofmousehold.org

Non- uniform day for raffle prizes

There will be a non-uniform day on Wednesday 15th June when we are asking families to donate a prize for the Summer Fair Raffle. This worked so well at the Christmas raffle so we thought we would do it again! 

Friends of Mousehold 50/50 LOTTO

If you would like the chance of winning up to £125*why not try your luck on picking a lucky number on our blackboard, with £2 entry per number (£1 donation goes to the school and the other £1 goes towards the

cash prize). The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School representatives will be stationed near the exit gate of the playground after school most days otherwise alternatively you can purchase at reception.

The lucky numbers will be drawn on Friday 24th June– Good luck!

The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School charity are a small group of mums from the school who help raise money for the school to fund school trips, equipment, book bags amongst other things!

We are always looking for help so please get in touch if you would like to get involved. 

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 15th June – Non-uniform day for Summer Fayre raffle prize donations

Friday 17th June – Year 1 and 2 Sports Day (reserve 24th June) 9.15am

Thursday 23rd June – Reception Gressenhall trip

Friday 24th June – Summer Fayre after school

Thursday 7th July – Year 1 and 2 Bewilderwood trip

Friday 22nd July – last day of term

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Newsletter 27th May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

At the time of writing, the Nursery children will be going to bed excited about their first ever Sports Day tomorrow! This really will be such a special occasion for the children and their families. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there, however I watched the children practise with such enjoyment, showing so much agility and perseverance.

The Jubilee event on Friday will be colourful, fun and a day to remember. Please ask your children all about the celebrations when they come home from school. Children from Nursery to Year 2 have spent the last few weeks learning about the Queen. You will be surprised at some of the facts they know. They have really increased their knowledge of British History and the Art work related to their learning is outstanding.

We wish you a very happy, restful half-term and thank you for such wonderful support as always.

Partnership News

We look forward to next half- term when we have plans for some children from George White to visit Mousehold to see some end of term musical performances (Samba drumming and ukulele) and a Maths event. And our Nursery children will be visiting the outdoor fairy gardens at GWJS.

There is so much to look forward to.

Annual Parent Survey

Thank you for completing the Annual Parent Survey. The results and a summary of responses will be shared as an attachment to the newsletter.  They are also on our website.

The quote from a parent below made our day. It’s our vision at Mousehold to take care of every child, parent, carer and member of staff.

‘A welcoming, tolerant and diverse school with an emphasis on children’s moral compass and emotional health. A very positive and loving atmosphere.’

Thank you

Thank you to the parent who handed in the lost Apple watch. The parent who the watch belongs to is very grateful and it really does show how kind and honest our community is.

We want to share our story…

We are very proud of our curriculum at Mousehold and want to share our story.

Please see these links to our website – where you can find out more:

Our Curriculum Journey

Development of Subject Leadership

Our School Improvement and Development Plan

Summer Fayre – FRIDAY 24th JUNE

Our school Summer Fayre is on Friday 24th June after school. All are welcome. The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School are working hard preparing for the event. It is great that we are able to run this again, after a break of 2 years. Lots of money is raised for your children and it is always a lovely atmosphere.

Open Classrooms

This is after school, every Friday, and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Safeguarding   

Please remember over half-term if you are worried about a child then please call 0344 800 8020.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, 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.

Sports equipment for schools

Archant newspapers are running a scheme for schools to collect tokens from their local publications that can be redeemed for sports equipment. We have taken part in their previous projects and have received books and gardening items for the children. The tokens can be found in all local newspapers, with extra being printed in each paper during the half-term. The extra tokens will be in the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th June. There is a box outside the office to put your tokens in. There are additional prizes for the schools that collect the most tokens. Please collect the tokens and help us to get some new sports equipment.

Dates for your diary

Friday 27th May – Last day of this half-term.

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June –half-term – SCHOOL CLOSED

Friday 10th June – Reception Sports Day (reserve 15th June) 9.15am

Wednesday 15th June – Non-uniform day for Summer Fayre raffle prize donations

Friday 17th June – Year 1 and 2 Sports Day (reserve 24th June) 9.15am

Thursday 23rd June – Reception Gressenhall trip

Friday 24th June – Summer Fayre after school

Thursday 7th July – Year 1 and 2 Bewilderwood trip

Thank you for your continued support and have a great half-term!

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Newsletter 20th May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

The highlight of this week has been our Year 1 and 2 school trip to the Cathedral. This is the first school trip these children have been on, due to the Covid restrictions the last 2 years. The staff worked hard to make this happen and it involved a long walk there and back. The children were a credit to the school and really enjoyed it. We had this lovely e-mail from a parent,

‘My son has absolutely loved going on the trip. He has been talking about what he learned there and was excited to tell us it was built 900 years ago and there was lots of gold there. He also knew where the lime stone came from. He said he has learned so much from going there, and it is great to see him coming out of school so happy and excited. Thank you.’

We could really see how the children accessed their prior learning to be able to relate it to a new context. Children could talk confidently about what they knew about the Christian faith and places of worship and relate it to the different activities they experienced.

Well done Year 1 and 2!

Partnership News

Mrs Westall and Mrs Petchey have been working together to plan the information evening for Year 2 parents. This will be after half-term and a date will follow soon. There will be two Year 3 classes, instead of the usual three, as the current Year 2 cohort is smaller than our other year groups. We will make sure you know your child’s new class before the information evening. We will ensure the transition is smooth for all children and we will arrange extra visits to the junior school for the children who would benefit from extra transition.

Please take time to look at our school websites. They have been updated recently. You can read about our curriculums and get a feel for both schools:

www.georgewhitejunior.co.uk

www.mouseholdinfants.com

Learning Through Landscapes £500 grant

We were excited to hear this week that we have been awarded a Learning Through Landscapes £500 grant to support our outdoor learning curriculum.  This means we will be receiving some fantastic new open-ended play equipment to support children’s imaginative play, communication skills and physical development.  As part of the grant, our staff will also receive training in developing learning using the outdoors.  It took us six attempts of applying, but perseverance finally paid off!  We can’t wait to share photos of the children playing with the new equipment once it arrives. Well done to our Curriculum Strategy Group for their success in being awarded this grant.

We want to share our story…

We are very proud of our curriculum at Mousehold and want to share our story.

Please see these links to our website – where you can find out more:

Our Curriculum Journey

Development of Subject Leadership

Our School Improvement and Development Plan

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations day Friday 27th May

We will be celebrating the event all day on Friday 27th May. This will include a special lunch, royal themed activities and all children and staff can dress in red/white/blue or royal themed outfits (Queen, King, Prince, Princesses etc.)    There will be lots of photos on our school Facebook page to share our celebrations.  You will have seen that the children have been learning about the Queen and the History related to the Queen this term. The children have been fully engaged in this learning and have produced some excellent work. 

Mrs Seaman

Mrs Seaman, our School Secretary, will be retiring at the end of this academic year, after decades of working in the school as well as attending the school herself as a 4 year old. Many parents who attended the school themselves will remember Mrs Seaman. We are making the most of her whilst we still have her!

Annual Parent Survey

Thank you for completing this. We will look at the results, collate them and feedback very soon.

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Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School 50/50 LOTTO  

If you would like the chance of winning up to £125*why not try your luck on picking a lucky number on our blackboard, with £2 entry per number (£1 donation goes to the school and the other £1 goes towards the cash prize). The Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School representatives will be stationed near the exit gate of the playground after school most days otherwise alternatively you can purchase at the office.

The lucky numbers will be drawn on Friday 24th June – Good luck! 

Books and Bakes sale after school @3pm on 27th May (last day of term) outside the dinner hall. We will be following the schools Jubilee theme for that day with some jubilee themed bakes! If you or someone you know is a keen baker, please get in touch with the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School; admin@thefriendsofmousehold.org. Please would you list the ingredients of any cakes that you donate as we have children in school with various allergies and others that choose to follow a Vegan diet. We will happily take baked goods and any unwanted books on the day to sell on our stall. Please take your donations to the school office. All money will go towards the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School charity to fund school trips, equipment, book bags amongst other things! 

Summer Fayre on the 24th June 3-5pm. 

We want to make the Summer Fayre a really fun family event. We have been rummaging through the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School cupboard and we have found plenty of ideas from previous fayres, but it wouldn’t be a fayre without the support of the pupils, teachers and you (the parents!) Please could you get in touch with the office or admin@thefriendofmousehold.org if you can help us out running a stall on the day or help with the preparations. We are looking for a face painter, musicians and a keen adult footballer, if you know of anyone? 

There will be a non-uniform day on Wednesday 15th June for Summer Fayre Raffle prize donations.  

Open Classrooms

This is after school, every Friday, and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Safeguarding

You will see a senior leader and our Parent Support Advisor on the playground most days before school and at the end of the day. We are there to welcome you and also to listen. Please share with us anything that is worrying you or something you might need help with. Small things can become big things if not handled quickly. It is an important part of our job and we want to help you.

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

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, 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.

A Message from our Mental Health Champions

As Mental Health champions, we’re great advocates of doing things to refuel emotionally.  If we are refreshed ourselves, it will often mean we can be more productive in the things we are doing and we may also find we find it easier to care and support those around us.

Taking part in activities that we enjoy can help us not to feel so depleted.  We’ve chosen to focus on a recipe this week for you to try at home!  You may want to try this on your own first, but you might also consider including your children and cooking together.  It can be a great family activity and often children are often more adventurous at trying something new, if they’ve made it themselves.  

Pizza

Try these two home-made pizza bases, one yeast based, the other using a scone recipe.

https://www.netmums.com/recipes/easy-homemade-pizza-recipe-for-kids

OR if you don’t fancy making a base from scratch, use a shop-bought English muffin or a flour tortilla wrap.

https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/yummy-muffin-pizzas.html

Happy cooking!

Dates for your diary

Thursday 26th May – Nursery Sports Day (reserve 9th June) 11am and 2pm

Friday 27th May – Last day of this half-term.

Friday 27th May – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in school

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June –Half-term. SCHOOL CLOSED

Friday 10th June – Reception Sports Day (reserve 15th June) 9.15am

Wednesday 15th June – Non-uniform day for Summer Fayre raffle prize donations

Friday 17th June – Year 1 and 2 Sports Day (reserve 24th June) 9.15am

Thursday 23rd June – Reception Gressenhall trip

Friday 24th June – Summer Fayre after school

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Newsletter 13th May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

I have had the pleasure of spending more time in classes this week and looking at children’s books. Their progress is documented through photos, work, pictures and quotes from the children. Remember that you can come into your child’s classroom on a Friday after school and you can look at your child’s books and classroom environment. They really do have such wonderful experiences and every day they make memories to last forever. 

Miss Balachandre

It is Miss Balachandre’s last day today, before she begins her maternity leave. We wish her and her family the very best. We will really miss her.

Mrs Seaman

Mrs Seaman, our school Secretary, will be retiring at the end of this academic year, after decades of working in the school as well as attending the school herself as a 4 year old. Many parents who attended the school themselves will remember Mrs Seaman. We are making the most of her whilst we still have her!

Annual Parent Survey

Please can all parents and carers complete the parent survey on Parentmail. Thank you if you have already completed it. The deadline is Friday 20th May.

Partnership News

The staff from both schools are working really well together. We are streamlining some of our systems and processes so there is more consistency between the two schools. This will really help with transition from Year 2 to Year 3. We are currently planning the transition days for our Year 2 children to visit GWJS. We are also planning the information evening for Year 2 parents and carers to learn more about the junior school.

Well done to the Year 6 children from GWJS for completing their SATS this week. Thank you to the staff who have worked hard in preparing the children, and for providing breakfast each day. What a lovely atmosphere that was on Monday when I visited. The Year 2 children at Mousehold are working hard on their SATS, over a period of a few weeks. Well done to all involved. We have a lot to be very proud of.

New School App

Within the next few weeks, both Mousehold Infants & George White Junior School will be launching a new school app.  The app will replace Parentmail, and will be a one-stop-shop for all of the information you need about school.  The app will include:

·         a single login for both schools

·         a newsfeed where we can keep you up-to-date with everything that is going on in school (so those of you who don’t have social media won’t be missing out)

·         a calendar that will be specific to your child(ren)

·         lunch ordering

·         absence reporting

·         communications previously sent out as text/email

·         a hub for all those links you need for e-learning

·         payment facilities

·         forms and surveys

·         the ability to reply to school messages directly

·         all information can be translated

We are hoping to launch in late May/early June, and we will keep you informed.

Open Classrooms

This is after school, every Friday, and is a chance for you to look at your children’s books and to see their classrooms. All are welcome, every Friday.

Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School

50/50 LOTTO  

If you would like the chance of winning up to £125 why not try your luck by picking a lucky number on our lotto-board, there is a £2 entry fee per number, (£1 donation goes to the school and the other £1 goes towards the cash prize). Head to the school office from Monday 16th May to pick your number! 

The lucky numbers will be drawn on Friday 24th June – Good luck! 

Books and Bakes Sale after school on Friday 27th May (last day of term). This will be held outside the dinner hall. We will be following the school’s Jubilee theme for that day with some Jubilee themed bakes! If you or someone you know is a keen baker, please get in touch with the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School at admin@friendsofmousehold.org. We will happily take baked goods and any unwanted books on the day to sell on our stall. All money will go towards the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School charity to fund school trips, equipment and book bags amongst other things! 

Non-uniform Day

There will be a non-uniform day on Wednesday 15th June in support of the Summer Fayre. We would like to ask you to donate a small gift on that day that can be used as a raffle prize at the fayre. This gift can be wine, chocolate, toiletries or anything that you think would be suitable for a raffle prize. Please give you donations to your child’s class staff.  

Summer Fayre on the 24th June (after school). There will be lots of opportunity for children, parents and teachers to get involved with the day and raise money for the school. In previous years we have had fun games, raffles and food on offer, we want to make this an enjoyable event for everyone. If you would like to volunteer to help run a stall on the day, please get in touch with the Friends of Mousehold Infant and Nursery School. We will keep you updated in the weeks to come on how you can help and get involved.  

Angel Road Junior School

The Evolution Academy Trust wishes to consult with the local community about its plans to permanently relocate Angel Road Junior School pupils onto the Infant School site.

They  have prepared a short survey to listen to the view of the community which can again be accessed on the school website using the link below.

https://www.angelroadjunior.norfolk.sch.uk/significant-change-consultation/

Safeguarding   

This week is, ‘Mental Health Awareness Week.’  We are thinking about self- care and tackling loneliness. There is a lot of support for adults as well as children.

The Just One Norfolk website is excellent as a source of support. Please see the link below. There are also staff in school who can help you and listen.

https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/emotional-health/children-young-peoples-emotional-health/

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

                                                  Designated Safeguarding Leads                               Mrs Westall, Mr Tolson, Miss Wood, Miss Balachandre 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

Tuesday 17th May – Year 1 Cathedral trip

Wednesday 18th May – Year 2 Cathedral trip

Friday 27th May – Last day of this half-term

Friday 27th May – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in school

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June –half-term holiday – SCHOOL CLOSED

Thursday 26th May – Nursery Sports Day (reserve 9th June) 11am and 2pm

Friday 10th June – Reception Sports Day (reserve 15th June) 9.15am

Wednesday 15th June – Non-uniform day in aid of the Summer Fayre

Friday 17th June – Year 1 and 2 Sports Day (reserve 24th June) 9.15am

Thursday 23rd June – Reception Gressenhall trip

Friday 24th June – Summer Fayre after school

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust