Newsletter 30th September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

 We have had a change of weather this week and Autumn has arrived. The children are enjoying the changes of the seasons with time outdoors, in our Secret Garden, on our field and behind school in the outdoor learning areas. I enjoyed watching some of our Reception children take part in a Forest Schools Lesson.

I would like to share with you some information about our curriculum. You can see regular posts on our school Facebook page of some of the hands on, exciting learning taking place each day:

Our curriculum is built upon our context and culture of being in the heart of Norwich with wonderful children with roots from all over the world being at the centre of it. The curriculum makes learning fun, hands on and is stimulating by providing real life experiences so that all children learn from the same starting point regardless of their first language or ability. We provide a highly inclusive and creative curriculum which enables pupils to achieve in a happy and safe environment. The sequenced curriculum is rich, purposeful and challenging for all children. All children throughout their time with us experience well planned local visits, visiting authors, musicians and artists and a wide range of activities indoors and outdoors to enhance the curriculum. We focus on our locality and give children experiences of the wonderful architecture, history and culture right on our doorstep. This highly inclusive curriculum enables pupils to achieve and enjoy learning in a happy, fun and safe environment.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding Hands

Your children will all have made a safeguarding hand in school. Ask them to tell you about it. On that hand there are 5 people who they have named who they know and trust to talk to. This might include school staff, family, friends and sometimes pets. We encourage children to use the safeguarding hand as a prompt for talking to someone if they are worried, upset or feel unsafe at any point.

A reminder about collection from school

If someone else is collecting your child can you please let your child’s class teacher know that morning.

If you need to change your plans during the school day and someone else will be collecting your child at short notice, please ring the office and they will pass the message on. This is really important to ensure we send children home safely.

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.

Diary Dates

4th October – Phonics presentation for parents 2.30pm 

4th October – Flu Vaccines in school (Reception, Year 1 & Year 2)

6th October – Phonics Presentation for parents 9am 

6th October – Reception (Chaffinch) Forest Schools starts

7th October – First Open Classrooms 

13th October – Individual school photos in school hall

13th October – Fire truck visit for KS1

Half-term – Monday 24th October – Friday 28th October

4th November – Open classrooms 

Week beginning 7th November – Parents Evenings – meetings with class teachers

9th November – KS1 Cathedral visit

18h November – Children in Need

2nd December –Open Classrooms 

7th December – Reception Christmas songs (9 – 9.30am)

13th December – KS1 Christmas Carols (9 – 9.30am)

15th December – KS1 Christmas Carols (9 – 9.30am)

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Deputy Headteacher

Newsletter 23rd September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We come to the end of another busy week at Mousehold. It is remarkable how quickly the children have settled in. We have had a change in weather this week and children have enjoyed the outdoors whatever the weather! Our Capoeira and ukulele lessons have started for Year 1 and our Samba drumming lessons for Year 2.

Parking and traffic outside school:

This is a recurring issue and one that is difficult to resolve. It relies upon everyone showing respect and tolerance for others outside the school gates. We have had a few residents contact school to say their drives have been blocked and they couldn’t get out and this was a worry for them. We have also had incidents where cars are half parked on the verge, blocking the road and getting very close to pedestrians. This is particularly bad on wet days when more families drive to school. Please be very mindful of young children walking, cycling and in pushchairs and be tolerant of other drivers. We really do care about the safety of our children in school as well as out of school. If we all play our part in this we can ensure everyone stays safe and well. Thank you to the majority who are tolerant and respectful.

Fun Links:

You may find the following link useful as we head further into the autumn term. Looks like lots of good ideas here!

https://magazines.raring2go.co.uk/norwich/autumn2022/

WEDUC App:

Thank you to all of you that have signed up to the WEDUC App. We are aware that there have been a few teething issues here so are very grateful for your perseverance. We would encourage everyone to sign up to use the App as a means of communication between school and parents/carers.

For the foreseeable future however, we will not be using the App for meal ordering. Instead, the class teachers will be asking your child at morning registration, what they would like for their lunch. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Safeguarding

Please see below to be informed of our designated safeguarding leads. There will be weekly safeguarding messages on the newsletters.

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.

Diary Dates

28th September – Singing Assembly starts

4th October – Flu vaccines for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children

4th October – Phonics presentation for parents 2.30pm 

6th October – Phonics Presentation for parents 9am 

6th October – Reception Forest Schools starts

7th October – First Open Classrooms 

13th October – Individual school photos in school hall

13th October – Provisional Fire truck visit for KS1

Half-term – Monday 24th October – Friday 28th October

4th November – Open classrooms 

Week beginning 7th November – Parents Evenings – meetings with class teachers

9th November – KS1 Cathedral visit

18h November – Children in Need

2nd December –Open Classrooms 

7th December – Reception Christmas songs (9 – 9.30am)

13th December – KS1 Christmas Carols (9 – 9.30am)

15th December – KS1 Christmas Carols (9 – 9.30am)

We hope you have a lovely weekend

Yours faithfully

Mr Ian Tolson

Deputy Headteacher

Newsletter 9th September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had such a good start to the new academic year. The Year 1 and 2 children have settled well into their new classes, made new friends, kept old friends and have got used to the new routines. Our new Reception and Nursery children have been visited by the class staff this week for home visits. The staff are grateful for this as it really does help the children settle, when they start school next week.

HM Queen Elizabeth II

Yesterday we heard the sad news that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away.  We ask parents to share with your children, if you feel it is appropriate, in an age appropriate way. Or you might want to wait for the weekend or nearer the funeral.  This won’t be addressed in school by teachers over the next few working days to allow you to deal with this in a way that is right for your family. 

School will remain open and will be closed on the day of her funeral. That day will be shared once we know more.

Many children will have learnt about the Queen’s reign last year in school, when the Platinum Jubilee was celebrated. The children of this generation will remember the Queen fondly; her sense of humour, her love of dogs and horses, her brightly coloured hats and her kindness and ability to communicate with people from all over the world. 

Partnership News

I have written an impact document, outlining some of the benefits of partnership working. Here is an extract. Further extracts will follow:

Impact of partnership model on the children

The children at both schools have been given memorable experiences:

  • Year 3 have visited Mousehold to attend a Maths afternoon, working with all ages from Nursery to Year 2. The Year 3 children enjoyed coming back to Mousehold and were excited and could articulate their favourite moments when there last year. The younger children looked up to the Year 3s and were helped by them with their Maths learning.
  • Year 2 children have visited GWJS Year 3 children for a Maths afternoon and this supported with transition for the children who will be starting there in Sept 2022.
  • Year 6 children watched the Year 2 Samba Drumming performance. They remembered learning Samba when at Mousehold and could talk about how their learning in music since then has built upon the foundations of music at Mousehold.
  • Joint working for Refugee Week. There will be displays in both schools to share the work the children have completed from Nursery to Year 6 – to show respect and understanding of refugees in our schools and their families. This links to the ‘Respect’ ethos at GWJS and the ‘High Five’ at Mousehold.
  • The progression of learning is clear from Nursery to Year 6, and subject leaders have worked together on this. This means that children’s learning builds upon previous learning and this gives the children the best chance to learn more and remember more, leading to better outcomes at the end of Year 6.
  • Safeguarding leads meet regularly from both schools to ensure that joint families are having the joined up support they need from both schools to keep children safe. Training is shared, so all designated safeguarding leads are as fully informed as possible.

Mousehold’s High Five

Our ‘High Five’ is the golden thread that underpins our Curriculum:

Respect   Help   Learn   Enjoy   Achieve

Children leave Mousehold as successful learners who:

are critical thinkers, with enquiring minds who can adapt to the ever changing world around them. (Respect)

can understandcooperate and shape the world together. (Help)

are motivated and passionate about life long learning. (Learn)

are happy and confident to succeed in modern British society. (Enjoy) 

are resilient, with a growth mindset to carry on achieving. (Achieve)

Please talk to your children about the High Five. If you feel your child deserves a High Five letter for something they have achieved at home, linked to our High Five, please let a senior leader know on the playgrounds in the morning or afternoon. If members of staff notice something amazing in school your child will receive a High Five letter and will stand up in a Friday assembly.

Music Mark 2022-2023

At our school, all children enjoy a wide range of musical experiences.  These range from singing and dancing in EYFS, to ukulele lessons in Year One, Samba drumming lessons in Year Two, singing assembly and recorder club.  We also welcome local performers, such as the classical group who will be performing to KS1 next week. In recognition of our commitment to provide high quality music education for all our children, we are pleased to announce that we have once again been made a ‘Music Mark School’ for this academic year. We look forward to welcoming back Anna and Jon, our ukulele and Samba drumming teachers, who will be starting with us again next week.

Mousehold Facebook Page

This is a great way to stay connected. You will find us at Mousehold Infant & Nursery School.

If you don’t have Facebook, a social media feed is on our home page of our website.

Allergy to nuts – please help us

We have a child in school who has an allergy to nuts. Our school kitchen is nut free. We would like to ask that when children bring food to school that every effort is made for no nut based products to be in the lunchbox:

Examples:

  • No nutella or peanut butter sandwiches
  • No bags of nuts
  • No cereal bars with nuts in.
  • No Cakes or chocolate bars with nuts in
  • No sesame oil based products

We can make every effort to be a ‘ nut free school’ with your cooperation, however we cannot guarantee this at all times, as some nuts are hidden in foods. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Well done to Valentina in Wagtail Class

After battling cancer, overcoming and coping with many barriers and showing so much perseverance and determination we are pleased to announce that Valentina has won an award. She is a National Champion in Get Set’s Values Champions Awards!


The Values Champions Awards inspired an amazing number of nominations and there were only 16 National Champions. Valentina was selected by the Olympic and Paralympic athlete judges as one of the National Champions. A huge congratulations to Valentina and her family.
As a National Champion, Valentina’s story will be published in a Values Champions Award book and a certificate will be awarded to celebrate her amazing demonstration of the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

Community News

Forest School After-School Club on Wednesdays 4pm-5.30pm at Mousehold Heath (starts on Wednesday 14th September 2022). Activities include: building dens, woodland craft activities, foraging, fauna & flora identification, wood carving, willow sculptures, woodland games, fire circles, story telling, climbing trees, forest yoga, and free play in the magic and beauty of the woods. Sessions are run by Amber Hale – a qualified and experienced Forest School Leader. The sessions cost £48 for 6 weeks. 

To book please go to: www.enchantedwoodsnorfolk.com or email: enchantedwoodsnorfolk@gmail.com

This is not linked to school and school are not organising or responsible for this club.

Safeguarding and looking after each other

You will see Mrs Derer on our school playground on a Monday and Tuesday. She is our Parent Support Advisor and will always be happy to talk to you. We like to support the whole family at Mousehold.  If you have any worries about anything relating to your child or problems at home that are affecting the family, then please feel free to make an appointment to see a member of staff who can help you. Please make an appointment through the school office or drop into the office after bringing your children to school.  We will do our best to help you. 

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


At our school we have a Mental Health Champion Team.  The three of us (Mrs Abeyta, Mrs Desouky and Mrs Graham) are a team of individuals who are passionate about the wellbeing of children, families, and staff. 

Please see our school website to see who we are and to read more about how we can support you, by clicking on the Safeguarding tab at the top of our school website –Mental Health Support – Mousehold Infant and Nursery School (mouseholdinfants.com)

Mental Health Support – Mousehold Infant and Nursery School Mental Health Champions. What are Mental Health Champions? We are a team of individuals who are passionate about the wellbeing of children, families and staff. www.mouseholdinfants.com

For those of you who have children beginning their school journey this September it can be a mixed time of emotions. You may feel happy that you’ve got to this point, perhaps sad because your children are growing up, possibly anxious about your child managing the school day. These are all very normal emotions. If you are finding this struggle hard, please come and talk to us. As a mental health champion team we are always happy to talk as is Mrs Derer our Parent Support Advisor. (see our website for more details)

Here are a few websites that you might find helpful: 

Starting school: what it’s REALLY like for your child … and you! – Netmums

Starting School (justonenorfolk.nhs.uk)

“It can be tempting to plan lots of things in for yourself once the children are back in school but the first few weeks back can be physically and emotionally exhausting for everyone, build in a little time for yourself, that way, everyone in the family will benefit. 

                                                                                                Care for the family-Back to school tips

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully

Mrs Rebecca Westall

Headteacher

Newsletter 2nd September 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we start the new academic year I would like to welcome all new families and welcome families who have

been with us previous years. I hope you all had a good break. The start of a new term has a feeling of hope, new beginnings and excitement. There are often also some anxious and nervous feelings. Staff have these feelings too. There is always a senior leader on the playground before and after school and teachers will be available at the classroom doors. We look forward to seeing children in Year 1 and 2 on Tuesday 6th September. The Nursery and Reception children know their dates for home visits and the first day of school. If you are unsure please contact the school office.  Early Club starts on Tuesday at 8am. Please enquire at the office if you’d like a space. Other clubs start at the end of the month once children have settled.

Partnership News

We are excited to be starting our first full academic year as a partnership with George White Junior School. Mrs Westall is Partnership Head across both schools and Headteacher at Mousehold, with a Head of School and leadership team at George White Junior. Mr Smith from George White Junior has been seconded to work at Mousehold as Assistant Headteacher and Year 1 teacher to cover Miss Balachandre’s maternity leave. We are excited to have Mr Smith as part of the Mousehold team.

A reminder of the Senior Leadership Team at Mousehold

  • Mrs Rebecca Westall – Headteacher and Partnership Head.
  • Mr Ian Tolson – Deputy Headteacher and SENCo
  • Mr Simon Smith – Assistant Headteacher and Year 1 teacher

Mousehold Facebook Page

This is a great way to stay connected. You will find us at Mousehold Infant & Nursery School.

If you don’t have Facebook, a social media feed is on our home page of our website.

Mrs Seaman

Mrs Seaman would like to thank all families and staff for their kind words, messages, cards and gifts when she retired after many years working at Mousehold. She was overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity.  She will keep in touch.

Help with the cost of living

We are aware that everything is more expensive and the cost of living is set to increase further. We won’t be asking families for money this side of Christmas. We will take part in Children in Need charity day in November, but this will be more a day to recognise those in need. Voluntary donations will be accepted but not encouraged. We will have more stalls for parents and carers that might help (free school uniform, free coats, free shoes etc). When we are planning on holding a stall we will let you know. We can’t accept donations too far in advance please.

Safeguarding

Please see below to be informed of our designated safeguarding leads. There will be weekly safeguarding messages on the newsletters.

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.

Thank you for your continued support

Yours faithfully
Mrs Rebecca Westall
Headteacher

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. 

 

Mousehold Infant and Nursery School is part of Inclusive Schools Trust