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March 2013 Newsletter

St Helen’s Nursery and Primary School


Newsletter – Tuesday 5th March 2013

SHARE events

We have had a number of very successful SHARE events recently and want to thank parents for attending.  Your feedback has been very positive and you have clearly enjoyed working and learning with your child. 


Last Friday Ocean Phase teachers tried something different with parents coming in to meet their children who, as museum curators, showed them around an amazing Roman museum.  Parents were given time slots rather than coming for the whole morning and they also spent some time on a writing task back in class.  We found that there was an increase of over 25% in the number of parents who attended which was a big improvement on last term. 


Here are some comments made by parents on feedback forms following the latest SHARE events.

 “It was a good opportunity to explore the different language structures, I now understand them better”.

“Fascinating, absorbing and challenging – for me, so hope it was for the children too, they all seemed engaged”

“The time available to sit and concentrate on one task – it was relaxing and enjoyable”

“I have enjoyed the way the recent SHARE sessions have been completely different in their structure”

“It is a good opportunity to see how the children are learning and to participate”

“The best SHARE event so far!”

“The museum was fabulous – amazing work being exhibited – my child was extremely knowledgeable and very engaged by the subject”

Book Fair

Our book fair is open this week from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (5th/6th/7th March).  On Thursday morning it will open before school at 8.30 am. 


World Maths Day – Wednesday 6th March

We are planning additional maths activities to celebrate this day and want to remind parents to encourage their children to use Mathletics as much as possible at home.  We are finding that children enjoy “live” Mathletics and are perhaps overlooking some of the other areas.  These areas are particularly good learning activities which you can sit down and do with your child as well.  Please try to do this every week if possible. 

World Book Day – Thursday 7th March

World Book Day tokens have gone out to children already.  They can be used as £1.00 off a normal priced book, or children can buy from a series of £1.00 titles, produced especially for the occasion. Children can also bring them to the Book Fair and spend them there.  On World Book Day children will be taking part in book related activities including a synchronised read of an Oliver Jeffers book during the morning. 


Name all school clothing

We still have a lot of lost property that is not named.  These items are put out for parents to help themselves to on a regular basis, so please don’t lose your school uniform because it has not been named. 


Playground plants

We have a number of large playground planters which we want to fill with plants and bulbs.  If you have any suitable spare plants that you would like to donate please leave them at the swimming pool entrance doors in the playground.  One of our Midday Supervisors will then plant them.  Please make sure plants are suitable for use with children ie not poisonous.    


Parents hub



This link takes you to information and advice for parents produced by Suffolk County Council.  Pages cover parenting programmes on offer, with booking forms and timetables for professionals making referrals, as well as links to local and national sources of support on a range of issues parents of both younger children and teenagers may face.  Links include a range of DVD clips of family scenarios with parents talking about what they found helpful.


Horse Meat Scandal and School Lunches

We have received the following information from EATS who provide our school lunches.


East Anglia Taste for Schools - Menus

Our menus are carefully compiled and feature many local items, reinforcing our commitment to support East Anglian producers.  A high proportion of our dishes are traditionally prepared within our school kitchens allowing us to carefully control each recipe and its ingredients. 


We do not have any processed beef products on our current school menus.  There are just six beef dishes on our current four week Primary school menu which are all traditionally prepared within each school kitchen, using minced beef (or on week 3) a beef joint.


The minced beef and beef joint we use are are both Assured Food Standard (Red Tractor) accredited.  The Red Tractor logo is a guarantee of quality and origin. Every critical step of the food supply chain is independently inspected to ensure food is produced to quality standards by assured farmers, growers and producers in the UK, from farm to pack.  This meat is 100% beef.


The small proportion of meat items on our current school menus that are not prepared within our kitchens, are also made using meat carrying the Assured Food Standards (Red Tractor) accreditation.  None of the pre-prepared items on the current menu includes beef dishes. The menu does however includes pork items such as sausages which are made in Suffolk, and pork and apple burgers which are made on the same local farm (near Maldon) where the pigs are reared.



PTA events:

A reminder to Y5 and Y6 children to bring in buns for Bun Day on Friday 8th March.  The PTA will be selling cakes and buns in the playground after school so come prepared to buy!


We are looking for small items for the raffle for our Quiz Night on Friday 22nd March – please could you donate a small item?  Bring it along to the school office.  Many thanks.