Starting Reception 2023
Welcome to Reception at St Helen's
A warm welcome to parents and carers of children who will be starting with us this September. We will use this page to share useful information regarding your child's transition into St Helen's, including introducing you and your child to our classrooms and staff.
Tapestry is an online learning journal that we will use to introduce you and your child to life at St Helen’s before the summer holiday. We will continue to use Tapestry throughout the year to keep you updated with the learning that your child does with us at school. You will be able to access Tapestry with a username and password that will be shared with you once you have submitted your email address to us using this Google form and by completing GDPR permission form here.
Tapestry can be accessed on a computer, tablet or mobile phone at www.tapestryjournal.com or via the free Tapestry app which you can download from your App Store. You will then be able to get regular updates, so we can keep in touch before September when your children will join us. If your child already attends St Helen’s nursery there is no need to complete either of the forms.
During the next few weeks you and your child will be invited to attend sessions in school to meet your child's new teachers and classmates.
Please make a note of the following dates for your diary:
Thursday 25th May at 4.30pm- Parents are invited to an information session at school. This will introduce you to the adults, routines and expectations ready for September and give you the opportunity to ask any questions. We ask that children are left at home for this if possible please.
Tuesday 13th June- PM- Pupils who are new to St Helen's will be invited with one adult to meet the teachers and play in the outside area- Please see the confirmation letter that was emailed to confirm your child's time during this afternoon.
Tuesday 20th June- Trial school lunch for current St Helen's Nursery children 10:50am- 12:15pm
If you have any concerns or questions about your child joining school. You will also receive an information pack with details of all the important information to help you prepare for September.
Free school meal applications - As a school, we can receive additional funding if your child is entitled to free school meals. Please follow this link to go to the Suffolk local authority website where you can make an application to see if you are eligible for free school meals. Even if you are unsure of your eligibility, we would very much appreciate your application, as it could generate extra income for the school.