Parent’s are always welcome in our school because we want to work together to do the best for your children. Mornings between 8:45 – 8:55 is a good time to catch the class teacher with any quick concerns. However, if you need a longer chat it’s best to arrange a meeting after school when the teacher can give you more time and attention.
At Netherton Moss we work hard to ensure that students’ minds and bodies are ready for learning each day. In addition to the hard work our teachers and staff do every day to prepare students for success in the classroom, we also work to encourage healthy eating and physical activity, hopefully leading them to lifelong success. By helping them start healthy habits early in life, we can help reduce your children’s health risks and increase their chances for longer, more productive lives.
We have been participating in the Government’s Fruit and Vegetable Scheme for several years, which entitles every infant child to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each day. However, we also offer a snack shop to every child in the school if they wish to participate; selling fruit juice, toast and/or plain biscuits. This reinforces our commitment to healthy eating and replaces unhealthy morning snacks which children often choose for themselves.
We discourage snacks being sent in with a child for the morning break as staff time is too valuable to a child’s learning, for it to be used in monitoring what a child has brought to school to eat at break time. However, if your child needs to bring in their own snack, it should be restricted to a healthy alternative, such as a piece of fruit, dried fruit with no added sugar or a savoury snack with a low sugar and fat content. If a child brings an unhealthy snack to school then the classroom staff will keep it until the end of the day when it will be returned to the child.
If your child has a medical/dietary problem diagnosed by a medical practitioner that requires special consideration, then the classroom staff should be told as soon as possible.
This year’s Christmas Fair will be held on:
Wednesday 22nd November
1:30 to 2:30 pm
Entrance to the fair will be through the doors at the back of the hall. Everyone must use these doors.
From the hall you will be able to walk through the school to collect your child from the class room where the teacher will be waiting.
THEN JUST ENJOY THE FAIR!
When you’ve had enough fun and decide it’s time to leave, please sign your child out of the building as you go,
either at the hall doors or at the main entrance.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE FAIR
HEADTEACHER’S LETTER TO PARENTS SUMMER 2017
Dear Parents & Carers,
Well, the end of term is upon us! We’ve had a really busy time in school, with lots of end of term and transition activities. Our Year 6 children have enjoyed visiting their new High Schools and discussing how life will be different as they move up to ‘Big School’! We all enjoyed the leavers’ meal on Monday evening, which the Year 6 children prepared for their parents and staff, and we will be saying our final farewells to them at 11am tomorrow during our leavers assembly. We wish them lots of luck and happiness as they move on to Year 7.
I had the chance to call in all the classes as we had our ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions in school. All the children were keen and excited to tell me about their new classrooms and (for some) new teachers! We are always amazed at this time of year, at how quickly time flies by!
A reminder to please check our school uniform policy, especially in regards to footwear and hair ornaments, so that our children can look as smart as possible. Please make sure all items of clothing are named too, as unnamed lost property is a nightmare to deal with.
During the first few weeks of term, each class teacher will be holding a meeting for parents to give you an overview of the year ahead. More details in September.
Don’t forget to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at the NAC Library; it’s always a great way to spend some of your summer holiday time, and we are so lucky to have such a fantastic facility on our doorstep.
We are looking forward to seeing the children back bright and early on Wednesday 6th September. Doors open at 8.45am and the children have work/activities to do as soon as they come in, so please make sure your children get to school on time, every day; it really does make a difference. I was delighted to take a group of children to Litherland High School this week, to celebrate their outstanding attendance, and it would be great to take a larger group next time.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continuing support and co-operation. Keep an eye out on the newsletter/website/APP for what’s happening in school, and we wish you all a very happy, relaxing summer break.
Mrs Wood & all the staff & Governors
Children’s Centres Summer Activity Timetables
Sefton Children’s Centres have a hive of activities to keep children busy during the Summer holiday. Check out the timetables below and choose whatever takes your fancy. You need to book directly with each Children’s Centre if applicable, but hurry as places fill up fast!
Talking about Terrorism
Recent events in Manchester and London have caused concern for many people and can be a difficult issue to discuss. The NSPCC has issued advice to help parents talk to their children worried about such incidents. ‘Talking about terrorism: Tips for Parents!’
We are looking for Parent Governors. Could it be you? Check out our flyer.
Netherton Moss is governed by a mixed group of people who get together and make decisions for the school and the children. This group needs diversity so that ideas and thoughts come from different sources and angles. We believe that the parent’s view is of real importance to our work and the school can’t grow successfully unless we have people willing to be part of the governing body.
The governing body is made up of 12 people, 4 of whom are parents. We need volunteers to take up this position and help us do the right thing for the children in our care.
There is one meeting per term for the Full Governing Body, although you may be asked to attend 1 or 2 meetings to discuss specific matters such as the curriculum or finance. We would love to hear from you.
30 hours per week of free childcare
from September 2017
You may already be aware that from September 2017 many working parents of 3 to 4-year-olds in England will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare – rather than the current 15 hours.
The 30 hours free is for 38 weeks per year – not 52 weeks of the year. It’s basically equivalent to school term times.
However, not everyone is eligible for 30 hour funding – but – everyone will still receive the 15 hours free childcare that is currently available. These are the eligibility rules for 30 hours free childcare:
- Your child will be aged 3 or 4 when the scheme starts in your area
- Both parents must be working – or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family
- Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
- Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000
- You live in England
We would advise that you check whether your child will be eligible.
Here at Netherton Moss, we are unable to offer the full 30 hours childcare in nursery per week.
We are able to continue to offer 18 hours per week (full days Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays) whereby we charge for Wednesday afternoons if you are not eligible for the 30 hours offer, and we will be able to signpost you to another setting for the remaining 12 hours.
The cost for the extra 3 hours child care on Wednesday afternoons will be £12 from September 2017.
FROM THE NURSERY STAFF
World Book Day 2017
Thursday 2nd March!!
The 20th anniversary of World Book Day!
Very soon all children will be given a World Book Day £1 token which is valid from 27th February until 26th March. Simply take this token to participating book sellers and exchange it for a FREE World Book Day Book or get £1 off any book worth £2.99 or more. Just click on an image to check out some of the free books on offer!
To celebrate World Book Day, one of the many events we have planned in school is to welcome back a theatre group to perform a play called ‘The Reading Room’ which is highly interactive and above all – fun!
Along with other schools in South Sefton, we are supporting our local food bank in celebrating World Food Day (16th October 2016). We are therefore asking children to bring in a tin of food into school next week (17th– 19th October). Any food collected will then be passed to the Trussell Trust who will distribute it to needy families in our area. Please see the accompanying poster for more details.
Netherton Moss School Council.
There will be a bonfire disco on the afternoon of Friday 4th November in school. Children may come to school that day dressed in Halloween/bonfire themed costumes or in their own clothes. We will be asking for £2.00 per child to cover the cost of snacks at the disco and, any remaining money will go towards school funds.
END OF TERM LETTER
20th July 2016
With the end of term upon us, I am just writing to remind you that school finishes for the summer holidays tomorrow, Thursday 21st July at 12 noon. Our final Leavers assembly begins at 11am during which we will say our traditional farewell to Year 6 as they head off to high school.
The children return to school for the new academic year on Monday 5th September. Next year we will be making one or two changes to the way our assemblies work. Instead of having a weekly family assembly we will be having one each month to which all parents and other family members are welcome. Each month one of the classes will share some of their work with us or show off a new skill that they have been learning. There will of course be opportunities for birthdays, certificates and other important items. We will still have a weekly assembly in school where the children will get together to sing and share news etc. but these will just be for the children.
We will have a list of the dates of these assemblies ready to go out in September along with information about when each of the classes will be participating so that you will know well in advance and you will have the chance to arrange to be there on the day.
We hope that this change will help to freshen up our assemblies and give the children’s fabulous work and many achievements the recognition and celebration they deserve.
Our whole school topic at the start of term will focus upon the centenary of the birth of the children’s author Roald Dahl and each class will be sharing at least one of his fabulous stories and participating in a range of themed activities and workshops. We are asking all our families if they would take some time with their children during the summer holiday to visit the local library and participate in their Big Friendly Read which is all based around Roald Dahl, this will give the children an excellent head start with their work in September as well as being the perfect opportunity to enjoy all the wonderful free activities, prizes and gifts the Netherton Library has on offer. Further information about the Summer Reading Challenge can be found at:
Staff from the library came into school last week to explain the scheme to the children and will return in September to present the prizes and awards to those children who participate. We look forward to having a lot to celebrate next term.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for all your on-going support and wish you a very happy summer!
See you in September!
28th June 2016
Dear Parents and Carers,
As I’m sure you’ll be aware, the National Union of Teachers is planning to take industrial action on Tuesday 5th July 2016 over the impact of funding cuts on teacher contracts, workload and children’s education. This is a dispute between NUT members and the government; it is not a dispute with the school.
The action, (a one day strike), will result in class or whole school closures across the country.
The decision to close the school is never taken lightly, but in this instance, where staff have elected to take lawful industrial action, I will have no choice but to take appropriate steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all pupils.
We know that school closures inconvenience parents and carers and so I am writing to give you advance notice of the likely impact of the action on this school.
If the action does go ahead the school will be closed on Tuesday 5th July 2016 and children should return to school as normal on Wednesday 6th.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Sandra Aughton & David Hird
Sports Week 2016
Our sports week is nearly here and we will be holding our Olympic event in the week beginning 27th June.
Parents are invited to the opening ceremony on Tuesday 28th June at 1:30.
We are having a bacon buttie morning on Wednesday 29th June to which parents are also invited when there will be some activities going on until 10:30.
Parents are also invited to the closing ceremony on Friday 1st July at 1:30.
We hope the weather will be kind to us and we can have a good time.
Thank you for your continued support.
Wednesday 23rd March is our annual Easter Hat Competition!!
ALSO EGGSCITING NEWS :
How do we teach phonics in nursery?
We are inviting you to a meeting with Mrs Rainford about how your child is learning letter sounds using a phonics programme called Read Write Inc.
Please try to come along on Wednesday 10 February at 2.15 in the parents’ room.
Read Write Inc Invite to KS1 (Poppy and Sunflower) parents
How do we teach Key Stage 1 children to read, write and spell at Netherton Moss?
We are inviting you to a meeting about how your child is learning to read, write and spell at school using our phonics programme – Read Write Inc.
If you have previously attended this meeting, please come along as this will be a reminder.
On Wednesday 10 February at 9.00 am in the parents’ room.
World Book Day 2016!
We are going to celebrate World Book Day a day earlier, on Wednesday 2nd March, so that children in our nursery can join in too! Come to school dressed as a character from a book!
We are organising a book swap!
Bring a book into school (in good condition) which you no longer want, and you will be given a ticket. Each class will display the books which have been brought in. There will be an opportunity for you visit the book displays in each class and to exchange your ticket for a ‘new to you’ book! This is a fabulous way to recycle and gain a ‘new book’ at no cost!
Our days in school are always busy, but we will be setting aside some time for children from our Key Stage 2 classes to visit Early Years and Key Stage 1 classrooms to share a story or two!
DON’T FORGET TO SPEND YOUR BOOK TOKEN!
You will shortly be given a £1 book token!
When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookshop and swap it for one of ten (exclusive, new and completely free) £1 World Book Day books!
Here are some examples:
Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead! The World Book Day Book Tokens are valid from Monday 29 February – Sunday 27th March 2016.
Happy World Book Day everyone!