Art Day – materials needed (Y1 & 2)

We cannot wait to get stuck into art day on Friday! We are getting into our house teams across Year 1 and 2 to create a wonderful underwater display using recycled materials.

Please can you send your child into school with any egg boxes, bubble wrap, old CDs/DVDs, clear plastic bottles, round plastic bottle lids (e.g as seen on a milk bottle), cardboard toilet roll/kitchen roll tubes, clear plastic bags and brown packaging paper that you have so that they can use these to make coral and sea creatures.

Thank you so much for your support!

KS1 team

Miss Buckingham’s Class – BeSMART Cup Treat

As the BeSMART winners, we have decided that we would like to wear our pyjamas to school tomorrow – Thursday 11th July. The children can come to school wearing these, but need trainers on their feet still (They may bring slippers for our movie in the afternoon if they would like).

We can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow!

Art Day – Materials needed!

We cannot wait to get stuck into art day on Friday! We are getting into our house teams across Year 1 and 2 to create a wonderful underwater display using recycled materials.

Please can you send your child into school with any egg boxes, bubble wrap, old CDs/DVDs, clear plastic bottles, round plastic bottle lids (e.g as seen on a milk bottle), cardboard toilet roll/kitchen roll tubes, clear plastic bags and brown packaging paper that you have so that they can use these to make coral and sea creatures.

Thank you so much for your support, KS1 team.

Attendance Update

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                                                           July 2024

RE: Attendance Update

From 19th August 2024, the Government have introduced a new ‘National Framework for Penalty Notices’. These will apply across Telford and Wrekin from 1st September 2024.

Whilst these changes are a few months away, I felt it was important to share the information we currently have available. Below are some of the significant changes you need to be aware of:

  • If your child has 10 sessions of unauthorised absence in a 10 school-week rolling period, you may be issued with a Penalty Notice. These 10 sessions may include any unauthorised absence, including leave in term time and do not have to be consecutive. Unauthorised absences are recorded for children who are late after the register has closed, do not provide medical evidence, or have not contacted school.
  • Penalty Notices are increasing to £160 from September 2024. This can be reduced to £80 but only for the first Penalty Notice issued, if paid within 21 days – this reduction does not apply to any subsequent Penalty Notice.
  • Any 2nd Penalty Notice, to the same parent for the same child, issued within three years of the date of the first Penalty Notice will be charged at a flat rate of £160.
  • A third Penalty Notice will not be issued within a three-year rolling period, to the same parent for the unauthorised absence of the same child, – alternative action or legal measures will be utilised for subsequent offences.
  • In some circumstances a ‘Notice to Improve’ may be issued. However, a Notice to Improve will only be used in cases where support is appropriate. They will not be issued in cases of unauthorised leave in term time for holidays; where information for parents is included on the school’s website; or a simple warning has been given by the school that a Penalty Notice could be issued for unauthorised leave in term time.
  • Absence for leave in term times will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances – please note that holidays or extended leave for family visits cannot be considered as exceptional circumstances. We will be updating our Attendance Policy to reflect this.

I totally understand the challenges of the costs of holidays during the school holidays and of having extended family who live abroad; however, the guidance from the DfE is clear that we cannot authorise these absences. As a school we will always consider exceptional circumstances that sit outside these reasons on a case-by-case basis. I also want to make you aware that there is a tightening of the guidelines around pupils arriving late. If pupils are consistently late this could contribute to their unauthorised absence levels and result in action being taken by the Local Authority. Maintaining a good level of attendance is not only essential for your child’s day to day learning but is also crucial in setting positive habits and mindsets for their future. If you need support with your child’s attendance, please come and talk to a member of our office or pastoral team.

Kind regards,

 

Miss R Cook

School Reports July 2024

End of year reports will be sent home with your child on Friday 12th July.   If an additional copy is required by a parent who does not live at the child’s home address, you must contact the school office on 387720 or email newdale.primary@taw.org.uk to make a request by no later than Wednesday 10th July.

Please ensure that you keep your copy of the report safe, especially if your child is in Year 5.  Some secondary schools (such as Thomas Telford) require a copy to be sent with the application for Year 7 places and we will be unable to make further copies for you once they have been archived.

Art Day

We need lots of Tetrapak and Pure-Pak cartons like the ones in this picture for a very exciting printing project with Ironbridge Fine Arts on Art Day next week. These cartons often contain fruit juice, oat or almond milk, coconut water, toddler formula etc. Please send any empties in with your child as soon as possible (clean, dry and opened out if possible!). Thank you for your help 😊

 

 

Wrekin Walk – Final reminders

We are really excited about tomorrow’s trip up the Wrekin

Just a few reminders for you:

  • Please ensure children bring coats and carry their lunch etc in a rucksack so their hands are free.
  • Children should have a plastic bag in their rucksack to sit on in case the ground is wet.
  • The first three coaches containing year 1, 2 and 3 will arrive at the base of the Wrekin approximately between 9:30 and 9:40 with year 1 arriving first. Years 4, 5 and 6 are anticipated to arrive between 10:15 to 10:30.
  • Please note the base of the Wrekin will be very busy and police will be in attendance managing traffic.
  • If you plan on walking up with your child, please do not block coach access. You could also join your child’s class part way up to avoid congestion by the road. Regular updates will be posted on Facebook, signal permitting!
  • Please note that your child must remain with their whole class for safety reasons. If you have multiple children, you may choose to walk up with one class and down with another.
  • Adults must stay in the designated family area while the children make the heart shape at the top so the surrounding area is clear for drone footage.
  • All children will return to school on the buses even if parents have attended. If you have attended and wish to take your child straight home, it is ESSENTIAL that you sign your child out with ONLY their class teacher. If not, you can collect your child from classroom doors at whatever time they return but in order to leave school early, they must also be signed out by their class teacher. Otherwise, children will leave school as usual.
  • As there will be Macmillan merchandise, hospice cookies and Let’s Dine chocolate crunch on sale at the top, if you wish to purchase anything, you will need cash.
  • Please remember you may have to pay to park which may be a little way from the base.

Penalty Notice Fines For School Attendance Is Changing

Please find below information which has been forwarded from the Telford & Wrekin attendance support team.

From August 19th 2024 the Government have introduced a new ‘national framework for Penalty Notices’. (in Telford & Wrekin the changes apply from 1st September 2024).

 There are significant changes that parents need to be aware of:

  • If your child has 10 sessions of unauthorised absence in a 10 school week rolling period, you may be issued with a Penalty Notice. These 10 sessions may include any unauthorised absence, including leave in term time and do not have to be consecutive.
  • Penalty Notices are increasing to £160 from September 2024. This can be reduced to £80 but only for the first Penalty Notice issued, if paid within 21 days – this reduction does not apply to any subsequent Penalty Notice.
  • Any 2nd Penalty Notice, to the same parent for the same child, issued within three years of the date of the first Penalty Notice will be charged at a flat rate of £160
  • A third Penalty Notice will not be issued within a three year rolling period, to the same parent for the unauthorised absence of the same child, – alternative action or legal measures will be utilised for subsequent offences.
  • In some circumstances a ‘Notice to Improve’ may be issued – However, a Notice to Improve will only be used in cases where support is appropriate. They will not be issued in cases of unauthorised leave in term time for holidays, where information for parents is included on schools website or a simple warning by the school that a Penalty Notice could be issued if unauthorised leave in term time is taken will suffice.

 

‘Parents should always apply to the Headteacher for any request for leave in term time by completing a request form available from school.  (DfE guidance states schools should not authorise leave retrospectively so any leave in term time taken without a request being submitted will be unauthorised absence)’.

In developing and publishing the new national framework, the Government has renewed appeals to parents not to take their children out of school during term time.  The Governors and Headteacher of this school support this and students will only be given permission to take leave in term time if there are exceptional circumstances. The DfE Guidance Working Together to Improve School Attendance (Feb 2024) states that: Generally, the DfE does not consider the need or desire for a holiday or other absence for the purpose of leisure and recreation to be an exceptional circumstance. (Paragraph 38.)

 

 Each application for leave in term time will be considered and if it is agreed and authorised the Headteacher will determine the duration of any leave. However, if the application is not agreed and the absence occurs the dates will be unauthorised. Parents will be notified of any decision in writing. This notification may be hand delivered directly to the parent or posted to the parents’ home address.

 

As a school we are asked to inform you that in line with Telford and Wrekin Council Policy, if your child is absent for 10 school sessions within a 10 week rolling period and that absence is unauthorised, you may be subject to a Penalty Notice fine, criteria is as detailed above.