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Term 2 - Thursday 16th December 2021
Merry Christmas
As you would expect, it has been a very busy week in school in the run up to Christmas.  Well done to all the movie stars in Early Years for their phenomenal nativity play.  I hope families enjoyed the Christmas songs we shared on ClassDojo.  Children have again all made a Christmas cards for different local community groups.  We also need to say as special thank you to the kitchen team for all their efforts this year especially for providing the children with a delicious Christmas dinner.

We have said goodbye to Jill Ferguson this week.  Jill has worked at PaWS for over 10 years and through her hard work and determination set up our Forest School which I know both children and parents value highly.  Penny Hotchkin has been working along side Jill for the last few weeks and will be running Forest School alongside Rachel Hobbs going forward.  Penny has a wealth of experience with outdoor learning and in leading Forest School.

We are also saying goodbye to Sandy Wootton, our Business Manager.  Sandy has led the office team at the school for over 5 years and she has been instrumental in helping the school overcome the many challenges of Covid-19.  From January, Rachel Smith will become our new Business Manager and Kate Brain will be joining the finance team.

As always thank you for you ongoing support.  We have plans in place for January should we need to escalate our Covid-19 measures in school - we will keep you updated over the break should there be any changes to the national guidance which impacts on schools.

I hope you and your families all enjoy a fantastic Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in January 2022.  The first day for pupils will be Wednesday 5th January.
 
Mr Paramor
Vacancies at PaWS
We are currently looking for someone to join our friendly office team as an Administration Assistant.  This position will provide general administration support in the school reception, therefore you will require an excellent telephone manner and also have experience of using Microsoft Office and other software packages. Successful applicants will be organised, accurate and able to work on your own initiative. They will also provide first aid cover.  Please click below for full details:

Vacancies
Thank you
Thank you to those of you who managed to complete our Parent Survey over the last few weeks.  We will collate results and share these with you in the new year alongside actions that we will be taking as a result of your comments.

Well done to Romeo's family who had their name pulled out of the hat and have won the £10 Amazon Voucher!
 
Congratulations
Children in Years 1 and 2 entered a colouring competition organised by Mison West in the High Street.  Well done to the winners in each class who took home their prizes today.

Emerald City - Nellie and Florence
Paddington - Romeo and Iris
Fantasia - Esmay and Carter
Wonderland - Zara and Coby
In light of the potential impact of any Covid-19 measures we may be required to put in place in January, we will review which clubs we can run next term during the first week and get information out to you as soon as possible. 

We plan for clubs will start in Week 2 in January.
From Reverend David at St Mary's Church...
Family Wellbeing
All of us at some point would benefit from support to get through difficult times in our lives.  Covid-19 will also have impacted on families in different ways.  Click below to our website for some links to local and national services for support with family wellbeing and mental health.

www.pevenseyschool.org.uk/parents/wellbeing
Can you be a Christmas Doodle Star?

Well done to all the children in Key Stage 2 who are now regularly accessing DoodleMaths at home.  We are now starting to see how this is supporting pupils in filling in gaps and building on their work in class.

Thank you so much to all our parents and carers for you support in this.

We are challenging all the children to keep up with their DoodleMaths over Christmas with certificates to those who maintain their steaks over the holiday.

If you are ever having any issues logging in, please speak to your child's class teacher or follow the link for more information.

https://pevenseyschool.org.uk/learning/online-learning/
 
Online Safety Over Christmas
Many families may well be introducing new devices to the house over Christmas. Click here to find information on how to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices at home. 

You will find a parent a guide to a range of sites, games and APPs on the school website.  You will also find guidance for setting up parental controls.

https://pevenseyschool.org.uk/safeguarding/online-safety/

If you ever have an online safety concern, please contact Mrs Delaney via the school office.
ARE YOU A KEEN GARDNER?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN OUR GROUND FORCE TEAM

From picking a few weeds to digging out bushes, helping out with our veg patch to even cementing posts in for our outdoor learning areas. Any available time would be greatly received.

Please contact Rachel Hobbs and Rachel Smith for more information:
rhobbs@pevenseyschool.org.uk
rsmith@pevenseyschool.org.uk
or call us on 01323 762269
 
Topic Guides
Please click below to find this term's topic guides for each year group.
Punctuality
Please can we remind parents that all children should be in school by 8.45am.  

When pupils arrive late, they miss out on essential instructions given at the beginning of the lesson. This can significantly reduce achievement, regardless of academic ability. Children may also feel awkward arriving to the classroom when everyone else is settled. Furthermore, when one pupil arrives late, it disrupts the entire class and the teacher. Therefore, everyone’s education is impacted.
Hearing Tests
We do not routinely test hearing for children, however School or Parents can complete a referral form to request one if there are concerns. Our referral form can be completed on our website www.eastsussexchildren.nhs.uk
 
Parking
With a shorter window for pick up, the traffic is once again busier at these peak times.  We would ask all our parents to park safely and remember that there are lots of small children crossing roads and walking on pavements. 

Parking permits are freely available for the castle car park at any time from the school office. 

If you are concerned by dangerous parking you can report this to Operation Crackdown, which is a Sussex Police scheme and is available on the Operation Crackdown website or on 01243 64 22 22.
Covid Measures at PaWS
For all our information about the Covid-19 measures we have in place, including our updated risk assessment, please click here.

In-line with the DfE Schools Covid-19 Operation Guidance, we have contingency plans in place should their be further outbreaks.

Should the government guidance or the situation change,  we will alert families as soon as possible to any changes to measures or procedures.
Broken Limbs
If your child has had an accident or injury requiring them to be in a cast/sling/support boot etc., please contact the school office prior to them returning to school.  We will then complete a short assessment of their needs before they return.  This will ensure we can offer the best care and support to them.
PE Kits and Uniform
Following parent feedback, we have decided to continue to keep children coming into school in their PE Kits on the day they have PE this year

Children should wear plain black trainers/plimsolls on these days.  Brightly coloured trainers are not acceptable.  They should wear their school jumpers over the top in colder weather.

School uniform is important to help children feel equal to their peers and creates a sense of community and pride in the the school.

www.pevenseyschool.org.uk/parents/uniform
 
Improving Pevensey Recreation Ground
Pevensey and Westham Sports Club in conjunction with Pevensey Parish Council are planning improvement works to Pevensey Recreation Ground, which will include development of facilities for disabled visitors and changing and shower areas for female athletes. The scheme also gives the opportunity to provide more community space and enhance the Ground as a whole. These ambitions will only be met if we secure funding from various Grants and funding schemes, including Sports England.

Pevensey Parish Council have asked for us to share the link below for you to be able to give your views.


Share your views
 
Uniform
School uniform should be purchased online from Price and Buckland Schoolwear The service provided includes free delivery into school twice a month.

https://pevenseyschool.org.uk/parents/uniform/
For information about how to register your child for free or subsidised school milk, follow this link.
Our Vision
“At PaWS we have an ambitious vision to work in partnerships with families, the church and the wider community to prepare all our children with the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours they will need in order to flourish, reach their potential and enjoy fullness of life.”
(John 10:10)
Dates for your Diary

2021/22

16/12/2021 - End of Term 2 for pupils
17/12/2021 - Staff INSET Day 

04/01/2022 - Staff INSET Day
05/01/2022 - Start of Term 3 for pupils

20/07/2022 - Last day of term for pupils
21/07/2020 - Staff INSET Day

Click here the our complete list of term dates.
 
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