PARENTS AND CARERS' NOTICEBOARD
Current News and Information: if you require any information please come into the main office and speak to our Receptionist who will be happy to help. Paper copies of letters, policies etc can be obtained in this way.
To book a free place on the below course, book at least one week before the start date. The course closest to our school is at the Ipswich Academy between Monday 28th August - Friday 31st August, 9 am - 3 pm. Contact the One Life Team on the number below.
Free 'Turn Up & Play Sport' at Inspire Suffolk
Inspire Suffolk, (Lindbergh Road, IP3 9QX,) have got an exciting range of FREE 'turn up and play' activities available for 5-16 year olds through out the summer. These (rather conveniently) start the day after we break up for the summer! Click on the below icon for a full timetable and start planning a fun-packed summer!
Calling all ten year olds! Continue on your child's renewed passion for football this summer!
The England football team may not have got through to the World Cup final however the renewed passion for football some children have had following the World Cup can be channelled! Go to Landseer Park over the summer and see how far they will get in these tournaments! It is FREE to attend.
Is your child (aged ten +) interested in taking up boxing?
Take a look at the below poster, you can turn up at the session at Inspire Suffolk on the night, and each session is FREE!
TRIPLE P Parenting Group
Triple P allows parents to choose techniques that work best for them and their families. Below there are links to individual seminars and courses that run over a period of weeks. We provide the information, but you choose the ideas to use and that will work! Please click on the links below;
The below courses are specifically for parents/ carers with children with additional needs, either pending an assessment or whose child is already diagnosed.
The below course is specifically for parents/ carers who are recently separated or divorced, and helps you to meet the challenges of raising happy children whilst experiencing divorce and separation.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD - The Solihull Approach
Would you like to better understand your child's development and behaviour? This free 10 week course explores issues such as;
- How children develop * Exploring feelings * Behaviour difficulties * How to recover when things go wrongand may more. Please see the below link for further details.
- SOLIHULL APPROACH - THE OAKS PRIMARY SCHOOL OCTOBER 2018
SCHOOL TERM DATES 2018 - 2019
05/09/17 – 14/12/18
Half Term =
22/10/18 - 26/10/18
(pupils not in school)
02/01/19 – 05/04/19
Half Term =
18/02/19 - 22/02/19
23/04/19 – 24/07/19
Half Term =
27/05/19 - 31/05/19
Parenting the Anxious Child - See below for an online Webinar to assist you in understanding your child's anxiety
One Life Suffolk - helping local people live healthier lives
We thoroughly recommend this website if you are interested in seeking free advice / information on any of the following;
- Losing weight (adults) * Losing weight (children) * How to stop smoking * Free holiday activities clubs for children * Family workouts * Healthy recipe ideas * Free NHS Health checks * Free organised walks around Suffolk ...and lots more!
School Nursing Service
Is your child regularly ill? Are you concerned about their attendance? Would you like advice on any of the following?
Dental Health Toileting Emotional issues Healthy Eating Bullying Personal Safety
and many more topics?
You can confidentially text the School Nursing Service on;
and self refer your child.
USEFUL WEBSITES TO HELP YOUR CHILD WITH THEIR LEARNING
MIMO (Miss It Miss Out) - Which class has the best attendance?
Week Beginning: 16th July 2018 =
1st - 5CV- 98% - = 2 late marks
2nd - 2SM/ 4RH - 98% = 2SM = 1 late, 4RH = 2 late marks
3rd - 1AJ - 96% = 0 Late Marks
Whole School Attendance = 94.98%
Last week saw quite a dip in attendance due to sickness. For some pupils it has been a sickness bug, other parents and carers have reported the heat has been to blame, and there has been one reported case of listeria. We hope those pupils that have suffered with sickness this week recover over the weekend, so they can enjoy their last two days at school next week.
We held our attendance assembly celebrations last Wednesday – well done to every pupil that received a certificate for 97%, 99% or 100% attendance over this year. There was a special shield and £40 voucher awarded to James in Year 6 for only missing 4 ½ days of school in 6 years! This is incredible! There were 10 pupils who had got at least 97% attendance over their whole school life. What great role models they are to the rest of the school!
The school were challenged to all come in on time on Wednesday 5th September – to match our 2016 record where NOT ONE PUPIL WAS LATE! Can we do it this September?!
The absence request forms are coming in thick and fast for the end of term. If you are considering a holiday in the next half term, please remember to complete an Absence Request Form so we are aware...this will save a welfare call at your door!
Summer term so far...
This half term has seen the best attendance since our current records began in 2013 by quite a margin - thank you so much for all of your efforts in getting your children into school, and on time.
The 25th April only saw 3 pupils off school!
The 28th June only had 1 ill pupil and 1 medical appointment in school hours - therefore we were only 0.48% away from achieving 100% attendance across all compulsory school age children.
The last day of the Spring term (24/5/18) only had 2 pupils arrive after 8:45 am!
These results show how we are all working together in order to help your children achieve the very best they can - by attending school unless they are too ill to attend, and ready to start at 8:45 am.
Spring Term MIMO results
Many congratulations go to Sharks (4RH) for being the best attended class this term, closely followed by Lemurs (6SEC) and in third, Spider Monkeys (5CV.)
Special mentions must go out to RKF, 4RH and 6SEC as they all achieved a week of 100% attendance across their class this term.
A thank you goes out to each and every pupil that received a certificate for their fantastic attendance so far this year, and to their parents/ carers that are doing all they can to get their child/ren ready for school on time.
One week in February saw our best week for punctuality since 2015 - let’s keep this up moving into a warmer, brighter Summer Term!
To those parents/ carers of pupils who have isolated, minor ailments and consider taking a day off, please consider giving them some appropriate medication and bringing them into school - we can always send your child home if they start to feel worse. Furthermore, if your child is ill in the morning, but improves as the morning progresses, please consider bringing them in for the afternoon session.
Would you like advice on any problem?
At Murrayside Community Centre every Tuesday, between 9:30 - 12:00 pm, there is a drop-in session with Citizens Advice Bureau.
Alternatively you can speak to their advice line on 0300 330 1151.
PEER ON PEER ABUSE
Please see attached information surrounding the peer pressure that can sometimes face our children
LUNCH BOX HELP
Please see attached information to help you select the healthy lunchbox.
Your child's sight is precious.
An undiagnosed vision defect can affect your child's ability to learn.
It is recommended that all children have their eyes checked by an optician before starting school
Every child is entitled to a free eye sight test
Child - Friendly Optometrists in Suffolk are part of the Jolly Giraffe Campaign and display this logo in their window
BOOK an appointment today with your local optician and give your child a clear start in life!
To find your local optician call PALS on 0800 389 6819
Key Stage Testing 2017
2017 saw the follow on from the introduction of statutory tests which in turn, saw an increase in what children are supposed to be able to achieve and demonstrate under the Government's drive to raise standards at the ages of 7 and 11 (Years 2 and 6). At Ravenswood we are always keen to give the children the very best education that we can deliver and strive to support and motivate them to achieve at the highest level of which they are capable. We keep up to date with changes and current thinking through research and professional development and have weekly staff meetings to look at ways to improve what we are delivering to all of our pupils. We cannot control what is decided by central government, we can only prepare your children for their high school and life beyond. We seek to give them a thirst for learning, a curiosity about the world in which they live and a flexible, 'have a go' attitude to all of life.We often hear that SATs are 'for the school'. True every school is judged by what is achieved in the tests and progress made by pupils in Years 2 and 6, but at Ravenswood we believe that every child has the right to an all round education that will prepare them for their life experiences and an exciting future, one in which they can shine and be successful. Below are two links to a short video on both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATs but if you require any further information about them please just come in and talk to your child's class teachers, they are always here to help.
So what is your role in all of this? Working with parents and carers has a really positive impact on children's learning. It is important that, as far as is possible, your child is listened to when reading, or asking questions like 'do you like the book?' or 'what is happening in the book' can be equally useful throughout your child's school life. Having time for breakfast and getting to school by 8.40a.m is also an important part of how you can support your child in their learning. We can all help each other and, by doing that, achieve the very best for your child, which is what they all deserve.
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