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If you’re looking for something from a particular year group, they have their own pages. And if you’re after a newsletter, they can be found here.
You might like to also check our Facebook page, where we post about what’s going on in school.
It’s our Halloween Disco this Thursday (18th).
Tickets are coming home today for those that ordered them. Tickets include a drink and a packet of crisps (don’t lose your ticket as this will be what you swap for your drink and crisps!). There will also be additional sweets, drinks and glow sticks for sale so some small change will be useful on the day.
Fancy dress is optional (but encouraged!), with prizes for the ‘best dressed’, and some other games throughout the disco.
Early Years and KS1 will be from 4-5pm, with the older children of KS2 being 5.30-6.30pm.
For parents of all chidren at HPS *except* Year 6:
A reminder that if you want your child to have the nasal flu vaccination you must return the consent form by Tuesday 16th October at the latest.
The nurses will then be collecting the forms so handing in after that date will be too late and your child will not receive the vaccine.
In recent weeks you may have heard about the funding crisis in schools and the disagreements between schools, educators, campaigning groups and the government about how large the cuts really are.
For context, here are a few handy links:
- Schools funding has been cut by an average of 8% in real terms over recent years: https://goo.gl/KuxWoc
- Find out how much your local school (including HPS) is losing in real terms compared to three years ago here: https://goo.gl/oDbASt
Below is a letter to all parents from F40, the campaigning group supporting the lowest funded local authorities, which we have been asked to send home.
Update – School Funding Campaign
Firstly, thank you for the huge support that you gave to Headteachers who campaigned for improved school funding at Westminster on Friday 28 September. Over 2000 head teachers attended in London with many more supporting their actions too.
It is clear from the emails that colleagues and I received, that parents overwhelmingly support the need for much improved investment in our schools. As soon as we receive a reply from the chancellor, we will let you know. I am sure everyone will watch with interest to see how he responds to our requests during the Autumn Statement (Budget) on Monday 29 October.
Following recent headlines, Headteachers across the country hope very much that the Government and the Department for Education, in particular, will stop providing parents and the wider public with misleading information about spending on schools. This week’s scathing letter (see link below) to the Department of Education from the UK Statistics Authority underlines all of the points that Worth Less? have repeatedly stated to parents over the past three years.
“I am sure you (The Department for Education) share my concerns that instances such as these do not help to promote trust and confidence in official data, and indeed risk undermining them.” Sir David Norgrove – Head of the UK Statistics Authority (8/10/18)
Frankly, it is entirely wrong to suggest that Government spending on schools is much higher than in other comparable countries, when the Department for Education tries to include spending made by families on university tuition fees (loans to students) and independent (private) school fees. This adds billions of pounds to headline data but has absolutely no effect on funding received by schools. It is a completely unacceptable way of defending real term cuts.
The Department for Education must now work hard to rebuild trust and credibility. We hope that ministers will apologise unreservedly and put all of their efforts into investing adequately into school funding and supporting much improved recruitment and retention of teachers.
Parents have also asked how they can support the drive for improved funding. In light of this we are able to let you know that parent groups have lobbied parliament (10 October) and there will also be a national day of parental action on 19 October. For more information about 19 October, please search #parentsteachersunite on Twitter or Facebook.
We would again like to thank you for your support and confirm that our campaign will remain reasonable and determined with a single goal of ensuring that every school and pupil receive a much better deal in the near future.
We’ll be holding an open session for prospective 2019-20 Early Years parents to come and see our school.
Come join us on Wednesday 17th October, from 2pm-3pm to find out what we’re all about!
Our school office can be contacted on 01480 375113, or you can just turn up on the day.
We are looking for a Site Assistant
Initially available as a Temporary Role.
£9.78 per hour.
We are looking to appoint someone to assist with site security. This role would include:
- Being a Key Holder.
- Opening the building at 7am and closing the building at 7.00pm.
- Setting the alarm.
- Ensuring safe access; for example salting main paths in icy weather.
- Undertaking general maintenance jobs.
It is assumed that the hours will be worked at either end of the day. There is some flexibility but the open and closing times are fixed.
4 or 5 hours a day, for discussion.
Expression of interest to Tina Henson, Office manager either via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via the primary school Office.
Our latest newsletter is available to download below:
This year our whole school trip will be to the National Portrait Gallery in London.
This is a school funded trip with no cost being charged to parents. The visits to the Gallery will take place after half term in November. The
children will travel by coach from school to the gallery. More details will be sent home next week.
Some people have reported problems with paying for clubs through our online system Agora this week:
We have hopefully fixed the problem, please login and try again.
If you continue to have problems please email email@example.com with details of what went wrong (screenshots are fabulous!).
The Year 4 residential at Burwell is nearly over – The Year 4 gang have been live blogging over on the Class 11 Blog:
So far there are over 250 pictures of their adventures!