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This week in school…

This week in school – we have Year 2 visiting Temple Newsam.  On Friday we are taking our Prefects bowling – this is a ‘thank you’ for all the hard work they do in school!  Last week Star Class had an excellent time – they went ice-skating!  We have been successful in our bid for an Easter School and a Summer School – we put a bid in for £47,000 and we have been granted the money!  This means we can run a 2-week Easter School and a 4-week Summer School!  We have some excellent links with Middleton Baptist Church – all classes are visiting and contributing to the Art Exhibition being held there and all year groups will visit to take part in Easter Activities!

We have held various fund-raising events for Ukraine and have raised, to date, £1415.82!  This will be sent to Unicef so they can distribute this to where it is needed most.

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HENRY course for parents!

HENRY COURSE!  This course will be running in our school, every Tuesday, 9-11 am.  It is all about Healthy, Thriving Families and runs for 8 weeks.  It is solution focused – parents discussing and sharing ideas and things that work for them at home.  It runs for 8 weeks and it is about healthy nutrition, food labels, body image, sleep patterns and screen time.  Please see the attached poster, which explains what is on offer more fully.  MPS Henry Flyer

This is the 8-week programme:
Session 1 – Exploring what changes you want to make.  Thinking about a healthy family and what we can do as parents to help.
Session 2 – How to juggle life with growing children so you all get what you need.  Thinking about healthier meals and snacks.
Session 3 – What we can do as parents to help children grow up feeling good about themselves.  Looking at portions and portion sizes.
Session 4 – Responding to children’s needs without giving in to all their demands.  Enjoying getting active as a family.
Session 5 – Food groups, labels, portion sizes for the whole family, and healthy food swaps.
Session 6 – Positive mealtime tips for a happy family and reducing mealtime stress for everyone.
Session 7 – Negotiating agreements as a family, including around food, screen time and sleep.
Session 8 – Supporting your children as they grow older.  Exploring body image and peer pressure. Planning your family’s future.

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Welcome back!

Welcome back after the February half term holiday! We hope you had a great break – despite the horrible weather!!
This week – today – the winning house will have a disco this afternoon! These were the scores – in 4th place – Maple with 494 points; 3rd – Willow with 523 points; 2nd – Rowan with 538 points and the winning team – Oak with 549 points! This week is World Book Week – today we will be watching the live stream at 11.30. Wednesday – there will be a whole school book swap and, on Friday – come in dressed up as a character!!
We are getting ready for Easter – there will be an Easter Egg Raffle at the end of this half term. As from today – you can start to make your Easter bonnet and send this into school by Monday 28th March! The Easter Bunny will also be visiting school!
Thank you for sending in any pictures of your child having an ‘Extreme Read’ experience – we will be looking at these, this week and there will be prize(s).
We will also be working with St Cross Church – this half term and next – contributing and attending the Art Exhibition and then taking part in some Easter activities!
A couple of parents sent me a link for free tickets to Chester Zoo – we have been given 450 tickets – this means we can take every child to Chester Zoo in December!! More information will follow later on this year.
Our Prefects are looking out for excellent examples of healthy packed lunches – they have talked to classes about this – excellent examples will win a free Asda voucher!
COVID is still with us. We continue to take precautions in school. We are not asking you to test your children regularly – but if they become symptomatic then you will need to order a PCR test. If they then test negative on Day 5 and Day 6 they can return to school on Day 6!
Remember – Attendance and Punctuality remains a key priority for us, as a school. If your child isn’t a 100% for this year – then they can be for this half term by being in school every day and, on time!
Thank you for your continued support with all we do in school!
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Half term!

Good morning all! As you know, we finish on Friday for half term and return on Monday 28th February! Clubs will start on that Monday and Thank You Assembly will be held in the School Hall again. When you collect your child at home time, wearing a mask is optional. We have a new dinner menu – this will be on our website before we come back to school – so have a look at it and discuss with your child.EXTREME READ – we thought it would be a good idea to get your child (or yourself) reading somewhere ‘extreme’ (not anywhere dangerous!!) and send in photos via Class Dojo to your child’s Class Teacher! We will be selecting winners and they will receive a prize!When we come back it is World Book Week – on Monday all children will be watching a live stream for World Book Day. On Thursday there will be a book swap and on Friday children can dress up as a favourite character and on that day work will be done around a book!On the Monday afternoon – the winning house (who have earned the most points) will have a disco!! We will announce the winning house on the Monday!!Our theme for the first week back is ‘Passion – I have a passion for learning’.Many of you might remember that before Christmas all classes in school went to St Cross Church and took part in Christmas activities. Alison Wain, the minister there was very impressed with the behaviour and attitudes of the children and also was very complimentary about our school ethos and how inclusive, welcoming and positive it is. She came into school yesterday – we will be taking part in Easter activities and competitions when we come back after half term. We will also be making contributions to the Art Exhibition (and our children will be going over to see the exhibition – done by Elderly Aid).The Art Exhibition is open to all families (there is a cafe there also) Thursday 7th April and Saturday 9th April – 1-4pm – she will be sending a poster over, which we will share with you! We are really proud with our link to St Cross Church and the children (and families) will benefit from this partnership.Have a great half term and see you all on Monday 28th (take care in the storms and stay safe).

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Happy New Year!

I didn’t manage to message last week – but I hope everyone had a great Christmas and I wish everyone a Happy New Year!  Our first week back was relatively quiet and this week looks very much the same!  We have seen an increase in positive cases of COVID across school – staff and pupils alike.  We are asking parents/carers to test their child(ren) regularly – as many children can be positive and not show any symptoms.  We will be uploading all the different activities children took part in last term – across the curriculum – these will be able to be viewed under your child’s year group, along with the activities they will be taking part in, this next term.  We have had to cancel clubs for the next few weeks and reduce the number of visitors to school, to try and help stop the spread of COVID in school.  We will continue to provide updates on School Story and Parent Pay.

 

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Support over Christmas

Hopefully, you will have a great Christmas break and enjoy the holidays, however, there will be some families out there who might need some support over the Christmas period – I am attaching and copying some numbers that might be useful to you, or anyone else, over the Christmas break:

Beeston, Cottingley and Middleton Cluster Letter:

December 2021

As many services and agencies are closing over the Christmas period we wanted to contact you to offer some suggestions about where you could access support and advice during that time.  Most services will be closed from Friday 17th December 2021 until Tuesday 4th January 2022, including much of the BCM Cluster team. If you feel you need any support over Christmas here are some key contacts.

  • Children’s Social Work Service: Public contact number: 0113 222 4403.
  • Mindmate SPA: 0300 5550324
  • Teen Connect Helpline: 0808 8001212 (6pm-2am) 07715 661559 (text)
  • The Market Place: 0113 2461659
  • Childline: 0800 1111 (Freephone)
  • Accident and Emergency at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI)
  • Police on 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies
  • 112: For all emergency services
  • NHS helpline: 111
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0800 970 2070 (24 hours a day – freephone)
  • Leeds Domestic Violence Service: 0113 2460401 (24 hours a day)
  • Samaritans: 116 123 (24 hours a day – freephone from any phone)
  • Trussell Trust Food Bank: Various locations 0808 208 2138
  • Hamara Food Bank 0113 2773330
  • Family Action: FamilyLine: 0808 802 6666 or 07537 404282 (text)
  • Welfare support: 0113 3760330 Weekdays 9am to 5pm
  • Housing Leeds: Middleton 0113 3784446 Beeston 0113 535 1600

Or visit the following relevant websites:

Mindmate:  https://www.mindmate.org.uk/

Teen Connect: https://www.lslcs.org.uk/services/connect-helpline/teen-connect/

The Market Place: www.themarketplaceleeds.org.uk

Kooth: www.kooth.com

NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

Leeds Domestic Violence support: https://ldvs.uk/

Or search the following apps:

Headspace

Calm harm

We wish you a happy and healthy Christmas.

Best Wishes

Christmas Support Services December 2021Beeston, Cottingley and Middleton (BCM) – Cluster Team

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This week in school!

We only have 2 weeks left until we break up for Christmas!  Last week we took 26 children to London (see Residentials for pictures!).  We had a great time!  This week in school we have D-Side (Drugs Awareness Classes) and on Friday, it is Christmas Jumper Day!  We have a 2-week Attendance and Punctuality Challenge – be in school every day and on time, for the next 2 weeks and children can celebrate their success by taking part in a DVD and popcorn party in the New Year!  Next week there will be all sorts of Christmas activities – so keep an eye out for the activities carried out on your child’s year group page – this will be updated weekly!

 

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This week and next!

It’s been a busy week in school – all 3 Year 5 classes have visited Ledston Estate!  These pictures will be posted under year groups on this website soon!  Year 6 have been learning how to ride a bike and/or improve their cycling skills!  Thank you to all those families that sent in chocolates for our Christmas Chocolate Hamper raffle – this will be drawn on 3rd December!  Next week – our theme is People with Disabilities and how we can understand why diversity is important.  Next week is our London Residential – Weds to Fri – a busy few days in London (look out for pictures next week!) – the London Eye, a boat trip on The Thames, The Lion King at the Theatre, London Zoo, Madame Tussauds and visiting the Houses of Parliament and we will fit in a little Christmas shopping!!

Keep an eye on our Diary – this shows what is happening over the year – key dates for your diary!  We said ‘thank you’ to children today in our ‘Thank You’ Assembly – pictures have been posted on School Story!

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This week and next!

We have been very lucky and are extremely thankful to Cody Hartley – she has donated a defribillator to school – we hope we never have to use it, but if we do, then we are likely to save someone’s life.  It’s been a very busy week!  Cody came into school, with the defribillator and we celebrated this in our ‘Thank You’ assembly – South Leeds Live were also there to take some pictures – so watch out for us in the local paper!

Today children have come in dressed up for Children in Need – they have made cakes to sell and all monies raised will go to this charity!

Next week – is Bikeability for Year 6!  Class 11, 12 and 13 (Year 5) will visit Ledston Estate!

Monday 22nd is a Training Day!  Have a great weekend everyone!

 

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Meat Free Monday

Good morning!  I write this today, after posting on School Story and Parent Pay!  Yesterday, we had our first ‘live’ assembly – it is over 18 months since we have had the children together for an assembly.  I was very proud to see how well they did – all coming together for an assembly for the first time, in a long time!  It was lovely to hear them say – ‘Good morning Miss Williams, good morning everyone’ – something I have not heard for a long time!  After half term, our ‘Thank You’ Assemblies will be ‘real’ – children coming into the hall to see their friends/other children being ‘thanked’.  Yesterday’s assembly was about Meat Free Monday – as a school we have been Meat Free on a Monday for a long time, but thought it would be a good thing to re-visit.  The dairy and meat industry is not sustainable – and is a major contributor to global warming.  We all need to do something – by not eating meat for just one day a week – if we all did this, the effect would be huge.  Every 2 hours the rainforest is being lost – the size of 200 football pitches being cleared every 2 hours for cattle to graze on – for meat.  Do we carry on until there are no rainforests left?  It takes 30 bathtubs of water to produce ONE beefburger…this is not sustainable.  We all need to do something and by going meat free for just one day – you are doing something!